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

Entering the Public Square - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:00

When Prevention Is Worse than the Cure

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I have tried this summer to be very true to the spirit of G.K. Chesterton and have attempted, perhaps highly imperfectly, to look at his work in context. Today, I’m going to be writing about Eugenics and Other Evils, and the passage I’m going to talk about really should be considered in...

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Why is it that we all seem to be drawn into a story? Around the world, people spend billions of dollars every year buying books or going to the movies. We don’t just do that because we like to own pieces of paper bound together or watch lights and colors flashing on the screen. We do it...

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It has become a popular stereotype in modern America that religious people are the enemies of reason, the opponents of science or the defenders of the irrational. For instance, consider this headline from the Scientific American in 2012, “Losing Your Religion: Analytic Thinking Can Undermine...

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imageIt seems to be quite clear to me at least that we all have a tendency to see whatever it is that we want to see. If I really like Ben Shapiro (which I do), I am going to have a tendency to favor his interpretation of a particular event. If I really do not like Ben Shapiro (many people do not), they...

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imageThe problem of evil presents a greater apologetic challenge to the Christian faith than any other. It is a hard thing to wrap your head around. How is it that God, who is by nature, all-good, all-powerful and all-knowing, could allow evil to exist in the world? It is pretty easy to affirm any two...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:00

Embracing Anarchy Is Easier Said Than Done

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Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think that any society has ever existed in a state of pure anarchy. At least when I think about anarchy, I think about the absence of government. When I think about government, I think about an entity that organizes a group of people. When I think about a...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:00

Why Progressivism Fails

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I live in Vermont, and if there is one word that you could use to describe a vast majority of our political environment, it would be progressive. Spurred on by the incredible success of our Senator Bernie Sanders in his 2016 Presidential campaign, I have noticed that this adjective has become even...

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If there is one thing you don’t want to do in 2018, it is end up on the wrong side of history. Although the term itself seems to be used rather loosely, the general idea is that there are some things that are right while others are wrong, and you better be sure that you affirm what you should...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:00

Why Social Media Shrinks Our World

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In our modern age of social media, you can learn a lot about someone without ever really meeting them. The minute someone accepts my friend request, they can learn some highly personal and controversial things about me. They immediately have the ability to know that I am Christian, I do not...

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One final read I completed on my break between semesters in my PhD program was a very recent analysis of The Lord of the Rings that I enjoyed very much.

An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien was written by Donald T Williams. It was published by Christian...

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During this well-deserved (at least in my opinion) break between semesters in my PhD program, I did some reading through some of Lord of the Rings commentary. I love these books so much that I thought it was worth seeing what other people had to say about them.

A second book I read was The...

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Since I have had a few weeks off from classes at Faulkner University, I was able to dig into some pleasure reading. In particular, I was able to dig into some Lord of the Rings commentary I have been meaning to read that I hadn’t gotten around to. Consequently, this week you get three book...

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I suggested some best practices for straight communication on Wednesday, so I thought that I would take this post to share three of the worst practices for straight communication if we are trying to avoid talking past each other. Especially as Christians, if we’re trying to share something...

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As Christians, we have to come back to this idea about our cultural inability seemingly have a conversation without talking past each other. After all, if, as we believe, the Gospel is just about the most important thing we can share with anyone else, we want to make sure that we get the message....

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 20:00

Conversation in 2018

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Do you ever feel like you’re having those conversations where you are literally talking past one another? I have had those moments, and I imagine most of you probably have as well. You can even feel this when you look at our media. You can read the headline from Fox News, CNN and MSNBC and...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 20:00

The Importance of Reconciliation

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I find it interesting that human beings were designed to be in community. From the beginning, God understood that it was not good for man to be alone, so He created woman. Of course, it is not surprising that human beings are social creatures. We are created in the image of God, and our God is a...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 20:00

The Great Hope of Christianity

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I think that we run the temptation of becoming far too wrapped up in the here and now. Of course, it is a good thing to stay on top of our current situation and make wise decisions, but as Christians, it is important to consider that our days are simply a vapor here on earth. What seems like a big...

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If you have followed this website for any length of time, you will know that I am a big fan of The Lord of the Rings. Ever since I discovered these books in middle school, I have learned as much as I can about this world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. On one hand, you may say that I shouldn’t...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:00

A Christian Response to Randa Jarrar's Hate Speech

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Randa Jarrar said some terrible things in the aftermath of First Lady Barbara Bush’s passing, and on Wednesday, I suggested that it is important, as a principal of free speech for all, that she should not be terminated based on what she said in her personal life, as awful as it is.

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California State University professor Randa Jarrar’s needlessly antagonistic and quite frankly evil attack on First Lady Barbara Bush within hours of her passing has raised a variety of questions about the role of free speech in our society. Is it permissible to discipline someone at work for...

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As I sat watching the funeral of First Lady Barbara Bush, I couldn’t help but feel somewhat bad that her funeral had somewhat been overshadowed by the controversy generated by one of her vocal critics. California State University Fresno professor Randa Jarrar tweeted, among other things, in...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

Remaining Thankful through the Dark Times

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Noah ultimately was thankful for God’s provision as the end result of being faithful. At the end of the day, we have been talking about how important it is to remain faithful to God despite the fact that the world may not understand or maybe very countercultural. We have to remain faithful...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

Standing against the Culture like Noah Did

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As we think about the time of Noah in comparison to the world of today, we have to remember that, despite the fallenness of the world around him, Noah was faithful. God told him to do something that was pretty radical. In a world that had never experienced rain, he was being asked to build a boat....

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As we sit here in the midst of an extraordinarily rainy spring time in Vermont, I know that I have the assurance this rain is going to stop at some point. We are not going to see our world destroyed by a flood as it was in the days of Noah. That being said though, this meteorological event has got...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:00

You Can't Lead from Behind

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Finally, when I think about some leadership lessons I have learned from An Unexpected Journal, I have to think about one of my favorite pieces of advice from Confederate general James Longstreet:

You can’t lead from behind.

I tried my best to be involved in every part of this process, and I...

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