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
Monday, 10 December 2018 17:17

Do You Believe in a Santa Christ?

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Nathan W. Bingham:

In Sinclair Ferguson’s book, In Christ Alone, he shares the sad reality that many Christians have a Christology that is more informed by Santa Claus than Scripture. For them, the message of the incarnation has been so twisted or diluted that they have in fact...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 04:45

Why Must Jesus Be both Human and Divine?

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Erik Raymond:

Recently someone who is just beginning to investigate Christianity asked me an important question. As they are wading through the biblical data, the question came up, Why was Jesus both human and divine? Is this an important detail?  

This is an important question....

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 15:04

Why Christians Should Think More About Heaven

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Owen Strachan:

You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.” I get the meaning here. We all know absentminded folks. If you’re the type of person who thinks deeply about life but goes out the door in mismatched socks,...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 16:37

Mind Your Christmas Imperatives

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Tim Challies:

Christmas is coming and with it a special season for Christians. Or most Christians, anyway. As we get into the season and as so many people begin their month-long reflections on the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s probably a good time to consider our Christmas imperatives. What are...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 18:37

God Is Incomprehensible

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R.C. Sproul:

What can we know about God? That’s the most basic question of theology, for what we can know about God and whether we can know anything about Him at all determine the scope and content of our study. Here we must consider the teaching of the greatest theologians in history, all of...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 01:46

The Great Exchanges of Romans

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Sinclair Ferguson:

When the wonder of the gospel breaks into your life, you feel as though you are the first person to discover its power and glory. Where has Christ been hidden all these years? He seems so fresh, so new, so full of grace. Then comes a second discovery—it is you who have been...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 00:52

Do You Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

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R.C. Sproul:

Some years ago, I spoke with a man whose business was to help people plan for the future. He asked me about my goals, about what I wanted to accomplish in life. As I went through this exercise, I noticed that one thing was conspicuously absent from my goals: there was nothing there...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:40

Penal Substitution and Gospel Proclamation

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Jonathan Griffiths:

It is one thing to accept that a doctrine is true; it is quite another for it to shape the life and ministry of the church. The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement (PSA) is a controversial doctrine in some circles. But those of us who affirm that it is a truly biblical...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 01:38

That you can pray

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“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self controlled so that you can pray.”   1 Peter 4:7

Paul wrote in the thirteenth chapter of his letter to the Romans that…”The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:55

Where Did Satan Come From?

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Guy M. Richard:

The Bible’s account of the fall in the Garden of Eden raises a number of important questions. Chief among them usually goes something like this: Where does evil come from in a good world created by a good God?

We must admit that the Bible does not explicitly and definitively...

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WHEN ETHICAL AND MORAL IMPERATIVES ARE PROCLAIMED AS SUFFICIENT, EVEN ABSTRACTED FROM JESUS, THE RESULT IS A CROSSLESS CHRISTIANITY IN WHICH THE CENTRAL MESSAGE BECOMES AN EXHORTATION TO LIVE ACCORDING TO GOD’S RULES.

By David E. Prince

Satan does not mind expository preaching — as...

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Jason DeRouchie:

If Christians are part of the new covenant, why should we seek to understand and apply the Old Testament (OT)?

I’ll give 10 reasons why the first word in the phrase Old Testament must not mean unimportant or insignificant to Christians.

1. The OT was Jesus’s only...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 05:23

Justification: The Heart of the Reformation

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Michael Reeves:

Internal vs. External Transformation

The issue at the heart of the Reformation was without a doubt the question of justification. When Luther was growing up, the understanding of justification that he was taught (and which really drove him to despair) was an understanding of...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 04:52

An Essential Mark of a Sound Conversion

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BY JOSEPH ALLEINE

We turn from our own RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Before conversion, man seeks to cover himself with his own fig-leaves, and to make himself acceptable with God, by his own duties. He is apt to trust in himself, and set up his own righteousness, and to reckon his pennies for gold, and not to...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 06:08

Why Was the Reformation Necessary?

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W. Robert Godfrey:

The church is always in need of reform. Even in the New Testament, we see Jesus rebuking Peter, and we see Paul correcting the Corinthians. Since Christians are always sinners, the church will always need reform. The question for us, however, is when does the need become an...

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Sam Storms:

The division among Christian folk during the revival we know as the First Great Awakening (1734-35; 1740-42) often was due to their different understandings of the nature and significance of physical or bodily manifestations.

Many of the so-called Old Lights in Jonathan Edwards’s...

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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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