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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David Powlison, God’s Grace in Your Suffering (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018), 43–46.

When he engages your suffering, the all-wise God typically creates a dynamic interplay of five questions.

  1. What hardship are you facing?
  2. What life-giving word from him speaks to you?
  3. What input do wise...

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John Newton, the slave-ship captain and self-described chief of sinners turned wise and gracious Anglican pastor:

Of all people who engage in controversy, we, who are called Calvinists, are most expressly bound by our own principles to the exercise of gentleness and moderation.

If, indeed, they who...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 05:52

David Powlison (1949–2019)

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David Powlison died peacefully at his home in Glenside, Pennsylvania, at 11 am (Eastern Time) on Friday, June 7, 2019, after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

He was 69 years old.

Parents

Dora Powlison, David’s mother, went by “Dodie.” She was born in Port Townsend, Washington,...

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On May 23, 2019, David Powlison was scheduled to give the closing comments at the Westminster Theological Seminary Graduation Ceremony. He was unable to attend, however, because he is receiving hospice care at home, suffering from stage IV pancreatic cancer. His remarks were read in his...

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Freddie DeBoer, reflecting on how your addiction to being online is part of the design:

Here’s what I know: the mindset I have partially and slowly left behind is the product of choice, and not my choice.

It’s a point that I cannot stress enough, and it’s one that I think should be...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:05

Plato → Aristotle → Augustine → Aquinas

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Peter Kreeft, Socrates’ Children: The 100 Greatest Philosophers, Volume II: Medieval Philosophers:

In the entire history of the world, there may have been some greater philosophical and theological mind than Augustine,

but I don’t know who that could possibly be, except Thomas...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:00

How to Lead an Elder Meeting

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For the past few years, the elders at New Covenant Bible Church (where I serve) have begun every meeting by reading  an adapted form of the following from Zack Eswine’s The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus (Cross...

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David Gerlenter—professor of computer science at Yale University and chief scientist at Mirror Worlds Technologies—has an excellent essay in the Spring 2019 issue of Claremont Review of Books explaining how Stephen Meyer’s book, Darwin’s Doubt,...

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We all know that:

  1. Ancient Near Eastern people believed that the sky was a strong solid dome or firmament, holding up heavenly waters above it.
  2. This teaching is reflected in Genesis 1:6–8:

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from...

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Since 1991, Weston W. Fields (PhD, Hebrew University) has been the executive director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation as well as the director of Dead Sea Scrolls Publications. Brill has published his 600-page monograph, The Dead Seas Scrolls: A Full History, along with his The...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 22:30

Warren Wiersbe (1929–2019)

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Prolific Bible teacher Warren Wiersbe died on May 2, 2019, at the age of 89.

Warren Wendel Wiersbe was born on May 16, 1929, to Fred and Gladys Anna (Forsberg) Wiersbe in East Chicago, Indiana, at that time the most industrialized city in the United States.

Wiersbe traced his call to ministry to May...

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Theologian Michael Horton once wrote:

Nancy Guthrie is one of the best teachers of Scripture I’ve ever heard or read. Her style—even in writing—is conversational. It’s like you’re sharing a cup of coffee while tracing the central motifs of the biblical story from...

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Theologian Kevin Vanhoozer:


Why does doctrine matter?

Primarily because without it, we could not answer Jesus’s question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15).

Christian doctrine sets forth in speech

  • who Jesus is (Christology),
  • why he had to suffer (sin),
  • how his...

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Ken Myers—of Mars Hill Audio renown—is under contract to write a book for Crossway on C. S. Lewis’s three-lecture masterpiece, The Abolition of Man.

Political philosopher J. Budziszewski once wrote that The Abolition of Man is “perhaps the greatest work on natural...

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Stephen Meyer, director of the Center for Science & Culture at the Discovery Institute, is the author of Darwin’s Doubt and Signature in the Cell, as well as a co-editor of Theistic Evolution.

In the above video, Ben Shapiro sits down for an hour-long conversation with...

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It is the greatest and truest news in all the world:

Jesus is risen!

This is how his followers felt and we should still feel today.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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George Herbert (1633):

Oh blessed body!  Whither art thou thrown?

No lodging for thee, but a cold hard stone?

So many hearts on earth, and yet not one

Receive thee?

 

Sure there is room within our hearts good store;

For they can lodge transgressions by the score:

Thousands of toys dwell there,...

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Caroline Cobb and Sean Carter provide a great example of biblical theology through song, from the album The Blood + the Breath: Songs That Tell the Story of Redemption:

There’s a promise in our veins But it’s faded by all these years in chains Send a prophet, send the plagues That...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 22:32

Is He Worthy?

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Andrew Peterson asks, “Is he worthy?

We respond: “He is.”

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,...

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According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was crucified on the “third hour” (Mark 15:25).

The Gospel of John, however, says Pilate sentenced Jesus to crucifixion on “about the sixth hour” (John 19:14).

In a book I worked on with Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander...

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Douglas Sweeney has been named the new dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, succeeding the school’s founding dean, Timothy George, who had served in the position since the school’s inception in 1988. (You can read Collin Hansen’s...

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Spiritual adoption is a big deal for the practical theology of J. I. Packer.

In Knowing God J. I. Packer writes:

If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.

If this is not the...

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The foreword by D. A. Carson to Vern Poythress’s new book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1–3 (Crossway, 2019).

Some topics are notoriously complex, and few, if any, are more complex than the doctrine of creation.

This complexity springs in...

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The success of the contemporary pro-abortion rights movement depends on at three two things: (1) retaining their reign within the most visible, powerful, and effective means of public communication (education, media, and the courts); (2) downplaying the ghastly nature of what they are really...

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Theologian John Murray once defined common grace as “every favour of whatever kind or degree, falling short of salvation, which this undeserving and sin-cursed world enjoys at the hand of God” (Collected Works, II:96).

Pastor-theologian Sam Storms writes:

As we approach the second...

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