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, 25 February 2019 00:30

God Lifts the Weight Off

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It's difficult, even painful, for Christians to daily suffer the full weight of our past sin. Often our past drives us forward like a...

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Friday, 22 February 2019 04:50

The More Promising Approach to Discipleship

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  imageThe following is an excerpt from Law and Gospel in Action written by Mark Mattes (1517 Publishing, 2019).

Current approaches to...

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Since the word used in the New Testament for “Baptism” carries a range of meanings—pouring, sprinkling, immersing, dipping, and cleansing—churches of the Reformation have never made much ado about the mode of the water’s application in the rite.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 03:48

Baptizing the Thief on the Cross

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“Well, we all know that the thief on the cross wasn’t baptized!”

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 00:06

The Hidden Fences of the Law

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  imageFences of the Law are not modern phenomena. They also existed in Jesus’ day. Much of His conversations with the Pharisees...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 01:32

God Speaks to Us to Give Us Gifts

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God speaks to us to give away His salvation gifts. He sends us preachers for this reason: to hand out His gifts of forgiveness, life,...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 01:40

Meeting Melancthon

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In honor of the anniversary of Philip Melanchthon’s Birthday, the following is an excerpt from Meeting Melanchthon written by...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:02

Pirates of the Reformation

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I was born November 1949 in Cartagena, Colombia (pronounced “Carta-hen-a”). Cartagena was founded 416 years before, in...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:56

How Can You Be Certain of the Call?

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How does one know that they are saved? Where can the Christian turn for any ground of certainty before God on the day of judgment? As...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 23:20

Theology in the Real World

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It’s been said that Martin Luther was an occasional theologian. Luther did theology as occasions arose. That doesn’t mean...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 23:00

Is there Good News for Disabled People?

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Is there room in God’s family for children with disabilities or severe deformities? What about adults? Is there space for a disabled baby in the waters of baptism? Is there a chair at the table of faith for someone who is mentally disabled?

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 23:00

The Atonement: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

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While justification and salvation are clear doctrines that answer the question of what is gained by the death and resurrection of...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 23:00

Reversing Death

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A deadly disease is sweeping our nation, one which you may not even be aware. Some have felt the tragic effects in their own families,...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 23:00

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

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For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 23:00

Defeat Evil with Good

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There is concrete, real evil in this world. But running and hiding from evil men does no good. When a man becomes a predator, he'll...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:00

How to be Unapologetic in 2019

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:00

Jesus Ruins the Cause

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Christians ought to be the least ideological of all people, because Jesus is the death of ideology, as He is the death of us—a blessed death. Jesus has a way of ruining the cause, and we should be thankful for that.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 01:50

Jesus and Pint-Sized Preachers

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Dad died three days before Christmas.

The dying came slowly and hard as the completion of a season of surgery and tests, treatments and...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 23:00

Jesus Increases People's Gladness

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Cana of Galilee. The first miracle. The first sign that Jesus is different. It isn't people's grief, but people's joy that Jesus visits. Learn more...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 01:19

Why Ok is Everything

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In a bid to convince consumers that their cellular service is superior to others, a phone company has rolled out commercials with the...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:00

Love That Brings Freedom

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Who is Jesus? As elementary as it seems, that question can prove embarrassingly difficult. Answers pile up quickly: Jesus is the Son...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:26

A Year in Review What’s Next for 1517

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imageAs we enter this new year, we’re focusing on expanding 1517’s online impact and accessibility…

We have some really exciting plans for 2019. Everything we do this year will be geared towards...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 23:00

We Go to God with Bold Confidence

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We don't lose confidence in God because of a fight, or a tragedy, or a single moment of self-destruction. We lose confidence one,...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 23:00

History is Written by the Victim

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“I Love Lucy” was a popular TV show in the 1950s and is arguably one of the greatest comedies in television history....

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Monday, 21 January 2019 23:00

Why Do So Many Churches Have Red Doors?

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 As you drive by the church I pastor in San Diego, one of the things that immediately catches your eye is the color of our entrance...

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