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

Out of Our Minds - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 15:03

62. Ray Bradbury’s Short Stories (Part 1)

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In this episode our heroes discuss the short stories of Ray Bradbury with their pal Andrew Henry. Andrew has 10890591805098 good insights on Ray Bradbury (example: Bradbury was really good at describing smells) and 150815180 good insights on fiction and writing in general. So, if you do the math,...

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He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.  – Genesis 5:2

The Bible says God “created them male and female.” Jesus repeated this statement: “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made...

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[This is the second half (first half) of one chapter excerpted from The Grace of Shame: 7 Ways the Church Has Failed To Love Homosexuals.]

Back to the Gospel Coalition’s headline, “Godliness Is Not Heterosexuality.”

Maybe evangelicals in the UK have a different experience, but...

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The Reformation wasn’t led by celebrities surrounded by groupies. Yet this is what the Reformation has become today. We have big name stars who hire the largest venues and charge admission to sheep who want to watch them rightly handling the Word of Truth on larger-than-life video screens to...

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Godliness is not heterosexuality.  – Gospel Coalition

Heterosexuality does not get you to heaven, so how in the world could homosexuality send you to hell?  – Tim Keller

The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice.  –...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 14:07

When Mothering Isn’t Your Passion

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We all had dreams of what we would be when we grew up. Passionate dreams. High, godly desires. Things like saving starving children in Africa or taking the Gospel to an unreached people group on a remote island.

Okay, maybe our goals weren’t quite so lofty, but we thought we would make our...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 02:27

Monumental Trailer

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Monumental is a small show about the big things God does in the lives of ordinary people. Each week Katie and Michal interview a different woman about a turning point in her life, something she will always remember as God’s work. Some of the stories are inspiring, some are heartbreaking, some...

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Things that happen in this episode: Halloween puns! (00:00) The depiction of EVIL (06:00). Daddy issues. (28:00).

Fun fact: per some random article by the Imaginative Conservative, SWTWC touches on the following (from a list of the 102 Great Ideas that Mortimer Adler says a great novel can touch...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 15:18

Piper proposes 96th thesis

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Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda

The Reformed Church must always be reformed. On the cusp of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation one long-time defender of the Reformed faith is coming under fire because his detractors detect some muddy water. John Piper has written an article sugg...

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Sulser brings the insanity this week, as our heroes ask whether Christians should eat factory farmed meats. Before that, Nathan tries to retire a running joke with mixed results (don’t worry, though, it really is dead).

Here’s a link to a good article on Temple Grandin (who Ben mentions...

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I’ve been told John MacArthur doesn’t believe in preaching. As it’s been said to me, he denies the preacher is to work to convict the souls under his watchcare of sin and righteousness and judgement. He claims that’s the Holy Spirit’s work and the pastor should just...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 05:45

Wisdom from the chicken coop…

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One of the more revealing things I’ve seen on the refrigerators of women of my congregations was the little magnet on the refrigerator of the wife of an elder in my second church. The magnet had a picture of a hen and a rooster with the words, “the rooster rules the roost and the hen...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:17

The Grace of Shame: Wheaton College…

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Like the time of the Reformation five-hundred years ago this month, the need for reform today is not outside, but inside the church.

In our culture, the sin destroying souls has attached itself to the very core of individual personhood which is sexuality. From the beginning God made us male and...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:44

How to Sing like a Protestant

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This month we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Among the choicest fruits of this Reformation is a custom now so normal in our worship experience that we can hardly imagine a Lord’s Day without it. I’m referring to our habit of praising the Lord together in...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:01

Raising Strong Girls

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Shopping for kids clothes is hard, particularly for girls. If it isn’t skanky it’s loud, sparkly, and garish. And let’s talk about slogan tees. Slogan tees aren’t a new thing or relegated to just girls, but it seems that those made for girls are the worst.

The “girl...

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In this episode our heroes have an extended discussion of Ray Bradbury’s style in Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s archaic, it’s overwrought, it’s hyperbolic … AND THEY LOVE IT! (See what we did there?????) That part begins at 17:53, Time-Code Fans!

Before that,...

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Our heroes sit down with their pal Pastor Jody Killingsworth of My Soul Among Lions for a big honkin’ discussion about the state of modern worship music, why nobody sings the psalms anymore, what to do about it, the advantages and disadvantages of modern music genres, andCreative...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:54

The dotage of Wheaton College…

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The past few years haven’t been good for Wheaton College, the Vatican of mainstream Evangelicalism.

There was the scandal of one of their profs publicly stating her agreement with Pope Francis’s declaration that Muslims worship the same God as Christians. Said Professor Larycia Hawkins...

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A good women’s conference starts tonight in Ft. Worth, Texas. Titled “Building a Culture of Biblical Femininity,” the conference is being held at Southwestern Baptist (SBC) Theological Seminary’s Riley Center (1701 W Boyce Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76115). Sponsored by Rock Creek...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:22

Moms Falling Well

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I was a figure skater when I was younger, and in figuring skating, the very first lesson you’re taught—whether you’re three years old or seventy—is to fall. And then how to get back up.

Falling is natural to us. Falling well isn’t. Neither is getting back up. But it is...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 05:06

Sex crimes and recidivism: the haughty New York Times…

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[Note from TB: here are a couple paragraphs from another participant in the private discussion of the video produced by theNew York Times on recidivism rates among sexual criminals. The author is an attorney and elder in a reformed congregation.]

If the New York Times were honestly concerned...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 03:05

Sex crimes and recidivism: digging deeper…

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[Note from TB: Recently, a New York Time’s video has been making the rounds in which the Times claims it’s an urban legend that there is a high recidivism rate among those who commit sex crimes. Trusting the Times to be accurate on any matter at all—but especially matters related...

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Our fear-oes begin their extra spooky Halloween series on Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. Brandon Chast-fiend offers some much needed context on Bradbury’s life (7:52), even including a die-scription of the “slush” pile from which short stories were selected...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 14:03

Sound of Sanity Ep 9: Superman!

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Our heroes talk Superman, and try to figure out if a two-dimensional old-fashioned superhero has any usefulness in a world of three-dimensional sinners.

First they gave mad props to The “Handmaiden’s” Tale and its 100% accurate portrayal of Christians and our values (4:52), then...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 05:14

Las Vegas: why didn’t I die?

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Watching the carnage at the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11, I expected before the morning was over they’d also bomb Las Vegas. These three places perfectly represented the world’s perception of the United States: the financial power of New York City, the military power of the...

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