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

Apologetic Report - Justin Taylor

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Derek Thomas recently wrote about David Murray’s new book, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture:

The simple truth is this: I needed this book right now!

There are truths in this volume—pastoral insights and healing counsels—that speak to me in very personal and...

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image Chris Bruno—recently named Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek at Bethlehem College and Seminary—is the author of a new book, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words.

Here is a brief description:

At the heart of the Bible is one overarching message: God saving his people...

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In 2009 a small Australian publisher quietly released a book entitled The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything, co-authored by Sydney Anglicans Colin Marshall and Tony Payne.

The book became an unlikely international bestseller, especially when Mark Dever...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:12

Fred Sanders on the Trinity and The Shack

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I’ve never been able to must up enough interest to read the runaway self-published bestseller, The Shack.

I don’t plan to see the movie—more from apathy than from some great opposition.

And I won’t be writing any “hot takes” on the theology of the...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:48

I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger

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A beautiful rendition sung by Karen Ellis:

I am a poor wayfaring stranger Just traveling through this world of woe But there’s no sickness, toil, or danger In that bright land to which I go

I’m going there to see my Father I’m going there no more to roam I’m only going, going...

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Because you have made us for Yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Thee.

Augustine, Confessions, 1.1.1.

Peter Kreeft:


Here it is: one of the greatest sentences ever written, the basic theme . . . of life itself.

It has two parts.

The first is the objective fact, and the...

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Jonathan Rogers—a novelist and a biographer of Flannery O’Connor—is teaching a six-week online writing course, which he introduces below:

You can sign up for it here. Below is more information on what is covered each week, followed by a brief introduction to Flannery...

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The headline is a quote from Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College since 1965, in his book Socratic Logic:

On the basis of over 40 years of full time college teaching of almost 20,000 students at 20 different schools, I am convinced that one of the reasons for the steep...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 07:06

A Better Story: God, Sex, and Human Flourishing

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imageGlynn Harrison—formerly Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol, UK, where he was also a practicing Consultant Psychiatrist—is an insightful Christian author on culture, the human condition, and Scripture.

In January 2017 Inter-Varsity Press...

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Philosophers Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli list 20 arguments for the existence of God in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics (IVP, 1994).

When I first read “The Argument from Aesthetic Experience,” I thought it was clever but not compelling.

But the more I have thought about it, the...

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Jacques Barzun writes in Simple and Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers that the following set of questions “must be answered favorably to your copy before you can call your revision finished”:

  1. What is the tone of my piece? Have I indulged myself in language that is toplofty,...

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This 20-minute youth seminar at the Ligonier National Conference (February 26, 2016) may be the best little introduction to “worldview” that you’ll find.

James Anderson—associate professor of theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC—asks...

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In October 2016 Tim Keller gave a talk at Google, based upon his book Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical. He lays out his case in the first 35 minutes, followed by 20 minutes or so of Q&A.

Keller first spoke at Google in March of 2008 on his earlier book, The...

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Thanks to the generosity and permission of Carl Trueman—Paul Woolley Chair of Church History and professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, as well as the author of Luther on the Christian Life—and The Master’s Seminary, you can basically take...

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It was a real honor for me to sit down with my colleague Lydia Brownback to ask her a few questions about her new book, Finding God in My Loneliness (Crossway, 2017).

imageHere is what others are saying about the book, followed by the table of contents and a sample chapter.

“I have a great marriage...

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A good word from Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile at the VoxProject:

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 01:23

A Christian Vision for the 21st Century

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The closing to a sermon by the great Old Princeton theologian B.B. Warfield (1851-1921):

He was not led by His divine impulse out of the world, driven back into the recesses of His own soul to brood morbidly over His own needs, until to gain His own seemed worth all sacrifice to Him.

He was led by...

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I am not a fan of linguistic legalism, and I recognize the need for terminological shortcuts, but I am an advocate for clarity, and the use of an ambiguous term like literal can create confusion. It’s a single term with multiple meanings and connotations—which is true of many...

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imageA guest post from John Mark Reynolds, President of The Saint Constantine School and editor of The Great Books Reader.

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is the greatest American literary talent: poet, essayist, short-story author, and novelist.

Joseph Smith sells more books, but lacks his artistry....

 

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President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will nominate Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch (a 49-year-old judge in the Tenth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals) as a Justice on the Supreme Court, replacing the recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016).

On April 7, 2016,...

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C. S. Lewis:

There is something which unites magic and applied science [=technology] while separating both from the “wisdom” of earlier ages.

For the wise men of old

the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and

the solution had been knowledge,...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:37

Augustine for the 21st Century

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If you need convincing that Augustine should be the patron saint of the 21st century, watch this lecture by James K.A. Smith.

This talk was delivered at Wheaton College on August 31, 2016, co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Christian Ethics and the Philosophy Department.

In this particular talk,...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 14:01

Scientifically, When Does Human Life Begin?

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Three distinguished and brilliant professors:

  • Patrick Lee, the McAleer Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville (author of Abortion and Unborn Human Life)
  • Christopher O. Tollefsen, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of...

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From Jack Collins’s “Introduction to the Psalms” in the ESV Study Bible:

Many psalms call on God for help as the faithful are threatened with harm from enemies (often called “the wicked”—frequently the unfaithful who persecute the godly, and sometimes Gentile...

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