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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Friday, 21 April 2017 08:19

The Comfort of Christ as King

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Oh, this is a comforting word to a believing heart, for without Christ, man is subjected to many raging tyrants who are not kings but murderers, at whose hands he suffers great misery and fear. These are the devil, the flesh, the world, sin, also the law and eternal death, by all of which the...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 12:33

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation XLV

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Meditation XLV

Upon a Beehive and a Wasp’s Nest

Those two insects have, as naturalists observe, a likeness in sundry practiculars: The wasps have one common habitation, as well as bees, and are under the government of a king; who, as the king of bees, is the largest and most beautiful among...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:47

Doddridge on being a minister

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Philip Doddridge, D.D., in Lectures on Preaching and the Several Branches of the Ministerial Office, 1808, Boston. The lectures were not published until after Doddridge had died. A short biography may be found here. Dr. Doddridge begins his lectures with 13 general comments about how one can...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 10:21

Amos: How Politics Relates to Theology

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The prophet Amos begins with a denunciation of the rapine and ravage of the nations against their neighbors. The God of Israel sees what these foreign countries and kings have done and pronounces judgment against them. Thus, the God of Israel was not a local deity concerned with getting his share...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 19:13

The resurrection

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The Christian hope is not delivery from the body (the Greeks had an expression: the body is a tomb), but from corruption. If one were to know the body only as it is after the Fall, it would seem the body is inherently corrupt. But the Christian knows the corruption of the body is abnormal, a curse.

A...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 20:46

Samuel Rutherford on how we Misjudge God

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Samuel Rutherford in Sermon 1 of the Trial and Triumph of Faith explains why we often do not understand what God is doing. First, we must understand that God’s Providence is complex: God uses even sin for His own ends:

The Providence of God hath two sides; one black and sad, another white and...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 05:17

Complacency Autonomy

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Paraphrasing Job, Goethe begins Faust in the Heavenly Court, where Mephistopheles complains that men torment each other so thoroughly that he hardly wants to bother them. In response, the Lord asks the devil if he knows “his servant” Faust, to which the devil responds, “He serves...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:11

What we lost

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We lost an established body of songs. Hymnals communicated that a church had an established collection of songs. This, in turn, communicated that its songs were vetted carefully and added to its repertoire only after careful consideration. 

Read the rest from Mr. Challies To the reasons he...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 03:24

What is it to be God?

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I answer, To be a God, take it in the general, is to give being to the creature that had no being of itself, and to protect and preserve the creature in its being: in a word, to be a creator; for providence is the perpetuity and continuance of creation. This is to be a God. The office of God, as...

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Friday, 31 March 2017 07:59

The Lamb Approaches his Murderers

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The deepest significance of this act of our Lord will be understood only when it is brought into direct connection with the history of His Passion. Voluntarily does the Lamb approach His murderers now that the time of slaughter has arrived. By such a public step He guards on the one hand against an...

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For a dedication copy of my treatise: Since I know that you probably will not read it, and if you did would not understand it, and if you understood it would take exception to it, may I direct your attention only to the externals: gilt-edges and Morocco binding.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 05:53

O For a Thousand Tongues, Text History

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O FOR a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of his grace! 2 My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread through all the earth abroad, The honors of thy name. 3 Jesus! the name that charms our fears, That bids...

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His own own experience, rather than any theoretical requirements, convinced Kierkegaard that man’s real predicament is to be placed between a thoroughly esthetic way of living and a thoroughly religious one. No permanent footing can be maintained on a purely ethical basis, and in this respect...

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 01:07

Heretica and Hysteria on Campus

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 A wide range of psychological tests conducted by Wason and others cited by Haidt provide no evidence whatsoever that the professoriate is any more likely than a less educated cohort to think independently, that is, to process fresh ideas and to draw from them anything but the officially...

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Walking through court downtown Los Angeles: A group of lawyers. One jokes about the other being arrested (you could be arrested for contempt if you make the judge angry – a very rare circumstance).

“I don’t want to bail you out tomorrow”, says one lawyer to another. The group...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 14:10

John Calvin: The World as a Theater

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Therefore, because God has put us in this world as in a theatre, to contemplate his glory, let us acknowledge him to be such as he declares himself to us, and because he gives us the second instruction which is even more familiar in his word, let us be more confident and stirred with a burning zeal...

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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.

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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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