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

The Wardrobe Door - Apologetic Report

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The modern age may be described as a quest for the authentic self.

Watch any amount of television aimed at children and you will be inundated with calls to “be yourself.” The hero discovers who they really are and their true identity is what they needed to achieve success.

But it’s...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 01:07

Door Jam: February 9, 2018

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Door Jam is a collection of odd, funny and nerdy news and videos from around the web. If you see a post that should be in Door Jam, tweet it to me @WardrobeDoor.

Let’s look at a ton of interesting trailers that dropped this week, including some from the Super Bowl, Marvel’s...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:00

What Will Heaven Look Like? Maybe Central Park

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Even I, as the son of a rural farmer, recognized a unique reflection of God’s kingdom as I walked through Central Park in New York City this past fall.

Having grown up on a farm off a dead-end road outside of a small Southern town, my country bona fides are solid. But I think heaven will be a...

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“Conservative evangelicals are dogmatic and don’t tolerate questions.”

Along with others, I have seen this narrative develop and take hold among progressive Christians, former evangelicals and those outside the faith.

Many tell compelling de-conversion stories of how they used to...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:00

Stop Trying to Draw a Crowd

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Due to our culture’s obsession with being “successful,” many Christian leaders face a temptation to do whatever it takes to draw a crowd.

It’s become an acceptable prosperity gospel for church leaders who would never subscribe to any other version of health-and-wealth...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:00

Is Abortion No Longer a “Pro-Life Issue”?

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What is a pro-life issue?

Recently, we’ve been told immigration is a pro-life issue. Oh, and refugees are a pro-life issue. Plus, gun control. Don’t forget keeping Obamacare intact. And also the marginal tax rate is definitely a pro-life issue.

But apparently, one thing is no longer a...

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In 2016, Rachael Denhollander was the first of over 160 women to go public with accusations against Larry Nassar, the former sports medicine doctor at Michigan State. Yesterday, she was the last of 156 to tell her story in court before Nassar was sentenced.

Many Christians have rightly pointed to...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 20:00

10 Reasons to NOT Follow Your Heart

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Unsurprisingly, if you Google “follow your heart,” you’ll find numerous articles extolling the virtues of the popular mantra. But is that actually sound advice?

At random, I chose this article at Huffington Post by a professional counselor that lists 10 reasons to follow your heart....

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:00

Our Surprising Common Ground on Abortion

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“We are hopelessly divided on abortion.”

I’ve heard that sentiment expressed numerous times. And in many ways it does seem like that.

New research finds 51% of Americans call themselves pro-choice, 44% say they are pro-life, and only 4% are unsure.

Meanwhile, 56% say abortion is...

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Much of our life is spent making significant judgments about others with very little evidence, but you do not and cannot actually know someone without getting to know them face-to-face.

We should learn to follow C.S. Lewis’ newspaper rule.

In an April 30, 1951 letter to Mary Van Deusen, a...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 20:00

Dead Heroes Tell No Tales

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Everyone loves a good hero, but we love no hero as much as a dead hero.

That’s not due to some macabre fascination with death, but more evidence of our self-obsession.

We recognize the inherent dangers in quoting someone still living to support your ideas.

They could change their mind, say...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:00

Why You Should Quote Tweet (Almost) Nevermore

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As with virtually everything else on Twitter (and the platform itself), the quote tweet started innocuously enough.

It provided you the opportunity to share a tweet and add additional comments without taking away from your character count, which was especially precious when limited to 140.

You can...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 20:00

Discussing Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

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Unfortunately, my co-blogger on these reviews, Kevin, has some added responsibilities and won’t be able to continue doing these with me. As a thank you for his previous contributions, why not buy his excellent book All You Want to Know About The Bible in Pop Culture.

I’ll keep the...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 20:00

Logan Paul and Our Embrace of Two Minutes Hate

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Right now, everyone hates Logan Paul and we all seem OK with that. But it’s not healthy for us.

If you are unfamiliar with Paul and the controversy he unleashed on YouTube, please read this post from Chris Martin. It summarizes the rise of the YouTube star and the consequences of his...

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The world seemingly couldn’t get any crazier. Political upheaval threatens the appearance of peace. Moral depravity stretches from the entertainment world to political leaders and even into religious communities.

Religious terrorist attacks have become a common occurrence. The poor are...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:00

C.S. Lewis: The Bridge to Something More

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C.S. Lewis may be the most quoted and beloved 20th-century writer. Because of his ability to speak so clearly and intelligently on deep theological subjects, Christians often misuse and occasionally misjudge Lewis.

We often view him as a professor of theology instead of English literature. In that...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 20:00

We Need More “Thoughts and Prayers” Not Less

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“Thoughts and prayers” have become an all-too-familiar restrain in American life. A somber, liturgical response to yet another horrific mass killing.

For those of deep faith and even sometimes those of little or no faith, those words are all we can muster after the initial shock. We...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:25

What Does the Bible Say About Justice?

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In my post, “Do Christians Have to Care About Everything?,” I referred to the Bible as being “justice-obsessed.”

A commenter challenged that description and asked that I give a “Scripture-driven argument” for Christians combating social injustices.

As I...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 23:24

Do Christians Have to Care About Everything?

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Why don’t you care?

In our age of perpetual outrage, that may be one of the most commonly asked questions. After all, the list of needs and worthy causes are unending.

Should we not be expected to voice impassioned concern for every problem and enthusiastic support for every good cause? Even...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:00

C.S. Lewis on Patriotism and How it Can Turn Demonic

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In his classic The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis speaks about love of country. He details how patriotism can be a good and healthy sentiment, but it can also turn into idolatry without our realizing.

Lewis understood love of country. He fought and lost friends in World War I. Much of his writing occurs in...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 14:12

The Truth Behind the Burnette Chapel Shooting

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News about the deadly shooting at Burnette Chapel outside of Nashville began to trickle out as I was leaving my own church in middle Tennessee.

Immediately, everyone began searching for answers about the tragedy and the gunman. Why would he do this? What has he hoping to achieve?

I have no insight...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:39

The Most Controversial Bible Verse No One Knows About

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The Bible is full of controversial verses.

Many don’t like what the Bible has to say about sexuality and marriage. Some disagree with its teachings on gender or refugees or poverty or abortion or … you get the point.

But that’s nothing new. Scripture has been offending and...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:06

What Makes God Excited?

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Actually beating my sons in Mario Kart. Having a tickle fight with my daughters. Going on a date with my wife. Watching my team win. Those are some of the things that get me excited.

What makes you excited? What moves you so much you want to stand up and shout?

Each of us has things that are uniquely...

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Nothing is worse as a reader than clicking a link that interests you, only to discover you’ve been had. There’s nothing substantive there. The publisher and writer got what they wanted (the page view), but you had nothing to show for your investment of time.

Ideally, the relationship...

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Taylor Swift is constantly changing her approach to music. And now she recognizes her first fans are nold enough to have kids.

The former country-turned-pop singer’s new album, Reputation, must be about parents warning children their actions reflect back on the reputation of the...

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