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, 12 November 2019 03:54

About a Quarter of the Way There

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As we gather for worship this morning, I want to call you to worship by considering a couple of takeaways from the city council election this last week. And this really is an encouraging word. The lines were drawn fairly stark this time around. Three candidates thought it would be a good idea to...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 02:52

Dishonoring the Men Who Served

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IntroductionHappy Veterans Day, and praise the Lord for the men who have given their lives so that we might continue to enjoy relative freedom to live and work and worship in this land. 

But if you’re paying any attention at all to the images and messages seeking to honor veterans today,...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 01:34

The Gay Greenhouse

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IntroductionIt’s no secret that I’m a critic of the whole gay-but-celibate Christian movement. But I’m simultaneously a critic of much of modern conservative evangelicalism. And the two are not at all unrelated. The same cultural current that keeps Beth Moore undisciplined in the...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 23:16

The Politics of the Family

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Authority, Fruitfulness, and Freedom: Eph. 6:1-4Here’s the audio for this message.

IntroductionThe Bible teaches that justification by faith alone is the foundation of all social and political freedom and flourishing (Rom. 5:18, Jn. 8:36). But one of the first fruits of that salvation is the...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 03:50

Rosaria Revoice in a 48hr. Petri Dish

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Introduction

So apparently I struck a nerve last week – well not me, actually, but a quote from Rosaria Butterfield that I tweeted, struck a nerve.

In a recent interview, she said, “Gay Christianity is a different religion. I’m not standing in the same forest with Greg Johnson...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 02:40

Real King Kingdom

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And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 “teaching them to observe all...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 01:42

The Center of All Political Freedom

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We rightly celebrate the doctrine of justification by faith alone championed by Martin Luther and the spark that ignited the flames of the Protestant Reformation that spread all over Europe in the 16thcentury. But we need to remember again why this truth was so flammable. 

Justification by...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 01:21

What’s the Difference?

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It’s easy to look back and say you would have been on the right side of history. It’s easy to say you would not have complained in the wilderness; you would have been with Joshua and Caleb. It’s easy to say that you would not have fled when Jesus was arrested; you would have been...

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IntroductionSo amid all the other circus events, this last weekend, Christian Twitter erupted with shrieks of horror when Pastor John MacArthur told a conference audience that his thoughts on Beth Moore could be best summarized as “Go home.” 

In response, the current SBC President...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:31

Long Live Inequality

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“If the doctrine of equality be true, ‘we must consider envy to be as sound a guide in politics as reverence by religious men is considered to be in religion’.” – W.H. Mallock, cited by Russell Kirk in The Conservative Mind, 403

“Likewise also these filthy...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 06:53

What This Table Says

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This table is the table of No Condemnation in Christ Jesus. You’ve probably seen communion tables in other churches engraved with the words “In Remembrance of Me”—which is an entirely fitting thing to engrave on a communion table. But another fitting phrase would be the...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 03:00

Busted Clocks

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One of the great perennial lies of fallen Man is that if God is love and we love some sin, then it must not really be sin and God must want us to keep doing what we’re doing, to be happy in our sin. If God is love, and I love obsessing over my physical appearance, then God must love me...

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 05:23

Engraved on His Armor

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There’s a great deal of rich theology in the Old Testament sacrificial system, and one of the more wonderful parts is when God commanded Moses to make the uniform of the High Priest which included a breast plate which was fashioned with twelve stones: twelve different kinds of precious stone,...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 08:00

Remembering Sabbath Cultivating Loyalty

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Jesus gave us this meal and said, do this in remembrance of me. So it’s no accident that we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the Lord’s Day – the Christian Sabbath.

The fourth commandment is to remember the Sabbath Day, to remember that God created the world in six days...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 00:50

That Simple

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We serve a kind Father not a cruel Master. At the center of His kindness is His willingness to forgive our sins and let us start over again. When it comes to cruelty and slavery, we are the cruel slavers. We are the ones that wallow in our own filth. We put up with sin, letting it gnaw on our legs,...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 01:34

Idols Before Christ After

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In that famous Christian calendar verse, Joshua is remembered for his courageous stand at the end of his life, proclaiming that he and his household would serve the Lord. But prior to doing that, in the same breath, he called out his contemporary Israelites for their idolatry. He urged them to...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 10:02

The Lamb’s Linen

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“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write:...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 03:55

Spaghetti Sabers and Cotton Candy Canons

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The western church is in a great war. While we hold fast to the promise of Christ that the gates of Hades will never prevail against the Church Universal and we trust that the Great Commission will in fact be completed, and all the ends of the earth will turn and remember the Lord,...

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