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

Mere Orthodoxy - Apologetic Report

I once quoted to my father, who is of a Marxist disposition and considers patriotism “the last refuge of scoundrels”, the famous words of Sir Walter Scott:

“Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,Who never to himself hath said,This is my own, my native land!Whose heart hath...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 23:00

On The Traditionalists and the Protestants

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Ross Douthat had a fascinating interview this past weekend in the New York Times with Cardinal Francis Burke, a leader in conservative American Catholicism who has been consistently pushed toward the margins of church life under Pope Francis. At the risk of quoting him too much, I’m...

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G. K. Chesterton was once asked to publish a response to the question “what is wrong with the world?” With characteristic wit and aplomb, he sent the editors back four words: “Dear Sirs, I am.” The story, sadly, is apocryphal. But the point it is making is worth remembering.

W...

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Derek, Alastair, and Matt catch up and talk about the miscellaneous issues they are seeing and experiencing today: Kid’s sports on Sundays, Kanye West, the problem of over-booked and busy schedules, the death of New-Atheism, and more.

 

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Intro [0:00 – 1:45]

Derek is shown to...

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 19:00

Anatomy of Glory

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Suppose the reformer stops saying that a good woman may be like God and begins by saying that God is like a good woman. Suppose he says that we might just as well pray to ‘Our Mother which art in Heaven’ as to ‘Our Father’. Suppose he suggests that the Incarnation might just...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 19:00

Thomas Aquinas Reviews Worship Songs: Breathe

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Whether “This is the Air I Breathe”?

Objection 1: It would seem that God is, in fact, the air I breathe. The Psalmist writes, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” Therefore, God is the air I breathe for God is everywhere.

Objection 2:...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 19:00

Violent Schools in a Violent World

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The Hunt, a series from the creators of Planet Earth, provides a vivid depiction of the brutal predator/prey chase. The series reveals a violent world where crocs mimic floating logs before lunging toward a herd of slurping wildebeest and a tubby sea lion lounging on a slab of ice must abruptly...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 18:09

New Christian Zionism with Dr. Gerald McDermott

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Is there a theological system that includes future promises regarding Israel that is not dispensational? Dr. Gerald McDermott is here to introduce Derek and Alastair to ‘New Christian Zionism.’

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Announcement for a live meetup at ETS in San Diego [0:00 – 3:00]

What...

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The Bulwark’s Jonathan Last is the latest conservative commentator to take up a line that is increasingly popular amongst the Never Trump right: If the Democrats don’t pivot toward the center they’re going to lose in 2020. The argument is relatively straightforward: The...

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Obviously, everyone should celebrate Reformation Day. At this point, even the Church of Rome has surreptitiously attempted to take on board many of the Reformation’s emphases, albeit in impure form and without the necessary dogmatic changes—er, development[1]—that would allow her...

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1. To write about Theodore J. Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, is to sit for a moment with the ghosts of his victims peering over your shoulder. The dead and the maimed, both. Just as much as you try to communicate to your readers, you also perform for that other spectral audience. Be sure not to...

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George Harrison’s final album Brainwashed opens with a joyful anthem to the possibilities of the road. Whimsical ukulele jangles and burnished slide guitar snakes around the classic Liverpudlian voice as the famously “spiritual” Beatle sings, “If you don’t know where...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 22:08

From Jacob to Israel

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Break out your bibles and join Alastair, Derek, and Matt for an old fashion bible study of Genesis 32:22-32, the story of Jacob’s name change. Why does Jacob demand the name of the one he wrestles? Why do later scriptures refer back to Jacob as ‘Jacob,’ and not...

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Reformation Day is a contested event in the church year. That this is so for Roman Christians is to be expected. That it is increasingly so for Protestants as well is lamentable.

Part of the reason for that Protestant reluctance is, no doubt, a failure to truly understand what was at stake in the...

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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 20:00

The Liberty of a Christian in a Democratic Age

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Writing for theCatholic Herald,my friend Matthew Schmitz argues that the current political divide opening up in America confirms that Christian life and contemporary American ideas of liberty cannot permanently coexist. Eventually the two will come into conflict and when they do, those who have...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 22:08

For and Against: Multi-site Churches

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Andrew, Matt, and Derek sit down to discuss the phenomenon of multi-site churches. Andrew argues for the soundness of such an ecclesiastical practice and Matt and Derek aren’t so sure. 

If you’re interested in supporting the show financially, you can check out our Patreon ...

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As men require a heaping dose of dreams to reconcile themselves to waking life, so too does the hulking Leviathan of society require its dreams—which are films. This fantastical notion—that films function as society’s dreams—was first heralded by a smattering of early...

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There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings. ~ John Ruskin

“You surprise me, Holy Father. You are young, and yet you have such old ideas.”&ld...

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Note from Jake: On rare occasions we run anonymously published pieces. This is one such occasion. My reasoning is basically explained in the author’s post near the conclusion. The goal of publishing this isn’t to start a vicious online debate, but to ask how the Baptist Faith and...

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Friday, 11 October 2019 00:00

The Necessity of Nations

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Dr. Werntz has argued that the question ‘can Christians be nationalists?’ is largely without meaning, at present at least, because it cannot be answered using the terms given in the debate so far.

Our global, neo-liberal order has unmade nations through the establishment of invisible...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:00

Nationalism for a Multi-Tribal People

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Myles Werntz’s essay brings us back to first principles by asking in his title question: ‘What is Nationalism?’ He then frames the conception of nationalism as both constitutive (“who a nation is comprised of”) and historical-contextual (“how it comes to...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 22:35

“Who Is an Evangelical?” with Dr. Thomas Kidd

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Who is an evangelical? Dr. Thomas Kidd joins Matt and Derek to discuss this pertinent question which is also the title to his recent book, Who Is an Evangelical?: The History of a Movement in Crisis. Listen in on why Dr. Kidd does not include activism as an identifiable factor for evangelicals, why...

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Werntz’s ‘markets-first’ account of how nations and peoples are formed is commendable for the way it moves economics into the foreground. There is (still) considerable need to reflect on the ways our economy here within the United States makes us neighbors to those who are far...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 20:00

Pro-Blood, Pro-Soil, Pro-Nation, Pro-Christianity

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Much of who we are as people is shaped before we are even born. Did your mother have adequate nutrition to support your growing body inside of her? Were your parents married in a loving community, providing you with a stable home and other adults to care for you and them as you lived out your...

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In his new book, The Economist’s Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society, New York Times editorial writer, Binyamin Applebaum, tells the story of the rise of unfettered free market policies and the damage those policies caused in America over the last fifty years....

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