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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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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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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