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

Jen Oshman - Apologetic Report

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Thus far in my adult life I have been a missionary overseas, a church planter in my home state, and a writer behind my computer. And I have to say, I think these three roles are three sides of the same coin. 

I know, I know, coins only have two sides. What I mean is, they are three outworkings,...

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Have you ever prayed a dangerous prayer? The kind of prayer that—if answered—will shake up your life, change everything, and force you to lean on Jesus every hour? The kind that self-sufficiency will not answer?

Years ago when my husband was pastoring overseas, he encouraged members of...

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 22:52

A Prayer for Mother's Day

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Father God,

On this Mother’s Day we pause to thank you for the gift of life. You alone are the Giver of Life—you give us our first birth and our second.

We thank you for the special privilege you have given women to be life-givers as well. Thank you for our own moms, for those who gave...

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My husband loves to tell the story of speaking with a World War II veteran almost 20 years ago. Mark was working at Oppenheimer Funds, advising and serving clients with their mutual funds. He got a call one day from a man in his 80s who, Mark quickly found out, had well over a million dollars in...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 18:25

May God Bring Beauty from Ashes in France

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The mourning began almost in unison with the fire. As the first sparks flew, Parisians stopped in their tracks, trying to believe what they were seeing. Notre Dame was burning.

Hundreds of cell phones streamed images to the watching world. The grief was not limited to the Parisians or to the...

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“Mom, aren’t you afraid you’ll say the wrong thing?” 

Yep. I definitely am. I am confident that I will do just that. 

I was mildly freaking out with a car full of kids, as one of my daughters asked about some upcoming speaking opportunities I had: recording some...

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“How can you be totally sure, right now, that God is pleased with you?”

The question was posed by a popular Bible teacher on the television screen. I was in the midst of a weekly women’s Bible study in my own home. In fact, I was the leader. It was my first year as a missionary, a...

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:35

My New T-Shirt: Your Best Isn't Good Enough

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I got a new t-shirt in the mail today. My daughters are worried about being seen in public with me when I wear it. 

“Mom! It’s just so…I don’t know!” 

I don’t blame them. The shirt is not at all politically correct. It carries the exact opposite message...

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Don’t miss the latest two episodes of All Things. These two topics could not be further from one another. They display well how “from him and through him and to him are all things” (Romans 11:36). We can examine both the college entrance scam and the persecution of Christians...

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Below you’ll find a rating and a brief paragraph about each of the 20 books I’ve read so far in 2019. My hope is that something will spark your interest and these reviews, as well as the others I’ve shared, will be a resource to you in your own reading journey! Don’t...

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“Did you contact the author privately before you posted the review?” 

I’ve received this question several times over the last couple weeks, following my review of Rachel Hollis’s most recent book, Girl, Stop Apologizing. The question invokes the well-known, but...

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The college admissions scam is old news by now. The story broke on Tuesday and the media has had a heyday since. It’s enticing for us all to speculate and even mock from afar. The lifestyles of the rich and famous—can you even believe the privilege and entitlement,we marvel and tsk...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:12

If the Gospel is True, The Gospel is Urgent

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She sat across from me, a warm cup of tea cradled in her hands. Between sips she told me about a guy at work. They were texting a lot more lately. Finding ways to work together during the day. Her husband didn’t know about him or about the time they were spending together.

She sensed it...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 12:26

We Write by Faith

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There are so many good reasons not to write. I mean, do people even read anymore? Everyone has something to say and the internet is a virtual cacophony. Why add to the noise? Especially when writing is hard. And lonely.

Is it even worth it?

The Christian writer wrestles with these questions, as all...

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“I think I figured out why I’ve stayed committed to your gym for over two years now.”

“Oh yeah? Why?” 

“You don’t have any mirrors in here! I never see myself when we’re working out.”

My trainer, who is also my dear friend, and I had a good...

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Don’t miss All Things Episode 6: The Culture of Death Grinds On: What Can We Do? The Born-Alive Act was voted down. Infants born alive after botched abortions are not protected (and it does happen). How can we take a stand for life as the culture of death grinds on?

And Episode 7: A Book...

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“They’ll never make it,” we overheard my dad say at our wedding reception.

An aunt nodded knowingly, “Yeah, it’s a shame.”

We danced on, cut the cake, raised our glasses to toast, and headed into marriage.

It’s not like they didn’t have their reasons....

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Abortion is no longer reserved for the womb, but is now also accepted in the delivery room. You might call it fourth term abortion. Or infanticide.

On Monday night last week the United States Senate voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. 53 senators voted against it and 44...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 12:37

Best Pre-Marital Advice We Got and Love to Give

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Wanna hear the best pre-marital advice Mark and I received?

Well, maybe it’s not the best, but we sure do refer to it a lot. We use it and we tell it to other couples all the time. It even feels a little bit like a marriage hack because it’s so simple and yet pays huge dividends.

Here...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 07:57

Black History, Marie Kondo, and Child Safety

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Don’t miss my last three podcasts:

Episode 3: Why Bother with Black History?

Episode 4: What’s the Magic Behind Marie Kondo?

Episode 5: Child Safety in an Age of Relentless Sex Scandals

You can also listen in here, on iTunes or look up “All Things” on Stitcher, Spotify, or...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:00

The Order of the Towel

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We were summoned to the front of the church and directed to sit down and remove our flip-flops.

The room was full of people we hadn’t yet met. Eyes fixed on both of us. My husband’s mentor brought out a tub of water, kneeled down, and reached for my husband’s left foot. Then his...

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“If you don’t have community before a crisis strikes, it’s already too late.”

My husband preached those very words on Sunday and we saw them lived out on Monday.

As we sat down to dinner with our Gospel Community last night, all of the ladies’ phones dinged with the...

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When we recently unpacked our boxes in suburban Denver, it was into my daughters’ third home. But not only their third home, their third country. Third continent, actually. Third culture, third language, third way of life, third new beginning.

Though my husband and I are Colorado natives,...

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All Things Episode 2 is available here on my site, as well as on iTunes.

Have a listen to “Christian Witness in an Age of Hot-Takes.

Authors: Jennifer Oshman...

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When my husband and I saw all the #10YearChallenge photos going up on social media last week we had one passing conversation about it.

“Are you going to post any #10Year photos?”

“No way. Are you?”

“Nope. The last ten years have not aged me well.”

We both chuckled...

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