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

For the Church - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 25 June 2017 15:15

How We're Like God How We're Not

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During college orientation, I received my student ID card and learned of its importance to access all parts of campus—my dorm room, classroom buildings, and the cafeteria! I would soon find out that it wasn’t simply the card that was important. About halfway through my sophomore year, I...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 15:15

Loving the People You Love to Hate

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In the midst of my umpteenth re-reading of C. S. Lewis’s classic Mere Christianity, I came across the passage excerpted below and found it holding new resonance. Apply what Lewis is explicating below to any of the following:

  • Gossip
  • Church conflict
  • Relational jealousy
  • Sharing of news stories that...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 15:00

Links For The Church (6/26)

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Joy Comes in the Morning, But Not Tomorrow

When does joy arrive? What does this phrase mean? In this short but rich piece, Barnabas Piper writes on the promise of joy and when you should expect it. 

Teach Children the Bible is Not About Them

Sally Lloyd-Jones shares why the stories of the Bible...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 15:15

The Ark of Jesus Christ

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"The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot."-- Genesis 8:9

Reader, can you find rest apart from the ark, Christ Jesus? Then be assured that your religion is vain. Are you satisfied with anything short of a conscious knowledge of your union and interest in Christ? Then woe unto you. If you...

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Years ago, in a church that was experiencing good changes and lots of growth, I heard from various sources that many people were not happy with me. This floating disapproval went on for some time. As a younger pastor, this was extremely disconcerting. Like most pastors, I was concerned about...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:15

The Power of Company

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“Human nature is so constituted that we cannot be much with other people without effect on our own character. The old proverb will never fail to prove true: Tell me with whom a man chooses to live, and I will tell you what he is.”– J.C. Ryle[1]

I worked with youth for many years...

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This is the third part of a three-part series. Click to read the previous posts: Part 1 | Part 2

Like the prodigal of Luke 15, Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian King, came to his senses. He had fallen hard and far, but in a second marked from eternity past, God willed light to come. Nebuchadnezzar went...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:15

A Winning Vision

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"I'm just not very good at this whole ‘vision’ thing," a discouraged pastor shared with me over lunch at Chick-fil-A. He asked, "How do I even cast vision?"

As a church planter getting ready to celebrate my church’s 10-year anniversary, I must have been associated...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:10

Saying Goodbye to Narnia

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That ink on paper has power to produce both joy and tears is a wonder to me. Yet, such is our experience as we walk the winding path a master story-teller blazes for us.

Even as a child, Lewis’ mastery was not lost on me as my heart ached with an unknown longing each time the Pevensie children...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:05

A Letter to My Children

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In 2010, as my three daughters were preparing for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade, I wrote them this letter because I wanted to engage my children, even at this young age, with some key character principles that will help them eventually be the people God wants them to be. I pray...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:30

10 Signs You Are Burning Out

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“Apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches...I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.”—2 Corinthians 11:28, 12:15

Much has been said about ministry burnout. I probably won’t say anything new, but perhaps I can...

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No two church planting wives are the same. Our unique church contexts, seasons, personalities, challenges, gifts, perspectives, and preferences could fill volumes.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT

If you sat down for chai with Ananya in Ahmedabad and asked her to discuss the blessings and burdens of being a...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:00

How to Encourage Your Pastor

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Pastoring a church is not an easy job. 

Here are 10 ways you can encourage your pastor (or pastors).

1. Thank him (or them).

It's not easy to preach every week. It's not easy to carry the burden of ministry every day. A pastor rarely hears "thank you." A good pastor isn't in the ministry for...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 15:15

How Savings Can Save Your Ministry

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Most Americans are living on the financial edge. On average, Americans have less than $500 in savings, well below the recommended three to six months worth of living expenses. An unexpected car repair or medical expense can send most of us plunging into credit card debt.

Unfortunately, some church...

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The other day I asked a friend of mine, who also has 3 young children, how much time, as a percentage, he spends in disciplining his kids. “85%” was the answer he gave. My response?

“Really? That little?”

As a parent, you have to be engaged in the discipline of your kids in...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 15:05

Running to the Pantry of Good Works

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I am not a legalist.

I say this at the outset because I am scared of the label, both from the perspective of perception and also the spiritual implications. I don’t want to be that guy.

I am sure you can relate.

At the same time, I’ve noticed a troubling personal trend. This trend is not...

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Growth in theological thought involves an interesting and unexpected dynamic—the more you understand a doctrine, the more you see its simplicity and complexity.  

This has proven true for me in every taxonomy of systematic theology, but nowhere more so than in my understanding of...

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"He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you."-- John 16:14

“In all companies, on other days, on whatever occasions persons met together, Christ was to be heard of, and seen in the midst of them. Our young people, when they met, were wont to spend the time in...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:00

Links For The Church (6/19)

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Race: A Topic Worth Speaking About

Trillia Newbell writes: "This isn’t a topic left to the public, news sources, and/or politics, rather this is a topic that the church must not only take up, but be on the forefront of engagement."

Why Anxiety Plagues So Many Creative People

Whether it is...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 15:15

Your Heart, Christ's Garden

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"I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse."-- Song of Solomon 5:1

The heart of the believer is Christ's garden. He bought it with his precious blood, and he enters it and claims it as his own. A garden implies separation. It is not the open common; it is not a wilderness; it is walled around,...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:30

God is Eternally Faithful

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“ Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” -Psalm 36:5

God is faithful. So often in our culture, faithfulness is something that is hoped for. A woman hopes her spouse or boyfriend remains faithful to her, employers hope their employees are...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:15

Using Your Words Wisely (Part 5)

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Editor's Note: This post is Part 5 of a 5-part series entitled, "Using Your Words Wisely." Click to read previous posts in the series: Part 1 | Part 2 Part 3 | Part 4

If you want to have any control over your tongue, the content of the Bible must become the constant...

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If you read the first post, you know that our church is starting a series from Daniel and I’m reacquainting myself with the Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar. I won’t be providing a phonetic spelling for his name so just make due with however it rolls off the tongue. More importantly, be...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:15

Using Your Words Wisely (Part 4)

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Editor's Note: This post is Part 4 of a 5-part series entitled, "Using Your Words Wisely." Click to read previous posts in the series: Part 1 | Part 2| Part 3 

The Christian life is somewhat analogous to a glass filled with water. When we come to Christ, we are as a glass filled with...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:10

More than a Messenger

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Many young men sense a call to ministry through the preaching of well known figures like John Piper, Tim Keller or Mark Dever. God has tilled the soil of the young man’s life in such a way that the words of said preachers spring to life and become a model for the young man for years to come....

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