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

When one considers the law section of the Bible known as the Pentateuch – the first five books of the Bible – it is easy to think of them simply as codes and regulations like we have in modern law. Yet we need to remember there are various literary genres contained in what we know as...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 01:49

The Double Groan of the Gospel

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It would be ridiculous to deny that Christian are drenched with countless blessing both material and spiritual. Yet it would not be overstating the case to recognize that every Christian personally, and Gospel workers in particular, have the greatest share or portion not in this life...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 20:53

What’s wrong with the Occult?

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I’m giving a talk this evening to some of the young people of our Presbytery about the Occult, so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone today… Eastern Presbytery CY members look away now!!

 

In his introduction to TheScrewtape Letters, C.S. Lewis wrote ‘There are...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 03:18

Browse Worthy: Shots in the Arm

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So often the news and even blogosphere can be depressing to read, from the latest political scandal to the next ecclesiastical controversy. Though living in this sin-drenched world means we have to deal with negative news, meditating on the grace of God in Christ can fill us with the Spirit’s...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:30

Sanctifying a Slight Suffering

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I’m in my easy chair, where I’ve spent most of the past five days with a run of vertigo, likely due to a bug. Because this dizziness is mostly what’s on my mind, I’ve been seeking God’s grace to find ways to sanctify this slight suffering. Here are some lessons...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:47

And so-and-so Begat so-and-so

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We all know the difficulties of “so-and-so begat so-and-so.” Many evangelical believers read through a Bible in a year reading program. Several of the daily readings will include lists of genealogies that secretly–or maybe not so secretly–prompt the reader to ask questions...

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On this episode of 3GT, we interview Pastor Gordon Keddie, author of the new book Prayers of the Bible from Crown & Covenant Publications. Yet this is not your ordinary interview. With his Scottish brogue, lively spirit, and keen insights, Gordon brings the subject of prayer to life!

Nor is...

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R.J. George was a predecessor of mine by more than a century, having served as a pastoral theology professor at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary from 1892 until the time of his death in 1911. George wrote a three-volume set entitled Lectures in Pastoral Theology that...

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Not presumably because you were taught to do that in your pastoral theology class! Nor because that’s what you saw an elder doing when one of your relatives was sick! Nor because you just like saying comforting things to other Christian people!

The far better reason to do it is because it is...

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 05:23

Frustrated with a Friend

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Having an interest in Hebrew and Old Testament studies in particular there are few people to whom I am more indebted than the scholar Mark Futato. His language courses are brilliant and his contribution to Hebrew studies massive. Whether thinking of ‘BibleWorks’ or...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 04:29

The Crosses of Peace, Purity, and Progress

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In his famous biography Roland Bainton paints a captivating (if perhaps not altogether honest) portrait of one of Martin Luther’s most famous moments. Attending an imperial assembly in the city of Worms, Luther was called upon to give answer to his writings. He entered the town in a two...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 00:38

No longer talking

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Have you noticed that people are no longer talking? Sure, there is plenty of chat in shops and restaurants, but how often do you phone someone? If you’re over 40 you probably haven’t changed your habits, but I suspect that if you are under 40 there has been a change.

I’m reading Alo...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 20:00

The Blessed Fulgentius (A.D. 467-532)

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Fulgentius, Bishop of Ruspe, remains a relatively unknown leader of the early church. Almost certainly born in A. D. 467, Fulgentius (sometimes known as Fulgence) lived a busy life of sixty-five years until his death in 532. He lived in North Africa (present day Tunisia) during a difficult era of...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 20:57

3GT Episode 60: Should Christians Tithe?

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The parishioner asks a simple question. Does the New Testament still require a tithe from Christians? You would think a simple answer would follow. But not when the pastor and professor tangle!

From Melchizedek to Malachi, from mint leaves to mercy, from money in the plate to money given...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 05:55

You Can’t Reform What You Won’t Touch

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I’ve loved all the special services, conferences, blog posts, and books for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation these past weeks. I’ve revelled in remembering stories of Luther’s heroics, hearing messages on the doctrines of grace, and being stirred to keep carrying the torch...

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Friday, 03 November 2017 11:45

Child-like Maturity and Childish Adulthood

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What does it mean to have a child-like faith?  And how in the midst of their stormy youth are we adults to guide little ones away from childishness and toward the child-like maturity which Jesus commends as the only way to receive his kingdom?  We could begin by shoring up our...

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Friday, 03 November 2017 06:13

Strangers in Sauna 4

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Just back from the gym! It’s been a rather hectic week – well behind on preparation. Yet, it has also been the best personal witnessing week for a few months. Had two or three long chats with total strangers who have been stopping me to ask questions.

Tonight, in the sauna, however,...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:33

A Beautiful Ministry

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Yesterday the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary had the privileged blessing of having Dr. Murray Capill, Principal of Reformed Theological College in Melbourne, Australia, speak in chapel. He preached a wonderful message from Isaiah 52:7 on what constitutes “A Beautiful...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:30

Praying for more reformation

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In her article How the prosperity gospel is sparking a major change in the world’s most Catholic country, Sarah Pulliam Bailey records the changes taking place in Brazil, where Catholicism still reigns but is scheduled to hit minority status within thirteen years. The main force behind the...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 22:20

3GT Episode 58: Flag Football

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None of the 3GTers are really built for football, but they try to tackle the current issue of football players kneeling or not for the flag and the national anthem. Well, maybe not tackle, but they play a mean game of flag football!

Aaron holds the ball looking for a receiver for a while by telling...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 23:07

9.5 Theses: Suggested Reading on the Reformation

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This article originally appeared hereon the Tabletalk Magazine website and is reposted here with permission.

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With the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses approaching on the last day of this month, how might a church put...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 20:18

An Old Christian Model For New Church Growth

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Chat in Corinth

‘Have you heard about the latest Church Growth Model in Corinth? The latest preachers in Acro Creek think they’ve nailed success! O.K., it’s a little alternative, and it’s the opposite to what Paul said (but then again, for some strange reason, he seems to...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 02:30

The Importance of Practical Religion

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‘The Gospel is at stake! You must not budge an inch! Peter, brothers, Barnabas, you’ve got to change your practice!’

Is that how it happened in Antioch, with Paul’s face-to-face rebuke of Peter, where he refused the spare the blushes? The truth of the Gospel was endangered by...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 01:11

A Small Town Halloween

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To many in my community Halloween is a night of small town fun. Our church will be lighting up our gravel parking lot and inviting our neighbors over to play games like glow in the dark ring toss and leaf pile scavenger hunt. There will be hot cider and fresh popcorn for the adults and copious...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 22:07

Big Doors Little Hinges

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If you visit Heinz Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, you will pass through enormous, oak doors that are fifteen feet high and weigh 800 pounds each.  The amazing thing about the doors is that they actually work.  In many historic buildings there are massive doors but...

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