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, 22 May 2017 10:05

Smelling the Gospel Flowers in Proverbs

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In the past I have been guilty of treating the Book of Proverbs a little bit like a commute to work. I sped through familiar passages and topics while aiming to get where I needed to go. Often times, this destination has been a rebuke that I needed to hear concerning my tongue or...

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Israel was clamoring for a king. They wanted to be like the nations around them (1 Sam. 8.4). God obliges their request and sends Samuel to anoint the son of Kish.

Saul had many of the attributes people look for in a leader.  He was tall, handsome, and well-spoken. He was someone...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 10:05

Doctrine is Precious in the Storm

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Theology often gets a bad rap. Pitted against application, doctrine is painted as stuffy and out of step. But so often when we read the Bible we find that it is the theology that drives the devotion. Orthodoxy gets pressed down into the crevices of our lives to make us grow. Like...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:05

Are You Aiding and Abetting Apathy?

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If you are involved in a local church and have attempted to encourage others in their walk with Christ then you have probably said or heard the following countless times:

“I need to get back in the Word.”

“My prayer life has been kinda dry lately.”

How do you...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:05

Pastoral Bullies

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It was a bad day at church. What was supposed to be a blessed and meaningful worship experience felt like a punch in the gut.

What happened? Those in authority were selfish bullies.

We read about these leaders in 1 Samuel. Eli’s sons aptly described by the author as...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 10:05

The Gospel Sneaks Up on Me

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Over the last twenty years, we have been blessed with six children in our home. As a result of the spread in their ages, I have been getting scared by our kids since the late 90’s. I have been startled so many times that I’ve lost count. Have you ever noticed that kids...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:05

Are You All In on the Promises of God?

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“You can tell a lot about someone’s priorities by looking at their bank account and calendar.” Is this true? To some extent, I think it is. How people spend their time, and their money reveals a great deal about them.

At the end of Abraham’s life, we see what he...

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What is the difference between justification and sanctification? I am thankful that this is a frequent question that I get as a pastor; thankful because people are thinking but also because this is so important. After all, we are talking about our standing before God.

In short,...

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I am pleased to share with you the Emmaus Pastoral Residency. As a young Christian with a passion for ministry this type of program was not only something I desired, but also something I would’ve benefited from immensely.

The Emmaus Residency is a twelve-month...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:05

Learning Contentment Through Repetition

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In our home, we have six children. As you can imagine, this brings a parade of child-training opportunities. In addition to the blessing of children, the Lord has blessed me with a wife who is very creative and persistent in how she trains the kids.

Not surprisingly, young children...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 10:05

God Still Uses Ordinary Means and Ordinary Men

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At the end of Ezra 4 the people who started out rebuilding the temple with a head of steam had fizzled out. They were crippled by a fear of man. As they cowered in discouragement and shame, the dust settled on the building project.

So what does God do?

He sends a couple of preachers, Haggai &...

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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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