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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Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:30

A Tether Ball in a Tornado

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Unacceptabilify the Man Who Said Boobs on CNN

So Clay Travis of Fox Sports was being interviewed by Brooke Baldwin of CNN, and they were talking about ESPN, so the segment should already have had some crackle in it. But then Travis went on to say that he was a First Amendment absolutist, believing...

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Since the first century, the Christian church has commemorated the resurrection of Jesus from the dead by meeting on the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10). The Sabbath was ordained, as the Old Testament makes abundantly clear, for as long as the old creation...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 01:01

The One Who Looks Down on Galaxies

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We have come to worship the one who touches the mountains and they smoke. He touches the mountains and sometimes they just disappear into the sky. We worship the one who nods, and the oceans gather into their storms. We worship the one who looks down on all the galaxies we might be able to imagine....

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:56

God’s Low Standards

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A moment’s reflection should show us that God’s standards are much too low. He has graciously invited to this Table all sorts of disreputable people. When He tells us in His Word that we should show hospitality to those who cannot repay us, we need to remember that this is something...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 03:50

Why C.S. Lewis Would Not Have Liked Me Very Much

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Those who have been around here for a while know that I am a C.S. Lewis junkie. I have read and reread him, and have been edified by him in ways beyond reckoning. If I were to calculate the impact that various writers have had on me—and there have been many who have—he would always come...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 01:46

Self-Loathing and Desire

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The situation described in the following letters is entirely fictitious, including persons, names, crimes, sins, relationships, circumstances and all particulars. Thekind of situation that is described, however, is all too common and my hope is that biblical principles applied to this fictitious...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 03:22

Like a Titanium Slide Rule

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So then, by way of preamble, let me say that I am as orthodox as a titanium slide rule. When it comes to the doctrine of the Trinity, everything I’ve got is from the best doctors in the church, and is still under warranty. Our doctrine of God must be grounded in the Scriptures, in the first...

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:19

Real Offense and Not So Much

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I write as one who has given a lot of offense in my time, and I think it could be profitable to discuss this for a little bit. Obviously I believe that it is high time for us to address an aspect of this that is too often neglected. We really have to come to grips with how taking...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 02:11

Carl Trueman, Ecclesiastical Celebrity

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A discussion broke out yesterday over The Nashville Statement Fortified, and that discussion promptly headed straight back to the doctrine of the Trinity—the same debate that broke out a year or so ago. In the course of an extended back and forth yesterday, Tim Bayly said this:

“Until...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:53

The Apostles Creed 11: He Descended Into Hades

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And so now we come to an odd one, one which reveals a fairly large gap in cosmology between a child of the biblical era and a child of the modern era. It is also a testing point, sometimes, for the most stalwart inerrantist. Wait, what? You think that an actual star came down and...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:10

The Weight of Glory on Your Lap

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Many years ago we made the decision to disband our children’s church and nursery, and go to a system of parents training their little ones to worship along with us during the service. We do have cry room, and so on, but the intent is to have our children grow up into the worship of God. We...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 23:54

Forgiveness Around the Table

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This Table is a table of communion, and since it is offered to sinners, it presupposes forgiveness. But this has implications.

The Lord teaches us that we are to be reconciled to Him, and His forgiveness makes this possible. But He also teaches that, as far as it is possible with us, we are to be...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:01

On Reading the Bible Clean Through

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An exciting joint project has broken out among the ladies of Christ Church, and many other women around the world (from every continent except Antarctica) are now involved as well. That project is one of reading the Bible together, completely through, starting this month and ending 9 months from...

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 02:45

Not Nearly Enough Paper Towels

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In some ways the question is like asking why I breathe. It can be answered on different levels. I could attempt a scientific answer, and talk about the importance of oxygen for the body. I could provide an existential answer, and say that breathing is not something one chooses; it is something one...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:07

On Kissing the Casket Enough

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While we were in Kiev last week, another place we visited was the monastery of the caves, a warren of cells deep underground. The active monastery above ground is Russian Orthodox, and the holy things below constitute one of the most unholy things I have ever seen. But there are some Western Christi...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 15:25

Isaiah Against the Gnat Stranglers

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imageIntroduction:

In this section of Isaiah, we find a glorious description of the turn from the old to the new covenant, and from the corrupted covenant to the incorruptible.

The Text:

“Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 23:00

Book of the Month/September 2017

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Reading a book with as many charts and graphs as this one had shouldn’t have been so much fun, but it really was. This month’s selection for the book-of-the-month is The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein. This book was a blast.image

Some of the points made here are commonplaces for...

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The Nashville Statement has now been released, and many things about it are praiseworthy and commendable. The mayor of Nashville has denounced it, so there’s that. And the drafters and signatories have deliberately committed themselves to any number of hate crimes, which in these bent days is...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:02

Rats in our Soul

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I was reminded yesterday of just how much I hate communism—not to mention all the forms of communism masquerading under other auspices. And in speaking of those who seek to provide those other auspices, I am thinking of that sort of person who just a few years ago was saying something like...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 15:19

Sneaky Little Busters

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I recently saw a snippet of an interaction between Joel McDurmon and Mark Jones that made me think of something. And why not?, say I. It’s still kind of a free country. Why can’t I think of oblique stuff? So I offer this, not as my own engagement with their debate, but rather as a free...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 23:00

THE Interview

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A hard-hitting Interview of DJW by DJW:Only one interviewer could possibly get to the really awkward questions . . .

Me:Where were you born?

Me: In San Diego, at the Balboa Naval Hospital.

Me:And when was this?

Me: In June of 1953. I am 64 years old. In brief, I should know better by now.

imageTorpedo...

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Saturday, 26 August 2017 01:31

A New Song

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This exhortation concerns something we do in every worship service, and consequently it is possible for the whole thing to start becoming “old hat.” I am referring to our practice of psalm singing, and not in a way that we can simply check off our list. “Sang my quota of psalms...

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Saturday, 26 August 2017 01:11

The Taste of Godly Fear

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The Bible does not teach us that the Table must be protected from unfaithful people. Rather, the Bible teaches us that unfaithful people must be protected from the Table.image

This Table is a winnowing fan, a fan that separates the wheat from the chaff. This Table deals with us as we come to it. To think...

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Friday, 25 August 2017 03:55

Trump and the Cultural Commies Featured

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Your commies come in two basic categories. One kind of Marxism emphasized economics, class and revolution while the other emphasized culture, slow degradation and the promotion of rot. The former was urged and fomented by Lenin, while the latter was urged by men like Gramsci, who argued...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:52

Delilah Agonistes

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Acme Corporation Department of Human Resources Valley of Sorek, Gaza
Ms. Delilah bat Abimelek 1100 Bothways Lane Sorekburg, Gaza

imageDear Delilah,

It was a true pleasure getting to know you during our interview process last week. We had a delightful time, as we trust you did as well.

The reason I am...

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