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

Out of Our Minds - Apologetic Report
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I’ve been told John MacArthur doesn’t believe in preaching. As it’s been said to me, he denies the preacher is to work to convict the souls under his watchcare of sin and righteousness and judgement. He claims that’s the Holy Spirit’s work and the pastor should just...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 05:45

Wisdom from the chicken coop…

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One of the more revealing things I’ve seen on the refrigerators of women of my congregations was the little magnet on the refrigerator of the wife of an elder in my second church. The magnet had a picture of a hen and a rooster with the words, “the rooster rules the roost and the hen...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:17

The Grace of Shame: Wheaton College…

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Like the time of the Reformation five-hundred years ago this month, the need for reform today is not outside, but inside the church.

In our culture, the sin destroying souls has attached itself to the very core of individual personhood which is sexuality. From the beginning God made us male and...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:44

How to Sing like a Protestant

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This month we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Among the choicest fruits of this Reformation is a custom now so normal in our worship experience that we can hardly imagine a Lord’s Day without it. I’m referring to our habit of praising the Lord together in...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:01

Raising Strong Girls

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Shopping for kids clothes is hard, particularly for girls. If it isn’t skanky it’s loud, sparkly, and garish. And let’s talk about slogan tees. Slogan tees aren’t a new thing or relegated to just girls, but it seems that those made for girls are the worst.

The “girl...

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In this episode our heroes have an extended discussion of Ray Bradbury’s style in Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s archaic, it’s overwrought, it’s hyperbolic … AND THEY LOVE IT! (See what we did there?????) That part begins at 17:53, Time-Code Fans!

Before that,...

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Our heroes sit down with their pal Pastor Jody Killingsworth of My Soul Among Lions for a big honkin’ discussion about the state of modern worship music, why nobody sings the psalms anymore, what to do about it, the advantages and disadvantages of modern music genres, andCreative...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:54

The dotage of Wheaton College…

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The past few years haven’t been good for Wheaton College, the Vatican of mainstream Evangelicalism.

There was the scandal of one of their profs publicly stating her agreement with Pope Francis’s declaration that Muslims worship the same God as Christians. Said Professor Larycia Hawkins...

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A good women’s conference starts tonight in Ft. Worth, Texas. Titled “Building a Culture of Biblical Femininity,” the conference is being held at Southwestern Baptist (SBC) Theological Seminary’s Riley Center (1701 W Boyce Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76115). Sponsored by Rock Creek...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:22

Moms Falling Well

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I was a figure skater when I was younger, and in figuring skating, the very first lesson you’re taught—whether you’re three years old or seventy—is to fall. And then how to get back up.

Falling is natural to us. Falling well isn’t. Neither is getting back up. But it is...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 05:06

Sex crimes and recidivism: the haughty New York Times…

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[Note from TB: here are a couple paragraphs from another participant in the private discussion of the video produced by theNew York Times on recidivism rates among sexual criminals. The author is an attorney and elder in a reformed congregation.]

If the New York Times were honestly concerned...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 03:05

Sex crimes and recidivism: digging deeper…

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[Note from TB: Recently, a New York Time’s video has been making the rounds in which the Times claims it’s an urban legend that there is a high recidivism rate among those who commit sex crimes. Trusting the Times to be accurate on any matter at all—but especially matters related...

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Our fear-oes begin their extra spooky Halloween series on Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. Brandon Chast-fiend offers some much needed context on Bradbury’s life (7:52), even including a die-scription of the “slush” pile from which short stories were selected...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 14:03

Sound of Sanity Ep 9: Superman!

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Our heroes talk Superman, and try to figure out if a two-dimensional old-fashioned superhero has any usefulness in a world of three-dimensional sinners.

First they gave mad props to The “Handmaiden’s” Tale and its 100% accurate portrayal of Christians and our values (4:52), then...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 05:14

Las Vegas: why didn’t I die?

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Watching the carnage at the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11, I expected before the morning was over they’d also bomb Las Vegas. These three places perfectly represented the world’s perception of the United States: the financial power of New York City, the military power of the...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 01:10

Please read this letter…

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Perhaps by now some of you have noticed the little red button in the column to the right (or at the bottom, if you’re using mobile). Let me explain.

For years I’ve worked hard to serve Christ’s Church through this writing, doing this work largely alone and at my own...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:39

Hugh Heffner: complementarianism’s hero…

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I’ve warned souls that The Federalist is politics and morals stripped of God and His Law and Word. A friend passes on this paean to Hugh Heffner as Exhibit A.

Here’s a eulogy that tells readers to look past Heffner’s moral degradation so we can stop and give thanks for his...

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Friday, 29 September 2017 03:23

Hugh-ing out our own cisterns

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“They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace.”

What would that look like—to heal brokenness “superficially?”

It would look like taking a Tylenol for your migraine when you’ve really...

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The feminists have always moved from their rebellious denial of the harmony of equality and authority and submission in their anthropology to the high rebellion of denying the harmony of equality and authority and submission in the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Back in the early...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 23:40

Daddy Tried reviewed…

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Simon Kennedy is a doctoral candidate in the history of political thought at the University of Queensland and a contributor to The Calvinist International. Kennedy just published a kind review of Daddy Tried titled Hope in Failure on Gospel Coalition’s website in Australia. I...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:12

The Elusive Zen of Motherhood

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I crave calm.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in ten years of motherhood, it’s that there’s no such thing as clocking out early for the day. The urgent needs and incessant demands of small children are exhausting and non-stop. There’s a lot we can do to lighten our...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:59

Our little ones in Heaven (3): God is never bushwhacked…

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(by David Gray) My wife was in the fifth month of our fifth pregnancy. We had four young boys (we hadn’t had a girl born into the extended Gray family since 1894). Up to this point, the pregnancy had been uneventful. When we went in to the doctor, we would bring the boys with us so they could...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:01

Ep 58: GK Chesterton, Part 2

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Our heroes continue to discuss GK Chesterton, including what makes him great (2:40), the famous quote he never said (13:00), and why nobody should try to rip off his style (14:00). This expands into a discussion of style and creativity in general, but, as usual, our heroes bring it all home with...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:21

Check out latest episode of Sound of Sanity…

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Pastor Jacob Mentzel and Nathan Alberson have a podcast titled Sound of Sanity that’s worth your time. If you haven’t listened yet, check out the current episode that went live today.

In this episode, Nathan, Jake, and I talk about Warhorn Media’s newest book, The Grace of Shame: 7...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 23:31

Getting the message…

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Humor me for a few hundred words. Remember back when, after a career as a pastor and in the midst of a career as an author, Eugene Peterson said he was put on the spot by an interviewer who asked a “gotcha” question: would you perform a same-sex wedding ceremony?

Caught off guard, he...

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