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

Prince on Preaching - Apologetic Report

The death of Christ is a subject of so much importance in Christianity as to be essential to it. Without this, the sacrifices and prophecies of the Old Testament would be nearly void of meaning, and the other great facts recorded in the New Testament divested of importance. It is not so much a...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:27

Thoughts about Christmas Sermons

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When missionaries arrive in a cross-cultural context, they look for cultural interests that may serve as points of contact for gospel proclamation. The preacher already has points of contact built in to his calendar through holidays and special cultural days. It seems to me special sermons...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:09

Around the Horn (December 13)

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Medical and bioethical technology continues to move at an unprecedented pace, and pastors are increasingly confronted with issues that were science fiction a generation ago. This article offers some practical wisdom for pastors dealing with...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 06:56

Are Your Church Staff Meetings a Waste of Time?

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Pastor, are your staff meeting and planning sessions helping accomplish the mission and strategic vision of the church? They are not if feelings matter more than effective ministry. Some church staff meetings and planning sessions are imprisoned by a superficial niceness culture. The chief value in...

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To a young man whose mind he perceived was bewildered with fruitless speculations

“The conversation we had on our way to——so far interested me in your religious feelings, that I find it impossible to satisfy my mind till I have expressed my ardent wishes for the happy termination...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 03:01

Around the Horn (December 6)

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Presidents are often viewed as having an immense amount of power, and with good reason. Also, sometimes that power can feel far off and disconnected from our daily lives. Yet, Russ Moore shares how George H.W. Bush’s influence changed his family on a...

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Nichols, Stephen J. 
A Time for Confidence: Trusting God in a Post-Christian Society. 
Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2016. 152 pp.

INTRODUCTION

The culture of the United States is increasingly post-Christian. With the legalization of same-sex marriage and the prevailing winds of transgenderism working...

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Fellowship of God’s People in Evil Times

“Then they that feared the Lord spoke often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 19:10

Around the Horn (November 29)

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Several days ago American missionary John Allen Chau was killed by the people of North Sentinel Island. This island has been isolated for decades and every attempt to enter the island is met with violence from the...

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In a recent Christianity Today article entitled“The Embodied Church in a Digital Age,” Kara Bettis shares the story of how one church performed a virtual reality (VR) baptism. According to Bettis, the baptism had no water and required no physical, interpersonal contact. Then on the...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 01:26

Activate Your Sanctified Imagination

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What we refer to as the Golden Rule had appeared in other places before Jesus stated it but always in a negative form, such as, “Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you.” But Jesus provides a positive expression in his Sermon on the Mount, “So whatever you...

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Frame, John.Theology of My Life: A Theological and Apologetic Memoir.Eugene: Cascade Books, 2017. 230 pp.

Introduction 

In 1969, Leonard Cohen released his Songs from a Room album. Bird on the Wire is the album’s opening track, and Cohen bookends the song with this stanza: Like a bird on...

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How cheering is the thought that the time is coming when these spots and wrinkles will be no more; but the church, and every individual member of it, shall be “holy and without blemish.”

Holy beauty, in every stage and degree of it, is lovely. The character given to that generation of...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 04:49

Thanksgiving in Everything, Not for Everything

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The apostle Paul exhorts, “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess 5:18a). Paul lives and commands a life of thankfulness for all followers of Christ. Often, upon reading this verse, our minds immediately begin devising ways to dilute the command to give thanks “in everything.”...

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Baptism is a Divine institution, pertaining to the kingdom of the Messiah, or the gospel dispensation. John received it from heaven, and administered it to the Jews, who, on his proclaiming that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, confessed their sins. Jesus gave sanction to it by his example; and...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:45

Spurgeon on How True Humility Produces Holy Confidence

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Below are excerpts from C.H. Spurgeon’s excellent sermon titledPride and Humility (New Park Street, 1856).1 Spurgeon heartily advocates the kind of self-confidence that is the fruit of humility before God. Rightly ordered self-confidence is not self-loathing but freedom self-preoccupation....

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 21:37

Around the Horn (11/15)

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Often preaching is portrayed as an either/or exercise. For example, you may hear things like preaching is either expositional or relevant. In this article, Joel Beeke explains why this type of thinking is fraught with false dichotomies.

Read Like An Apostle

How did...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 21:25

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller On Judging Others

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Judging Others, and Casting Pearls Before Swine Matt. 7:1–6

“Judge not,” &c. This prohibition, like many others in our Lord’s discourse, if interpreted in its utmost latitude, would go to censure what is elsewhere commended. If we judge not truth and error, good and evil,...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 22:25

Around the Horn (November 8)

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In this list, Kevin DeYoung makes the case that we sometimes miss the point of the 10 Commandments. He argues that, in reality, the Decalogue is about freedom, not bondage.

In this...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:54

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Loving Your Enemy

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LOVE TO ENEMIES
Matt. 5:43–48

It was written in the law of Moses, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” The construction which the Jews put upon this precept is easily discerned by the question of the self-justifying lawyer, “And who is my neighbour?” They excluded...

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