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, 19 March 2018 18:01

How to Honor Christ in our Apologetics Featured

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image There was a man who thought he was dead.  In fact, he told all his family members that he was dead. Finally, after months of being unable to convince him, they dragged him to a doctor. The doctor, also unsuccessful, finally asked him, “Do dead men bleed?” The man responded,...

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 18:01

Forgive Us Our Debts – The Lord’s Prayer Part 6 Featured

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In January this year, the gavel fell heavily for Larry Nassar. The notorious former Olympic gymnastics team doctor was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after being accused by over 150 women of sexual assault carried out on them as children, under the sordid guise of medical treatment. The...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 18:00

Come Out From Them and Be Separate Featured

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In our series on 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1, I’ve been considering what implications that text has for us as we consider whom the faithful Christian minister may legitimately partner with in ministry (parts one, two, three, and four). Last time, we considered that the church is the...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 18:56

Praying for the Death of Terrorists Featured

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It is time for every peace-loving nation to come together to wipe every terrorist group off the face of the earth.

If this sentence comes off as crass or harsh, I want to show you that it represents the kind of biblical response we should have in the face of evil. Over my next few posts, I want to...

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image The great debate in Evangelism right now seems to be over one word:  tone.

On one side you have the non-compromisers. They are fed up with what they would call “sissies” who, in their minds, compromise the truth by not calling sin, sin. Who are unwilling to declare the truths...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 18:01

Give Us Our Daily Bread, Part 4 Featured

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Johann Georg Ferdinand Müller (1805 –98) was a man of extraordinary faith and exemplary prayer. He ran an orphanage in Bristol England and cared for 10,024 orphans in the span of his lifelong ministry. He established 117 schools offering Christian education to over 120,000 children.

M&uuml...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 01:57

If I Could Design My Favorite Bible Featured

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imageBible design is a sophisticated art and complex science. There’s more to it than putting words on pages. As the best-selling book in history, publishers and bookmakers have wrestled long over Bible design. Many variables need to be carefully tuned.

If you could tweak every detail, what would...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 17:01

A Tale of Two Williams Featured

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image Both Wheaton College Grads. Both lived into their 90’s. Both in full time ministry. Both powerful preachers of God’s Word, and yet with very different visible results. One with the Lord now the other still preaching and writing.

One named Billy Graham, the other, Bill Standridge.

I’...

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Sunday, 04 March 2018 17:01

Thy Kingdom Come – The Lord’s Prayer Part 3 Featured

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image In the year of our Lord, 1095, the Byzantine Empire was under attack by advancing Muslim armies. Byzantium was considered to be a Christian nation, and part of the ‘Kingdom of God’ on earth, as opposed to the Muslim territories that were considered part of the ‘kingdom of...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:52

How to think like John Bunyan Featured

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image Like many of you, I read The Pilgrim’s Progress when I was a kid. Later, in high school, I rejoined Christian on his journey through a British Literature class. Then when I discovered Reformed theology in my college years, I was reintroduced to John Bunyan through those little...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:01

God’s Love for Pastors Featured

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The more young pastors I speak with, the more I realize that crushing experiences are the norm. It’s constant. “Didn’t think it would be like this.”

In response, I’ve said it. “This is crushing.” “I’m crushed.” “God,...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 17:01

The Young Roman Catholic Man Who Clenched His Fist Featured

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image Let me tell you about a Gospel conversation I had recently that left an impression on my heart.

Tim was a very polite guy.

He was cordial and respectful. He listened carefully and was obviously raised well by his parents. He was well dressed and was very articulate. Tim was also very religious.

I...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:01

Hallowed Be Thy Name – The Lord’s Prayer Part 2 Featured

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Who is the most recognizable, influential, significant person in the history of the world? Jesus Christ is, of course, the predictable answer to emerge from any poll of Christians. But what if we employed an objective standard of some sort?

In 2013 Time Magazine launched the most...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 17:01

Warnings with teeth Featured

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The church today is faced with the same threat that has plagued it in every age—the ever present danger of apostasy. Because this is the danger that confronted the pastor who preached the sermon recorded in the book of Hebrews, Hebrews is an instructive for pastors, as it models how we should...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:01

Three lessons from the extraordinary life of Billy Graham Featured

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As we learned yesterday about the loss of Billy Graham, it is with a great deal of sadness that we say farewell to this extraordinary figure. Perhaps never again—certainly not within our life time—will we witness an evangelist with such a global outreach. He became a figure larger...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:01

How Did We Get the Bible? – Inspiration Featured

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imageLast week we began a bibliology series looking at some of the most critical and fundamental questions surrounding the Bible. What is the Bible? Where did we get it? Who decided what would, and would not be, in the Bible? How can it be said that the 66 books alone are the inerrant, infallible words...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 17:01

I Won’t Let Cancer Take Away My Sundays Featured

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“I won’t let cancer take away my Sundays” these are some words I won’t soon forget.

I heard them last Sunday from a sweet saint, who despite being in quite obvious pain made her way to church just like she had for the past year since learning about her cancer. Soon...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:01

Our Father – The Lord’s Prayer Part 1 Featured

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It is mortifying to admit, but I don’t know my wife’s mobile phone number. Siri does, so I don’t really need to, right?

The implications of this ineptitude are a tad unsettling. For instance, if my smartphone died and left me stranded in some hairy predicament, even with...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:15

Preach like Hebrews Featured

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The book of Hebrews is the only letter in the Bible that contains an inspired sermon, and as such pastors should model their sermons after Hebrews more than the styles of communication popular today.

Hebrews is certainly a written letter that contains the content of the author’s sermon. The...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:01

What is the Bible? – Special Revelation Featured

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imageThe Bible is considered the best-selling book in history. Estimates say some five billion copies have been sold. It is thought to be the most translated and distributed book in the world. Bibles have been burned, smuggled, and dipped in blood. It’s safe to say that no other book has drawn...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 17:01

Oh, How Quickly We Forget! Featured

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Isn’t it fascinating how quickly we forget our theology?

Just last week I wrote about how desperate we are for the Holy Spirit. It was a Monday afternoon I penned these words…

Later that night I went evangelizing with my buddy at a local university. We met our group, prayed, and split...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 17:00

Right Wrong Ways to Pray Featured

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image I was waiting for my knife to be sharpened at a gun shop. I couldn’t help eves-dropping on a conversation between the shop clerk and a customer who was enquiring on how to apply for a gun license.

In South Africa we have some of the most intimidating gun control laws in the free...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:00

Idols in the Temple of God Featured

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image A long time ago, in a land far, far away, I began a series on whom the faithful Christian minister may legitimately partner with in ministry. First, I briefly surveyed the history of the ecumenical movement in order to vividly illustrate the terrible consequence of disobedience to Scripture on...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 17:02

Adoption, IVF, and a closed door Featured

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Recently I was asked at a Bible study for advice from a few couples who had been trying to adopt but without success, as well as a few who had been pursuing  in vitro fertilization (IVF), also without success. The gist oft the question: should they keep trying, or try a different method...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:01

A Christian’s Political Involvement Featured

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imageMaybe I’m paying closer attention, but it seems like politics are more and more in the limelight with every passing year. Last year was no exception. And this year is proving the same. And this week. However, there is nothing new under the sun, even when it comes to political clamor.

It’s...

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