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

“Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!” This is how the apostle Paul responded to the idea that God’s abundant grace might cause us to embrace sin rather than fight it. In explaining why the Christian should not indulge in sin, the apostle expounds on the...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 00:17

The Bedrock of Christianity | Podcast #31

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The apostle Paul wrote that “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). A few verses later he said, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” The Resurrection is...

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 03:26

Finding Comfort in Times of Trouble

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The Bible contains many truths from which we can draw comfort in times of trouble. But there is one fountain that believers might not think to draw peace from during their trials: the doctrine of predestination. The doctrine of predestination teaches that God is absolutely sovereign and that He...

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The Bible often uses metaphors of strenuous physical activity to describe the Christian life: running, racing, boxing, fighting, and other similar expressions. What makes these metaphors so applicable? Because just as with physical fitness our spiritual fitness takes time and concentrated effort to...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 23:15

Hymn Story: Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

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Originally titled ‘Hymn for Easter Day,’ Charles Wesley published the well-loved anthem ‘Christ the Lord is Risen Today’ in 1739 – which was within the first year of his conversion. The song had its debut during the first worship service at the Wesleyan Chapel in...

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By all accounts, George Müller was a man of great faith. He served as a missionary in Bristol, England and founded schools and orphanages in the early 1800s. Although he never solicited any donations, by prayer he brought in millions of dollars in today’s currency to support thousands of...

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 00:49

A Christian Perspective on Coronavirus

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As you are all aware, there has been much concern expressed in our country and around the world about the spread of coronavirus. We don’t yet know how serious the impact is in the United States, but everyday life has already been disrupted for most people. It is my hope that as you seek to......

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Tuesday, 03 March 2020 01:34

Tactics for Tough Conversations | Podcast #29

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Discussing your Christian convictions with others can seem like a daunting task – especially if the person you’re talking to is skeptical or even hostile towards your views. On this episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast, apologist Greg Koukl shares a number of tactics you can use...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:00

The Downside of Bible Apps

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William Tyndale was the first to translate the Bible into English from the original languages. When he began this long and difficult task, he stated that it was his desire that a simple plowboy would come to know the Scriptures better than a bishop. Although he was martyred for his efforts, Tyndale...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 04:46

Mere Calvinism | Podcast #28

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In summarizing the beliefs of Calvinism, writer and professor Dr. Jim Orrick writes, “First, a Calvinist believes that God always does whatever he pleases. Second, a Calvinist believes that God initiates, sustains, and completes the salvation of everyone who gets saved.” In his book...

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George Whitefield (1714-1770) remains among the greatest evangelists in church history. His ministry spanned two continents, and between his missionary endeavors in England and America it is estimated that he preached as many as 18,000 times to as many as 10 million hearers. (Learn more about...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 04:12

Q A: Who Created God? | Podcast #27

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On this Q&A episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast we’re tackling a listener question submitted by a young man named Kyler: “My question is how to explain to somebody that God didn’t have a creator without them questioning you, ‘Well who created God?'” On this...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 21:25

12 Books I Plan to Read in 2020 | Podcast #26

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If you’re like me, you resolve each December to read more books in the coming year. If you’re going to follow through, you need to have a plan in place for how you are going to read more books as well as a plan for which books you plan to read. On this episode of... Read More

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:39

Becoming a Relentless Encourager | Podcast #25

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We all love to be encouraged, and yet many of us fail to make regularly encouraging others a priority. If we were to grow in this area, we could have a tremendous impact in our families, communities, and churches. Would you like to become a more encouraging person? Listen as Pastor Mark Hallock...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 00:00

How Many Herods Are There in the New Testament?

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The name Herod is mentioned nearly 50 times in the New Testament, but Scripture is not speaking of just one man. Herod the Great and his lineage feature prominently in the history of ancient Judea. In fact, the well-documented period of influence that these rulers had helps serve as reliable...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:26

Hymn Story: Abide With Me

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The popular hymn “Abide with Me” was written by pastor Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) just before he died of tuberculosis. The title of the hymn is taken from Luke 24:29, when those who walked with Christ on the road to Emmaus said, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:23

Three Ways to Recognize a False Teacher

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The problem of false teachers infiltrating the church and leading people astray is not a new one. Warnings against false prophets can be found as early as Deuteronomy 13 in the Old Testament, and during His earthly ministry Christ warned His followers to “Beware of false prophets, who come to...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:46

Putting on the Whole Armor of God | Podcast #24

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In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul calls the believer to “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” This is a command for every Christian, and it is vital that we take up this armor on a daily... Read More

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Monday, 30 September 2019 22:28

Striving Towards A Humble Calvinism | Podcast #23

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In his book Humble Calvinism, pastor and author J.A. Medders writes: “Many of us who love to love the “doctrines of grace” have not grown in showing grace. We have not become more gracious, kind, tender, and compassionate. And that can only mean one thing: we actually don’t...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 05:38

What's the Difference Between Kings and Chronicles?

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It is clear to even the casual reader that the books of 1 and 2 Kings share a great deal of similarities with the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles. So much so, in fact, that some wonder why it is that we have both of these accounts of Israel’s history in our Bibles. At... Read More

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 02:48

The Sunday After 9/11 | RTP #22

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, America was in a state of shock – faced with the realities of evil, terrorism, tragedy, uncertainty, and the prospect of war. America’s preachers had the difficult task of comforting their congregations, speaking truth about God’s...

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The use of paratroopers began during World War Two. As it is now, being a paratrooper was among the most difficult and dangerous roles in the armed forces. But despite the danger and difficulty, these soldiers proved themselves to be a vital part of many Allied victories. At the start of the war,...

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Romans 8:28 tells us that “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” This is perhaps the most popular verse from the most popular chapter of the most popular book in the New Testament – and yet it...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 01:17

Principles for Public Prayer from John Newton

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Praying in public can be intimidating for many Christians. John Newton (1725-1807), writer of the hymn Amazing Grace, provides his thoughts on how to prevent your public prayers from being a burden to you or to your hearers. Newton writes: It is much to be desired that our hearts might be so...

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Monday, 15 July 2019 12:29

Learning to Lament | Podcast #20

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Where can we turn when the dark clouds of pain, suffering, and loss roll into our lives? Even for believers, times of difficulty can bring discouragement and despair and it can be hard to know how to respond in faith in the midst of frustration or heartbreak. Thankfully, the Bible gives us a clear...

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