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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Monday, 13 August 2018 22:32

Assorted Thoughts after Revoice

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The controversy surrounding Revoice meant that the surrounding questions occupied more mental space this summer than I had intended. But before I move on to prepare for my fall teaching and other responsibilities, I thought I’d add one or two thoughts about related matters, perhaps as an...

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It’s a weird passage. So weird that even Alastair is stumped.

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I was honored to give the following remarks at the Spiritual Friendship pre-conference. There may be minor variations between the video and the text. I learned much from the other presenters, and especially would commend Johana Finegan’s exceptional defense of Spiritual Friendship and...

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By John Brewer Eberly, Jr., MD and Ben Frush, MD

We recently published a case commentary in the AMA Journal of Ethics titled,“What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer?”which has us thinking about suffering, medicine, and our own...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 20:00

The Toxic Environments of First Reformed

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By Zackary Holbrook

Michael Mensana is in despair. The world is coming to an end, and there is nothing any of us can do about it. Here is the timeline. Here is the graph of the inevitable, the coming judgement. What kind of world will we leave to our children?Will God forgive us?

Across the home...

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If there is anything that the recent politicalsturm und drang about family separation at the border has emphasized, it is the undeniable sanctity of the family—at least in the political imaginary. The idea that the state might separate children from their parents for a misdemeanor border...

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Last week, Freedom Road (a justice-oriented consulting group)released a statement calling for a “pause” on the culture war. Occasioned by the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, it zeroes in on the problem of abortion and poverty and calls on evangelical women in...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 20:00

Augustine, Concupiscence, and Friendship

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By Phillip Cary

Denny Burk and Rosaria Butterfieldhave identified theological grounds for their criticism of the upcoming Revoice conference and the Spiritual Friendship movement, which aim to use samesex desires for good purposes. Burk and Butterfield describe this as a project of sublimating...

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Joseph Minich, the author of Enduring Divine Absence: The Challenge of Modern Atheism, joins Derek and Alastair to talk about what’s distinct regarding contemporary atheism and how Christians should respond to it.

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Monday, 09 July 2018 20:00

Loving Others Theologically

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By Brandon D. Smith

“How dare you?!”

You might remember this phrase from Mark Driscoll, one of my early heroes in the so-called “New Calvinism” movement. His growl was aimed at menduring a rant about how they misuse women sexually and otherwise. It went viral on social media....

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By Joshua Cayetano

As Christian journeys from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City” inThe Pilgrim’s Progress, he and his companion, Hopeful, are captured by Giant Despair, the king of Doubting-Castle. In the dungeon, Giant Despair tortures Christian and...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 20:00

Against the Sterile Style

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By Ryan Hammill

I am not sure what other fathers-to-be think about as they sit in hospital waiting rooms. With a pregnant wife still a few months out from delivery, already I have found myself sitting here on a number of occasions. And quite often, in between the periodic panic and wonder which...

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One of the saddest consequences of the culture war is that it has managed to make people boring. The culture war has made us predictable, even if individual people are anything but. The libertarian online troll is in real life a curious person who asks the right question at the right time. A pastor...

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Can we have an argument about being a ‘gay Christian’? That is the question which I have been wondering since the storm of Baptist and Presbyterian furor descended uponRevoice.The conference is an attempt by a wide variety of such Christians and their supporters to explore what...

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In Dr. James Dobson’s Letter from 2012 predicting the dire consequences of an Obama election, including the possibility of homeschooling families being forced to flee to Australia or New Zealand to continue educating their children at home. Imagine, if you will, that this scenario might...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 20:00

A Critical Review of Spiritual Friendship

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By Steven Wedgeworth

Later this summer a group of Christian writers will meet in St Louis forthe Revoice Conference, an event that seeks to make a place for “gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted, and other LGBT Christians” in the conservative traditions of the Christian Church. These...

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By Catherine Addington

When a Christian is caught between a political economy hostile to human flourishing and a Church all too often comfortable with the status quo, it is demoralizing to have recourse to an ugly, embattled public square. Who wants to have life-or-death debates in a cold...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 20:00

Movie Review: A Quiet Place

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By Brewer Eberly

It’s difficult to be silent aboutA Quiet Place—Paramount’s recent creature-feature directed by and starring John Krasinski (yes, Jim Halpert fromThe Office) and his wife, Emily Blunt (Sicario,Edge of Tomorrow,The Devil Wears Prada).A Quiet Place currently...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 23:21

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 10

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Matt, Alastair and Derek take up and read Confessions Book 10.

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By Korey Maas

In recent years, serious Christians of all stripes have begun to negotiate anew the difficult questions of the Church’s place in (or out of) the prevailing liberal order. Joseph Trabbic is therefore to be commended for his forthright reflections over atPublic Discourse on “...

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By Ben Bush

There is a large strain of leftist thought—whetherfromliberalMarxists or (parts of?)theChristianleft—which presses a critique of market capitalism as inherently tending to dissolve social bonds and separate us into haves and have-nots. Market capitalism is generally not...

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By Emily Sullivan

When I was growing up I heard two key narratives about “our people,” my Irish ancestors. Though I now look back at them with a bit less sentimentality, these stories nonetheless formed my sense of identity and “what it means to be Irish and of Irish...

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By Miles Smith

Last week, reputable reports that United States government had begun forcibly separating children from their parents at the border and even at installations within the United States.An op-ed at the Los Angeles Times by Colleen Kraft detailed the government’s decision. From...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:00

The Fall of the Village

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There’s a movie scene I’ve been thinking about this week in which a pastor and a journalist sit down to talk about their home city. The pastor offers his help to the newly appointed editor and says, “I find that the city flourishes when its great institutions work together.”...

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Rev. Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and the associate dean of Fuller Texas in Houston. He is also the author of the recently released Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear, an excellent exploration of...

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