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

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 00:00

The Imitation of School Shooters

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by Paul Gerhardt

“Easily embarrassed, tearful, and hard on himself if he made a mistake…A shy, likable young man whose hands-on parents put him to bed with stories and prayers and hugs.” This is how Sue Klebold describes her son, Dylan. 

On April 20, 1999, Dylan walked into...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 00:30

A Biblical Solution to Poverty

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by Stephanie Johnson

The scriptures are dripping with commands for those who walk with God to love and care for the poor;

“If someone has worldly possessions and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how can he be loving God? Children, let us love not with words and talk,...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 22:00

Open Letter to the Depressed Christian

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by Lizzie Nerr (Being Human)

Dear Friend,

I’ve never been in your shoes, but I’ve met people like you. They’ve told me about what it’s like to be where you are, think what you think, and feel what you feel. You feel stuck, like you’re in a box that no one can get into...

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by George Brahm

John Cooper, lead singer for the rock band Skillet, responded to the litany of recent apostasies among young Christian leaders. In a Facebook post titled ‘What in God’s Name is Happening in Christianity?’ put up on Tuesday, August 13, Cooper directly addressed the...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 07:57

Apologetics Amid Waves of Apostasy

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by George Brahm

This morning, I was shaken by the news about Marty Sampson’s falling away from the faith. For the past couple of weeks, the internet had been buzzing with several op-eds about the apostasy of another popular Christian, megachurch pastor Joshua Harris, and before that, Dave...

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by George Brahm

Have you read books you knew you would disagree with? I’m convinced we must do that as Christians. Here’s why and how to begin.

Continue reading at Why (and How) You Should Read Books You Won’t Agree With | The Stream

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 04:55

Canada Needs Your Prayers

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by George Brahm

July 1st is Canada Day, unofficially known as ‘Canada’s birthday’ and loosely the equivalent of the United States’ Independence Day. And on Canada’s 152nd birthday, I would like to ask you to join with me in interceding for our nation, giving gratitude...

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by George Brahm

Once described as “the best case for the essentials of orthodox Christianity in print”, C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianityhas gone from being a set of wartime radio talks to arguably the most influential Christian book of the 20th century.

Two Conceptions of ‘Mere...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 03:47

What Total Depravity Is, and Is Not

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By Jonathan McElrath

Total depravity is a foundational doctrine for most of Christendom, and it is almost universally accepted within conservative evangelicalism. It is at the root of many of our favorite sayings, such as “the only good in me is Christ.” The doctrine is the problem to...

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Saturday, 08 June 2019 00:00

The First Red Leaf of June

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by Paul Gerhardt

In Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl recounts his experiences at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. He tells of a young woman in the camp who knew that her days were numbered. Frankl writes:

It is a simple story. There is little to tell and it may...

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by George Brahm

Andy Stanley asks, “Would we have our Bible as it is today if there was no Resurrection? Would the Christian faith exist if Jesus was not raised from the dead?”

Obviously not. If Christ was not raised from the dead, there would be no ‘Good News’ to tell, the...

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by Patrick McMillan

We live in a racially-divided world. I live on the outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, arguably the most racially divided city in the United States. I heard a story from a co-worker one day that the two ethnic groups that settled in Milwaukee area hated each other so much that...

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