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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After discussing whether the "G" in 3GT should stand for "Gentlemen" to encourage more dignity on the podcast, the gents get down to business on this episode's topic. Why does the minister hold up his hands and quote a Bible verse at the end of the worship service?

Though seemingly a small ritual,...

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Monday, 29 July 2019 07:00

The Bare Bones of the Gospel

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Intro

Recent fossil discoveries have left paleontologists stroking beards - a triceratops in the States and a unidirectional shoal of fish in SW France, near Cognac, hit headline news this week.

Ambition

I must confess I'm a wanabee fossil freak - a trip to Beachy Head, Sussex, of late, left me...

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Friday, 26 July 2019 22:01

Stuck in the Past?

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A Common Condition

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From time to time we bump into folk who seem glued into a groove. For a whole variety of reasons, which they may or may not have caused, they linger on glory days, continue to harbor hurts, are paralyzed by problems, are frozen fast by providence, and won't or can't move on. Such...

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 05:53

3GT Episode 142: Lifting Your Pastor's Hands

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Moses' raised hands, blessing Joshua in the battle against the Amalekites below him, became too heavy to hold up any longer. Yet Aaron and Hur stood on either side and supported his arms in his ministry. Similarly, many pastors become weary in their labors in the pastorate. How can churches support...

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 04:20

When Christians Gaze at the Moon

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Last Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon. As a graduate of Neil Armstrong’s Purdue University, I’ve long been fascinated by the story of lunar exploration. I love a good museum exhibit on the space program. My wife has learned that such visits are...

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Monday, 22 July 2019 14:16

I Need Hope: A Guest Post

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In John Bunyan’s classic Pilgrim’s Progress the protagonist has one companion who sticks with him to the end of the journey. This friend stays close through times of despair and helps Christian cross the river of death into heaven.His name is “Hopeful.”Bunyan’s point?To...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:00

Reasons for Romance

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Why was Boaz so attracted to Ruth? That is a question I pondered as I was reading the family tree in Matthew (for me a constant source of fruit)!

...And Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king -...

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Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:44

The Unlikely Ways of God

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Would you pick an 80-year-old man to lead a slave uprising?A timid man to lead an army against an all-conquering hoard?A mild whisper to inspire a dejected prophet?A shameful cross to bring us to a place of life and honour?

In a world accustomed to social media influencers and brand consultants,...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:00

Host a T-Shirt Night!

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Many Christians promote the idea of journaling as a good spiritual discipline. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve been more of a scrapbooker over the years, with more pictures than words! In today’s world, traditional photo albums, and their newer sticker-clad iterations,...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 20:00

What is Good Preaching?

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Francis James Grimke (1850-1937) was a presbyterian minister in Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida. An African-American pastor, highly respected for his long leadership and preaching, he also gave voice and leadership to the church’s work of reconciliation. Born into slavery, he was...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:21

Fighting the Patriarchy?

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The famous Parc des Bastions' Mur de la Reformation was vandalized on July 15, 2019 in rainbow colors. Earlier in the year, the phrase "Where are the Women?" was scrawled across it. The claim was that the recent vandalisms was to "fight the patriarchy" of the reformation and its influence on...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:39

3GT Episode 141: God Breathed

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On this episode, Professor Rut Etheridge of Geneva College joins the 3GTers for an interview. He discusses with them his first book that's about to be released entitled God Breathed.

Many cultural and philosophical barriers often stand in the way of a true experience with the Living God through His...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 20:00

Love Through the Awkward

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As a nurse, I do awkward situations for a living—the delirious patient who thinks I have spiders crawling all over me.  The menopausal woman who bursts into tears for no apparent reason.  The adult with dementia who refuses to put clothes on.  I see, hear, and smell things that...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 07:00

Christ's Refreshing Heart

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Introduction

Yesterday was a treat - particularly worship last night. I attended a local service at which a friend I trained with was preaching.

An Experience of Refreshment

Honestly, I was blown away: perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised. He is a wise, godly, able pastor-preacher. He spoke on...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 06:24

Orientation Identity and the Church

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In this bravest and newest of worlds, people have taken upon themselves the responsibility to self-identify. Looking inwardly for their truth, they examine their thoughts and passions to determine who they are. If their heart is inclined, or oriented, in a certain direction, then that proclivity...

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Saturday, 13 July 2019 05:26

The Big Plus

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Just finished family worship with Hazel and the boys - tonight we read, with comment, Ephesians chapter 1.

Quite breathtaking really, when you think about the glories of the great and gracious redemptive purpose of God - and best of all for us Paul ends up on the Church.

It's easy to be snippy - God...

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Friday, 12 July 2019 21:35

Well Let's Just See...

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Crumbling Foundations

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2019 has been a distressing year in the West. New York State passed legislation sanctioning pregnancy termination at any point in gestation. A Northern Ireland court, just last week, handed out a custodial sentence for the brutal claw-hammering-to-death of a chihuahua...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:00

Participating in Pastoral Refreshment

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The Vital Churches Committee of the RPCNA reminds the synod  each year in its report “one of the most important keys to church renewal is a renewed pastor.” What brings refreshment and renewal to a pastor?

Ultimately, if refreshment is to come, the Lord himself must bring it; he...

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In a post-Christian culture, how can Christian ministers let young people reared within it know that they can be trusted?  The same way missionaries earn trust among the people they seek to serve:  Learn their language. And as missionaries will tell us, being truly conversant means much...

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Last year our congregation celebrated 150 years of gospel ministry. It was quite the milestone! For a century and a half our congregation has been led by godly ministers and committed elders, and served by compassionate deacons. But as I reflected on our history and those dedicated to our...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 04:50

More About Jesus I Would Know

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I have found that if you mention theology around some folks they will head towards the door. A lot of people are not interested in how their salvation works. They just want to be end-users. They want to be saved but do not want to know the ins and outs of that salvation. They just want to believe...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 22:00

3GT Episode 140: Visiting the Elderly

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Barry's concerned. As the senior member of the podcast, there were opportunities recently for Scott and Kyle to spend time with him. But they were MIA! So he decides to guide the youngsters into a discussion on the importance of visiting the elderly.

In all seriousness, the guys share experiences...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 03:38

Feeling Youthful

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Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,Your youth are to You as the dew.-Psalm 110:3
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Over the Fourth of July weekend, I had the privilege of spending time at Geneva College with forty young people ages 18-24, along with several leadership...

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Friday, 05 July 2019 23:00

Each according to its kind...

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imageJust back from a morning stroll around the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, London, with wife Hazel and daughter Rebekah.There were many wonderful highlights to survey in its sprawling acres - the Palm House by the lake, the Temperate House, and the numerous species of Nymphaea, or waterlilies, with...

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Friday, 05 July 2019 06:57

When The Church Isn't What It Should Be

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I still remember when I first learned the church can be a messy place. I was in eighth grade and the congregation I grew up in got entangled in a controversy. Lines were drawn, sides were taken, friendships were severed, and spiritual wounds were inflicted. I wasn’t personally involved in the...

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