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

Justin Taylor - Apologetic Report
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J. I. Packer:

What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it—the fact that he knows me.

I am graven on the palms of his hands [Isa. 49:16].

I am never out of his mind.

All my knowledge of him depends on his...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 01:26

How Traditional Marriage Became De-Condensed

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Sarah Perry argues that virtually every technological advance is an example of “de-condensation.”

In the past, she writes, “time, artifacts, institutions, and even people are more condensed.”

But today:

Almost every technological advance is a de-condensation:

it...

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Jesus is not God the Father. He is God the Son.

As the Chalcedonian Creed teaches, the Son has always been truly God, consubstantial (of the same substance or essence) as the Father. In the incarnation, he assumed a human nature, making him truly man, consubstantial with us.

Some, however, deny that...

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In the foreword to Joe Rigney’s book, The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts, John Piper wrote:

If there is an evangelical Christian alive today who has thought and written more biblically, more deeply, more creatively, or more practically about the proper enjoyment of...

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Few people understand the culture of death in American law and medicine like Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute. He has a blog post over at First Things identifying the two questions society has to answer, which will determine how accepted and engrained infanticide becomes.

H...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 22:56

The Hidden Floodlight Ministry of the Holy Spirit

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J.I. Packer:

The Holy Spirit’s distinctive new covenant role . . . is to fulfill what we may call a floodlight ministry in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ. So far as this role was concerned, the Spirit “was not yet” (John 7:39, literal Greek) while Jesus was on earth; only when...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 04:54

The Weaker Sex?

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Abigail Dodd, (A)Typical Women: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ (Crossway, 2019), 50–52:

A package came in the mail with the warning “Fragile: Handle with Care.” We fastidiously cut open the cardboard and were disappointed to find a few broken pieces inside. If only the...

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On January 24, 2019, Dr. Robert “Bob” Mounce passed away in Seattle, Washington, surrounded by his family. You can read his obituary and some reflections by his eldest son, Bill.

Dr. Mounce was president emeritus of Whitworth University, served as an important biblical commentator...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:41

The Argument Against Abortion in 250 Words

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Scott Klusendorf, president of Life Training Institute, author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture and coauthor of Stand for Life: Answering the Call, Making the Case, Saving Lives, writes:

By all means, preach a biblical view of human value. But students in...

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In June 2019, Media Gratiae, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and Reformation Heritage Books are coming together to produce a new feature-length documentary, PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God. It will be executively produced by Matthew Robinson, directed by Stephen McCaskell,...

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English Puritan William Bridge (c. 1600–1670) ministers to us through his book A Lifting Up for the Downcast (Banner of Truth), 61–63:

Take heed and beware of discouragements, of being cast down; you have no reason for it, much reason against it.

Thereby you rejoice the heart of...

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B. B. Warfield—the great theologian of Princeton Theological Seminary who lived from 1851 to 1921—once preached a sermon on Philippians 2:5–8. He entitled it “Imitating the Incarnation.

David Powlison says that the ending of this sermon “offers the most...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:22

Everybody Knows What Is in the Womb

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Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University:

We’ve known for a long time what a woman is carrying when she is pregnant—namely a child, her child.

We’ve known that it is not a rock or a potato or a frog, but rather a living member of the human species, the human...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 20:29

What Facebook Knows about You

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From Axios’s Ina Fried:

Assembling your profile: This is where your Facebook presence begins.

  • When you create an account, Facebook asks for your name and birthdate, along with either a phone number or e-mail.
  • Then there’s all the information you give Facebook as you fill out your...

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The following is from a letter written in July 1530 to Jerome Weller, a 31-year-old friend who had previously lived in the Luther home, tutored his children, and was now struggling with spiritual despair:

. . Excellent Jerome, You ought to rejoice in this temptation of the devil because it is a...

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I recently caught up with the talented filmmaker Dallas Jenkins, who has just wrapped up shooting the first several episodes of a show that I think readers will be very interested in. Here was our conversation, followed by the pilot episode.

For those who haven’t heard yet, what is “The...

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Brant Pitre’s The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ is creative and compelling. Read along with Peter Williams’s Can We Trust the Gospels? readers will have an outstanding one-two punch.

Pitre includes a helpful summary of how oral...

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I know I’m fighting a losing battle with this post. It won’t go viral. It probably won’t change many minds.

But I’ll give it a shot anyway.

No matter how many times people make the claim, it is simply wrong to say that 81 percent of white evangelicals in the United States...

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Only C. S. Lewis could take a common experience—the various ways in which we think throughout life about the riding of a bicycle—and use it as an illustration of the four universal phases of life, and how they point above and beyond themselves to something that nothing in this world can...

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Craig Blomberg, New Testament Theology, pp. 5–6:

Particularly noteworthy is how little attention is paid in more liberal circles (even more so in the United States today than in Germany!) to the growing body of literature spawned in varying ways by Larry Hurtado and Richard Bauckham,...

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Greg LaFollette is a musician and producer in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the resident artist at a local church plant, Grace Story Church, and serves as their director of arts and liturgy.

His sophomore album, Songs of Common Prayer, featuring artists Sara Groves, Sarah Masen, and Taylor...

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A well-read public figure was recently asked about what modern fiction he reads, and he replied that he only makes time for older fiction in his life right now—books that have stood the test of time. Not surprisingly, his preference was criticized. One person even claimed that this choice was...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:38

The First Christmas: God’s Mission to Earth

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A new film from SpeakLife UK.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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David Powlison:

So often the initial reaction to painful suffering is

Why me?

Why this?

Why now?

Why?

You’ve now heard God speaking with you. The real God says all these wonderful things, and does everything he says.

He comes for you, in the flesh, in Christ, into suffering, on your behalf.

He...

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C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity:

Imagine yourself as a living house.

God comes in to rebuild that house.

At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not...

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