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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Of interest to Bible nerds, I am sure, a free ebook version just announced by Project Gutenberg. I have Pfeiffer’s Between the Testaments, an excellent book. I think this one would likewise be useful for preachers. — dcsj

Tell el Amarna and the Bible by Charles Franklin Pfeiffer

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Monday, 08 October 2018 17:03

What Can Church People Do to Help Their Pastor?

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We’ve discussed the fact of depression in pastoral ministry and outlined some of its causes, both from the nature of the task and from the weakness of the flesh that all men experience. Today, I want to look at ways in which God’s people can help bring encouragement to their pastors.

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imageReligious “blue laws” achieve many of the same goals as progressive labor unions.

Source: “Blue laws” and the religious tradition that sanctifies life outside of work – Vox

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 17:11

Hearts Have to Change

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It rained last night just before church. It was beautiful. The temperature dropped into the low 70’s and the cool rains fell. After a long hot Arizona summer, the feeling of a cool breeze is just wonderful. Throughout hot September summer just hangs on. It seems like the heat will never ever...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:03

Strengthening Our Churches

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John’s six-verse letter to the Ephesian church in Revelation 2 gave several commendations to a fifty-year old congregation. They labored diligently for the cause of Christ, willingly suffered for their faith, remained steadfast despite their trials, decisively defended the truth, and...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:03

It’s About the Resurrection!

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My phone rang, but the call was from an unknown number. The voice on the other end was a 25-year-old man named Daniel. He had received my number from a local Christian radio station and asked if we could meet. Daniel was in the midst of some dark and lonely trials and was even contemplating...

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Knowing that Fiorella admires the vision of the early feminists, I am interested to know how feminism moved from being pro-life to being “pro-choice”. She informs me that many people are surprised to learn that “the early feminists viewed abortion as yet another way in which a...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 17:03

ESV Reader’s Bible: a review

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English Standard Version Reader’s Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2018.

Reviewed by Don Johnson

Just about a year ago I spotted Crossway’s ESV Reader’s Bible on sale at about 33% of its list price. Who can pass up a sale? Besides, since Crossway published the ESV in this format,...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 17:03

The Unique Nature of a Pastor’s Work

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Ed. Note. In the most recent installment of this series, Pastor Sweatt discussed areas of pressure unique to pastoral ministry. In this post, he describes aspects of pastoral ministry that can add to a load of worry and care.

The nature of a preacher’s work opens the door to depression. What...

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Two recent US Supreme Court cases demonstrate that religion in the workplace issues are growing increasingly contentious. How can managers be prepared? It starts with the right attitude, says Derek van Bever.

Source: Religion in the Workplace: What Managers Need to Know

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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CHICAGO (RNS) — As a summer of new allegations against founding pastor Bill Hybels, of resignations and apologies and plans, draws to a close, the once-promising future of Willow Creek Community Church appears uncertain.

Source: What’s next for Willow Creek? – Religion News Service

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:02

A Tale of Two Yearbooks

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Chivalry died in the 1970’s, this week’s hearings prove it.

Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse has been at center stage this week. One of the little published aspects of this week’s SCOTUS hearings has been the content of the yearbooks at two private prep schools in Washington...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 17:03

Considering Clothing

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Another thought-provoking article popped up recently in the Theology section over at CT.[1] The subject of this brief piece is clothing and its place in post-Fall human experience. The author, Robert Covolo, starts:

Before becoming a PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary, I served for 12...

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Rachel Mitchell will be questioning the Supreme Court nominee tomorrow. Some media organizations picked up an interview we did with her in 2012 for our magazine, FrontLine. We posted the interview on our site in two parts (Part One, Part Two).

Rachel Mitchell is unknown to many.  Our interview...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:03

Three Words, One Office

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The NT uses three corresponding words to describe this role of church leadership.

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The first word is pastor or shepherd, an overarching word God chooses to describe the nature of this role (1 Pet. 5:2-3). It highlights the proper motive and manner of church leadership, leading a congregation of...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 17:03

The Unique Pressures of Pastoral Ministry

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Ed. Note: In the first post in this series, Pastor Sweatt introduced the topic of affliction and depression in Pastoral Ministry. Many issues may be the immediate cause, God’s grace is sufficient, but the preacher will need to turn to God for that grace. In this installment, Pastor Sweatt...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 02:04

How Do We Pray for This Mess?

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The Supreme Court nomination hearing seem to be a theater of the absurd—and sleazy. With new and unsubstantiated accusations today the American people are plunged into the mire for which the accusations are intended—doubt.

Years ago, a police officer in our church told me a story about...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 19:09

Stop Resisting the Spirit!

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And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18

This command seems to be ignored today, and yet it is clearly God’s plan for believers for this age. In Romans 8 the Apostle Paul even says that the ethic of this age is characterized by the law of the...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 17:03

God Repented

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And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not (Jonah 3:10).

The question relating to God changing His mind seems to come up quite often. The idea of God repenting would contradict the...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:03

A Transparent Approach to Gospel Ministry

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2 Corinthians 4:2

When you set out to shine the light of the gospel to nonbelievers and believers alike, you may not anticipate the adversity that may come your way as a result. The apostle Paul himself experienced adversity to an intense degree in his teaching ministry. His candid response to this...

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Now, half a millennium after Luther nailed his theses to the door of the great Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, theological seminaries are on a rapid decline. Greek and Hebrew continue to be casualties. Genuine study of the biblical languages is being replaced by “Greek/Hebrew appreciation”...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:03

Satan Does Not Mind Christians Praying … Sort of

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imageOne of C.S. Lewis’s enjoyable reads is his Screwtape Letters, a collection of “letters” written by a senior demon to his understudy, his nephew demon. These letters are instructions of how to seek to undermine the effectiveness of the nephew’s Christian...

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Scientology was an interesting mixture between modern secular humanism, self-help psychology, and Eastern thought with a little science fiction thrown in.

Source: World Religions and Cults: Scientology | Answers in Genesis

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 17:03

The Peculiar Pressures on the Pastor

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The failure of pastors is sadly too much in the headlines in recent months. The reasons are many. Our culture is increasingly hostile to our message so that many are skeptical of organized religion. Even church members, hurting from their church experience, create discord by careless criticism and...

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In this regard, evangelicals have a long history of following the culture. When hunger became an international issue in the late 20th century, that’s when evangelicals began talking about it. We didn’t focus much on race until after Ferguson and the rise of Black Lives Matter. We...

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