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, 23 August 2018 20:36

A La Carte (August 24)

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There is a handful of Kindle deals to consider today. Still waiting for Crossway to get back into the game!

(Yesterday on the blog: Reaching People with the Gospel)

Share Ministry, Even If It’s No Big Deal, Because It Actually Is

“Here’s a quick story from church life that...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:08

Reaching People with the Gospel

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On my recent trip to Scotland I participated in an Ask Me Anything event at a local bookstore, and was asked two related questions: What is the best way to reach people with the Gospel in the modern world, and what is your preferred method of evangelism?  Here are my answers to those questions....

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:07

A La Carte (August 23)

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There is just one new Kindle deal today. But if you buy it, send in your receipt and you’ll receive the audiobook for free.

Westminster Books has some back-to-school deals (for whether you’re going back to grade school or back to seminary or anywhere in between).

Practicing the Power

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:06

Maybe We Need Less Math and More History

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There are entire academic disciplines that exist in a kind of self-perpetuating circle. Professors teach students so those students can become professors and, in turn, teach more students. Such disciplines serve no practical purpose and have no reason to exist beyond academia. Like mathematics, for...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:38

A La Carte (August 22)

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There are quite a lot of Kindle deals to sort through today, though the majority are on books that go on sale routinely.

(Yesterday on the blog: How Do You Know if Your Church is Healthy?)

She Never Came Home: When Forgiveness Seems Impossible

Terry Stauffer writes about the terrible...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 16:35

How Do You Know if Your Church is Healthy?

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There are healthy churches and unhealthy churches (so, so many unhealthy churches). How would you know the difference? I was asked that question recently and this is my attempt at an answer.

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Today I want to talk about the health of a local church. Are there ways we can know that a church...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 16:31

A La Carte (August 21)

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There are a few new Kindle deals for you to look at if that’s of interest.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Best Day You’ve Ever Had)

Should Christians Boycott Abusive Companies?

Here’s a short answer to a good question. “I discovered that [airlines in a particular part of...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 02:01

Consider and Imitate

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This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers.

Don Taylor changed my life.

Don was my Sunday school teacher in my earliest years. Every year I graduated to the next class, and so did he. I’m not sure that he was pleased to be stuck with me again, but he made the best of it. I knew two...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 17:03

The Best Day You’ve Ever Had

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There are so many pleasures we experience as we live out our lives in this world. We have the pleasures that come with knowing and being known, the pleasures that come with beholding beauty, the pleasures that come with taste and touch and hearing. This world offers a cornucopia of pleasures to...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 16:59

A La Carte (August 20)

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I’m not quite yet back from vacation, but close enough that we are back to our normal schedule at the blog. It has been a good time in Europe, but I’m ready to get back to normal life again!

I have once again updated the Kindle deals page where you’ll find quite a few...

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I continue to receive letters from readers. Here is a small collection of them commenting on my articles or videos on living worthy of the gospel, on warnings from the earliest Christians, and on Joel Osteen’s sermon that changed Oprah’s life.  I hope you enjoy them!

Letters on ...

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Friday, 17 August 2018 16:00

Weekend A La Carte (August 18)

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As you know, I am on vacation this week and am posting only A La Carte articles. Regular articles and videos will resume on Monday.

Doctrine Is Inevitable

“Many of the writers and spokespeople who talked about prioritizing relationships over doctrine have actually become quite adamant about...

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by the Reformation Worship Conference, who also sponsored the blog this week.

They are giving away five free registrations to the Ninth Annual Reformation Worship Conference, Powder Springs, Georgia, Oct. 18-21. Each free registration recipient will...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:00

A La Carte (August 17)

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Logos users will want to make a habit of visiting their deals page where you’ll often find some pretty good discounts. Then, of course, they also offer some free and nearly-free books every month.

God’s Strong Safety Net

It is so good to be in Christ! “A true believer’s...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 17:00

A La Carte (August 16)

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Looking for books deals? Make Westminster Books’ regular eNews updates page a regular visit as they often highlight great deals.

What I’ve Learned About Leviticus After Studying it for Over a Decade

What a great series from 9Marks. “Every day, I found myself focused on thinking...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:00

A La Carte (August 15)

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This is a reminder that I’m on vacation this week, which means I’m posting only A La Carte articles. Enjoy today’s links!

The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

“Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 16:00

A La Carte (August 14)

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If all goes well, I should be somewhere between Germany and France right around the time this post goes live. I’ll be starting my EPIC: Switzerland journey in Southern France, then driving to Geneva tomorrow. I’m excited to get it all underway!

What Can We Learn from the Jordan Peterson...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 02:01

Why worship any way other than as God desires?

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This week the blog is sponsored by the Reformation Worship Conference, Oct. 18-20, 2018.

If God has an opinion on any subject, wouldn’t his children wish to ask what that is? And is there any reason to exclude worship from the range of his opinions? There is a yearly gathering that discusses...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:09

A La Carte (August 13)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of titles you will probably want to take a look at.

(Yesterday on the blog: An Update, a Journey, and a Vacation)

How (What) to Pray for Your Grandchildren

Just a few years ago I remember praying that my husband and I would be grandparents one day....

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 21:21

An Update, a Journey, and a Vacation

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I have just returned home from Louisville, Kentucky after dropping off my son for his freshman year at Boyce College. He is our eldest child, so the first to head to college. I’m sure someone tried to tell us just how hard it would be to drive away and leave him there, but wow, we still...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 20:46

Weekend A La Carte (August 11)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books old and new.

There are a few specials at Westminster Books that may be of some interest to you.

(Yesterday on the blog:  The Difference Between Lament and Grumbling)

(Some) Theology Matters

I sat there with tears in my eyes looking at the...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:36

The Difference Between Lament and Grumbling

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In the Bible we see both grumbing and lamenting. It seems that one is permitted by God and one is not. So what is the difference?

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Today I want to take on a question I got from somebody who’s watched some of these videos. Sent through a question I thought was quite interesting. It was...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:32

A La Carte (August 10)

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Yesterday my family made the long drive from Toronto to Louisville, and today we will get my son settled at Boyce College (which, of course, is at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). We dread saying goodbye to him, but couldn’t be happier for the opportunity he has here. Take good...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 20:04

Sex on the Silver Screen: Reader Follow-up

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I recently wrote another entry in my ongoing series Sex on the Silver Screen (this one titled A Scenario to Consider). I laid out a scenario, asked some questions, and invited readers to submit a Letter to the Editor as a means of fostering dialog about the topic. As promised, here...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 20:01

A La Carte (August 9)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just one single, solitary book.

(Yesterday on the blog: Twenty Years Ago Today)

“That’s Us Someday,” I Told Him.

I enjoyed this one. “Clear and sharp, a remembrance of once-upon-a-time played inside my mind. A day long ago I reached for...

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