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

Cripplegate - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:00

The Christian and Tolerance Featured

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“For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you,anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself,anyone hits you in the face.”– 2 Corinthians 11:19–20 –

The Corinthians had...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:28

Three types of Christian schools Featured

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This week, Immanuel Christian School (a ministry of the church I pastor) was in the news because of our code of conduct, which requires parents to agree that their kids will be educated according to our church’s statement of faith. Our church’s doctrinal statement is long; for a Bible...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 16:02

Boring Preaching Featured

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I’ve preached boring sermons. That’s why I don’t always like these kinds of quotes:

The preacher must never be dull, and he must never be boring…there is something radically wrong with dull and boring preachers.How can a man be dull when he is handling such themes? I would...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 17:01

The Cripplegate’s Top Five Books We Read in 2018 Featured

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Reading is perhaps the greatest tool God gives us to aid us in our sanctification. The Bible is the greatest book, and without it, we couldn’t be saved. It should be the bread and butter of our sanctification. But God has also gifted certain people with the ability to write in a way that...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 17:00

Love is Blind: Loving the Unseen Savior Featured

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image In the 19th Century French chemist, Louis Pasteur, discovered that under our very noses exists a whole realm of life invisible to the naked eye. His research revealed that our bodies are coated in, and inhabited by, a bustling ecosystem of organisms called microbes.

Bill Bryson humorously warns:...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 17:00

EFS Redux: Aiming for Closure on the Trinity Debate Featured

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It’s hard to believe that two and a half years have passed since the discussion concerning the eternal functional subordination of the Son took the evangelical blogosphere by storm in the Summer of 2016. Perhaps still more difficult to believe is that, with the veritable mountain of blog...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:02

Conference Previews Featured

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Conferences can be a great way to recharge one’s spiritual batteries. They provide needed opportunities to be encouraged in ministry, rest from the battle, fellowship with like-minded believers, and bulk up on your theological resources. Now and then we like to feature a few of the many...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 16:05

Three Reasons to Never Say “I Would Never Do That” Featured

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I was thinking recently about how many times I’ve thought or said, “I would never do that.”

In our day and age, it is a popular sentiment, especially as we look back in history to head-scratching things people have done, and wonder in our minds what in the world were they thinking?

W...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 16:01

Bit-by-bit Bible Reading Plan Featured

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image One week into 2019 and I’m guessing some of us are already behind in our yearly Bible reading plan. If you’re like me, getting one or two days behind in January can be discouraging enough to want to call the whole thing off.

That’s what happened to me last year. I had an ambitious...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:34

Mary Poppins Returns: Echoes of the Gospel? Featured

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Rebooting a classic is never easy. Just read the critics of the new Star Wars series, and you’ll see what I mean. It is always difficult to retain the flavor of a classic while also reshaping it for a modern audience. But, after seeing Mary Poppins Returns with my family, I was surprised by...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 16:02

What to Do in a Tumultuous 2019 Featured

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You can already feel it. This coming year is going to be a rowdy one, again. Depravity didn’t leap frog 2018. And according to my Bible, it won’t do so this year, or any year until glory. Last year ended with a hamartiological bang. Among other things, the year retired with a guy...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 01:20

Living the Christian life in 2019 Featured

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The first time I went snowboarding was also only the second time I had ever seen snow. I was truly excited. The invitation to go was easy to accept and sourcing some equipment proved easy enough. The atmosphere among friends was electric. Even the lessons in the basic technique seemed...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 22:35

Top ten posts from 2018 Featured

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We at The Cripplegatge (Clint, Jesse, Eric, and Jordan) want to thank all of our readers and our 4,500 subscribers. If you are not yet one of them, please subscribe (in the box on the top right of our page here, and get our posts emailed to you). This year in addition to our first ever Cripplegate...

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Monday, 24 December 2018 17:01

Christmas’ Call to Humility Featured

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It’s hard to grasp just how humble Jesus was. The Creator of the universe, in a womb He created! Born in a poor family, in a insignificant town, in a dirty manger! And only worshipped by some poor shepherds and a few wise men!

The Creator of the universe’s main reason for coming was to...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 16:01

O Holy Night Featured

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image My favorite hymn happens to be a beloved Christmas carol. Here is the compelling saga behind the genesis of this magnificent piece, the first music ever broadcast over the airways using radio waves.

In the words of “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas” (used with the...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:04

Advent: from the stump of…Jesse? Featured

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 image  Isaiah 11:1“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”

The book of Isaiah, filled with messianic promises, contains this seedling of hope planted at the beginning of chapter 11—a shoot will come from the...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:02

What Does it Mean to be Led by the Holy Spirit? Featured

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imageWe face a lot of decisions in life. Many of these can be tricky, having no particular Bible verse directly associated. Nevertheless, we are commanded to glorify God in everything we do (1 Cor. 10:31). And Christians want to honor God in all they do. But it’s not always easy to discern how to...

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image It is always better when we get to hear something from the horse’s mouth. It is a constant struggle for Gospel preachers to convince American Christians to share the Gospel with their Catholic neighbors. Sometimes, it is difficult to explain to people the fact that we are dealing with two...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 16:01

My Gift to Christmas Abstainers: Respect Featured

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image It isn’t wrong to have a fern on my porch or a cactus in my office (chosen for its resilience to neglect, a prerequisite for any plant life under my supervision). But apparently having a fir tree, imitation or genuine, is considered by some to be morally repugnant; though only in December.

I&r...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:25

Advent: One like a son of the gods Featured

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imageIts not your typical Christmas story, that’s for sure. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had refused to worship the idol constructed by Nebuchadnezzar for his own self-aggrandizement. They proclaimed that they would only worship the true God of heaven, and thus found themselves on the wrong...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 16:01

Romans 7: The Mature Christian’s Struggle Featured

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My doctor told me that he isn’t satisfied with containing the cancer in my body he wants to eradicate it. When he said that I realized that we should have the same attitude with our sin, we shouldn’t contain it we should kill it!

image Those were the words of Ed, a man in my church who has...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:01

Putting the X back in Xmas Featured

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image I’m all for putting Christ back in Christmas. And there is no doubt that our secularized culture is working hard at surreptitiously ushering the Baby out, without losing the murky bathwater of gift-giving and commercial celebration. But I’d like to address the misinformed concern that...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:01

Advent: The Gentle Powerful Savior Featured

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Isn’t it easy sometimes to lose sight about who Jesus really is? Especially around the Christmas season?

It’s easy to forget that baby Jesus in Luke 2 is the same Jesus in Revelation 19, riding on his white horse with a sword ready to fight and destroy His enemies. The One who has the...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 17:01

8 years and $550 million: A pro-life political failure Featured

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Five-hundred and fifty million dollars.

That’s how much Planned Parenthood received in US tax money last year.

This week a government shut-down—or the last-second avoidance thereof—will dominate American news. One story missing will be the fight over federally funding our...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:02

Love Hurt Feelings – Refresher Featured

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imageInsurance companies amaze me. One little speeding ticket or a minor fender-bender, and everything changes. Your monthly payment sky-rockets. They no longer trust you. Simply for doing the human thing of making a mistake, you henceforth are placed on insurance detention. They not only record the...

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