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, 22 September 2017 23:40

Comfort for Christians

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A number of years ago, I came across a beautifully written, pastorally helpful, spiritually enriching and heart-consoling, little volume by Arthur. W. Pink, published by Baker Books, entitled ‘Comfort for Christians’. What caught my eye, and lured me like a bee to honey, was...

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I imagine it was a paradisiacal day—whatever happy, joyful, and blissful picture that gives your imagination—when the serpent slithered to the woman in the Garden of Eden. He did not come armed with bow or sword but only with his tongue and a simple but provocative question: “Did...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:00

Browse Worthy: Tim Challies’ Visual Theology

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Little by little over the past few years, Tim Challies, with the assistance of a graphic artist, has been building an impressive array of visually sharp diagrams, charts, and displays of Biblical truth. Called Visual Theology, these products range from quotes by famous Christians to lists of the...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 01:14

Bigger Thoughts

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“Shorter! Simpler! More punchy!” Whether you’re a journalist or a teacher or a pastor, there is a constant pressure to consolidate our communication. Pastors are taught that our sermons need to have a theme that can be easily expressed in one, simple sentence. Many people...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 22:19

3GT Episode 53: Plants Pillars

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In this episode, 3GT becomes 3DT – Three Dads Theologizing!

For Aaron read Psalm 144 and, boy, is he full of questions! First, he wants to know why daughters are described as palace pillars and sons as productive plants in Psalm 144. Then he wants to know how to raise them this way. Then he...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 04:06

The Half-Way Covenant Whole-Hearted Youth Ministry

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Baptists and Presbyterians can agree regarding one application of child baptism in church history. What was known as the Half-way Covenant was a bad idea. Yet from it we can gain a valuable lesson regarding the church’s gospel duty to young people.

Jonathan Edwards was the pastor during...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:24

The language of tears

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I came across a set of photographs of tears taken using a microscope. They are fascinating to look at; vastly different in their detail and patterns, like looking down at changing landscapes from an aeroplane.

The photographer, Rose-Lynn Fisher, has pictures of tears from all sorts of circumstances:...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:18

Boy or Girl? How do we relate to Transgender People?

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The decision this week by English parents Nigel and Sally Rowe to remove their 6-year old son from primary school and homeschool him instead has started a media storm. Why the fuss? Because their reason for doing so was the confusion their son experienced when a boy in his class came to school...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:45

Fallen Towers, Risen Savior

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Another September 11th has passed, a date of national and global significance ever since the terrifying events which darkened that bright morning back in 2001.  Sadly and predictably, as the years have gone by, many of us are having a harder time remembering that day in a way that honors its...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:57

An Abundance of Counselors

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In an abundance of counselors there is safety and victory (Proverbs 11:14 & 24:5-6). The Lord himself is our great Counselor. In addition to his word and the work of his Spirit within us, he uses people to aid us in making wise decisions. There are at least two ways in which the...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 22:00

3GT Episode 52: Food Fads Diabolical Diets

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Kyle the husband was served white rice and he wants to know why. Aaron the science teacher rants about scientific food studies. Barry the absent-minded struggles to remember videos and movies. It’s a red meat episode as the guys tackle those who associate gluten (and the lack thereof) with...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 05:49

Necessarily, Freely, or Contingently

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When God ordains the reprobation of a sinner, some believe that this choice must mean that God cannot greatly love the reprobate in history.  If God passes over an individual, it must follow that God cannot entreat that sinner to repent, or love that sinner, or send Christ for that sinner. But...

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The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in cooperation with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals annually hosts the Westminster Conference that kicks off the school year in early September. Given next month’s upcoming 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses,...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 23:35

God is all you need

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This morning as we speak the Caribbean territories and the ‘pan-handle’ state is caught in the grip of a hurricane, which, if predictions are correct, will result in dire need. Back here, in case you are not aware, on the western seaboard of the Atlantic, many public figures...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:22

Browse Worthy: The Nashville Statement

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Nashville Statement | Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood issued a declaration consisting of fourteen articles addressing the gender and marriage issues of our day. Called the Nashville Statement, it was originally signed by a group of...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 23:06

When Irony Thickens

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I am a fan of Sam Harris’ podcast.  Not only are his interviews superb, but as one of America’s leading atheists, it is good to know what the other side is saying.

Speaking of hearing what the other side is saying, Sam Harris recently had “The Very Bad Wizards” on his...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 21:00

Romans 16, A Model of Encouragement

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Everyone loves to be encouraged and praised and valued. We all know instinctively that “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good work makes him glad.” (Pro. 12:25) Yet many of us struggle to build habits of regularly encouraging others. Perhaps many are worried that...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 21:55

3GT Episode 51: Heretic! Heretic!

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From a question that arose during family worship, the prof turns the pastor and parishioner’s attention to II Peter 2 and asks how to identify a heretic. For it is a term that is often used wrongly (Luther was called one!) but should not be thrown around lightly. The parishioner immediately...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 23:53

Like Scarecrows in Cucumber Fields

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That’s how Jeremiah mocked the idols of his day. After describing the vanity of people constructing gods from wood, silver, and gold, then setting them up and fastening them so they would not totter, the prophet says:

Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 22:18

Always Looking; Never Wanting to Find

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Here’s something I’ve noticed: It’s cool to search for God, but uncool to find him. People talk about wanting to find spiritual reality and deeper meaning, about wanting to get in touch with God. The idea of looking for him sounds good—the search, the journey—but the...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 09:55

The Blossoming of a Desert Rose

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imageOn Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas, Nevada, forty-seven people gathered for worship in the back room of a rented church building. From the perspective of the world’s desert-playground, the called service of public worship was less than noteworthy. It went totally unnoticed, I am sure. The...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 05:56

Psalter Project: The Lord is My Shepherd

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Our friends at Psalter Project have a new production of Psalm 23.  As they say:

‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ captures the heart of Psalter Project’s latest album The Good Life. Esther Ellis sings this simple, beautiful arrangement of Psalm 23, written by Emily...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 22:00

Browse Worthy: David Powlison on the Sexually Broken

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The Crossway blog site recently published a series of four articles highlighting truths found in David Powlison’s new book Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken. Powlison, the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation,...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 20:30

Grace Is Always Better

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This guest post comes to us from Maria Rockhill, who has recently relocated to one of the wetter parts of Texas to be part of the Living Way church plant in Bryan along with her husband Steve. —–

It isn’t coincidental that our opening exercise scripture passages the last few soggy,...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 00:49

Underestimating the Genius of God

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I am of the opinion that C.S. Lewis’ book Perelandra is a work of genius. The rich allegory, theological depth, and masterful literary style all combine to make this one of the greatest books I have ever read.

But not all share my opinion.  It is not hard to find reviews that, while...

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