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

Justin Taylor - Apologetic Report
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Brian Mattson:

Those who have followed my “career,” such as it is, for the last decade have surely noticed that I do not often engage in the heated theological debates of the day. There are reasons for this beyond lethargy or timidity.

I grew up and was nurtured in the Reformed tradition,...

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Brad Littlejohn, President of The Davenant Institute, has an insightful post this morning on the friend/enemy distinction and how we should operate in the public square.

He begins by asking, “What does it mean for someone to be an enemy (not merely a personal enemy, but the...

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Ben Shapiro:

Conservatives have high hopes that Kavanaugh — along with Roberts, Gorsuch, Alito, and Thomas — will rule to knock over that legal monstrosity.

That’s highly unlikely.

First off, it takes four votes for the Supreme Court to agree to review a particular lower-court case,...

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Patrick Deneen of the University of Notre Dame:

My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an...

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What type of literature is Augustine’s Confessions? Most of us would be tempted to call it an autobiography in the form of an extended prayer.

But in a brilliant essay on Book One of the Confessions, Charles Mathewes, Carolyn M. Barbour professor of religious studies at the...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 00:26

The Heart of a Bible Commentator

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Charles Quarles, Sermon on the Mount: Restoring Christ’s Message to the Modern Church (Nashville: B&H, 2011), xiv–xv:

Writing this commentary has been a life-changing experience. Due to other writing projects and some health challenges, I have worked on this commentary off...

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More than once, Augustine wrote, Ama et quod vis fac: “Act as you desire, so long as you act with love.”

Garry Wills writes: “Some take this to mean that a profession of love frees one from constraint. But for Augustine love is the constraint.”

Here is Augustine in his...

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This afternoon the Southern Baptist Convention—the largest Protestant body in the United States and the largest Baptist denomination in the world—elected 45-year-old pastor J. D. Greear as its 62nd president, the youngest man to hold the office in 38 years.

Two years ago, Greear...

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Augustine, On the Trinity 1.5 [my italics].

Let me ask of my reader,

wherever, alike with myself, he is certain, there to go on with me;

wherever, alike with myself, he hesitates, there to join with me in inquiring;

wherever he recognizes himself to be in error, there to return to me;

wherever he re...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 23:33

How Donald Trump Ushered in the Apocalypse

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Ross Douthat:

Among Trump-supporting religious believers, the long odds he overcame to win the presidency are often interpreted as a providential sign: Only God could have put Donald Trump in the White House, which means he must be there for some high and holy purpose.

The trouble with this...

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There are hundreds of thousands of books written for children. The challenge is trying to discover the best age-appropriate literature.

I am grateful for the folks at Calvary Classical School—a classical Christian school in Hampton, Virginai, who have given me permission to reproduce this list...

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The Pastor as Counselor” is one of my favorite essays by David Powlison, and in it he recommends six books every pastor should consider reading.

Every pastor will profit by reading Gregory the Great’s Pastoral Care, written almost 1500 years ago. We may have better hermeneutics,...

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A beautiful introduction to Rosaria Butterfield’s new book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World (Crossway, 2018).

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 23:38

The Most Misunderstood Poem in American Culture

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“I’ll bet not half a dozen people can tell who was hit and where he was hit by my Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost once wrote to his friend Louis Untermeyer.

David Orr, the poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review, seeks to explain this in his book, The Road...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 15:03

The Final Week of Jesus: Sunday (April 5, AD 33)

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Each day this week I’ve post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The video above is the entry for Sunday.

He is risen!

For more information, including a day-by-day guide with the complete biblical text and commentary, you could pick up the Kindle version...

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Each day this week I’ll post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The video above is the entry for Saturday.

For more information, including a day-by-day guide with the complete biblical text and commentary, you could pick up the Kindle version of The...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:59

The Final Week of Jesus: Friday (April 3, AD 33)

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Each day this week I’ll post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The video above is the entry for Friday.

For more information, including a day-by-day guide with the complete biblical text and commentary, you could pick up the Kindle version of The...

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Each day this week I’ll post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The video above is the entry for Thursday.

For more information, including a day-by-day guide with the complete biblical text and commentary, you could pick up the Kindle version of The...

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Each day this week I’ll post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The video above is the entry for Wednesday.

For more information, including a day-by-day guide with the complete biblical text and commentary, you could pick up the Kindle version of The...

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Each day this week I’ll post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The video above is the entry for Tuesday.

For more information, including a day-by-day guide with the complete biblical text and commentary, you could pick up the Kindle version of The...

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Each day this week I’ll post a video on what happened during the original Easter week of April, AD 33. The two videos above are the entries for Palm Sunday and Monday.

For more information, including a day-by-day guide with the complete biblical text and commentary, you could pick up the...

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The Reformational doctrine of “vocation” has made a notable comeback—but (so far as I can tell) that hasn’t really carried over to our hymnody and the songs we listen to.

At New Covenant Bible Church (St Charles, IL), where I serve as an elder, we now regularly sing...

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Tucked away in a footnote to Mark Dever’s chapter in the book, Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant, ed. Tom Schreiner and Shawn Wright, there is an interesting footnote.

In the summer of 2001 pastors Mark Dever (SBC) and David Coffin (PCA) held a public conversation at...

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I love every single thing about this video of J. I. Packer (b. 1926) talking about weakness being God’s way of life for Christians, as expressed in his little book, Weakness Is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength.

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 21:49

Billy Graham at His Wife’s Funeral in 2007

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The funeral service for Billy Graham (Friday, March 2, 2018) will be livestreamed today. (Coverage begins at 10 a.m. ET, and the service begins at 12 p.m. ET.)

Several years ago, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association put together a tribute video for Ruth Graham (1920–2007), featuring...

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