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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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:00

Host a T-Shirt Night!

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Many Christians promote the idea of journaling as a good spiritual discipline. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve been more of a scrapbooker over the years, with more pictures than words! In today’s world, traditional photo albums, and their newer sticker-clad iterations,...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 20:00

What is Good Preaching?

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Francis James Grimke (1850-1937) was a presbyterian minister in Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida. An African-American pastor, highly respected for his long leadership and preaching, he also gave voice and leadership to the church’s work of reconciliation. Born into slavery, he was...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:21

Fighting the Patriarchy?

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The famous Parc des Bastions' Mur de la Reformation was vandalized on July 15, 2019 in rainbow colors. Earlier in the year, the phrase "Where are the Women?" was scrawled across it. The claim was that the recent vandalisms was to "fight the patriarchy" of the reformation and its influence on...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:39

3GT Episode 141: God Breathed

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On this episode, Professor Rut Etheridge of Geneva College joins the 3GTers for an interview. He discusses with them his first book that's about to be released entitled God Breathed.

Many cultural and philosophical barriers often stand in the way of a true experience with the Living God through His...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 20:00

Love Through the Awkward

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As a nurse, I do awkward situations for a living—the delirious patient who thinks I have spiders crawling all over me.  The menopausal woman who bursts into tears for no apparent reason.  The adult with dementia who refuses to put clothes on.  I see, hear, and smell things that...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 07:00

Christ's Refreshing Heart

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Yesterday was a treat - particularly worship last night. I attended a local service at which a friend I trained with was preaching.

An Experience of Refreshment

Honestly, I was blown away: perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised. He is a wise, godly, able pastor-preacher. He spoke on...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 06:24

Orientation Identity and the Church

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In this bravest and newest of worlds, people have taken upon themselves the responsibility to self-identify. Looking inwardly for their truth, they examine their thoughts and passions to determine who they are. If their heart is inclined, or oriented, in a certain direction, then that proclivity...

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 05:26

The Big Plus

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Just finished family worship with Hazel and the boys - tonight we read, with comment, Ephesians chapter 1.

Quite breathtaking really, when you think about the glories of the great and gracious redemptive purpose of God - and best of all for us Paul ends up on the Church.

It's easy to be snippy - God...

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Friday, 12 July 2019 21:35

Well Let's Just See...

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Crumbling Foundations

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2019 has been a distressing year in the West. New York State passed legislation sanctioning pregnancy termination at any point in gestation. A Northern Ireland court, just last week, handed out a custodial sentence for the brutal claw-hammering-to-death of a chihuahua...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:00

Participating in Pastoral Refreshment

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The Vital Churches Committee of the RPCNA reminds the synod  each year in its report “one of the most important keys to church renewal is a renewed pastor.” What brings refreshment and renewal to a pastor?

Ultimately, if refreshment is to come, the Lord himself must bring it; he...

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In a post-Christian culture, how can Christian ministers let young people reared within it know that they can be trusted?  The same way missionaries earn trust among the people they seek to serve:  Learn their language. And as missionaries will tell us, being truly conversant means much...

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Last year our congregation celebrated 150 years of gospel ministry. It was quite the milestone! For a century and a half our congregation has been led by godly ministers and committed elders, and served by compassionate deacons. But as I reflected on our history and those dedicated to our...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 04:50

More About Jesus I Would Know

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I have found that if you mention theology around some folks they will head towards the door. A lot of people are not interested in how their salvation works. They just want to be end-users. They want to be saved but do not want to know the ins and outs of that salvation. They just want to believe...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 22:00

3GT Episode 140: Visiting the Elderly

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Barry's concerned. As the senior member of the podcast, there were opportunities recently for Scott and Kyle to spend time with him. But they were MIA! So he decides to guide the youngsters into a discussion on the importance of visiting the elderly.

In all seriousness, the guys share experiences...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 03:38

Feeling Youthful

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Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,Your youth are to You as the dew.-Psalm 110:3
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Over the Fourth of July weekend, I had the privilege of spending time at Geneva College with forty young people ages 18-24, along with several leadership...

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Friday, 05 July 2019 23:00

Each according to its kind...

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Friday, 05 July 2019 06:57

When The Church Isn't What It Should Be

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I still remember when I first learned the church can be a messy place. I was in eighth grade and the congregation I grew up in got entangled in a controversy. Lines were drawn, sides were taken, friendships were severed, and spiritual wounds were inflicted. I wasn’t personally involved in the...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 19:00

Stars and Stripes Forever!

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Since this post is going up on a national holiday here in the United States (July 4), it seemed appropriate to have an “Independence Day” theme. This week, we will see lots of red, white, and blue, as flags, food, and fireworks abound. As I thought about what to write, Stars and Stripes...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 21:00

Pictures of Preachers

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John Stott was an English Anglican pastor, whose commentaries and books on preaching have been a help to many pastors. Although it's not his best-known work on preaching, my recent read through The Preacher's Portrait: Five New Testament Word Studiesproved so encouraging that it's squarely in my...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 08:25

Enjoy Your Freedom? Thank a Presbyterian.

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As those of us in the United States this week celebrate freedom from British governance, consider the many ways that Presbyterianism influenced the decision to enter a war for independence and take up arms against a magistrate:

  1. Only a Presbyterian understanding of Romans 13 would allow us to enter...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 22:10

3GT Episode 139: The State of the Seminary

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The month of July brings anniversaries of all varieties. Wedding, ordination, and even our nation's anniversary to name a few (which the 3GTers do). But it also marks one year in office for Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary President Barry York. So like two press correspondents, Scott and...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 09:55

Instagram Influencers

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Always a few steps behind the latest social media fad anyway, I learned recently from one my daughters there are people called "Instagram Influencers." According to this website, an Instagram Influencer  

is an Instagram user with a large number of followers, established credibility, and high...

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Friday, 28 June 2019 20:43

Breaking the Siege

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I attend a lunchtime Bible study at my office, sitting around a conference table with 10-20 co-workers to pray and read the scriptures.

This month, we began studying Revelation. And in the early chapters, our discussions turned to this question: Are we today, as Christians in the United States,...

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Friday, 28 June 2019 01:09

3GT Episode 138: Lovin' On Ruling Elders

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With one ruling elder on board (Or is it two?), the guys decide to show some love to those who hold this important office of the church. They discuss how to develop and encourage men who serve the flock of God in this position.

The 3GTers begin by defining Biblically what a ruling elder is, and how...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:27

Messy Church History: Keepin' Us Honest

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King David brought Bathsheba into a home where there were other wives and concubines. Not only was she another woman—a competing woman—but she was with child, and unbeknown to David’s other wives, she was a widow because of murder. Sometimes I imagine the wedding ceremony. Can you...

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