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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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:15

Is It Time To Go Back to The Heart of Worship?

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I had been lost in a kind of daydream and snapped back to reality with the realization I had been singing “The Heart of Worship.” It surprised me to learn I know the song by memory, and since I was already well into it, I kept on going. You probably remember the chorus: “I’m...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:02

A La Carte (August 29)

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There are some great Kindle deals today that include Paul Washer’s trilogy on the gospel.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books for August)

Is Reading the Bible a Chore or a Delight?

“The Bible’s prime purpose is to bring glory to God. It does that by declaring his...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 20:00

New and Notable Books for August

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I get a lot (a lot!) of books in the mail. I don’t have time to review them all, but once in a while I like to let you know about some that may be of particular interest to you. Here they are.

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I get books. I get lots and lots of books. In fact, I get so many books that most of them...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 19:51

A La Carte (August 28)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good little collection of titles. We were overdue for a good day!

(Yesterday on the blog: What Does Prophecy Offer that Scripture Does Not?)

Free Bibliography: 101 Books on Biblical Theology (Sponsored Link)

Love Biblical Theology but don’t know...

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It is proving to be an interesting year when it comes to sorting out a possible confluence between Reformed theology and charismatic practice. Over the past few years, as more and more people have embraced the principles of Reformed theology, many have also accepted that the ongoing miraculous...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:39

A La Carte (August 27)

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Unfortunately I did not find much interesting by way of Kindle deals today. I’ll try again tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped (A Mid-Summer Hymn Sunday))

America Soured on My Multiracial Family

There are three fundamental, complicating truths about adoption....

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 20:30

How We Worshipped (A Mid-Summer Hymn Sunday)

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Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I hope that by doing this others will begin to share their services as well. I am eager to learn from other churches as they tell how they choose to worship the Lord.

This service’s cast of...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 20:56

Weekend A La Carte (August 25)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just one book, but it’s a good one, at least.

(Yesterday on the blog:  The Sexual Revolution Hits Another Speed Bump)

Death By Minutia

We continue to adapt (or not adapt) to this new world. “Postman warned that TV makes us empty-headed and passive....

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Friday, 24 August 2018 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

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

They are giving away 15 copies of Darryl Dash’s new book How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to All of Your Life to 15 winners! Here’s what they are saying about...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 20:42

The Sexual Revolution Hits Another Speed Bump

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Well, it looks like the sexual revolution has hit another speed bump. As it continues its long press toward completely redefining all we’ve ever believed about gender and sexuality, it has encountered a pretty significant issue. This issue appears to prove that many people are expressing...

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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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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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