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

Exceptionnoted - Apologetic Report

imageThe Pilot Wife Life

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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Horizons of the Possible

image To all the excited entrepreneurs out there; all the game changers who are out to disrupt whole economies; all the young church planters who are reaching to build the next megachurch:

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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image A lot of hard work usually goes into preaching a sermon (if it is done properly). The average  expository sermon that goes for maybe 30-45 minutes might take anywhere from 10-20 hours of preparation time, depending on the pastor and the particular circumstances of...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:46

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

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image Can a sinner be justified in the sight of a holy God by works, or by obedience to God’s commandments? No, of course not. In Galatians 2:16 the Apostle Paul plainly states as much:

“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

Authors: exceptionnoted...

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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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Authors: exceptionnoted...

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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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image Just a brief post for Thanksgiving. John Owen (1616-1683) with a helpful reminder about the best way to give thanks to God:

“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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An Apology For The Baptists; In Which They Are Vindicated From The Imputation of Laying Unwarrantable Stress on The Ordinance of Baptism. And The Charge of Bigotry in Refusing The Lord’s Table to Paedobaptists.

By Abraham Booth

1) An outline of the argument....

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imageIn our study through the Lord’s Prayer we now come to the last part of thelastrequest, which is “. . . deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). What are we being taught to pray here? What does it mean for us to ask our heavenly Father to “deliver us from...

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image How do you know if your sins have been forgiven? It would be practically impossible to overstate the importance of knowing the answer to that question for oneself.

In his book, Old Paths, J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) offers five (5) distinguishing characteristics or “leading...

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It may surprise you to learn that the Westminster Shorter Catechism contains a rather lengthy section (Q.41-81) dealing with the ten commandments. That is more than 40 total questions!.  In other words, well over 1/3 of the Shorter Catechism is spent focusing on...

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imageIn his book, Call the Sabbath a Delight, Walter Chantry makes a simple statement that should go without saying, but actually serves as a much-needed and timely reminder in our day:

“Whether or not people keep the Sabbath holy is not an incidental or...

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 07:03

Represent!

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Working out Salvation with Fear and Trembling

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Two recent events have made me think a bit about how we represent our ideals or our beliefs or ultimately our God in the world around us.

Ryan Lochte’s recent fabrication of a robbery while in Rio for the Olympics but a black mark not only on his...

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 19:04

Nehemiah Coxe: Cordwainer and Confession-maker

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Particular Voices

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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Pastor Stefan Lindblad

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...

The Lydia Center for Women and Families

In an insightful recent post, Christopher Cleveland explains “Why the Trinitarian Controversy Was Inevitable.” Cleveland’s diagnosis is perceptive, and I would like to extend it somewhat further and also suggest a way forward in terms of the opportunities our situation presents.

Clev...

Monday, 27 June 2016 03:37

The Church Needs More Ephesian Children

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The following is a republished post from my old Blogger blog.

One of the more controversial positions of Confessional Reformed churches is our conviction that the Ten Commandments ought to be preached as an ethical code for Christians to follow.

It seems strange that there would be any contention on this point; ours has been the standard...

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This isn’t my Norway Maple. (How did I come on vacation without a picture?) But look how majestic that tree is!

I was looking at the enormous Norway Maple in my backyard the other day, and a question occurred.  How deep are its roots?  Living as we do in the age of Google, I soon found myself reading this fascinati...

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:01

Remembering June 7, 1966

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Grace Baptist Church circa 1966

“…Thus many of us seem to be as men without a country, or as odd individualists in other fellowships.  Yet we do not relish the spirit of total independency which is...

Monday, 30 May 2016 03:26

The Fallacy of Fallacies

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 Subtitle: “Demonstrated Herein”

The following is a republished post from my old Blogger blog.  (Which makes me wonder, since I switched to WordPress five years ago, how many complete resets / reorganizations / redevelopments has Blogger been through? Fifty?  Five-hundred? But I digress.) 

Everybody loves...

Monday, 16 May 2016 03:37

So You Want to Understand Impassibility

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Many of my readers will be aware that during the last few years a theological controversy has arisen over the doctrine of divine impassibility.  Impassibility is the teaching that God, being perfect and immutable, cannot be moved.  The idea is expressed within many of the Reformed confessions by the assertion that God is...

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