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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Monday, 21 August 2017 06:36

Is Racism a Social Issue or a Gospel Issue?

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Following the horrendous events that recently unfolded in Charlottesville, Christians around the nation are divided about how we should respond. Some argue that the issue of racism is merely a “social issue” and that the mission of the church is to preach on “gospel issues”...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 18:00

I Don’t Love to Pray, But I Want To

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In 1845 preacher William Walford introduced to the world a new hymn. In the second stanza, he wrote,

“Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer! The joys I feel, the bliss I share, of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires for thy return! With such I hasten to the place where...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 18:00

5 Things You Should Know About Your Pastor

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Sometimes I’m baffled at how quickly Americans trust a pastor who they don’t know with care over their souls. When we consider a job opportunity or are looking for a school for our children, usually we spend a little bit of time getting to know the company or school before jumping right...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:00

How to Think About Hell

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Hell is definitely not my favorite doctrine. Even though I intellectually understand hell, even though I recognize the need for a God who stands for justice, defends the oppressed, and conquers evil, I don’t always emotionally like it. I write this not to glory in hell, but to inform my...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 02:51

7 Ways You Can Join the Fight Against Racism

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On July 6, 2016, Colleen Mitchell wrote a telling blog post, “10 Reasons I Don’t Want to Be Your White Ally.” Her words came a day after the death of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by a white officer of the Baton Rouge Police Department. Mitchell admits meeting the news...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:00

Kids Say the Darndest Things (Theology Edition)

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I have three children, ages 5, 3, and 9 months. I’m amazed by some of the questions about God that I get from the older two, and in all honesty, sometimes I’m left speechless! Here’s a sampling of some of their more memorable theological questions along with a brief answer for...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 18:00

5 Tips for Reading the Book of Revelation

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The book of Revelation is a tough book to read. It is full of strange and often scary imagery, confusing numbers, time references, and much more. However, with just a few tips for understanding certain confusing elements, the book opens up as an important and helpful book for Christians.

1. The book...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:00

What You Need to Know About God’s Plan for Your Life

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The great architect Daniel Burnham is reported to have said, “Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” These words are hardly surprising coming from a man famous for being one of the first to develop skyscrapers. He is right. A large, ambitious plan can...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:00

16 Ways to Find a Wife According to the Bible

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As a pastor, over the years I had my fair share of people approach me to find out if we were a “courtship” church or a “dating” church. The people invariably would tell me that their approach was “the biblical way.”

I eventually become leery of such claims given...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 18:00

This Is How Jesus Makes Disciples

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We don’t go to Starbucks to be made into followers of Jesus. We go to Starbucks (or a hipster coffee shop) to buy a cup of coffee. We can’t buy accessories for the Christian life at the mall. We can’t figure out how to improve our lives at Home Depot.

The church is the only place...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 05:16

Get “Why I Am a Christian” by John Stott for FREE Today

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Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us. —John Stott

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John Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” You can get John Stott’s Why I Am a...

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Christians tend to fall into two variations of the same error. Some confuse the work of God for human action or cultural achievements, or they pit God’s saving work against all human action or virtue. As odd sounding as it is, God’s work in Christ is undermined by both approaches making...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 18:00

Christians Should Never Compromise Just to Coexist

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Have you seen the bumper sticker that uses symbols of different world religions (as well as secular symbols) to spell out the word COEXIST? The idea behind the slogan is that everyone of all religions (and those of no religion) should get along. Christians, of course, should agree to this…in...

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Biblical history has been in the news. From the genetic code of the Canaanites to ancient scrolls of the Hebrew Bible, everyone seems to be offering an evaluation of the Bible’s accuracy.

The recent discovery of Lebanese genes descending from ancient Canaanites made headlines, as reporters...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 18:00

Can You Be Good Without God?

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When I was in college I used to enjoy talking with and debating the members of the Freethought Club on campus. The Freedom from Religion Foundation defines a freethinker as “a person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 18:00

Is It Right for Christians to Recite Creeds?

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Is it right to recite Christian creeds? Some Christians think it isn’t. Some will say that they have only one creed and that is the Bible. Others will say, “I have no creed but Christ.” (Ironically this statement is a creed in and of itself). The fact is, Christians have been...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:00

Saint Augustine on Prayer

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Anicia Faltonia Proba (died AD 432) was a Christian Roman noblewoman. She had the distinction of knowing both St. Augustine, who was the greatest theologian of the first millennium of Christian history, as well as John Chrysostom, who was its greatest preacher. We have two letters of Augustine to...

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This year on October 31st, 2017 the entire Protestant world will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In honor of this monumental historical event and to help people understand what the Reformation is all about, we’ve compiled a short reading list that will make you love...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:00

6 Misconceptions About the New Testament

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1. The Gospels give contradictory accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Ask any detective or journalist and they will tell you that eyewitness accounts of the same event are never exactly alike. We have an overwhelming amount of redundancy between the four Gospels, more overlap...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:00

Scandal and Shame in the Church

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Skandalon is a word dear to the first-semester Greek student it literally means ‘stumbling block.’ To English speakers, scandal connotes a lewd CNN headline or a story from the next church over. Scandal is engrossing and lets us shake our heads in superior disgust. We...

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In the Bible we never read any verse where Jesus says the words, “I am God.”

However, this does not mean that Jesus never claimed to be God. If he never claimed to be God, then his public enemies would have never crucified him for blasphemy. What is “blasphemy”? It’s...

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Many relationships today—with God and each other—are more like a fast-food experience than a real holiday feast. In a culture of fast-food, it is difficult for us to understand how important feasting was and is for most of the world. The deep human connections found in feasting and...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 18:00

The Reformation Was Not a Revolution

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As the movement’s name suggests, the Reformation was not a revolution; no attempt was made to start from scratch, with simple negations of medieval teaching. Differences were due chiefly to the implications drawn from other key tenets.

At the head of these evangelical tenets was the belief...

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The book of Revelation is generally considered one of the most difficult books to understand, not without good reason. It’s complex imagery and visions can be very difficult to understand and interpret. There is far too much detail to explain in one article so here I will only point out one...

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