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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image If you sing from the pews on Sundays, you should read Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin. If you play a part in leading music on Sunday, you have to read Worship Matters. I don’t care if you play the flute, run the sound, or sing four solos every Sunday, you need to read this book.

The book...

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image There is a verse that crops up frequently in a question from those who are exploring the Scriptural teaching that God elects who will be saved. This doctrine logically and disconcertingly means that some are not chosen.

Usually, the objection to this teaching is an emotional one: “How can God...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 18:42

The Statement on Social Justice vs. the Poor? Featured

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image A few months ago “The Statement on Social Justice” was released. Authored by a group of pastors (including John MacArthur, Voddie Baucham, and James White), the statement declares that the modern concepts of intersectionality, radical feminism, and critical race theory run contrary to...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 17:02

Hunting, Animal Management, the Glory of God Featured

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Last week a federal court ruled to cancel Wyoming’s first grizzly bear hunt in about forty years. Many were thrilled at the decision. Many were not. The ruling follows on the heels of a relevant tragedy. On September 14th, local hunting guide Mark Uptain was killed by a grizzly bear in...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 17:01

Is Meditation permissible for Christians? (in 500 words) Featured

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image The practice of meditation in its many forms (transcendental, mindful, body scan, awareness, zen, etc.) has suddenly metastasized into a lucrative industry, assimilated by Western corporate conglomerates. Even the Marines are taking a stab at the practice.

The frenetic noisiness of modern life has...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:00

7 books to diversify your seminary reading list Featured

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Today’s post is designed for seminary students.

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Today I want to give seminary students some suggestions on how to diversify their reading list. I believe at the graduate level it is important to read beyond your specific theological camp, and it is therefore helpful to read broadly. C. S....

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image This social justice debate has been interesting to say the least. Many people have spoken out about it. Helpful blog posts and statements have been written as well as countless sermons over the past few months.

There is a lot of confusion though. People have been misunderstood, some people...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 17:01

Is Jesus currently limited by his incarnation? Featured

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image Jordan Peterson asks this provocative question: what does an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent Being lack? The answer is… limitations.

Someone recently asked me if Jesus is limited for all eternity by the human nature he took on. This led to a discussion of where Jesus is now and what he...

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Benny Hinn, John Hagee, Marilyn Hickey, TD Jakes, Jessie Duplantis, Creflo Dollar, Jamal Bryant, Joseph Prince, Joyce Meyer, the Osteens and and the Copelands. These are the most watched, most listened to, and most influential Christian leaders in the United States. When a non-Christian thinks of a...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:02

The Opportunity of an Eternity Featured

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imageOpportunities. Everyone is looking for them. We travel to far-off places for an opportunity to see that thing or spectacle. We line up at stores in the dark around Thanksgiving for them. We make sacrifices to grab opportunities.

Have you ever had a great opportunity presented to you, only...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 17:01

We Need to Change How We Pray Featured

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image I didn’t have much of a prayer life growing up. I was your typical kid who only prayed before meals and tests, and asked God to make food that was bad for me actually make me healthy and to help me remember things that I never actually studied for.

Over the years, some events happened that...

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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?

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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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