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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Monday, 24 July 2017 06:42

What’s a Hurting Wife To Do?

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Following Rebecca VanDoodewaard’s articleA High View of Marriage Includes Divorcehere on Gentle Reformation, and with the internet abuzz with Australian reporter Julia Baird’s hit piece on the church regarding abuse that has produced such responses as “An Open...

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Yesterday in the UK a story hit the headlines – a leading high street pharmaceutical company, Boots, became the center of a political storm and a media feeding frenzy.

In brief the story went something like this. Following recent legalization of the ‘morning after pill’, Boots,...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 23:19

What Matters Most – Seeking God’s Glory

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Over the last week or two, I’ve been taking some time out to study John’s Gospel in more depth. My particular concern and focus has been to get a better handle on the relationship that exists between Jesus and the Father.

This morning I was looking at John Chapter 7.10-24. This section...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 01:53

Do you Refresh the Hearts of the Saints?

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“You have often refreshed the hearts of the saints.”

So Paul wrote to his good friend Philemon, as he thanked God for his love for all the saints. The church at Colosse met in Philemon and Apphia’s home, and it’s not hard to imagine what life must have been like for the...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:04

A High View of Marriage Includes Divorce

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The following article is a guest post by Rebecca VanDoodewaard, author of Uprooted: A Guide for Homesick Christians and Your Future ‘Other Half’: It Matters Whom You MarryShe is married to William VanDoodewaard, Professor of Church History at Puritan Theological...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 22:19

The One Foundation of Ministry

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For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more… Philippians 1:8-9

My wife and I sat down to dinner at my professor’s home in the last couple months of our seminary training. Glad to receive...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 07:28

Some Encouragments To Frequent Prayer

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Out walking our beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog this evening on a lovely summer’s evening.

Here are some thoughts from a conversation that I had with my wife, on the stroll, as to reasons we should delight to pray often.

First God’s Open Access Policy.Round the clock, day and night, the...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:58

3GT Episode 45: Does ESV = ESS?

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Grab your English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, look up John 14:10 and 16:13, then compare it with another version. Notice the difference?

That’s what the prof asks Aaron and Kyle to do on this episode of 3GT. From there they launch into a discussion of the recent debates regarding the Trinity...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:35

Australia’s Most Beautiful Site

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Recently I returned from Australia. What a tremendous time I had seeing the land down under!  

A visit to the Healesville Sanctuary, a natural zoo set in the bushland of Victoria, allowed me to get up close to such creatures as wombats, dingoes, platypuses, Tasmanian Devils and other...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 22:00

Rethinking Christian Calling

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Many well-meaning Christians often want to baptize their aspirations and decisions with divine approval. It’s not uncommon to hear young people encouraged to figure out who, where, and what God might be “calling” them to. Consider three little anecdotal stories. John was talking...

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I’m in the midst of one of my favorite times of the year.  I have the privilege every summer of serving as a teacher, and this year as the onsite director, of our denomination’s “Theological Foundations for Youth” program.  This program of the Reformed Presbyterian...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:18

3GT Episode 44: Flippin’ the Pulpit?

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Last episode the 3GTers talked about flipping the classroom. But the pulpit? With all the technology that makes available famous preachers’ sermons, why not just stay home and listen to them rather than your local (and, let’s admit it, less gifted) pastor? Then maybe just come together...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 21:00

Corporate Worship: The Lord’s House of Prayer

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When you go to corporate worship, do you have the sense that you are talking to God in a more personal and vibrant way than in your individual devotions each day?

When you think of corporate worship, do you think of it more as “calling on the name of the Lord” or going to “hear...

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1. Activity – the Spirit Himself does not actually intercede for us: this rather is Paul’s way of expressing that God, by His Spirit, moves us to prayer. 2. Reason – this work takes place in us because our minds are so disturbed by our trials, that we do not know how to frame our...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 08:23

A Call To Closeness

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O Soul Are You Weary And Troubled

Perhaps like me, at this time in the year, you’re getting rather jaded. Rest and relaxation is usually ‘what the doctor ordered’. Even more important you need to recharge your batteries and get spiritually refreshed. So, as I blog tonight, I want...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 22:00

Policies, Procedures, and Those Presbyterians

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I always tell people that I was a pragmatic Presbyterian before I was a biblical Presbyterian. I grew up in a context that rarely thought about the governing principles of a church and, as a result, I saw the bad effects of a poor ordered congregation. Our pastor often said: “We have the word...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 21:54

The Blessings of Ministry

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For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you–that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.  Romans 1:11-12

There are real costs to ministry. If you decide to give yourself in ministering to others...

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My latest book is now available, and while I have never strongly encouraged people to read things I have written, I would encourage you to consider checking this one out. I think it fills an important niche and could prove quite helpful in a number of different situations.

It is entitled The...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 23:37

The Troubled Thoughts of a Blind Persecutor

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In the early hours of morning, when the sun was beginning to stretch its gaze across the dusty roads of Damascus, Saul sat silent, blind to the eastern glow. His companions sat nearby in the stillness, regarding him with uncertainty.

“Do you want something to eat?”

“No,” said...

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Sunday, 02 July 2017 22:00

3GT Episode 43: Flippin’ with Aaron

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In this episode we interview one of our own as we talk with Aaron about “flipping the classroom.” As an author and popular speaker on the flipped classroom, Aaron describes this concept and its potential uses from homeschooling to grad school to seminary. Along the way, we flip out as...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 23:54

A Psalm Singer’s Sigh

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Singing the psalms can make you sigh for a number of reasons. The psalms actually encourage us to do so at times. “O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you” (Ps. 38:9). On a humorous note (pun intended), hitting or hearing off-notes in the sanctuary...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:00

Looking Like Jesus

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It’s very encouraging for young Christians to see older saints who look like Jesus in thought, word, and deed.  Their example motivates us to honor the Father and be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). How do we grow into such a resemblance over time?

For many...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 01:57

Like Eden’s Cooling Breeze

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As I look ahead, these next weeks weigh heavily upon me. They will be filled with travel. Yes, I will see dear people that I love. But there will be meetings. Debates. And more meetings. Concerns about church and care for sheep burden me. Then a long, long flight to follow. Messages to preach.

I...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 01:59

Holy Hatred of Sin

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I’ve been reflecting a little recently on a question that is generated by Q.87 in the Westminster Shorter Catechism on ‘Repentance unto life’: what is it that produces a healthy holy hatred of sin?

“Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 06:41

Prayer that Cheers

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Introduction Do you feel down in the dumps? Do you struggle with yourself? Does life ever overwhelm you? Has your faith become a drudgery? Are the storms of life upsetting? Is your service for Christ costly? If you take advice from James you’ll certainly get help.

Context The theme that runs...

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