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

Apologetic Report - Paull Tripp Ministries

You may have heard me say this before, but it's worth repeating again: I'm deeply persuaded that many Christians, myself included, have a big gap in the middle of our gospel theology.

Let me break it down and then apply it in a fresh way:

I think we have a strong understanding of the theology of gospe...

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Earlier this month I opened the Bible to Ephesians 4:1-7 and wrote about three trademarks of a healthy, growing friendship. Here's a quick recap:

  1. Working Hard: Are you eagerly working hard to develop your friendship? Or are you expecting it to grow itself?
  2. Removing Expectations: Where are you...

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A bouquet of roses. A box of assorted chocolates. A bottle of champagne. A handwritten card. A necklace, a bracelet, a pair of earrings. A dinner by candlelight.

I love all of these romantic acts!

What I don't love, though, is how easily we buy into the delusion that acts of romance can form the...

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When was the last time you felt let down by a good friend?

When was the last time you felt misunderstood, or entirely unheard?

When was the last time you struggled to resolve a conflict, and simply agreed to disagree?

When was the last time you felt betrayed, or even used?

When was the last time you...

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How many friends do you have?

I guess your answer to that question will vary depending on how you define a friend. We have best friends, good friends, old friends, family friends, Facebook friends, and everything in between!

Friends are a wonderful thing. They make us laugh and lift our spirit with...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 04:00

What Is Time?

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We think so much of moments days years times past things to come. We deal with so much regret of the past fear of the future confusion in the present. For us time passes quickly we miss a moment days drag on. We anticipate what's coming hold on to what's gone. Time holds us molds us controls us. Tha...

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I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions.

While I understand the desire for fresh starts and new beginnings, none of us has the power to reinvent ourselves simply because the calendar has flipped over to a new year.

But since the gospel of Jesus Christ carries with it a message of fresh starts and new...

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Saturday, 31 December 2016 23:00

A New Year Flips Over

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A new year flips over but not new still between already and not yet still grappling with sin within brokenness without still living as an alien still longing for home still facing temptation's draw still hearing the Tempter's whisper still grappling with weakness of body and fickleness of heart stil...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 04:00

Read These Passages On Christmas

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I don't know what your family traditions are, but I would hope that reading the Word of God is included on the agenda for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

If it's not, why don't you make 2016 the year to start a new tradition?

Below are three passages that I love to choose from. I also included...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 04:00

My Favorite Christmas Hymn

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People always ask me around this time, "Paul, what's your favorite Christmas hymn?" It may be the most difficult question I have to answer all year!

There have been so many beautiful words written that capture the Advent story, and with each new addition, the narrative becomes no less amazing: the...

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Christmas is all about a tree. But it's not the tree that you decorate. There's another tree that Christmas is all about.

Even before the foundations of the earth, there was a tree in Jesus'...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 07:45

A Call To Repentance

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Dear Friends:

We join with others in expressing our shared grief regarding these latest allegations, as well as our thankfulness for the courageous women who came forward to tell their stories. We join our prayers together that they will receive the care and support that they need to heal and move...

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I have parents who talk to me all the time about their struggle with the question, "When should I enforce law and when should I give grace?" The problem with the question is that it treats God’s law and God’s grace as two opposing forces.

Think of biblical...

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Every culture and generation could say, "Parenting is particularly hard because . . ." But I think there is one thing that is particularly unique about the culture in which we live. It is the availability of things—powerful, attractive things—that distract...

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You want to engender a loving relationship with your children. They should know without a doubt that you deeply love them, even on their worst day.

But your job is not to be the best, coolest friend of your child. If you need that kind of peer acceptance from your...

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Friday, 25 November 2016 02:00

The Real Black Friday

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There was only one Black Friday. It was not the day after Thanksgiving. It was not a day when self-oriented consumers bumped into climbed over pushed into screamed at and hated the other consumers who were in their way. No, all the action of the one Black Friday was on a hill of death outside the...

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Every day of your life, you can find reasons to complain.

After all, you exist in a broken world, and life doesn't operate the way it was meant to. Family and friends will wrong you, good health will elude you, authority will exploit you, and so on and so forth.

I'm not giving you a license to...

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Monday, 14 November 2016 04:00

How Are You Suffering?

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Are you suffering right now? Are you close to someone facing hardship?

The Bible says that suffering should not catch us off guard. Peter warned us, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as...

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Saturday, 12 November 2016 04:00

Today Is My Birthday

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Why am I writing a post about my birthday?

Before I answer that, I am relieved and eager to share with you that my 3.5 hour surgery on November 10 was a success. In fact, it turned out to be less complicated than the doctors originally anticipated! However, I have been in significant pain, so...

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 07:00

Why Is Parenting So Hard?

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If you are a parent, I don't have to tell you that parenting is challenging. It has probably drawn out of you things you didn't think were there. The Bible is incredibly helpful in leading us to understand why it is so challenging.

Think about this: what is parenting? It...

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In 1997, I wrote my first book, Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens. I felt God calling me to write more books, but I was equally as persuaded that Age of Opportunity would be my only one on the topic of parenting.

But for the past two decades, as I saw how people were using that...

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 08:00

The Doctrine of Holiness

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There's a significant difference between me and my two-year-old granddaughter. Yes, I'm taller and older and able to support myself, but it's something more profound. She demonstrates this difference every time we're together.

My granddaughter will make me sit down in a chair so she can serve me tea...

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 07:00

The Doctrine of Glory

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I will never forget that evening. I can't think of a moment when I was more blown away by a musical composition.

I don't recall the composer or the conductor, but I was at a performance played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. My ticket put me in the first row and it was worth it. The music was...

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 06:00

The Doctrine of Existence

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It's the most significant reality in the universe. It's the glue that holds every aspect of theology together. It's the place where the content of Scripture finds both its rationality and its reliability.

This doctrine provides vital information for the scientist, the psychologist, the...

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Saturday, 01 October 2016 05:00

The Doctrine of Creation

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In my inaugural piece for this series, I wrote about the importance of doctrine. Now that we've laid the foundation for what doctrine is and what doctrine does, we'll unpack one big doctrine at a time and examine the impact it should have on our real lives.

It only makes sense to start with the...

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