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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Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

The Householder’s Psalm

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Friday, 24 May 2019 23:05

Action as the Foundation of Knowledge

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“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

Knowing and understanding are certainly important, but knowledge is built upon doing, not the other way around. In the verse...

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Friday, 24 May 2019 23:00

Think for a Moment

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In answer to the question of whether or not Jesus was going to reign over a particular part of the earth or not, the answer that Isaac Watts suggested is an apt one. Well, he asks, does the sun shine on it?

Jesus shall reign where’re the sun Does his successive journeys run.

This is a view that...

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Friday, 24 May 2019 11:00

What Are the Odds?

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“Put another way, life from the dead once in an evolutionist’s world is far less likely than life from the dead twice in the Christian world. This is because we are comparing random chance occurrences to deliberate acts performed by a person, and it is like comparing apples and...

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Friday, 24 May 2019 01:05

Mere Fundamentalism on Audible

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I wrote Mere Fundamentalism because, let’s face it, what Christian author doesn’t want to have a book with Mere in the title? All we have to look forward to now is a Christian developer of lakeside properties to write something like Mere Meres. But be that as it may, I did get caught up...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 11:00

So It Is Only a Miracle the Second Time?

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Everyone believes that living things come from dead things. Christians believe that God fashioned Adam from the dust of the ground. Evolutionists believe that we emerged millions of years ago from the primordial goo. So both believe that animated life came from inanimate matter. Both believe...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:05

#SamePageSummer Guest Post

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For as long as I can remember we have been praying for reformation and revival in the church. While I have longed to see the Lord answer that prayer I have also felt the distant and intangible nature of the request. What could we actually do to help accomplish that? If I...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 11:00

The Real Problem

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“We demand to know how a loving God can send anyone to Hell, when the real problem is how a just God could send anyone anywhere else” (Mere Fundamentalism, p. 59).

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:00

The Mechanics of Wrath

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“In the first chapter of Romans, the apostle describes the mechanics of wrath in this way. The wrath of God is visited from Heaven on all the ungodliness of men, but he does not go on to describe lightning bolts and hail the size of cantaloupes. No, the wrath of God is described as God...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:27

Communication Can Be Hard

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Let Us Speak of Hearth and Home

God of Hearth and Home: Where should I begin? First, I would like to say that my breakfast this morning was excellent, a warm sausage-and-egg sandwich with coffee done just right. I do like a good brew in the morning . . . wakes me right up and sets the day straight....

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Monday, 20 May 2019 11:00

Why There Is a Hell

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“So God does not lose all sense of proportion. He excludes from Heaven only those who refuse to let go of their own wild and disproportionate sinning. God doesn’t demonstrate a lack of proportion. He banishes it from His presence. That is why there is a Hell” (Mere Fundamentalism,...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 01:41

God of Hearth and Home

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Please allow me to begin with the outrageous statement. I will make all suitable and needed qualifications later. Stop complaining already.

Rightly understood, the institution of marriage is foundational to the gospel, and it is a form of idolatry to deny this.

I want to set this claim...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 03:05

When Smoke Prays/Psalm 102

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We have in this psalm a prayer offered up in the midst of desperate affliction. The afflicted are those who feel most in need of answered prayer. They are also those who feel like getting an answer is a true long shot. But affliction makes them eloquent anyhow, and it is the kind of...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 03:00

Gavin and Katie

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When God created the cosmos, He did so freely, creating it from nothing. A central and foundational doctrine of the Christian faith is creatio ex nihilo, creation from nothing. Now obviously, the nothing in that expression is not a preexistent material. It is, quite literally, “no...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 11:00

Judging the Last Judgment

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“We don’t want the last judgment to stop every mouth. We don’t want the realities of the last judgment to stop our mouths. We are modern men and want the doctrine of the last judgment to give us an opportunity to run our mouths” (Mere Fundamentalism, p. 57).

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Friday, 17 May 2019 09:00

Alex and Darcey

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As we gather together for yet another glorious wedding ceremony, we are doing so in order to witness an oath. That is the centerpiece of what we are doing. That is why we are here.

Now different cultures adorn the wedding oath differently, but the center of it is the same. Customs can vary from one...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 11:00

Nothing But Proportion

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“We often talk as though Hell were nothing but a gigantic miscarriage of justice, the end result of God somehow losing all sense of proportion. We want to think of the Last Judgment as requiring an impressive explanation and defense because we think of it as that day at the end of the world...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 02:05

Sweet Home

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Alabama has done a wonderful thing in outlawing abortion. I want to commend her legislature and her governor for doing the right thing, and every thoughtful Christian should be humming under their breath: “in Birmingham they love the governor, we all did what we could do.”

There will be...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:00

The Outer Hell

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“Those who are spiraling downward in the final lostness are people who are in the process of losing the capacity for relationship. Scripture describes that kind of relationship as one which bites and devours, or which wants a relationship with others so that someone might be within striking...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 01:11

Woke, Not Woke

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The third chapter of Woke Church is really quite good, and therein lies a tale.

I want to commend Eric Mason in this, and for two things. First, in my interaction a few years ago with Thabiti, I pressed the point that Scripture really does contain more than a few angular texts when it comes to...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 11:00

Law is Relational

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“Sin must be against someone. It is not primarily a matter of being against a rule—for a rule does not exist without a rule-giver, or the specified persons that the rule concerns . . . whenever the law is broken, that means that someone has been wronged, grieved, or hurt” (Mere...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 11:00

Sin Veers

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“Sin is necessarily parasitic. Sin is bent righteousness. Sin cannot exist in its own name, it cannot stand on its own feet. Goodness, being an attribute of God, simply is. Evil is a knock-off, a corruption, a twisting, and a deviation” (Mere Fundamentalism, p. 52).

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Monday, 13 May 2019 01:02

Inescapable Incrementalism

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Recent years have seen the rise of a pro-life abolitionism, and there are aspects of this that have been quite good. We could all use a little more impatience with some of our pro-life politicos, too many of whom have been like the constables in Penzance. “We go, we go, we...

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 01:58

Psalm 101/The Eleventh Decade of Psalms

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The most likely occasion for the composition of this psalm is shortly after the death of Saul, when it looked likely that David was going to ascend the throne. This is a psalm that declares what he wanted his administration to look like—he is talking about the kind of behavior...

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Friday, 10 May 2019 11:00

The Direction of Glory

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“A man seeking true glory has his eye fixed on God. A man in pursuit of vainglory is given to the sidelong glance” (Mere Fundamentalism, p. 51).

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