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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Longtime readers will know that I am not a young-earth creationist (I think there are exegetical weaknesses I haven’t been able to overcome), but one of the things I appreciate about the young-earth-only ministry Answers in Genesis is that they have a section on their website entitled Argument...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 02:29

What Is This Book?

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A beautiful paragraph, found in the introduction of every Bible produced by the remarkable Gideon International:

The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its...

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Charles Camosy—associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, board member of Democrats for Life, and author of Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation—had an article in July helpfully summarizing seven reasons it is deeply...

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The conversation above is from the new video / podcast, SelfWire, hosted by Paul Maxwell.

Joe is always worth listening to, and I commend to you their conversation.

 

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 02:08

A Short Documentary on Albert Mohler

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This is a wonderful documentary on the amazing story of how R. Albert Mohler Jr. assumed the presidency of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, 25 years ago this year, and returned the school to theological fidelity—one of the most significant events in 20th...

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Theologian John Frame sets forth the criteria he uses—and tries to avoid—when evaluating theological writings.

1. Scripturality

  • Are the ideas teachings of Scripture?
  • Are they at least consistent with Scripture?
  • This is, of course, the chief criterion.

2. Truth

  • Even if an idea is not found in...

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In his new commentary on 1 Corinthians, Tom Schreiner argues that Paul uses the word prophecy to reference “communicating revelation from God in a spontaneous utterance.”

He explains that Wayne Grudem “argues that New Testament prophecy is fallible, unlike Old Testament...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 00:33

A Poem about the New Heavens and New Earth

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From John Piper’s poem “Glorified” (written in 1985) on what every Christian longs to see someday.

And then the Lord Wiped every tear away and turned To see his bride. Her heart had yearned Four thousand years for this: His face Shone like the sun, and every trace Of wrath was...

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Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered an outstanding 18-minute speech on the Senate floor last night, addressing the incredible pain and horror of sexual assault, lamenting the false binary choice being offered to Americans, and chastising our...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 00:53

Why God’s Love Is Better than ‘Unconditional’

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David Powlison’s essay, “God’s Love: Better Than Unconditional,” suggests that people who use the term often have good intentions, wanting to affirm four interrelated truths:

  • “Conditional love” is bad—unconditional is shorthand for the opposite of...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 01:17

A 10-Point Social Media Strategy

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Ligon Duncan—Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, as well as the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS—recently shared his social media strategy.

1. Relentlessly encourage, edify, and inform.

2. Ignore trolls, mockers, and slanderers into...

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To my knowledge, no one keeps tabulation on the number of Christians who have written forewords. But I imagine few have been more prolific at this task than J. I. Packer. And I am certain that few, if any, have done it so well.

To pick a random example, here is the latest Packer foreword I have...

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I like definitions, and I like distinctions. Without them, conversations get confused and muddled.

That’s why I liked posts like this from Jared Wilson.

He identifies two major views—call them the Pro–Social Justice side and the Anti–Social Justice side—and four subsets...

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This is a helpful set of affirmations and denials from The Village Church in Texas:

We affirm that both men and women have been created in the image of God and are entitled to the privileges and held accountable to the responsibilities that come with reflecting our Creator.

We deny that either gender...

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From an article on depression by Ed Welch:

The severe pain of depression makes you welcome anything that can bring relief.

For some people, medication brings relief from some symptoms.

Most family physicians are qualified to prescribe appropriate medications. If you prefer a specialist, get a...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 05:36

The One Foolproof Way to Prevent a Broken Heart

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C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves:

To love at all is to be vulnerable.

Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.

If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.

Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little...

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One of the reasons many people resonate with Kevin DeYoung’s writing is that he has a mind that likes to define terms and make distinctions. When that happens, fog begins to clear away among people of goodwill.

So, on the question, “Is social justice a gospel issue?” he avoids the...

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Michael McClymond (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor of modern Christianity at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. His latest work, The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism (Baker Academic, 2018), is a 1,300-page history...

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David Sunday, pastor of New Covenant Bible Church in St. Charles, IL:

Friends, do you realize how vital it is to gather here together on the Lord’s Day, Sunday after Sunday? Satan loves to isolate us. This is a killer! Don’t neglect to gather together with God’s people in worship!...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 23:11

What Does It Mean to Be a Dual Citizen?

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In the September 2018 issue of Tabletalk magazine, I contributed an article on what it means to live as dual citizens between the times.

Here is an excerpt on citizenship:

One of the biblical metaphors for thinking through our relationship between the present age and the age to come is...

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Over the weekend Alan Jacobs, distinguished professor of the humanities in the Honors Program of Baylor University, had an important post on how we process the never-ending influx of information fixated on Now:

The more time people spend on social media, the more prone they become to recenc...

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Brian Mattson:

Those who have followed my “career,” such as it is, for the last decade have surely noticed that I do not often engage in the heated theological debates of the day. There are reasons for this beyond lethargy or timidity.

I grew up and was nurtured in the Reformed tradition,...

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Brad Littlejohn, President of The Davenant Institute, has an insightful post this morning on the friend/enemy distinction and how we should operate in the public square.

He begins by asking, “What does it mean for someone to be an enemy (not merely a personal enemy, but the...

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Ben Shapiro:

Conservatives have high hopes that Kavanaugh — along with Roberts, Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas — will rule to knock over that legal monstrosity.

That’s highly unlikely.

First off, it takes four votes for the Supreme Court to agree to review a particular lower-court case,...

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Patrick Deneen of the University of Notre Dame:

My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an...

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