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

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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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:37

A Bracing Conversion Story

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A lesbian at Yale starts exploring Christianity (a must read):

At the time, I knew two girls who were seriously dating each other. One was training to be a Lutheran minister. I wanted to know how they could reconcile their lives with Jesus and his teachings. They assured me that any appearance of...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 15:01

Former Fundie on Genesis 1

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“Former Fundie” Ben Corey notes that extraterrestrial life may be discovered on what Trekkies would call a likely “Class M” planet—a planet that has the conditions for supporting life. Does this shoot the literal reading of Genesis 1? Corey summarizes two responses to...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 15:30

Review: Brand New CSB Reader’s Bible

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I now own seven separate reader’s Bibles (not counting the many I can make digitally in Logos and other apps), and I wish for the world to know that I got on the reader’s Bible bandwagon before there was one, back in 2006 (?) when it was more like a soloist cart.

And the sad/funny thing...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:33

Should I Sign A Reforming Catholic Confession?

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A friend writes:

I am confused and maybe I have jumped to conclusions about the Catholic Confession of Faith issue. But, it sounds like we, as conservatives, are tying to come together with Catholics. Is that the way I am to take it? Or, am I wrong? I certainly hope that isn’t what this is all...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:07

Conservatives and Liberals in Biblical Studies

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Josh Berman, professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University and author of the Oxford title Inconsistency in the Torah: Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism, writes:

In biblical studies, there are two types of practitioners: genuine scholars, and conservative scholars. The former...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 04:07

Review: Lila

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imageI’ve got two hypotheses about this well-written book. Both are bracing, and both very clearly reflect my own worldview. If any reader doesn’t share that (Christian, biblicist) worldview, I still welcome any wisdom you can provide to help me decide between my two hypotheses.

First...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:42

Social Justice’s Warrior Children

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David Brooks:

The mob that hounded [Google engineer James] Damore was like the mobs we’ve seen on a lot of college campuses. We all have our theories about why these moral crazes are suddenly so common. I’d say that radical uncertainty about morality, meaning and life in general is...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:42

Social Justice’s Warrior Children

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David Brooks:

The mob that hounded [Google engineer James] Damore was like the mobs we’ve seen on a lot of college campuses. We all have our theories about why these moral crazes are suddenly so common. I’d say that radical uncertainty about morality, meaning and life in general is...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 15:14

Review: Deep Work

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imageDeep work is becoming “increasingly valuable in our economy.” Knowledge workers have to set themselves apart from each other in order to succeed, and the myriad electronic temptations out there, social media foremost among them, are frittering away our best work time.

This is a helpful...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 15:14

Review: Deep Work

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imageDeep work is becoming “increasingly valuable in our economy.” Knowledge workers have to set themselves apart from each other in order to succeed, and the myriad electronic temptations out there, social media foremost among them, are frittering away our best work time.

This is a helpful...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:19

Barbershop Thursdays

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I just watched this four times in a row. While getting *lots* of other work done. Love these SNOBS.

Is there a better tag in all of barbershop?

Authors: Mark Ward...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 11:35

Liberals Are Eating Their Own

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Liberals are eating their own. The Google Engineer who wrote a piece appealing to science to explain gender differences, and who has received massive blowback (including a denunciation from the new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance), doesn’t sound like a...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 11:35

Liberals Are Eating Their Own

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Liberals are eating their own. The Google Engineer who wrote a piece appealing to science to explain gender differences, and who has received massive blowback (including a denunciation from the new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance), doesn’t sound like a...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 08:54

Why I Attended the Bible Faculty Summit

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Last week I attended the Bible Faculty Summit, held this year at Appalachian Bible College. I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship, the papers, and the hospitality shown by the school (and particularly the faculty liaison, John Rinehart).

It was something of a grueling trip across the country, however,...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 08:54

Why I Attended the Bible Faculty Summit

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Last week I attended the Bible Faculty Summit, held this year at Appalachian Bible College. I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship, the papers, and the hospitality shown by the school (and particularly the faculty liaison, John Rinehart).

It was something of a grueling trip across the country, however,...

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