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

Jared C. Wilson - Apologetic Report
Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:00

20 Quotes from *The Imperfect Disciple*

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The Imperfect Disciple debuted a month ago, and I’ve been keeping an eye on what lines seem to resonate the most with readers, at least according to what I’ve been able to seen on social media. Below are 20 quotables from the book that seem to have landed well...

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A little something I shot for TGC: Why preaching pastors should know people in their congregation as much as possible.

Why Is It Important for Pastors to Personally Know the People in Their Congregation? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:00

Living in a Big Shadow

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In the latest installment of the For The Church Podcast, I spoke with Barnabas Piper, Marketing Manager for B&H Academic, co-host of The Happy Rant and The 5 Leadership Questions podcasts, and author of books like The Curious Christian and The Pastor’s Kid....

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Monday, 19 June 2017 19:51

I Am the Center of the Universe

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image This week I am having to drop my daughter off for a summer class in the morning. This has put me in the office 2 hours later than I usually arrive, and this morning as I was waiting for my coffee at Starbucks I could not believe how slow everyone was moving, as if they...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 19:14

I Hope I Die Before I Get Old

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imageRose: “Don’t be worried, Mr. Allnut. Allnut: “Oh, I ain’t worried, miss. I gave myself up for dead back when we started.”- from the film The African Queen

I previously pastored a church in the midst of a sizable population of the elderly. And...

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A little something I shot for TGC, with a helpful (in my opinion) entry-point for evangelistic conversations.

What’s Compelling about Christianity to Non-Believers? from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Expanded thoughts in my book Unparalleled: How Christianity’s...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:30

David Brainerd’s Gospel Wakefulness

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From Robert Caldwell’s Theologies of the American Revivalists:

“In 1739, Brainerd, the future missionary to Native Americans, grew concerned over his soul’s eternal destiny and began to seek God. After several months of employing the means of grace, he...

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Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? — Amos 3:3

Christians who affirm the normative, traditional, historical, orthodox view of the Bible’s teaching on various sins are always accused of being divisive when in sticking to their affirmations...

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On the latest episode of the For The Church Podcast, I talk with Miles Rohde, lead pastor of Redemption Spokane, which began as the Mars Hill Spokane campus prior to the fall of that ministry empire. We talk about some of the Mars Hill fault-lines, including:

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Although I moved in early 2015 to the Midwest, I left a big piece of my heart back in New England, the least-churched region of the nation, which, interestingly enough for a guy born and raised in the Bible Belt of the South, was the first place I really felt “at home.” I still hear...

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Yesterday, I was able to give the New England Study Tour students from Midwestern Seminary a tour of my former church in Middletown Springs, Vermont, and I told them a little about perhaps Middletown’s most storied pastor. You’ve never heard of him (more than likely), but the Rev. Henry...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:00

What is Gospel-Shaped Worship?

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Watch Matt Boswell, Shane Barnard, and me discuss the implications and applications of worship that is shaped by the gospel.

If you’re interested more in this subject, I have also authored a resource published by The Gospel Coalition in conjunction with The Good Book Company called Gospel...

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On the latest episode of the For The Church Podcast, Dr. Owen Strachan and I discuss the relative merits of The Benedict Option as presented in Rod Dreher’s new book.

– Is Benedict a good option for evangelicals? – Are the critics of Dreher and his “strategy for Christians in...

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imageTomorrow I will be joining Midwestern Seminary‘s Academic Provost Dr. Jason Duesing and Associate Professor of Christian Theology Dr. Owen Strachan in leading a group of students on a study tour of New England. I am really excited to return to my second home, a place where I spent 6 years in...

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I’ve got 5 codes for a free download of my new book The Imperfect Disciple on audio, courtesy of ChristianAudio.com.

“How do I win one, Jared?” you’re saying aloud to your screen.

Well, we’re gonna get super-cheesy and self-involved here. I mean, it’s gotta cost...

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imageYesterday I outlined some thoughts on the prospect of an institutional collapse of the attractional* church movement. The summarized reasons are as follows:

1. The younger generation is less interested in the attractional product.2. The movement trains its congregants out of the need for itself.3. Ma...

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imageIs there a tipping point coming in the attractional church movement?

I don’t know. I used to think so. Now I’m inclined to think not. I ask just about everybody I meet who I think may have some insight into this question. Some say yes, some say no. I keep asking, because — again...

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– “Church discipline seems strange to us because it doesn’t fit our conceptions of love.” – “Churches seem to have lost track of what the Bible says about organizing our lives together.”

New episode of the For The Church Podcast dropped this morning, in...

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My new book The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together releases today! I’d love for you to pick one up for yourself (and maybe one for a friend?).

This is perhaps my most unique book yet, a creative non-fiction approach to the gospel call to follow Jesus,...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:43

Where I’ll Be, Summer 2017

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Every now and then, for those who are interested, I share some of my upcoming speaking dates. If you’re in any of these areas and able to attend, would be great to meet you.

May 11-12, 2017RightNow Media Conference. Chicago, IL. I’ll be giving another talk on the church’s...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:00

Discipleship for The Rest of Us

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imageHere’s a question I used to ask people I taught in church: “What do you think of when you hear the word discipleship?”

Some people would play word-association and I’d get a string of adjectives in response: difficult, trusting, adventurous, obedient, etc.

I don’t recall...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 17:00

The Lord is Never Late

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imageReading in my friend Michael Kelley’s book Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, about his family’s journey of faith through their young son’s battle with leukemia, I found a passage of reflection taking me back in time. I do not know the fear and grief of having a child with a...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 17:29

New Podcast: For The Church

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Over at For The Church we’re launching a brand new resource this week! Introducing: The For The Church Podcast. Hosted by yours truly and featuring some of our favorite leaders in church ministry, this new podcast is sure to make a worthy addition to your regular listens. Download, subscribe,...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 17:00

What Works?

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imageFrom Thomas Chalmers’ “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection”:

“The love of the world cannot be expunged by a mere demonstration of the world’s worthlessness. But may it not be supplanted by the love of that which is more worthy than itself? The heart cannot be...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:00

6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin

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imageOn this Good Friday, it is good to remember what the cross accomplishes.

Here are 6 things Jesus does with sin:

1. He Condemns It.

Jesus puts a curse on sin. He marks its forehead.

Romans 8:3 – “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in...

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