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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Monday, 27 March 2017 14:00

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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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:00

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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Monday, 20 March 2017 14:00

Wonder and Rationality in Calvinism (So-Called)

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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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Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:00

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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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 14:00

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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Monday, 13 March 2017 14:00

What Can The Church Learn From ‘Rock Dog’?

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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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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:00

3 Thanksgivings As I Start Year 3 at Midwestern Seminary

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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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Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:00

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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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:00

A Revival Without Christ at the Center Is Not a Revival

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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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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:00

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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Thursday, 23 February 2017 13:00

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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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 13:00

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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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 13:00

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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