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 - Entering the Public Square

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It might be discouraging for Christians to see studies like this from Pew Research that claim that by 2050, Islam will be the most popular religion in the world. Right now, Christianity holds that position, but there are two main features that are causing this trend to change.

First, birthrates are...

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Relativism is the plague of our modern society, and I found yet another example of that as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day.

Planned Parenthood’s Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens was recently interviewed on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. Here is the video that...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 20:00

The Impact of News Consumption on Your Children

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Common Sense Media recently produced some fascinating research about children and news in America. A few things stood out to me as particularly significant about this research that ought to influence how we, as adults, interact with the young people in our lives.

First, 48% of children say that the...

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Dr. Frederick Dyer obtained his Ph.D. in experimental psychology in 1968 from Michigan State University. After three years of university teaching he conducted research on visual perception at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and later research on leadership and soldier training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. After...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 19:00

Study: People Actually Want to Read the Bible

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I wrote on Wednesday about the problem of Christians in name only. They profess to be Christians, but they do not believe that Christianity is something that ought to impact their lives or be applied to the decisions that they make.

It is interesting though that according to recent research released...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 19:00

Study: The Rise of Christianity in Name Only

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We talked about imaginative apologetics last week, and I want to talk a little bit about why apologetics is so important in the world right now.

I saw a rather disturbing statistic that showed that there is a massive number of millennials who claim to be Christians but do not have a biblical...

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Reza Aslan has drawn a lot of heat from Christians over the years, but I’m trying not to come to his recent article on CNN as a Christian specifically. I am a Christian, and I do not believe that Islam is true, but that is not my point in writing this article. Rather, I’m coming to his...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 19:00

Christians Ought to Be the Best Artists

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“If Christianity is true, Christians ought to be the best artists in the world across all forms of media.”

You probably aren’t going to buy that, so let me explain where I am coming from.

If Christianity is true, then Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus Christ is, “the Way,...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:00

The Power of Imaginative Apologetics

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“How could a made-up fantasy world reveal anything about the ‘truth’?”

This is a question that Fredric Heidemann was forced to confront as he read The Lord of the Rings as an atheist. In his story recounted on Word on Fire, he points out how there was a depth to the world of...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 19:00

What CS Lewis Did Right

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Well, we made it through all seven Chronicles of Narnia! I hope that you enjoyed looking at these wonderful stories with me. However, we have been considering them as more than just stories. We’ve been looking at the themes that these stories are trying to communicate.

First and foremost...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:00

Every Chapter is Better Than the One Before

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The Last Battle ends on an extraordinarily poignant note after a great reunion of all the heroes we have seen throughout The Chronicles of Narnia. We don’t know the ultimate end of the story though.

“And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:00

The Uniqueness of Aslan

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A great way to win a population is to change the definitions of words that they believe they know just as the ape did in The Last Battle. As he is trying to convince all the creatures of Narnia that this entire Calormene invasion is done with the blessing of Aslan, he tries to make a modification...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 03:00

Using Truth to Combat Confusion

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The Last Battle is probably my favorite one of The Chronicles of Narnia. It simultaneously presents the hopelessness of the world we know and the everlasting hope that we have in God.

However, much of the plot explores the problem of confusion in the world. King Tirian had heard that the trees of...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 03:00

Choosing Right While Tempted

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As we come to the end of The Magician’s Nephew, we find out what makes evil so tempting. The witch, who knew that Digory’s mom was sick and dying at home, promised Digory that if he would take the forbidden fruit back to his mother instead of back to Aslan, she would be made well again....

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 03:00

Seeing What Is Good about the World

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Arguably the most memorable scene from The Magician’s Nephew is very beautiful creation of Narnia. The actual creation ends with a voice of unknown origin, perhaps from Aslan or even the sky, saying:

“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts....

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Monday, 13 February 2017 03:00

The False Dilemma of Striking the Bell

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The Magician’s Nephew gives Narnia a creation story, but the story interestingly does not start with the beginning of Narnia. Polly and Digory were transported to a type of world between the worlds by Digory’s uncle Andrew, and once they are there, they find their way to a dreary world...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 03:00

Not All Lions Are Evil

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As we reach the end of The Horse and His Boy, Shasta received a stunning revelation about all of the lions he seemed to encounter along the journey for the North.

“’I was the lion.’ And as Shasta gaped with open mouth and said nothing, the voice continued. ‘I was the lion who...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 03:00

Shasta Alone in the Dark

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It can be terrifying to be alone, and in The Horse and His Boy, Shasta found himself alone at the Tombs outside of Tashbaan. After he became separated from the rest of his party in the city, he eventually made his way out and arrived at their rendezvous point. Unfortunately, no one was there to...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 03:00

Trusting at the Edge of Despair

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The Horse and His Boy is probably the Chronicle of Narnia that I am the least familiar with, but I have been through it a few times. It begins as a story of a boy named Shasta on the run with Bree the talking horse. 

Shasta didn’t know how to ride a horse when the story began, so Bree had...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 03:00

Puddleglum's Debunking of Postmodernism

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Unfortunately, in what is an incredibly predictable plot twist in The Silver Chair, just as Jill, Eustace, Puddleglum and Rilian are about to make their escape from the underworld, the Queen returns. As we find out later, she could have immediately turned into a serpent and tried to kill all four...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 03:00

Follow the Signs

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imageWhen Jill, Eustace and their guide Puddleglum finally meet Rilian in The Silver Chair, they are immediately thrown into confusion. When they first encounter him, he does not even realize that he is Rilian. He is under an enchantment that he is only able to escape for one hour every night. As a...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 03:00

Remember the Signs

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The Silver Chair is perhaps my favorite of The Chronicles of Narnia. It is right up there with The Last Battle, and I go back and forth as to which one I like better.

This book begins on what is actually a rather dark note. Jill Pole finds herself in a face-to-face meeting with Aslan who explains to...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 03:00

Surrendering Our Dreams to the Lion

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As The Voyage of the Dawn Treader progresses, the crew stumbled upon an island masked in darkness. Although almost everyone on board is eager to avoid the mysterious cloud, the ever-adventurous Reepicheep convinces Caspian that this is not an adventure that should be avoided. Therefore, they...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 03:00

Changing into a Dragon (and How to Change Back)

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Although most people might say that the most unlikable character in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is Eustace, I have to admit that I find him likable because we know the end of the story. If we only read the first half of the book, there would honestly be very little good to say about him. He is...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 03:00

Searching for Truth across the Sea

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a different kind of story than the first two we encountered in the Chronicles of Narnia because we are not immediately faced with imminent danger. Rather, the reader is drawn into a seafaring adventure. There is clearly an objective to the mission, but there is no...

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