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

Rooted Thinking - Apologetic Report
Monday, 21 May 2018 21:30

I Can… Except I Can’t

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I know few better ways to understand myself than being a father. Because kids are, after all, just little humans with all of the wonderful capacities, funny quirks, and deep brokenness that makes people what we are.

“I can’t!”

One of my children recently showed a pattern of facing...

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Recently I attended a concert of the Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra.  A violin concerto called “The Butterfly Lovers” was a part of the program. My youngest daughter, who knows about such things, told me that the piece was quite controversial, having been composed during the...

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In the very earliest days of the New Testament and hardly before the ink was dry, the church already faced a pernicious error. Marcion of Sinope felt that the Old Testament presented an angry, condemning God, not at all like the gracious God of the New Testament. Accordingly, he proposed that there...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 22:14

She will be saved through childbearing…

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It’s entirely possible to write blog articles mechanically or artificially. This one is quite personal. My wife’s due date for our fourth child is today. Three times now I’ve stood by as my wife delivered our children. Each time I felt her pain deeply, wishing I could do my part...

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Heroes or Villains?

When I read a novel or watch a movie, I like the protagonist to be good—morally upright, virtuous, a role model. And I like the villain to be bad—flesh-crawlingly ugly, repulsive, and unlikable. Think of the difference between heroes and villains in Peter...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 22:26

Worship With the Heavenly Angels

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Whatever else we would say about Luke’s story of the angels and the shepherds, it’s definitely memorable. But less clear is the point. Why did it happen? What does it mean?

I’m going to argue that there’s something huge going on here. I’m going to argue that this event...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:37

Who were the Magi?

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One day, out of nowhere, well-dressed men wearing expensive suits and dark sunglasses get out of Mercedes limos in a massive motorcade. They walk up to you asking, “where is he? Show us where he is.”

This, recast in 2017 garb is the story of the Magi. We think we know what it’s all...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 20:30

Bibles are not talismans. It’s about the words.

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There’s a very striking story about a man who never learned to read but who had a well-worn Bible. Someone asked him why the pages were so worn and his answer was that since he couldn’t read it, over the years he thought he might as well count the words. It’s a fantastic...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 22:55

What is thanksgiving anyway?

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Each year at thanksgiving I feel a certain mental tension. If I go through the exercise of listing the things for which I’m thankful, I feel like somehow it should be filled with more “spiritual” things. But truthfully a good number of the things that come to my mind first are in...

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Harvey Weinstein. Roy Moore. Louis C. K. And now Bush 41. These men—all successful in their careers—will always be associated with the allegations of sexual misconduct. For some, these accusations will eclipse any other successes they had enjoyed.

The career-shattering effect of these...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 21:25

Our First Four Years—A Retrospective

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Four years ago today my family arrived at our new home in the Philippines. Everything seemed strange, opaque; a new, inscrutable reality in which everything took endlessly longer to navigate. And yet by sheer fiat of our decision to become missionaries, this place that we by no means understood,...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:51

Finish Your Year With a Bang—100 Day Challenge

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We’ve written before about binge reading the Bible—the idea of getting through the entire book in a short enough time that you can still remember the beginning when you get to the end. There are all kinds of ways to do it and it’s not as extreme as you think it is. For instance, a...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:00

Embodying Masculinity in a World that Rejects It

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I was recently invited to speak for a weekend conference for men, discussing our roles in the family and the church. Topics like this kill me. The preparation quickly turned into an exercise in personal conviction and repentance. How to speak on being a good husband and father when at every...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:51

Find Your Passion? Or Live for a Greater Cause?

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I try not to make a habit of this, but I’m going to start out by telling you a lie. It’s a lie that you already know and might already believe. It fills advice columns, podcasts, self-help books and Disney movies. Like the most insidious of lies, it even beckons us to make it the...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 01:26

From whence come these wars and fightings?

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Racism and the national response to it is back in the news. In one sense, it’s hard to say it’s back in the news because it never left. Racism is a cultural cancer that seems to defy eradication. Don’t expect it to disappear in any of our lifetimes. That’s because it runs...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:30

Bible Study Tools That Don’t Cost a Dime

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Spurgeon’s classic Lectures to My Students contains a chapter for “workers with a slender apparatus”—aspiring pastors who cannot afford to buy many books. Although we 21st century Americans don’t struggle with lacking sufficient resources, we do struggle with...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 21:30

Smart Machines and Foolish People

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An interesting law suit has developed of late between the electric car maker Tesla and a Korean man who bought one. That’s because Tesla offers a self-driving mode where the car is supposed to recognize walls and park itself. The plaintiff was inside his car when it drove through the...

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We’re about to start a new year. If you read the Bible through each year, you’re about to start over with Genesis. Then comes Exodus. Then Leviticus. You know, you don’t have to cringe when you read the word “Leviticus.” God doesn’t want you to cringe. He...

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“Are you doing OK?”

I had just finished putting my boys down for bed, and now I had a moment alone with my 7-year-old daughter. I asked her if she was doing OK, not because I knew for certain that there was something wrong, but because she seemed unusually quiet.

Like other evenings, I...

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 23:32

Go Make Some Real History

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It’s a historic day! Today the 44th president of the United States steps down to be replaced by the 45th. I’m always amazed to watch the commander-in-chief of the worlds largest military peacefully hand everything to someone else. When huge numbers of pseudo-democratic nations...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:04

Meditations From Binge-Reading the Bible

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If you read our last post, I talked about recently having the privilege of giving a solid week to nothing but Bible reading. Going from cover to cover in seven days was one of the most memorable, powerful and formative experiences I remember. A friend asked what it was like. So here are...

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I like crazy challenges—the kind that are appealing to you specifically because they’re undoable. Like when I thought running 5 miles was epically long and then the girl I was dating (now my wife) ran a full marathon (26.2). In some weird way, the very fact that I...

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Thursday, 22 December 2016 21:11

A Review of Logos Bible Software

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Today is the last in our review of Bible software. Feel free to read the introduction post, our review of Olive Tree, or the review of Accordance.

Give me a quick overview.

The correct word for Logos is “immense.” A package like Logos Gold ($1,550) is immediately...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:00

Review of Accordance Bible Software

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If you missed them, you can see our introduction article or review of Olive Tree. Today we review Accordance. [The upcoming post on Logos is here.]

Quick Overview

Accordance started life as a Mac application primarily directed towards scholars, especially in the original languages. Over the...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:29

Olive Tree Bible Software—A Review

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Because we believe quality Bible resources are some of the best gifts you can give this Christmas, we want to give a little help, reveiwing some of the great software that’s out there. (Here’s the introduction post.) Keep your ears tuned for Accordance and Logos coming up next week, but...

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