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

Bruce Ashford - Christinaty for the Common Good - Apologetic Report

During the past 18 months, college students have engaged in disruptive and even violent activities toward guest speakers whose ideas they considered offensive.

In response, college administrators have tended to capitulate to—or collaborate with—the demonstrators by disinviting scheduled...

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Two years ago, I began doing what I’ve always wanted to do. I began writing regularly about the interface between Christianity, politics, and public life. And, I began writing primarily for everyday Americans rather than for scholars and graduate students.

The transition has not been an easy...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 00:41

How Socialism Suppresses Society

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Several recent polls reveal a troubling trend: younger Americans have positive views of socialism and Communism.

Although this trend has been evident for years, a recent poll found that nearly half of Millennials say prefer Socialism or Communism over democratic capitalism, with upwards of...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 09:44

How to Get the Most out of an Academic Conference

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As I write, I am preparing to attend several academic conferences, including the Evangelical Theological and Philosophical Societies, the Society for Biblical Literature, and the American Academy of Religion. (Or, as I call these conferences, “Revenge of the Nerds”). I’ve attended...

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On Tuesday, a terrorist in a rental truck plowed onto a bike path and into a crowd in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring at least a dozen. The suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after he finally crashed, and...

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Sex reassignment is as natural as being born, some in the media tell us. And many Americans are buying it.

But a growing chorus of dissenters made up of physicians, researchers, and even transgender individuals is beginning to paint a far different picture of the truth.

These dissenters are now...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 00:39

7 Political Habits of Highly Christian Citizens

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We live in turbulent times.

The last ten years in American politics has proved to be as dysfunctional, mephitic, and polarizing as any decade since the 1960s.

Together, we are experiencing a breakdown in social cohesion, the escalation of race-related crimes and unrest, the rise of tribal politics,...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 10:51

5 Reasons Not to Read Books

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We should refuse to read books. I mean it. Not all books, of course, but many of them. In particular, we should refuse to read a book merely because it appears on Amazon’s “Recommended for You,” is displayed on the front table at Barnes & Noble, or is promoted by the big wigs...

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This month, Pope Francis declared that the death penalty is “contrary to the gospel.” The statement, made on Oct. 11 to an audience of Catholic leaders on the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, suggests that the Catechism will soon be revised to...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 23:29

How America Lost Its Mind

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Kurt Anderson’s Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire is one of the bestselling and most discussed books of the year.

In this fast-paced and provocative work of revisionist history and diagnostic journalism, Anderson argues that Americans have recently become untethered from...

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Monday, 16 October 2017 15:00

The 7 Deadly Sins of Political Junkies

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I’ve been following politics in America since I was a teenager. I’ve listened to countless radio talk shows, watched an imponderable number of talking heads on cable news networks, and read the political news and opinion columns of a dozen different papers. As a writer, I also publish...

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Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is the bestselling and most discussed religious book of the past year. In it Dreher argues that the past few decades in American life have revealed the extent to which Bible-believing Christians have been decentered socially, culturally, and...

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In light of the Bible’s revelation of God’s design for gender identity (which we discussed in Part 3 of this series) and his desire for us to love and appreciate individuals who experience gender dysphoria (which we discussed in Part 4) how should we respond to transgenderism as an ideol...

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Experts estimate that roughly 700,000 Americans identify as transgender. Based upon that number, it is reasonable to believe that most Christians will interact, and perhaps become well-acquainted with, several transgender persons over the course of their lives. In the course of our interactions and...

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The transgender debate is complex and multi-layered, including physical, psychological, social, cultural, political, moral, and religious components. In this this article, we limit ourselves to a brief theological evaluation of gender dysphoria and transgenderism based upon three significant...

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During the last decade, the United States has experienced a “heating up” of the transgender debate. Unfortunately, that heat is often unaccompanied by “light.” In fact, from a recent website survey, I learned that many of my readers expressed the need to be acquainted with...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:54

An Evangelical Guide to Transgenderism

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In recent weeks, international media outlets have published a number of articles and interviews about transgender surgery, focusing especially on the regrets experienced by many recipients of gender reassignment operations.

In an interview with The Telegraph, world-renowned genital reconstructive...

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On Sunday night, a shooter rained gunfire on 22,000 music fans along the Las Vegas Strip. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired from the 32nd floor of a Mandalay Bay Resort hotel, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 others. Paddock’s motives are unknown.

In the face of horrors...

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Recently I received a letter from a college student who had registered for a course in “reproductive rights” at a nearby university. Having recently become a Christian, he was revisiting the pro-choice position he’d held up until this point. In the letter, he asked for my...

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By Bruce and Lauren Ashford

What a happy, life-altering, exhausting, and intimidating thing it is to be a parent of small children.

There are moments of undeniable joy and laughter—holding your newborn, hearing him laugh for the first time, singing to her, teaching him to walk, experiencing her...

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Recently, I composed a brief survey, asking my website readers to tell me what they like and dislike about my articles, and what they’d want to talk about if they had some time to chat with me personally.

I gained valuable insights from the survey, one of which is that many of my readers want...

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The emergence of BLM provides a reminder for God’s people to reflect upon our nation’s historic race-related sins and injustices. After all, black lives do matter. And to our shame black individuals and communities often have been treated unjustly, unequally, and without the dignity and...

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Even though BLM emerged initially as a social media response to events such as George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, it soon morphed into a movement and now exists as an organized movement with a comprehensive philosophy of society and a specific political...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 20:00

#BlackLivesMatter (4): A Portrait of 6 BLM Leaders

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Only those Americans whose heads were buried deeply in the sand could have missed the emergence and significance of the BLM movement. Yet, in spite of BLM’s prominence as a movement, its leaders remain unknown to many Americans.

Significantly, BLM leaders differ from twentieth-century leaders...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 20:00

#BlackLivesMatter (3): A Summary of BLM Ideology

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Although Black Lives Matter started as a loose coalition of activists and continues as a movement with decentralized leadership, its leaders recently codified the BLM message in an attempt to organize its chapters around a common set of “guiding principles.” These principles were listed...

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