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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Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:42

Why Pray if God is in Control?

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Why pray if God is in control? It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

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After all, the Bible tells us that:

  • God predetermines all things from eternity past (Ephesians 1:11).
  • God knows what we need before we ask him (Matthew 6:8).
  • God is unchanging in his character (Hebrews 13:8).

So that begs...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 12:37

Christian Resources on Homosexuality

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This is a guest contribution from Kyle Keating. Kyle is a MDiv graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and now works full-time at FirstLight St. Louis. The following is a list of Christian resources on homosexuality that Keating curated, though he does not endorse or agree with everything in each...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 12:06

Practical Study Tips for Overwhelmed Students

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I have two undergraduate degrees. I also have a nutrition specialist certification, and I’m a former certified personal trainer. I’m working on a MDiv (Master of Divinity) right now. I’ve probably done more schooling than I ever wanted to and, as a result, have had to learn how to...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 04:05

10 Pieces of Advice for Seminary Students

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Before starting biblical Hebrew this past summer, I asked a friend how his break between classes was going. “It’s going well,” he said. “I feel like I can finally read my Bible again and not be anxious about it,” he added. We both enjoyed a good laugh at his comment....

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When asked in this book what he would do if he could do it all over again, Tim Keller gave a simple, yet alarming response: “do less surfing on the internet.”

“I think the internet is the friend of information but the enemy of thought,” Keller said. “There are a hundred...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 12:13

John Calvin’s Joy in Suffering

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“There is nothing in afflictions which ought to disturb our joy,” proclaimed John Calvin. The fact that John Calvin said these words might not surprise you. But what you may not know is thatCalvin sufferedfrom chronic asthma, migraine headaches, pleurisy, kidney stones, hemorrhoids,...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 09:58

4 Things God Cannot Do

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“Nothing is impossible for God,” is a common expression used by Christians for all sorts of situations. The idea is that because our God is so big and powerful and wonderful and beautiful, nothing is impossible for him. Nothing is too big for him. He can do whatever he wants, whenever...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 12:01

Was Jonah Swallowed by a Whale?

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I had a professor in college who made fun of Christians for believing that Jonah was in the belly of a whale for three days and nights. He once said something like Christians can be so exclusive and so prideful for thinking that other religions believe in absurd things. “But you Christians...

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A few months ago, Tim Keller posted on his Facebook pagea few books that influenced him during college. I quickly made note of the books (along with Keller’s comments) in hopes of being able to view the list at a later time. After reading through the short list, I thought it may be helpful...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:36

Why Money is Not The Root of All Evil

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On several occasions, I’ve heard this expression from others: “Money is the root of all evil.” I’ve heard it from Christians, from irreligious people, in the media, and lots of others places. Some seem to think that money is inherently evil, and we should find no delight...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 10:13

How to Witness at Work

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How can you be a good Christian witness at work?

To be fair, it’s not always easy. The stress and struggle of a hard job can bring the worst out of even the godliest Christian. Still, you are called to work heartily for the Lord and to honor him and in everything that you do which, of course,...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 04:05

An Interview on Blogging

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Are you a young writer?

Let me introduce you to The Young Writer’s Workshop — a monthly membership site packed full of writers under 30. Co-founded by Brett Harris and Jaquelle Crowe, YWW, as they call it, exists to help young writers grow in the craft of writing. One VP of a major...

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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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