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

Out of the Ordinary - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:30

Quote of Note

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Rebecca:John Calvin was sure the book of Hebrews belonged in the Bible even though he was also sure it wasn’t written by Paul, but by some other unknown author. In this quote from the...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Find some "Encouragement for Bible Reading From Puritan Women." These women always inspire me. They were often said to have been known for "their piety." Is that something I will be...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:00

Quotes of Note

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:One of the books I'm reading in my Synoptic Gospels class is F.F. Bruce's Hard Sayings of Jesus. I read something interesting in his discussion of the saying in Matthew 5:29, about plucking out...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:
Do you wish to get well?
He didn’t come for those who think they see. He didn’t come for those who think they walk. He didn’t come for the rich or the powerful or the...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 19:27

The Essential Truth

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The Lord is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works (Ps 145:9)One of the most humbling moments I've ever had came during a time as a new Christian when I worked in a word processing pool. My boss told me at my 6 month review that there were comments from others in the pool that I...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 18:30

Quotes of Note

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote from Walking Through Twilightby Douglas Groothuis who recently lost his wife to dementia.
Learn to lament with people...  Listen to the stories of the suffering and...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Rebecca:
As you know, right now Jesus is in heaven in glorified human form, and he will remain in human form for all of eternity.  Does his everlasting humanity limit him anyway? For...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:30

The Great Equalizer

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When you have loved ones who are aging and declining, it's hard to avoid facing death, and it is sobering. For some reason, the phrase "Death is the great equalizer" came to mind the other night, so I googled it. References to Shakespeare came up, but the Bible describes this far better than any...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 18:30

Quotes of Note

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:This is from Spurgeon's Treasury of David on Psalm 103:13 -
"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him." To those who truly reverence his holy...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I so appreciate the writing of Christina Fox. She is insightful, humble, and encouraging. I really enjoyed her "Writer's Prayer."
Forgive me for the ways in which I have stolen your glory in...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:30

Book Review: God Is Better Than Trucks

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What is God like? When a child asks this question—or a similar one—how should we answer?There’s a real sense in which God is nothing like anyone or anything in a child’s world. (He’s not much like anything in an adult’s world, either.) “To whom then...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 18:30

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote about the Trinity from Rebecca's book, The Doctrine of God for Every Woman.
[F]rom the overflow of love between the Father, Son, and Spirit, the Father chose you in...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
Have you ever feared, deep down in your soul, that your faith is not strong enough? Do you ever fear falling? I do. In this article by David Mathis, we are encouraged to remember that "He...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:30

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Kim:The fact that Jesus was both man and God is a crucial aspect of our faith. As Christians, with 2,000 years of teaching behind us, we take it for granted. Set in its own time, the claim...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
Brad Hambrick asks a question I have asked myself: "Can Someone Be Spiritually Healthy and Still Experience Mental Health Challenges." This is an excellent article that doesn't give a...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 22:19

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote from Kelly Kapic's Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering. This is one of the best books that I've read on physical suffering and one I go back...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
Todd Scacewater provides readers with Three Reasons to Catechize.
Having grown up in “low churches,” I never knew what a catechism was until I learned about them in...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:00

Making the Best of It

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Imagine what it’s like to be the leader of a democratic country. You are elected to power, and you make progress implementing what you believe to be the best policies for your country. But unless you’re a fool, you know that most likely, sooner or later, someone with a different...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 18:30

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote from Gregory of Naziazenon the full humanity of Jesus, which I've been pondering after my pastor's recent sermons on the resurrection in 1 Cor. 15.
Do not let the men...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:It has been almost ten years since Terry and Juanita Stauffer lost their daughter, Emily. Terry reflects on forgiveness in this post.Rebecca:Are you a senior saint? Here are four reasons your...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:This is a pray by W.E.B. DuBois for humility that seemed very fitting in today's climate of increasing tribalism.
May the Lord grant us both the honesty and strength to look our own...

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:Tim Bertolet writes about several heresies that arose in the early church. Why learn about them? "Sometimes, when we look at ancient heresies it helps us see with clarity errors in...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:11

History, literature, and theology

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I am taking a course in the Synoptic Gospels this semester. I'm really looking forward to this course. A whole semester looking at the gospel is something to be excited about. I already bought my textbooks, and have begun the readings. As well as the gospels themselves, our main text is Four...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Theology isn't just for men. For those who read here regularly, you already know that is how we feel here. This article "Why Women Should Be Readers of Good Books" explains that our knowledge...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Kim:More good reading in Grant Osborne's commentary, Revelation, Verse by Verse. I really encourage you to try reading a commentary as you read any other book. Choose a book of the...

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