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

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 05:05

Praying Over the Music

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A recent study of 3 million American drivers over 570 million trips found that the drivers used their cell phones during 88 out of 100 trips. Even in states where hand-held phone use by the driver is illegal, the study found that drivers still pulled out their phones regularly. On average, American...

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The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and WFIL 560 AM have had a long partnership. In addition to broadcasting The Bible Study Hour with James Boice and No Falling Word with Liam Goligher, they are one of the sponsors of this year’s Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology taking place...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:34

Faith in the Hallway

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The Christian life is full of risk taking. Simply being a Christian has often been cause enough for the executioner. But even where the cost comes short of shedding our blood, our lives--lived faithfully--will at some point beg the question, “What is the reason for the hope that you...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 21:40

The Wisdom of Sex

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Perhaps now, more than ever, Christians need wisdom to process the multitude of temptations to sexual sin with which they are confronted. While it is true that sexual sin has always been a problem in the church, there should be little doubt that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:54

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

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“They don’t write songs like that anymore.” It is not uncommon to hear an elderly man or woman utter these words whenever he or she thinks back on the “good ol’ days” of music. In a sense, this phrase is every bit as applicable in the church as it in the...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:16

It's All About the Recovery

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At The Masters last weekend, I thought about a lesson that I learned in watching professional golfers play over the years. A number of years ago, I saw Tiger Woods play the second hole at the Augusta National. The particular hole has a strong dogleg. Tiger had laid a shot up in the woods (no pun...

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In the summer of 2016 the subject of the Trinity was brought to the forefront on MortificationofSpin.org, particular through blog posts by Liam Goligher and Carl Trueman. The discussion ran like wildfire across the evangelical blogosphere throughout 2016, bringing the doctrine of the Trinity to...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 07:14

The Grace of Becoming Less

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Reflecting upon twenty years of ministry, the gifted Scottish preacher Andrew Bonar wrote the following in his diary. “It is amazing that the Lord has spared me and used me at all. I have no reason to wonder that He used others far more than He does me. Yet envy is my hurt, and today I have...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:42

Old Error for a New Generation

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This important conversation was originally posted at Todd Pruitt's blog 1517 hosted at MortificationofSpin.org

Last evening I was made aware of a new podcast called Truth’s Table. The particular episode I was linked to is entitled “Gender Apartheid.” Among the hosts and guests are...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:25

When Children Worship

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The first letter that each my kids learned was the letter “T.” If you know me, you might understand why. Kim and I are graduates of the University of Tennessee and we are big Volunteer fans. We have shirts, hats, and trinkets with big orange “Power T”s on them. We put the...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:11

Singing from the Same Page

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From the earliest days of the Church, the singing of hymns expressed doctrinal truth. With the ease of memorizing text with music, Christians could carry the truth in their hearts and minds—even if they could not read. St. Ambrose famously taught his parishioners Psalms and hymns in the midst...

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In our homeschool, I’ve been going through a cycle of World History with my children. We began with ancient civilizations and have moved slowly through the centuries each year. Most recently, we studied WWII.

Each time I read an event in history, one of the kids inevitably mutters,...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 06:43

When you shop, Amazon gives

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Alliance every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. Bookmark and visit smile.amazon.com, designate the Alliance as your charitable organization. It’s that simple!

On Thursday, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:48

Delighting in Deacons

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How do church deacons help establish God’s kingdom? Many of us might struggle to answer that question. For a number of reasons, the diaconate is often viewed as a non-spiritual administrative committee. Because deacons oversee church money and property we might mistake them simply for...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 21:52

Non-Ignorable "Ifs"

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The conditional word “if” is full of biblical weightiness. We must never ignore, explain away, or overlook the “ifs” in the Bible. The "if" passages are freighted with importance. Though a small word, it has eternal implications. And the normally nominal Bible-belt has...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:46

The Theologically Disciplined Church

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Many western churches are withering spiritually because their pastors and church members have bought into the lie that rigorous theological study is outdated and unnecessary. Yet, many of the churches in which pastors are committed to historic theology miss the mark when it comes to ensuring...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 07:56

When We Worship Our Worship

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"When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward" (Matt. 6:5). These are some of the most sobering words ever spoken by the Lord...

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Have you ever played a word association game? Let’s do one now. What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you think of John Calvin? Perhaps you thought of the words predestination, reformation, and theology. I doubt you thought of parenthood.

Calvin on Psalm 78

After my first child...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 15:42

The Divided Church

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It is inevitable that every Christian will, at some point in his or her life, be found in the middle of a difficult season of church life. On one hand, it’s understandable; we are sinful people trying to live in community with other sinful people, and that can get messy. We’re...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:54

Keeping Short Accounts

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My family moved to St. Simons Island, GA in 1989. I was 12 years old. One of the first things that I distinctly remember about that beautiful, little secluded Island was the fact that we could walk into a store, write our name on a ledger and walk out with just about whatever we wanted in the...

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You've heard that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Fair enough. But in light of the 500th year celebration of the Reformation, those who don’t know history are doomed to under-appreciate it. We should celebrate and rejoice in the rediscovery of, as Ray Ortlund says,...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:09

Preaching the Funeral of an Unbeliever

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Preaching at someone's funeral is one of the most difficult aspects of pastoral ministry. It is all the more difficult when it is the funeral service of a loved one or a beloved member of the church. However, the most challenging of all is preaching the funeral of someone who was almost certainly...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:20

Pray for Your Church Leaders

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The warning in the book of James to teachers is sobering, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness” (3:1). Some of that “greater strictness” is seen in the responses of church members and the...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 06:25

Engaging With God

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Swimmers fear and love the blocks, standing there before a race, waiting to climb that little platform, the brief prelude to the race. There is nervous, expectant anxiety there. And so we all develop little rituals, habitual movements to help calm our nerves—the stretches, arm swinging, and...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 11:22

Wisdom for Reading the Proverbs

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The Wisdom literature is among the most neglected of all genres in Scripture. This is, no doubt, partly on account of the fact that there are an abundance of difficulties when we approach the reading and study of Proverbs--our historical distance from them, the apparent similarity with writings of...

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