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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Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:39

Are You Really Sharing the Gospel?

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Sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is the primary call on every believer’s life.

Each and every one who claims Jesus as Lord is commissioned to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This was not a command limited to the disciples who heard the words of Jesus that...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:30

Graduate, Make Plans For Your Soul

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So senior, you’ve made it. The last paper is handed in and you’ve picked up your gown and cap. You’re celebrating senior week, taking care of relatives who’ve come into town for graduation. Maybe you’ve still got a few weeks to go, but you see the light at the end of...

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Friday, 11 May 2018 02:07

Repentance that Goes Unanswered

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The eve of my salvation was what C.S. Lewis might call a “mad midnight moment,” only this midnight lasted three years before the Lord brought me to repentance. Though I often cried for daybreak, to my unregenerate mind dawn was only a new shade of color in the sky, a sufficient degree...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:51

The Reclamation of Social Justice

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My last blog post established how the world has so secularized social justice that even people in the church see social justice through a secular lens. Therefore, we as Christians need to reclaim the definition of social justice from what it has become.

Some Christians...

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Note: This article is taken from an address I gave this morning at a National Day of Prayer service. 

Churches around the country are gathered this morning for a solemn purpose. We are called to pray for the country where our earthly citizenship resides.

Only a fool would say that prayer is...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 23:00

The Secularization of Social Justice

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Over the past decade or so, I have been realizing the extent to which my culture and upbringing have affected my theology. I have been forced to take off my cultural glasses in order to reread the Bible with fresh eyes, over and over and over...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 03:07

Introducing Larry Lin

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This week, we at Reformed Margins are happy to introduce Larry Lin as a new regular contributor to the site!

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Larry was born and raised in San Jose, CA, and he serves as a pastor at The Village Church in Baltimore, MD. He has a BS from Cornell University and a MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 21:26

I Would Get Brought Up On Charges

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Imagine that I was a keynote speaker:

I thank you for the honor of speaking to you on this important anniversary of the pro-choice movement and in memory of the pro-choice leaders that are an example for us today.

Of course, as we remember, we must recognize the shortcomings of the movement. But as...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 01:52

A Theodicy-Oriented Salvation

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Where is God when you need Him?  

In 1775, the center of the Roman Catholic world outside of Rome was said to be Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon wasthe Catholic city of all Catholic cities. Catholic faith and devotion permeated the very fabric of the city. Out of its burgeoning population of 250,000,...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:00

Too Small for Selfish Ambition

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I’m not supposed to admit this in public, but I will.

I want to be the next big thing.

It’s not a godly desire. In fact, this is exactly the kind of “selfish ambition” that James warns against (James 3:14).

But it’s there and the pull toward being “known and...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:00

Lern Haw To Be A Mom

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My current favorite book on motherhood isLearn How To Be A Mom, or, I should say,Lern Haw To Be A Mom.

It suddenly appeared by my side one day, printed with permanent marker on folded half-sheets of blue construction paper. The author had discreetly delivered it, sneaking away so I could enjoy the...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 22:31

A Kingdom of Jesus People

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The Story Continues

The first people, the Adam People, followed in the footsteps of their namesake. They bore within themselves the infection brought on by that original rebellion. Every part of their minds, bodies, souls, emotions, and desires were mangled by sin and death. Change seemed hopeless.

Un...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 21:00

The Tale of Two Men

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I want to tell you a story.

It’s a story you’ve heard before, although maybe not told quite this way.

It’s the story that undergirds the entirety of human history and the whole of your life.

It’s the story of two men.

The first man is Adam of Eden.

Ad...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:13

Who Are You?

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Reformed Margins is proud to present this guest post from Dalen Miller. Dalen is an engineer from Minnesota. He is married, biracial, and a member of a Baptist church in Minneapolis. 

“Where are you from?”

“I’m from Minneapolis.” ...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 21:00

Shame, Sh*tholes, Race and Grace

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Back in January, President Trump set off a firestorm of criticism for allegedly calling certain immigrants’ countries of origin sh*tholes. Shortly after these remarks were made public, I denounced them on social media as racist and evil. But here’s where it got interesting for me.

My...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 20:00

The Truth that Makes Us Feel It

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God is good and God is just. As a Christian, I affirm both of these propositions as true. Even if and when I don’t feel that he is good or just, I know he is. The Psalmist, Asaph, knew so too (Ps 73:1).

Truly God is good to Israel,    to those who are pure in...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:30

What Toni Morrison Taught Me About Parenting

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How does one become a racist, a sexist? Since no one is born a racist and there is no fetal predisposition to sexism, one learns Othering not by lecture or instruction but by example.Toni Morrison, The Origin of Others

I, rather ambitiously, set a goal for 2018: read one book a week.

This is...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:00

Well-Supplied With The Mercies of God

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My friend was sent an interesting animation on New Year’s. There was a clock and as the hour hand moved clockwise, it passed over words instead of numbers. For 2017, there were words like, “stress”, “disappointment”, “chaos”, and “hate” as...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 22:47

Trading in the Habit of Self-pity

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Pivotal moments often rush in like a storm, and as in any mystery or thriller, the moments feel tremendous. But sometimes they arrive just as tremendously through the steadiness of quiet repetition. Who knew that ending each day with thanks would be the pivot I needed? My last post on Reformed...

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In many ways, 2017 was the year of “the national conversation.”

#metoo and #churchtoo have brought to the fore the conversation about sexual harassment and sexual violence perpetrated by men in the halls of power and in the church.

Mass shootings have raised the gun control conversation...

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“It’s so hard to find good community.”

If you’re a millennial who’s searched for a new church or who knows other millennials searching for one, then the chances are you’ve heard this before. And probably more than once.

Community, relationship, connection,...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 23:55

5 Thoughts On Evangelicals And The Roy Moore Exit Poll

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This past week, a special election was held for the Senate seat vacated by former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions who was tapped by Trump to be the Attorney General. The winner of the GOP primary was Roy Moore, a controversial candidate handpicked and heavily supported by Alt-Right strategist Steve...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 21:54

Do Not Shrink Back – A Devotional Sample

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Since the beginning of Advent, Reformed Margins has offered a free devotional resource. You can find it at the top of the home page and by clicking this link.

Below is an excerpt from that devotional. It was posted for the Second Monday in Advent. A new devotional will...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:05

Two Prayers For When Advent Is Hard

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One of the most difficult things to navigate Christmas season is expectations. Parents need to find out how to get presents their children would like within their budgets and sensibilities, spouses need to decide when and how to spend time with each side of the family, churches need to work through...

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Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of sexual assault and rape.

An Introductory Note

Today I will examine the Fall of Humankind and one of its characteristics: the subjugation of women to men. It is important that no one read this article and respond...

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