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, 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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image Sunday morning starts Saturday night.

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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Whenever people are saved in the Bible, it is always depicted as instantaneous.

That’s what makes true Christianity unique from the rest of the religions out there. Every false religion teaches some type of salvation through works, which is also known as a process of salvation, but we as...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 17:01

Is my church a cult (or cultish)? 500 words Featured

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image When I first got saved and joined a small Bible church that was not part of a denomination my friends were concerned that I had joined a cult. The church was small (50 or so attendees), we met in a school hall, the pastor was a foreigner (any American teaching just smelled suspicious), and we had...

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imageAlmost every system or religion proposes some sort of love. From systems in the east to the west, they feature some concept of love. Both the Qur’an and the Bible do so. They both teach that God is loving. But, what do they mean by love? And, what is it about the God of the Qur’an and...

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image In the last couple years, some of my longer Gospel conversations ended up with this question at one point or another. I’m not sure why, but it seemed to come up very often, especially when talking with practicing Roman Catholics.

It is a very good question, because it just doesn’t seem...

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image Last week I started a mini-series called “Hope this helps” where I share answers I gave to actual e-mail questions I received. The goal is to provide a brief, 500 words or less, answer that a layperson could read to get a feel for the issue, instead of an exhaustive journal article...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:17

How the Names of God Reveal the Nature of God Featured

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imageOne of the paradoxes of our faith is that God both reveals himself to us and yet is incomprehensible. We know him in part, yet we do not know him in full (at least, not yet).

And yet: we know God in part. It’s a real knowing, a real understanding. One of the best ways to learn about...

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Years ago I had a friend come visit from Florida when I lived in Oregon. It was the first time he’d been out of the sunshine state in his life. I’ll never forget what he said as we drove through the green, rolling-hilled countryside: “Wow! Look at those mountains!” I...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 17:01

Two Verses that Prove Man did not Invent the Gospel Featured

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image The Bible never ceases to amaze me. It is a never ending fountain, flowing unceasingly with soul-stirring truth.

Every so often there are some verses in Scripture that remind us that God works on a whole different level. In fact, some verses are so crazy that they reminds us that the Gospel works...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 17:01

Are there prophets today (in fewer than 500 words)? Featured

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image I was asked this question in an e-mail. I’m notoriously long-winded (perhaps you’ve noticed). But I am trying to be more concise (please say you’ve noticed). I get asked this question a lot, and I wanted a pithy reply I can cut-and-paste in the future. So I am crowd-sourcing the...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:02

Differences Between Salvation in the Qur'an the Bible Featured

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imageUltimately, it’s the only question that matters. It’s the question that everyone must ask. Failure to correctly ask and answer it results in eternal catastrophe. “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Every system, philosophy, and religion proposes some form of...

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Monday, 09 July 2018 17:01

Fifteen Ways to Know you are Growing in Holiness Featured

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image Over the past few weeks I have been reading Edward Welch’s new book A small book about a big problem.Although I wouldn’t have described myself as someone who struggled with anger this book has revealed how much and how often I do fall short in this area.

All in all it is a book that I...

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