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 - Thinking Out Loud
Friday, 09 September 2016 21:52

Quick Ordination to Perform a Wedding or Two

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image Matt Marino is an Episcopal Priest who in a previous lifetime spent 17 years with Young Life. He blogs at The Gospel Side.  Several months ago — admittedly at the start of the wedding season in North America — he posted this article. At one time I tried to pursue ordination...

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There’s been a lot of flak online about Andy Stanley’s current sermon series, Who Needs God?* I don’t have time to get into all the various aspects of this, but I wanted to share with you a comment I left at an article by David Prince.  On the other hand, if you want to know...

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 21:18

The New Testament in Context

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So I’ve got a list here, but you can feel free to add to it in the comments:

  • The New Manners & Customs of...

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 18:53

Wednesday Link List

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My wife snapped this pic in a thrift shop where, for only $20, you can own a genuine menorah from the Holly Land.

I’m just gonna assume everyone is up to speed that Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa (of Calcutta).  Here’s the rest of this week’s list:

  • According to a recent...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 21:13

The Problem of Inaccessible Leadership

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I actually have two unpublished books. Longtime readers here are aware of one of them, but on the weekend I came across the manuscript for the older one, a book which predates the owning of a computer and would therefore need to be manually retyped in order to serialize it here.

The theme of the...

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Sunday, 04 September 2016 20:31

The Problem of Resource Engagement

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Christian parents in particular have never had so many resources available to build spiritual formation in their children

One of the recurring themes in my 9:00 to 5:00 world is a challenge to people, especially men, to be readers. There is a great need in families for children to observe and...

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Saturday, 03 September 2016 21:01

CCM: Where it All Began

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Next time you’re in the music department of a Christian bookstore, or listening to 20 The Countdown Magazine, realize you’re seeing/hearing the after effects of a movement which goes back a couple of generations. Today’s featured videos are all from the same YouTube user channel, D...

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Previously here we’ve looked at the H20 course with Kyle Idleman, but there has been increasing interest in our part of the world for Christianity Explored. Here’s a brief post I did for Christian Book Shop Talk:image

This from Wikipedia’s page on Christianity Explored:

Christianity...

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 21:18

Doing the Church Hop: The How and the Why

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Doing the Church Tour

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Think church-hopping is just a summer thing? Do your hopping off-season and blend in with the natives.

This is a 2014 article by Peter Chin on the blog Third Culture, a webpage launched that year by Christianity Today. He called it,

Why A Little Denomination Hopping Is Not A Bad...

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We did this back in March of 2014 with an article title Substance Consistently and I’ve been wanting to update that for some time.

  • Ed Cyzewski – If the about page leads off with the author’s identity as a freelance writer, you know the writing is going to be above par. The blog is...

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