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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Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:05

Preachers: God Will Make the Dents

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One interesting aspect of living in the Midwest is the sudden change in weather. We can go from sunshine to ominous clouds to run for cover faster than an opponent can score on Nebraska’s Defense. A particularly arresting demonstration of this extreme weather is the hail...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:05

We Need More “Parlour Preachers”

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Do you have a burden for people to know and love Jesus more? If you are a Christian the answer here is certainly, “yes.” This is the great cry of our hearts. Though, we admit, the cry is often muffled and not attended with appropriate zeal. For a host of reasons, we find...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 10:05

What is Expository Preaching?

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I can think of five different but equally interesting conversations over the last couple of years where I’ve discussed expository preaching. They were interesting because those I talked with had such different understanding of what exposition is. This is one of the bi-products...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:05

Why I Believe the Bible

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As Christians, we are always to be ready to give a defense of the hope that is within us (1 Pet. 3:15). The basis of this hope is our confidence that the Bible is God’s Word. It is trustworthy and sufficient. I’ve put these five together as something of a quick reference...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 16:30

Jesus, the Fig Tree, and the Temple

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Jesus, walking from Bethany, is trekking onward towards his crucifixion in Jerusalem. And Mark lets us know that the Savior is hungry.  So he does what so many have done upon a walk in the Middle East, he looks for something that is edible on the trees.  Off in the distance he sees a...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 10:05

That Dreadful Cup and Our Faithful Savior

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This week Christians all over the world will remember the death of Christ on Good Friday. As we do we will recall the gruesome reality of the cross. We would be well-served to consider what was at the heart of the cross.

About 10 years ago the movie The Passion of Christwas...

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imageI’m excited to announce today’s release of my book, Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age (Crossway). It’s my hope and prayer that this book will help people to better understand and learn contentment.

There is a story behind every book. The story...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:05

The Only Perfect Part of the Sunday Service

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I’ve had conversations with pastors and church leaders who obsess over the production value of their Sunday morning service. Both the amount of money and time spent on trying to make the service flawless reflect our desire to make the service perfect. But here’s the...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 16:59

Our Minds Are Like Baking Stones

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Early on in marriage I remember attempting to serve my wife by tackling the dishes before she could notice. After my whirlwind of scrubbing and rinsing I sat down in the other room, enjoying the rare air of doing something good while anticipating it being discovered. The atmosphere of...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:05

Book Review: ‘Church in Hard Places’

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imageChurch in Hard Places (CIHP) is a book written by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley. The subtitle helpfully articulates the burden the book aims to make clear: How the local church brings life to the poor and needy.

Ministry to the poor is nothing new to Mez. Prior to Scotland, he was involved in...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:05

Do You Invite Critique of Your Sermons?

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Should pastors facilitate conversations that critique their sermons? I believe they should. Immediately one may object, “Pastoral ministry is hard enough, why invite more pain?” While I agree that ministry and particularly preaching is hard, we are not quite pulling arrows...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:05

We Can’t Microwave People Into Maturity

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Over the last 25 years I have gone through many variations of personal fitness goals. As I look back at the years and the goals I can see a common thread: I stick with what works and get frustrated with what does not seem to work. I suppose there is nothing wrong with this; if we are...

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Many Roman Catholics were faced with a bit of a quandary earlier this year when they learned that St. Patrick’s Day would fall on a Friday—during Lent. As as you know, many people in America celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by eating Corned Beef. Also, there are a number...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:05

How to Get a Message to the President

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This past weekend a man was arrested after jumping the perimeter fence around the White House. After being questioned the intruder indicated that he wanted to talk with the President. The authorities even found a letter that he wrote to Mr Trump inside of his backpack. This...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:05

No Spin on Sin

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Over the last two decades news commentators like Bill O’Reilly have reminded us of the danger of media spin. Shows like The O’Reilly Factor boast that they provide fair and balanced coverage that do not engage in the spin. Whatever you think...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 08:05

Study at the University of Jesus

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How do you get people to be faithful Christians? This is a question that has crossed the mind and burdened the heart of many throughout church history. We want to see people grow in their love and loyalty to Jesus.

Thankfully it’s not a new question. The writer of Hebrews was...

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“but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son.” (Heb. 3:6)

To get the full effect of this comment to first century (particularly Jewish) ears it might help to remember Acts 6-7 when Stephen was being killed for his testimony of Christ. Do you remember the...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:30

The Unspeakable Dearness of the Son to the Father

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We can often sanitize the gospel from its pulsating drama. While the Son of God is truly God as well as human, he is still the eternal Son of God. He has enjoyed a wonderfully close and gloriously happy relationship with his Father throughout all eternity. In sending Christ,...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:05

The Day Abraham Planted a Tree

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Over the last few hundred years people have planted trees in celebration of Arbor Day. People all over the world plant trees to commemorate the value of trees to the environment and our human experience. Looking back at the Old Testament we find Abraham planting a tree and as he...

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Sunday, 12 February 2017 16:05

Are You Suffocating Your Creativity?

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There is little debate that we are living in a period of unprecedented technological ease. We are able to do more things—and do them faster and more efficiently—than ever before. However, with nearly every technological advancement comes secondary effects. Most of these...

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What is a church member’s responsibility toward their pastor(s)? This is a question that does not come up as often as perhaps it should. Our spiritual ancestors thought, spoke, and wrote a lot about these things. One such pastor was Samuel Jones, pastor of Lower Dublin...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:05

When Mockers Marvel

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Can you believe she laughed?

She was pushing 100 years old and God made a specific promise to her. He told Sarah that within a year she was going to be a mom—even though she was barren and well beyond the normal age for motherhood. Upon hearing this, she laughed (Gen. 18:10-14)....

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Monday, 06 February 2017 16:05

Book Review: ‘The Productivity Project’

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Sunday, 05 February 2017 08:20

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

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It’s automatic. Every time I say the word “squirrel” my dog will snap to attention and begin darting around with her head on a swivel. It doesn’t matter if she is in a deep sleep, sniffing the best-smelling tree, or trotting in an open field; if she hears...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:05

The Christian Life is not the Bargain Bin

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The Christian life is difficult. It’s not quite spitting into the wind hard, but it’s still tough. But there is a difference between it being hard and being lousy. Christians are often portrayed in print and film as joyless prigs who have settled for a flavorless life....

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