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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We learned last week that a registered sex offender has moved onto our block. We gathered with some neighbors who are dear friends and who have young children to talk about how to handle it. Emotions ranged from anxious to helpless to what-should-we-actually-do-about-it? 

Because of our roles...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:22

Rescuers Run In

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I was a young wife. Dressed in a navy blue polka-dot dress. The screen caught my eye as I was walking out the door. A plane hit the World Trade Center. I woke my husband. 

“Wow, babe, look at this.”

“Whoa. Tragic.” 

We were preparing to go to the mission field to share...

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I’ve got three book recommendations for you. The first two rank as some of my all-time favorite reads and the third has made an important and helpful impact on my understanding of discipleship. 

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller 

Keller is a...

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imageTomorrow I turn 40! I remember 33 years ago sitting on the cold, white countertops of my neighbor friend’s kitchen and saying, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m already seven.” Seven felt so old back then. And now that the number is 40, my primary feelings are, well that was...

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Our family had the remarkable experience of seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls in person today. The scrolls are visiting the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Always eager to bolster our faith and that of our kids’, we booked tickets and took a once-in-a-lifetime field trip. You can read more...

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Here’s a quick story from church life that seems ho-hum on the surface. But the reality is, God used it to remind of me an important truth that I was veering from. Oftentimes the Lord is at work in the very ordinary. 

Our fairly new church partners with a local Free Food Market, which...

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You’re a good mom. You’re a good dad. You want what’s best for your kids. You sacrifice to provide for them. You forego vacations and skimp on retirement savings to give them good gifts. 

In the affluent West in 2018, those good gifts often take the form of youth sports. In...

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You know I love to see theologically rich resources written by and for women. I’ve recently read three and want to recommend them to you. 

This book is a sequel to Wilkin’s None Like Him: 10 Ways God is...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 14:38

Purging Evil: Am I Waging War Against My Sin?

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“So you shall purge the evil from your midst.” 

Strong words. And they mean what they say in their historical context: those who commit certain evil acts must be killed. 

Purging Evil in Israel

They appear seven different times in Moses’s record of the law between...

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How does the banished son of a North African become a beloved child of God in Southern Europe? Well, over tea, served under a bridge, of course. 

John’s story is the same as millions of other migrants to hit the shores of Europe in the last three years—until it diverges where he met...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 09:33

Our Brokenness: Who We Are or How We Are

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Angry. 
Selfish. 
Greedy. 
Self-absorbed. 
Jealous. 
Addicted. 
Lazy. 
Adulterer.
Substance-abuser. 
Impatient. 
Unkind. 
Gossiper. 
Liar. 

Do these sins define our identity? Are they who we are? Must we bear them like name tags, keep them pasted to...

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This May year marked ten years for me as a homeschooling mom. My kids have not only been homeschooled—they’ve attended public school, Christian private school, and even boarding school—all overseas. But for ten years, wherever God has led us to place them for education,...

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In the last couple weeks I've completed three books: each written by a woman and each telling the true and remarkable story of either another woman's life or her own life. I recommend all three books.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks who was a...

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Every year, 6 million people make a pilgrimage to a rural town in southwestern France. Up to 25,000 people visit daily during peak season. Those with both obvious and hidden illness come from all over the world in hopes of healing in the Pyrenees.

Lourdes is home to a cave with a natural spring of...

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For two weeks we all checked our phones first thing in the morning. Are the boys out yet? Are they safe? Did they make it? 

Around the globe, we wrung our hands and wondered what we could do. Buddhists made offerings at their garden shrines. Children colored pictures and wrote good thoughts....

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I went to a funeral today. It was for the man who taught me the Lord’s prayer. 

Mr. Tilsley graduated to heaven at the age of 96. He spent more than 35 years—over one-third of his life—teaching Sunday School. 

When I was nine years old, my mom started taking us to church....

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My four daughters have been raised on three continents. They cut their teeth in Asia, experienced some middle years in Europe, and now live in the United States. These sweet babes have traversed everything from squatty potties and flying cockroaches to endless gray days and desperately wanting to...

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After my husband earned his Masters of Divinity we left straight for the mission field. From across the Pacific we began to receive distressing emails from our seminary friends back home. 

They shared a painful pattern they were all enduring: in order to get a job as a pastor our friends would...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 14:52

Sensing That This Isn't Fair

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“I am battling how unequal parenting feels sometimes. Is that normal?” 

I immediately answered my friend’s text with, “Yes! So normal.” And then I speed-texted down memory lane and shared with her a handful of stories from when my kids were young and I was...

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I love to read.

You love to read.

And so I love to share what I've read with you here.

Last year I waited until the end of the year to post my list. This year I'm going to do it in two installments and below is the first half. The total looks to be at 43 books in six months. Whereas last year I...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 13:20

Simplicity for the Sake of the Gospel

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Simplicity. It’s one of our obsessions.

Now that magazines, consultants, and television shows all have our attention, we’re eager to learn how to pare down to what really matters.

We feel glutted—overstuffed on overabundance. We are sick of our calendars and Amazon shopping carts...

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Sunday, 24 June 2018 09:56

Jesus is Always Bigger Than Your Faith

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Do you wonder if your faith is enough?

Do you wrestle with doubt and question your salvation?

Are you ashamed that you sometimes lack confidence in God himself?

The emotions surrounding our faith ebb and flow. We may succumb to doubt for a season, perhaps even convincing ourselves that our faith...

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The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield delves deeper into the call and art of Biblical hospitality than other books I’ve read on the same subject. As I read, I marked up every page. 

Butterfield says, “Radically ordinary hospitality is this: using your Christian...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 07:01

What Single Female Missionaries Wish We Knew

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My family and I are wrapping up a three-week trip in France, visiting all of our Pioneers in Europe colleagues who serve in this region. It has been a joy to see our co-laborers in their specific ministry contexts. 

Many of my teammates on the field are single women. This phenomena is as old as...

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My dad passed away the night before last. I’m in France and he was in Colorado. If you know our story, you know that my family reoriented our lives so that we could be with my dad in his final years and days. After a year of stability in his health, we didn’t even question taking this...

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