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

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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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Thursday, 25 May 2017 14:00

10 Surprising Realities of Mission in New England

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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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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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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:00

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.

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

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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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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:00

Is The Benedict Option Good for Christians?

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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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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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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...

Read more

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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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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– “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...

Read more

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,...

Read more

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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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Monday, 01 May 2017 14:00

“The Imperfect Disciple” Releases Today!

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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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Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:00

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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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:00

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, and so on.

I don’t...

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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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