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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Friday, 20 April 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 4/21/18

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New Party in Town"The Working Families Party endorsed actor Cynthia Nixon over two-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday, fueling Nixon’s left-flank challenge and deepening a split among New York Democrats." That's how the story reads. Cynthia Nixon is an actress, most famous for her part in Sex...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:00

If Christ Is NOT the Only Way

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One of the sharpest complaints against Christianity is the concept of exclusivity. We claim that Christ is the only way to salvation. We make that claim because He did. In the face of that, it wouldn't be feasible to call ourselves "Christians" and deny what Christ said. But what if? What if Christ...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:00

Guns Don't Kill People

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On one hand we have the many and loud voices clamoring for gun control. "Save our children," they cry, and the like. On the other hand we have the NRA-types who are quick to respond, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people." I'm sure you're following me so far. I'm sure you've heard all this....

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 20:00

God Did NOT Say ...

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A "helpful" blogger on the Huffington Post suggested "6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying." Interesting. So what things do we say that we just ought to stop because they clearly aren't true?Number 1: "The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God." Well, that's interesting. Why do you...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 20:00

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord -- the Sequel

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In the book of Job we read that Satan tested Job because of a challenge from God and took away Job's property and children (Job 1). What a blow! He lost everything. He lost everything at Satan's hands under God's supervision (Job 1:12). So, of course, Job was upset with God, right? Right?
Then Job...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:00

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

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A friend of mine is undergoing some serious surgery this week. I'd like to encourage him. I'd like to tell him, "Look, lots of people have been through this and come out okay." I'd like to assure him that the doctors are skilled and medical advancements are many and it will certainly be just fine....

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 20:00

Engaging the Mind

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If you look around ... not even closely, but in general ... you will likely notice what is termed "syncretism" in the church. Syncretism is when you combine beliefs or practices. So, for instance, when Roman Catholics in the Caribbean added voodoo practices to their religion, it was syncretism. And...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 4/14/18

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No KiddingYou might think I've accessed an extreme right Christian news source for this. I haven't. George Washington University is offering a course on how to combat "Christian Privilege." That's right. While more people were killed for being Christians in the 20th century than in all previous...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:00

Confused Praying

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Our world revolted back in February (and following) against the whole concept of "thoughts and prayers" in cases of catastrophe, crisis, or calamity. Neil deGrasse Tyson confidently asserted that "Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:00

The Most Dangerous Prayer You'll Ever Pray

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You know this prayer. You could probably pray it with your eyes closed. (Little joke there. We were always taught to "bow your head and close your eyes" when we prayed.) It is, perhaps, the most well-known prayer there is. You probably know it best in King James English. It begins like this:
Our...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:00

He Who Has Ears

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For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)
If that's not "substitutionary penal atonement", what is it? Christ "suffered once for sins." A purpose statement....

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Monday, 09 April 2018 20:00

Terrorist Activities

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Terrorism: "the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes." That's what the dictionary says. Of course, the FBI has a more directed definition. They say it is "perpetrated by individuals and/or groups that espouse extremist ideologies of a political,...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 20:00

What is Truth?

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One of the big differences between Christianity and most of the prevalent worldviews these days is the certainty of objective truth. Objective truth is that which is true apart from your opinion, preferences, or feelings (subjective truth). They are true in and of themselves. Now, of course, I...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 20:00

Solutions

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We, as a race, are pretty good at telling each other what's wrong. It's too hot or too cold. You're too narrow-minded or you're so open-minded that your brain leaked out. I don't like my job. I don't like my spouse. I don't like my government, my neighborhood, my quality of life. Currently there...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 01:35

News Weakly - 4/7/18

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Upset Over Promising the TruthSo, I assume you've heard the story about Sinclair Broadcast Group. This organization owns something like 173 stations. The company required their news outlets to read a script verbatim. It includes stuff like this:
The sharing of biased and false news has become all...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 20:00

Consistency

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There is a famous misquote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Not quite accurate, as it turns out. The actual quote was, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Because, you see, we are consistent. We operate on a consistent scheme, a...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 20:00

The Science of Perspective

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Recently I wrote about how we might need to be ... not less focused on our own arguments, but, additionally, more aware and sensitive to the emotional sensibilities of those with whom we are interacting. I pointed out that a common view is that conservatives tend toward logical arguments while...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 20:00

Love Yourself

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A popular note to sound today is the concept of self-love. "Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all," George Benson and, later, Whitney Houston sang. We're all about "self-esteem." Conversely, there is a sense among many that Christians -- at least the Bible-believing kind -- are...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 20:00

What is a Christian?

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We've had conversations and debates about what it takes to be a Christian. "Do you have to believe in the Trinity?" "Do you have to believe in the Bible?" "Do you have to be good?" On and on. I've even written a series on the Essentials of Christianity. But what is it? What makes a Christian? Can...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 20:00

Defining Marriage

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I have contended since the beginning of the debate that marriage has a definition and "man and man" or "woman and woman" are not included in that definition. The primary basis for that argument has not been biblical. It has been entirely historical (and rational). All of mankind for all of history...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 20:00

The Significance of the Resurrection

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All Christians understand that the Resurrection of Christ is essential to Christianity. Paul classified it as part of the core of the Gospel.
I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 3/31/18

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A Band-Aid on a Flesh-Eating VirusBy now this story is a week old, but it occurred on the day of my last News Weakly, so obviously it wouldn't make it in that entry. As we all know, hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world marched in protest of school shootings to demand that not one...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:00

This Mind

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It's Good Friday. It's the day we celebrate not His Resurrection, but His murder. Odd, isn't it? But the Bible says God planned it (Acts 4:27-28). And we needed it (Rom 3:23-24).In Paul's letter to the church at Philippi he urged them to be "of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:00

Are We Missing the Point?

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I've heard it said on multiple occasions from multiple sources that the problem with conservatives is that their arguments are logical while liberals' are emotional. Now, I know, liberals would disagree, and I'm not entirely sure it's true, but it is true that many of the discussions, dialogues,...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:00

Assigning Blame

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The Bible has some pretty edgy stories. There are Lot's incestuous daughters who, afraid they'll never find husbands (in the desert), get their father drunk enough to get them pregnant. There is the prophet who was taunted by some young lads, so he cursed them and they were mauled by bears (2 Kings...

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