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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– “Church discipline seems strange to us because it doesn’t fit our conceptions of love.” – “Churches seem to have lost track of what the Bible says about organizing our lives together.”

New episode of the For The Church Podcast dropped this morning, in...

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imageIs there a tipping point coming in the attractional church movement?

I don’t know. I used to think so. Now I’m inclined to think not. I ask just about everybody I meet who I think may have some insight into this question. Some say yes, some say no. I keep asking,...

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My new book The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together releases today! I’d love for you to pick one up for yourself (and maybe one for a friend?).

This is perhaps my most unique book yet, a creative non-fiction approach to the gospel call to follow Jesus,...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 14:00

“The Imperfect Disciple” Releases Today!

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My new book The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together releases today! I’d love for you to pick one up for yourself (and maybe one for a friend?).

This is perhaps my most unique book yet, a creative non-fiction approach to the gospel call to follow Jesus,...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:43

Where I’ll Be, Summer 2017

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I 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.

May 11-12, 2017RightNow Media Conference. Chicago, IL. I’ll be giving another talk on the church’s...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:00

Where I’ll Be, Summer 2017

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I 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.

May 11-12, 2017RightNow Media Conference. Chicago, IL. I’ll be giving another talk on the church’s...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:00

Discipleship for The Rest of Us

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imageHere’s a question I used to ask people I taught in church: “What do you think of when you hear the word discipleship?”

Some people would play word-association and I’d get a string of adjectives in response: difficult, trusting, adventurous, obedient, etc.

I don’t recall...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:00

Discipleship for the Rest of Us

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imageHere’s a question I used to ask people I taught in church: “What do you think of when you hear the word discipleship?”

Some people would play word-association and I’d get a string of adjectives in response: difficult, trusting, adventurous, obedient, and so on.

I don’t...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 17:00

The Lord is Never Late

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imageReading in my friend Michael Kelley’s book Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, about his family’s journey of faith through their young son’s battle with leukemia, I found a passage of reflection taking me back in time. I do not know the fear and grief of having a child with a...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 14:00

The Lord Is Never Late

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imageReading in my friend Michael Kelley’s book Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, about his family’s journey of faith through their young son’s battle with leukemia, I found a passage of reflection taking me back in time. I do not know the fear and grief of having a child with a...

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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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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:00

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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Monday, 17 April 2017 14:00

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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Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:00

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 six 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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Monday, 10 April 2017 14:00

Pastor, Don’t Waste Your Exclamation Points

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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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Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:00

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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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:00

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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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 14:00

Easy Like Friday Afternoon: A Manifesto on Hard-Believism

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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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