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

9Marks - Apologetic Report

WORSHIP AT THE DAWN OF TIME 

Since the beginning of time, there has been worship—in heaven and on earth. In heaven above, seraphim flew before God in the heavens, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa. 6:3); angelic...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 23:47

Book Review: No Quick Fix, by Andy Naselli

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Andy Naselli, No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What it Is, and Why Its Harmful. Lexham Press, 2017. 160 pps, $17.99.

 

Maybe it was the warm, amber glow of the campfire. Or maybe it was the soft, alluring melody and words of “I Surrender All” cycling in the...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:53

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Job

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John Calvin aptly described the world as the theater of God’s glory and the church as the orchestra. God is utilizing every event and object in the universe for the unfolding of a meta-drama that displays his majesty and mercy, and the church has a very important part to play in this drama....

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:23

How Does Church Discipline Change Our Relationships?

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Jonathan Leeman answers the difficult question, “How should we interact with someone who’s been disciplined from our church?”

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series by Bob Johnson:

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David Wenkel, Jesus’ Crucifixion Beatings and the Book of Proverbs. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. $40.00. 142 pps.

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Charles Spurgeon tells a story in his book Th...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 00:45

5 Reasons You Should Preach through Esther

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Esther may seem like a strange book to preach through, particularly for those who are keen to preach Christ from the Old Testament.

Not only are there no Messianic promises in the book, but God himself is famously left unmentioned. None of his promises are explicit; no character in the book...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 00:32

How Do We Fulfill the Great Commission?

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The Great Commission is normally fulfilled through healthy local churches helping to plant other healthy local churches.

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Monday, 03 September 2018 23:51

How to Encourage Your People Just Like the Apostle Paul

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This might sound gimmicky, I know. But stay with me.

As a faithful pastor, you pray for your congregation. So do I. Specifically, I like to pray through a portion of our membership directory each day.

However, I have found that adding one small activity to this prayer time tends to produce good fruit...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:01

5 Reasons You Should Preach through Nehemiah

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Part chronicle and part unvarnished prayer journal, the book of Nehemiah is a reformer’s memoir. As we enter into the account, we can almost smell the smoking ruins of Jerusalem’s broken walls.

The central image of the book is a common laborer on the wall, working diligently with one...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 07:04

H. B. Charles on Baptism the Lord's Supper

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“Deeper convictions lead to higher praise.”

— H. B. Charles

Authors: Daniel Gardner

 

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Monday, 27 August 2018 00:12

You Can’t Love Jesus Without Loving His Church

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I am into Jesus, but not the church”?

My first encounter with “Jesus, yes; church, no” theology came as a newly-minted pastor. My wife and I were hosting an open house in the church parsonage. About half-a-dozen young families attended, and...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 00:14

A Strategy for Delaying the Baptism of Young Children

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It doesn’t get more nerve-wracking than flying with young children. Now let’s imagine you’re on a flight with your fussy two year old and, right before takeoff, the flight attendant comes over to inform you that you and your daughter will have to switch seats. You would probably...

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“I’ve been pastoring Capitol Hill Baptist Church for over 20 years, and raising up a plurality of qualified elders has been the best single thing that’s happened to me as the senior pastor.”

— Mark Dever

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 23:26

Four Reasons You Should Preach Through Ezra

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One book that seems to be fairly neglected in both Bible studies and preaching is the book of Ezra. Although the storyline of Ezra is strongly connected to the storyline of Nehemiah, it appears Ezra gets less attention than Nehemiah. Perhaps this is because Nehemiah is often used to launch building...

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While sitting at a table encircled by pastors, the brother on my right asked the question: “Does anyone at the table deal with depression or darkness on a regular basis?” I listened as the answers went around the table. It was one “no” after another. No. No. No....

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:34

Book Review: Practicing the Power, by Sam Storms

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Sam Storms will not remember the first time I met him. I was a fly-on-the-wall local church pastor invited to join an evening discussion between Storms, John Piper, and Wayne Grudem after a long day of meetings at the Evangelical Theological Society in Toronto. I was struck by two things that night...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 07:51

The Local Church and Your Assurance of Salvation

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Have you ever thought of your church as an assurance-of-salvation cooperative? Let Mark Dever explain.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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I was a fresh graduate from seminary, with a number of years of ministry already under my belt. I also had an extremely high view of myself.

I approached the senior pastor of the church where I’d been hired recently and asked to be ordained. He was excited and put together a council of pastors...

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Anyone who plays or follows sports knows it takes an entire team to win.

To be sure, winning teams usually have both star players and role players. Star players are relied on to carry the squad. Role players have lesser-known yet still significant roles. They don’t receive all the credit or...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 00:00

4 Reasons You Should Preach through 1 2 Chronicles

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What if there was a book that provided us a concise review of the whole Old Testament? Well, there is—the book of Chronicles! (Yes, 1 and 2 Chronicles is actually one book and I will refer to it that way here.)

Placed at the end of “The Writings” section of the Old Testament, it...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 05:28

The Burden for Missions Begins at Home

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If you treat personal evangelism like an optional add-on to the Christian life, then don’t be surprised when your church’s zeal for missions suffers.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Church members are called to honor, love, and respect their elders (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:12–131 Timothy 5:1). The Scriptures even call members to obey and submit to elders’ teaching and leadership (Hebrews 13:17).

In this post, I want to consider a church member’s...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 00:22

How We Planted Our Church with Titus

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There is no shortage of church planting resources available today. From articles and books, to conferences and trainings, to entire ministries—all devoted to multiplying churches around the globe. In preparing to plant our church, I had gorged myself on every kind of resource I could find,...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 04:47

Is the whole Bible really all about Jesus?

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In both Old and New Testaments, we read the story of how Christ is rescuing a people from their sins for His everlasting glory.

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Authors: Daniel Gardner

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