But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 18 September 2017 15:15

Being Part of the Cuddle

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It almost never fails. We are lying in bed - my wife and my son and I - when my son will say, “I want you to cuddle with mommy.” It is one of those precious moments that families have and cherish. My son wants to see my wife and I love each other. He wants to be bask in the...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 15:10

Fervent for Grace

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In January of 2013, our family moved to Houston. It was cool and rainy as we arranged our belongings in our rented town home. The four of us had never shared such tight living quarters. Our kitchen could comfortably only hold one of us at a time. The majority of our furniture was relegated to a...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:15

The 9th Thing God Tells Us Not To Do

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The Ten Commandments draw a straight line from love of God to love of neighbor. The two parties are distinguished, to be sure, but in the life of obedience they are inseparable. As Luther pointed out, to disobey any of the commandments is to disobey the first—”You shall have no other...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:05

A Tale of Choosing Between Two Churches

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Stu and his family moved to a new city one summer. His company transferred him unexpectedly, so he either had to relocate or find another job. He chose to go but had little time to research good churches before they arrived. Thankfully, he knew a couple of websites that pointed them toward...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 15:00

Links For The Church (9/18)

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4 Groups Every Pastor Needs to Succeed

Pastor's cannot succeed in ministry if they do everything in isolation. Mark Dance explains four kinds of people that will help strengthen and encourage pastors. 

What Buying a Car Taught Me About Prayer

Her persistence with the car salesman taught her about...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 15:15

The Necessity of Encouragement

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"Encourage him."-- Deuteronomy 1:38

God employs his people to encourage one another. He did not say to an angel, "Gabriel, my servant Joshua is about to lead my people into Canaan--go, encourage him." God never works needless miracles; if his purposes can be accomplished by ordinary means, he will...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:10

Becoming More Impressed With Christ

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Luke 22:37 “For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”

Prior to heading up to the Mount of Olives, the Lord Jesus makes this statement to his...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:05

From Where Does Bad Theology Come?

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If you think about it, the world is full of untrue, unsound, unbiblical theology. It is important we know where it comes from so we can better understand it, speak against it, and protect ourselves and others from it.

What is Theology?

Just so we are on the same page, theology is simply the...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:15

6 Marks of Gospel-Centered Unity

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When we lose unity within the church, it’s usually because something has become more important to us than the risen Jesus.  And, in any church with sinners–which, of course, is every church–conflict will exist and achieving resolution is often difficult.

Dr. Sinclair...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:10

The Kidification of America

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The way to stand out today is this: to hunger to be mature. In a culture that has aestheticized rebellion, immaturity, and the expressive self, the way to truly march to your own beat is to pursue maturity.

Compare this statement to the findings of a new study discussed in The Telegraph....

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:05

A Pastoral Lesson from a Generous Widow

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As a boy preacher, I had many opportunities to preach, but my father did not allow me to receive an honorarium for my preaching. But it didn’t matter to me. If I had the money, I would have paid pastors to let me preach! These early opportunities taught me not to put a price-tag on my...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:05

The Unspiritual Boldness of White Supremacy

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Unless you live under a rock, you have surely noticed the white supremacist movement of the past few months, specifically the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. These events are abhorrent. These “Neo-Nazis” have denied the dignity due to all humans and...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:00

There Are Souls to Be Saved: How Can We Rest?

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Pastors used to be some of the happiest and healthiest people alive, with better life expectancy than the general population. But in “Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work,” journalist Paul Vitello reports, “Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension, and...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:00

8 Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering

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Recently, a friend and I were interviewed on a radio show about the book we’d written on suffering. One of the host’s questions struck me: In the midst of the refiner’s fire, how do we keep from going through the motions? How do we have a sense of the abundance God promises us?

I...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 15:10

The Painful Paradox of Christian Friendship

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This past week, I had the opportunity to spend a few days with brothers and sisters from a church I previously served at. It’s nearly impossible to explain what these believers mean to me through a paragraph in a blog post. These saints were responsible for some of the sweetest years for...

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As Christians, we are called to share our faith, but we are also called to keep it. Like the Apostle Paul, every believer should aspire to the epitaph, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

Perhaps no one in Baptist history better kept...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 15:30

The Lord is Never Late

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Reading in my friend Michael Kelley’s book Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, about his family’s journey of faith through their young son’s battle with leukemia, I found a passage of reflection taking me back in time. I do not know the fear and grief of having a child with a...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 15:05

3 Ways The Trinity Affects My Singleness

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Awhile back, I didn’t buy groceries and instead tried to eat all the food I already had. For a week or so, my meals consisted of strange combinations of whatever I could find, but the process gave some needed breathing room to my wallet and cupboards. I do this periodically, and each time, I...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 15:00

Links For The Church (9/11)

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Why Religious Liberty Matters for Creativity

Jason Thacker writes a helpful piece on the depth of affect that religious liberty has on art. He shows the Bible-centered value of artists holding to their deeply gospel-centered values. 

When You're Angry At God's Plan

In this honest piece, Kristen...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 15:15

Evening Wolves

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"Evening wolves."-- Habakkuk 1:8

The evening wolf, infuriated by a day of hunger, was fiercer and more ravenous than he would have been in the morning. May not the furious creature represent our doubts and fears after a day of distraction of mind, losses in business, and perhaps ungenerous tauntings...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:15

The First Step of Sermon Prep

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Sermon preparation and climbing a mountain are similar endeavors.

Both present challenges and difficulties.

Both offer pleasures and joy.

When preparing a sermon, you start at the bottom, staring up (or down) at the text, anxious to grapple with the words, syntax, and theology. But you gladly grapple...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:00

Why Do We Continue to Struggle with Legalism?

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If you think about it, the world is full of untrue, unsound, unbiblical theology. It is important we know where it comes from so we can better understand it, speak against it, and protect ourselves and others from it.

Paul did just that in the church at Ephesus. He spoke out against bad...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:10

Pastor, Be a Gospel Signpost

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What is a pastor, and what does he do?

During the twentieth century, the pastor was often stylized as a therapist, or even compared to the friendly sitcom bartender. In recent years, a myriad of metaphors, often borrowed from the business world, have been posited. The pastor has been called a...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:10

Pastor, Be a Gospel Signpost

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What is a pastor, and what does he do?

During the twentieth century, the pastor was often stylized as a therapist, or even compared to the friendly sitcom bartender. In recent years, a myriad of metaphors, often borrowed from the business world, have been posited. The pastor has been called a...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 15:05

Love the Church (Your Sanctification Depends On It)

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We live in a culture that prizes materialism and autonomy. And, while we love to speak about how Christianity is counter cultural, the truth is our churches often reflect these cultural realities more than we care to admit or even recognize. When materialism is controlling our behavior, we treat...

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