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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Sunday, 08 April 2018 20:45

My Dear, Sweet Girl

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My dear, sweet girl,

I’m so thankful you’re thinking about sin. I’m so thankful you’re thinking about what it means to be a sinner, what it means to realize that so often you do the bad stuff you swore you wouldn’t do. And not only that, but so often you don’t do...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 19:48

A La Carte (April 9)

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Lots of people have asked if I’ll be at Together for the Gospel this week. Sadly, I will not. I’ve traveled so much this year for my EPIC project that I’ve had to cut out extra travel like conferences. It will be the first T4G I’ve missed!

Today’s Kindle deals include a...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 21:15

Sunday A La Carte (April 8)

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Once again, it was a good week in the blogosphere and I was able to bookmark an unusual number of articles. I thought I’d include some of them in a Sunday edition of A La Carte. I hope you enjoy it!

Be a Gospel Neighbor

This is a good reminder: “Being a good neighbor is a crucial...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 20:43

Weekend A La Carte (April 7)

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Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not much. All good things must come to an end and we had a pretty amazing week.

Westminster Books has lots of good stuff on sale this weekend.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why Medical Missions Is So Effective)

How To Control Your Calendar

Here are some helpful...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Crossway)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away a brand new Bible that I think will be of a lot of interest to you:The ESV Archaeology Study Bible.There will be five winners this week and each will receive a copy of the...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 20:45

Why Medical Missions Is So Effective

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Charles Woodrow is a doctor and missionary who has spent decades serving in Nampula, Mozambique. In a recent report he told of the value of medical missions and I asked his permission to share it with you. I hope you’ll be encouraged as you read it. You can learn more about Charles and his...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 19:56

A La Carte (April 6)

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Today’s Kindle deals include another heap of great books. This has been the best week in a long, long time!

Crossway has just released the ESV Archaeological Study Bible. It looks like a substantial and helpful resource.

(Yesterday on the blog: Are Sports and Hobbies a Waste of Time? )

Preac...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 20:30

Are Sports and Hobbies a Waste of Time?

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 We live in a privileged age in which we can indulge, and in fact are expected to indulge, in all kinds of sports and hobbies. However, many of these pursuits may seem like they do not honor God. Christians often question the validity of how they spend the hours they are not working or...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 19:53

A La Carte (April 5)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some really solid theological resources (like all five volumes of Reformed Dogmatics by Geerhardus Vos).

(Yesterday on the blog: How To Grow in Self-Confidence)

New: ESV Scripture Journals

You may be interested in these new ESV Scripture Journals, which...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 20:45

How To Grow in Self-Confidence

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I am not, by nature, a person who has a lot of self-confidence. Quite the opposite, really. I care far too much about what other people think about me and concern myself far too much with looking good in their eyes. I can torment myself with shame and regret for little foibles and miscues,...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 19:45

A La Carte (April 4)

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Today’s Kindle deals include lots of good stuff! There is a massive list of good material on sale (and much more to come).

Logos has a list of current deals for those who are interested in expanding their library a little.

(Yesterday on the blog: Beating Facebook’s Algorithm and...

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By now we have all read lots of articles and opinion pieces on Facebook, or at least seen lots of scary headlines. We are slowly and collectively awakening to the power Facebook has over us, which is to say, the power we have given it. We have given Facebook power one click, one tap, and one like...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 19:57

A La Carte (April 3)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty significant list of books. If you were to buy and read only these, you’d be well on your way to understanding sound doctrine.

(Yesterday on the blog: Is There Anything Wrong with Sports and Hobbies?)

God is not Concerned with Our Efficiency

We...

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This sponsored post is adapted from theESV Archaeology Study Bible—which was created by a team of field-trained archaeologists and features 2,000+ study notes, 400+ full-color photographs, 200+ maps and diagrams, 15 articles, 4 timelines, and more.

Archaeology Gives Context

Biblical...

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As a Christian, how should you think well about sports and hobbies? Can Christians watch sports or enjoy hobbies? Should they? Those are the questions behind this brief Q&A.

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Do you have any hobbies or sports?

I’m not into sports so much. I like watching sports occasionally, but...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 20:21

A La Carte (April 2)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some great books by David Wells. It’s a good time to get introduced to his work…

This month’s free book from Christian Audio is Reset by David Murray. There are some other solid titles discounted beneath it as well as tons by R.C. Sproul.

(Yesterda...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 21:01

How We Worshipped (One Sunday in March)

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Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our services at Grace Fellowship Church. I hope that by doing this others will follow suit! I love to learn how other churches worship and often find myself both challenged and encouraged as I see how other congregations worship God in their...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 20:57

Weekend A La Carte (March 31)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a whole lot of C.S. Lewis discounted for today only. You’ll also find the Osborne New Testament Commentaries series marked down.

Be sure to check out this deal from Westminster Books on what looks like a neat new title: God’s Timeline. There are lots of...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 22:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Crossway)

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

They are giving away a brand new book that I think will be of a lot of interest to you: The Gospel According to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament by John MacArthur....

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:30

A La Carte (March 30)

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It’s Good Friday today, which is a holiday here in Canada. That means I’ll be on light blogging today, posting just A La Carte and Free Stuff Fridays. I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend!

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books–one meant for women and two meant for a...

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Welcome to another edition of Three-Minute Thursdays. Every year I get literally hundreds of books in the mail. That’s one of the perks of being a book reviewer. From time to time I take the big stack, I turn it into a little stack, so I can tell you about some of the new and notable books...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:26

A La Carte (March 29)

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Today’s Kindle deals include couple of good books including one by John MacArthur.

(Yesterday on the blog: God, Don’t Take the Bible From Us!)

Two Lessons from Two Radically Different Funerals

Jordan Standridge writes, “Funerals are a gift from God. I know that sounds crazy, but...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:53

God, Don’t Take the Bible From Us!

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They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, that you can’t appreciate what you have until it’s taken away. Isn’t this why we sometimes imagine ourselves without the people we love? As we imagine their absence we grow in our affection. Perhaps we...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:58

A La Carte (March 28)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some stuff you’ll probably want to check out if you’re an avid collector or are just building a library.

(Yesterday on the blog: Message To My Older Self)

The Blessing of a Good Example

David Qaoud writes, “‘You are a hardcore student of...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 20:46

Message To My Older Self

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If I could roll back time a little, what would my older self say to my younger self? That’s the premise of this short video. I also try to predict what I’ll want to say a few years hence…

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What was one thing when you were younger that you thought was going to be really...

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