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, 16 September 2018 17:01

Can Christians use legal weed? (in 500 words) Featured

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image During the Prohibition in the USA (1920-1933), Christians were spared the mental exertion of deciding whether or not to abstain from alcohol. It was illegal to buy alcohol, and drinking was associated directly with the debauched underworld of speakeasies and bootlegging.

Pastors simply preached...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:33

The Inspiring Paraphrases of Erasmus Featured

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A newly discovered treasure trove of tremendous spiritual riches and insight has been the works of Erasmus, specifically his paraphrases. Recently translated anew from Latin into English, these lengthened literary musings illustrate a fervent understanding and application of God’s truth. With...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:49

Ham’s sin, Canaan’s curse, and the African experiment Featured

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Ivan Stepanovitch’s depiction of Noah cursing Canaan

Last week I ran a four-part series arguing that the Bible condemns slavery as it was practiced in the Americas, and several people emailed asking me why I did not interact with Genesis 9:20-27. After all, through the last 200 years, this has...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 17:01

What is the Greatest Miracle in the Bible? Featured

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image I wish I’d had been there.

There are so many miracles in the Bible that would have been so remarkable to witness.

So recently, I’ve been wondering what is the most outstanding miracle in the Bible? If I could have seen one miracle which one would it be?

I’ve been conducting an...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 17:01

Is your veganism for biblical reasons? (in 500 words) Featured

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image I brought the unexpected frequency of this question upon myself. Because of some health concerns, I altered my diet to be vegan-ish for the past two years. Because I am a blabbermouth and blogger many people know about it. Because I am a pastor some assume that my food choices are an attempt...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 18:10

Does Philemon condemn American slavery? Featured

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image This week I have argued that Christians ought to be able to say with conviction that the Bible forcefully and unequivocally condemns the American institution of slavery. I’ve showed that the Levitical Law condemns it in general, and that Paul says that those who participate in buying and...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 18:01

Paul Condemns American Slavery Featured

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image Yesterday I showed that the Old Testament bans anything remotely resembling the American institution of slavery. But it might surprise you to know that the NT is even more clear. While the Torah showed how the forceful ownership of a human was not fitting for God’s nation, the NT shows that...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 18:07

Levitical Law Condemns American Slavery Featured

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The Israelites were enslaved, but remember what happened to the enslavers?

This week I am making the case that the Bible clearly and forcefully condemns the institution of American Slavery. The most common counter argument I’ve heard on this that the Bible actually allows for Africans to be...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 18:16

The Bible Condemns American Slavery Featured

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image In my first semester at seminary I came across a Douglas Wilson poem which implied that the American institution of slavery was good and noble (“The Experiment” in Untune the Sky). In fact, the noun used in the poem to describe the supposed goal of the American South was...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 17:01

How do I evaluate claims of supernatural experiences? Featured

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Previously I address the issue of modern day prophets as well as the question of the harm that comes from claims of extra-biblical revelation. But there is another question that frequently follows on the heels of those:

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What do I say to someone who tells me they have a word for me?

Here...

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Sadly, it seems like no matter what you say about the current debate over social justice and racial reconciliation, you’re already wrong.  Somehow it’s believed that unless you share the same perspective and a similar experience as the one you are speaking with, that’s proof...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:02

The Slide into Sexual Sin Featured

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imageFew people set out in life thinking, “Down the road, I plan to destroy my life and relationships by plunging myself into sexual sin.” It’s not that simple or sudden. Instead, sexual sin takes its victims through multi-faceted paths of deception and allurement. That’s what...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 17:01

Sunday Morning Starts Saturday Night Featured

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This was a statement my college pastor would always say. This is an important reminder for college students but pertinent to every church goer as well. As human beings, we are constantly distracted. It is so hard for us to focus and to really pay attention to...

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image Previously I answered the question “Are there Prophets today?” and concluded no. Today I answer a good follow-up question:

If the claimed revelation/vision is not taken as authoritative or infallible, but just meant for encouragement, then what harm is there in that?

While...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 17:01

What Calvinists And Arminians Can Agree On Featured

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image Are you sick and tired of arguing?

Maybe it’s been the advent of social media, but I’ve come to the point where I’ve realized that arguing is fruitless. While it may be temporarily fun to “put someone in their place” or to feel like you’ve gotten the upper hand...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 17:01

Should Christians boycott abusive companies? (500 words) Featured

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image I discovered that [airlines in a particular part of the world] are accused of abusing their workers: unfair labor practices, poor wages, overwork, dangerous working conditions, etc. Some travelers have opted to boycott these types of airlines. Is this something Christians should be aware of? They...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:37

Was the thief on the cross justified by works? Featured

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James 2:20-26 is the clearest explanation in Scripture of the role of works in our justification. There, James writes that faith apart from works is “useless” (vs 20), “dead” (vs. 26), and that faith is “completed” by works (vs. 22). And, in a manner that makes...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:02

Consequences of Sexual Sin Featured

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imageLife can get dicey this side of Genesis 3. Crops fail. Weather fails. Nations fail. Health fails. Resolve fails. Much of life is simply about learning to navigate disappointment and pain. But there is one thing which perhaps causes more pain than anything else; sexual sin. There’s the...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 17:01

The Lost Art of Hospitality Featured

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image When is the last time you had someone over to your home?

So many Christians rarely, if ever, have people in their homes. If they do, it is just family or a few select friends. Some people don’t even know their neighbor’s name, let alone have them over for a meal.

Perhaps you never...

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As a high school teacher I frequently encountered the deflating attitude of my students: “Is this on the test?” Some only wanted to know the bare minimum requirements necessary to pass the class. But there was another time the question was welcomed. Once a student of mine with a...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 18:01

A tale of two confessions Featured

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In the past month, two prominent pastors have had their private sins publicly opposed: Bill Hybels and Art Azurdia—one nationally known and whose fall was front page news, the other known only inside of evangelical circles and his fall reported largely on social media.

Both demonstrated...

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A couple of weeks ago, two of my fellow-elders and I participated in a Q&A at our church. Carl Hargrove, Hohn Cho, and I asked and answered questions about the recent discussions of social justice, ethnic harmony, and Gospel priority taking place in evangelicalism. “The Race Set Before...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 17:01

3 Bible Passages to Study with Unbelievers Featured

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As time passes, I become more and more convinced that faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God.

No amount of evidence can convince someone about the truth of the Gospel. It is the Word of God, itself, that has the power to save and transform souls.

Because of this conviction, I love...

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image This 500 words or less “Hope it helps” series is meant to supply quick and simple answers to questions folks in my church frequently ask. This topic requires a longer, probing, empathetic, and pastoral discussion.

Thankfully, there is a deep and helpful treatment of this very issue on...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 17:02

Why There is No Such Thing as the Gift of Tongues Featured

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imageFrom time to time pastors are asked about a phenomena common to Christianity in the past one hundred years called “the gift of tongues.” The phrase generally refers to a spectrum of experiences, ranging from a supposed private, non-earthly prayer language spoken between the believer and...

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