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

Reformed Forum - Apologetic Report
Friday, 13 September 2019 23:21

For Still Our Ancient Foe… Featured

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What impact would it have had on the church in our late-modern, scientific day and age if the author(s) of the Apostles’ Creed had included a statement about the reality of angelic activity and spiritual warfare in the Christian life? I envision such a statement as reading like this: “I...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:53

The Impact of 9/11 Featured

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I vividly remember the morning of September 11. 2001. I was living in Flat Rock, NC, just south of Asheville. I remember hustling into the Country Club where I worked as a cook, trying not to lose my job because of my prodigal lifestyle. At some point, the head chef ran out and sat the staff down....

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Saturday, 31 August 2019 23:25

The Law-Fulfilling Jesus Featured

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So much about the truth of Christ in the Scriptures respects the obedience He rendered to His Father. Though He is God manifest in the flesh, Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life–as the last Adam–in order to merit righteousness for His people. Jesus kept the Ten Commandments perfectly...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 07:23

The Flesh/Spirit Distinction in Pauline Theology Featured

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One of the most important, and yet most difficult, elements of Pauline theology is the Apostle’s use of the flesh/Spirit (σὰρξ/πνεῦμα) antithesis. The antithetical construct is preeminently found in Romans and Galatians, and can really only be...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 07:22

Peripatetic Sermon Prep Featured

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Discussions about sermon preparation tend to gravitate towards subjects involved in the formal processes of moving from the text to the sermon. There is no shortage of books, chapters, or articles in which one will find the various exegetical, theological, practical and homiletical elements of...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:06

Raised Through the Blood Featured

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What is the central message of Christianity? This is a subject of timeless importance in a day when many insist that the central message is kindness in interpersonal relations; or that it is justice in its variegated societal implementation. However compelling the case may be made for either of...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 12:34

On Controversy and Rules of Persuasion Featured

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John Newton once wrote a letter on rules of controversy to a fellow minister who informed him of his intention to confront another minister about that minister’s supposed unorthodox doctrine. In this letter, Newton warned the man to 1) consider his opponent, 2) consider the public, and 3)...

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Saturday, 10 August 2019 03:34

The Canaanites Within Featured

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The doctrine of indwelling sin is one of the most important doctrines a Christian can diligently study. If we are going to make progress in growth in grace, we must gain a right understanding of indwelling sin. If we are going to be resolved to fight against the remainder of sin in our flesh, until...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 00:43

Van Mastricht, Edwards, and the Economic Trinity Featured

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In a letter to his disciple, Joseph Bellamy, Jonathan Edwards praised Petrus Van Mastrict’s Theologia Theoretico-Practica as being “much better than…any other Book in the world, excepting the Bible, in my opinion.”1

I have long wanted to compare Mastricht’s theology...

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:03

Don’t Leave Those Kids Alone Featured

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On Saturday, February 17, 1739, George Whitefield resolved that he would commit himself to the task of evangelistic preaching to the coal miners in Kingswood. It was well known that the coal miners were uneducated and spiritually ignorant members of society. Nevertheless, stories of tears running...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:19

Bored with the Gospel Featured

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Over the past decade a floodwater of cultural change in our country has occurred, leaving a massive impact on the church in America. 20 years ago, there was a push to address the issue of mercy ministry and evangelism in our churches. Much of this was, no doubt, a helpful corrective to a perceived...

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Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:23

The Cross After Jesus Featured

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Scripture is full of double-entendres. Often they are found in the historical details in the Gospels that serve to teach spiritual lessons. Perhaps the most vivid of these is the account of Simon the Cyrene bearing the cross after Jesus (Luke 23:26). The Savior, having been scourged and weakened by...

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:02

Changing Tides and the Unchanging Savior Featured

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I have learned–both from personal experience and from pastoral ministry–that change can be among the most unsettling dynamics of life in this fallen world. We are a people of change living in a world subject to change. When we put our confidence in created things or set our hearts on...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 22:37

Five Biblical Points of Dordrecht

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Yesterday, my twitter feed was flooded with comments about a video floating around online in which Mark Driscoll said, “I don’t hold to the five points of Calvinism. I think it’s garbage…because it’s not biblical.” This statement came in the midst of a...

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 22:29

Judah First

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Of the multitude of Messianic prophecies that stand out in the book of Genesis, Gen. 3:15, 12:1-3 and Gen. 49:8-12 are arguably the most significant. After our first parents fell, the Lord promised to send a Redeemer into the world. This Redeemer would be the seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 21:12

The Blessed Cursed Tree

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An important biblical theological idea emerges out of Paul’s use of Deuteronomy 21:23 in Galatians 3:13. In the middle of the most polemical book in the New Testament, Paul made the astounding declaration: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 06:37

A Better Vine

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Of the Gospels, none is as full of Old Testament typology as the Gospel of John. The apostle John had a keen interest in the types, shadows, symbols, metaphors, and elusive allusions the Savior employed during his earthly ministry in order to set forth his own divine glory (John 1:14). Most of...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 05:02

Three Family Graces

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Of all the verses my parents quoted to my sister and me when they overheard us fighting with one another as children, Ephesians 4:32 had to be the most cited. While writing the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul urged the members, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 00:29

Worship the Man

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Of all the proofs of the deity of Jesus, given by the Holy Spirit in Scripture, the fact that he received worship from men and women–during his earthly ministry–has to be among the most marvelous. Four times in Matthew’s Gospel we read, “they…worshiped him”...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 23:57

The Grace of Waiting

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“Faster internet!” “Buy it now!” “Get what you’ve always wanted when you want it.” These are only a few of the seemingly ubiquitous advertising slogans of our culture. No sooner have we begun to entertain them that we have met the dilemma of progress. The...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 23:02

The Most Difficult Verse in the Bible?

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I’ve always found it to be a thing of comfort to know that one Apostle found another Apostle’s writing to include things that are “hard to understand” (2 Pet. 3:15-16), while honoring him for being used by God to reveal the most comforting spiritual truths. I have often...

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Friday, 24 May 2019 22:04

A Vision of the Glory

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The Puritan Thomas Adams once wrote, “Christ is the sum of the whole Bible, prophesied, typified, prefigured, exhibited, demonstrated, to be found in every leaf, almost in every line, the Scriptures being but as it were the swaddling bands of the child Jesus.” Many have, by God’s...

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:12

Praise Her in the Gates

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My mother went to be with the Lord almost five years ago. I wish that I could pick up a phone and tell her how much I love her. I wish I could tell her how thankful I am for her godly, gentle and wise spirit. I wish I could let her know that one of the greatest privileges that God has given me in...

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I well remember many discussion with friends, as a young Christian, about the precise relationship between the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament era and the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament era. Many have suggested that only prophets, priests and kings received the Holy...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 23:09

He Stayed for Forty Days

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One of the great mysteries of Scripture is that which concerns the forty days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. What was Jesus doing on earth for forty days after His resurrection? Why did He stay here? What was the purpose of the forty day period? Does the Scripture answer any of...

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