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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Monday, 13 August 2018 22:00

Introducing the Simple Payment Widget

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Since the introduction of the Simple Payment Button, we’ve been looking for more ways to streamline payments on WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled sites. Today, we’re introducing a new variant of the Simple Payment Button, available to WordPress.com Premium and Business plan subscribers...

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 23:00

Introducing: A Diverse, Free Stock Photo Library

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As many site creators know, it’s daunting to find images to represent the message you’re trying to put out into the world — especially if you don’t have the equipment or time to make your own.

At WordPress.com, we’re constantly striving to make it as easy as possible to...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 01:08

Podcasting on WordPress.com

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It’s no secret that we’re big fans of podcasts — their beautiful storytelling and engaging news delivery add a whole new dimension to the media landscape — and podcasters. We happily support podcast creators, from sponsoring events like Podcast Movement to...

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We wanted to update you about an upcoming change Facebook is introducing to their platform, and which affects how you may share posts from your WordPress.com website to your Facebook account.

Starting August 1, 2018, third-party tools can no longer share posts automatically to Facebook Profiles....

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Today we’re announcing that Atavist, a multimedia publishing platform and award-winning magazine, will be joining WordPress.com parent company Automattic.

This news is exciting to me on a few levels — eight years ago I had my first introduction to Atavist when I met a journalist named...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00

Bookmark Posts with Save For Later

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Maybe you’re reading a blog post while sipping your morning tea when you suddenly realize it’s getting late, or you’re browsing on the bus — but you just got to your stop.

The WordPress.com Reader is a great tool for catching up with your favorite blogs or exploring...

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Monday, 18 June 2018 10:01

Field Notes: WooCommerce Workshop for Women

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community.

Members of Automattic’s Happiness team have traveled to Southeast Asia three times since last...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 05:21

New Privacy Features and Updated Policies

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We’re rolling out updates to our privacy features and policies in the coming weeks. You’ll have more control over your personal information and more detail on what information we keep and what we do with it. The updates will also make sure we comply with new privacy laws, and will help...

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Giving your WordPress.com website its own custom domain has long been a powerful way to make your site stand out — a personalized web address helps you tell the world who you are and what you offer. If you registered your domain on WordPress.com, you already had the power to build a website...

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You’re finishing up a blog post and want to add a photo, but you don’t have the right image. There’s a solution right in your WordPress mobile app: the Free Photo Library.

As part of our never-ending mission to improveMedia in the WordPress apps, you now have access to over 40,000...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 08:32

A Better Way to Find Your Next Domain Name

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One of the very first steps in building a website is picking a domain name — one that’s memorable, and that tells people who you are. It’s the first part of your site that people encounter, so you want one that’s just right.

To make sure you find that just right doma...

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Version 9.8 of WordPress for iOS rolls out this week, and includes some great enhancements to publishing: background media and post uploading.

Adding images to a post or page? Now, you can publish — and accomplish other tasks — while your media uploads. No more waiting inside the editor...

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As part of the broader open source community, we believe in building products that people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities can use and enjoy. We strive to create software that works smoothly for English and non-English speakers alike, and today we’re happy to roll out native...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 02:00

New and Improved iOS Sharing Extensions

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Are you using the WordPress for iOS app on your mobile device? Our mobile team is excited to announce a big update to the share extension in the app.

The ability to share content from other apps is a core part of the iOS experience. Last fall, we decided that our share extension was overdue for a...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:34

1st Cent. Communal Reading and Textual Transmission

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An interesting forthcoming look at public reading and textual reliability in the early church. This will be on my list.

I ultimately argue that communal reading events were already a prevailing practice over a wide geographic range in the first century CE, and that these events acted as a...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:34

Bertrand Russell on Math and Epistemology

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Now suppose that I am looking at a bright red patch. I may say ‘this is my present percept’; I may also say my present percept exists’; but I must also say ‘this exists,’ because the word ‘exists’ is only significant when applied to a description as opposed...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:35

I may have to pay more taxes! Yikes!

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Again a WI judge has struck down the Clergyman’s Residency deduction. It was reversed on appeal before. If it takes affect, it only impacts Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. But who knows . . . it might change things for all clergymen in time. We’ll see what the Seventh Court of Appeals...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 00:46

Bernard Williams on Descartes

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imageWatch this interview from 1987. A wonderful explanation of Modernity’s moorings.

Filed under: Philosophy, Theology, Uncategorized

Authors: Brett Williams...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 12:54

In case you were wondering if you have to tithe

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A new article in CT suggests that many church leaders say you don’t have to tithe to your local church. You can split it between them and other good work. Ok, so maybe I will just give a tithe of my tithe to my local church. Ok, so because I don’t believe in “storehouse”...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 16:29

Virtues, Vices, and the New Technologies

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Christians have always needed an interconnected set of virtues in order to pray well. Virtues refer to character traits, but character traits can be good or bad; we refer to these, respectively, as virtues and vices. . . . [O]ur new technologies tend to promote certain vices that hinder our ability...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:10

Paul Helm on the Benedict Option

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Helm critiques Dreher’s Benedict Optionhere. Worth a read.

 

The presence of two kingdoms is a fundamental teaching of Jesus, not a political re-positioning for tactical advantage. The Benedict Option does not recognize it as mandatory. In Christianity there is always the kingdom of...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 16:25

Technology and the Regulative Principle

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The new technologies’ emphases upon speed, efficiency, multitasking, multimedia presentation, and the like tend to make many characteristic features of Reformed worship—for example, pastoral prayers, the singing of psalms and hymns, sermons, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper,...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 16:57

Barrick on God’s Self-Existence

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God’s self-existence is fundamental to His being, and therefore to the gospel. Read Barrick’s discussion of divine self-existence here.

God’s self-existence makes Him the sole determiner of absolute truth — truth we can depend upon. God is someone we can trust completely. He...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 16:04

Dreher on the Medieval World

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Medievals experienced the divine as far more present in their daily lives. As it has been for most people, Christian and otherwise, throughout history, religion was everywhere, and— this is crucial— as a matter not merely of belief but of experience. In the mind of medieval Christendom,...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:28

The Recovery of Musical Conservatism

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Robert Reilly recounts a bit of recent musical history, including the contributions of Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt, and John Tavener.

Filed under: Conservatism, Culture, Music

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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