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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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:03

The (Religious) Problem with Political Conservatism and Progressivism

Politics in the United States has, for some time, assumed a binary structure. On one side stand the Republicans, many of hold to some form of social conservatism. On the other side stand the Democrats, many of whom hold to some form of social progressivism. But what many Americans fail to see is...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:00

Peter, Fear of Man, and Lying Featured

In a well-known passage from John 18:15-18 & 25-27 we read that Peter denies Christ three times. I’d like to look at this passage from a different angle by examining the connection between Peter’s fear of man and his lying, and then seeing how that pattern of fear leading to lying...

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Written by Jon English Lee
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:56

The New Testament Chapter by Chapter | 1 Peter 1

By: Daniel Goepfrich God’s Eternal Protection Chapter one begins with a celebration of our salvation in Christ. Peter called it a “new birth,” a “living hope,” and “an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” that “is reserved in heaven...

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Written by Editor
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:55

Pakistan: Death or Life for Christian “Blasphemer?” Featured

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Gatestone Institute

• In her memoirs, Asia Bibi wonders “whether being a Christian in Pakistan today is not just a failing, or a mark against you, but actually a crime.” Her question is finally about to be answered by Pakistan’s Supreme Court.

• Because the word of a...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:50

A Simple Progression for Evangelizing

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1) Romans 1:18-22… tells us that everyone knows that God exists and that we are all without excuse with regards to this notion.

2) Romans 2:12-16… tells us that everyone has a sense of right and wrong, and that everyone knows that they have violated virtue or sinned at some point in...

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Written by theidolbabbler
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:35

The Joy Of Being Forgiven

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.” – Luke 7:47 As Jesus is dining with a Pharisee alongside His disciples in walks a woman. She is a notorious woman. Her sins are well known...

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Written by Robert Nelsen
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:04

New Handbook of Early Christian Art

Students of early Christian art (and Roman-era art generally), as well as textual scholars and historians of early Christianity now have a valuable resource to survey the emergence and development of early Christian visual culture:  The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art, eds....

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Written by larryhurtado
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:00

3 Features of A Self-Refuting Statement

image How do you recognize a self-refuting statement? Sean offers three criteria for recognizing when a statements refutes itself.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:00

What Is the Millennium? (Revelation 20)

October 11, 2018 by: Thomas R. Schreinerimage

This article is part of the Tough Passages series.

1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.2And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and...

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Written by Thomas R. Schreiner
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:39

Think About Such Things

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We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Rom. 12:2

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,...

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Written by Scotty Smith
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:30

Doubting the Traditional Take on Thomas

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After Jesus rose from the dead, a disciple named Thomas would not believe it when others told him that they’d seen the Lord. They were thrilled, ecstatic. But Thomas wasn’t having it. The talk of Christ-sightings probably seemed crazy to Thomas, if not also cruel. Thomas was spent....

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Written by Rut Etheridge III
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:17

New and Notable Books for October

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I get books. I get lots and lots of books. As you well know, once a month or so I like to try and thin the pile a little bit and distill it down to the ones I think may be of most interest to people like you. I hope you find at least some of them worth checking out!

Books Featured in This Video

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:13

A La Carte (October 11)

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You know where to go by now if you’re interested in checking out the daily Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: What I Love To Ponder at 10:01 AM on Sunday Morning)

What Ever Happened to Civil Debate?

“Our society simply hasn’t grown out of our child-like ways of debate;...

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Written by Tim Challies
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:10

Video: Yoram Hazony, ‘The Virtue of Nationalism’

Today I discuss Yoram Hazony’s stimulating new release, The Virtue of Nationalism.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat account. If you have found these videos helpful, please tell your friends. If you would like to support my continued production of them,...

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Written by Alastair Roberts
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:02

Prayer for Studies and Prep for Fall 2018 Missions Trip

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I’ve been preparing for my overseas trip to teach at an undisclosed location.  If God leads you, pray for my studies and preparation.

Also if you are interested in contributing a guest post while I am away it is still not too late!  Check out this post: Want to Write a Guest...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:00

Throwback Thursday ~ Top 10 Ways to Appreciate Your Pastors During Pastor Appreciation Month

imageTen ways you can show your pastor appreciations not just during Pastor Appreciation Month, but all year through.

Authors: Michelle Lesley...

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Written by Michelle Lesley
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:00

It's Not What You Know

Go ahead. You can finish that, right? "It's not what you know; it's who you know." And in a lot of things these days, that may be true. In one very important item, however, it's not quite accurate, even if most of us think it is. That item is our salvation."Now, hang on," I can already hear you...

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Written by Winging It
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:00

A Victory for Free Speech in the UK

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Free speech has been upheld in the UK this week. Back in 2014, when a Belfast bakery declined to make a cake with the inscription “Support Gay Marriage,” the owners of the bakery, Daniel and Amy McArthur, were sued by the customer, and the court ruled they had illegally discriminated aga...

