Dr. Jeff Mallinson - 1517 The Legacy Project

1517. The Legacy Project

1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a message of hope for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources that strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered.

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Object Fixation and Christian Sexuality

When I was dean of theology at an interdenominational evangelical university, some of the freshmen guys started sharing their frustrations with me about a popular phenomenon: young men’s study groups centered on a book by Stephen Arterburn, Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time (2000). Arterburn shared a […]

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Why All The Fuss? The Difference between the Reformed and Lutherans on the Lord’s Supper

After several years of teaching church history and theology, it often remains hard to explain the divide between the Lutherans and Reformed (a.k.a. Calvinists) on the Lord’s Supper. After five hundred years of Protestantism, it certainly remains lamentable that evangelicals of various stripes remain divided. So what gives? Why couldn’t everybody just get along? It […]

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When Church is Like Comedy Traffic School

We all hate traffic tickets. One of the worst parts of getting pulled over isn’t just the hefty fine. It’s the way in which this can affect long-term costs like insurance or employment for driving careers. Fortunately, some states like California have comedy traffic schools that work to mitigate or erase the original ticket from […]

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Christianity? What Young Adults Are Saying To Me

Too often, well-intentioned Christian thinkers try to offer apologetic arguments that are related to questions few people are actually asking today, especially young people. These older apologetic arguments remain important as part of the overall network of beliefs and evidence for belief. Nonetheless, if we wish to treat apologetics as a practical endeavor for concrete […]

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The Holy Plumb Line

My favorite meal is the English Big Breakfast. It comprises a rashion of back bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried bread or toast with butter, sausages, and baked beans, black pudding (pork blood and oatmeal), bubble and squeak (scraps of vegetables from the grill piled together), and french fries. But I don’t order […]

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Pluralistic Courtesy – What’s Wrong With Apologetics? (Part 9 of 9)

Who would have thought that a Muslim, a Jew, a Hindu and a Christian would have bonded over their mutual frustration with a liberal Protestant lecture? On second thought, it should have been obvious. In a lecture, a well-meaning, progressive Oxford theology professor explained that he had discovered something that could bring peace to the […]

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Sectarian Xenophobia – What’s Wrong With Apologetics? (Part 7 of 9)

Most of us fear difference. But I’m drawn to difference. This isn’t because I’m better than others. I believe it’s psychological: partly genetic and partly because of my childhood experiences. You see, I was the oldest of eight children in a low-income home. For many years growing up, my siblings’ dietary schedule revolved not around […]

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St. George to the Rescue – What’s Wrong With Apologetics? (Part 6 of 9)

Apologetics is intellectual missionary work that provides reasons for belief. But Luther called reason a whore. Does this mean that apologetics is one missional avenue that faithful Christians shouldn’t trod? Instead of answering this question theoretically, perhaps it will be easier to illustrate the problem of understanding God through our human speculation by considering the […]

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Embarrassment – What’s Wrong With Apologetics? (Part 5 of 9)

I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean I love the country but I can’t stand the scene. These lines are from Leonard Cohen’s song “Democracy.” It’s about America. If we replaced “the country” with “apologetics” these words could just as easily apply to my feelings about the American evangelical apologetics industry. Sure, there were […]

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