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, 20 August 2017 18:01

Donkey King? Providence Popularity Featured

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The creativity of Shigeru Miyamoto would ultimately garner him the job title of “Creative Fellow” at what would become the world’s most successful video gaming conglomerate. But in 1981 he was just an anonymous cubicle-dweller at the still unknown Japanese company.

Then Miyamoto...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 01:44

Racism: Utterly Sinful Featured

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Despite the round condemnation of racism from just about every corner of evangelicalism, there is still a complaint that Christians are not sufficiently clear on the issue. I was reminded of a video Mike recorded some time ago that gave a brief (one-minute),...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 17:01

The Vanishing American Adult – Book Review Featured

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imageI typically do not read books from contemporary politicians. Recently I made an exception when a friend who thinks intelligently about culture recommended that I read The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance, by Ben Sasse. A few...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 18:01

The Five Crowds of Charlottesville Featured

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image Let me say that our hearts are broken over the events that took place in our own back yard in Virginia yesterday. Nazi flags and people with KKK hats walking around on a college campus in broad daylight is insane. You’d think that if you affiliate with those groups you’d want to keep...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 18:01

Worthless or Worthwhile: Weighing Eli’s Sons Featured

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Geza and Zsolt Peladi are two Hungarian brothers who live outside Budapest. Sadly, these brothers were born to parents who were not very caring. Although their parents were wealthy, they didn’t provide for their boys. At a young age they were abandoned by both parents and grew up orphaned and...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 17:01

The Greatest Revival in History Featured

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Revival: “a period of renewed religious interest; an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings.”

There have been many genuine ones throughout history. Pentecost, the Reformation, and the First Great Awakening, to name a few. And there have...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 18:01

Why Joni Eareckson Tada Wants a Glorified Body Featured

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image Recently Joni Eareckson Tada “celebrated” 50 years of being a paraplegic.

Last week, she wrote a wonderful article that where she laid out some lessons she has learned over the past 50 years.

This article reminded me about one of the most impactful sentences I have ever heard.

It was...

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Big Brother is Watching You: Is Elder-rule an Orwellian Nightmare?

George Orwell’s seminal political satire, Nineteen Eighty-Four, portrays a nightmarish world that is inescapably under the oppressive...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:15

6 life-changing sermons Featured

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It has been said that the main benefit of preaching is not the remembering of the facts of a sermon afterwards, but rather the spiritual effects of the word of God on the soul duringthe preaching. In other words, what makes a sermon good is not the ability to recall the details of it later, but...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 17:01

They Are Not Blessed Featured

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They are some of the more depressing words in Scripture. “For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me” (2 Tim. 4:10).

It wasn’t always that way. Demas was doing great for a while. He was traveling with the ministry elites of the apostolic age; Luke,...

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image I remember the first time I heard someone explain Genesis 3:16. It was in a marriage seminar. Their view of this passage which is popular in conservative circles was simple, Eve, as a result of God’s curse would have pain in child-bearing and that she would want to usurp her husband’s...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 18:01

Inconspicuous spending: how to be really rich Featured

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image How do you know if someone is rich? For millennia the answer was simple: they tell you. Or more accurately they show you. They wear garish jewelry and drive ostentatious cars, and decorate their homes with antiques and Persian rugs and/or Persian cats. In a word, wealth has always...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 18:01

Visiting an embassy Featured

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Last week, in order to apply for a visa, I had to visit the embassy of a nation that I’m visiting on a future missions trip. Fortunately I live in Washington, D.C., so this trip consisted of a thirty-minute drive from my house, followed by an extended search for parking. This was my first...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:01

Mandates of Expository Preaching Featured

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Expository preaching is that type of preaching which seeks to approach the word of God in a manner befitting of the God of the word. As such, its aim is to submit to the authorial intent of a passage, unpacking the meaning in its grammatical and historical context, then explaining,...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 18:01

No One is Born a Child of God Featured

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image As I’ve talked to people of other religions, it has dawned on me that most if not all of them teach that everyone is a child of God.

Whether you are Muslim and teach that all children are born Muslim but then are led away by the devil, or whether you are Mormon, and teach that everyone on...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 18:01

Choosing Elders: Beware the Warren Harding Error Featured

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Author, Malcolm Gladwell, calls this faulty leadership selection factor the “Warren Harding Error.” Warren Harding was the 29th president of the United States. Historians would deem him to be one of the worst US presidents in history. His administration was wracked with torrid scandals,...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 18:53

Romans 8 Featured

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I’ve spent the last few years translating portions of the Bible into a language almost nobody outside of Africa has even heard of–and I’ve loved it. This process has renewed my passion to see fresh translations of Scripture in English. They are important for many reasons, but one...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 18:01

4 Incredible Blessings of Giving Featured

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By the time the average human being reaches the age of 20, he will have watched one million commercials. 1,000,000. Think about that. Most people will watch almost four million commercials in their lifetime, and that’s only talking about regular cable television. Four million times you are...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 18:01

Losing your voice: 4 ways pastors lose pulpits Featured

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I’m on the leeward side of a two month sabbatical, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, so I wanted to revisit the ways pastors end up vacating their posts.

There are many ways to leave a church honorably. You could die in the pulpit. You might gracefully retire so a younger man can fill...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:00

The Radical Difference between Believers and Unbelievers Featured

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imageLast week, we took a look at the prohibition Paul issues to the church of God in 2 Corinthians 6:14. He uses the agricultural image of animals being yoked together to pull a plow in order to illustrate the fundamental incompatibility between believers and unbelievers. His point, particularly, is...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:33

7 reasons I love Hymns of Grace Featured

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I’ve been using the newHymns of Grace(HoG) ever since receiving it at the T4G conference last year. I’ve used in my family’s devotional time, and I’ve used it in our church’s evening worship service. The more I’ve used it, the more I’ve learned about it,...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:01

The Salvation Package Featured

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imageWe say it often in Christian circles. “I’m saved.” “I’m a Christian.” But if we’re not careful, we can utter the phrase with the same alacrity as we would the weather.

Perhaps at times it behooves us to pull over, park, and take a longer look at the sights...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 18:00

Unequally Yoked Featured

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“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14, ESV –

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been considering whom the faithful Christian minister may properly partner with in ministry. Two weeks ago we briefly surveyed the history of the ecumenical movement...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 18:01

3 Reasons it’s Hard to Follow Jesus Featured

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image Recently, I’ve suffered the heartbreak of watching a couple of students choose the world over the Savior. Nothing discourages me more in this life than watching young people walk away from the Lord.

I do take some encouragement from this. They’ve heard the true Gospel. Not a Gospel that...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 18:01

Heavenites: Our True Citizenship Featured

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image When I was studying in the USA and working as a short-term missions coordinator, I travelled oversees a lot. Once, when I landed at JFK Airport, I was asked by the immigrations officer a routine question I had answered dozens of times: “What is the purpose of your visit to the United...

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