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, 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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Snapchat is now showing X-Rated content on its social media platform in a new feature called “Cosmo After Dark.” Immediately after hearing about this update, I deleted my Snapchat account. Technically, my account is deactivated. But it will be deleted in 30 days. Christian, will you...

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Most graduation speeches aren’t actually that helpful. The speakers say things like follow your heart, never give up on your dreams, and be the change you want to see in the world. Some of the things they say are helpful. But it’s mostly fluff. No substance. The same ole stuff people...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 23:22

What is Historical Theology?

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I once did a genogram of my biological family. I went back and studied my family’s history. I spoke with my mother about my family, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, and many more beyond them. While I was not able to glean information about every single person in the history of my...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 23:41

The Happy Christians

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I love spending time with other brothers and sisters in the faith. As the old saying goes, some things are caught, not taught. So when I hang out with other believers, I’m constantly catching things. I become more like Christ because of them. And without a doubt, the most encouraging...

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Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:20

How to Remember What You Read

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I love to read books. But few things discourage me more than not remembering what I read. I don’t want to give 6, 8, 10 hours of my life towards a book only to not remember any of it when I’m done. This is frustrating. But I know I’m not alone. Because of the fall, our memories...

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Titus 3:2 tells us “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” We should not speak evil of anyone (especially Christians). And we should avoid quarreling at all costs. Does this characterize your social media...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:32

Book Blurbs (January – April 2018)

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Bookblurbs 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. While I may dabble in more books then I mention, I will only mention books that are at least worth...

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Note: This is a guest post from Trevor Nashleanas. While I’ve entitled this article “Some Practical Christian Marriage Advice for Newlyweds,” I’m sure anyone who is married, regardless of how long, can find some helpful advice.

It was the fall of 2008. I’d met a girl...

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