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

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May 30, 2020
Editor's note : In a previous post , Megan Taylor introduced us to the great American theologian Jonathan Edwards. She directed us to consider the Small Pox vaccination which eneded his life. In this post. Megan...

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Friday, 29 May 2020 14:00

Theological Flavors Featured

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May 30, 2020
In the previous post , I described the Lord’s Supper as soul food and spiritual drink for God’s people. This means the sacrament is much more than a symbolic rite; it’s a spiritual participation in the body and blood of Jesus Christ (1 Cor....

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Friday, 29 May 2020 04:21

Justification and Counseling Featured

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May 29, 2020
Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone. [i] When this pastor begins...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 01:00

The Scream: Job, the Abyss and Christ Featured

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May 28, 2020
The book of Job is one of the most enigmatic, yet most significant books of the Bible for a whole range of reasons. Among them is the attention it has been given by the likes of John Calvin (who preached 159 sermons on it in the space of...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 23:25

Our God Cannot Change Featured

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May 28, 2020
In our changing world, people want to know that “Some Things Never Change.” Perhaps capitalizing on this desire, Disney’s popular movie Frozen II features a song bearing this title. The song conveys a message that our hearts long...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 14:00

American Worldview Inventory Featured

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May 27, 2020
The latest Barna Research Institute survey was recently released, and the Magnificent Three break down the results. Although the Barna definition of a “Bible-believing Christian” is a bit broader than ours, the poll results...

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May 26, 2020
Olaudah Equiano – Waking Up Christians to the Evils of Slavery Olaudah Equiano described his 1745 place of birth as “a charming vale, named Essaka” [1] in the kingdom of Benin (in...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 01:54

Can We Talk about Death? Featured

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May 26, 2020
It’s time to bring back the phrase memento mori ("remember you must die"). Socrates taught that the proper practice of philosophy is nothing other than preparing to be dead. Stoics emphasized the value of living with death on the brain...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 01:01

Learning How to Meditate Featured

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May 26, 2020
Dear Timothy, Perhaps nowhere are the Puritans so helpful as in offering guidelines for the process of spiritual, biblical meditation. Here's an outline of their method. First, ask the Holy Spirit for assistance. Pray for the power to harness your mind...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 23:32

Justification and Preaching Featured

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May 23, 2020
The familiar words of Isaiah 40:1-2 call to mind the sonorous strains of Handel’s Messiah: “‘Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,’ saith your God. ‘Speak comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her … that her...

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May 21, 2020
You may be familiar with the famous American pastor who loved chocolate and flying spiders, but did you know that Jonathan Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation? Edwards was not only a...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 00:23

Christ’s Ascension and the Present Virus Featured

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May 21, 2020
Almost any article today could have the word “Coronavirus” in the title. This small organism has changed most of our lives and continues to affect us in many ways. While some of our questions simply require a lot of...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 05:43

Justification and Imputation Featured

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May 20, 2020
On October 31, 2017, many Christians celebrated the 500 th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. My church held a service where several pastors spoke on the theological importance of this historical event, namely the recovery of the...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:00

"Phasing" Back to Church Featured

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May 20, 2020
As many states' governments are talking about a “phased” reopening from the COVID-19 lockdown, our quarantined trio –bound in three different states—is asking some important questions concerning going back to church....

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:20

May 19, 2020 Featured

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May 19, 2020
Luke 15:11-32 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son...

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May 19, 2020
John Chrysostom and Olympias – Finding Comfort in Troubled Times John Chrysostom was a favorite church father in the Protestant Reformation for many reasons: for his departure from the allegorical...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 01:46

How to Delight in Serving Your Church: Read the OT Featured

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May 18, 2020
In the thirty minutes after Sunday school and before morning worship, our congregation talks, drinks coffee, and nibbles muffins at long white tables in the fellowship hall. Before the pandemic forced us into social distancing,...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 01:13

May 18, 2020 Featured

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May 18, 2020
Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23 "That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: 'A...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:06

Walking with God Podcast Featured

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May 18, 2020
Walking with God Jonathan and James have the pleasure of speaking with Rhett Dodson today. He’s the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Hudson, OH. Pastor Dodson was scheduled to speak at the Banner of Truth East Coast Ministers’...

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Friday, 15 May 2020 01:05

Lord, Have Mercy on Us Featured

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May 15, 2020
Late in 1664 it was apparent the bubonic plague was making one of its unwelcome visitations of Europe by registering in London for an extended stay checking out early in 1666. It varied in the number of victims from month to month, but it survived...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 22:10

Justification and Union with Christ Featured

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May 15, 2020
When we think about the doctrine of salvation, one of the more important topics to explore is the relationship between union with Christ and justification by faith. In fact, if we have a poor connection between these concepts, our...

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May 13, 2020
If the nation of Israel thought that they were going to step foot immediately from the shores of the Red Sea into the lush boundaries of the Promised Land, they were sorely mistaken. Instead, they are met...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 06:06

Justification and the Old Perspective Featured

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May 13, 2020
Charles Spurgeon’s famous quip goes something like this, “I love to proclaim these strong old doctrines, that are called by nickname Calvinism, but which are surely and verily the revealed truth of God as it is in Christ...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 14:00

Canon, Covenant, and Christology Featured

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May 13, 2020
As they continue “social distancing,” the team gets together virtually with Matthew Barrett. He’s associate professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, executive editor...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 10:41

The Hunt for the Thin Complementarian Featured

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May 12, 2020
It has recently been brought to my attention that I am a squishy, moderate complementarian who is in league with radical feminists to destroy the church, or something like that. My experience is that most of my brothers and sisters in the...

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