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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I received this question last week from a reader named Shae about the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones. Shae’s Question I have a question about #70 on your list of New Covenant Catechisms for Little Ones. What are the verses to support it? That seems like a pretty big one but there is no...

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In the book of Jonah, the author uses his former self as an object lesson for God’s people. Israelites believed themselves to be better than the Ninevites. Yet the Ninevites repented immediately at the word of the Lord. Their quick response and God’s gracious forgiveness put the...

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Christians must address Muslim misunderstandings through conversation based in relationships with Muslim people. I’m reading through a document by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed called “Effective Dawah,” written in 2010 to equip Muslims to engage in outreach of non-Muslims to Islam, and the...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 05:49

Six Misconceptions About Christianity

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The core of Christianity is the Gospel. However, the Gospel has many implications, and these are often misunderstood. Therefore, it can be easy to misunderstand Christianity’s core or conflate it with its implications. Christians should be able to articulate the Gospel and recognize when...

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image When spending any amount of time talking with Muslims about faith, the topic always comes up, “But the Bible has been corrupted!” We can use the Qur’an and the Muslim worldview in a way which points to Jesus and the Bible, the true authority! The Qur’an states 348...

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imageEvery spring for nearly 2,000 years, followers of Jesus have commemorated a single historical fact that we believe transformed the world: the rising of a dead man back to life. This historical event, the resurrection of Jesus, is at once the most important event and perhaps the most...

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You may have heard the phrase, “God is love.” That is a quote from the Epistle of 1 John, and it unleashes a whole host of questions in the inquiring mind. What does it mean for God to be love? What is God’s love like? Does God love me?  On Good Friday, 2018, I preachedContinu...

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If there are indisputable examples of foreshadowing in the Bible, then the author of the Bible is God. There are indisputable examples of foreshadowing the Bible. Therefore the author of the Bible is God.  The use of foreshadowing is so obvious in the Bible, that if we denied it for the...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 21:30

Someone is Answering My 30 Questions

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On February 5, 2018 I wrote a post called “This Is Apologetics: 30 Questions for Non-Christians.” It has been, by far, my most popular post. Until today. all the feedback I received was from Christians. However, today I was pleasantly to discover that a self-proclaimed “Godless...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 21:00

I’m booked as the Christian ambassador

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I’m booked as the Christian ambassador in an upcoming panel discussion at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago in the early evening on May 4th. Scheduled participants include yours truly along with Imam Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, as well as at least one...

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imageThe objection that Christians are hypocrites, and therefore Christianity must be false, borrows from the very Christian worldview. By presupposing objective morality, the objection presupposes the very God it aims to disprove. *****  Sometimes skeptics will argue that Christians are...

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Every worldview worth its philosophical salt must address the question of metaphysics, that is, what is the nature of reality? Followers of Jesus need to be able to know both what the Bible teaches and how that teaching interacts with the popular view of the culture. What is ultimate reality like?...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 04:36

How We Organized Our Worship Service Last Sunday

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How should a gathering of the church be organized? Is it possible to make sure the Gospel is not only preached, but also experienced through the various elements and activities of the service? I have been interacting with these questions for a few years now. Along the way, I have been inspired by...

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Sometimes at Park Community Church (Forest Glen) worship gatherings, we take text-in questions from the congregation. It is one of my favorite things to do and a practice I recommend. Back before I went on paternity leave (Aliza and Baby Josephine are both wonderful and healthy, thanks...

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In my last post, I offered four principles for getting started in apologetics. One of those principles was the importance of asking a lot of questions. Of course, it’s common for Christians to be confronted with questions and objections from non-Christians about the Christian message....

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From the Park Community Church blog: “But there just isn’t any evidence!” These were the words of Chris, my self-proclaimed atheist friend, as we sat together at an establishment on the North Side of Chicago. Chris and I had been meeting for several months to discuss the...

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imageSunday I preached on James 1:9-15, and I put in some of the hardest work I’ve ever done on a sermon. From the late hours spent in prep to the physical exertion of actually preaching it, I wrestled with this passage. But like Jacob, after he had wrestled with God, out of my grappling I...

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The Law of Moses The first five books of the Old Testament contain (among other things) the record of God giving his law to the Israelite people, through the prophet Moses. Because it came through Moses, we refer to it as the Mosaic Law. In total, there were 613 commands given. It may sound like...

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“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19).  “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil […]

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 20:30

Recommendations: Bible Study Tools

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On Tuesday, January 2, Dan Osborn and I did a Facebook live video to talk about some of the tools we like for studying the Bible. Without any further ado, here are some links to get your hands on some of the tools we recommended (with a couple of others thrown in for good measure). […]

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Sunday at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), Pastoral Resident Ryan Goble taught us from John 15:4-5. I was struck by how this passage, which conveys the words of Jesus to his disciples, revealed to me my own inner leaning toward that faulty belief that, somehow, my activity does something to...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:00

Some Last Minute Resolution Ideas

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Happy New Year! Yes that’s right, it’s January 1st! Now you know the next twenty people you see are going to ask you the same question: “So, what are your resolutions this year?” Better pick a good one–maybe even one that will stay in place longer than February...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 03:00

My 2018 Reading List

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For the last few New Years’, I come up with a list of books I resolve to read. Full disclosure: I approach my reading list like some people approach losing that last ten pounds: I might get to most of them, but life inevitably happens, and the odds are good that there will still be […]

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 03:00

On World Relief

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Park Community Church exists to be a biblical community where the Gospel of Jesus Christ impacts the city of Chicago. And Park FG is here to make a Gospel-shaped dent on the Northwest Side of the city by making disciples right here in our neighborhoods. There are a few key organizations doing good...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 20:00

Some Last Minute Christmas Verses

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Merry Christmas! Here are some Scripture passages to read with your loved ones around the Christmas tree this morning, or around the dinner table this evening, or anytime at all…. Advertisements

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