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, 26 January 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “Kindness” Featured

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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

It would be much easier to write on “something I did wrong in the ministry” or “something I tried to do right in the ministry. Ernie Reisinger used to say to me: “Experience is a strange old teacher;...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 05:00

The Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed – 381 Featured

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The orthodox party of Nicea prevailed for less than a decade. Challenges to the formula of Nicea soon began to multiply and the emperor found that his cement to the empire had shifted and that he must shift with it. He exiled Athanasius, who had become the bishop of Alexandria, and restored Arius,...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “Expository Preaching” Featured

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

I love to mow the lawn. Well, at least the first mowing of the season, then I hand over the responsibility to my teenage son. But there is something refreshing and satisfying to me about mowing the lawn. It is tangible and...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “I Centered on Christ” Featured

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

When I was first called to pastoral ministry, I remember feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility of it all. I thought being a good pastor meant being a good administrator, an excellent student, a sound theologian,...

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

As I reflect back on a particularly difficult stretch of ministry in the local church, there is one thing I led our elder board to adopt that continues to bear fruit today and for which I am deeply grateful—we invested...

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

I grew up under very poorly done topical preaching. When I came to faith in Christ as a teenager and subsequently sensed God’s call to ministry, I had few models of solid biblical preaching. I too, followed in stride by...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 09:26

A New Year for Old Confessions Featured

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As Christians, our faith is rooted in ancient texts that teach eternal truths. The Bible, as the very word of God (1 Tim 3:16, 17), is our authority in all faith and practice and the source of spiritual nourishment for our souls (Ps 1; 1 Pet 2:2.) By it we know who God is and as we receive it by...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “I Waited on God” Featured

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

I peered out the door once more to look at an empty parking lot. This time however, it was past time for the worship service to start. “Maybe people are running late,” I thought to myself. But as I continued to...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 05:00

Preaching is Essential Featured

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What is preaching? For many years, I would have answered this question by saying that preaching is helping me to understand Scripture better. But I have come to recognize that this is a very poor answer. After all, how is this view of preaching any different than teaching the Bible? Is the only...

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

One of the first things that I did when I became pastor of the church I now serve was to start a book table where good books at discounted prices were made available to our congregation. Through experience in the previous...

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:00

What is the External Call to Ministry and is it Biblical? Featured

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Previously, I considered how a man can discern whether God has called him to pastoral ministry. I write on this subject from personal experience, since I have wrestled with this call over the years. But a lot of confusion disappears when we realize that Scripture reveals how we recognize...

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 04:05

Hymns and Our Stewardship of Time Featured

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Our God is sovereign over time. He holds the future with same perfection and certainty that He holds both present and past. He was in the beginning (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1) and He is “the Alpha and the Omega,” the One “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty”...

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 05:00

Christmas Hymn Featured

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1. The eternal Son unstained with blame from virgin mother nursed. Not flesh alone, whole human frame, He came to be accursed.

Chorus The One whose throne’s forever’s come to bring the hi-ding rebel home.

2. His glory bright He left above; He counted it as loss; And on that night embodied...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 05:00

The Creed of Nicea – 325 (Part 2) Merry Christmas! Featured

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To show the pivotal importance of the substance of this creed we will point to five short insertions. Eusebius of Caesarea (the first church historian) proposed the confession used at baptism by his church (or something very similar) as a possible statement to bring unity to the deeply divided...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 05:00

Was Luther’s Pastoral Theology Antinomian? (Part 6) Featured

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Was Luther's Pastoral Theology Antinomian?

The Conclusion: Luther Was A Faithful Pastor

Luther’s own personal experience of Anfechtungen and the pastoral care he received from Johann Von Staupitz helped him to think clearly about how he assisted those...

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Friday, 16 December 2016 05:00

A Call to Regenerate Church Membership Featured

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Responses to the Controversial SWBTS Chapel

Recent public remarks during chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary serve to remind us that though Southern Baptists have called for unity around the gospel, there is still a great deal of angst among...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 05:00

How Does a Man Know if He is Called to Pastoral Ministry? Featured

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Over the years, I have struggled to know if God was calling me to pastoral ministry. And I know that I am not alone. I have talked to many men who have wrestled with the same question. Have you felt this way? If so, you can rest assured that God has not left us alone to figure out how we can...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 05:00

Are Southern Baptists Cousins to the Anabaptists? Featured

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Responses to the Controversial SWBTS Chapel

Before I attempt to engage a matter of Baptist history that arose within the context of Rick Patrick’s recent (and by now much-debated) sermon at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, I wish to make clear...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 05:00

The Creed of Nicea – 325 (Part 1) Featured

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The first of the ecumenical creeds was formulated in a council called by the emperor Constantine. According to historians Eusebius of Caesarea and Lanctantius, Constantine was converted to Christianity as he prepared for a battle with Maxentius in the year 312. His victory, which he attributed to...

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Monday, 12 December 2016 06:00

A Call for Christ-like Rhetoric Featured

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On this side of Genesis 3, we all need to regularly check ourselves for weeds of sin and temptation that ever-grow in our souls. A recent chapel message at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary stood as a clear example to me that we all need to remember the commitments that were made by both...

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Some younger pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention may be unfamiliar with the details of the crisis that our denomination faced in the latter half of the twentieth century. In 1961, the Sunday School Board’s Broadman Press published a book entitled The Message of Genesis by Professor...

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 05:00

Calvinistic Southern Baptists and Theology Featured

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Theological clarity and historical accuracy are significant components of the highly valuable partnership among Southern Baptists in the Great Commission. A recent chapel message at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provides an opportunity to consider the theological commitments of...

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 05:00

Was Luther’s Pastoral Theology Antinomian? (Part 5) Featured

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(See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4)

The Conflict Between God and Satan

Luther’s understanding of the world we inhabit was one of conflict. Humanity is in the midst of a truth war between God and Satan. Luther took seriously the teaching of the Apostle Paul that “we do not wrestle...

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The Southern Baptist world erupted with a bit of controversy last week as it began to digest a recent message by Rick Patrick delivered in chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paige Patterson, the seminary’s president, rose after the address and made some remarks that seemed...

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 05:00

Was Luther’s Pastoral Theology Antinomian? (Part 4) Featured

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(See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.)

Luther’s Consistent Denial of Antinomianism

Luther’s advice to Jerome Weller to put “aside the whole Decalogue” and “even commit some sin” is likely not indicative of antinomianism in Luther’s thought. Rather, Luther appears...

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