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

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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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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Monday, 12 September 2016 02:00

Join Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2016

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The Worldwide WordPress 5k (#WWWP5k) is back and better than ever!

Any time between Monday, September 19th to Sunday, September 25th, lace up your running/walking/hiking/hopping shoes and join us for the 5k blogged about around the world!

Automatticians are planning to hit the trail on...

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Friday, 09 September 2016 02:00

Field Notes: Junior Innovation Camp

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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 when not in front of a computer.

Today I’d like to share some experiences we had during the Junior Innovator Camp...

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We’re excited to announce a newly launched Customizer panel called Content Options.

The Content Options section gives you an easy way to make small visual modifications across your site—like hiding the post date or displaying an excerpt instead of a full post, with no custom CSS needed!

Th...

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Monday, 29 August 2016 01:59

Introducing: Data for Breakfast!

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The Data Team at Automattic is pleased to announce a new blog for everyone who loves data! Data for Breakfast will feature posts about our data stack, trends in WordPress.com usage, and whatever currently tickles our data fancy. We’re data scientists and engineers with a passion for our...

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 02:00

Level Up with Blogging U.

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Thousands of bloggers have used Blogging U’s step-by-step email courses to get started, grow as writers, create beautiful websites, learn the ins and outs of WordPress.com, push their photography skills, and more.

There are ten different courses currently available, for folks of all...

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect address for your blog, it’s about to get even easier. Millions of new .blog domain names (like yourname.blog) will be availablethis November — and starting today, you can apply to secure your own domain name.

Just go to get.blog and apply to...

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Your Instagram account is a great way to share your life, products, and services online. With all that great content, why not showcase your Instagram account on your website or blog? Learn three ways WordPress.com makes it easy and discover other sites that are doing it well.

Activate the Instagram...

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:00

Browser Notifications on WordPress.com

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Today we’re launching a feature that will show instant notifications for new comments and likes — even when you are not actively using WordPress.com. Browser notifications give you a real-time sense of your readers’ reactions, allowing you to stay more engaged with your audience....

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 02:00

Field Notes: Podcast Movement 2016

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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 week, we share our experience at the Podcast Movement 2016 conference.

People use WordPress.com...

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 02:00

Engineering Happiness en Español

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As part of our effort to build a localized Spanish-speaking support team, the Happiness Hiring team at Automattic recently had the opportunity to connect with WordPress communities in Argentina and Spain. From speaking engagements to networking events, our trip was a great way...

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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

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