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
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:01

I Won’t Let Cancer Take Away My Sundays Featured

Written by

“I won’t let cancer take away my Sundays” these are some words I won’t soon forget.

I heard them last Sunday from a sweet saint, who despite being in quite obvious pain made her way to church just like she had for the past year since learning about her cancer. Soon...

Read more

Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:01

Our Father – The Lord’s Prayer Part 1 Featured

Written by

image

It is mortifying to admit, but I don’t know my wife’s mobile phone number. Siri does, so I don’t really need to, right?

The implications of this ineptitude are a tad unsettling. For instance, if my smartphone died and left me stranded in some hairy predicament, even with...

Read more

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 17:15

Preach like Hebrews Featured

Written by

image

The book of Hebrews is the only letter in the Bible that contains an inspired sermon, and as such pastors should model their sermons after Hebrews more than the styles of communication popular today.

Hebrews is certainly a written letter that contains the content of the author’s sermon. The...

Read more

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 16:01

What is the Bible? – Special Revelation Featured

Written by

imageThe Bible is considered the best-selling book in history. Estimates say some five billion copies have been sold. It is thought to be the most translated and distributed book in the world. Bibles have been burned, smuggled, and dipped in blood. It’s safe to say that no other book has drawn...

Read more

Monday, 12 February 2018 17:01

Oh, How Quickly We Forget! Featured

Written by

Isn’t it fascinating how quickly we forget our theology?

Just last week I wrote about how desperate we are for the Holy Spirit. It was a Monday afternoon I penned these words…

Later that night I went evangelizing with my buddy at a local university. We met our group, prayed, and split...

Read more

Sunday, 11 February 2018 17:00

Right Wrong Ways to Pray Featured

Written by

image I was waiting for my knife to be sharpened at a gun shop. I couldn’t help eves-dropping on a conversation between the shop clerk and a customer who was enquiring on how to apply for a gun license.

In South Africa we have some of the most intimidating gun control laws in the free...

Read more

Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:00

Idols in the Temple of God Featured

Written by

image A long time ago, in a land far, far away, I began a series on whom the faithful Christian minister may legitimately partner with in ministry. First, I briefly surveyed the history of the ecumenical movement in order to vividly illustrate the terrible consequence of disobedience to Scripture on...

Read more

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 17:02

Adoption, IVF, and a closed door Featured

Written by

image

Recently I was asked at a Bible study for advice from a few couples who had been trying to adopt but without success, as well as a few who had been pursuing  in vitro fertilization (IVF), also without success. The gist oft the question: should they keep trying, or try a different method...

Read more

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:01

A Christian’s Political Involvement Featured

Written by

imageMaybe I’m paying closer attention, but it seems like politics are more and more in the limelight with every passing year. Last year was no exception. And this year is proving the same. And this week. However, there is nothing new under the sun, even when it comes to political clamor.

It’s...

Read more

Monday, 05 February 2018 17:01

Why You Desperately Need the Holy Spirit Featured

Written by

image When is the last time you begged God for help? Whether it is understanding Scripture, or applying it to your life. Or whether it is a desire to kill a particular sin, or asking Him for an open door to share the Gospel, how often do you spend a little time begging Him for help?

I mean, are we able...

Read more

Sunday, 04 February 2018 17:01

Degrees of Punishment in Hell? Featured

Written by

imageOver the past two weeks (part one and part two) we have looked at the question of eternal rewards in Heaven, prompted by the video by Dr Wellum in which he sidestepped taking a firm position on the reality of degrees of rewards. In the same video he equivicated on the issue of...

Read more

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:43

Be like God and…lie? Featured

Written by

image

It’s never morally right to deceive with malicious intent. Exodus 20:16 reads, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” and so you should never provide false legal testimony against your countrymen. It hurts society and dishonors God.

But what about hiding...

Read more

image

nasa.gov

God is at it again. He’s actually at it every second of every day. But there are moments here and there, like today, where he cranks up the show. Three notable lunar events are coinciding in one, for a spectacular, rare astro-show; a “Super Blue Blood Moon.” The last time...

