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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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:31

Hymns and the Sufficiency of Scripture Featured

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The Bible itself sets a precedent for rejoicing in Scripture with singing. The longest psalm, Psalm 119, is about delighting in the beauty and perfection of God’s Word.

Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul keeps them. The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding...

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 05:00

Was Luther’s Pastoral Theology Antinomian? (Part 3) Featured

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(See also Part 1 and Part 2.)

Two Kinds of Righteousness

The key conviction in Luther’s approach to battling despair in the life of a believer is Luther’s view of passive and active righteousness. Luther’s distinction between passive and active righteousness is helpful in our...

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 05:00

A Faithful Wife Featured

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A few days ago, my husband wrote a post about being a faithful husband, and it has left me thinking about what it means to be a faithful wife. Being a wife to my husband is one of the great delights of my life, but I have more to learn. These thoughts are, like his, offered with the ideal in mind,...

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Monday, 21 November 2016 05:00

8 Rules for Growing in Godliness Featured

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In my desire to be like Jesus I have to guard against the temptation to merely focus on the external. Addressing the outside of our lives is easy and has nothing to do with real sanctification. Superficial godliness is no godliness at all. It is nothing but a thin gloss over a man’s life. A...

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Friday, 18 November 2016 05:00

A Faithful Husband Featured

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Being married to my wife is the greatest earthly blessing of my life. Joy and I have been married for 14 wonderful years, and I simply can’t imagine life without her. I write this post with some sense of fear because I know that I’m not a perfect husband, though I want to grow in being...

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Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:00

Was Luther’s Pastoral Theology Antinomian? (Part 2) Featured

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(See Part 1 here.)

Luther’s Anfechtungen

Luther’s personal struggle with Anfechtungen (despair, depression, anxiety) must be understood if we are to understand his advice to Jerome Weller. To understand his struggle, it is imperative to understand the view of Christian piety held during...

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 22:00

How Can Churches Grow in Holiness? Featured

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One of the miracles of our salvation is that God makes us into his very own home. Most of us would pass on such lousy building material. But God, being the master builder he is, lays Christ the cornerstone and then transforms rotten lumber into a holy temple. Ephesians 2:22 speaks of this wonder,...

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:00

The Apostles’ Creed Featured

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That statement that most succinctly, clearly, and economically expresses universally received Christian truth is known as the Apostle’s Creed. Witsius, after debunking the legend of the origin of this creed by successive statements contributed by the twelve apostles, gave strong approbation...

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Friday, 11 November 2016 05:00

Lessons Learned as I Wait to be Called as a Pastor Featured

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The path toward pastoral ministry is different for every man. Some seem to zip through college and seminary and are pastoring a church in their twenties. Others are called by God later in life, in the midst of raising teenagers and working a secular job. Sometimes, a man’s gifts are...

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 05:00

Avoid Antinomianism: Emphasize the Gospel Featured

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[Editor’s note: This post is the counterpart to Avoid Legalism: Emphasize the Law.]

I am grateful for the renewed emphasis on the gospel in the past decade or so, but some expressions of “gospel-centeredness” seem to be slipping into a kind of antinomianism...

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:00

Was Luther’s Pastoral Theology Antinomian? Featured

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Luther was preeminently a Pastor

Martin Luther is often seen as a Reformer, writer, and leader. He is known for his bombastic, voluminous writings, and boldness in the face of much opposition. Luther is less well known as a pastor. Research turns up precious little written on Luther as a pastor....

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“Good works, performed in obedience to God’s commandments, are these: the fruits and evidences of a true and living faith. By these believers express and show their thankfulness, strengthen their assurance, edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the Gospel, stop the mouths of...

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Monday, 07 November 2016 05:00

What is Founders Ministries? Featured

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Founders Ministries grew out of a prayer meeting that took place in a Holiday Inn hotel room on November 13, 1982. The seven men who met that day recognized that God was stirring up a fresh interest in and commitment to the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace among Baptists. Because of our...

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I remember as if it were yesterday. The year was 2001. I was just a ten-year-old boy attending another day at my little elementary school in the city of Montgomery, Al. I was sitting behind a stage curtain at our end of the year party when I was given “the big part,” as the play...

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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 05:00

Calvinism Fuels Missions Featured

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“Calvinism kills missions!” many say. After all, if God has already chosen some to save before the foundation of the world, while leaving others to be damned, then why should we bother preaching the gospel to the nations? The elect are going to be saved and none of the rest will...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 03:36

Hymns and God’s Law as a Rule of Life Featured

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In the last post we looked at hymns that teach the use of God’s Law as a tutor to Christ. God’s Law exposes our sinfulness and helps us see our great need of a Savior. Only in Christ can we escape the condemnation of the Law and find forgiveness and peace with God. But the Law shows us...

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Sorrows and discouragements seem to be orbiting in another galaxy when preparing for ministry. The positive elements of a thriving church, growing and cooperating at every point, preaching great sermons, and leading a willing congregation consume the mind. Yet after getting past the infamous...

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Monday, 24 October 2016 18:11

10 Things to Do with Your Young Children Featured

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Parenting is easy… said no one ever. Parenting is hard work, but it is the kind of work that is good, rewarding, and joyful. Solomon the Sage displayed his wisdom when he said of children, “Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them” (Psalm 127:5). With a recent addition,...

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Sunday, 23 October 2016 17:30

4 Lessons Pastors Can Learn from John Leadley Dagg Featured

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John Leadley Dagg (1794-1884) stands out as a striking Christian minister in the midst of 19th century America. He has been deemed America’s first Baptist systematic theologian, a title—in and of itself—that beckons for attention. [1] Furthermore, Dagg has been identified as the...

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Saturday, 22 October 2016 20:11

Mark Dever Recommends Dear Timothy Featured

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Authors: Jared Longshore

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 05:00

Reaffirming Sola Scriptura Featured

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Post by Tom Nettles.

imageAs Philip Schaff indicated, confessions and creeds hold no absolute authority for Protestants. Their authority is only an ad hoc, ecclesial, and localized standard for the sake of unity in fellowship and consistency of witness either in a denomination or a local assembly of...

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 01:00

Reaffirming Sola Scriptura Featured

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As Philip Schaff indicated, confessions and creeds hold no absolute authority for Protestants. Their authority is only an ad hoc, ecclesial, and localized standard for the sake of unity in fellowship and consistency of witness either in a denomination or a local assembly of believers. They can be...

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 19:57

Dr. Joel Beeke Recommends Dear Timothy Featured

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Authors: Jared Longshore

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Monday, 03 October 2016 23:34

Hymns and God’s Law as a Tutor to Christ Featured

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The Law of God is of great value. For the Christian it is a reflection of God’s righteousness, a rule of life that reveals God’s will, and a reminder of our need for redemption.

When we view God through the prism of His Law it reflects His glory and splendor. The Law is “holy,...

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Friday, 30 September 2016 20:13

Ray Ortlund Recommends Dear Timothy Featured

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Authors: Jared Longshore

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