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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Saturday, 16 June 2018 20:00

Father's Day, 2018

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"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." (Exo 20:12)
It's Father's Day. I thought I'd take a minute to look at what Scripture says about fathers. And the first one I came up with was this one.It's an interesting command, isn't...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 6/16/18

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imageNo Bias HereThe media is reporting about Israel killing innocent protesters in Gaza. "At least three demonstrators were killed, including a teenage boy, with over 600 wounded," the report says with a picture of what looks like some praying protesters with a tear gas canister exploding overhead. All...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 20:00

Fighting Fire with Fire

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I often write about how "those on the Left" or "progressives" and especially the Left or progressive Christians are missing the point. They argue for social justice as an end rather than a means. They toss the Bible and still try to make a stand without a foot to stand on. They attack Christians...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:00

Valuation

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"Worthy" is a term of valuation. It is a reference to having the qualities or abilities that merit specific recognition. It is a comparison of a standard to someone or something. We are used to applying standards and making determinations. We do it all the time. "This ship is seaworthy." "The car...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:00

Time

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Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book titled Outliers examining the factors that contribute to high success levels. What makes those top achievers top achievers? One of the most notable components in the book was the "10,000-hour rule." Gladwell claimed that the way to achieve excellence in anything was to...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 20:00

Minority Status

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A poster in the building in which I work invited all employees to a seminar "to learn about the challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities." What in interesting phrase. If words are intended to convey an idea, what idea are we trying to convey in the phrase, "sexual and gender minorities"?That...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:00

Identity

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One's self-identity is a big deal these days. We've been used to "I'm a male" or "female" or "I'm an American" and the like. It started getting a bit more edgy when it went to "I'm an African-American" because it was highly likely that the person in question was not actually born in Africa, but we...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 20:00

Not So Funny

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The Peanuts character, Linus, is famous for his statement, "I love mankind; it's people I can't stand." It's humor. That's how humor works. You set up a thought -- "I love mankind" -- and then you take a sudden, unexpected turn. Funny stuff. But not always. Like the parallel version, "I love...

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Friday, 08 June 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 6/9/2018

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Did Not See That ComingJack Phillips, the Christian baker in Colorado sued for turning down a job offer to make a cake celebrating a "gay wedding", was exonerated by the Supreme Court on Monday. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that Colorado had violated Phillips' First Amendment rights. Didn't...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 20:00

I'll Do Me; You Do You

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I've seen this around for a little while now. You get the idea, right? It's in the language of Hollywood -- of play acting -- where each person plays a part. "What will my part be? I'll do me. What about you? You do you." The point is "Be yourself ... and like it."The idea now has a fancy term:...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 20:00

The Miracle of Birth

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If I speak of "the miracle of birth" you will immediately envision a little baby being born. And I will have to point out that "miracle" would be the wrong term. In today's vernacular a miracle would be any surprising and welcome event, but it's not the actual definition. "Miracle" requires divine...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 20:00

Concern about Concern

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Some people have told me I think too much. Maybe it's true. Sometimes I get too tied up in things.Consider a recent Sunday -- the one before Memorial Day -- when the entire song selection was patriotic themes. Some of them mentioned God -- "God Bless America" and such -- and some did not. The...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 20:00

Discernment Ministries

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There are multiple sources for what is termed "discernment ministries". These ministries have made it their aim to sound the alarm, so to speak. They set out to point out to the flock the false teachers and dangerous ideas that are swirling about in and among the true believers and true doctrines...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:00

The Complementarian Problem

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If you haven't been in the right circles, you may not be aware of a current debate among Christians. The two sides are the Complementarians and the Egalitarians. So far, so good. Beyond that, it gets confusing.The Complementarians hold that men and women are equally made in God's image and have...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 20:00

No Sin Left Unpaid

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There are those "kinder, gentler" kind of folk who like to think that God is a nice God and forgiveness is free, that He can just wave His magic wand and make it all go away. The cross of Christ is an offense in this kind of thinking because it makes God seem so mean and narrow-minded. We're told...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 6/2/2018

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Racial BiasSo, apparently Starbucks has figured out the answer to one of the truly huge problems facing mankind for ... ever -- racial bias. We've talked about it and legislated about it and prosecuted it and deemed it a hate crime, but Starbucks has figured out that if you close all 8,000+ stores...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:00

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

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I recently watched one of those old Twilight Zone episodes. It was from 1960, called The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street. It's a typical 1960's neighborhood, then something flies overhead. "I think it was a meteor." But things start going strange. All the power goes out. Someone decides to drive...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 20:00

You Can't Say That

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Roseanne Barr stepped in it recently when she tweeted a cruelly racist joke. Not worth repeating. She took it down, apologized, said she wasn't herself -- "It was the Ambien" -- but it didn't matter. ABC almost instantly canceled her show. Networks scrambled to pull her reruns from their lineup....

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:00

Unusual Water

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There are some passages of Scripture that never get read. Well, maybe read, technically, but rarely examined. Take, for instance, this one:
Women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 20:00

Lift the Murder Ban

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You've all seen it, I'm sure. While we in America were celebrating those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms, Ireland was voting to be free to murder.Oh, no, that's not what we're told. The headlines all read something to the effect of "Abortion Ban Repealed." Ireland voted last week to...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 20:00

Memorial Day, 2018

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It's another Memorial Day and I'm offering a few more stories of Medal of Honor recipients.I'm sure you've heard of General George Custer, but you may not have heard of Captain Thomas Custer. He was the first soldier to receive two Medals of Honor, both in the Civil War. The first was awarded when...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 20:00

Indescribable

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Paul ends the 9th chapter of his 2nd letter to the church at Corinth with this sentence:
Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift! (2 Cor 9:15)
It almost seems to come out of the blue. He's talking about being a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7) and how God supplies our needs for the ministry (2 Cor 9:8,...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 23:36

News Weakly - 5/26/18

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NOT the Faith Once For All DeliveredThe pope met privately with Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of priestly sexual abuse in Chile. In that meeting Cruz reports the pope told him, "Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and it doesn't matter to me....

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

Is Genesis Myth?

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For reasons beyond me, there are those who believe that Genesis is myth. Many limit it to Genesis 1-11, which only confounds the problem. What makes Gen 11 myth but Gen 12 history? The language didn't change. The approach didn't change. And what "myth" includes "these are the generations of ..."...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:00

Verses You're Sure Aren't In There

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There are some verses you're pretty sure are in there ... or at least should be. You know, the ever-popular "The Lord helps those who help themselves" or "Cleanliness is next to godliness" or the like. There are others you're pretty sure aren't.Did you know there's a prayer for Trump? "May his days...

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