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, 22 April 2019 20:00

Literally?

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This is just another word rant.According to the dictionary, the word "literal" means "in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical." Thus, "literally" would be the adverb form meaning "in the literal sense" or "in the...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:00

Deserve's Got Nothing to Do With It

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(The names and people in this story are fictitious to protect the ... guilty.)A group of friends were sharing prayer requests. One said, "Pray for my granddaughter. She feels like she doesn't deserve God's love and is very depressed." So they did. And I thought, "But ... she doesn't deserve God's...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 20:00

Celebrating Resurrection

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I read this recently. Paul was writing to the church at Thessalonica. He wanted to reassure them about those who had died. He wanted them to know that because Jesus died and rose again, "even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep" (1 Thess 4:14). What Paul is...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 4/20/19

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The Burnt CathedralThe big news of the week seems to be the disaster in Paris. The venerable Notre Dame cathedral burned. It was devastated in an apparently accidental fire. There was a universal sense of horror from the thousands of onlookers. There are photos of a seemingly miraculous...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:00

Who Killed Jesus?

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For a long, long time the question of who killed Jesus was a serious issue. It was one of the leading causes of the rift between the original people of God -- the Jews -- and the adopted people of God -- Christians. Who killed Jesus? The Jews. And in many claiming the name of Christ (who was a Jew)...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:00

Good Friday

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Tomorrow is Good Friday. It's the day we recognize every year for the day Christ died. Good Friday.Think about what was included in that. On "Good Friday" the perfect, sinless Son of God was tortured and executed by His creation. On that day Jesus hung on a tree of His own making (John 1:3) after...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 20:00

Because of You

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Paul, in several of his letters, tells his readers something like, "We give thanks to God always for all of you" (1 Thess 1:2). How nice. Because of them, Paul gave thanks to God. They're lives and attitudes and actions and faith caused Paul to be grateful. On the other hand we read, "The name of...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 20:00

Inside Out

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We try hard. We want to be good, to be obedient, to do what God wants. We want to be followers of Christ. So we work it ... you know, like Paul said: "Work out your salvation" (Php 2:12). We exercise it and we push it and we try ... really ... hard. We look for good preachers and teachers. We find...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:00

The Communion of the Saints

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How was church yesterday? Maybe you went to a big service or a smaller service or maybe a home church. How was that? Or ... did you go?A large and apparently growing number of self-identified Christians are leaving church. Part of it, I suspect, is due to American (which has infiltrated deep into...

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Saturday, 13 April 2019 20:00

Vain Worship

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What do we know about worship? Well, our word for it is vague. The dictionaries define it as an expression of reverence and adoration. Fine. But what does that mean? I want to ask what the Bible says about it.We know that it is possible to worship in vain. That is, people can go through the motions...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 4/13/19

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You're Gonna PaySenator Cory Booker announced that he is going to introduce a bill aimed at paying reparations to descendants of 19th-century slaves. It's only fair, I guess. I mean, after all, the money would come from tax payers ... which includes every working black person in the country as well...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:00

Submitted for Your Consideration

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Most of us (those who read this blog) are firmly set against the "health and wealth," "your best life now," "prosperity gospel" (which is not another gospel (Gal 1:6-7)). The only thing, they tell us, that is keeping us from being healthy and wealthy is our lack of faith. If we had faith, they tell...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 20:00

Why Ask?

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I'm not a big fan of Pascal's wager. You know. The argument goes something like, "You ought to believe in God because if you're wrong about it you lose little but if you're wrong in disbelieving in God you could go to hell" or something like it. Some people love it; others hate it. I'm not a big...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 20:00

Body Positive

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Thebodypositive is a website dedicated to teaching people to "move past shame, self-judgment, and isolation, and into the knowledge that every body is the 'perfect body.'" Body positivity is a social movement encouraging everyone to embrace whatever they look like because it's fine, it's just fine....

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Monday, 08 April 2019 20:00

Not To Be

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In Hamlet's famous soliloquy -- perhaps the most famous soliloquy ever -- he claims, "To be, or not to be: that is the question." He is, of course, considering suicide. And, of course, "not to be" is a misnomer. When we die, we cease to be in this physical world, but we don't cease to be. On the...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 20:00

Modesty

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Paul is a problem sometimes. Like, for instance, he says, "If possible so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all" (Rom 12:18) and then he goes and writes something like this:
Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold...

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 20:00

"I'm Okay"

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"Hey, how are you doing?" We all get that question in one form or another often in our normal day. You will likely get it more than once at church today. And the answer will stereotypically be, "I'm okay." (My mother taught me, "Never say, 'I'm good.' There is none good but God.") We, of course,...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 4/6/19

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Solving the Environmental ProblemOur world is getting more and more frenzied in its attempts to solve our environmental problems. More and more are coming to the same conclusion. Humans are the problem and the best way to save the earth is to eliminate the humans. This is the logical outcome of...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 20:00

Omnibenevolence

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It is a common argument against the existence of God -- perhaps the most common. The argument goes something like this:
1. If an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent god exists, then evil does not.2. There is evil in the world.3. Therefore, an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 20:00

Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving has always been with us, of course. In the earliest of days it was scenery and passersby. Then there were advertisements and fast food. We have had radios in cars for a long time and passengers and arguing children and pets and ... well, you get the idea. As long as we've been...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 20:00

Going In

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It really wasn't that long ago that "coming out of the closet" was all the rage. At this point in time, it seems silly when we read of someone "coming out" as if it is a brave and unusual thing because at this point no one really cares anymore. That's not meant to be mean. It's just that...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 20:00

Paul's Puzzle

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Romans 9 is, as far as I can see, abundantly clear in what it is saying. In order to avoid what it is clearly saying, many have opted to "do a dance." That is, "It cannot be saying what we see it is saying, so it must mean something else." Why can't it? Because what it is clearly saying is not...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:00

April Fools

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It's April 1st -- April Fool's Day. As if April 1st had a corner on the fools market. There are varying explanations as to the origin of the day. One version says that at some point when the New Year's celebration was declared to be January 1, those who continued to recognize April 1 as the New...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 20:00

Stand

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The older group knows the classic "Onward Christian Soldiers" kind of mindset. There is the "Salvation Army" and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. We even have the phrase, "the Church Militant" portraying the Church as doing battle against the powers of evil. We get that. And some of us do it. There...

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Friday, 29 March 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 3/30/19

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"Legacy of Anti-LGBTQ Behavior"The San Antonio City Council has banned Chick-fil-A from its airport due a "legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior." They admitted the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army, but argue that a company that requires no homosexual acts among its employees is not...

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