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

Reformed Margins - Apologetic Report

“Why, then, this foolishness? Why are we afraid to think good thoughts of God? Is it too hard to think of God as good, gracious, tender, loving and kind? – John Owen, Communion With God

One of the natures of Christian literature is that books and articles are largely written in response...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:11

Good Doctrine Gone Bad

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Today we feature a guest post from Kevin Garcia. You can read about his journey into the Reformed tradition here.  

It happened again.

Those were my thoughts as the lump in my throat grew. On this particular Sunday I had switched off the internet in order to catch up on some reading. I had...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 01:12

“…But a crushed spirit who can bear?”

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Proverbs 18:14

A man’s spirit will endure sickness,     But a crushed spirit who can bear?

There is something uniquely unbearable about a crushed spirit. Even in the throes of terminal sickness, many a spirit find hope that can sustain them, even unto death. But the thing about a...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 23:14

Some Clarity and a Hope for More

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Yesterday, Harry Reeder and I spoke for nearly an hour on the phone discussing an article Reformed Margins posted last week.

The conversation was cordial, thoughtful, and friendly.

The contents of that conversation are private but I will say this: I left the conversation encouraged and hopeful that...

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For the last week, the Reformed Margins team has discussed, debated, and prayed through whether this post should be written. Even as we publish today, we do so with heavy and conflicted hearts.

Last week The Root, an online news magazine, posted an article commenting on Briarwood...

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My last two posts reflected on the topic of ethnic churches in multi-ethnic contexts (you can read them here and here). Are they faithful and legitimate? Or are they divisive and less than ideal? I think I’m ready to share my answer and make my case.

I am convinced that ethnic churches are...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:19

What an Israeli Tour Guide Taught Me About Communion

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Breaking Bread.

About two months ago, I got to go on a 10 day guided tour of Israel. It was my first time. You can imagine how excited I was.

We got to see all the major spots: Capernum, the Sea of Galilee, Magdala and Jerusalem. We even drove on a highway that lead tothe Valley of Hinnom (Gehenna?)....

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Monday, 03 April 2017 23:00

For the Christian Perfectionist

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Some of you may be Christian perfectionists.

I’m not writing here about people who are Christians and happen to be perfectionists in other areas in life. I’m referring to those of you who love the gospel, live in the church without hidden sin, but struggle, maybe even to the point...

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A new podcast launched in early March that has quickly made itself onto my list of mandatory listening. The podcast, called Truth’s Table, has also stirred up controversy within a month of its first airing.

I thought about addressing the controversy, but have decided not to. The hosts, Dr....

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If you didn’t know, just this past week, Princeton Theological Seminary was about to give their Kuyper Award to Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s pastor, Tim Keller. But after a large outcry from students and alumni, they rescinded the offer1.

The main issue, according to PTS president...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 02:35

Ethnic Churches in America: A Conversation

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What follows is a redacted and partial transcript of the conversations that transpired on Facebook after I shared my initial provisional thoughts about ethnic churches in multi-ethnic contexts. Many thanks to my main conversation partners:Clark Fobes andDaniel Eng.

WARNING: Don’t feel like...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:24

Shalom and Worship

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One of the more cringe-worthy things I did as a pastor happened pretty early on in my ministry. One particular Sunday, our church wasn’t singing during praise. This upset me so greatly that I stopped the music mid-worship and I gave the congregation a stern rebuking. Later that day, I came to...

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In an age where Christianity is increasingly seen as outdated and irrelevant, cultural engagement by informed Christians has become an absolute necessity. No longer can Christians assume that their worldview is accepted or even understood by American culture.

Compounding this problem is the fact...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:00

Too Wise to Err, Too Good to be Unkind

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You are too wise to err, and too good to be unkind. – Charles Spurgeon

God is good

I had never prayed from my gut before my second pregnancy. It was early in the first trimester and I was spotting and cramping.

“God, I’ll do anything. Please, spare our baby.”...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 21:44

Tom Perez and the Future of Latinos

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(Photo Credit: Reuters/Chris Berry)

Many of the statistics used in this article come from a report issued by the Pew Research Center in 2014. While the numbers may have shifted slightly, I have seen no research to refute what Pew discovered three years ago. Rather than link to the same report in...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 02:46

Shalom, A Ginormous Mega-Theme in the Bible

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A few years back, we had a church intern who asked me to explain the difference between the (Scottish) Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed traditions. She had grown up in a charismatic setting and was new to the Reformed tradition. When she started attending Westminster Theological Seminary, she kept...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:19

Social Justice and the Great Commission

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Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out into all the earth and make disciples by teaching the nations what He first taught them. But what exactly does it look like for the church to fulfill the Lord’s command? I surmise that most people define the Great Commission as a call to spread the...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 07:00

The Shepherd is Also a Sheep

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The fall of a pastor is devastating.

Whether that pastor has been called as a shepherd over tens, thousands, or some number in between, the ramifications of a failed ministry ripple far beyond what we can see, perhaps even into eternity. What damage can be caused when the shepherd fails to care for...

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At the end of December, I joined almost 3,000 other people forChinese Missions Convention (CMC) 2016 in Baltimore. Attending this conference was for me like being in familiar waters after spending some time in a different part of the ocean, and I’d like to share some observations from my...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:38

A Confucian Trinity Is Not The God of The Bible

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My last post generated a large amount of feedback, most of which was positive.  I was humbled and grateful due to all the kind things that people had to say. There was however some pushback, enough that I feel I should write a follow up post.

Most of the pushback centered around the question of...

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Last April the 2016 Together for the Gospel Conference held a gathering titled: “The Future of the Asian American Church: Protesting the Status Quo.”

The website’s description reads:

How do we think through second-generation ministries? How might we steward cultural and ethnic...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 07:26

Book Review: No Little Women by Amiee Byrd

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imageWhat role do women have in the church? How does the fact that we are women shape our Christian living? What does it even mean to be a Christian woman? Is it different from being a Christian man? How can women contribute in their churches with their gifts?

I have been stuck on these questions for...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:56

The Three Lines of Noah and Christ

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Give Me Jesus: A Brief Look at Method

It’s that time of year again. For most people the beginning of a new year means a swelling tide of people at the gym, which then quietly recedes back to normal by February 1st. For Christians it’s a swelling tide of people posting “I’m...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 06:00

Change: New Year, Same Pursuit

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Start that new diet. Be more thankful. Try something new each month. The resolutions people make this time of year cover a wide spectrum of fun to serious, philosophical to practical, from tweaking minor habits to working toward major life goals. With the turning of the year comes the feeling of a...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 06:00

Idolatry and the Image of God

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Today we feature an article from guest contributor Ekemini Uwan. Ekemini received her MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and is an accomplished writer and speaker. You can read more of her work and listen to her lectures at www.sistamatictheology.com. Ekemini has adapted...

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