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

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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During March 2016 Breitbart News’ then-editor Milo Yiannopolous published a long-form essay entitled, “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right.” The banner image at the top of the article depicted a cemetery in the dead of night: in the background of the...

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The emergence of the alt-right provides an opportunity for God’s people to respond with truth and grace. If we respond with truth but not grace, we are bullies and haters. If we emphasize grace but don’t speak the truth, we are cowards and practical relativists. If we respond with truth...

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Even though some mainstream news outlets have reported on the alt-right regularly for two years now, many Americans seem unaware of the movement. Many of those who are aware find it undefined and incomprehensible, containing as it does terms, personalities, and loose coalitions that are confusing...

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Only those Americans whose heads were buried deeply in the sand could have missed the emergence and significance of the alt-right movement during the past two years. Although the alt-right had existed for years as a loose confederation of white identity groups, it burst onto the political scene in...

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On Wednesday, June 14, the messengers of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention condemned “the anti-gospel of alt-right white supremacy.” The resolution passed by an overwhelming majority of approximately 5,000 votes in favor to no more than 10 votes against.

In light of the SBC’s...

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One of the saddest trends in American life is the demotion of fatherhood to secondary status. While a mother’s love is rightly acknowledged as one of the strongest and most mysterious forces in the world, a father’s love is often treated as weaker and less significant. While mothers are...

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Recently, President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement that aims to counteract global warming by reducing carbon emissions. He did so, according to U. N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, even though he believes climate change is real and is caused...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 01:08

How Richard John Neuhaus Changed the Way I Think

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In 1998, at the age of 24, I left the United States for the first time in order to become a university instructor in Kazan, Russia. Kazan is a breathtakingly beautiful city that is best known internationally for having been the home, for a short while, of both Lenin and Tolstoy. It is also a...

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Here are seven sets of resources for pastors, professors, and students who wish to build their “theology and culture” library. I’ve included a variety of resources, some of which represent views I oppose. However, the majority of the resources fit my preferred...

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Americans have long debated gun rights and gun control, but the discussion seems to have taken on a renewed intensity over the past couple of years. The debate is complex and multi-faceted. It has legal, ethical, and pragmatic dimensions; there is no consensus on any of the dimensions, and a...

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There is no shortage of reasons a person might think Christianity and science are intrinsically opposed to one another. The Galileo ordeal. The Scopes trials. The global warming debate. Richard Dawkins. “Et,” as they say, “cetera.”

But none of those reasons are sufficient to...

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Last week, I asked the readers of this website to fill out a short survey providing feedback on what they like about the site, what they don’t, and what subjects they’d like me to address. The one question asked more than any other was, “Should a pastor address political issues...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:13

When Democracy Goes Bad…and How to Fix It

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A person with only the dimmest spark of critical reflectiveness can understand that the United States of America is deeply divided at this point in her history. We are divided economically, racially, regionally, and demographically. Exacerbating these divides is our disagreement on how to deal with...

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On Saturday evening, a mob of torch-wielding white nationalists gathered in a Charlottesville, VA, park. Protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, they chanted several slogans including “Russia is our friend,” “White Lives Matter,” and “No More Brother...

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At Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I serve as Professor of Theology & Culture and Provost / Dean of the Faculty, we want to provide gospel-centered contextual theological education for gospel ministers in our own American context and in international contexts. There are many...

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It happens to most of us church leaders. Gradually, and without notice, we slip into the habit of viewing the Scriptures more as an object to be dissected than a spiritual feast to nourish our souls. As an antidote to this temptation, I recently wrote about a four-fold pattern of Scripture intake th...

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A mother’s love for her children is one of the strongest and most mysterious forces in the world. It carries her through the pain of childbirth. It washes over her face as she smiles at her baby for the first time. It endures through exhausting days and sleepless nights, over the course of...

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The past several decades in American history have caused conservative evangelicals to realize the extent to which we have been decentered socially, culturally, and politically. However, we should resist the temptation to resent the moment; instead, we should unify and minister in weakness as...

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In this essay, I wish to reflect on the question, “What will it profit a seminary to gain thousands of students but lose its soul?” What will our seminary gain if we develop a world-class faculty, build an efficient administration, receive a clean bill of health from our accreditors,...

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For Christians wishing to rise above the circumambient imbecility of American public discourse in order to make a constructively contribution to American politics and public life, Abraham Kuyper is an especially helpful guide (especially if his framework of thought is complemented and enhanced by...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:07

5 Ways to Fight Fake News

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The past year in American politics has offered a veritable cornucopia of rotten political fruit, few of which are more putrid than “fake news.” During the election cycle a number of websites plagiarized the look of mainstream media outlets in order spread patently false stories. Readers...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 20:30

2017 BruceAshford.net Reader Survey

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I was talking with a friend of mine who helps me with my blog and social media recently, and he mentioned that I should consider asking my blog’s readers to participate in a brief survey so that I can learn more about who’s reading the blog and how I might better serve you. Will you...

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In light of breaking news that President Trump plans to renegotiate, rather than terminate, the terms of NAFTA, commentators are speculating once again about a split inside the Trump administration between aides with nationalist and globalist orientations.

Mr. Trump dismissed talk about a split,...

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When we ask the question, “What is a Christian view of politics?” we can be tempted to jump straight to party platforms and policy issues. That is, of course, how the conversation proceeds on the radio shows and cable news networks: “What is a Christian perspective on immigration...

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