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

Jared C. Wilson - Apologetic Report
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1 in 12 Christians around the world face severe persecution for their faith. But we don’t always hear about these acts of harassment and violence, because restrictive governments or militants often prevent their stories from being publicly told.

Open Doors is trying to change this. This...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 22:18

The Lord’s 9/11

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.— Psalm 91:1

Early this morning my 17 year old daughter rode with me into work. We stopped at a grocery store Starbucks to get coffees, and as she ordered her frou-frou coconut milk choco-yaya, I watched...

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An author should never conceive himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of eternal Beauty and Wisdom.— C.S. Lewis, “Christianity and Literature”

Lewis despised...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 21:30

In Praise of Pastoral Renaissance Men

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If you’ve been in church ministry for any length of time, you’ve probably discovered that one of the persistent challenges of your role is the apparent need to treat it like ten other roles. While nearly every pastor is exceptionally gifted in one particular area or another, it is rare...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 21:30

Pastor Only Out of Love

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“He must be of a high and great spirit that undertakes to serve the people in body and soul, for he must suffer the utmost danger and thanklessness. Therefore Christ said to Peter, Simon, &c., ‘Lovest thou me?’ repeating it three times together. Then he said: ‘Feed my...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 05:11

To Have Christ is To Have Joy

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Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.— John 6:24

You and I live daily within an external — and internal — clash of two worldviews. This tension is the exact tension Jesus himself ministered throughout. here is the...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:49

Let Your Internet Yes Be Your Real-Life Yes

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Perhaps the shift began when children stopped saying they wanted to be doctors, firemen, and teachers when they grow up and started saying actors, singers, and sports stars. Maybe it began with the manufactured reality of reality TV. Maybe it began when we stopped “going onto the...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 23:50

Normal Pastor Conference Audio

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We were pleased to host the 2nd Normal Pastor Conference at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO last weekend, and I’ve been really blessed by the feedback from those who attended. The audio of the messages — from D.A. Horton, John Onwuchekwa, Won Kwak, Nathan Rose, and me —...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 21:30

Every Christian Must Be a Theologian

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Every Christian must be a theologian. In a variety of ways, I used to tell this to my church often. And the looks I got from some surprised souls are the evidence that I had not yet adequately communicated that the purposeful theological study of God by laypeople is important.

Many times the...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:30

The One Thing We Can Know in Our Hurts

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After speaking at a conference once, I spoke with a young man who had suffered from a mental disability all his life. But what he lacked in intellectual capability he did not in theological insight. He said to me that sometimes he asks God why he had to be born with his disability. His brother, he...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 22:39

Undone by a Sermon for Women

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A couple of years ago, I took up the brilliant biography of George Whitefield by Thomas Kidd and was reminded afresh of the spiritual anointing that granted Whitefield unprecedented response to his simple gospel preaching.

When Whitefield preached, the crowds went crazy. Some came to heckle him....

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Monday, 09 July 2018 21:30

The True(st) Man

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Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. — Psalm 1:5-6

You and I are starving for the glory of God. Underneath all the desires, all the...

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I just wrapped up my first experience with ministry coaching (via Tailored Coach), and had a great time with some great guys. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to go another round. So, beginning next month (August), I will be offering another 6 months of ministry coaching via Tailored Coach. The...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 23:10

Mister Rogers’s Deathbed Confession

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I went with my family earlier this week to see the new Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Overall it was an excellent film, and we enjoyed it very much. As I said in my night-of tweet thread, you and I could quibble with portions of it — the filmmaker seems intent on...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 23:16

Preach Like Keith Green Sang

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I know I’m dating myself here, but I just don’t think the Church has produced a musician in the last 30 years equally passionate as talented as the late Keith Green. He’s probably not my favorite Christian artist, but he was certainly the most influential on me, particularly over...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 22:16

Where I’ll Be, Summer 2018

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I share selections from my upcoming speaking dates. If you’re in any of these areas and able to attend, would be great to meet you.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading down undah for the second time this year. I’ll be speaking at the Oxygen...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:34

That Little Red Hen Was a Pharisee

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Can I tell you that I hate the folktale of “The Little Red Hen”? I remember it from my childhood, and I remember coming across it in little storybooks when my kids were little, and I always skipped it. I just don’t like it. I know the morals it hopes to teach are good ones...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 21:30

Who’re You Gonna Sin With?

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The late pioneer of Christian rock Larry Norman once sang, “Everybody has to choose whether they will win or lose, follow God or sing the blues, and who they’re gonna sin with.” I’ve always thought that was pretty clever. Because when you get right down to it, we are all...

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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? Last year we introduced The Normal Pastor Conference in Orlando for any church leader who may feel a little...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 21:30

8 Contrasting Signs of an Insecure Leader

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Insecurity doesn’t always manifest itself in the same way. For many people, it looks like anxiety, nervousness, or timidity. But did you know that arrogance, domineering, and short-temperedness are also signs of insecurity? (Both timidity and domination have at their roots a concern about...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 23:44

A Normal Week in the Life of a Pastor

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Even though I have been out of the pastorate now three years, I’m still asked quite frequently what a pastor’s normal work week should look like. The answer is always, “It depends.” It depends on one’s missional context, the size of one’s church and support team,...

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“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.” – 2 Timothy 4:13

One thing we see looking back at great movements of God (revivals and reformations) prompted by gospel preaching is that the preachers weren’t...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 21:00

The Father’s Not Tsk-Tsk’ing

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I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.– Micah 7:9

How long does the Lord’s indignation land on us for our sin? Until our cause...

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I have made no secret of how impactful—yes I know that’s not a word—Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together has been in my life. I have read it a few times over the last several years, but the first time I read it was in the context of a men’s small group in my church...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 01:02

Preaching Your People Toward Mission

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How do we preach toward good evangelistic engagement? If, as many younger evangelicals of the gospel-centered persuasion believe, we aren’t to turn our Sunday service into a seeker-targeted evangelistic event, in what sense might the sermon time fuel the missional impulse in our churches to...

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