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Written by Amy K. Hall
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 19:00

Fear of God Devotional: How Are We Able to Have the Mind of Christ?

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How are we to have the mind of Christ?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that Christ had a human mind and human emotions. We should be thinking God’s thoughts after Him.

We should seek to model our lives after Him who has left us a pattern in all things.

1 Corinthiains 2:16 (NKJV) –...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:48

What Do Christians Believe About the Nature of Man? (Podcast)

In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace outlines the Christian description of anthropology. What does the Christian faith have to say about the nature of humans? How does this description impact our understanding of morality and human behavior?

You can also subscribe to the Cold-Case...

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Written by jwallace
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:16

Go see Gosnell Featured

Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American history, and you have the opportunity to go see him. He is currently serving a life sentence (the State agreed not to pursue his execution in exchange for him waiving his right to appeal) so you can’t meet him in person. 

But...

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Written by Jesse Johnson
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:00

Nuggets from Occult Invasion—An Unshakable Universal Conviction

October 11, 2018
Throughout history and in all cultures, mankind has held a common and unshakable conviction that a nonphysical realm inhabited by spirit beings does indeed exist. That even atheists are not immune to this universal...

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Written by tbc staff - bl
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:00

[French Political Leader Le Pen] Ordered to Take Psychiatric Tests for Opposing Jihad Terror

October 11, 2018
[On September 9, 2018] French “far right” (i.e., opposed to mass Muslim migration and French cultural and political suicide) leader Marine Le Pen [was] ordered by a French court...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:00

Seven Outgrowths of Faith

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (

Authors: Days of Praise from ICR...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:03

Bearing Spiritual Fruit

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23

We know that the Spirit of God dwells within the believer. We also know that He gives us spiritual gifts for enablement to serve Christ...

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Written by George Stiekes
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:00

Alliance broadcasts can now be heard on Family Radio!

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It's a new day at Family Radio, and we're pleased to announce that the venerable network now features Alliance Bible teachers 7 days a week on its 100+ outlets in 29 states! Listen for Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible Monday through Sunday, and The Bible Study Hour twice every Lord's Day! 

Please...

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Written by Place for Truth
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:00

ETC Interview with Caio Peres

In this installment of the ETC interview series, we diverge from our normal practice of interviewing established text critics to interview a (recent) student. I met Caio Peres through my wife and we have corresponded for a few years online. Some of that correspondence was about textual...

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Written by Peter Gurry
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:00

Theology Thursday – Faith Alone?

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The Grace Evangelical Society (“GES”) explains the organization “was founded in 1986 to promote the life-giving truth that God offers man the free gift of everlasting life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, apart from works done before or after the new birth (John...

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Written by TylerR
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:15

The One Who Upholds All Things

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A little over seven years ago, one phrase in the first chapter of the book of Hebrews grabbed my attention: “He upholds the universe by the word of his power.”

Seven years later, I still don’t know exactly what that means. My mind is too small to grasp it all. How does Jesus...

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Written by David McLemore
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:10

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

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Some things change and other things remain the same in every age. 

In 1857, a congregationalist pastor, George B. Cheever, published a book titled, God Against Slavery: And the Freedom and Duty of the Pulpit to Rebuke It as Sin Against God. In the preface Cheever wrote, “I am...

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Written by David Prince
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:05

October 11: Rev. Francis James Grimké [1852-1937]

“We search the Scriptures in order to find out what the will of the Lord is. And in preaching we endeavor to set before the people what God would have them do, but unless I myself am practicing what I preach, my preaching will be of no value. We must live what we preach if we hope to...

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Written by Wayne Sparkman
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:05

What "One Another" Means For Our Mission

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For far too long, we whose hearts honor Christ have had no credibility with those whose do not. We are commanded to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have within you” (1 Peter 3). Well, they stopped asking a long...

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Written by Jared Musgrove
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:00

New Research Fellow for CSNTM

By: Jacob W. Peterson

In August, CSNTM appointed Jacob W. Peterson to the newly-created position of Research Fellow. Jacob began working with us as a graduate student intern in 2011. Afterward, he joined the staff as Intern Coordinator until he left to pursue a PhD in New Testament Language,...

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Written by Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:25

Revolution in Rome

Francis has a process in place to fast-track his next wave of theological innovations:
Instant official teaching. 

Authors: steve...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:11

10 Podcast Recommendations

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My commute to downtown Nashville has lengthened in recent days. Middle Tennessee is experiencing a season of explosive growth, which benefits the housing market in the surrounding counties but weighs on those of us who endure the daily trek to Nashville for work.

Over the years, I’ve tried to r...

