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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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:30

Give Them Law and Gospel Featured

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If parents are going to bring their children up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), then they should understand the role of both the law and the gospel in that task. The former reveals to us God’s all-encompassing will and the latter reveals to us His...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:24

Five Lessons Learned from Parenting Featured

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Sixteen years ago, my wife and I became parents. Now we have four children, and God continues to teach us many things as we seek to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. So I feel somewhat awkward laying out lessons that we have learned from parenting, as if we have...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 22:10

Four Observations from a Rookie Elder Featured

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Last Saturday morning I woke up earlier than my kids, grabbed a strong cup of dark roast, and went to meet seven other men who are fellow members at South Woods. We read scripture together. Then we shared a number of prayer needs. When we finished discussing those needs, we, of course, prayed...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:58

The Necessity of Good Works for Christians Featured

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Are good works necessary for Christians? If so, in what sense? There was an enormous historical dispute among Protestants about whether it is right to say good works are “necessary for salvation.” After a long debate among themselves, the Lutherans rejected the language of...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 21:08

4 Practical Threats to the Church Today Featured

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I recently saw that doom’s day bunkers are on the rise. I’m not really a retreat underground with canned goods kind of guy. But, I’m growing in my appreciation for those who can identify real threats and take measures to guard against them. Any threat assessment of the church runs...

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Friday, 26 May 2017 02:12

Predestination is Practical Featured

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In some churches, it is a word that conjures up images of an angry and capricious God who acts arbitrarily to save some, but consigns most sinners—including deceased infants—to eternal perdition. For many professing Christians, it is the mother-of-all-swear-words.

Let the pastor breathe...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:00

Symbol of Chalcedon (451), Part 1 Featured

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Symbol of Chalcedon

Jaroslav Pelikan remarked concerning the additions to the Nicene Creed as adopted at Constantinople, “This creedal ‘change’ resulted in the new measure of balance, if not quite of symmetry, among the confessions of the...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 21:56

On Being Pastored Featured

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As a teenager, we had about thirty goats on our family farm. Besides work as organic mowers they proved to be superb examples of stubbornness and noncooperation. They regularly tried to escape the fence that kept them safe. Our voice instructions might as well have been spoken to the sprawling oak...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:30

Why Stay in the SBC? Featured

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“Why should we stay in the SBC?” I’ve had that question put to me from pastors, elders, deacons, and whole congregations over the last 30 years. The questioners are always serious about the gospel and biblical church order and most of them would describe themselves as reformed or...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:08

What are Some Blessings of an Ordination Council? Featured

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Over the past year, I have been a pastoral intern at my church. It has been my privilege to preach and serve Christ’s church through ministering His Word to brothers and sisters in Christ as well as to lost souls outside of Christ. At the same time, I have been mentored in pastoral ministry...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 21:55

The Value of Seminary Featured

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You’re probably not the smartest guy in the room, but you might think you are. That’s one reason you should consider seminary.

As nearly all women daydream about, last Friday my wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at a seminary graduation. Neither of us had a clue on...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:55

Some Practical Implications of Calvinism Featured

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Calvinism’s doctrine of God’s sovereign rule over all things is far from an abstract teaching with little if any effect on the lives of ordinary believers. Rather, Calvinism has many practical implications. While they may not automatically follow from simply holding to Calvinistic...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 15:00

How To Help Your Kids In Corporate Worship Featured

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Training your kids to sit in a worship service can feel a bit like taming a rambunctious pack of baby tigers. If you take up this task you will experience plenty of sweat, tears, and cheerios crushed into the church carpet. Keeping your kids in the service may be hard work, but it is worth it....

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Monday, 08 May 2017 02:03

5 Dead Baptist Theologians Every Pastor Should Read Featured

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A few years ago, I had a friend depart Baptist life to join the PCA. When we discussed his rationale for the shift, it became clear to me it had less to do with views on baptism than it did theological heritage. To his mind, Baptists’ confessional and theological ancestry did not quite...

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series The Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed (381)

Subsequent to the phrase affirming the procession of the Spirit as the mode of existence, the Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed (often simply called the Nicene Creed) affirms that the Spirit is to receive worship and...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 22:00

How to Pastor One Another on a Plural Eldership Featured

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Pastors need pastoring.

While some may assume that pastors know most everything, live exemplary lives, handle crises with ease, and hold in reservoir enormous amounts of spiritual strength and energy, that assumption fizzles by life’s realities.

Pastors struggle with the same discipline,...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 15:00

The Graceless Man Featured

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The graceless man is hard to stomach. Not only because what we see in him frustrates us, but we all too often see him in the mirror. In Luke 15, tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus and eating with him. The Pharisees and Scribes looked on with disdain. So Jesus taught a parable...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 22:00

Two Proposed Revisions to The Baptist Faith and Message Featured

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The Southern Baptist Convention revised The Baptist Faith and Message seventeen years ago. That revision made a number of important corrections, probably the most important of which had to do with the doctrine of Scripture. Language in the 1963 version that allowed for a neo orthodox reading...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:00

Acknowledging God Featured

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The actions of Adam and Eve in the garden after they had sinned tells us much about mankind. When they heard God walking in the garden they hid themselves. Man has been running from God ever since. Like an ostrich buries its head in the sand to hide from the lion so man attempts to ignore God. This...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:55

Particular Baptist Covenant Theology Featured

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The Particular Baptists emerged from the English Puritan movement within England’s parishes and universities. Several of the first-generation Particular Baptists attended Cambridge and Oxford and began their ministerial careers as priests in the church of England. Lay ministers among the...

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed (381)

Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed (381), often simply called “the Nicene Creed,” says that Christ was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. It goes on...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:58

Some Errors Avoided by a Right Doctrine of Sanctification Featured

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My sermon betrayed the gospel. I was young, a-theological, and gripped by legalism. That toxic mix led to a litany of don’ts with no hint of the power of the cross, standing with Christ, or certainty of the believer’s sanctification. Instead, it left the hearers with more stuff to do if...

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By God’s grace I have been able to be a pastor for the last thirteen years, both as a church planter and the pastor of an established church. What follows is not everything I could say about the ministry, but are some things I have been learning and thinking about lately.

General 1. Find your...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 02:49

Trust Christ, Not Your Cage Featured

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Every single day, we find ourselves in a fight with our flesh. Though we have been crucified with Christ, our remaining sin is still a dangerous foe, constantly tempting us with the empty pleasures of our old life. Just like the Apostle Paul, we find ourselves on the one hand serving the law of God...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 03:36

A Brief Biblical Reflection on Pastoring Featured

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Have you ever had a verse of Scripture grip you? Has a verse stayed in your mind so firmly that you were seemingly prevented from turning your attention to other things? I do not yet serve as a pastor, but as I reflect on the possibility of pastoring a church in the future, there is one...

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