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, 20 August 2017 20:00

The Company We Keep

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It is a proverb of ours: "Birds of a feather flock together." It's in Scripture, too. Paul wrote, "Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals." (1 Cor 15:33) It's not like Paul was offering something unusual. Solomon wrote, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 20:00

To Him be glory forever. Amen

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Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 8/19/2017

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Pot, Meet KettleThe president took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to task for not repealing and replacing Obamacare yet. "Maybe," the president suggested, "he should step down." Given the impressively short list of the president's accomplishments in his current term, I wonder if he'll apply...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:00

His Strength is Perfect

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Meet Jerry Salley. You probably don't know his name (unless you're a real music geek). He's an American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter. You may not know his name, but you've probably heard one of his songs. In 1990 he won a Dove award for Inspirational Song of the Year for the song he...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:00

Is God Fair?

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Stand to Reason offered a video from Greg Koukl on whether or not God is unfair. I like Stand to Reason, so I link to it here for your edification.The question, however, struck me as ... difficult. Is God fair?Merriam-Webster has a lot of definitions for "fair". There is "not dark" (as in "fair...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 20:00

James on Conflict

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The Book of James is an imminently practical book about how Christians ought to live. It revolves around the claim that faith produces works and includes all sorts of topics about what works faith produces. In the 4th chapter James takes on the topic of conflicts. "What is the source of quarrels...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 20:00

Christian Universalism

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Most of us have heard the term "Universalism" or, at least, the concept. It refers to the idea that everyone is saved. There is even a denomination called "Unitarian Universalists". Now, I've read their "statement of faith" and it turns out that you can be a Jewish or a Christian or even an atheist...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 20:00

John the Baptist

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I'm reading through the Gospel of John. Just started out. I found John the Baptist to be an interesting fellow.We are first introduced to him this way:
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. (John 1:6)
Clean, straightforward. Most of us don't blink an eye. But I was fascinated by the...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 20:00

Short of Glory

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In Paul's most concise statement on the universality of sin, he writes (feel free to quote along with me ... you know the words), "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Rom 3:23) Anyone who has spent any time in the Word knows that one. It's the standard answer to "Who is a sinner?"...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 8/12/2017

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The Shroud Might Be Real!Apparently CNA (the Catholic News Agency) is reporting that there is more evidence now that the Shroud of Turin is possibly authentic. Catholics are thrilled. Me? Not so much. I mean, what do I care about relics, all highly coveted by Roman Catholics? My faith is not in the...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:00

God's Name

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In Paul's epistle to the church in Rome, he writes this.
As it is written, "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." (Rom 2:24)
No one is entirely sure to what Paul is referring with his "as it is written" statement. Written in Scripture? Written elsewhere? There are a few...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 20:00

Against Thee and Thee Only

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I grew up with the King James Bible, so there are things in Scripture that are etched in my memory in King James English. "Even so, faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." (James 2:17) "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name." (Matt 6:9) You get the idea. The title phrase...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 20:00

Freedom of Religion

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It's in the news again. A Madison, Wisconsin, photographer is going to court to try to retain her freedom of religion against laws that try to strip it away.One of the best known amendments in the Constitution's Bill of Right is the First Amendment which ensures several rights at once. These...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 20:00

A Subtle Lie

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Denny Burk wrote a piece on the Four stages of "evangelical" affirmation of gay marriage which was interesting and helpful. Rosaria Butterfield offered one more. I think her observation was key and important for our day.Burk says there are more than 4 stages and was just highlighting the arc, so...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 20:00

The Silver Lining

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Those who follow Christ and believe in His Word live in increasingly difficult times. America was a nation founded by men who were either believers themselves or, at the very least, valued their positions. It was, in that sense, a "Christian nation" (understanding that no nation can receive Christ...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 20:00

In the Beginning, God

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light (Gen 1:3). Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 8/5/2017

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Marriage Declines I found this article from Bloomberg quite startling. According to reports, marriage is on the decline. (No surprise there.) Average ages for first marriages for women has risen from 25.5 in 2005 to 28 in 2015 and for men it was 27 in 2005 and almost 30 in 2015. Beyond that, numbers...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:00

Sex

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I know, the title looks like click bait. I mean, sex sells, right? But this is about what the Bible has to say. And the Bible has more than a few things to say about sex. You know, things like "not before marriage" and "not with anyone other than your spouse in marriage" and such. No two people of...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:00

Liar!

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I watched a TV show (better than a real life example that might cause the thought train to derail) in which a character -- let's call him "Tim" for the sake of discussion -- had information that he did not want to share with his wife-to-be about the place they would live. (Apparently a murder had...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 20:00

God is Good All the Time

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Some fifty years ago a 17-year-old girl jumped into the Chesapeake Bay and broke her neck, making her an instant and lifelong quadriplegic. Joni Eareckson Tada wrote a piece entitled Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident. Worth the read.Something she wrote really struck me.
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Monday, 31 July 2017 20:00

Misogyny

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It's built on two Greek terms. The first part, "miso", comes from the Greek term for "hate"; the second, "gyny", is from the Greek for "woman". Easy. Misogyny is the hatred of women. As opposed to misanthropy -- the hatred of humans -- or misandry -- the hatred of males. Well, you get the idea....

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 20:00

The Nemesis of Worship Services?

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I was traveling for a few weeks and got to visit a few far-flung churches. Beyond that, I've been in churches since before I could remember. And I'm obviously aware of my own church's practices. One very common event that seems to happen in many, many churches is, to me, the nemesis of worship...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 20:00

Psalm 19

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You know the opening words of Psalm 19. You've probably seen it on posters, plaques, t-shirts.
The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. (Psa 19:1)
I know. Good stuff. But that's just the first verse. As it turns out, the entire song from David...

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Friday, 28 July 2017 22:49

News Weakly - 7/29/2017

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Waiting for more kitsMinnesota announced a "transgender tool kit" intended to inform schools how to make transgender kids feel safe and affirmed in school. I'm hoping that they're not going to stop there. Why stop at gender? What about the unhappy white kid convinced she is black? Are her feelings...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 20:00

Church Membership

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When we moved to our new neighborhood years ago, my wife and I set out to connect to a new church. Who knew it would be so difficult? First, of course, there was the problem of finding an actual church rather than a building on a corner with a Christian-sounding name. (One we tried included an...

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