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, 13 December 2018 15:22

Top Ten Books of 2018

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First, my usual disclaimer and explanation.

This list is not meant to assess the thousands of Christian books published each year, let alone every interesting book published in 2018. There are plenty of worthy titles that I am not able to read (and lots I never hear of). This is simply a list of the...

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“One of the acceptable idolatries among evangelical Christians is the idolatry of the family.”

That’s what I tweeted last week. To be honest, I didn’t think much about it. I’ve said similar things in sermons for the past decade, and I’ve tweeted similar things...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 15:14

Eleven Ways Christians Can Love One Another

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I lead our new member’s class at church. It’s a 12-week class, with about half the class spent on the Westminster Confession of Faith, while the other half deals with the ins and outs of Christ Covenant and the basics of Christian discipleship. I always take one week to talk about...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 13:13

A Tale of Two Numbers

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There two numbers in the life of the church are too often miles apart. Although there are legitimate reasons why one number would be generally greater than the other. There is almost no good reason why there should be a vast gulf between the two figures.

The two numbers I have in mind are the...

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One of the first and most recurring things my kids have learned–at Sunday school, in Christian school, and around the dinner table–has been the Ten Commandments. In fact, my middle three children love to sing (incessantly!) the Ten Commandments song they learned for last year’s...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 15:27

Three Myths about the Enlightenment

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There are certain intellectual tropes—so lazy, so predictable, and so overblown—that they serve the useful purpose of indicating that the author likely doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. I’m thinking of those who wax eloquent about Greek ways of thinking...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 14:40

Five Reasons to Obey the Ten Commandments

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The Ten Commandments are not to be ignored. It’s important that we study and understand them. But, of course, it’s more important that we obey them. God isn’t impressed by an intellectually careful analysis that puts the Decalogue at the center of Christian discipleship. He...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 14:40

The Church at Election Time

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I have always been interested in politics. I studied religion and political science in college. I continue to read consistently in economics, sociology, politics, and current events. As a pastor, I hope the members of my church are well-informed and engaged in the political process. As Christians,...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 14:34

Theological Primer: The Nature of Church Power

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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 will look at the nature of church power.

God has ordained two great agencies of divine authority on the earth: the...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 14:01

Is Social Justice a Gospel Issue? Featured

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There is a simple, straightforward answer to the question posed in the title of this post: it depends.

Is social justice a gospel issue? That depends on what we mean by “social justice” and what we mean by “gospel issue.”

What Is Social Justice?

I’ve written before that...

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Let me get my caveats out of the way first.

Yes, I have preached my share of long sermons (more on that in a moment). I don’t do many 15-minute homilies. My last four sermons on the Christ Covenant website (as of Monday) were 43 minutes, 46 minutes, 46 minutes, and 36 minutes. I aim for 40...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 18:53

Some PhD FAQs

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I promise I will get back to your regularly scheduled programming. This is the last doctoral digression (for the time being anyway). But since I’ve received dozens of questions over the past couple years about pursuing a PhD (including several after last week’s post), I thought it would...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 18:46

Faithful Conference 2018

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In a world that often prizes style over substance and quick fixes over quiet obedience, Jesus calls us to something better, something more important, and something more lasting. He calls us to be faithful. The first annual Faithful Conference is a multi-church event that aims to equip and inspire...

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After nine weeks out of the pulpit this summer and after almost five years enrolled as a part-time PhD student, I’m a few weeks away (Lord willing) from submitting my thesis.

All the heavy lifting is done. All that’s left (I hope) is proofreading, cleaning up the bibliography, and fixing...

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 14:14

Summer Plans

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Today will (likely) be my last blog post for a couple months.

I will be out of the office, out of the pulpit, and off of social media (as much as possible) for most of this summer (June 18-August 19 to be precise).

What will I be doing?

I need to finish turning my Canons of Dort series into a book and...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 19:00

Toward a Theology of Apology

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We need more work in the years ahead—exegetical, historical, and doctrinal—on our theology of apology.

For starters, the word itself is ambiguous. Apology can mean anything from “let me defend myself,” to “my bad,” to “I’m sorry you feel that...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 04:38

‘Acts: A Visual Guide’

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I’ve never been good at drawing things. I learned how to master the 3D cube and Christmas trees, but that’s about it. As an inveterate grade-monger, I was thankful that my high-school art class gave good marks for working hard and showing improvement. I barely know how to color.

So...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:27

Words, Labels, and “Sexual Minorities”

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You may have heard about the upcoming Revoice Conference coming to Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis at the end of July. The goal of the conference is stated succinctly: “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they...

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Graduation season is upon us.

And that means in addition to much pomp and circumstance, many young people are thinking about what’s next. They are asking the question (and probably will for years to come): what is my calling?

As the Just Do Something guy, it will come as no surprise to hear...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:03

Glorify Thy Son in the Muslim World

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With the beginning of Ramadan upon us, we have a good reminder to pray that the followers of Islam might become followers of Christ.

Samuel M. Zwemer (1867-1952), a graduate of Hope College (my alma mater), a professor at Princeton, and “The Apostle to Islam,” prayed for the Muslim world...

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Most heresies from the early church find a way to live on in to other ages.

This is especially true of Marcionism, with its distaste for an angry God, its optimism about human improvement, and its eagerness to set aside the Bible Jesus read. From Red Letter Christianity to recent comments about our...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 15:15

Book Briefs

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As always, 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 month or so.

Charles Malcolm Wingard, Help for the New Pastor: Practical Advice for your First Year of Ministry (P&R, 2018). Charlie Wingard was my pastor...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 15:30

The Preacher and Politics: Seven Thoughts

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This post is addressed to preachers and is about preachers. While many of the reflections may be useful for all Christians, I’m writing specifically with my fellow pastors in mind.

We live in a day where politics is everywhere, and everything is about politics. On one level this has always...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 00:06

A Needed Reminder on Monday Morning

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Monday mornings can be hard on pastors.

Do you know the feeling? Like Sunday was a waste, like nothing was as good as we wanted it to be, like our efforts are doing little and accomplishing less. Most pastors can relate to the potent mix of discouragement, exhaustion, and low-level disillusionment...

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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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