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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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 22:30

Counseling Victims of Domestic Abuse

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I try to read or listen to anything that Diane Langberg says in the areas of abuse and PTSD. Here’s a video of a lecture she gave on domestic abuse to the Christian Leaders Forum in Budapest. As Cry for Justice puts it:

In this talk, Diane condemns the way that many Christians...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 22:46

Loneliness is Killing us

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We all know loneliness is not a good thing. At the very beginning, God told us that it is not good to be alone (Gen. 2:18). But perhaps it is beyond “not good,” – harmful, detrimental even.

That’s what Billy Baker from the Boston Globe discovered as he researched the effects...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 22:43

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Why Evangelism Requires Both Logic and Loveliness | Holly Ordway, Christianity Today “The classic rational arguments for Christian faith—based on evidence, philosophy, and history—are as sound as ever, but they are effective only when people are interested in the questions...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:19

Profitable Fails

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Most success comes after many fails. For example:

  • Angry Birds, the best-selling Apple App was software maker Rovio’s 52nd attempt at successful software in 8 almost-bankrupt years.
  • James Dyson failed in 5,126 prototypes before perfecting his revolutionary vacuum cleaner.
  • WD40 lubri...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:48

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Well, as usual, I didn’t get as much done as I hoped to during my “blog vacation.” Shona says my epitaph should be: “That took longer than I expected.” I’m way too optimistic about my DIY abilities. Anyway, normal service is now being resumed.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:27

Why read a book on sin?

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Monstrous. Hideous. Mischievous. Odious. Pernicious. Poisonous. Vicious. Villainous. Heinous. Obnoxious. Venomous. Tedious. Treacherous. Impetuous. Ruinous. Murderous. Dangerous. Lascivious. Injurious. Infectious. Vexatious. Serious.

Bet you didn’t know so many words ended with...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:15

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The First Year of Pastoring : Founders Ministries“Every pastor has to experience the first year of pastoring to start laying groundwork for a lifetime of ministry. So what should a new pastor focus on during that year?”

5 Consequences Leaders Face for Not Resting“Wise leaders...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 20:39

The Dangers of Loneliness

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We’re all aware of the epidemic of burnout, with close o 50% of people saying they are often or always exhausted at work. That’s twice as many as 20 years ago. But did you know of the connection between burnout and loneliness?

In Burnout at Work Isn’t Just About Exhaustion....

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Monday, 10 July 2017 20:14

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How Many of the Ten Commandments Do Americans Think They’ve Broken This Month?“How many of the ten commandments have you broken this month?” Find out what the most common response is.

Church Size: The Optimal Number?150 apparently. Intriguing discussion.

Sloth Doesn’t...

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A recent BBC article highlighted The Worrying Effects of Working More and Sleeping Less.Here are some stats which will either keep you awake tonight or perhaps send you to bed earlier:

  • Back in the 1940s people were sleeping on average just a little bit over eight hours a night, and now in the...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 15:00

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Preaching Under Pressure “The Lord does not teach us to pray in a classroom. He teaches us to pray on a battlefield”

Angered At and Angry With “As I work my way through the proverbs, I see anger everywhere. I see the folly of anger, the danger of anger, the sinfulness of anger....

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 15:00

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My Entire Company Avoids Email For One Full Day Every Quarter | Tom Gimbel, Fast Company“Sometimes we need to be reminded of the great things that can come from in-person communication. I know this type of thing won’t work for every company, but it never hurts to...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:53

8 Ways to Help Depressed Christians

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Many of us struggle with what to do when someone we know is depressed. We want to help but fear, confusion, or misunderstanding holds us back. Over at the Campaign for Core Christianity, I suggest eight guidelines for helping depressed people.

1. Prepare for it.

2. Don’t assume personal sin.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:46

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Teens Who Choose Life in Unplanned Pregnancies Need SupportCommentary on the Christian school student who got pregnant, decided to keep her baby, and then was stopped from participating in the graduation.

Isn’t there a way for us to show both grace and truth, to be clear that promiscuity...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 15:00

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Baker who refused to bake cake for gay wedding on The View As Denny says, this is a generally helpful and enlightening interview. Apart from a few mocking comments, the discussion was surprisingly calm and balanced.

Military Cases of Conscience Nick navigates the increasingly complex ethical...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 21:35

Why you should not copy Spurgeon’s Schedule

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The Spurgeon Center’s excellent website recently published Spurgeon’s weekly schedule. It’s introduced with the following words:

In fifty-seven years, Charles Spurgeon accomplished three lifetimes of work. Every week he preached four to ten times, read six meaty books, revised...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 21:03

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5 More Reasons Bible Teachers Should Learn Greek & Hebrew | Mark Ward, LogosTalk Some unusual reasons for learning the original languages.

Six Simple Things First-Time Church Guests Like | Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay Pastors “I wonder what it would be like if all of our first-time guests...

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In this Q&A Panel, Sinclair Ferguson (30:50-34:30) laments that many preachers never develop the humility to train their voices. This is how he puts it:

The voice is the instrument that employs the words and the voice needs to be sanctified, needs to be developed, the ability to use it...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 23:07

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Most Christians are Violating the 1st Commandment“If we were meeting with our most important client, or our boss, we’d never talk to him from a treadmill, or spend one minute getting to know him. It’s not that it can’t be done. I do pray occasionally as I walk or drive....

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:02

Q A Panel With Ferguson, Begg, and Mohler

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I loved this panel discussion between Alistair Begg, Al, Mohler, and Sinclair Ferguson. So much practical wisdom in here for pastors and seminarians.

5:33 Q&A begins

5:59 Alistair, are you a Baptist?

6:41 Is our culture moving from a culture of guilt to a culture of shame and how do we address...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:43

The Bittersweet Parting

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“Parting is such sweet sorrow.” This is one of William Shakespeare’s most oft-quoted lines. What few realize is that it was uttered in the context of Juliet saying goodnight to Romeo “till it be tomorrow.” The sorrow of that parting was sweetened by the knowledge that...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:40

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I was a Christian woman addicted to pornSome super-helpful insights in this article.

Me? Teach the Next Generation?Have you been asked to teach and you don’t know where to start? Start with this article.

Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist?The conclusion to this...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:02

Reformation Heritage Books Summer Sale

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Reformation Heritage books is currently hosting their annual Summer Sale. Click over to see all their offerings. Below are a few highlights.

imageA Brief Compendium of Bible Truth by Archibald Alexander ($7.70)

imageA Marvelous Ministry: How the All-round Ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon Speaks to Us...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 22:01

Grace-Paced Life Links

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Brain Hygiene “Brain hygiene”? Srini Pillay explains brain hygiene and the ways your brain manages overload in this article at Harvard Business Review. He says:

At the core of managing information overload is the ability to know which function to use, and how and when to use it. The...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:43

Counseling with the Old Testament

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When people ask me what I teach at Puritan Reformed Seminary, they usually look deeply puzzled when I say, “Biblical Counseling, Hebrew Exegesis, Leadership, Ministry, and Preaching.”

“Biblical Counseling AND Old Testament exegesis?” is often the eye-brow raising...

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