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

Apologetic Report - Joel Settecase
This didn’t make it into an article I’m writing for Park’s apologetics resource, but I thought it was was worth not completely throwing away. By nature, God is a being who communicates. He reveals Himself in Scripture as Triune. He is three-in-one: Father, Son and Holy...

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imageWe Christians may tend to think that there are other “faith systems” out there, other than biblical Christianity, that, while they may miss out on the whole truth, they still contain a lot of good in them, and maybe God will sorta smile and wink at their adherents at the end...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 22:04

The PorchCon Train Has Left the Station

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image…and it’s coming to a city near you. Provided you live somewhere near Phoenix, AZ. That’s right, “Conversations from the Porch,” (AKA the PorchCast, the podcast I co-host with some good brothers out west (and one in the D. R.)) is hosting a theological...

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imageThis morning I had the honor of preaching to the saints at Park Edgebrook. Here are the notes I took on stage with me.  Luke 2:8-20 (3 mins) Introduction: Christmas trees make memories, but why have them? Real or plastic pines don’t belong in homes! Martin Luther’s first one...

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 12:15

How Jesus Sets You Free (Sermon Notes)

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imageWhat follows is the transcript I preached from at Park Community Church, Edgebrook this Sunday. The passage was Mark 3:22-30. Please excuse any typos. Are you trying to win a war that’s already been won?   Once upon a time (there are children worshiping with us this morning, so I...

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Sunday, 23 October 2016 12:11

Why Does God Allow Evil In The World?

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imageThis topic has come up a  couple times in recent days, so I wanted to just bang out a few thoughts on it. What follows is not a full, scholarly treatment on Problem of Evil (in any of its various philosophical formulations). However, I hope it might be helpful to you, the next time someone...

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Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:10

How Did Jesus Argue?

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imageJesus was a master of apologetics (what John Frame calls “the theological discipline that defends the truth of the Christian message). Of course, He is the Master of everything, so it makes sense that He would defend truth in a masterful way. In the New Testament, there are...

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:59

¿Es el Cristianismo exclusivo? (Primera Parte)

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Note: I originally wrote this article in English with the title, “Is Christianity Exclusive?,” for my previous blog. You can read it in English here. Thanks to Antonio Salgado for translating it into Spanish.  El cristianismo ha sido llamado religión más exclusivo del...

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 02:34

Spread the News! New Resources Posted!

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FYI, I’ve just posted two new resources that I hope will be useful. The first is for Spanish-speaking parents: a Spanish translation of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones (thanks to Antonio Salgado). And the second is for churches to use in equipping their people to...

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As I write this, I am preparing to participate in the Skokie Library’s panel discussion of religious leaders, interacting with the Smithsonian Institute’s Exploring Human Origins exhibit currently on display there. If you’re a follower of Jesus, I would certainly appreciate your...

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 17:45

New Men’s Group Forming

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I spent a few hours this afternoon contacting some of the men of Park Church (Edgebrook). I did this because I was recently tasked with overseeing the men’s ministry of our local church, and I wanted to invite them to be a part of a new initiative we are soon starting. The good thing is...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 21:39

Sermon Notes – Psalm 19

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This Sunday I had the honor of preaching at Park Community Church, Edgebrook, on the 19th Psalm. In case you missed it or are curious to see what a pastor’s preaching notes might look like, here are the notes I used (very slightly edited–N. B. these are the notes I...

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Saturday, 03 September 2016 10:22

A Christian Perspective on Morality

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Last Wednesday I had a fun time moderating a lively discussion on the subject of morality as part of my monthly MeetUp series, “Ask A Pastor (Far Northwest Side Spiritual Discussions).” Before we opened up the floor to questions and discussion, I gave a brief talk on the topic. Here are...

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 14:32

A Commentary on Psalm 139

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Here’s some commentary I recently drafted on the 139th Psalm. I’m sharing this, both to help me process through it, and in the hopes that it might be beneficial to someone down the line. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;...

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For those who might be interested, here’s the teaching plan I wrote up, to facilitate a recent “Ask A Pastor” MeetUp (if you use this or any part of it, please properly attribute it–and let me know!) Ask a Pastor MeetUp #3: Meaning Talk “Absolutely futility. Everything...

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Sunday, 31 July 2016 18:09

I’m on #CFTP Episode 14

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I jumped onto the NCT Porch again this week. The NCT Divines and I had a solid, lengthy discussion on the “Conversations From the Porch” podcast about how to share the Gospel. Key questions we talked about included, is it okay to use the Law of Moses to show people their sin? Also, we...

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