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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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:29

New Podcast: For The Church

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Over at For The Church we’re launching a brand new resource this week! Introducing: The For The Church Podcast. Hosted by yours truly and featuring some of our favorite leaders in church ministry, this new podcast is sure to make a worthy addition to your regular listens. Download, subscribe,...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 17:00

What Works?

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imageFrom Thomas Chalmers’ “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection”:

“The love of the world cannot be expunged by a mere demonstration of the world’s worthlessness. But may it not be supplanted by the love of that which is more worthy than itself? The heart cannot be...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:00

6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin

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imageOn this Good Friday, it is good to remember what the cross accomplishes.

Here are 6 things Jesus does with sin:

1. He Condemns It.

Jesus puts a curse on sin. He marks its forehead.

Romans 8:3 – “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in...

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imageGenerally speaking, a church will over time become affected by, influenced toward, and transferred into whatever her preacher is most excited about.

Pastor, our people don’t usually get excited about what we tell them to be excited about. Have you figured that out yet? Instead, they get...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 17:00

Proverbs 29:18 is Not About Your Big Ideas

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image“Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .”– Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

Proverbs 29:18 may be one of the most misapplied verses in all the evangelical church today. Many a church leader has used it to spiritualize his strategies and blackmail followers into supporting his...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:00

As God Lives

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imageRemain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the LORD lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.– Ruth 3:13

Against the backdrop of the spiritual and cultural climate detailed in the book of Judges...

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image“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”– Matthew 7:13-14 (in the...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 17:00

Success Disagrees with Christianity

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imageI am quite fond of the 2000 piece in The New Yorker by the late John Updike titled “The Future of Faith: Confessions of a Churchgoer”, especially this bit:

My father to the day of his death, more than twenty-five years later, served that church, in various capacities, while I escaped to...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:00

When You’ve Got a Bramble for a King

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imageThe world of the book of Judges is a sordid, nasty, utterly broken place. Some of the most horrific accounts of sin detailed in the Bible are found in the book of Judges. We are told quite plainly: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”...

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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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