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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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 16:01

The Essence of Idolatry

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When I break God’s law, I stand above God’s law, and I feel like I am God, the one in control. Seeing myself as one who lives under the law is a constant reminder to me that I am not God but a creature, subject to his rule. The sheer delight Augustine found in stealing the mediocre and...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:41

Instead of Falling On Your Sword . . .

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. . . Swallow it. Here’s how, according to the Scientific American. Lesson One:

Essentially, sword swallowers have to figure out how to carefully align a sword with their upper esophageal sphincter — a ring of muscle at the top end of the throat– and straighten the pharynx,...

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[W]e should not approach the Bible as if it addresses all information in the world. One cannot look up 2 + 2 in the Bible and discover that the answer is 4. The Bible is not an encyclopedia, a dictionary, or a textbook. Nor did God mean for it to be treated in this way. Yet while the Bible does not...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:12

Are Emotions Morally Significant?

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Peter Leithart contrasts the answers given by Kant and Aristotle.

 In Aristotelian ethics, the passions aren’t a matter of choice, not in the moment when we experience them. Yet, emotions can be trained. . . . We aren’t responsible for the momentary experience, but we are...

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If you’re interested, you can see it at the Daily Timewaster.

Filed under: Apropos of Nothing

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 16:39

Voluntarism Divine and Human

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Voluntarism is the priority of will (and, on a right understanding, affection) over intellect. Joel Zartman explains why we should believe in human voluntarism but reject divine voluntarism.

Filed under: Anthropology, Theology

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 16:23

The Value of Accreditation

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People sometimes wonder why schools spend so much time and money achieving and maintaining accreditation. CHEA–the Council on Higher Education Accreditation–is the organization that accredits the accreditors. CHEA has recently released two documents explaining the value of accreditation...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 16:53

Like You’ve Never Seen Them

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I’d never really thought about how taxidermists learn their craft. I’d never considered what amateur or failed attempts at taxidermy look like. What happens to taxidermy gone wrong? It gets posted to “Bad Taxidermy.” Yup, there’s even a blog about that.

Filed under: Apro...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 16:27

Carl Trueman Defines Grace

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Grace is that aspect of divine action by which God blesses his rebellious creatures, whether through preservation (common grace) or salvation (special grace). It characterizes the manner in which he deals with those who through their rejection of him as their Creator and sovereign deserve nothing...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 16:22

Only in Minnesota

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Every February the city of Walker, Minnesota hosts the International Eelpout Festival on the frozen surface of Leech Lake. An eelpout, also known as a burbot or lingcod, isn’t pretty, but it’s good eating.

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Filed under: Minnesota

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 22:25

In the Nick of Time

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Kevin Bauder continues his response to Roger Olsonby contrasting Edward John Carnell’s definitions of Christianity and Christian fellowship with J. Gresham Machen’s.

Filed under: Ecclesiology, Evangelicalism, Fundamentalism, J. Gresham Machen

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 16:22

The Legend of Bass Reeves

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He was an amazing U. S. Marshall who patrolled the Indian Territory. He was African American, an escaped slave. He was illiterate but highly intelligent. The story’sat Atlas Obscura.

Filed under: Apropos of Nothing

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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The inspiration of Scripture refers to that act whereby the Holy Spirit came upon the authors of Scripture, causing them to write exactly what God intended, while simultaneously preserving each author’s writing style and personality. This supernatural work of the Holy Spirit upon the human...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:37

If You Don’t Know John Dewey . . .

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. . . You should. No one has exerted a greater influence over American education. The Imaginative Conservative has reprinteda fine introduction to Dewey’s thought: “Theology and Liberal Education in John Dewey.”

Filed under: Conservatism, Education, How the Left Thinks, Philosophy

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:31

Michael Kruger on the “Miniature Codex”

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Kruger discusses these tiny books as a “curious example of early Christian devotion to Scripture.” At Cannon Fodder.

Filed under: Bibliology, Church History

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:26

The “Game of Thrones” Controversy

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Let’s be clear. Game of Thrones is vile. I read pretty widely, even among writers I disagree with. But there are some things I won’t read. I couldn’t get more than a few chapters into Game of Thrones; I threw the entire series away.

I haven’t tried to watch the series. Why...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 16:58

What Titus Found

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South African Pastor David DeBruyn draws a comparison between what Titus found in the holy placeand what lies behind forms, customs, and manners. He even includes an extended quotation from Weaver. Here’s DeBruyn:

What the sincerity-junkie cannot see is that there are reasons for formality...

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He’s not a fundamentalist. But He almost sounds like one.

What is the slippery slope? It is the unstoppable descent into liberalism and unbelief that begins when the authority of Scripture is compromised out of cultural accommodation. The slope is slippery because without the friction of an...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 16:38

Levels of Doctrine

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All Bible doctrines are equally authoritative because they are equally inspired (2 Tim. 3:16), but the Bible indicates that they are not all equal in terms of appropriate emphasis. The Bible emphasizes some doctrines more than others, and this emphasis is positively correlated with both the...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:17

Central Seminary’s Fall Conference

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As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we do well to reflect on its causes, context, and consequences. Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and for God’s glory alone are rallying cries which Central Baptist Theological Seminary has proudly...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 16:59

CHEA Advises USDE

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Under Executive Order 13781, President Trump has initiated a reorganization of the Executive Branch. Part of that reorganization involves soliciting suggestions for “in the organization and functioning of the executive branch.”

Seeking to implement the executive order, the United States...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 16:58

Backgrounds and Beliefs of College Freshmen

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All in an interactive graphic from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Filed under: America, Education

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 16:12

What Is Theology?

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What is theology? Is it wisdom? Science? Something else? Joel Zartman wrestles with this question and outlines the progression of historic answers at Unknowing.

Filed under: Theology

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 05:14

Understanding the Greek Orthodox Church

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For most American fundamentalists, the Greek Orthodox Church is utterly strange and foreign. Few fundamentalists read Orthodox material and even fewer understand it. For a good introduction into the East, read Understanding the Greek Orthodox Church, by Demetrios J. Constantelos, currently in its...

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In the new issue of Themelios, Don Carson offers some of the best counsel on ministerial retirement I have read. I think all ministry types ought to read this and keep it for a later date when we actually begin to ask this question. Now that I have reached my 6th decade, it comes up in...

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