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
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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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No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God Aimee Byrd, P&R Publishing,  2016, 288 pages.When it comes to women's discipleship, there is no shortage of ideas. Most people have an opinion about what it is, what should be taught, and even whether it is...

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Mary the Mother of Jesus
   It's always a delight to study this wonderful woman who is the earthly mother of our Savior. The Angel Gabriel greeted her this way ”Greetings O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Mary would be in sore need of that comfort in the days and years to...

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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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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 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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“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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