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
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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Friday, 20 July 2018 16:47

Enjoying God Is a Command

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Sinclair Ferguson:

While shaking hands at the church door, ministers are sometimes greeted with a spontaneous, “I really enjoyed that!”—which is immediately followed by, “Oh! I shouldn’t really say that, should I?” I usually grip tighter, hold the handshake a...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 03:01

Affections and emotions: Are they the same?

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Sam Storms:

The word “affection” may be unfamiliar to many, except when used of romantic feelings that pass between a man and a woman. This is not the sense in which I use it here. Jonathan Edwards defined the affections as “the more vigorous and sensible exercises of the...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:56

The Message of the Bible

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D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

We are all aware of problems in this world. Everyone knows what it is to be weary, to be disappointed, and to struggle. And we have a feeling that we were not meant for this. We are all searching for some solution to the problems of life.

The question is, why are you unhappy?...

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Sam Storms:

Where will believers in Jesus spend eternity? It won’t be on a cloud or a star in some distant galaxy. It will be on the sanctified and redeemed soil of the new earth. Here are ten things you should about what eternal life will be like in the new heaven and new earth.

(1) According...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 14:15

The Purest Act of Pleasure

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Tony Reinke:

The Purest Act of Pleasure – Why God delights in election:

Unconditional election is God’s decision to choose a people for himself, a bride, from out of all the God-ignoring sinners on earth.

God will begin with a whore and make himself a splendid spouse. This bride is...

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Interview with Michael Horton:

Q1. What are the biggest challenges facing the church today?

The greatest challenge always facing the church is whether it will preach the gospel.  Not whether the world will let us preach it—although religious liberty is always a question, and there’s...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:43

The Joy of Not Sinning

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Tim Challies:

I think it is a question every Christian would all like to ask God, given the opportunity. It is an honest question. A humble one, I hope. If you have the ability to immediately destroy and remove all of a Christian’s sin the very moment he puts his faith in Jesus Christ, why...

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Sam Storms:

Forgiving others is counter-intuitive to human nature. It rarely seems to make sense. Most often it grates on our souls like fingernails on a chalkboard. King Louis XII of France spoke for us all when he said, “Nothing smells so sweet as the dead body of your enemy!”

If we...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 15:51

The Vertical Dimensions of the Cross

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Nicolas T. Batzig:

The Scriptures give us a robust revelation about all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. As we go about seeking to categorize all of the various dimensions of the cross, we discover that there are both vertical and horizontal dimensions to Jesus’ work....

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Tom Schreiner:

Justification by Faith Alone

Calvin, like Luther, stresses that justification is by faith alone. A right relationship to God can’t be gained by works since all people sin, thus the only pathway to salvation is faith. Calvin is careful to say, however, that faith...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 22:50

Five Marks of Effective Prayer

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H.B. Charles:

And a leper came to Jesus, imploring him, and kneeling to him said, “If you will, you can make me clean.”– Mark 1:40

The last passage of chapter 1 (verses 40-45), records the miracle of Jesus cleansing a leper. It is also recorded in Matthew 8:1-4 and Luke 5:12-15.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018 01:15

Spiritual Gifts and the Lordship of Christ

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Tom Schreiner:

Spiritual gifts provide a fascinating topic of discussion.[1] Christians from different theological traditions have different opinions about the gifts. It is important to study what the Scriptures say, and it is important to understand the spiritual gifts, but we can have unity with...

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Monday, 18 June 2018 00:07

What Is Discernment?

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Sinclair Ferguson:

Someone I know recently expressed an opinion that surprised and in some ways disappointed me. I said to myself, “I thought he would have more discernment than that.”

The experience caused me to reflect on the importance of discernment and the lack of it in our...

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 00:03

Why does anyone become a Christian?

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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...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:57

10 Things You Should Know about Original Sin

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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...

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