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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Monday, 16 April 2018 18:01

What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day? Featured

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image One of my favorite ways to explain the Gospel these days is to use the scales analogy.

It wasn’t too long ago that a Muslim explained to me that on the day of judgment (Qiyamat) scales will be brought before each human being, and, like measuring grain, all of the good deeds that someone has...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:01

Render Much? Featured

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image Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn New York in 1899. He was one of nine children of an Italian barber. By all accounts, Al Capone was a naughty kid. He was expelled from his Catholic school at age fourteen for punching a nun in the face. He then joined a gang. At age nineteen he married...

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image If there ever was a word in need of a definition, it’s evangelical.While confusion with evangelical didn’t start two years ago, it was exasperated and exaggerated by the election of President Trump. More specifically, by the Pew exit poll declaring that 81% of white evangelicals voted...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 17:01

When Hot-Button Issues Cry Out to Young Pastors Featured

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imagePastoring can be tricky. Especially if we are younger. And especially in this world. Things are always happening. Lots of things. If you’ve struggled like I have, sometimes it’s hard to tell which of those things need my attention. On top of that, it can be hard to tell which of those...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 18:01

Three Reasons you Need the Lord’s Supper Featured

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image There was a man named Ian Durkin who was working one day when his tooth fell out of his mouth. After a few days of badgering him, his partner convinced him to see a dentist. The dentist promptly warned him to visit a doctor since he perceived the issue to be much more serious. Ian Durkin refused...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 18:01

Christian Villain: Is an actor’s pretend sin still sin? Featured

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Actor William Shatner once did a parody performance of himself reacting to his obsessed fans at a Star Trek convention. He exploded with a sharp rebuke: “Get a life! It’s only a TV show!”

To a Trekkie that’s like being told Santa isn’t real…by Santa.

Shatner then...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 18:01

What God Is Looking For in a Pastor Featured

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In an evangelical culture dominated by mega-churches and celebrity preachers, many pastors today are tempted to judge the success of their ministries purely in terms of numbers. From budgets to buildings to book sales, bigger is always better, and Sunday morning attendance is the bottom line. In...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 17:01

Is the Bible Enough for Us? – Sufficiency Featured

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imageBy the grace of God, the Holy Spirit opened my heart to come to faith in Christ in my twenties. Having previously known nothing of God’s word, I wrestled for months with the nature and origin of the Bible. Finally, I could deny the glaring facts no longer. The Bible stood up to all scrutiny....

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Monday, 02 April 2018 18:01

They Were Both Insulting Him Featured

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They Were Both Insulting Him

Written by Jordan Standridge (Inspired by Matthew 27:44)

There is a truth that’s oft forgotten: On the day of the death of the Only Begotten, As He hung there on death’s brim, They were both insulting Him!

The whole world mocked the Savior Using the most...

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image In February 1555 John Hooper was burnt at the stake under the orders of Queen “Bloody” Mary. His crime was opposing Catholicism.

At any point, right up to the moment of execution, Hooper could have signed a recantation of his teachings and have been set free. Instead, before a crowd of...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:00

Jesus: Yahweh in the Flesh Featured

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At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, . . . and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.– Philippians 2:10–11 –

imageThe wonderful hymn of Christ’s humiliation and exaltation reaches its climax in these verses. Paul has said that the...

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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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The Preacher’s Bible

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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