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, 28 September 2017 20:30

What’s the Purpose of … the Church?

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Whatever else we may know about Christians, we know this: Christians are supposed to go to church. Every Sunday, Christians gather together to worship God and spend time in fellowship. But do we actually know why we do this? Do we pause to consider the purpose of the local church? In this series of...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:32

A La Carte (September 29)

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I’ve returned safely from Switzerland, having combed its museums and cathedrals looking for objects related to church history. And I found some incredible ones! But I will have more to say on that soon. For now, here are some articles to read:

Matt Chandler’s Village Church Ends...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:57

Death to the One-Year Rule!

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There is no sin that cannot be overcome, no transgression that cannot be put to death, no consequence so grave it cannot be undone in 365 days. At least, that’s what you might think as you read about pastors and other Christian leaders who rise, fall, and rise again. It’s the unwritten...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:56

A La Carte (September 28)

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Today’s Kindle deals, like most days, include a bit of a hodgepodge of books. But there are some good ones there…

If you’ve been considering Logos Bible Software, you may like to know that their Starter package has been reduced to less than $200 for the first time. That’s a...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 05:24

A Day in the Mountains of Switzerland

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Because the weather on Tuesday was wet and gross, we spent most of it combing through museums in Basel and Zurich. We ended up visiting two day’s worth of museums in one, which left today wide open. We decided to make the most of it by heading for the mountains. We left our Airbnb outside...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:00

The Art of Godliness, Episode 3: Family Devotions

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Today I bring you episode 3 of The Art of Godliness, the new podcast hosted by myself and my good friend Paul Martin. The purpose of the podcast is to think out loud and in public about how to live a quiet and peaceful life, godly and dignified in every way. In episode 1 we discussed conflict...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:09

A La Carte (September 27)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of interesting titles.

Westminster Books has some new deals that are worth a peek.

The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion

Al Mohler tells the real story.

Jan Hus: Martyred Reformer

I plan to visit the Hus Museum in Germany tomorrow, so appreciated this...

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Where yesterday was spent driving through the Swiss countryside and mountain ranges, today was spent in castles, museums, and churches. We were looking for objects related to Anabaptists, Desiderius Erasmus and Ulrich Zwingli. The locations delivered! Here’s how the day went…

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Monday, 25 September 2017 20:30

Learning to Be Rich

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There is no individual and no group the Bible does not address. Through its pages God speaks to husbands and wives, children and adults, masters and slaves, Jews and Gentiles. As we read the Bible we often find ourselves wondering if and how a particular instruction applies to us. How do I, as a...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 17:50

A La Carte (September 26)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a neat variety of books that might interest you.

Fathers, Avoid Exasperating Your Children

This is a topic I’ve thought about and written about, but one I’m glad to consider even more.

Is Belief in the Bible Circular Reasoning

“The Bible is true! Why...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 03:45

Some Views from Switzerland

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As you know, I’ve been traveling through Switzerland for my EPIC church history project. Today we had no museums to visit (since they are all closed on Mondays). Instead we drove from Geneva to Bern, and followed a circuitous but scenic route. Here are a few shots I took along the way. I am...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 02:01

What Is Doctrine and Why Is It Important?

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This sponsored post is adapted from the all-newESV Systematic Theology Study Bible, which features 400+ doctrinal summaries explaining core doctrines of the Christian faith and connecting them to specific Scripture passages—all designed to help you see how sound theology arises from the...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:00

The Duty of Moderation

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This is an age of consumption, an age of abundance, an age of excess. At least for those of us in the developed world, it is a time of all-you-can-eat buffets, of room-sized walk-in closets, of unlimited bandwidth and endless binge-watching. Our homes are so loaded with stuff that we’ve made...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 17:59

A La Carte (September 25)

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I post this from Switzerland where I’m conducting some research related to my church history project. Yesterday we toured Geneva; today we drive toward Basel (making a few stops along the way).

Today’s Kindle deals include a few selections from Crossway.

Living With Financial Integrity

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 03:58

EPIC: Switzerland (Day 1)

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My EPIC trip to Switzerland continued today. I suppose it actually began today, since it was only this morning that our plane touched down. Here are my journal entries from the day that was.

Authors: Tim Challies...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 21:00

The End of the World As We Know It: An Infographic

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Of all the many requests we’ve had for infographics, none has been as consistent as the request for a visual presentation of the different views of the end times. And for good reason–it is a complicated and much-debated subject. Eager to please, we got to work on a graphic we’ve...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 07:03

EPIC: Switzerland (Day 0)

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A little while ago I announced a new project I’ve titled EPIC. In a series of journeys unfolding over the next 12 or 18 months, I’ll be traveling all over the globe searching for church history. I’ll be looking especially for key historical objects through which I’ll be able...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 20:53

Weekend A La Carte (September 23)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles you will want to check out.

For some reason there has been a surge of interest in my book Do More Better. Here are some recent links: the Waiting Tables podcast, aimed at ministry leaders, interviewed me; so did indoubt which targets students. Dan had...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 02:45

Free Stuff Fridays

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Zondervan Academic, and they’re giving away 5 copies of A Theology of Biblical Counseling Video Lectures. There will be 5 winners this week and each will receive the lecture series.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:00

What’s the Purpose of … Children?

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It used to be so straightforward. We got married, then we had children. It’s just what we did. But then something changed, so that today both marriage and having children have become optional, matters of preference. Countless millions are choosing to delay marriage or take a pass on it...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 19:58

A La Carte (September 22)

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Readers may want to check out deals from Westminster Books on Our Secular Age from The Gospel Coalition or the ESV Thinline Bible from Crossway.

If you’ve never tried Logos before, the barrier to entry is lower than ever: They now have a free, browser-based version anyone can try.

Efficient or...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:00

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids

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A key component of every parent’s task is helping our children form good habits. A key component of every Christian parent’s task is helping our children form the good habit of personal devotions. We are convinced that our children are sinners in need of God’s saving grace, we are...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:49

A La Carte (September 21)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a quirky collection of this and that.

Nabeel Qureshi’s Memorial Service

A celebration of Nabeel Qureshi’s life and ministry will take place this Thursday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at The Loop Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church (7401...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

The Art of Godliness, Episode 2: Honoring Parents

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Today I bring you episode 2 of The Art of Godliness, the new podcast hosted by myself and my good friend Paul Martin. The purpose of the podcast is to think out loud and in public about how to live a quiet and peaceful life, godly and dignified in every way. After discussing conflict resolution in e...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:01

A La Carte (September 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few minor deals that may be worth a quick peek.

Westminster Books has a selection of Reformation-related titles on sale. You should probably read at least one book on the Reformation before October 31!

Speaking of which, you can get a copy of the classic biography...

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