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

The Cross and the Kingdom of Christ - Apologetic Report
Friday, 28 April 2017 02:01

Beauty, a poem

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By Lena Wallace

Some people think Beauty is Youth Perfection Flawless skin Shining locks of hair, no gray to be seen Perfect health Perfect makeup Perfect smile Perfect body, smooth, shining… Do you know what Beauty is?

I know elderly women Who wear their gray hair like silver crowns Their...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:15

Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

This week we are looking at part three of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genes...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:34

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

This week we are looking at part two of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genesis...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 00:22

Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

This week we are looking at part three of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genesis 29:1-31:55 — Jacob in Paddan-Aram

Genesis...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 22:08

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

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This week we are looking at part two of the “Generations of Isaac.” The “Generations of Isaac” can be seen in three basic movements:

Genesis 25:19-28:22 — Jacob and Esau

Genesis 29:1-31:55 — Jacob in Paddan-Aram

Genesis 32:1-37:...

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Saturday, 18 February 2017 07:12

Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

Why do we hear so little about Isaac? No sooner does the story of Abraham end (the Generations of Terah), then we move on to the story of Jacob (the Generations of Isaac). There is no section called “the...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 23:12

Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

Genesis25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac)

Why do we hear so little about Isaac? No sooner does the story of Abraham end (the Generations of Terah), then we move on to the story of Jacob (the Generations of Isaac). There is no section called “the...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 17:20

Welcoming Audrey

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By Elizabeth Sunshine

A few weeks ago, for the second time I had the tremendous privilege of introducing a child to my church in Chinese. The Lynn family, who are members of our church, just adopted a daughter from China. Her name is Audrey. Since I studied Chinese in college and used it regularly...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 09:20

Welcoming Audrey

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By Elizabeth Sunshine

A few weeks ago, for the second time I had the tremendous privilege of introducing a child to my church in Chinese. The Lynn family, who are members of our church, just adopted a daughter from China. Her name is Audrey. Since I studied Chinese in college and used it regularly...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 10:45

Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

Genesis 20

Genesis 20 functions as something of an interlude. The story of Abraham and Abimelech sounds something like a repeat of the story of Abraham and Pharaoh. It is particularly striking because Sarah is now nearly 90 years old — at least, if the...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 02:45

Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 20-25 in Family Worship

Genesis 20

Genesis 20 functions as something of an interlude. The story of Abraham and Abimelech sounds something like a repeat of the story of Abraham and Pharaoh. It is particularly striking because Sarah is now nearly 90 years old — at least, if the...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 11:51

Reading Genesis 12-19 in Family Worship

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We are back to our regular family worship with Genesis 12-19 this week. With all the things happening over the last couple weeks (band concert, congregational meeting, etc. — along with sickness) we didn’t do much family worship.

On the one hand,...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 03:51

Reading Genesis 12-19 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 12-19 in Family Worship

We are back to our regular family worship with Genesis 12-19 this week. With all the things happening over the last couple weeks (band concert, congregational meeting, etc. — along with sickness) we didn’t do much family worship.

On the one hand,...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 10:05

Reading Genesis 6-11 in Family Worship

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At some point in these early chapters I call attention to the literary structure of the book of Genesis. The phrase “These are the generations of…” signals a new section of the book. And as the phrase suggests, the following story is...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 02:06

Reading Genesis 6-11 in Family Worship

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Reading Genesis 6-11 in Family Worship

At some point in these early chapters, I call attention to the literary structure of the book of Genesis. The phrase “These are the generations of…” signals a new section of the book. And as the phrase suggests, the following story is about...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 12:43

Family Worship Intro

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Family Worship

I have been thinking about how to encourage family worship. So over the next few weeks (months? years?) I will walk you through our family practice — which I hope will be helpful for you in your homes. I started this practice as a bachelor, so I trust that it can be fruitful for...

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Friday, 06 January 2017 04:43

Family Worship Intro

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Family Worship

I have been thinking about how to encourage family worship. So over the next few weeks (months? years?) I will walk you through our family practice — which I hope will be helpful for you in your homes. I started this practice as a bachelor, so I trust that it can be fruitful for...

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Friday, 04 November 2016 09:04

You Are What You Love — Liturgy and Habit

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“The mall is a religious site, not because it is theological but because it is liturgical. Its spiritual significance (and threat) isn’t found in its ‘ideas’ or its ‘messages’ but in its rituals. The mall...

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Friday, 04 November 2016 02:04

You Are What You Love — Liturgy and Habit

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You Are What You Love — Liturgy and Habit

“The mall is a religious site, not because it is theological but because it is liturgical. Its spiritual significance (and threat) isn’t found in its ‘ideas’ or its ‘messages’ but in its rituals. The mall...

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Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:24

How do THEIR kids sit so quietly?

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This is the question in the minds of many parents of small children as they struggle to parent in the pew. The answer to this question is pretty simple: those parents were YOU at one point. Those children were not born quiet and obedient!

A child’s natural, normal behavior is somewhat like a...

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Saturday, 24 September 2016 22:24

How do THEIR kids sit so quietly?

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This is the question in the minds of many parents of small children as they struggle to parent in the pew. The answer to this question is pretty simple: those parents were YOU at one point. Those children were not born quiet and obedient!

A child’s natural, normal behavior is somewhat like a...

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 02:25

Looking for the Resurrection of the Dead

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Looking for the Resurrection of the Dead: The Starting Point for Finding the “Lost Boys”

[The following guest post from Ryan Davidson (a former deacon at MCPC) advances the conversation started by Samuel Jamesand Carl Truemanregarding the “Lost Boys.” — Peter Wallace]

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“Persons Act, Natures Are” – Maximus the Confessor and the Trinitarian Debate

Peter J. Wallace

It was good to see Lewis Ayres comment today. I had some of the same concerns about the blithe use of “Nicene” – and a tendency on the part of many participants to talk as though all of the words we are using here are

“Persons Act, Natures Are” – Maximus the Confessor and the Trinitarian Debate

Peter J. Wallace

It was good to see Lewis Ayres commenttoday. I had some of the same concerns about the blithe use of “Nicene” – and a tendency on the part of many participants to talk...

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Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:48

An Apology for Apologies

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In my preaching I have often distinguished between repentance and apology: repentance is where you turn from sin to God and admit your fault, while an apology is an attempt to defend yourself. I have usually said that an apology is appropriate for a mistake, whereas repentance is appropriate for sin.

But in 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, Paul commends the

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