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, 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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Friday, 29 July 2016 01:00

Does the Doctrine of Hell Make God Unjust? Featured

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Awhile ago, I posted some selections of Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” As it happens, three weeks ago was the 275th anniversary of the greatest sermon preached on American soil. If you haven’t read that post, I would invite you to read what I’ve called America’s

Thursday, 28 July 2016 01:01

Lucky Charms and Honey Combs

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One of the most overwhelming figures in Scripture is the giant angel that John encounters in Revelation 10. Between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgements, after witnessing the death of 1/3 of the earth but while waiting for the ministry of the two witnesses, John’s vision is interrupted by a figure with no parallel in the Bible.

This angel

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:01

14 Rules for Being a Godly Employee Featured

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One of the saddest statements I heard in college was during a job interview. The owner, a Christian himself said, “I usually don’t hire Christians, they have been some of the worst workers over the years”. Hopefully as I worked for him I didn’t encourage that sentiment.

Of course this isn’t universal. I have also

Monday, 25 July 2016 01:01

Lawschool: what law are we under? Featured

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 Before I travel to a new country I investigate if there are any peculiar laws I need to observe. Luckily I have never had to verify any of these for myself – but they are on the internet so they must be true, right?

In Thailand it is illegal to leave your house without wearing any underwear. In Israel it is illegal to bring bears to the

Sunday, 24 July 2016 12:30

Clouds Without Water

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For more than four decades, John MacArthur has led the fight for the supremacy of the truth and of sound doctrine—not only within the walls of his own church, but also throughout the evangelical church at large. Surrounded by other defenders of biblical teaching, Pastor John has devoted his ministry to safeguarding the inerrancy of

Thursday, 21 July 2016 01:35

Revelation 7 and two major unfulfilled prophecies Featured

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There are two major prophecies concerning the advance of the gospel that remain unfulfilled at this very moment: that Israel would embrace the Messiah, and that the good news of Jesus would reach every tribe and ethnic group in the world.

These are not just isolated prophecies. Instead, they are repeated often, and play a significant role in how

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:01

Back to the Early Church? Featured

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You’ve probably heard it many times. “We just need to get back to the days of the early church.” “You know, things would be so much better in contemporary Christianity if we were more like the early church.”

While there were some great things happening then, I’m not so sure that I am eager to get back