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

Radically Christian - Apologetic Report

Jeremiah prophesied, and later witnessed, the destruction of Jerusalem. He had the unpleasant task of warning the people of Jerusalem that their enemies were going to win. His neighbors hated him for his message of doom and gloom. In fact, they very much wanted to put him to death for his lack of...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 21:30

Where Does the Bible Talk About the Trinity?

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The doctrine of the Trinity is the idea that there is only one God and God has always existed as three distinct persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though the word, “Trinity” is not found in our Bibles, the question remains, is the idea of a triune God a biblical idea? Can we...

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As I read the sixty-six chapters of Isaiah yesterday, it occurred to me that to understand Jesus this is where a person needs to begin. Sadly, many of us do not understand our own Lord because we do not see him in light of Isaiah’s prophecies. Oh, we know Isaiah 53, “He was pierced for...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 21:28

Matthew 7:1 Re-Examined: Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

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Jesus preached, in the Sermon on the Mount, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1, KJV). But what did He mean by that? Did He mean His followers should never criticize someone else’s behavior? Did He mean we should all just “mind our own business”? How can we...

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Yesterday I read the book of Kings (1 and 2 Kings). It is a tremendous and heartbreaking story. But most importantly, it is a story which we must know if we are going to understand what it means to be a part of the kingdom of God. Jesus’ story has a backstory and so much of it can be found in...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 23:38

“Paul, Apostle of Christ” Movie Review

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I was appalled at Russell Crowe’s movie, Noah. And equally disgusted by Christian Bale’s, Exodus: Gods and Kings. So I was apprehensive about the new movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. After seeing it last night though, I must say it was, in my opinion, the best Hollywood...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:50

Racism is Still a Problem, but There is a Solution

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I’ve debated over and over again whether or not to write this post because problems that lie just beneath the surface are difficult issues to address. Some people will think I’m stirring up unnecessary strife by sharing examples of racism I’ve seen. “Why do you have to bring...

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When someone became king in Israel, a priest would pour oil on that man’s head and he would then be known as the Lord’s “anointed.” The Hebrew word for “anointed” is “messiah.” So this is the story of two messiahs, Saul and David. When I started this B...

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When I was a kid, I loved the book of Judges. It was full of violence and gore. There were tent pegs, strong men, lions, death, and destruction. I loved it. It made me think God would be an awesome movie director. Unfortunately, I was reading the book of Judges all wrong. The book of Judges is...

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En Hechos 2:38 Pedro le dijo a una multitud de personas, “Arrepentíos, y bautícese cada uno de vosotros en el nombre de Jesucristo para perdón de los pecados; y recibiréis el don del Espíritu Santo”. La pregunta que vamos a considerar hoy es la...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 20:50

Romans 13 Re-Examined: Obey the Government

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I would argue that very few passages in Scripture have been more abused over the centuries than Romans 13:1-7. It has been used to justify both allegiance to wicked governments and armed revolt against wicked governments. It has been twisted, perverted, and misunderstood since the time of...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 20:43

God’s People Go to War: What I Noticed When I Read Joshua

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Many people struggle to understand the story of Joshua and the conquest of Canaan. They understandably wonder, “Is Jesus of Nazareth, who told His followers to love their enemies and turn the other cheek, really the exact representation of the God who ordered warfare in the book of...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 11:28

A Few Things I Noticed When I Read Deuteronomy Today

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I sat down and read the book Deuteronomy while waiting for, and while on board, a flight to Memphis this week. This project of reading whole books in one sitting gets easier and more exciting every time I do it. It makes me wonder why I haven’t read every book this way. So let’s talk...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:47

A Few Things I Noticed When I Read Numbers Today

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We call it “Numbers,” but the Jews call it, “In the Wilderness.” I much prefer their title. The title “Numbers,” makes it sound like the book is just about the censuses that were taken; it is so much more than that. As you know, I am reading each book of the Bible...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 20:49

A Few Things I Noticed When I Read Leviticus Today

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As most of you probably know, my 2018 Bible reading plan calls for me to read each book of the Bible in one sitting. You can find my thoughts on Genesis and Exodus in previous posts. This week I would like to share with you some of the thoughts I had when I sat down and read the book of Leviticus....

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A lot of people seem to believe that on the Day of Judgment, all of their good deeds will be weighed against all of their sins to see whether or not they have been good enough to be saved. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:26

The Most Important Thing I Noticed When I Read Exodus Today

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I just finished the book of Exodus, as part of my 2018 reading plan and I wanted to share with you my most important takeaway. There are certainly a lot of things which could be said about this book and there were several things I noticed this time I had not noticed before, but I consider this to...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 20:22

LUKE 22:36 RE-EXAMINED: Sell Your Cloak to Buy a Sword

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It’s time for us to resume our “Re-Examined” series by considering Luke 22:36, in which Jesus says, “Let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” Many Christians use this passage as a proof-text for the use of deadly force in self-defense. But is that...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:37

7 Things I Noticed When I Read Genesis Today

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As I read through Genesis, as part of my 2018 reading plan, I tried to assume I didn’t know how the grand narrative of the Bible would end. I tried to carry as few biases and preconceived notions with me as possible. Though it’s important to attempt to do just that, I’m not sure...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 20:51

Slavery, the Civil War, and Why It Still Matters to Me

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In August, I wrote an article encouraging Christians to love their neighbors more than Confederate monuments. That post was met with a considerable amount of opposition and even anger. Most of the opposition surrounded one sentence, “The Confederacy was fighting to protect the...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 20:42

A New Sort of Bible Reading Plan

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I need a better way to read the Bible this year. And if you know me, you know I believe in reading through whole books of the Bible in one sitting. So, the following is my Bible reading plan for the new year. It may seem a bit daunting at first, but think about it this way, following this plan...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 20:23

Followers of Jesus Must be Committed to Meekness

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One of the most important, but yet misunderstood and ignored words in the Bible is meekness. I often hear Christians boldly protest, “Meek does not mean weak.” Even if that sentiment is accurate, it still doesn’t tell us what it means to be meek. What is meekness? Why does Jesus...

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