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, 07 October 2018 18:00

The Danger of Calling the Church to Repent Featured

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Have you ever heard of a church that repented? Not individuals, but an entire church that collectively recognized its congregational transgressions and openly, genuinely repented, with biblical sorrow and brokenness.

Sadly, you probably have not.

For that matter, have you ever heard of a pastor who...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 18:00

Assaulting the Nature of Truth Featured

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Words matter to God. After all, they are His chosen means of communication. He doesn’t bring people to a saving knowledge of Himself through mystical, subjective experiences. He has spoken clear, objective, propositional truth to His creatures through His written Word.

That’s why...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “The Love God Hates” Featured

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God is love.

That popular notion—excerpted from 1 John 4:8—is often seen as the trump card to God’s other, less popular characteristics. Those looking to ignore His judgment and dispense with His wrath see God’s loving nature as His alpha attribute by which all others are to...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 18:00

The Truth About Spiritual Warfare Featured

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Any thorough discussion of the exclusivity of Christ should include the issue of spiritual warfare. Not the nonsense we see in the charismatic church, where a faith healer attempts to bind the demons of back pain and seasonal allergies through your television screen. True spiritual warfare...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 18:00

The Danger of Ignorant Zeal Featured

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Being a member of a healthy church isn’t an end in itself. It’s a wonderful blessing and privilege to sit under the faithful teaching of a shepherd who rightly handles God’s Word. But we must never allow that blessing from God to cultivate complacency in our relationship with Him....

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:00

The Foolish Cross Featured

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Unregenerate sinners are completely lost.

Unaided and unilluminated, in his natural condition and without the gospel, the sinner will never find a way to God. In fact, he won’t be looking for it to begin with. “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 18:00

Knowledge That Condemns Featured

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“Natural theology”—the belief that man inherently has the ability to reason himself to God—is surging in popularity among evangelicals. But does it find support in Scripture?

In Romans 1, Paul presents a strong case against the idea of natural theology. It is true that God...

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Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden is widely regarded as fiction these days. Even professing Christians capitulate to the evolutionary zeitgeist, redefining the early chapters of Genesis as nothing more than metaphor. But the empirical proof of mankind’s fall into sin is evident all...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 18:00

Renovating the Narrow Gate Featured

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A radically abridged and ambiguous view of the gospel has captivated the church today. We see this whenever a prominent professing believer says his or her faith “is a very private thing.”

Let me suggest to you that if your faith is “a private thing,” it’s not the...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:00

The Apostles of Ambiguity Featured

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My formal seminary education prepared me for many theological battles. We were equipped to defend the inerrancy of Scripture. We were prepared to defend the true ministry of the Holy Spirit, understand the proper paradigm of sanctification, and respond to the abuses of the Charismatic Movement. We...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 18:00

The Injustice of Social Justice Featured

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The besetting sin of pragmatic, style-conscious evangelicals has always been that they shamelessly borrow fads and talking points from the unbelieving world. Today’s evangelicals evidently don’t believe the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God (1 Corinthians 3:19). Virtually...

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I do not relish controversy, and I particularly dislike engaging in polemical battles with other evangelical Christians. But as my previous posts in this series demonstrate, when the gospel is under attack from within the visible church, such controversy is necessary. And if it seems fierce...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:00

The Long Struggle to Preserve the Gospel, Part 2 Featured

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Monday’s blog post focused on some of the past few decades of conflicts within the evangelical movement that have provoked me to preach and write in defense of the gospel. It wasn’t an exhaustive list—that would be tedious, I suspect. Evangelicals as a group have shown an...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 18:00

The Long Struggle to Preserve the Gospel, Part 1 Featured

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From the earliest days of the apostolic era, faithful Christians have been called upon to contend earnestly for the truth of the gospel. The hardest battles have taken placewithin the visible church, among those who claim fidelity to Christ. That’s because the greatest threats to gospel...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 18:00

Social Injustice and the Gospel Featured

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Scripture says earthly governments are ordained by God to administer justice, and believers are to be subject to their authority. The civil magistrate is “a minister of God to you for good . . . an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil” (Romans 13:1–4). But it is...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 18:00

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “No Other Gospel” Featured

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is an exclusive, narrow, and nonnegotiable message. While there is only one way to preach it, there are seemingly endless ways to distort and pervert it. And even the smallest alteration strips the gospel of its saving power. The apostle Paul understood that the eternal...

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

That familiar phrase—and all its variations—is credited to George Santayana, a European philosopher writing in the early twentieth century. However, it should not surprise us that the sentiment behind his words reaches back...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:00

Is There a Temple in Heaven? Featured

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In the ancient world, the two most important buildings of any national capital were the palace and the temple. They represented civil and spiritual authority. In heaven the centrality of the throne of God emphasizes both His sovereignty and His worthiness to be worshiped. All heaven is His palace,...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:00

Apocalyptic Visions of Indescribable Glory Featured

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The book of Revelation is the story of how God’s wrath will finally be poured out upon the earth. Evil will be conquered forever and vanquished from the universe. It is a graphic and troubling vision, not primarily a lesson about heaven.

Still, we learn a lot about heaven from the apostle...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 18:00

A Portrait of God's Glory Featured

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While God’s Word does not give us all the details about our future home with Him, Scripture is hardly silent when it comes to His eternal kingdom. In fact, the Bible contains many descriptions of heaven.

However, some of those descriptions are cast in apocalyptic or prophetic language filled...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:00

Debunking Lies About Heaven Featured

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Why is it important to know the truth about heaven? With all the contradicting theories and theologies, you can imagine that some Christians would prefer to live in blithe ignorance about what awaits beyond the grave. But knowing the truth about heaven is not just about being right for the sake of...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:00

The False Hope of Purgatory Featured

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Let’s be clear from the outset: The Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory is taught nowhere in Scripture. It was invented to accommodate Catholicism’s denial of justification by faith alone. And it offers false hope to millions who anticipate ample time beyond the grave—perhaps...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 18:00

What Happens When Believers Die? Featured

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It’s hard for our finite minds to conceive of eternity—or for that matter, anything outside of our routine experience in this temporal realm. In spite of the pictorial language employed by the biblical authors, it can be difficult for us to form a clear concept of heaven, or understand...

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Have you ever met anyone who expects to live forever? Though they might not verbalize that expectation, the way some people live suggests they are unmoved by the unstoppable march of time, and unconcerned about the inevitability of the grave. Others obsess over death, and take extreme measures to...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:00

Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord Featured

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Are you afraid to die?

It’s natural for humans to fear the unknown. But thanks to the clear testimony of God’s Word, believers do not have to approach the end of this temporal life in fearful ignorance. On the contrary, we should echo the triumphant words of Paul: “O death, where...

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