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

When the Philadelphia Association received a “query” asking whether “a person denying unconditional election, the doctrine of original sin, and the final perseverance of the saints, and striving to affect as many a he can, may have full communion with the church?” they...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 22:00

Truth and Love Featured

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“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” Those words from Warren Wiersbe are profound & perpetually relevant.

Think about it for a moment.

If I relate to you only on the basis of truth, then our relationship is going to be hard and harsh—even...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:57

Why You Should Preach Through Ecclesiastes Featured

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How quickly can you find Ecclesiastes in your Bible? How quickly can those in your church find it? Ecclesiastes is an often overlooked book in the Bible. When people do read it, they often remain confused, not knowing what this book means or why it is included in God’s Word.

As a result, this...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 01:12

Under the Law Featured

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There seems to be a fair amount of confusion today about what it means to be “under the law.” Some suggest that all of the members of the Old Covenant were “under the law.” Others say that for a believer to accept any commands or directives from God is to be “under the...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 15:00

The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel Featured

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On June 19 of this year I had the privilege of meeting in the iconic Herb’s House coffee shop in Dallas with 13 other men to discuss our common concerns about some teachings and practices being advocated in the name of “social justice.” We had never been in a room together but all...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 09:06

Does the Bible Teach the Sufficiency of Scripture? Featured

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The story of the Trojan War comes from Greek Mythology and describes a ten year war by the Greeks against the ancient city of Troy. For nine years, Troy was able to withstand the attacks. The Greeks simply could not bring down the walls of the city. In the tenth year the Greeks hatched a plan to...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 22:00

Why Does God Leave Us in This World? Featured

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How well do you handle trials? I mean, when things get tough, or when you start to lose control a little bit? When the kids are about to drive you nuts, or when your boss is breathing down your neck about the deadline at work? When you’ve been falsely accused, or treated unfairly? When the...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:00

Calvinistic Courage Featured

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A cowardly calvinist is an illogical thing. I don’t say that it is a thing that does not exist. Sadly, regrettably, shockingly, it does exist. But it shouldn’t. Before we get in too deep, no offense to the courageous non-calvinist. My point is not to say that those who disagree with...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 23:40

Sure, the Bible Is True, but Is it Enough? Featured

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Over the last fifty years American evangelicals have been forced to address the question of biblical authority. In the early 1970s North American evangelicalism came dangerously close to theological apostasy. Many leaders had begun to drift away from their historic commitment to the authority of...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 04:56

The Abstract on Scripture Featured

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The Twenty article Abstract of Principles contained articles on the Scriptures, God, Trinity, Providence, Election, The Fall of Man, the Mediator, Regeneration, Repentance, Faith, Justification, Sanctification, Perseverance of the Saints, the Church, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, the...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 22:00

Three Lessons from My Summer Internship Featured

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Consider how faithful our Lord Jesus is to His church. Every generation of the church has had to defend the truths of the gospel against error. Many times in church history, Christians have been persecuted for the gospel, even to the point that they were put to death. Each generation must proclaim...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 22:00

The Abstract of Principles Featured

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The next confession that I will discuss is the Abstract of Principles. It was adopted in 1858 as the guiding confessional document for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Its initial draft was written by Basil Manly, Jr., and then fine-tuned by a committee. Basil Manly, Jr., recalled the...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 15:00

Sexual Sin Kills: Fear God Featured

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The wise father leaves us with a final instruction. He’s warned us that sexual sin kills so we should pay attention, avoid the strange woman, and embrace our wives. He concludes Proverbs 5 with a call for us to fear God.

In verse 21 he says, “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 15:00

Sexual Sin Kills: Embrace Your Wife Featured

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The wise father, warning us about sexual sin, tells us not only what to avoid but what to embrace. In Proverbs 5 we hear the counsel: embrace your wife. He provides a few reasons for this and a few details about what’s involved in doing so.

In verse 15 he says, embrace your wife because she is...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 15:00

Sexual Sin Kills: Avoid The Strange Woman Featured

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After the father tells his son what to pay attention to, he goes on to tell them what to avoid. He says in Proverbs 5, “Sexual sin kills so avoid the strange woman.”

Up front he wants him to know that avoiding the strange woman requires staying with wisdom. He summons his sons attention...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:00

Sexual Sin Kills: Pay Attention Featured

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Sexual sin kills. That’s what the wise father tells his son in Proverbs 5. If you give yourself to sexual sin, you won’t get happiness and life, you’ll get sorrow and death. This is the first post of a four part series. Each has a wise exhortation from the loving father found in...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 22:00

Let Us Catechize Featured

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Catechism. For some, this word conjures up dead orthodoxy and high church ritualism. For others, it is seen as an essential tool to be used in their family and church life. Whatever the idea of catechism brings to mind, why should you consider using catechism? Here are seven reasons:

1. To Obey...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 03:43

The College World Series and the Countercultural Church Featured

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Maybe you’ve never heard of Tennessee Tech University. I imagine, however, you’ve heard of Ole Miss. I’ve heard of both. I live about an hour from the latter and received my undergraduate degree from the former, a wonderful school located in the heart of Tennessee’s Upper...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:00

Happy Thoughts and Joy? Featured

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“Just think happy thoughts!” The advice seems so simple and shallow. And of course for believers, we know that simply changing thoughts is not the ultimate source of ultimate hope and salvation. However, is there anything to be said for how we think, and what kinds of things we think...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 22:00

The Content of the Noble New Hampshire Confession (Part 2) Featured

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In the last entry, we saw how the New Hampshire Confession describes God’s operations of grace in the present so that our corruptions are overcome in his granting us salvation. This entry begins with the Confession’s statement on the location of these present operations in the divine...

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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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