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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Thursday, 16 November 2017 05:44

Movement, monument, mausoleum

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Some years ago a friend of mine used these three simple categories to objectify the sequential stages of a church’s rise and fall.

Movement

A healthy church is born as a burst of positive gospel energy. It’s a Pentecost-like explosion of joy, a vital gospel movement. Such a church has a...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:23

Your Church Can Be A Gospel Culture: Words

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Here are four categories of speech that church leaders should keep in mind at all times:

1.  Wisdom

Saying only Christ-honoring, life-giving things. Always asking oneself, “Do the words I feel like saying rise to the level of wisdom? If not, they have no place in my mouth. Good intentions...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:31

Your church can be a gospel culture: words

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Here are four categories of speech that church leaders should keep in mind at all times:

1.  Wisdom

Saying only Christ-honoring, life-giving things. Always asking oneself, “Do the words I feel like saying rise to the level of wisdom? If not, they have no place in my...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 07:14

Intimacy: Not Repelled

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“‘Intimacy’ is a word that can make you wince. It is used in sentimental settings, and it is sometimes deployed to describe relationships that are unworthy of the word.  But it actually means something important. Intimacy is when I know somebody else as they really are. It is...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:47

Intimacy: not repelled

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"'Intimacy' is a word that can make you wince.  It is used in sentimental settings, and it is sometimes deployed to describe relationships that are unworthy of the word.  But it actually means something important.  Intimacy is when I know somebody else as they...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 18:01

Where the battle rages

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“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:00

Where the battle rages

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“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity.  Where the battle...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 14:00

When the Spirit makes us throw up

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“I could tell you a case of a man back home, forty-five years old – a pagan, illiterate, who knew nothing about Christ.  Then he was brought by grace, through the preaching of the Christians, into the presence of Jesus and Him crucified; and that man was so changed that within a...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 22:20

Justification and violence

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“[W]hen classic justification, based on the propitiatory work of Christ, is absent, human beings will grasp for substitutes, often grotesque ones. . . . We have here [in the French Revolution], among much else, a case of secular atonement.  One of the central...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:00

Justification and violence

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“[W]hen classic justification, based on the propitiatory work of Christ, is absent, human beings will grasp for substitutes, often grotesque ones. . . . We have here [in the French Revolution], among much else, a case of secular atonement.  One of the central rituals within the drama of...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:01

Brothers together in Christ

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Intensely felt, openly demonstrated love between manly men of God - who wouldn't want to be a part of that?  Three ways to create that culture in our churches:

One, "Outdo one another in showing honor" (Romans 12:10).  No flippant put-downs.  No...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 14:00

Brothers together in Christ

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Intensely felt, openly demonstrated love between manly men of God—who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Three ways to create that culture in our churches:

One, “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10). No flippant put-downs. No undercutting. Not even waiting for...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 19:37

Why we grow so slowly

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In his Thoughts on Religious Experience, Archibald Alexander asked why we grow so slowly as Christians.

First, he rounded up the usual suspects: “The influence of worldly relatives and companions, embarking too deeply in business, devoting too much time to amusements,...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 14:00

Why we grow so slowly

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In his Thoughts on Religious Experience, Archibald Alexander asked why we grow so slowly as Christians.

First, he rounded up the usual suspects: “The influence of worldly relatives and companions, embarking too deeply in business, devoting too much time to amusements, immoderate attachment to...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:01

My statement on Charlottesville

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:00

My statement on Charlottesville

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 22:21

Prayer is boring

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“The work of the Spirit can be compared to mining.  The Spirit’s work is to blast to pieces the sinner’s hardness of heart and his frivolous opposition to God.  The period of the awakening can be likened to the time when the blasts are fired. ...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:00

Prayer is boring

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“The work of the Spirit can be compared to mining.  The Spirit’s work is to blast to pieces the sinner’s hardness of heart and his frivolous opposition to God.  The period of the awakening can be likened to the time when the blasts are fired.  The time between the...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 20:00

How the devil spoke through an apostle

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When Peter said to Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” the Lord replied, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 16:16-17). Peter’s...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:09

At all times, continually

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I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  Psalm 34:1

It is possible for two psychologies to coexist in our hearts at once--pain and praise. It’s like a football player who plays hurt. He feels bad, but he also feels good, both...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:00

At all times, continually

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I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  Psalm 34:1

It is possible for two psychologies to coexist in our hearts at once—pain and praise. It’s like a football player who plays hurt. He feels bad, but he also feels good, both at the same time....

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 02:20

How to build a gospel culture in your church

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Galatians 2:11-21 has been unsettling me for forty years.  Paul rebuked Peter publicly — for what?  They agreed on gospel doctrine: “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (verse 16).  But...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 14:00

How to build a gospel culture in your church

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Galatians 2:11-21 has been unsettling me for forty years.  Paul rebuked Peter publicly — for what?  They agreed on gospel doctrine: “We know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (verse 16).  But they disagreed on...

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Gospel + safety + time.  It’s what everyone needs.  A lot of gospel + a lot of safety + a lot of time.

Gospel: good news for bad people through the finished work of Christ on the cross and the endless power of the Holy Spirit.  Multiple exposures.  Constant immersion. ...

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Gospel + safety + time.  It’s what everyone needs.  A lot of gospel + a lot of safety + a lot of time.

Gospel: good news for bad people through the finished work of Christ on the cross and the endless power of the Holy Spirit.  Multiple exposures. ...

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