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

Ryan Reeves - Apologetic Report
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Puritan theologian William Ames (1576–1633) offered my favorite definition of theology: the art of living well. Robust theology ought to lead to robust living. Matthew Barrett’s new book, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker) [read TGC’s review] characterizes...

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My journal entries and emails to close friends in my first six months as a pastor included a fair amount of anguish as I wrestled with challenges I’d previously only prepared for intellectually. Still, I’m extremely grateful I’d been instructed about many of the challenges I would...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:00

The Most Epic Bible Study of All Time

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It had been three days since Jesus was crucified and buried. Two former followers packed their bags and began the seven-mile trek to their hometown of Emmaus. There was no need to be in Jerusalem any longer. Jesus was dead—and his kingdom wasn’t coming. Shortly after they set out, an...

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What just happened?

After an outbreak of measles cases originating in Orthodox Jewish communities, lawmakers in New York voted last Thursday to end religious exemptions for immunizations.

Calling it a public health emergency, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo immediately signed the bill. “While I understand...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 14:02

Get Out! Tim Keller on the Exodus Story

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If there is one Old Testament passage that the New Testament invites us to read in a Christ-centered way as a paradigm of Christ’s salvation, it’s the exodus.

I’ll never forget nearly 40 years ago sitting in R. C. Sproul’s living room in Stahlstown, Pennsylvania. Alec Motyer,...

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Not long ago, relativism defined the cultural conversation. Truth was “unknowable.” Perhaps it was somewhere “out there,” but anyone’s guess as to where was as good as the next.

This is no longer the case.

Today, we’re in a new cultural moment—one marked...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 14:04

Christians Need Gospel Audacity

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Years ago, I spent some time doing mission work in a Muslim country. There was an indigenous Christian who preached with passion at a church in the capital city. There was a sense of spiritual energy, and the church was growing rapidly. The week before Easter, some of the Christians were arrested...

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The recently concluded HBO seriesGame of Thrones, during eight acclaimed seasons, captured the zeitgeist and enlarged the enduring popularity of epic fantasy.

Thronesoften drew comparisons to the original classic of the genre, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (LOTR). I...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 14:00

4 Things Teens Need from Your Church

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We’ve heard the statistics, read the articles, even seen it in our own congregations.

Teens are evacuating. Statistics claim that 70 percent of teens will stop attending church after graduating from high school.

As a teenager who’s grown up in church, I’ve had a front-row seat to...

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On Father’s Day, children of all ages hit the stores looking for cards that thank our dads for being loving and teaching us the important things in life. We look for ways to honor our dads. We express our affection and the debt we owe them.

But some of us struggle to know what we could thank...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 14:02

A Simple (Catechism) Game For Little Kids

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When I was discussing who God is with my Muslim barber, I was helped by my 4-year-old piping up from the waiting area: “God is a loving union of three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

“All right,” the barber said with a shrug, “I’ll go with that...

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Why did preparing for my parents’ visits feel like I was preparing for battle? All these years later, I can still feel the tension that came over me before they arrived. Mom and Dad were winsome and lively. My husband and I admired their zest for life. We loved them and wanted our kids...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 14:03

In Defense of Pro-Life Incrementalism

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Last month Alabama passed the strictest abortion ban in the nation. Most legal experts believe the law will be struck down by the federal courts and that the Supreme Court will simply ignore it. But while it won’t be effective in ending abortions, the law has been successful in re-launching...

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It’s Sunday morning and the buzzing alarm signals the beginning of an all-too-familiar battle: Your teenager has let you know in no uncertain terms that she doesn’t want to go to church. Tossing back the covers, you mentally prepare to cajole, bargain, and plead her begrudgingly from...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:03

How Can I Get My Child to Engage in Schoolwork?

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Got any tips on how to help a high-school student engage in schoolwork? My son puts forth the least amount of effort necessary to get the grades we expect from him. He loves Jesus, but doesn’t always see how reading things like Bartleby, the Scrivener is relevant outside the classroom....

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 14:02

Is Our Visual Age Making You Blind?

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39,600.

That’s how many seconds per day theaverage American spends consuming media. That’s 11 hours every day looking at smartphones, tablets, televisions, and laptops.

The World Health Organization recentlystated that children younger than 2 should not have any sedentary screen time,...

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What do these books have in common? The sixth volume of Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillionand The Book of Lost Tales, and Charles Krauthammer’s The Point of It All. The author of each died before completing his work. In...

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What just happened?

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) released a report last Saturday on sexual abuse within America’s largest Protestant denomination.

According to the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the report is intentionally designed to educate churches on the...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:03

. . . And Then the Holy Spirit

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There are three persons in the Trinity, all coequal, coeternal, and coessential. There can hardly be a deeper Christian instinct than the one that prompts us to do equal justice to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

But alongside this instinct, there is also a deep wisdom to recognizing a certain orde...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:00

‘Emanuel’ Is a Must-See Documentary

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At their best, documentary filmsdocumentsome phenomenon of culture or nature that needs to be seen, reckoned with, learned from. A great documentary bears witness to truths that need to be told and stories that need to be remembered, especially in a culturalzeitgeist as noisy and forgetful as...

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The Muslim world has seen its share of missionaries throughout history. Many faithful men and women have left hearth and home and given their lives to see the Middle East evangelized. We praise God for these brothers and sisters.

And while that’s true, there remains immense gospel need in this...

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Stressed at the thought of my anxiety-inducing to-do list, I decided to test the popular meditation and mindfulness app Calm, which has been downloaded 12 million times to help people de-stress. I click on the “chasing wonder” thumbnail and am soon immersed in the sights and sounds...

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Monday, 10 June 2019 14:00

7 Ways to Shepherd the Terminally Ill

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I’m writing about caring for terminally ill church members while going through treatment for an incurable non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I’ve been coming to terms with the reality that, apart from divine intervention, my life expectancy may be much shorter than I had anticipated for...

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A friendship grew between David Powlison and me when I was teaching at Westminster Seminary from 1984 through 1989. During that time we were on the session of New Life OPC. (As a PCA minister I had no vote and was there by invitation, but I was very much part of the elder community, a formidable...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 14:04

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Dean Inserra

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On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.

I asked Dean Inserra—lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, and author of The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel—about...

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