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

Prince on Preaching - Apologetic Report

I was driving back to the hotel after speaking at a church about my bookIn the Arena, which is about the relationship of sports to Christianity, when a sports talk show on the radio broke the news that almost made me physically ill. Hugh Freeze, head football coach of the Ole Miss Rebels, had...

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“The eternal standard of right and wrong is the moral law, summed up in love to God with all the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to our neighbour as ourselves. This law is holy, just, and good: holy, as requiring perfect conformity to God ; just, as being founded in the strictest...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:13

A Christian Athletes Game Day Prayer

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Holy God, thank you for my opponent who is also my neighbor. Help me to show them respect by competing fiercely and fairly against them. Help me to honor and love you and your image bearers whom I have the privilege to compete against by self-sacrificially giving my all for your glory. May we spur...

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“But, further, let us examine a little more particularly what sort of people they, in general, are who are converted to Socinianism. It is an object worthy of inquiry, whether they appear to be modest, humble, serious Christians, such as have known the plague of their own hearts; in whom...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 22:45

Book Review: The Tech-Wise Family

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Crouch, Andy.TheTech-WiseFamily: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in ItsProper Place.Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017. 221 pp.

Introduction

This year marks the tenth year since the introduction of the iPhone. Along with that introduction has come a tsunami of technological advances that are...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 22:18

Andrew Fuller Friday: Cultural Accommodation

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“Nearly the same things might be observed respecting heathens and Mahometans. We may so model the gospel as almost to accommodate it to their taste; and by this means we may come nearer together: but whether, in so doing, we shall not be rather converted to them, than they to us, deserves to...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 23:00

Andrew Fuller Friday: Jesus and Stumbling Blocks

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“The Jews were greatly offended at our Lord’s words; and his not explaining them so as to remove the stumbling-block out of the way may serve to teach us how we ought to proceed in removing stumbling-blocks out of the way of their posterity. For this cause they sought to kill hirn...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 23:58

Thoughts on Preaching Revelation

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Thoughts about preaching the book of Revelation are often accompanied by feelings of fear and trepidation. Many immediately think of how they have seen the text abused by sensationalistic preachers who purport to be able to identify every symbol and image with a current event, place, or person.

I...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:00

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on True Conversion

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“Faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ is another essential part of true conversion. Faith is credence or belief. Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ is belief of the gospel of salvation through his name. A real belief of the gospel is necessarily accompanied with a triist or confidence in him...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 22:52

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on Evil of Sin

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“Those who embrace the Calvinistic system believe that man was originally created holy and happy; that of his own accord he departed from God, and became vile; that God, being in himself infinitely amiable, deserves to be, and is, the moral centre of the intelligent system ; that rebellion...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 22:30

In the Arena Father’s Day Giveaway

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To celebrate Father’s Day, we’re going to giveaway one copy of In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship each day this week. Check back at this post each day this week and enter to win!

Monday

“In the Arena” Father’s Day Giveaway

Tuesday

In the Arena...

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Reid, Alvin J. and George Robinson.With: A Practical Guide to Informal Mentoring andIntentional Disciple Making. Rainer Publishing, 2016.

Introduction

Jesus used his farewell statement to commission his church to go into the entire world and make disciples. He did not describe the form disciple...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 23:00

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on Repentance

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“Repentance is a change of mind. It arises from a conviction that we have been in the wrong; and consists in holy shame, grief, and self-loathing, accompanied with a determination to forsake every evil way. Each of these ideas is included in the account we have of the repentance of Job....

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Naselli, Andrew D.How to Understand and Apply the New Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology, Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2017. 384 pp.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” so the old proverb goes. The...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 23:00

Andrew Fuller Friday: Fuller on Spiritual Pride

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Humility is our best friend and pride is our worst enemy. In the excerpts below Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) takes aim at spiritual pride. He explains, “the particular species of pride which I shall attempt to delineate is that which isspiritual, or which has religious excellence, real or...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 23:54

Around the Horn (June 1)

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Reconciliation and Foot-Washing in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – Hannah Anderson

In the height of racial tension in the 1960’s, Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister, made a statement on his children’s program Mister Rogers’...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 01:39

A Mom, Son, Basic Training, and the Gospel

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The day one of our sons left for Army basic training was a hard day. I did not expect it to be easy, but I also did not expect it to be one of the most difficult days I have ever had. Was it because I knew he would never live with us again? That now, the in-home part of our parenting was over? Was...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:00

Andrew Fuller Fridays: Fuller on Hypocrisy

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“It is not the bad conduct of a few individuals, in any denomination of Christians, that proves any thing on either side, even though they may be zealous advocates for the peculiar tenets of the party which they espouse. It is the conduct of the general body from which we ought to form...

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It is the time of year where graduations abound. Commencement speakers and familial advice-givers are saying things like: “Follow your passion!” “Chase your dreams!” “Focus on being true to yourself!” “You can change the world!”

On the whole, such...

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