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, 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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Saturday, 20 April 2019 11:47

The Resurrection and the Glory

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There is almost no more exciting biblical-theological truth with which we can occupy our minds as we come to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday as that which we find in the Gospel of John about the Angels inside the empty tomb. What transpired on that first day of the week on...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 21:04

The Cross and the Angels

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As we come this week to celebrate afresh, in a focused way, the death and resurrection of Jesus, it will benefit us to consider the way in which the Savior’s death effected much more than simply the forgiveness of our sins. Though that is certainly foremost among the benefits that we received...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 01:11

What Ever Happened to the “S” Word?

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“The word ‘sin,’ which seems to have disappeared, was a proud word.  It was once a strong word, an ominous and serious word.  It described a central point in every civilized human being’s life plan and life style.  But the word went away.  It has almost...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:26

A Two-Fold Forgiveness

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Chief among those questions that plague Christians the most in this life are those that concern the forgiveness of sins. Many Christians have asked the following out of a sincere sense of spiritual desperation: If God has forgiven all of my sins in the death of Jesus, why do I need to continually...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:29

The Analogy of Faith

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Almost nothing is as important as it is for the minister of the word of God to give the people of God the right meaning of whatever portion of Scripture he is preaching. R.L. Dabney, in his Sacred Rhetoric, explained what a minister is doing if he does not rightly divide the word of God...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:23

The Worst Sort of Pride

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One of the greatest snares to the souls of men is the snare of measuring ourselves by ourselves and comparing ourselves among ourselves (2 Cor. 10:12). When we allow pride to fester and take root in our hearts, we begin to think, act and speak as if we are more holy than others. When we do so, we...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:22

Tassels of Grace

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Among the many seemingly confusing commands that God gave to Israel in redemptive history is the statute concerning the tassels and the violet thread in Numbers 15:37-41. After giving the people of God the distinction between unintentional and high-handed sins, the Lord commanded them to sew...

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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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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

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