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, 15 November 2018 18:45

Seeing the glory of God in the nose of a puppy

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After thinking about it seriously for at least a couple of years, our family finally decided to get a dog. And so last Saturday a 12 week old Cocker Spaniel/Collie cross was added to our home, named Archie and in real danger of being smothered with outpourings of affection from our four daughters....

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:00

Forget None of His Benefits

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The following guest post is by Russell Pulliam, an Indianapolis Star columnist who directs the Pulliam Fellowship summer intern program for the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic.

“Forget none of His benefits.” -Psalm 103:2

Some historians have helped us to remember His benefits...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:02

Cross-Cultural Ministry Training Resources

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It’s been said that missions is now “from everywhere, to everywhere” in our globalized culture. So, in the local congregation here in Indianapolis, we have sought to train people for cross-cultural ministry to be ambassadors for Christ. We want to reach those from other ethnic or...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 21:00

3GT Episode 107: The Pragmatic-Driven Church

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Pragmatics. The church can easily begin to do what works rather than what the Lord commands. The guys discuss the various ways the church can fall into the pragmatics trap, from using goofy (even blasphemous!) names for a church coffee shop to promoting a Reformed distinctive over the gospel. As...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 07:47

Celebrating a 50th Anniversary!

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Over this past weekend folks near and far gathered together to celebrate the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Lafayette's fiftieth anniversary. They had a lovely dinner and program Saturday evening where the Lord's faithfulness over these years was recounted. Below is a video that captures the...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 00:36

Naming Rights to the Church

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The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Lafayette, Indiana was founded in 1968, and this week the congregation is celebrating fifty years of God’s work. It has a special place in my heart as the congregation of my youth. In its early days, the congregation was perhaps only fifty people strong....

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 10:30

Kingdom Come (Please!)

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Election day/night is over. In seasons of particularly intense political activity, it’s easy for the citizens of heaven to gravitate toward one of two extremes: An anxiety-riddled, raw nerved, quick-tempered and sometimes foul-mouthed, hyperactive and myopic focus on all things political,...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 21:00

Jesus is Coming Back

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As I write, many of our American readers are at the polls, casting votes in hope of God raising up those who will lead in the fear of the Lord. And without knowing who is leading or who will win, I boldly predict that America's divisions will only grow and our Christlessness continue to show...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 11:13

3GT Episode 106: The Spirit-Filled Church

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What does a really bad cup of coffee and the presence of the Spirit have to do with one another? Nothing. But that's how this episode starts. Fortunately, it gets better!

For from there the guys discuss the presence of the Spirit in the church. The Spirit's dwelling in the church is defined....

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In a class in my congregation, we are blessed to hear currently a series of lectures by Dr. Robert Copeland on our denomination's history in the anti-slavery movement. Bob, a retired professor from Geneva College and ruling elder in the RPCNA, has put together a well-researched, fascinating...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 05:59

Reflection on Addis

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Just off the plane from Ethiopia and, after 36 hours of sleeplessness, and about 25 hours of lectures, I'm feeling pretty exhausted - mindful of the fact not every city is so open and welcoming to the Gospel as Addis Ababa (the reception for the Gospel was heart-warming and encouraging, in public...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:22

Browse Worthy: Missionary Killed in Cameroon

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Charles Wesco, a husband, father of eight, and a Baptist missionary from Indiana, was tragically killed in Cameroon after having just moved his family there a few weeks ago. He apparently was shot, not intentionally for his faith, but in crossfire as he drove to a market. Below are a few articles...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 03:53

How an Old Book of Theology Changed My Life

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“I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write.”

Ten years ago this fall, I lived out that famous quote from Augustine of Hippo. I started writing about a book of old theology—Messiah the Prince—which I had not yet fully read. What...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:17

An Entire Life of Repentance

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Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church 501 years ago today. We remember it and celebrate the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Perhaps in keeping with the spirit of that day 501 years ago we should do less celebrating and more repenting.

Luther&...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 21:46

3GT Episode 105: Open Mic

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Scott debuts as a host in this episode by opening the mic! But no, the guys are not doing karaoke (though the pastor does quote a hymn). And no, they are not doing spoken word (that's just plain funny to think about). Rather, to make theology personal, Scott encourages Kyle and Barry to share what...

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Saturday night I returned from an out-of-state ministry trip by flying into the Pittsburgh airport. Shortly before I got on the plane in Atlanta, having been away from the news for a few days, I learned of the horrific shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This act has left eleven...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 00:59

Then Luther Arose

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At the time when divine truth lay buried under this vast and dense cloud of darkness; when religion was sullied by so many impious superstitions; when by horrid blasphemies the worship of God was corrupted, and his glory laid prostrate; when by a multitude of perverse opinions, the benefit of...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 04:41

Why the Lord's Day Matters

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Almost fifteen years ago I was finishing lunch on a Sunday afternoon at my pastor's home. It was getting later than I expected so I tried to excuse myself saying: “I need to get back to my apartment so I can finish my homework.” Looking at me curiously my pastor asked: “Why are...

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There was a beautiful sunrise this morning in Ireland—except the majority of Ireland’s inhabitants missed it.

It was a dank, grey morning, but at 35,000 feet, all was different. A fiery glow gently whispered over the downy cotton-tops of sleeping clouds. Fields and fields of clouds...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 20:00

On Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

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The rise of companies offering personal genomic services has revolutionized the way people are thinking about ancestry. Only in the modern, DNA age could someone claim that she was of Native American heritage based on trace elements in her genome alone! Direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA testing has...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:00

The Handle of Their Infant Baptism

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What advantage does a presbyterian child have over a child raised by baptist parents? In what way does a presbyterian child receive grace through baptism that the child of baptist parents does not?

Among many blessings, presbyterian children receive a “handle,” as one author says, a...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:38

3GT Episode 104: Infant Baptism and the Gospel

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These three guys all grew up in churches where infant baptism was a bit of a mystery to them. How can you baptize a baby who has not yet believed in Jesus? Does that not mean infant baptism is gospel-less?

The 3GTers answer that last question with a resounding "No!" They eventually learned what...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 02:10

Maybe I Need to "Pull a Farel" on Them?

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I recently heard that in our little denomination of a hundred congregations, over 10% of our pulpits do not have preachers. As the president of our denomination's seminary, it makes me ask, "Where are the men willing to be preachers?" Especially when I know of many other needs for church planting...

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 06:30

All Is Still By The Temple Wall

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In May 1935, Reformed Presbyterian missionary Sam Boyle took a river boat trip in China from his home base in Canton to Lienchow, Kwangtung for a Chinese presbytery meeting. He recorded the journey in his journal. Thirty years earlier, on October 28, 1905, a mob had killed five American...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 22:00

Making Sense of Statistics?

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I've been preparing to give two lectures on Numbers out in Africa next month - I've been delighted at some discoveries I've made in the, I have to confess hitherto, rather confusing Book of Numbers.

This is the account, after election of Abraham, redemption of Israel & regulation of the...

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