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
Monday, 19 February 2018 00:58

My Favorite Dirty Word in Church

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“Next Sunday, wear something to church that represents how you actually see yourself.”

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Friday, 16 February 2018 00:47

Ashes to Alleluias: Welcome to the Lenten Season

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Dust you are, and to dust you shall return

The ashes for which this sacred day on the church calendar is named to mark the beginning of the...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 23:27

Romantic Love, Silence, and Ash Wednesday

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When a wall of sound floods our consciousness, when visual images bombard our eyes from flickering screens, when endless online chatter...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:22

The Gift of Ashes

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This cosmic collision between light and dark that will soon be upon us last took place 73 years ago in 1945!

No, I don’t speak of...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 23:38

Comfort for Troubled Christians

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It is easy to get down on ourselves, even blame God, when we see other people succeed while we struggle to just pay bills and put food on...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 23:58

A Knight in the Garden

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When I was eleven years old, Camelot was playing on TV on Christmas night. This musical was my first introduction to the King Arthur...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 00:07

A Good Day to Die

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Not too long ago when MS Windows operating systems were rather unstable and prone to crash, my computer employed a set of Windows audio...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 03:28

All You Have To Do Is Be Silent!

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In chapter 14 of Exodus Moses tells us that the Israelites were complaining. What’s new? God had caused Pharaoh to release them from...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 00:24

The Authority and Power to Forgive

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 “Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:24

The Joy of Being A Sinner

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When we focus on Christ crucified do we think, "How terrible that Jesus sacrificed Himself for us in this way, yet people just go on...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 04:07

Discovering Peace Through Confession

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“And all three stood and wept. Even the Lion wept: great lion-tears, each tear more precious than the Earth would be if it was a...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 00:17

Raised to Be a Real Man

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My parents knew what it meant to struggle. Like so many parents before and since they overcame long odds to improve their lot in life, and...

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Sunday mornings have become one of the most segregated days of the week for Christian families as churches divide up their worship...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:30

The Gold Man

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In my office is a little, gold man who both mocks me on a regular basis and also serves as a reminder of God’s grace for a...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

Love That Never Goes Cold

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We most often love God in spite of ourselves. All people love someone or something. But we Christians go further, and claim that we love...

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 23:41

If You Don't Go to Church, You Won't Go to Heaven!

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It is a rare treat for pastors to be able to sit alongside their families in a worship service. Okay, “treat” may not always...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 02:42

1518 The Legacy Project?

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The image of a German monk nailing a revolutionary document—The 95 Theses—is inspiring and iconic. For this reason, some who don’t know much about Martin Luther and his legacy turn first to those theses from 1517. When they do, they are often confused. At this stage in...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:00

Piercing Evangelism

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In a recent movie on Emily Dickinson, I was reminded of the vast difference between the faith of the Lutheran Reformation, and many forms of American religion that followed in its wake. The other forms held sway for a long time, but biting portrayals by novelists dismantled the evangelistic...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 01:41

Taking Ground

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On the evening of May 24th, 1539 Martin Luther stood before a crowd at the Castle Pleissenburg, Leipzig. The following morning would mark the inauguration of the Reformation in Ducal Saxony. Another part of the world had been won over by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

That ground had not been won...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 02:38

The Aim And Goal of The Law

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Love God and love your neighbor. That’s the whole law in a nutshell. The aim and goal of all laws and commands is love. Love is the law. We Christians know this about the law because it is revealed to us through Christ Jesus. Through Jesus’ words and work we know that we are judged by...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 04:00

Sinners are the Heirs of the Reformation

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I have been told many times that the future of Lutheranism lays in the hands of those who have not grown up Lutheran. Being an ex “Fundagelical” myself, I tend to smile when I hear these things, especially when new wars over a proper understanding of Law and Gospel are being waged. The...

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Friday, 06 October 2017 01:29

Apple Watch Faith

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For the last three years, I have been wearing an Apple Watch. One of the critical features of the watch is fitness tracking. Using a very accurate heart rate monitor and a set of motion tracking sensors, the watch can determine if and when I exercise, as well as how many calories I have burned. I...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 02:33

I Am That Guy

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“Why evil?,” asks everyone from long time church going folk to militant atheists preaching on the Internet.  It’s a good question. This world is messed up. A pastor or leader should never play it down, or pretend not to sympathize with his neighbor. It can eat at the...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:09

Unsavory Grace from an Unsavory Lord

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Robert Farrar Capon made the excellent point that the parables of Jesus need to be understood as riddles—riddles that, when solved or unlocked, illustrate elements of the radical and sometimes outrageous nature of God’s grace. The challenge is to bring to the parable the right...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:24

Cursing in Defense of The Gospel

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Why does Jesus curse His accusers (Psalm 109:20), but say, “bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you”? (Matthew 5:44) Jesus did not curse anyone from the cross. Instead, He prayed for everyone who cursed Him, slandered, mocked, and spit on Him. Does God contradict...

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