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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Monday, 12 June 2017 14:52

A Time to Weep, And a Time to Laugh

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I will be the senior pastor at University Reformed Church for a few more days.

This Sunday I will preach one last time as an installed pastor at URC. Come Monday morning I will be the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina.

Which has me...

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image You may have heard: East Lansing, Michigan, is in the news.

The city of East Lansing is now facing a lawsuit when it comes to the city's farmers market.

The suit was filed this morning after the city excluded Charlotte-area farmer Steve Tennes and his family from selling...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:44

What We Need Most

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imageThe biggest need in your life, and in mine, is to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

I'm convinced that more evangelism, more prayer, more fruitfulness, more holiness will flow from the fountain of our lives only when we start drinking more deeply of Christ.

If...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 10:59

Beware the Graduation Speech

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imageGraduation season is upon us. Colleges have been handing out diplomas for several weeks, and the high school ceremonies are right around the corner. It can be a wonderful opportunity for honoring past accomplishments and looking forward to future adventures. If you are graduation this spring, I...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:46

The Death of Expertise

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This is an important book.

In The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters, Tom Nichols (Professor at the U.S. Naval War College and a former aide in the Senate) argues that the United States “is now a country obsessed with the worship of its own...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:00

A Personal Update

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imageI haven’t written anything on my blog about my upcoming move to North Carolina. Pastoral transitions are difficult enough without trying to live out the whole thing online. As you might imagine, these have been months filled with a wide range of emotions–excitement and anticipation for...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:05

The Internet Is Not a Library

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imageI’ll have more to say about Tom Nichols’s excellent new book The Death of Expertise in the days ahead, but for now I want to underline one important observation he makes.

Namely: “The Internet . . . is nothing like a library” (110).

In the recent conversation about who’s...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:34

What I’ve Learned about Pastoral Ministry

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imageRecently I spoke to a gathering of women at our church. It was a bit of a farewell for me and my wife. During the question and answer time, our friend (and leader of the group) asked, “What have you learned as a pastor while at URC?” There are dozens of things I could have mentioned,...

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University Reformed Church will soon be forming a pastoral search committee to look for the church’s next senior pastor. The process can be daunting, but it can also be a spiritually unifying and edifying time for the committee and for the congregation. Thankfully, there are a number of...

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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.

imageThe 144,000 are not an ethnic Jewish remnant, and certainly not an...

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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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