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, 25 February 2020 16:02

Considerations for Choosing a Church Featured

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I live in a revolving-door town and interact regularly with people who are church shopping. It can be a difficult decision because of things like the commitment needed, the change involved, and preferences we have. Add to that, the various church options in some locations, and...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 17:01

Don’t Mess with the Message Featured

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God doesn’t need your help.

It is always a temptation for Christians to dilute the message of the Gospel. As I look at the people who shared God’s Word in the Bible, they seemed to be afraid to change or even not share the message that God had entrusted to them.

In Ezekiel, we come to...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:01

Be Still My Soul: a cure for panic Featured

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At 8:07am on January 13, 2018, the population of Hawaii was propelled into abject panic and confusion by a text message that the state government sent out in error:  “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

Hawaii is...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 16:02

Overview of Critical Race Theory Intersectionality Featured

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Recently the Cripplegate did a post giving recommended resources on the issue of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT/I). Since then, some have been asking questions about the issue; others mentioning never having heard of it.

Today’s post is an attempt to provide an overview and...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 05:52

Cripplegate Conference 2020: Sanctification Featured

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If you enjoy reading The Cripplegate, consider joining us at this year’s Cripplegate Conference June 12-14 at Immanuel Bible Church in the Washington DC area. Jesse, Eric, Clint, and Jordan will be joined by George Lawson for three days of Bible teaching and worship.

This year’s...

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life, Pt 8: The Gospel Featured

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Steven Spielberg is a master of fantasy movies. He has brought to life some of the most unbelievable stories magically in a way that people almost believe them to be true. ET is a story about a little alien who gets left behind on earth. It is obviously just science fiction, and yet by the end of...

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:14

A quick-reference guide to spiritual gifts Featured

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The church is a unique spiritual body. UNIQUE, because there is nothing else like it on earth. SPIRITUAL because those who belong to it do so solely because the Holy Spirit has saved them, sealed them, and is now using them. BODY, because the Holy Spirit uses believers to build the church.

Spiritual...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 17:01

How To Share The Gospel With Children Featured

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At Immanuel Bible Church we’ve been doing a “How to Share the Gospel” series. Every month we have been focusing on a different subject. First off I taught on How to share the Gospel with Roman Catholics, Then we had Sye Ten Bruggencate teach on how to share with Atheists and last...

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Sunday, 09 February 2020 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life Pt 7 – Heaven Featured

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A visitor to Westminster Abbey in London will find this inscription on a grave marker: “Brought by faithful hands over land and sea, here rests David Livingstone, missionary, traveler, philanthropist.

David Livingston was born in Scotland, loyal to the crown, passionate about his...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 13:52

Why study Esther Featured

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My family loves the kind of sunny but snow covered mornings that the DC area gets about once a year. While we were sleeping, winter proved its existence—the ground was blanketed, and then the clouds moved on. By the time we rise, it is only snow on the ground and a bright cool sun in the sky....

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 16:02

5 Resources for Critical Race Theory Intersectionality Featured

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Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (CRT/I) experienced a spike in attention last June with the approval of Resolution #9 at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Of course, CRT/I have been around long before 2019. I first encountered the ideas in an undergraduate philosophy class...

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Monday, 03 February 2020 17:01

A Kobe Bryant Evangelist Featured

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I loved Kobe Bryant.

His death was very heart-wrenching for me.

I still remember watching Kobe Bryant give an interview when I was still just a kid living in Italy, and all of a sudden, the interviewer asked him about his upbringing in Italy and Kobe started saying a bunch of sentences in Italian, I...

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 17:00

Pizza Coke for Communion? Featured

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After my post on children taking communion (Kids’ Menu: Children & Communion) a number of other questions crossed my mind. Have you ever thought of these provocative variables in the form and substance of the Lord’s Supper:

§  Should we not emulate the...

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 16:01

Virginia and the lie at the heart of the pro-choice movement Featured

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Yesterday Virginia’s senate narrowly repealed laws regulating abortion in the state. While only affecting Virginia, their action has nation-wide implications because it exposes the lie at the heart of the pro-choice movement—namely that being pro-choice is about being pro-woman....

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Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:01

Kids’ Menu: Children Communion Featured

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There is a reason many restaurants have a kiddies’ menu that differs from the regular menu. Children tend to have different tastes and require different portion sizes from that of their parents. Parents need to judge what their children need to be healthy and how much they can consume. This...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:02

Slavery’s connection to abortion Featured

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In many ways, the modern abortion movement in the United States has historical continuity within American culture. The same culture that promoted chattel slavery is still thriving, only now it is trafficking in the murder of the unborn. It really is astonishing how similar the pro-slavery argument...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 16:02

A Story of Eschatological Readiness Featured

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Christians look forward to the return of Jesus Christ and his restoration of all things. The consummation of history is the reason for the great hope that we have who trust in the Person and work of Christ. Writing near his death, the apostle Paul said, “[I]n the future there is laid up for...

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Generally speaking, these are defined as populations with little to no access to the Gospel. There is, however, much disagreement over what constitutes an unreached country. The IMB, for example, considers any...

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 17:01

Communion on the Moon: Total Eclipse of the Point Featured

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On July 20, 1969, moments after the lunar module, The Eagle, alighted upon the Sea of Tranquility, a solitary Presbyterian church elder celebrated the Lord’s Supper in reverent silence—on the Moon.

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Commander Buzz Aldrin had stashed a communion wafer, a capsule of wine, and a tiny silver...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:59

Two reasons white supremacy is sinful Featured

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Yesterday the FBI arrested a group of “white-supremacists” in the DC area. They had an apartment full of ammunition as well as illegal weapons, and were on their way to a political rally in Richmond.

These men are part of a group called “The Base.” In their own words, their...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:02

The Puritan Call to the Ministry Featured

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Rightly understood, the Puritans are known for captivating preaching, unwavering conviction, and towering godliness. God has left his people with a trove of shepherding-care from the pens and pulpits of Puritan ministers.

In a recent doctoral lecture on Puritan ministry, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 21:09

Dining in the Dark: Is Communion Christ’s Flesh? Featured

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“Transubstantiation of the Eucharist” is terminology with which I was au fait by age ten. My family was decidedly Roman Catholic; my uncle had trained in theology at The Vatican, under Pope John Paul II. My dad was a minister of the Eucharist, which is to say he was one...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 23:39

3 keys to being a life-long friend Featured

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There is a dearth friendship in our culture. Despite being increasingly connected on-line, there is much research which points to the scarcity of personal friendships as one of society’s main ails. People are mobile, and often raise their children in several cities through their life, making...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 16:02

I Will Build My Church – Registration Now Open Featured

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The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is in a category of her own. No other organization as Christ as its head (Eph. 1:22). The church is Christ’s body (Eph. 1:23). He died for the church (Eph. 5:25). He is her husband (Eph. 5:25). He nourishes and cherishes the church (Eph. 5:29). That cannot...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:01

Treasures of the Christian Life, Pt 6 Love Featured

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I love chocolate. I love the beach. I love airports and traveling. I love fountain pens and swords. I love books. I love learning languages. I love coffee.  I love singing the old hymns of the faith. I love scuba diving. I love writing. I love preaching. I love wooden floors.

I also love my...

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