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

Apologetic Report - Landon Coleman

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“Testimony” is Christian cliche for the story of how you met Jesus. Whether you realize it or not, if you’ve met Jesus, you have a testimony.

Throughout my life I’ve heard people say, “Anyone can share their testimony! It’s easy!”

I agree that every...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 23:18

Friday Favorites: Respectable Sins

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In Respectable Sins the late Jerry Bridges attempts to confront the sins we often tolerate and sometimes fail to see at all. Bridges is writing to Christians and explains his aim in the preface of the book:

“The motivation for this book stems from a growing conviction that those of us...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 23:10

Wednesday Wisdom (3-22-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 22, 2017:

Today I’m sharing an article and a collection of maps put out by the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The topic is apostasy and blasphemy laws in various countries around the world, and the numbers may surprise you. I like...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 08:39

7 Thoughts about Disney’s LeFou

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I have three girls, and my three girls own dozens of Disney movies. We were super excited about the live action release of Beauty and the Beast, but we haven’t gone to the theater yet. We may end up going, or we may stay home this time. Honestly, I haven’t decided.

I’m not...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:14

Friday Favorites: The Mortification of Sin

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In college my pastor taught a Sunday night Bible study on the topic of sanctification. A large part of that class was devoted to the specific issue of putting sin to death. In the course of our study, my pastor recommended The Mortification of Sin by John Owen, a Puritan. God used the study...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:34

Wednesday Wisdom (3-15-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 15, 2017:

Mark Coppenger is a former seminary president, church planter, philosopher, ethicist, professor, and all around interesting guy. The following link takes you to Mark’s archived page on the Southern Seminary website. Towards the top of the page there is a...

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image “Calm down, The Shack is just fiction!”

If you used this line in defense of The Shack (book or movie), I’d love to get your thoughts on Paul Young’s latest book. The book is titled Lies We Believe about God, and for the record it’s non-fiction. This recently released...

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All Bible commentaries are not created equal, especially when they are being used in preparation for teaching and preaching. Some are so technical and detailed the reader leaves without an understanding of the big picture. Others are so pastoral and simplistic the reader leaves without grasping the...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 22:08

Wednesday Wisdom (3-8-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 8, 2017:

Is it harder to be a faithful church member these days? Chuck Lawless thinks so, and in a recent blog post he offers these 7 reasons why it is harder to be a faithful church member today.

Chuck Lawless, 7 Reasons It’s Harder to Be a Faithful Church...

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“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

In the United...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:11

Friday Favorites: Manual of Theology

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Historically, Baptists are not known as great theologians. We have many great preachers and many heroic missionaries, but few thinkers who have produced great works of systematic theology. One notable exception is John Dagg. His magnum opus, Manual of Theology, was written in 1857. It was the...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 22:18

Wednesday Wisdom (3-1-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for March 1, 2017:

Jason Wright is a former pastor and a current missionary. This article contains biblical and practical advice for mobilizing your church to be involved in global missions. Jason’s experience allows him to write from both sides of this equation, the pastoral...

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imageEverything I’m about to say is said from the sidelines. Millions read The Shack. I was not one of them. Millions will watch The Shack on the big screen. I will not be one of them.

I actually have a copy of The Shack in my office. It was a gift, but “Christian”...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:49

Friday Favorites: Every Good Endeavor

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What is work? Why do we have to work? Why is work so frustrating? Why is it so frustrating when we can’t work? What is the difference between work and vocation? Am I “called” to my work? How does Jesus impact the way I work? How does Jesus impact the reason I work? These are...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 22:05

Wednesday Wisdom (2-22-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for February 22, 2017:

Millions of people read The Shack by William P. Young. Soon, millions will watch the story of The Shack on the big screen. Popular blogger Tim Challies has an interesting warning for those who have read The Shack or plan to see the movie. His...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 06:55

7 Ways to Promote Unity in Your Church

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Last week I wrote about 5 Ways to Destroy Unity in Your Church. This week’s post is a follow-up, and I’m trying to be more positive. For those who want to do more than not destroy unity, how can we fight for unity in our churches? Here are 7 suggestions:

  1. Become more like Christ. That...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 05:00

Friday Favorites: The Master Plan of Evangelism

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The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman is one of my all time favorite books. I truly believe anyone involved in Christian ministry or local church leadership should read this book.

The Master Plan is short and to the point. In the preface Coleman challenges the reader to ask two...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:41

Wednesday Wisdom (2-15-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for February 15, 2017:

I love the resources available at the Bible Project. This week they dropped a podcast titled, “What Is in Your Bible?” The videos and podcasts available here are always informative and applicable. This video is a helpful overview of the entire...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 06:33

5 Ways to Destroy Unity in Your Church

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At Immanuel we’re studying the book of Philippians on Sunday mornings. At the end of chapter 1 and the beginning of chapter 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to fight for unity. As I reflected on these verses, I tried to look at the issue of unity from the opposite perspective. If you...

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Michael Heiser believes there is an unseen realm that is just as real as the computer monitor or smart phone your looking at right now. This unseen realm is made up of spiritual beings we normally refer to as angels and demons. Heiser’s goal is to help you read the Bible with a biblical...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:10

Wednesday Wisdom (2-8-17): Top 10 Podcasts

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Wednesday Wisdom for February 8, 2017:

If you’re not listening to podcasts, you’re missing an opportunity to learn from some of the greatest Bible teachers on earth. No, I don’t think all of the podcasts that iTunes lists under the heading of “Christianity” are worth...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 06:00

5 Reasons You Should Be Wary of Christian Podcasts

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Yesterday I wrote about 5 reasons you should listen to Christian podcasts. Today I’m playing devil’s advocate and giving you 5 reasons you should be wary of Christian podcasts.

  1. “Christian” podcasts often contain heretical teaching. Just because you find someone on the...

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If you’re not listening to Christian podcasts, I think you’re missing out. Here are 5 reasons you should be listening to Christian podcasts (tomorrow I’ll post 5 reasons you should be wary of “Christian” podcasts).

  1. Podcasts can give you more exposure to the Word of...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 04:05

Friday Favorites: How We Got the Bible

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I think most of us take the Bible for granted. After all, in the United States most of us have access to bookstores (brick-and-mortar or online) where we can purchase a seemingly infinite number of Bibles. We have Bibles for kids and adults, Bibles for study and for easy reading, Bibles with tiny...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 05:58

Wednesday Wisdom (2-1-17)

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Wednesday Wisdom for February 1, 2017:

What is “doctrine?” More importantly, why should we care about good doctrine and bad doctrine? Why does the Bible call us to watch out for false teachers while submitting to biblical teachers? Tim Challies answers these questions in a recent blog...

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