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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There may not be any subject more difficult to talk about publicly in this country than racial reconciliation. And in writing that first sentence, I realize some people don’t even like the term racial reconciliation! So feel free to substitute “race,” “racism,”...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 14:35

Four Suggestions for T4G

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This week is always one of my craziest, busiest, most wonderful, most hectic, most edifying weeks of every even year. Like many of you (and probably others that you know) I will be in Louisville this week for the Together For the Gospel conference. It’s always a tremendous time to sing, to...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 14:29

In My Place Condemned He Stood

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Late last week, just in time for Good Friday, Christianity Today published an article entitled “Is the Wrath of God Really Satisfying?” It was written by Thomas McCall (professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), presumably as a distillation of...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 15:06

Let Us Never Grow Weary of the Cross

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It was one of the things I loved most about my previous church. And it’s one of the things I’m already seeing that I will love about my current church:

They love the most basic sermons the best.

I don’t mean “basic” as in “simplistic.” As far as I know,...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 14:27

Theological Primer: Substance and Accidents

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From time to time I make new entries into this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present important theological terms and concepts in around 500 words. Today we look at substance and accidents.

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If we want to make sense of the best Christian theologians...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 18:29

What I Learned on My Week Long Digital Fast

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I just finished a week long digital fast. Parts of it were difficult, and other parts were surprisingly easy, but most of all it was refreshing to be away from my screens and away from the internet as much as possible.

As part of my pastoral ministry class at RTS I assigned a digital fast for all 30...

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Friday, 02 March 2018 13:00

The Fantasy of Addiction

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Peter Hitchens, writing on the “Fantasy of Addiction” in the February issue of First Things:

But it makes little difference. The belief is implanted in the modern mind, taught to the young not by explanation, experiment, and example but by being repeatedly and universally assumed. First...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:34

Seven Reasons Prayer Meetings Fail

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It wasn’t too long ago that most churches included a prayer meeting as a part of their weekly rhythm. Maybe this was Sunday night or Wednesday evening or early one morning before the sun came up.

While there is nothing in the Bible that says a church must have a stated weekly prayer meeting,...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 14:16

Book Briefs

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It’s always nice to sit down and write up my Book Briefs post, because it means I’ve been reading! Maybe you’ll find something helpful in this list of recent reads.

Derek W.H. Thomas, Heaven on Earth: What the Bible Teaches about Life to Come (Christian Focus, 2018). What is heaven...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:21

Billy Graham on Eternal Life

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“I’m looking forward to that day when I’ll see Christ face to face. Are you?”

Authors: Kevin DeYoung...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 13:57

The Missing Word in Our Modern Gospel

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Every Christian loves the gospel. By definition, you cannot have a Christian who isn’t shaped by and saved by the gospel.

So three cheers for the gospel. Make that three million cheers.

But let’s preach the gospel the way Jesus and the Apostles did. Theirs was not a message of...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 18:18

Marriage Tune Up: Five Books, Five Questions

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which means husbands will be scrambling for babysitters, flowers, and chocolates. But more important than any material gift, the best thing for spouses (besides the word and prayer) is simply time. Time to talk, time to listen, time to read, time to reflect.

With...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 15:13

On Writing Books and Getting Published

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It’s one of the questions I get asked most frequently: “I want to write a book and get published. What advice do you have?”

Sometimes the questioners are just looking for an in, as in, “Can you send this to your friends and get me a deal?” But usually the questioners...

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If you haven’t heard of the Enneagram yet, it won’t be long before you do.

After being used for several decades in Catholic retreats and seminars, the nine-type personality tool has seen an explosion of popularity in evangelical circles. Since 2016, evangelical publishers have released...

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Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:00

Life is Precious

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Life is precious.

Every human life. After all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.

At 18 days, the baby’s heart begins to beat.

At 21 days, it pumps its own blood with its own blood type through its own circulatory system.

At 28 days, its eyes, ears, and respiratory system begin to...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:01

Happy Birthday Heidelberg

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Today is the 455th birthday of the Heidelberg Catechism.

I grew up with the Heidelberg. I don’t recall having to memorize it cold like some organic chemistry nightmare. It wasn’t always front and center in my life, but it was always there.

I’ll forever be grateful to my childhood...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:10

One Simple Thought On MLK Day

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Just one thought, and it is this: every human being—regardless of color, nationality, economic status, or intellect—has been created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect.

Yes, we all know that. Or at least we should know that as Christians. It’s...

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Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard. Some Christians think the annual habit of making new goals is legalistic, ill conceived, and doomed to failure. I’m not so negative. I think the new year provides a good opportunity to evaluate current practices and consider...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 13:17

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2017

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I like lists, and year-end lists in particular are always fun. So here’s a list of my top ten most viewed blog posts from the past year. While I wasn’t surprised by what came out on top, I was pleased to see that many of the popular posts were about books and theology (which is what I...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:20

Book Briefs

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There are always more books than time, but here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading in the past few months.

Wayne R. Spear, Covenanted Uniformity in Religion: The Influence of the Scottish Commissioners on the Ecclesiology of the Westminster Assembly (RHB, 2013). The book is what it...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 17:44

Pastor, Don’t Get Cute this Christmas

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I know the feeling.

Christmas comes around every year. The same songs. The same texts. The same story. Most of the time I love the familiar rhythm of Advent and the comforting routine of tradition.

But as a pastor, I also know that sense of desperation: “How many more Christmas sermons and...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 05:50

R.C. Sproul on the Curse Motif of the Atonement

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An excerpt from R.C. Sproul’s 2008 T4G message: “The Curse Motif of the Atonement.”

You can watch the whole thing here. One of the best sermons I’ve ever heard.

Authors: Kevin DeYoung...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 17:56

Best Books of 2017

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This list is not meant to assess the thousands of Christian books published each year, let alone every interesting book published in 2017. I read a lot of books, but there are plenty of worthy titles that I never touch (and never hear of). This is simply a list of the books (Christian and...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 22:20

Immutability and Reformed Theology

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I wrote last week about James Dolezal’s important book All That Is In God. The book continues to generate spirited discussion, with a growing number of blog posts populating the internet.

In an effort to promote more light than heat, I thought it might be helpful to compare two different...

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This is not about any particular candidate or contest. Every election will have special features and personalities to consider. What’s necessary for Christians, then, is to step back from the hoopla of Right Now! and try to develop some big-picture principles for making difficult voting...

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