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 September 2019 23:00

What You Share When You Show Christian Hospitality

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Hospitality is an obligation for every Christian. Peter says to “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9). One reason why he says to do so without grumbling is because his original audience, and you and I, are tempted to grumble when we show hospitality. But...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:08

4 Ways to Ruin Your Small Group

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Cell Group. Home Group. Life Group. Growth Group. Community Group. Or if your church is varsity, Gospel Community Group. Whatever you call that thing in your church where people meet in homes for fellowship, prayer, and a Bible discussion, below you can find four ways to ruin it.

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Of course, this...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 23:00

What Is Expository Preaching?

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Expository Preaching is a form of preaching that people talk about in books, at conferences, and online. But it’s become one of those things that’s often described but rarely defined. I’ll ask: What is the definition of expository preaching?

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What Is Expository Preaching?

It’s...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:27

Book Blurbs (May – August 2019)

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It’s time for another segment of Book Blurbs. Not every book I touch makes this list, but only the ones I want to mention. Someone asked if I’m tired of reading now that I’m done with seminary. I pray that I would always have a voracious desire to read, but I am slightly weary....

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Monday, 19 August 2019 22:00

4 Ways to Grow in Self-Control

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Porn addiction. Greed. Verbal abuse. Gluttony. Drunkenness. All different kinds of sins, but they all stem from the same problem: a lack of self-control.

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I’ve argued before that self-control is one of the biggest indicators of Christian character. Without it, you’ll eventually ruin your...

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What is the rhythm?

The moment we hear the word “rhythm” related to our spiritual life, we probably think about balancing work and rest, maintaining certain tempos in life, or perhaps liturgical practices. We think about balancing two compartmentalized aspects of the Christian life...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 22:00

Expository Sermon Example

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I recently posted a step-by-step guide onhow to write an expository sermon. I thought it might be helpful to share a concrete example of what an expository sermon actually looks like for those who want to use the steps in the post.

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In his book, Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository...

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Learning how to write an expository sermon is hard work. Thankfully, we live in a day with plenty of preaching resources that can point us in the right direction. In this post, I will walk you through step-by-step on the sermon writing process for an expository sermon.

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We’ll use Bryan...

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Monday, 22 July 2019 22:00

One Man’s Fall is Another Man’s Warning

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It happens a lot. An evangelical Christian pastor disqualifies himself from ministry. As a young minister myself, I have been long warned and told of the temptations and sins that are unique to pastors. But there’s a difference between hearing about someone else’s fall and seeing it...

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Monday, 22 July 2019 22:00

One Man’s Fall is Another Man’s Warning

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It happens a lot. An evangelical Christian pastor disqualifies himself from ministry. As a young minister myself, I have been long warned and told of the temptations and sins that are unique to pastors. But there’s a difference between hearing about someone else’s fall and seeing it...

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Note: This guest contribution by Amy Simpsonis an excerpt from her book, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.

If you want to help your church be more faithful and effective in ministering to those with mental illness and overcoming its related stigmas, what do you do?...

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Note: This guest contribution by Amy Simpsonis an excerpt from her book, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.

If you want to help your church be more faithful and effective in ministering to those with mental illness and overcoming its related stigmas, what do you do?...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 22:00

On Taking Preaching Advice

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Bob and Barry are two preachers you admire. You want to seek their wisdom on preaching, so you individually invite them out to coffee. You promise to pick up the tab as long as they’ll be open to your questions. They agree. You meet for coffee with both men excited to fire off your questions,...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 22:00

On Taking Preaching Advice

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Bob and Barry are two preachers you admire. You want to seek their wisdom on preaching, so you individually invite them out to coffee. You promise to pick up the tab as long as they’ll be open to your questions. They agree. You meet for coffee with both men excited to fire off your questions,...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 22:00

John Stott’s Daily Prayer

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Our church is about to go through the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). One resource I will use for this series isCultivating the Fruit of the Spirit by Christopher J.H. Wright. I’ve read and enjoyed multiple Wright books in the past so I’m eager to jump into this one. In the...

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“When did you receive your call to ministry?”

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I’ve been asked this a lot lately. When asked this question, I feel a mild sense of pressure to share a hyper-spiritual experience that will captivate my listeners and validate my calling. After asking the question, the inquisitor leans...

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If you’re thinking about seminary, below you can find six things to consider to help you choose the right one. I have in mind those interested in the Master of Divinity program.

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In no particular order:

1. The Faculty Factor

Many will tell you to choose a seminary based on the seminary faculty....

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Monday, 10 June 2019 22:00

Spiritual Fruit Grows Slowly

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I have braces. As a result, I must see an orthodontist every month. My conversation with her goes something like this:

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She asks me how’s it going. I tell her it’s not going well. She asks me why. I tell her I’m not seeing any results. She affirms me that I am. I affirm her that...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 22:00

A Personal Update

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There’s been a lot going on lately. As much as I dislike writing about my personal life on my public blog, I want to give a quick update to inform readers of this site about some life changes. This personal update mostly consists of two things: a degree and a pastoral ministry call.

A Degree

For...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 21:52

How to Read and Understand a Difficult Book

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imageI’ve spent the past couple of years reading difficult books. Most of them have been rigorously academic. They can be tough to read, but if you learn how to read them well, there’s gold on the other side.

But why read a difficult book?

Why Read Difficult Books

The goal is to read hard books...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 22:35

Top 20 Best Books I Read in Seminary

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I did it — I’m officially a Master of Divinity graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary. I walked across that stage Friday of last week, and I feel honored to have been able to formally study theology at a great institution. Don’t get me wrong — I’m exhausted. These...

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Note: This is an excerpt from Benjamin Vrbicek’s book,Don’t Just Send a Resume: How to Find the Right Job in a Local Church. Used with permission.

One of the best things you can do in the job-search process is ask questions. I have created some of the questions below from scratch and...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 22:02

3 New Books on Calvinism

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From my finite perspective, 2019 has been a pretty good year so far for Christian books. In March and April we particularly saw a flurry of good books in part because of The Gospel Coalition conference, and the influence TGC has on both Christian readers and publishers. One of the trends I’ve...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 00:07

Book Blurbs (January – April 2019)

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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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Thursday, 18 April 2019 01:02

Was Jesus Rejected by The Father on The Cross?

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It’s passion week. On Good Friday, Christians tend to think more about the cross than usual. One thing I’ve heard from many over the years is that when Jesus died on the cross, the Father rejected him. When Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”...

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