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
Thursday, 24 May 2018 05:22

The Bucket List You and I Need to Write

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Fifteen years ago, I was eight months pregnant and hungry—not just for food, but for godly wisdom on how to raise children who know and love the Lord. My husband and I had no idea how to be distinctly Christian parents to this baby that was on her way into our world.

We spent my first...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:07

Let's Pray. But Why?

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We read in Acts 2 that Peter preached to crowds and “they were cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37). Scripture tells us that 3,000 were added to the church that day when Peter proclaimed, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:15

Believe Your Children

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If your child tells you that someone has sexually abused them, please believe them. 

In almost two decades of women’s ministry I have sat with many wounded women. Without a doubt, the women who are hurting the most are those who were victims of sexual assault and also the victims of...

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“I don’t know how to help them in their marriage. What can I do?”

A friend recently called me and wanted to know if I had any ideas for her as she tried to encourage and counsel her friend whose marriage is hurting. The wife had confided in her, but my friend wasn’t sure how...

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Alfie Evans died early this morning. He’s the 23 month old toddler in England who suffered brain seizures when he was seven months old and was recently determined by British doctors to be unable to sustain his own life. Doctors removed Alfie from ventilators on Monday, saying he would die...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:08

Here's An Idea For Your Summertime Bible Study

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For a number of reasons women are intimidated by reading the Bible alone and we often default to reading other women's studies of the Word--we're scared we might get it wrong (or lazy?!), so we read books about the Bible rather than mining the Word for ourselves. 

Redemption Parker's women's...

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“I want to tell you something. The other night when I was doing homework in my room, I felt like God was calling me into missions. I think he wants me to be a missionary when I’m an adult.” 

A young man in our youth group shared those words with me a couple weeks ago....

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:43

Lay Down Your Life For a Lasting Marriage

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The glass sun face hanging in our bathroom tells a story. It’s from our honeymoon nineteen years ago. On our last night in Ixtapa, Mexico, my husband and I had just enough money after dinner for either a taxi ride back to our hotel or to purchase this souvenir, but not both.

Convinced my...

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Author's Note: This past weekend I attended a Word-Filled Women Workshop hosted by The Gospel Coalition at another Acts29 church in Denver. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion, to which attendees could present questions that come from their local context. I was glad...

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Author's Note: This past weekend I attended a Word-Filled Women Workshop hosted by The Gospel Coalition at another Acts29 church in Denver. The workshop concluded with a panel discussion, to which attendees could present questions that come from their local context. I was honored to be on...

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This past weekend I attended a Word-Filled Women Workshop hosted by The Gospel Coalition at another Acts29 church in Denver. It was excellent. A handful of teachers came from TGC came to demystify inductive Bible study for us, encouraging us to take the time to read and expound the scriptures for...

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I sat in my car as monsoon rains poured down on our little island in the East China Sea, while my husband was on the other side of the world, preaching at his mother’s funeral. 

A few years prior, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) set in, ravaging her young and vibrant...

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Recently my daughter told my husband and me the kind of story that simultaneously makes a mother want to weep andput on her boxing gloves. It took place almost three years ago when we were missionaries overseas and my girls were enrolled in the local national school, as well as a variety of after...

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Cowardice repulses us. Central to the human condition is the impulse to celebrate heroes, and despise cowards. As one human body, we exalt those who live with courage and honor, and together we decry those who have the power to rescue but do not.

We respond with unanimous disdain when we see

  • a police...

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As Holy Week commenced last week, the nation of France mourned the loss of a savior. The world knows now that Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame died at the hands of a jihadist in Trebes, France, when he exchanged his life for that of a female hostage. 

“GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAT...

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When I was in Peru last fall, I marveled at the missionary community there. One small town is home to dozens of different mission agencies and outposts. Additionally, there is a missionary kid school and an airport for a handful of mission airplanes. 

In other words, nestled in the corner of...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:50

Is Hospitality Your Mentality?

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Our house was always open. People were always in and out. Chunks of concrete from our tropical storm-ravaged roof were always falling.

We were young. We had children and were adopting another. It was hot. Large bugs and even larger lizards lived right alongside us. Among those insects and reptiles,...

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Remember Donna? My workout partner who is 25 years my senior and who frequently out-lifts, out-runs, and out-performs me? The other day, when our workout was over, our trainer (and our dear friend) invited us to stay for bonus burpees. Yes, bonus burpees. 

Of course I put on my coat and headed...

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“How do you know the story if you’ve never read it?” my 12 year old asked us, as we listened together to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

It was true: neither my husband nor I had ever read the book. But we know from culture what...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 22:05

What Are You Called To?

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Do you know anyone nearing the age of 40 who laments that life isn’t what they thought it would be? Any men who haven’t arrived at the career peak they anticipated by now? Any women disenchanted by the hand they’ve been dealt? 

Or what about any twenty-somethings who are...

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Stories have the power to create empathy. When we read a book or watch a movie we become united with the protagonist. We find ourselves wanting what they want, cheering for their triumphs, lamenting their losses. Stories help us to see what we otherwise cannot see, to walk in the shoes of those...

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Last Sunday when I was standing in front of our church making some announcements I stopped mid-sentence when a couple of visitors walked in the door. Midway through something about the next youth group, my mouth dropped open and out came, “Well hello, Mr. and Mrs. Cobb!” Grinning from...

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Yesterday my article Five Reasons for Assisted Suicide (And Crucial Responses to Each One) received a lot of traffic (Many thanks to Tim Challies for sharing it and many thanks to Stephanie Gray who provided me with the content through a class I attended.). If you haven't read that post, please do....

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