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, 09 November 2017 20:27

A 3000 Year Old Strategy?

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Satan, the enemy of the souls of people, is not very original in his strategy.  In the life of King David, Israel’s second monarch, Satan spotted an opportunity, a sinful desire–common to all people–to disobey God. Like the pattern so well established in...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 02:43

The Golden Calf

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‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder.’ Whoever crafted that statement might well have been pondering the people of God as they grew fonder for Egypt as Moses ‘was so long in coming down from the mountain.’ (Exodus 32:1)In their restlessness, they...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 03:52

Biblical Fidelity Illustrated in John Wycliffe

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Biblical Fidelity Illustrated in John Wycliffe

Dr. John E. Greever

It is true that each faithful Christian today stands on the shoulders of faithful Christians of yesterday.  In a strategic and fundamental way, faithful servants of Christ who come before us pave the way for us to know and...

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Just Thinking...for Myself

imageLocated on one of the most historic streets in the United States, particularly for black Americans, Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta, stands the venerable Big Bethel AME Church.

“Big Bethel”, as it is affectionately and reverently known, was founded in 1847,...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 10:47

The Ten Commandments

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Theologians have commonly divided up the ten commandments into two parts (or “tables”). The first part consists of the first four commandments (i.e. Exodus 20:3-11), while the second part consists of the last six commandments (i.e. Exodus 20:12-17). The first four commandments deal with...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 21:27

Do You Hear What I Hear?

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‘Do you hear what I hear?’ In one sense this is the question Jesus Christ, the head of the church, presses on all the congregations in Revelation 2 and 3. At the close of every specific message to each specific congregation, He urges all of the assemblies of...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:04

Samuel Renihan on New Covenant Union

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In Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (found in the volume Recovering a Covenantal Heritage), Micah and Samuel Renihan explain New Covenant union with Christ.

Jesus Christ has been and always will be the federal head of the covenant of grace/New Covenant. To be...

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Friday, 30 June 2017 01:43

Richard Barcellos on Gospel Use of the Law

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Happy Birthday Canada!

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Kings have authority but they are also under authority if they understand God’s design for the country they govern.

On the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday, join me in some reflective meditation on Psalm 72, from which Canada derives her motto ...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 04:19

A few words to a new Pastor…

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A few words to a new pastor… I love you, Brother, and I am delighted that God has called you to this great work. I have long sensed that God had such a task in store for you. No one will pray for you more or respond more quickly if you need help than I. I know you will receive this advice in...

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image There is a great deal of ignorance and confusion regarding the subject of sanctification in our day. Perhaps that has always been the case. There are, however, some very helpful books on the subject that are available to the modern reader. (See here.) Thankfully, you...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:45

John Murray on Sanctification

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In his book, Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray writes the following about the sanctification of the believer in Christ:

There is a total difference between surviving sin and reigning sin, the regenerate in conflict with sin and the unregenerate complacent to sin. It is...

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If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are alwaystwo sides to every story.

On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 11:46

Stop Killing People with Your Ambition

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Stop killing people with your ambition.

The desire to achieve is a good thing. ...

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image In his book, Devoted to God, Sinclair Ferguson includes a chapter dealing with what Romans 12:1-2 has to say about the doctrine of sanctification.  In v.2 the Apostle Paul says the following:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:35

How to Listen to a Sermon

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:46

J.C. Ryle on the Spiritual Use of the Law

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“yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:44

Happy Valentine’s Day from the 17th Century

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Are you single? Do you not want to be single? Well, look no further because the instructions below are a surefire way to find true love. We can’t all be Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. …

Source: Happy Valentine’s Day from the 17th Century

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 14:07

Gospel Coalition as Harlem Globe Trotters

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One of our many southern correspondents notified me of TGC’s year-end pitch for charitable donations. At the end of Collin Hanson’s post is a link to TGC’s 2016 Annual Report. Curiously absent are the financials. The Allies encourage people to give but those people have...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 07:21

“Abba” is not “Daddy”

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Spiritual Sounding Board

This morning, GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) released a thoughtful, clear statement of empathetic support for victims and constructive solutions for changing Church systems that perpetuate abuse. The five-page statement from the Board of...

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Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:01

John Owen on Giving Thanks

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“Obedience is the best way of showing our gratitude to God for His grace.” (Communion with God, p.140)

So while we should certainly give thanks to the...

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 19:04

Nehemiah Coxe: Cordwainer and Confession-maker

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If you’d like to know a little more about Nehemiah Coxe and the probability of his involvement in the editing of the 1677 confession, the following data will be of interest to you. The first two entries are from Thomas Pottenger, an English Baptist minister, published in the May, 1845 edition of “The Church.”

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 03:57

Assertions Are Not Arguments

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A Guest Post from Stefan Lindblad*

An assertion is not an argument. Obvious, right? Sadly, much of the current internet imbroglio over the doctrine of the Trinity and the novel doctrine of the eternal functional subordination of the Son (henceforth EFS, and oh yes it is novel!) belies the obviousness of this...

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 18:42

Confessional Orthodoxy and Evangelical Union

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Evangelicalism has often been criticized for its lack of creeds and confessions. Yet there has been a consistent assumption, and perhaps assertion, that since evangelicals share a common subjective commitment to the Bible they must share a common commitment to the objective deposit of doctrine and the pattern of sound words in the...

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