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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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:39

How to Call Christians Out on Twitter

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Every day on Twitter and other social media sites, Christians call each other out for being “woke” (or not woke enough), “misogynist,” “politically correct,” “heretical,” and much more. Such debates seem typically (on all sides) to generate a lot of...

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Readers of this blog have almost certainly heard a sermon illustration to this effect: Bankers learn how to discover counterfeit money not by studying fake currency but by spending so much time handling the real thing that they learn to feel the difference. (I’ve never independently verified...

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Monday, 06 May 2019 14:06

The Fault Lines of Biblical Scholarship

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I was recently prompted to read (listen to, actually) Paula Fredriksen’s When Christians Were Jews by her engaging Wall Street Journal essay “When Jesus Celebrated Passover.” Readers will note that I am not a theologian or a biblical scholar, but merely a historian...

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Thomas Kidd’s American History textbook is now available.

  • Volume 1 covers 1492 to 1877, from early American encounters to Reconstruction.
  • Volume 2 goes from 1877 to the present, covering the post-Reconstruction era up to the age of terrorism.

Totaling nearly 700 pages—and...

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The ESV Study Bible contains some helpful notes on what we know about Golgotha and the tomb of Jesus.

For many centuries, Christians have worshiped at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the belief that this was the place where Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead.

This view was...

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The CBS show God Friended Me was recently renewed for a second season. The series revolves around a mysterious “God account” on Facebook that sends main character Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall) friend suggestions for people the account wants Finer and his friend/love interest...

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Not everyone finds reading John Calvin a spiritually profitable experience.

The great literary critic and professor Alan Jacobs recently wrote, after returning to Calvin’s Institutes:

I consistently find him to be dour, rigid, cold, insensitive to the human condition, and prone to make...

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I recently reviewed Geordan Hammond and David Ceri Jones’s George Whitefield: Life, Context and Legacy (Oxford, 2016) at the Journal of Religion. This book reflects the latest in scholarly approaches to Whitefield and early evangelicalism, and is definitely not in the hagiographical...

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Mark Noll, writing in The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith (IVP Academic, 2009):

It is as if the globe had been turned upside down and sideways.

A few short decades ago, Christian believers were concentrated in the global north and west, but now...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 14:12

Presbyterian Pentecostals?

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Douglas Winiarski (Univ. of Richmond) has a remarkable article in the latest William and Mary Quarterly on the history of the jerking exercise, or the “jerks,” in the Second Great Awakening. Religious historians since the 1800s have often alluded to outbreaks of the jerks in the...

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A 72-minute documentary, Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey, is now available for free on Netflix for its subscribers.

The film, produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is (as one would expect) uniformly laudatory regarding the evangelist’s remarkable life and influence for...

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We are pleased today to run this guest post by church historian Jason G. Duesing, author of Mere Hope: Life in An Age of Cynicism (B&H Books, 2018). Dr. Duesing serves as Provost and Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Midwestern Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter.

For...

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The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Poems and Devotions (available in paperbackleather, and audio) is a modern-day spiritual classic.

But few people know who was behind it, where the prayers come from, and how they were collected.

Here is an FAQ, based on what I can...

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As Justin Taylor’s recent post noted, the great Princeton theologian B. B. Warfield was already registering doubts about the meaning of the term “evangelical” in 1915. The current religious debates we often see as brand new (such as “who is an evangelical?”) have deep...

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In their helpful survey essay, “Evangelicals and Evangelicalisms: Contested Identities,” Andrew Atherstone and David Ceri Jones dig out some quotes from 1915, where Princeton Theological Seminary professor B. B. Warfield on the death of the term evangelicalism.

Addressing the...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:49

What Fundamentalists in America Had in Common

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In 2007, Wipf & Stock published a 1973 history dissertation out of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln by Robert E. Wenger, who has served for many years as professor of history at what is now Cairn University.

The subject of his dissertation was on Social Thought in American...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 13:42

A Baptist Abolitionist Appeals to Thomas Jefferson

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The Rev. David Barrow came of age during a time when white Virginia evangelicals might be opponents of slavery. During the era of the American Revolution—and before the rise of the Cotton Kingdom—antislavery sentiment was not unusual among white Baptists and Methodists. But the depth of...

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In 1998, two thirty-something Southern Baptist church elders—Mark Dever (b. 1960) and Matt Schmucker (b. 1962) of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.—founded the Center for Church Reform, later renamed 9 Marks in the early 2000s.

Their purpose is “to equip church...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 01:46

80 Years Ago Today: R. C Sproul Was Born

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Robert Charles Sproul—called by his parents R. C. Sproul III—was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on February 13, 1939, the second child of Robert Cecil and Mayre Ann Sproul.

An avid Steelers and Pirates fan, sports were a big part of his life. But at the age of 15, R.C. had to drop out...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 13:54

Introducing My New American History Textbook

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Visit B&H Academic for more information about American History vols. 1 and 2, and to order a review copy for your American history courses.

Authors: Thomas Kidd...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 13:43

Patriots and Pastors: The Case of Jonathan Mayhew

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Was the American Revolution a war of religion? Most historians think not, or at least that religion did not cause the Revolution. But short of causation, there were a host of connections and resonances between religion, ministers, and the Patriot movement.

One of the most intriguing discussions of...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 13:55

A Christian Case for the History Major

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Today’s guest post comes from Jonathan Den Hartog, professor of history at the University of Northwestern—St. Paul. He is the author of Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation (University of Virginia Press, 2015).

In a recent...

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The Great Awakening of the 18th century strengthened American religion, but damaged America’s churches. The revivalists’ critics, and their more cautious supporters, believed that traditional church life was being jeopardized by the converts’ transcendent spiritual experiences and...

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Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:00

A Four-Step Program to Become a Church Historian

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Church historian Carl Trueman once wrote: “If I had my time over again, I would have studied patristics rather than [the] Reformation.”

Michael Haykin—my “doctor father” who serves as professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and director...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 13:43

The Danger of Politicized Pastors

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We often think of today’s politics as especially fractious. But at least by the 1800 presidential election, America had already adopted many of the features of its no-holds-barred campaigns. In particular, the 1800 election between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson saw vitriolic attacks on...

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