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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Thursday, 01 November 2018 08:04

Into the Mystic

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The fourteenth century saw the blossoming of mysticism, a movement that has influenced the church to this day. Mysticism asserts the earthly possibility of a personal, immediate union of the soul with the being of God himself. It offers direct knowledge of God by extraordinary experiences and...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:27

Praying through the Scriptures: Genesis 2

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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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Friday, 05 October 2018 02:54

Interview with byFaith: William Edgar

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Westminster Seminary professor William Edgar explains that his new book, Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture, has been years in the making. “I have been thinking about culture and the biblical approach to culture for some 50 years,” Edgar writes. “Whether in the...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 00:19

Praying through the Scriptures: Genesis 1

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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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Worship at the Dawn of Time

Since the beginning of time, there has been worship—in heaven and on earth. In heaven above, seraphim flew before God in the heavens, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa. 6:3); angelic...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:46

Interview with Books at a Glance: Vern Poythress

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Fred Zaspel, editor at Books at a Glance interviews Dr. Vern Poythress on his latest book, Theophany: A Biblical Theology of God’s Appearing.

Zaspel: What is a theophany? And what is your book all about? What is the contribution you hope to make?

Poythress: A theophany is an...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:09

10 Things You Should Know About Theophanies

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1. The word theophany is a combination of two Greek words, meaning God and appearance.

A theophany is an appearance of God. More precisely, it is a visible display to human beings that expresses the presence and character of God. Examples include the thunderous display at the top of Mount Sinai (Ex....

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:48

Grief and the Christian

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We worship a big God. He is sovereign and powerful. We are in his hands, and nothing happens to us by chance. That’s good news. But in grief, if that is all we remember about God, it might actually make the pain worse, rather than better. It might leave us thinking, like Mary and Martha (John...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:24

Most of Us Disagree with Jesus

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Writing now from the Sea of Galilee only a short distance from where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, I am reminded how earthy the gospel is. Just as Jesus walked the real turf of Nazareth, he healed really sick people and raised really dead ones. He addressed people of real faith and people...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 23:11

How to Avoid the Folly of the Pharisees

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You’ve probably heard someone say at some point “Don’t be such a Pharisee.” Typically these words are uttered when someone is being overly scrupulous in “rule keeping” in the Christian life. If there’s one type of person in the New Testament that you...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 23:03

A God Thing

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Exuberant over an experience, an oh-so-sweet manifestation of divine providence, you delightedly seek to give God praise in telling your story. “It was such a ‘God thing’,” you proclaim. As you see it, God wove together an otherwise inexplicable combination of events to...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 22:58

Vos, True Religion, and General Assembly

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Geerhardus Vos has been called the “father of Reformed biblical theology.” As many readers are aware, he is known for investigating and displaying the organically integrated and historically unfolded character of biblical revelation. In fact, the Bible was, for him, best understood as...

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“Jehovah’s approach to Israel is eminently the approach of speech; God gives himself in the word of his mouth.” –Geerhardus Vos

In this episode of Vos Group, Dr. Lane Tipton continues through Vos’s Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments, to explore the...

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The best in Psalm 23, as in life, is reserved for the end. Here, the classic metaphor of shepherd and sheep is insufficient to describe the richness of the relationship between the Lord and his people, so the metaphor shifts to that of host and guest. More precisely—since this picture is not...

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John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is the classic Reformation handbook for understanding the theology and key teachings of Scripture. After nearly five centuries since its first appearance in 1536, it has withstood the test of time and remains a must-have resource for pastoral...

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“The prophets were guardians of the unfolding theocracy, and the guardianship was exercised at its centre, the kingdom. The purpose was to keep it a true representation of the kingdom of Jehovah.” –Geerhardus Vos

In this episode of Vos Group, Dr. Lane Tipton continues through...

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“From the writings of the Westminster Divines, it is evident that they really believed the whole of Scripture, every legitimate pericope, preaches Christ.” –Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn

Hear Dr. Van Dixhoorn interview with Christ the Center on his book, God’s Ambassadors: The...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 22:05

Justification: A Fundamental Human Need

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“If you have justification, you are not only free from moral guilt but although you die, you are free from the sting of death and will be found with him [Christ] in heaven forever in fellowship with him.” –Dr. William Edgar.

Watch Dr. Edgar describe the fundamental human need for...

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The word “confessing,” I confess, is a little bit vague. We use the word when we are admitting that we could have done better, or when owning that we’ve actually done wrong. In places where a life dedicated to Christ is unappreciated or even illegal, confessing to Christianity...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:28

Faithful Waiting

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The joy and optimism surrounding Israel’s release from captivity soon fades as the disappointing realities of postexilic life settle in. Israel has passed through the crucible of God’s judgment and returned to the Promised Land, but now they are only a tiny remnant of...

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“Though you have a Catholic past in France, with the French Revolution the ideals changed radically to something much more secular, and there is a much more total separation of church and state than there is in many countries.” –Dr. William Edgar

Watch Dr. Edgar explain the diverse...

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“The first thing the law does is to give the whole distinction a religious aspect, no matter whether this inhered in it from the beginning or not. When the law undertakes to regulate a thing, it obtains from that very fact religious significance.” –Geerhardus Vos

In this episode of...

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Someone in the Jerusalem Chamber had asked if it was a pastor’s duty to read the Scriptures publicly in the weekly worship services of the church. It was November 1643, and the Westminster Assembly was trying to build a biblical system of church government from the ground up. In the summer...

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Post-Exilic Struggles

The Israelites in Zechariah’s time regarded their day as a “day of small things” (Zech 4:10). It is tempting for us to view the post-exilic period of Israel’s history in much the same way. After all, Israel’s glory days of conquest, kingship, and...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 23:22

Seven Marks of a Puritan Pulpit Ministry

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In its reform of the pulpit ministry of England, assembly members agreed on the rough outlines of a sketch of preachers and preaching. This final study summarizes seven points of a mainstream puritan vision for the pulpit as articulated by the Westminster assembly and its members.

God’s...

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