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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Monday, 02 July 2018 14:15

Christian Creeds Reformed Confessions App

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Want instant access to: The Christian ecumenical creeds and the Reformed confessions? The most biblical and most precise Christian statements of faith ever produced? The greatest discipleship tools passed down through church history? There’s an app for that. “Christian Creeds &...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 12:37

What Changed My Mind about Worship Songs?

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Theology of Worship taught by J. Ligon Duncan III at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Thirty-six lectures, all video, for free. Watch it using the RTS App. This class was excellent. Ligon Duncan actually surprised me with his frankness about some worship issues. It was refreshing to hear...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:30

7 Tips for Singing in Church

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These are John Wesley’s instructions for congregational singing. They were included in the beginning of the Methodist hymnal in 1761. That’s the context for these rules. So when he refers to these tunes (rule #1), he’s referring to the collection of lyrics and tunes used by...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 17:51

Pointless Preachers

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Many sermons are deficient in point. They either have no valuable and practical truths of cardinal weight, or these are not made to stand out to the apprehension of the hearers. No decided impression can be expected from such addresses. No lodgment is made in the conscience of the people; they go...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:18

Sentimental Preaching

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The mischievous error of addressing the taste and social sentiments, instead of the affections of conscience, is illustrated by the effects of the Romish worship. Its great purpose is to substitute the enthusiasm of the imagination for the culture of moral principles. It must be confessed that this...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:28

Westminster Standards Bibliography

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This is a list of resources on the Westminster Standards. It is what I studied to prepare for teaching the Westminster Standards. They are not necessarily in order of quality. Links are included so you can go directly to them. An asterisk (*) indicates a free resource. I have also...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 12:42

Best Reading Listening of 2017

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Books A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology: In the Light of Biblical Trinitarianism, (4th Edition — Revised, Updated, and Expanded) by Edward Dalcour This was a must read for us, considering the context we work in. Oneness Pentecostalism is everywhere, along with...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:03

Evangelism: the Message

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Definition Evangelism is the human means by which God brings men out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son (Col. 1:13). People in sin are lovers of darkness, and dig deeper and deeper. How is he to be lifted up and translated into the light? It’s by evangelism....

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 19:04

The Content of Evangelism Discipleship

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Content: What is the content for disciple-making? What are we delivering, what are we sharing? This is a very basic question to ask. By basic, I don’t mean easy, necessarily. I mean logically basic, or foundational. You’ve got to have this question answered first. Before you begin...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 10:55

Ordinary Disciple-Making

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The Command: Make Disciples If we are going to study evangelism and discipleship, then we need to be sure it’s actually an obligation. Why study it, if it’s not something required of us? Making disciples is in fact a command. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:27

Theology Drives Methodology

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  Theology —> Methodology Doctrine —> Practice (Bible) —> Method In contemporary evangelicalism, it is often asserted that methodology does not matter as long as the message does not change. In theological terms, it is thought that evangelistic methods fall in the...

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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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