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

Faithful Stewardship - Apologetic Report
Friday, 04 May 2018 05:32

DiM | “I Just Need U” by TobyMac Featured

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May 04, 2018. Today we’ll be taking a look at “All My Hope” by Crowder which currently sits at #1 on the 20theCountdownMagazine.

This is probably one of the better TobyMac songs I’ve reviewed. I found the writing to be quite honest and well-intentioned. The...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 22:00

DiM | “All My Hope” by Crowder Featured

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March 22, 2018. Today we’ll be taking a look at “All My Hope” by Crowder which currently sits at #2 on the 20theCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song has a good chorus in that it is focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The verses are weak and a bit vague, but...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 21:00

Friday | Conversation with Costi Hinn Featured

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image We come to the end of another week. Last week I shared a couple of phone interviews I had with Table Talk Radio and the Bible Thumping Wingnut. This week, I thought we’d listen in on an interview of Costi Hinn by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith to discuss the new book...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 21:00

DiM | “O’Lord” by Lauren Daigle Featured

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February 26, 2018. Today we’ll be taking a look at “O’Lord” by Lauren Daigle which currently sits at #2 on the 20theCountdownMagazine.

Today’s  song is an older one. I’m curious as to how this has risen to the #2 spot now. Lauren...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:00

Some Interviews/Podcasts Featured

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While the blog site has been rather quiet since last September, there have been a couple of interviews posted recently that serve as some backstory to this blog and to my reformation, my coming to the Lutheran Confessions. As we begin to get this blog back into regular updates, I think now is a...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 21:00

DiM | “Control” by Tenth Avenue North Featured

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February 19, 2018. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Control (Somehow You Want Me)” by 10th Avenue North which currently sits at #1 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

It’s been a while since we last took a look at the top 20 chart, so we have several...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:00

CTT | Seeing is Believing? Featured

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image While not particularly a religious idiom, we live in a culture that insists on the idea that “seeing is believing”.

In social media we see the idiom translated as, “pics or it didn’t happen” or “video or it didn’t happen”. If we look how the idiom is...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 21:00

2018 Time to get the Blog back into shape Featured

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Friends of Faithful Stewardship,

It has been a very long time since this blog has had an update. The past 6 months have been quite tumultuous. In September, I received word that the company I work for in my day job lost  the contract for the job I’ve been working for over 7 years. There...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 08:57

Merry Christmas 2017! Featured

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It has been a while since we’ve updated the site. I haven’t disappeared, it’s just a very busy holiday season. I started taking professional development classes for my day-job and found out last week that the current contract I’ve been working since 2010 has been awarded to...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 02:44

DiM | “Whole Heart” by Brandon Heath Featured

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November 1, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Whole Heart” by Brandon Heath which currently sits at #7 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

This song is a synergistic mess, a humble brag, and an empty promise to a very weak understanding of God. Seriously, whichever...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 07:07

DiM | “Word of Life” by Jeremy Camp Featured

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October 24, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Word of Life” by Jeremy Camp which currently sits at #5 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

Generally speaking, I’m a fan of Jeremy Camp’s music. This song gets a Disapproval for a couple of...

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September 19, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Hard Love” by Need to Breathe (feat. Lauren Daigle) which currently sits at #6 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

The version that is on the Top20 track isn’t the album version, it is the version done for the...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 02:23

DiM | “The Comeback” by Danny Gokey Featured

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September 12, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “The Comeback” by Danny Gokey which currently sits at #7 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song lands in the “Disapprove” category simply because there is nothing of Scripture being taught,...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:16

Best CoWo songs? Featured

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September 4, 2017. The DiM work here focuses primarily on Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) that plays on the airwaves. The goal is to encourage Christians to exercise Biblical discernment when a song plays on the radio. If you’re just listening for entertainment, then keep your guard...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 22:44

DiM | “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship Featured

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image August 22, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship which currently sits at #3 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Elevation Worship is the house band for Elevation Church where Steven Furtick presides. There are lots of problems with Elevation...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:47

DiM | “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams Featured

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July 25, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams which currently sits at #5 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song is a nostalgia bomb of Revivalism lacking substance and misusing the term “gospel”. This...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:53

DiM | “Broken Things” by Matthew West Featured

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July 18, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Broken Things” by Matthew West which currently sits at #8 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

I dislike this song very much. It’s an anthem of synergism with a focus on “me”. It’s a pious humble-brag...

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 Today, we’ll be listening to Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. preach on the parable of the Good Samaritan. We’ll be listening to it via his online radio ministry Fighting for the Faith, because he also included the Sunday School lesson he taught on the same Sunday. Since both are included in one audio file,

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:01

DiM | “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott Featured

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July 27, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family, which currently sits at #17 on 20theCountdownMagazine.

You may know Hillary Scott as a country singer in the band Lady Antebellum. It’s a good band, as secular country music bands go, but not one that

Friday, 22 July 2016 05:05

Friday Sermon | Three-fold Work of the Holy Spirit Featured

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 It has been a while since we shared a good sermon on Friday. This summer we packed in too many trips in too short a time frame, so the blogging and the yardwork have both suffered greatly. I’d like to get back to sharing sermons on Fridays, though I don’t have a lot of time to research sermons from pastors I don’t already listen

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July 19, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “The Lion and the Lamb” by Big Daddy Weave which currently sits at #20 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

This is an older song that has popped up on the Top20 charts this week. It’s a good song. It’s a very good song. I’d rather have some of

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 06:48

DiM | “Priceless” by For King and Country Featured

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CCM Radio Edition.

July 12, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Priceless” by For King & Country which currently sits at #15 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

This song makes no attempt at sharing the Gospel in any way. It’s not a Christian song. We’ll review the lyrics briefly, but the song is merely a

Thursday, 07 July 2016 08:15

DiM | “Great Are You Lord” by One Sonic Society Featured

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July 7, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Great Are You Lord” by One Sonic Society which currently sits at #20 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

Though this song is on the top 20 CCM list, it was very clearly written for corporate worship, so we’ll treat it as such and address its use

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June 30, 2016. This month has been extremely busy for our household. It’s been both wonderful and exhausting. We attended our first IssuesETC conference, and this past week we took a special trip to have our kids baptized. Next month will be equally busy, so currently we are trying to get to August. I will be attending the

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:53

DiM | “Dear Younger Me” by MercyMe Featured

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June 21, 2016. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Dear Younger Me” by MercyMe which currently sits at #19 on the20theCountdownMagazine.

I got frustrated with the song during the discussion of the lyric. This song spends most of its time, first couple of verses and even the chorus, building up to a climactic

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