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
Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:03

We Need More Pastors

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A few years ago, George Barna published a study called “The State of Pastors.” The study revealed that the average age of pastors in 2017 is 54. “Only one in seven pastors is under 40, and half are over 55. The percentage of church leaders 65 and older has nearly tripled, meaning...

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While Gallup polls and other statisticians have turned in the same percentage—about 40 percent of the population—of average weekend church attendees for the past 70 years, a different sort of research paints quite a disparate picture of how many Christians in American attend a local...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 17:03

How Valuable Is Children’s Ministry?

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Here’s a statement that will probably make most pastors and church members pause: Children’s ministry may be the most important ministry of your church. D.L. Moody once said, “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!”

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 23:03

In My Place

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Imagine for a moment, as painful as it might seem, that you’ve been jailed inside a maximum security prison. Even after several months of unimaginable incarceration, you remain an unrepentant convict. You’re considered by your peers a completely ruthless and lawless individual. And,...

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In February, Pope Francis acknowledged a longstanding dirty secret in the Roman Catholic Church — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests.It’s an issue that had long been kept under wraps, but in the #MeToo era, a #NunsToo movement has emerged, and now sexual abuse is more widely...

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“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

For much of my lifetime, I heard this verse referred to as a cleansing and restoring truth for believers who in some way had stumbled into sin. Such an interpretation...

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Come bless the Lord, ye servants of the Lord.

Who stand by night in the house of the Lord.

Bow your heads, close your eyes, and clasp your hands together in the holy place, and bless the Lord.

Wait a minute! You say. That is not how the song goes. If you use a very popular hymnbook for fundamental...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:03

Is God Punishing Me?

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My lingering trial, like any other trial we go through, has created some soul searching questions. Questions can be a good thing because asking the right questions, hopefully, leads us to right responses. Some questions, though, have no easy answer. Some are gut wrenching to dare asking. Like this...

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Four years ago, I wrote about my decision to live as a woman in The New York Times, writing that I had wanted to live “authentically as the woman that I have always been,” and had “effectively traded my white male privilege to become one of America’s most hated...

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SYDNEY, Australia — Despite a series of sexual abuse scandals stretching back decades, Australia’s Roman Catholic Church displays a veneer of strength.Across Australia, more Catholic parishes have stayed open than in other countries that have weathered abuse scandals, and Catholic...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:03

What Use is Confinement in the Lord’s Service?

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Following his bold testimony at the Diet of Worms, in order to protect him, friends had Martin Luther imprisoned in Wartburg Castle. Initially, he did not know who had captured him or where he was confined. While the drama of the Reformation raged on in the world outside, Luther remained in...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 17:03

Where Two or Three are Gathered

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Sometimes we use phrases in ways that differ from their original meaning. For instance, you’ve heard the phrase, “Blood is thicker than water.” You probably think it means something like, “Family relationships are stronger than other relationships.” Indeed, that is how...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 17:03

You Don’t Want to Have a Megapastor

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The news just hit that another fabulously popular megapastor has been fired, apparently because of a long-standing, toxic culture of absolute power. I’m not very old, but I’ve already watched three cycles of this—a pastor who becomes THE guy to listen to, builds up a huge...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 08:59

Review: American Gospel, Christ Alone

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The documentary American Gospel: Christ Alone(2 hours 19 minutes) produced by Brandon Kimber is a defense of the gospel from the perspective of the conservative evangelical movement. It features repeated interviews and clips from John Piper, Mark Dever, John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, Paul Washer,...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 16:03

You Have a New Pastor, Now What?

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A friend of mine recently entered a new ministry. I don’t know the details of his move, or the history of the church, but the news sparked some thinking about churches and new pastors. My own ministry will face that prospect within the next decade, most likely. Sometimes churches and pastors...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 16:03

The Challenge of Not Fainting in God’s Work

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In 2 Corinthians 4:1 the apostle Paul declared under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not.” The overall ministry of Paul was one of reconciliation. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:19, “To wit, that God was...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 16:03

The Most Important Truth in Life

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When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; WHAT IS MAN, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visits him?Psalm 8:3-4

I wrote a devotional piece recently on the WILL OF GOD. It is a very important matter and related...

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This is an important cultural moment. It is now clear that a majority of America’s largest mainline denomination agrees with the teaching of their Catholic and Southern Baptist brethren about the immorality of sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman.For some time now, the...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 16:03

Committed to Lord’s Day Worship

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For more than two-thousand years, churches have gathered on Sunday. This happens in Russia and the US, China and Brazil, Israel and Uganda, Iceland and Australia. It happens in cities and farmlands, deserts and jungles, and mountains and valleys. It happens this way all around the world. But why?

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 11:27

The Only Solution for the Guilt Culture

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One remarkable characteristic of humanity is that we WANT to feel guilty about something—especially when we enjoy success. On the other hand, when we suffer, or perceive ourselves be unsuccessful, we would prefer to be victims. Thus we end up with the guilt culturein which we find...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:03

A Changed Life Includes Pursuing Sexual Purity

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One topic often raised in the New Testament is the issue of sexual purity. Consider the many times issues the apostles bring it up. It is no secret that a wide variety of sexual immorality permeated the early Roman and Greek cultures of the New Testament times. Their gods were immoral, and they...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 16:03

Tentmaking Ministry in the 21st Century

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(Thoughts on Full-Time Vocational Ministry versus Bi-Vocational Ministry)

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When I was in high school, my plan was to head towards the Georgia Institute of Technology so that I could become an engineer. My senior year of high school the Lord changed everything. He called me to preach at the beginning...

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It’s important to remember that Marie Kondo comes from a different culture and a different religious background. In her book, she says:

I once worked as a Shinto shrine maiden for five years. I have loved shrines since I was in grade school and would often drop by our community shrine to pay...

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Miracle Hill, the largest provider of care to the needy in the Upstate, runs a vast network of homeless shelters, thrift stores, drug-recovery programs and a foster care agency. While it takes no government money for its adult programs, four years ago the ministry began accepting federal and state...

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This is an unexpected turn of events. This story continues to unfold.  There is also a CT article on this, here.(KSchaal)

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The United Methodist Church has fractured over the role of LGBTQ people in the denomination. At a special conference in St. Louis this week, convened specifically to address...

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