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
Saturday, 13 January 2018 16:43

False Alarm: Hawaii's Close Call With a Ballistic Missile Featured

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Yesterday, the state of Hawaii fell into a state of panic. At 8:05 a.m, the state's 1.4 million residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors received on their cell phones the following alert: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." The alert...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 06:40

Bad Examples of Women Pastors (But Great Examples of Godly Women) Featured

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In 1 Timothy 2:11-12, the Apostle Paul said, "Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet." The context here is church leadership, an instruction that continues into chapter 3. A woman is not...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:44

Rooftopping Daredevil Falls to His Death Featured

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Wu Yongning, a 26-year-old Chinese rooftopping daredevil, fell to his death while performing a stunt from atop a the 62-story building. The Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported on Saturday that Wu was taking part in a rooftopping challenge that promised 100,000 yuan ($20,400) in prize money.The former...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:23

Would Jesus Bake a Gay Wedding Cake? Featured

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The Supreme Court of the United States listened to arguments today from a case formally known as Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was approached by two gay men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, and asked if he would make them a...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 04:26

#ChurchToo: How to Confront Sexual Abuse in the Church (and How Not To) Featured

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#ChurchToo is a social media hashtag movement to expose sexual harassment and abuse in churches. While that might sound like a noble and necessary cause, this campaign was started by two women, one of whom a lesbian, who hate God and His church. How do I know this is an effort to tear down the...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:58

Bethel Church Believes a Different Gospel Featured

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Last week, a reporter at BuzzFeed posted an in-depth article after going undercover during prophecy week at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. The school is one of the darling ministries of Bethel Church in Redding, CA, which also includes the music of Jesus Culture and their healing...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 05:52

The Death of Hugh Hefner Featured

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Hugh Hefner died yesterday at the age of 91. He was a pornographer, most famous of course for the publication of Playboy magazine. His Wikipedia profile, and probably any other biography you'll read of Hefner's, describes him as a political activist and a philanthropist.His "charity" contributions...

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Nabeel Qureshi, best-selling author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, died of stomach cancer this past Saturday at the age of 34. I never met Nabeel, but I followed his ministry and believed him to be a dear brother in the Lord. Nabeel grew up a devout Ahmadi Muslim. His college roommate, David...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 03:27

A Review of Single, Gay, Christian by Gregory Coles Featured

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"Let's make a deal, you and me," writes Gregory Coles, author of the book Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity. "Let's make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I'll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 03:46

The Legend of Prince Han Solo Featured

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When my oldest daughter, Annie, was about three years old, she didn't have many toys. I was an associate pastor at the time, and Beki had just given birth to our son, Zeej. Things were really tight for us financially. We ended every month in the red, and could only buy Annie the things she needed,...

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Brian Zahnd has a bone to pick. By the title of his upcoming book, slated to release on August 15, you might think his bone is with puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards. The title of the book is Sinners In the Hands of a Loving God, a play on words against Edwards' famous sermon Sinners In the Hands...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 07:14

Internet Famous: How a Young Couple's Quest for Fame Turned Deadly Featured

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A young couple wanted to be famous on YouTube. They aspired to have 300,000 followers and millions of views. What kind of stunt could they do to get that much attention? So the young man, Pedro Ruiz III, got an idea. He would have his girlfriend, Monalisa Perez, fire a gun at an encyclopedia he...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 06:32

Is Aaron Hernandez Guilty or Innocent? Featured

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Aaron Hernandez, the famed football tight-end for the New England Patriots, was convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd who died of a gunshot wound on June 17, 2013, in North Attleborough, MA. Hernandez was arrested 9 days later in connection with his death, and was found guilty of first-degree...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 06:29

Things Only Christian Women Hear? Featured

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Last week, the hashtag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear was trending on Twitter, and there were some beautiful things that were said. Such as:
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There is no place a woman can find her greatest joy and worth than in her Maker, Jesus Christ, being encouraged and built up by His bride, the church. The world...

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Hot on the release of the mediocre film The Shack (18% approval rating by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.8 viewer rating on IMDb), the book's author William Paul Young has released Lies We Believe About God. It came out March 7, less than a week after The Shack hit theaters.If there was any question...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 14:58

An Uber Confusing Evangelism Experience Featured

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I'm presently in California for the Shepherd's Conference held at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. The theme this year is in honor of the 500th anniversary of the protestant reformation. Speakers include John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, and many others. It's going to be a...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 10:40

What the Whole World is Doing Featured

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This morning I shared a quote from J.C. Ryle, former Anglican Bishop of Liverpool. He was big on evangelism and critical of ritualism. From his book Practical Religion, he wrote, "Give me a candle and a Bible, and shut me up in a dark dungeon, and I will tell you all that the whole world is doing."O...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 12:56

Examining the Worship Song Above All Featured

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Above All is a popular praise and worship song made most famous by Michael W. Smith, released on his album Worship (which came out on September 11, 2001). Smith first came across the song, written by Lenny LeBlanc and Paul Baloche, when he was going through material to sing at George W. Bush's...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:55

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: A Review Featured

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From Walden Media, Vertical Films, and ... the WWE? comes the Christian-themed movie The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, hitting theaters January 20. Because wrestler Shawn Michaels plays a minor role in the movie, apparently that makes it the property of WWE Studios. Which means you'll find it in the...

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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...
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