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
Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:00

Right vs Real

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A longtime friend of mine has always drawn a distinction between "right" and "real". Ask a Christian a plainly-known question like "Are we saved by faith or by works?" and they'll likely answer the "right" way -- "By faith." But examine how some of them live and you'd think the "real" answer might...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:00

Marital "Misstep"

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I once talked with a young man who believed in Perfectionism. That is, he believed that you could become completely sin-free ... and, in fact, he had. "Really?" I asked. "You never sin?" "No," he assured me. "Oh, I make mistakes, have some missteps." I see. Change the language and you eliminate...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 20:00

Not the Same

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You remember the Sesame Street theme, "One of these things is not like the others." A few similar items, but one of them stands out as different than the rest for some reason. Well, we have this same thing these days in the world's religions. What you will hear repeatedly is something like, "All...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 20:00

"Sell all your possessions" Revisited

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My all-time most read entry was way back in October of 2006. As long ago as that was, I'm still getting comments and it's still being read. (As of this writing the counter says there have been 25505 views and 161 comments on this one alone.) The title: Hard Sayings - "Sell all your possessions"....

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 20:00

Bad Strategies

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Have you ever noticed how bad Jesus was at strategies for accomplishing His goals?He wanted to be the Savior of the world, but He kept telling people not to tell others who He was (Matt 16:20; Matt 17:9; Mark 7:36; Mark 8:30; Mark 9:9). He sought to reach the masses but spent an inordinate amount...

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 20:00

Meditation on Meditation

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One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. (Psa 27:4)
David wrote that. Beautiful. A singular aim. To "dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 4/22/2017

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A Christian pastor was arrested in China for singing "Jesus Loves You". Apparently the song is considered "illegal religious activity." And the story only gets worse from there.We are concerned in America about our loss of our First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion and...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 20:00

Understanding LGBT

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I'm trying to figure out LGBT, and I'm not doing well. I can get as far as what words go with what letters. L-Lesbian, G-Gay, B-Bisexual, and T-Transgender. Great. I have a start. Then they'll throw in Q. What is that? Well, some say it's "Queer" and others "Questioning" (or, apparently, both or...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:00

What's In A Name?

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I saw a guy on the bus the other day with a book entitled God Has A Name. It made me think.Something I've never quite understood. The Old Testament Scriptures are full of the name of God, but serious Jews refuse to use it and it doesn't actually appear in our translations. Why?Our standard...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:00

Unique

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We live in a "diversity" world, where everything is viewed as "equal". We claim "equal rights" and "equal pay" and "racial equality" and "all genders are equal". We believe that all religions are equal, too. And, as a consequence (just like in the use of the vague "equality of the sexes" concept),...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 20:00

Not Enough Faith

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The fastest animal on the planet may not be what you expect. Cheetahs are fast, clocked at nearly 75 mph. The Black Marlin is the fastest fish and is said to have a top speed of 80 mph. There is a little bird in Australia in the Swift family that can do 105 mph. But the fastest creature of all by a...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 20:00

Useless

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The Babylon Bee is an entirely humorous fake news site with a Christian twist. They like to poke fun where they can. A recent item was of research being done at Reformed Theological Seminary’s School of Research to make a device that would detect the elect.
"We found that entire sermons and...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 20:00

The Importance of the Resurrection

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There are some today who question the Resurrection of Christ. Oh, they're okay with a "spiritual resurrection" of sorts. You know, spirituality is quite popular today. I mean, it's a popular theme that when someone dies they're "up there in heaven, looking down on us." Nice. And that was Jesus, too...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 4/15/2017

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WeaponizedWhen I think of a "weapon" I do not think of, say, poison administered to an assassination target. Now, clearly that's just me. This week "White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated during in his daily briefing on Tuesday that Adolf Hitler 'didn't even sink to using chemical...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 20:00

Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed

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Issac Watts (1674-1748) is known as the "Father of English Hymnody". He specialized in paraphrasing psalms and wrote some 750 hymns including favorites such as "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", "O God, Our Help in Ages Past", and "Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed". Great stuff.
Alas! and did my...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 20:00

Are We There Yet?

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I often feel like the little kid on the family vacation. You know, the old station wagon with the travel accoutrements (luggage, camping gear, whatever) tied up on the roof and the whole family bundled inside. Mom tries to amuse the kids with games or singing. Dad just tries to keep the car...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:00

Wrong

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If you've read the Gospels, you know the Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious leaders of Jesus's day. You know they were hypocrites (Matt 23:2-39). That was bad. Jesus pronounced some of His worst curses on them for it. Bad. You also know that they were more righteous than most (Matt 5:20), that...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 20:00

Purpose

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Not having visited most churches today, I perhaps shouldn't actually comment on "most churches today", but it seems as if most churches today are in some area between "traditional" and "contemporary" worship modes. They may have switched to a dual "traditional" service and a "contemporary" service....

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 20:00

Monday Lite

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I was away for the weekend and didn't have a lot of time to write, but I saw this last week and was amazed at the clear thinking of a self-identified "Left" millennial.

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 20:00

It Is Finished

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We are celebrating the Resurrection next week. In the timeline of events, of course, the Crucifixion occurred first. When else did such horror produce such good?You know the story. You know about His betrayal -- Judas's kiss -- and arrest. You know of His trial. Before they put Him to death, they...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 20:00

News Weakly - 4/8/2017

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Even She Gets ItErin Gloria Ryan from the Daily Beast wrote a piece on Mike Pence's "Billy Graham Rule". She admitted that "Mike Pence respects his wife" and thought it was understandable albeit somewhat childish and foolish that he would refuse to be alone with another woman without his wife being...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 20:00

Sub Standards

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"Here's what I do," he told me. "I know I'm not perfect. I know I do a lot of bad things. So what I aim for is to do more good things than bad. I try to do good things to make up for the bad. I know I hurt people when I was younger, so I try to help people now. That kind of thing."It was a...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 20:00

The Emperor's New Clothes

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Hans Christian Andersen wrote the story about two scam artists who called themselves weavers and declared they could make a marvelous suit of clothes. Not only was it unparalleled in beauty, but it carried the added characteristic that it couldn't be seen by someone that was unfit for their...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 20:00

Who Are These People?

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I read the Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:3-9) the other day. I find it disturbing. Who are these people?You know the parable. A sower sows seeds. The seeds fall on different types of soil. The seeds on the path are scooped up by birds. The seeds on rocky soil are scorched. The seeds in the weeds...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 20:00

"Equal Pay" Day

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April 4th is Equal Pay Day. Now, of course, different sources offer different days, so we won't quibble over which day it is. The question is what it is. Ostensibly it's a day set aside to highlight pay differences between men and women. It is intended to symbolize "how far into the year women must...

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