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
“He is the radiance of the glory of God . . .” — Hebrews 1:3a
All that God is — the measureless sum of his eternal and eternally rich attributes — shines forth in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. Jesus is supremely radiant.
What does this mean? It means that this Bright Morning Star (Rev. 22:16) will be the
When a church is faithful to preach the gospel and demonstrate the gospel’s implications, it will usually find that it attracts and is attracted to the kind of people Jesus attracted and was attracted to. People who are, shall we say, rough around the edges.
The gospel well preached and applied will make ministry messy. Things will change. I
A little over a year ago, I resigned my pastorate in Vermont and announced my transition to the communications staff of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. I had begun doing some part-time work for the seminary remotely in the fall of 2014 but began serving full-time on-site in March of this year. Since then,
It’s been almost 10 years since Collin Hansen’s “Young, Restless, Reformed” article hit the pages of Christianity Today, almost 8 years since the publication of his book about same. I remember when I first saw that article in my friends copy of CT lying on his coffee table. I was at his house leading a young adult Bible
Come on, Eileen Oh I swear In this moment, you mean everything.– Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Okay, so it’s not a Bible verse, but it kinda sums up the momentary religion of the flesh, doesn’t it? At any given moment, we are singing subconscious praises to whatever we are desiring — “In this moment, you mean everything
But 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 — specifically in the phrase “But God
Pastor, every Sunday, over and over again, without fail, stubborn and convicted, you take to that pulpit and pin all your hopes on the gospel in your preached text. You aren’t trusting your rhetoric, your well-turned phrases, your homespun stories, your hokey jokes. You aren’t trusting your emotional appeals, your special pleadings,
From Jonathan Leeman’s excellent little book, Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus:
Every church member will stand before God’s throne and give an account for how he or she worked to protect the gospel in the lives of his or her fellow members (see Galatians 1). That said, the Holy Spirit has made pastors and
Today’s my 40th birthday. As a way of reflecting on my long, unbroken track record of unsurpassed mediocrity, here is a list of things I’ve learned, discovered, and experienced, and that I now think — one for each year of living.
1. Being married might be the most sanctifying thing in your life, if you’re doing it
Doing flows from being.
This side of heaven, there is still sin in me. I am a wretched sinner.
Born again, I am a new creation and the Spirit of Christ resides in me. I am a saint.
As Cornelius Plantinga writes in Beyond Doubt:
“As a result, all Christians need to say two things. We admit that we are redeemed sinners. But we also say boldly and
Man is eager for vengeance and God is eager for forgiveness.– John MacArthur
There is only one against whom we have all sinned and we keep sinning, and yet he is the only one whose posture of forgiveness is more eager than eager. He has grace like riches (Eph. 1:7, 2:7). He doesn’t have to watch his spending. He forgives like it’s
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.– 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
One year ago this month — October 3, to be specific — I took to the pulpit of Middletown Springs Community Church and announced my resignation. Over the last 12
I’m not a long-time veteran of traveling ministry or a guy who sells out conferences, so there are plenty more people more qualified than me to speak to these things, but I’ve noticed that very few do. I’m not sure why. But when I first started receiving invitations to speak at churches and events, I would’ve loved to have
I had the great privilege of preaching at the For The Church Conference held at Midwestern Seminary earlier this week. Here is video of my plenary session on Isaiah 40:9-11, titled “The Truth and Shepherding.” If you are a pastor who is tired, hurting, or fresh out of (or currently in) the thick of a difficult ministry, I especially
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. — Ephesians 5:31-32
Among the many riches and depths of Paul’s words on marriage in Ephesians 5 are these two:1) Marriage is
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
I think there are two stark realities shown in the passage of the woman who anointed Jesus’ head — a deadly devaluing and a saving adoration. See if you don’t agree:
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” — Genesis 11:4
If we look at Babel as the prototype for the pursuit of fame and power, we see a few interesting things by way of diagnosis.
John Flavel writes:
Christ [is] the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the congregation or meeting-place of all the waters in the world: so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet… . His excellencies are pure and
Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? — Amos 3:3
Christians who affirm the normative, traditional, historical, orthodox view of the Bible’s teaching on various sins are always accused of being divisive when in sticking to their affirmations they must disassociate with those who don’t.
It’s a disingenuous
The conference will be held Aug. 31 – Sep. 1 and will include preaching from David Platt, Russell Moore, Darrin Patrick, H.B. Charles, Jason Allen, and myself. Time is running out and space is filling up, so if you’re
Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. —Proverbs 4:24
What constitutes crooked speech? It is talk that isn’t straight, of course. It is bowed, off-kilter, circuitous, meandering. There are a few examples we could cite.
1. Falsehoods Telling lies about ourselves or others is breaking covenant. Even if
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.” — Mark 4:24
Here is a parallel of Christ’s words in Matthew 6:33 on seeking first the kingdom. The prosperity gospelists pervert these promises, turning them into the lamest of
You have likely heard this line of reasoning from earnest pro-lifers before. Snopes.com even has an example listed as “glurge”.) The logic goes something like this: You should be pro-life because you never know if you’ve aborted the next Einstein, the next Beethoven, the next Martin Luther King, Jr., the next Pasteur or Salk,
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