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, 04 March 2019 22:35

The Redeeming Depression of Jesus

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The prophet Elijah was raised up by God to be singularly used in taking on one of the most wicked kings in the history of Israel, by withholding rain for 3 1/2 years, by confronting 400 of the prophets of Baal, by calling fire down from heaven and by turning the people of Israel back from their...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:41

The Favorite 500

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In light of the recent discussions about the role of bloggers on social media, I’ve compiled a list of blog posts and articles that I’ve most enjoyed writing–either for this blog or for other online publications–over the past 8 years. I started blogging 12 years ago; and,...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 21:02

The Seed of Scripture

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Genesis 3:15 is the single most important verse in the Bible. We cannot understand the overarching meta-narrative of the Bible until we come to understand the protoevangelium (i.e. the first preaching of the Gospel). This first of God’s promises in human history contains the entire...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 03:41

Two Went Up to Pray

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The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is the most theological of all Jesus’ parables. It is the most theological because it deals with the subject that is of most importance to the life of the Christian–namely, how a man or woman, boy or girl is accepted before God.

The irony...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 08:33

The Resolved Parent

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When we make New Year resolutions, we generally fixate on areas of our personal lives in which we would like to grow. We want to have a better body, a better bank account and a better Bible reading plan. We tend to be quite inward focused with regard to regrets and resolutions; and, that is not an...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 22:20

Best Face Off

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I recently finished watching A&E’s The Clinton Affair. I was 20 years old when the Clinton-Lewinsky affair broke. Everyone was glued to the television as details about the numerous scandals surrounding President Bill Clinton came to light. Related to the Clinton scandals were...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:25

To Whom Should We Pray?

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As a young Christian, I would often go to a weekly prayer meeting at the local church I attended. It was there that I first noticed how many people began their prayers by addressing God as, “Lord Jesus” or “Jesus” or “Christ,” rather than by addressing Him as...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 12:10

In All Circumstances?

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Often, the most basic of God’s commands are the hardest for us to obey. We may ask ourselves whether or not we would have the faith to offer up a child to God–as Abraham did when he was called to offer up Isaac–while never really stopping to ask ourselves whether or not we have...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 22:32

A Man of Constant Sorrow

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Whether we are aware of it or not, most of us place laughter and happiness among the highest virtues of life and equate sorrow and grief with disagreeable weakness and unnecessary desperation. The fact that we don’t know what to say to those who are sorrowful reveals more about our attempts...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 05:04

The Redemptive-Historical End Zone Verse

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Legion have been the proposed explanations of John 3:16–what we may nostalgically call, “the end-zone verse.” It is safe to conclude that the better part of professing Christians in the Western world have consciously or unconsciously aligned themselves with the Arminian...

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“Justification is still the article of the standing or falling church.” So were the word of the late professor John Murray.Of course, Murray was playing off of Luther’s famous words, “If this article stands, the church stands; if this article collapses, the church...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 22:41

Crossing the Finish Line

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In High School, I ran track. I struggled with endurance, as I was born with athletically induced asthma. There were times when the asthma seemed to go away. However, it always seemed to worsen when I competed. On one occasion, in the middle of a 5000m race, my lungs felt like they were going to...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 20:32

The Hope of Forgiveness

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I recently asked a group of church members if they had ever struggled with assurance of salvation. There was an overwhelming affirmation that all had struggled in the quest for that sweet subjective assurance for which believers often long in their souls. This is not at all a strange thing in the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 22:05

God’s Metrics

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God’s metrics are not our metrics. The way in which we seek to measure fruitfulness and faithfulness is often quite skewed. No one understood the issue of faithfulness and fruitfulness so well as the great Apostle Paul. In 1 Corinthians 3, he first explained the nature of a fruitful Gospel...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 20:53

It Only Takes One

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Sometimes believers mistakenly conclude that God is stricter and more swift to bring judgment in the Old Testament era than He is in the New. This is, in part, an understandable conclusion. There is a sense in which God’s judgments seem to be suspended on account of the atoning death of...

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 22:41

The Glory of the Son

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Jonathan Edwards, in Notes on Scripture, left us with one of the most penetrating meditations on the glory of the Son of God at the transfiguration. He wrote:

“’But were eyewitnesses of his majesty,’ etc. They, the apostles, had not only ‘heard’ him say that...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 05:06

From the Sea to the Conquest

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There may not be any better theologian who masters the art of viewing the overarching biblical story of redemption than that of G.K. Beale. Every time I read his New Testament Biblical Theology, my mind is filled with renewed astonishment at the way in which Jesus came to fulfill everything...

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:23

As Seemed Best to Them…

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My parents sought to bring my sister and me up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord. While I despised the discipline of my father as a child, I came to look back on it with enormous gratitude after I was converted. If you asked my dad about the way in which he disciplined us, he would be the first to tell you that he failed in

Friday, 01 July 2016 05:19

Why Do I Write What I Write?

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The other day, our summer intern at New Covenant asked me why I write on the things on which I write. Since I’ve been asked this question on a recurrent basis in recent years, I thought it might be helpful to write about it! Having written articles, essays and blog posts for nearly a decade now, I have had

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 04:58

A Biblical Theology of Oil

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Until the resurgence of interest in therapeutic oils, most in our day have been far removed from understanding the important role that oils played throughout human history. Oils played a important role in health care as many had potent medicinal value. While much may be appreciated about the medicinal value of therapeutic oils, the

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 11:57

You’ll Meet Them All

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One of the striking features of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress–perhaps most striking of all–is the way in which Bunyan so accurately portrayed the various characters that his protagonist, Christian, met with on his spiritual journey to the celestial city. Whether it was Evangelist, Obstinate, Pliable, Help, Worldly

Thursday, 12 May 2016 09:47

The Family Idols

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One of the more important aspects of the book of Genesis is the way in which the Holy Spirit lays bare the inner motives and desires that drive the actions of the members of the patriarchal family. The cameos of the men and women of the covenant family set out, in stark contrast, the antithesis between living life in the flesh and living life

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 12:20

Pierced Hands of Blessing

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I’ve always loved worshipping at churches in which the congregants hold out their hands, at the end of the service, to symbolize their expectant reception of the blessing of God when the minister lifts his hands to pronounce the benediction. I suppose I first came to love this aspect of worship when I realized that it was the last thing

Monday, 25 April 2016 06:09

The Least Attended Church Gathering

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Last night, we had a sweet time of singing God’s praises and spending time praying together as a church–prior to eating a meal. We do this once a month at New Covenant. This gathering serves as a monthly prayer meeting. The other times of prayer in the life of our church occur in our morning worship service and our weekly/bi-weekly

Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:33

Holy Preaching Voice

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I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in more serious-minded, biblical churches–namely, the trend of preaching and praying…how do I say this…in a weird “holy preaching voice” under the guise of being reverent. The supposed logic runs thus: Because God is holy, and His word is to be preached by holy men

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