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, 21 March 2017 23:00

Can Burnout Ever Be a Good Thing?

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This is a guest post by Zack Eswine, author of The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus.

Are You Teachable?

I don't wish a breakdown or burnout on anybody. I'd rather none of us have to go through that. But it can be a turning point in our...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:00

March's New and Notable Books

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Below is a description of the new books releasing this month. Be sure to check out all of our new titles from the last few months and browse by category, series, or author.

Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything
Gloria Furman

God’s grand plan for the redemption...

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Have You Ever Experienced Burnout?

In September of 2016, we asked our readers to answer some questions related to burnout, which David Murray, author of Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, defines as "a state of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion caused by...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 23:00

Preventing Pastoral Burnout

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Prevent So You Don't Have to Recover

Burnout is a widespread problem not only in...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 23:00

A Plea for Holistic Christianity

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What Is to Blame for Burnout?

In a survey (see the infographic) conducted by...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:00

Why Pastors Should Catechize Their Congregations

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This is a guest post by J. V. Fesko, contributor to The New City Catechism Devotional: God's Truth for Our Hearts and Minds.

The Importance of Catechesis

During my childhood, my friends and I used to run home after school and make our plans for all of the fun we would have, but every Wednesday one of...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 06:54

Where Is God in My Loneliness?

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This is a guest post by Lydia Brownback, author of Finding God in My Loneliness.

When Loneliness Leaves You Alone

It's ironic, but loneliness accompanies us wherever we go. We might try to ignore it, turning on the TV, going for a night out, or, even more drastically, changing jobs, cities, friends,...

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In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with David Murray to discuss his new book, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture.

Timestamps

  • 0:00 – Who did you write Reset for?
  • 2:31 – What do you mean by the phrase "grace-paced life"?
  • 6:28 – What would you say to a young...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:00

Why You Should Go to Bed Early Tonight

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This is a guest post by David Murray, author of Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture.

You Need Sleep!

Sleep is a gift from God. It’s one of his most wonderful gifts to us—when we receive it as he intended us to receive it. It does us so much good, but there are so many of...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 23:00

10 Things You Should Know about St. Patrick

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1. Patrick was not Irish.

His background was Romanized British, and he was...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 23:00

Beware These 4 Common Threats to Your Contentment

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This is a guest post by Erik Raymond, author of Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age.

Culture and Contentment

Culture is like a big magnet, it’s pulling on us and around us. Entertainment and even conversations—everywhere we go there’s temptation toward...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:00

Were the Reformers Obsessed with Predestination?

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A Common Misconception

A commonly held prejudice regarding Reformation theology is that the doctrine of predestination and election...

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Train in the Truth

It's every Christian's calling to continue learning,...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 23:27

Enter to Win the Collected Works of John Piper

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Decades of God-Centered Writing in One Set

John Piper, one of the most important and influential pastor theologians of our time, has dedicated his life to heralding the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples in Jesus Christ.

This month, Crossway is pleased to release the Collected...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 23:00

How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

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This is a guest post by Jaquelle Crowe, author of This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years.

A Life Transformed

The Gospel changes everything. To live a life transformed by the gospel means that everything in life changes.

The first thing is our identity; who we are as people....

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 23:00

John MacArthur's Story: A Passion for Doctrine

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This is a guest post by John MacArthur, an editor with Richard Mayhue of Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth.

An Appreciation for Doctrine

I think I always new that doctrine was important because my dad was a pastor and I grew up listening to him preach and he was always preaching...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 22:00

How the Bible's Message Impacts Daily Life

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This is a guest post by Chris Bruno, author of The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words.

Is the Whole Bible Relevant to Your Life?

Knowing the whole message of the Bible should be transformative. When I think about how it has transformed lives, I start with myself because my own life was...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 22:00

What Tom Brady Can Teach Us About Contentment

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Isn't There More Than This?

One professional figure that has spoken articulately about deep discontent in the midst of great success in a way that you might resonate with is Tom Brady, who has won...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:25

The Search for Love

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The Story Matters

Not many stories describe life before the fall. Only two chapters of the Bible describe that world, and the first (Genesis 1), though full of sweeping images of the created...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:00

Pastor, Are You Content?

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Pastor, Has This Ever Been You?

It’s Sunday afternoon, shortly after you just preached your heart out to your church. Sipping on a cup of coffee, you begin thinking about the small crowd...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 00:58

Women in Society: The Challenge and the Call

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An Urgent Need

Our society urgently needs the influence and action of Christian women. If the women of this country do not...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 23:57

How Jesus Viewed and Valued Women

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Jesus's Countercultural View of Women

The place of women in the first-century Roman world and in Judaism has been...

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Give Them the Whole Gospel Story

Oftentimes, people speak Gospel-ish to one another. What I mean by that is they put little snippets of truth about Jesus into a conversation, but often those snippets don't really collectively give good news to the real struggles that people are facing.

To become...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 22:00

You Have Been Raised Up with Christ

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We Are Alive

We are alive in Christ, both now and forever.

In Alive in Him, writer, mom, and pastor's wife Gloria Furman walks through the book of Ephesians, reminding believers of the abundant blessings available in Christ—all for the glory of the Father.

Paul's letter to the Ephesian church...

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None of Us Is Good

I couldn’t help myself.

There are so many different situations which we attempt to explain using this excuse. What we’re trying to say is...

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