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, 13 December 2018 05:27

Recommended Ruth Commentary

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imageDaniel Block

As I’m studying and preaching through Ruth, I’ve really been enjoying Daniel Block’s commentary in the New American Commentary series.  I appreciate the balance Block strikes between exegesis and interpretation.  He works carefully with the Hebrew text and...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 05:44

Preaching the Law and the Gospel (Witsius)

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Chapter 17 of Herman Witsius’ “On the Controversies” is all about the manner and order of preaching the law and the gospel.  It’s a helpful chapter!  At the beginning Witsius notes the specific or “stricter” definitions of the law and...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 05:27

The Local Church and Your Spiritual Gifts

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In Romans 12:3-6 the Apostle Paul talks about spiritual gifts which God gives his people, Christians who are members of the body of Christ. They are gifts of God, so we can’t brag about them as if we earned them or deserve them. And, of course, we each have different gifts, as Paul explains...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 01:55

It Is The Lord Who Sends Afflictions (Chrysostom)

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image I ran across this great quote from Chrysostom on God’s sovereignty in affliction.  These are his comments on Job 2:10: “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and not receive evil?” (Geneva Bible).  It’s worth reading a few times!

This text means that if we...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 05:44

Thinking Rightly of Ourselves

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image Followers of Christ should not be narcissists.  We should keep our eyes on Jesus and not on ourselves.  The Apostle said it like this: “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 05:52

The NET Bible, Ruth 1:17, and Text Notes

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image I’ve mentioned the NET Bible here before including the fact that I use it quite a bit and appreciate it along with other good translations.  I like the NET Bible because the translation is accurate and readable.  I also like it because it has quite a few footnotes to...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 05:48

Evil and God’s Sovereignty (Blocher)

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image Some of the more difficult texts in Scripture include those verses that seem to say God is involved in evil.  For example, in 1 Samuel 16:14 we read, “Now the Spirit of the Lord had turned away from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him” (NET).  Of...

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imageVan Mastricht,TPT

The Christian is called to glorify God in all areas of life (1 Cor. 10:31).  We should have the same mind as Paul when he said, “Our purpose is to please God…our goal is to please him” (1 Thes. 2:4; 2 Cor. 5:9 NLT).  Another way to say this is that we...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 04:11

The Book of Life and Predestination (Augustine)

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I like Augustine’s comments on the perseverance of the saints using the biblical reference of the “book of life” (cf. Phil 4:3, Rev. 3:5, etc.):

Brethren, we must not so take it, as that God writeth anyone in the book of life, and blotteth him out. If a man...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:05

Prayer and Study, Study and Prayer (Shedd)

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Serious Christians are students of the Word.  We seek the truth in God’s Word, we find it there, and we learn more about it as we grow, study, and read.  We memorize verses, try to understand biblical concepts, and we desire to live as Scripture calls us to...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 04:48

Theology’s Subject and Object (Vos)

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Geerhardus Vos’ inaugural address as Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton in 1894 has been helpful to me in so many ways.  It’s something I’ve come back to quite often since I first read it over 10 years ago.  Here’s one paragraph that caught...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 22:07

The New Logos 8 – My Review

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I have been a daily user of Logos Bible Software for over five years.  From day one I’ve been very impressed.  One of the many great things about Logos is the constant free updates to fix bugs and major upgrades to improve the software and features.  I...

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imageShedd: Sermons to the Spiritual Man

Proverbs 16:32 says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city” (NASB).  Among other things, this verse teaches the value and benefit of self-control.  Or, as W. G. T. Shedd...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:38

Christians Celebrating the Passover? (Ursinus)

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It is a trend in some Christian circles and churches to host and celebrate Jewish feasts or meals that are connected to the Passover.  You don’t have to look too hard online to see what I mean.  I suppose it’s one...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 23:34

Prayer, Regeneration, and Pelagianism (Owen)

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imageJohn Owen, Works (1-17)

On the topic of regeneration, some in Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian circles have taught that God’s grace illuminates the mind and affections and if the person then wills to choose Christ, God’s grace aids the person’s will in repenting and believing....

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Friday, 16 November 2018 04:38

The Law Says, the Gospel Says (Hamilton)

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imageCharles Bridges, “The Christian Ministry”

In his 19th century book, The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges takes some time to explain the necessity of preaching the law and the gospel rightly.  He talks clearly about a law/gospel distinction as well as the third use of the law...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 05:19

Don’t Forget about Satan! (Kuyper)

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imageAbraham Kuyper, “To Be Near Unto God”

For various reasons, sometimes Christians forget that Satan and his demonic horde really exist.  We know the stories in the Gospels where Jesus sent the demons running, but we sometimes forget the fact that Satan really prowls around...

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imageThe Lion of Princeton by Kim Riddlebarger

I just started reading “The Lion of Princeton” by Kim Riddlebarger.  It’s a biography of B. B. Warfield with a special emphasis on his theology and apologetics.  So far I’m really enjoying it.  Today I read about...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 23:15

If Thou Drawest Me Not (Huss)

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image In 1415 John Huss was in prison for “heresies” such as saying that belief in the Pope is not necessary for salvation, that laypeople should be able to drink the wine in the Lord’s Supper, and for pointing out other inconsistencies and immorality in the Church.  Huss...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 04:07

True Church, False Church (Bavinck)

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image Herman Bavinck’s discussion of ecclesiology is, in my opinion, one of the best Reformed treatments of this doctrine available in English.  Since I am presbyterian in my ecclesiology, I appreciate Bavinck’s robust and biblical view of the church: its spiritual...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 03:30

Preaching and the Holy Spirit (Kuyper)

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image Most of us know that God uses preachers to bring the gospel to the lost (Rom 10:14).  It’s equally true that the preacher is not the one who deserves credit when someone comes to saving faith in Christ (cf. Acts 16:14).  In Reformed theology, we say that ordinarily God...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 04:21

No Matter How Wretched… (Bucer)

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image Martin Bucer’s writing on pastoral theology is an outstanding Reformation resource on this topic.  It’s called Concerning the True Care of Souls.  There are many excellent parts in it, but one that stood out to me today as I was reading my underlines is this one on...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 23:18

Sexual Temptation and Holiness (Pearcey)

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image Here’s another helpful section of Nancy Pearcey’s excellent book, Love Thy Body:

Before Christopher Yuan became a Christian, he regularly visited gay bathhouses where he would engage in multiple drug-fueled, anonymous sexual encounters in a single day.  Eventually he...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 00:01

Eternity Is Now In Session (A Review)

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image I was recently sent a review copy of “Eternity is Now in Session” by John Ortberg.  This book basically is a call to a deeper faith, a call away from shallow Christianity.  Ortberg argues that Christians already have eternal life, which means knowing God and following...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 06:11

“We Are All Hussites” (Luther)

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image Martin Luther (d. 1546) thought very highly of John Huss (d. 1415).  Luther first read Huss when he was newly ordained at the church in Erfurt.  Here’s how Luther explained it:

‘When I was a tyro [novice] at Erfurt …I found in the library of the convent a volume of...

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