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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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:24

3GT Episode 49: Taking His Name in Vain

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What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? Our inquiring parishioner wants to know!  

The 3GTers tackle another commandment, this time the third one. Why is God’s name so important to him? Are euphemistic forms of his name wrong? How is our behavior as Christians tied...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 02:50

The Devil’s Glasses

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No, this post is not about looking at the eclipse.

Rather, someone once illustrated temptation in this way. When you are being tempted, the devil sets on your nose a pair of false glasses. These glasses make the sin look so small that you view engaging in it as trivial.

How does Satan fool us with...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 00:54

Discovering God’s Love Together

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In Ephesians 3.18 Paul prays that God would give his readers the strength they need to comprehend something of the limitless dimensions of the love of Christ, but he tucks a little phrase into the prayer that we can so easily skate over: ‘with all the saints’. We comprehend the love of...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:44

What Pleases Parents Most

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What is it about a child that pleases parents? What is it about a son that gladdens the heart of a father? What is the greatest compliment a dad could ever pay to his daughter?

These are the questions I was asking today as I went for a walk with my wife, and daughter, and dog – it was pretty...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:30

Easy Lies to Believe

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A few days ago, our Sunday school lesson was centered on the first chapter of the Westminster Confession and its emphasis on the necessity of Scripture. In discussing how wonderfully God provided for our need to be certain about Him and about salvation, we also spoke about how often we...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 08:28

Summer Days, Unread Books, and Butterfly Wings

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On vacation near Lake Michigan again, here’s a memory from ten years ago from my old blog.

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When I am on vacation, I have one idea of how I like to spend my time. Celia, my four year-old daughter, has another.

Often when we are at Miriam’s parents’ home at...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 00:59

Answering Questions with Jesus

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Joel Hart wrote the following guest-post. Joel is preparing for pastoral ministry as a student of theology in the Great Lakes-Gulf Presbytery of the RPCNA. He is a rising senior at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The Lord has given Orlena as Joel’s wife and has blessed...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:57

3GT Episode 48: Small Town Ministry

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You got it – we’ve finally given Kyle his own episode! After we have fun learning more about Winchester, Kansas, we dig into his recent article in Tabletalk on rural ministry. We discuss counterbalancing the current rush to church plant, being more like Jesus and the apostles...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 20:00

Corporate Prayer: An Example

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How might we improve corporate prayer? Last month, I suggested that we replicate a practice of the early church in which worshipers are given time to take petitions to the Lord in silent prayer simultaneously.

Some readers have inquired as to what this might look like in practice. Below, I’ve...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 22:00

Browse Worthy: The Slippery Slope

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Some helpful articles have appeared recently discussing how ministers, churches, and denominations can start the downhill slide down into theological liberalism that destroys evangelical faith, personal holiness, and ecclesiastical integrity. The following posts are helpful mind-sharpeners on this...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 06:22

Reading God’s Handwriting

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I made a comment recently that we should be readers of three books in particular: the book of Scripture, the book of Creation, and the book of Providence.

This was off the back of a holiday which took us across the States and into Canada—so enabling us to enjoy some of the glories of...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 09:25

Longing for Home

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imageI have been away from home a lot this summer. It’s not been vacationing on a beach with a little-umbrella’d drink–I can do that without leaving. My travels have been for ministry purposes with a quick trip to Vancouver for some family time. Despite the good reasons for travel,...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 22:40

Another Boring Bible Passage

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Numbers 7 is a fairly hard-to-read list of the offerings brought by the various tribes to the consecration of the shiny, new tabernacle. Each day a different man from a different tribe brought the same sacrifices (a silver plate, a silver basin, both full of flour and oil, a gold dish filled with...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 23:28

3GT Episode 47: The Mark of Church Discipline

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Seriously, is one of the top three attributes of a true church, in addition to preaching and the sacraments, really discipline? How can this be? What about other attributes such as love or prayer?

The guys dig in to define, defend, and describe what church discipline is. Both sides of discipline,...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 19:00

The Compounding Nature of Sin.

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A young girl gets pregnant. She is not married. She has no safety net. She suddenly fears the future. She feels the burden. The stigma. She wants to end the pregnancy. She does not have access to an abortionist. She takes matters into her own hands. She finds a crude instrument. She ruptures and...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 21:24

Motherly Grief

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The following piece is the sad companion to one I wrote a number of years ago entitled “Fatherly Grief“.

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Lying next to me, I know that Her restlessness comes most Acutely In the middle of the night. The pillow beneath her head and her body move Gently in...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:04

Addendum on Resisting Redefinition

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I’ve been thinking a little more on the need to guard against the casual adoption of the language of the PC establishment.

What I have found really helpful in thinking about this question is some recent reading about Martin Luther’s ‘Theology of the Word’. The German...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:02

Resisting Redefinition

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I wonder have you noticed a whole new vocabulary has been adopted and spread within our culture by the media and political elite. ‘Same-sex marriage’ is an oxymoron if ever there was one. ‘LGBT community’ presents a cohesive, friendly face. I won’t bore you with a full...

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[The Holy Spirit] comes because of the completed work of Christ for us and He comes to complete the work of Christ in us. [1] – Joseph Pipa

What is God doing in my life today, you may ask yourself? Take heart, because even today he is completing the work of Jesus Christ in the lives of...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 22:00

3GT Episode 46: Reforming Women

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No, the guys are not plotting about how they can try to change their wives. They know better than that!

Rather, they look at the growing trend of women studying, discussing, and promoting Reformed theology. For consider the facts. Blogs such as Sheologians and HERmeneutics are popular. Conference...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 06:42

What’s a Hurting Wife To Do?

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Following Rebecca VanDoodewaard’s articleA High View of Marriage Includes Divorcehere on Gentle Reformation, and with the internet abuzz with Australian reporter Julia Baird’s hit piece on the church regarding abuse that has produced such responses as “An Open...

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Yesterday in the UK a story hit the headlines – a leading high street pharmaceutical company, Boots, became the center of a political storm and a media feeding frenzy.

In brief the story went something like this. Following recent legalization of the ‘morning after pill’, Boots,...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 23:19

What Matters Most – Seeking God’s Glory

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Over the last week or two, I’ve been taking some time out to study John’s Gospel in more depth. My particular concern and focus has been to get a better handle on the relationship that exists between Jesus and the Father.

This morning I was looking at John Chapter 7.10-24. This section...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 01:53

Do you Refresh the Hearts of the Saints?

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“You have often refreshed the hearts of the saints.”

So Paul wrote to his good friend Philemon, as he thanked God for his love for all the saints. The church at Colosse met in Philemon and Apphia’s home, and it’s not hard to imagine what life must have been like for the...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:04

A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce

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The following article is a guest post by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, author of Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians and Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You MarryShe is married to William VanDoodewaard, Professor of Church History at Puritan Theological...

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