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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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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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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