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

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Monday, 16 July 2018 22:52

The Guilt of the Hustle

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I feel guilty for writing this, but I also feel guilty for taking so long to write this.

As a writer with a day job, I often struggle with competing guilts. One is the guilt I feel when I take time away from my family to write.

Regardless of the hobby, I’m sure most people feel similar twinges...

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Virtually everyone wants to claim Jesus.

Conservatives want Jesus. Progressives want Jesus. I’ve even seen atheists appeal to Jesus.

Everyone wants Jesus on their side … as long as you get to limit who Jesus actually is.

I’ve heard numerous people...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 02:31

Whose Fault Is It Men Aren’t in Church?

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New research supports what most everyone who attends church has noticed anecdotally—women outnumber men in the pews.

Christian women are more likely than Christian men to say their faith is very important to them. And it shows.

Among self-identified Christians, women are more likely to believe...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 20:00

5 Reasons Christians Cannot Abandon the Church

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Every so often, a Christian writes a piece about how they’ve come to the realization they would be better off away from a local church.

They still love Jesus, they maintain. In fact, they are leaving the church because they love Jesus so much.

The church has become crowded with man-made...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 20:00

Stop Saying God Has Been Kicked Out of Schools

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Like every other mass shooting before it, the one in Parkland, FL elicited theological questions about the effectiveness of prayer and the goodness of God.

In his essay “The Efficacy of Prayer” from The World’s Last Night and Other Essays, C.S. Lewis demonstrates the absurdity...

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What real-world good is a fictional place?

Before Black Panther was even released, it began to take on extra significance among African-Americans for what it presented and what it represented.

The film presented a strong black cast telling an African-centric story helmed by an African-American...

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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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