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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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:03

Gender Questions (Part 3)

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Time to wrap up the series of gender questions emailed to me a while back. (For related issues previously discussed, see Part 1 and Part 2.)

Q: Since man and woman are both image-bearers, should we look at them as equal halves of a single image, neither of which completely bears that image without...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 16:03

How Close Do You Want To Be To God?

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There are times in the life of a Christian when certain passages of Scripture become especially meaningful. One of those passages for me is Psalm 91:1-2,

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 12:41

Opinion | Never Tweet – The New York Times

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For a journalist, flying above that fray requires intense intestinal fortitude. Twitter, I realized, was sapping all my time and energy, and sooner or later, I knew I would screw up royally. Deep down, I suspect many others worry about the same.They are right to. Twitter will ruin us, and we should...

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Tuesday a bill that goes beyond Roe v. Wade by making abortion a “fundamental right” up to the day of birth and banning limitations on abortion that the Supreme Court has permitted.

Source: NY Legalizes Abortion up to Moment of Birth, Defines...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 14:29

O Be Careful Little Thumbs What You Tweet

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It used to be that when people rushed to judgement or mistakenly over-reacted, they did it in private around the water cooler, over the back fence, or at the dinner table. But now, oh no, not us!  Instead of being convicted that “the Father up above is looking down in love” on our...

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This is a moving article about the horrific persecution that Christian women and girls are facing around the world today.  We must pray for those in harm’s way.  We must also consider biblically how we should receive those who have been such victims of abuse.  (KSchaal)

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 16:03

Gender Questions (Part 2)

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More questions about gender issues from an emailer. (See Gender Questions Part 1 for backstory.)

Q: Scripture quotes Eve saying that she ate because she was deceived (Gen 3:13). Was she just blame-shifting or do 2 Cor. 11:3 and 1 Tim 2:13 corroborate her statement?

She was, indeed, deceived. However,...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 16:03

Small Church Financial Stewardship

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Last Sunday was our church’s Annual General Meeting. We always look forward to this meeting because, for us, it’s been a discipleship tool and a time of “body-building” among our members (the “church body,” I mean). I don’t recall ever really having much...

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When I was 19, I got a friend pregnant. In the summer, a friend and I had spent an evening together. A few weeks later she told me she was pregnant, and it was mine.I “wasn’t ready for a baby.” I had hopes and dreams ahead of me, and having a child seemed like the end of all those...

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Below is a guest editorial published in the Huffington Post. It is a continuing reminder that we live in a society that is increasingly hostile to Christianity and Christian ideals.  We used to fear the government as the great threat to our freedoms.  Now it is becoming increasingly clear...

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Last summer I wrote an essay called the Great White Culture War. In it, I argued that a great deal of America’s political division isn’t just explained by the division between white Americans and racial minorities — there are also immense cultural divisions within “white...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 16:03

Is Tent-Making the Biblical Norm?

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Some well-meaning believers promote tent-making as the preferred biblical pattern for pastors today. By “tent-making,” I am referring to an approach to pastoral ministry in which a pastor works a full-time vocational job to support his family while also serving as a pastor. Thom Rainer...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 02:12

Joining a mob | WORLD News Group

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Approximately 15 seconds of video from the March for Life had many Christian leaders united in a harsh condemnation of an anonymous teenage boy this weekend.The clip showed a tight shot of a Catholic high schooler in a red “Make America Great Again” hat grinning, or, to some minds,...

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And the pressure they bring to bear will be a major test of faith for Christians.Think of a country where leading politicians question whether members of a long-established religious minority are fit for public office. Or where the head of state attacks the legal protections that allow...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 16:03

Treating Trauma with Prayer

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As a fire service chaplain I have been exposed to extreme forms of crises most pastors never encounter.  Frequently I have to minister to the victims of these tragedies as well as to the firefighters themselves.

To better equip myself for this unique ministry, I have attended several...

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Sunday, 20 January 2019 15:42

Orthodoxy is Not Enough

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Dead orthodoxy is still dead. It is not worth having. I am serious. A church that takes all the right positions, sings all the right songs, dresses just the right way, but has no true spiritual life might as well be liberal in its theology. In fact, it might be worse. If you want to inoculate your...

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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)

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:03

Born Under the Law

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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 —...

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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...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:03

Gender Questions (Part 1)

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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...

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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,...

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