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, 28 March 2019 15:10

Why Shouldn’t We Love the World?

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As a parent, one of the things you want is for your kids to say their first word, then their first phrase, then their first sentence. Not only are those developmental milestones, but in one sense it makes life easier. If they are hungry, cold, sick, or tired, they can actually tell you instead of...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 23:30

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Seminary

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When my wife and I began seriously praying through seminary as a “next step,” I relied heavily upon the accounts of others' experiences on particular campuses. I found blogs written similar to some of my own - “Hello world! Praise God - we’re at seminary....

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:15

The 7 Disciplines of Living Coram Deo

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What does it mean to live your life "before God"? You do not accidentally live your life before God. Positioning yourself in the presence of God to know him, hear him, and respond to him takes discipline. 

I was recently studying this topic for a retreat I was going to...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 15:10

The Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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Are leaders created or developed?

This age-old question is not easily answered. There are natural leaders, but anyone can grow into a leadership role. Acquired skills often take a lifetime to hone; others are true for everyone. There are mountains of books on leadership. My library is full of...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:20

Waiting on Jesus

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A few weeks ago, we decided to go on a family date. And this wasn’t just any old family date to Chick-Fil-A—though we love fried chicken as much as any family—this was going to be a Kansas City BBQ experience. The kind you write articles about.

We settled on a new place, hustled...

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It is not uncommon for Christians to doubt their faith. Unfortunately, we often treat our doubts like we have contracted an illness. Indeed, the prescription for doubt and the prescription for a common cold are often virtually identical. When one doubts, one is told to wait it out, treat symptoms...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 15:10

Don't Stumble Over the Simplicity of Jesus

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As the story goes, Charles Spurgeon, on his deathbed, said to some of his final visitors, “As time has passed on, my theology has grown more and more simple. It is simply this, ‘Jesus loves me!’”​

I love that. I love it not only because the statement is true, but...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 15:10

What Does It Mean for God to Be Our Father?

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The verbal images of God in the Bible, just as the various names given him, constitute a significant part of his self-revelation. When Scripture likens God to a lion or rock or shepherd or judge or King, it tells us much about who God is and about our relationship to him. One of the most prominent...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 15:15

Don’t Preach Microwaved Leftover Sermons

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It is a common travail. The pastor has gotten to the end of his week without having had much time to focus on his sermon. He might have been thinking about his text, might have jotted a few things down, but the meat of his preparation and heat of his composition falls to the Saturday prior to...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 15:10

Life is Improv

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The topic of many urban legends is now a documentary film. The Bill Murray Stories takes a look at the viral sensation of actor Bill Murray popping up in random places doing random things with random people. People love it. From him singing karaoke with random people to showing up at a random house...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 15:05

Links For The Church (3/25)

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Why Church Leaders Need Ministry Friends Outside Their Congregation

Brian Boyles writes about the benefits of building friendships with those who can walk beside you when ministry gets hard. 

What Might God Do While You Wait?

"We cannot possibly know all of the things God might be doing in...

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 15:15

Rejoice in Your King

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"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit."-- Luke 10:21

The Saviour was "a man of sorrows," but every thoughtful mind has discovered the fact that down deep in his innermost soul he carried an inexhaustible treasury of refined and heavenly joy. Of all the human race, there was never a man who had a...

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By all accounts, John Calvin, the great Genevan reformer and systematician, was an educated man. His early educational endeavors help set a trajectory toward a rigorous pattern of intellectual engagement that marks his ministry. If pastors would cultivate a robust life of the mind (and they...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:10

The One Life Dream That Makes a Girl Blush

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Because of my work, I sit down regularly with single, young women. Single young women who want nothing more than a wedding ring, the kids, the house, the whole lot. And mind you, their wishes are never wicked or wrong. What they desire is not evil. What they hope for isn’t silly. They are not...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:15

Distracted by Serving Jesus

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In the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10, we see a woman who loved Jesus, but thought she didn’t have enough time to sit, listen, and enjoy Him. Luke 10:39 says Martha was “distracted with much serving.” Martha wasn’t avoiding Jesus because she was snapchatting her...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:10

Seasons of Waiting

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I remember reading Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting on Godot, when I was in high school. Two characters are waiting on someone named "Godot" – who never materializes – and, in the meantime, they have pointless and bizarre conversations about random, utterly meaningless...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:05

What Was It Like to Pastor at 17?

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There I am, preparing to speak. Someone introduces me who does not know me personally. So, he reads from my bio. Two things capture the congregation’s attention:

First, my name – H.B. Charles Jr. “Just in case you’re wondering,” he says, “H.B. does not stand...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:15

Hallmark Movies, Marriage, and Church

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My husband, Michael, and I sat across from our counselor at an 11:00 am appointment on a seemingly perfect Thursday. Our lives didn’t look much like a Hallmark movie. There we were on an older, faded couch sitting almost where the two cushions came together. His hand rested on my knee,...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:05

Your Church Needs Biblical Theology

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The pastors at my church are preaching through Exodus this year. It is, in my opinion, one of the most fantastic books in the Bible. And a robust biblical theology makes it even better. Let me explain.

Jesus is the Better Moses

Moses’s story is incredible. Here’s a guy who was tossed in a...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 15:15

When Abstinence Is Wrong

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Like many in my generation, I love Seinfeld. One of my favorite episodes is "The Soup Nazi." For the poor souls unfamiliar with this episode, Seinfeld and his friends find a place that serves great soup. The catch at the restaurant was, if you didn’t play your cards just right, the chef would...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 15:10

Why Preaching?

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the longtime pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, England, described preaching as, “The highest, the greatest and the most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.”[1] I share Lloyd-Jones’ lofty assessment of preaching. The call to preach is...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:15

Pastor, Be What You Want to See

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God forbids pastoral domineering but commands instead “being examples to the flock” (1 Pet. 5:3). Therefore, pastor, whatever you are, your church will eventually become. If you are a loudmouth boaster, your church will gradually become known for loudmouth boasting. If you are a...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:10

Why Your Preaching Stinks

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Do you know why your preaching stinks? My guess is, probably not, which is precisely why it stinks. Now, don’t look at me that way. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve had two funerals to officiate this week that you hadn’t planned on. Your finance committee is waiting for...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 15:05

Links For The Church (3/18)

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Single Ladies Catechism

Alicia Akins constructed a beautiful 31-question catechism specifically written for single women. These questions train the heart to seek God above all else. 

My Relative, A Slave Owner

After discovering some information about a relative, Nicholas Davis discovered a dark...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 15:15

Remember the Poor

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"Remember the poor."-- Galatians 2:10

Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor? He could make them all rich if he pleased; he could lay bags of gold at their doors; he could send them a large annual income; or he could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made...

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