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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Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:20

Mere Calvinism

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Somewhere along the way, it seems like the New Calvinism became about everything but Calvinism. Somewhere along the way, we stopped thinking and writing about the very doctrines that brought the movement together in the first place. Maybe we had already mastered them, so it was time to move on to...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:09

A La Carte (February 1)

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There are lots of Kindle deals to kick off the new month (including my book Do More Better).

Free from Christian Audio this month is my favorite recording of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Several other books by or about Bunyan are discounted.

Free from Logos this month is a volume in the...

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On a recent trip to Rome, Italy, I participated in an Ask Me Anything event that was focused on matters of productivity. One of the questions I was asked was related to success at sharing the gospel, and if we are judged based on our faithfulness in doing so. Here is my answer. (I also thought you...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:19

A La Carte (January 31)

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Good morning from ice-cold Canada. I have lived through a lot of Canadian winters, but I don’t ever remember one quite like this, with temperatures nearing -30 Celsius and just stubbornly staying there. But we’re staying warm, mostly by staying home!

It is, again, a pretty sparse day...

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It’s good to go to a conference or a concert and to sing with hundreds or even thousands of strangers. There is something majestic and soul-stirring about gathering with other believers and using the common language of song to join together in worship. But I believe it’s far better...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:04

A La Carte (January 30)

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You may enjoy watching the new trailer for the forthcoming Puritan documentary. Also, Westminster Books has launched a nice new site and, to mark the occasion, has put some books on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Perils of Social Media)

Mary: The Influencer of God?

Here are some thoughts on a...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 19:45

The Perils of Social Media

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I’ve got one last Q&A to share from my time in the Philippines (where, over the course of the event, I spent a couple of hours answering questions). In this clip I was asked to comment on the ways Christians conduct themselves online. Here is what I had to say.

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How should...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 19:05

A La Carte (January 29)

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I spent a few minutes hunting down some Kindle deals and did manage to find a handful of books and Bibles that may be of interest, including the Spurgeon Study Bible edited by Alistair Begg.

Nitoy Gonzales has created a Freebie Round-up you might like to poke through.

(Yesterday on the...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:00

How Evangelism Is Kind of Like Fishing

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Simon, his brother, and their business partners were fisherman whom Jesus called to a very different kind of fishing. “Follow me,” he told them. “From now on you will be catching men.” They were caught by Jesus so they could catch others. And in much the same way, we have...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 18:53

A La Carte (January 28)

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You just can’t go wrong with any of today’s Kindle deals. At Westminster Books you’ll find some solid reading material meant for teens and young adults.

Reminder: I’ve got a near-daily audio blog (i.e. podcast). Today’s episode is titled Jesus Wins.

(Yesterday on...

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Saturday, 26 January 2019 19:30

Think of Not Having Christ!

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Few authors alive or dead speak to me the way J.R. Miller does. In his book Self-Control, now long out of print, he has his readers imagine life without Christ. It’s a passage worth reading and worth reflecting on.

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The relation between Christ and his friends is closer than any human...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 20:15

Weekend A La Carte (January 26)

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There are a couple of classics in today’s list of Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: What Are People Saying About Christian Blogging?)

Hearing His Voice: A Short Film

Please watch this short film. It will bless you.

Brothers, We Are Not Talking Heads

Pastors need to read this one...

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This week the blog has been sponsored by Ligonier and Reformation Trust

How did we get the five points of Calvinism? In his soon-to-be-released book, Saving the Reformation, W. Robert Godfrey takes us back four hundred years to the Synod of Dort, which countered five theological errors with...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 19:00

What Are People Saying About Christian Blogging?

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been putting out the call for new bloggers to get started and for given-up bloggers to give it a new try (as in here and here). I’ve been calling for bloggers who have turned all their attention to writing for ministry blogs to also consider writing for...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:55

A La Carte (January 25)

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Today’s Kindle deals include an excellent one from Alexander Strauch, a fascinating look at Christopher Hitchens, and more.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Protestant Look at Catholic Rome)

Bright, Dark Lights

I hope more and more people come to the conclusion that Hollywood is rotten to the core...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 18:51

A Protestant Look at Catholic Rome (Video)

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It should be no great surprise that Rome is the most Catholic city in the world. (It is, after all, Roman Catholicism.) But that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots of history here that’s of particular interest to Protestants. In this video I take a Protestant look at Catholic Rome.

This...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 18:47

A La Carte (January 24)

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There are a small number of Kindle deals to consider today, though overall it’s been a slow week so far.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Don’t Sing for Fun)

The #10YearChallenge: The Unseen, Inner-Self Version

If I had written about the 10YearChallenge, I think it would have come...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 19:09

We Don’t Sing for Fun

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One of the trends that has swept our society through the past decades is the “funification” of pretty much everything. We have been told and become convinced that everything ought to be fun. I can’t think of a better example than in schools where the rote memorization that was...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 19:05

A La Carte (January 23)

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There are a few minor Kindle deals today. We’ll hope for better things tomorrow. Meanwhile, you may want to check out this week’s deals from Westminster Books.

(Yesterday on the blog: How Can I Leave My Church Well?)

Let’s Make Wisdom Great Again

“Fake news. Social...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 19:14

How Can I Leave My Church Well? (Video)

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This is a question that I get from time to time (in different variations): “I have come to differ theologically with my church in some significant ways, so should I leave, and if so, how?” This was asked at an Ask Me Anything event in the Philippines, and here’s my stab at an...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 19:06

A La Carte (January 22)

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I’ve got two reminders for you today. The first is that my blog is regularly translated into Spanish. The second is that much of it is recorded in a daily podcast format.

(Yesterday on the blog: Fascinating Facts about Aimee Semple McPherson)

Joining a Mob

Here’s World magazine...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 19:10

Fascinating Facts about Aimee Semple McPherson

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History is packed full of fascinating figures. Some of these are men and women who were raised to lay claim to great positions—Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II. Some of these are men and women who come from nowhere and nothing but still rose to great prominence. Among...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:59

A La Carte (January 21)

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There are several Kindle deals from Crossway that merit your consideration today. Also, the whole Word Biblical Commentary series has been heavily discounted.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Pastoral Prayer about Joy)

Be Patient with Your Slow Spiritual Growth

Being patient is not the same as...

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Saturday, 19 January 2019 19:30

A Pastoral Prayer about Joy

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Every now and again I like to share an example of a pastoral prayer from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this because there are few examples of pastoral prayers online and I thought these may serve to inspire themes, passages, or ideas as other pastors and elders prepare to lead their churches in...

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Friday, 18 January 2019 20:13

Weekend A La Carte (January 19)

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I have returned home from the G3 Conference a little bit early so I can get my son back to Boyce College for his second term. It was wonderful to meet so many of you there!

Westminster Books has discounted the excellent God’s Word for You series of devotionals. They are a great way to enhance...

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