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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Friday, 16 June 2017 13:53

Two Churches, pt. 3

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In a day when it is a scandal to say anything is “false,” I got a breath of fresh air from a Reformed confession of faith. The typical sentiment you hear is, “Oh, we shouldn’t judge.” Well, Scripture tells us otherwise. And the Church has recognized this fact since the...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:53

Two Churches, pt. 2

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In a day when it is a scandal to say anything is “false,” I got a breath of fresh air from a Reformed confession of faith. The typical sentiment you hear is, “Oh, we shouldn’t judge.” Well, Scripture tells us otherwise. And the Church has recognized this fact since the...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 14:48

Two Churches, pt. 1

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In a day when it is a scandal to say anything is “false,” I got a breath of fresh air from a Reformed confession of faith. The typical sentiment you hear is, “Oh, we shouldn’t judge.” Well, Scripture tells us otherwise. And the Church has recognized this fact since the...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 10:29

Two Models of Christian Education

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In his book Gospel & Wisdom, Graeme Goldsworthy makes a helpful comparison of two Christian education models: In our twentieth-century western culture we can see at least two models of comprehensive Christian education in day schools. A more traditional model emerged when church and state...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 16:16

Christian Motivators for Obedience

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I’ve started listening to Theocast, all the way from episode one. I listened to episode three, today: Rethinking Romans 6 & Sanctification. The episode is gold. Listen to it. Lots of misunderstandings are confronted. I have some reflections based on several highlights: In Adam:...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 11:02

James White and Iglesia Ni Cristo Debate

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This debate is very important for our context, since this is where the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) comes from. My thoughts from the debate: Average I was disappointed. I expected the quality of arguments to be at a higher level. But honestly, the INC arguments were at the same level as INC people I...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:21

God’s Glory and Cultural Idols: Relations

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I ran across something very relevant to our context, while finishing The Lord’s Prayer, which is the 3rd and final volume of Thomas Watson’s sermons following the Westminster Shorter Catechism. In his sermon on the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Give us...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 10:24

Condensed Apologetics

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Perhaps the most common apologetics question that I see: where do I start? What’s the introductory book or resource to begin learning apologetics? Here’s a way to get started. That is, if you don’t want to tackle the massive apologetics track. This is a condensed...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:05

God’s Glory and Cultural Idols: Reputation

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I ran across something very relevant to our context, while finishing The Lord’s Prayer, which is the 3rd and final volume of Thomas Watson’s sermons following the Westminster Shorter Catechism. In his sermon on the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Give us...

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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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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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