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, 22 June 2017 20:00

Book Review: Reclaiming Hope by Michael Wear

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In Reclaiming Hope Michael Wear has written an engaging, clarifying work that nevertheless fails because it does not properly distinguish between a person’s testimony and their political theology. As such, the book often begins well before veering off into needless ambiguity due to a...

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This guest review is written by Ben Whisenant.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has written a book about raising children to be adults, and strangely for a book written by a sitting politician, it contains no concrete policy proposals. It’s a truism, especially on the political right, that...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 20:00

On Father’s Day, Living in Losses, and Home

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There’s nothing that can prepare you to touch your father’s arm and find that it’s frozen. I should have known, of course. Doctors had told us what they were doing and said he’d be cold. But it’s one thing to know he’ll be cold. It’s another to feel...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 20:00

Lessons from the UK for American Evangelicals

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You’ll have to forgive my sounding like something of a broken record by this point, but I couldn’t let this news pass without flagging it for Mere O readers:

Tim Farron has announced his resignation as Liberal Democrat leader after he was repeatedly pressed during the general election...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:00

On Ben Sasse, Civil Society, and Voting Records

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Last week Matthew Walther went hard after one of my Senators, Ben Sasse, in a piece for The Week. The piece wandered a bit, but I basically agreed with it: It’s hard to make sense of Sasse as a politician because there is, from where a lot of us are sitting, a large gap between his...

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I cannot remember reading an essay that has moved me as much as Margaret Talbot’s devastating New Yorker piece on our opioid crisis. The prose is mostly unadorned, because it can be. Many of the stories Talbot recounts are so tragic they need no embellishment; others are so inspiring that...

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In chapter four Du Bois reflects on his time teaching at a black one-room schoolhouse in rural Tennessee. As such, most of the chapter is simply taken up with recounting what life looked like for an itinerant black school teacher in rural Tennessee in the late 19th century:

There came a day when all...

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When Francis and Edith Schaeffer were writing about issues like ecology, home, and place in the late 1960s and early 70s, they were to the best of my knowledge the only evangelicals doing so. While they laid great foundations with Pollution and the Death of Man (Francis, 1970) and Hidden...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 20:00

How Marketing Jargon Poisons Christian Community

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We’ll be back to normal posting next week (I’ve been traveling for the past week which has made writing and editing difficult), but for the moment I wanted to flag a short review from the latest issue of Christianity Today and make one brief remark on it.

The review is by Joy...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 20:00

Martin Bucer’s Strenuous Life

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Reading Sen. Ben Sasse’s recent book The Vanishing American Adult reminded me of a chapter I read about the home life of Martin Bucer, a 16th century pastor and leader in the Protestant Reformation. Though his lifestyle was not that aberrant amongst the other reform leaders, it...

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We’re continuing our exploration of Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk today with a brief overview of chapter three. Chapter three may well be one of the most timely in the entire book. Though primarily about Booker T. Washington, the issues that Washington’s work raised as...

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It’s not that I ever pictured C. S. Lewis as a sixteen year old girl. It’s that when I was one, and readingSurprised by Joy for the first time, I thought of him as a peer. Was this because he had such a vivid memory, such accurate recollection of his own sixteen year old self? Or...

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Friends,

There is an urgent soul-cry from the culture. From our neighbors. This cry has been silenced by the church and ignored by the media.

Hepatitis C.

Yes, Hepatitis C.

Here are the facts about Hepatitis C,according to this article I just read yesterday:

Hepatitis C is spread mainly by...

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One of the main points Du Bois is developing throughout his book is that, to quote him directly, “the defining problem of the 20th century [was] the color line.”

He continues to develop this point in chapter two, which he begins this way:

The problem of the twentieth century is the...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:00

Book Review: Children of Men by P. D. James

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All dystopian literature aspires to prophecy. Whether or not it aims to predict the future, it imagines worlds in which the evils of our own place and time are drawn out to their logical conclusions. It holds up a mirror for recognition and critique. Its success depends on two main factors: its...

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Ephesus – AD 52 – Darkest Timeline

Caius and Nikola linger in the front room, waiting for Justus to finishing tidying up. The house church had just finished their Sunday meeting, and they needed to get home before dark.

“So, are you going to the ZEON Conference this...

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One of the persistent criticisms of much of the reflection up to this point on the orthodox church’s place in the contemporary west is that what we’re really talking about is the white orthodox church’s place in the contemporary west. Matthew Loftus and I have both raised...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 23:00

Quiz: What Political Theology Are You?

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NOTE: Matthew Loftus and Susannah Black assisted with the creation of this quiz.

Given the popularity of last week’s post indexing the various political theologies Christians might adopt today, we have created a quiz to help you figure out where you fit with the various options discussed last...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:00

The Rhythms of Family Worship

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Any program for recovering the vitality of the Church—whether the Benedict Option or some other—must have as one of its goals that ministers work “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the...

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Rod Dreher’sBenedict Option has been one of the most talked about books of 2017, and his blog is one of the most popular socially conservative blogs in the country. Now, the man himself joins us to talk about it. Listen in as Matt, Alastair and Andrew discuss Rod’s proposal for how...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 23:00

Singing as Part of Family Worship

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The Mere O family worship series has been characterized so far by a markedly Reformed style. Jake’s and Eric Parker’s posts both emphasize catechesis, reflecting their roots in a tradition that has been notable for its mighty historic catechisms. My family doesn’t have that...

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One of the smarter criticisms I’ve read of Rod’s book comes from Doug Wilson’s initial post about it in which he raises the question of whether we are moving into a time of extended testing under an established regime hostile to the Gospel or whether we are moving into a time...

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I’m pleased to publish this contribution to our family worship series from Shane Anderson.

“The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous!” (Psalm 118:15)

Our minister, Arie, grew up in a Reformed church tradition where daily family worship is the norm,...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 03:10

Gangs of New Jerusalem: Act 1

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We’ve been told that this is “unintelligible.” “Self-indulgently self-referential,” they’ve called it. “Possibly a really bad idea.” “Only five people will get it,” they’ve said. Well, you know who else they said that about? Shaw....

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Alastair, Andrew and Matt carried on the Bible study they were having on Genesis 1.

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Finally,...

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