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

Apologetic Report - 1517 The Legacy Project
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:11

Do We Evangelize or Proselytize?

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Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.

Matthew 23:15

The Christian Church has always marked a difference between evangelism and...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 03:43

Anything Else You Worship Will Eat You Alive

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“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:04

Preparing for Death and the University

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Have you ever thought about taking a class on death? I recently began running again, after nursing an injury for the better part of a year, and decided to check out iTunes U to occupy my mind while exhausting my body. Of course, I chose a course from Yale called, “The Philosophy of...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:53

God’s Love Is Messy

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God’s love is messy. He’s reckless, in our way of keeping accounts, about whom He shows mercy. Like a farmer who pays no attention to where the seeds land during Spring planting, God just doesn’t seem to care one iota about how much of a return he’ll get back on His love. We...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 06:23

Christians Say the Darndest Things

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Snow is falling here in Michigan, and I had some time alone this morning with my eight-year-old son, Josiah. This alone time with the lad mixed with the weather had my thoughts reaching both forward and back. They went forward to warm weather, to an extended family camping trip out west this...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 05:28

I do believe; help my unbelief!

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Mark 9:14-29I do believe; help my unbelief!

Mark’s Gospel is fun—lots of fun. In Mark’s Gospel, do you know what we encounter right after Jesus’ Transfiguration? We encounter a demon-possessed son, a desperate father, and arguing disciples. Right down from glory into the mire...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:45

A Christian Looks to Christ

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What if we woke up tomorrow and discovered we could perfectly obey all God’s commands? We could love God and love our neighbor. Would it do us any good in relation to God’s way of doing things? No, perfectly obeying the Ten Commandments wouldn’t do us any good because God’s...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:49

Death Through the Proverbs

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Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the market she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy street she cries out; at the entrance to the city gates she speaks; How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? (Proverbs 1:20-22)

Men, women and children everywhere...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 04:19

The Horror of the Same Old Thing

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Why do churches careen off the path of orthodoxy and into the muddy ditch of heresy? Why does a spouse have a fling after twenty years of marriage? Why do once-solid friendships weaken and crumble?

There’s many reasons, of course, but also a common, underlying impulse egging them on: The...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:02

Lost at Home

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Everyone enjoys Jesus’ parable commonly called, ‘The Prodigal Son.’ For some time in church history Christians focused on the youngest son. Many commentators still today choose to title the parable ‘The Prodigal Son.’ At first glance the parable does seem to revolve...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 03:17

Is Batman Fulfilling His Vocation?

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Warning: Spoilers about The Lego Batman Movie, including Batman’s real identity, contained in this review!

Warner Brothers’ recent production of The Lego Batman Movie has it all. Will Arnett brought back the comedy and charisma that we first saw in The Lego Movie. Superb animation,...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 01:07

When We Hear Grace And Peace

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Grace and peace. They’re common church words. They sound out in liturgy and in worship in churches all round the world. They’re preached, taught, and sung about by Christians everywhere. But why? Why are grace and peace so important for us?

St. Paul writes to the Corinthians:...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 01:17

Eating Cheeseburgers for Lent

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If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 01:01

The Only Free Lunch We’ll Ever Get

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We are freely justified for Christ’s sake. That means, because of Jesus, who substituted His bloody suffering and death for ours, that in relation to God we are declared once and for all forgiven of all sin, freed from death, and promised eternal salvation. This good news delivered by God to...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 03:56

What Does It Mean When Jesus Says, “I Am The Way”?

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Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” — John 14:5-6

What is the way? Despite Jesus simple answer, Christians have been asking Thomas’ question...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 03:05

Getting What We Don’t Deserve

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It would be better, we imagine, if God treats us and others as we deserve. Those who believe they’re faithful, pious, or good dedicate themselves, with God’s help, to becoming better so that they can earn heavenly reward, an increase of earthly blessings, and the like. Those who believe...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 03:05

Getting What We Don’t Deserve

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It would be better, we imagine, if God treats us and others as we deserve. Those who believe they’re faithful, pious, or good dedicate themselves, with God’s help, to becoming better so that they can earn heavenly reward, an increase of earthly blessings, and the like. Those who believe...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 11:14

Baptism Now Saves, But… Who and When

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Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ — 1 Peter 3:21

Who should we baptize and when? How old does the person have to be? What if we get it wrong? Will...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 03:14

Baptism Now Saves, But… Who and When

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Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ — 1 Peter 3:21

Who should we baptize and when? How old does the person have to be? What if we get it wrong? Will...

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Genesis 22:1-14

Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us but hold us up against our sins so that the thought of You when it wakens in our soul, and each time it wakens, should not remind us of what we have committed but of what You did forgive, not of how we went astray but of how You did...

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Genesis 22:1-14

Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us but hold us up against our sins so that the thought of You when it wakens in our soul, and each time it wakens, should not remind us of what we have committed but of what You did forgive, not of how we went astray but of how You did...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:34

The Get Down

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Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Col 3:20-22)

So recently I went out on a limb and watched “The Get Down.” I have to say it brought back all sorts of nostalgia for the days when...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:34

The Get Down

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Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Col 3:20-22)

So recently I went out on a limb and watched “The Get Down.” I have to say it brought back all sorts of nostalgia for the days when...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:32

The Law of Christ

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What’s more human than running head-long into sin? Selfishness, self-seeking, and a “me-first” attitude doesn’t attack us suddenly like a migraine. There’s nothing more human than selfishness. Self-deception and self-destruction are our birthright. And, as odd as it...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 02:32

The Law of Christ

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What’s more human than running head-long into sin? Selfishness, self-seeking, and a “me-first” attitude doesn’t attack us suddenly like a migraine. There’s nothing more human than selfishness. Self-deception and self-destruction are our birthright. And, as odd as it...

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