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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Thursday, 17 January 2019 21:00

Learn How to 'Adult' Before You 'Missionary' Featured

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Every head bowed, every eye closed. Good. Now, do you feel a stirring deep in your soul when I talk about missions? If so, stand up.

If you’ve spent any time in evangelicalism, you know all too well this familiar scene, when the trajectory of one’s life boils down to a single, mystical...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 21:00

J. P. Boyce and the New Year Featured

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Just before his twenty-second birthday, when J. P. Boyce was editor of The Southern Baptist, he wrote an editorial welcoming the opportunity for a new resolve for holiness and usefulness presented by the new year. Boyce had graduated from Brown College under the presidency of Francis Wayland, had...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 21:00

Are Some Cultures 'Better' Than Others? Featured

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“When I went to war, I marked my enemies like a sniper. And when I got to them, I chopped their heads off with a knife.”

These are the translated words of Wangloi Wangshu, one of the few surviving members of the Naga headhunting tribe in northern India, documented in 2015 by National...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 21:00

Is Christianity a Life of Love, not a Doctrine? Featured

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Classical Liberals love to say that Christianity is a life, not a doctrine. Have you ever heard anyone say that? People sometimes say, it doesn’t really matter what you believe. What matters is that you love other people. What matters is that you do good in the world, rescue the oppressed,...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 21:01

The Good News of Peace Featured

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We’ve just come out of a season that talks a lot about peace. Christmas time is the season of the year that carries a special place in our imaginations, that evokes certain feelings in our hearts. We sing songs about the cattle peacefully lowing, and the baby quietly sleeping. We have images...

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Saturday, 29 December 2018 04:50

To Worship or Not to Worship? That Shouldn't Be the Question Featured

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Summit Church in Durham, NC (where SBC President, JD Greear is pastor), announced that they are not holding any worship services this last weekend of the year. Instead, they are encouraging their members to #worshipathome. In the video prepared for their people to watch as they #worshipathome there...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 21:00

3 Identities of the Christian Man Featured

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What is a Christian?

In spite of the New Testament’s clarity, if you were to ask a dozen self-identified evangelicals about their Christian identity, you’d get a dozen, mystifying, disparate answers.

Some would reject the label “Christian” in favor of a deconstructed term like...

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I am convinced that there are two major heresies in the church: legalism and antinomianism. This post will focus on the error of legalism in different relational dynamics within the church. Sinclair Ferguson, the great Scottish theologian, defines legalism as “separating the law of God from...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 21:00

Romans, Sound Doctrine, and Christian Unity Featured

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(This excerpt is from Malone’s commentary on Roman’s 9-16, to be joined with Curtis Vaughn’s Romans 1-8; awaiting publication)

Three long years had passed since Paul was first arrested in Jerusalem till his coming to Rome. God answered his prayers to go to Rome, yet by means...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 21:00

"Far as the Curse is Found" Featured

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The great hymn, “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts, sung frequently at Christmas is a hymnic presentation of Psalm 98:4-9. Verse 4 of the Psalm reads “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.” Yes, indeed, “Joy to...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:00

A Hymn to the Son of God Featured

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So long ago, and far away
Eternal life came near.
The dead and ready-to-decay
Leaped forth and challenged fear.
 
Within a space where creatures fed
Their Maker took His breath;
The world recoiled with prideful dread.
His life secured their death.
 
Who is this child who stirred such rage,
While...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 21:00

Angry Justice? Featured

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I’ve heard people say, “The church needs to get angry about all these social injustices!” Many seem to believe that racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, child abuse, etc., are all worthy of our most intense anger so that we’re stirred to action in support of victims and so that...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 21:00

Why God Sent His Son: Part 3, Our Sonship Featured

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As Christmas draws near, I offer one final meditation on the question: Why did God send His Son? In my previous two meditations from Galatians 4:1-7, we have already seen that God sent His Son because we are all enslaved to sin, so Christ added His human nature to His divine nature in the miracle...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:00

Why God Sent His Son: Part 2, Our Savior Featured

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During this Christmas season, we have a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the question: Why did God send His Son? In my previous meditation from Galatians 4:1-7, we saw the Apostle Paul revealing our need for God to send His Son. Verses 1-3 show us that we are all enslaved to sin, and there is...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 21:00

Why God Sent His Son: Part 1, Our Slavery Featured

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Like many families in our country and around the world, my family is busy preparing to celebrate Christmas. Our Christmas tree has been decorated, Christmas music regularly plays on the radio, and my wife and I are in the midst of buying Christmas gifts to give to our children. But in the midst of...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 21:00

I Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice Featured

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Jesus says if the Pharisees knew what the title of this post means, then they would not have condemned the guiltless (Matthew 12:7).

A qualification up front: some would use this phrase to look down their nose at a person serious about holiness. “God wants mercy not strict obedience, man....

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 21:00

The Cost of ‘Kingdom’ Talk Featured

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Everybody wants the rights to the term “kingdom.”

The word, as an adjective in Christian parlance, roughly translates, “Any vaguely spiritual activity or notion.” Clocking a few hours at a soup kitchen isn’t just volunteerism, it’s “kingdom work.” My...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:00

Why the IMB Should Plant Baptist Churches Featured

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When my family lived in Africa, our missionary house stood within a rock’s throw of a Pentecostal church. Interestingly, even though an IMB worker had started it years before, it had drifted into the choppy waters of experientialism, much to the sadness of the planter’s desire. It...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:53

Introduction: The Christian's Great Interest Featured

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If a person has a clear understanding of the nature of salvation, then the assurance of it will be a blessing second in value only to the real possession of it. Forgiveness of sins and personal interest in Christ’s righteousness and the promise of eternity in the presence of God will bring...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 08:59

The Doctrine of Assurance Featured

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Grace Manifest in Godly Confidence

This article is Chapter 16 from By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life (Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2006). The Revised and Expanded 20th Anniversary edition of...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:21

Thomas Manton on Thanksgiving Featured

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Puritan Thomas Manton gave a sermon entitled “The Christian’s Special Duty of Giving Thanks,” in which he reflects upon Psalm 119:62: ““At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, because of thy righteous judgments.” His main point of emphasis in the sermon...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:00

The Tyranny of Narratives Featured

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Merriam-Webster defines a narrative as, “a way of presenting or understanding a situation or series of events that reflects and promotes a particular point of view or set of values”. We live in a day of narratives. All it takes to see this is to turn on the news, check out Twitter...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 21:00

A Justice Fiasco Featured

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God, being the gracious God that He is, sends us warnings. “Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you” (John 5:14). What we have in all of our present confusion over justice is a warning. 

We might expect the sons of darkness to be upside down when it comes to wisdom and...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:00

Christian Liberty Featured

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The doctrine of Christian liberty flows out of the doctrine of Christian freedom. Freedom in Christ includes not only freedom from the law as a covenant, freedom from the domination of sin and Satan, but also freedom from the domination of men over the conscience of the Christian. The Pharisees...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 21:00

Only Men May be Pastors Featured

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In spite of the fact that it seems more and more fashionable in our day to say that women may be pastors, the Bible is clear that pastoral leadership is restricted to men. This post will examine 1 Timothy 2:12-14, one of the key biblical texts on male-only pastoral leadership, and it will respond...

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