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

Apologetic Report - memoirandremains

There is a contention that “inerrancy” is a bit of a new doctrine (something post-Hodge and Warfield) and is thus a bit of an invention:

The CSBI [Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy] goes on the defensive in article 16 when it affirms that inerrancy “has been integral to the...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 13:27

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation XLIV

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Upon a Physician Feeling the Pulse

 

How often and how exactly do physicians feel the pulse of their patients? Not a day passes without a strict observation of the motion that it makes, according to which they judge both of the greatness and danger of the distemper, and what issues are like to...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 02:06

Ethics of Gratitude 

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Patience, longsuffering and joy should continually be accompanied by a thankful spirit. In Christianity, someone has said, theology is grace, and ethics is gratitude. If God’s attitude and action towards us have been characterized by grace, our response to Him, in life and behaviour as well...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 05:02

Richard Sibbes: God is a Relationship

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But you will say, How shall we know that this covenant belongeth to us? that we are such as we may say, God is our God?I answer, first—to lay this for a ground—you must know that to be a God is a relation. Whosoever God is a God to, he persuadeth them by his Spirit that he is a God to....

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The previous post on this poem may be found here.

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I am to Christ more base than to a KingA mite, fly, worm, ant, serpent, devil is,Or can be, being tumbled all in sin,And shall I be his spouse? How good is this?It is too good to be declared to theeBut not too good to be believed by me.

This...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 11:02

A brawny conscience

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Sore laborers have hard hands

And old sinners have brawny consciences.

 

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Anne Bradstreet, Meditation XXXVI

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:58

The theological limitation of the DSM-5

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Nevertheless, the DSM-5 and the like fall short of describing physiologically verifiable trouble in two important ways. First, the diagnosis is based on theory that does not include a theological vision of humanity, which understand people to be active spiritual agents made to reflect the righteous...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 05:02

Masterpiece Cakeshop

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The First Amendment prohibits the government from telling private citizens “what they must say.” Agency for Int’l Dev. v. Alliance for Open Soc. Int’l, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 2321, 2327 (2013). It is undisputed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (the...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 04:52

Sennacherib

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The palace was built for Sennacherib

The palace was built for Sennacherib, renovated and expanded by Esarhaddon (681-669 BC), and renovated again by Ashurbanipal (669-627). It was partly destroyed during the Sack of Nineveh in 612 BC.

Sadly, the barbarians have damaged the site (while they were busy...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 06:52

Euripides, Hebuca.2

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Lines 11-20

My father quietly sent a fortune

In gold with me, that should the Illian wall

Crash down, those living would not lack for life.

I was the youngest son of Priam’s house

And he sent me secretly from the land.

Of course, I did not carry any arms

Not even a lance, so young were my arms.

For...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:30

All the world’s an instrument

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I find it curious when scientists dealing with a true “hard science” run into evidence and find something did not “believe possible”

By analyzing the orientations of the metals in a set of these jar handles with dates from 750 to 150 BCE, the scientists were able to see...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:34

Is ADHD “an invention”

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In an interview with Spiegel, Kagan addressed the skyrocketing rates of ADHD in America. He attributes to “fuzzy diagnostic practices” and illustrated his point with the following example:

“Let’s go back 50 years. We have a 7-year-old child who is bored in school and disrupts...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:20

Ian Murray, on preaching

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“Preaching is not men teaching from the Bible; it is God teaching from the Bible through men.”

Shepherd’s Conference, March 1, 2017

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:18

Euripides, Hecuba.1

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Here is the first lines of Polydorus’ introduction to the play Hecuba.

Polydorus

I have come, leaving the depths of the dead,

From the Dark Gates, where Hades dwells apart

From other gods. I am Polydorus

The son of Hecuba, of Cisseus;

Priam my father. After Priam feared

That danger from the Hellenes...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 10:41

The Faerie Queene: The Temptation of Mammon

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Book II of the Faire Queene concerns the Knight Guyon, who represents the virtue of temperance. In Canto VII he comes upon an “uncouth, salvage, and uncivile wight”. Spenser describes him as follows (the strange spelling goes away when you read it out loud):

 

His iron Coat all...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 13:20

Understand before you speak

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Advice from John Calvin on comforting others:

Here we have Eliphaz telling Job that God punishes the wicked to show that he is Judge of the world and that they are wasting their effort fortifying themselves because they will not be able to escape his hand, for despite their great numbers and...

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The prior post on this poem may be found here.

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I know not how to speak’t, it so so good:Shall mortal and immortal marry? nayMan marry God? God be a match for mud?The King of Glory to wed a worm? Mere Clay?This is the case. The wonder too in bliss.Thy Maker is thy husband. Hearst thou this?...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 14:29

Iphigenia in Aulis (Euripides)

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In this scene, the slave of Agamemnon is carrying a letter which could jeopardize the progress of the Greek armed trip against Troy (it is to stop the sacrifice of Agamemnon’s daughter to satisfy Artemis). Menelaus, the husband of Helen, and thus the one who most personally desires the war...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 13:20

Sometimes you’d rather just have a map

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Once traveling, it’s remarkable how quickly faith erodes. It starts to look like something else — ignorance for example. Same thing happened to the Israelites. Sure it’s weak, but sometimes you’d rather just have a map.

— Peace Like a River

Leif, Enger

Actually, when the...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 09:58

A Script

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A fun thing about living in Los Angeles is seeing scripts before they are movies. Here is a part of script, written by someone which you might find fun to read.

EXTERIOR — NIGHT — EMPTY STREET

We look down the empty street. The Los Angeles River to the left, the field to the right. The...

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(Jasper)

Would God I in that Golden City were,With jasper walls all garnished and made swashWith precious stones, whose gates are pearls most clearAnd street pure gold, like to transparent glass.That my dull soul might be inflamed to seeHow saints and angels ravished are in glee.

The reference here...

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What is happiness that will expire, but misery at a distance?

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(Eugene Delacroix, Lion Rending Apart a Corpse)

The two estates of this and the other world are measured by time and by eternity as their just and proper measures, there being nothing in this world which is not as transient as time, nor in...

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From The Spiritual Chymist, William Spurstowe, 1666:  Upon Mixtures, Meditation XLII

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The wise God has so tempered the whole as state of man in this life, as that it consists altogether of mixtures. There is no sweet without sour, nurse our without sweetness. All simples [something simple is...

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