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, 27 April 2017 11:04

Theological Primer: The 144,000

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From time to time I make new entries into this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present big theological concepts in around 500 words. Today we look at the 144,000 in the book of Revelation.

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imageLast week Joe Carter (not that Joe Carter) published an insightful article on the allure of broken wolves. It got me thinking about false teachers in the history of the church.

And by “false teacher” or “wolf” I don’t mean everyone who disagrees with me on a point of...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 10:56

Book Briefs: Swimming, Biking, Running Edition

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imageAnd now for something completely different.

Three years ago I started getting serious about exercise again. It’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done–for stress, for health, for having a hobby, and for just plain feeling better about life. Finding the time (and motivation) is...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 10:52

Ten Questions for Pastors and Polemics

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imageIn a world of instant hot takes and online takedowns, it’s never been easier for pastors to get engaged in polemics.

Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Faithful shepherds not only feed the flock, they also fend off wolves. If a pastor is never willing to enter the fray on...

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imageI am not a prolific crier. I don’t often get visibly choked up in front of my congregation. But one of those times came a few years ago while reading the Heidelberg Catechism in preparation for communion.

The Catechism asks, “How does the Lord’s Supper remind you and assure you...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 10:43

Are We Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing?

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imageI recognize that Holy Week, as an annual set of services, is not spelled out in Scripture. It is a tradition of the church. But a good, gospel tradition, and one that still has deep resonances in the rhythms of American life. So let’s use this week as best we can for outreach, for evangelism,...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:40

Our Whole Salvation Comprehended in Christ

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imageJohn Calvin at his God-glorifying best:

We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ. We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else.

If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is “of him.”

If...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 10:36

15 Lessons from Calvin’s Biography

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imageThe title is all the introduction you need. Here we go. The 15 points are mine. All quotations are from Bruce Gordon’s Calvin.

1. If you want to make an impact beyond your little lifespan, teach people the Bible. “What made Calvin Calvin, and not another sixteenth-century writer was his...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:26

Our National Pastime

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imageThis has made an appearance on my blog before, but Opening Day deserves a few traditions. So here we go again.

I have always been a big sports fan. I got that from my dad, saw it in my grandfathers, and found it in all my friends. Now I’m passing it on to my sons. Chicago-born, I’ve been...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:20

Theological Primer: Divine Infinity

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From time to time I make new entries into this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present big theological concepts in around 500 words. Today we look at the divine attribute of infinity.

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There are a number of ways to categorize the attributes...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 10:12

Four Thoughts on Persecution in America

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imageWith the release of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option and the rescinding of Tim Keller’s Princeton prize, conservative Christians are once again going back and forth about how much we are or are not persecuted in this country.

Here are four thoughts:

1. However Christians might be...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:02

Book Briefs

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I have a growing stack of books I haven’t found time to read. But here are some of the ones I’ve tackled in the last several weeks.

imageCornelis Van Dam, The Elder: Today’s Ministry Rooted in All of Scripture (P&R, 2009). There are a number of good books on eldership that...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 10:08

Who Are ‘The Least of These’?

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imageMatthew 25:31-46 is a beautiful statement of Jesus’s concern for the weak and the vulnerable. It’s also a challenging exhortation for Christians to model the same concern.

But what exactly does Jesus mean by “the least of these”?

It’s often assumed that “the least...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:50

Solomon’s Twitter Guidelines

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Twitter can be great. I often find good articles, good lines, and good laughs during my daily Twitter scroll. But Twitter—like any other social media outlet—can be a cesspool of vanity and vice.

I’ve probably broken these rules more than I realize, but here’s how I...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 13:26

Why Pastors Should Work Hard to Write Well

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Pastors should work hard to become clear, competent writers.

That’s the thesis. Here’s the outline: two caveats, three reasons, four suggestions.

Two Caveats

Let’s get the caveats out of the way first.

1. I don’t think all pastors–or even many pastors–need...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:31

Yes, You Can Please Your Heavenly Father

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Sometimes Christians can give the impression that pleasing God is a sub-biblical motivation.

“We’re totally justified,” someone might say. “We’re totally accepted. If we tell our kids to please God, we are just giving them more law. We are training them to be...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 08:46

What Constitutes a Pastoral Approach?

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imageWhat does it mean to be “pastoral”?

I’m a pastor. Have been for almost 15 years. I love my job. I get to serve the God I love and work with the things our God loves most deeply: his word and his church. As a local church pastor, I am 100% in favor of being “pastoral.”

So...

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imageThe challenge with the transgender debate is that Christians must say two very different things at the same time.

To those pushing an agenda that says your bathroom is my bathroom and your gender is whatever you want it to be, we want to say:

This is absurd. Patently absurd. There is no scientific...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 08:23

A Modest Proposal: Don’t Dump Religion

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I know I’m tilting at windmills here. The die has already been cast. The ship has already sailed. The train has already left the station. Pick your well worn metaphor.

But I have a modest proposal nonetheless: let’s not write and speak as if “religion” is the thing...

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As someone who speaks from time to time on issues related to sexuality, and as a pastor who has written a book on homosexuality, I’ve been asked the question many times: “How can our church reach out to the gay community?”

I’m never sure how to answer the question....

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 22:02

Contentment in a Discontented World

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image Guest Blogger: Jason Helopoulos

Discontentment may be the greatest trap in our culture. It may be greater than lust, greed, and even lying, because discontentment leads to all these other sins. It tends to be a well-spring of iniquity. I have yet to meet an individual who engaged in an affair...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 21:00

When Assurance of Salvation is Fleeting

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image Guest Blogger: Jason Helopoulos

In a world filled with sin, the flesh, and the devil, assurance of salvation is the soft feather bed on which the Christian rests. Assurance proves to be one of the greatest benefits of the Christian faith and the rightful inheritance of the child of God. In its...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 21:11

Book Briefs

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What have I been reading? Here’s some of the books since the first of the year.

image Thomas S. Kidd, American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths (Yale University Press, 2016). It’s amazing how many quality books Kidd can produce in so short a time. It goes to show what you can do...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 20:54

Black History Month: John Chavis (1763-1838)

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image John Chavis was born in 1763 (or possibly 1762) in Granville County, North Carolina—a sparsely populated area north of Raleigh bordering Mecklenburg County, Virginia. While the details surrounding his early life and ancestry can be hazy, we know that members of the Chavis family were, along...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 19:35

Of Pastors and Politics

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image On Tuesday I wrote on seven ways to do political punditry wrong in our polarized world. Let me sharpen the focus a bit and speak directly to pastors.

I am what you would label as “into politics.” I read a lot of political commentary online. I subscribe to politically themed magazines...

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