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, 01 November 2017 10:34

1st Cent. Communal Reading and Textual Transmission

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An interesting forthcoming look at public reading and textual reliability in the early church. This will be on my list.

I ultimately argue that communal reading events were already a prevailing practice over a wide geographic range in the first century CE, and that these events acted as a...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:34

Bertrand Russell on Math and Epistemology

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Now suppose that I am looking at a bright red patch. I may say ‘this is my present percept’; I may also say my present percept exists’; but I must also say ‘this exists,’ because the word ‘exists’ is only significant when applied to a description as opposed...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:35

I may have to pay more taxes! Yikes!

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Again a WI judge has struck down the Clergyman’s Residency deduction. It was reversed on appeal before. If it takes affect, it only impacts Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. But who knows . . . it might change things for all clergymen in time. We’ll see what the Seventh Court of Appeals...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 00:46

Bernard Williams on Descartes

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imageWatch this interview from 1987. A wonderful explanation of Modernity’s moorings.

Filed under: Philosophy, Theology, Uncategorized

Authors: Brett Williams...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 12:54

In case you were wondering if you have to tithe

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A new article in CT suggests that many church leaders say you don’t have to tithe to your local church. You can split it between them and other good work. Ok, so maybe I will just give a tithe of my tithe to my local church. Ok, so because I don’t believe in “storehouse”...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 16:29

Virtues, Vices, and the New Technologies

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Christians have always needed an interconnected set of virtues in order to pray well. Virtues refer to character traits, but character traits can be good or bad; we refer to these, respectively, as virtues and vices. . . . [O]ur new technologies tend to promote certain vices that hinder our ability...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:10

Paul Helm on the Benedict Option

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Helm critiques Dreher’s Benedict Optionhere. Worth a read.

 

The presence of two kingdoms is a fundamental teaching of Jesus, not a political re-positioning for tactical advantage. The Benedict Option does not recognize it as mandatory. In Christianity there is always the kingdom of...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 16:25

Technology and the Regulative Principle

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The new technologies’ emphases upon speed, efficiency, multitasking, multimedia presentation, and the like tend to make many characteristic features of Reformed worship—for example, pastoral prayers, the singing of psalms and hymns, sermons, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper,...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 16:57

Barrick on God’s Self-Existence

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God’s self-existence is fundamental to His being, and therefore to the gospel. Read Barrick’s discussion of divine self-existence here.

God’s self-existence makes Him the sole determiner of absolute truth — truth we can depend upon. God is someone we can trust completely. He...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 16:04

Dreher on the Medieval World

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Medievals experienced the divine as far more present in their daily lives. As it has been for most people, Christian and otherwise, throughout history, religion was everywhere, and— this is crucial— as a matter not merely of belief but of experience. In the mind of medieval Christendom,...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:28

The Recovery of Musical Conservatism

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Robert Reilly recounts a bit of recent musical history, including the contributions of Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt, and John Tavener.

Filed under: Conservatism, Culture, Music

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 16:12

Blue Collar Vocations

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Daniel Darling of the Ethics and Religions Liberty Commission argues that blue collar jobs need to be seen as legitimate vocations. He’s right.

Previous generations held up the trades—plumbers, electricians, line workers, factory foremen, and retail managers—as worthy vocations....

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 04:06

On Not Remembering Sermons

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I used to fret that I could remember very few of the sermons I had heard. Now I fret that I can remember very few of the sermons I preach. Still, I remember none of the details from the Latin lessons I took in school, and yet I can still pick up a book of Latin prose or verse and read it. We may...

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Peter Gurry elaborates on Pius XII’s Divino Afflante Spiritu and shows similarities between Evangelical and Roman views of textual criticism and inerrancy.

In the present day indeed this art, which is called textual criticism and which is used with great and praiseworthy results in the...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:05

The World’s Most Difficult Philosopher

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There is very little about Hegel that I find amusing–certainly not reading him. Even less amusing are those pontificateurs who pretend to understand him and are prepared to defend him. I’ve never read a thing about Hegel that proved to be even mildly amusing.

Until now.

Roger Kimball...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:42

The Importance of Corporate Worship

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Scripture never describes angels or humans in heaven as tucked away in their own private corners offering solitary prayer, but as joining their voices together in corporate adoration to God. Hebrews refers to “thousands upon thousands of angels” and to the “church of the...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:33

Aftershocks of the 1983 Bob Jones Decision

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The Supreme Court’s 1983 decision in Bob Jones University v United States cost the university its tax exemption. It may end up costing all biblical Christians considerably more. Samuel D. Brunson and David J. Herzig explore the possibilities in a lengthy paper for the Valparaiso University...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 04:21

Yup.

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Doug Wilson considers the role that tradition plays, particularly for those who think they don’t have one. The observation is part of a larger question about the relationship between biblicism and assumptions.

Now given that absolutely everyone has controlling presuppositions, I want to do...

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That’s six volumes in the Kindle edition: be loyal, diligent, compassionate, courageous, alive, transformed. On sale at Amazon.

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Filed under: Library, Library Tips, Resources

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 16:22

Eschatology in Matthew 19:28

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Michael Vlach defends four doctrinal propositions from Matthew 19:28. Here’s the verse:

And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 16:03

Why Preachers Need to Be Trained

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Preachers need to be well trained and able to speak clearly. They need to be able to rightly divide and apply the word of truth. They need to be able to study. There will always be the occasional Charles Spurgeon or Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who, with little or no formal training were yet outstanding...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:10

White Supremacy and Multiculturalism

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In one of the most insightful recent articles dealing with race, Scott Aniol argues that White Supremacy and Multiculturalism stem from the same error.

Incidentally, this error is widespread within Evangelicalism. Its repetition in “An Open Letter from Christian Scholars on Racism in America...

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Worthwhile reading.

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Authors: Jeff Straub...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 04:02

Latin for Every Man

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Not the whole language. Just the words and phrases that show up in English usage. There’s a pretty good listing at The Art of Manliness.

Filed under: Education, English

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 23:38

Distraction in Worship

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[B]eing distracted is not sinful per se, and we may be tempted to dismiss deep contemplation as only the province of professional scholars. But in fact, there is at least one area of life in which focused attention and deep reflection are crucial for all Christians: worship and prayer. God is not...

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