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

Apologetic Report - Erik Raymond
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:05

Do You Invite Critique of Your Sermons?

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Should pastors facilitate conversations that critique their sermons? I believe they should. Immediately one may object, “Pastoral ministry is hard enough, why invite more pain?” While I agree that ministry and particularly preaching is hard, we are not quite pulling arrows...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 10:05

We Can’t Microwave People Into Maturity

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Over the last 25 years I have gone through many variations of personal fitness goals. As I look back at the years and the goals I can see a common thread: I stick with what works and get frustrated with what does not seem to work. I suppose there is nothing wrong with this; if we are...

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Many Roman Catholics were faced with a bit of a quandary earlier this year when they learned that St. Patrick’s Day would fall on a Friday—during Lent. As as you know, many people in America celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by eating Corned Beef. Also, there are a number...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:05

How to Get a Message to the President

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This past weekend a man was arrested after jumping the perimeter fence around the White House. After being questioned the intruder indicated that he wanted to talk with the President. The authorities even found a letter that he wrote to Mr Trump inside of his backpack. This...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:05

No Spin on Sin

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Over the last two decades news commentators like Bill O’Reilly have reminded us of the danger of media spin. Shows like The O’Reilly Factor boast that they provide fair and balanced coverage that do not engage in the spin. Whatever you think...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 08:05

Study at the University of Jesus

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How do you get people to be faithful Christians? This is a question that has crossed the mind and burdened the heart of many throughout church history. We want to see people grow in their love and loyalty to Jesus.

Thankfully it’s not a new question. The writer of Hebrews was...

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“but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son.” (Heb. 3:6)

To get the full effect of this comment to first century (particularly Jewish) ears it might help to remember Acts 6-7 when Stephen was being killed for his testimony of Christ. Do you remember the...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:30

The Unspeakable Dearness of the Son to the Father

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We can often sanitize the gospel from its pulsating drama. While the Son of God is truly God as well as human, he is still the eternal Son of God. He has enjoyed a wonderfully close and gloriously happy relationship with his Father throughout all eternity. In sending Christ,...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:05

The Day Abraham Planted a Tree

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Over the last few hundred years people have planted trees in celebration of Arbor Day. People all over the world plant trees to commemorate the value of trees to the environment and our human experience. Looking back at the Old Testament we find Abraham planting a tree and as he...

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Sunday, 12 February 2017 16:05

Are You Suffocating Your Creativity?

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There is little debate that we are living in a period of unprecedented technological ease. We are able to do more things—and do them faster and more efficiently—than ever before. However, with nearly every technological advancement comes secondary effects. Most of these...

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What is a church member’s responsibility toward their pastor(s)? This is a question that does not come up as often as perhaps it should. Our spiritual ancestors thought, spoke, and wrote a lot about these things. One such pastor was Samuel Jones, pastor of Lower Dublin...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:05

When Mockers Marvel

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Can you believe she laughed?

She was pushing 100 years old and God made a specific promise to her. He told Sarah that within a year she was going to be a mom—even though she was barren and well beyond the normal age for motherhood. Upon hearing this, she laughed (Gen. 18:10-14)....

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Monday, 06 February 2017 16:05

Book Review: ‘The Productivity Project’

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Sunday, 05 February 2017 08:20

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

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It’s automatic. Every time I say the word “squirrel” my dog will snap to attention and begin darting around with her head on a swivel. It doesn’t matter if she is in a deep sleep, sniffing the best-smelling tree, or trotting in an open field; if she hears...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:05

The Christian Life is not the Bargain Bin

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The Christian life is difficult. It’s not quite spitting into the wind hard, but it’s still tough. But there is a difference between it being hard and being lousy. Christians are often portrayed in print and film as joyless prigs who have settled for a flavorless life....

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Monday, 23 January 2017 16:05

The Value of Christian Protest

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In recent days we have seen a marked contrast. On Friday Washington D.C. was flooded by many excited supporters of the new president. Throughout the weekend the excited supporters were replaced by unhappy protestors. With D.C. as the hub both the support and the protest spilled over...

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Sunday, 22 January 2017 16:05

The Shadow Eclipsed by the Substance

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And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.” (Mark 14:53)

At the trial of Jesus we have him being led to the chief priest. Here we have  a very ironic scene that is both historically and theologically charged.

In the...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 20:44

The Kingdom Consoles and Compels Us

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During the recent election season there was a sentiment repeated by many Christians about how “thankful we are that we are members of another kingdom.”

In other words, “I expect to be disappointed by our political leaders, but I remain confident in and committed to...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:05

The Necessity of Prayer in Sermon Prep

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Think for a moment about preaching. In that moment a man walks up to a pulpit, opens his Bible, and begins to speak. He is standing before the congregation and endeavoring to speak to them on behalf of God. He is not giving new words from God but declaring what God has already said...

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imagePrior to Christmas I was talking with a friend about a new book he was reading, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter. The title is intriguing enough; however, as we talked, the concepts and arguments of the book echoed my experience. I was intrigued. I picked up the...

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Sunday, 08 January 2017 16:05

Prayer In Light of God’s Will

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When we begin to roll up our sleeves and get serious about being Christians we rouse our minds as well as our hearts to action. Increasingly God uses the Bible to shape the minds and hearts of his people. By God’s grace he molds us. We begin to think his thoughts after him and...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:05

Joy to the World

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I’ve found one of the best ways to get everyone’s attention is to yell, “I have an announcement!” Whether in a crowded room or a half-empty bus, it doesn’t seem to matter—this tactic works.

In the familiar nativity narrative an angel has an...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:05

An Interview with My Wife About Books

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Recently I was having coffee with my wife and talking about books. And as I thought about it, I was convinced it would make an encouraging and interesting blog post. Christie has been a Christian for nearly eighteen years. While being a pastor’s wife, homeschooling our (6) kids,...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 16:05

How to Parent Without Regret

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If you are a parent then you have likely found yourself in the midst of a moment of profound weakness. With a prolonged sigh and a personal massage of your on forehead, you say, “I’m overwhelmed.”

I can relate. With six kids ranging from five through the early...

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Sunday, 18 December 2016 16:05

Will God Condemn the Innocent?

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If you have spent much time talking with people who are not yet Christians you will invariably get questions about God’s judgment. And this are important questions for us to consider. As people are introduced to the God of the Bible they are confronted with a worldview...

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