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

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 05:09

God’s Sovereignty and Glory

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By Derek Thomas:

God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 01:09

5 Sources of True Change

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This post is adapted from How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison:

1. God himself changes you.

This is foundational to all. “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

He intervenes in your life, turning you from suicidal self-will to...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 05:25

Why God Demands Worship

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Don Carson:

I have been doing university missions off and on for about thirty-five years. About a dozen years ago, I started stumbling across a question from university undergraduates that I never received when I was a young man. This relatively recent question is put variously, but it generally...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 22:26

What About Those Who Have Never Heard?

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John Piper’s reply to a letter from a 12-year-old about heaven and hell:

You asked what happens to people who live far away from the gospel and have never heard about Jesus and die without faith in him. Here is what I think the Bible teaches.

God always punishes people because of what they know...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:49

Doctrine Is Precious in the Storm

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Erik Raymond:

Theology often gets a bad rap. Pitted against application, doctrine is painted as stuffy and out of step. But so often when we read the Bible we find that it is the theology that drives the devotion. Orthodoxy gets pressed down into the crevices of our lives to make us grow. Like an...

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This post is adapted from How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison.

“Just . . .”

We are all tempted to oversimplify. We long for one “key” truth, a “secret” principle, the foolproof technique, some life-changing experience that makes everything different...

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The importance of Luther to the Christian faith cannot be overstated. For many today, he is probably a figure who looks larger as a symbol of defiance or a heroic rebel against a corrupt church and decadent theology.There is much truth in such images. His stand at the Diet of Worms...

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Dave Harvey:

Imagine that you want to purchase a new, sturdy, handcrafted kitchen table, assembled from the finest pieces of oak. You happen to live near an Amish community, and you know that the Amish have a well-earned reputation for fine furniture that endures the test of time. So you find an...

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Matt Fuller:

Punchy sound bites are great—they’re memorable and help us get some things clear in our head. Jesus often used punchy sentences without any nuance: “If your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out.” Yet most of us recognize that if we turned that sentence of great...

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This post is adapted from Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman:

Real Blessings from the Triune God

The blessings we have in Christ are more than social niceties like saying “Gesundheit” after someone sneezes. Paul is describing how we...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 01:15

Why Hell Is Integral to the Gospel

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By Greg Gilbert:

I’m sure you were overjoyed to learn that 9Marks has devoted an entire Journal on the topic of hell. In fact, it’s a topic that, if anything, makes us want to avert our eyes and think about something else entirely.

For some, the horror of the Christian doctrine of...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 22:34

Why I Preach Through Books of the Bible

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Phil Newton:

I had a conversation with a minister friend who had been involved in discussing what pastors were preaching in their churches. While most seemed to agree that exposition of the biblical text must have priority in the church, few thought it wise to preach consecutively through books of...

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Erik Raymond:

What is the difference between justification and sanctification? I am thankful that this is a frequent question that I get as a pastor; thankful because people are thinking but also because this is so important. After all, we are talking about our standing before God.

In short,...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 23:17

The 144,000 of Revelation 7

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Kevin DeYoung:

The 144,000 are not an ethnic Jewish remnant, and certainly not an Anointed Class of saints who became Jehovah’s Witnesses before 1935. The 144,000 “sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel” (Rev. 7:4) represent the entire community of the redeemed. Let me give...

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Sam Storms:

Heresy abounds. It always has and always will, until such time as Jesus returns and exposes the misguided theological fabrications of men and women and vindicates the truth of his Word. In our day, there are many heretical and deviant notions circulating within the professing evangelical...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:09

Bible Reading That Satan Leaves Alone

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This post is adapted from Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper.

The Blinding Enemy Outside

Satan is real.

His main identity is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). His way of lying is more by deception than bold-face...

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Tom Schreiner:

Critics of the slogan “faith alone” often point out that Scripture only speaks once about whether we are justified by faith alone—and that text denies it: “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24, CSB).

What does...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 03:04

The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

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Thomas Chalmers:

“The love of the world cannot be expunged by a mere demonstration of the world’s worthlessness. But may it not be supplanted by the love of that which is more worthy than itself? The heart cannot be prevailed upon to part with the world, by a simple act of resignation....

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:53

Stop Doubting God

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Silverio Gonzalez:

Behind the smiling faces at church, the bombastic claims shouted from pulpits, and the religious zeal for a political ideology masked as “the Christian worldview,” lurks doubt. Doubt plagues even people who seem most confident. Doubt captures minds that dare to think....

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Al Mohler:

The Christian faith is not a mere collection of doctrines — a bag of truths. Christianity is a comprehensive truth claim that encompasses every aspect of revealed doctrine, but is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as the apostolic preaching makes clear, the gospel is the...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:54

What is expository preaching?

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Erik Raymond:

I can think of five different but equally interesting conversations over the last couple of years where I’ve discussed expository preaching. They were interesting because those I talked with had such different understanding of what exposition is. This is one of the byproducts...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 01:43

5 Reasons You Should Delight in Theology

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Brandon D. Smith:

Robert Jenson once observed that theology is “a sort of grammar. The church, we must say, is the community that speaks Christianese, and theology formulates the syntax and semantics of this language.”

The word theology, made up of the words theos ...

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By Adrian Warnock, author of Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything.

1. The resurrection is the core of the Christian message and should never be neglected or assumed.

Sometimes today, when we hear the gospel preached, the focus is on the cross. The resurrection is often ignored,...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 17:17

What Do Expiation and Propitiation Mean?

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R.C. Sproul:

When we talk about the vicarious aspect of the atonement, two rather technical words come up again and again: expiation and propitiation. These words spark all kinds of arguments about which one should be used to translate a particular Greek word, and some versions of the Bible will use...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 02:52

The Crucifixion and Old Testament Prophecy

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R.C. Sproul:

If we look at the intricacy of the drama of the events of Jesus’ crucifixion, we see that some amazing things took place so that Old Testament prophetic utterances were fulfilled to the minutest detail. In the first instance, the Old Testament said that the Messiah would be...

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