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Written by Trevin Wax
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:00

The Death of Ulrich Zwingli

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It was early on the morning of October 11, 1531. The first rays of the morning sun filtered through dew-laden pine trees, and between the stone and wood buildings surrounding the city square called “charity.” Typically, the square would have come to life gradually, the way a person...

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Written by William Boekestein
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:37

What's the problem of unanswered prayer?

The "problem of unanswered prayer" is often discussed in apologetics. There's really more than one problem:
1. At the most abstract level is the issue of whether unanswered prayer throws doubt on the existence of a prayer-answering God. That's a philosophical and theological issue. I've discussed...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:19

The Death of Truth Featured

Either truth is objective, universal, and independent of our personal opinions or it is not. If not, then it is no longer truth. For truth is that which exists above and beyond our preferences, tastes and desires. This is what is known as the correspondence theory of truth.

Truth is that which...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:59

Shamp Prophecy Silences Hurricane Michael down to Cat 4 155mph Winds at Landfall Causing Major Damage and Life Lost

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SUMMARY

Prophet Charlie Shamp gave a prophecy that Hurricane Michael would be silenced. It was apparently silenced down to a CAT 4 with 155mph winds at landfall, causing much damage and life lost. Shamp engaged in some prophetic chest thumping, indicating major world leaders should come to him for...

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Written by heterodoxresearchinitiative
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:24

Missionary Tropes Featured

1. Seth completes his review of 2 Thessalonians 2, examining God’s comfort for His children. 2. Seth responds to a listener submission about the Apostle’s Creed. 3. Seth discusses common missionary tales.

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Written by Seth - Host of the Christian Commute
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 10:00

Four Cool Kids

– Episode 2362 –

Four Cool Kids

Segment 1 (00:00) Knowledge Without Knowing

Segment 2 (09:58) The Ten Suggestions?

Segment 3 (18:10) “Rockapella”

Wretched Surprise! (25:05) Sermon Sizzler: What Matters Most

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Written by samueljroys
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:34

You Become What You Worship

Reflective Creatures According to Genesis 1:26, you are made in the image and likeness of God. The word image (צֶ֫לֶם) refers to something like a carved statue and the word likeness...

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Written by TOvermiller
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:32

“How to Witness to Skeptics” – BTWN Lecture – Southern New Jersey Apologetics Conference Featured

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BTWN

Recently Tim Hurd spoke at the 3rd annual “Southern NJ Apologetics Conference”

BTWN encourages the Church to adopt a Biblical Apologetic. Presuppositional reasoning and similar methodologies can only take us so far. But the Bible is God’s tool to bring the Gospel to light in...

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Written by Cherie Vandermillen
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:07

Genuine prayer is powerful Featured

by Mike Ratliff

Why do we pray? Don’t we pray because we have been instructed to do so in the Bible? Sadly, most Christians probably aren’t praying in a way that honors God or builds faith. Martin Luther wrote much on prayer. In his chapter “Of Prayer” from Table Talk, we...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 09:03

Social Justice “Buzz Words” and Why We Should Not Use Them Featured

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Biblical Trinitarian

The “Conversation” We All Need to Have

Having spent years reading and studying post-modernist/post-structuralist philosophy prior to my conversion, it is worrisome to hear how much postmodernist jargon has crept into so many churches. The current “social...

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Written by Guest Post
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:52

AGR On The State Of Modern Preaching (1) With W. Robert Godfrey

Scripture says: “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, . . . Continue reading →

Authors: R. Scott Clark...

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Written by R. Scott Clark
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 08:09

Podcast: Tim Keller, Carl Trueman, Beth Moore Featured

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On this episode of Polemics Report for October 9, 2018, JD deals with Beth Moore having a man get on his knees at her event and apologize on behalf of all men to all women. Then, he explains why Tim Keller is a Marxist and interacts with Carl Trueman’s defense of him at White Horse Inn.

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Written by News Division
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:39

Ashers wins landmark Supreme Court ‘gay cake’ case [United Kingdom] – The Christian Institute

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In a unanimous decision, five of the UK’s most senior judges upheld Ashers’ appeal against claims of discrimination.

The comprehensive ruling upholds free speech and prevents the law forcing businesses to express views with which they profoundly disagree.

Source: Ashers wins landmark...

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Written by dcsj
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:37

“Houses are losing roofs. It looks like a war zone” in South Georgia

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Hurricane Michael, at Category 4, is the most powerful storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. Bowen Association is Ground Zero for the storm. MYRADAR/Special

BAINBRIDGE — “Houses are losing roofs. Big pines are coming down. It is like a war zone.”

Those are the only words Bowen...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:14

Beth Moore anoints Kevin Jones as a third Adam Featured

When someone is a false teacher, their perfidy can show almost immediately, as it did with Charles Templeton. Or it can be hidden for a number of years and emerge slowly and minimally, as has happened to Beth Moore.A writer at The King's Dale was an early discerner of Moore, at least publicly...

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Written by The End Time