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

Expository Parenting - Apologetic Report

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(Note: This is Part 4 of the current series. Parts 1, 2, and 3 can be found here, here, and here).

"Where's the beef?" Such was the catchphrase for a 1984 advertisement put out by the fast-food restaurant chain Wendy's. In that commercial, Wendy's compared their hamburger patty (which was portrayed...

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In Part 1 of this series, we considered the reality that modern preaching, in general, has all but impoverished the average believer.In Part 2 of this series, we took a look at the trans-fat of modern preaching: eisegesis.

Today, we'll consider the kind of carbohydrates in modern preaching.

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imageIn Part 1, we considered the idea that the average spiritual diet of many people is just as bad as their physical diet—but with far worse consequences. Pastor Phil Johnson's comments summarize this sad reality:
The pulpits of American churches are overrun with hireling shepherds who are...

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Take a minute to think over the past several weeks of your eating habits. Have you consumed the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables? How was your protein intake? Are you drinking enough water? Virtually every modern study indicates that the average American is in poor physical health. For...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:29

Parenting Like a Protestant

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(Note: this article was originally published at The Domain for Truth on April 23, 2018, which can be found here).

The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century left us with a vital repository of recovered truth, not the least of which are the Five Solas. From the Latin word sola,meaning...

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Scripture indicates, in both Old and New Testaments, that fathers are accountable for the well-being and protection of their children, especially their daughters. Under Mosaic Law, for example, a woman accused of not being a virgin prior to marriage would be charged as such by her newlywed husband,...

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You can find out a lot about a person when they're close to death. Men and women on their deathbeds are given a perspective of life, based on impending death, that reveals much more about them than they might typically let on. As the old saying goes, "There are no atheists in foxholes" (granted,...

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For those looking for an additional way to get a copy of Expository Parenting,it is now available through the Christian book distributor and publisher Grace & Truth Books, here: https://graceandtruthbooks.com/product/expository-parenting. The book can also be purchased at the Grace & Truth...

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In colder parts of the country, the Spring season reminds us of new life: flowers, animals, and sunshine, finally make their comeback after typically being absent for months. And the culmination of this celebration occurs on what is commonly known as "Easter," a day that is often associated with...

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Do you know anyone who's squeamish around needles? People who have an emotionally difficult time getting shots or blood drawn? For some, even the slightest glimpse of an injection is enough to make them pass out. Although the severity of the fear can vary from person to person, the simplest way to...

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Friday, 02 March 2018 20:45

The High Cost of Holiday Sermons, Part 2

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In Part 1, we considered the math behind holiday sermons to recognize that there is a high numerical cost to the practice. The numbers don't lie. An average of six holiday sermons over thirty years of preaching could instead have been used to preach through ten New Testament epistles! Thus, those...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:16

The High Cost of Holiday Sermons, Part 1

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In light of the fact that the Bible instructs pastors to preach the Word verse by verse (cf. 1 Tim. 4:17, Col. 4:16, Matt. 28:20, et al.), I'm always intrigued by the excuses I hear for why pastors don't. Some justify their non-expository sermons with sheer pragmatism, opting for a...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:03

1 Corinthians Study Guide Now Available

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What has Christ done to empower believers for victorious Christian living?What was the focus of Paul's preaching?Are unregenerate men able to understand the Gospel?What happens to believers at the judgment seat of Christ?How should Christians interact with excommunicated church members?Which is...

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Perhaps it could be said that those who call themselves atheists are either confused or lying. Truth be told, the Bible says they have lied themselves into confusion (cf. Rom. 1). The reality presented by Scripture is that all men are made in the image of God (cf. Gen. 1:27), knowing that He is...

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It was the Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon who famously said, "Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right." How true those words are! And yet, ironically, discernment is what is so often...

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For many people, high school English class was the bane of their existence. Perhaps rivaled only by math class, many adults shudder when they think back on their time spent in the classroom. Memorizing vocabulary words, analyzing sentence structure, and writing poetry were enough to make the...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 20:59

Romans Study Guide Now Available

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What is the Gospel?What is the difference between eternal wrath, eschatalogical wrath, cataclysmic wrath, and wrath of abandonment?Do atheists exist?How are justification and sanctification related?Do Christians have one nature or two?Which is correct—Seminal Headship or Federal Headship?Does...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 21:00

Educational Limbo: How Low Can You Go?

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It's hard to find a consensus among Christians when it comes to many issues of the faith. Certainly, regarding salvific issues—non-negotiables of the Gospel like the deity of Christ, salvation through faith alone, the bodily resurrection, and so on— there is unanimity. After all, those...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 19:35

William Tyndale and "Solo" Scriptura

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While John Wycliffe is known to be the first one to translate the Bible into the English language, the great Protestant Reformer William Tyndale is seen as the father of the English Bible on account of his tireless effort and ultimate sacrifice in getting the Bible into the hands of the common man....

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It doesn't need to be said, but teaching through the Bible verse by verse is tough work. Unlike other methods of so-called discipleship that focus on "felt-needs" topics or hand-picked passages, expository parenting calls for a commitment to teaching the full counsel of God. This means that there...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 21:11

10 Reasons John MacArthur Still Preaches the Word

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In his book The Master's Plan for the Church,pastor John MacArthur includes an appendix describing why, after forty years, his ministry has been, and will continue to be, characterized by preaching the Word. In contrast with the milieu of foreign substitutes offered by many so-called churches,...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 21:00

What Are You Afraid Of? (Psalm 56)

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What are you afraid of? Maybe you're scared of snakes, like half of the population.[1] Perhaps you're frightened by the dark. It could be that you have the unofficial fear of grammar, "dysgrammataphobia," and recognize that (according to strict Latin-based rules of grammar) the question should be...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:30

One of R.C. Sproul's Last Letters

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Ligonier Ministries made the announcement yesterday, December 14, 2017, that Dr. R.C. Sproul died after battling medical complications related to emphysema.[1] Although we rejoice that he is now absent from the body and present with the Lord (cf. 2 Cor. 5:8), we also grieve the loss of one of this...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:39

Understanding the Last Four Chapters of 2 Samuel

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You've been teaching the book of 2 Samuel to your kids. In the first half, you taught them about David's rise as king: bringing national government and worship to Jerusalem, receiving the promise of the Davidic Covenant, and defeating foreign nations. In the second half, you taught them about...

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Friday, 08 December 2017 21:24

Escaping the World Without Jesus

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Quick!—name twelve Marvel comic book movies. Name ten famous lines from the Star Wars franchise. Name seven characters in the Harry Potter series. Name the twelve tribes of Israel. Name the Ten Commandments. Name the seven "I AM" statements of Jesus.

Whether or not the comparison is perfect,...

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