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

Rev. Dr. Vern Poythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is also the author of the newly published Theophany: A Theology of God’s Appearing.He joins the show to discuss God’s appearances in Scripture, and how Christians should...

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By Wesley Hill

A little over a year into the pontificate of Pope Francis but still two years away from the new pontiff’s much-discussed apostolic exhortationAmoris laetitia and its thinly veiled criticism by four of the Catholic Church’s own cardinals, theNew York Times columnist Ross...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 20:00

Stay Woke, Cultivate Virtue

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Many young apologetics students of my generation learned the truism that “without God, anything goes.” While our culture has flirted with the idea of taking amoral individualism seriously, most decent atheists and quasi-theists will prefer to defend a moral framework based on something...

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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat joins Derek and Matt to discuss his new book, To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. Douthat’s excellent new book explores the legacy of Pope Francis and the crisis within the Roman Catholic communion, and he...

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The tales collected inEaster Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Seasondon’t always mention Jesus, nor even the usual tropes like sunlight and springtime. But each reveal a particular melody of the Easter story. The lovingly crafted volume, edited by Miriam LeBlanc and published by Plough,...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 00:18

Jordan Peterson’s Folk Wisdom

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By Aaron M. Renn

With the dysfunction in too many young men’s lives today, and the failure of the church to reach them, Jordan Peterson’s emergence as a guru to them has been, and should be, prompting some serious analysis – not just of him but also of the church.

How has Peterson...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 02:47

3 Notes on the Kevin Willamson Firing

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Yesterday Kevin Williamson’s extremely short time at The Atlantic came to an abrupt end. There’s been no shortage of angst about it amongst conservatives and, thus, no shortage of panicky responses from the right and “he deserved it,” pieces from the left. Without...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:42

Why I Didn’t March in the March for Our Lives

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By Josh Britton

On Saturday I watched my social media feeds fill with photos of friends and neighbors attending the March For Our Lives on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. Having lived in D.C. for a decade, I’ve observed quite a few large demonstrations. There will surely be more to see in...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 23:54

Mere Fidelity: The Value of Heaven

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J. Todd Billings is one of our favorite guests. He’s the author of many books, including the excellent Rejoicing in LamentHis most recent book, Remembrance, Communion, and Hope is an attempt to reinvigorate and retrieve the Lord’s Supper for Protestants. He joins us to talk about...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 20:00

Longing and Hope in the Shadowlands

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In the opening days of Advent 2015 my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury. It was the result of a drug complication. Dad had been having some issues with blood clots and was due to have a surgery to patch the hole in his heart that doctors said was responsible for the clots. On a Saturday early...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 02:00

Book Club: Confessions, Book VII

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Matt, Alastair and Derek consider book 7 of Augustine’s Confessions.

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Hillbilly Elegy,J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, strikes a delicate balance between family history and cultural commentary. In the book, Vance draws on his memories of an unstable family in a stagnant small town to paint a vivid picture of the culture of “working-class white Americans...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:00

The Tedium of Worldview Analysis

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In an episode of “The Briefing,” yesterday Dr. Al Mohler of Southern Seminary reflected on the death of the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. You can read a full transcript of the eight minute segment on Hawking using the link above.

Here is how the episode was summarized on...

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By Brewer Eberly

Carl R. Trueman recently offered yet another characteristically surgical takedown of contemporary culture over atFirst Things—this time biting into the Oscars and Western aesthetics. It is worth readinghere.

Trueman argues that events like the Oscars will show yet again how...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

Mere Fidelity: Echoes of Exodus

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Derek hosts a special episode of Mere Fidelity to talk about the new book from Alistair and Andrew. You can check out their new book here, if you’re so inclined. If you like the show, please do leave us a review on iTunes. We are also available on Google Play.

If you’re...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 20:00

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

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I’m fairly sure that the first time I ever ran into any of the words in the Bible in print was in the pages of Madeleine L’Engle’sA Wrinkle in Time. It’s the first of many occasions in the book where she quotes scripture, and I almost certainly understood even less than the...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:00

The Problem with Surrogacy: A Brief Sketch

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This will, hopefully, be brief.1 I wanted to briefly articulate what the core good of the Christian vision of sexuality is so that we can then connect that good to the problems of IVF and surrogacy.

My gateway to the traditional Christian view did not actually come from a typical sort of...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 19:00

Surrogacy and the Challenge of Fair Mindedness

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By Matthew Lee Anderson and Jake Meador

One of the main objections this website attempted to lodge against the Nashville Statement was that its focus and tenor were so narrow that it swung at the branches of the sexual revolution while leaving the trunk intact. What conservatives have taken to...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 19:00

The Grace of Good Questions

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Francis Schaeffer used to say that if he had an hour to tell someone about Jesus, he would spend the first 55 minutes of that hour listening. I thought about this a couple weekends ago when I was able to attend the L’Abri conference in Rochester, MN.

One lecture in particular has stayed with...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 00:14

The Evangelical Center After Billy Graham

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It’s a fairly banal observation, at this point, to note that the success of Billy Graham and other mid-century evangelicals, like Carl F. H. Henry and Harold Ockenga, came from their ability to formulate a centrist vision of American Protestantism. To their right stood the fundamentalists and...

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Before theyget carried away,the Christiansnow tuning into Jordan Peterson need to realize that this man is notthe next C.S. Lewis. On the contrary, Jordan Peterson is the man C.S. Lewis warned them about. It’s not that I don’t understand why Christians are attracted to...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 00:02

Why I Am Listening to Jordan Peterson

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By David George Moore

Someone last year, and I can’t recall who, recommended that I watch some of the videos on Jordan Peterson’s YouTube channel. Since my workouts include time on the treadmill, I listen to all kinds of teaching and preaching on the web. I believe my entrée to...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 19:00

The Parting of Ways Amongst Younger Christians

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Several years ago I heard Ross Douthat say that he thought, given the 20-30 years of good will that had been built up between Protestants and Catholics, it may soon be time for some frank discussions of our differences and a healthy parting of ways. Douthat’s words have come to mind several...

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By Coyle Neal

In some ways, Dr. Joy Connolly’s introduction to the formal study of Rome mirrors my own.

“I began to study the republican tradition in earnest in 2001, at a time when the promise of rescue it offered—by mapping a third way between liberalism and communitarianism,...

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By Brewer Eberly

Is there a topic at the intersection of Christianity and medicine today more fraught than abortion?

Opinions divide in the public square just as they do in the pew, at the bedside, and in the bedroom. Abortion remains acentral political issue for the left regarding equality and a...

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