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

1517 The Legacy Project - Apologetic Report
Friday, 18 August 2017 01:41

Pastor, That’s Not Your Wife

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She is very attractive for you, isn’t she? And you can’t seem to leave her alone. You love being the center of her attention. When she compliments you, you feel like you can conquer the world. You’ve even become an expert on wooing those compliments...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 06:09

There Despite the Grace of God Go I

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I used to think that what set Christianity apart from other religions was that in the other religions, people worked toward salvation on their own power, while we had the help of the Holy Spirit empowering us. Then I read an astute Puritan who showed how even the Pharisees credited God with their...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 04:35

Extra Nos (Outside Ourselves)

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The pillars of the Reformation are Latin phrases called the solas. These are Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), Sola Gratia (grace alone), Sola Fide (faith alone), and Solus Christus (Christ alone). Together, these describe the formula of justification usually articulated; the Christian is justified...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 03:57

One Victim, One Trauma, One Violent Death

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What is it about modern American society that is so dispiriting to people? Even at home, there are great stresses that contribute to a person’s isolation even when he is surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors. For most modern Americans, a close-knit family, intimate friendships, and...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 03:05

About Preaching Good Works

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Ok boys and girls, it is time for our lesson on how to listen and respond when Servants of the Word start preaching about good works. I want you to listen to some, but, walk away from others. If they go soft on good works you need to walk. What do I mean by soft, Virginia*? Going soft on good works...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 04:40

Look Upon the Tree

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Here’s a dose of optimism for you. It comes from Henry David Thoreau writing beside Walden Pond when this nation was not yet 100 years-old:

If the moon looks larger here than in Europe, probably the sun looks larger also. If the heavens of America appear infinitely higher, and the stars...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:07

Stay in the Boat!

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Many people, even those who are remotely familiar with Christianity, know the popular story of Peter walking on the water. Oh sure, Jesus was more successful at this miraculous task, but we are far more excited about Peter’s experiment right?

Matthew tells us that one evening Jesus told the...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 05:32

A Confessing Church

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A confessing church is a confident church. It’s not perpetually on the defense. It has no thought police. It needs no inquisition. It has something to say, and something it delights to hear, and the two are the same: Christ crucified for sinners. This is the game changer. This is what makes...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 01:59

Not An Arbitrary and Capricious God

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Odin, All Father of the Aesir, is an arbitrary and capricious god. Worshippers offer their sacrifices to him in the hope that he blesses them with health, wealth and, most important, victory in battle. But, despite the integrity of the sacrificer or the purity of the sacrifice, Odin (being an...

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Do you ever notice that Christians tend to treat their salvation like a participatory event? We act as if we had some hand in it and that without our help, God will never be able to see it through to completion. We strut about as though we not only have something to be...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 03:21

The Key to Discipleship

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We live in a strange time where the church has found ways of turning Bible verses into clichés or platitudes (or worse, mission statements!). No verse seems to have suffered more than the great commission of Jesus found in Matthew 28:18-20 (yes, you are a very close second, Jeremiah 29:11)....

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 05:43

Misunderstanding Apologetics

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Apologetics is the task of defending the Christian faith as true. Properly understood it is an element of evangelism which has the sole purpose of delivering the Gospel of Jesus to lost souls. Apologetics is one of the pillars of 1517 The Legacy Project, making up the core of our publishing house,...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:54

Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation

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Luther wrote the theses of his Heidelberg Disputation as an explanation of his teaching and theological method. He presented them to a gathering of fellow Augustinian monks. Some, such as Martin Bucer, the later Strasbourg reformer, were very influenced by Luther’s presentation of law and...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 03:19

When Jesus Stands Center Stage

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When God points to Christ and His gifts we more often than not prefer to suck the divine thumb than go where it points us. In this way, for example, when we walk into a church we don’t automatically look for the Lord’s gifts laid out, ready to be administered and received. Instead, we...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 03:07

No Gospel for Girls

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She knows the Gospel. But she can’t hear it. I would like to say she is the only one. But the more I see the distressed look behind our thick eyelashes, the more I press against our wall of female self-protection, I’m wondering where the Gospel has gone for girls.

She’s heard it...

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Friday, 28 July 2017 06:50

The Tolkien Option—Introduction

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“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that...

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“Well Butler got his, all right.”

The other guys said, “I don’t give a goddam if he did, the crook. He had it coming to him for all the stuff he pulled.”

“I’ll say he had,” said the other guy, and tore the bunch of tickets in two.

And George Gardner...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:32

You Are Already Dead! So Live!

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“The only way for a soldier to not be afraid of wars is to accept the fact that he is already dead.” — Lt. Col. Ronald C. Speirs, 101st Airborne, E Company as portrayed in “Band of Brothers.”

Speirs gave this remarkable advise to soldiers preparing for battle. He...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 06:02

True Saving Faith Is ‘Blasphemous’

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The little girl finds out that her dad is dying of cancer having months to live. A perfectly happy, strong family loses a mother to a car accident. Do we not have enough fatherless and motherless homes in this world?! A father leaves his family out of the blue, leaving the children wondering...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 05:27

The Devil’s Music?

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In a BBC Newshour report on a day in May, just two years ago, I heard a sad but beautiful report by journalist Colin Paterson. The sad report was that legendary blues guitarist and singer B.B. King was dead. The beauty was in Paterson’s moving biography of the music legend’s early life...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:08

Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

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John 6:60-69Lord, to whom shall we go?

My cohost on my podcast, Let the Bird Fly!, likes to argue that John’s is the best Gospel. I personally argue for Mark and have written a little about it. It’s all in good fun, of course. We like all the Gospels. That being said, it’s hard to...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 02:12

Find True Christianity in the Verbs

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First, the elephant in the room. All my articles are about Christ for you as gift. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find an article on this blog that isn’t about Christ for you as gift. Why is that? It sometimes appears as though there are as many confessions of Christianity on the...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 02:30

Meeting Melanchthon: The Conclusion

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The Search

Thus, we are at the end of our brief investigation of Philip Melanchthon; his theology, teaching, writings (especially the Loci Communes), work as a theological ambassador, reformer, and good friend of Martin Luther. Too, this short series has attempted...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 04:03

Christian Patriotism

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“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” (Romans 13:1-2)

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:30

Jesus Doesn’t Need You to March for Him

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Last week in our local 4th of July parade, our church’s float (which consisted of a tight three piece band, including myself, playing Johnny Cash tunes) was followed by a large number of people wearing red shirts with the words “March for Jesus” on them.

What does that mean? What...

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