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

One Degree to Another - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:08

The Best Quotes from The Common Rule

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I have been using the Moment app for several years now to track the time I spend on my phone. No matter how long I think I have been on my phone, this app always tells the truth. Most telling is not just the daily time tracker, but also the tracker showing how much time […]

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 12:32

Your Sin is Not Your Friend

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Early in my Christian life, I heard the famous quote from the English pastor and theologian John Owen, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” While that quote may sound a little radical, for any person who truly knows himself, he understands that his sin can kill him. He feels in...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 08:22

Living Like You Have Real Hope

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For the better part of two decades, Christians have appealed to emotion and enthusiasm as the driving force behind our spiritual growth. I often think about my senior year of college in the late ‘90s, when one of our campus ministries adopted the slogan “Are you excited?” to...

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“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes along and examines him.” Proverbs 18:17 Solomon’s wisdom echoes through the ages. Many people think a book written almost 3,000 years ago cannot have anything to say to our technological age, but Proverbs feels...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 13:23

My Favorite Books of 2018

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My life has been enriched by great books. Through reading, my walk with Christ has been deepened, my understanding of the Bible has grown, my small corner of the world has been enlarged, and my uninformed opinions have been challenged. Every year, I make my way through a variety of books using a...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 22:25

What Should We Do When the Sadness is Unbearable?

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There aren’t enough songs for sad Christians. I realize most people like to pretend that “sad Christian” is a category that shouldn’t exist, but it does. Have you read the Psalms? Too many of our songs today sound overly triumphalist. We only experience “victory”...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 23:49

Where Do We Find True Joy?

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We will never truly understand life until we understand that every person in the world wants to be happy. Blaise Pascal summarized this tendency well when he said, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they may employ, they all tend to this end. The...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 21:36

Why Our Culture Needs a Strong Dose of Proverbs

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If you grew up in the United States you have spent your entire life hearing that we are on a progressive march towards a society that is more caring, prosperous, intelligent, and healthy than the societies that preceded it. We mock ideas by appealing to what year it is and marveling that people...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 01:20

When You Forget Who You Are

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Have you ever heard someone say something when you were younger and it didn’t make the sense at the time, but over time it made sense to you? I still remember the sunny Sunday afternoon when I was driving in my hometown and listening to John Piper’s biographical sketch of Charles...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:19

Living When You Know You Will Die

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A few months ago, I walked through the cemetery where my father is buried. It would be impossible to count the number of times I have walked or driven past that place in my lifetime. It sits next to my old high school. You could throw a rock to it from the house where my […]

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Monday, 22 October 2018 07:23

How to Listen to a Sermon

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Followers of Jesus hear hundreds, if not thousands, of sermons in our lifetimes. We often think about what makes a “good” sermon. Is it biblical? Is it interesting? Did it proclaim the Gospel? Did the pastor apply it to real life? However, we spend little time thinking about how to be...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 03:34

The Weight of Being a Pastor

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Do you have a Bible verse that jumps off the page at you every time you read it? No matter how many times you have come across it, you always stop to ponder it. This verse is a never-ending wonder to you. You might be encouraged by it, convicted by it, or perplexed by it, […]

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:58

What are the Marks of Genuine Friendship?

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A few years ago, our family was at the beach when a little girl ran up to my seven-year-old daughter and said, “My name is Isabella. Do you want to play?” My daughter yelled “sure” and they ran off as if they had known each other for years. I wonder at what point we stop...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 01:49

The Best Quotes from The Prodigal Prophet

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This week, Tim Keller released his latest book, The Prodigal Prophet. In it, he shows the radical grace of God that saved a city from destruction, frustrated a prophet, and changes our lives. In the first half of the book, he walks through the text of Jonah, showing the structure and meaning of the...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 04:55

How to Stop Spreading Lies on the Internet

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While our culture seems obsessed with rooting out fake news, my social media feeds are filled with it. With the bitter partisan divide gripping our land, each side seems bent on demonizing the other in the worst way, even if it means spreading lies to make it happen. I’m sure most of the...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 05:56

Why Your Children Need Your Time and Attention

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Have your children ever struggled to get your attention because you were looking at pictures of other people’s children on Instagram? More than ever, parents struggle to give their children the attention they need. If you have children who are 10 and under, they have never known a world in...

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