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, 22 June 2016 01:00

The Complementarian Trinity Debate: A Summary Of Its Beginning Featured

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Over the last two weeks, Christian blogs have been ablaze with debates about the Trinity. These debates have centered on how the Son relates to the Father. One side argues that how the Son submits to the Father in history is the same way God the Father relates to the God the Son in eternity. The other side argues that the

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:00

The Trinitarian Beat Goes On

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As the debate over eternal functional subordination continues in the various corners of the blogosphere, Jesse entered the fray yesterday, responding to Goligher’s (one, two) and Trueman’s original posts. He argued for a functional subordination in eternity past primarily on the basis that the divine plan of salvation

Monday, 20 June 2016 01:33

Submission and salvation in the Trinity Featured

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In 1991 John Piper and Wayne Grudem edited what is one of the most influential and significant books of that decade: Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. The book’s goal was to show that egalitarianism—the idea that men and women should not have any role differences in marriage or in church—is unbiblical.

Friday, 17 June 2016 01:00

Making Sense of the Trinity (EFS) Debate Featured

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Here is my attempt at a very brief summary of the current debate or discussion surrounding the eternal functional subordination (EFS) of the Son to the Father.

imageWe all know the incarnate Son submits to the Father, but is His submission something that extends to His eternal role/relationship as Son? Is the Son subordinate to the Father from all

Thursday, 16 June 2016 01:02

Trinitarian precision

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At the end of his biography of Athanasius (in Contending for Our All), John Piper extracts lessons from the manner in which Athanasius approached the importance of precise trinitarian language. If you remember, Athanasius spent his life defending and articulating the trinity. He was one of the more influential people at the Council of Nicea, and

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:02

How to Recognize a Spirit-Filled Church Featured

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Church advertisements can be interesting. I’ve seen things like, “Business healing services,” one that advertised a concealed weapons class, and “You have a friend request from Jesus: Accept? Ignore?” But one that confused me the first time I saw it was “Spirit-filled.” What does that mean? And are only

Monday, 13 June 2016 22:21

Elon Musk and the Arrogance of Man Featured

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Imagine a video game. In this video game, the graphics are so advanced that they are indistinguishable from reality. In fact, the game is so realistic that the characters in the game believe that they are actually living human beings. Impossible, right?

Not so, according to Elon Musk.

Elon Musk is one of the brightest minds in the world. In fact,

Monday, 13 June 2016 01:00

Tweet your Testimony: a 5 word sermon

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Shakespeare was a sonnet maestro. A sonnet, from the Italian word meaning little sound, is a structured form of poetic expression. An English sonnet has 14 lines, each one must contain 10 syllables and there are certain rules for rhyming. The point of the sonnet is to show the poet’s prowess commanding the language to conform to strict

Friday, 10 June 2016 01:00

Suffering Well: Hoping in God’s Character

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Over the past few weeks, we have been taking a look at how Jeremiah responded to Judah’s suffering at the time of the Babylonian exile, with the goal of learning lessons on how the believer can respond to suffering righteously. We’ve seen that Jeremiah weeps with those who weep, that he acknowledges the role of sin in suffering, th

Thursday, 09 June 2016 00:01

When should teens start tweeting?

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“Everyone has it, why can’t I have it!” “They’re leaving me out of everything!”… cue the tears, bring up the music, and now the dramatic finish…”you’re ruining my life, I’ll never make real friends!”

This year’s winner of best actress in a pho-drama goes to a middle

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 00:02

Reconsidering Proverbs 22:6 the "Way He Should Go" Featured

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Parenting is no easy task. Charles Spurgeon once said, “He who thinks it easy to bring up a family never had one of his own. A mother who trains her children aright had need be wiser than Solomon, for his son turned out a fool.”

Thankfully, God has not left parents to grope about for advice in their

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:01

The Woman Who Needed to Simply Believe Featured

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Do you struggle with lack of assurance of salvation?

