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

Slaughter of the Sheep - Apologetic Report

Keeping up with social media can feel like a full-time job these days — and for many it is. Posting your content on Twitter and Facebook during specific hours, and keeping things evenly spaced out, means that you need to tend to your profiles pretty often.

We wanted to make it easier for...

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We’re excited to introduce the new Social Icons Widget, which allows you to connect with visitors on your favorite social media networks.

The new widget supports over 40 popular social platforms, from the ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter, to crafter haven Etsy, to artsy enclaves like DeviantArt...

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We recently launched an all-new media picker for WordPress for Android. Now, iOS users, you’re next! The new 7.8 release of WordPress for iOS includes a top-level Media Library section for each site you manage — making it even easier to share your images, video, and other media with the...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Launching: All New Media Picker for Android

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image There’s this… thing… in the Android WordPress app that we refer to as the “seven-item menu.” It would show up when trying to add a photo to confront you with a list of choices and we confess, we couldn’t always remember what option we wanted, either.

As of the...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 00:00

Inclusive Illustrations, By Design

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I like to think that designers solve problems, while artists ask questions. And when the two go hand-in-hand, real magic happens. Why? Because the right question gets answered with the right solution — art asks, and design responds.

Here at Automattic we were extremely fortunate to recently...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 03:52

The Best of WordPress.com in April

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You’re off to a strong creative start in 2017! Here are a few recent updates and stories from the WordPress.com community in April that we wanted to share with you.

What’s new

This Year’s WordPress Default Theme, Twenty Seventeen, Is Now Available

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“Great looking...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 23:28

Independent Publisher 2 Is Here

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The popular Independent Publisher design is a WordPress theme that has long been beloved for its simplicity and legibility. So we are happy to announce that it has been improved, ever so slightly, with the design talents of Caroline Moore and Kjell Reigstad.

Introducing Independent Publisher 2:

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Indepe...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 02:00

New Theme: Twenty Seventeen

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We’re excited to announce that this year’s WordPress default theme, Twenty Seventeen, is now available on WordPress.com.

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Designed by Mel ChoyceTwenty Seventeen is a business-oriented theme that allows you to create a stunning front-page layout with multiple...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 01:00

A New WordPress App Update, Designed for the iPad

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Over the past few months we’ve been working to dramatically improve users’ experience on iPad — and we’re proud to share those with you now, in our WordPress app for iOS, available in the iTunes Store.

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The apps were originally designed with only iPhones in mind, so we wanted...

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Finding just the right look for your site can be a fun task. If you’re on the Premium plan, it’s about to get a lot more fun: the Premium plan now includes unlimited access to all our premium themes.

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With over 200 premium themes on WordPress.com — and new themes added...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:00

Field Notes: CMS Africa Summit

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community.

This year’s CMS Africa Summit was my third attendance at this amazing conference. My colleagues Marj...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:36

New in Reader: Combined Cards

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If you’ve ever followed a frequently updating site in Reader, you may have noticed a problem. When one of your followed sites goes on a posting streak, it can easily overwhelm your stream, causing you to miss posts from less frequent sites.

Today we launched a new feature to...

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Hello, friends . As I am sure you have probably have heard by now, TBN co-founder, Jan Crouch, has suffered a massive stroke. My heart goes out to her family, and I pray she is able to call out to the Lord in the devastating condition she is in.

While this is a turn of events that is tragic and unwanted, I feel it necessary to point out that this

Sunday, 10 January 2016 15:07

Red Light: False Prophet Alert

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I feel it necessary to call your attention to a charismatic pastor who is beginning to draw in an ample amount of spotlight.  This pastor’s name is Shawn Bolz.  (I’d like to tip my hat to Wallace Revels for introducing me to this man, for if he had not shared a video of Bolz on Facebook and warned his readers to

Saturday, 26 September 2015 19:11

Did Todd Bentley REALLY Raise the Dead? Featured

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On Facebook this week, a friend posted a video supposedly showing Todd Bentley, of Lakeland Outpouring fame, purportedly raising a man from the dead in Pakistan.  I’m going to attempt to season this post with as much grace as possible, for there are many things I could say in the heat of the moment that would render any sense I could

Sunday, 20 September 2015 15:05

Tweeters Tweet the Dumbest Things: Rachel Held Evans Featured

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I was browsing Twitter and came across this gem retweeted by “Progressive Christianity” darling, Rachel Held Evans.

Now Evans has made it a point to distance herself from biblical Christianity as taught in the bible; instead, she chooses to adopt a position that questions biblical salvation and the authority of Scripture.  She is

Thursday, 20 August 2015 16:36

Creflo Dollar: Cause I’m Worth All That!

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Creflo Dollar has made the news the last several months for soliciting funds to purchase a new jet.  Dollar has his sights on a Gulfstream G650, which has a robust price tag of $65 million. After Dollar’s ministry, World Changers Church International (WCI), asked his followers to cover the bill, they suffered substantial media

Monday, 17 August 2015 16:39

Tweeters Tweet the Dumbest Things

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Browsing through Twitter can sometimes be an eye-rolling experience.  Did you know that it is entirely possible to say really dumb things in 140 characters or less?  I took some screenshots to illustrate my point.

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Honestly, this one was just way too easy!  If I’m trying to avoid online, telephone, or social media

Monday, 17 August 2015 16:08

Caught in the Cross Hairs

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Discernment blogging can be a thankless task sometimes.  Well, more often than you think.  We expect to take fire from the people we feature on our blogs, but sometimes the “good guys” take aim at us.

The following article is from blogger Marsha West, and she discusses this issue more in depth.  I’ll post a snippet

When I read this article, I figured the church in question would be a charismatic, seed-faith church.  Not this time.  The First African Baptist Church has removed long-time member Josephine King because, in the words of her pastor, she “‘has shown non-support'” towards the church in the areas of “‘constant

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 15:33

Long Time No See – Huh?

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It feels strange to be blogging again.  So, where have I been?  Well, I’ve been on Facebook, Snapchat, Facetime, Twitter, etc.  I just haven’t blogged in a while.

For those of you who have reached out and asked me to blog again, thank you.  I appreciate your kind words.  Life took over with a new job, new home,