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

Pastor Gabe Hughes - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 02:47

Remembering (and Responding to) Rachel Held Evans Featured

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In 2 Timothy 4:1-4, the apostle Paul told his protégé, "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 06:51

Bear One Another's Burdens (Galatians 6:1-10) Featured

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"Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is...

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 16:04

Walk By the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26) Featured

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16 "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are...

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Friday, 10 May 2019 02:16

Beth Moore Goes Off Like a Bottle Rocket Featured

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Yesterday, Beth Moore went "off like a bottle rocket." Her words. What was the thing that set her off? An article by Dr. Owen Strachan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in which he argued from Scripture that God has appointed men to be the overseers of the preaching and teaching in the...

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Monday, 06 May 2019 09:15

RIP RHE Featured

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imageRegarding the passing of Rachel Held Evans, I express my deepest sympathies to her family and anyone else whose heart is broken over her death. Mine is, too. I cannot imagine how devastating this is to such a young family. As her husband, Dan, said, "This entire experience is surreal. I keep hoping...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:20

Did You Know Jesus Ripped Off Pagan Gods? Featured

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The following is a chapter from my book 25 Christmas Myths. Because skeptics continue to repeat the myth that the story of Jesus is either a rip-off or a composite of other pagan traditions, I've decided to post this chapter for easy reference. Enjoy! Oh, and buy my book ;)
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Did you know that Jesus...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 16:04

A Pastor's Review of Unplanned: Uncertain of its Own Message Featured

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Unplanned is a movie based on the true story of Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director who famously became pro-life. The movie is produced by PureFlix, creators of such films like God's Not Dead,Mom's Night Out,The Case for Christ, and severalrapturemovies. Unplanned stars Ashley...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 06:59

A Review of Jesus: His Life (Part 1) Featured

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Each Monday leading up to holy week, the History Channel is airing a docu-series called Jesus: His Life. The show awkwardly mixes in dramatic reenactments of the story of Jesus with commentary from an assemblage of (mostly liberal) Bible scholars. The trailer to the show says that this is the...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 18:35

Francis Chan Defends His Friendship With False Teachers Featured

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Yesterday, Francis Chan responded to the harsh accusations that he has been aligning with false teachers. A recent article published at The Cripplegate was entitled Farewell Francis. The author Jordan Standridge warned that Chan "is sharing the stage with false teachers who will spend eternity in...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 06:07

What is the Song Bohemian Rhapsody About Anyway? Featured

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Last week, Bohemian Rhapsody was released on DVD, the Oscar-winning film about the band Queen and their lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The movie is titled after the famous song of the same name, a six-minute suite blending elements of rock and opera. It's only fitting that the album from which the...

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Perhaps you've seen the video going around called GOP Jesus done by Friend Dog Studios. If you haven't, you probably already get the gist of it from the title: it's Jesus saying some Jesus things but twisting His words to make fun of those hypocritical evangelicals who vote Trump (with strawman...

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Permit me to begin by plugging my book 25 Christmas Myths and What the Bible Says, which came out on Christmas Day at Amazon.com. Yes, I'm such an expert marketer, I released a book on Christmas Day instead of well beforehand, which would have been smarter. You can click here to order it in print,...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 14:05

A Jesus Calling for Christmas Special Featured

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Hey, Pastor GabeWe are looking for your "Jesus Calling" responses and can't find them for some reason. Can you help?Rob, FLSure thing. In fact, I'll share everything I've written after reading through Jesus Calling, the flagship title of Sarah Young's bestselling devotional series. Publisher...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 05:13

Is Yoga a Sin? Featured

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Dear Pastor GabeI had a suggestion [for a video]. I have spoken out about yoga and other things that have invaded the church. More often than not, I get lots of disagreement with my standpoint and the views of good preachers and Bible teachers.  Inevitably I hear some form of the phrase...

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This week, a friend of mine e-mailed me the United Methodist Church's "Plan of Salvation." Okay, so they're not calling it that. It's called The One Church Plan (OCP) concerning how the church will save itself from division over the hotly contested issue of homosexuality. They will do this by...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 07:36

Matt Chandler's Vice Interview Featured

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I originally wrote this piece on September 12 but never published it. The discussion has resurfaced, and I've decided to share. I'll explain more at the very end.
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On Sunday, September 9, Vice News (think Dateline for millennials on HBO) interviewed Matt Chandler about the changes that are happening...

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The last couple of weeks have seen a very crazy and often heart-breaking news cycle. So you probably missed a blog by Trevin Wax in which he listened to two hours of K-Love and offered his critique. His conclusion was that Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is not that bad, and that "the critique that there is little to no theological substance is...
Monday, 11 July 2016 11:58

The Passing of Margaret Rainwater

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Dear First Southern Baptist Church; grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that our dear sister in the Christ, Chong Sun "Margaret" Rainwater, passed away last night due to complications from cancer affecting primarily her brain and her lungs. She is gone from...
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 13:28

Is Donald Trump a Baby Christian? Featured

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Perhaps you've heard the rumor that Donald Trump is a Christian now. It happened just recently, according to Dr. Dobson. "I don't know when it was, but it has not been long," Dr. Dobson said. "I believe he really made a commitment, but he's a baby Christian."Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus On the Family and someone I grew up listening to, is...
Sunday, 26 June 2016 15:50

LGBT and How the Church Should Respond Featured

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This sermon was delivered on June 26, 2016, on the one-year anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in the United States. An expanded version can be purchased in a printed manuscript form by clicking here.Introduction
The world sure loves to talk about sex. Sex, sex, sex. Money, power, sex,...
Friday, 17 June 2016 23:43

When Steph Curry Threw His Mouthpiece

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So I've been watching the NBA Finals even though they're rigged (I figured I'd go ahead and infuriate a few at the beginning of the blog this time). Even if you haven't been watching, you might have heard that Steph Curry, star of the Golden State Warriors and reigning MVP, chucked his mouthpiece at a fan in frustration after fouling out in game 6...
Friday, 03 June 2016 01:04

Thabiti's Hillary Problem Featured

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The following is a statement that was made on the WWUTT podcast on June 3, 2016. It was made into transcript form to be posted on this blog. Some of the wording may vary a bit.
 
On Thabiti Anyabwile's blog through the Gospel Coalition website, he featured a guest post from Nick Rodriguez, fellow church member at Anacosta River Church in Washington...
 
So I read the Pope's speech to congress. If I were a pro-life Catholic, I'd have been outraged by it (I am very pro-life, but very Protestant). The Pope had an opportunity no other Pope ever had: the chance to confront American lawmakers, gathered together in one place, who legislate the death of over a million children per year from that...
Monday, 14 September 2015 15:58

The Review of 90 Minutes In Heaven You Don't Need Featured

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At the end of August, I received an invitation to a private luncheon showing the film 90 Minutes In Heaven. The movie was free, and best of all the lunch was free. I was tempted to accept the offer, not because I actually want to see 90 Minutes In Heaven. I very much don't want to see it. And that's why I wanted to see it! A chance to offer a...
Thursday, 10 September 2015 09:25

Don't Be Anxious, Be Thankful!

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The following is a chapter from the book 40 of the Most Popular Bible Verses (and What They Really Mean). You can pick up a copy here. Since we've been going through Philippians in the podcast (find the podcast player on the right), I decided to post this chapter...Philippians 4:6"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and...