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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Thursday, 05 May 2016 02:02

Trump or Hillary?

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I recently sat down with Jamie Jackson at The Master’s Seminary to give a perspective on voting in a Trump vs. Clinton election. To borrow an expression, I’m not a fan of voting for a team’s uniform; I prefer to have a player with integrity behind the number. Here are my thoughts:

Trump or Hillary? How believers should look at the

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:01

Sayings Christians Ought to Bury

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Every movement and organization has their sayings. They can be helpful when they are accurate and memorable. But they can also be destructive when they are inaccurate and memorable. Such sayings float around a bit in Christendom.

Thus, it behooves us to evaluate things we say against Scripture so that we accurately represent the faith.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:01

Gossip: When Assassination Becomes Acceptable Featured

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As I type this, there are three ladies right next to me that are assassinating reputations.

Some girl they all know can’t keep a job. Another common friend is always complaining about everything. One of the girls’ boyfriends is selfish, and his mother makes Jezebel look like the Proverbs 31 woman. They have probably talked about over a

Monday, 02 May 2016 01:00

U-turn: a difficult spiritual maneuver Featured

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Every man feels like he’s a good driver. But there is one maneuver that is challenging to perform, even for the most skilled driver: the U-turn. Most men will avoid this humiliating admission of fallibility at all costs, leading to some lengthy and circuitous routes as we choose providence over cartography to guide us to the elusive

I recently had the privilege of sitting down with the brothers of the Glory Books ministry and talking with Pastor Will Costello about my book, Sanctification: The Christian’s Pursuit of God-Given Holiness. It was a pleasure to be a guest on their Inner Revolution podcast and to talk about the foundational truths concerning the

Thursday, 28 April 2016 02:01

The Joys of Small Groups

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I love my small group–and I’m not just saying that because I’m the pastor and I’m supposed to. Sure, I have weeks where I barely get everything together in time to attend small group in the first place. But within minutes of the group starting, I’m overwhelmed; not by the stress of another activity on the

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 01:01

Love Bragging

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It was early on in our church planting endeavors. Our sapling church was hardly standing. Many had come and even more had gone. It was a painful time for me. But not always for righteous reasons. I ached that the sapling was so small, numerically. I sorrowed over so few staying. Church-planting and ministry friends would ask the

Monday, 25 April 2016 01:00

Prizing Peace

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Swedish industrialist, Alfred Nobel, rocketed to fame and fortune by inventing dynamite. He envisioned its use as a boon for mining and construction, not as a gruesome weapon of war. Nevertheless, it was his military clientele that made him incredibly rich, a serendipity which he serenely accepted.

But in 1888 Alfred Nobel had an experience that

Friday, 22 April 2016 01:00

Resurrection: Pledge of Judgment and Mercy Featured

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Over the last three weeks, we’ve been considering the biblical and theological implications of the resurrection of Christ. First, we examined the significance of the resurrection as it relates to the person of Christ. Over the past two weeks, we took a look at eight implications the resurrection of Christ has for believers in Him.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 03:49

Revelation 3:10 and the pre-trib rapture Featured

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While there are several verses that are strong arguments for the pre-tribulational rapture, Revelation 3:10 is one of the most persuasive. In it, every single phrase (and word!) points to God’s plan to remove his church from the earth before the seven-year tribulation.

I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world,

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 01:01

Love Believing the Best Featured

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It was a few months after surgery and the bills started arriving. Thirty thousand for this, forty for that. My medical bills were racking up. Thankfully, the co-op to which I belong (and my godly wife) had a handle on things and were coming through in the clutch. But there was one reimbursement that was absent, and it was a big one. A check from a

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 01:01

The Genovese Syndrome in the Church

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It was around 3:20 in the morning on a cold night in March of 1964, when Kitty Genovese returned from her regular shift at a bar in New York. She parked her car, and began her walk to her apartment complex like every weeknight for the past year.

