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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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:03

5 Reasons Church Revitalization is Risky

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Church planters as risk takers. They start churches — often with little funding. They typically have no building when they start out, and many have no members. Church planting is inherently risky.

But I would argue that church revitalization must be risky as well. Indeed, I believe church...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 04:19

Feature Review: Growing In Gratitude

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Growing In Gratitude

Gratitude is more complex than a smile on one’s face or a polite, “thank you.” In Growing in Gratitude, Mary Mohler provides a rich theology revealing the deeper roots of gratitude. Many Christians experience a lull in their joy for the things of God years...

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When Your Twenties Are Darker Than You Expected by Paul Maxwell (Amazon Kindle 2018, $2.99)

Review by Sarah Haywood

Twentysomethings experience a decade that is often dark and difficult to navigate, where the expectations of childhood disappear and responsibility arises. The “darkness” of...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 01:54

Gratitude is a ‘deeply theological issue’

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imageEDITOR’S NOTE: In her debut book, Mary Mohler, the first lady of Southern Seminary, encourages readers to pursue gratitude and offers strategies for how to grow in it. Towers contributor Annie Corser sat down with Mohler in her home to talk about the book, Growing in Gratitude.

AC: How...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 07:02

The long road to media engagement in the SBC

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Christian engagement with the dramatic arts is a relatively recent phenomenon that correlated with the introduction of motion pictures and television. For centuries, pastors and theologians gave multiple reasons for the prohibition of the theater — reasons that ranged from idleness and...

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A few years ago, I took a pastorate with the goal of shepherding that flock faithfully for at least 25 years. I told them as much after an overwhelming majority of members voted for me to occupy the sacred office. It was a mandate, and I pushed offshore for what I hoped would be at minimum a...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 02:02

From Google to Grudem

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As a teenager, Jake Tuazon was committed to living a moral life. He went to confession, attended mass, and prayed to Mary. He’d even grappled inwardly with the pull to the priesthood. He was determined to earn his way to heaven. He’d discovered a passion for God at a youth camp, and for...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 01:36

How to watch Netflix

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I like to think of myself as something of a Netflix hipster. I remember when Netflix was just a pesky DVD-by-mail competitor to Blockbuster: no due dates, no late fees. That was good news for me as a nine-year-old, because I got to watch Gettysburg as many times as I wanted.

In the years between...

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Kids can be annoying. We can be tempted to think that they were born to irritate adults. It seems like the brief moments of sweetness that they display are the only things that keep adults from shipping them to their own island, where they can live out their days annoying one another as they...

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In the past few years, evangelicals have discussed and debated the exclusivity of Christ intensely. For scholars, pastors, and engaged Christians, the belief that Jesus is the only way profoundly changes the way we live and interact with others. Here are four ways:

1. If Jesus is the only way, ...

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It was an email a pastor hates to receive, especially on a Monday morning. “Dear Pastor, we have loved serving here. We love the preaching and the people. We have grown as a family. But God is moving us somewhere else . . .” 

In that moment I remember praying a pray that went...

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For the last century, entertainment has becoming increasingly individualized. From the inception of record players, to drive-in theaters with individual speakers, to the release of headphones, and now the ever-common individualized playlist, we are a people trained to consume the world as...

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The alarm rings at 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning. He fumbles down the stairs. Shower, coffee, Bible, prayer, and out the door to work. Today will be a long day. He starts his delivery route at 6:30 a.m., does the first leg of his route and comes back to the warehouse. He changes into a suit, and...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 01:11

Why I read Proverbs every day

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Proverbs has always been one of my favorite books. When as a young man it was called to my attention that there’s a chapter for each of the thirty-one days in a month, I began the habit of daily reading the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month. After doing so now for...

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God’s decision to save the world through the lowly word of the cross was demonstrated through his calling together of lowly people in the Corinthian church (1:18-31). Paul tells us that God chose the “foolish in the world,” the “weak” (1 Cor. 1:27), the...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 12:30

Book Reviews

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