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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Ken Myers—of Mars Hill Audio renown—is under contract to write a book for Crossway on C. S. Lewis’s three-lecture masterpiece, The Abolition of Man.

Political philosopher J. Budziszewski once wrote that The Abolition of Man is “perhaps the greatest work on natural...

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Stephen Meyer, director of the Center for Science & Culture at the Discovery Institute, is the author of Darwin’s Doubt and Signature in the Cell, as well as a co-editor of Theistic Evolution.

In the above video, Ben Shapiro sits down for an hour-long conversation with...

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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...

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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

Receive thee?

 

Sure there is room within our hearts good store;

For they can lodge transgressions by the score:

Thousands of toys dwell there,...

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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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Thursday, 18 April 2019 22:32

Is He Worthy?

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Andrew Peterson asks, “Is he worthy?

We respond: “He is.”

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,...

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According to the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was crucified on the “third hour” (Mark 15:25).

The Gospel of John, however, says Pilate sentenced Jesus to crucifixion on “about the sixth hour” (John 19:14).

In a book I worked on with Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander...

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Douglas Sweeney has been named the new dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, succeeding the school’s founding dean, Timothy George, who had served in the position since the school’s inception in 1988. (You can read Collin Hansen’s...

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Spiritual adoption is a big deal for the practical theology of J. I. Packer.

In Knowing God J. I. Packer writes:

If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.

If this is not the...

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The foreword by D. A. Carson to Vern Poythress’s new book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and Understanding Genesis 1–3 (Crossway, 2019).

Some topics are notoriously complex, and few, if any, are more complex than the doctrine of creation.

This complexity springs in...

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The success of the contemporary pro-abortion rights movement depends on at three two things: (1) retaining their reign within the most visible, powerful, and effective means of public communication (education, media, and the courts); (2) downplaying the ghastly nature of what they are really...

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Theologian John Murray once defined common grace as “every favour of whatever kind or degree, falling short of salvation, which this undeserving and sin-cursed world enjoys at the hand of God” (Collected Works, II:96).

Pastor-theologian Sam Storms writes:

As we approach the second...

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This video, captured in 2010, show the Kimyal Tribe of Papua, Indonesia, celebrating the arrival of the New Testament in their own language.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Paul’s letter to the Romans has been well-served by Reformed and evangelical commentaries.

I asked five of my favorite commentators on the book if they would tackle five questions: from Paul’s purpose in writing the letter to why they love it (including questions about the hardest verse...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 23:18

Four Daily Prayers from John Calvin

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In 1542, John Calvin published Catéchisme de l’Eglise de Genève (Catechism of the Church of Geneva). At the end of it, in an appendix entitled “Several Godly Prayers,” he included prayers that could be prayed through the day. The following were translated...

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I’m starting a new, unofficial series today, asking two experts the same set of questions but allowing them to give their own answers. Today I’m pleased to welcome two pastor-scholars to the blog:

  1. Patrick Schreiner, author of The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross, is...

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In his new, thoughtful, helpful book, The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction (IVP, 2019),  Justin Whitmel Earley talks about five things he has started doing to retain some sanity when it comes to social media.

First, I try to open a media site only when I have need...

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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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