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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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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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 00:59

Lamin Sanneh (1942-2019)

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Yale Divinity School has announced the death of Lamin Sanneh, one of the most influential African theologians and historians of the past half-century. He is best known for books such as Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture and (my favorite book by him) Abolitionists...

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Today’s guest post is by Benjamin J. Wetzel. Dr. Wetzel is assistant professor of history at Taylor University.  He is currently at work on a religious biography of Theodore Roosevelt (under advance contract with Oxford University Press). 

Early in the morning of January 6, 1919,...

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Collin Hansen, editorial director for TGC, is my favorite theology journalist.

For the past ten years, at the end the year, he has been seeking to identify the top ten theology stories of the previous twelve months.

Last year he wrote:

When I began compiling these annual “top theology...

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Today I am interviewing Dr. Melani McAlister, professor of American studies and international affairs at George Washington University. She is the author most recently of The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals (Oxford, 2018).

[TK] Why do you take a...

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Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American female poet and a devout Christian, died on December 5, 1784. We can’t be sure of her birthdate, because she was born in West Africa and sold into slavery by 1761. This is from her profile at the Poetry Foundation:

Recent scholarship shows...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:04

C. S. Lewis, Public Intellectual

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Alister McGrath’s C. S. Lewis: A Life comes with endorsements from Tim Keller, N. T. Wright, and perhaps most weightily given the topic, from my Baylor colleague Alan Jacobs, who calls it “a meticulously researched, insightful, fair-minded, and honest account of a...

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The core convictions of evangelicals, including the need for salvation through Christ and the mandate to share one’s faith, are becoming increasingly incomprehensible to a post-Christian American culture. No better illustration of that incomprehensibility came in the media reaction to the trag...

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November 19 is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863, his most famous speech and one of the most famous in American history. He delivered the speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, four months after the conclusion of the Civil War’s...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:45

Graduate Work in Theology or History?

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I routinely talk to students who are interested in graduate-level study of the history of Christianity. What kind of program should they pursue? It makes a big difference whether you go into a religion/theology program, or a history department. For example, Justin Taylor and I both write about...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 13:08

Five Great Books on the Puritans

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Here’s my list of five great books on the Puritans, the endlessly fascinating founders of the New England colonies. The Puritans have attracted a great deal of scholarly attention, so there are lots of excellent books not included here. I am also focusing on books written by historians, not...

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