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, 15 November 2018 18:00

Five Star Links

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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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Sunday, 11 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.Persis:This is a prayer from Born to Wanderby Michelle Van Loon (pg. 59) that's been on my heart.
Heavenly Father, I want to unpack my bags and be home. Because of that desire, there are times I've...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 17:30

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imageEach Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:A Bible study sabotaged? Peter Krol directs our attention to C.S. Lewis to answer this question, in "How to Sabotage a Bible Study."
Bring the Enemy’s word out to be dissected, examined,...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 17:30

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 just began reading Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom From Richard Baxter.It promises to be good:
For the past century and more the notion has been abroad in...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 19:00

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:"Is it possible you aren't contending for the faith but are just being a jerk?"Jared Wilson asks this question in his article "Jerks for Jesus." This is something I'm sure we've all...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 18:30

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:From All That's Good by Hannah Anderson:The possibility (probability) of making a mistake has the power to paralyze us. Not wanting to ever misstep, we set up strict guidelines and fence...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Crossway has been putting out a series of articles entitled "10 Things You Should Know . . . " I really enjoyed this instalment, "10 Things You Should Know About Bible Study." I...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 18:30

All That's Good - Review and a Giveaway

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All That's Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment by Hannah Anderson, Moody Publishers, 2018, 215 pages.What is discernment? Is it knowing who to unfollow and who to mute? What books not to read? What foods and medicines will make you sick? But what if discernment is more than just what...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 18:30

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:This quote is from All That's Good by Hannah Anderson. I read it all in one sitting literally as I was on a train for 7 hours. Lord willing, I will be reviewing it soon.
Discernment does not...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:You Say "Horseface," and I hear . . . I felt my heart go out to Michelle Van Loon when I read her post. It was not just for her words concerning the U.S. President which moved me, but...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:30

Quote of Note

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Rebecca:John Calvin was sure the book of Hebrews belonged in the Bible even though he was also sure it wasn’t written by Paul, but by some other unknown author. In this quote from the...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Kim:Find some "Encouragement for Bible Reading From Puritan Women." These women always inspire me. They were often said to have been known for "their piety." Is that something I will be...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:00

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Kim:One of the books I'm reading in my Synoptic Gospels class is F.F. Bruce's Hard Sayings of Jesus. I read something interesting in his discussion of the saying in Matthew 5:29, about plucking out...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. Persis:
Do you wish to get well?
He didn’t come for those who think they see. He didn’t come for those who think they walk. He didn’t come for the rich or the powerful or the...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 19:27

The Essential Truth

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The Lord is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works (Ps 145:9)One of the most humbling moments I've ever had came during a time as a new Christian when I worked in a word processing pool. My boss told me at my 6 month review that there were comments from others in the pool that I...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 18:30

Quotes of Note

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.Persis:This is a quote from Walking Through Twilightby Douglas Groothuis who recently lost his wife to dementia.
Learn to lament with people...  Listen to the stories of the suffering and...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Rebecca:
As you know, right now Jesus is in heaven in glorified human form, and he will remain in human form for all of eternity.  Does his everlasting humanity limit him anyway? For...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:30

The Great Equalizer

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When you have loved ones who are aging and declining, it's hard to avoid facing death, and it is sobering. For some reason, the phrase "Death is the great equalizer" came to mind the other night, so I googled it. References to Shakespeare came up, but the Bible describes this far better than any...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 18:30

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imageEach Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Persis:This is from Spurgeon's Treasury of David on Psalm 103:13 -
"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him." To those who truly reverence his holy...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
I so appreciate the writing of Christina Fox. She is insightful, humble, and encouraging. I really enjoyed her "Writer's Prayer."
Forgive me for the ways in which I have stolen your glory in...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:30

Book Review: God Is Better Than Trucks

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What is God like? When a child asks this question—or a similar one—how should we answer?There’s a real sense in which God is nothing like anyone or anything in a child’s world. (He’s not much like anything in an adult’s world, either.) “To whom then...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 18:30

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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 about the Trinity from Rebecca's book, The Doctrine of God for Every Woman.
[F]rom the overflow of love between the Father, Son, and Spirit, the Father chose you in...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
Have you ever feared, deep down in your soul, that your faith is not strong enough? Do you ever fear falling? I do. In this article by David Mathis, we are encouraged to remember that "He...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:30

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Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking,  or all of the above.Kim:The fact that Jesus was both man and God is a crucial aspect of our faith. As Christians, with 2,000 years of teaching behind us, we take it for granted. Set in its own time, the claim...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 18:30

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Each Friday, we share links we found especially interesting or inspiring during the previous week. 
Kim:
Brad Hambrick asks a question I have asked myself: "Can Someone Be Spiritually Healthy and Still Experience Mental Health Challenges." This is an excellent article that doesn't give a...

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