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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A couple months ago I read Dr. Martin Luther King’s letter from a Birmingham jail. I’ve been ruminating over it ever since. It’s a masterful work, rich with references to theology, philosophy, and history, giving me plenty to think on these weeks since. I marvel that he wrote it...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:16

When Did Feminists Abort Femaleness?

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One week from today Washington, D.C. will host the 45th annual March for Life. Just two days later, Las Vegas will host the second annual Women’s March. The former envisions “a world where every human life is valued and protected,” while the latter’s mission “is to...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:46

Three Reasons to Read to Our Kids

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A recent study reveals that 42% of children ages eight and under have their own iPad. With screens on the rise--especially in the hands of little ones--I can only imagine that the number of parents reading aloud to their kids is on the decline. After all, why read to your child when a screen can...

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Our church plant, Redemption Parker, is closing in on its first anniversary. It's been a joyous year and we are grateful to the Lord for it. Since our very first gatherings, before we even started meeting publicly, we endeavored to be a church that prioritizes community. The hope of our elders and...

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Yesterday a young woman was arrested near me for putting her newborn baby in her backyard with his or her umbilical cord still attached. She is in police custody and the Douglas County Sheriff has recommended that she be charged with first-degree murder. Just hours prior to giving birth, however,...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 06:10

2017: A Year in Review

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Many are saying good riddance to 2017, but I am kinda sad to see it go. For myself and my family, it was a defining and encouraging year. While 2016 was one of traumatic transition, 2017 was one of settling in, hearing from God, and stepping out in new areas of faith. The journey has been...

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Saturday, 30 December 2017 13:05

What I Read in 2017

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Wow! After gathering lists from around the house and double-checking library accounts, I was surprised to see how much I actually read this past year. My grand total is 47 books complete, including the Bible. I am in the middle of six more books at the moment, but they'll have to wait for next...

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I don’t think I’m the only one who doesn’t feel great this time of year. I’ve had a steady diet of Christmas cookies, buttery baked-breads, and holiday cakes for the last four weeks. When hunger calls I simply walk into my kitchen and choose from an array of delightful and...

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Winters are rough in the Czech Republic. The combination of its northern position on the globe and its cloudy climate make for very dark days. For weeks the sun rises around nine in the morning and sets by three in the afternoon. Thick fog hangs like a cloak on everyone’s shoulders.

There are,...

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One of my greatest joys is reading theological substance written by other women. I love gleaning Biblical wisdom from my sisters. Below are some highlights. May I encourage you to purchase one or two for the ladies in your life for Christmas? It’s well worth the investment in their spiritual...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 12:50

R.C. Sproul: The Great Children's Book Author

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Many Christians are sorrowful yet rejoicing this evening, as R.C. Sproul has graduated to heaven. Sproul is known for communicating the deep truths of scripture in a way that any lay person could understand. As Duke Kwon said in a tweet this evening, "After a young person got electrified at a...

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“We have a fundamental fear of suffering. We medicate it. We numb it. We divorce it.” 

I was privileged to listen to Joni Eareckson Tada speak those words tonight during a class I am taking. My daughters asked me who she is and I answered “She’s one of the greatest women...

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I’ve been called aloof a few times over the almost two decades that I’ve been a pastor’s wife. Those who know me well don’t perceive me this way, but it’s a label I’ve earned more than once and I believe there is some truth to it. 

Like all church...

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Christmas is Jesus’s birthday. We know that. But in the frenetic pace of the holiday season, we often lose sight of that truth. While my family is busily making and buying gifts for one another, our friends, and our neighbors, we could easily skate through December without preparing a gift...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:31

But God: The Bible's Best Words

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“But” is my favorite word in the Bible. Throughout Scripture we see “but God,” or “but Christ,” or “but when…” Something was lost, but now it’s found. Someone was dead, but is now alive. A person was blind, but&nbs...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 13:07

In Adoption, Only Jesus is the Hero

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“I think the Lord is asking us to be her parents, not just her sponsors.” I cannot remember now who said it first. My husband and I both sensed the Spirit like a rushing river—the smiling little girl on our fridge was going to be our daughter.

We had begun sponsoring her when she...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 02:10

It's Time to Put My Phone in the Other Room

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A recent study shows that our smart phones are actually making us dumber. Apparently, by just having them near us, we are “draining our brains.” Our minds know that our phones hold a wealth of information and distractions and we are unable to be fully present when they are near....

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Monday, 06 November 2017 13:04

Sutherland Springs: Not a Hashtag, Our Family

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When tragedy strikes we take to social media and show our support by saying #WeAreHouston or #WeAreOrlando or #WeAre…whoever is suffering now. In this age, when the tide of bad news rushes in, scrolling and posting are therapeutic. Grieving together on social media can indeed be a...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:11

Three Ingredients for Missional Living

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You’ve heard that Christians are called to live “missionally.” Your pastor says it. Your favorite authors say it. It’s mentioned on the podcast you sometimes listen too. It’s been a Christian buzz word for years. 

Missionaries are sent overseas to be missional....

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 23:50

You Can Loosen Your Grip on the Future

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A group of women recently gathered in my living room for a Bible study on the Lord’s Prayer. The words “Your will be done” sat on our tongues like cough syrup that wouldn’t budge (Matthew 6:10). We had numerous objections. 

One of us admitted, “I feel like if I...

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If you’re a Christian parent you know that Halloween can be tricky. You’ve got friends who abstain from the holiday in every way and you’ve got friends who dress up and jump out of the bushes to scare the neighborhood kids as they trick-or-treat. You’ve got loved ones who...

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Last night we had a surprise overnight guest: a friend we hadn’t seen for almost a decade. Back then Joe was a young Airman stationed in Okinawa, Japan where my husband and I served as missionaries. We spent five solid years with Joe, living closely in community as he attended our church...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 02:40

#metoo: What Can We Do?

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This #metoo movement on social media is eerily similar to the #notokay explosion from last October when millions of women took to social media to share the story of the first time they were sexually assaulted. Back then it was in response to a recording of Donald Trump’s triumph in grabbing...

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I am way late to the Katie Davis Majors party. I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t even read Kisses from Katie. It was on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. I’m the only woman I know who hasn’t read it.  And I’m definitely the only female missionary...

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When you’re a church plant there’s a first time for everything.  In a few weeks one of our core families will be adding a sweet toddler boy to their family through adoption.  While we at Redemption Parker do have a couple adoptive families in our midst, this will be the first...

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