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, 13 November 2018 23:49

Where Do We Find True Joy?

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We will never truly understand life until we understand that every person in the world wants to be happy. Blaise Pascal summarized this tendency well when he said, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they may employ, they all tend to this end. The...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 21:36

Why Our Culture Needs a Strong Dose of Proverbs

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If you grew up in the United States you have spent your entire life hearing that we are on a progressive march towards a society that is more caring, prosperous, intelligent, and healthy than the societies that preceded it. We mock ideas by appealing to what year it is and marveling that people...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 01:20

When You Forget Who You Are

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Have you ever heard someone say something when you were younger and it didn’t make the sense at the time, but over time it made sense to you? I still remember the sunny Sunday afternoon when I was driving in my hometown and listening to John Piper’s biographical sketch of Charles...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:19

Living When You Know You Will Die

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A few months ago, I walked through the cemetery where my father is buried. It would be impossible to count the number of times I have walked or driven past that place in my lifetime. It sits next to my old high school. You could throw a rock to it from the house where my […]

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Monday, 22 October 2018 07:23

How to Listen to a Sermon

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Followers of Jesus hear hundreds, if not thousands, of sermons in our lifetimes. We often think about what makes a “good” sermon. Is it biblical? Is it interesting? Did it proclaim the Gospel? Did the pastor apply it to real life? However, we spend little time thinking about how to be...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 03:34

The Weight of Being a Pastor

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Do you have a Bible verse that jumps off the page at you every time you read it? No matter how many times you have come across it, you always stop to ponder it. This verse is a never-ending wonder to you. You might be encouraged by it, convicted by it, or perplexed by it, […]

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:58

What are the Marks of Genuine Friendship?

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A few years ago, our family was at the beach when a little girl ran up to my seven-year-old daughter and said, “My name is Isabella. Do you want to play?” My daughter yelled “sure” and they ran off as if they had known each other for years. I wonder at what point we stop...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 01:49

The Best Quotes from The Prodigal Prophet

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This week, Tim Keller released his latest book, The Prodigal Prophet. In it, he shows the radical grace of God that saved a city from destruction, frustrated a prophet, and changes our lives. In the first half of the book, he walks through the text of Jonah, showing the structure and meaning of the...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 04:55

How to Stop Spreading Lies on the Internet

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While our culture seems obsessed with rooting out fake news, my social media feeds are filled with it. With the bitter partisan divide gripping our land, each side seems bent on demonizing the other in the worst way, even if it means spreading lies to make it happen. I’m sure most of the...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 05:56

Why Your Children Need Your Time and Attention

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Have your children ever struggled to get your attention because you were looking at pictures of other people’s children on Instagram? More than ever, parents struggle to give their children the attention they need. If you have children who are 10 and under, they have never known a world in...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:15

The Best Quotes from The Gospel

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As Christians, we often grasp the Gospel in theory while failing to understand how it should change our lives in practice. This is especially true when we think about how the Gospel transforms the way we treat other people. In his book The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, Ray...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 08:44

What Do You Do When You Preach a Bad Sermon?

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Every Sunday, when I finish preaching and come back to my seat in the second row, my ten-year-old daughter gives me two thumbs up. She probably knows that I need the encouragement because of how often she has heard me get in the car and say, “That was terrible.” Every pastor is prone to...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:57

The Good News of God’s Providence

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Hurricane Florence’s march towards the Carolinas caused me to reminisce on some of the hurricanes we dealt with when I was growing up in south Alabama. There’s one incident that I think about every hurricane season. It happened a few months after I came to know Jesus during my sophomore...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 12:38

Why Do We Work Hard at Our Work?

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In 1928, English economist John Maynard Keynes delivered a lecture titled “The Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren” in which he argued that by 2028 would we be so prosperous that most people would only have to work fifteen hours a week. As he looked at the coming century, his...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 14:23

How to Ruin Your Christian Witness on Social Media

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I take college football too seriously. I try not to, but it happens every year. I have rooted for the Auburn Tigers since I for as long as I can remember and one year I watched the opening game of the season with some friends at Buffalo Wild Wings. Over half the restaurant was filled […]

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 06:21

The Best Quotes from Remember Death

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The next time you are sitting around watching a football game with friends or in a group of people in a social situation, get everyone’s attention and say, “You know, we’re all going to die one day.” Then, just watch everyone’s reactions as the fun gets sucked out of...

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Yesterday, many of us were struck by the news of a young pastor’s suicide. It is heartbreaking to think about what might have led him to make this tragic decision. In my younger years, I would have looked upon this man’s pain with immense condescension, but I have been doing this for...

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Last year I heard someone refer to R.J. Snell’s book Acedia and Its Discontents in a sermon on slothfulness. I love books related to any of the major themes in Proverbs, so I picked it up and discovered one of the best books I have read in the past year. Acedia refers to slothfulness, which...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 13:52

Why Our Need to Sleep is a Theological Issue

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For the last few months, I have been using an app called Moment to track the amount of time I spend on my phone. It has been tremendously helpful to see how many hours I can fritter away staring at things I won’t remember in five minutes. One interesting thing the app does is that […]

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 12:51

How to Fight Against Consistent Discouragement

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Some days, discouragement sneaks in out of nowhere and overtakes us when we are already tired, overwhelmed, or hurting. It sticks around like a dark cloud, dampening our enjoyment of life and causing us to see the negative side of everything in our lives. The easiest thing to do is to let...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:08

Why We Cannot Stop Speaking about Jesus

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A few weeks ago, someone in my timeline posted a link to a Business Insider article from last summer. In it, Benny Lewis wrote about the time he spent traveling throughout the United States. He listed 17 things that surprised him about day to day life in the United States. He described the piece as...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 01:14

The Best Quotes from Counterfeit Gods

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This week I read through Tim Keller’s Counterfeit Gods for the first time in several years. Keller shows how ordinary things, even good things when blown out of their proper proportions, can become an idol in our hearts. We were made to worship and our hearts flock to many things...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:17

Why You Should Read Genesis

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Many eager Bible readers plunged into the beginning chapters of Genesis only to bog down after the first couple of genealogies. They have argued about the days of creation, know about the ark, and used Sodom and Gomorrah to warn people about the dangers of immorality, but know precious little about...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 10:56

How to Improve Your Biblical Literacy

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I recently heard Jen Wilkin argue that the American church faces a biblical literacy crisis. From the discussions that I have and the comments that I read, I could not agree more. Most Christians do not know the basics of the biblical storyline, basic facts about the Bible’s major characters,...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 03:25

One Degree to Another is Moving

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At the end of this week, my blog will be moving over to the Evangelical channel at Patheos. Patheos hosts a number of blogs from different perspectives and this gives me an opportunity to engage more spiritually curious people with the message of the Gospel.

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