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

Already Not Yet - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:47

A Gospeled Church

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Jared Wilson:

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus. — Romans 15:5

The gospel cannot puff us up. It cannot make us prideful. It cannot make us selfish. It cannot make us arrogant. It cannot make us rude....

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:14

The Bad News of the Kingdom

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Michael Lawrence:

What Is the Good News? Biblical Theology’s Answer

Let’s consider how both biblical theology and systematic theology are important and relate to each other when we try to answer the most basic of ministry questions: What is the gospel? What is the good news that the Bible...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:15

Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity

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Jon Bloom:

What do you want? What do you desire? What is your ambition?

Do you really want to know? Look at your behavior. You do what you want.

This is a devastatingly simple psychology of motivation. But it’s what the Bible teaches:

James: Faith without works is dead. Don’t tell me you...

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Tom Schreiner:

The Backbone of the Bible’s Storyline

The covenants are crucial, as Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum have argued, because they are the backbone of the storyline of the Bible. The Bible isn’t a random collection of laws, moral principles, and stories. It is a story that goes...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 05:57

How Can I Forgive Myself?

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H.B. Charles:

The most faithful response to this question is to reject it as an illegitimate question.

The biblical teaching about forgiveness can be summarized in two main ideas:

  • God forgives sinners freely, completely, and sacrificially. Ultimately, divine forgiveness is paid for by the cross of...

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Tom Schreiner (author of Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World)

1. Covenants are the backbone of the biblical story.

Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum have argued that the covenants advance the storyline of the Bible in their book Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 01:39

Entertainment and Worship

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Joe Thorn:

In every church and every generation of Christians, there is the potential to lose our focus on the things that are most important (Heb. 2:1). We must constantly remind ourselves and re-center our churches lest we find ourselves trusting in something other than the gospel of God and the...

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Jon Nagle:

I’ll always remember two of the most incredible moments of my life. The days that my wife and I discovered she was pregnant with our two boys were breath-taking experiences. With our firstborn, I was sitting in the bedroom of our first apartment; and with our second-born, I was...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 05:04

Seven ways delighting in God benefits us

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Ray Ortlund:

Richard Baxter, in A Christian Directory (Ligonier, 1990), page 140, lists seven benefits of looking by faith to the Lord, as to no other, for our deepest delight. Updating the language a little:

1. Delight in God will prove that we know him and love him and that we are...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 02:25

Why We Dare Not Seek God without Christ

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Mark Jones:

Too Much for Us

We believe that thou art a being than which nothing greater can be conceived. —Anselm, Proslogion

Whoever has seen God and has understood what he saw, has seen nothing. —Maximus the Confessor, In Epistula Dionysii

The majesty of God is too high to be scaled up to...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 19:43

The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles

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Brandon D. Smith:

Through my work with the Christian Standard Bible, I came across some stats about Bible reading. Eighty-eight percent of American households own a Bible, but only 37 percent of people read it once a week or more. People said they don’t read their Bibles...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 19:57

Is God a Megalomaniac?

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Sam Storms:

I’m currently reading through John Piper’s most recent book (and so should you!), Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture(Crossway, 2017). I’ll have a more complete review of it when I’m done, but I can assure you that...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:51

How the Reformation Rediscovered Happiness

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Tim Chester:

Imagine facing Judgment Day every week.

Near to where I grew up, in the Oxfordshire village of South Leigh, is the parish church of St. James the Great. Over the chancel arch is a medieval wall painting depicting the final judgment.

To the left, the righteous rose from their graves to be...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 23:44

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

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Mike Riccardi:

One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement—the downplaying of doctrine in order to foster partnership in ministry between (a) genuine Christians and (b) people who...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 01:15

Who is the Holy Spirit?

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Sam Storms:

From Sam’s contribution to The New City Catechism:

Rarely does a Christian struggle to think of God as Father. And to envision God as Son is not a problem for many. These personal names come easily to us because our lives and relationships are inescapably intertwined with fathers...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 05:02

Build Your Life on the Mercies of God

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John Piper:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what...

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By Matt Harmon, author of Asking the Right Questions:

1. The Bible is both a divine and a human book.

Every word of the Bible is inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16). He spoke through the various human authors, using their unique personalities and writing styles to communicate exactly what he wanted to...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:05

The Beatitudes

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Matt Boga:

This is the famous introduction to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount recorded in the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5-7.  In these 10 verses Jesus quickly flips everything that we think to be correct on its head, and beautifully offends and astonishes all readers/hearers. The Beatitudes...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 02:09

The law of God is not a burden

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Joe Thorn:

The commands of God can be a heavy reality. The Lord calls us to love him above all things, to love others as ourselves, and to even love our enemies. We are commanded to be content in all circumstances without coveting, and to not only tell the truth but defend those who are maligned. As...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 05:34

Loving God with Our Minds

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R.C. Sproul:

The human mind is one of the most incredible aspects of creation. It is more powerful than the largest supercomputer and can solve great problems and make great discoveries. That makes the noetic effects of sin especially tragic.

The noetic effects of sin describe the impact of sin...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 06:24

Reformed Theology Gone Sour: A Warning

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Ray Ortlund:

The Rev. William Still, a patriarch of the Church of Scotland in the 20th century, preaching on Romans 5:5 and the love of God being poured into our hearts, said this:

“I wonder what it is about poring all over a great deal of Puritan literature that makes so many preachers of it...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 05:06

Justifying a Non-Repeatable Justification

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Nick Batzig:

As there has been no small debate in recent decades over the doctrine of justification, I was delighted to come across a treatment of the once-for-all nature of justification in Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics.Having introduced the subject by explaining that the Roman Catholic...

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Jared Wilson:

Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?Amos 3:3

Christians who affirm the normative, traditional, historical, orthodox view of the Bible’s teaching on various sins are always accused of being divisive when in sticking to their affirmations they must...

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Adriel Sanchez:

Right before Jesus’ death, he instituted a special meal for his church to observe. Historically, this meal was called the Eucharist, which means “thanksgiving.” Often today we call it communion or the Lord’s Supper. Although churches differ on how frequently...

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Philippians 3:7 – I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded...

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