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
Authors: Justin Taylor...
Beware of announcing your compassion for the latest calamity on Twitter, like grieving for the people in New Zealand.
Why is that a problem? Because Jesus said,
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from...
In 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:6–9, the apostle Paul sets forth a number of characteristics that men must possess in order to be pastors, elders, overseers, shepherds. (In the New Testament, these terms are all equivalent—elder connotes the man’s dignity and standing; ov...
The following is adapted from J. Budziszewski, Evangelicals in the Public Square: Four Formative Voices on Political Thought and Action (Baker Academic, 2006).
1. God is the true sovereign.
For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.
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...
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.
Dora Powlison, David’s mother, went by “Dodie.” She was born in Port Townsend, Washington,...
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...
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...
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...
We all know that:
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from...
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...
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
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...
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
Sure there is room within our hearts good store;
For they can lodge transgressions by the score:
Thousands of toys dwell there,...
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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