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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Earlier in the week I started a three-part series on how to read the book of Revelation. We will get to the mark of the beast next week, but first, an explanation of what Revelation says about itself.

You can tell a lot about a book by its introduction. Read the first few sentences of a fairy tale,...

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Whenever there is a cataclysmic global crisis—be it war, rumors of war, or a novel coronavirus—we see a sharp uptick of interest in the book of Revelation. While paying attention to the Bible is always a good thing, Revelation is too often used (by Christians and non-Christians) in a...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 19:00

Theological Primer: The Ascension

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From time to time I make new entries in this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present big theological concepts in around 500 words. Today we will look at the ascension, as tomorrow marks Ascension Day in the church calendar (the 40th day of Easter), and the...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 06:40

Life and Books and Everything

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You may have seen that I’ve started a podcast with my good friends Justin Taylor and Collin Hansen. The podcast is called Life and Books and Everything, and in it we talk about everything from coronavirus to pop culture, from food to football, from theology to history, and from Mother’s...

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Let me get two caveats out of the way at the outset.

First, this post is not about Aimee Byrd’s new book, Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The post is occasioned by its release and the conversation surrounding it, but I’m not trying to engage directly with the book or the...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 19:11

Book Briefs: May 2020

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I’ve been overdue to give a run down of my latest reading list. So here’s a dozen books, in no particular order, I’ve finished in the last couple months. Maybe there will be something on here to suit your reading fancy.

In an effort to help you get a quick feel for the book,...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 19:59

When Everything Is Not Obvious

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Duncan Watts’ 2011 book is aptly named. If you can read words upside down.

The book is entitled Everything is Obvious,with an * after Obvious. If you turn the book upside down you can read the asterisk: “Once You Know the Answer.” The clever title gets at the book’s big...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 22:50

The Goodness of God

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I don’t usually write out a full manuscript for my sermons, but I did for my T4G talk on the goodness of God. I figured many people wouldn’t be able to attend the (virtual) event live, and others might benefit from reading the manuscript on the back end. I’ve posted a link to the...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 18:51

Is Jesus Weeping for Us in Heaven?

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The Suffering Servant we celebrate this week was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3). Jesus was born that he might die (Matt. 1:21). His knew suffering throughout his life—scourged with the whip, sweating drops of blood, and mourning in the...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 05:00

The Coronavirus Is a Result of the Fall

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Since the world was seemingly turned upside down a week ago by the coronavirus, Christianity Today has published a number of helpful articles—some theological, some practical, and some medical. We need outlets like CT to provide thoughtful reflection during these tumultuous times.

But...

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Friday, 13 March 2020 04:00

All Things from His Fatherly Hand

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As the Lord’s providence would have it, last Sunday—the Sunday before everyone and everything seemed to be taken over by COVID-19—was Lord’s Day 10. If you’ve ever used the Heidelberg Catechism you know the 129 questions and answers are given over 52 Lord’s Days....

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Monday, 09 March 2020 18:42

Sympathy Is Not the Point

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One of the marks of the confusion of our age is that we have come to value feeling the right thing over doing the right thing.

That actually may be giving the current mood too much credit. It would be nearer the truth to say we value professing to feel the right thing over doing the right thing. We...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 18:02

7 Questions to Ask in Evaluating Online Pundits

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One of the best things about the internet is that anyone can state his opinion about anything.

And one of the worst things about the internet is that anyone can state his opinion about anything.

The digital revolution has made knowledge more accessible, the flow of information more diverse, and the...

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 17:00

How To Improve Your Preaching

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For the past few years I’ve been thinking often about how I can improve as a preacher. I’m 42 years old, and I’ve been preaching pretty much every week since I was 25. In that time I’ve preached around 75 different messages every year. You can do the math; that’s a lot...

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Monday, 03 February 2020 18:23

Book Briefs: February 2020

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Here is a selection of what I’ve been reading since the beginning of the new year.

Malcom Gladwell, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know (Little, Brown, 2019). I know Gladwell is a simplifier. He takes complex subjects and writes about them in ways...

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The first book of the Bible is a picture of sin run amuck. Of course, we also find in Genesis a display of God’s creative power, his plan of redemption, and his sovereign mercy in blessing his undeserving people. But even amid this wonderful good news, we see plenty of examples of...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 18:17

A Prayer on Race and Roe

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The following is an edited version of my pastoral prayer from this past Sunday at Christ Covenant.

O loving and sovereign God, our heavenly Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus, your Son, our Lord, asking that you would hear our prayers for his sake.

In your providence, you have arranged for...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 17:28

Theological Primer: The Existence of God

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From time to time I make new entries in this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present big theological concepts in around 500 words. Today we will look at the existence of God.

The existence of God is not a conclusion to be reached so much as a given to be...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 18:35

What Is Preaching (And Who Does It)?

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One of the best books I read last year was Preaching in the New Testament (IVP, 2017) by Jonathan Griffiths. As part of D. A. Carson’s series New Studies in Biblical Theology, I expected the book to be exegetically rich and the cover to be slate gray. I was not disappointed on either account....

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The headline on my Twitter feed was from CNN and linked to an article entitled “The Cultural Moments that Defined 2019.” The tweet rang out with this incredible announcement:

From Jennifer Lopez storming Milan Fashion Week in an updated version of her iconic Versace dress to the sale of...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 18:12

A New Baby and a New Beginning

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working with Crossway on a children’s storybook Bible. The look and feel will be akin to The Biggest Story, but instead of covering the plot line of Scripture in one fell swoop, this will be a much bigger book with more than 100 Bible stories, like...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 18:49

Top Ten Books of 2019

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First off, my usual disclaimer and explanation.

This list is not meant to assess the thousands of good books published in 2019. There are plenty of worthy titles that I am not able to read (and lots I never hear of). This is simply a list of the books (Christian and non-Christian, but all...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 18:02

Book Briefs

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It has been a long time since I’ve done a Book Briefs blog, and I have a backlog of books to mention. Stay tuned in the next week or so for my Best Books of 2019.

For today, here are more than a dozen books I’ve read (somewhat) recently in several different categories.

Church History

I...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 17:31

Can We Give Thanks for Flawed Heroes?

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Christians need heroes.

Yes, I know, Jesus is the ultimate hero. He is the only flawless hero, the only substitute-for-our-sins hero, the only dying and rising hero. But that doesn’t mean Jesus is the only kind of hero.

As Christians, we are right to be inspired by faithful brothers and...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 18:00

Theological Primer: Impeccability

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From time to time I make new entries into this continuing series called “Theological Primer.” The idea is to present big theological concepts in around 500 words (or sometimes, 1,000 words). Today we will look at the doctrine of Christ’s impeccability.

The doctrine of impeccability...

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