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, 14 January 2018 19:00

An Unborn Child Is Distinct from Its Mother

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If you learned nothing else from what I wrote last week, I hope I at least clearly communicated one very important fact: Planned Parenthood does not want abortion to be rare. They have a huge financial interest in keeping abortion legal in as many states as possible with no restrictions or at least...

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Money talks, and the abortion business is no different. Planned Parenthood, as I have shown on Monday and Wednesday, seems to hide abortion as much as possible in their annual report, so I asked why this was the case.

I would like to suggest that they are so insistent on this minimization because...

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Something else stands out to me in the newly released 2016-2017 Planned Parenthood annual report. I wrote on Monday about how it seems odd that Planned Parenthood does not want to Shout Their Abortions despite the fact that their leadership publicly supported that movement but did not originate it.

I...

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I suggested on Friday something very important and probably very controversial for some of you. I suggested that voluntary abortion exists largely because people do not want to face the consequences for their actions.

Planned Parenthood put out a new annual report for 2016-2017 which I already...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:00

The Cultural Problem of Abortion

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I have already suggested that in order to reduce abortion rates not only do we have to make abortion itself illegal, but we also have to deal with the underlying issues that cause particularly mothers but also families to choose abortion.

However, beyond the legislative issues we have to deal with,...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:00

A Two-Pronged Approach to Reducing Abortion

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I used a rather click-baity title on Monday to communicate a very important point. Planned Parenthood was directly responsible for the murder of approximately one out of every 13.33 children that was conceived from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. That number is terrifying, and, I say this in...

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Great news! It is a new year, and Planned Parenthood has not terminated the life of an unborn child yet in this calendar year. Why? Their offices are not open on January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. Office closure is literally the only thing that can cause them to voluntarily stop...

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Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:00

My 10 Most Read Posts of 2017

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Well, another year has come and gone on Entering the Public Square, so I thought I would give you a rundown of the 10 most read articles on this website in 2017! Thank you for sticking with me for another year, and I look forward to joining you again in 2018.

10. Using Truth to Combat Confusion

9. Our...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 19:00

2018 Resolutions: Stick to Objective Truth

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Another thing that I think characterized 2017 beyond the extreme levels of division present in our society right now is a similarly troubling decline in they believe in right and wrong. Of course, this has always been here, and CS Lewis even wrote about it in The Abolition of Man a few generations...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 19:00

2018 Resolutions: Think More and Don't Speak First

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As we come to the end of 2017, it is kind of interesting to look back on a personal as well as a societal level to see what has changed, what has stayed the same and what we aren’t too sure about yet.

One thing that struck me along with just about everyone else about 2017 was the role of...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 19:00

Always Unexpected: A Christmas Poem

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The first Christmas there probably wasn’t any snow,

We really cannot picture Christmas without it though.

There were no trees, ornaments or strings of light

The moon and the stars were really all that were calm and bright.

The presents didn’t even arrive on that first Christmas day

Because...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 19:00

A Big Picture Look at Advent

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As the final post in this Advent series, it strikes me as a good time to reflect on the big picture. Jesus Christ came to earth and brought us salvation. Without His eventual death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we would be hopelessly lost in our transgressions. We would be unable to...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 19:00

Redeeming the Manger

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We have heard the story hundreds of times, but right before Jesus was born, his parents were having a hard time finding a place to stay in Bethlehem. There was no room for them in the inn, so they had to move into a stable.

As we think about Advent, we’re celebrating the coming of Jesus...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 19:00

The Simplest Way to Explain Fulfilled Prophecy

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Well, Christmas is one week from today. Can you believe it? This will be my final week of Advent posting obviously, so I want to take a look at the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth specifically.

First, we all know the story of how a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that there was...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:00

The Humility of the Magi

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When we think about the Magi for one last day and their role in Advent, I think that a lot of what we said about Mary and Joseph can apply to these men as well. The established religious leaders in Jerusalem didn’t realize that their Messiah had come, but the Magi were humble enough to...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:00

The Right Magi in the Right Place

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I mentioned on Monday that the Magi were clearly studying a tradition that was not their own before the birth of Jesus Christ in order to recognize the significance of Bethlehem from the prophecy of Micah. If they had not been studying those texts ahead of time, they would have miss the signs...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 19:00

Two Things about the Magi

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The story of the Magi I suppose largely takes place after the birth of Jesus Christ. After all, the star came out on the night of His birth, and they began to follow the star at that time. However, they would not have had a part in the Christmas story is their story did not begin before the actual...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:00

Choosing God More and Ourselves Less

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I wrote about humility on Monday and Wednesday. Joseph was humble and did not need all those around him to see his faithfulness. Mary was humble as she went on this adventure with God, and even though she knew the ultimate purpose was going to be excellent, the journey was going to be difficult.

The...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 19:00

We Need More People with the Humility of Mary

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On Monday, I wrote about the humility of Joseph. He did not want to make an example of Mary, and if she had been unfaithful to him, he wanted the divorce to be done quietly even if that invited questioning into his own behavior.

A discussion about humility in Advent would not be complete without...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 19:00

We Need More People with the Humility of Joseph

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As we advance through the Christmas story, it is always interesting to take a look at Joseph. Scripture doesn’t tell us very much about them early, but at his introduction in the book of Matthew, we find out an important detail about Joseph’s character. In Matthew 1:19, we find out that...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:00

Troubled by the Angel's Words

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We often times think of angels as cute little babies with wings, but the Biblical testimony doesn’t back that up especially in the story of Advent. In Luke, we hear about what Mary thought when the angel popped up and told her that she was highly favored and God was with her. “Mary was...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 19:00

Waking Us up to God

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A significant event that took place right before the birth of Jesus Christ was the birth of his cousin, John the Baptist. The story is written about in the gospel of Luke, and it is interesting that John’s father Zechariah was given an overview of his son’s ministry before he was even...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 19:00

The Importance of Tradition in Advent

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As Christmas is coming, I think back to the first Christmas and the events that surrounded it. We often times think about just the final climax in the manger when Jesus Christ was born, shepherds came and herald angels were singing. I think though, because we are in the Advent season, I want to...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:00

100 Things I'm Thankful for: #67-#100

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I have been spending this week talking about things I’m thankful for. So far I have given you 66 of them. The first group were mostly pretty general things in my day-to-day life I appreciate but certainly should appreciate more. The second group mostly focused on experiences I have had and...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:00

100 Things I'm Thankful for: #34-#66

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I am going to continue sharing things I am thankful for today and give you the next third of my list of 100. Today is going to focus a little bit more on experiences I have had and am particularly grateful for. I focused mostly on people and things on Monday, so today I will tell you a little bit...

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