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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A Guest Post by Eliz Huie

A Note from Bob:You’re reading a guest post byEliza Huie. Learn more about Eliza by reading her bio at the end of this post. And read his post to learn more about 2 Words to Help Foster Needed Conversations with Teens. Today’s post is derived in part from...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:22

A Review of How Does Sanctification Work?

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A Guest Book Review by David Dunham 

A Note from Bob:You’re reading a guest book review byDavid Dunham. Learn more about Pastor Dave by reading his bio at the end of this post. And read his post to learn more about David Powlison’s book How Does Sanctification Work? 

Biblical...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 01:40

The Refuge in the Refugee Crisis

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A Guest Post by Theron St. John 

A Word from Bob:You’re reading a guest post byTheron St. John. Learn more about Pastor Theron by reading his bio at the end of this post. And read his post to learn more about The Refuge in the Refugee Crisis. (An earlier version of this blog was posted...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 22:50

5 Top Books on Theology and Counseling

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A Guest Post by David Dunham

A Note from Bob:You’re reading a guest post byDavid Dunham. Learn more about Pastor Dave by reading his bio at the end of this post. And read his post to learn more about 5 Top Books on Theology and Counseling. 

5 Books On… 

It is a great time...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 17:57

Biblical Counseling: A Ministry to Serve and Shepherd

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A Guest Post by Dave Jenkins

 Biblical Counseling and the Local Church 

As many new books have come out on biblical counseling, in the past five years I have consumed more and more on the topic of biblical counseling. The result has been my seeing a greater need for biblical counseling in...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 04:48

A Tale of 4 Easters

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A Guest Post by Marie Kellemen  

A Word from Bob: Today I have the joy of sharing a guest blog post by my daughter, Marie. I pray that you will be blessed as you read Marie’s gospel testimony of her spiritual journey of faith in Christ. 

A Tale of 4 Easters

Wha...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 23:29

Four Frameworks for Fighting Fear

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Guest Post by David Dunham

A Note from Bob:You’re reading a guest post byDavid Dunham. Learn more about Pastor Dave by reading his bio at the end of this post. And read his post to learn more about fighting fear.

Confronting Fear 

Jim and Kevin were both anxious, but for seemingly very...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 03:15

Who Titles Your Life Story?

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Two Editors to Your Life Story 

Your life is a story.

And two people seek to write the title to your story.

Satan’s Shaming Story 

Satan seeks to title your life story using the lens of shame, guilt, sin, and condemnation.

Satan’s story is the story of the law…which condemns....

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Friday, 10 February 2017 01:00

5 Top Christian Blog Posts of the Week: Friday 5

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on prayer, parents/children/and porn, black history month, leadership, and more…

Does God Enjoy Your Prayers? 

John Starke writes honestly about a question we all ponder when we pray—does God really enjoylistening to our...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 05:34

Why Bother with Church?

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A Note from Bob:You’re reading a guest book review by Kyle Johnston. Learn more about Pastor Kyle by reading his bio at the end of this post. And read his review to learn why the church matters to you and to Christ. 

A Committed Christian…But Not Committed to the Church? 

It...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 06:08

5 Top Christian Blog Posts of the Week: Friday 5

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on Executive Orders on Refugees, marriage relationships, God’s Word as our life guide, and more…

6 Balance Approaches to the Executive Order on Refugees 

It’s all in the news. You can’t miss it. And, those who say,...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:50

4 Portraits of Gospel-Centered Black Church History

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A Word from Bob:Today’s post for Black History Month is excerpted from my book, Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care. To learn more and to read a free sample chapter visitBeyond the Suffering. 

Portrait # 1: A Gospel-Centered Ministry—“The...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 13:23

3 Bison Life Lessons from the Tapestry of Our Lives

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The cover image for today’s blog post is actually a puzzle. It’s a puzzle of a picture of a bison in the shape of a bison. Isn’t that cool! Shirley and I worked on it for a couple of weeks on and off.

Why a bison, you ask? Thanks for asking…

My Pastoral Ministry Story 

So,...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 14:34

Overcoming 5 Types of Anger

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A Guest Post by David Dunham

A Note from Bob:You’re reading a guest post byDavid Dunham. Learn more about Pastor Dave by reading his bio at the end of this post. And read his post to learn more about overcoming various types of anger.

Dean’s Story

The first time Dean (not his real name)...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 01:00

5 Top Christian Blog Posts of the Week: Friday 5

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5 Top Christian Blog Posts of the Week: Friday 5 

5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on gospel hope, our God who sees, true friendship, corralling our schedules, and more…

Feeling Pessimistic About the Future?

Trevin Wax notes how today’s world can naturally lead us...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:00

10 Top Biblical Counseling Bloggers

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Where do you go when you want to learn more about biblical counseling in the Christian blogosphere? Here are the top 10 biblical counseling blogs from individuals that I read and recommend—in alphabetical order.

Kevin Carson: Pastor Kevin’s Blog

Pastor Kevin Carson, a biblical counseling...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 13:48

How to Find a Biblical Counselor

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Where do you turn when you or someone you care about is hurting?

Finding a biblical counselor who will minister God’s truth to you in Christ’s love is vital. If you are searching for a biblical counselor, I recommend that you visit the following biblical counseling organizations.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:22

16 Top Biblical Counseling Books of 2016

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If you are a counselor, pastor, student, one-another minister, small group leader, or spiritual friend, you want to know the most helpful books about the personal ministry of the Word— using God’s Word for helping hurting people.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the top 16 books...

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Monday, 22 August 2016 00:55

Hope and Help When You’re Hurting

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When you or your family members are grieving over one of life’s many losses, where can you turn for hope and help?

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses 

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Toledo, Ohio, I will be presenting a seminar on God’s...

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 07:08

Grace Math: Divine Calculations

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A Word from Bob:In a recent post, we shared about grace narratives and weaving truth into life. You can learn about that atHoping When All Hope Seems Lost.

Grace Math… 

Healing wounds requires grace narratives and grace math. Grace math teaches us that:

Present suffering+

God’s...

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 23:54

18 Reflections on Grudem on Trump

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In a recent post, theologian Wayne Grudem crafted a detailed (5,325 words, eleven-pages) article entitledWhy Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice. As you might imagine, his post has created a stir and motivated bountiful responses.

I’ve begun collating some of the more significant...

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Monday, 25 July 2016 22:43

Hoping When All Hope Seems Lost

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When life crushes the dreams we dream, is it possible to hope again?

Yes, but let’s be honest. Hope is hard. As I often say, “when life stinks, our perspective shrinks.”

That’s why biblical hope focuses on an eternal perspective. We can learn to hope again by weaving in...

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Sunday, 26 June 2016 21:46

The Gospel for Everyday Life

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A Word from Bob:David Jenkins of Equipping You in Graceinterviewed me on his podcast about Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives. You can go to Dave’s site to listen to thepodcast interview here. You can read the manuscript of the interview here:What Is...

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In Luther’s tract, The Freedom of a Christian, written in October 1520, Luther describes how the gospel nurtures the Christian. Then he provides one of his most succinct summaries of the gospel—in 184 words.

The Christian Nurtured by the Gospel 

“Nothing else in heaven and on...

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