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
Saturday, 25 May 2019 02:32

Total Humiliation

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I'm preaching tomorrow on the third prediction in Mark of the 'total humiliation' of Christ.

The question I want to ask is why must the Son of Man suffer the most cruel, excruciating, humiliating, mocking, spitting, flogging & killing?

See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 07:20

A Bird Nest in Your Hair

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As a middle schooler I remember sheepishly raising my hand and asking my Sunday school teacher the question: “Is it sinful to be tempted?” It was a genuine question arising not so much out of theoretical speculation, but out of the guilt and shame that often accompany daily temptations....

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:48

A Faith that Dwelt First in Our Grandmother Lois

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Earlier this month in Lafayette, Indiana, my 91-year-old grandmother, Lois Long, died in faith like the saints of Hebrews 11. She left 90 descendants, including 21 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. She was able to speak to all of us in the last few weeks of her life, and she spoke to many...

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After a brief hiatus, the boys are back ready to rumble.  And for this episode, they have added a fourth guy to help them do so.

Dr. Richard Gamble is Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, author of The Whole Counsel of God, and (importantly for this...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 02:20

Why Is Love not a Mark of the Church?

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In the book Hitting the Marks: Restoring the Essential Identity of the Church,I present the historic, Reformed understanding that the three key identification marks of a true church are the faithful preaching of God's Word, the right administration of the sacraments, and the proper exercise of...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 22:18

Clearing Your Conscience - Acts 24:16

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It is vital for every Christian to keep the conscience clear. There are many things of which the world, flesh and devil may accuse us, which may be true or false. To serve well in the church, and shine light on the state, we must know we’ve done right to maintain a vibrant witness. As Paul...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 17:21

Reading in a Gold mine

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Some years ago I read through Stephen Charnock’s rather large book “Existence and Attributes of God”. It's an intimidating book, but I was going to be preaching on the attributes of God and thought if I was ever going to read this, now was the time. So I aimed to read 10 pages a...

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In February my father was diagnosed with primary liver cancer. The diagnosis was bad enough to begin with, but since then an inoperable tumour in the bile duct has also been discovered. The prognosis is bleak at best. But what is worst of all is that my dad is not a Christian. As a pastor I have...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:00

You Need to Drink More Water!

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Perhaps you are the type of person who always carries around a bottle of water, encouraging others to drink more. Perhaps, like me, you are the recipient of such encouragements.

I was recently thinking about water as I read Psalm 42. I typically think of Psalm 42 and 43 as great psalms of hope in...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 22:00

Songs of Disruption

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The following is a guest post from our friend and transplant to Australia, Laura Cerbus. Laura is originally from the Pittsburgh area and now lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she and her husband serve in the McKinnon RP church. Her days are full of homeschooling, teaching English to immigrants,...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 04:11

Concurrent Synods: A Great Opportunity

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Next Month, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPC) and the Reformed Presbyterian Church North America (RPCNA) will hold corresponding Synods at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. This event is the second concurrent meeting of our synods. The first was held in June of 2015 at...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:50

Mourning the Loss of a Mother in Israel

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Recently I received the news that Lois Long had contracted pneumonia and then, several days later, I heard that she passed away on May 4. As I awaited the news of her arrangements, what I feared occurred. The visitation and funeral were scheduled on days that meant I could not attend because of...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 07:00

Must-Read for Many!

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On strong recent recommendation, a few days ago, I picked up a book that my wife Hazel kindly purchased for me, and began to leaf through its pages.

It is utterly contemporary, thoroughly researched and stirringly illustrated, jam-packed with testimonials to a savage secular distortion of humanity...

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Friday, 10 May 2019 20:00

A Call To Arms - Weapon Up!

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Just a few brief thoughts on prayer came to mind recently about the importance of prayer as I was meditating on Ephesians 6.18:

Prayer an Offensive Weapon

The aim is to fight off the attacks of the enemy and advance the cause of the Gospel. We are not to employ physical slings, swords or shots but to...

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 07:22

Four Reasons to Love the Psalms

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A guest post by my friend, Rev. Bill Boekestein.

Some Psalms are easy to love. It is no mystery why Psalm 23 is a perennial favorite. But it is also no mystery why we cherry-pick the Psalms. What do you do with prayers that ask God to let the children of the wicked become vagabonds (Ps. 109:10)?...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 23:17

What Mothers Hope for on Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What should mothers make of the day? Of course, they should graciously and humbly receive the gratitude of their children. But, it is also wise for women to guard against self-centeredness on this day. Good mothers don’t find their worth in...

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Monday, 06 May 2019 07:00

Psalm 146 - Messiah or Prince?

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We are stirred by this Psalm to make God our trust - the structure is simple and its message is clear.

Unbridled Praise - Verses 1-2

The psalmist rouses his soul to present himself to God in a life of wholehearted praise:

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I...

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On May 10th, Geneva College will host a dedication event in honor of John Gerstner, as the theological library and papers of this prominent theologian and prolific author are donated by his family to the college. In anticipation of this time, 3GT invited his biographer, Jeffrey McDonald, on the...

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Saturday, 04 May 2019 03:44

The God who Disturbs our Consciences

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Sometimes we bury things. Deep in the realms of the past. Hidden from everyday remembering. I’m not thinking of things that have happened to us—rather things we have done. Things we regret, things that haunt us when our mind betrays us and stirs up dormant memories.

I was speaking...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 09:25

The Restoration of the Jews

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In July of 1696, the New England Puritan Cotton Mather wrote in his diary: “This day, from the dust, where I lay prostrate, before the Lord, I lifted up my cries […] For the conversion of the Jewish Nation, and for my own having the happiness, at some time or other, to baptize a Jew,...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 19:00

Kamping and Koinonia

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With the arrival of spring, campers once again are getting out their tents, popups, and RVs and heading out for new adventures. For me, my foray into camping as a regular part of life is relatively recent. Put together my love for organization, my fascination with tiny houses, and my realization...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 22:00

Getting the Kingdom Right

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Ever since I came into the Reformed Presbyterian church twenty years ago, I've been hearing about this kingdom.Though I grew up in reformed churches, the idea of Jesus being the Mediatorial King over the world for the sake of the Father wasn't a significant part of my thinking. But these...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:38

Why Moms, Dads and Bosses Need Kid-Focused Careers

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Several positive trends were presented as tragedy last week in a New York Times story about work and family.

The Timesnoted that employers pay premium wages to highly educated workers—both men and women—that are willing to work extra-long hours—more than 50 per week. And because...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 22:51

3GT Episode 131: Hodgepodge-cast

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On this hodgepodge of an episode, the guys have a little fun and discuss the podcast. They "rewind" some of their episodes and point out a few of their blunders. The subjects of angels, Biblical masculinity, and Mary's conception of Jesus are revisited. A letter from an overseas listener is read...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 05:30

On Headcoverings

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Why does my wife not wear a headcovering? Simply put, because she is not a prophetess. Please let me explain.

Women wearing headcoverings has been a practice in churches as diverse as Amish, German Baptist, Mennonite, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and Scottish Presbyterian ones. Often in Reformed churches...

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