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
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:00

Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia: Review and a Giveaway

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Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia, John Dunlop MD, Crossway, 2017, 207 pages.Dementia is a word that can strike fear in our hearts. Over 6 million Americans have dementia, and that number is only going to increase. One-third of seniors will die from this disease. In the face of these grim...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:07

We have a winner!

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Thank you all so much for your interest and response to our Journey into God's Word giveaway. There were 53 entries, and our lucky winner is Ann Snider!Thanks all so much for your interest in the giveaway and the blog!

Authors: Kim Shay...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:49

Journey into God's Word - Giveaway

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Last summer, I read and reviewed Journey into God's Word. I've read quite a few "how to" Bible study books, and I believe this is one of the best. You can read the review here.Fall is upon us, and people are getting back into regular schedules, whether it is school, ministry, or study. In...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 19:00

Layers of Context

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This summer, I have been going through the bookInductive Bible Study, by Andreas Köstenberger and Alan Fuhr. While it is not a beginner's book, it is worth the effort to read. Köstenberger looks at biblical interpretation through a triad: history, theology, and literature. I find the...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:00

Even If He Doesn't

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It’s been almost a year since I last posted. I have so much to say, and so much I can’t say. It’s a strange combination that makes blogging difficult.Ministry—along with life in general—can break your heart. The soft-focus promos for small group curricula don’t...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

For Weak and Weary Pilgrims

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One of my favorite Christian books is Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. I first read an abridged version when I was young, and I was enthralled by Christian's journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. It was an exciting adventure complete with hair-raising escapes...

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Identity & the Gospel in Judges 19Difficult Passages for Women Series
Whenever speakers or expositors read the passage in Judges 19, they invariably take great care to caution their listeners about the horrific events contained therein. Such is the depth of the concubine’s...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 18:30

Letting Go and Letting God

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My children are all grown now, and there are many joys that come with this. There have been wonderful sons and daughters-in-law added to the family, and grandchildren, too. I am reaping welcome rewards for the many years I spent rearing my children.
But I will also admit that this is the hardest...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 19:00

Expendable

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I recently finished J.I. Packer's excellent book Re-discovering Holiness. It was convicting. There were many occasions when I was forced to point a finger at myself. One such moment was while reading the chapter "Growing Strong: The Empowered Christian Life."Packer discusses things we should be...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

Begun in grace and perfected in glory

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The coming of Christ has been on my mind of late. Part of it is because my pastor has just finished preaching a series on Revelation. The other part is the lingering sorrow that has been weighing on my heart. I am not a melancholy person by nature, but I can't seem to shake this undercurrent of...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 23:10

Three Faces of Redemptive Friendships

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     Anyone who has ever had a two-faced friend will probably wonder how on earth redemptive friendships could have three faces? These three metaphorical faces of redemption have little to do with our physiognomy or the physical presentation of visages. Rather, what I’m...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 19:00

Our favorite books of the Bible

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My favorite book of the Bible is Hebrews. It was while studying Hebrews that I began to get a handle on the true relationship between the old and new covenants, something that had previously confused me. The writer of Hebrews put it all together: The old covenant was ineffectual. It...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 18:30

The Rhythm of the Christian Life

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Right now, as I write this, I am sitting in a big rocker on the front porch enjoying the morning sunshine. One of my sons is in the driveway tinkering with his car, and another is in the vegetable garden, nailing together the box for a raised garden bed. I can hear the next-door neighbor, too,...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 19:28

What is Inductive Bible Study?

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My introduction to inductive Bible study occurred in 1996, and came through Precept Ministries. I took the training offered, and taught Precept studies for a few years with a friend, and I also attended many. But Precept did not "invent" inductive Bible study, and you don't have to use Precept...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:00

Comfort in Revelation

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There was a time when the book of Revelation was my least favorite book of the Bible. I thought its main message was to foretell all the horrible things that would happen before Jesus comes back, and those horrors would be my fate unless I achieved a certain level of spirituality whereby God would...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 18:30

When It All Started

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What is the root of the story of Christianity? Why is there a story of the Christian faith in the first place, especially one that unfolds over two thousand years—so far?In 2000 Years of Christ’s Power: The Age of the Early Church Fathers, Dr. N. R. Needham answers these questions by...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 19:30

Pivotal Doctrines

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This week the subject of our group post is doctrine; specifically, which doctrines have been pivotal in our lives in Christ. Feel free to use the comments section to share your own experiences.Kim:About seventeen years ago, I reached a place in my faith where I began to ask questions. To make a...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 19:00

Seeking the Good Portion

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Sometimes, theology and doctrine can be intimidating, but Keri Folmar has written a book that will surely engage women, yet does not skimp on solid teaching. You know for sure you're getting into something good when the author includes a Select Bibliography. I love books like that; something to get...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 19:00

Review and a giveaway: Is the Bible Good for Women?

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Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture by Wendy Alsup, Multnomah, 2017, 212 pages.When we think of the Bible and women, what verses come to mind? Titus 2, Proverbs 31, or the book of Ruth? How about the Apostle Paul's...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 21:43

Our Greatest Spiritual Influences

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Our topic for today is the person who has been the greatest spiritual influence in our lives. If you want to give a shout out to the person who has helped you spiritually, please leave a comment.Kim:The person who has most influenced me spiritually is my husband. It makes sense; he is the Christian...

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Ruth 1:16 But Ruth said (to Naomi), “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God."
Like most women, I've always hada particular affinity toward the por...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:30

A Time to Weep

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Have you considered why Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died (John 11:1-44)? Before he left for Bethany with his disciples, Jesus told them he was going there to awaken Lazarus, who, he said, "had fallen asleep." We know, then, that he planned to raise Lazarus. Jesus knew Lazarus's death would...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 19:00

Our Favorite Authors

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We decided it might be fun to do another round of group posts. Our topic for today is favorite authors - one dead, one living, and the reasons why. If you want to share your favorites too, please leave a comment.Kim:I find it really hard to choose favourite writers, because there are so many good...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 19:00

Women in Scripture: Esther

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When we examine the life of a biblical character like Esther, we run into the inevitable stumbling block of time. Quite simply, her life was vastly different from the one we live here in the western world in the 21st century. It can be tempting to evaluate her as if she lived right now, and impose...

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Mary the Mother of Jesus  
    
   Today as we continue to consider the biblical account of Mary, I would like to begin with Genesis 3:15. In this passage God is speaking to the serpent that has been the instrument of temptation for Adam and Eve.  ...

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