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

Gentle Reformation - Apologetic Report
Friday, 15 November 2019 19:15

Out of the Saltshaker, Into the Light?

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Having lectured on Isaiah recently I've come to what I judge is a more satisfying view of the Light of the World & Salt of the Earth passages that commence the Sermon on the Mount.

Traditionally this has been interpreted as the illuminating and purifying effect of the good works of Christians...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 18:45

Nothing is too hard for the Lord!

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If you’re a regular reader of Gentle Reformation, you may recall that a few months ago I posted an article entitled ‘Perfect Peace in the Face of a Loved One’s Cancer’ which I wrote shortly after hearing the news that my unbelieving father had been diagnosed with bile duct...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 19:50

The Best Advice I've Gotten All Semester . . .

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I’ve been privileged these past many months to be a student again, and as such to sit under some fine, soul-stretching, heart-and-mind enriching teaching.  The semester is at its most intense with regard to deadlines for projects, papers and presentations (oh, my!).  So, right...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:12

Growing in Song

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The Lord is our song and he has become our salvation. He calls us to sing praise reverently (Psa. 2:11), skillfully (Psa. 33:3, Eph 5:19)  joyfully (Psa. 100:1), meaningfully (Psa. 96), loudly (Psa. 33:3), and heartily (Psa. 138:1, 2 Chron. 30:21). We sing to God (Psa. 47:6) and to one another...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 03:59

Missing My Church Family

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Yesterday was my first day back after a seven-week medical leave. Having time off was a great benefit to both my physical and mental health. Being away from the pulpit and active ministry for an extended time gave me time to step back and think about ministry. However, there were some parts of...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 21:27

3GT Episode 155: When Wolves Return

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After a rip-roaring introduction, the parishioner leads the pastor and the prof into the topic of the day: pastoral morality or the lack thereof. He begins by highlighting the downfall of many prominent pastors and how many of them have returned to ministry again. This leads him to ask, "How...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 06:00

Ready... Steady... Go!

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In my personal devotions this morning I was forcibly struck by the text - it was the section towards the close of Matthew that deals with the Judgment of Christ, namely 24:1-25:46.

Confused but Comforted

As I struggled to get my head around the destruction of Jerusalem and desecration of the Temple...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 03:23

The House that Built Me

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In the country song "The House that Built Me," Miranda Lambert sings of returning to visit her childhood home built by her father. The song begins with her addressing the lady who now resides in the home.

I know they say you can't go home again.I just had to come back one last time.Ma'am I know you...

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Friday, 08 November 2019 22:42

The Finished Script

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Every word we speak is known to the LORD! That was my waking thought as I pondered Psalm 139.

Even before a word is one my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether - Psalm 139:4

As I mused a little further this truth overwhelmed my soul. Each phrase upon our lips, has been written in a script,...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 18:00

Just a Sliver!

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The holidays are quickly approaching and with them holiday pies, such as pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, pecan, mincemeat, and more! Despite the great abundance of overeating that takes place, perhaps you’ve had a dieter come up to your dessert table and say, “I’ll have just a...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 20:30

How I Love Your Law

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I've been enjoying reading Ernest Kevan's book The Moral Law- it has been a helpful reminder of the goodness and greatness of God's law. It is also a useful tool for preachers and teachers, who need to know how to interpret the Bible well and apply God's law to God's people without falling into...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 21:20

3GT Episode 155: LGBTQ Dilemmas

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A listener sends in a question asking how believers are to faithfully  interact with the LGBTQ community and navigate some of the perplexing situations of our day.

So the guys discuss first the recent court cases involving these matters. The professor shares his experience meeting one of the...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 05:27

The Parable of the Mansion Lights

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Once a wise woman, prospered by the Lord, purchased a great estate. Rolling acres of property, with forests on the outskirts and beautiful gardens within, surround the stately mansion. The fair lady who inhabited the home desired the humble and lowly of heart to visit her estate to enjoy its beauty...

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Saturday, 02 November 2019 05:14

He will wipe away every tear...

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As some will know by now, my mother has just been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 83 years: it is condition which attacks the electrical junction of the nerves that fire the muscles - these so-called 'motor-end-plates' start to die back from the muscle, with random irregular...

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Friday, 01 November 2019 03:56

Gentle Spirit, Gentle Conviction

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Robert Murray M'Cheyne, arguably one of the 19th century's best preachers preached on John 16:8, "And when He [the Comforter] is come, He will convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." In that sermon he showed how the gentleness of the Holy Spirit and the the conviction of...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 12:57

3GT Episode 154: Asking Jesus into Your Heart AGAIN?

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Often some of the guys' best conversations happen off the air. After they stopped recording the last session, other questions arose about Kyle‘s experience in "asking Jesus into his heart." So the guys pushed the record button again and picked the discussion back up...right after Scott played...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 22:00

History as a work of honor

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Count this as the post of a proud pastor. A friend and member of our congregation, Diana Vice, after months of hard work, was able recently to honor a local WW1 soldier named Leonard Inman. Finding that Inman, one of eighteen African-American men from our county who served in the first great war,...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 08:18

Hounded by Hesed - Psalm 23:6

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It is always good to be reminded of God’s grace. There are few better places in the Bible to go to study this than the cherished twenty-third psalm.

The goodness and mercy spoken of in Psalm 23 verse 6 has been explained by some as two sheepdogs rounding up and following the flock. The...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 03:57

YouTube Picks

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Following last week's post on YouTube I'm actually going to recommend a few YouTube videos I've enjoyed in recent weeks. There are three long ones, and two short ones.  

I can't remember who recommended some of the longer ones--it might have been Rev. Brad Johnston--but they've been sitting...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 06:01

To the Jew First

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As I sit in Newark Airport waiting for my flight to the Emerald Isle, I thought it might be a good point to reflect on my visit to New York.

It was a joy to conduct worship at Ridgefield Park R.P. Church on the Sabbath, and to attend the Montville Pastors Conference in New Jersey during the week.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 23:42

Your Church is a Lampstand

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12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,13and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band… 20 “The mystery of the seven...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 00:21

Superior Envy

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Jonathan Edwards wrote: “Envy may be defined to be a spirit of dissatisfaction with, and opposition to, the prosperity and happiness of others as compared with our own.”  

We usually think of envy as it is expressed by a person who is a comparative inferior. But, envy fills the...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:22

3GT Episode 153: Asking Jesus into Your Heart?

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Do you know what happened on October 12, 1988? Well, many things, but way up in the land of Garrison Keillor a little boy "asked Jesus into his heart" at an Awana meeting. He even has a certificate to prove it!

So the guys talk about this phrase so often used in evangelistic settings. Where does it...

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'Tis the season … for financial giving requests! Just around the corner is the annual end-of-year flurry of requests for financial donations. Postcards, emails, Facebook posts, requests from the pulpit, and people ringing bells outside of department stores will all be asking: “Are you...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 06:33

Ten Tips on Sermon Illustrations

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Illustrations can be a glorious bridge in a sermon between the text of God's Word and the congregation. A good illustration can open up a passage of Scripture, bring understanding to God's people, and touch their hearts with application. They paint a picture upon the listener's imagination to bring...

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