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

Founders - Apologetic Report

Yesterday on his blog, The Exchange, hosted by Christianity Today online, Ed Stetzer gave space to his colleague, John C. Richards, to write about the recent SCOTUS nominee. Richards, a “Christian person of color,” serves as the Managing Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 22:00

Biblical Contentment in an Age of Dissatisfaction Featured

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We are living in an age of discontentment in 21st century America. However, you could argue this should not be so. America is one of the wealthiest countries in the history of the world. We are living in a time where access to information and knowledge is unlimited. In addition, we are the most...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 06:39

Pray for Phil Newton Featured

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My dear friend and brother, Phil Newton, has cancer. He received the diagnosis this week that a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma known as Mantle Cell Lymphoma has attacked his body. It is inoperable and there is no known cure. An aggressive treatment protocol is being planned as he consults with...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:00

Smart Phones, Identity, and Loneliness Featured

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I have thoroughly enjoyed working through Tony Reinke’s book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You. This post is the last review and, unsurprisingly, I still feel as though the smart phone is shrouded in mystery. In God’s providence new technologies are thrust upon us and, like wild...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:00

The Content of the Noble New Hampshire Confession (Part 1) Featured

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In our last entry, we examined the complex context in which the New Hampshire Confession of Faith was written—the anti-mission-society movement, the Free Will Baptist movement, and the phenomenon of Charles Finney’s impact on Baptist ideas. In this entry we begin an examination of its...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 22:00

God Told Me... Featured

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“God told me . . . .”

That remark with attached comment can be heard quite often among Christians. We generally consider it as just a figure of speech common in Christian circles to express a feeling, a sense, an impression, or a leading that one believes has come from God. But while...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:42

Inerrancy was Really the Issue Featured

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The weeks prior to the recent meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention saw a strange phenomenon that surrounded the controversy over Paige Patterson. Everyone seemed willing to pitch in and pile on. Molly Marshall smelled blood in the water and made her comments about the Conservative Resurgence...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:00

Smart Phones and Real Satisfaction Featured

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I’ve been plodding my way through Tony Reinke’s 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You. I find these pocket computers complex and important. Reinke’s chapters 5 and 8 provide more food for thought. You can find my thoughts on his other chapters in the link below (except for chapters 6...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:06

The Noble New Hampshire Confession Featured

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Every  confession of faith has its own historic context and yields a more accurate understanding when its words are seen in light of that context. This rather obvious truism, however, is particularly relevant to understanding the New Hampshire Confession of Faith.Given the normative status of...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 02:03

Reflections on the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Featured

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Founders Ministries once again this year had a booth at the annual Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). We were able to give away nearly 2000 copies of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, the confession affirmed by every delegate who gathered in 1845 to establish the SBC. We also gave away dozens...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 22:13

Introduction: Faith, Repentance and Works Featured

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This issue of the Founders Journal focuses on three aspects of salvation closely intertwined as evidences in the human affections of a saving operation of the Holy Spirit. The three subjects are “Saving Faith,” “Repentance unto Life and Salvation,” and “Good...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 22:19

Of Saving Faith Featured

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Chapter XIV of the Second London Confession

They’ve sat across from me repeatedly over the last 20 years in my study, a counseling room, or the coffee shop. Though the locations and names change, the conversation doesn’t. Tears rolling, bodies taut,...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 22:27

Repentance Unto Life Featured

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Chapter XV of the Second London Confession

Twenty year-old Edmund Botsford lingered uncertainly at the gate of the Charleston Baptist meetinghouse one Sunday in 1765. As the church’s members streamed past him to their seats, a conflict raged within: should he stay...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 22:00

How I Love the Psalms! Featured

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There are times in our lives where we are forced to rely on God and to trust in Him. Too often, we take Him for granted in sin and carry on our day-to-day lives in our own strength. But moments come which expose our self-reliance and remind us of our dependence on God. Such an event recently...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 23:35

Believing Jesus Featured

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Back in the early 80’s my parents made a decision that’s affected every year of my life, maybe every month. When filling out my birth certificate, they wrote down Joseph Matthew Sliger. However, somewhere around the same time, they decided to call me by an abbreviated version of my...

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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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