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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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 02:59

Context Matters

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The meaning of an event depends upon the context. The facts before and after an event can greatly affect the meaning.  A string of events relate to one-another to form a story: the meaning of the event comes from the story. Where you begin and end a story matter. What facts you admit and what...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 07:12

The Church is Precious

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The Church is precious, not in itself, but because of God’s purpose with it. It is there because of what God has done for it. It is there, more particularly, because of Christ has done, and done in history. It is there solely to serve the Gospel.

P.T. Forsyth, The Work of Christ (Hodder and...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 08:54

The Only Way to Mortify Sin

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Thomas Brooks, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ


the exercise and, improvement of grace in your souls, will be more and more the death and ruin of sin in your souls.

Argument 1

Take it from experience; there is not a choicer way than this for a man to bring under the power of his sin, than...

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A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith (3rd edition, 198 pastors)

Christian churches in China are eager and determined to walk the path of the cross of Christ and are more than willing to imitate the older generation of saints who suffered and were martyred for their faith.We are willing...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:53

50 Alleged Bible Contradictions Refuted

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It’s good to have the answers all in one place

The Domain for Truth

As of last week we have refuted fifty alleged Bible contradictions.  Lord willing I would be writing more of these kinds of posts.  Eventually when I have more written I’m going to have to get them organized...

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The Lord will not cast away weak saints, by reason of the weaknesses that cleaves to their persons or services.

In 2 Chron. 30:18–20, there came a multitude of people to eat the passover, but they were not prepared according to the preparation of the sanctuary; therefore Hezekiah puts up a...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 08:31

Three Propositions

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John MacArthur has preached three sermons from Ezekiel 18 (he will preach at least one more next week) on “social justice.” The question of “social justice” stirred a great deal of debate among evangelicals.

The basic propositions set forth by MacArthur are:

1) Good works are...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 13:08

Isaiah on Political Leadership

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After this week, this seems appropriate comment on politics:

1 Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!

2 Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail,...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 13:39

The translation and interpretation of Hosea 4:4b

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Hosea 4:4 has a difficult text. The passage is a condemnation of priests for having corrupted the people (rather than lead them in the Law of the Lord).

Yet the Hebrew contains a line which seems to condemn the people for not listening to the priests. As the NASB has it, “For your people are...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 13:10

Higher Criticism Explained

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Higher Criticism in an intellectual exercise which makes scholars feel themselves above the text. It is made up of assumptions and inferences and deductions from inferences of others and is ultimately a speculative game. When it is applied to some other text, we can see just how silly this process...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:48

Selling a Child: Exodus 21:7

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This is a verse in the Bible which is used routinely to taunt believers: the Bible says you can sell you child as a slave:

7And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

Exodus 21:7(AV).  Newer translations have the word “slave” in...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 04:24

The Most Common Idolatry

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“For idolatry does not consist merely in calling upon idols, but also in trust in our own righteousness, works, and service, in riches and human influence and power. And this, as it is the most common, is also the most harmful idolatry.”

Martin Luther

Authors: memoirandremains...

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The Remembrance of Christ

Sermon 1.2 January 7, 1855

This do in remembrance of me.

1 Cor. 11:24

This sermon breaks out into five sections:


(Slightly restated)

The Object of Memory

The Benefit of Memory

The Aid to Memory

The Command to Remember

The Introduction

Rather than tell a story (as is...

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In the 1937 edition of the New England Quarterly (vol. 10, no. 2), Thomas H. Johnson provides a background to the newly published works of Edward Taylor. At his death on June 24, 1729 (age 87) the first minister in the town of Westfield, Massachusetts. He had been born in England in 1644 and...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 10:35

Thomas Manton on daily life and happiness

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Manton ends his sermon the blessedness of being forgiven as follows. If happiness is to be a goal of life (and religion), then what is meant by “happiness:

Christians, a man that flows in wealth and honour, till he be pardoned, is not a happy man. A man that lives afflicted, contemned, not...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:44

Social Justice

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Michael Walsh, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace

It is the thesis of this book that the heroic narrative is not simply our way of telling ourselves comforting fairy tales about the ultimate triumph of Good over Evil, but an implanted moral compass that guides even the least religious among us. Note...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:39

Thomas Manton: Sin and Happiness

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Manton has been running argument of his sermon along the twin lines of grace and law. The law condemns and will drive is to despair. “We may lull the soul asleep with carnal delights, but the virtue of that opium will soon be spent.” Judgment will come despite any efforts here to hold...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 10:35

Thomas Manton Exegeting the Heart.2

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An interesting aspect of Puritan Preaching is much of it was deeply, if you will, psychological. An earlier post on this can be found here.

It routinely probed the heart of the hearers, picking apart the mechanisms and relationships between affections, behavior and thought in a way that rarely...

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