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, 11 November 2019 23:28

The Problem With “Spiritual but Not Religious”

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“I’m spiritual but not religious.” Have you heard that expression before? I recently had a conversation with someone about faith. After a delay to articulate his beliefs, someone nearby helped by saying, “spiritual but not religious.” “Yeah,” he said,...

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Note: This guest contribution by Brian J. Wright draws from Brian’s new 365-day devotional book,Inspired Questions: A Year’s Journey Through the New Testament (Christian Focus, 2019).

Preparing a good small-group discussion is no easy or speedy task, especially if attendance varies and...

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I’ve followed Kanye’s music for years. I’ve also been following Jesus for some years, too. As a lifelong hip-hop fan and follower of Jesus, the news that Kanye West has come to saving faith in Jesus Christ brought me much joy. As I listened to his new album, Jesus is King, I heard...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 00:30

How to Pray vs. How Not to Pray

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Is there a wrong way to pray? Of course. You can pray to the wrong gods, in the wrong places, for the wrong reasons. This is one of the reasons why Jesus taught his disciples the difference between right and wrong praying.

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The context is the sermon on the mount. When the sermon gets to prayer, Jesus...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:21

The Lord is My Shepherd: What Does this Mean?

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“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” This Bible verse from Psalm 23:1 is one of the most famous Bible verses in all of Scripture. This is a verse that encourages both believers and skeptics alike. But what does it mean that “the Lord is my shepherd?” 1

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I recently turned 30. I’ve entered a new decade for the first time in, well, a decade. I’m brimming with thanksgiving and thinking of all the things that have shaped me into the person I am today. Good Christian books certainly make that list.

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In this post, I want to share 30 books every...

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Tenielle Neda is a Reformed Christian song-writer from western Australia. With over 25,000+ monthly Spotify listeners, she’s mustered up a bit of a following, all without having released an official album. After listening to her songs you can see the draw. In a day where so much music sounds...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 22:00

7 Key Concepts for Biblical Preaching

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Note: The following is an excerpt from Biblical Preaching, a free resource from Coram Deo Church (Acts 29) in Omaha, Nebraska. You can find the entire resource and more print resources from Coram Deo Church here.Used with permission.

#1. IDENTIFY THE BIG IDEA from Haddon Robinson

All sermons must...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:25

Christian Reflections on Anger

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Recently, I preached a sermon on anger (Matthew 5:21-26). As a result, I’ve been thinking more about this emotion. Today I want to share some of my imperfect reflections. This list not exhaustive just some things that came to mind. You can find them below.

In no particular order:

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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?

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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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