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

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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October 2016 was a simpler, more innocent time. We were all youths, wet behind the ears; we look back at ourselves with a kind of bemused affection. Rod Dreher assumed, surely—we all assumed—that Hillary Clinton would win in November, that all would continue as it had been. This was the...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:00

On Family Worship and Failure

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The latest post in our series comes from Eric Hutchinson.

In “Love Minus Zero/No Limit,” Bob Dylan says that the subject of the song “knows there’s no success like failure/and that failure’s no success at all.” I’d like to apply the first part–that...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:12

Mere Fidelity: On Genesis 1, Part Two

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We enjoyed our last Bible study on Genesis 1 so much that we decided to do it again. Listen in as Alastair, Matt and Andrew discuss the second half of the chapter.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:00

Family Worship as Spiritual Formation

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The first post in this series comes from my friend Eric Parker.

Morning and evening prayer with kids never goes exactly according to plan. I honestly don’t enjoy it nearly as much as private prayer, but that’s not really the point. It’s for the spiritual formation of the family as...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 01:01

On Reinvigorating Family Worship: A Mere O Project

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I’m excited to announce a short series of posts we’ll be running in the coming days on family worship. I have had a growing sense of the need for this sort of series for awhile, due in part to the BenOp discussions, but due more, I think, to the larger questions about Christians in...

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I think it was C. S. Lewis who once said of a new friend, maybe Owen Barfield, that he had read all the right books only to come to all the wrong conclusions. Lewis’s quote came to mind on several occasions as I read Alissa Wilkinson and Robert Joustra’sHow to Survive the Apocalypse.

Th...

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Alastair, Derek and Matt get together for a good ol’ fashioned Bible study on Genesis 1.

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Finally,...

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One of my primary points in my review of Rod’s book is that orthodox Christians need a robust commitment to conversation if we are to thrive in a post-Christian context. Given the importance this will play and the related point about how much of this will also be happening online rather than...

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In arecent essay forThe New Republic,religion reporter Sarah Posner contends that the Religious Right has “effectively become a subsidiary of the alt-right, yoked toTrump’s white nationalist agenda.” By effectively wedding themselves to Trump’s narrative about...

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Last Thursday’s “Time for the Benedict Option?” discussion hosted by Plough, First Things, and The American Conservative was a great summary of the Benedict Option debate so far and where things ought to go from here. You can watch the entire thing here:

Noah Millman has a good...

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We’re pleased to publish this review by Dr. Miles Smith.

Recent cultural and social changes in the United States have prompted concerned Christians to pick up their pens and address their respective flocks on the question of how to maintain Christian witness in an increasingly hostile society....

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