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 - Out of the Ordinary
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:43

Identity: Knowing Who We Are in Christ

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The professional women sitting next to our dinner table last week gloried in their roles as nurses as they traded recent stories of pain and recovery from the hospital down the street. Yet I wondered whether they realized that nursing is merely their vocation, not the core of their...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:05

Women in Scripture: Euodia and Synteche

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 Euodia and Syntyche
An Open Letter to Euodia and Syntyche
"I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:30

An Inexaustible Fountain of Goodness

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The LORD is good to all, 
 and his mercy is over all that he has made.
The eyes of all look to you,
 and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand; 
 you satisfy the desire of every living thing. 
(Psalm 145:9, 15-16)
The eighteenth century English Baptist...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:00

Women in Scripture: Priscilla

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“Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well.” - Romans 16:3-4
    Prisca (also known by the diminutive name...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 18:00

Ethical Adventures

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It was with a little fear and trepidation that I began my Moral Theology class this semester. Thinking about ethical issues is one thing; engaging in discussion with classmates and writing papers is something new for me. Sometimes, we have inklings of our views on things, and it isn't until we're...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 18:00

Women in Scripture: Hannah

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Hannah
Servant of our Sovereign God
   The story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1 and 2 has been a comfort and hope through the ages.  A cursory reading may lead one to believe that the account is merely about a woman’s longing, praying and the ultimate blessing of the birth of her...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 18:00

God is much greater than her experience of him

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"It is no good telling the bereaved mother that Christ still loves and cares for her if she has only been taught to think of Christ in terms of how he works on her own feelings and in her own experiences. She needs to be able to see that God is much greater than her experience of him; she needs to...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 18:00

Women in Scripture: Manoah's Wife

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Manoah's Wife 
Judges 13
   She had neither children nor name.   Married to Manoah, a man from one of the lesser-known tribes of Dan, she lived among a people who had forgotten their God, who had turned their backs on Him and all His goodness.   They had been handed...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 22:39

Falsifiabilty: The Atheist Dilemma

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Casting the proverbial gauntlet against God and the problem of meaning, philosophical atheistsposit that language, meaning, and truth claims that are falsifiable take preeminence over those which are non-falsifiable. Byemphasizing analytical over against analogical argumentation, atheistic...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 02:00

Women in Scripture: Sarah

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The Inward Beauty of Sarah
    Of all the women of the Bible, Sarah stands out as not only a faithful woman who trusted in God, but also a woman whose inward beauty serves as an example for all of us today.  She is referenced several times in the New Testament because of her...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 01:30

Women in Scripture: Lois and Eunice

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Lois and Eunice
Lois and Eunice are mentioned by name only once in scripture. In the beginning of his second letter to the young pastor Timothy, the apostle Paul writes,
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure,...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 05:10

Women in Scripture: Hulda

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   The first time I heard Huldah mentioned, my response was, “Who?” I mean, I’d read the verses that mentioned her, but she didn’t make much of an impression. It was John Piper, in one of the panel discussions at Together for the Gospel 2008...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 02:00

When Mother Reads Aloud

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(Disclaimer: This encouragement goes for dads, too)I thought I would write about something a bit different today. We all need some lighter blog content, don't we? I happened to be scanning my old blog archives from about ten years ago, and came across this poem, whose author I do not know. If you...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 02:00

Women in Scripture: Hagar

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 God Sees Me
     I pay attention to men and women in the Bible who are the misfits because there is always a lesson to learn from their stories. One of my favorites is that of Hagar, the slave of Sarah and Abraham. The story is in Genesis 16 and to summarize, Sarah...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 02:00

Women in Scripture: Lydia

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Lydia
“So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the[d] district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. And on the Sabbath day we went outside the...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:00

Are We Called to Authenticity?

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p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} This morning we welcome Deb Welch, who blogs at All Things New, to the Out of the Ordinary team.
The quest for authenticity has seemingly grown more prevalent than ever in modern...

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Monday, 23 January 2017 02:00

Women in Scripture

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A few years ago, our own recently retired Diane hosted a series on her personal blog about women in Scripture. Some of us here participated in that series. Now that she will no longer be blogging, we wanted to re-post those articles and have a place to make them available. Over the next number of...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 01:30

Even As Our Father Is Merciful

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This year my church began sponsoring a family of refugees from Syria. The Canadian government will provide half the income they need for their first year here in our city, but we are responsible for the other half. This family was, of course, eager to leave the refugee camp behind for the safety of...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 02:00

Is this book healthy?

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I wouldn't call myself a health fanatic, but I try to eat a reasonable diet. There was a brief period where my go-to snack was a granola bar because I assumed that granola was healthy. Can't go wrong with whole-grain oats, right? I thought so until I bothered to read the nutrition information and...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 02:00

Digital Downsizing

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I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions but this year I have resolved to reduce  my online involvement  as much as possible. I began digitally downsizing last summer by deleting my Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Connecting with...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 02:30

Stay Strong to Serve

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Strong Women Stay Young is the title of a book recommended to me after I broke my ankle. It deals with the benefit of weight bearing exercises in the prevention of bone loss. After three broken bones in three years, I figured I need to be proactive. Despite the title of the book, being strong...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 02:00

Look up!

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It is impossible to say what will happen to us, or what will be required of us this year — but "Look up!" This direction, if properly attended to, will . . . procure for us all that we need, secure us against all that we dread, and make us more than a match for all our foes and...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 02:58

Merry Christmas!

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imageI'm sure I can speak for all of us here at the blog that we wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas. We are all very thankful for all who read regularly and provide encouragement and feedback. We wish God's best for you all.I want to share one of my favourite Christmas songs today. Christmas...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 02:00

Which Jesus?

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During this time of year, it is more acceptable to bring up Jesus. I've seen plenty of nativity scenes in people's yards and even in front of businesses. (The fortune teller with the plastic creche out front broke the cognitive dissonance meter, though.) Even traditional Christian Christmas carols...

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Monday, 12 December 2016 02:00

His Name is Jesus

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“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins.”
 
    Jesus’ name is Holy and Awesome (Ps. 111:9).   Jesus’ name is above all names (Phil. 2:9)...

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