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

Reformed Margins - Apologetic Report

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I moved to the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area in 2012. Prior to the move, I had followed politics sporadically, but I wasn’t too engaged.

After 2012, partially due to the political climate of where I lived, and partially due to some of the...

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 00:24

Year 501 and Beyond

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Today, the Protestant Reformation turns 501.

Last year we held conferences, preached sermons, wrote books, and looked back over the 500 years of the Protestant Reformation, praising God for his faithfulness to his people during that time.

Rightly so.

But now the calendar turns.

501.

And rather than...

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Note: This is Part 4 of a series where we’re using Crazy Rich Asians as a launching point to explore different aspects of ministry to Asian Americans. (Here are Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)

Disclaimer: It is worth noting that while Rachel, the main character in the story, is a...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:00

Filial Piety, Asian Americans, and Christ

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Note: This is Part 3 of a series where we’re using Crazy Rich Asians as a launching point to explore different aspects of ministry to Asian Americans. (Here are Part 1 and Part 2.)

Disclaimer: It is worth noting that while Rachel, the main character in the story,...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 23:00

A Prayer For Asian American Students

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Ruth C. lives in Washington, DC, where she can often be found happily reading under a shaded park bench or sharing a meal with friends. She learned about Reformed Margins from her sister, Faith Chang, and is grateful for the opportunity to write about God’s never-ending, gracious work in our...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 22:00

Setting Boundaries as Asian Americans

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Note: This is Part 2 of a series where we’ll be using Crazy Rich Asians as a launching point to explore different aspects of ministry to Asian Americans.

Disclaimer: It is worth noting that while Rachel, the main character in the story, is a Chinese...

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A few days ago, yet anotherstory came across my feed about a black college student, this time at Smith of all places, who had the cops called on her for eating lunch in a dormitory common area. The incident was justthe latest in a series of incidents involving white people inappropriately calling...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 00:35

When Celebrity Pastors Let Us Down

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Over the past several years, victims of sexual assault within the church have been paying attention to the cultural force that is the #MeToo movement, and more and more of them have felt emboldened to speak up about their experiences with sexual assault by...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 00:27

Sorrow and Sighing Will Flee Away

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Trigger warning: rape, war crimes

The stories are hard to hear.

My colleague, a missionary to Bosnia who has served for nearly eight years in country, detailed some of the atrocities committed against the Bosnian Muslims during the war that shook the country at the end of the 20th century.

The...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 05:00

Pursuing Ministry While Reformed Chinese

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Today, I’m happy and thankful to announce that I will be coming on staff as a ministry resident withChrist Church East Bay. It’s been a long journey toward this first step into vocational ministry. The process of discerning my calling has certainly met formidable obstacles, and...

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Last week, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the United States’ largest Protestant denomination, held its Annual Meeting in Dallas. Almost 10,000 messengers gathered to hear reports about various denomination entities, to elect new officers, and to debate and vote on new resolutions.

A...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 03:38

RM Interviews: Pastor Dan Hyun

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Today, RM is pleased to present an interview with Rev Dan Hyun. Dan is the founding and lead pastor of The Village, a multicultural church community in Baltimore. He received his Masters in Divinity and is currently working towards the Doctor of Ministry in Urban Missiology from Biblical...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 06:13

Job, Spurgeon, and Hope

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​Tomorrow is June. When the clock strikes midnight, another National Mental Health Awareness Month will come to a close. For millions of Americans, however, it will signal the start of another day in the grips of mental illness, hidden away from national attention. Depression, in particular,...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 02:10

Getting Ready For Church After Graduation

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Graduating senior, I remember standing where you are now. The bittersweet flurry of graduation activities. Commencement. Packing my parents’ minivan and saying goodbye to my closest friends. The relief and strangeness of not being a student for the first time in 17 years.

I remember it all...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:39

Are You Really Sharing the Gospel?

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Sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is the primary call on every believer’s life.

Each and every one who claims Jesus as Lord is commissioned to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). This was not a command limited to the disciples who heard the words of Jesus that...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:30

Graduate, Make Plans For Your Soul

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So senior, you’ve made it. The last paper is handed in and you’ve picked up your gown and cap. You’re celebrating senior week, taking care of relatives who’ve come into town for graduation. Maybe you’ve still got a few weeks to go, but you see the light at the end of...

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Friday, 11 May 2018 02:07

Repentance that Goes Unanswered

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The eve of my salvation was what C.S. Lewis might call a “mad midnight moment,” only this midnight lasted three years before the Lord brought me to repentance. Though I often cried for daybreak, to my unregenerate mind dawn was only a new shade of color in the sky, a sufficient degree...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:51

The Reclamation of Social Justice

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My last blog post established how the world has so secularized social justice that even people in the church see social justice through a secular lens. Therefore, we as Christians need to reclaim the definition of social justice from what it has become.

Some Christians...

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Note: This article is taken from an address I gave this morning at a National Day of Prayer service. 

Churches around the country are gathered this morning for a solemn purpose. We are called to pray for the country where our earthly citizenship resides.

Only a fool would say that prayer is...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 23:00

The Secularization of Social Justice

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Over the past decade or so, I have been realizing the extent to which my culture and upbringing have affected my theology. I have been forced to take off my cultural glasses in order to reread the Bible with fresh eyes, over and over and over...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 03:07

Introducing Larry Lin

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This week, we at Reformed Margins are happy to introduce Larry Lin as a new regular contributor to the site!

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Larry was born and raised in San Jose, CA, and he serves as a pastor at The Village Church in Baltimore, MD. He has a BS from Cornell University and a MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 21:26

I Would Get Brought Up On Charges

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Imagine that I was a keynote speaker:

I thank you for the honor of speaking to you on this important anniversary of the pro-choice movement and in memory of the pro-choice leaders that are an example for us today.

Of course, as we remember, we must recognize the shortcomings of the movement. But as...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 01:52

A Theodicy-Oriented Salvation

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Where is God when you need Him?  

In 1775, the center of the Roman Catholic world outside of Rome was said to be Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon wasthe Catholic city of all Catholic cities. Catholic faith and devotion permeated the very fabric of the city. Out of its burgeoning population of 250,000,...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:00

Too Small for Selfish Ambition

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I’m not supposed to admit this in public, but I will.

I want to be the next big thing.

It’s not a godly desire. In fact, this is exactly the kind of “selfish ambition” that James warns against (James 3:14).

But it’s there and the pull toward being “known and...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 23:00

Lern Haw To Be A Mom

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My current favorite book on motherhood isLearn How To Be A Mom, or, I should say,Lern Haw To Be A Mom.

It suddenly appeared by my side one day, printed with permanent marker on folded half-sheets of blue construction paper. The author had discreetly delivered it, sneaking away so I could enjoy the...

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