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

Apologetic Report - Kevin DeYoung
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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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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image It’s all political. All the time.

At least that’s what it feels like. Whether you voted for Trump or loathe him with every last bit of plasma in every drop of blood in your body, it seems like the promise of “moving past this contentious election season,” is not going to...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 16:26

Praying with the “Holy Apostles”

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I’m always on the look out for good materials to shape and inform my prayer life. As an individual Christian wanting to pray more effectively, and as one who must lead others in prayer, I’ve benefited from many of the forms and patterns handed down by our fathers in the faith....

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:16

The Case for Boredom

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image I don’t get bored as much as I should. Chances are neither do you. And the chances are exceedingly good that your children aren’t as bored as they should be.

What’s so good about being bored? Nothing intrinsically, but boredom provides the space for creativity, for mental...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:25

9 Myths about Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade

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imageForty-three years ago, the Supreme Court concluded that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy included a right to terminate her pregnancy. After the sweeping decision was handed down, not only were the abortion laws of all 50 states rendered null and void, it was clear that no legal...

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Sunday, 15 January 2017 20:47

A Prayer for MLK Day

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The following is a slightly edited version of the congregational prayer I offered yesterday at University Reformed Church.

image O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

We praise you–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–for your works of creation, election, redemption, and...

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Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:28

Simplicity in Preaching

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image It’s short and so helpful that I think I can say without exaggeration that every preacher should try to read J. C. Ryle’s Simplicity in Preaching. The 22-page booklet, recently (and inexpensively) reprinted by Banner of Truth, began as an address to a group of clergy at St....

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Thursday, 12 January 2017 04:55

URC Internship Program

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imageUniversity Reformed Church is accepting applications for its internship program for the 2017-2018 year. More information can be found here.

We offer one internship program with four internship tracks:

  • Pastoral Ministry Track (full time): To train, equip, and prepare men for effective,...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 16:12

Theological Primer: The Extra Calvinisticum

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From time to time I try to post brief articles like this one as a short primer on some topic in systematic theology. The aim is clarity. The approach is brevity. No more than 500 words—starting now.

image The extra Calvinisticum teaches that in the Son’s incarnation the divine Logos is fully...

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Monday, 26 December 2016 16:05

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016

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image I like lists–top ten lists, book lists, year-end lists, new year lists, all kinds of lists. I’m always interested to see the list of best books put out by various magazines and bloggers at the end of the year. I also enjoy it when the blogs I frequent list their most trafficked posts...

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 09:00

Once in Royal David’s City

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Monday, 19 December 2016 16:27

An End of Year Marriage Check Up

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image As we approach the end of the year, many of us will take time to reflect on different areas in our lives. There is nothing magical about the turn of the calendar page. And yet, if the flip from December to January causes us to think about what’s really important, I’m all for this...

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