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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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:15

Stung Again by a Familiar Passage

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When I was younger, I would see a tree and want to climb it. Now, a bit older I may consider the same tree useful to lean upon or as shade to rest. It’s interesting how our perspective changes with time.

I’ve noticed something similar now after twenty plus years of being a Christian. I...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:36

It’s Not Fair

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“It’s not fair.”

Can you remember a time when you said these words? They reveal our expectations. We want something to go a certain way and believe it should. We have expectations. And, when it doesn’t, we often utter the familiar phrase, It’s not fair.

I believe...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 05:31

I Want Christlike, Bible Reflexes

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When the whirlwind of questions come to you about various hot-button social issues, where do you turn?

If we’re honest, we’re often tempted to strike a deal, blending our biblical conviction with what’s culturally palatable. It’s tempting to try to salute the contemporary...

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Forgiveness is central to our experience as Christians. It is at the heart of our relationship with God and our relationship with others. Jesus talks about forgiveness a lot and even inscribes it on the template for our prayers (Matt. 6:9-13). At the same time, forgiveness is hard. It’s...

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It’s as humbling as it is fascinating to consider that God advances his kingdom agenda through the prayers of his people. Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for the kingdom to come (Matt. 6:10a). And the coming kingdom is the undying burden of God’s people. Those who love the King...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 04:30

Is It Wrong to Desire to Be Loved? 

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I am reading through Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God and have been regularly left pondering some thoughtful questions and answers. To the least, I’m enjoying the book and want to share one such experience.

Crabtree asks, “Is it wrong to...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 23:34

Hate Sin and Its Effects

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Jesus uses famously shocking language to arrest our attention. He wants to cut through the deceptive fog machine of the human heart to penetrate and hit the real you. So, he says in Matthew 17:8-9, “And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 06:05

Are We Allergic to Insignificance?

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Can you imagine if all of your conversations were recorded? Certainly, some things we’ve said would embarrass us a bit if they became public record.

The early disciples had one of those conversations. Looking back years later, I’m sure they cringed at the memory. In Matthew 18 they were...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 06:47

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word

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“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

The Bible often gets a bad rap. Being an ancient book there are cultural, historical, and theological hurdles to mount when we decide to study it. But, we should not take this to mean that...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 14:05

Book Review- Kiss the Wave

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I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” – Charles Spurgeon

Dave Furman knows first hand what it’s like to kiss the wave of suffering that dashes him against the Rock of Ages; in this book, he teaches us how. 

As you read through the...

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Navigating the ethics of life in light of the kingdom of God is often difficult. It can be like driving on a hilly bike path with hairpin turns. Consider for example, that you are free in Christ; this is a position of tremendous liberty. However, at times what you have the right to do is not the...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 14:05

Christ, the Delight of God and the Godly

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If we spent some time together it’s likely we’d soon learn what each other is passionate about. We make it known by what we say and how we say it. Imagine, you were able to run all of your words spoken in a month through a concordance software, what would be the most common word you...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 14:02

They Never Saw This Coming

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Have you ever noticed that the eyesight that leads you into sin is blind but the eyesight to lead you out is presumed to be 20/20? This is the case with Joseph’s brothers. They have a plan to get out of trouble, but it’s shortsighted and poorly designed. What’s more, they...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:05

Why Did Jesus Make So Much Wine?

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The miracles of Jesus certainly provoke awe and reverence, but they also prompt questions. One such scene is Jesus’ first public miracle at the wedding at Cana (John 2). In this passage, Jesus was at a wedding, and the hosts ran out of wine. After some discussion with Mary, his mother, Jesus...

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Most readers of this site would cringe at any suggestion that they might have liberal theological beliefs. But what about a liberal theological application? We all know that our real theology is what is applied. How we live over time communicates what we genuinely believe. Therefore, since you...

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Over the winter break, I was trying to trace down a couple of answers to some questions. On both occasions I found myself answering the question by uncovering some key historical developments around the history of evangelicalism. The term “evangelical” seems to have surprising...

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Prophet, Priest, and King. Those three words have Christological tonnage tethered to them. Each communicates the person and work of Jesus with succinct theological clarity.

The Heidelberg Catechism picks up this thread in question 31 (emphasis mine):

Q: Why is he called “Christ,”...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 14:05

Book Review- Some Pastors and Teachers

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Recently someone asked me which pastors and writers have been most influential in my life. In my top three, I listed Sinclair Ferguson. Later that night I was reflecting on what particular resource has left such a mark. While his books have certainly been impactful, I think it was his preaching...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 14:05

Slay Sin by Savoring Christ

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One day, as a young boy, I was surprised to remember that I had a pet toad. Faced with the mounting responsibilities of a five-year-old in the early 80’s, I simply forgot about it. Days (weeks?) later I remembered and ran outside to the bucket by my back steps. With all of the zeal a...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 14:05

A Personal Update

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As I flip the calendar from December to January I often think to myself, I never saw last year coming. This practice has served to remind me of the unexpected paths of providence. This past year was no different.

This brings me to some news. I have accepted an offer to serve as the Senior Pastor at R...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 13:05

How Do You Evaluate a Pastor?

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I recently read an interesting comment by a seminary president about the ministry. He said that the hardest thing about being a pastor today is the confusion about what it means to be a pastor.

If this is true, and I wouldn’t rush to argue with him, think about how unsettling and unacceptable...

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I am preaching through Genesis right now and have come to my favorite part of the book, the story of Joseph (Gen. 37-50). I love this portion because it demonstrates God’s loving and all-wise providence. Even though Joseph went through the ringer, he was able to look back through the lenses...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 13:05

Trials, Our Blessed Chauffers

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We don’t often think of trials as our servants. But surprisingly, they drive us from our insufficiency to God’s all-sufficency. Like a spiritual uber driver, they chauffer us to God’s blessings.

One biblical example of this is in Psalm 16. It begins with an undercurrent of...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 13:05

Revisit God’s Promises

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What are the most significant events that happened in your life? Graduating school? Getting your first job? Getting married? Having children? (If you are younger, what are the big events you are looking forward to?) The reason why these events are so big is because of how they affect us. These are...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:05

The Ice Returns Every Morning

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As I write this our city is enveloped in what feels like an evil cold. Sub-zero temperatures await me as I go out to my car for my commute. I know from experience that I need to allow some extra time to warm the car up. It’s also likely that the windows will be adorned with the glittering...

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