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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Matt Haste and Rob Plummer have put together a little gem of a book on marriage titled Held in Honor: Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past. I’ve never seen a book like this. It is an anthology of statements on marriage from major figures of church history. Some of the material is theological (like the entry from John Calvin).

Thursday, 15 October 2015 22:01

Success is faithfulness… even when it’s hard

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John Powell is a good brother, and his story about nearly burning-out in ministry is really well done. See above.

Authors: Denny Burk

Albert Mohler appeared on the front page of The Louisville Courier Journal yesterday next to the headline “Mohler: Christians should boycott gay weddings.” The story was later picked up by USA Today which ran a similar headline Baptist leader: Christians should boycott gay weddings. Since then, it has been featured in news outlets

I am happy to announce that my new book that I co-wrote with Heath Lambert has just been released. The book deals with issues that readers of this blog have seen me discussing for a long time—sexual orientation and change. In fact, the title of the book says as much: Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation

Monday, 12 October 2015 08:21

Throwing your money into a bureaucratic black hole

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Last week, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed about Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million dollar gift to public schools in Newark, New Jersey. What happened to the money?

The Facebook founder negotiated his gift with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and then-Mayor Cory Booker in 2010, and it flowed into Newark’s public-school system

Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:19

My ranking of gloriously awesomer Xtian album covers

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Relevant magazine recently published “The Definitive Ranking of Insanely Awesome Christian Album Covers.” And while this is a respectable list, I am not yet ready to say it is the “definitive ranking”—not by a long shot. Relevant may not have done its due diligence on this one. I’m a bit of a connoisseur myself

Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:24

A brief word about the ACBC conference and the protest

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This week I gave a couple of talks at the annual conference of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). The conference themes were transgender and homosexuality, and I gave one address on each topic. Rosaria Butterfield, Sam Allberry, Heath Lambert, Albert Mohler, Stuart Scott, Owen Strachan, and others also addressed the 2,000

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 07:25

Leonard Fournette is the best kind of different

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Ivan Maisel has a great article at ESPN.com titled “Leonard Fournette: The best kind of different.” I think Maisel is on to something here about the pheome known as Leonard Fournette.

Forgive me for writing a story that reads like ESPN.com just got T-boned by Buzzfeed. Forgive me for preaching gospel sourced in feel and potential and

Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:12

Chuck Todd’s Interview with Cecile Richards

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I like Chuck Todd. I like “Meet the Press.” I don’t like this interview (watch above).

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards makes a number of false claims to which Chuck Todd offered no pushback. She said that the videos had been doctored, even though an independent firm has verified that they were not. Chuck Todd said

Friday, 02 October 2015 07:55

The Obfuscation of Pope Francis Featured

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The Vatican press office has released a statement attempting to clarify the meaning of the Pope’s meeting with Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis. Here’s the statement in full:

The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order

Thursday, 01 October 2015 18:03

Early Reports Say Oregon Gunman Singled-out Christians

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Ten people were killed today at an Oregon community college after a shooter went on a rampage. CBS News reports that the shooter has now been identified:

Authorities are still trying to

I watched a good bit of the testimony that Cecile Richards offered to Congress yesterday, but I suspect that most Americans did not. Most Americans will view news reports about the hearings if they hear anything at all. That means that most Americans are going to be woefully under-informed about what happened yesterday. So let me give you the

Monday, 28 September 2015 19:39

Fact-checkers claim Planned Parenthood video doesn’t exist Featured

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Carly Fiorina’s big moment at the last Republican debate occurred when she described one of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts. Since the debate, critics have claimed that the video she describes doesn’t exist. Fiorina’s campaign responded with the ad above showing that the video does in fact exist

Earlier today on the flight back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions from reporters about a variety of issues. In one fascinating segment, ABC News’s Terry Moran had this exchange with the Pope—an exchange that seems to imply papal support for the conservative side of a recent religious liberty controversy concerning gay marriage:

Thursday, 24 September 2015 22:15

Nothing explicitly Christian about Pope’s speech Featured

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I just finished listening to the Pope’s speech to Congress from earlier today (watch below). There is no question that the occasion was historic—the first time ever that a Pope has delivered such an address. Indeed, it would have been impossible to imagine such an invitation being extended just fifty years ago. But the times have

Ted Cruz appeared on the “The Late Show with Steven Colbert” last night and was booed over his remarks about gay marriage (watch above). Colbert had to turn to the crowd and ask them not to boo his guest, even though they disagreed with him. Some reflections on this appearance:

1. It is amazing how quickly the crowd turned on Cruz after

Monday, 21 September 2015 18:15

3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy

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The documentary releases on November 10, and it includes interviews with Gosnell himself. You will hear his voice in the trailer above. The documentary’s website is here.

Authors: Denny Burk

Secretary Hillary Clinton appeared on “Face the Nation” yesterday and was asked whether she supported “any federal limit on abortion at any stage of pregnancy?” She said that she does not support any limits on abortion at any stage of pregnancy.

Let the reality of that land on you. That means that Clinton believes it should

Sunday, 20 September 2015 21:00

John Piper delivers a little Hermeneutics 101 Featured

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Many readers give very little thought to what they are aiming to do when they read a text. Most want to understand the meaning of the text, but very few could tell you what they mean by meaning. And that is a problem for a couple of reasons.

1. Some people define meaning as a reader’s response to what he is reading. Because there can be as

Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:43

Thin Complementarianism?

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David Talcott weighs-in late on a Complemenatrian controversey pitting Aimee Byrd and Carl Trueman against John Piper. Talcott explains:

Several weeks back there was a bit of a dust-up in conservative Reformed Protestant circles over the following simple question: Does being a man or a woman have any ethical significance for the way we live

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 20:03

Fiorina throws down gauntlet to Clinton and Obama Featured

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There is no question that Carly Fiorina was the winner of the GOP debate tonight. By far, the best moment of the entire debate was when she threw the gauntlet down to Secretary Clinton and President Obama (watch above). She dared them to watch the videos showing Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling body parts of aborted babies. It was

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:49

Is Trump’s favorite Bible verse even in the Bible?

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Donald Trump did an interview with CBN in which he elaborated his views on the Bible. In an earlier interview, Trump declined to reveal a Bible verse that has had an impact on him persoanlly. In this interview, he reveals one. You can watch the relevant clip above or read the transcript below.

There’s so many things that you can learn from it

Friday, 11 September 2015 09:04

A timeline of the 9/11 attacks

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In 2011, The History Channel produced a 5-minute timeline video for the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Watch above.

I will never forget that day.

Authors: Denny Burk

Vice President Joe Biden made a poignant appearance on “The Late Show” last night. Biden and Colbert talked about the recent death of Biden’s son and Biden’s Roman Catholic faith. It is not surprising to hear Vice President Biden talk like this. It is surprising to see a late night show turn so serious.

Most of the serious

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:03

I am a Christian, but I don’t follow Christ Featured

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By now many of you have no doubt seen the viral video “I’m a Christian, but…” (click the image above to view it). Not only has the video been making the rounds, but the hashtag #IAmAChristianBut is ubiquitous on social media right now.

After you watch the video, it’s obvious that this is a propaganda piece for a