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
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(deep breath)...I voted for Trump.There, I said it. It’s true. In 2016, I voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. And I thinkI’m still ‘ok’ with my decision. But this isn’t an article about how Christians should have voted in 2016 or how they should vote...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 21:38

Dear Parents of Teens

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Dear Parents of Teenagers,Thank you for all you do to invest in the life of your teenager(s). You probably feel like you are constantly juggling multiple hats. You are the taxi driver (ready to pick them up/drop them off at whatever they need to be at), coach (helping them perfect that jump shot or...

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“Your skirt length is a heart problem.”“Music with a 2-4 beat is demonic.”“Christians should never step foot in a movie theater.”Maybe you remember hearing things like this in your church.Some young Christians, when they look back on their upbringing, only...

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What is your spiritual gift?If you have asked yourself this question, there’s a chance you might have tried out one of those online spiritual gift tests. Typically rating yourself on a scale of 1-5, you measure yourself against statements like, “I seek to inspire others who are facing...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 22:07

Pursuing the Will of God

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“Should I?” or “Should I not?”We’ve all faced situations in which we’ve pondered both of these questions. Should I take the job offer and relocate myself and my family? Should I pursue THAT young lady? …or that other one? Should the church shelter illegal...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 03:28

The Sunday Sports Dilemma

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This Sunday is perhaps the biggest holiday in America. More than 100 million people from the United States alone will be tuned in to watch the Super Bowl. During the game Americans will eat over 2400 calories of junk food during the game. The Super Bowl has always been played on a Sunday....

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Monday, 22 January 2018 03:48

4 Ways to Benefit From Bad Counsel

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At one time or another, every one of us has been the recipient of bad counsel from a fellow Christian. It can be a tough thing to swallow advice tainted with inaccuracies, hurtful words, or false assumptions. We all know what our default response is to such counsel. We might get angry at their...

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Have you ever read your Bible and come across something that bothered you? Something that made you uncomfortable? Something you disagreed with? I hope you have.Many people mistakenly assume that everything they read in their Bibles should line up with how they see the world. God should behave the...

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Elias Keach was a 17th century pastor’s kid - the son of the respected Baptist minister, Benjamin Keach. Benjamin Keach was known for introducing hymn singing in Baptist churches, writing a catechism, and preceding the pastoral ministry of Charles Spurgeon. But Elias didn’t adopt his...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 03:54

Don't Be Spiritually Gullible

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Back in 1978, Jim Jones brought the members of hisPeople’s Templeto Guiana, South America and instructed them to commit suicide. 780 of them drank poison kool-aid following a false prophet. I pastor in Indiana and recognize that Jones’s roots actually travel back to my state. Jones...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 13:00

10 Proverbs for Social Media

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Social Media is a never-ending conversation. People from all around the globe connect via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (the list goes on) to share ideas, argue for positions, document daily life, or just share relevant memes and GIFs on every single post they can find.Sadly, even for...

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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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