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
Thursday, 08 November 2018 14:15

Why We Don’t Send More Missionaries

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The math of missions doesn’t add up.

If about 7,000 people groups are unreached, and there are as many as 350,000 evangelical churches in the U.S. alone, that if each church sent just one missionary, every people group could be engaged.

True, statistics never tell the complete story. As a...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 14:10

Does Pornography Use Ever Justify Church Discipline?

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At what point, if ever, does a persistent pattern of pornography warrant church discipline?

It’s an all-too-familiar scene. They’re sitting right across from you: their shoulders sag, their head hangs low in shame. If you can even see their eyes, you notice they look empty and exhausted.

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“After all, a family car is not just a car. It is a whole culture... The car (is) much like a living room with large windows on street level or the front yard.” (The Guardian, November 22, 2013)

Only a few years ago my wife was picking up my eldest son from kindergarten. He climbed in...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:10

Reflecting on Love Incarnate

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We live in a society that continually measures the depth of love based on the pleasure and comfort that someone or something brings.

I love chocolate. I love this mattress. I love this movie. I love my spouse (until I don’t). I love my job.

Love is an emotion for many of us, and by using...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:05

Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness

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Forgiveness is central to our experience as Christians. It is at the heart of our relationship with God and our relationship with others. Jesus talks about forgiveness a lot and even inscribes it on the template for our prayers (Matt. 6:9-13). At the same time, forgiveness is hard. It’s...

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The scene is astonishing. Jesus has just given his magnum opus, the Sermon on the Mount. The people are amazed at his teaching. He begins to walk down the mountain, and great crowds follow him. His teaching ministry coupled with his healing ministry seems to make many wonder if he is...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 14:10

3 Big Questions For A Big Promise

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For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. – Psalm 84:11

Psalm 84 is about the heart of a true worshiper. It reads like a Song of Ascent (Psalms 120-134). But it is actually a song of trust. It is a...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 14:15

You're Dead, Start Acting Like It!

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Or maybe I should have led with, “You’re Alive, Start Living Like It!” Both are true. At least, that’s what Paul argues in his short gospel-rich book to the Colossian believers.

As the fragmentation of our modern, Western culture breaks its banks and washes sediment into our...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 14:10

How the Church Does Good

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We all want to see the people in our churches bear fruit. We want to see our churches filled with people who are filled with the character of Jesus. We want our people to do good works for the glory of God. So, the question many of us ask on a regular basis is: How can we as pastors,...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 14:15

Preaching a Church Toward Mission

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How do we preach toward good evangelistic engagement? If, as many younger evangelicals of the gospel-centered persuasion believe, we aren’t to turn our Sunday service into a seeker-targeted evangelistic event, in what sense might the sermon time fuel the missional impulse in our churches to...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 14:10

Grave to Groom

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Recently we sat with a dear brother and kept watch with his family and friends as he walked the narrow road from this life to the next. We listened to sacred breaths. The curtain between this world and the other so thin, blowing gently in the silence. Time has run out and we could not make it stay...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 14:05

Links For The Church (11/5)

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Slow Down, Weary Mom

Chelsea Stanley writes about the daily struggle of caring for children and how moms can grow in the ways that they die to themselves to love their kids.

Trendiness, Busyness, and Biblical Illiteracy

In this interview with Andreas Köstenberger, he shares what happens when...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 15:15

In His Light, We See Light

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"In thy light shall we see light."-- Psalm 36:9

No lips can tell the love of Christ to the heart till Jesus himself shall speak within. Descriptions all fall flat and tame unless the Holy Ghost fills them with life and power; till our Immanuel reveals himself within, the soul sees him not. If you...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:15

Elders Are to Be Hospitable, Not Just Their Wives

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“Scripture lays out the qualifications for an elder that he must be ‘given to hospitality.’ How is that seen in your life?”

This question is always asked in our presbytery exams early on in the process of examining a man to be a teaching elder. We take seriously the biblical...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:10

3 Questions for Christians on Social Media

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How should Christians engage on social media? We have all seen the carnage. A poorly worded tweet brings confusion; a sharply worded one alienates. The Proverbs tell us much about the tongue, and many of its punchiest verses are applicable to our social media usage. As Christians, we are to bring...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:15

Won’t You Be My (Muslim) Neighbor?

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Editor's Note: The following is a review of Islam and North America: Loving our Muslim Neighbors, a newly released title from B&H Academic, compiled and edited by Micah Fries and Keith Whitfield. The volume is available today from Amazon or wherever books are sold.

Every year on September...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:05

Self-Hatred and Sanctification

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I have scars.

These are not just metaphorical scars - they tell a story of my journey down the road of self-hatred. I have them on my chest, my jawline, and my cheeks. These scars are from when I had severe acne when I was in high school and college. "Acne." I hate that word.

My struggle...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:05

The Mission of Jesus in Homes

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Place matters. A person and a people’s story is impossible to understand apart from their place of origin and life lived in a place. They learn their way in a place, they show their way in a place, and they make decisions to be in a place. We see this in the Lord Jesus Christ. He himself was...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:10

3 Reasons To Ask For Help

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I am terrible at asking for help. Some people don’t ask for help because they don’t want to inconvenience others. But me? I don’t ask for help because I truly believe that I am capable of handling everything. I like to be the one who has it all together. I give an excessive amount...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 15:05

How Do You Respond to God's Word?

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“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered,...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 15:15

Stewards of Our Stories

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I remember the first time I ever sat in a small group setting. It was easy. Show up just before it starts, grab a donut, a Styrofoam cup and some Folgers, find a seat, and get ready to listen. The content? Mostly helpful. The expectations? Minimal. At least they were until Mrs. Billy Jo Mayo...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 15:10

Jesus’ Compassion for the Rich and Powerful

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When our family moved to Nashville from an 850 square-foot New York City apartment, we had hoped for more living space, but not toomuch more. We had grown accustomed to smaller quarters, which drew us together and helped us live more simply. So, we asked our realtor to find us a modest house...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:15

Jerks for Jesus

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It's becoming a common trope on social media -- certain figures who spend an inordinate amount of time arguing, picking fights, insulting other Christians or mocking them with scathing sarcasm or silly memes, when reprimanded, citing the biblical prophets, Paul's harsh words for heretics,...

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Our family vacation could not have arrived at a better time.

I was feeling worn out, discouraged, and depleted from the daily grind. Day in and day out, each 24-hour period seemed packed to the brim with activities, work, and other commitments. There never seemed to be enough time in the day to see...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:05

Links For The Church (10/29)

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Five Ways to Improve at Encouraging One Another and Building Each Other Up

Jared Musgrove explains the need for encouragement and provides specific and practical ways that the church can love and encourage one another. 

Needed: Word-Spreading Women

Women should be sharing the good news of the...

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