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, 31 October 2017 20:00

Bucer, Freud, and the Evangelical Counseling Wars

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I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Brian Mesimer.

The door closes as your next appointment walks in and sits in the chair across from you. Putting his head in his hands, Rick lets out a mournful sigh. After a few seconds go by, he looks up, and with tears streaming mutters, “I...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 23:55

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 3

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 3 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 20:00

How to Celebrate the Reformation

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Today marks the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther (might have) nailed his famous 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. While the historicity of that famous event is in dispute, what is not in question is that the Saxon monk provided the spark that lit the European powder keg...

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This lecture was originally delivered at Hillsdale College. A PDF version of this essay is also available.

Last year, one of Hillsdale’s most famous alumni, Peter Leithart, wrote an essay called “Why Protestants Can’t Write” that began with the line “Blame it on...

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I’m pleased to publish this guest review by Dr. Mischa Willett.

Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing wrong with shooting an albatross. As even casual readers in the history of English literature will know, a sailor’s shooting the great sea-bird is the central action in...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 20:00

Conservatism Fails to Act Responsibly

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Last Friday Kevin D. Williamson publishedan essay at National Review that in many ways represents mainstream conservatism’s highs and lows. By turns hilarious, insightful, bizarre, obnoxious, confused, and offensive, Williamson explores the ugly ways in which Trump and his cadre of right-wing...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 20:00

On Powers, Principalities, and Politics

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“I’m the idiot box. I’m the TV. I’m the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I’m the boob tube. I’m the little shrine the family gathers to adore.”

“You’re the television? Or someone in your the television?”

“The TV’s...

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Thanks to Jon Askonas and Matt Loftus for their help with this.

St. AugustineCrazy Mixed-Up Love: How I Tried Everything Else And Accidentally Found Jesus

Martin LutherStop Going to Church: How the Church Undermines Authentic Christian Spirituality

John CalvinWhen You Ask God Why:...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:09

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 2

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 2 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price.

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Monday, 16 October 2017 20:00

What Do We Do with Karl Barth?

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I’m pleased to publish this guest post from Dr. Matthew Emerson.

Recently, Christiane Tietz’Theology Todayarticle, “Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum,” was a hot topic in one small corner of the internet, occupied mostly by academic theologians. Tietz’ essay...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

In the Center There Is Joy

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It is crucial that we rehabilitate centrism. The way to do it is to see it as a metapolitical thesis. This means no longer construing it as a rival of the various political positions on offer. On this view, centrism is not the middle point between the two ideological extremes. Rather, it becomes a...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Ecclesiology and the Zombie Pastor Problem

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A brief note on the furor surrounding Patheos’s decision to add Mark Driscoll to their Evangelical channel: One of the common responses when something like this hits the press is for evangelicals, self-lacerating sorts that we are, to say that we need more institutional accountability, more...

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Derek and Alastair are joined by Samuel Bray and John Hobbins, who have co-authored a new translation of Genesis 1-11.

If you like the show, please do leave us a review on iTunes. We are also available on Google Play.

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Lessons from the Wreckage, Pt. I: A Voice from the Whirlwind

He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;

he makes the clouds his chariot,

he rides on the wings of the wind;

he makes his messengers winds,

his ministers a flaming fire.

—Ps. 104:3-4

On August 13, a complex of thunderstorms...

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I’m pleased and amused to publish this brief guest post from Colin Redemer.

  1. Don’t watch the racist, patriarchal, and evil NFL.
  2. Browse Twitter to pass the time.
  3. Oh, @realDonaldTrump said what?!
  4. Turn on the NFL and watch to show support for the protest #Resist.
  5. Tweet a side by side photo of...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:00

The End of Bourgeois Christian Politics

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I’m happy to publish this brief column from my friend Brandon McGinley.

I remember watching the 2008 election returns in a conference room at Princeton University with fellow conservative students and faculty members. The general mood declined quickly as the presidential results trickled in;...

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I’m pleased to publish this piece from Michael Graham. It’s a bit meandering, but what it does well is define terms, place the debate within a broader context, and walk through the steps of the argument needed to understand the issue and make the necessary points. One of the...

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Is there hope for liberalism? Our editor Jake Meadordoesn’t think so, following in the footsteps ofAlistair Macintyre and Stanley Hauerwas. Alistair Robertssums up many of the ways in which liberalism (which, as Jake has pointed out, should be thought of more in terms of “classical...

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 1 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price.

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Monday, 25 September 2017 20:00

Book Review: Assimilate or Go Home by D. L. Mayfield

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As we’ve discussed in the past, the evangelical memoir genre has become a trend in evangelical publishing and, like most publishing trends, it is very much a mixed bag. At its best, the genre is a refashioning of traditional conversion narratives, but one in which the writer describes the...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 20:00

On Blood Sport and the Image of God

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I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Brad Williams.

On August 26, 2017, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor got into a boxing ring with the intent to brutalize one another, and approximately five million people paid to watch it. Many of my friends were among that number, and though I...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:00

Work and Pray

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I’m pleased to publish this guest piece from Dr. Tim LeCroy.

Ora et labora: pray and work.

This was the motto of the medieval monk. This simple phrase moved the life of prayer from the realm of the ascetical heroism of the few to a life that was both accessible to normal Christians and helpful...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 23:58

Mere Fidelity: The Value of Controversy

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On this week’s show, Alastair, Matt and Derek consider the nature, ethics, and benefits of theological controversies. We can neither confirm nor deny that recent events played a role in helping us choose this topic.

Next week’s show will be a discussion of Book 1 of...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:00

Two Cow Denominations

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Calvinism – You have two bulls. They argue with each other incessantly. You have no idea what they are talking about.

Appalachian holiness – You have two snakes.

Acts 29 – You have a bull and a cow. They are absolutely, positively, 100% equal in value, dignity, and worth.

Nondenomina...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 20:00

On the PCA’s ‘Tim Keller Problem’

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Last week Erick Ericksonspoke up about a topic that many of my friends have also noticed and been concerned about for some time:

In a denomination with few rockstars and even fewer mega-churches, there are a lot of young and middle aged pastors who want to be Tim Keller. They want to do what he...

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