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, 11 March 2018 20:04

Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest Arguments!

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Among Christians, there are a variety of topics that generate more than a little controversy. In today’s ‘react’ instead of ‘respond’ social media culture, I often sit on the sidelines watching the missiles being fired day by day. I must confess to...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 20:39

The Foundation of Orthodoxy Orthopraxy

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What is the foundation for orthodoxy and orthopraxy? In other words, what do right doctrine and right practice rest upon? The apostle Paul answers this question in verses 11-14 of Titus chapter two.

He has been urging teaching, teaching that lines up with sound doctrine...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:07

Integrity…Matters!

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integrity – definition –the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness:“he is known to be a man of integrity

If there is one quality that seems to be in short supply today, it is the quality of integrity. Every day our...

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Friday, 19 January 2018 21:45

The Appointment of Elders

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As the Apostle Paul hands off ministry responsibility to one of his ministry successors, he tasks him with the pivotal responsibility of appointing elders. Every local gathering of God’s people requires oversight.

Paul was a foundation layer (Ephesians 2:20) for the church....

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Study & Teach God's Word

Scholars, at times, ask and explore silly questions! The classic medieval question often cited as being a prime example of ‘wasted thinking’ was ‘How many angels can dance on the head of a needle?’ Isaac D’Israeli, the father of British...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 19:45

Magnifying God

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I wonder how often Mary, the mother of Jesus, had heard Psalm 34:3. With only 150 psalms in the repertoire and a schedule of reading through the sacred Scriptures, she may well have memorized this text.  The NIV translates it ‘Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:48

The Joy of Classical Theism

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In the past month or so there has been a little bit of discussion of the question of ‘classical theism’: the belief that God is simple, eternal, unchanging, impassible and so on. I had never really examined these kind of ideas until about five years ago when I began to read...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 20:27

Sweeter Sounds Than Music Knows

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On my other blog, I reflected briefly on the expression ‘Christmas is….’ Check it out here if you’re interested.

Today’s Olney hymn was penned by John Newton as he reflected on the Incarnation. He includes the birth of Christ but draws us to...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:19

Singing Without Understanding?

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I confess. I’ve sung lots of choruses and hymns without understanding. Have you done likewise?  Thankfully, there have been worship leaders, in various settings, who’ve unpacked the truths of the text as part of our worship experience. They have read Scripture,...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 01:41

Abbreviated Worship?

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Are God’s children ever guilty of abbreviated worship? Do we ever rush through the process of worshiping God in spirit and in truth? Many times we must plead guilty to such a charge.

We abbreviate prayers. We abbreviate services. We abbreviate hymns. Many of the original...

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How would you describe the prophet Jonah from the pages of Scripture?

a) a prophet?

b) an evangelist?

c) an environmentalist?

In 2 Kings14, we meet Jonah in the context of the history of the nation of Israel. The nation is divided at this point with the Northern Kingdom known as...

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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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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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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...

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...

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