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

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“Would you make Christ another Moses again? Is Christ your accuser or your Redeemer, Deliverer, Advocate, and Mediator? Has He only partly forgiven your sins or has He totally and completely forgiven them? Is He a complete or only a half Savior?” . . . Continue reading →

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The physician returns to the examination room with a clipboard, tired eyes, and a noticeable weight on his shoulders. “I’m sorry, ma’am,” he begins. “The results came back and the news is not good.” You think to yourself, “How can a child . . . Continue...

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 03:02

On Dying And Passing Away

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Though it is true that the figure "to pass away" is used in Scripture for death the expression "to die is used more than 10 times more frequently. In the ESV the verb "to die" is used 583 times. Americans have reversed the ratio. We are much more likely now to use the figure "to pass away" than to...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 02:03

Church Discipline Is Not Mean

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Rightly done, even if imperfectly, church discipline is an act of love that seeks the restoration of a brother or sister for that person's well being. It is, after all, "a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb 10:31). He is a "consuming fire" (Heb 12:29). Continue reading...

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In the last few days two different authors have published articles seeking to remind evangelical and Reformed readers first toward a “revival” model of piety and practice and then toward Pietism. These two movements are closely related historically and so I will . . . Continue reading...

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In recent weeks there has been a remarkable confluence of articles that, in their own way, are right on time. Let us start chronologically. In November John Frame reviewed James Dolezal’s excellent book, All That Is In God. In the course of . . . Continue reading →

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Anno, 1522. Did arise in Saxony Nicholas Stork, who boasted of dreams and visions and rejected the Scripture as being a carnal and literal rule. Antinomians call it carnal, literal, and legal. From him and others arose Thomas Muntzer, about anno 1524, . . . Continue reading →

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If I say to you the word “gospel” or “the gospels” you probably think of the canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. There are scholars, however, who do not accept the canonical gospels as “the gospels.” Rather, since the 1930s an . . . Continue reading...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 01:05

The Limits Of Cultural Liturgies

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The deeper problem here is hermeneutical. O’Donovan—and following him, Smith—fail to give sufficient attention to the Bible’s covenantal storyline, and how that storyline affects the authority of church and state. Specifically, the lessons of the kingdom of Israel transmit...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 02:44

In Defense Of Creedalism

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Thanks to Gary Johnson for forwarding to me a recent essay by Roger Olson, who is Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology of Ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. In that essay, “Against Creedalism: Why I Am A . . . Continue reading →

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The Daily Confession site takes you through the Westminster Shorter Catechism, the Children’s Catechism, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Westminster Confession, The Canons of Dort, and the Belgic Confession through the year. Each day a different document appears. The Daily Westminster brings up...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 02:32

Grammar Guerilla: Versus v. Verse

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Words are frequently learned aurally. After all, children learn their native language aurally until they learn to read. Even after we learn to read, however, we continue to collect new words through hearing them. I suspect that fact may account for the . . . Continue reading →

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Monday, 01 January 2018 10:30

Top Ten Posts Of 2017

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A belated Happy New Year from the Heidelblog! Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of you who read the HB in 2017 and to the thousands of you who listened to the Heidelcast. Together (between the Heidelblog and rscottclark.org) you downloaded pages . . . Continue reading →

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In the last few episodes we have been considering the biblical, ecumenical (or creedal) doctrine of the Trinity. The God who is, is one in three persons. The historic doctrine of the Trinity is very clear. It is also great mystery but . . . Continue reading →

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Friday, 29 December 2017 11:30

Begging The Question, Abortion, And Slavery

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Given America’s sad history with slavery and the shame with which it is regarded today one might think that defenders of Roe v Wade (1973) would be a little more cautious about the rhetoric they use in defense of what they regard . . . Continue reading →

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Earlier I wrote that there are two classes of Christological errors. That is not strictly true. There are three: those the deny the humanity (part 1), those that deny the deity, and those that deny the union of the two natures, e.g., . . . Continue reading →

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Because the Reformation began 500 years ago, because the Reformers are larger than life, because we often think of them as heroes, we might forget that they were once young men, college students, who were excited by new books, new ideas, and . . . Continue reading →

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In the spirit of Festivus, Reformed folk have historically had a lot of problems with both the ecclesiastical calendar, including advent, and Christmas. It is not because we do not heartily affirm the incarnation of our Lord—we do!—but because neither the Scriptures . . . Continue...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 00:25

Grammar Guerilla: Waxing Poetic Not Poetically

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Sportscaster Dick Enberg died at 82 today. One writer recalled him “waxing poetically” while calling a ball game. To wax poetically suggests that one is polishing one’s car while reciting Keats but that is not what the writer intended. Enberg may have waxed . . . Continue...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 02:31

Theft, Envy, And Private Property

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San Diego County has places of obvious beauty. Mt Palomar is grand and so are the beaches and, of course, the Pacific Ocean. My little corner of San Diego County (North County), has areas of quiet beauty. The back roads are quiet . . . Continue reading →

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The Reformation, in spite of its substantial contribution to the history of doctrine and the shock it delivered to theology and the church in the sixteenth century, was not an attack upon the whole of medieval theology or upon Christian tradition. The . . . Continue reading →

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Many today mistakenly interpret these religion clauses to mean something like, “Americans are tolerant of private religious conduct.” But mere “toleration” of “private” religious conduct was precisely what James Madison, a primary author of the Bill of Rights,...

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There is much consternation and joy about the announcement that the United States intends to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Some evangelicals and fundamentalists, perhaps inspired by a Dispensational understanding of redemptive history and their pre-millennial hermeneutic, are...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:48

Grammar Guerilla: Incredible And Incredulous

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It is easy to confuse two words when they have the same root. This is the case with the adjectives (words that modify nouns or persons, places, and things) incredulous and incredible. As incredible as it might seem and as incredulous as . . . Continue reading →

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