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, 02 April 2020 03:58

Does Christianity Have an Answer? Featured

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Apr 2, 2020
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long? — Psalm 6:2, 3 Anglican scholar N. T. Wright posted an article last...

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 03:01

The Ordo Salutis: Perseverance Featured

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Apr 2, 2020
The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints means if a person is truly saved he cannot lose his salvation. Roman Catholicism and some strands of Protestant theology, such as traditional Arminianism, Methodism, and Pentecostalism reject this...

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 00:26

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Featured

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Apr 2, 2020
Psalm 77 In the day of my trouble, I seek the Lord… The Bible is remarkably honest about the troubles and sorrows we will face in this life. Any expectation that Christians may expect to avoid or somehow rise above suffering and sadness in this...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 13:37

Why Can’t I Stop Worrying? Featured

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Apr 1, 2020
I would not describe myself as someone prone to anxiety or worry. I’ve never had a panic attack, and I prefer to insulate myself from trending news and media. However, in the past couple of weeks I have found myself (to use a phrase...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 06:06

No Foolin' Featured

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Apr 1, 2020
Every year a late night talk show host encourages parents to prank their kids with a faux profession that they devoured all their little pumpkins’ Halloween candy. [1] The show features videos sent in of children throwing monstrous fits of rage and...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 23:42

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Featured

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Apr 1, 2020
In these days, I find myself drawn more than usual to those passages of Scripture which help me to lament. I gravitate particularly to the Psalms which give language for lament and grief and even complaint. The Psalms are not embarrassed by our moans of...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:00

Missing The Body in Times of Plague Featured

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Apr 1, 2020
This is a special pandemic edition of The Spin, as Carl, Todd, and Aimee record—not just 6 feet away, but—100 miles distant from one another, just to be on the safe side. COVID-19 times can be challenging, and...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:08

John Donne – Poet of Grace and Comfort Featured

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Mar 31, 2020
John Donne – Poet of Grace and Comfort In 1623, when a sudden illness brought the poet and preacher John Donne close to death, he expressed his lament with words that may sound relevant during our coronavirus pandemic:...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 01:44

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Featured

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Mar 31, 2020
Romans 11:33-36 Paul’s epistle to the Romans is the most complete single explanation of the gospel in the Bible. By the time we reach the end of chapter 11 we have read about the comprehensive nature and consequences of sin, the gospel as the...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 12:48

No Social Distance in Heaven Featured

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Mar 30, 2020
My wife and I were watching a program on Netflix the other night (I won't say what it was; it's too embarrassing). I was struck by my own reaction, while watching the program, to the interaction between characters on the screen. I flinched...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 09:40

The Ordo Salutis: Sanctification Featured

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Mar 30, 2020
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification,” (1 Th 4:3) [1] St. Paul writes to a group of mostly non-Jewish Christians in Thessalonica who had formerly worshiped idols and casually participated in a culture steeped in...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 00:44

Monday, March 30, 2020 Featured

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Mar 30, 2020
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” That is a prayer found near the end of Romans just as Paul begins to round out his greatest...

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Friday, 27 March 2020 12:53

The Ordo Salutis: Adoption Featured

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Mar 27, 2020
If we shared our testimonies with one another, we would find that they are as individual as we are. We were saved at different times in our lives and in very different circumstances, but there is one thing we all have in common. Unbeknownst to us,...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 23:47

Friday, March 27, 2020 Featured

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Mar 27, 2020
Philippians 1:12-14 “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:11

In the Pandemic, Give Thanks... Featured

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Mar 27, 2020
In Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians, the Lord commands us, saying, "In all things, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As I write these words right in the heart of Paris, the novel...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 04:51

The Ordo Salutis: Justification Featured

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Mar 26, 2020
John Calvin called justification as “the main hinge on which religion turns” and said we must devote great attention to it ( Institutes, III.xi.1). When we consider justification’s role in the order of salvation it plays a...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 02:24

The Law, the Gospel, and the Spirit Featured

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Mar 26, 2020
Editor's Note: Find previous entries in this series at the end of this article. The law/gospel hermeneutic wrongly separates the Bible's indicatives from its imperatives. That's the first problem that we addressed in our last article ....

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:19

Thursday, March 26, 2020 Featured

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Mar 26, 2020
Acts 2:42-47 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 03:38

Eros, Anxiety, Narcissism, and Sensus Plenior... Featured

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Mar 25, 2020
I have been doing a lot of reading over here and very little posting. I’m currently enjoying a lot of research on a new project I am working on, which has taken me from writing much on the blog. But I wanted to share some...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 02:36

Home Visitation: The Worst of Times, the Best of Times Featured

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Mar 25, 2020
It’s clearly the worst of times. Thousands dying, quarantine tightening, unemployment rising, churches closing – this is the best definition of “worst” that the world has seen for decades....

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 00:44

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Featured

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Mar 25, 2020
1 Peter 4:7-11 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 14:00

Classics, Doctrinal Differences, Guns and Church Safety Featured

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Mar 25, 2020
The Spin Team gathers once again to answer some of the great questions they’ve received from listeners. The first query concerns must-read classic books from authors long gone. Next, the intrepid trio...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 08:39

Paul Gerhardt and His Songs of Confident Hope Featured

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Mar 24, 2020
Paul Gerhardt and His Songs of Confident Hope In 1943, the German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his lonely prison cell, “I’ve lately learnt for the first time to appreciate the hymn, ‘Beside thy cradle...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 04:50

Joy for the Anxious Featured

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Mar 24, 2020
Anxiety presents a real struggle for many in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, "Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 03:33

Satan’s Strategy #9: Saints Suffer Featured

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Mar 24, 2020
Satan shows us the disappointments and difficulties that godly men face. Following the Lord Jesus Christ means that you will share (to some measure) in Christ's experience of hardship and difficulty. God's people are not immune to...

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