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, 25 June 2017 20:00

Power Soccer: My Initial Impressions

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As some of you might be aware, I spent last weekend at a national power wheelchair soccer tournament near Indianapolis, Indiana. While my team did not quite have the success we were looking for, this is the fifth time my team has made the journey to nationals, and I was reflecting a little bit on...

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A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate the Day’s World, written by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle, was published in 2017 by David C Cook. I was given a PDF of this book by the author in return for writing this post and providing my honest review.

I am not a...

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I previously wrote a blog post where I shared a letter I wrote to the office of my Senator, Bernie Sanders. I was very concerned about his view of Christians after his unconstitutional line of questioning to nominee Russell Vought. You can read my letter here, and I promised that if Senator Sanders...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 20:00

Book Review: The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher

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The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, written by Rod Dreher, was published in 2017 by Penguin Publishing Group.

It is rather obvious that America has transitioned into a post-Christian nation. There are a few options of how Christians can handle this shift.

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Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith, written by Dr. Holly Ordway, was published in 2017 by Emmaus Road Publishing. I was given a Kindle review copy of this book in exchange for the writing of this post and providing my honest opinion. Also, in...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 20:00

You Disagree with Me? Write It Down

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I hope that you will really take to heart my encouragement to get writing even if you have something to say that I don’t agree with. I am not very much of a utilitarian to be entirely honest with you, but John Stuart Mill had something very important to say about freedom of expression and...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 20:00

Not Confident in Your Writing? Write Anyway

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I have days when I have a hard time writing. There are times when I want to put something on the paper, but nothing comes out. I think that most people can relate to experiencing this type of writer’s block, and as a result, the advice I presented on Monday might seem to be a little...

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Last Wednesday, I suggested that I don’t have time to write about everything on this website. I try to talk about a wide variety of topics, and I try to make this a pretty interesting experience for everyone. However, the fact of the matter is I cannot write about everything, and I honestly...

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I actually did submit the following letter to Senator Sanders through his official government website. As you can see below, I did ask for a response, and if I ever do receive one, I am going to publish it unabridged for you to see and evaluate. If you did not see the video of this interaction, I...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 20:00

Why Did You Just Get Mad on Monday?

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I have a feeling I might have touched a nerve on Monday. It might seem like I am selectively outraged because I do not write an article every time somebody in the United States of America says something offensive. In fact, you very well might have gone back in the archives to see if I wrote...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 20:00

Dear Ms. Griffin: An Open Letter

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Dear Ms. Griffin,

I guess this has been somewhat of a roller coaster week for you. Let me first of all condemn anyone who is threatening your life at this point. I pray that the authorities will take whatever necessary and appropriate action is required to protect your life. No matter what you did,...

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You might be willing to go along with me so far that the Western Canon is important, and there are even some non-Christian sources that are worth reading. However, there are some classics of Western culture that make people a little bit uncomfortable yet have been highly influential in modern...

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As you hopefully saw on Monday, I just released my e-book entitled 50 Books Every Christian Should Read which you can get for free by signing up for my newsletter.

Many of the books I chose are classics of the Western Canon. These books have created the foundation of the intellectual tradition that...

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Since it is Memorial Day and most of you probably have the day off from work, you might be thinking about your summer reading list. Maybe you’re traveling somewhere this summer and need something to read in the airport, or you might just want a book when you’re sitting on your patio on...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 20:00

Because We Believe in Miracles

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CS Lewis wrote a lot about miracles, and he understood more clearly than most people that Christianity without the miraculous is literally nothing. In his essay, “The Grand Miracle,” Lewis wrote, “One is very often asked at present whether we could not have a Christianity...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 20:00

Because Christ First Loved Us

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CS Lewis simply called his essay, “Some Thoughts,” and in it, he wrestled with one of the great paradoxes of Christian faith. We often times talk about how we ought to be in the world but not of the world. Lewis saw this tension clearly as Christians have done so many great things in...

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 20:00

Because We Believe Christianity Is True

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A few months ago we did a series on the Chronicles of Narnia, but CS Lewis wrote a lot more than just one series of excellent novels, so I want to spend time with a few of his other writings this week.

Lewis wrote an essay entitled “Christian Apologetics” published in the book, God in...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:00

How to Kill Debate: Deny Truth Exists

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A third and final way to kill debate is to deny the existence of truth. This makes debate irrelevant. If we cannot agree that certain claims are true while other claims are false, what is really the point of having a discussion? I might be arguing that something is truth, and you would respond to...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:00

How to Kill Debate: Dehumanize the Opposition

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I suggested on Monday that there are some ground rules that are necessary for having debate. I began by saying that an echo chamber is not conducive to debate because one side is literally shut out from the discussion. If you only hear one side, it is not going to be very much of a debate.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 20:00

How to Kill Debate: Create an Echo Chamber

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Free speech is a good thing. If you’ve read anything I’ve written, you know my opinion on free speech and the right to discussion in the public square. I think that there is great value to bringing ideas out and debating them. That is the beauty of competition at work. When bad ideas...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 20:00

March for Life: A Diverse Alliance

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Perhaps one of the most striking images of communities coming together for a common cause happens every year in Washington DC at the March for Life. In the National Review’s report on the 2017 March, it was reported that, “The March for Life has always been a highly inclusive event,...

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Religious freedom is of utmost importance to us as Christians, but it is also important to other religious communities as well, and we have seen these diverse communities working together to defend that right across the United States.

For instance, in New Jersey, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge...

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I suggested that community can be developed by following three rules. First, we have to acknowledge the value of all people and truly believe it. Second, we have to recognize that we are not going to agree on every issue. Just like everyone else, I wish people would agree with me all the time and...

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The third step to community building involves a commitment to the common good. If we first of all recognize that all people have value by virtue of being human and recognize that there are going to be differences of opinion in a group of people, there are going to be issues that we actually agree...

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While the first step of building a community is recognizing the inherent human value of all people, then the second step needs to be a recognition that we are going to have different perspectives on different issues.

All of you probably know if you have read this website very much that I am very...

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