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

Speculative Faith - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:00

The Christmas Story: The First Epic Tale

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image A bloodthirsty tyrant. A group of “mages” from the East. Otherworldly messengers. A child of humble birth whose deeds would one day save the earth. Sounds like the basic premise for three-quarters of the fantasy novels ever written. And yet, it’s anything but a...

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 02:00

The Need for Diversity in Christian Fiction

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How many books have you read that stood out in a way so different it was startling? How many of those books were written by Christian authors? Admittedly, I haven’t read a ton of “Christian” fiction (by which I mean stories that proclaim a Christian worldview). From the...

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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 06:00

Liturgy and Lunacy

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It's a sad truth that the Church is a very fractured stained glass window. As with all major religions, Christianity has many denominations, sects, rituals, centers of leadership. It is not my place to judge which denomination is best aligned with God's vision for His bride or which group of people...

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 04:45

Jack Chick, This Was Your Life

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Remember those cartoon evangelism tracts by Jack Chick, who most famously wrote “This Was Your Life” and other comic-strip-oriented literature intended to help save souls? On Monday Chick Tracts announced Chick had died. Christianity Todaylater reported it. Perhaps now, as the...

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Monday, 24 October 2016 13:17

When Christians Vacate An Industry

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image "Roy Rogers was a Christian who was not ashamed to witness for his Lord." [/caption]Shocking as it may seem to some, Christians were once a visible part of the motion picture industry. Christians also peopled state houses and even the...

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Monday, 17 October 2016 12:14

Prattle

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I have a lot going through my head today, and to be honest, much is unrelated to speculative fiction. Some is, but not the bulk. So I decided today I'd prattle. Here's a snapshot of what's on my mind. Saturday I celebrated the life of a friend . . . at her memorial service. She'd lived with...

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 06:00

Who vs. What

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The debate over which is more important, character or plot, is hardly fresh territory. It is a highly subjective topic and everyone has valid reasons for why they support this or that side of the argument. Even this website has hosted discussions on this issue, but since it is such a critical...

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 06:27

Pushing (Your) Boundaries

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I recently discovered that I wanted more edginess in Christian fiction. It came as a surprise. I’d always been so uninvolved in that particular argument before. It hasn’t escaped any of you that the world of Christian writers and readers, especially in the speculative fiction genre,...

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:36

10 Presidential Candidates from Fiction

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Rumor has it there was a debate of some sort last night. Big stage, big names…Trump. Hillary. Say what you will about the state of our country, the options we have for leaders, the general annoyance with this entire election season. This isn’t meant to be a politically charged post....

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In a Writer's Digest interview some years ago about how to write fantasy, author Steven Harper Piziks demonstrated that characters matter. He named five books he would recommend to fantasy writers and explained why he felt they were important. One thing jumped out at me from his list---he...

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