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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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:04

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book V

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Matt, Alastair and Derek consider Augustine’s movement from Carthage to Milan in Book 5 of *Confessions.*

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Monday, 11 December 2017 03:19

Reading the Hymns: Joy to the World

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By Steven Wedgeworth

Though it is today one of the most popular Christmas hymns, “Joy to the World,” was not originally a Christmas carol at all. Written by Isaac Watts, “Joy to the World” originally appeared in his 1719 The Psalms of David, and it was Watts’s...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:00

The Offense of the Gospel and the Offense of Roy Moore

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By Douglas Webster

Christians in the state of Alabama are experiencing a painful identity crisis. Roy Moore impresses many around the country as an ideological warrior for a brand of conservative Christianity that has little to do with Jesus Christ and the New Testament. Never mind about the Sermon...

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By Jeremiah Webster and Zach Boyd

Lamenting modern cinema is easy. Optimus Prime neverreally dies. Second rate superheroes, revived against their will, become a name. CGI bristles, indulges in the excess of “because we can, that’s why.” Nothing explodes like it used to. Into this...

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Matt recently announced that he is organizing a BBQ for families of inmates at his local prison. The cast and crew very graciously allow him to take over the conversation this week to talk about the events origins, its rationale, and how Matt is thinking about activism in its relationship to...

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Joseph Minich also assisted with the writing of this response.

As editors ofPeople of the Promise: A Mere Protestant Eccleisology, we were honored by Samuel D. James’review of our co-writers’ primer inChristianity Today. And while James tone and review is largely positive, he did...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 00:56

The Rot on the Right: Answering McAllister on Roy Moore

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Earlier this week D. C. McAllister ran a piece at The Federalist that is attempting to defend Alabama senate candidate and alleged pedophile Roy Moore without actually saying “hey guys, I’m defending Roy Moore.”

McAllister’s argument is that while character matters in...

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Professor James K.A. Smith has recently published the last of his ‘Cultural Liturgies’ trilogy, Awaiting the King. David Henreckson is an assistant professor of theology at Dordt College, and also serves as director of the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service.&nb...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 19:00

Mary Did You Know? A Mere O Symposium

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By Christian Young, Susannah Black, Jon Coppage, and Jon Askonas

Today we will be discussing a much loved, but also much hated, Christmas song, “Mary, Did You Know?”

Christian Young: I’ve taken the liberty of kicking off the discussion with a line by line proposal of what Mary...

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Michael Sacasas is one of the most thoughtful critics of the relationship between ethics and technology writing on the internet today. He is the Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Technology, and writes at The Frailest Thing. He joined Matt and Alastair to talk about how, if at all,...

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From Jake: I’ve invited Brad Littlejohn to respond to Kyle Dillon’s review of his book The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed.

I am very grateful to Kyle Dillon’s thoughtful review of my little book,The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexedon Mere Orthodoxy a couple...

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By Jeff Bilbro

Awaiting the King, Jamie Smith’s third and final volume in his Cultural Liturgies series, is a provocative and hopeful call for Christians to participate boldly in the messy meantime of thesaeculum, confident that our King is on the way. As someone who nods my head regularly...

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By Greg Forster

Having considered Socrates’ proposals in theRepublic for the community of women and property, and his somewhat modified proposals in theLaws, we now consider his fanciful proposal in the less well-known dialogueGlaucon for a city in which men will be free to disagree about...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 22:28

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book IV

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 4 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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The latest proposal by House Republicans to eliminate the adoption tax credit has sent pro-lifers into a frenzy. The ERLC, Susan B. Anthony List, and related groups have denounced the Republican proposal as insufficiently pro-life. One prominent conservative website went so far as to suggest that...

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We’re delighted to have Carl Trueman on the show to talk with us about the sources and effects of the Reformation. Trueman holds the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History and is professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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I’m pleased to publish this guest feature from Dr. Paul D. Miller of the ERLC.

Book I:  A debate about theocracy, the separation of church and state, and how to govern a city in which there is no agreement about the will of the gods.

I was walking down to the Piraeus with Glaucon when we...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 20:00

Sex in Movies: Was John Piper Right All Along?

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So Kevin Spacey is in the news this week for what increasingly appears to be a Weinstein- or Cosby-level history of sexual abuse. In Spacey’s case, however, his typical target was allegedly young boys he met through his work as an actor. The story began when actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey o...

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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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