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
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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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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