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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Monday, 22 May 2017 01:03

The Age of Accountability?

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Is there an “age of accountability” for children? No, I do not believe so.

The term “age of accountability” has become a theological term in many circles.  According to Theopedia, it is defined to be “that time in the development of a person when he or she can and...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 18:53

Missing Words

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I am a bit of a word geek. I have a passing interest in where words and phrases come from. A few years ago I had a “Forgotten English” desk calendar which had a different word each day—such glorious terms as dringle(to waste time in a lazy, lingering manner), eargh(superstitiousl...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:56

Fidget Spinners, the Gospel and School Assembly

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I’ve just come home from taking the assembly at our local primary school and it struck me that the American readers of our blog in particular might be interested – if not downright astonished – to hear something about it. Even UK readers – indeed, even some Northern Irish...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:24

Moms Have Feelings Too

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My human tornado of a daughter, Emory, is back home from Europe. Between telling us of her trip and preparing to leave at the end of the month to live with our oldest daughter for the summer, she had time to write this guest post, which is a nice follow-up both to Mother’s Day and this...

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What Is Technology Doing To Us?

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Forbidden Knowledge

Sam Harris is one of America’s leading atheists, and he hosts a very popular podcast called Waking Up.  I almost always find his interviews interesting.  Two recent episodes are especially exceptional....

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Monday, 15 May 2017 21:50

3GT Episode 38: Tattoo Taboos

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Between recording planned episodes, a conversation started between the Three Guys Theologizing, of all things, tattoos. So they pushed the record button and found out one of us has tattoos! And not just any tattoos, but ones with biblical language and Reformed mottoes!

So join this invigorating and...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 06:48

Crying “Wolf!”

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We are all familiar with the proverbial story of the boy watching sheep who cried “Wolf!” falsely a few times for fun. He then paid the price when a wolf actually did show up and begin attacking the flock. The townspeople, the objects of his earlier mockery, ignored his cries when they...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 21:12

Christ’s Help for Sabbath-Keeping

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I’m getting geared up to preach on Genesis 2.1-3 tomorrow morning, so I thought I would share with you a few thoughts on how Christ helps us keep the Sabbath.

First by His Example

Along with Father and Spirit, the Pre-Incarnate Word, the Logos or Eternal Son, rested on the seventh day, as the...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:26

Browse Worthy: Bully Pulpits

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Since we have posted articles on pastoral failure and bullied pastors, let’s add to the collection by pointing to some good articles on pastors who give the term “bully pulpit” altogether the wrong meaning. Having tended through the years to some dear souls who have been roughed...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:00

A Wave of Worship

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Each Saturday at about noon in the West, a great drama begins to unfold. At that time, the sun begins to rise in the Pacific islands on a new day of worship for the Christian church.

As we labor and play here in America on Saturday, saints rise from their beds in the Pacific islands, in New Zealand,...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 01:47

3GT Episode 37: Poor Memories

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No, the 3GTers are not discussing getting old! Rather, they reflect on the Biblical duty to remember the poor.

Kyle starts off with the Apostle James’ admonition not to show partiality in the church. Barry shares the story of his friend Thomas (pictured) who recently died, and the other men...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 03:35

A Tale of Two Men with ALS

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Two men with bright minds, one known as Stephen and another as Steven, have ALS.

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The Stephen with ALS is none other than Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist and Director of the Centre of Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

The Steven with ALS is Steve Miller, a pastor and...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 00:19

Strangers in Saunas – Update 2

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Just back from my Monday lunchtime swim at the gym – thought it might be good to pass on some more information.

Up to 60 lengths today – please don’t get visions of a Bluefin Tuna gliding effortlessly from end to end. My aquatics are more akin to that of the Humpback Whale!

The main...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:15

Browse Worthy: When a Pastor Falls

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David Murray at HeadHeartHand blog tackles a topic that is becoming all too common – the fall of a pastor. As Kyle indicated, this tragic situation often leaves a congregation devastated and disillusioned, his family ashamed and uncertain, and the world often mocking and laughing....

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 23:56

Hurtful Sheep and Bullied Shepherds

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The final “Amen” was given and my friend descended the pulpit and took his usual place at the back door. As people filed by shaking his hand one particular member of the congregation approached him. Foregoing any and all pleasantries he immediately began to humiliatingly pick apart the...

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It is a true tragedy when a great life is marred by a glaring failure, when accomplishments are marked by an *asterisk, when every great memory is followed by the ominous “Nevertheless.” Lives that begin well but end poorly are much harder to comprehend than those that are wicked...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 22:14

3GT Episode 36: The Shadow Shows

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Can you see Christ portrayed in the Book of Job? If so, how? The shadow shows!

The Three Guys welcome C.J. Williams, Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, as they discuss his new book The Shadow of Christ in the Book of Job. As they sit at...

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Or it is at all possible that we are living in the Matrix?  Or are a brain in a vat?  Be honest!  Is it at all possible?

In this second video (do watch the firstif you missed it), I tackle this thorny problem.  Having wrestled with this subject for well over a decade, I do...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 23:59

Advice to Young Adults Living at Home

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Once again the York household has a week of flux upon us. My middle daughter, who graduated from college last year and has been living with us as she works toward going to physician’s assistant school, is heading out of country today for a few weeks. Tomorrow Papa, my father-in-law who has...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 07:49

The Gospel According to David

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I’ve just finished preaching on Psalm 19.12. I was attempting to preach the text taking careful note of context. Having now descended the pulpit my thoughts crystallised as I drove home. I have come to think of this Psalm as ‘The Gospel According to David’. I have a sneaking...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 22:39

“The Best We Can Hope For”

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“Great news! That’s the best we can hope for.”  So began a recent email from a friend responding to the results of a bone marrow biopsy I had last week.  Back on August 25, 2016, I began a clinical trial to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a disease I have been...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:30

The Eschatological Insufficiency of the Archaic

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In the church, as in life, it’s often hard to give up things that have become old friends. Sometimes, it’s hard to know when they have outlived their usefulness, and we must exercise wisdom in removing archaic fixtures.

You might have seen that Basking Ridge Presbyterian’s 600-year...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 22:12

3GT Episode 35: Incrementalism or Absolutionism?

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To start things off, the boys open the mailbag and get excited. They discover there are such creatures as English Presbyterians, and one has even listened to every 3GT episode. Another listener responds to our Lord’s Day episode with an encouraging testimony in the workplace.

Then Aaron...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 23:06

What a Weekend!

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My heart overflows with joy this morning. So I’ve decided just to practice the original idea of blogging and do “web logging” today of what I experienced this weekend. The Lord is so good to his people.

Friday night my daughter’s Christian school put on a talent show. Run by...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 01:03

Christ’s Love For God’s Folk

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Don’t you just love church?

Aren’t Christian brothers and sisters the most delightful, excellent folk? It is hard to describe the joy harmonious fellowship with godly people brings! Those providential meetings with unknown believers on vacation; long conversations into the evening at a...

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