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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Monday, 16 April 2018 22:00

Reflections on Singing with 12,000 People Featured

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Last week, the night before Together for the Gospel began, someone asked Ligon Duncan what advice he’d give the first–time attender. He replied, “I come here to sing.”

The last time I personally attended T4G was 10 years ago. But every year it’s been held since, a...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 21:55

A Case for Robust Confessions of Faith in the Churches Featured

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A question often arises as to whether the church should have a minimal confession of faith or a robust and encyclopedic confession of faith. Some argue that a church’s formal confession should be short so that Christians with a variety of views on secondary doctrines may all join the church,...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 01:47

Five Lessons Learned from Counseling "Severe" Cases Featured

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I can still remember many of them. Etched in mind are counseling sessions I have had with individuals, many of whom were professing Christians, who were wrestling with challenges that many counselors would label “the severe cases.” These were individuals who had appeared by all...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 22:00

Jonathan Edwards and Why I am a Cessationist Featured

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I’ve been a Southern Baptist all my life, and my Pentecostal/charismatic friends in high school good-naturedly referred to my congregation as “the frozen chosen.” I never fully understood what they meant by that phrase until I attended, at the invitation of a friend, a charismatic...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 22:00

Confessional Exceptionalism Featured

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[Editor’s Note: This entry is part 7 of the Reformation Series.]

I believe in American Exceptionalism. No, I am not saying that the citizens of North America are intrinsically superior to any other people anywhere. We all are descendants of Adam, we all have inherited both condemnation and...

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In his instructions to Titus, Paul writes that ministers are to “teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). The pulpit ministry that upholds and follows biblical exposition heeds these words of Paul. The pastor preaching the Scriptures verse-by-verse by using the...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:06

Don't Lose the Gospel Featured

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I am preaching through the pastoral letters and when I recently began 2 Timothy I was reminded of the concern that Paul expresses about how the gospel will be handled after his death. He not only emphasizes the importance and centrality of the gospel—which he does in all his letters, but he...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:00

Pray for Missions! Featured

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As I return from serving Christ for a few weeks on a mission trip to Africa, my mind has been drawn to a common passage of Scripture on missions: Matthew 9:35-38. In these verses, once Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, they traveled to the cities and villages in the region of Galilee. It is...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 01:36

Two Goats Featured

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On the Day of Atonement, little was left to chance. Because so much hinged on the high priest getting the holiest of days right, Jewish history tells us that 7 days prior he would leave his home and set out for the temple. The Jews assumed uncleanness would be less likely in a more holy locale....

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When the Protestant Reformers recovered the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone on the basis of Christ alone, they recovered the heart of the gospel. By the mid-1600’s in England, heirs of the Reformation learned that the doctrine of justification by faith alone was...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 02:50

Prayers for Governing Authorities Featured

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In 1 Timothy 2:1-4, the Apostle Paul wrote:

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 20:50

The Progress of Jesus Featured

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There are a lot of days when this world feels like a sinking ship. Sometimes believers can feel like were simply holding for that moment when we will be hellicoptered off by Jesus. But, while a doomed vessel isn’t a terrible analogy for the present world, the Titanic ought not be the only...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:00

Smart Phones and The Me-Monster Within Featured

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One of the distortions that get us all tangled up is the context-neutral myth. This myth says that our surroundings have no effect on us. It is this myth that leads parents into letting their 16-year old daughters go on unsupervised Spring break beach trips. Young boys play this myth like a...

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[Editor’s note: This entry is part 6 of the Reformation series.]

I remember the stand-up and the sit down chords. On the one we would stand obediently and pledge allegiance to the United States flag and then the Christian flag; on the other we would sit down and prepare our minds for the...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 22:00

Staying Long Featured

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Recently, I joined two other pastors in a panel discussion on endurance in pastoral ministry. We averaged 28 years in the same church. Since that may seem daunting to a young pastor, the moderator asked if we originally planned to stay so long in our ministries.

That question sent me drifting back...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 15:00

Flesh and Blood Featured

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Everyone is after the good life. The question about phone-influence then is, “How does the smart phone propel us toward the good life or away from the good life?” In chapters 1 and 12, Reinke warned that the phone can move us away from the good life by distracting our minds and stealing...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 22:31

What is going on in the Western Baptist Convention of Cuba? Featured

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That is a question to which I wish I had a complete answer. From emails that I have received over the last several days, it does seem evident that there is a concerted effort to remove certain pastors and churches from the Western Baptist Convention (WBC). Specifically, pastors and churches who...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 14:00

Keep Watch And Forget Not Featured

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Christians are a watching people. Christ has vanquished the evil one at the cross. The kingdom of the beloved Son now advances in the world. One day He will return to judge the living and the dead. So we are to keep our eyes on Him and His gospel. Remembering is the bread and butter of our...

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Charles Spurgeon wrote, “We are generally longest when we have least to say. A man with a great deal of well–prepared matter will probably not exceed forty minutes; when he has less to say he will go on for fifty minutes, and when he has absolutely nothing he will need an hour to say...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 14:00

5 Truths About Christ The Liberator Featured

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There is hope in the Liberator. His name is Jesus. He sets sinners free from their miserable slavery to sin. John 8:36 says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” What does it mean that Jesus is the sin-liberating Son of God?

As the Son of God,Jesus has the power to...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 19:33

Introduction: From Profane Strangers to Holy Sons Featured

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The issue of the Founders Journal gives exposition of two biblical doctrines discussed in the twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the Second London Confession, adoption and sanctification. The adoption of sinners as sons of God with a view to transforming them into the image of His beloved Son, the...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 23:49

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You Featured

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Tony Reinke, a journalist and senior writer for Desiring God, has written an insightful book on technology wherein he identifies 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was challenged to think more deeply about how our phones can help or hurt. I plan to write a few...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 19:13

From Heirs of Hell to Heirs of Promise Featured

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Chapter XII of the Second London Confession: “Of Adoption”

All those that are justified, God vouchsafed, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 19:55

The Practice of All True Holiness Featured

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Chapter XIII, Paragraph 1of the Second London Confession: “Of Sanctification”

They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 19:41

The Imperfections of Our Sanctification Featured

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Chapter XIII, Paragraph 2of the Second London Confession: “Of Sanctification”

The word “sanctification” carries several different meanings in the Scriptures. Sometimes it refers to being set apart from common to sacred use (Exodus...

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