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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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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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

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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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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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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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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...

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