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

Reformation21 - Apologetic Report
Given what World Magazine once called a "major, well-funded push" to promote the acceptance of evolution among evangelical Christians, the case must be persuasively made against the compatibility of evolution and the Bible. In answer to a pro-evolutionary stance, I am one of those Bible teachers...

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On the night I proposed to Anna 15 years ago, she gave me a gift--an antiquarian edition of Thomas Brooks The Unsearchable Riches of Christ. It is a work to which I returned many times over the past 15 years. The section on the riches and excellencies of Christ, by itself, makes this work a must...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:54

When Dead Men Speak... (Adam Parker)

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I just finished watching the TV miniseries Chernobyl. I have to say I was brought to tears by the end of the series. In the final episode (spoiler alert, the reactor explodes), Legasov, the nuclear expert rises to speak before the Soviet tribunal tasked with determining whose fault the...

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While a student, I came across an article by Latin American theologian Elsa Tamez titled, "Women Must Not be Silent in the Congregations!"--in which she argued that Paul gave apostolic instruction about how women should exercise the gift of prophecy in the church in 1 Corinthians 11, while...

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The grocery store cereal aisle has become a common metaphor for distinguishing the West from the rest of the world, and rightly so. Just after we moved to Eastern Europe years ago, my family and I began the hunt for cereal in our city. In due course, we found three cereal options. Yes, three. First...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 23:12

Sufficient Hope (Rachel Green Miller)

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If you could give a new mom the perfect gift, what would it be? Would it be full night's sleep? Maybe you'd give her a hot meal without interruption or maybe the confidence that she'll be a good mom. Those would be precious gifts to any mom. But what do moms need most? More than any of these...

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It's been an amazing past few days watching the fallout from David Platt's prayer over president Trump. When I first heard about the situation and read the transcript of the prayer, my initial reaction was quite positive. This was further confirmed for me when I saw the video. From what I know of...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 01:20

Against Open Doors (Aaron Denlinger)

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Much that passes for Christian decision making in modern Evangelicalism strikes me as a mixture of lazy moral reasoning and illegitimate efforts to discern those "secret things" (Deut. 29:29) that God has never promised to reveal to us. Scripture has much to say about the way we approach important...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 23:03

Strength from Weakness (Nick Batzig)

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No words can express the sadness I have felt upon news of the failing health of David Powlison. Dr. Powlison has been one of the great gifts God has given to the church. His book Seeing Through New Eyes is one of the most formative biblical counseling books I have read. Dr. Powlison was...

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What is the preacher to do with hell and eternal punishment? In our day and age these truths strike some as comical and others as cruel. To some, hell is a joke. It's about little devils in red tights (so teach the cartoonists). It's a place where illicit pleasures are indulged (if we believe the...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:18

Identical Equity? (Justin Poythress)

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The battle cry of "equity" serves as a summons to action, or at least outrage, wherever a person feels an injustice, or a passing over. The trouble for Christians is, in a field of politically charged verbage, words like "equity" or "individualism" tend to get obscured by the broader political...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 23:35

Praying for the Dead (Nick Batzig)

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I've noticed a somewhat perplexing trend of late. An individual dies and social media is flooded with calls to pray for the deceased and their family members. Without doubt, it is altogether right and in keeping with a spirit of true Christian charity to pray fervently for the family members of one...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 23:56

A Peaceful Parting (Matthew Bradley)

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I suspect that if we conducted a careful study, we would find that dissolving a pastor's call when he isn't expecting it or disagrees with a session's assessment is one of the most common experiences of both unrest in our churches and pain in the life of a pastor and his family. Observing a...

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True believers may, and do, experience times when they feel as if God has forgotten them. They feel as if the divine no longer takes interest in them. David felt this as well. He expresses this in Psalm 31 in language that may make one wonder about God, however. There we read, "How long, O...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 21:37

Reforming Apologetics (Ryan McGraw)

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J.V. Fesko, Reforming Apologetics: Retrieving the Classic Reformed Approach to Defending the Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019. 250pp. Paperback. Christians often polarize one another over their approaches to apologetics. While different apologetic schools compete for dominance in...

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The category of breaking news has grabbed our eyes to report such matters as the latest celebrity gossip and the latest tweet of a politician. Though sometimes the breaking news is of tragedy (because tragedy sells) in some land far away or even some other state. A flood. A shooting. An injustice....

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:37

An Evening Prayer (Chad Van Dixhoorn)

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Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in daily devotion; still others were plundered specifically for the...

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Theologians have often considered justification by faith alone to be "the heart of the Gospel" for the simple reason that justification is a legal declaration of pardon and righteousness--a once-for-all judicial act of God toward believers. Justification is judicial not transformative in nature....

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 00:44

Lost and Found (Louis Markos)

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Lost and Found: How Jesus Helped Us Discover our True Selves Edited by Collin Hansen The Gospel Coalition, 2019 160 pages, paper, $12.99 I have always been troubled by those long, weight-loss infomercials that one sees on late night television. I have nothing against hearing the struggles of...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:47

A Censorious Spirit (Nick Batzig)

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Sinclair Ferguson once lamented the fact that whenever he overheard others discussing some public theologian or individual at a conference, the statements were almost always prefaced with a negative comment such as, "Well, you know, the problem with him is..." Sadly, those sorts of conversations...

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Over the past four decades, there has been an ever growing concern about the danger of impending censorship in America. A country that has long prided itself on the love of freedom and the rights of its citizens to freely and publicly express their beliefs and opinions now totters on the fence of...

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Great sadness and shock have struck the denomination of which I am a minister--the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. That shock pales in comparison with the tragedy faced by the members of Chabad Poway who suffered grievous loss at the hands of John Earnest, a member of an Orthodox Presbyterian Church....

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There was this nice, new family who was visiting your church for the past month or so. But you haven't seen them now for a couple weeks, and so you ask someone who was more connected with them: "What happened to the Jones family?" "Oh," your friend responds, "they didn't feel our church was meeting...

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Friday, 03 May 2019 00:50

When Our Children Sin (Christina Fox)

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Do you remember when you first learned you would have a child? You likely prayed over your little one day after day. Even though you'd never met him or her in person, you loved your child more than anything. You waited for months--and if you were an adoptive parent, sometimes years--anticipating...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 21:53

The House of Omri (Donny Friederichsen)

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The Mesha Stele is an ancient slab of basalt stone from the 9th century BC. It was named for Mesha, the king of Moab (2 Kings 3:4). This stele is actually an ancient document which records the struggles of the Moabite people at the hands of the king of Israel, Omri. After the split of the Jewish...

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