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

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:59

Why Atheism?

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Is atheism based upon faith or fact? How does one arrive at belief in unbelief? There is probably no one answer to these questions. In his book Ends and Means, Aldous Huxley, known as “Darwin’s Bulldog,” was clear that his atheism was not based on faith, facts, or reason but on...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 14:30

The End of Forgiveness

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In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting, this time at a church in Texas, a journalist posed a question to me and several other of her Facebook friends who are engaged in one or another type of Christian ministry: “How do you balance forgiveness and anger after a tragedy like this...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:18

Shouting “Fire,” in a Crowded Fertility Clinic

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You may have heard about a devastating argument going around the internet. I know it’s got me shaking in my evangelical boots. I sure hope I don’t run into a pro-abortion advocate that uses it. According to comedian, serial tweeter, and sci-fi author, Patrick S. Tomlinson, this one...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:34

Conversation with a self-described atheist

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I have recently been involved in an online conversation with a self-described atheist. He raised some questions that I thought might be of interest to our readers. He writes: I just find it fascinating how each of the more significant divisions of Christianity consider all the other ones so wrong...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:27

Are You Just Afraid of Death?

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After our webcast, “500 Years after Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther,” someone posted this question; “Why do you believe these bible stories; are you just afraid of death?” In view of the fact that the fear of death has tormented humanity...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:26

Dark Reason

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Every now and then a news article comes along that scares me a little. The Washington Post reported on a social science study to test how politicians respond to evidence that contradicts their ideological positions. I bet you can guess how this went. Our research involved a number of “survey...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:35

The Worst Sermon

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Needless to say, I was away from home on a Sunday. We decided to go to a friend’s church we had attended before. I won’t name the church and details have been altered to stave off embarrassment. But I bet you can guess the denomination. The first thing I noticed how the congregation had...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:11

Falling From Grace

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The internet, and “Christian TV” today have become a great marketplace of religious ideas of all stripes, and people often do not know exactly who to trust. Just about every denomination and sect of Christendom is represented, plus, of course, every type of cult and false teacher....

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:54

The Challenge of Communication: Defining Terms

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I often have to think about the challenge of communication, not only in our articles or public teaching but also in my day-to-day interaction with others. Sometimes when talking with someone, I get the distinct feeling that, although we may be using the same language, we somehow are not tracking...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 17:33

Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

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Writing to the Colossians in the First Century, the Apostle Paul warned about certain spiritual disciplines that had “the appearance of wisdom” (Colossians. 2:23) but, in fact, conflicted with sound biblical teaching and were very harmful to the Christian life. False teachers were in...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:37

A History of Sinners

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Lately, barely a day goes by that doesn’t have a news story about the removal or destruction of a Civil War historical monument or the unearthing of the graves of Confederate soldiers. The destruction extends to historical figures such as Christopher Columbus as well. Who knows what...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:06

Can we get clear about free speech?

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I write about free speech a lot; wrote my doctoral dissertation on it. I speak around the country occasionally defending free speech. Mainly I do this because I believe the first amendment protections are the only thing standing between Christians and the tyranny of the majority. That would be...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:29

Answering a Critic

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An individual saw last week’s blog, “Moral Fluidity” and shared it on his webpage, first by quoting snippets from our article and then by offering his commentary (we have also done a webcast on this as well): If we allow the gays to marry, next it will be polygamy and pedophilia....

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Friday, 18 August 2017 21:15

A New Hymn for Progressive Churches

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It’s never too late to add a new hymn to our hymnals. And what better way to do it by updating an old melody with lyrics suited to the present socio-political realities that each of us face each and every day? With that in mind, we’ve taken a classic tune that just about everybody knows...

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The Wall Street Journal story titled “North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat” appeared three days ago (Monday, August 14) at 9:36 p.m. (ET). Kim Jong Un had taken his military belt off his socialist pants and was all set to administer a nuclear spanking to the bad-boy U.S....

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 17:20

Moral Fluidity

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We live in the challenging times of what we might call “moral fluidity.” For nearly two millennia Western culture has been guided by Judeo/Christian moral and ethical values. That doesn’t mean that no one violated them, of course. Every human being has violated them. As we pointed...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 17:15

The Good, Good News

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Ron’s blog last week, “N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell,” drew comments which seem to indicate that some believe salvation is achieved the old-fashioned way: We earn it. Yes, Jesus may play His part in saving us, but we must contribute to the process – do our part. After...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:00

N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell

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If you want a quick-but-tedious way to separate some of the shallower evanjellyfish from the more theologically-serious evangelicals in your circle of friends, here’s a simple method: call N.T. Wright a heretic. It’s quick because the blowback you will surely experience can be timed in...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:57

Lessons from the Garden

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:01

A Ham-Handed Walk through Church History

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Sometimes when someone makes such an outlandish, obviously inflammatory statement you have to step back and look at what’s really going on. Take this headline from Churchleaders: “The Ridiculous Emphasis Christians Place on the Bible” I’m mean seriously. To be fair,...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:50

As It Turns Out

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From time to time, I think about the prayer warriors that God put in our lives in the past. Some of them have gone home to be with the Lord, and we have to admit we really miss the intercession they provided on a regular basis. In many cases, the intercession was happening without our immediate...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:02

For God and Country

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We just celebrated the 4th of July. For some it is little more than a day off, perhaps a time to picnic or gather with family or friends to simply enjoy the fine sunny day that the 4th of July usually is. Perhaps seeing a parade or a fireworks display is included in the day’s events. Sadly,...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:53

Black Lie Affairs

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The first time I recall being aware of the devastating power of Black Lies was probably in the 2000 election battle between George Bush and Al Gore. I was running my daily errands, and while at the Post Office, I witnessed the woman ahead of me having a near emotional breakdown. She was pleading...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 17:03

Bernie Sanders and The Scandal of Exclusivity

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“This is the fundamental problem. Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.” These are the words that made Senator Bernie Sanders vote no on Russell Vought in his confirmation hearing...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:30

The Depravity of Man in Wonder Woman

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This is not yet another review of Wonder Woman. Well, not exactly. It’s more than that. Bear with me. I did see the movie this weekend and it is quite good. Almost worthy of a Marvel movie. I kid. It is the best DC movie in my humble opinion. Better than Man of Steel or Batman v. Superman. by...

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