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, 22 October 2018 17:03

Music Choices – Objective Subjectivity

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Making musical choices — how do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong? The subject is full of controversy. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion, and yours is wrong because you disagree with me. (At least, that’s what I’m told.) There is a lot of confusion on the...

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U.S. churches are starting to adapt to Europe’s reality, where the faithful carry cards or their mobile phones but not cash.

Source: Tithing Goes Digital: Parishes Adapt to Cashless Society

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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imageAhead of the midterms, the Billy Graham Center Institute examined the most infamous statistic about faith and the 2016 election.

Source: Why Evangelicals Voted Trump: Debunking the 81% | Christianity Today

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:30

For Believers, God Always Heals

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Our church lost two long time members this week. We gained two more widows. Heaven became just a bit more real.

Byron and Flo had been married for 64 years. Almost every time I talked to Byron, he reminded me of it. They were little lovebirds. The nurses in the hospital said it would be sickening if...

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Have you ever been shipwrecked? Probably not. Have you ever been robbed? Maybe. Have you ever been stoned for your faith in Christ? Not likely. But besides some of these dangerous experiences, Paul could truthfully and almost matter-of-factly say that he had been “in perils of waters, in...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 17:03

Faithfulness When Progress is Slow

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In 2010, I attended a funeral at Victory Baptist Church in the rural town of Whiteville, NC. I did not know then that in December of 2013, I would become the pastor of this small church and begin praying that God would bring new life to this congregation. But before that could happen, God needed to...

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The initial charges brought against the Downtown Hope Center were that they had turned away Timothy Cole (a biological male who identifies as a woman named Samantha Cole) from their shelter because of his biological sex, disregarding his gender identification.But the facts of the matter do not...

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Fascinating article reviewing a book about Atheism.  Psalm 19 says “There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”  While they stare at God’s universal message they declare He does not speak.  (KSchaal)

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Children must be discipled with care and devotion. A child is no less a citizen of God’s kingdom than their parents; they are not second-tier after thoughts to God like so many of our ministries seem to reflect. On the contrary, children seem to be some of the most esteemed members of...

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The late Professor Stephen Hawking revealed his answers to 10 “big questions” he was often asked in a new book published six months after his death.

Source: Stephen Hawking said ‘there is no god’ and that humans will ‘live in space’ in final book | Fox News

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Monday, 15 October 2018 17:03

A Final Challenge to Churches and to Pastors

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We’ve been working on a series about pastors and depression. We’ve discussed how the people of the church can come to the aid of their pastors. In this post, we offer a few conclusions.

Christ, the head of the church, rules His church through the written Word and through spirit-called...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:47

Lessons from a Church Building Program

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A few years ago our church, for the third time since I have been a pastor, undertook a major building program. We finished a short time ago.  If you count the purchase of the property on which we now meet, it has been four major financial projects. In every one of these projects the prospects...

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A top Washington neocon hawk transitions from male to female

Source: Institutionalizing The Trans Revolution | The American Conservative

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:03

Making Entertainment Choices

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Prove It!

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.1 Thessalonians 5:21–22

I have a secret passion. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and as a child of the 1970s I became a rabid Phoenix Suns...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:03

Bearing Spiritual Fruit

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23

We know that the Spirit of God dwells within the believer. We also know that He gives us spiritual gifts for enablement to serve Christ...

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In a unanimous decision, five of the UK’s most senior judges upheld Ashers’ appeal against claims of discrimination.

The comprehensive ruling upholds free speech and prevents the law forcing businesses to express views with which they profoundly disagree.

Source: Ashers wins landmark...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:39

Preparing to Be a Godly Grandparent | AIG

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Azusa Pacific University had recently announced in the student-run campus newspaper that the restriction on same-sex relationships between students was being lifted

Source: Christian University Changes Back Position on Same-Sex Relationships Between Students | Answers in Genesis

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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The Vatican’s prefect for the Congregation for Bishops released a letter Sunday morning refuting charges Pope Francis lifted sanctions against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and saying that charges made by a former Vatican ambassador are an “unjustified attack” on the pope...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 02:29

ELCA: foreshadowing a UMC future? – Juicy Ecumenism

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In the United Methodist Church these days, it is all about “the plans.” Three have been recommended by the Commission on a Way Forward. I note them here for reference, with reflections beneath about another denomination’s experience with their version of the One Church Plan:

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The Church has begun to widely embrace so-called social justice, and much of it is thanks to Tim Keller’s book, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

There are certainly a lot of good things in Keller’s book—the greatest of which is his call for the...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 17:03

Recovering the Lost Art of Worship

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The thoughtful Christian is compelled to admit that in our time there is very little true worship of the Lord. We have our so called worship services, but often even in such services, little time is given to worship in the traditional Scriptural sense. Ask the average Christian what worship is, and...

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Of interest to Bible nerds, I am sure, a free ebook version just announced by Project Gutenberg. I have Pfeiffer’s Between the Testaments, an excellent book. I think this one would likewise be useful for preachers. — dcsj

Tell el Amarna and the Bible by Charles Franklin Pfeiffer

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Monday, 08 October 2018 17:03

What Can Church People Do to Help Their Pastor?

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We’ve discussed the fact of depression in pastoral ministry and outlined some of its causes, both from the nature of the task and from the weakness of the flesh that all men experience. Today, I want to look at ways in which God’s people can help bring encouragement to their pastors.

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imageReligious “blue laws” achieve many of the same goals as progressive labor unions.

Source: “Blue laws” and the religious tradition that sanctifies life outside of work – Vox

Authors: Kevin Schaal...

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