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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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 22:40

Finding Holy In The Suburbs, with Dr. Ashley Hales

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How do Christians live faithfully in the land of too much (i.e., the suburbs)? Here to help answer this question is Dr. Ashley Hales. Dr. Hales joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to talk about consumerism, individualism, busyness, and safety, all topics that she addresses in her new book, Finding Holy...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:00

In Defense of Localism

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By Sean O’Hare

In a recent piece for Arc Digital, Nicholas Grossman examined the viability of an alliance between left-wing identity politics and right-wing localism. Grossman ultimately concludes that common ground between localism and left-wing identity politics is an impossibility because...

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By Ruben Alvarado

Once upon a time, the state shared the public square with the church. The central location of the church building in every European town is mute testimony to this state of affairs. But those days are long gone. Nowadays there is an implicit or explicit consensus regarding the...

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By E. J. Hutchinson

As we (or, at least, I) eagerly anticipate reading Charles J. Shields’ recently published The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel, the first biography of John Williams, it seems a propitious time to provide a brief précis of his major work; for Williams is the greatest...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:45

Mere Fidelity: The Invisibility of the Church

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Inspired by the discussion over Andrew’s book, Matt, Derek, and Alastair sit down to tackle another ecclesiastical issue: the invisibility of the church.

Timestamps:

Intro [1:00 – 3:30].

The origin and meaning of the doctrine of the invisibility of the church [3:30 – 6:25].

Alast...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

Book Review: The Dignity Revolution by Daniel Darling

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It is inherent to sin’s nature to rationalize itself. This is hardly a new insight. After all, the almost immediate response of Adam and Eve in the aftermath of the world’s first sin was to justify themselves by shifting the blame. This is precisely why it is so important that churches...

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By Justin Frank

Social media gives unprecedented opportunities to know about and engage in controversy. Many of these controversies are rooted in places far from us; involve people we’ve never met (and will likely never know); and grow out of communities of which we’ve never been (and...

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Andrew’s new book, Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship,is just that: an invitation to have and experience charismatic worship while also holding to a high view of the sacraments. The crew sat down to discuss the book and also distinguish between what it means to...

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By Jeremiah Lawson

In a time when the President has openly questioned what the United States get from being in NATO and fears that Russian and Chinese influence threaten the stability of the Atlantic American-European order, now would not seem like the most urgent time to advocate that what will...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 19:00

A Christian Ethic of Sex in a Pornographic Age

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By Joshua Heavin

In the late fourth and early fifth centuries, the church had no shortage of theological controversies and societal crises at hand. Yet several prominent theologians nonetheless devoted significant time to writing about marriage and human sexuality. St. Gregory of Nyssa, for...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 19:00

Book Review: Music as an Art by Roger Scruton

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By Jeremiah Lawson

As a written practice, Western music goes back at least a thousand years. Over the centuries music has been made in the service of churches and courts, and from roughly the eighth through the thirteenth centuries was very often vocal music. Soloists and choirs sang the praises of...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 20:00

Liberalism’s Tax on the Unborn

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By Miles Smith

In 1781 Thomas Jefferson left the office of governor of Virginia and wrote the sole book-length work attributed to him. In Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson reflected on what he knew was the great moral failure his society maintained and perpetuated: chattel slavery. He...

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Tucker Carlson recently went on a rant about work, economics and class. So we brought on an expert to talk about it, and about the place of family and the church in responding to shifting economic conditions. Dr. Diane Schanzenbach, an economist and Director of the Institute for Policy Research at...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 23:53

On Theological Education and the Church’s Health

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By Joshua Heavin

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books, Alan Jacobs described the realization that compelled him to write The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis: “…what was so strange is that… right in the middle of the war…...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 19:00

The Latin and Reformed Imagination

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By Felipe Vogel

“The Reformation … was more a song or a symphony than a system, more lyric than lecture,” claims Peter Matheson in The Imaginative World of the Reformation. Yet lectures and systems are likely what comes to mind when we think of the writings of the early...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:00

John Milbank: A Guide for the Perplexed

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By Peter J. Leithart

I. Theology As Master Discourse.

I first met John Milbank, my doctoral supervisor, at a welcome event for new graduate students sponsored by the Divinity School of the University of Cambridge. During the meeting, each faculty member introduced him or herself and described an...

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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.

If you’re interested in supporting the show...

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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.

The iTunes feed is here, if you’d like to subscribe (thanks to everyone who has reviewed us so kindly) and an RSS feed for the show lives here.

If...

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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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