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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Monday, 21 May 2018 15:00

Wisdom and The Evil Woman Featured

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The wise father says wisdom will guard us from the evil woman (Proverbs 2:16). He tells us about the evil woman:

He begins by telling us that the evil woman is strange. “To deliver you from the strange woman” (Proverbs 2:16). This evil woman is foreign to all that is right, good,...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:00

Wisdom and The Evil Man Featured

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The father says wisdom will deliver us from the evil man (Proverbs 2:12). He informs us about the evil man. He begins by saying the evil man speaks perverted things (Proverbs 2:12). He not only speaks lies. He speaks perversion. Proverbs 10:32 sheds light on his corrupt talk. It says, “The...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 05:16

Keep the Wagons Hitched Featured

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It may seem surprising to some, but in this past Sunday’s sermon I did not “unhitch” the message from the Old Testament. As a matter of fact, I embraced an Old Testament text that has affected me for years but that I’ve never before preached. I’ve cited it in sermons,...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 22:00

Two Texts to Drive Away the Unholy Ghost of Pastoral Anxiety Featured

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Local church ministry, whether you are serving as a pastor in an established church, as a church planter, a missionary, an elder, in a staff position, or other, is a little like baseball—it’s an exercise in managing failure. Here’s what I mean: Ted Williams, arguably the greatest...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 21:00

How the Gospel Enables Us to Keep God's Good Law Featured

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The Bible teaches that Christians are not under the law as a way of salvation. Christ has set us free from the guilt and condemnation of sin by His bloody death and resurrection. But that does not mean believers are free to live licentious lives. In fact, the grace of God in the gospel enables us...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 15:00

The Value of Wisdom Featured

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We will be greatly helped in life when we realize that the devil is a liar. He has been calling sweet bitter and bitter sweet from the beginning. And because he got our first parents to believe his lies, we’ve all been impacted by his deception. Now weare terribly confused about what is good...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:00

When Deacons "Deacon" Featured

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The English language sometimes puts us at a deficit. Or maybe it’s transliterations that leave us grasping for the right word. Take for instance the noun deacon. We may understand it to refer to an office in a Protestant church; a clerical rank subordinate to priest in the Catholic Church; or...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 23:19

Smart Phones and Reading Habits Featured

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“I know I really need to scroll through Facebook, but it is just so much easier to meditate on the Bible.” Said no one ever. Thinking deeply upon Scripture requires discipline. Mindlessly ingesting breaking news, tweets, and posts requires wifi and thumbs.

I’ve mentioned before...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:57

Pastoral Lessons from Galatians Featured

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One of the central blessings of pastoral ministry is saturating your mind with the Word of God. Pastors have the privilege of devoting ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Over the last several months, I have been renewing my mind through studying the Apostle Paul’s letter to...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 22:00

Reflections on Singing with 12,000 People Featured

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Last week, the night before Together for the Gospel began, someone asked Ligon Duncan what advice he’d give the first–time attender. He replied, “I come here to sing.”

The last time I personally attended T4G was 10 years ago. But every year it’s been held since, a...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 21:55

A Case for Robust Confessions of Faith in the Churches Featured

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A question often arises as to whether the church should have a minimal confession of faith or a robust and encyclopedic confession of faith. Some argue that a church’s formal confession should be short so that Christians with a variety of views on secondary doctrines may all join the church,...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 01:47

Five Lessons Learned from Counseling "Severe" Cases Featured

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I can still remember many of them. Etched in mind are counseling sessions I have had with individuals, many of whom were professing Christians, who were wrestling with challenges that many counselors would label “the severe cases.” These were individuals who had appeared by all...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 22:00

Jonathan Edwards and Why I am a Cessationist Featured

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I’ve been a Southern Baptist all my life, and my Pentecostal/charismatic friends in high school good-naturedly referred to my congregation as “the frozen chosen.” I never fully understood what they meant by that phrase until I attended, at the invitation of a friend, a charismatic...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 22:00

Confessional Exceptionalism Featured

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[Editor’s Note: This entry is part 7 of the Reformation Series.]

I believe in American Exceptionalism. No, I am not saying that the citizens of North America are intrinsically superior to any other people anywhere. We all are descendants of Adam, we all have inherited both condemnation and...

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In his instructions to Titus, Paul writes that ministers are to “teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). The pulpit ministry that upholds and follows biblical exposition heeds these words of Paul. The pastor preaching the Scriptures verse-by-verse by using the...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:06

Don't Lose the Gospel Featured

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I am preaching through the pastoral letters and when I recently began 2 Timothy I was reminded of the concern that Paul expresses about how the gospel will be handled after his death. He not only emphasizes the importance and centrality of the gospel—which he does in all his letters, but he...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:00

Pray for Missions! Featured

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As I return from serving Christ for a few weeks on a mission trip to Africa, my mind has been drawn to a common passage of Scripture on missions: Matthew 9:35-38. In these verses, once Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, they traveled to the cities and villages in the region of Galilee. It is...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 01:36

Two Goats Featured

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On the Day of Atonement, little was left to chance. Because so much hinged on the high priest getting the holiest of days right, Jewish history tells us that 7 days prior he would leave his home and set out for the temple. The Jews assumed uncleanness would be less likely in a more holy locale....

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When the Protestant Reformers recovered the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone on the basis of Christ alone, they recovered the heart of the gospel. By the mid-1600’s in England, heirs of the Reformation learned that the doctrine of justification by faith alone was...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 02:50

Prayers for Governing Authorities Featured

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In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, the Apostle Paul wrote:

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 20:50

The Progress of Jesus Featured

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There are a lot of days when this world feels like a sinking ship. Sometimes believers can feel like were simply holding for that moment when we will be hellicoptered off by Jesus. But, while a doomed vessel isn’t a terrible analogy for the present world, the Titanic ought not be the only...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:00

Smart Phones and The Me-Monster Within Featured

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One of the distortions that get us all tangled up is the context-neutral myth. This myth says that our surroundings have no effect on us. It is this myth that leads parents into letting their 16-year old daughters go on unsupervised Spring break beach trips. Young boys play this myth like a...

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[Editor’s note: This entry is part 6 of the Reformation series.]

I remember the stand-up and the sit down chords. On the one we would stand obediently and pledge allegiance to the United States flag and then the Christian flag; on the other we would sit down and prepare our minds for the...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 22:00

Staying Long Featured

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Recently, I joined two other pastors in a panel discussion on endurance in pastoral ministry. We averaged 28 years in the same church. Since that may seem daunting to a young pastor, the moderator asked if we originally planned to stay so long in our ministries.

That question sent me drifting back...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 15:00

Flesh and Blood Featured

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Everyone is after the good life. The question about phone-influence then is, “How does the smart phone propel us toward the good life or away from the good life?” In chapters 1 and 12, Reinke warned that the phone can move us away from the good life by distracting our minds and stealing...

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