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

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:09

A History Summer Reading List

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As a follow-up to my “Choosing the Best History Books” post, I asked a few friends and historian colleagues to suggest books for a summer reading list. These could be in religious history or not; I told them I was looking for books that are “readable but also intellectually...

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In today’s post I am interviewing Dr. Agnes Howard, who teaches humanities and history in Christ College, the honors college at Valparaiso University, and serves there as senior fellow for the Lilly Fellow Program. She recently published Showing: What Pregnancy Tells Us About Being Human&...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 14:19

Choosing the Best History Books

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I routinely get questions from friends and readers about the best books on particular topics in history. The choices available to us are virtually infinite, especially with the advent of self-publishing and the digitization of older books.

As with everything in our consumer society, however, our...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 14:37

The Coming Storm for Christian Higher Education

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Today’s guest post is from Perry L. Glanzer and Ted Cockle. Glanzer is Professor of Educational Foundations at Baylor University where he is also a Resident Research fellow with the Institute for Studies of Religion. Ted Cockle is completing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Studies and Leadership...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 14:28

Tactile Religion in a Time of Pandemic

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Right before the shelter-in-place orders came down, churches (presumably not just in America) went through a short period of deciding what to do about what we might call “contact rituals”: greetings others around you with handshakes and hugs, or joining hands during a final hymn. My...

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 02:46

How My Sunday School Class Has Kept Meeting

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Churches in this crisis are understandably focused on how to keep services going. But an additional priority, for me as an adult Sunday school teacher, has been holding online class meetings since we can’t gather in person. It has actually gone quite well. This is how we’ve handled it.

My...

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Today’s post is by my Baylor colleague Philip Jenkins, writing at the Anxious Bench blog:

In 1874, legendary Baptist leader Charles H. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” published a commentary on Psalm 91, under the title “The Privileges of the Godly.” That psalm...

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Thursday, April 2, AD 33, in an upper room of a borrowed house in Jerusalem:

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had...

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The following is a guest post by Stephen Brett Eccher (PhD, University of St. Andrews; Reformation Studies Institute), assistant professor of church history and Reformation studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Stephen is married to Cara (20 years),...

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This is a guest post from Rev. Dr. Andrew M. Davis, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina.

On December 31, 2019, health officials from China alerted the World Health Organization of a new pattern of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan which they had never seen previously. By...

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Saturday, 07 March 2020 06:26

Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer (1950-2020)

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Today’s guest post is a reflection on the life and work of Edith Blumhofer, by Mark Hutchinson, professor of history and dean of the faculty of business, arts, social sciences, and education at Alphacrucis College in Australia.

History is made by unexpected people in unexpected places. It is a...

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Monday, 17 February 2020 13:25

Why Are There So Few Christians in Academia?

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Why are Christians – especially evangelical Christians – underrepresented on college faculties? The question itself is controversial. My Baylor colleague George Yancey has argued that he is more likely to experience discrimination in academia for being an evangelical than for being an...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 13:01

New and Notable Books – Winter 2020

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Here’s my latest edition of New and Notable Books. As a reminder, these suggestions focus on recent books in history, especially American history and religious history. These books certainly may interest fellow historians, but I also try to suggest ones that are accessible and (somewhat)...

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Monday, 27 January 2020 23:25

The Roots of Today’s Evangelical Crisis

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From my article at Desiring God:

Where did today’s evangelical crisis come from? The crisis did not result from evangelicals just becoming political, as evangelicals have been more or less politically involved since the Great Awakening of the 1740s. And it can’t just be that evangelicals...

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I have written regularly about avoiding bogus quotes on the internet, but there’s a related challenge: discovering the actual origins of phrases and quotes you’re researching. Especially when you’re dealing with material in the English language before the 1960s, you are likely to...

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On April 12, 1963—Good Friday—a 428-word open letter appeared in the Birmingham, Alabama, newspaper calling for unity and protesting the recent Civil Rights demonstrations in Birmingham.

We the undersigned clergymen are among those who, in January, issued “an appeal for law and...

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From Paul Mozur and Ian Johnson, at The New York Times:

A secretive Chinese court sentenced one of the country’s best-known Christian voices and founder of one of its largest underground churches to nine years in prison for subversion of state power and illegal business operations, according...

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Believe it or not, I get contacted regularly by reporters trying to confirm alleged quotes from the Founding Fathers. One recently asked me about the oft-cited quote, supposedly from Ben Franklin, that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” It sounds like something...

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Christianity Today released its annual books-of-the-year awards this week. Evangelical History readers might be interested in the winners for the category of history and biography.

Their overall winner was Kathryn Long’s God in the Rainforest: A Tale of Martyrdom and Redemption in...

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Evangelicals have always had a complicated relationship with the graves and relics of their heroes. On one hand, the heritage of the Reformation made them wary of Catholic excesses regarding religious devotions and relics. On the other, evangelical heroes including George Whitefield and Jonathan...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 13:03

New and Notable Books – Fall 2019

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Here’s my latest edition of New and Notable Books. As a reminder, these are suggestions focused on fairly recent books in American history and religious history. These books certainly may be of interest to fellow historians, but I also try to suggest ones that are accessible and (somewhat)...

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Mark David Hall—the Herbert Hoover distinguished professor of politics and faculty fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University—is swimming against a certain scholarly stream in his new book, Did America Have a Christian Founding? Separating Modern Myth from...

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My colleague Samuel James—associate acquisitions editor at Crossway and the proprietor of the Letters and Liturgy blog—sits down with Thomas Kidd to discuss his book, Who Is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale University Press, 2019).

Authors: Justin Taylor...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 14:28

The Art of the Book Review

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Writers who publish books will find their books subjected to reviews. Although good book reviews are enormously helpful for keeping up with what’s happening in one’s field, for individual authors they can be frustrating, perplexing, and even paralyzing. Negative reviews can send writers...

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The question raised by my new book, Who Is an Evangelical?, is a historical as much as a contemporary one. One of the most obvious changes to the term historically is that until the 1800s, “evangelical” was almost always used as an adjective, not a noun, as in “evangelical...

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