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, 13 June 2018 17:02

Differences Between the Qur’an and the Bible: An Introduction Featured

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imageFrom time to time at the Cripplegate we attempt to equip people to think biblically about other religions and cults. For example, we have addressed Mormonism, the Jehovah Witnesses, Buddhism, and Seventh Day Adventism, among others. Over the next few weeks, we will attempt to address Islam. In...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 18:00

The Cripplegate Conference on Islam: Summary Featured

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Last Sunday night concluded our first ever Cripplegate conference. The theme of this conference was Islam: Equipping Christians to think biblically about the Muslim faith.

As far as conferences on Islam go, this one was rather unique. Instead of expert scholars and professors lecturing on the...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 17:01

5 Lessons From Visiting the Ark Encounter Featured

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God created the world in six literal days. I am certain of it. Not so much because of the evidence, but because the Bible says so, and I believe it is without error from beginning to end. The evidence, though, is overwhelming. Not that I need any evidence, but it sure is encouraging to my heart to...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 17:01

Just Stop it, Part 4: How to Repent of Stealing Featured

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Apparently, from what I learned online, for some people stealing proves to be quite difficult. According to the FBI, most modern-day bank robberies are “unsophisticated and unprofessional crimes.” Even though banks use surveillance cameras, 76% of robbers use no disguise. Some use...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 18:58

Posts on eschatology Featured

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imageHere is a list of the most viewed and most linked-to Cripplegate posts on eschatology, the rapture, and the millennium. I hope this a helpful resource to help you find what we’ve done on those issues.  

Posts on eschatology in general:

  1. Eschatology 101—definitions to understand
  2. Esc...

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imageToday’s post is a review of the book, I Can’t Believe You Just Said That: Biblical Wisdom for Training Your Child’s Tongue by Ginger Hubbard. Meg Farrington, who reviewed the book, is married, a mother of two, and a member of Cornerstone Church in Jackson, Wyoming.

The book...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 17:01

An Encounter With a Mother-God Cult Evangelist Featured

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now, it’s called the Mother-God cult. The official name is the World Mission Society Church of God. I’ve had my share of run-ins with them over the years.

The Mother-God cult is a religion that started in South Korea, and now has more than 2.7...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 17:01

Just Stop it, Part 3: How To Repent Of Anger Featured

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

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Friday, 01 June 2018 04:49

Why our conference is on Islam Featured

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The American culture is changing quickly and rapidly. Secularism is on the rise, but so is Islam. It might strike you at first that these two are unrelated, but when you start to peel back the layers of these worldviews you realize they have a lot more in common than you might think.

Both Islam and...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 13:42

Top 10 books on election Featured

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image I recently preached on James 1:18 (“Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creation”) as well as Romans 9. In light of those sermons, several people asked me what resources I’d recommend on the doctrine of...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:01

Just Stop it, Part 2: How To Repent Of Lying Featured

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This is one of those math questions that doesn’t look like a math question, and when you see it on a test it makes you want to cry:

If you encounter two men in the forest, each one guarding a path, and all you know is that one of them always tells the truth and the other always tells a lie,...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 18:02

Parents and Perspectives on Multi-Ethnic Marriage Featured

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The royal wedding of an American actress and a British prince last weekend—which I did indeed watch with my daughters—gives occasion to answer a question I am regularly asked: what exactly does the Bible say about interracial marriage? I used to serve in college ministry and often...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:01

The Dignity of Being a Sinner Featured

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imageSinner. Transgressor. Law-breaker.

These are not the most en vogue labels today.

Even so, the word “sin,” “transgression,” or “iniquity” occurs 1148 times in the NASB translation of the Bible in 906 verses. This is more, for example, than the word...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 18:01

Obsessed with the Gospel Featured

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How can you stop someone who is obsessed with the Gospel?

If you tell him or her to stop, they only grow in their zeal. (Acts 4:19-20)

If you take away their home, it’s ok because they have a greater home in Heaven. (John 14:2)

If you take away their freedom, then they write letters, books, and...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:01

Just Stop It: Instructions on how to repent Featured

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Instructions printed on products are quite often, well, instructional. After a nail-breaking, white-knuckled attempt at prying open the child-proof cap on a medicine bottle, I have meekly consulted the instructions on the label— push down, pinch sides, and twist anti-clockwise— and in...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 18:14

Doctrine and Race: fundamentalism and the black church Featured

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This is a review I wrote for this semester’s TMSJ (The journal for The Master’s Seminary). All TMSJs are available on-line for free, and this most recent version is dedicated to the work of Dr. Thomas. If you are not familiar with his work, you should check out this most...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:01

Should I Stay Home from Church When Life Gets Hard? Featured

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A wise man once said, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). The “many,” “tribulations,” and “must” combine to make life really, really hard at times. Pain seems to crash upon its victims with...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 17:01

Why Preach the Older Testament? Featured

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A pastor once asked me what I was preaching in church. I said “Luke in the morning and Micah in the evening.” He was flabbergasted. He admitted that if he announced any Old Testament book, his church would empty until he was back into the New Testament.

I am blessed to...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 20:59

Studying Proverbs 31…the right way Featured

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, many people may turn in their Bibles to Proverbs 31. The problem is that, in my humble opinion, most people read Proverbs 31 incorrectly. “An audacious claim,” you say. But, hear me out–and think about things from a woman’s...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 17:02

Gnat-straining, Camel-gorging Featured

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imageJesus is the word-picture Jedi. No one commanded communication so colorfully. But he didn’t do it to merely entertain. There is substance; an eternally-mattering goal. Often that goal was piercing.

The seven woes, recorded in Matthew 23, are no exception. “White-washed tombs.”...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 18:31

How to feel emotions Chrsitianly Featured

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imageHave you ever wondered if there is a Christian way to feel? All of us experience deep seated anger, depths of depression, and delights of joy. Sometimes we let emotions overwhelm us without giving it a second thought. Yet there is a distinctively Christian way that we should experience these...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 18:41

3 reasons churches should meet on Sundays Featured

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image Last week I explained why it is misguided to call Sunday “the Christian Sabbath.” The Sabbath in the Old Testament was Saturday, and the only New Testament references to Sabbath are either negative (as in “don’t keep it!”) or point to its obsolescence as a practice...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 17:01

What Pope Francis Should Have Said to Emanuele Featured

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Dear Emanuele,

First of all, let me say from the start that you are so brave in asking this question. Talking about death is not easy, and you have the courage to do so in front of so many people.

I am so sorry this has happened. Anytime a loved one dies it is a tragedy that we don’t know how...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 05:01

Of First Importance: What will be on the test when we die? Featured

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As a first-year high school English teacher, I strove zealously to inspire my grade 10 and 11 classes to love poetry, enjoy literature, and appreciate mankind’s rich literary history.

I modeled my teaching style on Robin William’s character in Dead Poet’s Society. As I taught I...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 18:02

3 reasons Sunday is not the Sabbath Featured

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Here are three reasons why I teach that Christians are not under the Sabbath law of the Old Testament, and that it is unwise to call Sunday “the Christian Sabbath.”  

I am a dispensationalist

The Sabbath restrictions are found in the Old Testament and are part of the law given...

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