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

Apologetic Report - Cripplegate
Sunday, 26 March 2017 18:01

Building Blocks of Salvation Pt 3: The Purpose The Promise Featured

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Pastor and author Gary Chapman is perhaps best known for his book, The 5 Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.image

People love the theory of love languages. The book has sold over 10 million copies in English and has been translated into 49 other languages.

Chapman posits that...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:36

9 Ways the New Covenant is better than the Old Featured

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It is easy for believers to lose sight of how privileged we are to participate in the New Covenant. Giants of the faith such as Abraham, Moses, and David only looked forward to the spiritual blessings that every single Christian receives. For this reason, the New Covenant is fundamentally better...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:01

Are Cessationists Dinitarians? Featured

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The claim is heard often these days. It usually goes something like this: “How could you cessationists believe that the miraculous spiritual gifts have ceased? You must not believe in the Holy Spirit.”

I have encountered this accusation many times from misled...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 18:01

To the Unknown Pastor Featured

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It is said that there are creatures in the depths of the oceans that remain undiscovered to this day. Astronomers keep finding new stars and new planets each and every year that, for millennia, have been seen only by God.  Every undiscovered animal, plant, and planet brings glory to God by the...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:01

Building Blocks of Salvation pt 2: The Path Featured

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image Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations, chronicles a tale of a young, poor boy, named Pip. The little guy is an apprentice blacksmith and has no hope of ever being rich on his own merit. He is fascinated by the genteel society and opulence of the upper crust. His fantasy is to...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:00

Restoring a Disciplined Member Featured

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After a brief hiatus (things can get crazy around here during Shepherds’ Conference time!), we’re back to our study of dealing with in in the church from 2 Corinthians 2:5–11. Once again, I encourage you to read the other posts in the series if you haven’t already, as...

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image Last week I reviewed The Kingdom of Speech, by Tom Wolfe. Wolfe is not religious (the New York Times calls him an atheist, for whatever that’s worth), but he delivers a stunning critique of modern evolutionary theory as being entirely devoid of substantial evidence.

Which in turn reminded me...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:01

The Benedict Option: What is It? Featured

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Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option has gained a foothold in the minds of many. David Brooks from the NYTimes calls The Benedict Option “the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” What makes The Benedict...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 18:01

Four Characteristics of a False Convert Featured

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Over the years I’ve seen that one of the most powerful moments in a new believer’s life is the realization that there is such a thing as a false convert. The sudden realization that salvation is not dependent on a prayer, a baptism or family history propels true believers to a whole...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:01

Building Blocks of Salvation Pt 1: The Plan Featured

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One disturbing memory of my early childhood involved a TV show I saw when I was six years old. My parents were away for the weekend, and had left me with my grandmother. She plopped me in front of the hit TV series, The A-Team. Little did she know that it was the night Murdock would be shot.

I had...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:40

Evolution’s irony: The Kingdom of Speech Featured

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imageThe Kingdom of Speech, by Tom Wolfe, is a fun tour of the folly of evolution. While Wolf himself is an atheist, he is a vocal critic of the atheistic materialism that is gripping the Western world. He traces much of this materialistic swagger to the arrogance of modern evolutionary science, which...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 16:01

Risks of an Atrophied Sanctification Featured

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If you’ve ever broken a bone, you recall something about that associated muscle; atrophy. Due to low attention and use, a muscle will become weak and emaciated, or atrophied. A muscle in this state is feeble and of less use to the body.

The same can occur spiritually in the lives of...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 17:01

4 Thoughts About People who Walk Away From the Lord Featured

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“Oh wow! A lady from my church just called my wife to tell her she found out her husband has committed adultery! I think he’s leaving her.”

That’s the sentence a pastor friend of mine said last week during our conversation. While we were catching up, he had received a phone...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 17:01

Down from the Mountain: The Day After Shepherds Conference Featured

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image Jesus invited Peter, James, and John to summit a mountain with him. He then peeled back his humanity and revealed an unprecedented, electrifying display of unveiled glory. Oh, and then he was joined by two luminaries who had been dead for centuries. And then, just when they thought this...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 17:01

Which Jesus does your Roman Catholic friend believe in? Featured

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image As we celebrate the 500th year of the reformation this year, I’ve been very encouraged by the fact that there are so many in the church who understand that the reformation is not over.

Coming to America after growing up in Italy was very interesting. The world has a lot to learn from the...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 16:01

Breaking from Rome, Coming to Christ Featured

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imageToday begins one of my favorite weeks of the year; the annual Shepherd’s Conference. This year’s conference is unique, however. Fourteen keynote speakers have assembled from around the world to speak with one voice on the greatest movement of God in church history since Pentecost;...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 17:02

The Gospel Pitch: Full Disclosure or Recruitment Tactics? Featured

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I’m a sucker for a good sales pitch. I’ve plunged into various predicaments because I couldn’t say no. This weakness almost derailed my career path the day the US military recruiters showed up at my seminary.image

They wanted military chaplains. Being a chaplain was so far away from my...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:05

For Lent, give up Lent Featured

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A friend of mine was recently asked by a local youth pastor, “What’d you give up for Lent?” My friend quipped, “Lent.”

I can’t help but notice a growth in evangelicals who want to celebrate Lent by “giving something up.” I’ve heard of Christians...

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Hard circumstances surround us about as much as air. From a flat tire on a rainy day, to opposition from friends, to family scuffles, to grave illness, and more, we will not remain insulated from difficulty.

And our responding to the inevitable can make...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 17:01

The Biggest Lesson I Learned from my Grandpa Featured

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image My grandfather turned 90 last week. This year, he will celebrate his 68th year of being a missionary in Rome, Italy.  He is still preaching regularly, not only in his own home church that he planted over 60 years ago but also around the country. He also writes for a monthly magazine and...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 01:01

Flipping Sides on Roe v Wade: Norma McCorvey’s Repentance Featured

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Norma McCorvey passed away at age 69 on Saturday.

Her journey to notoriety began in June 1969 when she attempted to get an abortion. Her lying failed to secure legal permission, and her scheme to obtain an illegal abortion also ended unsuccessfully. She then gathered a diabolical duo of...

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Friday, 17 February 2017 01:00

Forgiven People Forgive Featured

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image Well, we’re back to our series on dealing with sin in the church from Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 2:5–11. If you haven’t read the other posts in this series, I’d encourage you to do so. We’ve been moving through the stages of...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:43

Every component of worship, every week? Featured

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Last week I listed seven components of worship that should take place when the church is gathered: fellowship, ordinances, Scripture reading, giving, corporate prayer, preaching, and singing. By itself, this list demonstrates the necessity of being part of a church. If a Christian is not part of a...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:01

Addressing Continuationist Arguments from 1 Corinthians 14 Featured

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Last week we posted an article which argued that the idea of a heavenly prayer language is untenable based on Jesus’ command concerning prayer in Matthew 6:7. Additional questions arise on the issue concerning Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 14.

For example,...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 10:51

Foundry Conference 2017 in Washington D.C. Featured

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This June, Immanuel Bible Church (in the Washington DC area) is hosting our third Foundry Conference. The conference has three goals: to expose young adults to expository preaching that will build a biblical worldview in every area of life, to sing theologically rich music that will lead us to a...

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