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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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

“N...

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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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Here are the videos from the expository plenaries at the Gospel Coalition National Conference (April 3-5, 2017) in Indianapolis, with the theme of “No Other Gospel.”

Galatians 1 | Paul’s Pilgrimage, Paul’s Plea John Piper

Galatians 2 | Apostolic Confrontation: The Exclusive...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:52

MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop

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Introducing mlk50conference.com, a conference on April 4, 2018, to reflect upon the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For the next 50 days, this one-day conference in Memphis will be on sale for only $50.

For more information, see mlk50conference.com.

Authors:...

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imageJacques Barzun offers 20 principles for good writing in Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers:

  1. Have a point and make it by means of the best word.
  2. Weed out the jargon.
  3. Look for all fancy wordings and get rid of them.
  4. Make sure you know not only the meaning but also the beari...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:32

The TGC National Conference Livestream Schedule

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All times Eastern Daylight.

Monday, April 3

1:00 pm John Piper | Paul’s Pilgrimage, Paul’s Plea | Galatians 1

3:00 pm Sandy Willson | Apostolic Confrontation: The Exclusive Sufficiency of Christ | Galatians 2

4:00 pm Stephen Nichols | On Martin Luther

7:30 pm Kevin DeYoung | On John Calvin

Tue...

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Friday, 31 March 2017 10:44

Tim Keller Introduces the New City Catechism

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Tim Keller, who helped to create the New City Catechism, explains why it is needed:

Collin Hansen adds:

The New City Catechism (NCC) is 52 questions and answers developed and adapted from the Reformation catechisms. Until now, the NCC has only been offered in app (iTunes...

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Crossway has now published The Collected Works of John Piper, a set many years in the making—four years in the editing and nearly fifty years in the writing.

Below is an FAQ, adapted from the introduction to the set written by David Mathis and me.

Who Is John Piper?

The son of a traveling...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 02:25

Reading the Book Acknowledgments

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I know I am odd, but I almost cannot imagine reading a book and not wanting to read the author’s acknowledgments. Even in the most technical of books by the most erudite of authors, the acknowledgments serve as a reminder that the author is a human being, dependent upon the good graces of...

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In his 1993 book on The Roman Near East published by Harvard University Press, Fergus Millar—now emeritus professor of ancient history at Oxford University—wrote:

The Gospels provide an extremely vivid, and in geographical terms quite extensive, view of what the area of Jewish...

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Derek Thomas recently wrote about David Murray’s new book, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture:

The simple truth is this: I needed this book right now!

There are truths in this volume—pastoral insights and healing counsels—that speak to me in very personal and...

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image Chris Bruno—recently named Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek at Bethlehem College and Seminary—is the author of a new book, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words.

Here is a brief description:

At the heart of the Bible is one overarching message: God saving his people...

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In 2009 a small Australian publisher quietly released a book entitled The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything, co-authored by Sydney Anglicans Colin Marshall and Tony Payne.

The book became an unlikely international bestseller, especially when Mark Dever...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:12

Fred Sanders on the Trinity and The Shack

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I’ve never been able to must up enough interest to read the runaway self-published bestseller, The Shack.

I don’t plan to see the movie—more from apathy than from some great opposition.

And I won’t be writing any “hot takes” on the theology of the...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:48

I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger

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A beautiful rendition sung by Karen Ellis:

I am a poor wayfaring stranger Just traveling through this world of woe But there’s no sickness, toil, or danger In that bright land to which I go

I’m going there to see my Father I’m going there no more to roam I’m only going, going...

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Because you have made us for Yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Thee.

Augustine, Confessions, 1.1.1.

Peter Kreeft:


Here it is: one of the greatest sentences ever written, the basic theme . . . of life itself.

It has two parts.

The first is the objective fact, and the...

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Jonathan Rogers—a novelist and a biographer of Flannery O’Connor—is teaching a six-week online writing course, which he introduces below:

You can sign up for it here. Below is more information on what is covered each week, followed by a brief introduction to Flannery...

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