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

Already Not Yet - Apologetic Report

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Justin Dillehay:

When I was a church teen in the 1990s, one of hottest new Christian bands was Third Day. The name seemed like a riff on the mainstream band Third Eye Blind, but we all know where it really came from. According to Paul’s gospel, Christ was “raised on the third day in...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:11

What makes ‘Good Friday’ good?

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Sam Storms:

If you plan on being in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 18, I want to invite you to join us for our traditional “Good Friday” service at 6:30 p.m. in our auditorium. I would also encourage you to invite friends and family members who may not know Jesus and his saving love....

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 00:08

Salvation by Propitiation

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Kevin DeYoung:

There are many biblical ways to describe Christian salvation.

Salvation can be understood ritually as a sacrifice, as the expiation of guilt through the death of Christ on the cross.

Salvation can be understood commercially as redemption, as a payment made...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 16:16

What Is the Gospel?

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W. Robert Godfrey:

Many Christians, churches, and organizations regularly use the word gospel to describe their convictions. Theological controversies have occurred and do occur over the meaning of the gospel and who preaches it faithfully. What does that familiar word gospel mean...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 04:49

Pastors Are Special

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Jared Wilson:

4 REASONS PASTORAL WORK IS DIFFERENT (AND WHAT YOU AND I SHOULD DO ABOUT IT)

I’ve been a pastor and I’ve not been a pastor, and I have to tell you, pastors are special. There is nothing quite like pastoral work, and I’ve discovered it is sometimes difficult to...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 18:22

The Prosperity Gospel: A Global Epidemic

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Costi W. Hinn:

Prosperity is a hot topic in the church. Does God care if a pastor drives a nice car or lives in a nice home? Does God command that all who follow Him take a vow of poverty and starve their families in a protest of earthly comfort? Bible teachers sell millions of books and accumulate...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 02:02

Christ Our Ransom

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Jared Wilson:

Like many others, I have been moved over the last several years to repeatedly reassert the biblical emphasis on Christ’s propitiating work on the cross in what is typically called the “penal substitution” view of the atonement—for instance, devoting an entire...

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Friday, 29 March 2019 02:44

We’re in a War, Folks!

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Sam Storms:

The Apostle Peter tells us that “the passions of the flesh” are waging “war against” our “souls” (1 Peter 2:11). Don’t underestimate the significance of this daily battle for our souls. So, how are we to fight? With what weapons do we wage this...

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Justin Taylor:

Spiritual adoption is a big deal for the practical theology of J. I. Packer.

In Knowing God J. I. Packer writes:

If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.

I...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:41

A Meditation on Strength and Weakness

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Kevin DeYoung:

The two churches in Revelation that have no positive qualities mentioned are the two churches that look the most outwardly impressive—Sardis and Laodicea. And the two churches with no negative qualities are the two that appear the most harassed and helpless—Smyrna and...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 03:32

A Systematic Theology of Justification

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Andy Naselli:

The Meaning of Justification

1. Justification is judicial, not experiential.

Justification means to declare righteous, not to make righteous (in the sense of transforming one’s character to be righteous). It is a metaphor from the law court, where a judge pronounces someone as...

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Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,and of instruction about washings,[a] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. — Hebr...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 05:02

The Answer to God’s Seeming Megalomania

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Sam Storms:

I recently returned to reading John Piper’s book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, and was stunned yet again by a truth that has utterly transformed my life. That’s not an overstatement. I can’t think of another theological principle that has meant more to me than...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 05:28

How do Jesus’ wounds heal our diseases?

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Tim Chester:

Did Jesus heal our diseases at the cross? When you read Isaiah’s great song about the servant of the LORD the answer seems pretty straight-forward:

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering … the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 17:02

10 reasons pastors need pastors

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Jeff Robinson:

I hadn’t been in pastoral ministry but a few weeks until the thought occurred to me,

“I need to get in touch with Brian Croft.”

I was facing a set of circumstances I was certain would wreck my ministry and would leave me wanting to find another vocation. Turns out, I...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 15:51

Jellyfish Christianity

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J.C. Ryle:

One plague of our age is this widespread dislike to distinct biblical doctrine. In the place of it, the idol of the day is a kind of jellyfish Christianity – a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or sinew, without any distinct teaching about the atonement or the work of the...

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Michael J. Kruger:

Throughout the letters of the New Testament, the people of God are called lots of things. They are the “elect” (1 Pet 1:1), “faithful brothers” (Col 1:2), “beloved” (1 John 2:7), “children of God” (1 John 3:2), a “holy...

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The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? – JEREMIAH 17:9

Clear thought about the fallen human condition requires a distinction between what for the past two centuries has been called free agency and what since the start of Christianity has...

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Saturday, 23 February 2019 15:24

Can you be a Christian and Deny the Trinity?

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John MacArthur:

A Mormon asked me this question a number of years ago, and through the years, I’ve asked a number of people this question, and I wanted to get your opinion. Can you become a Christian if you deny the Trinity?

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I would answer, “No.” If you don’t believe in...

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Friday, 22 February 2019 00:38

Theological Minutia Matters

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Trevin Wax:

Who needs theological education? Doesn’t theology just lead to mind-numbing debates over insignificant matters? Only theological eggheads insist on parsing doctrines and dogmas until powerful, life-changing experiences with God get dissected and reassembled as stale and crusty...

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Friday, 22 February 2019 00:31

Is Jesus Precious to Your Soul?

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Sam Storms:

There is an astounding statement in 1 Peter 2:6 about Jesus Christ that stands as a challenge to each of us who claim to be his followers. Peter describes Jesus as “a cornerstone chosen and precious.” Think about it: he is chosen of the Father and precious! He is of...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 13:42

Do This and Remember

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Guy Prentiss Waters:

Sign of the Promise

From Genesis to Revelation, there is a succession of covenants. There are basically two covenants in the Bible: the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. God made the covenant of works in the garden with Adam and, in Adam, with all his ordinary...

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Michael J. Kruger:

Psalm 119 is an amazing Psalm.  Not only is it the longest Psalm (176 verses!), but it is also the Psalm that deals the most directly with the topic of Scripture.  Virtually every verse, in one way or another, refers to God’s Word.

David (who is most likely the...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 17:47

Pastoral Bullies

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Erik Raymond:

It was a bad day at church. What was supposed to be a blessed and meaningful worship experience felt like a punch in the gut.

What happened? Those in authority were selfish bullies.

We read about these leaders in 1 Samuel. Eli’s sons aptly described by the author as...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 16:01

The Value of Being Blunt

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John Piper:

Looking at Harshness and Cheerfulness

Most of us know people who are blunt. Sometimes their bluntness morphs into harshness and unkindness. If that happens often enough, we may sense that they have a kind of personality disorder, because they seem unable to express emotions other than...

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