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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Monday, 19 August 2019 20:00

What Would You Pray for Your Church?

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Now, I understand that the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew didn't follow English rules for punctuation and such, but even without them these four verses appear to be one thought.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:00

Abandoned Faith

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We've heard a lot about this. Yes, lately, but not just lately. They've been complaining for years that our college-age kids are leaving the faith. Pastors -- even big-named pastors -- leave the faith. Christian authors and musicians and "front men" are leaving the faith. They're doing it in...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 20:00

Pastors and Elders

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I am part of a denomination that holds that "pastors" and "elders" are essentially one and the same. They don't actually recognize "elders" as a category without them also being "pastors." If you ask, "Does your church have elders?" they would answer, "Yes!" and point to the pastors at the church....

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Friday, 16 August 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 8/17/19

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No KillDelaware has become the first state to ban killing animals in shelters. Planned Parenthood isn't protesting. The ACLU isn't up in arms. They're still busy protecting the right of mothers to kill their babies. But unwanted pets are safe in Delaware.LGBT: 1 First Amendment: 0Illinois Governor...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 20:00

Consider the Source

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(Note to my readers who are concerned about grammar, punctuation, etc. I am quoting another's writings here. I've copied and pasted them with his own emphases, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc. Please be gracious.)Skillet is an American Christian rock band of the variety, I'm pretty sure,...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:00

Secular Orthodoxy

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"Orthdoxy." We know that word, right? Well, maybe. English is a tough language. So, let's take a look at it. Because I use the word and you might use the word and we should be clear on what we're meaning by it.Orthodoxy is defined as "the quality or state of being orthodox." (Thanks, dictionary....

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 20:00

The Pharisee

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On more than one occasion I've been called a pharisee. And not in a good way. It is typically an epithet, a term of abuse. No one means it as a compliment. But ... what do we know about the Pharisees?The Pharisees were part of the Jewish religious elite. They are generally believed to have come...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 20:00

A Crazy World

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It seems as if this world is spinning further and further into craziness. Think about it.We used to be a patriotic people. We'd rather be dead than red. We loved capitalism and democracy and we knew -- we absolutely knew -- that we were the best country on the planet and those communists and...

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Sunday, 11 August 2019 20:00

The Salutation

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In any give letter there are parts. You know, things like the salutation, the body, the complimentary close ... those kinds of things. The salutation is the "Dear Mom" part. So if we were to write a letter to, say, someone named "Titus," we'd likely start with "Dear Titus." Not Paul.
Paul, a servant...

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Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:00

The Lord's Supper

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We Christians know "the Lord's Supper" -- Communion, whatever you might call it. Most of the world knows about our "sacrament" of the Lord's Supper. (The Roman Catholics have seven sacraments -- Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Order, and Matrimony. The Protestants...

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Friday, 09 August 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 8/10/19

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Mass HysteriaLast weekend we saw not one, but two mass shootings. In Dayton, Ohio, 9 people died. In El Paso, Texas, 22 people were killed. Both had many more injured. Everyone is upset, outraged, saddened. No one thinks this is good. But, as we all know, it's President Trump's fault. At least, the...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 20:00

Shades of Intention

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I have a blog. (Like I had to tell you, right?) In my blog I tell what I think. It's interesting, though, to see the shades of intentions that pass through these kinds of things. Take the statement, "This is true." Compare it to "I think this is true." Immediately I've introduced a shade, a...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 20:00

Hope

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"I hope they have apple fritters," my wife told me as we went into the donut shop. Hope. It's a good thing. Merriam-Webster says it is "to want something to happen or be true." You might hope for a promotion or hope for a particular gift at Christmas or hope that someone says something nice to you...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 20:00

Marriage or Mirage?

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I am not opposed to gay marriage.I know that must be a stunning statement for many, coming from me, but it's true.Recently I heard of a generally reliable Christian source publishing an opinion on what to do if a gay person is married to another gay person and he or she becomes a Christian. They...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 20:00

Abortion, Euthanasia, and Common Courtesy

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A lot of people over the last few years have complained that folks aren't as considerate as they once were. Now, you might think it's because old people are crotchety, but I'm even hearing it from younger folk. There was a time that we would open doors or let people in front of us in traffic or...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 20:00

Rightly Handling the Word of Truth

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Boz Tchividjian is "a former child abuse chief prosecutor and is the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment)." He is a Professor of Law at Liberty University and a grandson of Billy Graham. Given the "godly response" thing and "the Christian...

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Saturday, 03 August 2019 20:00

Justice, No Peace

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We've often heard, "No justice, no peace!" We get it. "Give us the result we demand or we will remove your sense of well-being." Okay, that's not what they intend to convey. But it's generally what comes from it. We can also figure the alternative: "Justice, peace!" The implication of the former is...

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Friday, 02 August 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 8/3/19

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Leading by ExampleBernie Sanders has been adamant over the whole $15/hr minimum wage thing. A must! We've got to do it. So it was a surprise when a labor dispute arose among his campaign staff because he wasn't paying them $15/hour. Wait ... what? Sanders (a millionaire) has been lecturing WalMart,...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 20:00

On Harps and Clouds

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I'm not ashamed to admit it. I want to go home. No, not the nice place I live in now with my lovely wife. Home. Because, for me, to die is gain.I was talking about that with a friend some time ago and someone else overheard me. "What's the matter?" she asked. "Is life so horrible here?" So I...

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:00

My Sovereign

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Recently a dear friend experienced a heart-breaking setback. You don't need the details. We all know how that goes. My friend is a believer, but he is quite confident that God has sovereignly limited His sovereignty to Human Free Will. So I was a bit surprised to hear him say, "It's very difficult,...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 20:00

Two Vessels

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In his second epistle to Timothy Paul talks about two vessels. There are honorable (read "valuable") vessels and there are dishonorable vessels (2 Tim 2:20). The question hangs in the air, "Which are you?"Of course, only momentarily. Paul indicates how to be an "honorable vessel." "If anyone...

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Monday, 29 July 2019 20:00

Strengthened

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Paul wrote two letters to Pastor Timothy of Ephesus. Tim lived in a sinful city with pagans and false prophets abounding and Paul wanted to help him handle pastoring a church in that environment. Paul's second letter is believed to be the last letter Paul wrote. He wrote it from prison and...

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Sunday, 28 July 2019 20:00

This Could Babel on Forever

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You know the origin of the word, "to babble," right? It came, of course, from the Tower of Babel. Remember that story? The people after Noah thought they'd build a tower to heaven. God decided to stop them ... by confusing their language. End of tower (Gen 11:1-9). Okay, maybe that's not the root...

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 20:00

One of my Scariest Verses

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There are a lot of verses in the Bible. Some are delightful. Some are convicting. Some are hard to figure out. Some are, frankly, a bit scary.One of the scariest ones I know of is the one that is quite popular in most circles.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and...

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Friday, 26 July 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 7/27/19

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Church vs ClergyRecently the Anglican Church of Canada voted to reject an amendment to bless same-sex mirage in the Anglican Church. That's good. Except Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the Primate of Canada, decided they had to leave room "for individual dioceses and jurisdictions of our church to proceed...

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