This time though, Kitty noticed a man following her, so nervously, she headed up an adjacent street

Monday, 18 April 2016 01:01

Holy Genes

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Cheaper by the Dozen is the charming biographical story of the efficiency expert and father of twelve, Frank Gilbreth, who lived in the early 1900s. His contribution to modern life includes fungible scaffolding, the touch typing system, and improving efficiency in countless procedures such as extracting tonsils, laying bricks, and language

Friday, 15 April 2016 01:00

Christ’s Resurrection a Fountain of Blessings Featured

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Because it’s easy to limit our reflection and meditation on the resurrection of Christ only to Holy Week, we’ve been doing some post-Resurrection-Day reflection on the significance of the resurrection. Two weeks ago, we looked at some theological and practical implications of the resurrection as it relates to the person of

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 01:01

Love the Hurt-Feelings Bookkeeper

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Insurance companies amaze me sometimes. Something like one little speeding ticket or a minor fender-bender, and everything changes. Your monthly payment sky-rockets. They no longer trust you. Simply for doing the human thing of making a mistake, you henceforth are placed on insurance detention. They not only record the minor mishap, but

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 01:01

Jesus the Law Keeper

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A little over a year ago Steven Furtick, a Pastor in North Carolina, preached a sermon called “It Works Both Ways.” Recently on his Facebook page he took a two minute clip from that sermon and posted it on his facebook page.

In short he paints a picture of a parent who finds his child with a severe head injury after having fallen

Monday, 11 April 2016 01:01

Visiting Hours with God: Your Tent of Meeting

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One effective incentive to keep prisoners compliant is the rewarding of good behavior with extended visiting hours for family. One correctional facility in Spain, the Aranjuez Prison, boasts some of the most docile and well behaved prisoners in the world. As long as inmates remain submissive and appear punctually for roll call, they are permitted

Friday, 08 April 2016 01:00

Raised for Our Justification Featured

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Last week, we looked at the significance the resurrection has as it relates to Jesus’ Himself. The resurrection identifies Jesus as the Second Adam, the seed of the woman, the Seed of Abraham, and the Son of David. It also vindicates the testimony He had given about Himself.

This week and next, I want to consider the significance of the

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 01:01

Sheep Tragi-Comedy #1,317: “The Draad Kruiper”

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Amusing sheep stories abound. Some of my moments of more rigorous chortling have been in response to real-life sheep tragi-comedies. One of the more recent involves what is called the “Draad Kruiper,” which I heard from my good friend, Pastor Anton Van Straaten. “Draad Kruiper” is Afrikaans for,

The Foundry Bible Immersion is a ten-week discipleship program for college-aged students (ages 18-25). Located at Immanuel Bible Church in the Washington D.C. area, this program is focused on preparing young people to become bold evangelists, give them deep biblical and theological knowledge, and to expose them to all the ways that they

Monday, 04 April 2016 01:02

Doppelgangers and Discernment Featured

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I’m sure you’ve encountered the quirky literary technique sometimes employed to drive plots in some novels and serials known as the doppelgänger. A doppelgänger is the look alike of another character. In popular fiction the doppelgänger is usually a foil for the protagonist, often as an evil twin or as a deliberate

Friday, 01 April 2016 01:00

The Resurrection and the Person of Christ Featured

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Last Sunday morning, the people of God celebrated the triumphant victory of King Jesus, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, who was buried in a borrowed tomb, and who three days later rose from the grave, triumphant and victorious over sin and death. And on Resurrection Sunday, we always say that our worship of Christ for His

Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:02

ICWA, Lexi, and the worst of American history

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Today I want to give a summary of the foster care case happening out in California involving a family from Grace Church and the ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act). I—along with many other pastors—have encouraged people to sign a petition about this case, so I think it requires some more explanation, and then I will close with

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 01:01

The Healthy Soul

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In a recent effort to diversify my smoothie recipes (I currently know of two), I accidentally made one that was actually good and healthy (so I thought). When I shared it with a good friend, they suggested that it was, unfortunately, sub-par on the “healthy” scale. If I would have added things like collagen and other forgotten-phrases

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:01

5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Easter Featured

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“Easter Sunday is the Super Bowl of church attendance!”

That’s a statement I’m sure you’ve heard before. Just like the Super Bowl attracts people who don’t normally watch football, Easter Sunday brings in so many who usually don’t have any interest in the Bible or church, but feel like they should attend