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 August 2019 01:47

One Question Every Church Planter Should Ask

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There are, of course, hundreds of good questions to ask before planting a church. But there is one that is too often and too easily forgotten.

It’s a question that should be asked by every church plant team, every church planter, every sending agency, and every mother church before plans are...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 03:44

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

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I know, long time no blog.

My last blog post was in the middle of June, and since then I spent a week teaching in the UK, spent another week in Dallas at the PCA General Assembly, traveled to Michigan for a week’s vacation, and then spent the rest of the July on study leave. Besides enjoying a...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 18:45

Preaching Resources: A Summer Reading List

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As I’ve been preparing to take time off this summer for study and rest, I reached out to some of my friends and colleagues from TGC for advice on books to read on the topic of preaching. I specifically wanted books to help me improve as a preacher—not necessarily how-to books for the...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 18:33

Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person

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Quarrels don’t just happen. People make them happen.

Of course, there are honest disagreements and agree-to-disagree propositions, but that’s not what the Bible means by quarreling. Quarrels, at least in Proverbs, are unnecessary arguments, the kind that honorable men stay away from...

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Saturday, 08 June 2019 00:07

Remembering David Powlison

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He was a prince of a man.

That’s what I keep telling people. It’s customary to say laudatory things about a person upon his death, whether there was all the much to laud or not. With David Powlison there is plenty to come. Other tributes have come in, and I’m sure there are many...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 19:00

Book Briefs

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Lots of books to catch up on. Here’s some of what I’ve been reading in the last couple months.

Matthew Barrett, None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker Books, 2019). Barrett continues to crank out excellent theological material. This latest offering provides a classic...

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On November 13, 2018, the Central Carolina Presbytery (PCA) formed an Ad-Interim Study Committee “to explore the 2018 Revoice Conference and to report its findings to Central Carolina Presbytery and recommend any action that the Presbytery might take.” In keeping with the...

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was instituted to honor Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. After World War I, the purpose of the day was expanded to include all men and women who died in U.S. military service. Today, Memorial Day is often thought of as the unofficial start of...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 19:00

Cautious about Causation

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In the social sciences, one learns quickly (or is supposed to learn) that correlation does not equal causation.

I remember learning in driver’s training the scary statistic that most accidents happen within a few miles from home. The takeaway for us young drivers was obvious: people are...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 18:33

Were the First Christians Socialists?

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No.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let me offer an important caveat. In arguing that the first Christians were not socialist (or communist for that matter), I am not supposing that they championed an early version of Hayek’s economic views and would have formed the first Cato...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 19:08

The Canons of Dort and the Gift of Faith

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This year is the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dort. In fact, last Monday marked the exact date, 400 years ago, that the canons were officially approved. If you want to know more about the history and theology of Dort, I have a new book entitled Grace Defined and Defended: What a 400-Year-Old...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 19:35

Salvation by Propitiation

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There are many biblical ways to describe Christian salvation.

Salvation can be understood ritually as a sacrifice, as the expiation of guilt through the death of Christ on the cross.

Salvation can be understood commercially as redemption, as a payment made through the blood of Christ for the debt we...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 19:15

When Churches Can’t Do Everything

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I’ve never met a pastor who enjoys telling people no. I suppose such ministerial creatures exist, but all the pastors I know (myself included) find it much easier to say “Yes, that’s a great idea!” or “Yes, we can do that!” as opposed to “Sorry,...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 19:07

Book Briefs

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Some long plane flights over the past couple months, which means a longer list of books. I’ll stick with the popular level books for today and save the academic books for later.

Andy Crouch, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place (Baker Books, 2017). I...

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I first purchased The Valley of Vision from my church’s book table while I was in seminary. I’ll never forget laying in my bed and praying these beautiful prayers as my own. It was a deeply spiritual experience, in the best sense of that phrase. Since that night in my dorm room at...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 18:12

We Are Supposed to Feel Bad About Stuff

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Our world is seriously confused about shame.

Strike that, the church is seriously confused about shame. We’ve made Jesus into a Rogerian therapist, the Bible into a book of self-actualizing pablum, and the gospel into a perpetual reminder that, hey, you’re awesome! The only shame left is...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 19:25

A Meditation on Strength and Weakness

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The two churches in Revelation that have no positive qualities mentioned are the two churches that look the most outwardly impressive–Sardis and Laodicea. And the two churches with no negative qualities are the two that appear the most harassed and helpless–Smyrna and Philadelphia. The...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 15:33

Briefly Noted: Friendship in the Hebrew Bible

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Just as I post from time to time in my ongoingTheological Primer series, I’d like to start a new continuing series calledBriefly Noted (with a nod to theNew Yorker). Instead of focusing on systematic theology, this series will deal with books, particularly new books (or relatively new)....

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:53

Theological Primer: Pactum Salutis

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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 thepactum salutis.

In simple terms, the covenant of redemption—or in Latin, the pactum...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:26

Two Cheers for the Spirituality of the Church

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I believe in the spirituality of the church. I believe it is a doctrine with a rich Reformed pedigree and a doctrine that can be immensely helpful in today’s cultural and ecclesiastical climate.

I also believe the spirituality of the church can, and has been, inappropriately applied. The...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:47

10 Reasons Racism Is Sin

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Most people know that racism is wrong. It’s one of the few things almost everyone agrees on. And yet, I wonder if we (I?) have spent much time considering why it’s wrong.

We can easily make our “I hate racism” opinions known, but perhaps we are just looking for moral high...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:12

16 Truths About Digital Time and Real Friends

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In his new book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal, Ben Sasse has a terrific chapter on setting tech limits. “At our house,” he writes, “after a healthy wrestling match about the dangerous ways social media tries to pull us away from the communities we care about the...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 18:35

Systematic Theology Review

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Over the years I’ve been asked from time to time what systematic theology I recommend. That short answer is: it depends. It depends on who is asking the question (college student? seminary student? lay leader? pastor?), and it depends on what the person wants out of a systematic theology (an...

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Sunday, 30 December 2018 17:17

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

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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. Actually, several of the top posts in the past year were written in previous years. I’ll pull those out and include them at the end.

1.Enneagram: The...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 13:55

Merry Christmas, Pastor, and Don’t Lose Heart

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Merry Christmas, pastor.

I know you are getting ready for a busy day. If you’re like me, you’re just coming off a full Sunday and still need to finish your Christmas Eve sermon before the sun goes down and the candles get lit. I’m sure you’ve had a full week, a full month,...

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