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

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:00

This is Apologetics: an Argument from Logic

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This fall, I’ve been leading a small group focused on evangelism and apologetics. We discuss a different topic each week, but we came to the subject of logic and reason, we ended up having to break it up into two weeks. Why? Because thinking about the way we think is hard. We usually just...

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Monday, 23 October 2017 04:52

Some Further Reflections on Community

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Yesterday I preached at Park (Forest Glen) on the subject of community from the text of Galatians 6:1-10. I opened with a story from my own life about a period when I was in dire need of the fellowship and support of a church family, but I also avoided it because of the sin in […]

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Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

This is Apologetics: Presup Starter Pack

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As I explained in my first article, I started this blog in order to, “share with you the books and articles I’m reading, the videos I’m watching, the sermons and podcasts I’m listening to, and the discussions I’m having–in the hopes that you can use this...

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imageThis question came in via texting at Sunday’s 11AM worship gathering at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), and it’s another good one. Let’s look at the phrase, “speaking the truth in love,” in context. What it means to speak the truth in love In Ephesians 4, Paul...

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Sunday I preached from Ephesians 4 on the subject of church leadership. You can listen to the audio from my sermon here. This post is in response to a text question I received, asking, “Does the Bible make a distinction between elders and pastors?” This is a great question,...

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To the best of my recollection, when I went into full-time pastoral ministry a few years ago, the one aspect of ministry which I was least looking forward to was doing care visits–visiting and ministering to the hurting, sick, depressed, and otherwise struggling at home, in the hospital, etc....

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Monday, 25 September 2017 05:52

Some Further Reflections on “Scripture Alone”

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Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching God’s word to my church family at Park Community Church (Forest Glen).  I preached on the “content of the church,” focusing in on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura–that Scripture alone is the foundation of the church. You can...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 23:00

This Is Apologetics: an Argument from Certainty

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Here’s a really compelling argument I heard once from Sye Ten Bruggencate about why we need to presuppose the Bible as revelation from God in order to think that we can know anything at all for certain. It’s slightly modified, but I think it still works. The Problem with Knowing...

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Last Sunday at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), we started a new teaching series. I got to preach on 1 Peter 2:4-10, answering the question, “What is the Church?” The question is a crucial one, because if we, as the church, miss God’s definition of what we are supposed to be,...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

This is Apologetics: an Argument from Guilt

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Have you Ever Decided It Was Right to be Wrong? Have you ever done something you knew was wrong–not something you had been told was wrong, but something you actually believed was wrong, that you chose to do anyway?   And when you did that thing, did you feel guilty? Not...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:46

Some Further Reflections on the Great Commission

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On Sunday, I preached on Matthew 28:18-20, the passage in which Jesus gives to His 11 remaining disciples the “Great Commission.” And the big thing Jesus wants His church to be pursuing is discipleship–making people into followers of Him. Of course, evangelism–the announcing...

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  I have been studying through the Acts of the Apostles, which is all about the early years of the Church, so I’ve got churches on my mind–specifically, new churches. In ecclesiological nomenclature, new churches are called “plants.” So I have got church plants on my...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 16:35

This is Apologetics: an Argument from Science

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What is apologetics? Is Christian faith the enemy of science? This is a common objection to biblical Christianity, but is there any weight to it? If Christianity’s teaching about man and nature is true, then our senses are designed by our Creator to correspond to the world around us, and...

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Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at Park Community Church from 1 Kings 18 on the story of an ancient prophet of Yahweh’s confrontation with the pagan prophets of a false god. It was the latest installment of our “Great Stories” series. This story, in which the wild man...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:49

A Family Update

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I was asked to give an update on my family situation to the staff of Park Community Church. For those who don’t know, my family has been going through a two-plus-year ordeal with our youngest son’s health. I’m reproducing for you, my readers, what I shared with Park’s staff....

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Over the last several weeks at Park Community Church, we have been hearing the stories from the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) that point to the greatest story of all–God’s plan to redeem His people through Jesus Christ. As the most recent “episode” of the...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 03:18

Why does it take you so long to ask for help?

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In the biblical book of Judges, we get an accounting of the history of ancient Israel before the monarchy was established. During this period, there was no king, the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes (often with disastrous moral consequences), and the nation as a whole descended...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:12

What Kind of Church Outreach Works?

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Since I started in ministry back in 2011, I have been a student of church outreach methods and practices. What is outreach? Outreach is simply the activity of extending one’s attention beyond one’s church community in order to bring the Gospel to outsiders, and to bring outsiders to...

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A friend of mine posted these questions, which her children had asked her, on Facebook today.  They were such good questions, and they struck me as the kind of questions people are asking at every age–certainly not just in childhood. I humbly submitted my response (which were written for...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:26

Does the Trinity Matter in Apologetics?

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The truth that God is Triune (“God is Three, God is One”) was not something I had previously given much thought to in doing apologetics. However, at a time when many Christian apologists are trying to convince non-believers of “bare theism,” I have now come to see that the...

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Before we begin, join me, for the sake of argument, in assuming two things: You have a spirit. Your spirit could be healthier. Your spirit is the deepest core of who you are.  It’s the truest essence of “self” that you have. It’s your very life. When your spirit departs...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:10

What About Those Who Don’t Believe in God?

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As I prepare for tomorrow’s message on the book of Jonah–the man who was plunged into the abyss, into the belly of a giant fish, and returned after three days–one concept has really shocked me. In this incredible (though not un-credible) story, there are two groups of people...

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The movie “Shrek” features a talking donkey (creatively named just, “Donkey”). Did you ever stop to think that Donkey was a subtle dig against the Bible? Here is why: the characters of Shrek are ostensibly all from fairy tales (Pinocchio, the Ginger Bread Man, etc.). By...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:58

On Being Prepared to Defend Your Faith

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In the Bible, God instructs his people to be prepared at all times to give a response, whenever anyone asks us about the hope that we have. Most followers of Jesus have probably heard that command, yet how many of us are confident that we could, at the drop of the proverbial hat, feel ready...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 14:03

A Christian Response to Terror

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As I write this, I have just read the news about what is apparently the latest terrorist attack on innocent Britons. At this point, many of the details are still unconfirmed, so my purpose in this post is not to offer commentary on the attackers, or their apparent extremist...

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