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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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 18:01

Courageous Churchmen/Ekklesia Conference Review Featured

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imageI love watching football. As a kid, my dad and I spent most Saturdays in the fall at football stadiums. It may’ve been warmer, cozier, and drier on the couch, but dad made sure we felt the rush of the grandstands. I’ll never forget those chilly Saturdays cheering from the top of my...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 21:01

TMS Day Featured

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Ever wondered what it’s like to attend seminary?

The Master’s Seminary is hosting a virtual open house today (starting at 7:30 AM PDT) at https://tmsday.tms.edu/. They will be live-streaming classes throughout the day, while also featuring a live Q&A with John MacArthur at 9:45 AM....

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 18:01

Pick me, pick me: Unconditional Election – TULIP Part 2 Featured

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image The doctrine that states that God is the one who chooses who will be saved is one of the most consternating and has resulted in incendiary discussions in church history. Emotions run very high in this debate, especially when people picture the non-elect as desperate puppies begging to be...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 19:09

Why I Stopped Talking about The Imminent and Economic Trinity Featured

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imageOne of the most common ways of talking of the Trinity is to speak of the imminent Trinity and the economic Trinity. The former refers to how God is in himself apart from his works in history. The imminent Trinity describes the relationship that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have with each other....

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:02

Menno Simons in 200 words Featured

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On Thursdays leading up to Reformation Sunday, we will run short biographies of eight key reformers. If you would like to reprint these in your church bulletin to help people in your congregation become familiar with these individuals as a build up for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, go...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:02

An open letter to elder’s wives Featured

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“Use your powers for good and not for evil.” These were the last words from my coach’s mouth as the timeout was over and we took the court.  Our coach knew that we had in us the ability to use our athleticism, our minds, and our training to win. He also knew that we could...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 18:01

Despicable Me: Total Depravity – TULIP Pt 1 Featured

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Calvinism is a word that I believe would make John Calvin roll over in his grave. His life and ministry were marked by a passion for the centrality of the glory of God. He was so effective in showing from the Scriptures that God is central to everything, that the very concept became wedded to his...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:31

To stand, or not to stand? That is not the question: Featured

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The “Star-Spangled Banner” debate in the NFL right now provokes this question: What biblical principles apply to standing for/protesting during a national anthem? In other words, does the Bible have anything to say about this issue?

Because standing for the anthem is not a biblical...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:01

Lady Jane Grey in 200 words Featured

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On Thursdays leading up to Reformation Sunday, we will run short biographies of eight key reformers. If you would like to reprint these in your church bulletin to help people in your congregation become familiar with these individuals as a build up for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, go...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 18:02

Smear Campaigns vs. Soul Care Featured

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Yesterday we offered a partial response to the “Do You See Me?” article. As we’ve considered this situation, let’s step back for a moment and look at how a post filled with so many problems can get so much traction.

When caring for someone in distress, we have to ask...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 17:02

“Do You See Me?”: A Partial Response Featured

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Today’s post concerns allegations made in a recent blog post against The Master’s University, concerning a student there in 2006. There is always the tension about using a platform like this to respond to allegations like that–we don’t want to amplify them, but we also want...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 18:01

Correct Ways to Correct: Addressing Sin in the Church Featured

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Some believe he was the greatest tennis player of all time. He finished as the world’s top-seeded player four years in a row and spent a total of 170 weeks in that top spot. He won Wimbledon three times and the US Open four times, and finished his career with 77 singles titles and 78 doubles...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:00

How to Kill Your Neighbor Featured

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image It’s not a controversial statement to observe that our culture is morally bankrupt. Western society has barreled through the checkpoints of God’s judgment of abandonment as outlined in Romans 1:18–32. From the denial of God’s existence to pervasive idolatry, from unfettered...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:03

Tyndale in 200 words Featured

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On Thursdays leading up to Reformation Sunday, we will run short biographies of eight key reformers. If you would like to reprint these in your church bulletin to help your congregation anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, go for it–no need to attribute it back to us; if you...

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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

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 00:01

Putin Can’t Stop the Gospel Featured

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Every once in a while, a leader, whether it be a judge, a king, or a Czar, tries to do the impossible and shut down the Gospel.

All throughout history many have attempted this impossible feat. Perhaps one of the most famous attempts occurred in 1673. The Lord Judge Magistrate of Bedford was fed up with John Bunyan and his preaching of the Gospel.

Monday, 18 July 2016 01:01

Choose your love love your choice

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Buyer’s remorse often grips people just after they indulge in an expensive purchase. It’s a cognitive dissonance of the “what if” factor. What if what I bought isn’t as good as what I didn’t buy; what if I can’t afford it and will regret the expense later? Marketing pundits have come up with ways to ease

Friday, 15 July 2016 01:00

Pleasing to Him: Our Supreme Ambition Featured

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Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:9 –

The relationship between this verse and the previous is instructive. The “therefore” signals that this is a consequence of the preceding truth. What is the necessary consequence of having the settled preference&nbs

Thursday, 14 July 2016 01:01

4 authoritative truths Featured

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 The violence that gripped the United States last week was a jarring reminder of the importance of authority. It seems that too many Americans—and that should probably be broadened to include the entire Western world—see themselves as above authority. The concept of respecting authority has eroded, and the result of this erosion can