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

Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:54

The Theocentric Nature of Revelation

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One of the many benefits seminary is being introduced to new theologians as I prepare my papers. This past semester, I wrote a paper about Christology in Philippians 2:6-11, and I drew on the writings of Richard Bauckham. Not all theologians are engaging writers. He is. I was interested in what...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 19:00

The Place of Dependence

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We live in a strange world, a world which presents us with tremendous contrasts. The high and the low, the great and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the beautiful and the ugly, the tragic and the comic, the good and the evil, the truth and the lie, these all are heaped up in unfathomable...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 19:00

Passive worship

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Despite the fact that we spend a lot of time online, these past weeks worshiping from home have not been all that easy. When it all began, I personally did not expect to feel like this after seven weeks.At my church, on the first Sunday of our state of emergency, services were cancelled at the last...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 19:00

Review: Becoming Sage

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Becoming Sage: Cultivating Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality in Midlifeby Michelle Van Loon, Moody Publishers, 2020, 201 pages.When I was a young adult, I had dreams of what life would be like after the next 30-40 years. Now that I have reached this stage, hardly any of those expectations turned...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 19:00

We're not so far from Philippi

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In Philippians, 2:5-11, Paul asks the Philippians to have the mind of Christ. Specifically, he wants them to emulate the humility of Christ. Jesus Christ, the incarnate son of God, equal with God, the one who refused to "grasp" at his equality with God, in the form of God, took the appearance...

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 19:00

Lessons from the Empty Nest

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I read a book a few years ago, Unashamed by Heather Nelson, that undid me. Her chapter on parenting and shame deeply convicted me, and I went to my daughter in tears asking for her forgiveness. That undoing was the beginning of a positive change in our relationship. Better communication,...

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Sunday, 05 April 2020 19:30

And we're back!

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The last time we posted here, we lived in a different world. Now, there is only one news story, and that is the virus we are living among. It has been a head-spinning kind of change.How is everyone doing, living with being shut in? Without work? With kids at home? Being forced to homeschool kids?...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
As human beings, we are body and soul, and our souls include thinking and emotion. However, it is easy to pit one against the other, and we become imbalanced. That's why I appreciated this...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 19:30

Review: Not Forsaken

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Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse, Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, The Good Book Company, 2019, 232 pages.Not Forsaken by Jennifer Michelle Greenberg began as series of letters to her husband to try to explain the trauma and emotional, mental, and physical aftermath of her child abuse....

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:30

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I really enjoyed (and identified with) this video clip by Shona Murray, who is the wife of David Murray. David is a professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary as well as a pastor and...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 19:30

Two Views on Women in Ministry - Book Reflection

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Writing about the issue of women in ministry is something I have been reluctant to do. And my reluctance is because of something said by the editor of the book Two Views on Women in Ministry. James R. Beck says at the conclusion of this book:
Deciding this one issue responsibly requires vast...

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Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:30

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:
From Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 2, talking about the Trinity, and specifically, God's fatherhood:
The scriptural name "Father" is a much better description of the personal property of...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 20:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
Can We Identify Our Lack? by Joshua Torrey
How am I participating in the fellowship of the body by letting people serve me? Not just in a superficial way (beer and mangos are delicious and...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:I'm really enjoying Bill Mounce's reflections on writing. In this episode, he talks about the importance of clarity."Every Word Counts."Rebecca
August’s issue of Tabletalk magazine is...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Rebecca:
Do you imagine God looking into the future to discover what will be? Is this how he knows what will happenPersis:A very helpful podcast about a difficult topic. Ecclesiastical...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote from Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Churchby James Calvin Davis. I wanted to read this book because of the question that opens the preface:
What happens...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I really enjoyed this brief video, by Bill Mounce, who talked about having a special place to write.
I completely understand his comment about not having the internet nearby as a distraction....

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Rebecca:On the relationship between the kingdom of God and the cross from The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross by Patrick Schreiner:
At times an emphasis on the kingdom [of God] displaces...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
Ligon Duncan and D.A. Carson team teach a session called "From Exegesis to Exposition." It is almost an hour long, but it is worth the time investment. Looking at an Old Testament passage and...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:From None Greaterby Matthew Barrett:
Sin against an infinite God cannot be atoned for by a Savior who has emptied himself of his divine attributes. No, it is his divine attributes that...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
That is an excellent question.
Persis:
God’s aseity, then, had clear...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:"As a people, we must strive to return to what’s true: That life is precious. Each life is unique. Each one irreplaceable. Each one unrepeatable." On Suicide: We Are Our Brothers'...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:30

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.
Kim:
I have been reading -- and enjoying immensely -- Paul Tripp's Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. Tripp discusses the importance of true heart change as opposed to merely changing our...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:00

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I found this article interesting: "Five Ways to Dwell on the Word When You Can't Read" very helpful. Sometimes, we take the ability and the time to read for granted. Last semester, one of my...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:00

Five-Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
If God were a needy God, he would need our help just as much as we need his. What good news it is, then, that the gospel...

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