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

Cripplegate - Apologetic Report

image For the last two years, students from around the world have come to Washington D.C. to be immersed in God’s Word for 10 weeks at Immanuel Bible Church. These students either postponed college, took a semester off while in college, or came right after finishing college in order to grow in...

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Whenever missionaries speak at our church my heart leaps in my chest. Their PowerPoint slides get my spiritual adrenaline pumping. There is something undeniably compelling about the thought of being on the front lines of the Great Commission. And yet, the reality is that we cannot all go. Some need...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:00

Life, Death, Resurrection: The Minister’s Priorities Featured

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“For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:01

What does the Bible teach about abortion? Featured

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Here are eight biblical truths about abortion:

1. The Bible teaches that a baby in the womb is alive, and is a person whom God is making. Those I know who have had an abortion all say this is the most critical issue for them. If they believed their fetus was a real person which an abortion would...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:01

Ekklesia/Courageous Churchmen 2017 Conference Preview Featured

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imageAs most of the world knows by now, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation is often known as the greatest event in the history of Christ’s church since the birth of the church at Pentecost (cf. Acts 2). During the Reformation, sine qua non doctrines of...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 18:01

3 Mistakes Parents Make Featured

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Recently my family has been blessed with the addition of a wonderful baby girl. After three boys, this has been a most welcome surprise. Being the father of four children is daunting, but it is a privilege that I’d like to make the most of.

It is important to remember that God has entrusted...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 18:01

Why 1000 means 1000 Featured

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image Last week we looked at why 144,000 should be taken as a literal 144,000 (in response to Kevin DeYoung’s fivefold argument that it shouldn’t).

This week, as promised, I’d like to expand on why there is no reason to take the thousand years of the earthly reign of Christ in...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 18:00

Resurrection-Driven Ministry Featured

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image The New Testament frequently reminds us of the difficulty that the true minister of the Gospel faces. The Apostle Paul says, “We are being killed all day long, we are like sheep led to the slaughter” (Rom 8:36), and, “We are in danger every hour. We die daily” (1 Cor...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 18:30

America’s most prolific serial killer Featured

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imageKermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American History. He was the abortion doctor who delivered children alive, then severed their heads and collected their feet. His trial took place four years ago, in relative obscurity. He was convicted, and sentenced to life-without-parole...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 17:01

Sleep Disorders the Glory of God Featured

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imageWe hear it time and again. “Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.” “Not getting enough shuteye is a serious problem that can threaten your health and safety.” “Be a good steward of your body by sleeping eight hours.”

Good suggestions, no doubt. But for...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 18:01

When the Bad Guy Gets Away with It Featured

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image Don’t you love it when bad people get what they deserve?

The moment news reached the world that Hitler had died, people celebrated as if they had won a million dollars. For years, they had been hoping that he would get what he deserved, and finally he was gone.

When Obama announced that Osama...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 18:01

Why 144,000 means 144,000 Featured

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image Kevin DeYoung is a master of clear writing. Just as Superman possesses incomparable capabilities of flight, x-ray vision, and icy breath, DeYoung possesses almost otherworldly powers of obtaining an aerial view of the bigger picture, penetrating his insight deep into the most opaque issue, and...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 18:00

“Free Grace” Theology and Matthew 7:21-23 Featured

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image “Free Grace” is the label commonly given to a theological system founded by the late Zane Hodges and currently promoted, among others, by Bob Wilkin and The Grace Evangelical Society. According to “Free-Grace” theology (hereafter FG), genuine conversion does not necessarily...

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The biblical church discipline process described in Matthew 18:15-20 is often messy, costly, and accompanied by damage. The pain experienced is typically unmatched when a professing believer must be publicly put out of the local church.

Even so, when practiced biblically, it is consistent with...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 18:01

How Are You Doing with Compassion? Featured

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Have you ever gone a week without showering? How about begged someone for money so you could buy food? Have you ever slept on the street?

I have and let me tell you it’s not very fun.

image My freshman year at the Master’s university I got to participate in outreach week. The whole school took...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 18:01

Does God Control Catastrophes? Featured

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A previous post, God’s prescience and providence in the Petra Anderson incident, begat an interesting insight from a commenter, who admitted…

If God planned the path of the bullet that didn’t kill Petra, then He planned the paths of the bullets that DID kill the other twelve....

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 17:01

Loathing Sin Grabbing for God's Glory Featured

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imageIt’s an alarming trend, especially in some of our younger generations. Many of us professing Christians cannot stand to hear the word. When we do, we cry foul. “It’s unloving,” “It’s toxic,” “It’s legalistic,” “It’s...

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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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