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, 23 May 2019 23:54

Reminder: 2019 Cripplegate Conference, June 7-9 Featured

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Our second annual Cripplegate Conference is two weeks away (June 7-9). If you are on the East Coast, consider joining us for three days of worship and preaching on the theme of “the Law of God.”

We chose this theme because of what I see as confusion around the use of the word law in...

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image My freshman year at the Master’s university I got to participate in something called outreach week. The whole school took a week off and the students were split up into teams that would go and serve churches around Los Angeles and even in other states for an entire week. I told the man in...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 18:01

Safety In Numbers? How To Miss The Narrow Door Featured

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If you visit one of our South African game reserves you may be exposed to the stark brutality of the food chain in action. I’ve seen zebra, wildebeest, and even a giraffe, harangued into fatigue, pulled to the ground and torn to shreds by lions.

Nature, red in tooth and claw,” as...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 18:38

Wisdom vs. Law for moms Featured

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Last week I wrote a post urging pastors to do more teaching on God’s design for families, and in particular, to proclaim what the Bible has to say about God’s high calling of motherhood. Several readers asked me to do a follow-up post explaining what I mean when I say that God has...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 17:02

Women Preaching Featured

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Women are a great gift of God. I love the four I get to live with. My daughters are showing me up in skiing and soccer. My wife was a gymnast for years, and can do backflips on four-inch wide balance beam four feet off the ground. I’m still working on summersaults. And she is smarter than me...

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image One of the most common questions I get from people is, “What do I do when my friend says that the Bible is not a reliable book? How do I evangelize them?”

I understand the question. It seems like a pretty difficult dilemma. If someone will not listen to the Bible because they think it...

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Sunday, 12 May 2019 20:01

All Excuses Are Lame Excuses Featured

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While in seminary I served in a college ministry of about 1,000 young people, many of whom were on the lookout for a spouse. College is a stage in life where people are old enough to marry, so dating is fraught with pressure and implications. Proposals were epidemic. As were rejections. Some nice...

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Last week, the New York Times ran a fascinating column by Heather Andrews lamenting the absence of conservative women fighting to defend the “traditional family” (aka, a woman’s ability to be a stay-at-home mom). The gist of the article was that the makeup of the...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 17:02

A New Kind of Pharisee Featured

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Have you seen them?

There is a new kind of Pharisee today. Things like social media have paved the way for them. And they are not rare or quiet.

Here is a partial profile of the new Pharisees:

  1. They have seated themselves in the chair of Moses.

The tactic of the new Pharisees communicates that they...

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Monday, 06 May 2019 18:01

The Reason Why God Made Us Salt and Light Featured

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Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

image As we’ve seen over the past few weeks, it isn’t easy to be salt and light. We live in a culture that celebrates the murder of children in the womb. We...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 18:01

Is Hope a Blessing or a Curse? Featured

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According to Greek mythology, all evil is the fault of one woman: a young lady named Pandora. When the gods created Pandora, they each bestowed her with a gift. Among her birthday presents was a beautifully crafted treasure chest. But inside this box was a host of all the world’s evils.

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 18:24

A footnote on earth, famous in heaven Featured

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I met Jonathan and Jeaneece Schmidt when I was in my cage-stage of Calvinism. Jonathan had been hired to be the youth pastor at the church I attended. In our time without a youth pastor, I had done much of the teaching in the youth group, despite having been a Christian only a few years. To make...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 17:02

When People Grow Slowly Featured

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Bamboo grows fast. Some bamboo-ologists say it grows roughly four inches per day in the right conditions. The fastest growing bamboo reportedly bursted up 35 inches in a day. That’s a growth you can watch. Oak trees are not like that. They grow about twelve inches per year. So, you...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 18:01

When Christians Hide Their Light Featured

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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. ” Matthew 5:14-15

On April 8, 1983, the Statue of Liberty vanished. David Copperfield, the...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:01

Inheriting the Family Business Featured

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INHERITANCE & SECURITY: BLESSINGS ALL BELIEVERS HAVE

It was snuff that made Walter Garret a rich man. He owned a snuff shop, which he inherited from his father, who inherited it from his father.  When Garret died in 1895, he left an inheritance, consisting of the snuff shop and 6 million...

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Monday, 22 April 2019 18:01

What Does “You are the Light of the World” Mean? Featured

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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”  Matthew 5:14-15

It’s fascinating to see what people will do when they think...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:01

Buried Alive vs. Buried Dead Featured

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David Blaine might come off as creepy, but he certainly is one of the most impressive magicians today. His career took off in the 1990s with televised performances of freakish acts of endurance. He once stood on a 100-foot high pole in New York for a day and a half. Another time, in London, Blaine...

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Abby Johnson was not just any Planned Parenthood employee. She had a meteoric rise through the organization. She went from a “volunteer escort” to being becoming the youngest clinic director in the organization. She was even named employee of the year.

But then something changed....

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:10

Prophecy to the 70th power: Understanding Daniel’s 70 weeks Featured

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The prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks (Daniel 9:20-27) is one of the most debated passages in Scripture. Joyce Baldwin calls this “the most difficult passage” in the Bible. Calvin described the prophecy this way:

This passage has been variously treated, and so distracted, and almost...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:02

The Tragedy of Notre-Dame de Paris Featured

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I’ll never forget the first time I saw Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. It was the late ‘80s and my first trip to France. My French grandfather, Georges Lycan, had just picked us up from Orly and was giving us a flyby tour of Paris on our way to his country home in the Loire...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 18:01

How Do Christians Lose Their Saltiness? Featured

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“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” Matthew 5:13

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 18:01

Power of Problems vs Power of God Featured

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In the mid-1700s Jonathan Edwards was serving as the pastor of a thriving church in Northampton, Massachusetts. He had been a faithful and hardworking pastor for 22 years. Though his gifts were clearly more academic than pastoral, he loved his flock, served them, prayed for them, and preached some...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:30

The Christian and Boasting Featured

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Second Corinthians 11:16–12:10 is known as “The Fool’s Speech.” It’s because Paul decides to speak as a fool and imitate the boasting of the false apostles—boasting which the Corinthians had become enamored with. Some form of the word boast appears no...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 17:02

How to Go to Church Featured

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The God of the universe is wonderful. Despite humanity’s rebellion, he has stepped out of heaven to rescue us from the hell we deserve, regenerate our souls, and make us his children. Jesus Christ has done the work for us, through his life, substitutionary atoning death, and victorious...

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