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, 19 April 2017 21:32

Of Publishing and Platforms

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Karen Swallow Prior has a terrific post on the ways that author “platforms” can mislead prospective writers about what real influence entails.

Many [authors], understandably, are inspired to emulate the reach and influence of women like Ann Voskamp and Beth Moore. But they...

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Recently my family and I attended The Gathering at McLane Stadium at Baylor University. It was a follow-up to a similar event in Waco in 2015. The two primary emphases of the event were evangelism, and manifesting unity in the body of Christ. The event was...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:14

Pandering to Millennials?

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Should churches change for the sake of the rising generation? This is a perennial debate. At the Juicy Ecumenism blog, my friend Mark Tooley has given some historical perspective on why changing theology to suit the perceived preferences of the younger generation is always a bad idea....

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imageIt’s not every day that a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist-historian like Frances FitzGerald publishes a 752-page tome on the history of evangelicalism in America with a press like Simon & Schuster. The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America ...

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Today I am interviewing Mary Beth Swetnam Mathews about her new book Doctrine and Race: African American Evangelicals and Fundamentalism Between the Wars. Dr. Mathews is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Mary Washington.

[TK] In the early twentieth century,...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:57

Where Did the “Billy Graham Rule” Come From?

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A recent Washington Post profile of Vice President Mike Pence quoted a 2012 piece which said “he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife.”

Not surprisingly, revelation of this practice was met with a fair bit of...

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In 1997 Mark Noll wrote a book entitled Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity (now in its third edition). Written for laypeople and introductory students—the book began as an adult Sunday School course at Noll’s...

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The most celebrated and controversial episode in the history of American fundamentalism came in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, at the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” As I have written before, liberals and evolutionists blew the significance of the Scopes Trial out of proportion. But with the play...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 10:23

Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Father

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One of the main arguments of my forthcoming biography of Benjamin Franklin is that Christian relatives and friends left a deeper imprint on the “deist” Franklin than we have previously recognized. I have written here earlier about Franklin’s Calvinist sister Jane, but in this post...

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The recent media buzz that Russell Moore’s job was in jeopardy at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission happily turned out to be much ado about nothing . . . for the moment. Certain SBC churches, including Texas megachurch Prestonwood...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 23:31

A 2-Minute Introduction to Saint Patrick

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From Timothy Paul Jones’s Christian History Made Easy:

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Today marks the 250th anniversary of President Andrew Jackson’s birth. Jackson, elected to the first of two terms in 1828, has long been known as one of the most powerful presidents in American history. But Jackson’s legacy may have never been so often discussed as in the past several...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:30

A Tribute to Mark Noll, by Nathan Hatch

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Eerdmans has published a new book, releasing later this week, entitled Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism, edited by Heath Carter and Laura Porter. The book was inspired by and is dedicated to one of the great historians of religion in our time, Mark Noll, who recently retired...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:07

Why Are Academic Books So Expensive?

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Many an academic author has had the experience of proudly announcing the publication of his or her new book, only to have some grumpy person ask, “Why is it so expensive?” I’ve certainly had this experience with publications ranging from my...

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Amidst the growing furor over the costs and value of college education, one of the easiest political targets is professors with tenure. The Wall Street Journalrecently noted that

Republican lawmakers have introduced bills for the current legislative sessions to...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 08:20

Jonathan Edwards on Giving God Glory

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One of the most remarkable collections on the internet is the Jonathan Edwards Center‘s digital edition of Edwards’s vast corpus of writings and sermons. Many of these are contained in the published volumes of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, but many remain in manuscript and are only...

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Alister McGrath tells the story in his biography, J. I. Packer: A Biography (London: Hodder and Soughton, 1997; Grand Rapids: Baker, 1997), 24–26.

C. Owen Pickard-Cambridge, formerly a scholar of Balliol College back in the 1880s, was a clergyman of the...

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Sunday, 19 February 2017 16:03

The Faith of George Washington

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No historical subject is more debated today than the role of faith in the American founding. These debates often focus on the faith of the founding fathers: Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Madison, and George Washington. The debate certainly spurred me toward writing my forthcoming religious biography o...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:30

A Reformation Bibliography

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2017 is the 500th anniversary for the Reformation, built upon (but not limited to) when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church.

Thomas Kidd has already posted a number of recommended books on the Reformation from fellow historians and an interview with Thomas...

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 01:51

What “Revival” Really Means

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Kevin DeYoung hosts a great discussion here with Bryan Chapell and Richard Phillips about what real revival means and how it happens. They emphasize that real revival is only a work of the Spirit, and not something that churches can manufacture through special tactics or jacked-up emotionalism.

Prayi...

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Sunday, 12 February 2017 16:30

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey

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On February 12, 1554, 18-year-old Lady Jane Grey was beheaded after a 9-day reign as Queen of England,

To explain why, we first have to offer an all-too-brief primer on the political background of Tudor England up to this point.

Jane Grey’s grandmother was Mary Tudor, Queen of France and...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:50

What Christians Can Expect from Justice Neil Gorsuch

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Although I and many other evangelicals were in the #NeverTrump camp, few evangelicals or political conservatives are questioning the president’s choice in nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch appears to be an eminently qualified and articulate defender of judicial...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 16:33

The Gilded Age’s Crisis of Immigration

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The early weeks of the Trump presidency have been dominated by discussions of the ethics and propriety of his immigration policies. But Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries faced a flood of immigration that makes today’s issues look modest in comparison. Between 1877 and...

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Eugene Peterson (b. 1932), writing in Books & Culture and reflecting back to the early 1960s:

Although I had been a pastor for a couple of years, I had little interest in theology. It was worse than that. My experience of theology was contaminated by adolescent polemics and...

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Thursday, 02 February 2017 03:23

One of the Most Haunting Paragraphs I Have Read

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Since Frederick Douglass is in the news these days—with President Trump calling him “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice”—I thought I’d share a haunting paragraph from Narrative of the Life...

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