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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Abraham, Noah, Moses, and the saints of old walked forward with God in head-scratching obedience. Noah builds an ancient Titanic. Abraham logs more steps than a Fitbit can handle. Moses stood up to a political superpower. How? By faith.

Hebrews 11—The Hall of Faith—catalogs for us the...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 00:42

Confessing The Sin of Platforming

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“Let us make a name for ourselves” (Genesis 11:4).

This is my confession. I’ve dabbled and stumbled into the sin of self-importance, ego, vain glory, and tooting my own rusty horn. I’ve wished for a platform—not a soapbox on my corner of the web. Who doesn’t want...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 08:45

How To Move to Weekly Communion

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For four years now, Redeemer Church has been enjoying weekly remembrance of our Lord at his supper. I detailed the biblical and historical reasons why we made the switch to weekly enjoyment. Simply, I think the answer is always more gospel, not less. Why not enjoy more of the gospel? Also,...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 03:33

God Never Lies To You

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“It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18 CSB).

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:11

Do Not Despise Refugees

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No politics. No policy talk. This is about people; this is personal. Specifically, I’m writing about you.

If you are a Christian, you are a refugee.

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You Are A Refugee

Hebrews reminds us of our refugee status:

“We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:32

Can You Do A Devotional In 5 Minutes?

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Don Whitney, a good friend and a godly man, answers.

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Two college sophomores, drinking almond milk chai lattes, encouraging each other, bearing each other’s burdens, and then it happens.

“You know what I did? I just had to learn to let go and let God.” Her friend nods in agreement while sipping, and adds, “You are so right. I...

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:30

A Book To Help You Grow

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Theology books seem to grow on trees. And like fruit, they are either bright to the tongue, packed with smile-inducing flavors and vital nutrients—or they are rotted with worms.

Let’s avoid the last category, mkay?

Brandon Smith and I wrote an intro to theology, crammed with pineapple...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:42

Thank God For The Reformers!

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Nick Batzig and the Christward Collective let me run a new piece over there on our present-day worship services and reverb of the Reformation:

“You’ve heard that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Fair enough. But in light of the 500th year celebration of the...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 21:05

The Every Member Ministry of Encouragement

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“But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.” (Heb. 3:14 CSB)

A God-given antidote to the hardness of heart, to unbelief, to rebellion, are the voices of God’s people. Fellow brothers and sisters in...

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The Solas have to be more to us than historical landmarks, relics from the Reformation. Scripture Alone has an undeniable effect on our lives and the culture, eco-system, and vibe of our churches.

To really live Sola Scriptura is to believe and grasp the sufficiency of Scripture. The Bible is...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:15

5 Gospel-Centered Devotionals for the New Year

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With a new year, there’s a new ambition to read the Bible, to grow in godliness, and glorify God. Hallelujah! No one should discourage or throw shade on a fresh zeal for God and his word. Desiring new rhythms, devotionals, and habits for holiness are a wonderful ripple effect from a...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:08

What Do You Want Most From God?

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“And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'” – Mark 2:5

Jesus is teaching and healing, and the masses are flocking to him. Jesus sits in a crowded house; no one can get in. Unless, the roof is an option.

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Monday, 02 January 2017 14:51

How the 5 Solas Change Our Churches

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500 years ago, an agitated and gospel-awakened monk hammered ninety-five thoughts to a door. And this changed the world. Here I am, writing about it. Here you are, reading about it. TGC is throwing a conference on it. Amazing.

The Reformation was an incredible act of God’s mercy. The Lord used...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:00

I Can’t Lead This Church

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I put on slacks, dressy black shoes, a shirt with more than three buttons, and drove to the interview for the Lead Pastor position at Redeemer Bible Church.

All of the guys doing the interviewing knew me. We team-planted the church together. But, rightfully so, they put me through the paces just...

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 08:24

Do More Than Admit Your Sin

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Christianity doesn’t pretend we are sinless people.

So, why do we pretend that we don’t struggle with sin? Why do we put on fig leaves? Why do we hide? “If we say, ‘We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10 CSB). One reason...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 20:23

Top 10 Books I Read in 2016

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Better late than never. Be sure to also check out Tim Challies’ compilation of the best books. My list of books isn’t limited to books published in 2016. These are my 10 favorite books I read in 2016.

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Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry...

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 08:23

7 Questions for Andy Stanley on the Virgin Birth

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Update: I’m grateful for Andy reaching out to me on Twitter and pointing me toward his Christmas sermon series. In the sermon given on Dec. 17th, Andy affirms the truth of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ (around the 12-minute mark). While I’m thrilled to hear of his affirmation in this...

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Sunday, 18 December 2016 18:58

Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

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We are less than a week from Christmas, and if you are still looking for a gift for your husband, brother, or son—or pastor—you better hurry. But don’t worry, I got ya covered. Below are a list of perfect last-minute gifts. You can either snag these gifts on Amazon Prime (2-Day...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:40

14 Things We Learn About Jesus in 14 Verses

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Hebrews begins with an exploding fire hydrant of the awesomeness of Jesus. The glory of Jesus is for our good and our joy. He wields for our benefit. This all-amazing and omni-awesome Jesus is also all-committed to his sheep, his brothers and sisters.

In Hebrews 1—alone!—there are 14...

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