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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“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, ‘We have fellowship with him,’ and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in...

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imageNow set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God.-- 1 Chron. 22:19

All sin is idolatry because every sin is an exercise in trust of something or someone other than the one true God to satisfy, fulfill, or bless. It is not difficult to see how violations of...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 19:58

After the Flood, All the Colors Come Out

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imageAnd the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. — Genesis 8:11

Here is one of the simpler but more beautiful pictures we receive in the account of Noah...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 20:39

Christ, The Great Eclipse

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And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah...

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imageI hyper-extended my left knee playing pickup basketball 21 years ago. At that time it was the worst pain I’d ever experienced. (I have since had a kidney stone, and let me tell you: I’ll take the knee.) One moment I was guarding my man, and in the next,...

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The Normal Pastor Conference is this coming Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 7-8) at Grace Church in Orlando, Florida. I’ve already heard from many of you who are planning to come, but those of you on the fence, please know that registration online will remain open until...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:37

How Do You Get a Revival?

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It is not a miracle, or dependent on a miracle, in any sense. It is a purely philosophical result of the right use of the constituted means---as much so as any other effect produced by the application of means. There may be a miracle among its antecedent causes, or there...

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imageI don’t know of any church leader who wants visitors to their services to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. And yet it still surprises me that many churches still don’t think through some of the ways, both obvious and subtle, that work against making visitors...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:00

His Eye Is On the Sasquatch

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image“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” -- Job 11:7

I’ll tell you why I hope Bigfoot exists --and why, in a way, I hope he is never discovered. Because it excites me to think that there are creatures out...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 22:17

Study Guide for The Imperfect Disciple

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imageNow by popular demand, I’m making available a free study guide for my book The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together. I’ve been greatly encouraged to hear how many folks have been using the book in their small groups, book...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:59

Is Your Gospel an Urban Legend?

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imageWhen our children were itty-bitty we made believe that Santa Claus was real. The excitement for Christmas morning always built up, as our girls couldn’t wait to see what gifts jolly ol’ Saint Nick was going to bring them. Then this illusion came crashing down...

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We were excited today to announce the addition of three new faculty roles:

Matthew Barrett, who has served since 2015 as lecturer and tutor of systematic theology and church history at Oak Hill Theological College in London, will serve MBTS as Associate Professor...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:30

The 5 C’s of Preaching

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imageWhat are the basic elements of biblical preaching?

How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?

While I think gospel-centered expository proclamation is the best approach to fulfilling the biblical call to...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:25

Where I’ll Be, Fall 2017

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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.

August 7-8The Normal Pastor Conference. Orlando, FL. I’m really...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 00:25

How Many More Petersons Are Out There?

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imageIt was the "yes" heard 'round the evangelical Twittersphere, at least for the day. In an interview with Religious New Service's Jonathan Merritt published yesterday, evangelical stalwart Eugene Peterson professed what appeared to be a reversal of his views of homosexual...

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Let me take another opportunity to encourage all of you pastors and ministry leaders out there to register for the Normal Pastor Conference being held this August 7-8 in Orlando, Florida. The early bird rate of $50 ends tomorrow, Friday the 7th. After that, the price will...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:30

Why Discipleship Matters

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At the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, I was honored to share the stage with a few other men at Midwestern Seminary‘s annual For The Church micro-conference. We each got 8 minutes to speak to a specific issue related to the church and to church ministry. I took...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 17:30

The Apostate’s Creed

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The Apostate’s Creed

I often believe in god, the life-force friendly observer of heaven and earth.

I believe in a Jesus Christ, our good example who might have been conceived by the Holy Spirit, if you go for that sort of thing, born of the Virgin Mary, victimized by...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:00

20 Quotes from *The Imperfect Disciple*

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The Imperfect Disciple debuted a month ago, and I’ve been keeping an eye on what lines seem to resonate the most with readers, at least according to what I’ve been able to seen on social media. Below are 20 quotables from the book that seem to have landed well...

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A little something I shot for TGC: Why preaching pastors should know people in their congregation as much as possible.

Why Is It Important for Pastors to Personally Know the People in Their Congregation? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Authors: Jared C. Wilson...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:00

Living in a Big Shadow

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In the latest installment of the For The Church Podcast, I spoke with Barnabas Piper, Marketing Manager for B&H Academic, co-host of The Happy Rant and The 5 Leadership Questions podcasts, and author of books like The Curious Christian and The Pastor’s Kid....

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Monday, 19 June 2017 19:51

I Am the Center of the Universe

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image This week I am having to drop my daughter off for a summer class in the morning. This has put me in the office 2 hours later than I usually arrive, and this morning as I was waiting for my coffee at Starbucks I could not believe how slow everyone was moving, as if they...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 19:14

I Hope I Die Before I Get Old

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imageRose: “Don’t be worried, Mr. Allnut. Allnut: “Oh, I ain’t worried, miss. I gave myself up for dead back when we started.”- from the film The African Queen

I previously pastored a church in the midst of a sizable population of the elderly. And...

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A little something I shot for TGC, with a helpful (in my opinion) entry-point for evangelistic conversations.

What’s Compelling about Christianity to Non-Believers? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Expanded thoughts in my book Unparalleled: How Christianity’s...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:30

David Brainerd’s Gospel Wakefulness

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From Robert Caldwell’s Theologies of the American Revivalists:

“In 1739, Brainerd, the future missionary to Native Americans, grew concerned over his soul’s eternal destiny and began to seek God. After several months of employing the means of grace, he...

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