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, 02 June 2020 00:34

Perspectives on Prayer from Faithful Examples Featured

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During the early stages of the pandemic, the screen time for most people in the United States went up drastically. Some reported more than 500%-850% increase in screen time as people were glued to their phones and devices as they perused social media for information about COVID-19, watched online...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 05:00

Why I’m Saddened by the Death of George Floyd Featured

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On May 25th 2013, my wife and I received a troubling phone call informing us that our good friend, Jason Ellis, was murdered. He was a husband and father of two young boys and he was also a really good police officer in Bardstown, Kentucky. In the early hours of the morning as he was making his way...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 22:59

I Love You, But I Do Not Like You Featured

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After spending eleven chapters laying a foundation of the Christian faith doctrine-by-doctrine, Paul turns his attention in chapter twelve of Romans to how the Christian should live out their faith in order to glorify God.

In Romans 12:9-10, the focus is centered upon love. In essence, Paul is...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 04:12

Why Expository Preaching Is Jesus Centered Featured

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At the center of Christian worship stands the pulpit. Anything less than authentic Christian preaching causes enormous and catastrophic problems in the life of the local church. The first mark of an authentic church is expository preaching. When substitutes are made upon the preaching of holy...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 00:40

Prepare Yourself to Worship the King Featured

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I recently watched a worship service that was livestreamed on Facebook. It was at a different time than our service, and mostly out of curiosity, I clicked the link and watched a good portion of it. What struck me was how it started. With a countdown clock reaching the...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:48

Trinitarian Worship Is Jesus Centered Featured

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It should go without saying that Christian worship should be centered on Christ, but sadly many worship services are centered on the additives—and sometimes such additives are carnal attempts to please carnal people who care very little about the Jesus of holy Scripture.

Every church has a...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 03:41

G3 Expository Workshops Featured

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n 2019, G3 Ministries unveiled a new area of ministry that will focus on the pulpit of the local church with the goal of producing more healthy churches for the glory of God. The G3 Expository Workshops were released at the 2020 G3 Conference and a schedule was unveiled for various regions...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 23:48

God Saves Confused Sinners Who Cannot Save Themselves Featured

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Recently, in my men’s group, we were reading George Swinnock on the subject of holiness and he writes the following vivid description of the depraved sinner. He writes, “They run as fast as if they feared that hell would be full before they came thither” (The Christian Mans Calling...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 23:31

The Reality of a Virtual Funeral Featured

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This COVID-19 pandemic season has been dark. Our church family has experienced three deaths since we have been separated from one another. As I write this article, I’m preparing to preach my third virtual funeral through livestream tomorrow. Although it’s being called a virtual funeral,...

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Monday, 20 April 2020 23:46

Why We Are Not Calling Our Livestream ‘Virtual Church’ Featured

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A line on social media recently read, “Join me and my church for our virtual worship service this week.” Still another one read, “You are invited to our special Easter service filled with passionate music, relevant preaching, and virtual communion.” Such marketing lines make...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 00:20

Looking Beyond the Frowning Providence in the COVID-19 Pandemic Featured

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Few things make me more nervous and angered simultaneously than hearing evangelical speakers talk about how God told them something in a secret non-canonical manner that’s outside of the realm of holy Scripture. During this global COVID-19 pandemic such talk has arisen once again and...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 02:37

Pixilated Sermons With Poor Audio Quality Are for Your Good Featured

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We are living in unique days as a human race as we navigate through this global COVID-19 pandemic. The church of Jesus is likewise faced with added challenges and obstacles throughout this entire pandemic. Whereas bars and restaurants are not mandated by God to assemble—the church has...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 22:32

There Is No Such Thing as Virtual Lord’s Supper Featured

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One of the most intimate services we will hold until we dwell in the presence of our God in eternity is the Lord’s Supper. It points us to the body and blood of Jesus which unites us together in love and directs our attention to the promise of Jesus’ triumphant return when our King...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 01:52

Incomplete Worship in a Season of Social Distancing Featured

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The very first time we see the term church used in the New Testament is when Jesus said to Peter, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). The English word church is the translation of a Greek term, “ekklesia” which means,...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 04:01

Remaining Connected in a Season of Social Distancing Featured

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Today, many pastors are praying about how to lead their churches through this COVID-19 season of confusion, panic, and even public hysteria. This pandemic response is complicated on various different layers including medical, economic, and social situations that the entire world is seeking to...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 23:03

COVID-19: Lessons from Martin Luther Featured

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The thought of a modern disease sweeping across the world and claiming large percentages of cities like historic plagues sometimes causes fear to swell in the hearts of people. As we’ve been hearing about a new virus since December of 2019, the spread has consistently moved from China...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 03:10

Living Sacrifice: What an Odd Statement Featured

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When you read the Bible, sometimes you will come across a term or a phrase that catches you by surprise. One such phrase that always makes me think is found in Romans 12:1, where Paul urges the Christians in Rome to offer up themselves as a living sacrifice. Certainly you would anticipate dead...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 23:30

Why Read the Puritans? Featured

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As a pastor I am often asked for recommendations on books and specific authors to read. Often, I point people to the Puritans. In fact, I lead a men’s group in our church and we meet for bagels and coffee on Tuesday mornings, and the book we’re currently reading is The Works of George...

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In the 2020 G3 Conference, I preached from 1 Timothy 3:!4-16 on the need for a bold reformation In Christian worship as a result of a consistent and pervasive deformation that presses upon the church weekly. It’s often a slow drift that goes unnoticed and uncorrected that leads the church to...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 00:07

The Lord’s Supper Is Not an Afternoon Snack Featured

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Recently, a church in a neighboring town, did the unthinkable. After the worship service ended, families in the church were able to pick up a small bag that contained the elements of the Lord’s Supper so they could take it home and observe the ordinance with their family. According to the...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 22:40

The Thrill of Worship Through Biblical Preaching Featured

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At the end of my first full year of seminary, after having moved away from our family and church family in Georgia, while sitting in our small apartment in Louisville, Kentucky on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I received an e-mail from my grandmother asking if we would...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:26

The “Oil-Producing Bible” Scam Featured

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A couple of years ago, a ministry by the name His Name is Flowing Oil was hosted by a local church in our community for a series of special meetings. This caught my attention because the ministry was claiming to have a Bible that was producing oil. The claim was that oil was miraculously flowing...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 23:52

The Essential Mark of Christian Hospitality Featured

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If you were asked to list biblical marks of a true Christian, what would your list look like? There are certain marks that should point to an inward conversion—one such mark is hospitality. If you were to talk to many Christians about the fruit of a believer, you would often hear about a love...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 06:27

The Woke Hermeneutics of Modern Day Evangelicals Featured

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Every so often, during political debates, you will hear people talk about the importance of a proper reading of The Constitution of the United States. The argument is that if you allow people to revise the meaning of the original Framers of the Constitution through a modern revisionist approach,...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 02:58

Five Encouraging Truths Regarding Predestination Featured

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It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in a hospital waiting room and as I was reading, I overheard two young ladies talking about the subject of predestination. It was very clear that they were looking at the doctrine from a negative perspective rather than from a positive perspective. Why is...

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