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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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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Monday, 05 March 2018 08:03

The Sickness Substituting Savior

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Sin and misery are the two categories by which we frame everything that plagues us in our daily experiences as fallen image bearers. By one act of disobedience, Adam brought all of us “into an estate of sin and misery” (WSC 17). Additionally, these two categories help us to better...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 04:02

Planning, Planting and Pastoral Ministry

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My dad carried a little note pad with him throughout the entirety of my childhood. I watched him write down what he had to accomplish and then watched as he systematically did all that he had planned to do. I never asked where he learned to do this. He would often tell me that so much of life...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:40

Which World View?

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Many have written books, essays, articles and posts about the role that Christians are to play in the transformation of the current world with its politics, literature, art, music, education, etc. The variation of opinions leaves many believers confused as to where they are to place the better part...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:42

Calmer Than You Are

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The Bible everywhere commends patience, gentleness, quietness and kindness. Though Jesus overthrew tables in the Temple, in righteous anger–and drove out the moneylenders with a whip–Scripture primarily characterizes him as being “gentle and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29)....

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Friday, 26 January 2018 08:42

Keeping the Cross in Focus

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John Calvin, in his commentary on Galatians, wrote, “Let those who would discharge aright the ministry of the gospel learn, not merely to speak and declaim, but to penetrate into the consciences of men, to make them see Christ crucified, and feel the shedding of his blood.”1

Wha...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:26

The Mechanistic Church

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Many wrongly view the local church as a social society that exists to meet their needs or desires. On the contrary, the church exists to bring glory to God, to spread and defend the Gospel, to build up and equip the saints unto mutual edification in love and to carry out the good works for which...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 11:20

Faith to Dry Up Puddles?

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In his autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, John Bunyan recalled a time in his life when he sought to test whether or not he had true faith. He stood in front of a puddle to see whether or not he could perform a miracle and make the puddle dry up. As he stood there, he...

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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

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