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

Things Above - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 21:00

I’m Sorry You Were Confused

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On the daily, there is an instance where a social-justice-oriented famous “Christian” says something borderline heretical, completely asinine, or self-contradictory and then, after the backlash, tries to walk back what they said. During this walk back they try to shift blame to the...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 20:00

The Essence and Effects of Sin

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In 2017 I had the joy of preaching through the book of 1 Peter at our church. It is amazing how Scripture continues to shape and transform us as we gather around it each week eager to hear from God’s Word. We were going along at a pretty good pace until we hit 1 Peter […]

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 20:00

A Letter to a Soul Seeking Jesus: #2

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This series is a group of six letters written by Robert Murray M’Cheyenne contained in The Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyene by Andrew Bonar. I first heard about these letters on the Behold Your God podcast. I have adapted these letters (as in updating the language a bit...

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ou would spit out foul tasting food the moment it touched your tongue. You’d remove your hand from a fire before you could feel the heat. Without planning, we rarely go more than a few hours without a meal. We naturally recoil from things we dislike and naturally crave that which will nourish...

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Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:00

Avoiding Scams

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When God commanded, “You shall not steal,” (Exodus 20:15) He knew the human heart would be predisposed to covetousness. You could argue that one aspect of the first sin was stealing, as Adam and Eve took from God what He told them was not theirs for the taking. Thievery is still alive...

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In part 1, I gave a short version of my Christian testimony and how that tied into my beliefs about creation. While I remained steadfast in my belief in six literal days through high school, I began to have serious doubts in university and even embraced Darwinian evolution for a time. Here’s...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:00

A Letter to a Soul Seeking Jesus: #1

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This series is a group of six letters written by Robert Murray M’Cheyenne contained in The Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyene by Andrew Bonar. I first heard about this letter’s on the Behold Your God podcast. I have adapted these letters (as in updating the...

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In episode 19 of the Roundtable, Michael and I interviewed Dr. Anthony Silvestro, co-author of On the Origin of Kinds, By Means of Creator God And The Preservation of Souls in the Struggle for Eternity. A portion of the discussion mentioned how I had once drifted on my biblical creation...

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In this episode, Michael and Garrett welcome Dr. Anthony Silvestro, creation speaker and author of On the Origin of Kinds, By Means of Creator God, and The Preservation of Souls in the Struggle for Eternity. The guys discuss the importance of understanding the book of Genesis, plug books they...

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Friday, 10 May 2019 22:19

Psalm Reading Plans

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Psalms is a great book for the Christian heart. Many people enjoy reading part of Psalms every day! At 150 chapters, the book itself is rather daunting, so here are a few ideas for reading plans so that you might enjoy all the psalms. One (N) a Day An easy plan would be to simply […]

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No honest examination of Scripture can deny that a Christian’s proper relationship with his government is one of obedience. Take for example 1 Peter 2 or Romans 13. The words used and the syntax in which they are used indicate more or less what you read on the page in English. Moreover, there...

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Despair. Failure. Depression. Loss. Guilt. Apathy. Pain. Anything you could possibly think of that makes you think this life isn’t worth living. At the very least, that makes you feel like it’s better off without you. I get it. I’ve been there. The trials we experience at times...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 22:30

Love Hopes All Things

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Forgive this post ahead of time. I don’t want you to feel dizzy. I’m truly wrestling here, friend. I’m sifting, filtering, nuking thoughts as they enter my mind. Here’s where we’ll begin: What now? This is the question I keep asking myself as I watch our Evangelical...

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Sunday, 05 May 2019 03:29

Ep. 018 | Persecution — TAU Roundtable

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In this episode, the guys welcomed our newest TAU member, George Alvarado, and discussed the recent events concerning a Rugby player whose life has been altered because of some biblical comments he made. See the article discussed here:...

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Friday, 03 May 2019 20:00

Psalm 119:53-56 — Righteous Anger?

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The goal of growing in godliness is to become more like Christ and think His thoughts after Him (2 Corinthians 10:5). But what many of us do is to become so committed to "never getting angry anymore" that instead of avoiding anger because it's sinful and we hate it, we simply avoid the thoughts or...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 20:00

Serving Two Masters: STTA!

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Something To Think About! I believe most Christians understand Christ’s teaching about serving two masters. Jesus says “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 20:00

God Hears Your Prayers: STTA!

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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The first verse of the Bible as well as basic reasoning each point to God as the creator of the world. Nothing exists without Him. He is all-powerful. There is no being greater than He is. No being can be greater than He […]

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Monday, 29 April 2019 20:00

Particular Effects of Particular Atonement

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What? Particular atonement is the historic Christian doctrine that Christ only effectively satisfied the wrath of God toward sin on behalf of His people. In other words, anyone who is thrown into hell cannot say, “But Jesus paid for my sins.” This is a staple belief for all who call...

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I’ve read one other Donald Whitney book in my life, and I’m sorry to say it was not very good. It is — I think (I’m not sure) — his most popular book. I don’t want to slam a faithful brother here, so I won’t mention the title, but I will say that it did...

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when we are confronted with the temptation to be ashamed of God or His law, our only hope is to continue to trust in God and His Word! Christian, have you ever felt the need to apologize for God? How about when nonbelievers accuse God of evil because He judges His own creation? Or when God has...

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The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption by J. V. Fesko, 414 pages. Publisher: Mentor. Overview Rating: 4/5. The main point: The gospel was always the triune God’s plan ‘A’ for the salvation of sinners. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit made a covenant in eternity past to redeem...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 20:00

Destroying Something Special

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Let me do my best attempt to analogize a certain staple of motorsports with an analogy to “stick and ball” sports. The Baseball Split Suppose that from the beginning of the World Series in 1903 that it had been played in the same stadium and on the same field, Doubleday Field at...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 20:00

You Don’t Know What It’s Like

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During my unintentionally extended tenure as a college student, I recall hearing this quote attributed as an Indian proverb: Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins. I have never walked a mile in anyone’s shoes but my own. I have three sisters and we were...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 21:00

Book Review: Brave Dad by John MacArthur

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While John MacArthur is usually first on my lips when recommending a Bible teacher, I’m not the biggest fan of MacArthur’s writing. The eminently gifted preacher isn’t a bad writer. In fact, he’s written several things that are quite good including a few books that were...

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