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

Monday, 01 June 2020 22:43

The Peace of the Cross Featured

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A number of years ago, the church I planted decided to include a section for “prayer requests” on a visitor card that we handed to first-time visitors. Needless to say, after numerous visitors took a cue from the world of celebrity award shows and wrote “pray for world...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 23:43

The Thing Itself Featured

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I was recently struck with our propensity for creature worship while watching the documentary, “The Last Dance.” If anything reveals our desire to give undue homage to creation, it is in the way the world worshipped Michael Jordan throughout the 80’s and 90’s. If anything...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 22:43

What We Need Most at Present Featured

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Every morning, as I scroll through my social media feed, I see more and more articles, posts, videos, and comments in which individuals are trying to convince me of how I should be responding to our current situation, medical advice, economic impacts, and civil freedom. I am confronted with videos...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 00:59

Tabletalk on Covid-19 Featured

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Over the past several months, Ligonier Ministries has been publishing articles at Tabletalk Magazine online with a specific focus on our current global health crisis. Each of these articles seeks to address interrelated matters with the goal of building up believers during this time. Here are the...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 23:22

A Spirit of Sonship Featured

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A prima facia reading of the Scriptures seems to give us contradictory statements about the roll of fear in the life of the believer. On the one hand we are called to fear the Lord (e.g. Lev. 25:17; Deut. 6:2; 1 Samuel 12:14; 2 Kings 17:39; Psalm 2:11; etc.) and on the other...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 00:18

The Unchanging God Featured

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Anselm famously stated that God is “that being of which there is none greater.” The members of the Westminster Assembly explained that God is “a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.” The living and...

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Saturday, 18 April 2020 03:13

Loving the Church in Our Songs Featured

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Upon the news of a statewide “stay in place” order, our family started singing hymns in family worship that specifically focused on the church. Of course, we didn’t stop singing hymns about Christ. After all, Jesus is our God and Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, Prophet, Priest, King,...

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 22:53

Stern Things Without, Tender Things Within Featured

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Recently–while working through the books of Jeremiah and Lamentation–I have been struck with the picture Scripture gives us of the tender heart of the prophet. Jeremiah has not been called “the weeping prophet” in vain. He weeps with and for the people who are together...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 10:22

The Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions of the Cross Featured

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A number of years ago, I wrote a short series for Tabletalk Magazine on all that Jesus accomplished when He hung on the cross. Here is a summary of the series from one of the posts:

“The Scriptures give us a robust revelation about all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. As we go about...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 22:34

All in a Week Featured

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Last week proved to be quite frustrating. Challenges in scheduling, establishing routine, directing productivity, interacting with family, and going out in public started taking a toll on me. Rapid circumstantial change combined with a sense of previously unexperienced monotony brought me to a...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:06

The Church after the Coronavirus Featured

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The past three weeks have proved to be an unprecedented time of uncertainty for people throughout the world. Concern over the impact of the coronavirus has seized medical professionals, the elderly, those with weak immune systems, business owners, financial institutions, non-profit organizations,...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 04:54

The Comfort of Justification by Faith Alone Featured

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John Owen–often regarded as the Prince of the Puritan theologians because of his prolific academic theological contributions–is best known for his works on The Glory of Christ,Communion with God, The Holy Spirit, The Mortification of Sin, Indwelling Sin, The Nature and Causes of Apostasy...

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Friday, 13 March 2020 01:04

Pastoral Ministry and Pestilence Featured

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In the midst of the current worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, an account about the pastoral ministry of B.M. Palmer in the midst of a yellow fever epidemic came to mind. Yellow fever is extremely contagious and far more deadly than Covid-19; yet, Benjamin Morgan Palmer viewed the fulfillment of his...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:51

The World Attracted to the Church Featured

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones once notably explained, “When the church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first.” Nothing is more important for Christian leaders to come to terms...

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Thursday, 05 March 2020 02:21

Hands Outstretched Featured

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One of my favorite things to do when leading a worship service is getting to pronounce the benediction over the congregation at the end of the service. A benediction is a divine blessing from Scripture pronounced by the minister in order to equip God’s people as He sends them out into the...

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Monday, 02 March 2020 20:54

The Unique and the Normative in Acts Featured

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The book of Acts is the sequel to the record of the history of the earthly life and ministry of Jesus. Rather than recording what Jesus did and taught during His earthly ministry, Lukes gives us the record of the history of the ascended Jesus through His apostles for the advancement of the Kingdom...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 20:25

Count Your Blessings Featured

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If you grew up in a Christian home, you almost certainly sang a number of hymns as a child that have stuck with you (for good or ill) throughout your life. I distinctly remember singing the chorus to the hymn, “Count Your Blessings,” with my sister in the back of our parents’ car....

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Friday, 14 February 2020 21:34

God’s Extraordinary Work in the Ordinary Family Featured

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Over the past decade, a barrage of articles and blog posts have been blanketed across the landscape of the internet–promoting and counteracting the idea of radical and extraordinary Christian service. Those who have emphasized radical Christian service have done so in an attempt to thwart the...

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:22

From the Books to the People Featured

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Like so many pastors I know, I have long had a love affair with books. Books are the best of friends, smiling down from where they sit on the shelf––urging you to come and spend time with them. “A good book,” as one has put it, “is like a good friend. It will stay with...

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Sunday, 09 February 2020 21:56

What is the Chief End of Scripture? Featured

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I have sometimes heard well-meaning believers–who have recently come to better grasp God’s sovereignty and the doctrines of grace–make inaccurate or disproportionate statements about God’s end in redemption. I once witnessed a man who was preparing for ministry go around and...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 20:40

When Talking about Congregants… Featured

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A young church planter in a small town was getting his hair cut by a woman he knew. “You’re not like the other pastor whose hair I cut,” she said. He asked what she meant. She quickly replied, “You don’t talk about your congregants negatively.” Apparently, there...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 01:16

Gracious Gospel Repentance Featured

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It is not uncommon to come across statements on repentance on social media. Most of these come in the form of atomistic sayings. Some of these statements–though well-meaning–are simply theologically inaccurate. Others lack biblical nuance. Many fail to connect repentance to the good...

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Saturday, 25 January 2020 21:40

Un-Dragoned by the Lion Featured

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There is a beautiful picture, in C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader–where he portrays the transformation of a sinner by means of the figure of a dragon-like boy being descaled by Aslan. With this symbolism, Lewis depicts what Christ does in transforming those He has redeemed and...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 21:10

The Eternally Wounded Christ Featured

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There is so much we do not know about the experience of believers in glory. The Scripture gives us just enough insight to stir up within us an anticipated longing to be in glory. “Being with Jesus” is the most common way in which Christ and the apostles spoke about the believer’s...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 04:57

Talking about the Church… Featured

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Talking about the Church is actually quite a difficult task, since Scripture speaks of the Church in a variety of ways. More often than not, individuals have failed to rightly distinguish between the different ways in which the biblical authors speak about the church. This, of course, raises the...

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