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, 01 January 2018 17:01

Rescued from Meaningless Resolutions Featured

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image As I look back on 2017, I can’t help but think about the hordes of college students walking around the various campuses I went to.

Millions of college students around the country working hard to find happiness, and yet so confused about how to achieve it.

Meaninglessness. That’s the word...

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image In my 4th grade South African history class I learned that what put my country on the map (the first time) was scurvy. Without the Suez canal, ships sailing from Europe took months to reach India. We now know that one month without vitamin C leads to the condition of lethal malnutrition known as...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 17:04

Tribute to R.C. Sproul Featured

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“No one gave me a greater sense of the glory of God than R.C. Sproul”

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I was first exposed to the ministry of R.C. Sproul, over 20 years ago.  He had a different style than the preachers I was used to listening to on the radio.  I could tell he was not speaking behind...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:47

Top ten posts from 2017 Featured

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We at The Cripplegatge (Clint, Jesse, Mike, Eric, and Jordan) want to thank all of our readers and our 4,400 subscribers. We have all been very busy this year in ministry, but we remember that when we are most productive, we are often most fruitful. We pray that our blog has been helpful to you...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 17:01

Just the Shepherds Featured

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image Recently, a YouTube video showed a homeless man played soccer on a busy plaza in Spain. He juggled, dribbled, and attempted to play with people who were walking by, but no one would bite. For hours, people ignored him until a young child began kicking the ball back and forth with him. For a few...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 17:01

O holy night! Featured

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image My favorite hymn happens to be a beloved Christmas carol. Here is the compelling saga behind the genesis of this magnificent piece, the first music ever broadcast with radio waves.

In the words of “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas” (used with the publisher’s...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 17:00

Christmas Grace: The Gospel of Self-Imposed Poverty Featured

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“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.”– 2 Corinthians 8:9 –

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 19:29

Africa New Life Ministries Featured

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If you are looking for a way to be financially help widows, orphans, and missions: let me introduce you to Africa New Life Ministries.

ANL is located in Rwanda, and grew out of the 1994 genocide where nearly 800,000 people were massacred. This massacre was followed by a refugee crisis, resulting in...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:01

Christmas: Not the Beginning of Jesus’ Existence Featured

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A frequently heard phrase this time of year is the “birth of Jesus.” And that’s good. But, it’s possible to miscommunicate something essential about Christ. Typically, when we mention someone’s birth, we think of it as the beginning of the...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 17:01

The First Sunday Without R.C. Sproul Featured

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image What happens when your pastor, your faithful pastor of many years dies?

Many people wonder about this, and rightfully so, when incredible men, whom the Holy Spirit empowered in special ways, go on to be with the Lord. Especially in this mega-church celebrity pastor era. How in the world will a...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 17:00

Are Bells Biblical? The Peel of Good News Featured

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image Bell ringers, dispatched by the Salvation Army, are a familiar sight to yuletide shoppers. Their chipper smiles, their oscillating appendages yielding peels of music, their trusty red kettles ready to swallow up loose change, are all charming tokens of goodwill and cheer and charity.

The tradition...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:24

A Christmas prayer for my children Featured

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Father,

As I picked up my 2-year-old son out of his crib this morning, hearing him chatter in toddler-talk about the mini Christmas tree in his room, it struck me that Your Son not only came as a little baby but also grew up as a boy. The Word who became flesh learned how to form...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:01

Doing Church Away from Church isn’t Church Featured

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imageMaybe you’ve heard it. “We can’t make it to church today, so we’ll just do church as a family.” “I can just do church on a hike this morning in God’s creation.” “The church is really the people, so we can do church wherever. God is everywhere,...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 17:01

Why Seminary? Exhibit C: John MacArthur Featured

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“‎Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; the cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain

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In Exhibit A: Joel Osteen, we embarked on a discussion about the value of seminary for those aspiring to the preaching ministry. We...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:01

The worst gift to give a middle-school student Featured

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What is the worst Christmas gift you can give your middle-school student? I don’t mean that spiritually—as in unbelief—or theologically—as in The Jesus Calling Student Edition. I mean it seriously. What is the worst gift that you can give your middle-school student?

This...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:01

8 implications of calling Jesus “Lord” Featured

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I recently preached 2 Corinthians 4:5 (“We do not breach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord”), and in preparation I came across this powerful list of 8 implications of preaching Jesus as Lord. These are from Murray Harris’s New International Greek Testament Commentary (p 332),...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:01

The Pentateuch: 5 Books About God’s Grace Featured

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You’ve heard it before. “The God of the Old Testament was a God of wrath. Things have changed now.” “The Pentateuch is all law. The NT is all grace.”

Cliches like this may be convenient for easily-categorized thought, but are they true? It is a...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 17:01

Thou Shalt Not Create Little “Christian” Narcissists Featured

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image A cramped house in a suburb of Los Angeles is where the oft-repeated prayer request would be shared with the other boys in the Bible study. Timothy, a junior in High School, would make the request that was still embarrassing regardless of the number of times he’d made it, “Guys, pray...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 17:01

Why Seminary? Exhibit B: Charles Spurgeon Featured

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Our discussion on why a seminary education may or may not be necessary started with “Exhibit A: Joel Osteen.” Rev Osteen leads one of America’s largest churches without the benefit of formal theological training. After his interview by Larry King our case may seem solidly set...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:00

Simplicity, Scholasticism, and the Triunity of God Featured

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image There’s a book that I think you all should know about. It’s called All That Is in God, written by Dr. James Dolezal, a fellow graduate of The Master’s Seminary, and currently a professor in the School of Divinity at Cairn University. Dolezal’s book seeks to introduce...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:37

God’s will in seven words Featured

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In his mercy and kindness, the God of the universe revealed his will to us. It’s not discovered through an arduous quest of pagan practices bordering on divination, as described in Bruce Waltke’s excellent book. Instead we open the Bible, and there it is. These simple principles apply...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:01

When Your Church Dissapoints Featured

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imageLet’s face it. Church is not always as exciting as we would like. Sometimes it’s boring and disappointing. It’s possible that there are good reasons for that. But it’s possible that there are not.

Being bored is not the worst thing that can happen to us in our churches. In...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 17:01

Why Christians Should Buy Life Insurance Featured

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image We live in a day and age where planning is an afterthought. We get what we can out of today without a thought about tomorrow. Whether it is greedy politicians doing whatever they can to hold on to their power by whatever means necessary and without concern for future generations, or young people...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 17:01

Why Seminary? Exhibit A: Joel Osteen Featured

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image The question of whether seminary is necessary is one that perennially resurfaces among those who sense the urgency of the need to preach and feel compelled to dive right in, but also understand the benefit of thorough training, and want guidance about the balance.

Some noteworthy articles...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:10

Boston vs. the Bible Featured

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Boston has been a catalyst for change dating back to the time of the Reformation. The city not only predates our nation, but played a pivotal role in her formation. During Thanksgiving, the rutted cobblestone streets are filled with people making their way through this historic harbor town, the...

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