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

Evangelical History - Apologetic Report
Written by:Thomas S. Kidd

My family and I recently returned from our first trip to Israel. We went with a group led by pastors from our church, Highland Baptist in Waco. As with so many who have gone to Israel, we found the trip to be spiritually invigorating and challenging. Seeing the...

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image The short classic The Life of God in the Soul of Man originated as a private letter of spiritual counsel to a friend, but Henry Scougal (b. 1650) allowed it to be published a year before he died in 1678 at the age of 27.

Sixty-eight years later, in the spring of...

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Written by:Thomas S. Kidd

We think of George Whitefield primarily as a preacher, but hymns were central to his vision of godly devotion and practice. Indeed, he and his associates became notorious for singing too much. One group of critics wrote in 1745 that “We think the practice of singing...

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Mildred Jeter of Central Point, Virginia, was only 16 years old when she became pregnant for the first time. Her child, Sidney, was born on January 27, 1957.

In June of 1958, now age 18, she discovered she was pregnant again. This time the father was 22-year-old...

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Written by:Thomas S. Kidd

When the Allies at long last launched the invasion of France in 1944, President Roosevelt explained D-Day in religious terms. Indeed, he did so not in a speech, but in a prayer for the soldiers and the nation. The prayer is the epitome of all that is good, and all that is...

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Here is an interesting evangelical cultural artifact from sixty years ago, when Rachel Saint (1914-1994)--missionary to Ecuador--appeared on the NBC television show “This Is Your Life.” The set-up for the program was that host Ralph Edwards would surprise his...

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On June 1, 1925, the Supreme Court issued one of its most important rulings ever on education and religious liberty. In its unanimous decision in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, the Supreme Court struck down one of the most obnoxious state laws in American history, a 1922...

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Historian Daniel K. Williams, in Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement before Roe v. Wade (Oxford University Press, 2016):

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Most histories of postwar American politics say almost nothing about the millions of Americans who opposed abortion before Roe v. Wade.

They do...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:18

Why and How John Piper Does Biography

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Historian John Coffey, in an insightful, critical analysis of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s use of history, noted:

Few pastors have displayed such a sustained interest in both reading and promoting church history, though a similar emphasis can be seen in the writings of the contemporary...

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Ben Franklin and George Whitefield were a true odd couple in the history of 18th-century friendships. Whitefield was the greatest evangelical preacher of the era, while Franklin called himself a deist and doubted basic points of Christian orthodoxy. As I show in my new religious biography of...

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Aimee Semple McPherson (1890–1944) was a flamboyant, controversial, immensely popular preacher who the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel—a Pentecostal denomination which still exists today (with 1,600 churches and a quarter of a million...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:43

Should Donald Trump Be Removed from Office?

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In light of the revelations about Donald Trump ostensibly revealing classified intelligence to Russian officials, and asking James Comey to back off the Michael Flynn investigation, some conservatives (not to mention liberals) are raising the possibility of having Trump removed from office....

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Monday, 15 May 2017 10:09

A Secular Biography of George Washington

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John Rhodehamel’s new George Washington: The Wonder of the Age is a model biography in many ways. It features brisk writing and easy command of the facts of Washington’s life, without feeling the need to give a blow-by-blow of the first president’s career. It is one of...

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Sixty years ago--on Saturday, May 11, 1957--;38-year-old Billy Graham arrived in New York City. That evening he held a press conference at the Hotel New Yorker and was interviewed by Walter Cronkite for the CBS Evening News.

It had been eight years since the lanky,...

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Historian Barry Hankins, in 2002, noted the following about popular Christian historian David Barton:

In Barton’s presentations, any statement uttered by a Founding Father that is positive toward religion is used to show that they were all Christians and that they all intended the United...

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I am skeptical about "The Enlightenment." This ideologically freighted term implies the inexorable progress of scientific humanist thought. Beginning in the 18th century, the theory goes, such enlightened thinking triumphed over...

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On May 6, 1977, R.C. Sproul (b. 1939) and the Ligonier Valley Study Center launched the monthly magazine Tabletalk.

On the 40th anniversary of this resource that continues to serve the church, we’ve asked Stephen Nichols—the President of Reformation Bible College and Chief...

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My new biography of Benjamin Franklin is now ‘in stock’ at Amazon and other retailers! As I was writing my 2014 biography of George Whitefield, and I dug deeper into Whitefield’s relationship with Franklin, I became convinced that there was more to the story of Franklin’s...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 10:05

The North Korean Revival of 1907

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Today as tensions between North Korea reach heights not seen since the 1950s, it is easy to forget that northern Korea used to be one of the Asian strongholds of Protestant Christianity. As Atlas Obscura recently explained, the city of Pyongyang became known to missionaries as the “Jerusalem...

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I recently read my friend Douglas Winiarski’s new book, Darkness Falls on the Land of Light: Experiencing Religious Awakenings in Eighteenth-Century New England. The book comes from the University of North Carolina Press, one of the most distinguished outlets for books...

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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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