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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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 22:00

How Your Church Can Serve Survivors of Domestic Abuse Featured

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As a pastor, I have not always understood the dynamics of domestic abuse, and I have not always gotten things right when it comes to trying to minister to those who are oppressed by this grievous sin. Though I have seen numerous instances of domestic abuse, I am still learning more and more about...

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[I wrote the following for our church to help us prepare for welcoming guests who will join us for worship tomorrow. The principles could be helpful for other churches, too.]

Tomorrow, like many churches, we expect more than the usual number of guests to join us for worship. Some of these will have...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 22:00

Why Is Good Friday Good? Featured

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“It is finished,” He cried. This work of Christ on the cross is called by theologians the doctrine of the atonement. The atonement is really at the heart of the gospel and the heart of Christianity itself, and I’d like to examine various aspects of the atonement, and show how each...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 22:00

The Powerful Appeal of Social Justice Issues Featured

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In June 1990, the “Social Justice and Peacemaking Unit of the General Assembly Council, Presbyterian Church (USA)” published a journal entitled Hate Crime in America. It constituted the May/June edition of Church and Society, published bi-monthly “to provide a forum for...

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We are living in a post-Christian society. After being greatly influenced by the ideas of post-modernism our culture is in the midst of a great sexual and moral revolution. The mob mentality of anger-filled leftist students seeks to control university campuses and our culture as a whole can’t...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 03:29

2019 National Founders Conference Featured

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Contending for the faith that was once delivered to the saints

Every generation of Christians is called to work both for the defense and confirmation of the gospel. This work becomes increasingly important when threats to the gospel multiply...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 22:00

An Analysis of Reformed Infant Baptism Featured

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I dearly love Reformed Paedobaptists. These brothers and sisters in Christ are co-laborers in the cause of the gospel. We owe them and their tribe very much for their vital contributions to Christian thought and life. Some of my heroes in the faith are paedobaptists. I have good paedobaptist...

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Last week Tom Buck wrote a series of four articles expressing concerns about the teaching of Living Out and, specifically, articles on their website & recommendations they make to people who have sexual desires for members of the same sex. Those articles, shall we say, created quite a stir. The...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 04:54

4 Steps to Avoid Ministry Burnout: Lessons From Moses Featured

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Tracing Israel’s repeated rebellions in the wilderness is as dizzying as watching dirty bathwater circle the drain.

In spite of its refrain stressing the patience of God, the book of Numbers exhausts the reader with its reports of these cyclical revolts of the exodus generation. Time and...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 20:48

I Was Committed to Expositional Preaching Featured

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I must begin by making a personal confession that when asked to consider writing on this topic, I initially found it difficult. When assessing my own personal ministry, I have multiple regrets over bad decisions, indiscretions, misjudgments and wasted opportunities which could have been avoided had...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 01:30

Race Reparations: Missing the Law and the Gospel Featured

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Sadly, some versions of “justice” flying the banner of “social justice” today are violating the basic biblical principles of the law and the gospel. Take the questions swirling around the issue of race, for example. Because of the tragic and sinful history of racism in this...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 02:30

We Must Fight for the Equality of Women Featured

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One of the really shameful occurrences of our present moment is how many women are being abused, oppressed, and made the object of unjust treatment by men. To pour salt in the festering wound, not only are women being stepped on by unregenerate men in every direction, but there are far too many...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:00

It Will be Worth it All When We See Jesus Featured

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We can be certain that there are only two points within the entire span of time when perfect justice will be reified among men. The first is in the atoning work of Christ. Christ died the “just for the unjust” in a  redemption designed to give perfect execution of God’s wrath...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 01:15

Of the Law of God Featured

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Introduction

Of the Law of GodChapter XIX of the Second London Confession

This chapter of the confession brings us to a careful consideration of the eternal standards of righteousness by which God rules and judges the world (Romans 2:5-8, 12, 13). The law of Scripture is a revelation of the divine...

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Friday, 29 March 2019 02:30

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins Featured

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The deep, deep love of Jesus for his elect makes all earthly sorrow and hatred nothing—yea, less than nothing. There has never been any point within the existence of the triune God when the Son of God was not committed to a love relationship with a redeemed humanity–a humanity that...

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Friday, 29 March 2019 01:10

God's Truth Abideth Still Featured

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Paragraphs 1 and 2Chapter XIXSecond London Confession

As it states in its preface, or “Epistle to the Judicious and Impartial Reader,” the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith expresses the “fundamental articles of religion.” Among the 32 fundamental articles (i.e.,...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 22:00

I Was There... Featured

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I was there. I experienced liberal theology’s social gospel and social justice ideas more than 45 years ago. It was at the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS; Southern Presbyterians) Synod meeting in Charlotte, NC, in 1973. The speakers and attendees said things that sounded biblical at...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 22:00

Gospel Privilege and Global Missions Featured

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I remember well a particularly telling luncheon at T4G. A young pastor, wielding his MDiv and an internship at a solid Baptist church, sat across the table from my friend, Brooks Buser. Brooks had just returned from spending over 13 years suffering loss for the unsurpassable honor of planting a...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 22:00

Consistency, Righteousness, and Same Sex Attraction Featured

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Christendom today has seen an increase in the number of people that claim that same-sex attraction (SSA) is not sinful as long as we don’t act on it, as long as we don’t engage in homosexual activity. Indeed, there are some like Matthew Vines that will claim that the Bible does not even...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 02:47

Biblical Justice and Social Justice (Part 1) Featured

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Discussions of the subject of justice peer into the very essence of God and the relation of his creatures to him. The grand scheme of the world is the revelation of God’s goodness, the outworking of his eternal being and its overflow, as it were, into the knowledge of other beings brought...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:00

“A Foolish Man who Built His House on the Sand” Featured

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Given the fluidity of doctrinal views in the modernist-infiltrated Convention, certain facts had to be taken into account. They gave a transparent presentation of these facts in the Annual of the Northern Baptist Convention, 1925, 85, 86:

  1. That the denomination itself is constituted of...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:00

An Object Lesson in Non-Confessionalism Featured

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As the Southern Baptist Convention was in the process of adopting the 1925 Baptist Faith and Message,the Northern Baptist Convention provided an object lesson as to why non-confessionalism expands confusion and minimizes clear witness. A. H. Strong’s visit to the mission field in 1918 had...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 22:00

Be Christ-Centered, Not Just Gospel-Centered Featured

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Buzzwords have a funny way of painting their subject in the best possible light.

Consider a few examples. “Progressive”—who doesn’t want to make progress? “Attractional”—who doesn’t want to attract unbelievers into the church?...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 01:29

The Practicality of Justification Featured

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The doctrine of justification by faith alone teaches that it is God alone who justifies a sinner by declaring that sinner to be righteous (or just) on the ground of the imputed righteousness of His Son. Far from being an abstract or tedious exercise in speculative theology, the doctrine of...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 22:00

#MeToo, Feminism, and Tyranny Featured

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I’m glad that many women who have been sexually abused have found the courage to speak out about their abuse in the current #MeToo moment. According to the Bible, God absolutely despises the violation of a woman’s body. In the Old Testament, the penalty for rape was death, meaning that...

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