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 - Reformed Margins
Monday, 20 March 2017 02:35

Ethnic Churches in America: A Conversation

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What follows is a redacted and partial transcript of the conversations that transpired on Facebook after I shared my initial provisional thoughts about ethnic churches in multi-ethnic contexts. Many thanks to my main conversation partners:Clark Fobes andDaniel Eng.

WARNING: Don’t feel like...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:24

Shalom and Worship

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One of the more cringe-worthy things I did as a pastor happened pretty early on in my ministry. One particular Sunday, our church wasn’t singing during praise. This upset me so greatly that I stopped the music mid-worship and I gave the congregation a stern rebuking. Later that day, I came to...

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In an age where Christianity is increasingly seen as outdated and irrelevant, cultural engagement by informed Christians has become an absolute necessity. No longer can Christians assume that their worldview is accepted or even understood by American culture.

Compounding this problem is the fact...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 22:00

Too Wise to Err, Too Good to be Unkind

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You are too wise to err, and too good to be unkind. – Charles Spurgeon

God is good

I had never prayed from my gut before my second pregnancy. It was early in the first trimester and I was spotting and cramping.

“God, I’ll do anything. Please, spare our baby.”...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 21:44

Tom Perez and the Future of Latinos

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(Photo Credit: Reuters/Chris Berry)

Many of the statistics used in this article come from a report issued by the Pew Research Center in 2014. While the numbers may have shifted slightly, I have seen no research to refute what Pew discovered three years ago. Rather than link to the same report in...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 02:46

Shalom, A Ginormous Mega-Theme in the Bible

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A few years back, we had a church intern who asked me to explain the difference between the (Scottish) Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed traditions. She had grown up in a charismatic setting and was new to the Reformed tradition. When she started attending Westminster Theological Seminary, she kept...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:19

Social Justice and the Great Commission

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Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out into all the earth and make disciples by teaching the nations what He first taught them. But what exactly does it look like for the church to fulfill the Lord’s command? I surmise that most people define the Great Commission as a call to spread the...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 07:00

The Shepherd is Also a Sheep

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The fall of a pastor is devastating.

Whether that pastor has been called as a shepherd over tens, thousands, or some number in between, the ramifications of a failed ministry ripple far beyond what we can see, perhaps even into eternity. What damage can be caused when the shepherd fails to care for...

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At the end of December, I joined almost 3,000 other people forChinese Missions Convention (CMC) 2016 in Baltimore. Attending this conference was for me like being in familiar waters after spending some time in a different part of the ocean, and I’d like to share some observations from my...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:38

A Confucian Trinity Is Not The God of The Bible

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My last post generated a large amount of feedback, most of which was positive.  I was humbled and grateful due to all the kind things that people had to say. There was however some pushback, enough that I feel I should write a follow up post.

Most of the pushback centered around the question of...

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Last April the 2016 Together for the Gospel Conference held a gathering titled: “The Future of the Asian American Church: Protesting the Status Quo.”

The website’s description reads:

How do we think through second-generation ministries? How might we steward cultural and ethnic...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 07:26

Book Review: No Little Women by Amiee Byrd

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imageWhat role do women have in the church? How does the fact that we are women shape our Christian living? What does it even mean to be a Christian woman? Is it different from being a Christian man? How can women contribute in their churches with their gifts?

I have been stuck on these questions for...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:56

The Three Lines of Noah and Christ

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Give Me Jesus: A Brief Look at Method

It’s that time of year again. For most people the beginning of a new year means a swelling tide of people at the gym, which then quietly recedes back to normal by February 1st. For Christians it’s a swelling tide of people posting “I’m...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 06:00

Change: New Year, Same Pursuit

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Start that new diet. Be more thankful. Try something new each month. The resolutions people make this time of year cover a wide spectrum of fun to serious, philosophical to practical, from tweaking minor habits to working toward major life goals. With the turning of the year comes the feeling of a...

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 06:00

Idolatry and the Image of God

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Today we feature an article from guest contributor Ekemini Uwan. Ekemini received her MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and is an accomplished writer and speaker. You can read more of her work and listen to her lectures at www.sistamatictheology.com. Ekemini has adapted...

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Friday, 30 December 2016 10:18

Abuse, Patriarchy and Korean Paternalism

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Normally new writers for RM tend to write a blog post introducing themselves to RM’s readers. But as I tried writing mine, various issues from my upbringing kept rising to the surface.

Who am I? I’m a victim of Patriarchal abuse, which I imagine, after 10 years of youth ministry, is not...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 05:55

The Birth of the Warrior King

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Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.

If I was super-spiritual I would tell you that I have always loved the holiday for it’s “true meaning,” a celebration of the birth of our King.

But honestly, I love the tree. And I love the presents. I love the lights, the music, the...

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 07:22

Advent and the Nature of Time and Space

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I know it’s a bit late, but I decided to do a post on Advent.

Advent is a period of preparation that is supposed to help you get ready for Christmas. It’s not commanded in the Bible but a lot of pastors, including me, find it to be very helpful for people especially in the days that...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:00

This Time… I will Praise the LORD

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And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the LORD.”(Gen 29:35)

This last verse of Genesis 29 gives me pause every time I come to it.

Leah’s Sin Streak

Leah had it pretty tough. Yes, she married into a good family – Abraham’s....

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:43

The Problem with Our Past and Future Gospel

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One Gospel, Different Aspects

Remember and anticipate. Look back and look forward. As Christians, we are often reminded to recall and meditate on the finished work of Christ. And we are also reminded to look to the future—to the King’s return—when he will come back to renew,...

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 07:07

Good News for My Children

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Today we feature a guest post from Faith Chang. You can read more of her writing at her blog, www.keepingheart.wordpress.com

Parents: you do not have ultimate control over the spiritual state of your children’s souls. Does this statement bring you a sense of joy and peace or fear and...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:00

Judgment, Worth, the Humans of New York

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Today we are happy to feature a guest post from Chris Locke. Chris blogs regularly at http://joyinexpressible.com/

Many of you know of the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page. Photographer Brandon Stanton posts portraits of people he meets on the streets of New York, along with a short...

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 07:39

Self-pity and the Betrayal of God

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There is a young woman here in this cafe doing what I have not allowed myself to do in so long. She is crying, and for the first time, I am envious of someone else’s tears.

Too many days have passed since I first found myself uninspired by life. Life! The very existence from nonexistence. 1...

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:27

Is Evangelicalism Overly Characterized by Fear?

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A while back, I heard a story about former Roman Catholic Pope, and New Testament scholar Joseph Ratzinger.

Shortly after Vatican II, Ratzinger accepted a position on the editorial board of a theological journal called Concilium. Concilium is Latin for (ecumenical) “Council”. The stated...

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Friday, 18 November 2016 08:03

Three Evangelicals Walk into a Race Conversation

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You know what it’s like. Race is brought up and suddenly the atmosphere in the room changes. Some are eager to start talking. Others seem confused by the conversation, willing to learn but unable to contribute and eventually get left behind as the conversation continues. Others bristle as...

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