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, 17 August 2017 21:41

A Word for Imperfect, But Persistent Pastors

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John Calvin, in dedicating his Commentary on John (1553) to the Syndics and Council of Geneva:

Farther, as I freely acknowledge before the world that I am very far from possessing the careful diligence and the other virtues which the greatness and excellence of the office...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:23

It Wasn’t That Long Ago

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imageDo we need really need one more hot take on Charlottesville?

Racism is wrong. White supremacy is sinful. Murder (by car, or by any other means) is deplorable. The whole scene was ugly. The pictures of Tiki torches and Nazi salutes would be silly, were they not so sinister.

Bey...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:17

The Biggest Story ABC

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imageI love how the book turned out. The size is bigger than a lot of toddler board books. The design is sturdy and attractive. And of course, Don Clark’s illustration are beautiful.

Here’s the write-up from Crossway:

From Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden to Zion and...

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imageThis will not be a long post. Because the issue doesn’t seem all that complicated.

I don’t understand Christians watching Game of Thrones.

Whenever there is a new episode, my Twitter feed overflows with people talking about Game of Thrones. First off, I’m...

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imageI am teaching my first class as a seminary professor this October. I’m sure I’ve already made one unpopular decision.

I am not allowing laptops (or tablets or phones for that matter).

I know there is a case to be made for allowing computers into the classroom....

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imageI love Paul’s description of pastoral ministry in 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12. I find in these verses 12 commitments I need to make as a pastor.

1. I will not shrink back from suffering for the gospel (v. 2). We will carry a cross, just as we call others to do the same.

2. I...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 10:59

Remembering Haddon Robinson

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imageOver the weekend I heard the news that Haddon Robinson–seminary professor, seminary president, and one of the most influential preachers of the last 50 years– had passed away. The 86-year-old author and teacher died on July 22, 2017, leaving behind his wife,...

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imageMy whole life I've gone to church Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

My parents took us to church and Sunday school on Sunday morning, and they always took us back on Sunday evening. We even went when the Bears were in the Super Bowl. The crowd was much smaller than Sunday...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 10:25

For the Sake of Your Conscience

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imageWhen Marin Luther rode into the town of Worms in 1521, he was not a confident man.

Luther had long protested against the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church – most famously in 1517 with the posting of his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:42

A New Beginning

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imageYou may have noticed that things have been a little quiet on the social media front. Not many blogs, tweets, and posts over the past month.

That’s because I’ve had, um, a few things going on: tearfully leaving friends and family in Michigan, moving to North...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10:54

Theological Primer: Limited Atonement

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imageFrom 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 limited atonement.

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The doctrine of limited atonement–the L in...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 10:36

Thank God for the Idea of America

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image It has often been said that America was founded upon an idea. The country was not formed mainly for power or privilege but in adherence to a set of principles. Granted, these ideals have been, at various times in our history, less than ideally maintained. But the ideals...

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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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