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

Equip the Saint - Apologetic Report

image Over the past thirty years America has witnessed an unprecedented rise of mega scale churches and in tandem a meteoric explosion of moral failure. An entire generation of church goers are jaded, confused, and desensitized, because the pedestal of the pulpit crashed down. Because I take...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:44

Is Repentance in John’s Gospel?

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image Ever since the Lordship vs. Free Grace clash occurred in the mid 1980s, a hot bed of controversy has surrounded the Gospel of John and the place of repentance in a person’s salvation. Because John is considered by many “the gospel of belief” (cf. John 20:31) it is the go-to...

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“We must know when to wield the sword mightily and when to keep it sheathed!” prince of preachers Charles Spurgeon once exclaimed.

On Twitter we find two types of evangelical Christian… One group steers clear of any biblical truth that may challenge or offend. The second type...

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image The most recent “terror” attack took place on London Bridge last week. Reports[1] claim three Muslim men jumped out of a van wearing hoax bomb vests and coldly started slashing people with their knives. Witnesses confirm they walked towards people shouting, “This is for...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 22:00

8 Ways to Disciple Aspiring Pastors

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Knowing God’s word on pastoral qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-7) is essential for aspiring pastors. Equally important to knowing the qualifications for pastoral ministry, is the practical application of those qualifications. Most seminarians understand that they have a long way to...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 01:44

Peter’s Proof Jesus Was the Messiah

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Weeks before Ben Franklin died Yale President Ezra Stiles asked him about Jesus. He responded, “I don’t give it much thought, and think it needless to trouble myself with it now, expecting soon I’ll get to know the truth.” A classically American response! “He’s a...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 08:19

Your Bible: Dust or Discipline?

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In today’s postmodern world the Bible is obsolete to unbelievers – and why shouldn’t it be? God’s work through Christ’s on the cross is “foolishness to the perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18) so it’s not surprising that His word isn’t taken...

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image I receive emails from people around the world who are deeply confused and frightened by the teaching and supposed “miracle” ministry of Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, and Jesus Culture in Redding California. Many of these emails are from well meaning friends and family who...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:33

The Mom Who Leaves a Spiritual Legacy

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Famed 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon was known for saying that mother’s will give a sad account on the last day if all they can say is, “Lord, here are my children. I raised them as gentlemen and left them wealthy.” He felt it was a mocking witness to people’s...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 04:22

10 Ways to Know You’re Saved

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In 1535 John Rogers translated the first full Bible into the English language. Subsequently, he was the first martyr of the reformation, burned at the stake by Queen “Bloody” Mary. As he was guided to the stake, history describes his own children walking at his side “encouraging...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 03:59

Put Your Child in “Big” Church

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A common question these days is, “Should my child go to big church?” In a society smattered with multi-generational church clubs, classes, and youth pizza parties, many parents are wondering when their child should begin interfacing with adults on Sunday morning. The answer is,...

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Last Sunday, worshippers were packed into St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, preparing for Palm Sunday when a suicide bomber killed 25 congregants.

As Easter draws near, the attacks in Alexandria (and Tanta) stand as vivid reminders ofimage the hostility many feel towards Christianity. Yet, every...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:07

Beyonce: The Wrong Role Model for Women

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image My eight year old daughter recently stood in the grocery line staring at a magazine vaunting the barely clothed and pregnant Beyonce. The tagline on the magazine touted Beyonce’s impending motherhood and nude extravagance as an assimilation of her “goddess” roots...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 07:17

American Christianity: So Easy Anyone Can Do It

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imageWhen is the last time you got your hands dirty for Christ?

I’m not talking about your ecumenical volunteer work, or punching in your PIN at the ATM to give money to African orphans as though that excuses you from selling out for Christ. I’m talking about uncomfortable,...

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Let’s analyze both the beauty and the beast of Christian parenting. The most recent adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is set for release this weekend and includes Disney’s first openly gay character. The imagery is bold enough to have prompted some Asian...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 22:00

Pharisees and False Teachers

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There is a word that used to have no derogatory meaning but has found its permanent place in  the insults of “Christianese.” Its original meaning referred to a man’s position as an expert adherent of God’s law with rabbinical duties to guide others. The...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 06:48

Smash Their Sacred Pillars

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In reference to false gods Deuteronomy 12:3 begins, “Break down their altars and smash their sacred pillars…” Last month I had the privilege of traveling and teaching with a dear friend and man of God who is fulfilling this biblical mandate across southern India. [For the sake of...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 04:53

Where to Go When I Need to Vent

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Have you ever felt the need to explode? To just “cut loose” in the car, in your pillow, or out in the forest somewhere? Maybe you’ve laid in the fetal position and just cried… not the pretty tears… the big heavy gut-wrenching sobs…

Where are we supposed to...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:08

3 Ways a Small Group Will Save Your Life

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Small Groups Are Vitally Important…

Want to hear a staggering statistic? Approximately 90% of the people in our church who are in a small group (what we call Life Groups),are bearing fruit in their walk with Christ. They’re dealing with sin, asking hard questions, getting answers, and...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 14:28

Killing Sin

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image As I was listening to a sermon recently from a well-known Pastor, he shared a story about his mom giving him a Bible with a very impactful sentence she had written in the front. It said, “This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.” I love this statement...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:00

God, Greed, the Prosperity Gospel: Part Two

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Beamers, Benz’s, and Bentleys. Mansions, maids, and millions. These terms are synonymous with the prosperity gospel. If you’re new to planet earth or haven’t watched television during the past ten years, here’s a simple definition of the “prosperity gospel” to...

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Friday, 20 January 2017 15:30

Stop Thanking Your Pastor

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It was Arthur W. Pink who wrote:

The great work of the pulpit is to press the authoritative claims of the Creator and Judge of all the earth—to show how short we have come of meeting God’s just requirements, to announce His imperative demand of repentance. . . . It requires a...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:15

God, Greed, the Prosperity Gospel

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image In Luke 12:13 someone in a large crowd yelled at Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me!” Clearly, the man yelling is the younger brother, not the older brother, because the law was clear that half of the inheritance would have automatically...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:05

Blessed is the Man That Serves

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image Jesus, speaking to His disciples about true greatness said, “…but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,” (Matthew 20:26b).

This statement is a direct rejection of the world’s definition of greatness! Jesus desires His followers to be servants above...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 15:15

Who Should You Date?

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In college my baseball coach was a strong Christian who understood the confusion for young people surrounding the topic of dating. Without compromise he boldly took 25 hormone-run college baseball players down a road few have dared travel – and none of us had ever been before: A 6-week study...

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