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, 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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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:00

6 Thoughts for Introverted Pastors (and Leaders) Featured

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Contrary to what some around me might think, I love people. I love to sit and watch people interact. I love to listen to people tell stories and share burdens.

However, I’m also an introvert. I know, it seems strange that an introvert would be in a profession that requires public speaking...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:00

Happy Halloween! Featured

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When Martin Luther posted the 95 theses on October 31, 1517, the immediate cause was the abuse of indulgences. They were never for relief of punishment or purgation after death but only for the temporal remission of canonical violations. Nor was the selling of them any part of their original intent...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 22:00

The ‘Critical’ Threat to Missions Featured

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There is a real, positive trend in evangelical churches (as unlikely as that statement seems as an opening for an article).

“Missions” is no longer seen, by and large, as “from the West to the rest.” Christians are thinking beyond simply crossing arbitrary geopolitical...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:00

Living the Cessationist Life Featured

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Will the debate over the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit ever cease? Maybe not, with many books coming out, debates being held, and conferences taking place on this controversial subject. One of the primary reasons for the intensity of this issue is that it directly relates to how we should...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:00

Whatever Happened to Mercy Ministry? Featured

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The so-called culture war is largely a battle over the dictionary. Control the language, control the conversation.

Bible-believing Christians know that words have meanings. We are shaped in our spiritual lives, after all, by a Book—by texts.

Given this reality, it is alarming how quickly...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:00

Peter, Fear of Man, and Lying Featured

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In a well-known passage from John 18:15-18 & 25-27 we read that Peter denies Christ three times. I’d like to look at this passage from a different angle by examining the connection between Peter’s fear of man and his lying, and then seeing how that pattern of fear leading to lying...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 22:00

The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message: Finding a Rock in a Storm Featured

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The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message was conceived, written and adopted in the midst of a confessional firestorm in Baptist life in America. When Southern Baptists issued a “Fraternal Address” to Baptists worldwide in 1919, E. Y. Mullins was surprised to find that Baptists in the North...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 22:00

Justice in Society Featured

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With the recent discussions about social justice on social media and blogs, I submit that the dispute is not about whether Christians should seek justice in society but what kind of justice they should seek. While there may be a historic Fundamentalist impulse which says that Christians should...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 22:00

Learning from Jesus how to Rest in Your Ministry Featured

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Pastors, to avoid burnout, learn not only to rest from your work, but also learn to rest in the midst of it. Ministry is tough. Pastoring brings innumerable spiritual, emotional, relational, and moral challenges which, if not handled biblically, can contribute to an early flameout.

Regrettably, the...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 22:00

Covenant Theology, the Law, and Biblical Justice Featured

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You do not have to venture long into the Christian blogosphere before you find yourself immersed in the recent discussions regarding the role that biblical justice ought to have in the Christian life. This is an important and needed discussion. We live in an age that is saturated with the effects...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 22:00

Has God Really Said? Featured

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“Thy Word is Truth” (John 17:17b).

The most dangerous thing for our holiness is very small, but hugely comprehensive. It’s unassuming and disarming. It appears non-threatening, but actually brings death where ever it goes. It appears hip and relevant, but it’s actually...

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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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Friday, 07 September 2018 09:36

Introduction: A New Journal on an Old (Eternally Old) Issue Featured

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The Perseverance of the Saints

Having carefully set forth biblical teaching concerning decrees, eternal covenant, creation, providence, election, sin, the person and work of Christ, effectual calling, repentance and faith, justification, adoption, good works, et al. the confession presses these...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 09:44

Perseverance of the Saints Featured

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The following article is taken from the chapter on Perseverance in Jim Scott Orrick’s upcoming book, Mere Calvinism. Used by permission. 

 

The Danger of Doctrinal Reduction

The doctrine of perseverance is like a golden crown that adorns the glorious body of...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 09:58

The Certainty of Perseverance Featured

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Paragraph 2 of Chapter XVII of the Second London Confession

17.2 This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will; but upon the immutability of the decree of election1 flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father; upon...

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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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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 10:10

Can a Genuine Christian Backslide? Featured

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Paragraph 3 of Chapter XVII of the Second London Confession

It was a profound, shame-inducing moment, one I had coming, but one God used as embers that would eventually grow into a flame of spiritual awakening.

I was a 21-year-old sports journalist/college...

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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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