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

CCC Discover - Apologetic Report

Living in a secular age means living with our faith being contested. We are surrounded by people who believe and act differently from us. Our faith feels intellectually vulnerable. We must not take for granted the faith handed down by our parents. In fact, statistics show that those who...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:00

Has Belief in God Harmed the Advancement of Science?

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Atheists Claim That Belief in God Has Harmed the Advancement of Science

The position of classical atheism, and especially as argued by Dawkins, is that science has disproved God. Anybody who insists on clinging to belief in God is a superstitious reactionary, a religious fundamentalist who is in...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:00

Receiving a Spirit of Generosity This Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving week! We hope you are able to enjoy the holiday and give thanks to God for all that he has done and continues to do in your life.

When someone gives us a gift that we weren’t expecting, our usual response is that of gratitude (or “thanksgiving”). A typical...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 17:00

When God Closes the Door and Shuts the Windows

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Perhaps the harshest word we ever hear growing up is also one of the shortest: “No.” “No” is a small word that packs an enormous amount of power. It has the ability to both prevent and protect. Growing up, we almost singularly see the prevention side of this command, seeing...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:00

Should Christians Pray for God to Judge their Enemies?

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One of the treasures of worship in the Christian church is the Psalter: one hundred and fifty inspired songs, many of them written by David. But is it appropriate to sing all of the psalms? The ones I have in mind are the “imprecatory” psalms—the ones calling down...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:00

The Big Non-Negotiable

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In a day when Christians are sometimes perceived as narrow-minded, mean-spirited and judgmental, it is wise to frequently visit 1 Corinthians 13, commonly referred to as “the love chapter.” Jesus himself said that the first and greatest command is to love God, and the second (which...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 17:00

4 Reasons Why You Should Believe in Heaven

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Perhaps we should ask what “heaven” is before we investigate the case for heaven. Heaven is—note that a biblical theology for answering such a question (rather than a modern sociological one) must be admitted—the place where God makes all things right in relation to himself,...

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 17:00

Is it Illogical to Believe in God?

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Atheists Claim That It Is Illogical to Believe in God

This argument can take two different forms, both of which we will consider briefly. The first argument contends that all philosophical proofs for the existence of God are inherently contradictory because they all beg the question: “Who then...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 17:00

How to Make Your Church Uncomfortable

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Comfortable churches are common. In a comfortable church, people come from the same class, are the same color, live in similar neighborhoods, enjoy the same kinds of music and worship styles, get their news and political ideas from the same sources, and welcome more people like themselves.

The goal...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:00

5 Ways People Preach a Different Gospel

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In his letter to the Galatian churches, the apostle Paul warns those early Christians against turning to another gospel and abandoning Christianity altogether:

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 02:02

Should Pastors Preach Politics? Three Pastors Answer

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Do politics belong in the pulpit? In this roundtable discussion, Mika Edmondson (pastor of New City Fellowship OPC in southeast Grand Rapids), Kevin DeYoung (senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina), and Jason Cook (pastor of preaching at Fellowship Memphis) discuss...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 17:00

Why Sharing Your Faith Is So Hard

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How do you share the gospel with your friends or family? I’ll never forget sitting across from my former employer in his small restaurant, gazing into his wrinkled smiling face and grasping for the right words to bring up the gospel to him. Most of the time my words end up scurrying as far...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 21:00

How is God Glorified in the Texas Church Shooting?

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On Sunday, I went home from church feeling encouraged and edified. The sermon that morning finished up a series on the five solas of the Reformation, the last sola was “to the Glory of God alone.” As the message percolated through my thoughts I checked the news and saw that another mass...

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Atheists Claim That Belief in God Can Be Explained Psychologically

While [Richard] Dawkins argues this point loud and clear in The God Delusion, this contention has been presented repeatedly since the psychoanalytic revolution began in the nineteenth century and was also echoed in the reigning...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 01:32

How Could This Happen? Trusting God in a Suffering World

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In times of suffering, we sometimes cry out, “Why me?” More often, though, our cry is provoked by tragedies that happen to others loved ones and even those in distant countries who are suddenly wiped out in devastating circumstances. We mourn the death of parents and grandparents, but...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 17:00

What Caitlyn Jenner Reveals About American Religion

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There is a distinctly ‘American Religion’ that transcends creeds and denominational labels, crossing the conservative and liberal divide. It is an American version of the Gnostic heresy, as demonstrated by many noted sociologists of religion, and especially Harold Bloom’s The...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 18:00

Why Your Happiness Does Not Have a Price Tag

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Our idols don’t look like the gods of the Parthenon or stand on the corners of the street. Yet, they stare at us as we browse Amazon or go shopping on Black Friday. We all stand under the shadow of their gaze. One of the most powerful forces that controls this present culture is the god...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 18:00

The Most Compelling Message About Christianity

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Christians receive their identity from Christ, not from the world, not from the law, not from the accuser. But that identity reorients and resituates them, makes them to live like Christ. It shapes their whole disposition. (Mark C. Mattes Martin Luther’s Theology ofBeauty)

 

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 18:00

Does Belief in God Have Disastrous Social Implications?

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Atheists Claim That Belief in God Has Disastrous Social Implications

This argument contends that belief in a lie (i.e., that God exists) leads inextricably to disastrous social consequences done “in the name of God”—from wars to slavery to loss of any kind of a truly liberal social...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 05:18

The Root of All Godliness

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If the modern world was becoming more secular, this was the very opposite of Calvin’s piety. He was not a progressive anticipating the Enlightenment’s autonomous individualism, but an evangelical humanist crying, “Back to the sources!”

The faith he encouraged was deeper and...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 18:00

Why We Need a New Reformation

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Why do we need a new Reformation? What was so special about the Reformation in the first place that makes a second one so worthwhile?

Through the middle ages, Christianity became entangled with the vines of superstition, ignorance and spiritual lethargy that same thing we see all around us today....

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All too often, the textbooks focus solely on the men of the Reformation—Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and others—and fail to take notice of the faithful women who served among, beside, and with the Reformers.

These women were dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ, some to the point of...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 18:00

How the Reformation Radically Reshapes Our View of Grace

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Is Grace Like Medicine?

Most Christians at the time of the Reformation thought grace was a kind of medicine. God gives it to us to help us get better from our sickness of sin. After taking the medicine, we are able to do good works that can earn us some favor with God.  

After translating the...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 22:00

How Women Helped Bring Us the Reformation

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At this time of year articles about the Reformation are popping up all over the place. Especially this year with the celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, many people are dusting off their favorite Reformation stories.

This year my curiosity took me deeper into Reformation...

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