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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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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Monday, 17 September 2018 01:25

On Giving Criticism as a Christian

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Criticism — sometimes it’s warranted, other times, it’s not. Sometimes you will give the criticism, and sometimes you will get it. And if you’re particularly influential, you will receive more of it than others. Before you give biblical admonition to someone, first consider...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 00:00

Book Blurbs (May – August 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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I may be biased, but the best way to learn the biblical languages is through formal theological education. There’s nothing that can quite compare to dedicating a couple of years of your life to study, interact with biblical Hebrew professors, and learn in community. Seminary is the best way...

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I may be biased, but the best way to learn the biblical languages is through formal theological education. There’s nothing that can compare to dedicating a couple of years of your life to study, interacting with professors, and learning in community. Seminary is the best way to learn biblical...

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John Calvin is associated with someone’s death. He wrote one of the most influential Christian theological books of all time. Privately, he was shy and awkward. In public, he moved around with stunning confidence. He was impatient and bashful, yet pastoral and caring. We have never seen...

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Few things destroy a person’s life like a lack of self-control. You can be at the top of your profession one year and totally ruin your legacy with one bad decision the next. You can be known as a faithful pastor for years, and then backslide toward the end of your pastorate. Self-control is...

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Note: This is a guest contribution from Dr. Jay Sklar.

What happens when you study Leviticus for more than 10 years? I know the types of answers many people would provide:

  • “You get to know your psychotherapist really well.”
  • “People stop inviting you to dinner parties.”

Or...

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This is not a book review. This is a book reflection. While I don’t normally re-read books, I’ve recently re-read Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Communityby Dietrich Bonhoeffer and want to make a few points about the book. It is my belief that if the Christian...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 12:27

May It Not Be Charged Against Them!

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Excuse me for starting an article with an exclamation point. I don’t usually do that, but today I want to make an exception. After all, the title of this article is directly pulled from one of my favorite sentences from the Apostle Paul.

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The reference I have in mind is Paul’s second...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:23

5 Ways to Waste Your Reading

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This is a post prepared by Alex K from AccelerateBooks.com

What if there is a right way to read a book, and a wrong way to read one?

What if there’s a way in which we approach our reading, that causes us to either waste our time reading or maximize it?

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If you’re reading this article, you...

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Note: July 10th is John Calvin’s 509th birthday. In this guest post, Dr. David Steele shows you what Calvin can still teach you today.

July 10, 2018, marks the 509th birthday of John Calvin.  But the streamers and balloons are nowhere to be found.  Simply put, we live in a day that is...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 23:23

Evangelism Starts with God

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One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in evangelism is telling people the good news without telling them the bad news. No wonder I’m met with blank stares or “That’s nice for you, but not for me.” When we don’t tell unbelievers about sin and wrath, they often...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 23:45

God is Good, Yes. But What Does This Mean?

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“God is good,” the non-Christian says. Even though he’s not living for the Lord, he recognizes the goodness of God. People — both Christians and non-Christians — usually say “God is good” after something good happens. The problem, though, is that we toss...

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I recently heard of a wedding in which it was estimated that the couple spent over $200,000 on their big day. They spent over $20,000 on flowers. Included for the big day was an expensive dress for the bride, made by a professional fashion designer. Of course, they had multiple photographers. And...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 23:18

Your Gluttony Sent Christ to the Cross

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Summertime is here. It’s my favorite time of the year for many reasons — the sunshine, the pool, a somewhat break from seminary — but also for the food. I love food. Sometimes too much.image

I have the spiritual gift of inviting myself over to your place for dinner and not bringing or...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 23:54

My 2018 Summer Reading List

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imageIt’s that time of the year again! I love summer and I love reading and pointing people to good books. Below you can find what I intend to read this summer. Perhaps one or two of the books will interest you.

In no particular order:

1.The Productivity Project:...

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There’s a newish gospel in town. Or at least some make it out to be. Have you heard of it? It’s called expressive individualism.

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Borrowing from the work of Charles Taylor, James K.A. Smith speaks about expressive individualism when he writes,...

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