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

Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:54

My Worst-Selling Book Featured

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I kind of stumbled into becoming an author. I began as a reader and a thinker in the church, connecting a lot of dots in my reading that led to more convictions and questions. And I couldn’t find the next book I wanted to read. So, I wrote it. My...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:14

The spiritual ontology of the Church Featured

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There is a certain view of church that regards it (especially as expressed in the local congregation) as a ‘voluntary association’. The idea has been notably prevalent among Christians in the United States, but has been...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:27

Living with Anxiety Featured

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Jan 16, 2020
As one of the many people living with an anxiety disorder, I hope to use this article to pass along a few things I have learned which might prove beneficial to you, and as always to dispel certain misperceptions. Rather than sticking to my usual essay...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:00

Struck Down but Not Destroyed Featured

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Following a discussion of various conspiracy theories, bad driving, and why the Spinners will never record episodes while in a car with Aimee at the wheel…the conversation turns to the topic of anxiety. To broach the subject, the...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 22:07

Who Drops Dead in the New Testament? Featured

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You learn a lot about what matters to someone by what drives them to extremes. Think of a person camping out, lining up in the rain, to get concert tickets. Think of a couple paying physical and emotional costs to adopt a special needs child...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 19:28

Mary Honywood and Her Flickering, Unquenchable Faith Featured

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Jan 14, 2020
Mary Honywood and Her Flickering, Unquenchable Faith By 1558, most Londoners had come to loath Mary Tudor’s systematic executions of Protestants. Keeping the throngs away was in the crown’s best interest. On...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 19:36

Doctrine of God and Church Discipline - Q A Podcast Featured

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Jan 13, 2020
Doctrine of God and Church Discipline - Q&A Jonathan and James answer a few listener’s questions as a follow-up to a prior episode. Our hosts address the question of how one can know if Scripture is speaking...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 06:17

Solitude Improved Featured

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Jan 10, 2020
Nathanael Ranew died in 1677, "a judicious divine, and a good historian."[1] He had served as vicar in Felsted, Essex, until his ejection in 1662 for nonconformity, after which he moved twenty miles south to teach in the town of Billericay. Well-regarded...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 04:33

Access to God (Romans 5:2) Featured

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Jan 9, 2020
As I begin the New Year, I find myself meditating on the fruits of justification by faith, especially the great principle that it brings us access to God. Paul says that through Christ, “we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 00:25

Communing with Christ in the Supper Featured

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Jan 9, 2020
Recently, a video of Francis Chan surfaced in which he tries to explain what he now believes about the real physical presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. Without wishing to dissect the many erroneous arguments Chan made about the...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 03:56

The Forsaken Monarch Featured

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Over the Christmas and New Year holiday, I treated myself to read Volume II of Amy Mantravadi’s Chronicles of Maud series, The Forsaken Monarch . At first, I couldn’t decide whether to read it on Kindle or in print, as I didn’t know if I...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 13:00

Lessons Learned Featured

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Jan 8, 2020
Todd’s been summoned to host a popular TV show, but Carl and Aimee guarantee that they can handle this week’s episode without his coaching. The two have learned a few things this past year that they’re willing to share. Carl discusses...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 19:34

B. B. Warfield – Not a Solitary Theologian Featured

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B. B. Warfield – Not a Solitary Theologian Due to a need for brevity, many articles on Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851-1921) focus on his theology and his devotion to his wife, whose illness kept the couple close to...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 13:00

The Struggle in the City Featured

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Barry Waugh
Jan 7, 2020
Roman Catholics and Protestants alike often appeal to the massive body of works penned by Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. The thinking behind the Reformation was seeded by the ad fontes principle of the Renaissance, and for theologians those sources were...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 06:45

In Praise of Wisdom Featured

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Jan 6, 2020
Some find it misguided to praise men. It was, after all, the Corinthian problem that they openly declared their allegiance to men: Apollos, Paul, or Peter. In doing so they caused major divisions in the Corinthian church. But we are not, I think, to...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 11:32

Ten Posts from 2019 Featured

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Jan 3, 2020
Thank you for joining us at reformation21 , where we strive to encourage biblical thinking and holy living. As we look forward to the year ahead, here are ten articles that you may have missed in 2019: 10. Adam Parker, The Pastor as Hourly Employee?...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 23:32

My Top Five Books of 2019: the Unthank Edition Featured

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Jan 3, 2020
Roald Dahl provided for my wife and I, when we first got married, a proper philosophy of home with his memorable instruction, “Please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away. And in its place you can...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 13:00

A Textbook of Theology Featured

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Jan 1, 2020
The three Spinners are back in the bunker to recommend a book and discuss its highlights. The topic of this conversation is actually a textbook titled Introducing Evangelical Theology by Daniel J. Treier, published by Baker Academic. Written for...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 05:35

Calvin for 2020 Featured

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Dec 31, 2019
"What is it about Calvin that so inspires me? This: his disciplined style, his determination never to speculate, his utter submission to Bible words as God's words, his submission to Christ's Lordship, his sense of the holy, his concern to be as practical as...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 23:03

The Newton Guy Podcast Featured

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The Newton Guy Keith Plummer is professor at Cairn University teaching a variety of classes related to pastoral ministry, apologetics, and biblical courses. He also happens to work next door to Jonathan and James, lending a comfortable familiarity to...

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Friday, 27 December 2019 08:10

Alliance Year End Update Featured

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Dec 27, 2019
The Alliance shares the Gospel and proclaims biblical doctrine that encourages and equips the Church. Member prayer and support makes this work possible. If you would like to support the Alliance please visit AllianceNet.org/Donate

Authors: Robert Brady...

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Thursday, 26 December 2019 04:37

The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel Featured

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Dec 26, 2019
There are many occasions when what seem like throwaway remarks from Jesus say far more than we may realise. One in particular is heard in our Lord’s exchange with the Canaanite woman in the region of Tyre and Sidon (Mt 15.21-28),...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 22:18

Improving our Theological Memory Featured

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Dec 26, 2019
In the most recent episode of Mortification of Spin , we address the current retrieval of Classical Theism going on among Evangelicals. It’s a fascinating subject and one that merits careful consideration. If you are an armchair...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 13:00

Classical Theism - The Resurgence Featured

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Dec 25, 2019
Guess who’s on the Christmas naughty list? That’s right--all three Spinners! Aimee’s compared to Yoko Ono , Carl gets blamed for it, and Todd justifies his patriarchal household decisions. When the banter is finally...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 04:41

The Heart of Creation Featured

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Dec 24, 2019
Rowan Williams. Christ the Heart of Creation. Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018. Hardback. 304 pp. $42.99. Advent has given us room for much needed reflection on Christ’s miraculous birth. To that end, I'm happy to recommend Rowan Williams' Christ the...

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