Read more

Monday, 29 January 2018 17:01

Four Reasons to Sing When Your Soul is Troubled Featured

Written by

image Amazon Prime recently released a movie called “Freedom” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. And, wait for it… Jubilant Sykes! Yes that Jubilant Sykes. Overall, it was a great movie depicting a runaway slave’s journey to freedom that culminated in freedom not just from chains, but...

Read more

Sunday, 28 January 2018 17:01

Degrees of Reward Pt 2: Living for Payday Featured

Written by

image

Last week I wrote a response to Dr Wellum’s video in which he expressed doubt about the existence of degrees of rewards in heaven. In addition, he stated the following: “We are not to be people who are living our lives thinking that ‘Oh I’m doing this or...

Read more

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:48

White as snow–though my sins were as scarlet! Featured

Written by

image

Have you ever looked at a blanket of freshly fallen snow and thought, “That looks good enough to eat?” Ask any kid, and they will tell you that it is. Ask any Vermonter, and they will give you a recipe. The ingredients are simple: freshly fallen snow, and pure Vermont maple syrup. It...

Read more

Monday, 22 January 2018 17:01

Four Reasons to Think About Hell Every Day Featured

Written by

image Hell is a real place. Currently, there are millions, if not billions, of people there burning in excruciating pain. They are real people. They lived on the same earth as us and now will be in hell for eternity.

This truth should make you squeamish. It should make you uncomfortable, and suppressing...

Read more

Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:01

Degrees of Reward Pt 1: A Treasury of Evidence Featured

Written by

image On January 12 I did what all evangelicals with a twitter account do, we decide which items to sample off the A La Carte menu curated by Tim Challies. When I saw the tantalizing topic of “Degrees of Rewards” I was overjoyed. This is a subject I feel is grossly misunderstood and...

Read more

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:30

3 reasons for optimism at the March for Life Featured

Written by

image

Tomorrow will be the 44th annual March for Life, where hundreds of thousands of people will gather on the National Mall, then march on the Supreme Court to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision making abortion a constitutional right.

More so than at previous marches, this year the protesters have...

Read more

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:01

A New Prophet Chosen for the LDS Church Featured

Written by

imageYesterday, a new prophet of the Mormon church was announced. Ninety-three-year-old Russell Nelson will now serve as the 17th prophet and president of the LDS faith. Nelson was set apart and ordained for the position on Sunday, January 14th, at the Salt Lake City temple. The announcement came in a...

Read more

Monday, 15 January 2018 17:01

Albert Einstein Didn’t Know Anything About Love Featured

Written by

image Love:  everyone has an opinion about it and yet few people know how to define it. When you see it, it is easily identified and yet it is also very easily mistaken. What the world calls love is so often hate, and what the world sees as hate is perhaps the most loving thing.

No one will disagree...

Read more

Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:01

Waiting for God? Oh. Featured

Written by

image If you haven’t seen Samuel Beckett’s famous play, Waiting for Godot, let me tell you what you missed by quoting a stage critic, Vivian Mercier: “Waiting for Godot has achieved theoretical impossibility: a play in which… nothing happens, twice.”

The play has two...

Read more

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:12

Is God more glorified in a world with capitalized pronouns? Featured

Written by

image For the Christian author, every divine pronoun presents a theological conundrum of English-language proportions. Should you capitalize pronouns (or even adjectives!) that refer to God? Is it “his name” or “His name” or even “His Name”?

Each divine pronoun is a...

Read more

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 16:01

Putting the Evangel in Evangelicalism Featured

Written by

imageRecently there has been discussion about the term “evangelical.” What does it mean? Who are evangelicals? How do we know? It’s a good thing because clarity on truth is a good thing.

The word “evangelical” comes from the New Testament Greek word which means...

Read more

Sunday, 07 January 2018 17:01

Blank slate: Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors Featured

Written by

Henry Gustav Molaison was born in 1926. After a bicycle accident at the age of nine, he suffered tremendously from constant epileptic seizures that slowly grew in severity. When he was twenty-seven years old Henry underwent a radical surgery to remove small parts of the medial temporal lobes of his...

Read more