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, 09 November 2017 12:40

The Most Delectable Discourse

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Holy and heavenly discourse is the most delectable. I mean in its own aptitude, and to a mind that is not diseased by corruption. That which is most great, and good, and necessary, is most delectable. What should best please us, but that which is best for us? and best for others? and best in...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 20:18

Preaching Dying

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I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men. —Richard Baxter Death is a reality. It’s the one certainty of life. Everybody dies. It’s inevitable. And the certainty of death should affect our life. Having the end in view puts things in perspective,...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 10:23

God’s Glory and Cultural Idols: Estate

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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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James Bannerman discusses the relationship between the church and the state, arguing that if they are not cooperating with each other, even if the state attempts neutrality toward religion, the result would be harmful for both institutions. A powerful example he uses is marriage. Note how profound...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 13:02

Judging a Sermon

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“You didn’t like the message?” This question is sometimes asked of me with a tinge of surprise. How do you determine whether a sermon was “good” or not? Perhaps more to the point, how do you judge whether a preacher did what he was supposed to do in that sermon? What...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:55

Worship is Participatory

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I’ve noticed something interesting: people don’t seem to know how to “do church.” What I mean is, in Sunday morning worship service, they don’t know how to act, behave, what attitude they are to come to church with. They aren’t engaged, they are not active....

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Monday, 24 July 2017 11:00

Q/A: Worship, Individual and Corporate

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Question:  What is “worship”? And is it different for corporate setting—church and individual, daily living? Answer: Excellent question, and so important. In fact, this really makes Reformed/Presbyterianism stand out. First, let’s define worship. We “worship and...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:30

Q/A: The Need for Reformation?

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Question: When you say “the need for reformation”, or any other Reformed/Presbyterian person says that, what exactly does that mean? Answer: Aahhh “reformation.” What I mean is renovating the church according to the Bible alone. Every dimension of the church would...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 13:58

The Double-Edge of Worship Conscience

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Here’s something I read recently that directly applies to our context: When the elders of the church call the people of God to worship, they are necessarily and unavoidably binding the conscience of worshipers (because Christians are forbidden to forsake the worship of God). This is not a...

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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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