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, 27 December 2018 16:51

And so we buried my brother …

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And so we buried my brother today. The wind calmed and the rain held back. Small mercies.

The hour before, the church was filled By family and friends undaunted by miles or years. Small mercies.

And moments earlier my parents saw their son now dead And in their frailty saw, sobbed and survived. Small...

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How should a city respond to gospel preaching? The response to Jonah’s five-word sermon (in Hebrew) to Niveneh is summarized in four words.

The Ninevites believed God.

God had sent them a message, a clear message, a message with a fixed timeline to respond. Now they had a...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 21:46

Hide Thou Me

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‘Hide and seek’ is a favourite game to play for children. The challenge is always finding the ‘perfect place’ to hide, isn’t it? The longer you play the game in the same location the more challenging it becomes to find a hiding place!

The Bible uses...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 07:45

The Fault In Their (Social) Gospel

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As I compose this commentary, there remain segments within the American evangelical church that continue to advance and propagate the principles and tenets of the “gospel” of social justice. Increasing numbers of evangelical churches, pastors, and ministries...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:57

Dormant Servants?

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Have you ever responded to a ‘help wanted’ poster? Probably the largest campaign announcement for procuring help was introduced by Jesus Christ with the words, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few… Pray…’ (Matt. 9:35-38) In...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:34

Speaking Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

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“I can’t remember the last time we sang a hymn,” someone recently asserted. Another party to the conversation chirped in with the assertion, ‘That’s all we ever sing.’

For the month of August I want to revert to one of my passions–namely...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:15

The God of History

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God is the God of history. He was and is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was and is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was and is my father’s God. He is the eternal God and yet in His amazing grace, He interacts with people in real time.

As Peter, in...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 21:11

The Poor You Always Have With You…

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During the ministry of Jesus, one of his followers, who mishandled the group funds, criticized Mary who had poured out perfume worth a year’s wages on the feet of Jesus. Judas expressed his great ‘concern’ about such waste, probably frustrated that he would...

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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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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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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...

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:36

A Word of Advice to our Friends at MOS

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This again!

Hoo, boy! I’m getting tired of blogging on the same subject over and over, but here we go again:

I wanted to be positive about today’s episode of Mortification of Spin.  Honestly, I did. Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt, and Aimee Byrd chatted about the difficulties facing credo-baptists and paedo-baptists who...

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Because dressing like a high school kid makes me soooo down to earth!

Occam’s Razor is the name given to the logical argument that the simplest theory to explain any given phenomena is likely the correct theory.  Since our judgment is often obstructed, we need to shave away needless assumptions and bits of argumentation in...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:29

A Series of Improbable Events

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Today I’m going to ask you to imagine an entirely unlikely sequence of events.  I don’t know why any of this would happen, but let us pretend that it might:

Imagine with me that you have been invited to Buckingham Palace and granted an audience with Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada,...

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