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, 04 December 2019 01:27

A Matter of Life and Death (Amy Mantravadi) Featured

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The issue of abortion is one of the most divisive in modern political discourse. The option for a woman to end a pregnancy has been proclaimed by some to be a basic right, while others have decried it as the murder of a fellow human being. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult for so-called...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 06:53

On Paul's Religion (Nicholas Batzig) Featured

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Through sophisticated statements on social media, certain prominent voices in the evangelical wing of Christendom have revealed their penchant for pitting Jesus' ethical teaching against that of the Apostle Paul. To elevate what Jesus taught over against what His apostles taught reveals a...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 01:46

Reading It Rightly (James Renihan) Featured

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This is the final part of James Renihan's essay on the scope of theology. Read part one here, and part two here. Scope as a Theological Tool There is another function of scopus, already alluded to, but which now deserves at least brief treatment. This is its theological use. We...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 02:22

Was Paul Co-Dependent? (Bruce Lowe) Featured

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Was Paul Co-Dependent? Reflections on 2 Corinthians for Singles (and the Rest of Us) 2 Corinthians 2:12-13 says something extraordinary. Paul walked away from an open door of ministry in Troas because he couldn't find Titus. What's up here? Why was not finding Titus so important to Paul?...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 21:41

Applying the Beatitudes (Matt Foreman) Featured

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The Beatitudes, according to Matthew, mark the beginning of Jesus' public teaching ministry. They are the first things that Jesus emphasized as he proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom. Unlike Moses at Mount Sinai, Jesus began his Sermon on the Mount, not with commandments, but with promises of...

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Monday, 18 November 2019 04:14

On Pastoral Laziness (Charles Wingard) Featured

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At the outset of a difficult topic -- pastoral laziness -- I want to be clear that my purpose is to encourage both pastors and their congregations. Where conflict arises over the minister's work ethic, I believe most of the time there is a path forward to strengthen the bonds of affection that...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 23:01

The Whole and the Parts (James Renihan) Featured

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This is the second part of James Renihan's essay on the scope of theology. To read part one, click here. The Scope of the Whole We have already cited the common language of the great English Protestant Confessions, Presbyterian, Independent and Baptist; we are now prepared to consider their...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 01:34

Mercy for Migrants (Mark Johnston ) Featured

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I was once struck by a brief radio address given by a Jewish Rabbi on the morning of Yom Kippur. She spent the whole time allotted to her talking about Isaiah 58 and how it links to the deliverance of Israel in Jewish understanding. Very helpfully she reminded her audience that all ethnic Jews can...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 21:51

Making Distinctions (Amy Mantravadi) Featured

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There are many ways to think about God's attributes. They can be divided between those that say something positive about God and those that deny something negative about him, those that are communicable to creatures (i.e. can exist in or be communicated to them somehow) and those that are...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 02:00

Reformed Ethics Could Save Your Life (Joel Heflin) Featured

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I was preparing a student paper on Bavinck for ETS when the economy collapsed in 2009. Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics proved a tremendous source of encouragement during that time, amidst great uncertainty which touched the faith and vocation of myself and many friends. I'm now happy see the release...

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Friday, 01 November 2019 06:30

Theology on Target (James Renihan) Featured

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Theology on Target The Scope of the Whole (Which Is to Give All Glory to God) Part 1 On October 16, 1845, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote these familiar lines in a poem titled "The Arrow and the Song": I shot an arrow into the air,It fell to earth, I knew not where;For, so swiftly it flew, the...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 23:36

Discussing God's Attributes (Tim Bertolet) Featured

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Is the conversation about God's attributes "old fashioned" and "western"?  Regarding systematic theology, one often encounters the critique that the logical ordering of various topics is "western" or "Greek" or "academic"--all of which are really meant as synonyms for "bad" and "wrongheaded."...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 06:03

The Road Not Taken (Brad Littlejohn) Featured

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As we remember the Reformation this week, those who stop to think about the anniversary (too few of us, no doubt) will probably either celebrate it as the birthday of the Protestant churches, or lament it as the beginning of a great schism that still divides the western church today. We will think...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 22:56

Worship and the Christian's True Identity (Jonathan Cruse) Featured

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The whole of the Christian life can be summed up in these two little words (favorites of the Apostle Paul): "in Him." Our union with Christ is the definitive aspect of our salvation and our status before God and others, and therefore our identity must be found in Christ. Of course, this is easier...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:38

Is It Only About Trust? (Jonathan Kiel) Featured

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Recently, my friend Adam Parker wrote a helpful article reminding us that a pastor is not an hourly employee. In his article, Adam describes how the work of pastoral ministry is difficult to quantify and more time in the office does not equal a more effective ministry. He also offers a gentle and...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 22:35

The Pastor as Hourly Employee? (Adam Parker) Featured

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One of my favorite things is getting together with other pastors and asking them how their ministry is going. Most of the time a pastor will say that things are going great, and then he will share some of the joys of his ministry. However, occasionally a pastor will sigh deeply and tell me that...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 07:20

Sobriety and the Gospel (Gabriel Williams) Featured

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In my previous post, I discussed how patience (along with the closely-related virtues of endurance and perseverance) is one of the most valuable Christian virtues in connection to Christian maturity. However, there is another virtue of the Christian life which, when duly exercised, will contribute...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 02:18

Listening to His Law (Bret Saunders) Featured

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Editor's Note: This is the final post in this series. Part 1 [available here] introduced the connection between a biblical understanding of education and that of fatherhood. Part 2 [available here] explored the storytelling aspect of education. Now the author turns to the second aspect, Law, and...

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  In part one of this series, the doctrine of middle knowledge was set forth and explained on its own terms. Its principal concern is to reconcile the sovereignty of divine agency and the liberty of human agency by inserting a third logical moment between God's natural knowledge and visionary...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 12:29

A Heavenly Appetizer (Jonathan Cruse) Featured

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Many Christians today hold to the misconception that the Lord's Supper is nothing other than a memorial meal, a time where we "look back" and reflect upon the death of Christ. This is generally the view of mainstream evangelicalism, though if we are not cautious it can easily become the default...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 02:53

A Biblical View of Race(s) (Guy Richard) Featured

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The topics of racism, social justice, and racial reconciliation have been hotly debated topics within the Church and on social media for some time now. One of the questions that I have routinely encountered from Christians in these debates concerns the appropriateness of the word "race." The...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 00:17

Soul Food and Spiritual Drink (Ken Golden) Featured

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Humans are complex creatures, consisting of body and soul. God formed us out of the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7a). He gave us bodies, making us physical creatures. And He nourishes our bodies with physical things. The Lord provides food to satisfy our hunger and drink to quench our thirst. But...

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Middle knowledge, otherwise known as Molinism, derives its name from a 16th century Jesuit named Luis de Molina (1535-1600). There is evidence that within a decade of Molina's death, his view of middle knowledge had a profound influence upon the theology of James Arminius--though there is some...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:57

My Kind of Hero (John Bugay) Featured

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It took me a while to remember who Joshua Harris was when he "kissed Christianity goodbye." The news didn't really rattle me; he's so far from the mainstream of my life that I missed whatever it was he was selling. And yet it was a big deal in Christian circles. Christians should look for other...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 23:27

Patience and Maturity (Gabriel Williams) Featured

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Over the past several months, I've taken a break from regular writing and blogging because I've been pondering the importance of Christian maturity. The apostle Paul himself stated that one of the central goals of his ministry was to "present every man complete in Christ" (cf. Colossians 1:28-29)....

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