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, 03 October 2018 01:05

Mere Eisegesis

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Eisegesis is the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that the process introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text (Google).

Reading the above passage from Mere Orthodoxy, I was stunned. How did guest writers Malcolm Foley and...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 12:16

Confessions of A Christian Social Justice Warrior

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One of the things that has burned on my heart for as long as I can remember is my desire to fight for Social Justice. No, I do not support the Marxism, and sexual perversion of the Left.

I remember that just a few years ago, the term “Social Justice” was used to describe causes such...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:53

Who Deserves the Benefit of the Doubt?

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What do you make of it when someone publicly advocates ideas that are false (even unjust or evil)?

Can such a person be morally innocent?

Not usually.

You might object: “But they don’t know they are making an error.”

Most of the time, that’s true. They don’t...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:09

The Insanity of “Balance”

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Balance. It’s probably the fundamental functional morality for most people today. And it’s definitely the go-to answer for most moral conundrums. How do love and truth go together? Justice and mercy? Individualism and community? God’s sovereignty and human responsibility? Personal...

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Piper’s recent article on armed Christian self-defense has stirred up a lot of controversy, primarily because, in it, he sheds a lot of doubt on whether and when it is ever appropriate for Christians to physically defend themselves — particularly with a weapon. While the...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:46

A Response to Piper on Structural Racism

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In Piper’s latest blog post at Desiring God, he says that his goal is to “reduce the instinctive, white, evangelical reaction against the idea of structural racism or systemic racism.” His strategy is to show that “Bible-shaped people should expect to see structural racism al...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:26

Matthew 5:40–42 and the Charity Question

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Since I believe the bible contains zero evidence that Jesus would support an involuntary, government run, inefficient “charity,” what do I think about Matthew 5:40–42?

And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to...

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:17

Squaring Individualism With The Church

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I am a Christian advocate of Individualism.

I’m often asked how I square such individualism with the fact that there seem to be legitimate collectives in all of life, and especially in the Bible — the ultimate of which is the Church.

This is my answer:

To begin,...

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Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director for 9Marks and a prominent voice in the Southern Baptist Convention.

In his book How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age,Leeman writes:

Whether you’re a member of this party or that party, the local church is where we...

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This article is going to be Part 1 of a two-part series. While my core target audience will be Christians who want to help the poor, I don’t think these ideas will be solely limited to Christian readers, and I welcome constructive feedback.

As Christians, when we think of charity, we usually...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 02:56

Speaking Out Like John Galt

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One of the best lines in literature is “This is John Galt Speaking.”

The moment comes at the climax of Atlas Shrugged. Read it.

What follows is my own John Galt moment. If I had a stage, this is what I would say. As John Galt did, I would tell you who I am and what I stand for.

Ju...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 07:12

The “Christian” Fairytale

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You’ve definitely heard it. You’ve likely grown up rehearsing it to yourself or others; and you may even believe it to this day. Some versions are very similar to other traditional fairytales: soft and ethereal, with no exact definitions or explanations.

And yet some are very detailed,...

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