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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I try not to oversell. But this video—less than 15 minutes—could actually change your life. I’m almost convinced myself.

Watch Cal Newport—a 37-year-old associate professor of computer science at Georgetown and the author of New York Times bestselling books like Deep...

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“The Bible does not say explicitly, ‘Thou shalt have a written church covenant,’ any more than it says, ‘Thou shalt have marriage licenses,’ or, ‘Thou shalt have wedding rings,'” John Piper explains. “One way to look at it is that a church...

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In an insightful article for Eikon: A Journal for Biblical Anthropology, Joe Rigney—assistant professor of theology and literature at Bethlehem College and Seminary and the author of The Things of Earth and Lewis on the Christian Life—has a helpful meditation on...

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John Piper:

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...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:30

What Are the Requirements to Be an Elder?

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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...

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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.

Psalm 22:28

For kingship belongs to the LORDand he rules over the nations.

God...

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David Powlison, God’s Grace in Your Suffering (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018), 43–46.

When he engages your suffering, the all-wise God typically creates a dynamic interplay of five questions.

  1. What hardship are you facing?
  2. What life-giving word from him speaks to you?
  3. What input do wise...

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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...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 05:52

David Powlison (1949–2019)

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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.

Parents

Dora Powlison, David’s mother, went by “Dodie.” She was born in Port Townsend, Washington,...

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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...

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Freddie DeBoer, reflecting on how your addiction to being online is part of the design:

Here’s what I know: the mindset I have partially and slowly left behind is the product of choice, and not my choice.

It’s a point that I cannot stress enough, and it’s one that I think should be...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 00:05

Plato → Aristotle → Augustine → Aquinas

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Peter Kreeft, Socrates’ Children: The 100 Greatest Philosophers, Volume II: Medieval Philosophers:

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...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 15:00

How to Lead an Elder Meeting

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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...

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David Gerlenter—professor of computer science at Yale University and chief scientist at Mirror Worlds Technologies—has an excellent essay in the Spring 2019 issue of Claremont Review of Books explaining how Stephen Meyer’s book, Darwin’s Doubt,...

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We all know that:

  1. Ancient Near Eastern people believed that the sky was a strong solid dome or firmament, holding up heavenly waters above it.
  2. This teaching is reflected in Genesis 1:6–8:

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from...

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Since 1991, Weston W. Fields (PhD, Hebrew University) has been the executive director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation as well as the director of Dead Sea Scrolls Publications. Brill has published his 600-page monograph, The Dead Seas Scrolls: A Full History, along with his The...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 22:30

Warren Wiersbe (1929–2019)

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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...

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Theologian Michael Horton once wrote:

Nancy Guthrie is one of the best teachers of Scripture I’ve ever heard or read. Her style—even in writing—is conversational. It’s like you’re sharing a cup of coffee while tracing the central motifs of the biblical story from...

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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

  • who Jesus is (Christology),
  • why he had to suffer (sin),
  • how his...

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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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