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
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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Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:00

Can There Be Mercy in Trump’s America?

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Early last week our president, when responding to a sheriff’s comment about a member of a violent immigrant gang, said that:

We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 20:00

Health and the Power of the State

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By Daniel Hindman

Over the last several years, public health has become sexy. It wasn’t always this way. Prevention was boring. Who, besides your dentist, gets passionate about tooth brushing and fluoridation of the water supply? We joke every New Year about the banality of resolving to...

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By Matthew Emerson

There are some colloquial ways that evangelicals of all stripes talk about doing theology. Phrases like, “give me chapter and verse,” “the Bible says it so I believe it,” and “the Bible tells me so” abound in popular doctrinal piety. At their...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 01:56

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 9

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Derek, Matt and Alastair read Book 9 of Augustine’s Confessions, which includes the vision at Ostia and Monica’s death.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 20:00

On Paige Patterson’s Missing Link

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By Brian Mesimer

Paige Patterson’s comments on handing abuse in a Christian relationship are concerning. Spoken at a conference in 2000, they were recently rediscovered by Jonathan Merritt in a Washington Postexpose. For clarity’s sake, I will reproduce the entire quotebelow:

I had a...

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By John Shelton

The scene is despairing: four adventurers have lingered far too long in a subterranean city. Slowly, under the enchantment of an evil witch, they have begun to forget that there is life beyond the cavern she rules imperiously. With the help of a fire billowing thick, intoxicating...

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By Eric Hutchinson

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”–King Solomon

“We should be friends,” quoth Potiphar’s wife;but Joseph turned, and ran for his life.“Avoidance is not purity!,”she cried; but he ignored her plea.

King...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 02:05

On the Pence Rule

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In Hannah Coulter Wendell Berry tells the sad and predictable story of the divorce of Marcus and Margaret Settlemeyer. The two marry after finishing school at the University of Kentucky and quickly move to Louisville to get work as teachers, both having finished education degrees.

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Matt Chandler joins the show to discuss his new book (with David Roark) Take Heart, and on the need for Christian courage in a post-Christian world.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:00

On Doubting Well

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It is not uncommon, especially in the modern world, for Christians to go through periods of doubt concerning the the existence of God, the inerrancy of the Bible, or the particulars of a Christian doctrine. There are many helpful guides to help Christians navigate through such experiences....

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 04:45

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 8

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Matt, Alastair and Derek carry on with their discussion of Augustine’s Confessions. 

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One of the smartest observations made about Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option came, unsurprisingly, from New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

At an event in Manhattan, Douthat argued that Rod was right, even if he was wrong. It was possible, in other words, that...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 20:00

Stop Making Hospitality Complicated

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By Brandon McGinley

If you’ve ever watched any real estate programs on television, you’ve heard eager soon-to-be-homeowners lean toward the boom mic and say, “Oh, this space will be great for entertaining!”

Everyone wants to be seen as the type of posh and popular person who...

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By Joe Rigney

Wes Hill has written a post setting forthfive theses on church discipline. Wes and I attended seminary at the same time, and I count him a friend and a brother. A year or so ago, he and I had a fruitful conversation on just these issues at a theological conference. Given my respect...

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We are long overdue for a sustained argument about the purpose and means of church discipline as well as the broader role of Christian discipline in the life of individual Christians and Christian communities. By church discipline, I mean some sort of formalized process that an individual...

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