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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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 we’re full, and unless...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:00

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 may not. The apostles...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 14:00

Do Visitors to Your Church Really Feel Welcome?

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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 feel “at home”...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 14:00

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 there God has...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 14:00

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 clubs, and church classes,...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:00

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 when we informed them one...

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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 in Christian Theology....

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 14:00

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 preach, this exercise...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 14:00

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 excited about this! It’s...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:00

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 jump.

Sponsored by the Chris...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:00

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 10, I’m sorry to say...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 14:00

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 the government, was...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:00

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 with others. Maybe they...

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

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

The post Why Should Preachers...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 14:00

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. Topics of discussion include:

Why...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 14:00

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 — rush, rush, rush — I could not believe how slow everyone was moving, as if...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 14:00

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 while our church had...

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

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

Expanded thoughts in my book Unparalleled: How...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 14:00

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 came under a deep sense of...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 14:00

Division Begins With the Departure from the Truth

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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...

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On the latest episode of the For The Church Podcast, I talk with Miles Rohde, lead pastor of Redemption Spokane, which began as the Mars Hill Spokane campus prior to the fall of that ministry empire. We talk about some of the Mars Hill fault-lines, including:

– pastoral plurality without true...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 14:00

10 Surprising Realities of Mission in New England

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Although I moved in early 2015 to the Midwest, I left a big piece of my heart back in New England, the least-churched region of the nation, which, interestingly enough for a guy born and raised in the Bible Belt of the South, was the first place I really felt “at home.” I still hear...

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Yesterday, I was able to give the New England Study Tour students from Midwestern Seminary a tour of my former church in Middletown Springs, Vermont, and I told them a little about perhaps Middletown’s most storied pastor. You’ve never heard of him (more than likely), but the Rev. Henry...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:00

What Is Gospel-Shaped Worship?

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Watch Matt Boswell, Shane Barnard, and me discuss the implications and applications of worship that is shaped by the gospel.

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If you’re interested more in this subject, I have also authored a resource published by The Gospel Coalition in conjunction with The Good...

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