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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Saturday, 11 February 2017 13:43

Christ-Centered Reading, Christ-Centered Preaching

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image This makes us feel that, in order to come to this, we shall need to feel Jesus present with us whenever we read the word. Mark that fifth verse, which I would now bring before you as part of my text which I have hitherto left out. “Have ye not read in the law, how on the Sabbath days the...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 20:49

9 Ways to Ruin Confrontation

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image Confrontation.

Try doing that at a time when confrontation is considered a bad thing (“don’t judge”), you’re not allowed to say someone else is wrong, and the 11th Commandment (“Thou shalt be nice“) is the law of the land. Add all that to an already...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 13:16

Why Did Jesus Resurrect?

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I was floored. It was such a simple question. A question that nobody in the church asks. So basic, yet so taken for granted.

In the midst of a lesson on Christ’s exaltation (WSC Q/A. 28), one of our students asked: why did Jesus resurrect?

“Wow,” I thought. Excellent question.

Wh...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 13:34

Unless you study the Word of God, you cannot detect error

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First, remember, that unless you study the Word of God, you will not be competent to detect error. A man may in your hearing preach downright falsehood, but you will not be qualified to judge concerning that falsehood unless you have studied the Word of God. You and I would not be fit to sit on the...

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Friday, 20 January 2017 02:24

Knowledge is Obtained by Diligent Study

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But if grace find a man ignorant, unlearned, and of mean abilities, he must not expect to be suddenly lifted up to great understanding and high degrees of knowledge by grace. For this knowledge is not given, now, by sudden infusion, as gifts were, extraordinarily, in the primitive church. You need...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:24

Voddie Baucham on Homosexuality and Transgenderism

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First addressed are the “Jesus never talked about homosexuality” argument and the “Paul was talking about pederasty” argument.

Most of the time is spent going after the “The Pick and Choose Argument,” which he as dealt with in (and quotes) Expository...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 15:15

The Bible is Strange because You Never Read It

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Our last point is: The treatment which the poor Bible receives in this world; it is accounted a strange thing. What does that mean the Bible accounted a strange thing? In the first place, it means that it is very strange to some people, because they never read it. I remember reading, on one...

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Sunday, 15 January 2017 15:10

“Did you read my Bible?”

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But let me say one thing, before I pass on to the second point. If this be the Word of God, what will become of some of you who have not read it for the last month? “Month, sir! I have not read it for this year.” Ay, there are some of you who have not read it at all. Most people treat...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 16:15

The Essential Trinity

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Previously: God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity

What is the most important doctrine of the Christian faith?

Many Protestants, I suspect, would say justification by faith alone. Certainly that was major in the Reformation. Others might say God’s love, forgiveness, or something...

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Sunday, 08 January 2017 16:41

The Grind: Reading and Listening in 2017

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image It’s the beginning of a new year! For me, that means mapping out a curriculum. Not for others, but for myself. At the beginning of a new year, while most talk is about planning a diet or some other “resolution,” I figure out what I will study that year. I learned right after...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:49

Omission is no small part of the reigning sin

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In my reading this morning, Richard Baxter hit upon one of the most common temptations that I still hear, today.image

Tempt. V. But, saith the tempter, they are but sins of omission, and such are not reigning sins.

Direct. V. Sins of omission are always accompanied with some positive, sensual...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 14:55

Devotional Reading

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image I have found devotional material to be a bit difficult, and I don’t think I’m alone, so I’ll reveal my little pattern that I have.

First off, I prefer to listen rather than read, in the morning. I’m a zombie when I get up. I force myself to get up anyway because I need...

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Monday, 02 January 2017 14:50

Believing on Jesus, and Its Counterfeits

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image A sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It immediately became one of my favorites. Here are some highlights. Do read the entire sermon.

Our Lord went on preaching all the same, and he did not conceal objectionable truth because of opposition; say, rather, that he set it forth with greater boldness and...

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 22:01

Best Books and Classes of 2016

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My favorites of what I read and listened to this year.

Best Books:

The Presbyterian Standards: An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms by Francis R. Beattie. My favorite book this year, maybe. Partly because it was such a providential find. So unique. The thing...

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 16:07

Top 10 Posts of 2016

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 18:33

God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity

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Are you Trinitarian? What does that even mean?

If you are a Christian, you are Trinitarian. At least implicitly. The God we worship is Trinity. Therefore, the doctrine of the Trinity is central to the Christian faith.

So, a more precise question would be, are you consciously Trin...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 00:01

The Reformed Doctrine of God

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R.C. Sproul began his lecture, “The Doctrine of God in the Confession” (The Westminster Confession for Today Conference, 2007, RTS) with a paradox. Speaking of the Reformed faith, our doctrine of God is not very distinctive. It’s pretty catholic. We recognize one God in three...

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Monday, 26 December 2016 01:22

“Papa Jesus” Debate

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(Try reading that title with a straight face)

You can’t get any more basic than the doctrine of God. But apparently, for some, that is still asking too much.

My opinion: the “evangelical” brand of Christianity has fallen so low below the bar that even the most basic doctrines...

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Sunday, 25 December 2016 16:01

Why did the Mediator need to be man?

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What is celebrated on Christmas? The birth of Jesus Christ.

Why is that worth celebrating? Did the birth of the Son of God as a human need to happen? Or is this just an insignificant detail?

See, many people know this is the occasion for Christmas. Christ was born in Bethlehem. But why is that worth...

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Monday, 12 December 2016 14:23

The Gospel Cannot Be Altered

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To put the question in another shape, “For what if some did not believe?” Will God alter his revealed truth? If some do not believe, will God change the gospel to suit them? Will he seek to please their depraved taste? Ought we to change our preaching because of “the spirit of the...

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Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:16

Westminster Confession for Today

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image How do we apply our confession of faith, today? These two “Westminster Confession for Today” conferences from Reformed Theological Seminary help answer that question. The conference sessions are available for free via iTunes:

The 2006 Westminster Confession for Today Conference

The...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 01:30

Making Men Lords 

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Westminster Larger Catechism 105:image

Q. What are the sins forbidden in the first commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the first commandment are . . . making men the lords of our faith and conscience. . .

1. What is meant by “making men the lords of our faith and conscience”?

This means...

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Friday, 02 December 2016 17:45

Effort in Teaching and Learning

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Something hit me, earlier.

We were talking about students’ performance in class. Some students do well. They make the effort, and their work pays off. But many students are lazy. They don’t try, they don’t work hard, and (probably) they don’t care to learn.

A related topic we...

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Sunday, 30 October 2016 19:15

One, Living, and True

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Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q/A 5:

Q. Are there more Gods than one?

A. There is but one only, the living and true God.

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.”

—1 Corinthians...

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Monday, 24 October 2016 02:29

False Tolerance and Enemies of Democracy

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In 1946-1949, J.G. Vos wrote:

9. Does not the American ideal of “tolerance” imply that one religion, or manner of worship, is as good as another, and that all are equally pleasing to God?

Undoubtedly this is the popular American ideal of “tolerance,” as inculcated by the...

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