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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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:02

Parents and Perspectives on Multi-Ethnic Marriage Featured

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The royal wedding of an American actress and a British prince last weekend—which I did indeed watch with my daughters—gives occasion to answer a question I am regularly asked: what exactly does the Bible say about interracial marriage? I used to serve in college ministry and often...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:01

The Dignity of Being a Sinner Featured

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imageSinner. Transgressor. Law-breaker.

These are not the most en vogue labels today.

Even so, the word “sin,” “transgression,” or “iniquity” occurs 1148 times in the NASB translation of the Bible in 906 verses. This is more, for example, than the word...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 18:01

Obsessed with the Gospel Featured

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How can you stop someone who is obsessed with the Gospel?

If you tell him or her to stop, they only grow in their zeal. (Acts 4:19-20)

If you take away their home, it’s ok because they have a greater home in Heaven. (John 14:2)

If you take away their freedom, then they write letters, books, and...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:01

Just Stop It: Instructions on how to repent Featured

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Instructions printed on products are quite often, well, instructional. After a nail-breaking, white-knuckled attempt at prying open the child-proof cap on a medicine bottle, I have meekly consulted the instructions on the label— push down, pinch sides, and twist anti-clockwise— and in...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 18:14

Doctrine and Race: fundamentalism and the black church Featured

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This is a review I wrote for this semester’s TMSJ (The journal for The Master’s Seminary). All TMSJs are available on-line for free, and this most recent version is dedicated to the work of Dr. Thomas. If you are not familiar with his work, you should check out this most...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:01

Should I Stay Home from Church When Life Gets Hard? Featured

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A wise man once said, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). The “many,” “tribulations,” and “must” combine to make life really, really hard at times. Pain seems to crash upon its victims with...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 17:01

Why Preach the Older Testament? Featured

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A pastor once asked me what I was preaching in church. I said “Luke in the morning and Micah in the evening.” He was flabbergasted. He admitted that if he announced any Old Testament book, his church would empty until he was back into the New Testament.

I am blessed to...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 20:59

Studying Proverbs 31…the right way Featured

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many people may turn in their Bibles to Proverbs 31. The problem is that, in my humble opinion, most people read Proverbs 31 incorrectly. “An audacious claim,” you say. But, hear me out–and think about things from a woman’s...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 17:02

Gnat-straining, Camel-gorging Featured

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imageJesus is the word-picture Jedi. No one commanded communication so colorfully. But he didn’t do it to merely entertain. There is substance; an eternally-mattering goal. Often that goal was piercing.

The seven woes, recorded in Matthew 23, are no exception. “White-washed tombs.”...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 18:31

How to feel emotions Chrsitianly Featured

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imageHave you ever wondered if there is a Christian way to feel? All of us experience deep seated anger, depths of depression, and delights of joy. Sometimes we let emotions overwhelm us without giving it a second thought. Yet there is a distinctively Christian way that we should experience these...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 18:41

3 reasons churches should meet on Sundays Featured

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image Last week I explained why it is misguided to call Sunday “the Christian Sabbath.” The Sabbath in the Old Testament was Saturday, and the only New Testament references to Sabbath are either negative (as in “don’t keep it!”) or point to its obsolescence as a practice...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 17:01

What Pope Francis Should Have Said to Emanuele Featured

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Dear Emanuele,

First of all, let me say from the start that you are so brave in asking this question. Talking about death is not easy, and you have the courage to do so in front of so many people.

I am so sorry this has happened. Anytime a loved one dies it is a tragedy that we don’t know how...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 05:01

Of First Importance: What will be on the test when we die? Featured

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As a first-year high school English teacher, I strove zealously to inspire my grade 10 and 11 classes to love poetry, enjoy literature, and appreciate mankind’s rich literary history.

I modeled my teaching style on Robin William’s character in Dead Poet’s Society. As I taught I...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 18:02

3 reasons Sunday is not the Sabbath Featured

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Here are three reasons why I teach that Christians are not under the Sabbath law of the Old Testament, and that it is unwise to call Sunday “the Christian Sabbath.”  

I am a dispensationalist

The Sabbath restrictions are found in the Old Testament and are part of the law given...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:01

A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity – Book Review Featured

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imageThe issue of race has experienced no small stir in recent days. It’s for that reason that I’m thankful for the recently released book, A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity, by Kress publishers.

The book is the result of nine biblical expositions and one biographical survey on the topic...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 18:01

Five Reasons Why Pope Francis’ Answer Was Demonic Featured

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Pope Francis has made several controversial statements throughout the years, but perhaps none quite as controversial as the one in this video. You can watch it here.

Before I continue to write this article, I want you to know something.

Videos like these make me cry. I’m not talking...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:01

Bleep! Why Christians Shouldn’t Cuss Featured

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image In 2005 the American Film Institute voted that the best movie line of all time was the one that Clarke Gable deftly delivered as the character Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.

If you endured all four hours of melodrama you’ll certainly recall his parting dismissal of Scarlett...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:01

Expository Preaching and the Use of Commentaries Featured

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As a political science minor in college, one of my favorite classes was an upper-level course on Constitutional Law. Throughout the semester we read and interacted with dozens of judicial opinions in which Supreme Court justices explained their interpretation of the Constitution and their...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:01

A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity – Book Review Featured

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Monday, 16 April 2018 18:01

What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day? Featured

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image One of my favorite ways to explain the Gospel these days is to use the scales analogy.

It wasn’t too long ago that a Muslim explained to me that on the day of judgment (Qiyamat) scales will be brought before each human being, and, like measuring grain, all of the good deeds that someone has...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:01

Render Much? Featured

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image Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn New York in 1899. He was one of nine children of an Italian barber. By all accounts, Al Capone was a naughty kid. He was expelled from his Catholic school at age fourteen for punching a nun in the face. He then joined a gang. At age nineteen he married...

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image If there ever was a word in need of a definition, it’s evangelical.While confusion with evangelical didn’t start two years ago, it was exasperated and exaggerated by the election of President Trump. More specifically, by the Pew exit poll declaring that 81% of white evangelicals voted...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 17:01

When Hot-Button Issues Cry Out to Young Pastors Featured

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imagePastoring can be tricky. Especially if we are younger. And especially in this world. Things are always happening. Lots of things. If you’ve struggled like I have, sometimes it’s hard to tell which of those things need my attention. On top of that, it can be hard to tell which of those...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 18:01

Three Reasons you Need the Lord’s Supper Featured

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image There was a man named Ian Durkin who was working one day when his tooth fell out of his mouth. After a few days of badgering him, his partner convinced him to see a dentist. The dentist promptly warned him to visit a doctor since he perceived the issue to be much more serious. Ian Durkin refused...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 18:01

Christian Villain: Is an actor’s pretend sin still sin? Featured

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Actor William Shatner once did a parody performance of himself reacting to his obsessed fans at a Star Trek convention. He exploded with a sharp rebuke: “Get a life! It’s only a TV show!”

To a Trekkie that’s like being told Santa isn’t real…by Santa.

Shatner then...

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