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
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:54

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 12

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Alastair, Matt and Derek consider Book 12 of Augustine’s *Confessions,* in which Augustine parses ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and earth…’

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At this point, the fact of the GOP’s acceptance of the fact that Donald Trump assaults women is well established. So too is their acceptance of the fact that Roy Moore was a pedophileThat this fact should not keep either man from serving in public office is a well-established belief...

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The whole crew gathers to discuss what it means to trust responsibly inside of fallen institutions and a fallen world, and what people might and must do to restore trustworthiness once it has been lost.

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John Piper

Handle: @WokeSpaceChristianHedonist

Primary Use: Asking trollish questions on @go_oat’s Curious Cat; attempting to convince Cardinal Dolan to get adult baptized.

Justin Taylor

Handle: @FrostWarning97

Primary Use: Following Nebraska football accounts and various high ranked recruits the...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 20:00

Book Review: Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble

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To be a faithful evangelical in 2018 is to find yourself in a difficult, frustrating position. The two defining sub-groups in the American Protestant church since 1980 have been the religious right and the seeker-sensitive church growth movement. Their primary leaders were Jerry Falwell and Bill...

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Derek, Alastair and Matt take up and read Book 11 of Augustine’s Confessions, on time and the Christian life.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:47

Why Evangelicals Should Care More About Ecclesiology

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By Tish Harrison Warren

A significant way that evangelicalism as an historic movement formed its identity was to unite around a “gospel core” that excluded questions about ecclesiology and church governance. In his (essential!) Democratization of American Christianity, Nathan Hatch...

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By Brad East

For a Christian it is enough to believe that the cause of created things, whether in heaven or on earth, visible or invisible, is nothing other than the goodness of the creator who is the one true God, and that there is nothing that is not either himself or from him, and that he is a...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:00

On Dogmatic Virtue

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By Matthew Emerson

Much of the current scholarship on theological method concerns itself with prolegomena and/or with practical matters like steps, tasks, and tools. This is right and good – dogmatic inquiry requires right philosophical and theological foundations and right practice. And yet,...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:00

The Problem with Consequentialism

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Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 22:32

Assorted Thoughts after Revoice

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The controversy surrounding Revoice meant that the surrounding questions occupied more mental space this summer than I had intended. But before I move on to prepare for my fall teaching and other responsibilities, I thought I’d add one or two thoughts about related matters, perhaps as an...

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It’s a weird passage. So weird that even Alastair is stumped.

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I was honored to give the following remarks at the Spiritual Friendship pre-conference. There may be minor variations between the video and the text. I learned much from the other presenters, and especially would commend Johana Finegan’s exceptional defense of Spiritual Friendship and...

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By John Brewer Eberly, Jr., MD and Ben Frush, MD

We recently published a case commentary in the AMA Journal of Ethics titled,“What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer?”which has us thinking about suffering, medicine, and our own...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 20:00

The Toxic Environments of First Reformed

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By Zackary Holbrook

Michael Mensana is in despair. The world is coming to an end, and there is nothing any of us can do about it. Here is the timeline. Here is the graph of the inevitable, the coming judgement. What kind of world will we leave to our children?Will God forgive us?

Across the home...

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If there is anything that the recent politicalsturm und drang about family separation at the border has emphasized, it is the undeniable sanctity of the family—at least in the political imaginary. The idea that the state might separate children from their parents for a misdemeanor border...

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Last week, Freedom Road (a justice-oriented consulting group)released a statement calling for a “pause” on the culture war. Occasioned by the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it zeroes in on the problem of abortion and poverty and calls on evangelical women in...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 20:00

Augustine, Concupiscence, and Friendship

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By Phillip Cary

Denny Burk and Rosaria Butterfieldhave identified theological grounds for their criticism of the upcoming Revoice conference and the Spiritual Friendship movement, which aim to use samesex desires for good purposes. Burk and Butterfield describe this as a project of sublimating...

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Joseph Minich, the author of Enduring Divine Absence: The Challenge of Modern Atheism, joins Derek and Alastair to talk about what’s distinct regarding contemporary atheism and how Christians should respond to it.

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Monday, 09 July 2018 20:00

Loving Others Theologically

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By Brandon D. Smith

“How dare you?!”

You might remember this phrase from Mark Driscoll, one of my early heroes in the so-called “New Calvinism” movement. His growl was aimed at menduring a rant about how they misuse women sexually and otherwise. It went viral on social media....

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By Joshua Cayetano

As Christian journeys from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City” inThe Pilgrim’s Progress, he and his companion, Hopeful, are captured by Giant Despair, the king of Doubting-Castle. In the dungeon, Giant Despair tortures Christian and...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 20:00

Against the Sterile Style

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By Ryan Hammill

I am not sure what other fathers-to-be think about as they sit in hospital waiting rooms. With a pregnant wife still a few months out from delivery, already I have found myself sitting here on a number of occasions. And quite often, in between the periodic panic and wonder which...

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One of the saddest consequences of the culture war is that it has managed to make people boring. The culture war has made us predictable, even if individual people are anything but. The libertarian online troll is in real life a curious person who asks the right question at the right time. A pastor...

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Can we have an argument about being a ‘gay Christian’? That is the question which I have been wondering since the storm of Baptist and Presbyterian furor descended uponRevoice.The conference is an attempt by a wide variety of such Christians and their supporters to explore what...

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In Dr. James Dobson’s Letter from 2012 predicting the dire consequences of an Obama election, including the possibility of homeschooling families being forced to flee to Australia or New Zealand to continue educating their children at home. Imagine, if you will, that this scenario might...

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