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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Thursday, 05 July 2018 23:58

Five Questions I Ask of Every Sermon

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One of the great privileges in my life is preaching God’s word week in and week out. I have been doing this for over fifteen years now and steadily look for ways to grow in my skill as a preacher. One of the unfortunate things I have discovered is that I can fall into lazy habits and...

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imageWhen Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, we knew we were looking at an amazing technology that would revolutionize how we used the Internet. What we did not know is how much these devices were going to change us. From the moment Apple declared that “there’s an app for... 

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:40

Psalms for Men Who Are Struggling

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Men face overwhelming pressures both internal and external. We feel an internal drive to provide for our families and to contribute to our communities. Whether we want to admit it or not, we struggle with the expectations other people place on us too. We have trained ourselves to ignore the nagging...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 12:39

Watching our Words in the Age of Outrage

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We live in a distracted age. We sneak frequent glances at our phones and get immersed in things that don’t matter in the long run. This has consequences for our work and family lives. It also wreaks havoc on our Bible reading. When we struggle to pay attention, it makes it difficult for us to...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 06:59

God Doesn’t Give Second Chances

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Too often, we use phrases to try to simplify the Gospel message, but they end up obscuring the Gospel. Possibly the worst offender in this category in the phrase, “God gives second chances.” We love second chances. We love the idea that God gives us unlimited do-overs when we mess up....

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Monday, 30 April 2018 03:35

The Best Quotes from How to Get Unstuck

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We struggle to get the right things done more than we ever have. Between constant distractions, text messages, and overflowing inboxes, it can be hard to know what we should do next and how we should work hard so that we produce good work that brings us joy and benefits other people.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 02:18

When Your Spiritual Life is Dry

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All Christians experience spiritual dry spells. There are no exceptions. We will go through periods where God seems distant, prayer is difficult, Bible-reading feels dead, worship doesn’t excite, and a sense of purposelessness descends on us.

When you run into a spiritual desert, what do you...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:24

Why You Should Study Theology

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Recently I was in a restaurant and a Bible study group was meeting at a nearby table. The leader had a voice that carried, so I could have heard a good portion of the study, but the first thing I heard him say so captured my attention that I missed the rest of it. He said, “I love...

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On a Thursday morning, twenty-one years ago last week, I woke up thinking I was a Christian but dealing with the growing realization that there was little fruit of conversion in my life. Later that afternoon, sitting under the preaching of God’s word, I came to the realization that I...

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Many of life’s most important lessons cannot be learned in a classroom. This is especially true of life in the ministry. While Seminary can give you tools for wrestling with the meaning of the biblical text, there’s little it can do to prepare you for the rigors of everyday life in the...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:11

Telling a Better Story than Jordan Peterson

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At the beginning of 2018, I had never heard of Jordan Peterson, but that changed drastically over the last few months. Like many, he first came to my notice because of his interview with Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman. She began the...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:14

Parenting Like Your Child is Your Neighbor

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Last week, many applauded a father whose son had been banned from the bus for bullying other children. The father forced his son run to school in the rain while he drove behind him. Then, he posted about his creative discipline on Facebook.

The father received praise for his return to “common...

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For the last three years, I have been slowly making my way through a biography of each American President. While I have not completed the journey, (I am 2/3 of the way through,) some important lessons have emerged from my reading. There are many lessons to learn from the courageous acts of the men...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 20:57

Your Work Is Not “Secular”

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Many times, Christians use unfortunate language when talking about our jobs. For some reason, we have often called work that is not for a church “secular work;” in much the same way that we call music not done by “Christian” artists, “secular music.”

When we call...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 01:11

How to Make Time to Read

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One of the questions I frequently hear asked of those who read a lot is how they “find time” to read. We’ll deal with the fallacy of “finding time” soon, but making the time to read is not as difficult as you would think. It is simply a question of making reading a...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:36

6 Ways to Engage with Your Community

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We live in a time when most of us are disconnected from the communities in which we live. We don’t know our neighbors, rarely serve in our city, and the cast majority of the connections that we have there are digital. This disintegrating of community leaves people lonely and alienated, leads...

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Christians often struggle to understand how to read Proverbs in light of the whole Bible and in light of the Gospel. Tim and Kathy Keller provide a real service to the church in their new devotional book God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life. This book contains a devotion from Proverbs for each...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:23

When You Lose Your Temper With Your Children

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Every parent knows the experience. You’re tired and your children ignore your every word. You told them over and over, but they persevere in their obstinacy. Then you do what seems like the only option– you lose your temper. You lose control and give full vent to everything you have...

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When I was growing up in the 1980’s, we watched the national news almost every afternoon at 5:00. The only question was whether we would watch ABC, CBS, or NBC. The Mobile Press-Register arrived every morning and the Clarke County Democrat showed up every Thursday. We trusted our news sources...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 04:35

Me, a Saint?

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Sometimes we use casual language that betrays our understanding of the Gospel. We see this in little ways every day, but especially in the way that we describe especially mature Christians. How often do we talk about a faithful older Christian and say, “I’ll tell you what, she is a...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 06:31

Why You Should Read Outside of Your Comfort Zone

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One thing that I enjoy every year the week after Christmas is seeing people share their favorite books from the previous year. It always alerts me to interesting books that I have never heard of. This year, I also took notice of some of the responses I saw to these lists. “Does it have big...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 12:13

The Best Quotes from The God Who is There

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 I am quite embarrassed at how long it took me to get around to reading D.A. Carson’s The God Who is There. This book has been out for several years and is an outstanding overview of the storyline of the entire Bible. Carson walks through the high points of the biblical story, showing...

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With the average American spending two hours a day on social media, an increasing number of voices argue that we need to learn how to step away for a while. Since the engineers at social media built their platforms to attract your attention, accomplishing this will take a lot more work than you...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:42

A Few Good Reads

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I used to share some good things I have read every week but got out of the habit of doing so about a year ago. My goal here is to share some helpful, thoughtful, and challenging things I have read or...

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