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

By Faith We Understand - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:05

Authorized on Crossview Podcast

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I like Alastair Roberts. Here’s some wisdom for you (emphasis mine):

Progressive versus conservative evangelical spats are one of the very worst things about Twitter, which is really saying something. Such arguments illustrate just how poor a medium Twitter can be for productive conversation,...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 13:41

Psalm 2 at Christmas

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I was given the privilege of preaching briefly this morning at my church after our annual Christmas program, and I chose what might seem an odd passage for Christmas: Psalm 2.

During the time of year at which we are celebrating what is in one sense the beginning of Jesus’ story, the birth of...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:32

Condoms and Consent

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Mark Regnerus in Public Discourse:

Saying that it’s all on men to change their behavior may signal progressive virtue online, but it will do little to diminish real-life grief. The realities of sexual exchange will not disappear and cannot be eviscerated by fiat or reformed by speech rules....

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:57

Authorized on Lexicon Valley

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Check out my interview with John McWhorter on his Lexicon Valley podcast! McWhorter actually read the book, and I concur with him when he says in the piece, “I get it, Mark.” He does, he clearly does. I’m praying that a lot of Christians join him in getting it.

And for you...

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A top-rated relative asked me what I thought of Peter Wehner’s piece in the New York Times, “Why I Can No Longer Call Myself An Evangelical Republican.” This was my reply:

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I kept saying “Amen” the whole time. I feel the pain of anyone who is sick, sick, sick of being...

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Friday, 08 December 2017 07:06

Thanks for Praying

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I talked with John McWhorter this morning for about 45 minutes to record an episode of Lexicon Valley focused on my new book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. I’m an even bigger fan of the guy after this experience; I’m still both shocked and over the moon that...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 21:00

Dating in the Fifties, Sex in the Sixties

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image Probing thoughts from Kenneth Woodward, long-time religion correspondent for Newsweek(as in 1964–2002!), in his fascinating memoir, Getting Religion:

Most adolescents in the Fifties were raised to observe certain sexual limits—just as lovers did in the movies from which we took our...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:55

MacCulloch on the Reformation and Homosexuality

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imageAt the very end of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s magisterial (what other word is there for such a book?) The Reformation: A History, he offers some brief assessments of where the various Christian churches are today. This is one comment he makes about the movement that arose out of the subject...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:24

Rusting the Sword of the Spirit

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I heard Mark Noll say this a while back, and it was really striking. May it not be true of me or you (cf. Matt 7:1–5):

The Bible has been a great weapon for attacking people you don’t like: “You shall not crucify me on a cross of gold!” It has been a much rustier sword when...

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imageWhat Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I find it incredibly refreshing to find any writer who sees through the tempting veneer secularism has laid not just on our politics but on our lives. It’s a tempting veneer, because it is very...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 02:31

Two Pieces of Podcast News

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  1. I recently talked to Isaac Dagneau of Back to the Bible Canada’s InDoubt podcast about English Bible Translations. Give a listen!
  2. I’d like to ask something I never have: would some of you, blog audience, be willing to pray just once for me as I go on another podcast this week? I’ll...

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Just a short reflection on the argument among Reformed theologians about theology proper (read, for example, Frame’s review of James Dolezal here and here).

I think some of my brothers and sisters in Christ are looking to confessions and scholastic categories and other elements of...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 01:54

I’ve Got an Article in a New Book

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The new Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia has an article in it from yours truly, namely “Love.”

A few friends have credits, too, including (but not limited to) Joe Tyrpak on David Brainerd (he wrote his DMin dissertation on Brainerd); Ryan Martin; and Nathan Lentfer.

I counted at least six...

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A friend is doing some study on same-sex attraction and asked me if I had any resource recommendations. Here’s my reply.

Here are a few things to look at:

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 12:11

Mark Ward Interviewed by Bible Buying Guide

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I was recently interviewed by Randy Brown of the Bible Buying Guide. He asked me about Bible editions of all sorts.

Authors: Mark Ward...

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Friday, 03 November 2017 08:30

David Brooks, Harvey Weinstein, and Original Sin

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I always like David Brooks, even when I have to disagree—or quibble. Not that he should care what an obscure redheaded conservative Christian blogger thinks… Except that I think he pays attention to religion in a way no other opinion columnist at the New York Times does, aside of...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:05

Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible

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image Pre-order the book in Logos here and in print here. The book should be available for pre-order on Amazon soon.

Authors: Mark Ward...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 13:05

Review: The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse

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imageThe Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good-hearted, tough-minded, generous, hopeful, Mr.-Smith-goes-to-Washington who nonetheless knows his Augustine (and, more importantly, his Paul) well...

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The first of Luther’s 95 Theses was basically a critique of Jerome’s translation of “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jerome had translated this poenitentiam agite, which renders something like “Do penance.” Luther, just a few months after writing...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 06:04

Sloganeering: A Choose Your Own Adventure Post!

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This is a choose your own adventure post. You make it what you want! See below!

Not long ago my little budding reader, six years old, noticed in a liberal relative’s home a sign full of slogans. This is the one:

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He read it out loud flawlessly. I was rather impressed (as was our beloved liberal...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 03:00

How to Think about your Political Opponents

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Alan Jacobs is interviewed by his now-unbelieving former Wheaton student, Emma Green, who nonetheless provides insightful journalistic coverage of evangelicals. They discuss his new book How to Think.

And Jacobs says this:

Conspiracy theories tend to arise when you can’t think of any...

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imageI read pretty much anything Alan Jacobs publishes. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds was yet another great read.

This book is Alan Jacobs not half-baked but maybe 90% baked, and it’s still a fantastic read. It felt to me like one long essay, very much in the Jacobs style,...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 11:16

Tentative Thoughts on VidAngel

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I am so far from telling other Christians what they should do with VidAngel. So far. I don’t want to be a member of the Fraternal Order of Discernment Police. I’m just wary of my own flesh. I hate the feeling of spoiled pleasures; I love the feeling of pure ones.

I’m putting this...

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