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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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:21

The Second Commandment (Fall 2017 Chapel Series)

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Dr. Carlton Wynne continues our faculty chapel series through the Ten Commandments, highlighting how the second commandment relates to our worship in the present age.

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What do we mean when we talk about the aseity of God? Watch Dr. Edgar’s answer in this interview with Third Millennium Ministries.

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:31

Decay Reversed by Resurrection

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If our bodies decay after we die, how can they be raised again at the Resurrection? Listen to Dr. Vern Poythress answer in this interview with Third Millenium Ministries.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 07:47

Predigested Obsolescence

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In 1960, John Steinbeck drove across America in a pickup truck, accompanied by his dog, Charley. The book that resulted, Travels with Charley in Search of America, is a touching and melancholy reflection on the state of the nation.

One of the most memorable passages—at least for this...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 03:41

What Makes Pastoral Ministry Enjoyable?

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When considering what makes pastoral ministry enjoyable, I have to choose from among several things. I loved preaching every week. I preached lectio continua: one sermon after another out of a book of the Bible. So, it was always an adventure for me; it was always exciting to do that. I also loved...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 03:26

A Love Song for the King

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Dr. Jonathan Gibson offers a message on Psalm 45 for the spring 2017 convocation.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:49

Sons in the Son of God

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Familiarity. Preachers and psychologists warn us about it, spouses fall prey to its tantalizing trap, and children get blindly sucked into its vortex of ingratitude. So sweet and so welcome, familiarity easily plummets into presumption. Aesop put it this way, “Familiarity breeds...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:20

God Is Infinite

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How would you respond if someone asked you, “What does it mean that God is infinite?” Watch Dr. Trueman answer in this interview with Third Millenium Ministries.

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Monday, 18 September 2017 08:13

The First Commandment (Fall Convocation 2017

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Watch our newly appointed Old Testament Assistant Professor, Dr. Stephen Coleman, deliver the Fall Convocation message on the first of the Ten Commandments.

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Monday, 18 September 2017 03:07

Does the Bible Teach Definite Atonement?

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“To support the doctrine of definite atonement, I don’t think it’s as simple as providing a set of biblical texts. For example, as someone who believes in definite atonement, I could bring all the particularistic texts to the table and speak about Christ’s death for me, for...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:00

Lord and Servant of All

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Luther makes a provocative statement at the start of The Freedom of the Christian Man, which would appear at first glance incomprehensible:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.

In many ways this is vintage...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 06:17

10 Theological Tenets for Covenantal Apologetics

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The prospect of commending the Christian faith is sometimes daunting for seasoned saints and new converts alike. Often what makes believers so nervous is their perceived lack of understanding. While we want to strive well to understand who our great God is and what he has revealed to us, a PhD in...

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All Christians acknowledge that the Gospels are vital for discipleship today. But interpreting and applying the Gospels can be difficult since they’re about things that happened a long time ago—“back then.” What difference do these ancient events make for our...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:31

The Everyday Reformation

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Everybody is talking about the Reformation in this 500th anniversary year—talking about its key personalities (like Luther and Calvin), the extraordinary twists and turns of its history, the political and religious revolution it unleashed, and the way in which its doctrines continue to be...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 09:20

Situating the Beautiful

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What is aesthetics? Merriam-Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary offers three meanings for the word aesthetic(s); the first offered is “a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty.” But what is...

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In this episode of Vos Group, Dr. Tipton continues through Vos’s Biblical Theology, looking at the nature of atonement in light of the sacrifices in the Mosaic economy. This discussion covers pages 159–161.

“Apart from a substitutionary sacrifice, a vicarious sacrifice, a...

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As he continues to reflect on definite atonement, Dr. Gibson suggests four common objections believers might have to this precious doctrine.

1. It is defined incorrectly.

J.C. Ryle said that the absence of accurate definitions is the very life of religious controversy. Often people reject...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 13:33

The Foolishness of Favoritism

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James has much to say about the problem of showing favoritism (or worldliness) in the church, particularly as it relates to one’s financial status. In 2:1, James states that we are to show no partiality to those who have great wealth and are more honorable in the eyes of the world. Indeed,...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:50

Sanctifying our Deepest Distress

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Should we feel sympathy for Jacob when he is tricked by Laban (Gen. 29)? Perhaps we should not feel too sorry for him. Even though from his perspective events turned out in a way that was unjust and unfair, this too was part of God’s good providence for him. This too is part of the...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:51

Interview with Carl Trueman on Reformational Theology

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In light of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Marvin Olasky interviewed Dr. Carl Trueman on themes of the Reformation and how they apply to our contemporary situation. A brief time of Q&A follows.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:35

Freedom From the Web of Pornography

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The best gifts become the most ugly in a fallen world. Worship becomes idolatry. Brotherly love becomes murder. Possessions turn to glittery excess. And sex becomes adultery. At the heart of marriage is covenant companionship (Prov. 2:17). Adultery not only breaks the faithfulness but the...

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Why do our liturgies look the way they do? What does the architecture of a church building communicate about the theology proclaimed there? Listen to Dr. Jonathan Gibson’s 2017 Thornwell Lecture Series talk on the reformation of worship.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:15

Offerings, Gifts, and Sacrifices (Vos Group #37)

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In this episode of Vos Group, Dr. Tipton reflects on Vos’s discussion of offerings, gifts, and sacrifices in the Mosaic economy in pages 157-159 of Biblical Theology.

Produced by Reformed Forum.

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 02:23

The Reformation and Cultural Engagement

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How can a monk from 500 years ago teach us how we should approach our current culture? Listen to Dr. William Edgar develop themes from Martin Luther’s contribution to the Reformation, and how these themes inform our own engagement with culture and vocation. This lecture was delivered at the 20...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 06:55

How Do I Prepare My Heart to Preach?

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How do I prepare my heart to preach every Sunday, even as I am preparing the text through the week?

This is an excellent question, because the answer has profound implications for the health of the preacher and for the power of the pulpit.

But before I address the question specifically as it...

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