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, 18 May 2020 23:38

Pastor, Pay Careful Attention

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One of my favorite Bible verses that deals with pastoral ministry is Acts 20:28: “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” This verse is incredibly...

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What will happen when Jesus comes back? What must happen before he comes back? What is the correct view on the millennium? And why does this even matter? The answers to these questions have been the cause of much debate throughout the history of the church, and I don’t plan on solving every...

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“What youth sows, old age must reap,” said J.C. Ryle.

The teen years are arguably the most important years of a person’s life.

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Why? Because they’re the training ground for the restof our lives. This is when we’re forming the habits that will follow us through adulthood,...

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 00:33

Book Blurbs (January – April 2020)

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I figure one of the ways I can be most useful as a blogger is to point readers to good books. One way I do that here on the blog is through a segment called Book Blurbs where, say, every four months or so, I list out some of the books I’m reading (or listening to) along with a brief blurb on...

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Monday, 20 April 2020 23:36

The Omniscience of God is for Your Comfort

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The word omniscience comes from the word omni which means “all” and from the word scientia which means “knowledge.” God’s omniscience, therefore, means that God has all knowledge or, stated differently, that God is all-knowing. This means, of course, that God knows...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 02:51

What Does the Holy Spirit Do?

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The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is fully God, distinct from God the Father and God the Son. It is inappropriate to refer to the Holy Spirit as an “it” as if he is some impersonal force. No, he is not some impersonal force, but rather a person who acts and can be...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 00:15

God is Spirit

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Once in seminary, I was in a group conversation with fellow peers. I don’t remember the subject, but it was apparently theological in nature since one guy in the group said something like, “The Westminster Shorter Catechism says God is spirit.” He’s right. Specifically,...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 00:21

10 Christian Documentaries to Consider Watching

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I’m not a huge fan of movies. I’d much rather spend my free time reading or with family and friends. And although I’m not a huge TV guy, I enjoy watching documentaries. There are plenty of good Christian documentaries available to watch, and below you’ll find ten to...

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Monday, 23 March 2020 23:51

A Bible Reading Guide for New Believers

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If you were to put together a Bible reading guide for new believers, what would you include?

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We have already discussed the best book of the Bible for new believers. In that post, I point you to a book of the Bible that would be a great start for a new believer. In this post, however, I want to...

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Note: The following is a guest contribution by Mike Distefano.

On Monday, October 19th, 2009 a major exam was scheduled for finance majors enrolled in ACCT 315 at Mays Business School. I was a junior finance major at the time. I also happened to be a college student. My best friends and roommates...

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Monday, 16 March 2020 03:06

How to Ask Better Questions

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Note: The following is an excerpt from Scott Mehl’s new book, Loving Messy People.

How do we become better question-askers? Good question-asking begins with a genuine desire to know the other person and a love-fueled curiosity that stokes our creativity. At the same time, some of us need...

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Monday, 09 March 2020 22:58

What to Discuss in a Church Membership Class

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You might call it a class or a course or a track. But what should you discuss with a prospective church member?

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This is something I’ve been thinking about more since taking over part of the church membership process at my church. Below you’ll find some things to consider discussing with...

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Tuesday, 03 March 2020 02:21

5 Responsibilities of Every Church Member

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Church membership is not optional. It is a must for every Christian to find, join, and submit oneself to a local church. But once you do join a church, what are your responsibilities?

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In his book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church(I have the 2nd edition, not the third, so he may have updated this) Mark...

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Note: This is an excerpt from Benjamin Vrbicek’s excellent book, Don’t Just Send a Resume: How to Find the Right Job in a Local Church. This part is found in the appendix, in which Vrbicek provides a step-by-step process on how to land employment in the local church. This post is a...

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Monday, 17 February 2020 22:33

Don’t Believe Your Own Press

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Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with a widely recognized theologian at a conference. He left an impression on me with his words.

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After his lecture, me and some friends approached him to strike up a conversation. Our conversation was mostly surface level, mixed with a few jokes. I was happy...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 00:36

How to Teach Your Kids the Ten Commandments

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Although my ministry primarily sees that I work with adults, I recently had the opportunity to teach a one-hour class on the ten commandments to young teenagers. I provided a handout and back and forth commentary on the subject. Below you will find part of my teaching approach. Feel free to use it...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 01:29

A Call to Modesty Among Christian Women

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Note: The following is a guest post by Melissa Holmquist.

The word “modesty” has almost become a politically incorrect word. If the word even passes your lips, immediate visions of ankle-length dresses with no shape or color appear in a thought bubble above your head repulsing everyone...

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As a preacher, your aim is to please God and God alone. But that doesn’t mean it is entirely unhelpful to consider what questions your audience may have when they listen to you preach. This is especially true for new preachers or when you’re preaching to an audience for the first time....

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A church planter friend of mine bounced some potential church names with me for his forthcoming church plant. After speaking with him, I began to think more about some practical thoughts on how to name a church.

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Below are ten thoughts. This list is neither perfect nor exhaustive. These tips are...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:58

The Deficient Great Commission

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As I was reading the book I could tell the author was driven by the prospect of making disciples. Every other word was “mission” “culture” “multiplication” “evangelism” “outreach” and so forth. Governing the author’s intention was...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 12:36

10 Christian Books to Look Out for in 2020

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Which Christian books should you read in 2020? In this post, I’ve put together a list of books for you to consider reading this year. Although you may not be able to read every book in 2020, they are books for you to keep on your radar as the year goes by.

Note: You will find more Christian...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 01:56

Book Blurbs (September – December 2019)

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It’s time for another edition of Book Blurbs. Below you will find some of the books I read through over the past few months. Many of the books overlap with my best books on the Sermon on the Mount post and my top 10 books of 2019.

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1.  Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 01:40

My Top 10 Posts of 2019

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Thanks for reading the blog this year. Below are the top ten most popular posts published in 2019.

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1. The Best Book of the Bible for New Believers

The answer is — the Gospel of Mark.

2.D. A. Carson on a Profane Activity During Sunday Worship

Extremely convicting and eye-opening words from D. A....

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 21:58

My 2020 Reading Aspirations

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I’m thinking about what I want to read in 2020. Below you’ll find some of my reading aspirations for next year.

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1. To read the entire Bible.

Before seminary, I often used a Bible reading plan for my personal devotions. This was helpful. Once starting seminary, however, I felt like the...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 23:22

Expository Sermon Outline Example

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I like to be organized when writing sermons. While there is a myriad of ways to write a faithful Bible sermon, I find some sort of sermon outline helpful during my sermon writing process.

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Below you will find an expository sermon outline example. I got this from Bryan Chapell’s excellent book, C...

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