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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Thomas Kidd, distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, has published a major new biography, Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017).

I sat down...

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These six minutes by the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary—containing lament, hope, and resolve—are worth watching:

For a new book on the subject of the SBC and race, see Kevin Jones and Jarvis Williams, Removing the Stain of Racism from the...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 21:26

Taking a Stand for Restorative Justice

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Today the Colson Center, Prison Fellowship, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Association of Evangelicals have joined together to sponsor “The Justice Declaration.” The statement laments...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 09:07

6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety

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Wisdom from counselor David Powlison on dealing with everyday, garden-variety anxiety.

Do you want to hear a good description of what happens with anxiety?

“A man who has no control over his spirit

is like a city broken into and without walls.”

That’s...

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I recently sat down with New Testament professor Matthew Harmon to ask him some questions about his new book, Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible (Crossway, 2017)—which is currently on sale for less than $8 at Amazon.

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image Russell Moore, Adopted for Life:

The creepiest sound I have ever heard was nothing at all. My wife, Maria, and I stood in the hallway of an orphanage somewhere in the former Soviet Union, on the first of two trips required for our petition to adopt. Orphanage staff led...

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Below is a five-minute animated presentation, which is expanded in Glen Scrivener’s book:

If I could sit with an unbeliever today and watch a gospel presentation, we would watch this. http://t.co/QzS7JNEY

— John Piper (@JohnPiper) October 31, 2012

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The following excerpt from David Powlison’s forthcoming Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken (August 2017) illustrates why he is one of the most helpful, down-to-earth counselors of wisdom for the Christian life:

What one thing about God in Christ...

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An exchange between Senator Bernie Sanders and the potential deputy White House budget director, Russell Vought, who is an evangelical Christian.

David French provided a transcript:

Sanders: Let me get to this issue that has bothered me and bothered many other...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 21:55

Look See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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The new documentary LOOK & SEE is “a beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry.”

The...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:20

Spoken Word on Martin Luther King Jr.

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A meditation-exhortation from Isaac Adams:

On April 4, 2018—the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—many of us will gather at mlk50conference.com to reflect upon his legacy and to dream about the future.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 20:03

A Hamlet That Finally Makes Sense

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T.S. Elliot once suggested that Shakespeare’s Hamlet doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and is ultimately “a flop.”

But Edward T. Oakes argues that with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet (first on stage, then on the BBC and PBS, now on...

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Stephen Wellum, professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is the co-author (with Peter Gentry) Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants and its condensed version, God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants: A...

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Here is my endorsement for an important new book:

imageIf I had the power to require every Christian parent, pastor, and professor to read two books on creation and evolution—ideally alongside their mature children, parishioners, and students—it would be 40 Questions about Creation and...

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Several years ago in National Review Online, Kevin Williamson did a post on “What to Think about Global Warming.” His main point was as follows:

The debate is polarized, and it is natural to throw one’s lot in with one camp or another—The World Is Ending vs. Global Warming Is...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:55

This (↔) Is About That (↕)

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 Kings Church Eastbourne has produced a wonderful little video with Andrew Wilson on the ultimate meaning of marriage:

For a book-length treatment of this, see Ray Ortlund’s Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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B. B. Warfield:

The Old Testament may be likened to a chamber richly furnished but dimly lighted; the introduction of light brings into it nothing which was not in it before; but it brings out into clearer view much of what is in it but was only dimly or even not at all perceived before.

The mystery...

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Who is Günter Bechly? Here’s part of his Wikipedia entry:

Bechly studied biology at the University of Hohenheim and zoology, parasitology and paleontology at the University of Tübingen. In 1999 he finished his PhD thesis on the fossil history and phylogeny of dragonflies and...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:55

Lord, If You Had Been Here: A Poem for Easter

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Glen Scrivener:

In John chapter 11, Jesus’ best friend lies ill. His family beg Jesus to come and heal him. Jesus does not respond right away. When he shows up, Lazarus has been dead for four days. It seems he’s too late.

But to this tragedy Jesus brings two surprising gifts—tears...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:26

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

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When’s the last time you were convicted by a book promo?

Well, my creative colleagues at Crossway have produced a brilliant little video to introduce Tony Reinke’s incredibly wise and perceptive new book, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.

But there is ample gospel-hope for us, too, as...

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A great deal from WTS Books—a new 400+ page hardcover volume from John Piper plus a cloth-over-board Thinline ESV for under $20:

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The sale ends April 20, 2017. More info here.

They are also offering the Collected Works of John Piper for 57% off + free shipping.

Endorsements

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:29

Odd Thomas on the Gospel in 3 Minutes

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Odd Thomas of Humble Beast on the Reality of the Resurrection:

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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The following is adapted from the glossary and reference guide for The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Livedpaired down just to the main characters. (The original, longer guide also defines key places and events.)

For a limited time the...

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I am thankful for the Dispatches from the Front documentary series, as Tim Keesee takes us to various parts of the world to visit with missionaries who are laboring to introduce people to Christ.

Here’s a description of the newly released episode 10 (running time: 67 minutes) where we go...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 20:57

My Favorite Christian Music Video

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Fernando Ortega’s tribute to Ruth Bell Graham (1920-2007):

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