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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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:41

Lord, Help My Stupidity

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We pray for all kinds of things in our lives—healing, strength in temptation, help with children—but have you ever asked God to help you not be stupid?

When the Bible talks about stupidity, it’s not merely addressing book-smarts or street-smarts, I.Q. or knowing lots of information...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 22:37

Favorite Reads of 2017

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imageBetter late than never. That should be a title of a book. Maybe it is. If it is, it wasn’t one of my favorite reads in 2017. So, if you are looking to spend those Amazon gift cards you got from Uncle Ronnie, I got you. Looking for books to add to your list for 2018, here we go:

Top Reads:

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Monday, 30 October 2017 04:32

13 Reformation Resources

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To celebrate the 500 year anniversary of Luther swinging his hammer—if you want to learn more about the Reformation, or maybe you want to keep reforming—here are 13 resources.

The Number One Essential Reformation Resource

Your Bible! The Reformation happened because the Bible took center...

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Friday, 20 October 2017 04:23

Why I Write

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The #WhyIWrite is all over Twitter today, and it got me thinking about the why of my writing.

Here’s why I write:

“I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 03:13

3 Reasons to Regularly Get Others to Preach

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Preachers love preaching, but they shouldn’t love it too much. A potential idol for preachers is the act of preaching. You can crave the pulpit too much. And while we preachers can talk to the sheep about not finding their identity in their work but in Christ, this is a word we preachers need...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 01:38

Church, Slow Down The Video Crew

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We need to film more stories with deep roots and thick trunks. Testimonies with some time on the tires. It’s good to celebrate professions of faith but we don’t need to rush a production for social media.

Everyone loves a good story of redemption. Our joy swells when we hear how someone...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 02:27

Resources During Suffering and Lament

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We are either suffering now, know someone who is—or we are about to suffer. It’s unavoidable. We will walk through the valley of the shadow of death more than we’d like. But, the Lord is with us, and so are his people.

Here’s a collection of resources to help you in the...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:09

When You Doubt God’s Love

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We are often tempted to tabulate God’s love for us based on the quality of our lives, our desires being met, the quality and quantity of material blessings, and our tide-like emotions. But this is not how we know God’s love for us.

Trace the dots of judging God’s love for us based...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 14:17

Spotting Fruit In Your Life

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Lounging in my backyard is a treat. It’s sole-melting hot in Houston but the pool, the shade, friends and family make it worth it. Well, tolerable.

While sitting in my chair and watching kids cannonball into the pool, something caught my eye.

Lime Tree Lessons

Our lime tree.

My wife and I...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:24

The Danger of Small Group Systems

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Home Groups, DNAs, Missional Communities, Community Groups, Life Groups—whatever your church calls them, let’s not put too much weight on them. They may break. Bear with me.

I’m not saying small groups are unimportant. I’m saying we need to be careful in how we view, speak,...

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“Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing...

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On June 11, as we begin a new sermon series, Redeemer Church will be moving to the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as our primary translation. Our RedeemerKids curriculum already uses the CSB, and on June 11 our sermons will as well. After months of review and consideration, the elders have enjoyed...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 08:34

Jesus And The Past Tense

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When we are writing and talking about Jesus of Nazareth, our gospel compels us to write in the right tense. Present.

Together, let’s avoid speaking of Jesus in the past tense as much as we can. I cringe when I read, “Jesus was kind.” Is he not kind today? He is alive, let’s...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:26

Ask More Than “Is It Sin?”

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Is it wrong for me to binge watch Netflix? What about putting my kids on a select soccer team that plays on Sunday mornings? Am I spending too much time at the gym?

The Bible doesn’t have specific answers for these kinds of questions. But this doesn’t mean the Bible doesn’t have...

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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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