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, 18 September 2018 21:00

But who are we?

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In a new case of the tail wagging the dog, recent research indicates that Americans, whose political views were previously driven by their religious and ethnic identities, are now seeing those religious and ethnic identities being driven by their politics. Reporting on a paper by Patrick Egan, the...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 22:23

3GT Episode 100: Hearing Double

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Welcome to the 100th episode of 3GT! The gentlemen have a special surprise for you as they hit triple digits. The twin brother of Kyle, Pastor Michael Borg, rode into Winchester and joins us for this episode!

After finding out who is the oldest, hearing they both are married to a Rachel and have...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 03:10

The Sealing of the Spirit

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The glorious passage of Ephesians 1:3-14 highlights the role of each person in the Triune God in our salvation. Three times the phrase “to the praise of His glory” is used (1:6, 12, 14) to highlight and to honor each person: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. However,...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 18:50

Guest Post: A society without Psalms

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My friend Andrew Roycroft, who has the soul of a poet and the heart of a pastor, wrote this thought-provoking post on the Psalms. It is wonderful both for its insight and its elegance. He is the pastor of Millisle Baptist Church in Northern Ireland. I would commend his blog "Thinking Pastorally" to...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 21:00

I Dwell Among My Own People

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One of the most beautiful statements of contentment came from the mouth of the Shunammite woman. You remember the story in 2 Kings 4. The itinerant prophet Elisha passed through Shunem occasionally, and this wealthy woman and her husband hosted him at their table. His frequent visits motivated this...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 22:34

3GT Episode 99: Shame, Boatloads of Shame

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How are Christians to handle the shame they feel? The Avett Brothers sing,

Shame, boatloads of shame, Day after day, more of the same. Blame, please lift it off, Please take it off, please make it stop.

Though shame is a God-given emotional response to our sins to draw us to Christ, many believers...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 06:48

Call Sinners to Do the Impossible

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Recently, I was approached by a friend who asked me a question after I had preached. In the message, I had made a gospel call to the congregation. My friend asked, "Can a person dead in their sins ask Jesus for a new heart? Is that not the sole work of the Spirit?"

I understood the reason for his...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 07:10

Turn Your Eyes on Jesus

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As I prepare for communion tomorrow, I have been reminded, by the late Ed Clowney, of the importance of Christ-centered preaching that keeps eyes focused on Jesus. God's sheep need sights and sounds of the Good Shepherd more than anyone or anything else. A timely quote, therefore, should not be out...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 09:08

Five Reasons to Dust Off a Theology Book

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“What are your working on?”

“My latest Gentle Reformation article.”

“What’s it about?”

“Why to read systematic theology.”

“Ugh.”

True story.

Really.

Recently I started reading a set of books that have been on my shelves for years. Francis...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 20:00

What is encouragement?

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Everyone wants to be encouraging. No one wants to be discouraging. Which isn't to say that all of us are very good at it. The place to start (or restart) seems to be discerning how the Bible speaks of encouragement. In my studies of Scripture, I see four main, overlapping ideas about what...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 21:59

3GT Episode 98: Hitting the Marks Interview

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With his new book coming out this week, Kyle and Scott interview Barry about Hitting the Marks: Restoring the Essential Identity of the Church. They ask him such questions as: Why write such a book? What are the marks of the church? How are the classical marks of the church substantiated from...

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You are invited to attend the annual Westminster Conference sponsored by Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary this coming Saturday, September 8. The conference will take place at Memorial Park Church in Pittsburgh. This year's theme, "Soundly Preaching the Word of God", is drawn from the...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 02:34

The Weekly Ascent

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Someone said to me recently “I don’t know that I have ever really worshipped God.” It wasn’t the confession of an atheist or a non-Christian, but the words of a godly believer.

A large measure of the comment may be the tender conscience of an aging saint, meditating on how...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 21:00

Rome’s “Earthquake” Should Shake Us, Too

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The following article is a guest post by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, author ofUprooted: A Guide for Homesick ChristiansandYour Future 'Other Half': It Matters Whom You Marry.

Over last weekend, Archbishop Carlo Vigano released an eleven-page letter detailing the corruption and cover-ups in Rome’s...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 03:36

Faith Comes When I Can't Fix It

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I used to think the Christian life was about doing. Now I see it’s about failing.

I used to think my daily Christian task was to do what the Bible says, always asking God for help along the way.

Now I see the Christian life is really a daily acknowledgment that I can’t do what the Bible...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 23:30

3GT Episode 97: Waving Our Blue Banner!

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In this episode the guys pull out their blue banners and wave them proudly...or should we say humbly? Anyway, they converse about the doctrine known as the Mediatorial Kingship of Christ.

The pastor leads the charge with all kinds of questions. What is this doctrine? How is is supported Biblically?...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 02:06

A Funeral Service Text for an Unbeliever

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Many years ago I was asked to conduct a funeral for an unbelieving man by his family. He had attended church off and on, but had not given clear evidence of faith and repentance. Tragically, he died in his sinful behaviors. As I prayerfully struggled over what to preach at his funeral, I was...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 22:27

Four Tears For Ireland

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I am sitting at my desk on a late-summer Saturday morning in Belfast, north of the Irish border. Perhaps, as I type, the Papal entourage will have already rolled in for its weekend visit to the Republic. Given the highly charged atmosphere, left as residue from the troubles, it is hard to speak on...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 22:51

Where Should Your Children Be During Worship?

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But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14)

Where are children supposed to be during a worship service? For many of the evangelical churches in our community, the answer to that question is, “With one of...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 22:00

3GT Episode 96: Potpourri

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Ever walked into Grandma's house and been met with the varied, old fragrances of her potpourri concoction? Kyle has, and he's hoping this episode smells nothing like it.

For the guys update you on a variety of matters. Reminders of all that is new at 3GT. Accounts of meeting faithful listeners in a...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 12:40

I Am Not My Own - Orlena Lynn Boyle (1922-2018)

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On August 18, 2018, Orlena Lynn Boyle (96) entered the joy of her Master. She was not her own; she was bought with a price, and she lived like it.

She served as a single missionary in pre-communist China and then Japan. In 1934, the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam deeply impressed the...

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The following article was sent to me by Ziyu Wang (not her real name), a former student of mine teaching children in Asia and working with deserted children there. This appeal from her heart and Scripture touched me, so I share it with you.

Christians are different from this world. They are like...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:41

System of Doctrine?

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Many reformed and presbyterian bodies use the phrase "system of doctrine" in their ordination vows. The particular branch of Christ's Church of which I am a minister has as its fourth ordination vow:

Do you believe in and accept the system of doctrine and the manner of worship set forth in the...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:06

Is he able…He is able

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I met a man the other day who asked me a straightforward question: “Tell me this, is God able to save me?”

“Yes, he is able,” I answered, to which he responded, “No, you don’t know me, God can’t save me.”

“You’re right, I don’t know...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:49

My Times are in Your Hand

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On Wednesday of last week our family returned from our vacation feeling refreshed and looking forward to being back in our own home once again, meeting friends and family and settling back into the work of ministry in our congregation. I had a funeral to conduct the next day, and so I went to visit...

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