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, 18 March 2019 00:03

The Blessing of the Gift of Prayer

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about the benefits of being a Christian. There are so many that I hardly know where to start. I can easily write about the gifts of justification, sanctification, or adoption (and many others similar to it). But in this post, I want to keep it simple. I want to...

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You might be able to list the ten commandments in order, but do you know what they forbid and promote?

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I used to think I knew the ten commandments pretty well. “Thou shall not steal.” Got it. Won’t steal anyone’s stuff. As long as I do that I’m good, right? Not...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 22:49

7 Best Theology Books for Beginners

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Theology is for every Christian — not just pastors and ministry leaders. It is my belief that, if accompanied by prayer and obedience, the discipline and practice of studying theology will be one of the primary means of sanctification in your life. But with so many books available on the...

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Sunday, 24 February 2019 22:36

The Best Book of the Bible for New Believers

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You are a new Christian. Or someone that you know is a new Christian. You (or they) want to start reading the Bible. Where should you begin? In other words, what’s the best book of the Bible for new believers?

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The word “best” here is subjective. What I think and what someone else...

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Do you treasure books of the Bible like 1 Chronicles? If you follow a Bible reading plan you’ll read through the Old Testament. But there’s a difference between having to read something and feeling like you get to read something. And for many, certain Old Testament books feel obligatory...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 23:00

Why You Believe What You Believe

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Do you believe in infant baptism or believers baptism? Are you Reformed? Concerning the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, are you a continuationist or a cessationist? The answers to these questions sum up some of your theological convictions. You may know what you believe. But do you know how...

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“What books are you reading in seminary?” This is a question I’ve been asked a lot over the past couple of years. As often as I’ve been asked this question, I thought it might be helpful to put together the entire list of books.

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Couple caveats:

1. This list is required reading...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 23:23

Your Tears Are Not in Vain

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Last week, I wrote about how I became a daddy. I have a son now and I’m in full swing on the dad life. I love it and I love to see him happy. But I hate to see him cry. Call me a newbie, but I’m just not used to all the crying. When he cries, I hurt for him. I want to help. I know I...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:25

On Becoming a Daddy

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Some of you, observant types, would have noticed that last week I didn’t publish an article on this site. It’s the first time I haven’t done so in a while. Well, I think I have a pretty good reason why I didn’t, and that reason is this: I was in the hospital spending time...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 01:03

10 Christian Books to Look Out for in 2019

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Which Christian books should you read in 2019? I’ve put together a list of 10 books for you to consider reading this year. I’m going to try to read a few of these myself, although time may fail me to read the whole list. You can find the list below.

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In no particular order:

1.Why I Love...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 23:28

Book Blurbs (September-December 2018)

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Book Blurbs is a segment on the blog where I list books I’m reading along with a brief blurb about each book. The aim is to help you identify new authors and potential books of interests. Maybe I didn’t read every word of every page, but I read enough to mention them. You can find...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 23:24

A Christmas Prayer

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“Father, we as your people want to glorify your name this holiday season. For you alone, O Lord, are worthy of all praise, glory, and honor. So Lord as we approach Christmas day, we are reminded once again of your majesty and gracious disposition toward your people. And we are reminded once...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 22:27

My Top 10 Posts of 2018

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Thanks for reading the blog in 2018. Here are the top 10 most popular posts of the year, along with either a brief excerpt from the post or a brief comment on the post.

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1) 9 John Calvin Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know

Love me some Calvin. Since I’ve read a lot about him over the years, I...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 22:15

My Top 10 Books of 2018

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It’s that time again — time for me to give you the list of my favorite books of the year.

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Before we get to the list, however, let me give my super subjective ranking system. The books below made the list based on four questions:

1. How well was the book written?

2. How great of an...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 22:43

End of Year Check-Up Questions For Christians

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Kevin DeYoung writes, “I should hasten to add that measuring your progress in the pursuit of holiness is easier said than done. For starters, you shouldn’t take your spiritual temperature every day. You need to look for progress over months and years, not by minutes and hours.”

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Agre...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 23:18

You Are Blessed to be a Blessing

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Probably because of the individualistic culture that we live in, but it is not infrequent that I meet a Christian who thinks about his or her Christian life in individualistic terms. Yes, your forgiveness of sins and receiving Christ are important. But there’s more to your Christian life than...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 22:25

Spiritual Growth is Costly

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I’ve been thinking more about my time in seminary now that I’m nearing the end. I am not the same person today as that guy who started Greek on that anxious Monday morning over two years ago. Indeed, the more I reflect on my time in seminary, the more I realize just how much I’ve...

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What is intercessory prayer? Let’s break this down. To intercede for someone means to “intervene on behalf of another.” Prayer is communication with God. Intercessory prayer, therefore, is communicating with God on behalf of another. Why does this matter?

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The Importance of...

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I know, the word “calling” is overused. Yes, too often the conversations around calling are individualistic, subjective, and strictly emotional. But the term is still useful. When you consider your calling, what sort of things come to mind?

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Considering your calling is not always easy....

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Wednesday, October 31st marks the 501st anniversary of Reformation Day. The Christian blogosphere and social media accounts will be packed with references about Martin Luther and his involvement in the Reformation. I’m glad this will happen. But I want to take a different direction. I want to...

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Eschatology (the doctrine of last things) has become a hot topic among Christians since the late nineteenth century, when John Nelson Darbybegan to popularize the doctrine of the rapture (as part of what we now call dispensational theology) through a series of Prophecy Conferences in Britain,...

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Not in person, of course. It would have been an absolute pleasure to meet and do ministry with Schaeffer, but I wasn’t around back then. That’s one of the reasons I’m thankful for good books because they put you in touch with the life and heart and mind of the author even when...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 23:49

Recommended Books on Pastoral Ministry

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I recently read a list of recommended books on pastoral ministry from someone whom I greatly admire. While I have not read many of these books myself, I hope to be able to read them in the future. If you’re a pastor (or a prospective pastor) and you’re looking for a good book to...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 23:37

3 Repeated Charges Against The Early Church

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The church today faces tons of criticism. I’m sure you’ve heard of some of them (and maybe even voiced them yourself). It’s important to note that while some of these critiques are legitimate (and others are not), this is nothing new. After all, the church has faced...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 23:29

The Bible’s I Use When I Read My Bible

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When I read my Bible, I almost exclusively use the English Standard Version (ESV), or, as some like to put it, the Elect Standard Version. When I branch out, I’ll use the NASB and NIV. I love reading my Bible. But I don’t use the same exact Bible every time I read it.

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It’s true:...

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