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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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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I love listening to sermons. Some preachers I enjoy listening to are Bryan Chappell, C.J. Mahaney, and John Piper, among others. But sermons aren’t the only thing I listen to when I listen to podcasts. Other than sermons, which Christian podcasts do I listen to the most?

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Since I’m a...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 00:05

The Blessing of a Good Example

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“You are a hardcore student of the Word,” he told me. I didn’t think much about it. I just took it as a compliment and moved on. People say these sorts of things to me from time to time. But after thinking about my passion for God’s Word, I remember that it didn’t...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:10

Learning How to Pray Using Index Cards

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If I ask you how your prayer life is going, chances are you’ll say “not great” or “it can be better.” Few of us are truly prayer warriors. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a Christian who cannot grow in his or her prayer life. Over the years, I’ve noticed...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 23:33

How to Find the Best Commentaries

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I absolutely love reading biblical commentaries. We should be thankful that some are called to Ph.D. studies and dedicate their lives to serious study to bless the church with such resources. But since there are a host of commentaries to choose from, how do you know which ones to buy?

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When it comes...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 22:02

3 Evangelistic Conversation Starter Questions

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Oh no, not another article on evangelism to make me feel guilty.

Few topics make Christians feel more convicted than the topic of evangelism. Many of us (including me) struggle with this spiritual discipline. I often feel inadequate as an evangelist and get discouraged by my efforts. I realize...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:46

Why Nothing Will Stop the Mission of God

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“The church in America is not doing well,” someone told me. I talked to her about where she wanted to serve as a ministry leader. She was against serving in the U.S.A because, from her perspective, the church is not doing well here. Is that true?

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When we make claims about the current...

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I was surprised yet delighted to see an entire chapter dedicated to Christian singleness in Tim and Kathy Keller’s excellent book on marriage. In a section entitled “Some Practical Counsel for Marriage Seekers,” Keller provides lots of helpful tidbits for singles. I’ve...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:18

9 John Calvin Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know

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John Calvin is one of my favorite dead guys. Over the years, I’ve made an effort to read both Calvin’s writings and writings about Calvin. Probably the best thing written about Calvin is Bruce Gordon’s excellent biography appropriately entitledCalvinA while back I was...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 22:06

How to Write and Share Your Testimony

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Sharing your testimony can be a powerful witness for unbelievers and a source of encouragement for those who believe. But how exactly do you share your testimony?

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The answer — my answer, anyway — is that you must provide the answers to three questions:

1. What was my life like before I...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 23:36

How to Seize Your Commute as a Christian

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How much time do you spend commuting? Whether you’re in a car, bus, airplane, or whatever, you can redeem the time by getting things done while commuting.

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It must be said: the research shows that multi-tasking is not really that effective. So you’re not going to drive with 100% focus and...

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