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, 16 January 2020 00:01

The Yanging of a Christian Pastor

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Intro: The Yanging

Sometime this past summer, a friend from my former church began waxing lyrical online about presidential candidate Andrew Yang (D). I found this odd since I had never known this person to be political in any way prior to this year. And yet here she was urging everyone she was...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 21:00

Cultivating Spiritual Regularity

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Guest writer Jeffrey Jou is a Chinese American effect pigments research scientist as well as a student at Reformed Theological Seminary, New York City. He has been married to his wife, Jamie, for three years, and they are expecting their first child sometime in January. They attend Redeemer...

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I’ve always believed it is important for pastors and writers to read widely. How else will our sermons and articles remain relevant? Outside of reading, where do we continue to learn and develop our skills? So, for the last few years, I worked hard to read widely and expose myself to a...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 21:05

The Irony of the Magi

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The Christmas story is culturally familiar to most Americans. Nativity scenes abound on American front lawns. Theology-packed hymns are played on secular radio. Despite all of the rhetoric on the secular war on Christmas, in many parts of America Christmas seems to be doing just fine.

At least, it...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 18:00

God Over Nations

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I applaud the recently minted Center for the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta. Director Karen Ellis notes the Center’s agenda “emphasizes the connection between the local and global, with a focus on how God has moved, is moving, and has promised to move...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:18

Do You Need Friends?

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Today Reformed Margins is honored to post this guest article from Paul J. Park. Paul J Park was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and flew to the States for his undergraduate studies at Duke University. He received his MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary and is currently finishing up his...

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The Christmas season is notoriously busy for Churches. Adding Christmas Eve services along with special advent services, staff Christmas parties, guest speaking engagements, and a multiplicity of holiday dinners can stretch Church leadership to the breaking point. 

In response to this, some...

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Guest writer Tara J. is a Rust Belt expat, multi-ethnic kid, bulldog aficionado, and pursuer of peace. She makes her home on historic Doeg lands in Northern Virginia with her husband and an ignorant number of houseplants.

Our God, Creator, Sustainer. Made in...

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Today Reformed Margins is honored to post this guest article from Wong Tian An. Tian Anis Malaysian, and a mathematician by trade who is writing a book on an Asian American theology of liberation.

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 18:00

Those Common, Hard Things

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Last year, I was telling a friend how tired and unmotivated I felt. I wouldn’t have minded the fatigue if my mind were sharper. Being out of commission physically, I wanted to at least get some reading or prayer in. But try as I did to separate the parts, I was reminded that I am an embodied...

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Reformed Margins is honored to publish this article from Indigenous American writer Travis Roberts.

Travis McKay Roberts is a Métis social worker, public health researcher, and writer, currently completing advanced degrees from Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Baltimore....

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:00

God Did That: On Sovereignty and the Reformation

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Today marks the 502nd anniversary of a momentous occasion in church history, the single event that led to the Protestant Reformation.

Though Luther nailed his 95 theses to reform the distortions and corruption in Christ’s church, little did he know at the time the impact of that single event....

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:00

Dear Ministry Wife, You Are Seen

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Dear sister, fellow laborer in the field and beloved in Christ Jesus, 

There are those who would say your role in the church ought to be no different than that of any other congregation member. They are trying to guard against the undue pressure or unwarranted authority that might come with the...

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In 2008, my hometown Philadelphia Phillies did the unthinkable and won the World Series. And the way they did it involved having a manager at the helm who literally exasperated fans every time he made a double switch on the field. The problem was that manager Charlie Manuel was known as a hitting...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 19:53

Like Father, Like Son

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About a month ago, I officiated my first funeral. She was my father’s mother, and she had passed away at 89. As I was preparing for the funeral, I was struck with the realization that I knew very little about her life. In fact, the day before the funeral, I saw a picture of her husband,...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 19:00

People Over Policy

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As Larry Lin noted a couple of weeks ago, there are few things more confounding for the Christian than our relationship to the nation-state. It is a uniquely democratic conundrum; our sisters and brothers under different types of regime aren’t faced with this dilemma. But in the United...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 23:00

Grace Behind the Badge

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Today we welcome Brandon M. Queen to Reformed Margins! Brandon is the host of E.A.R. Podcast, a ruling elder in an Evangelical Presbyterian Church, member of the EPC’s Revelation 7:9 Working Group, and a sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana. To hear more from Brandon, check out the E.A.R....

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 19:00

On Whale Sharks and Wonder

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The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder. – GK Chesterton

Wooow, my boy says to himself. Standing in front of the wall of glass, he’s a bit scared the fish are so close. Still, wooow, he repeats and our hearts expand— mine with joy, his with...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:13

Why Local Churches Should Talk about Current Events

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One of the immense challenges for every American Christian in the 21st century is the sacred-secular divide. What I mean is that we as a culture have taken the separation of church and state to the extreme. 

Now, I certainly believe in the separation of church and state. The church and the...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:00

Reformed Margins and Getting Our Priorities Straight

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We’re back!

After a few months of silence, Reformed Margins is returning for your reading (and listening!) pleasure. 

Some of you may have wondered where we went. 

Well there’s no great story. Life just got really busy for a lot of us. 

Babies have been born. Marriages have...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 22:00

Who Is Responsible for the Murder of Jesus?

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Yesterday was Good Friday, and on Good Friday we commemorated a very specific murder—perhaps the most significant murder in human history. We remembered that Jesus was murdered on a cross.

In this post, I want to answer a question. Who is responsible for the murder of Jesus?

Now, at the...

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The state of New York celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by ensuring that abortion rights in the state cannot be changed even if the landmark Supreme Court case is overturned.

On Tuesday, the New York Senate and Assembly together passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). Under the act,...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 03:53

Biblical Manhood Defies Cultural Boundaries

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Recently, a personal care brand released a commercial that has taken social media by storm—not because of an increased interest in personal care products but because of the controversy surrounding the commercial’s messaging.

I’m...

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