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

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Good Company

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What do they say about us today, those of us who read our Bibles as they did in former days as if it is the sufficient, reliable, authoritative Word of God? How do they refer to us who are serious about following Christ? They have lots of terms. They say we're crazy. They say we're obstinate. They...

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 20:00

Jesus is for Losers

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One of my favorite musicians, Steve Taylor, had a song titled Jesus is for Losers. It echoes one of the most common assertions about Christianity -- "Christianity is just a crutch." Of course, Taylor holds that he is a loser and, therefore, is delighted that Jesus is for losers, but the complaint...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 10/7/2017

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Whence Comes Rights?Last week the Department of Health and Human Services announced the rollback of the Obama era birth control mandate that all employers must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees. "'No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

God is Good

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The topic of God as Sovereign has often disturbed Christians. It stirs up indignation. "Are you saying I have no free will???!!" No. "Are you saying that God is the cause of sin??!!" No. "You seem to be saying that God is arbitrary, even capricious!!!" No. And, still, it works people up. The...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:00

Just As You Are

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Francesca Battistelli is a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter. The first I heard of her was when I tuned into the Christian music station the other day. The name of the song was Free to be me. "Wait," I thought, "that can't be right." It was. "Perfection is my enemy," she sings. "On my own...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Revival

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I've always been amused by these kinds of signs and ads, like they have some sort of direct line with the Holy Spirit:"So, we can pencil you in for ... let's see ... the week of January 1st and you'll be there for this revival, right?""Sure! I've got an opening then. Lucky you asked me for that...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 20:00

Slave or Free?

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Years ago in a study I was teaching we read the opening verse from Paul's epistle to Rome in which he refers to himself as "a bond-servant of Christ Jesus" (Rom 1:1). I explained that the term, "bond-servant", was the Greek δοῦλος -- doulos -- and...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 20:00

The Original Sin

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You know of "Original Sin" as a reference to the sin nature all of us are born with. The term is also used to refer to the first sin, the sin of Adam and Eve. But ... just what was that?Ask most people and they'll tell you it was when Adam and Eve ate the apple. Not quite. No apple listed. "Okay,...

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 20:00

They'll Know We Are Christians

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In Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (Acts 11:26)
We call ourselves "Christians", but why? As it turns out, the term "Christian" (or "Christians") appears a total of three times in the pages of Scripture. All indications are that the references in Acts (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28) were...

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Friday, 06 October 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 10/7/2017

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The Elephant in the RoomI usually present news and commentary on things you may not have considered, but completely ignoring the massive loss of life in Las Vegas this past week would be wrong. What we had was a previously unknown guy who armed himself and went to the 32nd floor of Las Vegas's...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 20:00

Premillennialism

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Go ahead ... say that five times fast. Better yet, close your eyes and try to spell it ... you know ... correctly. Okay, don't bother. It's not important. What is important is the idea. Today, with the recent (and foolish) "end of the world" prophecy in the news, I just wanted to take a brief...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 20:00

Truth in a Vacuum

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Truth, that which corresponds to reality, is important. It exists. Many voices will debate it, but absolute truth exists and is critical. What truth is not, often, is easy or simple. And this is where we run into problems.Let me give an example. There is a lake in Tennessee that was the only home...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 20:00

Bad Sacrifices

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Read through the first chapter of the book of Malachi and you'll see how God is complaining about Israel (again). He says how much He has loved Israel (Mal 1:2-5) and then asks why they hate Him (Mal 1:6). "But you say, 'How have we despised your name?'" And He tells them.God's primary complaint is...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 20:00

Trending

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From the perception of the media and, therefore, the public in general ...The Christian South with its largely Southern Baptist base went to war ostensibly to defend their right to violate Scripture by kidnaping and enslaving Africans for their workforce and amusement. To this day the argument...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 20:00

Pain and Pleasure

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It was August in southern California. (Okay, it was August around the world, but you know what I mean.) My wife and I went with another couple to this cool event called the Laguna Sawdust Festival. They had crafts and arts and stuff. Nice time. Well, halfway through the afternoon, everything went...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 20:00

God's "Rest of the Story"

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When I was a young man, I used to give a girl from church a ride to the college we both attended. I thought she was nice and cute and I thought of possibly pursuing a relationship with her. So I tried something stupid; I tried being open and honest. I shared with her things about me that were not ne...

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Friday, 29 September 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 9/30/2017

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Double StandardsA Christian in a government job says she cannot in good conscience, both because of her faith and because of the state constitution, issue a marriage license for a same-sex marriage. The country is outraged. "She can't do that," they shout. "It's free speech and the freedom of...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:00

Is Original Sin Biblical?

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The doctrine of Original Sin is a given. No one reading the Bible can dispute it."Oh, come on," I can hear some say, "lots of people dispute it."I suppose that depends on your definition of "Original Sin". You see, there are two concepts that go by that name. The first is "The eating of the...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:00

The Mirror

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Many have wondered about the origin of sin. Where did it come from? I mean, originally. We know that the serpent in the garden tempted Adam and Eve to it, but where did the serpent get it? That, of course, was Satan, so ... where did Satan get it? Scripture says he was once a prime angel. How did...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 20:00

Stay Together

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It would be difficult for anyone with any reasoning capacity and reasonable knowledge of the Bible to argue that "no-fault divorce" is a good thing biblically. I think it is abundantly clear that divorce, both biblically and in society, is a bad thing. The Scriptures describe the marriage bond as...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 20:00

Modern Family

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Something has shifted. I don't know when or even why.There was a time when the job of every parent was to raise their children to be responsible adults. Their job now appears to be to follow them around, find out what they want, and give it to them. Oh, it's not normally expressed that way. Usually...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 20:00

Reading the Bible

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There was an interesting article at Discipleship Research about reading the Bible. It's titled "Wrestling with the Biblical Text: When we don’t like what it says". The question at hand: How do you read the Bible? Do you take it face value? Do you not? Do you take it at face value when it...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 20:00

Jeremiah's God

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A lot of Christians don't like the God of the Old Testament. The God of the New Testament is cool, what with that "God so loved the world" stuff and all, but that OT version with all that smiting and ordering of deaths and all ... well, He's not a nice God. "That's not the God I know," people will...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 9/23/2017

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My Eyes Are Up HereLast week, CNN's Brooke Baldwin included Fox Sports analyst Clay Travis in a discussion about Jemele Hill and the White House's stance that her statement that Trump and anyone who supported him were white supremacists was a "fireable offense". The "classy" (read "rude") Fox...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 20:00

Down the Wrong Road

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But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. (1 Tim 4:1-2)
This is a stunning statement from Paul to...

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