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

By Michael Lynch

Today, if you walk into a random art gallery in the Grand Rapids, Mich. area, you might come across an 18th century Dutch landscape oil painting with a windmill or a church in its background. Perhaps, the painter’s name is Richard Muller. What you would be unlikely to know...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 01:55

Church Membership and the Definition of Baptism

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By Jonathan Leeman

Original Post by Gavin Ortlund: Can We Reject Paedobaptism and Still Receive Paedobaptists?

Gavin,

Thank you for the opportunity to interact with you on this matter. I’m grateful for you and our partnership in the gospel, and I remember your time in DC fondly.

As I understand...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 19:00

Book Review: The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers

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By Gina Dalfonzo

“The variety of Dorothy Sayers’s work makes it almost impossible to find anyone who can deal properly with it all,” wrote C. S. Lewis in his eulogy for his friend and fellow writer. “. . . I certainly can’t.”

To try to accomplish what even C. S....

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By Gavin Ortlund

There are some great discussions happening on Twitter about baptism and church membership (for instance, Jake Meador started this one, which carried on for quite some time). I have enormous respect for people on different sides of the issue, and I am neither settled nor certain...

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By Brad Vermurlen

Late December means the pastors, seminary professors, and other Christian leaders with whom I’m connected on social media are, once more, sharing their top ten books of the year. As I notedlast year, most of the books these leaders select are religiously committed books...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:00

The Mere Orthodoxy Holiday Gift Giving Guide

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By Matthew Loftus, Jake Meador, and Jon Askonas

For the Christian progressive in your life:

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We recommend a pair of boots with great tread and cleats to help them successfully navigate those slippery slopes. (Numerous retailers, $30-$200.)

For the Person in Your Life Who Loves Ethically-Sourced Porn:

If...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 22:47

Mere Fidelity: The Texts of Advent

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Derek, Alastair and Andrew consider the biblical basis and shape of Advent.

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By Jonathan Leeman

A little while back one of my favorite preachers offered a long list of Christian books he recommends. It included excellent books about God and salvation and missions and the Christian life. But, strangely, it did not point to a single book about the church.

I’m not worried...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 19:00

Mere Orthodoxy Best of 2018

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We ran our list of the best feature writing in 2018 yesterday. Today I wanted to recap the written work we have done at Mere O this year. Due almost entirely to changes with Facebook’s algorithm, our traffic numbers are slightly down this year, but in many ways I think this has been our most...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 19:00

The 2018 Eliot Awards

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We started this last year and I’m going to continue it this year because of how much fun I have putting it together. Here’s my list of the year’s best magazine writing. If you have other nominations, mention them in the comments. I’ll likely be doing some other year-end...

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By Tim Milosch

The 2011 Pew Research Center study, “Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites” is one of many evaluating the experience of the young on social media. Given ongoing concerns about the effects of social media on young people, the headline is hardly surprising or...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 19:00

The Seed of Woman: Mary Among the Protestants

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By Matthew Y. Emerson and R. Lucas Stamps

One of our favorite images that circulates on social media during Advent depicts Eve and Mary both gazing at Mary’s swollen abdomen, a belly pregnant with the Life of the World, Jesus. Eve, clearly still crestfallen over her and Adam’s choice,...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 19:00

Reforming Virtue Ethics

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By Brewer Eberly and Brian Mesimer

“What is the chief end of man?” Many Reformed evangelicals will recognize this as the opening question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Christians may be surprised to learn that it is the same question which concerns Aristotle at the opening ofNico...

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By Clark Elder Morrow

Allow me to quote a brace of familiar lines from T. S. Eliot’s “Choruses from ‘The Rock'”:

In the land of lobelias and flannels The rabbit shall burrow and the thorn revisit, The nettle shall flourish on the gravel court, And the wind shall say:...

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After becoming aware of a particularly silly new special edition Bible being published by a prominent Christian publisher, various Mere O contributors decided to put together a list of proposed special-edition Bibles that certain publishers could release in the future. Here are our best ideas:

The...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:08

The Danger of Neglecting the Old Testament

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By Joshua Heavin

“How I love yourtorah, O Lord!” (Psalm 119:97)

Love fortorah is always fitting strange by the grace of God. But I am concerned that literacy of and love for the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament among North American Protestants is in decline. Here I outline three possible...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 22:11

Mere Fidelity: Felix Culpa

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Alastair, Matt and Derek consider the idea of a ‘felix culpa,’ or ‘happy fall.’

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If you’re interested in...

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The modern world has a curious way of stripping something away and then selling it back to us at a premium. Or, to put it another way, of transforming formerly public goods into a private luxuries. I’m sure you can think of any number of cases. Take darkness, for example. Over the course of...

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“‘You are loved with an everlasting love,’ that’s what the Bible says, ‘and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ This is your friend Elisabeth Elliot…”

I grew up hearing those words regularly on the radio as they opened Elisabeth Elliot’s...

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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.

If you’re interested in supporting the show financially, you can check out our Patreon here.

Finally,...

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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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