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 September 2019 04:13

How to Find Help in Dark Times

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“Believe it or not, it was actually Genesis chapter one that brought me a lot of comfort. Particularly this verse…I had to go back to the very fundamentals of my faith and ask myself ‘Who is in control here?'”

Listen to Dr. Gibson explain how the first words of the Bible...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 01:22

Don’t Disconnect These 3 Vital Facets of Scripture

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Who God Is

Genesis 1–3 is an account of things that happened in time and space—so it’s a reality of what we might call nonfiction or historical. But it’s actual things, not made-up things, that God did that you could have seen if you were around. But, we weren’t around....

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 01:42

What is Science?

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The discussion of the relationship between science and faith rests, among other things, on proper definitions of “science” and “faith”. Is “science” simply a term that explains what scientists actually do (descriptive)? Or is the definition of science a statement...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 01:28

Could Jesus Have Sinned?

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How one answers the question of whether Christ could have sinned does not determine one’s salvation, but the theological realities that inform our answer — Christ’s divine personhood and genuine humanity — are critical to the gospel. And together, they help us to see how...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 06:28

Gospel Boots

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In our culture, shoes are a fashion statement. People enjoy them as a way to express their individuality, not merely to cover their feet. It wasn’t that way in ancient times. Most didn’t have any shoes; they went barefoot. As a result, travel was slow and difficult, especially if the...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 03:51

Ministry Style Matters

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Ministry style matters. First Corinthians 2:4 tells us that Paul decided on a manner for his entire ministry that was harmonious with his message. Paul’s message was Christ, in His cross and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1–4), so his manner likewise had to be cross-shaped, rather than...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:11

Machen and Scholarship

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Machen’s life was remarkably busy. Along with his regular labors at Westminster Theological Seminary and in the church, he accepted many invitations to speak and teach. One such invitation came to him from the Bible League of Great Britain, where he spoke on multiple occasions. First, in...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:25

One Day Your War Will End

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Nearly all Christians are familiar with the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10–20. But fewer are aware that the armor Paul describes traces its roots back to the Old Testament. In fact, the armor given to the Christian for his fight against the forces of sin and darkness is quite literally...

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Humility Required

To the degree that sin remains within us, we all run to find in the Bible what we want it to say rather than what it actually does say. So, that creates a challenge to humble ourselves before God and to ask him to continue the work of the Holy Spirit in sanctifying us—not...

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Over recent years, there have been many television shows aimed at helping people get properly dressed. Sometimes the premise revolves around experts helping people to pick the right outfit for a wedding. At other times, someone with a woefully poor fashion sense receives a total makeover with the...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 23:57

Foreword to Christianity Liberalism

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A fitting way for Westminster Theological Seminary to celebrate our 90th anniversary is to hark back to the work that firmly placed our founder, and former Princeton Theological Seminary professor, J. Gresham Machen, on the turbulent path to becoming the leading biblically minded reformer of the...

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In his book Christianity and Liberalism, J. G. Machen repeatedly emphasizes that Christianity cannot float in a vague, ethereal sea of timeless principles. Rather, it is and must always be tethered to the historical events that founded it—namely, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

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“In the sphere of religion, in particular, the present time is a time of conflict; the great redemptive religion which has always been known as Christianity is battling against a totally diverse type of religious belief, which is only the more destructive of the Christian faith because it...

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On July 1, Dr. Todd M. Rester (PhD, Calvin Theological Seminary) will join the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary as associate professor of Church History. Dr. Rester has taught at Calvin Theological Seminary, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and Kuyper College. He has translated...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 01:39

Finding Your Identity

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“And I will Give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone” – Revelation 2:17

Finding your identity does not mean getting rid of all your ambitions. Nor does it mean becoming ‘spiritual’ in the wrong way, that is, to be ‘so heavenly minded as to be...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 04:28

The Master-Slave Relationship

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How does the above discussion of slaves and masters in my comments on Col. 3:22–4:1 bear upon the question of slavery in general and Paul’s own view of the institution of slavery? First, Paul has qualified the slave-master relationship by saying that both have a Lord in heaven who will...

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How can we faithfully read and understand Genesis 1–3? What are the implications related to divine authorship, historical background, genre and structure, and chronology?

Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Vern Poythress about his book, Interpreting Eden: A Guide to Faithfully Reading and...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 03:20

An Evening Prayer

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Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 00:03

Two Benefits of Justification

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The two aspects of Jesus’s unified obedience—the passive and active aspects—are both necessary for justification. This logical distinction speaks to two benefits of justification as historically understood, namely, the forgiveness of sins and the right to eternal life. On the one...

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STRATEGY FLOWS FROM AN UNFORGOTTEN MISSION AND VISION

When a leader wrestles with the significance of his organization’s mission—its reason to be, and its vision, how the organization is going to get its job done—he begins to create a strategy. A strategy is a plan of action to...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 04:49

The Faithfulness of God in Science

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God’s Rule over All

But miracles are only the beginning of the ways in which we must reckon with God. The Bible indicates that God is intimately involved in the events of the world. He is involved not only in extraordinary, exceptional events, but in the most ordinary events. In his sovereign...

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On Saturday, March 16th, 2019 Drs. Peter Lillback, Harry Reeder, John Currie, and David Garner spoke at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs Florida for Faith in the Public Square: First Things First, Pray. Drawing on the theme of 1 Timothy 2:1-2, this conference highlighted the foundational...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 03:27

10 Things You Should Know about Genesis 1–3

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1. Genesis 1 shows us that God brought the created world into existence and sovereignly governs it according to his personal purposes.

The world we live in is personally governed. It is not a mechanism, not merely atoms randomly in motion, not a chaos with no meaning. Human persons have deep...

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Watch Dr. Jonny Gibson interview Dr. R. Kent Hughes on “Priorities and Pitfalls of Christian Ministry.” This interview was recorded during a special event in honor of Dr. Hughes’s retirement from Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Monday, 11 February 2019 04:45

Textual Criticism: What It Is And Why You Need It

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1. Why Do We Need Textual Criticism?

One of the classes I teach each year covers textual criticism of the New Testament. Even as I write that I know how boring it sounds. When I mention this class to someone as we make small talk, I can almost feel the waft of boredom fill the room. It’s no...

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