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, 28 March 2018 18:01

Loving the terrorists–a practical balance Featured

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image In the past two posts (Praying for the death of terrorists and In defense of the death penalty) we have seen how God hates sin and righteously punishes those who sin against him. We have also seen that there are different ethics for individuals and governments. Now we are going to look at the...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:02

Who Decided What Would Be in the Bible When? - Canonicity Featured

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It’s a question you hear often. And it’s one that I wrestled with for a time. “Who decided what books would be in the Bible and what would not? How did they decide? When?”

I surrendered to Christ later in life. It was a radical shift in everything I had ever studied and...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 18:01

Two Lessons from Two Radically Different Funerals Featured

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image Funerals are a gift from God. I know that sounds crazy, but they are a God-given tool to force us to reflect on the brevity of life, and how finite we are as human beings. I truly do believe that humans should attend as many funerals as possible during their lives, it is that good for your soul.

I...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 18:01

Lead Us Out Of Temptation – The Lord’s Prayer Part 6 Featured

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image The pope has a problem with the Bible. Again. Here’s an excerpt from The New York Times (December 8, 2017 ) Lost in Translation: The Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis said the common rendering of one line in the prayer—“lead us not into...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:00

Promise-Driven Practice Featured

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Last week, we considered how trusting in divine promises strengthens us to obey the divine prescriptions to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. But how do we actually walk in obedience to the command to separate ourselves as it concerns any spiritual partnership or ministry of the...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:20

In defense of the death penalty Featured

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Last week I wrote a post arguing that it is good to pray for God to end terrorism by justly taking the lives of those that seek to slay the innocent. That post raised a number of questions that illustrate tensions in the Christian world-view.

For example, does the model of Christ’s suffering...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:01

How True is the Bible? – Inerrancy Featured

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I was not raised in a biblically Christian atmosphere. Nor had I been exposed to the Bible. When the Lord drew me to himself in my twenties, one of my itching questions pertained to the integrity of the Bible. I’ve found this is a question on the minds of many, hence...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 18:01

How to Honor Christ in our Apologetics Featured

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image There was a man who thought he was dead.  In fact, he told all his family members that he was dead. Finally, after months of being unable to convince him, they dragged him to a doctor. The doctor, also unsuccessful, finally asked him, “Do dead men bleed?” The man responded,...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 18:01

Forgive Us Our Debts – The Lord’s Prayer Part 6 Featured

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In January this year, the gavel fell heavily for Larry Nassar. The notorious former Olympic gymnastics team doctor was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after being accused by over 150 women of sexual assault carried out on them as children, under the sordid guise of medical treatment. The...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 18:00

Come Out From Them and Be Separate Featured

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In our series on 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1, I’ve been considering what implications that text has for us as we consider whom the faithful Christian minister may legitimately partner with in ministry (parts one, two, three, and four). Last time, we considered that the church is the...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 18:56

Praying for the Death of Terrorists Featured

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It is time for every peace-loving nation to come together to wipe every terrorist group off the face of the earth.

If this sentence comes off as crass or harsh, I want to show you that it represents the kind of biblical response we should have in the face of evil. Over my next few posts, I want to...

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image The great debate in Evangelism right now seems to be over one word:  tone.

On one side you have the non-compromisers. They are fed up with what they would call “sissies” who, in their minds, compromise the truth by not calling sin, sin. Who are unwilling to declare the truths...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 18:01

Give Us Our Daily Bread, Part 4 Featured

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Johann Georg Ferdinand Müller (1805 –98) was a man of extraordinary faith and exemplary prayer. He ran an orphanage in Bristol England and cared for 10,024 orphans in the span of his lifelong ministry. He established 117 schools offering Christian education to over 120,000 children.

M&uuml...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 01:57

If I Could Design My Favorite Bible Featured

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imageBible design is a sophisticated art and complex science. There’s more to it than putting words on pages. As the best-selling book in history, publishers and bookmakers have wrestled long over Bible design. Many variables need to be carefully tuned.

If you could tweak every detail, what would...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 17:01

A Tale of Two Williams Featured

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image Both Wheaton College Grads. Both lived into their 90’s. Both in full time ministry. Both powerful preachers of God’s Word, and yet with very different visible results. One with the Lord now the other still preaching and writing.

One named Billy Graham, the other, Bill Standridge.

I’...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 17:01

Thy Kingdom Come – The Lord’s Prayer Part 3 Featured

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image In the year of our Lord, 1095, the Byzantine Empire was under attack by advancing Muslim armies. Byzantium was considered to be a Christian nation, and part of the ‘Kingdom of God’ on earth, as opposed to the Muslim territories that were considered part of the ‘kingdom of...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:52

How to think like John Bunyan Featured

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image Like many of you, I read The Pilgrim’s Progress when I was a kid. Later, in high school, I rejoined Christian on his journey through a British Literature class. Then when I discovered Reformed theology in my college years, I was reintroduced to John Bunyan through those little...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:01

God’s Love for Pastors Featured

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The more young pastors I speak with, the more I realize that crushing experiences are the norm. It’s constant. “Didn’t think it would be like this.”

In response, I’ve said it. “This is crushing.” “I’m crushed.” “God,...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 17:01

The Young Roman Catholic Man Who Clenched His Fist Featured

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image Let me tell you about a Gospel conversation I had recently that left an impression on my heart.

Tim was a very polite guy.

He was cordial and respectful. He listened carefully and was obviously raised well by his parents. He was well dressed and was very articulate. Tim was also very religious.

I...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:01

Hallowed Be Thy Name – The Lord’s Prayer Part 2 Featured

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Who is the most recognizable, influential, significant person in the history of the world? Jesus Christ is, of course, the predictable answer to emerge from any poll of Christians. But what if we employed an objective standard of some sort?

In 2013 Time Magazine launched the most...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 17:01

Warnings with teeth Featured

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The church today is faced with the same threat that has plagued it in every age—the ever present danger of apostasy. Because this is the danger that confronted the pastor who preached the sermon recorded in the book of Hebrews, Hebrews is an instructive for pastors, as it models how we should...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:01

Three lessons from the extraordinary life of Billy Graham Featured

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As we learned yesterday about the loss of Billy Graham, it is with a great deal of sadness that we say farewell to this extraordinary figure. Perhaps never again—certainly not within our life time—will we witness an evangelist with such a global outreach. He became a figure larger...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:01

How Did We Get the Bible? – Inspiration Featured

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imageLast week we began a bibliology series looking at some of the most critical and fundamental questions surrounding the Bible. What is the Bible? Where did we get it? Who decided what would, and would not be, in the Bible? How can it be said that the 66 books alone are the inerrant, infallible words...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 17:01

I Won’t Let Cancer Take Away My Sundays Featured

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“I won’t let cancer take away my Sundays” these are some words I won’t soon forget.

I heard them last Sunday from a sweet saint, who despite being in quite obvious pain made her way to church just like she had for the past year since learning about her cancer. Soon...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:01

Our Father – The Lord’s Prayer Part 1 Featured

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It is mortifying to admit, but I don’t know my wife’s mobile phone number. Siri does, so I don’t really need to, right?

The implications of this ineptitude are a tad unsettling. For instance, if my smartphone died and left me stranded in some hairy predicament, even with...

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