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

Apologetic Report - Jared C. Wilson

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John Piper’s 2012 piece “The Sovereign God of ‘Elfland’ (Why Chesterton’s Anti-Calvinism Doesn’t Put Me Off)” puts so well into words something I’ve been trying to figure out how to write about for a while. A taste:

It is a great irony to me that...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:57

Join Us for Dinner at TGC17!

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FYI, today is the last day to register for next month’s The Gospel Coalition National Conference, so sign up now or forever hold your peace. (Or until 2019 hold your peace.) And if you’re already registered, I hope you’ll consider joining me, Russell Moore, H.B. Charles, Matt...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:53

George Whitefield’s Gospel Wakefulness

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“I must bear testimony to my old friend Mr. Charles Wesley, he put a book into my hands, called, The Life of God and the Soul of Man, whereby God showed me, that I must be born again, or be damned. I know the place: it may be superstitious, perhaps, but whenever I go to Oxford, I cannot help...

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I don’t know. Probably nothing. I didn’t see it, and it looks terrible.

Can we please stop doing this kind of thing with every pop-culture excretion?

Some works of art are, well, works of art and more readily provoke theological, philosophical, and spiritual reflection.

Some works of art...

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imageToday marks the 2nd anniversary of my first day of full-time employment at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I remember skating into town on icy roads in my 1997 Chevy Suburban in mid-February. I missed my first shot at preaching in chapel because the drive from Vermont was slower-going in...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:00

Join us for The Normal Pastor Conference

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imageEver feel like the average pastors’ conference wasn’t quite for you? Wish the average pastors’ conference spoke to the pastors who were a little more . . . well, average? We’re introducing The Normal Pastor Conference for any church leader who may feel a little discouraged...

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imageHe will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. — John 16:14

“In all companies, on other days, on whatever occasions persons met together, Christ was to be heard of, and seen in the midst of them. Our young people, when they met, were wont to spend the time in...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 15:00

Prayer Isn’t Magic

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imageThe way some people talk about prayer owes more to New Age spirituality and witchcraft than biblical Christianity. I don’t want to name any names, but I recall when I was a teenager being taught about “spiritual warfare” in ways I cannot seem to find supported in the Bible....

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:27

God’s Grace Has a Timing of His Own

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imageBut God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. — Genesis 8:1

The chapter and verse numbers in the Scriptures are not inspired, of course, but there is something about Genesis 8:1...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:00

Why Narnia Isn’t Allegorical

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imageTim Challies’s excellent post this week on why Narnia’s Aslan is not the same as the divine characterizations in William Paul Young’s The Shack offered a literary side-note that addresses a pet peeve this English major and Lewisphile has held for a quite a while — the...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:00

Join Our New England Study Tour This May

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Join me, Owen Strachan, Jason Duesing and more for Midwestern Seminary’s New England Study Tour this May 17-24, sponsored by The Center for Public Theology.

The New England region is home to a challenging culture with a rich heritage, and you will get to travel its storied roads alongside...

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I am pleased to share with you a new initiative at Liberty Baptist Church in the Northland Kansas City (MO) that we hope will contribute to the next generation of solid, gospel-centered, mission-minded local church pastors. As our church has continued to grow, we’ve realized that our current...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 06:57

5 Pastoral Proverbs That Stuck

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imageA word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. — Proverbs 25:11

I took my first vocational ministry position the summer I graduated high school (1994), becoming the youth minister for Zion Chinese Baptist Church. (You read that right.) In the twenty-three since, I’ve...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 03:28

What to Include in Your Church’s Book Stall

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imageEvery Monday I have a new post published at For The Church. In today’s piece I’m recommending “10 Books for Your Church’s Book Table”. Why?

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association recently revealed the top 100 selling Christian books in 2016. When this list...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:55

Already, Not Yet, Right Now

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imageThe oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.“I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 23:30

The Quiet Messages of “Silence”

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I recently read Shusaku Endo’s great 1966 novel Silence, about the 17th-century persecution of Jesuit missionaries in Japan. I thought it was great. If you’re a regular reader here, you noticed I made it my top book for 2016. Here’s what I wrote then:

Silence is a brief but...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:30

A Literary Journey into God’s Love

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imageI am devoting most of my non-fiction reading in 2017 to the subject of God’s love and its implications. It is something my heart has been hungry for lately, at least more consciously so. We’re all in desperate need of experiencing the love of God every millisecond of our lives, of...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 23:30

The Normal Pastor Conference, August 7-8

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Ever feel like the average pastors’ conference wasn’t quite for you? Wish the average pastors’ conference spoke to the pastors who were a little more . . . well, average? We’re introducing The Normal Pastor Conference for any church leader who may feel a little discouraged...

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imageI heard from another pastor recently whose exit from his church went sideways. He and his wife believed the Lord had called them to step down from their current position and serve in another location, and after several years of (by all accounts) successful ministry, he believed he was resigning on...

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image In his invaluable book The Divine Commodity, Skye Jethani reproduces a conversation between economist James Gilmore (author of The Experience Economy) and Leadership Journal staffers Marshall Shelley (MS), Eric Reed (ER), and Kevin Miller (KM) that gets to the problematic heart of some evangelical...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:00

Loving the People You Love to Hate

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imageIn the midst of my umpteenth re-reading of C. S. Lewis’s classic Mere Christianity, I came across this passage and found it holding new resonance. Apply what Lewis is explicating below to any of the following:

  • Gossip
  • Church conflict
  • Relational jealousy
  • Sharing of news stories that confirms our...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 02:44

Where I’ll Be, Spring 2017

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image For those who care about such things, I thought I’d share some of my upcoming speaking dates. If you’re in any of these areas and able to attend, would be great to meet you.

January 27-28 – Ready Conference. Kansas City, MO. I’ll be speaking at this student conference...

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imageOn the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” — John 7:37

Monday. What to do with these Mondays of ours?

If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, I know that Mondays for you can be a mixed bag. You...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 02:26

Looking for Love in La La Land

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imageMy eldest teenage daughter really did not like the end of La La Land. We went as a family last night to catch the new musical from Damien Chazelle starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and the ending left her not a little disappointed. Spoilers to follow.

The first thing I should say about the movie...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

My Top 10 Posts for 2016

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imageBelow are the most-read posts from The Gospel-Driven Church over the last year. Thanks, all, for taking time out of your schedule to read and often respond to my work. I am grateful to God for you.

Beginning with the most-read post . . .

1. Top 10 things I Wish Worship Leaders Would Stop Saying

2. Top...

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