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

Thursday, 12 September 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
As human beings, we are body and soul, and our souls include thinking and emotion. However, it is easy to pit one against the other, and we become imbalanced. That's why I appreciated this...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 19:30

Review: Not Forsaken

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Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse, Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, The Good Book Company, 2019, 232 pages.Not Forsaken by Jennifer Michelle Greenberg began as series of letters to her husband to try to explain the trauma and emotional, mental, and physical aftermath of her child abuse....

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I really enjoyed (and identified with) this video clip by Shona Murray, who is the wife of David Murray. David is a professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary as well as a pastor and...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 19:30

Two Views on Women in Ministry - Book Reflection

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Writing about the issue of women in ministry is something I have been reluctant to do. And my reluctance is because of something said by the editor of the book Two Views on Women in Ministry. James R. Beck says at the conclusion of this book:
Deciding this one issue responsibly requires vast...

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Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:30

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:
From Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 2, talking about the Trinity, and specifically, God's fatherhood:
The scriptural name "Father" is a much better description of the personal property of...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 20:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
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Can We Identify Our Lack? by Joshua Torrey
How am I participating in the fellowship of the body by letting people serve me? Not just in a superficial way (beer and mangos are delicious and...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 19:00

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Kim:I'm really enjoying Bill Mounce's reflections on writing. In this episode, he talks about the importance of clarity."Every Word Counts."Rebecca
August’s issue of Tabletalk magazine is...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Rebecca:
Do you imagine God looking into the future to discover what will be? Is this how he knows what will happenPersis:A very helpful podcast about a difficult topic. Ecclesiastical...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote from Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Churchby James Calvin Davis. I wanted to read this book because of the question that opens the preface:
What happens...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I really enjoyed this brief video, by Bill Mounce, who talked about having a special place to write.
I completely understand his comment about not having the internet nearby as a distraction....

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Rebecca:On the relationship between the kingdom of God and the cross from The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross by Patrick Schreiner:
At times an emphasis on the kingdom [of God] displaces...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
Ligon Duncan and D.A. Carson team teach a session called "From Exegesis to Exposition." It is almost an hour long, but it is worth the time investment. Looking at an Old Testament passage and...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:From None Greaterby Matthew Barrett:
Sin against an infinite God cannot be atoned for by a Savior who has emptied himself of his divine attributes. No, it is his divine attributes that...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 19:00

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Kim:
That is an excellent question.
Persis:
God’s aseity, then, had clear...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:"As a people, we must strive to return to what’s true: That life is precious. Each life is unique. Each one irreplaceable. Each one unrepeatable." On Suicide: We Are Our Brothers'...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:30

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.
Kim:
I have been reading -- and enjoying immensely -- Paul Tripp's Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. Tripp discusses the importance of true heart change as opposed to merely changing our...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I found this article interesting: "Five Ways to Dwell on the Word When You Can't Read" very helpful. Sometimes, we take the ability and the time to read for granted. Last semester, one of my...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
If God were a needy God, he would need our help just as much as we need his. What good news it is, then, that the gospel...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.
Kim:
From Bavinck's Dogmatics, Vol. 2, on sanctification:
Yet, sanctification is something more than merely being set apart; it is, by means of washing, anointing, sacrifice, and the sprinkling with...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
This week's episode of "Mortification of Spin" talks about the danger of success in leadership. One of the comments made was that when someone is up in front of a congregation (or a Sunday...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 19:00

Do I Need to Change the World?

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It has never occurred to me that I would ever change the world. Think about it: changing the world is something you can't know you've done. Changes on that scale take generations to manifest themselves. Did Gutenberg know he was changing the world at the time he lived? It's doubtful.What we do will...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.
Persis:I'm rereading All That's Good by Hannah Anderson with a group of women from church. The whole book is great, but the last chapter sums up the reason for discernment. A reason that is just...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
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What do we do when the figures we admire in church history have feet of clay? Ignore or gloss over those flaws? But if we believe the gospel saves sinners and that believers struggle with...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
This is another letter in the Seven Letters Seven Dangers series - The Doctrinaire Church, a post that hits close to home. How easy it is to love the truth but fail to love the Giver of...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote from You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith which may be one of the most eye-opening books I have read this year.
Christian worship, we should recognize, is essentially a co...

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