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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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:26

MacArthur: Social Injustice and the Gospel

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Let me commend to you a blog series by John MacArthur. He launched it yesterday and will be posting through the next couple of weeks. He doesn’t name those he is criticizing, but perhaps that is to come. — dcsj

The evangelicals who are saying the most and talking the loudest these...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 17:03

Chapter 4 – Trusting in the Silence

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“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

― C.S....

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:28

When the Rule Book Changes

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I have been getting requests to address rule book changes at BJU. Now that IS a can of worms because the requests are running both fer and agin. Some are saying we should defend BJU against the criticism and the other group is deeply concerned about BJU changing directions. So what I do know is...

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The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers.

But in March, about a dozen police officers and local officials suddenly showed up at...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 17:03

Best of Blogs: On Preaching

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Just a few days ago, I read an outstanding blog article on preaching by Michael Kruger, president of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. In Moving Beyond One-Dimensional Sermon Applications, Kruger outlines three categories of application for the sermon, the call to action, the...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 17:03

On Television

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I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes (Psalm101:3a).

Recently, I went through the normal old age event called “cataract surgery.” It is difficult to describe what I now see, based on what I did not see before. I no longer need glasses except for reading and another side blessing is...

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Every sunrise welcomes a new day filled with choices you will make and circumstances you will encounter. For some, this daily adventure is exhilarating. For others, it is overwhelming. And for others (perhaps most), it is routine. In every case, there is one important fact to remember: God is...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 17:03

Building Trust Relationships

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A developing romantic relationship contains many fearful delights. The delights are too numerous to exhaustively list, but they include the delight of discovery, the unfolding/revealing of the person upon whom you are bestowing your affection, the new paths into which your life is entering and a...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 18:41

Two Stories Can Be Better than One

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Expository preaching presents some amazing challenges at times. In preaching through the lives of Elijah and Elisha some passages just flow, but some make you scratch your head. Recently I was working on the story of the floating ax head in 2 Kings 6. Understanding the story is easy enough. The...

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This series of wisdom statements in Proverbs 16 can help you to navigate the many decisions you make in life, big and small.

  • A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
  • He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he....

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Years ago as a young preacher boy (I embrace the term!), I sat under a young Mark Minnick as he taught a number of us “Pulpit Speech,” a Junior level speech class. The men in that class are well fixed in my memory, some of them among my closest friends to this day. One even teaches the...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:03

When It Looks Like God Is Losing

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It’s no fun when someone takes something from you that you weren’t looking to get taken. It’s just not a good way to start your day when you walk out to your car in the morning to find a thief has substituted your wheels with cinder blocks. How many ice cream stand owners out...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 17:03

Physical Exercise and Godliness

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Is physical exercise a good thing?

Over some coffee at Connecticut Muffin last week, some pastor friends and I discussed the subject of physical exercise. Is it good? Is it important? We can answer this question by giving attention to 1 Timothy 4:7-8, which says:

Exercise yourself toward godliness....

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 12:47

Let’s Clean Our Own Houses

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You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance (Psalm 90:8)

For Roman Catholics the secret is out, and now we realize it involves the most revered in Church leadership. Last week in a National Review article Michael Dougherty concluded that there will...

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 04:25

‘LGBT Christians’ conf. draws SBTS, ERLC responses

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Among Southern Baptists, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. has criticized some aspects of the conference, as have the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission staff and Denny Burk, president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.Karen Swallow Prior, an...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:03

What is Worship?

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As a follow-up to Dr. Mincy’s thoughts yesterday, I thought it might be helpful to consider this question briefly. The term, worship, has several meanings according to Dictionary.com, but the ones we are most interested in are these:

As a noun, “reverent honor and homage paid to God or a...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 17:03

Worship Thoughts

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Worship of the true God is the most noble act that mankind can do. Worship is the specific act of a Christian bowing before God (either literally or in the heart), ascribing to our God the fact that He alone is God, and that we worship Him for the perfections of His character and for what He has...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:03

Review: Finding Truth

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Review by Don Johnson

Finding Truth is a relatively recent book (pub. 2015). Others have taken in hand to review it already. For a survey of the main argument of the...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 17:03

FrontLine: Membership Matters

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Membership Matters

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Church membership, graphically portrayed here as a flock of sheep under their shepherd, is one of the most important and practical areas of theology. Church is where almost all the rest of the “-ologies” are put into...

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Tara Burton posted an article for Vox today suggesting that Maria Butina (the young Russian woman recently indicted as a spy) used the National Prayer Breakfast to gain access to US Governmental leaders. Burton interviewed Jeff Sharlet regarding one of the most secret and influential Christian...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 12:17

Always Ask About the Tattoo

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I recalled this story while reading an example from Good News for Change: How to Talk to Anyone about Jesus, by Matt Mikalatos. At the end of chapter 11, Mikalatos writes, “Every time you see a tattoo this week, ask the person, ‘Why is that significant to you?’ It’s one of...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 05:03

It’s Summertime, Take a Break!

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“Have you ever felt like a goldfish swimming around in a blender full of water – with someone’s finger on the ‘high’ switch? Many of us are altogether too busy, running on overdrive, overextended in our schedules and underdeveloped in our souls. Instead of green...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:03

A Life Worth Living

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According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:03

What To Do When You Disagree with God

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Have you ever read your Bible and come across something that bothered you? Something that made you uncomfortable? Something you disagreed with? I hope you have.

Many people mistakenly assume that everything they read in their Bibles should line up with how they see the world. God should behave the...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 17:03

God’s Hungry Children

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A.W. Tozer wrote in the preface of his outstanding book, The Pursuit of God (p. 8), “It is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the kingdom [the church], to see God’s children starving while actually seated at the Father’s table.”

What he was getting at was that the...

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