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, 23 April 2017 18:51

Don’t Waste Your Summer

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May has almost arrived! That means summer is right around the corner. In a few weeks school will dismiss and the craziness of summer will be upon us. There will be weekend getaways, family vacations, sports tournaments, summer camps, and plenty of afternoons at the pool.

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Mark Dever is the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. He’s widely known as an author and conference speaker who “specializes” in ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church). His best known book is Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. Two of Dever’s nine marks...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:07

Wednesday Wisdom (4-19-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for April 19, 2017:

Have you ever been to a boring church service? I bet you have, I know I have, and so has Dan Darling. In this short article, Darling explains the importance of boring church services, why you should go to more of them, and why you should keep dragging your kids...

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I hope you went to church on Easter Sunday. I also hope you go to church the week after Easter. To be honest, I hope you go the week after that, too. Here are 7 reasons you should go to church the week after Easter, and the week after that:

  1. God hates empty religious routine. Malachi is the last...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:31

Friday Favorites: Philippians Commentaries

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At Immanuel we’ve been walking through the book of Philippians on Sunday morning. Each week I look to ten different commentaries for perspective. Now that I’m three-fourths of the way through this great letter (and three-fourths of the way through these ten commentaries), here are my...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 23:03

Wednesday Wisdom (4-12-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for April 12, 2017:

Are Christians required to “tithe?” Recently the Gospel Coalition posted two articles on this issue, one arguing “yes,” the other arguing “no.” Both are well written, and even though the authors give different answers, their...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 23:10

3 Ways to Prepare for Easter Sunday

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Easter Sunday is coming, and families all across the United States are busy making preparations. Many will purchase new church clothes, spend time with family, eat a big meal after church, take family pictures, and hunt Easter eggs. All of these activities require preparation. You’ve got...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 23:42

Friday Favorites: The Biggest Story

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Kevin DeYoung is best known for helpful books like Crazy BusyJust Do SomethingThe Hole in Our HolinessTaking God at His Wordand What Does the Bible Really Say about HomosexualityEach of these books is biblical, practical, and concise.

The Biggest Story:...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 22:57

Wednesday Wisdom (4-5-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for April 5, 2017:

Did you know you are a theologian? You are. In this article from The Gospel Coalition, Brandon Smith explains why you can’t escape theology, and why theology matters more than you might think.

Brandon Smith, “Theology Is for the Humble”

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I’ve heard dozens of pastors repeat the same words … “People are the best and worst part of ministry.” When I hear those words, I sympathize and cringe at the same time. I sympathize because I think I know where these pastors are coming from. I cringe because I think the...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:03

Friday Favorites: Visual Theology

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Visual Theology is unique among the theology books on my shelf. To be sure, Challies is not an innovative theologian. His doctrine is old-school in the best way. The uniqueness of Visual Theology is found in the combination of solid doctrine and eye-catching info-graphics. Challies and Byers...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 23:28

Wednesday Wisdom (3-29-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 29, 2017:

In a recent blog post Thom Rainer issued an urgent call to churches. His message? “Change or die.” Of course, not all churches need to hear all 9 calls for change. However, I think most churches need to hear at least one.

Thom Rainer,...

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“Testimony” is Christian cliche for the story of how you met Jesus. Whether you realize it or not, if you’ve met Jesus, you have a testimony.

Throughout my life I’ve heard people say, “Anyone can share their testimony! It’s easy!”

I agree that every...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:18

Friday Favorites: Respectable Sins

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In Respectable Sins the late Jerry Bridges attempts to confront the sins we often tolerate and sometimes fail to see at all. Bridges is writing to Christians and explains his aim in the preface of the book:

“The motivation for this book stems from a growing conviction that those of us...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:10

Wednesday Wisdom (3-22-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 22, 2017:

Today I’m sharing an article and a collection of maps put out by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The topic is apostasy and blasphemy laws in various countries around the world, and the numbers may surprise you. I like...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 08:39

7 Thoughts about Disney’s LeFou

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I have three girls, and my three girls own dozens of Disney movies. We were super excited about the live action release of Beauty and the Beast, but we haven’t gone to the theater yet. We may end up going, or we may stay home this time. Honestly, I haven’t decided.

I’m not...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:14

Friday Favorites: The Mortification of Sin

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In college my pastor taught a Sunday night Bible study on the topic of sanctification. A large part of that class was devoted to the specific issue of putting sin to death. In the course of our study, my pastor recommended The Mortification of Sin by John Owen, a Puritan. God used the study...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:34

Wednesday Wisdom (3-15-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 15, 2017:

Mark Coppenger is a former seminary president, church planter, philosopher, ethicist, professor, and all around interesting guy. The following link takes you to Mark’s archived page on the Southern Seminary website. Towards the top of the page there is a...

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image “Calm down, The Shack is just fiction!”

If you used this line in defense of The Shack (book or movie), I’d love to get your thoughts on Paul Young’s latest book. The book is titled Lies We Believe about God, and for the record it’s non-fiction. This recently released...

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All Bible commentaries are not created equal, especially when they are being used in preparation for teaching and preaching. Some are so technical and detailed the reader leaves without an understanding of the big picture. Others are so pastoral and simplistic the reader leaves without grasping the...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 22:08

Wednesday Wisdom (3-8-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 8, 2017:

Is it harder to be a faithful church member these days? Chuck Lawless thinks so, and in a recent blog post he offers these 7 reasons why it is harder to be a faithful church member today.

Chuck Lawless, 7 Reasons It’s Harder to Be a Faithful Church...

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“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:11

Friday Favorites: Manual of Theology

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Historically, Baptists are not known as great theologians. We have many great preachers and many heroic missionaries, but few thinkers who have produced great works of systematic theology. One notable exception is John Dagg. His magnum opus, Manual of Theology, was written in 1857. It was the...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 22:18

Wednesday Wisdom (3-1-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 1, 2017:

Jason Wright is a former pastor and a current missionary. This article contains biblical and practical advice for mobilizing your church to be involved in global missions. Jason’s experience allows him to write from both sides of this equation, the pastoral...

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imageEverything I’m about to say is said from the sidelines. Millions read The Shack. I was not one of them. Millions will watch The Shack on the big screen. I will not be one of them.

I actually have a copy of The Shack in my office. It was a gift, but “Christian”...

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