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 21st of September, 1803, was fixed upon, by several dissenting ministers in London, as a day of fasting and prayer on account of the state of the nation; and they expressed a wish that their brethren in the country would unite with them. Being at one of those meetings in the country, I was...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 23:39

Around the Horn (August 16)

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Pastor Andy Stanely continues to show a pattern of dangerous thinking in his approach to Scripture. He continues to treat the Old Testament as less valuable than the New Testament, and even claims that it can be...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 22:52

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on the Work of Missionaries

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I. Let me remind you of a few things relative to the greatness of your work.—Such a view of it may, in one sense, dismay you, and induce you to exclaim, “Who is sufficient for these things?” But in another sense it is necessary; and remember, for your encouragement, that...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 23:17

Around the Horn (August 9)

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We’ve all said it, “That person is annoying.” The problem with describing someone as annoying is that annoying is a not a character trait someone can have. When we are annoyed, in truth, it has more to do with our response to...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 02:08

The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes

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The book of Ecclesiastes is about living with joy because of the grace of God. Many miss that fact because of how sober-minded and honest “the Preacher” (Ecc 1:1, Heb.,qohelet) of Ecclesiastes is about genuine pain, heartache, and suffering in this fallen and fleeting world. Martin...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 22:46

Don’t Underestimate Sunday’s Sermon

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Good preaching creates a hunger for deeper learning—it awakens our desire to know more of this God we hear proclaimed. Rather than “refilling our spiritual tanks” once a week, good preaching drives us to hunger for more truth than we had when we walked in the church doors. It...

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“How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?”—Psal. 13:2.

We have, in a former discourse, considered the importance of looking into our own hearts; but that counsel is not applicable in all cases. There is such a thing as to pore on our guilt and...

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Grudem, Wayne.Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning.Wheaton: Crossway, 2018. 1246 pp.

INTRODUCTION

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:09

Around the Horn (August 2)

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Martin Lloyd-Jones is a revered preacher. His ministry still has an impact today. Why? What made his preaching so notable? Why did his preaching stand out when the preaching of others faded away? What can we learn from the characteristics...

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My dear Friend,                                                                               ...

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The first book I ever read by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was his classic preaching textPreaching and Preachers. Since reading that book I have read his expositions of Scripture for most of my Christian life and have listened to every recording of him I could get my hands on (there are not many). A...

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The principles on which the apostles proceeded may appear by tracing the analogy between them and a company of Christian missionaries in the present day.—The term “apostle” signifies one that is sent. If we subtract the ideas of being sent immediately by Christ, of being endowed...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:34

Around the Horn (July 19)

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In 1994 John Piper delivered the Barnard H. Rom Preaching Lectures at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He would later say, “Those 1994 Rom Lectures were very significant for me. . . . To sit down for the first time and...

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When I speak at churches I am constantly amazed by how many services are designed and executed in a way that excludes everyone but the twenty-percent of members who are the most active. Worship services in the local church are rightly designed for the gathered community of believers to grow in the...

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It has been very common, among a certain class of writers, to exclaim against creeds and systems in religion as inconsistent with Christian liberty and the rights of conscience; but surely they must be understood as objecting to those creeds only which they dislike, and not to creeds in general;...

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When the darkness of uncertainty and fear hangs over you, inasmuch as by grace it remains in you, don’t let go of the One you knew in the light. Keep holding on, if only, it may seem, by your fingernails. Know this: his hands are on his children’s fingernails — day and night. Pray...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 23:47

Around the Horn (July 12)

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Perhaps your words of encouragement and your advice are not as helpful as you believe them to be. What worked for you in your grief may not hold the key for another. What then are we to do when seeking to comfort a grieving friend? As Vaneetha Rendall...

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It was that, being puffed up with ambition, that they might secure for themselves the admiration of the people, they recommended themselves to them by a show of words and mask of human wisdom.

From this main evil two others necessarily followed—that by these disguises (so to speak) the...

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The first thing that we shall request you to make inquiry about is, whether there is not a great degree of contentedness with a mere superficial acquaintance with the gospel, without entering into its spirit and end; and whether this be not one great cause of the declension complained of.—In...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 01:23

Around the Horn (July 5)

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At times the pastorate can be discouraging and, as Jared Stacey argues here, humiliating. He goes on to make the case that the battles in which the pastor fights are the Lord Christ’s to win, and one day all the effort and toil will be rewarded.

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