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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I continue to receive Letters to the Editor that cover a variety of subjects. Today, though, I’m narrowing it down to two: what we gained and lost when we moved from hymnals to PowerPoint and tributes to godly moms.

Tributes to Moms (based on Will You Write a Mother’s Day...

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Every mother knows that at some point, in some way, she will have to surrender her children. While they are young, she is responsible for protecting and teaching and training them. But all the while, she will be preparing them for independence, preparing herself to release them to the world....

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Friday, 21 April 2017 20:52

Weekend A La Carte (April 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include three books that will help you better understand the Bible.

Westminster Books is offering deals on catechisms and resources to help teach them.

How Brainy Women Benefit the Church

“Even today, when my husband tells other people that I’m smarter than he...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books who also sponsored the blog this week. They have 5 prize packages to give away today, which means 5 winners will receive the following books:

image 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude by Sarah Ivill. “The New Testament books of...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:00

One Very Good Reason to Study Church History

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A friend of mine recently became a citizen of the United States of America. Until that point, he had been a mere resident, a visitor, a sojourner, a citizen of some other place. But he followed the process, he fulfilled his obligations, and he at last received the decision of the U.S. Citizenship...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:08

A La Carte (April 21)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles that will be of interest if you’re into church history. You’ll find most people’s #1 pick for a church history overview at a great price.

Paul Remembered Mary

“Paul remembered Mary and how hard she worked. In Romans 16:6,...

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An ember left alone will soon grow cold, but embers set close together will continue to glow, to burn brightly, and even to set others ablaze. Christians resemble embers, for we, too, must be set close together to thrive. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise” (Proverbs 13:20),...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

A La Carte (April 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several titles from the Christian market and also a few from the general market.

You Can’t Love Missions without Loving the Local Church

There’s lots to ponder in this article.

Do I Need To Ask Forgiveness Every Time? (Video)

Dr. Stephen Wellum answers a...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:00

A World of Misery at My Very Door: A Story

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Today I want to tell a story. It’s not my story, though I do make a couple of brief appearances along the way. It’s actually a story about a church, and if it’s a story about a church, it must first be a story about Jesus. After all, every church is his church.

To tell the story...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:10

A La Carte (April 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few titles that are worth checking out.

Westminster Books has a bunch of deals on books related to technology and living in the world today. As it happens, a couple of them are by me.

Reformed Perspective March/April

Reformed Perspective is a good...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 21:00

What We Gained When We Lost Our Hymnals

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A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals and was rather surprised to see 300,000 people stop by to read it! I meant to point out that there are consequences in shifting from one medium to another—in this case, shifting from hymnals to PowerPoint...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 20:05

A La Carte (April 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of good books, including a book on Romans written by Tim Keller.

Investigating the Birth Control Pill

Reformed Perspectives magazine has an article investigating the birth control pill and whether it’s a legitimate option for believers.

The Wisdom of...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 02:00

Family Worship Has Fallen on Hard Times

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This sponsored post was written by Joel Beeke on behalf of the Family Worship Bible Guide.

Family worship has fallen on hard times. Parents often say they are too busy to do it. Or else they don’t know how to do it because their parents never did it.

When my parents commemorated their fiftieth...

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Ask Me Anything is an opportunity for you to submit questions that are related or unrelated to things I’ve written, and for me to take a shot at answer them. This week’s questions concern Calvinism, a husband who wants his wife to read erotica, pastors who give to their own church,...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 19:15

A La Carte (April 17)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some recommended titles by Lydia Brownback, James White, and a few other notable authors.

He Is Not Dead

It’s a day past Easter, but still a good time to reflect on the seven victories it represents.

The Historical Evidence

Also, Simon Gathercole examines the...

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I get letters—lots and lots of letters. And, from time to time, I share some of the best of them. Here are some recent letters to the editor I thought you would enjoy. They concern hymnals, Christian celebrity, and Christian moms.

Letters on What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals

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Friday, 14 April 2017 21:00

Will You Write A Mother’s Day Tribute?

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Earlier this year I wrote a short series called The Commandment We Forgot. These articles looked to the fifth commandment (“honor your father and mother”) to explore an angle few of us have seriously considered: What does it mean to obey this commandment as adults? Along the way I...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 19:09

Weekend A La Carte (April 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several interesting books. My pick of the day is Todd Friel’s Reset for Parents.

The Intrusive Neighbor

Joe Thorn: “God’s command for us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to seek their good, is a call for us to be intrusive. It’s counter...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Is Genesis History?)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is provided by Is Genesis History? which also sponsored the blog this week. I’ve got ten prizes to give away, each a copy of the film. Winners will be able to choose whether they will receive a DVD, a Blu-Ray DVD, or a digital download.

Is Genesis...

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A single sentence can change a life. Angela Yuan learned this the hard way, her heart shattered when her cherished son spoke just three short words. The proud, atheist mother simply wasn’t ready to hear “I am gay.” She fumbled for a response, but the pain was too sharp, the shame...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 19:57

A La Carte (April 14)

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There is a nice variety of Kindle deals today, with many of them related to Easter or Reformation.

John Piper has a new book out and Westminster Books has discounted it.

I was a guest on The Ordinary Preacher podcast where we discussed speaking the truth with love and various other topics.

Pa...

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Our digital world is both a blessing and a curse for our growth in godliness. Today’s Christians have more sound, biblical resources at the tips of their fingers than all of our forefathers could have imagined. Through our phones, we can keep in constant touch with distant fellow Christians...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 20:06

A La Carte (April 13)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of fairly minor deals. We’ll hope for better things tomorrow.

Christian Audio has the Heroes of History series on sale. These are short biographies of many key Christian figures.

My Jesus, I Love You; Your Bride I Despise!

“Professing love for...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:00

5 Quick Productivity Tips for the Busy Mom

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“Productivity? But I’m a stay-at-home mom!” That’s roughly how Aileen replied when we sat down to talk about the fact that our lives were veering out of control. We were emerging from an especially busy season but coming up to what promised to be an even busier one. Our...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:14

A La Carte (April 12)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several titles from Christian Focus that are good at any time of year, but especially appropriate around Easter.

Benjamin Franklin’s Misplaced Hope of Resurrection

Vance Christie: “Franklin died doubting that Christ Jesus is God the Son, much less...

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