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, 03 July 2017 02:27

Resources During Suffering and Lament

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We are either suffering now, know someone who is—or we are about to suffer. It’s unavoidable. We will walk through the valley of the shadow of death more than we’d like. But, the Lord is with us, and so are his people.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:09

When You Doubt God’s Love

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We are often tempted to tabulate God’s love for us based on the quality of our lives, our desires being met, the quality and quantity of material blessings, and our tide-like emotions. But this is not how we know God’s love for us.

Trace the dots of judging God’s love for us based...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 14:17

Spotting Fruit In Your Life

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Lounging in my backyard is a treat. It’s sole-melting hot in Houston but the pool, the shade, friends and family make it worth it. Well, tolerable.

While sitting in my chair and watching kids cannonball into the pool, something caught my eye.

Lime Tree Lessons

Our lime tree.

My wife and I...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:24

The Danger of Small Group Systems

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Home Groups, DNAs, Missional Communities, Community Groups, Life Groups—whatever your church calls them, let’s not put too much weight on them. They may break. Bear with me.

I’m not saying small groups are unimportant. I’m saying we need to be careful in how we view, speak,...

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On June 11, as we begin a new sermon series, Redeemer Church will be moving to the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as our primary translation. Our RedeemerKids curriculum already uses the CSB, and on June 11 our sermons will as well. After months of review and consideration, the elders have enjoyed...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 08:34

Jesus And The Past Tense

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When we are writing and talking about Jesus of Nazareth, our gospel compels us to write in the right tense. Present.

Together, let’s avoid speaking of Jesus in the past tense as much as we can. I cringe when I read, “Jesus was kind.” Is he not kind today? He is alive, let’s...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:26

Ask More Than “Is It Sin?”

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Is it wrong for me to binge watch Netflix? What about putting my kids on a select soccer team that plays on Sunday mornings? Am I spending too much time at the gym?

The Bible doesn’t have specific answers for these kinds of questions. But this doesn’t mean the Bible doesn’t have...

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Abraham, Noah, Moses, and the saints of old walked forward with God in head-scratching obedience. Noah builds an ancient Titanic. Abraham logs more steps than a Fitbit can handle. Moses stood up to a political superpower. How? By faith.

Hebrews 11—The Hall of Faith—catalogs for us the...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 00:42

Confessing The Sin of Platforming

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“Let us make a name for ourselves” (Genesis 11:4).

This is my confession. I’ve dabbled and stumbled into the sin of self-importance, ego, vain glory, and tooting my own rusty horn. I’ve wished for a platform—not a soapbox on my corner of the web. Who doesn’t want...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 08:45

How To Move to Weekly Communion

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For four years now, Redeemer Church has been enjoying weekly remembrance of our Lord at his supper. I detailed the biblical and historical reasons why we made the switch to weekly enjoyment. Simply, I think the answer is always more gospel, not less. Why not enjoy more of the gospel? Also,...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 03:33

God Never Lies To You

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“It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18 CSB).

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:11

Do Not Despise Refugees

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No politics. No policy talk. This is about people; this is personal. Specifically, I’m writing about you.

If you are a Christian, you are a refugee.

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You Are A Refugee

Hebrews reminds us of our refugee status:

“We who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:32

Can You Do A Devotional In 5 Minutes?

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Don Whitney, a good friend and a godly man, answers.

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Two college sophomores, drinking almond milk chai lattes, encouraging each other, bearing each other’s burdens, and then it happens.

“You know what I did? I just had to learn to let go and let God.” Her friend nods in agreement while sipping, and adds, “You are so right. I...

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 06:30

A Book To Help You Grow

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Theology books seem to grow on trees. And like fruit, they are either bright to the tongue, packed with smile-inducing flavors and vital nutrients—or they are rotted with worms.

Let’s avoid the last category, mkay?

Brandon Smith and I wrote an intro to theology, crammed with pineapple...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:42

Thank God For The Reformers!

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Nick Batzig and the Christward Collective let me run a new piece over there on our present-day worship services and reverb of the Reformation:

“You’ve heard that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Fair enough. But in light of the 500th year celebration of the...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 21:05

The Every Member Ministry of Encouragement

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“But encourage each other daily, while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.” (Heb. 3:14 CSB)

A God-given antidote to the hardness of heart, to unbelief, to rebellion, are the voices of God’s people. Fellow brothers and sisters in...

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The Solas have to be more to us than historical landmarks, relics from the Reformation. Scripture Alone has an undeniable effect on our lives and the culture, eco-system, and vibe of our churches.

To really live Sola Scriptura is to believe and grasp the sufficiency of Scripture. The Bible is...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 15:15

5 Gospel-Centered Devotionals for the New Year

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With a new year, there’s a new ambition to read the Bible, to grow in godliness, and glorify God. Hallelujah! No one should discourage or throw shade on a fresh zeal for God and his word. Desiring new rhythms, devotionals, and habits for holiness are a wonderful ripple effect from a...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:08

What Do You Want Most From God?

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“And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'” – Mark 2:5

Jesus is teaching and healing, and the masses are flocking to him. Jesus sits in a crowded house; no one can get in. Unless, the roof is an option.

Friends of a paralyzed man,...

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Monday, 02 January 2017 14:51

How the 5 Solas Change Our Churches

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500 years ago, an agitated and gospel-awakened monk hammered ninety-five thoughts to a door. And this changed the world. Here I am, writing about it. Here you are, reading about it. TGC is throwing a conference on it. Amazing.

The Reformation was an incredible act of God’s mercy. The Lord used...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:00

I Can’t Lead This Church

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I put on slacks, dressy black shoes, a shirt with more than three buttons, and drove to the interview for the Lead Pastor position at Redeemer Bible Church.

All of the guys doing the interviewing knew me. We team-planted the church together. But, rightfully so, they put me through the paces just...

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 08:24

Do More Than Admit Your Sin

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Christianity doesn’t pretend we are sinless people.

So, why do we pretend that we don’t struggle with sin? Why do we put on fig leaves? Why do we hide? “If we say, ‘We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10 CSB). One reason...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 20:23

Top 10 Books I Read in 2016

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Better late than never. Be sure to also check out Tim Challies’ compilation of the best books. My list of books isn’t limited to books published in 2016. These are my 10 favorite books I read in 2016.

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Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry...

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