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

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 17:00

A Fathers' Day Prayer

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This is beautifully written, shot and narrated:

Father's Day Prayer from King's Church London on Vimeo.

Authors: Andrew Wilson...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:00

Why Liberalism Failed

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Patrick Deneen's Why Liberalism Failed offers a whole host of reasons for the failure of liberalism (as well as reasons to belief that it has, in fact, failed). Here are six of the most persuasive and rhetorically satisfying (emphasis added):

Its elites are glaringly hypocritical:

Advanced liberalism...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 17:00

Sex, Covenant and Consent

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The Bible has always linked sex to covenant rather than consent because the writers of the Bible understood that sex is political, relational and social. Consent is contractual, two isolated individuals negotiating and then reaching agreement about a sexual transaction. Consent is the child of...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 17:00

On Creeds and Wedding Vows

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Here's how Ben Myers opens his recently published The Apostles Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism. It won't surprise you to learn that I thoroughly agree with both halves of what he's saying here:

I have been to wedding ceremonies where the couple write their own vows. It is a recent custom...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 17:00

The Taylor Swift Option

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Last year we saw a flurry of posts riffing off Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option" and offering all sorts of alternatives. We had the Francis Option, the Kuyper Option, the Wilberforce Option, the Baptist Option, the Abrahamic alternative, and goodness knows how many others. So it is a travesty that...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 00:12

Today in Parliament

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To those who are pro-choice restricting abortion rights is incomprehensible – an attack on the fundamental rights of women. For those of us who are pro-life it is incomprehensible that in one part of a hospital a medical team might be doing all in their power to save the life of a 24-week old...

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"Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything," says Paul in 2 Timothy 2:7. Pursue understanding, because God gives understanding. Work, because God works. It's classic Paul.

Here’s John Piper is his new book, Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 06:18

Weddings Redux

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OK, a couple of weeks on and the dust has settled. I've barely been on social media the past few months so when I posted on the Royal Wedding was unaware of the minor frenzy it had created among Christians Liberal and Reformed - which is as good a reason as any for not being on social media. Both...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 17:00

From Eucharist to Euangelion

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Todd Billings argues that our understanding of salvation and our practice of the Lord's Supper are more connected than we realise. In his recent Remembrance, Communion and Hope: Rediscovering the Gospel at the Lord's Table, he points out that when he asks his students for the meaning of (1)...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 17:00

The Christian Origins of Victimhood Culture

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One more thing that is worth noticing about the rise of victimhood culture—defined in the sense we saw on Monday—is how far it reflects an essentially Christian moral imagination. The historian Tom Holland pointed this out on Twitter the other day: "The notion that suffering &...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 16:59

Two mighty words

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There are two very powerful little words in the Bible. They crop up again and again, from Genesis through to the New Testament letters. They remind us of God’s power, his wisdom, his authority, and the fact that his ways are most definitely not our ways. And very often they signal a radical...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 17:00

The Rise of Victimhood Culture

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There are three types of moral culture, argue sociology professors Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning: dignity culture, honour culture, and victimhood culture. (By “honour culture,” they obviously mean something quite different from a “culture of Califhonour.”) Increasingly,...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 03:36

Praylexa

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It has been several months since my last post, and I’m sure many of you have feared the worst. But fret not! I have not died and been taxidermied; I am alive and well and have been busy, applying my enormous mind to the most important questions at the cutting edge of theology.

As you have...

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In Revelation 1-3, John is told to write to the "angels" of seven churches in Asia Minor. This is the sort of detail that most of us, I imagine, do not give a lot of time to. There is much in Revelation that is difficult to understand, and worrying about the recipients of these letters seems the...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 21:10

Curry’s on Fire!

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Whether or not you watched the wedding of Harry and Meghan on Saturday you will surely have heard about the preaching of Michael Curry. While we’ve expressed much appreciation for Fleming Rutledge on Think, the liberal theology typical of American Episcopalianism is not our normal bag....

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Friday, 18 May 2018 16:59

Pentecost Versus Populism

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Peter Leithart: Tongues were a warning to Rome. Though dominated by Latin in the west and Greek in the east, the empire was polyglot. The sounds of the Pentecostal church told Rome that another multinational empire had invaded and was settling down in Roman territory. No wonder Roman emperors...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 16:59

Pentecost Versus Populism

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Peter Leithart: Tongues were a warning to Rome. Though dominated by Latin in the west and Greek in the east, the empire was polyglot. The sounds of the Pentecostal church told Rome that another multinational empire had invaded and was settling down in Roman territory. No wonder Roman emperors...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 00:33

Weddings Royal

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The wedding tomorrow of Harry & Meghan provokes many reactions – curmudgeonly comments from the more republican, excited gushings from the more royalist. The narrative we’re meant to hear is that of romantic love: the prince has found his princess, and (hopefully) they all live...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 00:33

Weddings Royal

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The wedding tomorrow of Harry & Meghan provokes many reactions – curmudgeonly comments from the more republican, excited gushings from the more royalist. The narrative we’re meant to hear is that of romantic love: the prince has found his princess, and (hopefully) they all live...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:39

Seven Types of Atheism

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There are seven types of atheism, argues the political philosopher and intellectual historian John Gray, and it is important to differentiate between them: (1) new atheism, (2) secular humanism, (3) scientism, (4) political religion, (5) misotheism, (6) atheism without progress, and (7) godless...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 18:39

Seven Types of Atheism

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There are seven types of atheism, argues the political philosopher and intellectual historian John Gray, and it is important to differentiate between them: (1) new atheism, (2) secular humanism, (3) scientism, (4) political religion, (5) misotheism, (6) atheism without progress, and (7) godless...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:00

The Mixed Motives Behind Church Growth

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I love large churches. I was a pastor at a church that grew from around 500 to around 900—which, though it's about the size of the creche in a megachurch, is fairly large in a UK context—and the church I’m at now had 1550 there three days ago, with a fourth site launching in...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:00

The Mixed Motives Behind Church Growth

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I love large churches. I was a pastor at a church that grew from around 500 to around 900—which, though it's about the size of the creche in a megachurch, is fairly large in a UK context—and the church I’m at now had 1550 there three days ago, with a fourth site launching in...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 17:00

The Genealogy of Genderfluidity

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Carl Trueman gave a remarkable lecture at RTS a couple of months ago, entitled “Acknowledging the Unacknowledged Legislators: From William Wordsworth to Kim Kardashian.” I can’t think of any talk I’ve heard that so clearly traces the developments that have shaped our...

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Sunday, 13 May 2018 17:00

The Genealogy of Genderfluidity

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Carl Trueman gave a remarkable lecture at RTS a couple of months ago, entitled “Acknowledging the Unacknowledged Legislators: From William Wordsworth to Kim Kardashian.” I can’t think of any talk I’ve heard that so clearly traces the developments that have shaped our...

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