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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The Lord Jesus has taken away the sting of death through his resurrection. Believers know that for all who are in union with Jesus, their bodies will be united to Christ after death and they anticipate the hope of the resurrection. The sting is gone. The last enemy is defeated. Death has no victory...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 21:00

Billy Graham and Higher Education

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Growing up in North Carolina, one of my grandmothers plunked me down as a child in front of the television for more than one Billy Graham Crusade. My other grandmother had me read a book or two he wrote. Though he was not the means of my own conversion, gospel seeds and the fear of God was sown in...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:00

Honoring Dr. Jerry F. O’Neill

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Dr. Jerry F. O’Neill retires this year as president of The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary after 23 years of service. He has tirelessly recruited young men to explore God’s call to labor in pastoral service. He has prayed for faithfulness over fruitfulness, and the Lord has...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 22:31

3GT Episode 74: De(com)pression

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Many in the church suffer with depression and the questions it raises. Aren’t Christians always supposed to be happy? So is it sinful to be depressed? Is it always a spiritual problem? Where do you go for help? How do you help someone with it? Are resources outside the church an option? Are...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 03:25

Personal Gospel Mercy

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Listen carefully in reformed churches, and you will hear the fear that goes something like the following. If the church becomes involved too deeply in social issues or mercy ministry, the gospel will be lost.

Certainly the last century has shown that mainline churches became derailed as influences...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:09

How bad is bad? Reflections on Pervasive Depravity!

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Just a quick blog on Genesis 6.5 – part of the passage I’m hoping to preach on tomorrow.

The text will be a familiar one to most. It describes the state of affairs of the whole graceless, godless, race, before the Noahic Deluge. It points, in the starkest, most dramatic, terms, to the...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:00

Why My Family Gets the Flu Vaccine Every Year

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Each year, I make sure that every person in my family receives the flu vaccine.  Here is a quick rundown of why1:

  1. Flu is a serious illness that kills many people every year. Flu is caused by influenza viruses and infects somewhere between 9 and 60 million people every year in the U.S....

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:00

Fighting Fear: Psalm 56

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“What are you so scared of?” With such a simple question, our tendency to and hatred of fear are thrown at us by every childhood taunt we can remember.

Fear – the kind the Bible warns against – never looks good on us. Like a perpetually out of style haircut, there’s no...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:26

3GT Episode 73: When Two Kingdoms Become One

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Why would the 3GTers want to talk about the Democratic primary for the governor’s race in Texas? Because one candidate who is promoting a pro-choice position is an elder in a Reformed church, and other elders in his denomination are calling him to repent!

The guys use this situation to delve...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 00:25

One Man’s Sanctification Journey

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The following is a guest post by Russell Pulliam, an Indianapolis Star columnist who directs the Pulliam Fellowship summer intern program for the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic. Russ describes personally below the process, tools, and lessons the Lord has taken him though on his own road...

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Friday, 16 February 2018 21:23

Trying to Get our Morals Back

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and a whole pile of other celebrity accusations, it has been sadly fascinating watching the west trying to claw its way back to some form of morality. At the Golden Globe awards earlier in January actors and actresses wore black as a way to say...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:39

Trusting God in the Face of Tragedy

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Last Wednesday morning one of the wisest and most gracious Pastors in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland collapsed and died suddenly and unexpectedly. Rev Knox Hyndman had retired after a long and productive 42 year ministry, and during his retirement he had helped to plant a new...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:17

A Meditation After Violence

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We are the problem, not the solution.

We kill generations of children and somehow are able to be shocked when our children take the same attitude toward human life.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We fetishize and celebrate violence yet are surprised when someone takes it just one step further.

We...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:48

The Arena of Christ’s Kingdom

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The Philadelphia Eagles knocked off the New England Patriots this month in what was “one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played.”

But nearly as stunning as the big game was the host stadium.

Shaped like a Viking ship (since it’s the home field of the Minnesota Vikings), U.S. Bank...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:00

A Simple Treatment for Ministry Weariness

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What do you do with moments of battle weariness in life and in ministry? The moment may come after great triumph, inglorious defeat, or during an extended sequence of months of working though the daily grind.

After we’ve spent ourselves for the Lord and for others, we find...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:50

3GT Episode 72: Hitting the Pause Button

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Kyle’s been cruisin’ again. Did he really say he had been to the Copacabana? Progreso, Mexico? Anyway, it got the guys talking about R&R, vacations, sabbaths, and even sabbaticals.

Questions arise. How do you slow down and disconnect in this fast-paced world in which we live? What...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 00:37

The Corporate Application of Scripture

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Maybe we need a Southern Bible Version (the SBV)?

Or perhaps a Pittsburgh one?

One of the regular reminders I give hermeneutic and homiletical students is that English uses the word “you” for both the singular and plural. So it can be easy to misunderstand many portions of the Bible. For...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 01:32

Surely God is in this place

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Parked automobiles lined the road in all directions! Around five hundred people packed into the Meeting House and adjoining buildings! They had assembled with love and kindness to express their sympathy and care. A grieving godly family was there to welcome and receive comfort and prayers from...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:23

Browse Worthy: Abuse in the Church

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The Apostle Peter said, “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17) As our culture awakens to the problem of sexual abuse, surely the church...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 20:00

Is Your Church Pro-Life?

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Is your church pro-life? Almost everyone reading this blog would say “Yes. Of course.” If, by “pro-life”, we mean that a church has a stand against abortion tucked away in its confession somewhere and that they pray against abortion on the Sanctity of Life Sunday, then yes,...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 02:42

What Will Amazon Think?

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Amazon.com, Inc. created one of the most recognizable and meaningful logos ever. The  curved arrow points from the “a” to the “z” under the word “amazon.” The smirk it creates reminds you that Amazon can make you happy by delivering everything from...

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Talk about a man in an iron cage today, and people will think of mixed martial arts. But there was a time when all that would have come to mind is the scene of a character in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’sProgress.

The man was trapped in an iron cage because, as he said, “I have so...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 01:20

The Benefits of Listening to the Elderly

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A few weeks ago I was driving in the car with an elderly gentleman, recently widowed, as my traveling companion. He’s a lovely, Christian neighbor who never looks at a computer. So he will not read this article. Yet what follows I would not mind at all if he knew. Unknowingly that day, he was...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:39

Browse Worthy: A Miscellany of Interests

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Usually more thematic than today, this edition of Browse Worthy has an assortment of resources. But you should find something that will interest you!

My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness | Rachel Denhollander

Her Christian testimony went viral as...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:56

The Antidote to Our Political Addiction

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Americans—including American Christians—are a bunch of political addicts.

Every time our phone buzzes with a news or Twitter alert, we get high on excitement or outrage.

Even the Russians realized they could mess with the 2016 U.S. election by posting fake news all over Facebook and...

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