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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Friday, 21 April 2017 01:03

Christ’s Love For God’s Folk

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Don’t you just love church?

Aren’t Christian brothers and sisters the most delightful, excellent folk? It is hard to describe the joy harmonious fellowship with godly people brings! Those providential meetings with unknown believers on vacation; long conversations into the evening at a...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 23:52

A Caution to Heresy Hunters

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Recently I came across the following surprising quotation from Charles Hodge, professor of Princeton Seminary from 1820-78:

‘It is not enough that a doctrine be erroneous, or that it be dangerous in its tendency; if it be not subversive of one or more of the constituent elements of the...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 05:26

African American Preaching at RPTS

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The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary where I teach is blessed to have local African Americans from the Pittsburgh area studying here. Serving in a denomination that is historically a predominantly Anglo-Saxon one, the presence of these students has been a rich blessing to our community as...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 21:00

Church Administration: A Simple Formula

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Put bluntly, through trial and error — mostly error — God has taught us a lot about practical administration in the church. Like many pastors, I’ve often believed this was beneath me or at least some type of distraction. But here in our local congregation as well as in other...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 21:00

3GT Episode 34: Sing Praises with a Psalm!

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Though not a guest on our podcast, Dr. Robert Godfrey has us talking again about one of our favorite subjects – the psalms and the joy of singing them. From the experiential union with Christ a worshiper can have to the worldview they encourage, these Three Guys love Theologizing about the...

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Are we currently living in something like The Matrix? Can we know? And if not, then doesn’t agnosticism eat away at certainty?

In this first video, the problem of all-consuming agnosticism is set up, leaving us wondering if knowledge is forever crushed under the weight of ignorance.

If you find...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 02:34

Martha’s Bum Rap

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Often when we look at Biblical characters we only see them one-dimensionally. Because of this tendency, we fail to see the complexities that any human being will have. So Thomas is simply the doubter, though all the other disciples doubted Christ’s resurrection and needed the same proof as...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 20:12

Ultimate blame shifting

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A businessman from the south of France is suing Uber for a staggering €45 million in damages. (For those who aren’t familiar with Uber—it’s effectively a taxi company without cars. You use your smartphone to submit a request for a cab, and someone nearby who is signed up with...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 20:30

Interview With the Satanist

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In my undergrad days, I along with a team of other students made weekly visits to a juvenile detention center in order to talk about the Lord with the incarcerated young men and women.  It was there that I met a young man who had openly and eagerly aligned himself with the malevolent being...

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“How should we have other people involved in discipling our children in their adolescent years?” In a recent panel discussion on discipleship in the church I pastor, that question was asked. The Scriptures teach us that “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:34

3GT Episode 33: From Inscrutability to Concursus

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The Three Guys go deeper than usual as they are joined by another guy leading them there, namely Jeff Stivason. Interviewed in the thick, musty air of the Rare Books Room at RPTS, Dr. Stivason tells us about his new book on Princeton theologian B.B. Warfield and his journey regarding his view of...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 11:32

Theology in View: Why is Sin Ironic?

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The latest installment has arrived!  If you missed the first two videos, be sure to check out my channel.  You can find it here.

This video asks a very straightforward question: If sin is in fact ironic in nature, why is this so?

Authors: Austin Brown...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 02:20

Speaking of the Spirit

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Reformed Christians are often accused, perhaps rightly so, of not emphasizing the person and work of the Holy Spirit sufficiently enough. As the Father has sent Jesus as our God-man mediator, from worship to evangelism our focus is to call people to come to the Father through the Son. We speak of...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 23:16

Hezekiah My Hero

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I’ve just finished reading through 1 & 2 Kings, in Hebrew, last Friday. For the sins of King Manasseh, the nation of Judah was finally thrust out into the judgment of Exile to Babylon.

Hezekianic Analysis

Some weeks ago I did a blog entitled ‘Humbling Hezekiahs’. I had been...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 02:43

Browse Worthy: Mike Pence and the Billy Graham Rule

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Surely you have heard by now the firestorm that broke out in the media this past week regarding Mike Pence following the “Billy Graham Rule.” Simply stated, Pence refuses to eat meals alone with another woman even when conducting business as a pledge of allegiance to his wife and their...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 20:30

Doubting God’s Goodness

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[This is another question received during the “Stump the Pastors” portion of our college retreat.]

When you’re doubting God’s goodness, what would you recommend doing to help you stop?

On Sunday night a man stopped by our church to get some information about us. After some...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 22:00

3GT Episode 32: Grab ‘Em by Their Ordination

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What is ordination? Why do churches perform this ritual – or not? After Kyle and Barry chime in, Aaron shows he does not just polish the pews. The difference between ordination and installation is discussed. Then more questions and answers begin to fly. Are deacons as well as elders to be...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 22:00

With Him by Ken G. Smith

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At the end of last week, I had the privilege of visiting with Ken Smith. Ken was my pastor when I was in seminary years ago. His Spirit-filled preaching, the warm hospitality he and Floy always gave us, and Friday morning prayer times with him and a few other men were just some of the ways he...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:31

Violent Peace

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The following article was written by Rebekah McIlhenny. Rebekah is a member of the Los Angeles Reformed Presbyterian Church; a graduate of Covenant College; wife of Ryan (Dr. Mac), and mother of four. In the article, Becky mentions her pastor recently saying something to her about peace. The...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 22:58

The Attraction of Reformed Theology

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Sitting around a table I was enjoying some post-dinner conversation with three theologically eclectic and charming people when I was startled by an unexpected question: “Kyle, what is the attraction of Reformed theology?” It was a sincere question and I was grateful for the sudden...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 22:00

What is the Point of Church?

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The following is a guest post by J.K. Wall who is a writer in Indianapolis. His modernized abridgment of William Symington’s work,Messiah the Prince Revisited, was published in 2014 by Crown & Covenant Publications. You can e-mail him atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 01:41

What to Pray for Your Church

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The following article is a guest post by Pastor Bob Hemphill. Bob is a RPCNA minister and church planter who recently retired after decades of service. He is the author of the Windmill Pete series of books for children.

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How long, O LORD, will I call for help and...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 02:31

Strangers in Saunas – Update

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For those who of you who are wondering how things are going in my local health club in Belfast, or praying for the ‘strangers in saunas’ with whom I was conversing, I thought it might be helpful to give you a brief update:

I’m not sure how a clerical collar would look in the sauna,...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:10

My Self-seeking, Pointless Praying

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Recently I was given cause to think about prayer, or more honestly my prayerlessness.  So I read through a few of the prayers in the Bible.  Three things struck me as a result.

First – Those praying were highly sensitised to the fact that God speaks.  Of course I know God...

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The parishonier questions why the church does not train some of its people to be high-powered executives. Kyle does a Kyle and turns the question back: Is it the job of the church to train people to do jobs? The prof offers a few ideas on gifting and mentoring. The theology of calling is discussed....

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