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, 23 April 2017 18:01

4 Lessons from my First 100 Days of Healthy Eating Featured

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I have been eating humble pie a lot lately, along with a lot of salad. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m the guy who religiously decontaminates his cheese burger of any semblance of plant matter by exorcising the lettuce, tomato, gherkins, or onions (see a previous post where I mock...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:34

3 Problems with the Benedict Option Featured

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imageThe Roman Empire may have fallen in the 400’s, but it took a generation of cultural anarchy for the moral implications of that collapse to manifest themselves. By the early 500’s, the “Christian” way of living in Rome had gone the way of Caesars and Senates, and the few...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:01

The Privilege is All Ours Featured

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An unusual amount of professional athletes reside in the town where I live. The adventurous mountain terrain attract them. Big name brands in the outdoor sports industry gobble up some of the most talented skiers, snowboarders, and mountaineers for sponsorship and...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 18:01

Giving People a Chance to Grow Featured

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Not too long ago, I ran into an old college friend. Sadly, to my shame, we didn’t get along that well in college. As we caught up, it dawned on me what a cool guy he was and how the Lord had been using him as well as helping him to grow. He seemed to really be interested in me and how I was...

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My wife and I once ended up with an unexpected (and unearned) blessing of being in a fancy hotel on Embassy Row in Washington D.C. We were a financially challenged seminary couple at the time. Upon arrival, giddy with delight, we tried not to look wide-eyed or star-struck on our first ever...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:00

Comfort for a Troubled Soul: A Good Friday Meditation Featured

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And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 03:29

Obedient unto Death: Looking to Good Friday Featured

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imageJesus’ food was to do the will of His Father (John 4:34). He had come down from heaven, not to accomplish some sort of independent, personal agenda, but to carry out the will of the One who had sent Him (John 6:38). And that total, loving, delightful allegiance to His Father doesn’t...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 18:01

A Pro-Life Argument that Needs to Die Featured

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A few years back, Focus on the Family spent millions of dollars on a commercial to be played at the Super Bowl. The commercial featured Tim Tebow tackling his mom as she spoke about the fact that she chose to have Tim even though the doctors recommended an abortion. As the self-proclaimed #1 Tim...

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Last week Monday, we established the point that God made us messy. We asked in exasperated curiosity  “Why would God make humans naturally messy and disgusting, and then consider them unclean and unacceptable in the Mosaic Law?” As an example we cited the...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 02:18

Call God by his Christian name Featured

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imageYesterday I wrote my argument for why translators should render the Hebrew Yahweh as Yahweh, in stead of The Lord. Its not simply a pet-peeve of mine, but I really do think the practice of changing God’s name to a title creates a distance that is not intended by the text.

But here is a...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 17:32

The name is Yahweh Featured

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imageThe most arcane practice of English Bible translations is the use of “The LORD” for God’s name.* It is a translation choice with zero scholarly merit, it confuses by creating artificial distance between the reader and the text, and is not defensible on any legitimate grounds. At...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:01

Keeping the “Para” in Parachurch Ministries Featured

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imageIt’s a question that arises often. “What is a parachurch ministry?” The “para” in parachurch comes from the Greek preposition which can communicate, “alongside” or “beside.” Generally, a parachurch ministry is a Christian-based organization...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 18:01

Mike Pence, the Lakers and a Call to Stand Strong Featured

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A scandal broke out in the NBA on March 29, 2016. Nick Young, a bench player for the Los Angeles Lakers, was caught on tape confessing to have cheated on his fiancée, a famous singer, Iggy Azalea.

Teammates were irate, and the next morning, after the tape was released, the whole team ate...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 18:01

The Unavoidable Messiness of Being Human, Pt 1 Featured

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image Here’s a  glimpse into the sausage factory of expository preaching. A while back my commitment to consecutive exposition was acutely tested. I tackled the chapter every seminoid dreads from the day he graduates, namely Leviticus 15 (you know, the heart-warming one...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 18:00

Standing against Satan’s Schemes Featured

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image Over a number of weeks, we’ve been examining how the church ought to faithfully deal with sin in its midst. And we’ve looked to Paul’s instructions in 2 Corinthians 2:5–11 to see that there are five stages of successful church discipline and restoration. We’ve learned...

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David Brooks at the NYTimes called The Benedict Option“the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” Over at The Week, Damon Linker wrote that The Benedict...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:01

Helping Kids Handle Conflict Featured

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Whether we serve in a youth group, have kids of our own, or we are educators, almost all of us will interact with kids. And chances are, those interactions will involve helping them navigate conflict. Johnny will scuffle with Joey in youth group. Suzie will offend Sally in...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 18:01

Three Reasons God is a Cessationist Featured

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Lord I believe that Jordan will play in the NBA! No! I declare Jordan will play in the NBA!

That was a sentence that a guy prayed over me as we were leaving a basketball camp I attended in high school. He said that sentence as he alternated between speaking in tongues and speaking in English. I...

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 18:01

Building Blocks of Salvation Pt 3: The Purpose The Promise Featured

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Pastor and author Gary Chapman is perhaps best known for his book, The 5 Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.image

People love the theory of love languages. The book has sold over 10 million copies in English and has been translated into 49 other languages.

Chapman posits that...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:36

9 Ways the New Covenant is better than the Old Featured

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It is easy for believers to lose sight of how privileged we are to participate in the New Covenant. Giants of the faith such as Abraham, Moses, and David only looked forward to the spiritual blessings that every single Christian receives. For this reason, the New Covenant is fundamentally better...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:01

Are Cessationists Dinitarians? Featured

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The claim is heard often these days. It usually goes something like this: “How could you cessationists believe that the miraculous spiritual gifts have ceased? You must not believe in the Holy Spirit.”

I have encountered this accusation many times from misled...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 18:01

To the Unknown Pastor Featured

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It is said that there are creatures in the depths of the oceans that remain undiscovered to this day. Astronomers keep finding new stars and new planets each and every year that, for millennia, have been seen only by God.  Every undiscovered animal, plant, and planet brings glory to God by the...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:01

Building Blocks of Salvation pt 2: The Path Featured

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image Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations, chronicles a tale of a young, poor boy, named Pip. The little guy is an apprentice blacksmith and has no hope of ever being rich on his own merit. He is fascinated by the genteel society and opulence of the upper crust. His fantasy is to...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:00

Restoring a Disciplined Member Featured

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After a brief hiatus (things can get crazy around here during Shepherds’ Conference time!), we’re back to our study of dealing with in in the church from 2 Corinthians 2:5–11. Once again, I encourage you to read the other posts in the series if you haven’t already, as...

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image Last week I reviewed The Kingdom of Speech, by Tom Wolfe. Wolfe is not religious (the New York Times calls him an atheist, for whatever that’s worth), but he delivers a stunning critique of modern evolutionary theory as being entirely devoid of substantial evidence.

Which in turn reminded me...

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