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, 26 December 2019 13:33

Best Reading, Listening, Watching - 2019

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Best Reading 2019 was a struggle for reading. But I managed to get some good ones in. Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, Keeping the Ten Commandments, and Praying the Lord’s Prayer by J.I. Packer Wonderful little books. This is a catechism...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 13:34

4 Reasons for Not Observing Ecclesiastical Holidays

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Presbyterians everywhere know about James Bannerman’s monumental work, The Church of Christ: A Treatise On The Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, And Government Of The Christian Church, which according to Joel Beeke is the “most extensive, standard, solid, Reformed treatment of the...

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Friday, 29 November 2019 22:49

Passion in the Pulpit

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Steven J. Lawson’s Expositor podcast is one of my favorite podcasts, and the podcast that I enjoy listening to the most. From this podcast, there’s a series of episodes that stand out from the rest. In these sessions, Dr. Lawson talks about passion as an indispensable quality of true,...

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Friday, 29 November 2019 20:31

4 Gifts a Preacher will have

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From How Sermons Work by David Murray (loc. 76-89) A sinner supplied with the gifts of God Not only is the preacher saved by God’s grace, and sent by God’s grace, but he is also gifted by God’s grace. A man can be gifted without being called and sent, but a man cannot be called...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 11:49

Character: as a Student, so as a Minister

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And it ought to be distinctly considered by every one of you, that whether you mean it to be so or not, the spirit you carry with you through seminary will determine, most probably, so far as religion is concerned, the complexion of all your future character. The character of the minister may in...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 00:42

Presbyterian Rebellion Day

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Loraine Boettner, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, ch. 28, “Calvinism in History”, 7. “Calvinism in America.” When we come to study the influence of Calvinism as a political force in the history of the United States we come to one of the brightest pages of all...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 11:16

A Weekend with CVD

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“Westminster” I don’t usually write about what I’m doing, but for an amazing theology conference and Lord’s Day worship service, I’ll make an exception. June 6 until June 11, my family and I were up north in Manila. Why on earth would we go there? For the Pilgrim...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 22:03

No Women Pastors

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God’s Word doesn’t change. But culture does. In some ways, culture changes. But I would argue that when it comes to this issue, the cultural influence on the church hasn’t changed much. The matter of women and church office seems to have been a challenge at least since the New...

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Friday, 31 May 2019 10:00

5 Points of Calvinism?

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You have probably heard of the “5 Points of Calvinism.” But did you ever wonder where they came from? How did these 5 points come to be? Why these 5, on this subject? Why are they grouped together? And why are there 5 points, and not 4 or 6, or more or less? And why … Continue...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 13:46

Calvinism Humility

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Canons of Dort 3/4.15 God owes this grace to no one. For what might God owe to one who could give nothing to repay Him? Indeed, what might God owe to one who has nothing of his own except sin and falsehood? He, therefore, who receives that grace owes and gives eternal thanks to God … Continue...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 16:49

Good News or Gimmick?

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[The following is an excerpt from Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids by Jack Klumpenhower] GOOD NEWS OR GIMMICK? Games and other fun activities are also a part of many programs, and these require care as well. When we tell ourselves we’re using these things to draw kids into a group...

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