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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Sunday, 11 December 2016 08:06

Sin, Wrath, Grace (Genesis 4:25–6:9)

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In this post: The story thus far; Introduction; The righteous long for the promised Seed; Adam’s lineage, and the hope of salvation; The consummation of man’s wickedness; Unexpected grace; Conclusion.

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The Isle of Man Government is conducting a consultation regarding its proposed legislation to permit same-sex ‘marriage’ on the Island. This post contains the response my wife and I sent to the Isle of Man Government. Many of the points covered are applicable to the same-sex ‘marriage’ controversy in other countries.

In this post: Prologue; The opening declaration; Elohim; Fiat lux; It was good; Let Us make man in Our image; In the image of God He created him; The blight of sin; The Gospel; The seventh day

This is the audio and approximate transcript of a sermon preached on the morning of 25 October 2015. It is a prequel to He Gave Them New Clothes (Genesis

Monday, 23 December 2013 11:32

A Bibliology Grounded in Christology

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New Testament scholar, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, has written a superb article in defence of Biblical inerrancy. View article →

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Equal rights? Tolerance? Not in 2013 England. The Spectator magazine’s website has a thoughtful post detailing yet another demonstration of the state-enforced über-rights enjoyed by one particularly intolerant minority group:

You’re at home, enjoying a summery Saturday afternoon...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:02

Why is the Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa?

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Sometimes, one reads an article and a whole set of mental jigsaw pieces suddenly click into place. This post by Conrad Mbewe, an African Reformed Baptist pastor, is one of those. Many of his observations ring true for the West, as well as his own African context.

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This is the audio and approximate transcript (based on my speaking notes) from a sermon I preached yesterday evening from the Genesis 4:1–16 account of Cain and Abel. The highlight is towards the end, when we see how Abel points us to Christ and His work for us.

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I came across this description of the ideal pastor (courtesy of The Brothers of John the Steadfast), which I thought my pastor friends would appreciate:

The ideal pastor preaches exactly twenty minutes with an hour’s content. He condemns sin, but never offends anyone. He works from 8 am to...

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I was recently asked to preach at relatively short notice, so what to do? I dusted off my He Gave Them New Clothes post and added an introduction to turn it into a sermon proper. This is the result:

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Monday, 24 September 2012 06:45

He Gave Them New Clothes

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A narrative meditation upon the imputation of Christ’s active and passive obedience, from Gen. 2:8–3:24. Audio from a sermon based on this post is available.

They were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.

They are in the midst of a garden paradise, recipients of...

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Monday, 10 September 2012 15:19

Law, Gospel, and a Good Hymn

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What makes a good hymn?

We’d like it to be skilfully crafted. And it must be set to a fitting tune – preferably one we can sing.

But I suggest that the primary requirement of a good hymn is that it should clearly articulate biblical truth.

We remember what we sing.

A poor hymn can confuse...

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This is the final post in a series responding to a sermon given by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first examined the astonishing claim that ‘Faith is giving when I don’t have it’. The second corrected a gross misinterpretation of Hebrews 11:4 that taught works righteousness...

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Monday, 10 September 2012 08:16

Cain and Abel, Law and Gospel

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This is the third post in a series responding to a sermon given by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first examined the astonishing claim that ‘Faith is giving when I don’t have it’. The second corrected a gross misinterpretation of Hebrews 11:4 that taught works righteousness...

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Friday, 07 September 2012 03:14

Christ, Our Exceedingly Great Reward

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This is the second post in a series responding to a sermon by a local Purpose Driven pastor. The first part, Justified by Faith, Apart from Works, may be of interest to readers for establishing context.

It is not, I think, entirely unreasonable to be alarmed by a sermon that teaches justification by...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:48

Justified by Faith, Apart from Works

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I recently listened to a train wreck of a sermon by a local Purpose Driven pastor. In his 44 minutes on the subject of faith, he achieved the remarkable feat of avoiding any mention of the proper object of Christian faith: Christ, and His life, death and resurrection for sinners.

The pastor defined...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:06

Forgiveness

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Sound words on forgiveness from Kevin DeYoung and Chris Brauns. View article →

Better still is the realization that, not only is our having been forgiven a gracious gift from God, but so too is our repentance (cf. Acts 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:25).

Our love for one another arises from the Gospel –...

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Friday, 31 August 2012 10:31

LCMS Theology Commission: Avoid NIV 2011

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The Cyberbrethren blog reports that the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relation’s executive staff has warned against the 2011 version of the New International Version translation of the Bible. The NIV 2011 replaces the previous and widely used...

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Friday, 31 August 2012 10:08

No Compromise Ever, Episode 1

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I’m rather late with this one but, if you haven’t already seen it, Episode 1 of No Compromise Ever is available and well worth watching. Mike Abendroth, Dr. James White, Dr. Carl Trueman and Phil Johnson discuss the fallout from Elephant Room 2.

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Thursday, 07 June 2012 06:37

The Beauty of Concealed Scholarship

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Wise words from Jeremy Walker of the Reformation21 blog. View article →

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 10:12

‘No Compromise: Ever’ Trailer

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Mike Abendroth, Phil Johnson, James White and Carl Trueman don’t seem to be fans of James MacDonald’s Elephant Room 2…

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Friday, 01 June 2012 15:19

Carl Trueman on Outsourced Sermon Preparation

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In the light of a new research service endorsed by the likes of Mark Driscoll and Craig Groeschel, Carl Trueman wonders whether it is acceptable for preachers to outsource an integral part of their sermon preparation. View article →

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On 8 March 2012, 21 year old Matthew Vines gave an emotionally charged presentation entitled The Bible and Homosexuality. He attempted to argue the case that ‘loving’ homosexual relationships were compatible with biblical Christianity. Many found it persuasive.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 12:58

The New Perspective on Paul: Calvin and N.T. Wright

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What exactly is the nature of the New Perspectives on Paul? So asks Dr. J.V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary, California. He presents a lengthy – but very worthwhile – survey of N.T. Wright’s New...

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Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:59

Learning from Liberals

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Nathan Busenitz, Instructor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, outlines seven lessons we can learn from the German liberal theologians and higher critics:

1. The way to reach skeptics with the gospel is not by watering down the gospel. Many of the liberal theologians thought...

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Friday, 06 April 2012 03:30

Expiation and Propitiation

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R.C. Sproul explains two words vital to understanding the Gospel. View article →

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