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, 01 April 2018 15:15

The Gospel-Shaped Pastor

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Pastors are a motley bunch of souls. We represent different personalities and tribes, different methodologies and styles, not to mention denominations, traditions, and theologies. But I’ve learned over the years that there is something many of us all have in common—a profound sense of...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (4/2)

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What Baptism And The Lord's Supper Teach Us About Redemption And Art

Patrick Schreiner writes about wholistic Christianity, and how two of the sacraments teach us how to live with a complete worldview.

4 Ways Christians Should Share Their Faith ThatAre Actually Effective

In this practical post, Matt...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 15:05

Your Church Music Might Be Incomplete

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Everyone has an opinion on the topic of church music. Should we have loud music or quiet music? Should there be lights and fog? Should we use hymns, psalms, or modern songs? What instruments should we use? The reality is that tons of great Christians will answer these questions differently, and...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 15:15

The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” -- 2 Timothy 2:8

From long sickness my mind is scarcely equal to the work before me. Certainly, if I had ever sought after brilliance of thought or language, I should have failed today, for...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:15

Why Did Christ Die?

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Excerpted from John Stott's classic work The Cross of Christ:

Herod and Pilate, Gentiles and Jews … had together “conspired” against Jesus (Acts 4:27). More important still, we ourselves are also guilty. If we were in their place, we would have done what they did. Indeed we have...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:05

Once Upon A Time

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A few years ago, my son, who had just started the second grade, was playing in the backyard when I arrived home. My wife approached me and asked me to read a story he had written for school. Second-grade stories are incredible, so I was thrilled until I began reading. His story was about us moving...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:15

Communion With Our Eyes Wide Open​

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Every week at our church, the service ends with one of our pastors inviting believers to participate in the Lord’s Supper. I’ve grown to anticipate these few moments more than I thought possible.

As a teenager coming back into Christian circles for the first time in a while, observing...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:10

Faith for What's Too Much

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Back in high school, my brother promised to take me to the local amusement park called Worlds of Fun. I think it was supposed to be for my 17th birthday. Well, this summer, nearly ten years later, we’re finally going to do it. I can feel it now—the blinding wind and the taste of my...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:05

The Ice Returns Every Morning

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As I write this, our city is enveloped in what feels like an evil cold. Sub-zero temperatures await me as I go out to my car for my commute. I know from experience that I need to allow some extra time to warm the car up. It’s also likely that the windows will be adorned with the glittering...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:05

Pastor Fear

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Pastoral ministry is filled with pitfalls and dangers. One of the most subtle and yet destructive dangers is fear. This takes all shapes and forms: the fear of failure, fear of man, fear of taking risks…etc. The truth is that the more clearly you preach the gospel and the more aggressively...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:05

It's Hard To Love My Foster Son

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Andrew* came to us when he was six-months-old. He has been in foster care since he was two-weeks-old, and he joined our family of four—me, my wife, our two-year-old son, and our not-quite-two-month-old son. Brittany and I have known we would pursue adoption or foster care since before we got...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:05

Kill Your Dogmatism

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There was a time in my life when I believed that most important things in the world are either right or wrong, true or false. I believed every decision and every theological thought must have one possibility. Everything was day or night – no dawn or dusk for me.   

Don’t...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 15:10

The Battle for a Man's Mind

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Paul concludes his majestic treatise on the gospel of Jesus Christ in the book of Romans with a call for a renewed mind that is transformed by the gospel. He writes, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good,...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 15:15

Laziness is Idolatry

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Let’s talk about laziness.

Laziness is idolatry. It is closely related to its opposite—workaholism. Both the sins of laziness and workaholism are sins of self-worship. The behavior looks different, but the root idolatry is the same. And the problem we face is that the law cannot do for...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 15:05

A World to Work and Watch

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Last year, my husband and I were sent on a trip to the Holy Land. It felt surreal to walk along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, knowing that Jesus might have walked in the same spot a few thousand years ago. I found myself envisioning Jesus everywhere we went, trying to figure out what it would...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (3/26)

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It's Time to Reckon with Celebrity Power

Andy Crouch shares why we must talk about celebrity power and being accountable to one another. 

The Gospel from Womb to Tomb

The struggles of life are many. David Murray writes to young and old believers about their different trials and encourages us to...

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 15:15

Betrayed

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"Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?"-- Luke 22:48

"The kisses of an enemy are deceitful." Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 15:05

The Value of Commitment

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It seems that in my generation, commitment is a dirty word. Obligation is even worse. We are incredibly busy and more than that we value our comfort a little too much. Often we confuse feelings of obligation with legalism. We run scared from the threat of becoming legalistic, but we miss the fruit...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 15:05

Thoughts On The Rise And Fall Of Pastors

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His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful. But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God. (2 Chronicles 26:15-16)

In the past year, five of my friends who are pastors have lost their...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 15:15

Comfort Food Versus True Comfort

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I find comfort in food. It has always been a problem, one which I have fought most of my life. But it becomes an even bigger problem when I am stressed. I am a stress eater. I eat when I am stressed and I can’t stop. This wasn't always that big of a problem; my life has not always...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 15:10

Chasing a Title or Carrying a Towel

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When it comes to leadership, how do you measure greatness?

The mother of James and John thought it was having the best seats in Christ’s Kingdom (Matthew 20:20-21). There are those today who would certainly say that church size, book deals, Twitter following, and global influence are sure...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 15:05

When You've Broken What You Cannot Fix

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My son loves cars, motorcycles, planes and trains. He likes to look at them and imitate the sounds they make, but more than anything, he likes to play with them—the smaller versions for now. Many times he plays rough and “bonks” them together and the inevitable result is...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:05

The Depth of Mercy in the Pits of Sin

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Genesis 34 narrates the darkest hours of Jacob’s life. Not only in terms of things that happen to him, but also in terms of his own sin in response to those things. His only daughter, Dinah, is raped. Jacob responds with what seems like apathy – clearly the rotten fruit of favoritism...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:05

Guilt Confusion

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30

In 2016 God opened a door for me to...

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About a week ago, a knock came to my bedroom door.

“Who is it?”

“It’s Lilly!”

Playfully, I responded, “Lilly? Who’s Lilly?”

“The pretty one, Dad!”

“Of course, come on in!”

That’s a cute story, but why did she call herself...

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