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The Stories of Two Barths: Chaser or Gateway Drug?

Sep 09, 2016 | Justin Taylor

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The editor of an introduction to Barth’s Church Dogmatics argues that we should view Barth as a gateway drug, not as the chaser that ends the party.

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Introducing the New Evangelical History Blog with Thomas Kidd

Jun 06, 2016 | Justin Taylor

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I am happy to announce a new blog venture at The Gospel Coalition entitled “Evangelical History,” which will be run by Thomas Kidd and me.

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90 Years Ago Today—The Mysterious Disappearance of the Preacher Aimee Semple McPherson: An Interview with Matthew Avery Sutton

May 18, 2016 | Justin Taylor

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What if I told you that one of the most famous fundamentalist preachers of the 1920s and 30s was not a man but a woman, and not just any woman, but one who went through two divorces and who became something of a sex symbol? What if I told you that one day she mysteriously disappeared? And what if I told you that she showed up five weeks later, claiming that she had been kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico? And finally, what if I told you that some people claimed that she was actually staying with a married man? I talk here with her biographer, Matthew Avery, about one of the more bizarre stories in 20th century fundamentalist-evangelical history.

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An Interview with George Marsden on His New Biography of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity

Mar 21, 2016 | Justin Taylor

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Historian George Marsden answered some questions about the genre of his new book on C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity,” including his background with Lewis’s works, how the BBC came to broadcast religious talks and how they became a book, why the book has had such staying power and influence, and what he’s working on next.

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An Interview with Thomas Kidd on American Colonial History

Mar 16, 2016 | Justin Taylor

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An interview with the prolific historian about his new book, exploring the clashing cultures and faiths of Indians, Africans, and Europeans in the New World.

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Don’t Have Time to Read Books? Try This One Weird Trick

Feb 02, 2016 | Justin Taylor

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If you don’t have time to read books, start reading chapters instead. Most people can read a page a minute, so if you determine to read a chapter a day, it will probably take you about 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have that kind of time, why are you reading this online?!

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A Recording of Charles Spurgeon’s Son Reading from His Final Sermon

Dec 31, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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Newly cleaned up audio from 1905.

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Christianity Today’s 2016 Book Awards

Dec 16, 2015 | Justin Taylor

CT announces a winner and an award of merit in 12 categories—plus their new “Beautiful Orthodoxy” category.

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What to Do If You Are Offended or Confused by Flannery O’Connor’s Stories

Nov 19, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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A little help for understanding the great Southern novelist and short story-teller (including audio of her reading one of her most famous works).

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“J. I. Packer in His Own Words”: A 20-Minute Documentary

Nov 03, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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A beautiful look at a godly and brilliant man.

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Two Concerns with Thomas Merton’s Vision of the Christian Life

Oct 27, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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In 1948 the brilliant author, poet, activist, and Trappist monk Thomas Merton published his influential spiritual memoir, which has become a classic. While beautifully written and fascinating, it is not without its problems. Here are two.

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C. S. Lewis on the Theology and Practice of Worship

Oct 19, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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A long post on Lewis’s understanding of praise, followed by a survey of his thoughts on the corporate nature of worship, including church music, liturgy, and the sacraments. I conclude with a brief analysis.

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George Marsden Lectures on C. S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity”

Sep 28, 2015 | Justin Taylor

A lecture by Professor George Marsden on one of the themes in his upcoming biography of Mere Christianity.

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What Was the First Study Bible in English?

Aug 07, 2015 | Justin Taylor

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A short summary from historian Jane Dawson on the first English Bible to have introductions, notes, maps, and illustrations.

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What the Original Really Means: An Exegetical Parody

Jul 29, 2015 | Justin Taylor

A classic illustration from New Testament scholar Moisés Silva.

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