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

A church planter friend of mine bounced some potential church names with me for his forthcoming church plant. After speaking with him, I began to think more about some practical thoughts on how to name a church.

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Below are ten thoughts. This list is neither perfect nor exhaustive. These tips are...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:58

The Deficient Great Commission

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As I was reading the book I could tell the author was driven by the prospect of making disciples. Every other word was “mission” “culture” “multiplication” “evangelism” “outreach” and so forth. Governing the author’s intention was...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 12:36

10 Christian Books to Look Out for in 2020

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Which Christian books should you read in 2020? In this post, I’ve put together a list of books for you to consider reading this year. Although you may not be able to read every book in 2020, they are books for you to keep on your radar as the year goes by.

Note: You will find more Christian...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 01:56

Book Blurbs (September – December 2019)

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It’s time for another edition of Book Blurbs. Below you will find some of the books I read through over the past few months. Many of the books overlap with my best books on the Sermon on the Mount post and my top 10 books of 2019.

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1.  Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 01:40

My Top 10 Posts of 2019

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Thanks for reading the blog this year. Below are the top ten most popular posts published in 2019.

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1. The Best Book of the Bible for New Believers

The answer is — the Gospel of Mark.

2.D. A. Carson on a Profane Activity During Sunday Worship

Extremely convicting and eye-opening words from D. A....

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 21:58

My 2020 Reading Aspirations

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I’m thinking about what I want to read in 2020. Below you’ll find some of my reading aspirations for next year.

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1. To read the entire Bible.

Before seminary, I often used a Bible reading plan for my personal devotions. This was helpful. Once starting seminary, however, I felt like the...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 23:22

Expository Sermon Outline Example

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I like to be organized when writing sermons. While there is a myriad of ways to write a faithful Bible sermon, I find some sort of sermon outline helpful during my sermon writing process.

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Below you will find an expository sermon outline example. I got this from Bryan Chapell’s excellent book, C...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 00:49

My Top 10 Books of 2019

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It’s time once again to share my top ten favorite books of the year. Putting this list together is always fun and hard. It’s fun because I love to read and recommend books; it’s hard because I only get to pick ten, and it’s not always easy to rank them! Nevertheless, this is...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 23:50

Best Books on the Sermon on the Mount

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imageOur church recently finished a sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount. As always, many resources served me well in my sermon writing process. Below you will find some of those resources along with other books on the Sermon on the Mount.

In no particular order:

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In his book The Cross and Christian Ministry,D.A. Carson writes about a profane activity that occurs in some churches. His words are eye-opening, to say the least. Indeed, these are some of the most convicting words I have read in a while. You can find Carson’s words below.

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“We have...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 01:23

The Chief Distinguishing Mark of a False Prophet

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How would you describe a false prophet? There are plenty of right responses to this question. Usually, what people think of are people who distort the Christian message for personal gain. If you said this you’d be off to a good start. But there is still one chief distinguishing mark of a...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 23:28

The Problem With “Spiritual but Not Religious”

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“I’m spiritual but not religious.” Have you heard that expression before? I recently had a conversation with someone about faith. After a delay to articulate his beliefs, someone nearby helped by saying, “spiritual but not religious.” “Yeah,” he said,...

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Note: This guest contribution by Brian J. Wright draws from Brian’s new 365-day devotional book,Inspired Questions: A Year’s Journey Through the New Testament (Christian Focus, 2019).

Preparing a good small-group discussion is no easy or speedy task, especially if attendance varies and...

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I’ve followed Kanye’s music for years. I’ve also been following Jesus for some years, too. As a lifelong hip-hop fan and follower of Jesus, the news that Kanye West has come to saving faith in Jesus Christ brought me much joy. As I listened to his new album, Jesus is King, I heard...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 00:30

How to Pray vs. How Not to Pray

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Is there a wrong way to pray? Of course. You can pray to the wrong gods, in the wrong places, for the wrong reasons. This is one of the reasons why Jesus taught his disciples the difference between right and wrong praying.

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The context is the sermon on the mount. When the sermon gets to prayer, Jesus...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 01:21

The Lord is My Shepherd: What Does this Mean?

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“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” This Bible verse from Psalm 23:1 is one of the most famous Bible verses in all of Scripture. This is a verse that encourages both believers and skeptics alike. But what does it mean that “the Lord is my shepherd?” 1

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Overfamiliar...

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I recently turned 30. I’ve entered a new decade for the first time in, well, a decade. I’m brimming with thanksgiving and thinking of all the things that have shaped me into the person I am today. Good Christian books certainly make that list.

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In this post, I want to share 30 books every...

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Tenielle Neda is a Reformed Christian song-writer from western Australia. With over 25,000+ monthly Spotify listeners, she’s mustered up a bit of a following, all without having released an official album. After listening to her songs you can see the draw. In a day where so much music sounds...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 22:00

7 Key Concepts for Biblical Preaching

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Note: The following is an excerpt from Biblical Preaching, a free resource from Coram Deo Church (Acts 29) in Omaha, Nebraska. You can find the entire resource and more print resources from Coram Deo Church here.Used with permission.

#1. IDENTIFY THE BIG IDEA from Haddon Robinson

All sermons must...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 00:25

Christian Reflections on Anger

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Recently, I preached a sermon on anger (Matthew 5:21-26). As a result, I’ve been thinking more about this emotion. Today I want to share some of my imperfect reflections. This list not exhaustive just some things that came to mind. You can find them below.

In no particular order:

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Monday, 16 September 2019 23:00

What You Share When You Show Christian Hospitality

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Hospitality is an obligation for every Christian. Peter says to “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9). One reason why he says to do so without grumbling is because his original audience, and you and I, are tempted to grumble when we show hospitality. But...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:08

4 Ways to Ruin Your Small Group

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Cell Group. Home Group. Life Group. Growth Group. Community Group. Or if your church is varsity, Gospel Community Group. Whatever you call that thing in your church where people meet in homes for fellowship, prayer, and a Bible discussion, below you can find four ways to ruin it.

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Of course, this...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 23:00

What Is Expository Preaching?

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Expository Preaching is a form of preaching that people talk about in books, at conferences, and online. But it’s become one of those things that’s often described but rarely defined. I’ll ask: What is the definition of expository preaching?

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What Is Expository Preaching?

It’s...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:27

Book Blurbs (May – August 2019)

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It’s time for another segment of Book Blurbs. Not every book I touch makes this list, but only the ones I want to mention. Someone asked if I’m tired of reading now that I’m done with seminary. I pray that I would always have a voracious desire to read, but I am slightly weary....

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Monday, 19 August 2019 22:00

4 Ways to Grow in Self-Control

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Porn addiction. Greed. Verbal abuse. Gluttony. Drunkenness. All different kinds of sins, but they all stem from the same problem: a lack of self-control.

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I’ve argued before that self-control is one of the biggest indicators of Christian character. Without it, you’ll eventually ruin your...

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