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

Proclaim & Defend - Apologetic Report

This article seeks to explain the unique role of the human father in all the natural world.  A much easier explanation is that mankind is created in the image of God and the human father is intended to reflect the loving and attentive aspects of our heavenly Father.  (KSchaal)

image

What...

Read more

imageFor more than a decade, the annual Marist poll on abortion has found that the overwhelming majority of Americans – usually three-quarters or more – want abortion restricted to, at most, the first three months of pregnancy.Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, this annual survey has also...

Read more

Over the past few decades the Bible has been increasingly sidelined, and the law has vindicated the young doctor who put Antonius to sleep. As people got used to the new law, the number of Dutch people being euthanised began to rise sharply, from under 2,000 in 2007 to almost 6,600 in 2017. (Around...

Read more

image

Christian colleges face a growing danger from the tsunami-like changes in Western countries. The danger comes from the moral changes in the wider public and from the personal problems students now bring with them to college. Let me give some examples.

An Evangelical Christian college near where I...

Read more

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:03

Born Under the Law

Written by

image

During the calendar year of most non-liturgical churches the Lord’s birth in Bethlehem is celebrated longer than any other aspect of his person or ministry, longer even than his death for our sins and his resurrection. 1Editor’s note: We know where we are in the calendar —...

Read more

image

Can science undo the havoc that Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey wreaked on America?  The country’s leading pro-life leaders believe so.  “Unique From Day One:  Pro-life Is Pro-science,” the theme for this year’s pro-life March...

Read more

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:03

Gender Questions (Part 1)

Written by

image

I’ve said it before. I get some of my most thought-provoking questions from emails. This emailer raised a number of issues about how Scripture impacts our view of women; questions, she says, “that have baffled me all of my life.” They’re valid, sincere questions that deserve...

Read more

image

In recent months, evangelical Christian leaders have been traveling to the Middle East to meet with rulers of Islamic countries and with Muslim clergy.The participants say the meetings — especially one they had in November with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — are unprecedented,...

Read more

Monday, 14 January 2019 16:03

What Is a Helpmeet?

Written by

image

What is a helpmeet? Or, for that matter, what is a helpmate? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, “helpmate” is “altered from helpmeet.” It is called a “ghost word, from the Biblical translation of Latin adjutoriumsimile sibi[Gen. ii:18] as ‘an help...

Read more

Sunday, 13 January 2019 15:55

Is Temptation My Fault or God’s?

Written by

image

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed (James 1:13-14)

I have always had difficulty reconciling this verse with my understanding of the...

Read more

Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:03

No More Prophets

Written by

image

A recent post by Dr. Bill Barrick brought up the topic of prophets and prophecy. Dr. Barrick’s theme is “The Authority of Scripture in the Book of Jeremiah.” The post is worth reading, I’d like to expand on a few points he raises at the end of the post.

These days many...

Read more

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 16:03

The Antichrists

Written by

image

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:3)

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the...

Read more

image

The faith rooted in Norse myths is experiencing a resurgence. …

And in 2013, the image of Mjölnir, commonly known as the Hammer of Thor, was added to the list of symbols that can be used on veteran headstones, such as those at Arlington National Cemetery. …

“Heathenry is...

Read more

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:03

Surviving a Lion Encounter

Written by

image

When you encounter a lion in the wild, how should you respond? According to prevailing advice, you should stand your ground. Do not run but retreat slowly. If the lion charges at you, you should remain standing while yelling as loudly as possible and raising your hands. If the lion attacks, you...

Read more

Monday, 07 January 2019 16:03

Why Paul’s Messy Churches Give Us Hope

Written by

image

If Paul had planted perfect churches, we might have the mistaken notion that the power for healthy churches died with the apostles, and that the best we can do now is to try to get back to the model of those early churches. In reality, however, the “power” for healthy churches and...

Read more

Sunday, 06 January 2019 15:41

White Jesus

Written by

image

We tend to make God in our own image—literally. Many conservative Christians find black depictions of Jesus in art as odd, a sort of self-serving reinterpretation of history for personal or ethnic reasons. It is actually. Equally so are the representations of Jesus as white. Jesus was not...

Read more

Thursday, 03 January 2019 16:03

Personal Commitments for a New Year

Written by

image

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your LORD doth come.Matthew 24:42

It is traditional at this time of the year to reflect on what has been, and to be thankful for another opportunity to make changes that will make the future much better. It is easy to remember the failures of the past even...

Read more

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 16:03

Poisoning America

Written by

image

We observe a disturbing trend in the United States in recent years – the lowering of the average life expectancy.  With no major war, continual improvement in medical technology, decreasing popular acceptance of cigarette smoking, the use of seatbelts and air bags in automobiles, how can...

Read more

image

False teachers, cult leaders and charlatans aren’t the only people who misuse Bible verses. Well-intended believers may do the same, but for different reasons. Perhaps we fail to study a verse in a responsible way, or perhaps we assume that it means one thing and don’t bother to...

Read more

Monday, 31 December 2018 16:03

Bible Reading Schedules – 2019

Written by

image

It’s that time of year again. Time to select a Bible reading plan and get started once again. Here are some links to Bible reading plans we like:

Three from the Discipleship Journal at the Navigators site:

The 5x5x5: a plan for reading the New Testament in one year – if you aren’t...

Read more

Sunday, 30 December 2018 16:02

Somebody’s Grandpa

Written by

image

As I drove down a street near my home last week, I saw him again. He is an older man with long flowing white hair. He walks with a sense of purpose and large plastic bag slung over his shoulder. He always wears a pair of 1980’s vintage acid washed jeans that look like they have...

Read more

Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:03

Reading Your Bible

Written by

image

And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his god, to keep all the words of this law and these statues to do them. Deuteronomy 17:19[1]

There is not a command in Scripture to read the Bible every day. Early in our history,...

Read more

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 16:03

Christians Need Larger Doses of Scripture

Written by

image

When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he led an incredible building project. The walls of the city of Jerusalem, which had been destroyed years before, were restored and reconstructed, being completed in 52 days (Neh. 6:15). However, the physical rebuilding of the walls was not where...

Read more

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 16:03

The Shepherds’ Joy in Bethlehem

Written by

image

Who has believed our true report? The Lord alone can tell But Doctor Luke wrote down our words About “Immanuel.”

Out in the dark, we watched our sheep (for wolves are sure to lurk when ewes are giving birth alone) So shepherds watch and work

Then late one night the angel came And we were...

Read more

Page 1 of 20