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, 14 February 2019 18:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Persis:The Houston Chronicle published several articles this week on the cover up of child sexual abuse in Southern Baptist Churches. I am not a Southern Baptist, but I try to advocate for...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:30

Book Review: Can We Trust the Gospels?

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by Peter J. WilliamsThe four Gospels found in the New Testament tell the life story of the central figure of Christianity—Jesus of Nazareth. If the history recorded in Gospels isn’t reliable history, then it’s game over for Christians, because outside of the Gospel accounts we...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:00

Quotes of Note

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:For my Pentateuch class, we're reading a book called Who Shall Ascend to the Mountain of the Lord? by Michael Morales. It is a biblical theology on Leviticus. I have read other books from...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 18:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Robert Mounce, the father of Bill Mounce, passed away recently. Here is a link to a video clip, showing him caring for his wife, who was an invalid. A beautiful testimony of what love looks...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 18:00

Review: Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them

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Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia Through a Mother's Eyes, Simonetta Carr, P&R Publishing, 2019, 368 pages.You might be familiar with author, Simonetta Carr. She has written many Christian biographies for children and has a church history blog, Clouds of Witnesses....

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 18:00

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 quote from The Whole Christby Sinclair Ferguson on assurance and a "frowning providence." This is my second rereading of the book, and it gets better each time.
We are not the best...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:"Brothers, We Are Not Talking Heads."I say a hearty "Amen!" to this. I am not a fan of talking heads of most sorts, and I'm especially averse to pastors (or female leaders, for that matter)...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 18:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:I am doing research for my Apologetics term paper. My subject matter is how to respond to the problem of evil. In Douglas Groothius's text Christian Apologetics, in a chapter on the topic, he...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 21:43

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:"What is the Role of a Christian Writer?" I think that is an excellent question. I appreciate Bradley Larson's comments (HT to Mike Leake). I cannot help but wonder, with the advent of...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 18:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:In doing research for an Apologetics paper, I came across John Frame's newest apologetic work, Christianity Considered: A Guide for Skeptics and Seekers. I really like John Frame. Our class is...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim: Will 2019 be a year where you are tested in the area of waiting? Here is an encouraging post, "The Strength of Waiting."Persis:Given the latest craze in minimalist living, Minimalism is...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:30

The True Captain of My Soul

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I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
These are the last two lines from the poem, Invictus, by William Ernest Henley. It's been quoted by many people throughout history as an expression of the tenacity and triumph of the human spirit. It also invokes the idea that no matter...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 18:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.DebA common refrain in contemporary discussions of gender roles asserts that the concept of complementarianism was invented in the 1980's by a para-ministry. However, several historical sources...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 18:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Keri Folmar had a post at The Gospel Coalition about what to look for in a Bible study leader. She speaks with regard to women, but I think these characteristics could apply to both men and...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 18:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:I'm taking Apologetics this semester, and we are expected to read John Frame's Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief. I was really excited when I saw it on the syllabus. I have read...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:25

Another plan

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Joseph had a plan. It was not made hastily or without consideration. Matthew 1:18 tells us that he was engaged to Mary. Or to put it in old fashioned terms, they were betrothed.Jewish betrothal was different kind of engagement from what the West experiences. It was not an easily broken...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:William Varner talks about some similarities between the Proverbs 31 woman and Ruth, in his post "Ruth and the Proverbs 31 Woman."
The eshet hayil in Prov 31:10 has led translators in many...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:In her book Advent, Fleming Rutledge talks about the significance of the combination of royalty stooping down to meet with her people.
Elizabeth I was a great monarch in part because the people...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 17:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:Disagreement is not handled well in today's climate. Attacking the person rather than his stance on an issues seems to be the method of choice, which is why I appreciated this post by Mike...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 18:00

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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 Reader, Come Home by Maryanne Wolf. She is a neuroscientist and reading specialist who is concerned with what screen-reading is doing to our ability to read deeply. This...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 18:00

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imageEach Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim: Mike Leake echoes much of what I've been learning in Greek Exegesis this semester. Originally, the Greek New Testament was written not only without punctuation, but in all upper case...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:30

On Being A Son

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But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 18:00

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 am almost at the end of the final volume of the selected journals of Lucy Maud Montgomery. I read from it before bed. This entry is at the end of 1937, a year when her husband's mental...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 17:30

It is good to give thanks

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It is good to give thanks to the Lord
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High
Psalm 92:1
Given that many people will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to share what we are thankful for. 
Persis:It's been a busy and rough year. Much of the summer was spent packing my parents...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:00

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imageEach Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Dr. Carolyn Weber, author of Surprised by Oxford, is an adjunct professor at my school. At our Seminary blog, she talks about "The Power of a Good Question."Persis:Amy Mantravadi on Women...

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