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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Monday, 09 September 2019 23:15

Occult Spirituality with Dr. Tara Isabella Burton

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Dr. Tara Isabella Burton joins the crew to discuss why occultism, astrology, tarot cards, folk religion, and New Age spirituality are all the rage and why this phenomenon is not particular to religious “nones.”

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Intro + The rise and importance of “intuitional...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 00:56

What are nations for?

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Once in college I asked my pastor if he had time to get coffee so I could ask his advice on something that had been bothering me for several months. I was feeling stretched to my limits because I was a full-time student who was also involved in a campus ministry and was working two jobs for around...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 20:00

Notes on the Evangelical Dark Web

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Preface from Jake: The “evangelical dark web” is a designation adopted by a group of evangelical social media personalities and bloggers centered around a few various web sites such as For the Christian Intellectual, Pulpit and Pen, Sovereign Nations, and Enemies Within the Church. The...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 20:00

Jephthah’s Vow in Judges 11

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Matt, Derek, and Alastair dive into the difficult and unsettling text of Jephthah’s vow in Judges 11. The crew covers recent and old interpretations of the troubled passage, asking if certain texts can or should be “smoothed over” with typology, how we should handle texts with...

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A decade after he began advocating for reform, Martin Luther had become highly attuned to the fundamental issues at stake in the debates with his adversaries. Having made Sola Scripturahis rallying cry, he was forced to face the chaos that ensued. Claiming his reform but rejecting his theology,...

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It’s been over twenty years since the release ofThe Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir. Truman, the star of the show, is unaware that the show even exists. Billions of people around the world watch his every move, tracked by thousands of hidden cameras hidden around the “largest...

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How are Christians able to fulfill the Law of Love and be good neighbors in a fragmented age? Jake Meador contributes to answering this question in, “In Search of The Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World.” Jake joins Matt and Derek to discuss his recent book and untangle...

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The calls of warning for Protestant theology have been long in the making, or at least for a certain variety of Protestant theology. The 20th century, for all of the ecumenical exchanges which occurred, were rough times for Protestants, as the markers and assessments of what even counts as a...

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John Keats’s “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” is a poem about the discovery of new terrains of the imagination made possible by the translation of great works into one’s mother tongue.

The “Chapman” referred to in both the poem’s title and the...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 01:49

Possessed in America

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In the wake of mass shootings over the past few years, I’ve frequently thought about Doestoevsky’s novel about terrorism in Russia, Demons, sometimes known as The Possessed. The latter, older title is bad translation but good sociology. We spend too much time interrogating demons, and...

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Up until recently, the spoken Latin community has been preserved from the relentless focus on ideology that characterizes much of the academy. Enthusiasts have gathered at small conferences called “conventicula” (a pretty comprehensive list of events in summer 2018 can be found here) to...

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The news of Josh Harris’ separation from his wifeand subsequent announcement of his departure from the Christian faith sent shock-waves through evangelical circles. In the late 90s, Harris’ I Kissed Dating Goodbyewas a phenomenon of the first rank, selling over a million copies...

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In his commentary on the Gospel of John, Jean Vanier writes that:

[t]he threat of today’s world with its globalized economy is not just unfettered capitalism but overwhelming commercialization. Advertising and public relations try to shape our cultures, thoughts, imaginations and lives....

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In his book Living on Fire the late Daniel Kelly tells the story of L. Brent Bozell, a Catholic writer, activist, and politician. Bozell began his career safely ensconced in the conservative establishment, writing at National Review with his brother-in-law and fellow Yale alum, William F....

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I recall, 20 or so years ago, how stunned I was when I first saw the conclusion of Monty Python’sLife of Brian. A clever film which is ultimately more about people than anything else, it tells the story of Brian, a Jewish revolutionary, who endures a remarkable amount of (often hilarious)...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 20:00

A National Conservative Awakening

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I made my way to the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Washington D.C. for the National Conservatism Conference Sunday evening with some trepidation, unsure what to expect, and feeling wildly out of place among what seemed like a crowd of thinktank wonks, DC insiders, and journalists. I went because I lived...

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If you visit the Hotel du Lac, an inexplicably French-named bed and breakfast catering to German and British on the shores of Lake Garda, in Italy, you will likely see some of the hotel’s collection of decorative inter-war travel posters, interspersed with the proprietor’s...

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by Daniel DeCarlo

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election victory in February of this year was in many ways a surprise. His first term’s report card included a failing economy, rising violence, higher unemployment, and almost no progress in tackling corruption and lawlessness....

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By Barton Gingerich

June has been dubbed “Pride Month,” a new holy festival in our cultural calendar. Just in time for the season, logos of powerful, influential corporations have changed their logos to rainbow hues. Pop idol Taylor Swift dropped a new song and video castigating...

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As a teenager at my parents’ small-town church, I heard men in business suits express relief that they made it out of the farm where they grew up. “I got out,” they would say. The implication: I moved up.

I don’t begrudge them that they found farming not to their liking. I...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 20:00

Against Pop Culture

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By Brad East

Christians love pop culture these days. But the subset of Christians who love pop culture the most is pastors, writers, and academics. Pop culture as a mode of “engagement”; pop culture as a means of “reaching” this or that group; pop culture as a way of...

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By S. Dorman

Hunting is either a discipline or a confused slaughter. Walking home this morning I thought first, not of hunting, but of my usual route along the road. I was also thinking about writing a paper on Johannes Kepler and emerging science. Then I saw the path leading out of my way, a path I...

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By Sean O’Hare

Mere weeks have passed since the burning of the cathedral in Paris. All of us, each for their own reasons, were gripped by the flames that engulfed Notre Dame. Few recent events seem to have been saturated with as much aching symbolism as that day was, and from it came an...

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You didn’t have to be a close follower of contemporary political theory to know that Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalismwas going to be the equivalent of shooting a paintball into a hornet’s nest. Here was a book with something to make nearly everyone mad—or nearly...

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Human moral growth is partially measured by a human being’s desire to live in the truth. This involves accepting the truth about ourselves – or put negatively – refusing to avoid unsavory realities about our own lives. The same could be said of human communities who seek to live...

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