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 Love of God - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 6; Matthew 6; Ezra 6; Acts 6

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Genesis 6; Matthew 6; Ezra 6; Acts 6

THE FIRST THREE SECTIONS OF MATTHEW 6(which itself is the central chapter of the Sermon on the Mount) deal with three fundamental acts of piety in Judaism: giving to the needy (traditionally called “alms-giving”), prayer, and fasting (Matt. 6:1-18)....

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Monday, 04 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 5; Matthew 5; Ezra 5; Acts 5

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Genesis 5; Matthew 5; Ezra 5; Acts 5

AGAIN AND AGAIN IN THE FIFTH CHAPTER OF GENESIS, one finds the refrain, “and then he died.” So-and-so lived so many years, and then he diedand then he diedand then he died… Why the repetition?

From the beginning, God’s...

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Sunday, 03 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 4; Matthew 4; Ezra 4; Acts 4

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Genesis 4; Matthew 4; Ezra 4; Acts 4

IT TOOK ONLY ONE GENERATION for the human race to produce its first murderer (Gen. 4). Two reflections:

(1) In the Bible, there are many motives behind murder. Jehu killed for political advantage (2 Kings 9-10); David killed to cover up his adultery (2 Sam. 11);...

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Saturday, 02 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 3; Matthew 3; Ezra 3; Acts 3

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Genesis 3; Matthew 3; Ezra 3; Acts 3

IN ANY DOMAIN, we are unlikely to agree as to what the solution of a problem is, unless we agree as to the nature of the problem.

The religions of the world offer an enormous range of solutions to human problems. Some promulgate various forms of religious...

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Friday, 01 January 2010 13:00

Genesis 2; Matthew 2; Ezra 2; Acts 2

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January 2

WHAT A STRANGE WAY, we might think, to end this account of Creation: “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame” (Gen. 2:25). Hollywood would love it: what an excuse for sexual titillation if someone tries to place the scene on the big screen. We hurry on,...

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Thursday, 31 December 2009 13:00

Genesis 1; Matthew 1; Ezra 1; Acts 1

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January 1

ALL FOUR OF THESE CHAPTERS DEPICT NEW BEGINNINGS, but the first reading Genesis 1 portrays the beginning of everything in this created universe.

On the face of it, this chapter, and the lines of thought it develops, establish that God is different from the universe that he...

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