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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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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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:01

A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity – Book Review Featured

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imageThe issue of race has experienced no small stir in recent days. It’s for that reason that I’m thankful for the recently released book, A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity, by Kress publishers.

The book is the result of nine biblical expositions and one biographical survey on the topic...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 18:01

Five Reasons Why Pope Francis’ Answer Was Demonic Featured

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Pope Francis has made several controversial statements throughout the years, but perhaps none quite as controversial as the one in this video. You can watch it here.

Before I continue to write this article, I want you to know something.

Videos like these make me cry. I’m not talking...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:01

Bleep! Why Christians Shouldn’t Cuss Featured

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image In 2005 the American Film Institute voted that the best movie line of all time was the one that Clarke Gable deftly delivered as the character Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.

If you endured all four hours of melodrama you’ll certainly recall his parting dismissal of Scarlett...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:01

Expository Preaching and the Use of Commentaries Featured

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As a political science minor in college, one of my favorite classes was an upper-level course on Constitutional Law. Throughout the semester we read and interacted with dozens of judicial opinions in which Supreme Court justices explained their interpretation of the Constitution and their...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:01

A Biblical Answer for Racial Unity – Book Review Featured

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Monday, 16 April 2018 18:01

What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day? Featured

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image One of my favorite ways to explain the Gospel these days is to use the scales analogy.

It wasn’t too long ago that a Muslim explained to me that on the day of judgment (Qiyamat) scales will be brought before each human being, and, like measuring grain, all of the good deeds that someone has...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:01

Render Much? Featured

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image Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn New York in 1899. He was one of nine children of an Italian barber. By all accounts, Al Capone was a naughty kid. He was expelled from his Catholic school at age fourteen for punching a nun in the face. He then joined a gang. At age nineteen he married...

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image If there ever was a word in need of a definition, it’s evangelical.While confusion with evangelical didn’t start two years ago, it was exasperated and exaggerated by the election of President Trump. More specifically, by the Pew exit poll declaring that 81% of white evangelicals voted...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 17:01

When Hot-Button Issues Cry Out to Young Pastors Featured

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imagePastoring can be tricky. Especially if we are younger. And especially in this world. Things are always happening. Lots of things. If you’ve struggled like I have, sometimes it’s hard to tell which of those things need my attention. On top of that, it can be hard to tell which of those...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 18:01

Three Reasons you Need the Lord’s Supper Featured

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image There was a man named Ian Durkin who was working one day when his tooth fell out of his mouth. After a few days of badgering him, his partner convinced him to see a dentist. The dentist promptly warned him to visit a doctor since he perceived the issue to be much more serious. Ian Durkin refused...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 18:01

Christian Villain: Is an actor’s pretend sin still sin? Featured

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Actor William Shatner once did a parody performance of himself reacting to his obsessed fans at a Star Trek convention. He exploded with a sharp rebuke: “Get a life! It’s only a TV show!”

To a Trekkie that’s like being told Santa isn’t real…by Santa.

Shatner then...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 18:01

What God Is Looking For in a Pastor Featured

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In an evangelical culture dominated by mega-churches and celebrity preachers, many pastors today are tempted to judge the success of their ministries purely in terms of numbers. From budgets to buildings to book sales, bigger is always better, and Sunday morning attendance is the bottom line. In...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 17:01

Is the Bible Enough for Us? – Sufficiency Featured

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imageBy the grace of God, the Holy Spirit opened my heart to come to faith in Christ in my twenties. Having previously known nothing of God’s word, I wrestled for months with the nature and origin of the Bible. Finally, I could deny the glaring facts no longer. The Bible stood up to all scrutiny....

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Monday, 02 April 2018 18:01

They Were Both Insulting Him Featured

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They Were Both Insulting Him

Written by Jordan Standridge (Inspired by Matthew 27:44)

There is a truth that’s oft forgotten: On the day of the death of the Only Begotten, As He hung there on death’s brim, They were both insulting Him!

The whole world mocked the Savior Using the most...

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image In February 1555 John Hooper was burnt at the stake under the orders of Queen “Bloody” Mary. His crime was opposing Catholicism.

At any point, right up to the moment of execution, Hooper could have signed a recantation of his teachings and have been set free. Instead, before a crowd of...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 18:00

Jesus: Yahweh in the Flesh Featured

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At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, . . . and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.– Philippians 2:10–11 –

imageThe wonderful hymn of Christ’s humiliation and exaltation reaches its climax in these verses. Paul has said that the...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 18:01

Loving the terrorists–a practical balance Featured

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image In the past two posts (Praying for the death of terrorists and In defense of the death penalty) we have seen how God hates sin and righteously punishes those who sin against him. We have also seen that there are different ethics for individuals and governments. Now we are going to look at the...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:02

Who Decided What Would Be in the Bible When? - Canonicity Featured

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It’s a question you hear often. And it’s one that I wrestled with for a time. “Who decided what books would be in the Bible and what would not? How did they decide? When?”

I surrendered to Christ later in life. It was a radical shift in everything I had ever studied and...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 18:01

Two Lessons from Two Radically Different Funerals Featured

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image Funerals are a gift from God. I know that sounds crazy, but they are a God-given tool to force us to reflect on the brevity of life, and how finite we are as human beings. I truly do believe that humans should attend as many funerals as possible during their lives, it is that good for your soul.

I...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 18:01

Lead Us Out Of Temptation – The Lord’s Prayer Part 6 Featured

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image The pope has a problem with the Bible. Again. Here’s an excerpt from The New York Times (December 8, 2017 ) Lost in Translation: The Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis said the common rendering of one line in the prayer—“lead us not into...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 18:00

Promise-Driven Practice Featured

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Last week, we considered how trusting in divine promises strengthens us to obey the divine prescriptions to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. But how do we actually walk in obedience to the command to separate ourselves as it concerns any spiritual partnership or ministry of the...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:20

In defense of the death penalty Featured

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Last week I wrote a post arguing that it is good to pray for God to end terrorism by justly taking the lives of those that seek to slay the innocent. That post raised a number of questions that illustrate tensions in the Christian world-view.

For example, does the model of Christ’s suffering...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:01

How True is the Bible? – Inerrancy Featured

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The Preacher’s Bible

I was not raised in a biblically Christian atmosphere. Nor had I been exposed to the Bible. When the Lord drew me to himself in my twenties, one of my itching questions pertained to the integrity of the Bible. I’ve found this is a question on the minds of many, hence...

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