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, 10 December 2018 03:11

How do you abide in Christ?

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The phrase “Abide in Christ” is spoken of often in Christian circles. This isn’t a shock, because the Bible itself mentions it often. Christ Himself speaks of abiding, and He focuses quite a bit of His teaching to His disciples on the subject. However, simply because something is...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 21:38

Expecting Good Gifts from a Great Father

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How I fail to believe God’s Love

If your brain works like my own does, then your head knowledge of God can get in the way of actually enjoying God’s favor in life—of living like we really believe God has given his favor to His children. It’s easy to live like God saves us but...

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Church Father Friday is the ongoing curation of Patristic texts.  The format is a short introductory essay summarizing the life of the author followed by a short overview of the chosen text.  I pray that these short portions of church history are a weekly blessing to you!

The god of...

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In this ongoing series, I will be expositing the Heidelberg Catechism (HC). I will be dividing up each answer into manageable chunks, which will be highlighted in bold.  And will then explain it in light of the proof text. The goal is to do this in 500 words or less (not including this...

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Church Father Friday is the ongoing curation of Patristic texts.  The format is a short introductory essay summarizing the life of the author followed by a short overview of the chosen text.  I pray that these short portions of church history are a weekly blessing to you!

Athanasius...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 08:02

On the Benefit of Reading Ancient Letters

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In the internet age, we’ve lost something historically significant, the art of writing letters.  If you were to look at the treasury of Christian knowledge, you would see that a large portion of what we have are the personal and official letters of Christian thinkers.  The reading...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 00:21

Is God a flake or Is He Faithful?

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Is God a flake or Is He faithful?

You can be the most spiritual Christian on the planet, the most on-fire saint anyone has ever seen, and you will still find your way to points in life where you struggle to believe in the practical application of an important piece of God’s character:...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 23:50

Social Justice, the Church: Better Conversation

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Most “issues” today come and go in the course of a day or two. The ongoing discussion (though calling it that is a disgrace to the word discussion) about Social Justice and the church, especially amongst Reformed Christian leaders, is one of those things that seems to be sticking...

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In this ongoing series, I will be expositing the Heidelberg Catechism (HC). I will be dividing up each answer into manageable chunks, which will be highlighted in bold.  And will then explain it in light of the proof text. The goal is to do this in 500 words or less (not including this...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 03:04

A Brief Overview of the Will of God

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“What is God’s will for my life?”  That question will inevitably enter the mind of a Christian at some point during their existence in a fallen world.  It may manifest after a traumatic event, after the end of a relationship, or during an ordinary day.  Whatever the...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 02:54

One Often Ignored Church Growth Sign

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There are a million metrics we use to gauge church growth. You can find countless speakers, sermons, websites, or books telling us how to grow churches. They’ll give you plenty of tips and tricks to see all kinds of stats skyrocket. On top of that, any random person in a pew on Sunday has...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 07:27

The Great Irony of Denying Human Depravity

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The Biblical teaching of human depravity is in direct opposition to the postmodern view so prevalent in the West. Postmodernism teaches that man is the standard of right and wrong, and by logical extension, naturally good.  A prerequisite to holding the post-modern view is denying human...

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The Church is always looking for the best way to reach people—especially the younger generations. Over decades, we’ve tried everything to reach Gen X’ers, then Millennials, and the treadmill won’t stop. Reaching the next generation is obviously a valid concern. Even good...

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Revoice conference finished up this past week and I’ve spent that time reading transcripts and listening to the general sessions.  In looking at their material I have heard stories of suffering, pain, and shame. These people shouldn’t be ignored because of the sin that they, or...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 13:53

Where Has The #CollectiveCast Been?

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On this special joint episode of the #CollectiveCast and #ReformedBars, Jason explains why the sites have been pretty silent, and what is coming up in the near future for these endeavors.

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In this ongoing series, I will be expositing the Heidelberg Catechism (HC). I will be dividing up each answer into manageable chunks, which will be highlighted in bold.  And will then explain it in light of the proof text. The goal is to do this in 500 words or less (not including this...

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Christians are, by biblical necessity, trinitarian. We believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One of the ways our God calls us to worship Him is through song—especially singing in the gathering of the local church.

The power of the music we sing

For many, the term...

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This article, written by Scott Porter, originally appeared on his personal website here under the title “On Killing Oneself.”

Before I even opened the curtains this morning, I found out that Anthony Bourdain was dead. I thought, “In his sixties, former drug addict –...

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In this ongoing series, I will be expositing the Heidelberg Catechism (HC). I will be dividing up each answer into manageable chunks, which will be highlighted in bold, and will then explain it in light of the proof text. The goal is to do this in 500 words or less (not including this preview, or...

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Before beginning, thanks are due to my friends Jason, Julian, Michael, and Taylor. Their experience, wisdom, and correction on the topic of racial reconciliation and the church have helped grow my understanding from informed, Biblical perspectives. Hopefully, this article demonstrates their wisdom,...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:07

Firepots in Genesis 15 and the Future Messiah

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When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram… Genesis 15:17-18 (ESV)

For most of us, the word covenant is just another Old Testament term of which we have a...

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Attempts to glean from Scripture what it means to be human has brought about two prominent views.  Dichotomy, which sees that man was created with two aspects of our nature, body and soul, and that soul and spirit are both Biblical terms given to explain our spiritual nature.  The other...

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Since the MLK50 conference, T4G, and the flurry of tweets, blog posts, and rants exploded onto the internet, I’ve noticed a distinct fervor in the conversation surrounding race and the Church (especially in reformed spheres). We seem to need some guidelines to make these conversations...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 10:05

The Hedeilberg in a Hurry: Question 1 Part 2

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In this ongoing series, I will be expositing the Heidelberg Catechism (HC). I will be dividing up each answer into manageable chunks, which will be highlighted in bold, and will then explain it in light of the proof text. The goal is to do this in...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 05:36

A Call For Prayer Meetings

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“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints,...

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