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

Apologetic Report - Eternal Perspective Ministries

I’ve long appreciated Justin Taylor’s great blog Between Two Worlds. A while ago he shared a helpful summary of Peter Kreeft’s logical analysis of the prochoice position that “we don’t know whether an unborn child is a person or not.”

It’s a good reminder...

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Those of you who have stocks may find the following information about a unique way to give to ministries interesting. My thanks to my friend, novelist Athol Dickson, for sharing this:

Give Like a Smarty

By Athol Dickson

Give your taxes to charity!

How would you like to pay your taxes to the...

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This article by Jessi Strong originally appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Bible Study Magazine.

Growing up in a non-Christian home, Randy Alcorn’s first thoughts of God and spirituality were of emptiness and absence. With only limited exposure to the Bible, Alcorn—now a...

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I’ve long believed that in light of the great number of young people who reject their faith as college students or young adults, we need to ask ourselves two questions: What are we doing to help nominally Christian young people come to a true faith in Christ? And what are we doing to help...

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I deeply appreciate Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., just as I did his father and mother, who I’ve mentioned before. I have really enjoyed Ray’s powerful little book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, which I would highly recommend to anyone desiring to start or help...

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Over the last several weeks, I’ve spoken at three great conferences across the country. I thought I’d share a short report on each in today’s post, along with some pictures and videos.

In early February, I spoke at the 2017 Linger Conference in Texas, which was hosted by Stonebriar...

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Recently a reader sent me this question:

What is your perspective on the documentaryPoverty, Inc.? We are giving generously to the Kingdom and are saddened by the waste we see in this film. Do your recommended organizations overcome these issues?

If you’ve not yet heard of the documentary,...

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One of the great ironies of gambling is that the vast majority of people lose money, while the few who win discover money doesn’t make them happy—and often it actually ruins their lives! One study reported that “six months after winning the lottery, you are likely to be no happier...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:00

The Key to Your Lasting Happiness

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The Christian life is largely won and lost on the battlefield of ideas regarding what makes us happy. If we believe the lie that saying no to sin means saying no to happiness, then no amount of self-restraint will keep us from ultimately seeking happiness in sin. John Piper writes, “You were...

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Before I started Eternal Perspective Ministries, I served as a pastor for 14 years. When I was in the ministry, I found myself spending a great deal of time ministering to dying people and comforting their families. People look to pastors for guidance, help, and perspective during difficult times...

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I love this, from G. K. Chesterton:

How much happier you would be if you only knew that these people cared nothing about you!

How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it; if you could really look at other men with common curiosity and pleasure; if you could see them...

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Do we seek happiness because we’re sinners or because we’re human? Should faith in God be dragged forward by duty or propelled by delight?

Must we choose between holiness and happiness? Much of my time with my wife, Nanci, and our family and friends is filled with fun and laughter. The...

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image A few months ago when we were both speaking at an apologetics conference, I had the privilege of meeting Christopher Yuan, who is an author, speaker, and instructor at Moody Bible Institute. I had read things written by Christopher, and greatly enjoyed having breakfast with him and hearing his...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:00

Perspectives After Attending the #DefundPP Rally

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On Saturday, February 11, thousands of prolifers gathered nationwide for Defund Planned Parenthood rallies. Altogether, 228 rallies were held in 45 states. The purpose was to publicly call on Congress and the President to stop all federal funding of Planned Parenthood and instead, make those funds...

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An angry uterus heating pad, an F-U-terus pin, a box of chocolates, a girl power hat, a coloring book of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: these are some of the gifts recently suggested by Teen Vogue as ways that girls can show their “care” to teenage friends who just had...

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image The movie The Shack¸based on the novel with the same title by Paul Young, will release on March 3. By now you have likely seen previews of the movie. Of course, in what I share below, I’m only speaking about the book—though if the movie is faithful to the book, I would expect it...

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“The Gospel” is a term we use a lot as believers. But I believe we could do more to think through what it really means, and what all it encompasses.

In its most basic and narrow sense, the Gospel is the good news of the loving, redemptive work that Christ has done and freely offers...

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I’ve shared before my concerns about many believers being addicted to video games, movies, TV, and social media, which drains them of time and interest to discover the virtues and satisfaction of reading Scripture, reading good books, and practicing sustained contemplative thought about...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

Time in God’s Word Is Not a Grim Duty

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Frank Laubach (1884–1970) devoted his life to encouraging literacy around the world, with the goal that people everywhere would read the Bible. He wrote an influential pamphlet entitled “The Game with Minutes.” In it, Laubach encouraged Christians to keep God in their minds at...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 00:00

Trapped: A Short Film on Teen Unplanned Pregnancy

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image The prolife film featured in this blog was done by I-TEC, an organization founded by my friend Steve Saint. I have seen many prolife films going back to the 70’s but found this one intriguing, interesting, very different, and uniquely powerful. It’s such an unusual length too. Most...

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When it goes to fighting lust, and other besetting sins, our greatest need is for a heart transplant, a mind reprogramming, a change in our inner beings. Jesus told us why: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality” (Matthew 15:19–20).

When our...

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I’ve shared before my concerns over the number of college students who are abandoning their faith in Christ. This article from Tim Challies, one of my favorite bloggers, explains some of the reasons why that happens, and what Christian parents can do to address those reasons. —Randy...

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Last spring I had the privilege of speaking at a conference for NFL players put on by Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO), a group which exists to unite a community of pro athletes and couples to grow as disciples of Jesus and positively impact their spheres of influence. They have a fantastic outreach to...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

Benjamin Watson at the 2017 March for Life

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The 44th annual March for Life took place last Friday, January 27 in Washington, D.C. I haven’t seen an official estimate for how many participated, but most seem to think there were hundreds of thousands of people present. How encouraging to see so many people—of various ages and...

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The following questions and answers are from my contribution to Women and C. S. Lewis: What His Life and Literature Reveal for Today's Culture, edited by Carolyn Curtis and Mary Pomroy Key. I highly recommend this unique and well-reviewed book, which has excellent contributions by 26 others,...

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