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, 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

Quotes of Note

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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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Thursday, 02 August 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:Are women inherently less wise than men? Is this just an issue of gender or is the root deeper than that?  Rachel Darnall takes the issue back to our understanding of "the nature,...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Kim:Reading the letters of the seven churches in Revelation reveals what a successful church looks. In the letters to the churches at Philadelphia and Thyatria, both which had no negatives...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:The way we conduct ourselves online is something I think about quite a bit. Karen Swallow Prior has a lot of wisdom in her post 9 Ways to Make Social Media More Christian
The world is...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:00

Ten lessons for growing older

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Life becomes harder and more complicated when you grow old. I'm not all the way there yet, but my parents are. We moved my mom into memory care a couple months ago, and I will be heading back in a few weeks to move my dad into assisted living. The packing and physical move were the easy part. The...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 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:I have been reading the poems of George Herbert. He used language with such brilliance. In his poem "Easter," the imagery revolves around music. The poem is unique in that it has one...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:
Todd Pruitt shares about his experience with depression and anxiety - The Hard Apprenticeship of Sorrow
This hard apprenticeship of sorrow has caused me to long for Christ’s appearing...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 19:28

Understanding gives way to compassion

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I have been close to my aunt and uncle my whole life. Their daughter is probably the closest thing I've had to a sister. As we grew into adulthood, I could sense resentment directed toward me. I didn't understand, and I felt angry toward her. I attributed it to her being a difficult person. While...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 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:My early instruction as a Christian took place in church circles which were highly dispensational. Study and preaching from Revelation had more to do with talking about the rapture and...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Helpful thoughts from the article "I'd Like to Have an Argument, Please."
Many pundits have rued the widespread lack of courtesy on social media. Here, then, is a fundamental mode of courtesy...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:00

Review: Why Can't We Be Friends?

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Why Can't We Be Friends? - Avoidance is Not Purity by Aimee Byrd, P&R Publishing, 2018, 243 pages.Four year ago, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals invited Aimee Byrd to join Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt as a cohost for their podcast, The Mortification of Spin. To her surprise,...

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Sunday, 08 July 2018 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:Another great one from Concise Theology:
Christ's death was God's act of reconciling us to himself, overcoming his own hostility to us that our sins provoked (Rom. 5:10; 2 Cor. 5:18-19;...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Two years ago, on the way to school, my very expensive Schuyler goatskin ESV Bible got a bath from a poorly sealed water bottle in my book bag. I wish I'd seen these "Tips for Repairing a Wet...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:A friend recently asked me about How to Think by Alan Jacobs. I finished it last year, and it's one of the best books I've read on how thinking, or its lack, is intertwined with how we...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 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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When theologians talk about the doctrine of divine simplicity or God being simple - what do they mean, and is it important? This Tabletalk articleby Dr. James Dolezal answers those...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Kim:I finished reading a book called Expressing Theology: A Guide to Writing Theology That Readers Want to Read. This is not only an excellent book for seminary students, but also bloggers...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:I always appreciate the wisdom and teaching of J.I. Packer. In this video clip, he talks about repentance.J.I. Packer: What Does It Mean to Repent?Persis:Melissa Kruger interviewed Rebeccaabo...

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Sunday, 17 June 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Kim:Do you know the poetry of George Herbert? If you don't, why not try it out? Theology is not always expressed in big, dry books. It is also expressed in artistic forms like poetry....

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
From Kim:Youth Group or Frat HouseWhen my daughter was a teen, she went to a day camp where they played a take off of "Fear Factor," and it involved dead animals and seafood. People couldn't...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we plan to share quotes that were encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.So to start . . .Kim:I'm reading J.I. Packer's Concise Theology. Packer is always excellent reading. In his section on Satan, he gives a comforting reminder about the power of Satan....

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 19:00

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We have a brand new feature we're introducing today. Each Friday, we plan to share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. So to start . . .Horace Underwood - Korea's "Bundle of Fire"Simonetta Carr writes about one of "the most influential missionaries in...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:00

Have You Begun to Sing?

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We at Out of the Ordinary have another author in our ranks! Staci wrote The Organized Heart, and now Rebecca has written The Good Portion - God: The Doctrine of God for Every Woman. I have been looking forward to this book for a while.In her very first post at Out of the Ordinary, Rebecca talked...

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