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, 30 August 2018 18:30

Five Star Links

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
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Todd Scacewater provides readers with Three Reasons to Catechize.
Having grown up in “low churches,” I never knew what a catechism was until I learned about them in...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 19:00

Making the Best of It

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Imagine what it’s like to be the leader of a democratic country. You are elected to power, and you make progress implementing what you believe to be the best policies for your country. But unless you’re a fool, you know that most likely, sooner or later, someone with a different...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 18:30

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 a quote from Gregory of Naziazenon the full humanity of Jesus, which I've been pondering after my pastor's recent sermons on the resurrection in 1 Cor. 15.
Do not let the men...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:It has been almost ten years since Terry and Juanita Stauffer lost their daughter, Emily. Terry reflects on forgiveness in this post.Rebecca:Are you a senior saint? Here are four reasons your...

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Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:00

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:This is a pray by W.E.B. DuBois for humility that seemed very fitting in today's climate of increasing tribalism.
May the Lord grant us both the honesty and strength to look our own...

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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

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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

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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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