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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Monday, 18 September 2017 19:03

Reading the Rule of St. Benedict for Today

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image The Rule of St. Benedict (regula Benedicti) was written by Benedict (c. AD 480-547) as a rule for communal life under the order of an abbot (the head of the abbey).

For fifteen centuries, it has served as a leading guide for balanced monastic living. And these days,...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:02

Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)

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On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer.

Islam Was All

Nabeel was born in California as a U.S. citizen to Pakistani immigrants who fled religious persecution at the...

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In Pilgrim Theology, the concise, lay-level version of Michael Horton’s Systematic Theology, Horton explains the four coordinates of the compass for integrating faith and practice as pilgrims seeking to glorify God:

All of our faith and practice arise out of the dr...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 19:25

The Marks of a Crusty Christian

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A good word from Kevin DeYoung’s The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism (Moody, 2010):

What makes a Christian crusty?

A number of things.

For starters, it’s an attitude. It’s a demeanor where being Calvinist or...

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PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute)—a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy—has released their report on the 2016 American Values Atlas (AVA), which was...

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Last Sunday, at our church, we recited together this corporate confession written by Bob Kauflin, followed by an assurance of pardon from Isaiah 53:1-5. I commend it to you. The elements in bold were read by the pastor.


Holy and righteous God, we confess that like Isaiah, we...

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R. T. France, in his commentary on The Gospel of Matthew (NICNT; Eerdmans, 2007), laments:

Modern readers of the NT often know little about the geopolitical world of first-century Palestine.

It is commonly assumed that “the Jews” were an undifferentiated...

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I am a big fan of the Lumo Project, which is seeking—for the first time—to film all four Gospels as feature films, using only the unabridged biblical text as their script.

Watching these films really brings out how Anglicized or Western are many of the Jesus...

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The following is a brief overview of the beliefs of Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) believe, along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted...

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The following is a brief overview of what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted by permission).

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image David Horner, professor of biblical and theological studies at Biola University, seeks to answer the age-old dispute:

[W]hile consideration of the Latin original of Augustine’s name does not determine a single, grammatically obligatory English pronunciation, it does...

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J. I. Packer:

It is certain that God blesses believers precisely and invariably by blessing to them something of his truth and that misbelief as such is in its own nature spiritually barren and destructive.

Yet anyone who deals with souls will again and again be amazed at the...

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Christians often use the binary categories of “nature vs. nurture,” though most of us suspect there is some sort of spectrum at play in child development, the role of genetics, the importance of environmental influences, etc.

If we want to be more biblical,...

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Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855):

When the prosperous man on a dark but starlit night drives comfortably in his carriage and has the lanterns lighted, aye, then he is safe, he fears no difficulty, he carries his light with him, and it is not dark close around him.

But...

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Thomas Kidd, distinguished professor of history and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, has published a major new biography, Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2017).

I sat down...

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These six minutes by the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary—containing lament, hope, and resolve—are worth watching:

For a new book on the subject of the SBC and race, see Kevin Jones and Jarvis Williams, Removing the Stain of Racism from the...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 21:26

Taking a Stand for Restorative Justice

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Today the Colson Center, Prison Fellowship, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Association of Evangelicals have joined together to sponsor “The Justice Declaration.” The statement laments...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 09:07

6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety

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Wisdom from counselor David Powlison on dealing with everyday, garden-variety anxiety.

Do you want to hear a good description of what happens with anxiety?

“A man who has no control over his spirit

is like a city broken into and without walls.”

That’s...

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I recently sat down with New Testament professor Matthew Harmon to ask him some questions about his new book, Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible (Crossway, 2017)—which is currently on sale for less than $8 at Amazon.

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image Russell Moore, Adopted for Life:

The creepiest sound I have ever heard was nothing at all. My wife, Maria, and I stood in the hallway of an orphanage somewhere in the former Soviet Union, on the first of two trips required for our petition to adopt. Orphanage staff led...

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Below is a five-minute animated presentation, which is expanded in Glen Scrivener’s book:

If I could sit with an unbeliever today and watch a gospel presentation, we would watch this. http://t.co/QzS7JNEY

— John Piper (@JohnPiper) October 31, 2012

Authors: Justin...

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The following excerpt from David Powlison’s forthcoming Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken (August 2017) illustrates why he is one of the most helpful, down-to-earth counselors of wisdom for the Christian life:

What one thing about God in Christ...

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An exchange between Senator Bernie Sanders and the potential deputy White House budget director, Russell Vought, who is an evangelical Christian.

David French provided a transcript:

Sanders: Let me get to this issue that has bothered me and bothered many other...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 21:55

Look See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

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The new documentary LOOK & SEE is “a beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry.”

The...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:20

Spoken Word on Martin Luther King Jr.

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A meditation-exhortation from Isaac Adams:

On April 4, 2018—the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—many of us will gather at mlk50conference.com to reflect upon his legacy and to dream about the future.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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