Perhaps you’ve wrestled with this issue for some time, and have never come to a place where you were satisfied. So many times we complicate the matter and forget that Jesus said, Matthew 18:3 “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter

Monday, 06 June 2016 01:00

Killing the Gremlin of Anger

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When I was a really little kid a cheesy 80s horror movie hit the big screen. It was called Gremlins. The story is about a boy who finds a small, fury, odd-looking creature called a mogwai that seems as harmless as a hamster. But you discover that if this unassuming little pet stays up past midnight, and has a snack, it morphs into a grotesque,

Friday, 03 June 2016 01:00

Suffering Well: Recognizing the Enemy Featured

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Having grown up in the densely populated state of New Jersey, I learned to drive in one of the more hostile traffic environments in America. Between the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, and the occasional foray across the George Washington Bridge or the Lincoln Tunnel into some part of New York City—especially

Thursday, 02 June 2016 04:26

Fearing the mic

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For many the fear of public speaking is rated higher even than their fear of death. Personally, I was scared to death (no pun intended) of speaking publicly growing up. So as I began taking leadership roles in the church (teaching Sunday school, preaching, etc.), it took me a long time to get comfortable in front of people and confront my fear of

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:02

Ekklesia 2016 Conference Preview

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One of the greater areas of confusion at large today among God’s people is an understanding of the church. Ecclesiological error abounds, perhaps more than any other issue in contemporary Christianity. What is the church, exactly? Why does it exist? What should the church do? Who are, and are not, God’s kind of church leaders? What are

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:01

Awkward Gospel Conversations

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What keeps you from sharing the Gospel? For many the main answer to that question comes down to awkwardness.

Awkwardness is defined as causing or feeling embarrassment or inconvenience.

And while with most things it is probably helpful to have a keen sense of when awkwardness is on the horizon, we must remember what is at stake when we think about

 Yesterday marked the 91st Comrades Marathon Race in South Africa. Since the first race in 1921 the Comrades Marathon has become one of the most famous and prestigious of all ultra-marathons. Winning the race is a coveted achievement. But there are many ways to win the Comrades Marathon.

As I discuss in The Preacher’s Payday, you can win it

Thursday, 26 May 2016 02:01

Revelation 6 and a millennial melt-down Featured

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I started this month with an experiment: listen to 12 sermons from Revelation 6, from 12 well-known pastors; half amillennialists, and half premillennialists.  I ended this month with a new (to me) argument for premillennialism. Let me explain: 

Revelation is obviously the book of the New Testament where one’s millennial view

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In last week’s parallel post, we looked at 50 ways that husbands might tempt their wives to resent them. Resentment is something that tempts all marriages at one point or another. It’s more common than we might think.

We had several requests (from ladies!) for an article from the other perspective.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:01

How to Honor Your Parents as an Adult

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Recently a young lady came up to me with a question, “What does it mean to honor your parents?” Although I pointed her to a few Scriptures that came to mind, I don’t think I had a great answer to her question. It got me thinking, how can adult children obey and honor their parents? Ephesians 6:1-3 says,

Children, obey your

Monday, 23 May 2016 01:00

Thank God for Sunday School Teachers

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This is a talk I presented to the Sunday School teachers in our church who teach children up to grade 7. I thought I would share it with you who teach children in your church for warning and encouragement.

THE STIMULUS FOR TEACHING CHILDREN

While we believe that teaching children the gospel is primarily the function of parents, as Sunday School

Friday, 20 May 2016 01:00

Suffering Well: Trusting God’s Absolute Sovereignty Featured

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Several years ago, Justin Taylor linked to a moving and encouraging account of a pastor coming to grips with the fact that his second child, like his first, would be born with spina bifida. Amazingly, this man has found great comfort in rejecting the common notion that God will merely use this bad situation for good, rather than the biblical

Thursday, 19 May 2016 02:01

4 ways to say good-by to yourself Featured

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Jesus was known for some outright difficult (even offensive) declarations, and Mark 8:34 is certainly a prime example:

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

How does this difficult declaration apply to us today?

The key

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 01:01

How Husbands Can Get Their Wives to Resent Them

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I remember my first year of marriage. “Honey, you’re excited to go skiing with me and the guys for the 30th time, right?” Sure. Just like that one guy’s wife was thrilled when he went over-budget to buy her new 36-inch mud tires for his truck for her birthday. Consumed with myself, I thought that