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 should church elders/leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender (or neither gender)?

Each situation is unique because each child is unique. Pastors and/or elders will want to meet with the parent(s) and listen well and humbly to them, as...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 22:38

How do you do family worship?

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Three syllables is all you have to remember, read, pray, sing. Read the Bible, pray together and sing together. Now, I think I can substantiate these from Scripture. We should do in worship what the Bible says to do in worship but there are three things...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 20:00

On technology and preaching

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I recently had a student tell me that he preached in a church in Tennessee that had him speaking from a platform that turned into the equivalent of an IMAX experience for the congregation. The technology allowed him to “take” his listeners to places like outer space and the holy land of...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:00

Leaders, find your identity in Christ

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Find your identity in Christ

As you grow in your skills and leadership, be careful to not find your identity in what you’re particularly good at doing. If you begin to lead, and if you show a type of grit that is befitting of a person of God, and you’re making those decisions, and if you...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 23:40

Are gospel tracts effective?

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The post Are gospel tracts effective? appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Timothy Beougher...

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Hundreds gathered in the Alumni Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, June 28, to remember and honor Charles W. Draper, a professor of Boyce College and chair of the school’s department of biblical studies, who died from a heart attack during the early hours of Sunday, June 25. He was 70.

Draper was a...

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EDITOR’S NOTE:Below, Jonathan T. Pennington, assistant professor of New Testament interpretation, talks with Towers editor Andrew J.W. Smith about his new book, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing

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AJWS: This book is part commentary, part instructional for reading the Sermon...

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Early in his efforts to reform the worship of the church, he expressed in a letter to his friend Georg Spalatin, “Following this example of the prophets and fathers of the church, I intend to make vernacular psalms for the people, that is, spiritual songs so that the word of God even by means...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 20:01

Cultivating the discipline of leadership

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My goal for this article is to give you ten or so practical ideas that you can use to cultivate the discipline of leadership in your life. Let me say briefly, this is not a biblical theology of leadership. For instance, much more could be said about the role of prayer in leadership. And the ten...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 00:42

95 ways to reform your fall

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With the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation right around the corner, the campus and community of Southern Seminary is set to re-explore the key doctrines that make the Protestant church what it is today. Make sure that not just your theology is reformed, though, with these 95...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:00

5 Baptist theologians every pastor should read

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A few years ago, I had a friend depart Baptist life to join the PCA. When we discussed his rationale for the shift, it became clear to me it had less to do with views on baptism than it did theological heritage. To his mind, Baptists’ confessional and theological ancestry did not quite...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 21:34

What should you look for in a spouse?

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One thing that might be particularly helpful is just a simple observation that you may not realize about yourself. And that is, that what you’re attracted to is more influenced by the culture around you than you might realize. So, when you find that one particular person more attractive than...

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You may begin reading this article with the idea that I will suggest how many weeks of vacation you should be given by your church, or how much you should advocate to give your pastor. Instead, I intend to answer this question a bit differently. My concern is not about how much vacation time a...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:47

Six stages of a dying church

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It’s not a pleasant topic.

But if we don’t talk about dying churches, we will act like there are no problems. As I wrote in Breakout Churchesthe first stage for any church to reverse negative trends is awareness or, stated another way, confronting the brutal realities.

Somewher...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:00

What is the unforgivable sin?

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Many Christians struggle with, what is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? What is the unforgivable sin? Have I committed it? Many Christians feel tortured about this, even, and it can torment them.

I think a helpful way to think about it is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the unforgivable...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 23:00

How do I know if my child is a Christian?

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God tasks parents with the holy calling of raising our children, “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In this our greatest task is to help them understand the Gospel so they might trust in Christ and be saved. The problem for parents is that we often have a difficult time...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:00

Four keys to reading (and teaching) the Psalms

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Stretching from the time of Moses (Psalm 90) to the exile of Israel (Psalm 126 or 137), the Psalms as we know them—150 songs ordered in five books—took a long time to write. So, how do we read them in their historical context? What is their historical context? And how do we sing...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:13

His Mercy is More

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Authors: Matt Boswell feat. Boyce College Choir...

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Critics of the slogan “faith alone” often point out that Scripture only speaks once about whether we are justified by faith alone—and that text denies it: “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24, CSB).

What does James mean in...

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What is your plan for communion with God during your vacation? Charles Spurgeon often visited the coast of France for rest and healing.

He wrote:

Go forth, beloved, and talk with Jesus on the beach, for He oft resorted to the sea-shore. Commune with Him amid the olive-groves so dear to Him in many a...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 19:00

How young can a child be saved?

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I don’t think that there’s a one size fits all age of when a person can come to faith in Christ. I think with different testimonies, you have different people talking about when they became a believer. I know there are some people who confessed that they believed they were a believer at...

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I’ve been asked this question many times not just through my Practical Shepherding website, but even more recently in my own church by visitors. It is a common scenario. You move to a new area. You get find your new residence and job. You get the kids enrolled in school. Where you settle in a...

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Dear new elder,

I am encouraged by the work God is doing in you and through you in calling you to serve as an elder. As the apostle Paul wrote, “Anyone who aspires to the office of elder desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1).

Noble indeed, but also dangerous.

I use those phrases “in...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 20:00

What is the purpose of fasting?

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I think most of the people watching this video would be familiar that fasting is in the Bible. For example in Matthew 4 and Luke 4, it says Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights but now let’s talk about how he quoted Scripture to the devil. So we notice that we sort of pass over it. But...

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