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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Friday, 15 November 2019 22:24

The Christ of the Proverbs Featured

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When we turn to the Proverbs–which are arguably some of the most neglected portions of Scriptures in the realm of redemptive-historical studies–we discover a series of additional challenges to a consistent biblical-theological interpretation. When we considered the Psalms, we saw...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 22:16

A Redemptive-Historical Family Tree Featured

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God has woven some of the most glorious redemptive-historical details into Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus Christ. It is fitting that, at the fulness of the time, we should see how all the things foretold by the prophets would not be fulfilled in the person of Christ. Matthew introduces the...

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Saturday, 02 November 2019 01:56

The Word and the Power Featured

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When we consider the miracles of Jesus, we do not fail to recognize a divine power at work in them to reverse the awful effects of the fall and restore the natural wholeness of a person. We understand that His miracles are Messianic markers–signs pointing beyond themselves to the Savior who...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:41

A Second Adam to the Fight… Featured

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Last spring, a spider wove a cobweb across the entryway to our house. In the evening, it took the cobweb down and it spun a new one in the same spot the very next morning. This event recurred over a period of several weeks. At first, I simply sought to avoid the cobweb by sneaking under it whenever...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 04:33

The Greatest Theology for the Smallest Problems Featured

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Throughout his New Testament epistles, the Apostle Paul models for us the way in which we ought to approach what may seem to be minor situations in the church by applying the greatest theology to the smallest of problems. Take, for instance, the great Christological hymn in Philippians 2:5-11. One...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 21:29

The Reciprocity of Role Relations Featured

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One of the most glorious aspects of biblical truth is that God has purposed to reveal His manifold wisdom in giving us glimpses into the way in which He has ordered things and why He has ordered them in the specific way that He has. This is seen in everything from the creation of the stars...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 07:51

Sanctified! Featured

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It was the late Professor John Murray who first articulated the doctrine of definitive sanctification. As he studied the exegetical statements of the New Testament that spoke of believers having been sanctified through the death of Christ (e.g. 1 Corinthians 1:26:11; ...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 06:48

Eight Types of Baptism Featured

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As I teach a short series on the sacraments at church, I recently happened across a fascinating historigraphical statement by Francis Turretin about the way in which certain theologians have calculated the numerous types of baptisms in the pages of Scripture. Setting out the various views, Turretin...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 21:01

The Vertical and Horizontal Cross Featured

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The Scriptures give us a robust revelation about all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. As we go about seeking to categorize all of the various dimensions of the cross, we discover that there are both vertical and horizontal dimensions to Jesus’ work. The vertical&n...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 22:29

All We’ll Ever Need Featured

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Our family has recently started working through the Sermon on the Mount during family worship. As we have moved through each section, I’ve experienced a renewed sense of astonishment at the countercultural nature of what Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount. In the Beatitudes, Jesus...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 09:12

The Fight and the Faithful Featured

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Anyone who reads the Scriptures with any degree of honesty must immediately recognize that when Christ enlisted us into His everlasting Kingdom, He enlisted us into a spiritual battle in this fallen world. This means, of course, that our Christian lives will be fraught with trials and...

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Saturday, 28 September 2019 03:14

The Cross and the Atonement Featured

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During the first decade of the twenty-first century, a number of prominent leaders in the emerging church movement asserted that the doctrine of substitutionary atonement is tantamount to “cosmic child abuse.” At a time when men and women were finally starting to see the need to condemn...

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:57

The Art of Spiritual War Featured

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Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of the most ancient and most revered military manuals in all of human history. In it, Sun Tzu set out what he believed to be the “essentials of military victory.” He wrote: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:24

Were Not the Right Man on Our Side… Featured

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As a boy, I would sometimes slip into my dad’s dress shoes and put on a pair of his glasses when I found them lying around the house. Perhaps this was merely an act of admiration; however, I suspect that it was also an act of imitation, a longing to grow up to be like my father. Now, as a...

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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

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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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