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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Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:51

Finish Your Year With a Bang—100 Day Challenge

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We’ve written before about binge reading the Bible—the idea of getting through the entire book in a short enough time that you can still remember the beginning when you get to the end. There are all kinds of ways to do it and it’s not as extreme as you think it is. For instance, a...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

Embodying Masculinity in a World that Rejects It

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I was recently invited to speak for a weekend conference for men, discussing our roles in the family and the church. Topics like this kill me. The preparation quickly turned into an exercise in personal conviction and repentance. How to speak on being a good husband and father when at every...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:51

Find Your Passion? Or Live for a Greater Cause?

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I try not to make a habit of this, but I’m going to start out by telling you a lie. It’s a lie that you already know and might already believe. It fills advice columns, podcasts, self-help books and Disney movies. Like the most insidious of lies, it even beckons us to make it the...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 01:26

From whence come these wars and fightings?

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Racism and the national response to it is back in the news. In one sense, it’s hard to say it’s back in the news because it never left. Racism is a cultural cancer that seems to defy eradication. Don’t expect it to disappear in any of our lifetimes. That’s because it runs...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:30

Bible Study Tools That Don’t Cost a Dime

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Spurgeon’s classic Lectures to My Students contains a chapter for “workers with a slender apparatus”—aspiring pastors who cannot afford to buy many books. Although we 21st century Americans don’t struggle with lacking sufficient resources, we do struggle with...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:30

Smart Machines and Foolish People

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An interesting law suit has developed of late between the electric car maker Tesla and a Korean man who bought one. That’s because Tesla offers a self-driving mode where the car is supposed to recognize walls and park itself. The plaintiff was inside his car when it drove through the...

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We’re about to start a new year. If you read the Bible through each year, you’re about to start over with Genesis. Then comes Exodus. Then Leviticus. You know, you don’t have to cringe when you read the word “Leviticus.” God doesn’t want you to cringe. He...

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“Are you doing OK?”

I had just finished putting my boys down for bed, and now I had a moment alone with my 7-year-old daughter. I asked her if she was doing OK, not because I knew for certain that there was something wrong, but because she seemed unusually quiet.

Like other evenings, I...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:32

Go Make Some Real History

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It’s a historic day! Today the 44th president of the United States steps down to be replaced by the 45th. I’m always amazed to watch the commander-in-chief of the worlds largest military peacefully hand everything to someone else. When huge numbers of pseudo-democratic nations...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:04

Meditations From Binge-Reading the Bible

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If you read our last post, I talked about recently having the privilege of giving a solid week to nothing but Bible reading. Going from cover to cover in seven days was one of the most memorable, powerful and formative experiences I remember. A friend asked what it was like. So here are...

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I like crazy challenges—the kind that are appealing to you specifically because they’re undoable. Like when I thought running 5 miles was epically long and then the girl I was dating (now my wife) ran a full marathon (26.2). In some weird way, the very fact that I...

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 21:11

A Review of Logos Bible Software

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Today is the last in our review of Bible software. Feel free to read the introduction post, our review of Olive Tree, or the review of Accordance.

Give me a quick overview.

The correct word for Logos is “immense.” A package like Logos Gold ($1,550) is immediately...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:00

Review of Accordance Bible Software

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If you missed them, you can see our introduction article or review of Olive Tree. Today we review Accordance. [The upcoming post on Logos is here.]

Quick Overview

Accordance started life as a Mac application primarily directed towards scholars, especially in the original languages. Over the...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:29

Olive Tree Bible Software—A Review

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Because we believe quality Bible resources are some of the best gifts you can give this Christmas, we want to give a little help, reveiwing some of the great software that’s out there. (Here’s the introduction post.) Keep your ears tuned for Accordance and Logos coming up next week, but...

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Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:38

Why do I need Bible software?

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Every December, the ads start arriving, trying to convince you that the best way to show your love to whomever is to buy them a….

Because we exist to provide resources for Christian living and thinking, I’m going to suggest that at least one of your gifts could help your family better...

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Sunday, 27 November 2016 20:53

The Hero of the Story is Always God

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Everybody loves a good story, and Scripture has some of the best. Try to read through the story of Esther without laughing at the ironies. Try to read through the account of the man born blind (John 9) without crying. Or even better, trying reading out loud through a story with dialogue like...

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Monday, 24 August 2015 21:00

Grace Rules

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Grace is the most powerful word in God’s almighty arsenal. With it He comforts, saves, redeems, and propitiates His righteous wrath. We sing hymns of God’s marvelous, soul-saving, sin-conquering grace. God’s unmerited favor, poured out in the person and work of Jesus Christ,...

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I’m currently sitting in line at a Manila court house to get my daughters birth certificate. What I need, apparently, is the certified true copy. This, of course, is different from the NSO authenticated copy which I can apparently get by going to the NSO office in three days along with an LBC...

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It’s been a week since the Center for Medical Progress released the fifth undercover video about Planned Parenthood. Even though the clownish antics of the Republican debate has come almost as a welcome relief from the sobering attention on abortion practices in our country, I...

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Thursday, 23 July 2015 22:35

On First Seeing my Child’s Face

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Last week I saw the face of my third child as she came into the world. As with our two sons, we decided to wait on finding out the gender until birth. And when my wife held up our child and announced that we had a daughter, my world turned upside down.

Maybe it shouldn’t have been so...

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Thursday, 09 July 2015 21:30

When True Love Doesn’t Wait

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True love waits for many things.

It waits for Mr. Right to providentially appear instead of settling for Mr. Pseudo-Okay.  And even after the diamond is glittering on your finger, and the date is circled on the calendar, and the stamps for the invitations have all been licked. . .

True love...

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Thursday, 02 July 2015 21:30

Truth Echoing in Unexpected Places

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Rain-soaked and waiting to cheer my wife across the finish line of a half-marathon, I heard these lyrics thumping through the PA system:

So it’s here I stand, as a broken man, But I’ve found my friend, At the curtains of the waterfall.  Now I’m falling down, Through the...

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Thursday, 25 June 2015 21:55

Steak, Sexuality and the New Orthodoxy

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One Friday after work, Bill and John went out for steak. They had a great time, and the next week John ran into Bill at the water cooler.

John: “Hey, steak again tomorrow?”Bill: “You disgusting, carnivorous animal killer. I wouldn’t let a piece of dead animal get within 10...

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We tend to think that the Christian church, like a mountain stream, is purer at its source; the closer we get to the churches planted by the apostles, the closer we get to “real Christianity.”

This intuition is destroyed when we look at the data. The apostolic churches were far from...

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In the first installment we learned that God cares about what you wear because clothing communicates, and because clothing is redemptive.

But those principles merely prepare us to talk about Christian modesty. The problem with modesty is that mere mention of the word conjures all sorts of emotions,...

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