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
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"From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 01:41

Vice President Pence Isn't Pharaoh Featured

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I'll be Frank, you be Surely (Shirley?). I did not care for Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas yesterday. When he came to the platform, I stood to applaud, and likewise when he stepped down. It's proper etiquette -- he's the Vice President of the United...

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"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:45

Aftermath: Andy Stanley Unhitched Featured

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Last week, Andy Stanley said something controversial about the Bible that would drop him into the category of a theological liberal. This week, he's doing interviews to clarify his statement, tell pastors why they need to listen to him, and throw academics under the bus for taking him out of...

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So there was a royal wedding this weekend. Did you know that? You've probably had little contact with the outside world in the last several weeks if you hadn't at least heard about it. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, an American actress, were proclaimed husband and wife yesterday...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:35

If the Church Would Only... (a word from Voddie Baucham) Featured

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The following is from a sermon preached by Dr. Voddie Baucham on October 27, 2013, at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. The text was Revelation 17:7-14.The rise of evil kings at the end of the age is not the fault of the church. Please, hear this. Every time something goes bad in the...

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Earlier today, a former Schlitterbahn executive was charged with involuntary manslaughter regarding the death of a ten-year-old boy who died in 2016 on their famous water slide called Verruckt, once billed "the tallest water slide in the world."The ride is similar to a log flume that you see in...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 05:41

A Wrinkle in Time: A Pastor's Review Featured

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Hot on the heels of the action blockbuster Black Panther, Disney continues its theatrical takeover this weekend with A Wrinkle In Time. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling as the three Mrs. W's; Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the scientific parents; and Storm Reid,...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 04:58

Finger of God: a Review of Darren Wilson's Documentary Featured

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Dear Pastor HughesI would like to ask you a few questions regarding this film [Finger of God]. I read your blog, but I cannot find any new information. The Church I attend is planning to show this film. Would you recommend we do? If not, why?. Any updated information will help me.Thanks, MarioThank...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:49

Jesus Is Not Your Flu Shot; He is Your God Featured

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Surely by now you've heard about Gloria Copeland's Jesus-is-your-flu-shot video. Gloria, wife of famed televangelist Kenneth Copeland, made international headlines last week after she posted a video on Facebook saying that you don't need to get the flu shot because Jesus is your flu shot. All you...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 04:09

A Review of God Calling by Two Listeners Featured

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I'm presently working on manuscript for a book entitled Jesus Called (and Here is What He Said). As you can probably tell by the title, the book is in response to the bestselling devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. But more than being a criticism, I want to teach people what Christ has...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:28

Can Women be Pastors and Teach in Seminaries or Not? Featured

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On Monday, John Piper responded to a question at Desiring God regarding women as seminary professors. Since the Bible says that only men are permitted to serve as pastors and elders in the church (1 Timothy 2:11-12, 1 Corinthians 14:34-35), should women be teaching at theological...

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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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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...
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