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

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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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:00

#BlackLivesMatter (2): A Brief History of BLM

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Black Lives Matter started as a social media phenomenon that arose in the wake of the 2013 acquittal ruling of George Zimmerman, who had been charged with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. In response to Zimmerman’s acquittal, three black community activists in California develo...

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During President Obama’s last year in office, he met with a group of black leaders to discuss civil rights issues. The meeting was significant, not only because it would be the last Black History Month of Obama’s presidency, but because it was bringing together several generations of...

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By: Bruce Riley Ashford and Alan Cross

During the next few weeks, conservatives have an opportunity to do the right thing by replacing Obama’s DACA in favor of a long-term solution that will secure the borders and deport the “bad hombres,” while protecting innocent Dreamers.

We...

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The demonstrations and protests in recent months and weeks have called attention not just to right-wing extremists but also to heavily-armed anti-fascist groups and individuals who engaged in sometimes-violent counter-protests.

Anti-fascists groups are not new to the political scene, having engaged...

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Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) is one of the most extraordinary public theologians in modern Christian history. A prolific theologian and public intellectual, he wrote books for scholars and for everyday Christians, founded the Free University in Amsterdam, taught theology, started a national...

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In an interview with the Washington Post on August 8, Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress stated that “God has endowed rulers with full power to use whatever means necessary—including war—to stop evil,” and that “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un.”

I...

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In light of the bloody events of this weekend, white conservatives have a unique and significant opportunity to help our nation heal from its long-standing racial wounds. But in order to help our nation heal, we must reiterate our opposition to the white nationalism and supremacy that have grown in...

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God is not a racist.

Torch-wielding white nationalists and white supremacists marching through Charlottesville, Virginia, Friday night failed to learn that important lesson. They shouted ‘unite the right’ and ‘white lives matter’ — and called for the South to split...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 21:21

7 Go-To Sources for Political Opinion

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For Christians who wish to be informed on matters of significance in the political arena but who are pressed for time, this article offers seven “go-to” sources for political news and opinion. The first five sources are secular outlets; I follow them to keep abreast of breaking news and...

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What could a little Brit named “Lesslie” possibly teach American pastors about a Christian approach to American politics? Recently, Marty Duren interviewed me on his podcast, “Pastor Talk,” giving me the opportunity to outline some lessons we can learn from the life and...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 01:10

How to Be a Christian American

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When the Lord returns victorious, we will meet him first and foremost as Christians. But we will also meet him as twenty-first century Americans. Being an American is not the most important part of our identity, but it is an inescapable part and one for which we will give account. We owe it to God...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:44

How A Man Named Lesslie Changed the Way I Think

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As a Christian citizen of the United States, it is clear to me that I am living in an increasingly post-Christian society. The majority of Americans no longer consider traditional Christian doctrine (e.g. original sin) or traditional Christian ethics (e.g. sexual morality) plausible in the modern...

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Christian,

I apologize that I haven’t been able to respond sooner. If you’ll believe it, there are actually times when we professors have to log some hours and do an honest day’s work. You know how grueling it is to crank out a 15-page paper the night before it’s due? Well,...

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In 2006, sociologist Philip Rieff (1922-2006) published My Life among the Deathworks, the first volume of his monumental Sacred Order / Social Order trilogy. In it, he argued that the West in general and the United States in particular is in the midst of an unprecedented attempt to desacralize the...

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In recent days, college students have shouted down, pepper-sprayed, punched and otherwise shut down the campus guests whose ideas they considered offensive.

The most prominent recent cases have included Milo Yiannopoulos (University of California, Berkeley), Charles Murray (Middlebury College), and H...

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Dear Christian,

Thank you for writing. I’m excited to hear that you’ve recently become a Christian. I mean, considering your name and all, that seems apropos. But seriously, I’m especially happy that you took the time to inquire about how your Christian faith should affect your...

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How can Christians best respond to a situation in which historic Christian belief and practice is increasingly marginalized socially, culturally, and politically? On July 12, 2017, I participated in a panel discussion of this question at the National Press Club in Washington, D. C....

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Here are ten books I recommend to pastors, professors, and students who wish to gain a better understanding of religious liberty and the threats against it. I will describe each book and then rank its level of difficulty on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most difficult. A Level 1 book is one...

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Like most mothers and fathers, we are acutely aware of our own flaws and shortcomings as parents. Compounding the problem, we are facing the fact that our small children will soon be adolescents and, before we’re ready for it, they’ll be grown and off on their own. So, in light of how...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 21:00

Christian Higher Education is for Lovers

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In her book, The Peaceable Classroom, Mary Rose O’Reilly tells the story of an encounter she had at a conference on higher education:

Recently at a East Coast Conference, a young graduate student told me that, really, all of this theorizing about teaching is just a game. “It gives us...

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We live in a volatile age.

The last decade of American politics has proved to be dysfunctional, rancorous, and polarizing.

Together, we have experienced the increasing disintegration of both major political parties, the deep ideological and cultural divisions revealed by the 2016 election cycle, the...

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