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

Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day wrote about buildingthat kind of society where it is easier for people to be good”.While Maurin and Day were very much against statism(PDF) and would probably disagree with a number of the points below, I found their turn of phrase about “easier for...

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When it comes to discussing questions of politics, Christians can take several different approaches. A safe and sometimes reasonable strategy is to put a moratorium on such conversations in Bible studies, small groups, and other church functions for the simple reason that the discussion is likely...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 01:20

And Who Is My Neighbor?

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The Bible tells Christians to love their neighbors as they love themselves. But who is their neighbor? The man next door? Yes. The people who live across town? Surely. Those who live in another part of their country? Okay. People from another country who want to settle in their country? Erm…

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 20:00

In Praise of Uncertainty

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Imagine that you are a young man and one day your father commands you to find the donkeys that have wandered off, like poor young Saul was commanded to do in 1 Samuel.

How will you do this? To find the donkeys will require much more than merely a knowledge of your father’s will, and more...

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Derek and Alastair put Matt through the trauma of a second dissertation defense, as they together discuss the reasons why we procreate and the reasons we might choose not to.

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Monday, 29 October 2018 20:00

A New Kind of Theological Master’s Degree

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By Fred Sanders

Biola is launching a new master’s degree, with the first class starting in fall 2019. It’s the Master of Arts, Classical Theology, and it’s a Talbot School of Theology degree, in cooperation with Torrey Honors Institute. I think it’s fair to say that...

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In his book on Thomas Aquinas, the great German philosopher Josef Pieper notes that what sets Thomas apart is not his originality. It is his perfection.

He then goes on to develop the distinction between the two in a striking way:

What, in short, is the greatness of Thomas that has made him the d...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:50

Mere Fidelity: Walking through Infertility

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Matthew Arbo is the director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Oklahoma Baptist University and the author of Walking through Infertility: Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for those who are Struggling. He joins us to talk about his book.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:48

Does the Bible Teach About Race?

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By Nathan Cartagena

Many Christian denominations and para-church organizations are championing the need for racial reconciliation within the Church. The Presbyterian Church of America, for example,is promotingseveral initiatives to this end, including a detailed committee-report on race and ethnic...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 01:20

The Public Square Is about Parenting

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Lukianoff, Greg and Jonathan Haidt.The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. New York: Penguin Press, 2018. 338 pp. $28.00

One of the funniest memories I have from growing up is how nervous my Mom would get on weekday afternoons,...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:59

Pack the House: How to Fix the Legislative Branch

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By Lyman Stone

A growing chorus ofleft-leaning punditshave begun to call for theabolition of the Senate. It defies the principles of representative democracy by giving some people more power than others based on arbitrary geography; it systematically weakens the political power of minorities; the...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 23:35

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 13

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At long last, we reach the end of our discussion of Augustine’s Confessions. 

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Ever since Richard Weaver told us that “ideas have consequence,” a certain sort of conservative has relied heavily on a worldview-based analysis of culture, locating the problems that plague us in the sphere of ideas, beginning in the Ivory Tower and then tracing the problem downstream.

T...

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The Alan Noble disrupts our show by discussing his new book *Disruptive Witness* with Alastair and Andrew. Alan is an Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and author of numerous articles. (He is also wrong about Victorian...

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By Malcolm Foley and Justin Hawkins (originally published on Justin’s blog)

We dream neither of a faith devoid of good works nor of a justification that stands without them…Do you wish, then, to attain righteousness in Christ? You must first possess Christ; but you cannot possess him...

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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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