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Four Thoughts on Persecution in America

Mar 29, 2017 | Kevin DeYoung

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While martyrdom is a special category set aside for a select number of Christians, persecution is the normal experience of every Christian everywhere.

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A Modest Proposal: Don’t Tell Everyone about Every Shooting

Dec 03, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung

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I have a modest proposal for our networks and news shows and the rest of our 24 hour media: don’t tell everyone about every shooting. Seriously. Make a pact to hold your peace. Be rogue and go silent. Decide ahead of time to treat the next story as a non-story. We don’t need to know every bad thing that happens everywhere. Local reporters, local stations, local pundits–go ahead and report on local news. If a shooting happens down the street, we should know about it. We may need to take precautions. We may have friends in the neighborhood. Our lives may be directly affected. But why turn every local tragedy into a national nightmare? This isn’t about indifference to suffering or refusing to hear about other people’s problems. This is about putting sanity ahead of selling advertisements. It’s is about journalists prizing accuracy over urgency. It’s about media outlets having enough self-restraint to realize a ratings explosion isn’t worth the price of panic and misinformation. We don’t have to stop the world yet again to let another killer have his day. I’m not saying we cease trying to find solutions to widespread societal problems. But it’s usually difficult to tell what those solutions are in the moment. The grief and sadness are obvious, the sensationalism and posturing don’t have to be. No one considers it insensitive that we don’t hear about every car accident or every cancer case or everyone who falls off of something–even though Americans are more likely …

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The Sunday Worship Killer

Jul 21, 2015 | Jason Helopoulos

Few things harden the soul, deaden the heart, close the ears, and chill the affections more. It serves as one of the greatest weapons of our adversary, though few recognize it….Donning the robes of the critic maims and kills many would-be worshippers in churches every single Sunday morning.

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10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God

Jun 25, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung

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How could one not be moved by the events in Charleston last week? Indeed “moved” is hardly a sufficient verb. We need words like heartbroken, appalled, grieved, outraged, and disgusted. Nine brothers and sisters murdered, and after being so kind to the killer that he almost didn’t go through with his wicked machinations. How can this happen? In America? In 2015? In a church? And inspired by the kind of racist beliefs we’d like to think don’t exist anymore? But they do exist, even if (thankfully) not like the used to. Charleston is a beautiful city and there have been beautiful gospel scenes broadcast from that city in these last days. But obviously all is not beautiful in South Carolina, just like all is not beautiful in Michigan, and all is not beautiful in the human heart. I’ve grown up my whole life hearing that racism was wrong, that “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior” (to use one of the first definitions that popped up on my phone) is sinful. I’ve heard it from my parents, from my public school, from my church, from my college, and from my seminary. The vast majority of Americans know that racism is wrong. It’s one of the few things almost everyone agrees on. And yet, I wonder if we (I?) have spent much time considering why it’s wrong. We can easily make our “I hate racism” opinions known …

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15 History Books for Your Summer Reading

Jun 18, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung

“Do you know of any good history books I should read this summer?” If that’s your question, I have 15 suggestions for you. Here are 15 history books pitched at a popular level (or at least accessible to a wide audience) that I’ve read and enjoyed. What If? The World’s Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been, edited by Robert Cowley. A great example of counterfactual storytelling. The chapters on Sennacherib and Jerusalem, the Mongol invasion that didn’t happen, the fog that saved Washington’s army, Lee’s lost order, the disaster that should have been Midway are just some of the provocative “what if’s” you’ll consider in this creative and informative collection of essays.   Tom Holland, Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic. A complex history told very well. No footnotes, but historically robust and readable.       David McCullough, 1776. My favorite McCullough book, which is saying something. Start it today and I bet you’ll be finished before July 4.       Paul C. Gutjahr, Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy. A model academic biography that is structured in such a way as to be eminently readable. It will be hard not to like Charles Hodge after reading this book.     Thomas Fleming, A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War. Fleming argues that both sides had extremists with apocalyptic rhetoric who took all or nothing positions. Whether you agree with the thesis or not, …

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10 Reasons I’m Thankful for the Presbyterian Church in America

Jun 09, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung

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As my fathers and brothers gather this week to worship, laugh, pray, reminisce, and conduct the business of the church, I thought perhaps I could join in in some small way by reflecting on why I’m thankful for the PCA.

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The God of Justice Hates False Reports

Apr 21, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung

This post is not about any one thing in particular. And at the same time, it is about a great many things that take place on the internet. Here’s the Bible passage I want us to reflect on for a few minutes: “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit” (Exodus 23:1-3). I see at least four prohibitions in these verses. 1. Do not spread false reports. Obviously, this means we should not lie about other people or tell tales we know to be untrue. But it also means we should be careful not to spread false reports even if we honestly thought they were true. It is terrible thing to ruin someone’s reputation. Doing so by an honest mistake may make us feel better about ourselves, but it does nothing to help the rest of the world feel better about the person they now despise. Unintentional sins are still sins. Of course, we all make mistakes. We may later find out that the report we spread was not the truth we thought it to be. But in those unfortunate cases, will we make the announcement that we aired as widespread as the initial dissemination of the …

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More Book Briefs

Feb 19, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung

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I haven’t read these cover to cover, but I’ve read parts of all of them and plan to consult them again in the future.

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Book Briefs

Feb 18, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung

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Here are some of the books I’ve read over the past couple months.

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Books, Bio, and Such

Aug 22, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung

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I thought I’d finish this series by answering my own questions, not because there is anything special about my answers, but what’s good for the goose is good for the gander and all that jazz.

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