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

Thursday, 23 January 2020 21:10

The Eternally Wounded Christ Featured

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There is so much we do not know about the experience of believers in glory. The Scripture gives us just enough insight to stir up within us an anticipated longing to be in glory. “Being with Jesus” is the most common way in which Christ and the apostles spoke about the believer’s...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 04:57

Talking about the Church… Featured

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Talking about the Church is actually quite a difficult task, since Scripture speaks of the Church in a variety of ways. More often than not, individuals have failed to rightly distinguish between the different ways in which the biblical authors speak about the church. This, of course, raises the...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 21:54

The Affectionate Pastor Featured

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In serious-minded biblical churches, pastors rightly value theological rigor, biblical worship, exegetical preaching, corporate prayer, the right administration of the sacraments and the exercise of church discipline. However, one thing that does not seem to get the same emphasis in such circles...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 22:46

Bringing our Children to the Table Featured

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Since the practice of the Lord’s Supper has regained focus treatment online in recent days, I thought it might be advantageous to focus on another important aspect of the Lord’s Supper–namely, how and when should we bring our children to the Table. In doctrinally serious churches,...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 22:28

Communing with Christ in the Supper Featured

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Recently, a video of Francis Chan surfaced in which he tries to explain what he now believes about the real physical presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. Without wishing to dissect the many erroneous arguments Chan made about the unity of the visible church throughout the first fifteen...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 03:24

Old Testament Redemptive-Ethical Concessions Featured

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Recently, I preached on the devastating consequences of Jacob’s polygamous and incestuous marriage to Leah and Rachel. This was not the first time the Old Testament confronts us with the sticky problem of polygamy. It first appears in the genealogical record of Cain’s reprobate...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 22:14

Not as the Word of Men Featured

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Theologians have frequently appealed to the internal testimony of Scripture as a substantiating proof of its divine authorship. For instance, B.B. Warfield, in his article “‘It says;’ ‘Scripture says;’ ‘God says,'” takes note of the divine authorship of...

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Saturday, 21 December 2019 09:24

2019 Writing in Review Featured

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2019 was the most transitional year we have had as a family, as I started a new job with Ligonier Ministries and a new pastorate at Wayside PCA on Signal Mountain, TN. The Lord was gracious to us each step of the way. I was able to write far more than I thought I would. As I like to offer a writing...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 03:29

In the Fulness of Time… Featured

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“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law” (Gal. 4:4). The Apostle Paul wrote this glorious statement in order to impress the idea that all of human history centers on the person and saving work of Christ. Time was made...

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Sunday, 15 December 2019 20:12

Interrelated Revelation Featured

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In his Systematic Theology, Robert Letham explains the interrelationship between general and special revelation, when he writes,

“We need special revelation, the Word of God, to understand general revelation properly. This was true before the fall, when Adam received verbal revelation from...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:51

A House for the Son Featured

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By the time I turned forty, I had lived in twenty-five different houses in seven different states. Relocating became standard fare for me during what many call “the formative years.” By way of contrast, my wife lived in the same house until she left for college. For ten years, I...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 21:18

While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks… Featured

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Imagine that all the angels gathered before the throne of God when the Savior was born. The redemption that God had planned in eternity is now being accomplished in the fulness of time. Out of that whole host of angels, the Triune God chooses one from among these messengers who exist to do His will...

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Saturday, 07 December 2019 05:27

Self-Awareness, Love, and Overreaction Featured

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As a teenager, I longed to be whatever my father was not. If he wore a dress shirt and khakis, I sported a t-shirt and jeans. If he listened to classical music, I listened to jam bands. If he liked tea, I liked coffee. If he liked impressionism, I liked fauvism. This rejection of my father’s...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 22:03

A Half-Learned Christ Featured

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In a day in which we are inundated with counterfeit gospels, counterfeit spirituality, counterfeit religions, and counterfeit devotional practices it is important for us to keep in mind that believer are ever in danger of falling into what older theologians called, “a half-learned...

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Friday, 22 November 2019 22:10

Disassociating Paul from Jesus Featured

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By means of sophisticatedly crafted statements on social media, certain prominent voices in the evangelical wing of Christendom have revealed their penchant for pitting Jesus’ ethical teaching against that of the Apostle Paul. To elevate what Jesus taught over against what His apostles taught...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 03:16

A Biblical Theology of the Sacraments Featured

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Almost no aspect of biblical revelation has been so misunderstood and disagreed upon as that of the sacraments. Many of the heresies and error in the apostolic church centered on a misunderstanding of the role of the sacraments. Ecclesiastical traditions and theologians have long differed with one...

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Friday, 15 November 2019 22:24

The Christ of the Proverbs Featured

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When we turn to the Proverbs–which are arguably some of the most neglected portions of Scriptures in the realm of redemptive-historical studies–we discover a series of additional challenges to a consistent biblical-theological interpretation. When we considered the Psalms, we saw...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 22:16

A Redemptive-Historical Family Tree Featured

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God has woven some of the most glorious redemptive-historical details into Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus Christ. It is fitting that, at the fulness of the time, we should see how all the things foretold by the prophets would not be fulfilled in the person of Christ. Matthew introduces the...

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Saturday, 02 November 2019 01:56

The Word and the Power Featured

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When we consider the miracles of Jesus, we do not fail to recognize a divine power at work in them to reverse the awful effects of the fall and restore the natural wholeness of a person. We understand that His miracles are Messianic markers–signs pointing beyond themselves to the Savior who...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:41

A Second Adam to the Fight… Featured

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Last spring, a spider wove a cobweb across the entryway to our house. In the evening, it took the cobweb down and it spun a new one in the same spot the very next morning. This event recurred over a period of several weeks. At first, I simply sought to avoid the cobweb by sneaking under it whenever...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 04:33

The Greatest Theology for the Smallest Problems Featured

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Throughout his New Testament epistles, the Apostle Paul models for us the way in which we ought to approach what may seem to be minor situations in the church by applying the greatest theology to the smallest of problems. Take, for instance, the great Christological hymn in Philippians 2:5-11. One...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 21:29

The Reciprocity of Role Relations Featured

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One of the most glorious aspects of biblical truth is that God has purposed to reveal His manifold wisdom in giving us glimpses into the way in which He has ordered things and why He has ordered them in the specific way that He has. This is seen in everything from the creation of the stars...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 07:51

Sanctified! Featured

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It was the late Professor John Murray who first articulated the doctrine of definitive sanctification. As he studied the exegetical statements of the New Testament that spoke of believers having been sanctified through the death of Christ (e.g. 1 Corinthians 1:26:11; ...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 06:48

Eight Types of Baptism Featured

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As I teach a short series on the sacraments at church, I recently happened across a fascinating historigraphical statement by Francis Turretin about the way in which certain theologians have calculated the numerous types of baptisms in the pages of Scripture. Setting out the various views, Turretin...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 21:01

The Vertical and Horizontal Cross Featured

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The Scriptures give us a robust revelation about all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. As we go about seeking to categorize all of the various dimensions of the cross, we discover that there are both vertical and horizontal dimensions to Jesus’ work. The vertical&n...

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