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

Winging It - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 20:00

A Glitch in the Book

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Christians believe that the Bible is God's Word, breathed out by God, reliable, and authoritative. This is all well and good, but what happens if you find a glitch in the Book?I was reading along in Paul's first letter to Timothy when I came across this:
Let no one despise you for your youth, but...

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Monday, 24 June 2019 20:00

An Opinion on Rules

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I'm told that I'm too reliant on God's Word. I'm told that it's not a book of rules, that it's not really a rule for life. It's just ... oh, I don't know ... guidance, suggestions, ideas, possibilities. You do what you think is best.This seems right to many, but I have a hard time correlating that...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:00

The Meaningless Cross of Christ

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This last week the Supreme Court ruled that a monument in Maryland could remain. The controversial monument is the Peace Cross, a World War I memorial in the shape of a large Latin cross intended to memorialize the 49 men from Prince George's County who died during the war. The American Legion...

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 20:00

The Practical and the Sublime

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We often try to distinguish between theoretical Christianity and practical Christianity. You know how that goes. "All that doctrine and stuff is all well and good, but I need something that relates to me." The idea is that the theoretical and the practical don't really mix. There's all those...

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Friday, 21 June 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 6/22/19

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Politicians Who Hate Small BusinessKamala Harris joined in a protest in Las Vegas demanding unions and $15/hr minimum for McDonald's workers (and, obviously, everyone else). A wise observer commented, "These minimum wage jobs don't have any opportunity for people to make a living and support a...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:00

Question Authority

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It has been an axiom since the 1960's. "Question authority!" In the '60's it was considered avant-garde, cutting edge. Today it's considered normal operating procedure. "Of course you have to question authority." I think, however, that it is unevenly applied.There is a series on the National...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 20:00

Bad Arguments

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We all do it. We will make bad arguments. First, let me be clear. By "argument" here I don't mean "knock down drag out fight." I mean it the way the lawyers would use it. Two sides with differing ideas present the reasons they hold their position and why they think the other is wrong. Arguments....

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 20:00

Squirrel!

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Most of you know what the title means. I saw the concept first in the movie Up about the old man who moves his house to South America with balloons. He runs into a dog there with a device that allows it to talk and we quickly discover that the dog is easily distracted with "Squirrel!" Dopey dog. So...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 20:00

Oversimplification

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We have a lot of questions in this world these days. There is Trump and there are the Democrats. There are the radical Muslims and the murdering Buddhists. (I know, that one doesn't really make sense in my mind, but they're out there.) There are the crazy people that think they are Napoleon or...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 20:00

Come On Into the Deep End of Insanity

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The Southern Baptists (SBC) for the longest time were a known conservative bastion of the faith. Of course, any human institution can fail, and by the 1970's the SBC was collapsing into liberal Christianity. But some 30 years ago the organization got a second lease on life. They pushed back,...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:00

Father's Day, 2019

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Father's Day always falls on Sunday. So what are doing about Father's Day on Sunday? Father's Day can be tough. On Mother's Day we take our mom's out to eat; on Father's Day we make our dad's barbecue for everyone. At church on Mother's Day the sermon is typically in praise of mothers; on Father's...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 00:35

News Weakly - 6/15/19

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I Just Want to KnowWhen states like Alabama or Louisiana pass laws that will save the lives of children with a heartbeat, it's called "anti-abortion." So I'm just wondering ... when they report that Maine's governor has signed a law expanding abortions, why is it not called "pro-abortion"? Seems...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 20:00

Blessed are the Meek

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In His famous Beatitudes Jesus included, "Blessed are the meek" (Matt 5:5) and we all nod and move on ... because, seriously, the meek?? They make good targets, perhaps, great doormats, indeed, but we really do not see "meek" as blessed.What is "meek"? It's gentle, easily imposed on, submissive....

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:00

The Great American Lie

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The discussion at church recently was about having regular prayer meetings. Some wanted to schedule something like a monthly prayer meeting. Other voices were skeptical. No, they weren't opposed to prayer or prayer meetings. They just didn't think it would fly. Eventually people wouldn't show up.The...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:00

Is That Just?

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I'm trying to figure out how to think through the "normal" line of thinking regarding the Atonement. If you ask most Christians, they would assure you that Jesus's death atoned for all the sins of all people for all time. Ask the Internet and you'll find that the single most common answer to "Did...

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Monday, 10 June 2019 20:00

Reductio Ad Absurdum

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First, that title. It is a method of proving the falsity of a premise by showing that following the premise to its logical conclusion is absurd. Paul used it in his letter to the church at Corinth when he addressed the premise that some had that there was no resurrection of the dead.
Now if Christ...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 20:00

Who says?

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The debate rages on. Loud voices demand that women be able to do with their bodies whatever they want. "Bodily autonomy." Others say, "Hang on, a minute. We don't want to prevent you from making choices about your body; we're just concerned about you terminating someone else's." "That's not a...

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Saturday, 08 June 2019 20:00

Pray!

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Paul wrote a letter to Timothy to tell him how to handle the church at Ephesus. The primary problem was false teachers, but the real problem was the pagan culture. Much like our own, the church at Ephesus was surrounded by pagan beliefs. How were they to handle that problem?So Paul wrote:
I urge...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 6/8/19

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For Kings and All the Ones in High PositionLast week President Trump made a surprise visit in the wake of the Virginia Beach mass shooting to McLean Bible Church. Watch Pastor David Platt put 1 Tim 2:1-2 into practice. You can also see what the pastor had to say about it. (It makes me wonder why he...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 20:00

Test Everything

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I grew up with Bill Cosby humor. Some of it was classic. I laughed every time I heard his version of Noah's story. Funny stuff. And his illustrations of how children are obviously brain-damaged were hilarious. He was funny and his humor was clean and it was good stuff. Except ... I'm not allowed to...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 20:00

Who's Going to Listen to Me?

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Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 20:00

Where to Go?

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At one place I worked we had a poster up in the engineering area that said, "Arguing with an engineer is like wrestling a pig. You end up all muddy and then realize the the pig enjoyed it." Ha, ha. Some of our engineers had a good sense of humor. But it turns out that this concept is more common...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 20:00

Syncretism

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I'm teaching a group of adults at church. They're adults; in fact, the older adults. They're mostly church people -- for-as-long-as-anyone-can-remember church people. They've been in church most or all of their lives and they've heard most if not all of it. Good people. And I'm teaching them. This...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 20:00

Guard Duty

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In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul entreats two ladies to agree in the Lord (Php 4:2) and asks the rest of them to help them do it (Php 4:3). Then he lists some things to do toward unity. Rejoice always (Php 4:4). "Let your reasonableness be known to everyone" (Php 4:5). That's an...

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 20:00

Jesus and Me

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We are Christians. We try to make Christ a part of our lives. We try to imitate Him and include Him in our lives. When things go wrong we are quick to call on Him. Why? Because we are Christians and that's what we do. "You and me, Lord, You and me."Except that's not what we are called to do. We are...

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