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

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 01:52

Incomplete Worship in a Season of Social Distancing Featured

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The very first time we see the term church used in the New Testament is when Jesus said to Peter, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). The English word church is the translation of a Greek term, “ekklesia” which means,...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 04:01

Remaining Connected in a Season of Social Distancing Featured

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Today, many pastors are praying about how to lead their churches through this COVID-19 season of confusion, panic, and even public hysteria. This pandemic response is complicated on various different layers including medical, economic, and social situations that the entire world is seeking to...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 23:03

COVID-19: Lessons from Martin Luther Featured

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The thought of a modern disease sweeping across the world and claiming large percentages of cities like historic plagues sometimes causes fear to swell in the hearts of people. As we’ve been hearing about a new virus since December of 2019, the spread has consistently moved from China...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:10

Living Sacrifice: What an Odd Statement Featured

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When you read the Bible, sometimes you will come across a term or a phrase that catches you by surprise. One such phrase that always makes me think is found in Romans 12:1, where Paul urges the Christians in Rome to offer up themselves as a living sacrifice. Certainly you would anticipate dead...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 23:30

Why Read the Puritans? Featured

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As a pastor I am often asked for recommendations on books and specific authors to read. Often, I point people to the Puritans. In fact, I lead a men’s group in our church and we meet for bagels and coffee on Tuesday mornings, and the book we’re currently reading is The Works of George...

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In the 2020 G3 Conference, I preached from 1 Timothy 3:!4-16 on the need for a bold reformation In Christian worship as a result of a consistent and pervasive deformation that presses upon the church weekly. It’s often a slow drift that goes unnoticed and uncorrected that leads the church to...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 00:07

The Lord’s Supper Is Not an Afternoon Snack Featured

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Recently, a church in a neighboring town, did the unthinkable. After the worship service ended, families in the church were able to pick up a small bag that contained the elements of the Lord’s Supper so they could take it home and observe the ordinance with their family. According to the...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 22:40

The Thrill of Worship Through Biblical Preaching Featured

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At the end of my first full year of seminary, after having moved away from our family and church family in Georgia, while sitting in our small apartment in Louisville, Kentucky on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I received an e-mail from my grandmother asking if we would...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:26

The “Oil-Producing Bible” Scam Featured

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A couple of years ago, a ministry by the name His Name is Flowing Oil was hosted by a local church in our community for a series of special meetings. This caught my attention because the ministry was claiming to have a Bible that was producing oil. The claim was that oil was miraculously flowing...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 23:52

The Essential Mark of Christian Hospitality Featured

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If you were asked to list biblical marks of a true Christian, what would your list look like? There are certain marks that should point to an inward conversion—one such mark is hospitality. If you were to talk to many Christians about the fruit of a believer, you would often hear about a love...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 06:27

The Woke Hermeneutics of Modern Day Evangelicals Featured

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Every so often, during political debates, you will hear people talk about the importance of a proper reading of The Constitution of the United States. The argument is that if you allow people to revise the meaning of the original Framers of the Constitution through a modern revisionist approach,...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 02:58

Five Encouraging Truths Regarding Predestination Featured

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It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in a hospital waiting room and as I was reading, I overheard two young ladies talking about the subject of predestination. It was very clear that they were looking at the doctrine from a negative perspective rather than from a positive perspective. Why is...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 01:40

Why Asking Women to Preach Is Spiritual Abuse Featured

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Today, we have seen numerous heartbreaking stories come to the surface regarding physical abuse within evangelical circles—and specifically the Southern Baptist Convention. Such stories make your heart ache as you read and hear the painful details of how church leaders have been responsible...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 00:03

Dear Church—Please Don’t Overlook or Undervalue the Young Featured

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In a recent article, I pointed out why the local church should not overlook or undervalue the elderly. Today, I want to address another group that can be overlooked or in some cases the basis of frustration within the local church. Interestingly enough, it’s the young ones—sometimes...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 06:26

Dear Church—Don’t Overlook and Undervalue the Elderly Featured

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A recent move by the Grove United Methodist Church in Cottage Grove Minnesota has made national news. In an attempt to reach their growing community, the declining church with an average weekly attendance of 25 is being asked to close its doors for an intentional relaunch and replant. But,...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:08

Worship Involves Participation Featured

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After concluding a conference devoted to the theme of worship and reading for a full year in preparation for this past G3—I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about how we worship, why we worship, when we worship, and the ultimate goal of worship. As we study the subject of worship...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 04:01

Interview with Costi Hinn Featured

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In the latest episode of the G3 Podcast, Jeremy Vuolo and I talked with Costi Hinn, the nephew of Benny Hinn about his life, his new book, and theology. He was explicitly clear on the dangers of the health, wealth, and prosperity theology. If you haven’t already done so, add the G3 Podcast to...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 22:02

Glorify and Enjoy God Featured

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As we approach the precipice of 2020, it’s essential to remember that to glorify God is not to lead a boring life. It’s actually quite the opposite. To live a life of submission and obedience to God with a goal of glorifying God is to live a life that is not only thrilling, but is one...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 01:06

The Power of a Word for a Denomination Featured

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Never underestimate the power of a word. Words can usher in worlds of unspeakable joy or become the catalyst of immense pain. Whether we know it or not, our life depends on words in order to function. We review instructions for food preparation as we pre-heat the oven, examine a bottle of...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 19:49

Why Christmas Is Not All About the Kids Featured

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During this festive time of the year, you will often hear adults make the remark that “Christmas is really all about the kids.”

It’s really easy to get swept away in the traditions and festivities only to realize that there really isn’t much genuine celebration happening....

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:00

G3 Podcast — Allie Beth Stuckey Featured

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In recent days, precipitated by the ongoing growth of the G3, we have launched a podcast that covers doctrinal and cultural issues facing the church in our day. 

The podcast is co-hosted by me and my friend Jeremy Vuolo. We both live on opposite sides of the country. I live and serve near...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 20:02

“O Holy Night” Points to Greater Hope than Social Justice Featured

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During the advent season, when Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus, there’s one song that is often sung by churches, choirs, and soloists—telling the story of the incarnation of Jesus with brilliant words and stunning musical arrangement that often stands out among the other...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 21:59

New Documentary: Spirit Truth Featured

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Recently, I had the privilege to watch the new documentary Spirit & Truth and I want to explain why you should take time to watch it yourself. 

The Necessity of Worship

As followers of Christ, we are called to worship God. Worship is not something that’s optional. God has created us as...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 22:28

Jesus Is Not Dead—But John Lennon Is Featured

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In 1966 John Lennon of the famous band the Beatles, made a very controversial statement that was published in a London newspaper and eventually caused a great deal of controversy around the world. He said:

“Christianity will go,” he had said. “It will vanish and shrink. I...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 00:30

The Pastor and Reformation Featured

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When we hear the term reformation we automatically have visions of an Augustinian monk marching to the large Castle Church door in Wittenberg with hammer in hand to nail his Ninety Five Theses there on October 31st 1517. However, there’s more to the Reformation than that one event and...

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