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
Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
If God were a needy God, he would need our help just as much as we need his. What good news it is, then, that the gospel...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.
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From Bavinck's Dogmatics, Vol. 2, on sanctification:
Yet, sanctification is something more than merely being set apart; it is, by means of washing, anointing, sacrifice, and the sprinkling with...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
This week's episode of "Mortification of Spin" talks about the danger of success in leadership. One of the comments made was that when someone is up in front of a congregation (or a Sunday...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 19:00

Do I Need to Change the World?

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It has never occurred to me that I would ever change the world. Think about it: changing the world is something you can't know you've done. Changes on that scale take generations to manifest themselves. Did Gutenberg know he was changing the world at the time he lived? It's doubtful.What we do will...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.
Persis:I'm rereading All That's Good by Hannah Anderson with a group of women from church. The whole book is great, but the last chapter sums up the reason for discernment. A reason that is just...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
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What do we do when the figures we admire in church history have feet of clay? Ignore or gloss over those flaws? But if we believe the gospel saves sinners and that believers struggle with...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:00

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This is another letter in the Seven Letters Seven Dangers series - The Doctrinaire Church, a post that hits close to home. How easy it is to love the truth but fail to love the Giver of...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 19:00

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 You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith which may be one of the most eye-opening books I have read this year.
Christian worship, we should recognize, is essentially a co...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
Theology for Everyone has started a series,Seven Letters Seven Dangers. Each letter is written to the church on a particular area of concern. So far the posts have covered Pride,Fear...

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Rebecca:
Some of the most beautiful (and saddest) lines in the Psalms are found Psalm 137: 
By the waters of Babylon,
there we sat down and wept,
when we remembered Zion.
2 On the...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 19:30

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 was a convicting quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the "Ministry of Listening" in his book, Life Together:
The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 19:30

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Persis:
I loved this article by Karen Kessens and the parallel she drew between our favorite book genres and the people we normally gravitate to in the local church -  How Well Are You...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:30

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 on love for our neighbor in Body Broken by Charles Drew:
Zeal for the coming Christ and love for people go together. Our practice of public goodness aims not to put people...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Rebecca:
5 Minutes in Church History is one of my favorite podcasts. Here's an interesting episode about Perpetua and Felicitas, two early Christian women who were martyred for their faith.
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Sunday, 21 April 2019 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:My Greek professor, Wayne Baxter, has written a book We've Lost. What Now? Practical Counsel from the Book of Daniel. It deals with the issue of coping as Christians in culture when we have...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Rebecca:
Natasha Crain models one excellent way to help older kids (middle school aged and up) think through some of the so-called wisdom they hear: Choose Kind Over Being Right?
This morning I...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:30

Look for the Helper

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I knew a young man who embraced the gospel joyfully (or so it seemed), began to attend church, but then rejected it all when his old friends rejected him. His friends thought he’s gone nuts, especially when they found out what Christianity teaches about sexual morality. Their insults and...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:00

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Kim:Dr. Stan Fowler, an emeritus professor at my school, reflects on the "Toronto Blessing,"which promoted the Vineyard movement in the 80's. Dr. Fowler has been, without a doubt, the most...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 19:00

A Dark, Mysterious Night

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One of the most dramatic accounts in the Old Testament is found in Genesis 15:
"Bring me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon." Then he brought these to Him and cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 19:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:From Reformed Dogmatics: God and Creation, by Herman Bavinck
Dogmatics is always called upon to ponder and describe God and God alone, whose glory is in creation and re-creation, in nature and...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 19:30

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Kim:
This is a brief article which discusses whether or not anxiety is a sin. It does provide a very helpful starting point. However, the brevity of the article, while...

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Thursday, 28 March 2019 19:00

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Kim:Who "is" or "Becomes" your neighbour?Bill Mounce discusses verb tenses and briefly reflects on becoming someone's neighbour. Yes, this is a discussion of biblical Greek, but perhaps it will...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:30

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:One of the assignments for my apologetics class is to summarize in single spaced page each chapter of our assigned readings. It has been a tedious process. I would much rather interact in a...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:
I've been reading Herman Bavinck on imago dei and the importance of the soul andthe body. So this biographical sketch by Simonetta Carr on Elizabeth of the Palatinate was...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:I just finished reading Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble. It's one of the most thought-provoking books I have read this year. This is quote on how Christian witness during times of suffering...

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