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book-reviews

Book Review: Assimilate or Go Home by D. L. Mayfield

As we’ve discussed in the past, the evangelical memoir genre has become a trend in evangelical publishing and, like most publishing trends, it is very much a mixed bag. At its best, the genre is a refashioning of traditional conversion...

/ September 26, 2017

Two Cow Denominations

Calvinism – You have two bulls. They argue with each other incessantly. You have no idea what they are talking about. Appalachian holiness – You have two snakes. Acts 29 – You have a bull and a cow. They are...

/ September 14, 2017

On the PCA’s ‘Tim Keller Problem’

Last week Erick Erickson spoke up about a topic that many of my friends have also noticed and been concerned about for some time: In a denomination with few rockstars and even fewer mega-churches, there are a lot of young...

/ September 13, 2017

Evangelicalism’s ‘Flight 93’ Moment: Reflections on the Nashville Statement

What does the Nashville Statement mean? And to whom should we look to help us understand? Conservative evangelicals have been gripped by such questions since the CBMW released the statement two weeks ago. Yet while its advocates and defenders have...

/ September 12, 2017

The Christian Journalist in the Era of Fake News

From Jake: This is a great day for Mere Orthodoxy: We have our first long-form commissioned essay paid for by our generous patrons via our Patreon page. We’re kicking off our long-form series with an excellent piece from Gracy Olmstead...

/ September 11, 2017
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Mere Fidelity: Orthodoxy and Sexual Ethics

And…we’re back. After a long summer break, we have returned. We skip all the niceties and how are yous and plunge in to recent discussions about the relationship between ‘orthodoxy’ and sexual ethics. The Nashville Statement makes an appearance, of...

/ September 5, 2017

The Weightier Things of the Law: A Case Against Conscience-Binding in the Schooling Debate

As the nation’s schools continue to move down the path paved for them in the Obergefell decision, many Christian parents are pulling their children out of the public schools. Though the exact reasons for doing this vary from person to...

/ September 5, 2017

Why I Won’t Sign the Nashville Statement

The ongoing dispute over the shape and meaning of “evangelicalism’s” understanding of sexual ethics took a sharper, more institutionally focused form yesterday. The CBMW convened what they are calling a “Coalition for Biblical Sexuality,” and released a series of affirmations...

/ August 30, 2017

Patience and Hermeneutics: On Brian Zahnd, Marcion, and Origen

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Dr. Mark Randall James. Brian Zahnd’s new book, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, has invited comparison with one of the greatest of early heretics, Marcion. In a long and...

/ August 28, 2017

Paul and the Slave Girl: Racism and the Great Gospel Narrative

I’m pleased to publish this guest feature from Joseph Torres. It’s impossible to be a culturally aware Christian and not be sensitive to the high tension environment in which we live. Just last week, a protest was held in Charlottesville,...

/ August 18, 2017