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
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As I travel this month to various church gatherings, and head into Synod meetings this week with brethren from the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as well as my own denomination, I read with interest and conviction the following post a friend sent to me this morning. How tempting it is in...

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Saturday, 08 June 2019 01:24

A New Blasphemy Era

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Last year Ireland removed blasphemy as an offense from its constitution. It was seen as outdated and unworkable. It may have been those things—in fact the last time it was used was once in 1995 and then previously back in 1855.

But nature abhors a vacuum. And it seems more like a case of...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 01:10

Christ is Your Heaven

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When you think of heaven does your mind primarily meditate on family and friends that have gone before you? It is normal to think of loved ones who have died in the Lord and to look forward to their fellowship again. But how often do your meditations on heaven turn to Christ himself? How often do...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 19:00

The (True) Voice!

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‘The Voice’ is an NBC network television show here in the US, where aspiring vocalists from across the country compete against one another. After being coached by some of today’s biggest names in music, the contestants hope to win the most votes from television viewers and to earn...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 20:30

How to disagree with your spiritual leaders

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A couple weeks ago a man in our congregation disagreed with a decision by our elders. (Thus far, nothing new.) He made his disagreement known. (Again, unsurprising.) But in the process of hearing his concerns, I realized something different was going on: I didn't feel guarded, my stomach wasn't in...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 02:14

3GT Episode 135: Catechetical Preaching

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Scott puts on his parishioner hat and starts asking the pastors about preaching. He soon finds out afterward that he can hardly get a word in edgewise!

After exploring what Kyle and Barry do when it comes to choosing topics for sermons preached on occasion at other churches, Scott catechizes them...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 03:50

Offering Christ Freely

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In honor of the synods of the Reformed Presbyterian Church and Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church meeting together next week as Kyle highlighted, I want to offer a lesson I learned from the ARPs. I was especially blessed in this regard by Dr. Bill VanDoodewaard, whom I had the privilege of...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:00

Dangerous Delusions

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Rethinking easy assumptions in the life of the church

If you frequent this blog, you are probably not content to know God by merely making assumptions about Him.  God has commanded you to love Him with your mind. Thus, you’ve given yourself to studying the Bible so you can know God as He...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:11

Just Showing Up

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What, if anything, is distinctively Christian about our work?

From time to time, I hear Christians ask this question. A good part of the answer comes from Woody Allen.

The filmmaker is credited with saying, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Or, to give it a Christian twist, 80...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 06:24

3GT Episode 134: Heavenly Rewards

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A listener submitted a question regarding the nature of the heavenly rewards that the Bible promises. What are they, and how will they be enjoyed?

After first clarifying whether Kyle uses the term "y'all" or not in Kansas, the 3GTers get down to business. They commend the question, as too few...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 05:49

Avoiding an Eskimo Theology of Jesus

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Would our theology be different if Jesus had lived among the Eskimos before He went to the cross? I doubt this is a question you’ve been thinking about, but theologian Michael Bird has proposed this exact issue in a startling critique of evangelical theology. Bird writes,

The life of Jesus...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 02:01

The Mountain that Faith Moves

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Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to...

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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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