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

The Reformed Collective - Apologetic Report
Monday, 15 January 2018 22:27

Breaking Resolutions

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On this episode of the Collective Cast, Josh is finally back to co-host with Jason. At this point, it’s less of aTony Stark / Steve Rogersdynamic and more of aOliver Queen / John Diggle dynamic. They talk about dancing at Union Station, Amish women, and what happens when you break your new...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 00:06

Love of Christ and the Marriage Union

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This post was initially written in response to contributor Christian Herring’s challenge to “write an essay on how one of Christ’s attributes or works benefit and communicate to the believer.”

Recently, I read a short story about a prince and his family taken prisoner by an...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 21:00

Do you search for wisdom?

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True wisdom is the shaping of the mind according to God’s truth. Wisdom is more than facts and head knowledge. It is not merely abstract. To be wise is to have the right wisdom applied to living life. In reality, the “wisdom” one holds will inevitably spill into how one lives.

If...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 01:39

Commencement Speakers and Bad Advice

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I remember most everything about the day I graduated high school, apart from the ceremony itself.  I would say, on my best day, I can recall 4 things about sitting in Bojangles’ Coliseum waiting for my diploma; I sat next to an old friend who shared the same last name with me, I hugged...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 21:50

Podcasting with the B.A.R.

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On this episode of The Collective Cast, Dawain Atkinson of the B.A.R. podcast joins to talk on a mic about talking into a mic. He’s the most humble man you’ve ever met, and Jason tries all episode not to burp into the mic.

Check out the B.A.R. Podcast on iTunes, Facebook,...

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Friday, 29 December 2017 00:13

The Christmas Story that We Seem to Miss

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Christmas comes and goes every year, often in a blur. We can hardly help do anything but merely make it through. In the process, the most amazing story that we can ever know becomes a stale “fairy tale,” instead of the history changing event it really is. Hopefully we can take a moment...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 13:01

Christian Excellency

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Taylor DeSoto, Head Editor of The Reformed Collective and elder at Agros Church in the Phoenix, AZ comes on the podcast to talk about Christian excellence. Many have called itProtestant Work Ethicand Sho Baraka just calls ittrap jazz.

Warning: Taylor is, unfortunately, a postmil boi. Everything...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 03:26

Our Priorities in light of the Christmas Story

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Black Fridays, shopping Saturdays, crammed schedules. The Christmas season can become quite unlike the Christmas story, and our priorities can be quite different from God’s priorities.

Our mindset in December… and most of the year

We get obsessed with a retail mindset, especially during...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 02:14

Resurrection in the Old Testament

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A complete separation between the Old and New Testaments is a sign of a flawed interpretation of Scripture. A byproduct of this error has been to ignore important Christian doctrines, like the resurrection, in the Old Testament. The purpose of this article is to point out the clarity of the...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:05

Depression and Anxiety

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On this episode of the Collective Cast, one anxious dude and a depressed-anxious talk about… depression and anxiety. I think I spoiled it in the title of the episode. David Appelt, The Reformed Collective’s social media dude, joins Jason for stuff. Warning: we make depression jokes,...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 22:05

Divine Simplicity

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On this episode of the #CollectiveCast, the duo is back at it. Very little games this time, other than a good fourth wall break from Jason.

This week, Josh and Jason give a bird’s eye view of this whole Divine Simplicity controversy going on. Hint: it shouldn’t be a controversy, go read...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 04:25

Lean not on Your Own Understanding of Money

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Proverbs 3:5-6 might be the most scribbled-on-greeting-cards verse in the Bible. The danger with familiarity, though, is that it can bring complacency. The more that we hear something the more we can be in danger of letting it flow in one ear and out the other. Consequently, we may love to quote...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 09:25

Lessons of a Newly Married Man

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Being Married Reveals Selfishness

I’ve been married almost two years now, and I can say that being a husband has  overwhelmingly shown me how selfish I am, and how easy it is to damage my wife.  In trying to minister to her and love her, I would be too stern or scolding and the Lord,...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 05:13

Your church music is incomplete if…

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Everyone has an opinion on the topic of Church music. Should we have loud music or quiet music? Should there be lights and fog? Should we use hymns, psalms, or modern songs? What instruments should we use? The reality is that tons of great Christians will answer these questions differently, and...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:53

How to Deal with Death

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I was at work the other day when my wife texted me. It had been a normal day up until that point. When I read the message, I was taken aback. Someone I had known had just tragically died at a very young age.

Even though we were only acquaintances, I was still affected. It made me wonder: how should...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 13:01

Taxation is Theft with Liberty Laura Meyers

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On this episode of the #CollectiveCast, Josh abandons Jason to do homework, and he fills the void with the first female podcast guest, ‘Liberty’ Laura Meyers.

Jason and Laura talk about many things, primarily Libertarianism (statists need not cry) and faith (atheists aren’t...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 02:47

Generous Giving and Tithing: 4 reasons to give

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There are few things make us tense up like giving or reading the Bible’s commands about money and wealth. We struggle to believe that generous giving is obedient, missional, evangelistic, and good for us.

Generous giving is obedient

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 01:48

How to Start Reading Your Bible Again

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Everybody comes to this point in their life (probably multiple times). You find yourself in the middle of a dry desert. It’s been a long time since you prayed on your own, read God’s Word on your own, or found yourself in awe of God after reading about him in his Word.

These are the...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:57

Why Is America So Divided?

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These days, people are rather predictable. Insert the scandal of the day and opposing sides will form quickly. Rather than just differing on opinion, the sides will get harshly divided. Whether it’s kneeling during an anthem, tax cuts, or a potential abuse of authority (police, politician,...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 01:44

Kneeling and Village Multisites

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Jason opens up about his struggles with anxiety, Josh disses a fine cocktail, and they talk about something a little too controversial for some people’s taste: rich people kneeling before a song about a cloth. Spoiler alert: we’re not too patriotic.

Also discussed is The Village...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 01:49

Calvinist Movie Review

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On this special bonus episode of the #CollectiveCast, Josh and Jason review Les Lanphere’s new docu-film Calvinist. We expect to see Leighton Flowers say something ridiculous about it soon, but we sure liked it.

For information on how to buy Calvinist, go to calvinistmovie.com.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 01:36

Love is not easily angered or triggered

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Everyone is mad now, seemingly all the time. If you go to any social media outlet you will find plenty of outrage. Plenty of people being “triggered.” It’s evidence of one of our favorite sins, anger.

There is one verse that seems to convict me more and more everytime I read it....

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 22:28

Why should we be quick to confess?

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As much as we hate to admit it, just saying “I’m sorry” isn’t enough. Confession is more than a mere apology and repentance is even more than just confession. We are often so preoccupied with being perceived as perfect that we fail to recognize sin and weaknesses, admit...

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Nazis are evil. Racism is evil. The Alt-right is not “right” in any sense of the word—politically or morally speaking. The group that gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia with torches in hand on the weekend of August 12, 2017, was a group of men in direct rebellion against their...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 05:58

Against New Covenant Theology w/ Jim Renihan

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On this episode of the Collective Cast, Josh and Jason bring on Dr. James “Jim” Renihan to talk about New Covenant Theology vs. Covenant Theology from the right (Baptist Covenant Theology) POV. Dr. James Renihan is the President of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies.

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