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

Pursuing the Pursuer - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 19 November 2017 20:29

Anger in the First Degree

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Murders come in all kinds of ways. They come through violence. They come through domestic squabbles. They come through gang warfares. The history of the world is unfortunately littered with records of murder. In fact, murders are so commonplace that they don’t always make the news cycle...

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Is abortion a sin? Sounds like a pretty straightforward question, right? Well, according to Hillsong pastor, Carl Lentz, the answer isn't so simple. ​
Lentz recently appeared as a guest on The View. When asked if he thought it was a sin for someone in his church to have an abortion,...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 03:35

A Sacrifice Worth Making

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Life is a battle of choices. We not only have to choose what to do, but what not to do. We know that in order to say yes to one thing you have to say no to another, but even that is an understatement. Especially in America, where we have an incredible amount of freedom and potential to pursue...

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Knock. Knock. Knock. “Hi, my name is Ben and we’re out in the community inviting people to church.”“Well, thanks but I already go to ______ Baptist Church.”“Oh! Hey, is it alright if I ask you a question, too? If you were to die tonight, and God asked you, why...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 02:37

Why Don't You Share the Gospel?

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Consider a hypothetical situation: Suppose God came to you and gave you a 100% guarantee that every time you share the Gospel, it  would result in the conversion of a lost soul. Every single witnessing opportunity would result in repentance and faith - no exceptions!​Imagine that! How...

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One year ago today, the four of us agreed to partner together and start the Pursuing the Pursuer blog, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the journey! At the outset, we committed to pursuing four things: 1) Pursuing Balance - we are committed to comparing every tradition, reaction, and fad against the...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 03:50

God Wants Your Heart AND Your Head

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Growing up I remember hearing phrases like, “That head knowledge about God needs to travel 12 inches to your heart for God,” or “You can have so many degrees they call you Fahrenheit and still not be hot for God.” While I can certainly understand where these statements are...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:48

The Heart of Modesty

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​Growing up I was taught about modesty through talks at youth seminars, Sunday school, and youth group. I can remember being taught about tips and rules for how to be modest. While some of these tips are helpful, I grew up believing modesty was a set of standards that prevent you from...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 00:51

When Broken People Form Bad Theology

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You all rememberThe Shack, right? If you do, you probably remember the debates and controversy that arose around this famous novel and movie adaptation.Challies published a helpful article entitled, “What Does the Shack Really Teach?” that revealed the false teaching laced...

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I’m a very forgetful person. I frequently misplace my keys or my wallet, I have tough time remembering people’s names, and I have even paid for my groceries and walked out of the store while my grocery bags were still at the register. I have quickly come to realize that I can’t...

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They say third time’s a charm. Well it was four trips to the BMV (Bureau of Motor Vehicles, it’s an Indiana/Maine/Ohio thing apparently) until I got everything taken care of. On the first trip, I hadn’t checked on what I needed, and so I found out that what I had thought would be...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 05:29

Why Don't Men Sing?

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Let’s admit it, if you go to just about any church today you will see (and probably not hear) a lot of “music mumblers” during the song service. These are the people who just mumble the words or just plain don’t sing at all. Now, I might be in danger of nit-picking here but...

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 02:08

You Might Be A Pharisee

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Although you probably don't realize it, you might be a Pharisee.If you’re a Christian, “Pharisee” is the last thing you want to be called. We equate pharisaism with legalism and heartless rule-keeping. But modern-day pharisaism is far more than that. The most thorough condemnation...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 04:40

What Is Your Race?

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"What Is Your Race?"This was the question posed to me during my mini-physical/questionnaire at my last apheresis appointment with my local American Red Cross donation center. The lady reciting this question, who was African-American, then began listing the qualifying answers from which I was to...

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It says something about the state of our Christian culture that blog articles like "Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes” and "Should Christians Watch Game of Thrones?” even need to be written. Yet, with the popularity of original content on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc.,...

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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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If you clicked on this blog post, locked and loaded with your arguments to defend or destroy a specific stance on Christian music, you may lower your weapons. I’m unarmed. Instead of challenging your thoughts on music, I would like to challenge your thoughts on worship. And if you thought I...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 04:41

Bad Reasons to Quit on Church

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Every year the Barna Research group does a “State of the Church.” In the 2016 edition the report states “Americans are attending church less, and more people are experiencing and practicing their faith outside of its four walls. Millennials in particular are coming of age at a...

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God is good. These are words often uttered to those experiencing difficult trials in their lives. Unfortunately, these also are words that often sound hollow to the one experiencing those trials--cotton-candy, feel-good, substanceless words in the midst of excruciating pain or unbearable...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 05:26

Don't Mess With Our Gospel

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I wish I could have met the apostle Paul. Reading his letters gives the impression that Paul was a very passionate person, the kind of guy who was all in or all out. But if you wanted to see Paul really worked up, mess with doctrine. Christians often think of doctrine as boring or unnecessary....

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But we were gentleamong you,like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. (1 Thessalonians 2:7-8)
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Thursday, 01 June 2017 02:50

Are You Transparent with God?

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When you hear “repentance,” what do you think of? Often we mean little more than reading off our list of bad actions so that God will forgive us. Perhaps we go a little bit deeper and acknowledge our wrong thoughts as well. Both of those are good, but they’re not enough. Do your...

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Friday, 26 May 2017 05:04

Don't Skip Church For Finals

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It’s the final exam time of year for most high schoolers. As a youth pastor I get a lot of questions about this time. Sometimes, young Christians tell me that they won’t be coming to church this week because they are too busy studying for those finals.​I get that. I know what...

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