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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Monday, 17 June 2019 15:06

Ten Mangled Words – “Emotion”

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Perhaps few words are as mangled as the word emotion. In this word is a cacophony of confusion. For some, emotion is nothing more than the superficial states of the body: neither moral, nor important. For others, emotion is the gold standard of sincerity: if you feel it, then you mean it, and lack...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 01:38

A Theology of Equality

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When God made humankind, He made them male and female, both equally in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). According to Peter this makes men and women co-heirs of the grace of life (1 Peter 3:7). He chose to do so in a staggered fashion, however, creating the male first, followed by the female. In so...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 02:35

8. Beauty and Knowing

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Beauty does not only encourage a pursuit of reality, but beauty encourages a Christian epistemology. It teaches how we know what we know.

The Enlightenment project involved pursuing certainty without relying on revelation or authority. If a thinking, knowing subject could be “neutral”,...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 03:21

Equality and Necessary Hierarchy

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The current proponents of social justice have little idea of what they may be creating in pursuit of their goal. Their goal is a just society, but the pursuit of radical egalitarianism won’t provide them with that.

Richard Weaver, writing in 1948, describes how radical egalitarianism provides...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 19:00

7. Beauty and Reality

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Beauty has made a comeback. After years of being relegated by intellectual elites to the junkyard of old and outdated concepts, it is now popping up everywhere. The terminology of beauty is, strangely enough, now heard often in scientific and mathematical discourse, speaking of the beauty of...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 21:01

A Parable About Pop Music in Church

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Christian 1: So I hear you have a problem with lollipops?

Christian 2: Lollipops? No, I think they’re just fine.

Christian 1: But you apparently won’t eat them for family meals.

Christian 2: That’s true. I prefer my family eats some kind of meat, vegetables or healthier food for...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 18:55

Fifteen

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Fifteen

Fifteen years can seem too short To find a love hard-won and fought, To know the ease of silent thought And rest in love that can’t be bought.

Fifteen years can seem too long To finally have a love so strong That weathers pain and suffering And still retains a joy that’s young.

Fift...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 14:38

6. The Value of Beauty

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What possible value can the study of beauty deliver? Isn’t this fiddling while Rome burns, counting daffodil petals while barbarians lay siege to the city? In times of apostasy, false teaching, deception and darkness, shouldn’t aesthetics go to the bottom of the priority-pile?

When...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

5. Beauty and Christianity’s Primary Endeavours

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Once we understand that beauty is close to glory in meaning, we will without any difficulty find beauty at the heart of many Christian endeavours. The most obvious is worship. Worship is the act of returning to God affections corresponding to His beauty. Psalm 29:1-2 captures this: “Give unto...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 23:13

4. Beauty as Scripture’s Theme

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The idea of beauty is present in the first chapters of the Bible, as God creates and then makes the evaluative judgement that it was “good”. God was not judging the morality of the world, but praising the the beauty of creation. The Bible opens with God creating a cosmos which was...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 18:12

3. Beauty in Scripture’s Words and Forms

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C. S. Lewis once wrote that the modern dilemma is

either to taste and not to know or to know and not to taste—or, more strictly, to lack one kind of knowledge because we are in an experience or to lack another kind because we are outside it. As thinkers we are cut off from what we think about;...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 17:00

2. Beauty in the Hebrew Bible

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Few Christians would say that beauty is unbiblical. After all, they vaguely remember references to “the beauty of holiness” or the desire “to behold the beauty of the LORD”. But many might think of beauty as extra-biblical: mostly an aesthetic and philosophical concept, more...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 21:00

1. In Pursuit of a Doxology

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In 1962, A. W. Tozer warned that the evangelical church was missing a jewel.

“Now, worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelicalism. We’re organized; we work; we have our agendas. We have almost everything, but there’s one thing that the churches, even the gospel churches, do...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 23:34

On Prayer and Talking to Yourself

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Master, they say that when I seem To be in speech with you, Since you make no replies, it’s all a dream – One talker aping two.

They are half right, but not as they Imagine; rather, I Seek in myself the things I meant to say, And lo! the wells are dry.

Then, seeing me empty, you forsake Th...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 18:23

Merry Christmas, Heretics, One and All

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Security companies enjoy a kind of odd gratitude for criminals. After all, without the threat of crime, security companies would have little in the way of business. It’s thanks to the attempted and successful acts of crime that security companies develop their walls, fences, locks, and alarms....

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 15:05

The Difference Between Birds and Bruised Offerings

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Leviticus 14:21-22 But if he is poor and cannot afford it, then he shall take one male lamb as a trespass offering to be waved, to make atonement for him, one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, a log of oil, 22 “and two turtledoves or two young pigeons, such...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 16:01

A Tale of Two Sons

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A great king had two sons, who were come to the age where one should be named as the crown prince. The custom of that country was that the king would choose his heir directly, without weight given to birth-order. He was hard-pressed at the choice, for they both loved him and had noble and kingly...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 15:01

Jesus So Totally Rocks

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“Like, Jesus so totally rocks!” says Dude.

Dude is expressing his love for Jesus. He is expressing it in terms familiar to him, terms he uses for many other things that he loves.

We can agree on this much: Dude loves Jesus, and Dude is expressing it in his vernacular. What we do not agree...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 17:00

The Kingdom You Wouldn’t Like

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“All the same the New Testament, without going into details, gives us a pretty clear hint of what a fully Christian society would be like. Perhaps it gives us more that we can take. it tells us that there are to be no passengers or parasites: if man does not work, he ought not to eat....

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Monday, 22 October 2018 20:33

Equality and Distinctions

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Those who believe in cosmic justice are actually at war with nature. If you desire to have all people have absolutely equal opportunities (as in our sprint race example) by manipulating all kinds of variables, you are actually fighting against the created order. You are fighting biology, genetics,...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 17:41

A Catechism of Judgement in Worship

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How are we to worship God?We should worship in all of life, but we have been told most explicitly to worship God corporately through the following:– The reading of Scripture– The preaching of Scripture– The singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs– The offering of public...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 16:00

Spurgeon Uncut and Unpasted

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Reading Spurgeon is a sheer delight to the heart. At the same time, it is often faintly discouraging to the preacher. How could a preacher manage such eloquence? His sentences are positively dripping with imagery, his prose saturated with trope and metaphor. It seems impossible for such poetic gold...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 16:50

The Many Meanings of “Reformed”

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I find it quite amusing these days to be classified by some as “Reformed”, when I’d barely heard the term for most of my Christian life. I grew up in Baptist circles that didn’t use the term Reformed. In fact, the first time I heard it used of my church was when a student...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 22:30

The Scholar-Pastor

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A few years back a book came out, pointing out the need for pastors to be more scholarly and for scholars to be more pastoral. Coming from someone like D. A. Carson, the exhortation is easy to receive, given how he has modeled both. It is rare to find both in one. Pastors should certainly be given...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 17:54

Two Views on Christ’s Invitation

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Below are two works of Christian imagination. Both attempt to depict what it means for Christ to invite sinners to Himself, and how sinners should understand themselves. On closer examination, however, they are nearly opposite in meaning. We do not see the same Christ, the same Gospel and the same...

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