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

Inklingations - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:11

How Christians Hate

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One thing I am continually appalled at is how many professing Christians I know seem to think the following line of thinking is OK:

“When I look at the people who dislike President Trump, that makes me like him all the more.”

I want us to get honest for a minute about what this sentence...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 07:30

Writing Ourselves Off

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Freddie deBoer explains why he’s planning to drop out of the freelance business:

I just find, at this point, that the process of pitching, composing, shepherding through edits, promoting, and trying to get paid sucks the life out of me. The commercial interests of publications require editors...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 06:37

Jesus vs the Confederacy

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Amidst the violence and brokenness in Charlottesville, Virginia, this picture (I’m unsure of the source) has been circulating widely:

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There’s a lot going on here, and probably nothing as striking as the image of a black police officer standing guard for the safety of a group that looks...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 01:01

The Bible Is Not a Slideshow For Your Hot Take

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The suicide of a public figure almost invariably triggers a cringe-worthy season in the evangelical blogosphere. Time after time, Christian writers succumb to the temptation to wring a tragedy for its newsworthiness, then smash out a 700-word blog about it. At that point it almost doesn’t...

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First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress’s comments about President Donald Trump (for whom he is an official surrogate) and North Korea are deeply irresponsible, even if interpreted in the most charitable light imaginable. In remarks to The Washington Post, Jeffress said:

When it comes to...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 12:01

Orthodoxy, Sexuality, and the Local Church

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James K.A. Smith’s post about orthodoxy, Christian creeds, and sexuality has provokedmuchcommentary, most of it far more thoughtful than anything I could write here. I agree with Smith’s critics that his case against labeling revisionist sexual theology as “heresy” is weak...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:52

No Divination Against Israel

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When Balak the king of Moab sees the victory of the Israelites against the Amorites, he calls for one of his oracles, Balaam (Numbers 22-24). “Curse this people for me, ” he says, “since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:11

God Is God Does

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I’ve been reading Joe Rigney’s The Things of Earth: Treasuring God By Enjoying His Gifts, and cannot recommend it too highly. For me Joe’s contemplations have been like cold spring water on a thick August afternoon. For years I have felt like something was missing in my...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 23:47

Not Quite a Waterloo

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Carl Trueman writes that the oncoming crisis for Christian higher education is a “Waterloo” for traditional religious belief in our culture.

Well, yes–and no.

Over at the Patreon blog, I offer some mitigating perspective. Here’s an excerpt:

By calling higher education the...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 06:05

The Work, and Worth, of Writing

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I’ve come to fervently believe that, especially as it pertains to the digital age, you get what you pay for. Many of us millennials, reaping the harvest of the emergence of the Internet, have been raised to expect much for free. The democratization of information that led to the “online...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:44

Gotta Serve Somebody

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When a friend sent me the link to this essay by a progressive bookstore employee, whose aching moral dilemma is whether to sell a book he disagrees with politically, my response was simple. I said, “American progressive culture has become mid-1990s homeschool chain email culture.”...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 08:09

Why I Quote C.S. Lewis So Much

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I don’t have to do any research to know that C.S. Lewis is the most quoted person in my own writing. It’s not close. In a given span of 5 blogs or essays, I would estimate that at least 1-2 will at some point cite Lewis in some way (whether paragraph quote or a simple turn of phrase)....

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 11:24

A Modesty Proposal

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Here’s how to end once and for all the evangelical “modesty war”

  1. Get the Right side of the debate to admit that women aren’t inherent stumbling blocks and that sexual purity is not the greatest good.
  2. In response, the Left side of the debate acknowledges that the Bible has the...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:35

4 Thoughts on Eugene Peterson’s Retraction

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Eugene Peterson told Jonathan Merritt in an on-the-record interview that he supported same-sex marriage. I, along with many others, publicly registered my disappointment and reasons I wish Peterson would have held the orthodox line. Today, however, Peterson retracted his comments and issued a...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 08:13

A Future of Snark, Not Ideas

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Last week I saw several friends and fellow bloggers talking about this post, which, in bullet form, lays out a fairly scathing case against Twitter as a social media platform. The majority reaction to the post was that it was mostly hyperbole, mixed with an occasional insight and an occasional...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 00:32

What Hogwarts Can Teach Us About Friendship

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Why were the Harry Potter stories so wildly successful? What was it about them, as opposed to hundreds of other “young adult” novels, that embossed onto the consciousness of a generation? Why are we celebrating the 20th anniversary of their US publication with the same kind of...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:56

On Charlie Gard (a reply to Matt Loftus)

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Matt:

You’re always worth reading, and your perspective on the difference between allowing the “arc of life” to complete vs causing death is helpful. I absolutely agree with you that we ought never torture dying people. I also agree that in cases where death is clearly imminent,...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 12:37

My 16 Top Movies of the 21st Century

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Short story short: The New York Times released a list of the best movies of the 21st century. The list is wrong, but it’s fun and interesting and, more to the point, inspired some friends of mine to come up with their own lists.

You can guess where this post is going.

So here’s my list,...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 05:54

Does Conservative Theology Empower Abuse?

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Here are three things that I believe are true and that are important for honest people to admit:

  1. It is a moral travesty when religious people or organizations use their beliefs, influence, or infrastructure to hurt, control, or manipulate other people.
  2. Theologically conservative organizations have...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 07:01

Virtue and Signaling

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One of the responses I keep seeing to the Southern Baptist Convention’s statement about alt-right and white supremacy goes like this: “I agree that racism is bad, but this just feels like political correctness. It seems like the SBC just wants liberals to think they’re good...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 01:41

My Father’s Best Gift

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My father’s best gift to me was his obscurity. In the 20+ years in which he pastored churches and his children grew up, he never published anything other than a newsletter article, spoke anywhere other than a church pulpit, or was known by anyone other than those who had met him or us....

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:30

Proud

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I’m grateful that my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, overwhelmingly passed a resolution at their annual meeting today condemning the white supremacy of the so-called “alt-right” movement. This was the right resolution at the right time for the right reasons, and it...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 12:12

Would You Leave Your Church Over Politics?

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Question: Would you, Christian, ever be so disappointed in the political views of your pastor or fellow church members, that you found yourself unable to even bear going to church anymore?

To be totally honest, before today, I would have dismissed this theoretical as too ridiculous for serious...

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Read this David French write-upof an appalling episode today between senator Bernie Sanders and Russell Vought (seeking to be confirmed as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget). Sanders’ grilling of Vought’s theology is distasteful, yes, but it is...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:30

Some Advice for Writers

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Recently a few friends of mine have asked me about writing, and for some perspective and/or advice on how to get started doing it seriously. I’ve given the same advice enough times that I figured it might be helpful to put what I most frequently say here as a kind of reference.

As always, none...

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