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
Saturday, 16 June 2018 00:03

Why does anyone become a Christian?

Written by

image

Tim Keller:

Many say that Christians who maintain the historic, traditional doctrines are behind the times, are too exclusive, and are “on the wrong side of history.” Two recent books that cast doubt on this view are from historian and biblical scholar Larry Hurtado, Destroyer of...

Read more

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:57

10 Things You Should Know about Original Sin

Written by

image

Sam Storms:

Original sin sounds so archaic, so pessimistic, so grimly medieval. For heaven’s sake, this is the era of the computer and the space shuttle. And haven’t the most learned psychologists and sociologists assured us that people are by nature good, having been turned to their...

Read more

Friday, 08 June 2018 19:21

Justified by “Thirst” Alone!

Written by

image

Sam Storms:

In his description of the new heaven and new earth, John refers to several glorious blessings that God’s people will experience. In Revelation 21:6 he mentions one in particular. It is God himself who declares: “To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the...

Read more

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 04:21

Pathways into personal revival

Written by

image

AW Tozer:

1.  Get thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself.  Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. . . . When speaking of earthly goods Paul could say, “I have learned to be content,” but when referring to his spiritual life he testified, “I press...

Read more

Friday, 01 June 2018 18:38

A Catechism on the Heart

Written by

image

Sinclair Ferguson:

Sometimes people ask authors, “Which of your books is your favorite?” The first time the question is asked, the response is likely to be “I am not sure; I have never really thought about it.” But forced to think about it, my own standard response has...

Read more

Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:36

What Is the Church?

Written by

image

Derek Thomas:

In the language of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the church comprises the “whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be, gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof” (25.1). This is otherwise known as the invisible church. In another sense, the...

Read more

Thursday, 31 May 2018 03:45

4 Great “Therefore’s” in the Bible

Written by

image

Michael Kelley:

Indicatives and imperatives. You find them both in the Bible.

Indicatives are facts; they are realities. And in the Bible, they are firm and secure because the Bible is the unchanging Word of God.

The imperatives are commands or implications. They are statements of direction, made...

Read more

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:48

Is the Bible Pro-Slavery?

Written by

image

Gavin Ortlund:

This is a common charge these days. It is a part of the New Atheist attack on religion, and it also comes from various progressive circles to defend certain social views (in line with the so-called redemptive-movement hermeneutic).

It is not an incomprehensible claim. In fact, it...

Read more

image

Michael Morales:

Atonement—that is, reconciliation between God the Creator and sinful humanity—is at the heart of the Pentateuch’s theology. Indeed, the Day of Atonement is found at the literary center of the Pentateuch’s central book, Leviticus 16. Simply called “the&nb...

Read more

Saturday, 26 May 2018 06:42

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

Written by

image

Randy Alcorn:

All people are equal in worth, but they differ in gifting and performance. God is the creator of diversity, and diversity means “inequality” of gifting (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). Because God promises to reward people differently according to their differing levels of...

Read more

Sunday, 20 May 2018 22:21

The Reformed View of Sanctification

Written by

image

Sinclair Ferguson:

Reformed theology owes a special debt to the principles of biblical exposition recovered for the church at the time of the Reformation. It is particularly associated with the work of John Calvin, but was later developed by such seventeenth-century Puritans as John Owen and Thomas...

Read more

Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:09

Is God’s Love Unconditional?

Written by

image

R.C. Sproul:

It has become fashionable in evangelical circles to speak somewhat glibly of the unconditional love of God. It is certainly a pleasing message for people to hear and conforms to a certain kind of political correctness. In our desire to communicate to people the sweetness of the gospel,...

Read more

image

J. Ryan Lister:

1. God is immanent because he is transcendent.

The Lord is “God in the heavens above (transcendent) and on the earth beneath (immanent)” (Josh 2:11). But to understand God in full we must recognize that his drawing near to creation stems from his being...

Read more

image

John Piper:

There aren’t many things more important than the sovereignty of God in our personal lives and how we make choices.

The way we think about this does have implications for how we worship and serve and persevere as Christians, so let’s make a stab at it. I’m going to lay...

Read more

image

Jared Wilson:

What God says about his word is a deep, complex, and staggering thing. And each book of the written word testifies to the wonder of his revelation. I decided to take a look, book by book, selecting a representative passage from each to highlight many of the things God’s word says...

Read more

image

R.C. Sproul:

One word that crystallizes the essence of the Christian faith is the word grace. One of the great mottos of the Protestant Reformation was the Latin phrase sola gratia—by grace alone. This phrase wasn’t invented by the sixteenth-century Reformers. Its roots are in the...

Read more

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 22:45

Springs of life will flow

Written by

image

Closing thoughts from John Piper’s recent address at T4G’18: New God, New Gospel, New Gladness: How Is Christian Joy Distinct?

And on this side of the incarnation and the cross, this new gladness is described with striking relevance to our text like this:

The god of this world...

Read more

Sunday, 29 April 2018 16:41

How to Pray in the Holy Spirit

Written by

image

Jason Meyer:

I spent five years immersing myself in the sermons of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It was truly a transformative season in my life. What was the biggest takeaway? The answer may surprise you. He taught me how to pray.

Those who really knew Lloyd-Jones will not find that answer surprising at all....

Read more

Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:07

Seven Ways to Quench the Spirit

Written by

image

Sam Storms:

If the apostle Paul himself had not warned us about quenching the Spirit, who among us would have thought it was possible (1 Thessalonians 5:19–22)? To suggest that the omnipotent Spirit of God could ever be quenched, and thus restricted in what he might do otherwise in our lives,...

Read more

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:24

Heaven Would Be Hell Without God

Written by

image

Randy Alcorn:

The 1998 movie What Dreams May Come portrays heaven as a beautiful but lonely place for Chris Nielsen (played by Robin Williams) because, although his children were there, his wife wasn’t. Remarkably, someone else is entirely absent from the movie’s depiction of...

Read more

image

Al Mohler:

The Great Commission stands at the center of Christianity as the command of the risen Lord Jesus Christ for his church to proclaim the name of God in the world for the sake of all nations and God’s glory among them. The church fulfills the commission by making disciples of Christ,...

Read more

Thursday, 19 April 2018 01:12

The Dangers of Reading Providence

Written by

image

Sam Storms:

As I’ve been preaching through the book of Revelation it has become ever more evident to me that reading divine providence is a tricky and often dangerous business. By “reading providence” I mean the tendency that all of us have to interpret what God is doing in the...

Read more

image

T. D. Alexander:

“Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (Eccl. 1:2)! So cries the author of Ecclesiastes as he attempts to make sense of this world “under the sun.”

Looking around, it’s easy to conclude that life is absurd.

We...

Read more

Friday, 06 April 2018 14:36

You can’t just read the bible

Written by

image

D.A. Carson:

A layperson can read the Scriptures and understand the Scriptures. It is important to keep saying that. There is no esoteric guild of specialist priests who impose a certain kind of interpretation on the conscience of believers. And even in practical experience you sometimes see that,...

Read more

Monday, 02 April 2018 15:25

The Place of Israel

Written by

image

The Place of Israel Sermon by John Stott:

Our topic has been announced as “The Place of Israel,” and the topic that has been set for us is an object lesson in biblical hermeneutics as it’s usually called in the principles of interpreting the Bible.  But I would like to remind...

Read more

Page 1 of 6