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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Saturday, 05 January 2019 07:00

Designed for smiling

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3000 years ago King Solomon wrote:

A cheerful heart is good medicine,but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. (Proverbs 15:13)

Solomon was a people watcher. He knew the power of cheerfulness. But as...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 11:19

The Overgrown Tree of False Theology

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Imagine a tree “run riot into three very large and overgrown branches.” The tree is ancient and gnarly with a large trunk and a canopy that fills the sky. It is impressive to behold, much more revered than the tall trees of California or the ancient oaks that sparsely populate the...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 07:13

Why Pray for the Media?

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Why pray for the media? The answer is simple. Because God answers prayers offered up for the media.

Consider that in 2018 two of the heralded heroes of Sports Illustrated, Time, ESPNand other major media outlets were Rachael Denhollander and Tyler Trent. Both are Christians who have suffered...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 18:00

Storing Up God’s Word as a Precious Treasure

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It was an unusually warm winter day, and I had taken the day off. My plan was to engage in some needed inside activity. Then I saw the weather report. 50 degrees? On a December day? Since it had been a pretty busy fall, we hadn’t finished the leaf blowing, and the flower beds and the driveway...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 21:15

The Internet's Gifts in 2018

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While probably idiosyncratic and not very comprehensive, this seemed like a good day to reflect on some of the blessings God's brought my way through the internet. Though I love a good internet-bashing session, it remains an incredible tool by which a discerning Christian can gain many good things....

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Monday, 31 December 2018 21:00

3GT Episode 114: P is for Perseverance

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As a child, the parishioner, like many in the evangelical world, went to the altar again...and again...and again. Somehow during those years, it seemed like salvation never stuck. So he raises the question, "Can a believer lose his salvation?" In response, the pastor and professor launch into a...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 21:00

The Joy of Blogging

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I try not to blog too much about this blog, but every now and then duty calls. I wanted to make our readers aware of a few matters.

We won another "Challies" Award! Like many of our authors and readers, I love Tim Challies' blog and consider it the preeminent Christian site. So when I heard last...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 19:02

Thanks a Million

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As each December wanes, I send out notes to several people whose work was particularly helpful to me in the almost-ended year. I began this habit when I was a journalist—because I knew my work was only possible if people sacrificed their time to talk to me.

Author and Esquire editor A.J....

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Friday, 28 December 2018 18:10

Very Telling Words

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How many foolish, hasty, angry, impatient, unwise things we have said... if we know it instinctively we need to be warned of it biblically.

Jesus deals with words which are discredited, denounced and need to be discarded in an unforgettably penetrating passage in Matthew 12:33-37.

"Either make the...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 02:42

It's Time to Write Thank You Notes

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Christmas is over and you’ve collected your gifts. Etiquette says that if you were not present to receive your gift and say, “Thank you!” in person, then you should send a handwritten card. That’s probably a good guideline, though not many of us are guilty of overdoing...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 12:13

3GT Episode 113: The Persecuted Church in China

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With the outbreak of persecution by the government on the Early Rain Covenant Church of China in Chengdu, the guys address this subject on this episode. They look at the incredible instructions the elders of the church, who carefully prepared themselves and their flock for suffering, left for the...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 00:37

The Forgotten Part of the Christmas Story

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Behind the familiar scenes of shepherds and wise men so common at this time of year is one so horrific it often gets overlooked and under preached. Many would not even consider reading it or telling their children that this was also part of the story that went on during the time of Jesus’...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 19:00

Why Every Christian Needs a Christmas Tree

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It's not long to go to the big day now! The halls are already decked with mistletoe and holly. Tinsel will be draped over bannisters and hearths. Presents are rapidly accumulating by the hearth. Stockings are dangling from the mantlepiece and waiting to be filled. There may be an...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:56

Millionaire Slumdog: a Riches-to-Rags Story

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Perhaps you’ve seen the hit film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, which tells the rags-to-riches story of Jamal Malik, a boy from the slums of Mumbai who wins the top prize on the game show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ But you almost certainly don’t know the...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:00

A Letter to the Inactive Member

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I’m not certain but I suspect that if you asked a pastor what discourages him most, a common answer given would be the inactive member. By inactivity I don’t mean only those who are habitually absent, but also the member who merely warms a seat but does little to participate in the...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 20:00

What is a disciple?

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As my eight-year-old self could have told you, if you kick the ball at the wrong goal, it doesn’t matter how accurate or hard the kick is. Likewise, if we aim to “make disciples” as Jesus told us to, but don’t know what we’re aiming at, our ministry will be in vain....

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The guys have eaten some Christmas cookies and are wondering if they should feel a bit guilty. Are Reformed Christians supposed to participate in this holiday season?

To answer that, the 3GTers first take a stroll down Protestant Memory Lane to see when the first Silver Bells started ringing...and...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 00:35

Theology on the Go Interview

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With travel, preaching and teaching, and planning for a daughter's wedding next week, life is full! So instead of an article today, here is another option.

Recently I joined Jonathan Master and James Dolezal on one of my favorite podcasts, Theology on the Go, to discuss the subject of my book Hitting...

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:56

Worshiping When Dying is Gain

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Tomorrow morning as the sun rises on the first day of the week, Christians across the globe - from many tribes, languages, and nations - will greet the coming week by gathering together to worship Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For many that will be done with ease. We'll wake our kids up, feed them...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:15

'Tis the Season for Topigetical Sermons

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The Christmas season is upon us, which gives us Reformed Christians another reason to fight. Woohoo! Or less cynically, it’s time for the annual intramural debates which have other Christians scratching their heads about all the fuss. They mumble a nervous “Merry Christmas” and...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 01:25

Dominion that Extends to Domain Extensions

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How should the incarnation affect your use of the internet? We have received good news of peace through Jesus Christ, and “he is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36). We celebrate the incarnation because this was God’s plan for Jesus to be made both Lord and Christ. God the Father has given...

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Before you join Barry, Kyle, and Scott for this episode of 3GT, you may want to pray first. For the guys address seriously the subject of suicide.

Having been affected by suicide in their families, churches, and communities, the men talk about this epidemic in our nation. (Did you know suicide is...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 04:46

A Lesson Heard in Longfellow’s Home

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While in Cambridge on a trip to visit churches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island this past weekend, my host, Tom Fisher, took me on a walking tour of Harvard. Tom is a walking encyclopedia himself, and I immensely enjoyed hearing the history of the people, buildings, and sites on this sunny but...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 22:05

Is a long face more Christian?

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Life is hard. Difficult things happen to us. Serious matters—Heaven, Hell, eternity, sin—weigh on us. Yet in some places I see a long-faced Christianity—the long face worn almost as a badge of godliness.

Sometimes the retort is given, "We are never told of Jesus laughing, but often...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 20:21

Ten Best 2018 Books from Two Reading Aficionados

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The following article is by Russell Pulliam, an Indianapolis Star columnist who directs the Pulliam Fellowship summer intern program for the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic. Russ serves as a ruling elder in the Second Reformed Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis.

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My friend Greg Enas is...

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