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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Friday, 16 June 2017 04:16

Learning from Charles Spurgeon’s Faults

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I don’t have many heroes but Charles Haddon Spurgeon is one of them. Through his personal example, preaching, and writing, he never ceases to point others to the Lord Jesus. God has used him to shape my life in many ways. Few men inspire me more than the prince of preachers.

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 01:29

2017 Summer Reading List for Christians

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Summer is finally here! Well, technically summer officially starts on June 21st in the states. But it’s sunny outside, I’m not in class (yet), and the pool is open. So it’s summer time to me. Which means, of course, it’s time to gather some good books to read. Which ones are...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:03

Is The Old Testament Still Relevant Today?

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Why should I read the Old Testament if I’m in New Covenant? Is the Old Testament still relevant today? Do all of those rules even matter to me? These are questions that Christians sometimes ask of the Old testament. You might read the Old Testament and feel intimidated, which makes you want...

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I haven’t been a teenager for several years, but I still remember those days like it was yesterday. I reflect back on junior high and high school with mixed emotions. Part of me feels joy for all the things the Lord allowed me to experience. The other part of me feels sorrow for not feeling...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 11:56

Augustine’s 6 Foundations for Bible Study

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J.I. Packer once said, “Read two old books for every new one.”

Modern day books by good Christian authors are great. But they haven’t stood the test of time. There’s a reason why John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion or Martin Luther’s The Bo...

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Do you struggle to forgive?

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The life of Joseph as told in the book of Genesis is one of my favorite parts of Scripture. God used Joseph mightily, but as often is the case, that comes with great suffering. Joseph was mistreated, slandered, and betrayed by his own family. As a result, he had to learn...

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What questions do you ask during sermon prep?

In his excellent book, Expositional Preaching, David Helm provides a step-by-step guide on how to preach an expository sermon. I found the book quite helpful, and so did Matt Chandler who says that this is “the most helpful, concise, and useful...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:38

On The Ethics of Reading

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Reading is an ethical activity.  You can do it well, or you can do it poorly. It is my belief that Christians should read often and seek to read books in a way that honors both Christ and the author. How do you do that?

Dr. Michael D. Williams, Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant...

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You may not get a Master’s Degree in Counseling, but you’re called to live in Christian community. If you fulfill the biblical mandate of church membership, you’ll providentially be placed in positions where you’ll help counsel other Christians. So, do you know what to say?

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:58

The Top 10 Best Books on Christian Apologetics

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What are the best books on Christian apologetics?

Don’t let the word “apologetics” scare you. What it means is to give a word back with the intent of persuading. It involves both clarification and explanation. You clarify what the Christian faith means and you explain why you...

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Saturday, 04 February 2017 17:02

Practicing the Power: An Interview with Sam Storms

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In 2009, Time Magazine labeled the “New Calvinism” as one of the top 10 ideas changing the world. While always up for debate, one of the distinctions of the New Calvinism is the emphasis on continuationism — the belief that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit such as prophecy,...

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Probably because he’s one of my favorite writers, but one of the highlights from my first semester at Covenant Theological Seminary was hearing Kevin DeYoung give a series of lectures on preaching. Several seminary students and I got to listen to DeYoung speak live in our chapel. And then we...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 12:14

Guys Have Daddy Issues Too

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I once heard a story about a professor of a popular seminary. “Some of you guys are going to get in the pulpit and yell,” he said to his students. “But it’s not because you’re passionate about God’s Word; it’s because you’re still angry at your...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 10:37

2016: A Year in Review

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It’s almost the end of 2016 and today on the blog I’d like to recap the year.

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We had over 250,000+ people stop by the site in 2016. These people visited from 150+ different countries. The top five countries were the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and the...

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Monday, 12 December 2016 06:31

My Top 10 Books of 2016

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It’s that time of the year again — the time where bloggers are listing their favorite books of the year. I’m joining the herd today. This year was the hardest year yet. I read so many good books that it’s hard to just pick ten. And it’s even harder to rank them. But...

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Few writers in the history of the church have written more encouraging words for Christians than John Calvin.

In his famous book, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin dedicates two whole chapters on the doctrine of God’s providence. And in this article, I’d like to encourage you...

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Sunday, 13 November 2016 18:47

12 Ways to Pray for Yourself Everyday

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I wouldn’t call myself a prayer warrior, but I’ve made tremendous efforts to grow in prayer over the past several years. All Christians are commanded to do so, and few hours of the day are more enjoyable than my quiet alone time with the Lord.

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Over the years, mainlythrough sufferingand...

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Friday, 28 October 2016 11:47

10 Lessons Learned After 10 Years of Ministry

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Guest blogger: Trevor Nashleanas

“Life moves by pretty fast. If you don’t stop to take a look around once in a while, you might miss something.”

There’s a lot of truth to these words from the 80’s comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. When it comes to ministry, so many...

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Sunday, 16 October 2016 20:16

4 Dating Tips for Christian Men

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My marriage day is only a few months away. As Denise and I start pre-marital counseling and begin this new journey together, I’ve been thinking about our time in the awkward middle — you know, when you’re not married or single. Let’s face it: dating for Christianscan be...

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I skim through over 100 blogs a week and one of my new favorites is The Spurgeon Center. Founded by Dr. Christian George, the site is dedicated to promoting the “life, legacy, and library of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.” Today, George stops by the site to talk about his favorite dead guy....

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Friday, 16 September 2016 06:00

6 Essential Reminders for Every Christian Leader

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Guest blogger: Trevor Nashleanas

One of the most disheartening trends in Christian leadership today is leadership dysfunction. The number of people who are burning out, selling out and tapping out should cause any would be leader to take a long hard look at the trajectory of his own life.

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Monday, 05 September 2016 13:05

How Not to Read A Book

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Is there a wrong way to read a book?

It always discourages me when I meet people who seem uninterested in reading books. I want to encourage them to do so. I don’t want to make reading sound more difficult than what it is, but I do believe there can be unhelpful ways of reading. Reading, after...

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Recently, I’ve been reflecting on what kind of year I’ve had so far in 2016. The spring for me was a rough season. I wrote a personal entry about it back then, and today I’m sharing that post with you. I’ve edited a few things for the sake of readability, and added a few...

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Sunday, 31 July 2016 05:00

How to Stay Christian When You Hate Your Job

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Do you despise your job?

As a Christian, it can be hard working at a job that you hate. Even worse, it can be hard to thrive in a dark work environment— an environment where sin is not just discussed, but openly celebrated.

The road is difficult. But it’s not impossible.

I started working at age 14.

Since then:

1. I’ve had bosses that...

Tim Keller wrote an articlefor The Gospel Coalition in which he outlines 5 reasons why churches should consider hosting a Q&A right after the worship service.

Mark Jones said that the article left him “disappointed,” and he responded with an article of his own. You can read his response here. 

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