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

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 19:00

Can You Spare Some Change?

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We often think of change as the leftovers – the pennies, nickels, and dimes which accumulate in pockets and car seats. What is the significance of a few coins here and there? Some people even walk right past a penny in the parking lot, because it’s just not worth the effort to pick it...

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 08:53

Race, Riots, The Bible

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Our country has been thrown into turmoil. How does God’s Word speak into the present situation?

There are a lot of pressing questions. Many Christians are scratching their heads as the world tries to pull them to polar extremes. In light of that pull, let’s open up God's Word today and...

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Tuesday, 02 June 2020 21:00

A Time to Listen

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Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.Ecclesiastes 5:1

Last Sunday, our worship began with the singing of Psalm 39, "I was mute and silent..." We reflected that there are...

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On this 3GT episode, the guys are joined by a gentleman and a scholar. Dr. David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, is their guest as they discuss with him his new book on family worship entitled Exploring the Bible Together.

After...

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Monday, 01 June 2020 10:27

Civil War. Civil Rights. Civil Love.

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I cannot not speak. Again.

The tortuous murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin has set our country literally ablaze. Though recent instances of other injustices created an outcry, the anger of many in our society over what they view as systemic racism has reached a new boiling point...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 23:47

We Are All Exiles Now

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Exile is one of the big themes of the Bible. From Adam and Even being exiled from the Garden, to the exiles of the Israelites in Egypt and later Babylon, to Peter’s letter to the “elect exiles” dispersed by New Testament-era persecution.

Yet for a long time, I never related to it....

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:27

3GT Episode 182: Meditating on Metaphors

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With the guys still longing for the church to reassemble fully again, they decide to spend some time reflecting on the Biblical pictures of the church. What can we learn by looking at the metaphors found in Scripture about the church?

Scott starts the episode waxing eloquently, leaving Kyle stunned...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:01

Great Power in its Effects

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I’ll pray for you”. Do those words feel like the “consolation prize” of the Christian life? The throw-away offerings of help when you don’t know what else to say? Or maybe when others don’t really want to help—they’ll just pray for you instead....

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:45

John H. Tweed | An Ordinary Pastor

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One of the greatest privileges of being a pastor is shepherding people to the threshold of death — to read to them, to pray for them, and sing to them as they come toe-to-toe with the last enemy. Of course, that privilege is beset by heartache, and as a pastor you acutely feel in those...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 03:37

Yahweh Blessings - Psalm 134

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The following is a link to my recent late-night post on Psalm 134 - I pray it will bless you as much as it blessed me in doing it!

Authors: Andrew Kerr...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 19:00

It Matters...

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I remember a video we watched when our daughter was young. The little boy snuck out of the house and went to see a prohibited movie. When his deceit was discovered, his father reminded him, “Garbage in, garbage out.”

Today, I’d like to think about three things that really matter.

Fir...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 00:04

To Appeal or Command?

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...though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you...Philemon 8-9

On either side of the equation, authority is not an easy thing. Submitting to authority requires humility alien to our prideful hearts. And using authority well...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 23:24

Episode 181: Abuse and the Church

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After their previous episode, where they interviewed Jennifer Greenberg, author of Not Forsaken: A Story of Life after Abuse, the 3GTers decided to bring her back on for a follow-up discussion. For they wanted to talk with her about dealing with abuse in the church.

The guys first interact with her...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 03:26

Lessons from My Elders in Tumultuous Days

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I love my elders. In some ways, that's it. That's the whole post. God has blessed me to serve alongside ten faithful elders here in Indianapolis.

Below are some anecdotes of lessons I’m learning from my elders. These anecdotes are my expression of gratitude. They are my personal commitment to...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 07:59

If I Get Covid Am I Covered?

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It is often claimed by Christians that there is healing in the atonement. A standard proof-text is Matthew's use of Isaiah. What does the prophet teach about sickness?

A Spiritual Condition

Right from the start Isaiah depicts national sin in terms of sickness: the physical is employed to describe the...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 22:54

On the Edges of My Dreams

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You are often there, on the edges of my dreams.

Quiet, not speaking.

Present, but untouchable.

I reach out for you, but then you are gone.

The dreams are not like you were in life.

Always active - working, fishing, gardening, hunting.

Crow's feet appearing around twinkling brown eyes as you grinned...

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Friday, 15 May 2020 21:41

The Easing of Lockdown

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Countries wait with bated breath. Children strain at the leash. Parents look forward to it. Here in Ireland after 7 weeks of greatly restricted movement the prospect of some levels of freedom are highly anticipated. Yet even then, the 18th May will not spell the end of lockdown, but only the...

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Guilty feelings are not always the best way to measure guilt. Some people feel terribly guilty when they haven’t actually done anything wrong. Other people don’t feel guilty at all, even though they most certainly should.

This issue hits us where we live, and especially where we are...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 01:23

Doing Righteousness with Indignation

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The following is an adaptation of copyrighted material, used with permission, from my book, “God Breathed: Connecting Through Scripture to God, Others, the Natural World, and Yourself” (Crown and Covenant, 2019). For a much fuller engagement of the topic, please see chapter 10.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 08:20

3GT Episode 180: Not Forsaken

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The episode is a 3GT plus one, as the guys are visited by a special guest. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, author of Not Forsaken: A Story of Life after Abuse, joins the podcast.

Jennifer tells the story of growing up in a churchgoing, homeschooling home where she was abused in verbal, physical, and...

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The world will never be the same coming out of the Coronavirus pandemic. In the last three months, we have seen the whole globe shut down. Out of sheer necessity, we have been forced online in everything from doctor visits, grocery buying, and almost all church ministry. This pandemic has been a...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:45

I Cannot Not Speak

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As a young man, I would spout off on every latest controversy that appeared in the news, whether it was theological or societal. As I grew older (and hopefully wiser), I learned that chirping in on the latest Twitter debate or taking my case to the blogosphere was mostly unproductive and unhelpful....

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 07:34

Covid 19 Biblical Balance

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Biblical Balance for polarized times

Geplaatst door Sharon RP Church op Zaterdag 9 mei 2020

Is reopening the economy loving money? Does the lockdown prioritize health while reducing many to the poor house? Is the lockdown sinful? Is reopening the economy going...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 11:32

3GT Episode 179: Public Prayer

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With the 3GTers in exile from the house of God, they are grateful they can at least worship by participating in online services. Hearing pastoral prayers puts longing in their hearts for corporate worship to be restored. So they discuss the importance of prayer in public worship.

To assist them, the...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 02:27

Asa the Ace?

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There was a lot of excitement in the UK yesterday. Even in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, street parties assembled (with social distancing) throughout Britain. It was fascinating to watch video footage of Churchill waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace – cigar in mouth...

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