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

According to Anne Helen Peterson, millennials are the ‘burnout generation.’ Paul Gutacker, who directs the Brazos Fellows, joins Derek and Matt to consider Peterson’s essay and how Christians might respond to the problem.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:00

Book Review: Philosophy and the Christian

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By Nathan L. Cartagena

In high school, I rarely took classes with other Christians. This wasn’t intentional. It was the outcome of taking “advanced courses” in a school with “advanced students” who had rejected Christianity by middle school. So though I craved the...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 19:00

Living Local Fiction

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By S. Dorman

On first moving to Maine and seeing a line of tall ledges from a nearby road, I was enchanted, surprised. I’d never seen anything like them before: Mountains like waves of rock waiting to crash over the land. Not long ago, on snowshoes, we broke trail in a field below. In three...

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By Myles Werntz

North America, in many places, is in the throes of a decadence which it cannot justify, but which it will not live without. For decades, North America has consumed more than its share of resources, and now, for a variety of reasons, this is becoming unsustainable. As housing and...

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Rusty Reno has concluded that I am a “respectable evangelical,” an appellation which he does not intend as a compliment. His comments come in response to my article for America Magazine, on the relationship of conservative Catholics and Evangelicals under and beyond Trump....

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:00

Revisiting the Progressive Evangelical Package

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A few years ago I wrote a piece for Mere O called, “The Progressive Evangelical Package.” It probably helps to read it before proceeding. Simply put, though, before the language of “tribes” and “tribal thinking” becamelingua franca, I tried to point out...

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We’ve started 2019 with a bang, as Dr. Tim Keller joins the show to discuss The Prodigal Prophethis new book on Jonah.

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By Jonathan Leeman

(1: Gavin Ortlund’s Initial Post, 2: Jonathan Leeman’s Response, 3: Gavin Ortlund’s Response)

Gavin,

Thanks for your elucidating and studied replies. Good conversation. Here are some brief responses to the various points you brought up.

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By Gavin Ortlund

Thanks Jonathan for your irenic and thoughtful response. I, too, am grateful for our time together in D.C. and our friendship and partnership in the gospel. Here are a few thoughts by way of rejoinder.

Is There Only One Baptist View?

There are a couple of points where you define...

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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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