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, 06 October 2018 00:15

The History of the Reformation

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R.C. Sproul:

A cesspool of heresies.” This was the judgment rendered by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V on May 26, 1521, shortly after Martin Luther took a stand at the Diet of Worms.

Earlier, in the bull Exsurge Domine, Pope Leo X described Luther as a wild boar loose in the...

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Sam Storms:

The most famous verse in the Bible, at least among Christians, is John 3:16. But do we really understand what it means? Here are ten things to keep in mind as you reflect on it.

(1) Are the words of John 3:16 the words of Jesus or John the Apostle? Probably the latter. ...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 06:11

The Burden for Missions Begins at Home

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Mark Dever:

A mark of a healthy church is a biblical understanding of, and practice of, missions.

Missions isn’t a biblical word, but it’s a biblical idea. Missions is taking the gospel across boundaries, especially across the boundary of language. And, according to the Bible, this...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 05:41

Should every Christian study theology?

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J.I. Packer:

Theology simply means the study of God. This is something that every Christian needs to realise. I think the way that the word has been used in the past has frightened many Christians away from it, even though they never stopped to consider what the word actually meant.

People...

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 16:47

The Intolerance of Tolerance

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Several times in the past decade D.A. Carson has been asked to give a public lecture at one university or another. Three times he has taken the opportunity to speak on the subject of tolerance, or intolerance, as the case may be. Those lectures proved the foundation of what...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:46

Improving your relationship with God

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Tim Chester:

Can you improve your relationship with God? People are often unsure how to respond. The promises of grace suggest one answer; the experience of life often suggest another. In the confusion, we often do nothing. We stagnate.

But there is a way forward. Can you improve your relationship...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 05:45

Certainty, openness, and theological wisdom

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Ray Ortlund:

Some Christians seem “all certainty.” Maybe it makes them feel heroic. But they see too few gray areas. Everything is a federal case. They have a fundamentalist mindset.

Other Christians seem “all openness.” Maybe it makes them feel humble. But they see too few...

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Sam Storms:

Christian Hedonism often goes misunderstood and thus maligned. Let’s look closely at ten things that bring clarity to what is meant by the label.

(1) When it comes to Christian Hedonism, the adjective is everything. Hedonism is itself a godless approach to life that says we should...

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Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.— Galatians 2:10

Jared Wilson:

One of the strangest developments of late in the ongoing scrums over the orthodoxy or heterodoxy of “social justice” is the shifts in understanding by various...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 03:54

The Promise-Driven Life

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John Piper:

So the challenge of the Christian life — and at 66, I am deeply desirous to learn how to do this. Paul did say, “I’ve learned the secret” as though it took some time (see Philippians 4:12 NASB). How many times do I come to the end of a day and I shake my head...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 01:18

Seven Ways God Reigns over Evil

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Satan Always Asks Permission

John Piper:

What does the Bible present to us, through the whole range of redemptive history — from beginning to end — as the way God relates to Satan’s will? I don’t want to speculate. I want Bible verses. I want Bible statements about how God...

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D.A. Carson:

(1) By doing evangelism. I know numerous groups that claim to be engaging in “holistic” ministry because they are helping the poor in Chicago or because they are digging wells in the Sahel, even though few if any of the workers have taken the time to explain to anyone who...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 05:13

Freedom from the Self-Focused Life

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John Piper:

1. Do you love the thought that you exist to make God look what he really is — glorious? Do you love the thought that you exist to reflect and display the glory of God? Does that bring joy to your heart and make you tingle with awesome historical destiny? I am on planet earth...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 17:52

10 Things You Should Know about Jesus Christ

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Sam Storms:

It actually sounds a bit silly, even irreverent, to speak of only ten things we should know about Jesus. There are thousands of things to know about him, perhaps millions. Indeed, when we arrive in the new heaven and new earth we will discover that there is an infinity of truths about...

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Tom Schreiner:

Paul charges Timothy to “guard the good deposit” (2 Tim. 1:14), which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re to remain vigilant in guarding the gospel because both the Scriptures and also church history remind us that many have swerved from the truth. Even a cursory...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:19

How Not to Worship Your Worship

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Bob Kauflin:

It was almost forty years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

At the end of an evening church meeting, we flowed seamlessly into an “afterglow service.” For the first time in my life I heard and sang these words, penned by Laurie Klein:

I love you, LordAnd I lift my...

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John Piper:

For five hundred years, Christians in the lineage of the Reformation — that is, Protestant Christians who love the Bible and are bent on seeing the gospel for all that it is — have described the gospel in terms of five solas, which is the Latin word for only or ...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 05:15

What is the theology of the cross?

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Here, Robert Kolb gives a brief description of the theology of the cross that Martin Luther developed through reading the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians.

The theology of the cross directs us away from all attempts to speculate about God as he is hidden behind nature or the clouds of our...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 17:32

Evangelism Starts With God

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David Qaoud:

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in evangelism is telling people the good news without telling them the bad news. No wonder I’m met with blank stares or “That’s nice for you, but not for me.” When we don’t tell unbelievers about sin and wrath,...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 01:04

Redemptive-Historical Typology

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Dennis Johnson:

Old Testament events, offices, and institutions (hereafter OTEOI) are invested by God with spiritual significance as integral steps in his history-long project to reverse sin and its effects… these OTEOI point beyond themselves, symbolizing the comprehensive, eschatological...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 19:03

Two Reasons the Trinity Matters

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Justin Dillehay:

How much does the Trinity matter to you? If you found out tomorrow that God is actually only one person instead of three, would your relationship with God feel any different? Would it require a drastic overhaul in the way you think or witness or pray? How much does the Trinity...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 19:20

Are You Too Earthly-Minded to Do Earthly Good?

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Kyle Strobel:

We often think of heaven as something that affects us after we die, with little impact on our daily lives now. Heaven feels speculative, ethereal, and impractical; we’re better off spending our time dealing with down-to-earth things.

But Jonathan Edwards believed that being...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 19:04

What Is the Bible, Anyway?

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Tim Challies:

We Christians spend a lot of time reading the Bible, hearing it preached, and meditating on its words. Why this commitment? We are committed to the Bible because of what it is and what it does. The Bible guides us to its purpose and power through the many metaphors it uses to describe...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:54

Every Christian Must Be a Theologian

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Jared Wilson:

Every Christian must be a theologian. In a variety of ways, I used to tell this to my church often. And the looks I got from some surprised souls are the evidence that I had not yet adequately communicated that the purposeful theological study of God by laypeople is important.

Many...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 00:22

10 Things You Should Know about Suffering

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Sam Storms:

Suffering is an unpopular but essential topic for Christians to understand. And it is nowhere more clearly explained than in 1 Peter. So here are ten things we can learn about suffering from this letter.

(1) In 2 Corinthians 6:10 Paul describes himself as “sorrowful, yet...

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