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

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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.

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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!

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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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Sunday, 02 December 2018 16:01

Rethinking the Rat Race Featured

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Overwork doesn’t carry a stigma in our society’s currency-lubed, prestige based, multitasking rat race.

Gambling, pornography, cocaine, booze, and most other addictions engender shame associated with weakness or dysfunction. But for some reason, the caffeinated crew of interns at work...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:00

Advent: Hope and Fear Featured

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Over the next few weeks, on Friday’s we will run some short Advent-ish devotionals. I hope these will be helpful as you celebrate the birth of our Savior this year.

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Inside the human heart there is a powerful connection between hope and fear. As expectancy increases, so does fear. The more we...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 17:05

The 50% lie Featured

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You’ve heard it repeatedly on radio, podcasts, and TV. You’ve read it in various books and articles. You’ve even heard it in your pastor’s sermon. The problem: it’s a lie.

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“50% of all marriages end in divorce.”

It’s simply not true and never has been....

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Monday, 26 November 2018 16:01

10 Lessons From the Death of John Chau Featured

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image Would you be willing to die for the Gospel?

That’s a question every Christian needs to ask themselves. And really, it should be a part of our discussions in Sunday school with our kids and everyone we evangelize. We aren’t just calling people to new life, we are calling people to die to...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:01

Plundering the Egyptians: Fundraising for Missions Featured

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This material is adapted from the chapter “That Makes Cents: How To Raise Funds for STM Trips” in my book Holding the Rope: Short-Term Missions: Long-Term Impact.image

As the Short-Term Missions (STM) co-ordinator at Grace Community Church, thoughtful questions about raising funds...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:02

Burying Myths about Christianity Featured

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imageToday is the eve of one of my favorite American holidays. There’s nothing like pushing pause and gathering together for an annual tryptophan treat.

With Thanksgiving weekend here, the holiday season is officially kicking off. That means time with relatives and friends. And, it probably means...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 16:01

How quickly we lose our Thanksgiving Featured

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image There was a beeping sound that wouldn’t stop.

I mean, what kind of restaurant would seat a party of eight next to this unceasing, annoying sound?

Here we were in an airport terminal. Eating at a nice chain restaurant. And I couldn’t stop complaining in my mind about this nagging sound.

We...

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 16:01

Moths Roaches: Responding to the Light Featured

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My dad was watching TV when he suddenly began shouting in pain. He then, just as suddenly, stopped and looked disoriented. This odd behavior repeated itself a few times. He told my mom that the recurring pain was accompanied by a loud, fluttering sound.

A tiny moth had inadvertently taken a wrong...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 16:01

The 99-year-old who asked for a new heart Featured

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image It’s never too late to give your life to Jesus.

I was reminded of this simple truth last week while on a mission trip to a communist country.

As we entered a village in a remote part of this country,  it was quite obvious that we were going to be talking to people who had had little to no...

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