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

Apologetic Report - TMS - Preachers & Preaching
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 03:00

The Mandate of Biblical Inerrancy: Expository Preaching Featured

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This July, Dr. John MacArthur will teach on the doctrinal foundations of expository preaching in the fall 2017 session of the Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching program. To learn more and to apply, visit tms.edu/dmin.

Preaching ought to reflect our conviction that God’s Word is...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 02:05

Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray Featured

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The Master’s Seminary is pleased to announce the publication of a new book, Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray.

This volume serves as a sequel to Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong.

The book’s contributors are comprised of TMS professors and/or pastors at Grace Community...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 09:37

Why Pastors Must Pray Featured

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Here are ten reminders for pastors about the vital need to cultivate their personal prayer life, as articulated by notable ministers from church history.

1. True effectiveness in ministry comes not through methods, but through prayer.

A. C. Dixon: When we rely upon organization, we get what...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 01:01

Living for Eternity: Adoniram Judson Featured

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I have been profoundly impressed with the sacrifices made by Christian men and women throughout the centuries of church history. From martyrs to missionaries, these individuals have served their King with greatest intensity and courage, valiantly standing as examples for those who come behind them....

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Monday, 02 January 2017 22:56

Ten Reminders for Preachers Featured

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Here are ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as articulated by some of history’s greatest preachers.

1. Effective ministry consists not of fads or gimicks, but of faithfully preaching the truth.

Charles Spurgeon: Ah, my dear friends, we want nothing in these...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:01

The Bible Expositor’s Handbook Featured

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We are pleased to announce the release of The Bible Expositor’s Handbook by Dr. Greg Harris, Professor of Bible Exposition at The Master’s Seminary.

Here is a brief description of this important work:

The Bible Expositor’s Handbook of the Old Testament provides a thorough...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 01:01

Christmas Carols and the Gospel Featured

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It’s that time of year. Turn on the radio, take a trip to the mall, or simply stroll down the aisles of the local grocery store, and you’re likely to hear songs about Jesus’ birth playing in the background.

We call them “Christmas carols,” but they are...

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Friday, 09 December 2016 16:25

New Book by Professor Scott Bashoor Featured

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image We are pleased to announce that B & H Academic has just released a digital edition of a new book by Prof. Scott Bashoor, Visual Outline Charts of the New Testament (VOCNT).

VOCNT is a collection of 70 full color, full page charts showing the structure and content of each New Testament book....

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 01:01

God in the Manger Featured

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What is the real meaning of Christmas?

The answer may just surprise you.

For many, Christmas is the time to think of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger. While the birth of Christ is a special and miraculous event, it isn’t the primary focus. The central truth of the Christmas story is this: the...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 09:42

Controversies and Christmas Featured

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Mention “Christmas” and “controversy” together in the same sentence, and most evangelicals will assume you’re talking about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, or the secularization of the winter holiday season.

But, from a historical perspective, a much more significant...

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Monday, 28 November 2016 01:01

Jesus’ Deity and the Early Church Featured

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Did the early church believe in the deity of Christ?

Ask your average Muslim, Unitarian, Jehovah’s Witness, or just about any non-Christian skeptic who has read (or watched) The Da Vinci Code,and they’ll try to convince you the answer is noFrom such...

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 01:01

Praying for Your Children Featured

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The Bible clearly shows that, during our Lord’s earthly ministry, there were parents who wanted Jesus to bless their children:

Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children...

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 03:01

Fruits of Obedience Featured

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The apostle Peter exhorted his Christian audience, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am...

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 21:45

Seminary: Where Devotion Meets Discipline Featured

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Today’s post is adapted from B. B. Warfield’s address “The Religious Life of Seminary Students.” The full essay can be read here.

As students of theology your vocation is to study theology; and to study it diligently, in accordance with the apostolic injunction:...

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 00:40

Shepherding the Flock Featured

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The New Testament often depicts spiritual leaders as shepherds of God’s flock. It is an appropriate image, because a shepherd leads, feeds, comforts, corrects, and protects the sheep under his care. Those same responsibilities belong to every church leader. In fact, the word pastor means sheph...

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Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:01

What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? Featured

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A guest blog by Tim Challies

Every year or so I find myself crawling back to a definition of the word Reformed that I first wrote up a couple of years ago. I find it worthwhile to revisit this every twelve months or so. With the amount of reading and studying I do in a year, I feel it is...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:57

Learning Lessons from Liberals Featured

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Dead Germans. They are the subject of a lecture I give every spring in my church history classes: a brief overview of German theologians from the 19th and early-20th centuries.

It’s kind of a depressing lecture to deliver — the sad tale of skepticism intersecting with scholarship; a...

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Friday, 28 October 2016 01:01

Thomas Cranmer, Cowardice, and Courage Featured

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A brief sketch from the pages of Reformation history.

Four hundred sixty years ago, on March 21, 1556, a crowd of curious spectators packed University Church in Oxford, England. They were there to witness the public recantation of one of the most well-known English Reformers, a man named Thomas...

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:01

Holiness and Halloween Featured

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As a church history professor, October 31st is one of my favorite holidays. That’s because it is Reformation Day; and this year will mark 499 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 00:01

Luther’s Personal Reformation Featured

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It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime.

He had become a monk five years earlier, much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In fact, it was...

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:01

Reformation Fire Featured

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“Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock? (Jer. 23:29)

What caused the Reformation?

Many people might answer that question by pointing to Martin Luther and his 95 Theses.

But if you were to ask Luther himself, he would not point to...

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 22:28

Our Undying Hope Featured

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Fox’s Book of Martyrs is a must read for every Christian. Written by John Fox over 350 years ago, it catalogs the lives of hundreds of believers who, throughout church history, were willing to give their lives for the cause of Christ. When it comes to contagious courage, I can think of no...

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Friday, 14 October 2016 01:01

Fame vs. Faithfulness Featured

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Today concludes our series highlighting five compelling motivations to preach the Word.

Motivation 5: Preach the WordBecause of the Deceptiveness of the Sensual (2 Timothy 4:3–4)

Having reminded Timothy of the ultimate accountability, Paul continued by warning him that faithful preaching will...

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:11

Where Duty and Privilege Meet Featured

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Over the past few days, in looking at Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy, we have considered two compelling motivations to preach the Word. Today, we will consider two more:

Motivation 3: Preach the WordBecause of the Dynamic of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:15–17)

The faithful...

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 01:01

Preaching in the Face of Danger Featured

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In the verses surrounding 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul provided his protégé with much-needed motivation to stand firm and persevere to the end. For Timothy, the command was clear: preach the Word; and the calling was deadly serious: souls were at stake.

In order to equip him for the task, Paul...

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