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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Saturday, 22 April 2017 01:01

Jesus, the Resurrected Judge, Lives in Power

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image This morning I ran across an unnerving bit of text at at the end of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. He has just spent a number of chapters encouraging their faithfulness, defending his ministry, and now he turns to warning them to put away sin before he arrives to visit:

This will be...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 01:27

Mere Fidelity: The Resurrection of Politics

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image On this episode, Matt and I and our Mere-Orthodoxy’s friend Jake Meador discuss the implications of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ for political theology. I had a lot of fun with this talk.

If you like the show, please do leave us a review on iTunes. We are also available on Google Play.

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image When John Calvin settled into the work of Reformation in Geneva in the fall of 1536, it wasn’t because he was impressed with the state of affairs he found. In fact, Guillaume Farel had to threaten him with divine judgment on his studies if he should abandon the work Farel was certain...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 01:30

Two Pieces on Good Friday Preaching at TGC

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image God Doesn’t Forgive Like You

Did God really forgive sin on the cross? Did he pay the debt of sin his people owed?

One line of thinking suggests that to understand the cross as penal substitution is to deny the reality of God’s forgiveness. We usually think forgiving a debt means...

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image We’ve been going through the book of Exodus in church recently, and we just hit the section on the plagues YHWH poured out upon Egypt (sans the 10th plague on the firstborn). After listening to my pastor’s sermon on it, I was spurred to jot down a few quick thoughts on the role the...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 08:41

Assorted Thoughts on #TGC17

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image This last week I had the privilege of attending TGC’s National Conference for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. There was a focus on Galatians and remembering the legacy of the Reformers for the sake of the Church of today.  I have to say, overall it was a very encouraging time....

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 23:20

Owen’s Polemical, Trinitarian Spirituality

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image Historian Richard Muller points out that if Reformed Orthodox theology had a “central-dogma”, contrary to most popular perceptions it wasn’t the doctrine of election, but that of the Trinity. That made intuitive sense to me when I read it. Even though I haven’t always...

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image The Gospel of John is typically acknowledged as having a high, divine Christology. The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are far more disputed. In his recent, magisterial work, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospel Richard Hays makes a forceful case, though, that among other roles...

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image I already announced this online last week, but I’ve accepted the invitation to be a columnist for the Christianity Today print edition for the next year. The column is entitled “Confessing God”–a title I’ve taken from the late John Webster. My hope is that each piece...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 01:29

Do Not Be Anxious to Be Modern In Theology

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What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is sa...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 23:19

Basil’s Doxological Spirit

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image I’ve already written a little bit on Basil the Great’s idea of the work of the Spirit in the ministry of the Son. In that light, it’s very clear that Basil thinks of the Spirit economically, or historically. Much of On the Holy Spiritis caught up showing that the Spirit is...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 22:24

A Note on ‘Biblical’ Simplicity

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image Some form of the doctrine of divine simplicity has long been an assumed mainstay in Christian theology. At its base, it affirms that God is not composite, or composed of metaphysical parts. In some of its most robust forms, it entails a lot more, such as the idea that God is identical...

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image One of the main principles the Church Fathers used to establish the doctrine of the Trinity was to recognize that a unity of activities person or “operations” meant a unity of being and identity. Early in the 4th Century theologians like Athanasius argued from this principle to...

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image This week on Mere Fidelity, we had the immense privilege of having Yuval Levin join us to discuss his important book The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of IndividualismIf you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. It is one of the...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:34

Perichoresis in Aquinas: Fruit, not Foundation

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image “Perichoresis” or, in Latin, circumincessio, has been a fairly traditional term in trinitarian theology since at least the time of John of Damascus. Before he applied it to the trinitarian issue, it was used to speak of the mutual interpenetration of the human and divine...

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imageI had a few thoughts on the notion of virtue-signalling after watching this first week of the Trump Presidency, the Women’s March, and the March for Life unfold online.

Virtue is a good thing, which is why thinking yourself or being thought to possess virtue is an attractive prospect.

This...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 07:08

Mere Fidelity: The 100th Episode

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image I have been slacking in posting links to Mere Fidelity Episodes of late. But I couldn’t fail to link to this week’s episode since it is our 100th! That’s pretty wild when I think about it. Somehow people have been listening to us for 100 episodes. (Or, maybe it’s just a lot...

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image Early on in my theological reading, I gained the impression that contextualizing our presentation gospel was a new concept that Lesslie Newbigin came up with in the 1970s and 80s. It’s not. Understanding the unique challenges that each culture, or sub-culture, or philosophic and religious...

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image I suppose I’ll begin with a bit of a confession: I’ve been a devoted N.T. Wright fan since I was 20, or about 10 years now, during which I’ve read all his major monographs and most of his popular works (excluding the commentaries, of which I do own the majority). Surprising as it...

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Sunday, 01 January 2017 23:06

Work Unto the Lord, Not Unto the Advocate

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image Advocating for justice is a difficult business at the best of times. This is not only because we are fallen sinners, but because we are finite and the world is a complex place. Moral discernment takes hard-won wisdom, passion, and a great deal of humility. Acting on it takes even greater courage...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 13:01

Called By Triune Grace by Jonathan Hoglund

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image At the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus says, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43). And at his words, the dead man awakes again and walks out of the tomb. He is obedient to the call of the Lord. Indeed, the call of the Lord is what seems to enable the obedience, and even the hearing of the command!

R...

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Friday, 16 December 2016 05:46

Top 5 Reformedish Books of 2016

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This has been a busy year of reading for me. Most years are. But the difference with grad school (at least during courses) is that you don’t have quite the flex you had before in terms reading for pleasure, or randomly choosing what you wanted to take up at any given moment. You also have...

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image We are delighted to have a preacher some of you might have heard before on the show: Tim Keller. He joins us to discuss his (excellent) new book, Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical. We had a blast chatting with him. He answered all of our questions, some of which tried...

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Monday, 12 December 2016 04:25

The Triune God by Fred Sanders

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image Fred Sanders has written a book about the Trinity called The Triune God. Yes, he has already written one previously, The Deep Things of God (which you should have already read by now), and dissertation on it (which is too expensive for anyone to read), but this one is different. Coming as the...

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 05:17

A More Elemental Atonement (A Review of Leithart)

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imageThis review was originally written for Books and Culture before its unfortunate closing. Thanks to John Wilson for encouraging me to write it. 

One mark of a constructive theologian is to ask the perennial questions of Christian theology in a contemporary key. In Peter...

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