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
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 12:09

Examples of preaching Jesus from difficult OT passages Featured

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Last week I blogged on what is probably the most important issue in Old Testament preaching—in passages of the Bible that have a main point other than Jesus, should the preacher nevertheless preach Jesus from that passage? In other words, should a preacher preach something other than the main...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 18:00

Glory Hogs: God’s Opposition Featured

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GOD’S OPPOSITION: IDENTIFYING GLORY HOGS

I used to be involved in competitive fencing. One of the tricks used by great fencing coaches is opposition research. The coach would obtain video footage of fencers that their players were certain to face in competition, and scrutinize the videos to...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:08

Heavenly Clarity Featured

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One of my favorite Christian stories is Pilgrim’s Progress.First published in 1678, the full title of John Bunyan’s classic is The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come.

The well-known allegory follows a man, who comes to be called Christian, as he flees from...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:40

Should Jesus be the point of every OT sermon? Featured

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Does every passage in the Old Testament point to Jesus? Should every sermon on an OT passage point to Jesus? For the faithful preacher, there is not a bigger question to tackle than “how do I as a pastor get my congregation to the cross while staying faithful to the passage?”

Among...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 18:01

The Pain of Seeing People Go Featured

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There is a pain in this life that is difficult to deal with.

The pain of seeing people go.

image I’m not talking about death, though that is heart-wrenching.  I’m not even talking about professing believers denying the Savior, though that is tragic and has caused me many tears.

I’m...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 18:00

Ready to Wear: Humility Featured

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PRÊT-À-PORTER:

I’m sure you’ll agree that the types of outfits you sometimes see on the runways of the high fashion shows are…let’s face it… a bit freaky. You end up doubting whether anyone would wear such a thing. And you’d be right. Those are not...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 16:31

Christians and the Old Testament Dietary Laws Featured

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How should New Testament believers view the Old Testament dietary laws outlined in Leviticus 11?

This is an important question, not only because the answer affects what we can or can’t eat (like bacon cheeseburgers), but also because it relates to a deeper issue: the Christian’s...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 17:32

“Persecution emboldened me!” Featured

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This week a pastor from Asia spoke to the staff at Immanuel Bible. He has pastored for seventeen years in a closed country in Asia, and his churches have consistently grown. He’s trained up lay elders, and even helped start a network of churches to train pastors and refine their doctrine. In...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 17:02

Basic Lessons from VBS Ministry Featured

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With summer here, it’s Vacation Bible School season for many churches. VBS is a great way to set aside a chunk of time to minister to the kids in the church and reach out to those in the community. Though it’s a beast of a ministry, we love VBS. It’s a unique opportunity to spend...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 18:00

God’s Sheepdogs Featured

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As long as mankind has eaten mutton and worn wool we’ve needed sheep. As long as we’ve needed sheep, we’ve needed shepherds. And as long as we’ve needed shepherds, they’ve needed some help.

For centuries shepherds had help from special breeds of sheepdogs. But it is...

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Monday, 24 June 2019 18:40

There Are Cemeteries in Italy Too Featured

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I have a secret for you. There are cemeteries in Italy too.

As soon as I said that she got emotional and it was as if a weight was lifted off her shoulders.

Every time I spend time with my grandfather I always learn something. He moved to Italy as a missionary at the age of twenty-one, 7 years later...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 18:01

A Model of Modesty Featured

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Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance (1879), contains a well-known satirical song: “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.” The song is meant to poke fun at certain pompous and arrogant leaders in the British armed forces who took...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 18:01

A simple method to strengthen your prayer life Featured

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Today I want to share with you a simple way to deepen your prayer life. It requires discipline, time to pray (of course), and a desire to grow in godliness.

I learned this method of prayer during my first semester at seminary, when I found myself enrolled in prayer class. In retrospect it makes...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 17:02

Love Believing the Best – Refresher Featured

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It was a few months after surgery and the bills started arriving. Thirty thousand for this, forty for that. My medical bills were racking up. Thankfully, the co-op to which I belong (and my godly wife) had a handle on things and were coming through in the clutch. But there was one reimbursement...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 18:01

Selfie-Syndrom: Overcoming Narcissism Featured

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As Ovid’s Greek mythology goes the river god, Cephissus, and the nymph, Liriope, had the most beautiful baby boy. They named him Narcissus from the Greek word for drunkenness because his beauty was so intoxicating. Narcissus would grow up to be a man so handsome that everyone he met was...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 15:23

A first for The Master’s Seminary: Featured

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imageProfessors and Grace Church elders pray for the graduating class of 2019

The graduating class of 2019 was a first for The Master’s Seminary. At our graduation ceremony in May, among the 35 men to complete their M. Div. studies were the first ever graduates from our distance locations. Four...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 18:01

Synchronized Sinners: Joy is a Team Sport Featured

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The Olympic Games is a dignified affair. The athletes who are selected to compete represent the most physically and mentally dedicated, talented, and trained people on the planet. The various events serve to put on display the prowess, agility, strength, and determination required to perform at...

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imageTroops from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division land on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. Photographed by Robert F. Sargent (wikimedia).

It was 75 years ago. The globe was deep into World War II, the deadliest conflict in history. Germany had conquered and gained control of much of Europe. Four years earlier,...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 18:01

Cripplegate Conference 2018 Sermons on ISLAM Featured

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image This weekend Immanuel Bible Church will be hosting the Cripplegate Conference. Our topic will be on The Law and joining me as speakers will be Jesse Johnson, Eric Davis, George Lawson and Nathan Busenitz. We will be live streaming the entirety of the conference on the cripplegate facebook page star...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:02

Some Podcasts for Christians Church Leaders Featured

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Media resources are aplenty these days. One source says there are currently close to a million podcasts. And when it comes to equipping Christians and church leaders, there are some good ones out there. I haven’t listened to every episode, but here are a few podcasts that I have found helpful:...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 18:01

A Conversation with a Scientologist Featured

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image I’ve heard a lot about Scientology over the years, but never had the opportunity to speak to someone who believed it.

That all changed this last Sunday afternoon.

My friend and I went door to door around our church,  getting to know our church’s neighbors and offering prayers. We...

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Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:01

Stuck Together: Living Well with Others Featured

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STUCK TOGETHER: LIVING WELL WITH OTHERS

The acclaimed existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, published a play in 1944 called No Exit. The play starts with a man called Joseph Garcin being led into a room by a valet. The room has no windows, no mirror, no decorations, and only one door....

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 23:54

Reminder: 2019 Cripplegate Conference, June 7-9 Featured

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Our second annual Cripplegate Conference is two weeks away (June 7-9). If you are on the East Coast, consider joining us for three days of worship and preaching on the theme of “the Law of God.”

We chose this theme because of what I see as confusion around the use of the word law in...

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image My freshman year at the Master’s university I got to participate in something called outreach week. The whole school took a week off and the students were split up into teams that would go and serve churches around Los Angeles and even in other states for an entire week. I told the man in...

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 18:01

Safety In Numbers? How To Miss The Narrow Door Featured

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If you visit one of our South African game reserves you may be exposed to the stark brutality of the food chain in action. I’ve seen zebra, wildebeest, and even a giraffe, harangued into fatigue, pulled to the ground and torn to shreds by lions.

Nature, red in tooth and claw,” as...

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