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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Friday, 23 June 2017 23:00

Gratitude and Faith: ACCS at 25

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Here are my notes for my plenary address at the ACCS Repairing the Ruins Conference. It is in part a retrospective, in that this year marks our 25th conference.

Introduction:

As one who was there at the beginning of ACCS, I want to spend some time thanking the Lord for His great kindness to our...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:23

The Circumference of Darkness

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I am currently at the ACCS conference, and wanted to share a takeaway point from George Grant’s talk, one that made the entire trip worth it. Everything else is just added value.image

George was channeling Thomas Chalmers, naturally, and the point he was passing on to us is applicable everywhere...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:57

Simper Reformanda

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So I need to say just a couple more things about the Southern Baptist resolution and the alt-right. In the interests of time, I will pay close attention to the interests of time.

An intelligent and non-screechy rejoinder to my piece can be found here, and I commend it to you all. The argument is...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 22:09

A Wrecking Ball of Propriety

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So what happens when you take a ruling class as wicked and as corrupt as ours is, and you insist that they obsess over what might be called “appearance ethics”? You get hypocrisy on stilts, that’s what happens.

In the post-Watergate era, the nation became consumed with the appearanc...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 22:40

When Your Kayak Is Small

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The situation described in the following letters continues to be 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...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 01:53

Alt-Righty Then

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After some commotion and a bit of to-and-froing, the Southern Baptist Convention recently denounced alt-right white supremacy, and did so overwhelmingly. As far as that goes, considered within a narrow compass, no problems. When alt-right racists get poked with any kind of stick, it is difficult...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 01:21

The Apostles Creed 2: God the Father

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Introduction:

So we begin the Creed with the statement “I believe.” Believe in what or whom? We do not believe in a generic deity, with details to be filled in later. We begin with the confession that we believe in a personal God, identified by name, and revealed in His Son. I believe in...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 01:11

When Forgiveness Is Called For

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Our God is a God of both grace and mercy. In the English language, grace is generally unearned, unmerited favor. Mercy is demerited favor that we receive anyway. When we have forfeited goodness, and God gives it to us anyway, He is showing mercy.image

When Adam was first created, he had obviously done...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 01:05

Partaking in the Covenant

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The world is covenantal. This is because the God who Himself is eternally covenanted, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the Creator of this world. He could not fashion a world in which He was not the God of it, and the heavens declare His glory. In other words, the universe must display the...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 03:53

Justification and the Violent Left

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The recent shooting of Rep. Scalise has brought the old complaint about double standards to the surface again. Absolutely everyone knows that if the shooter had been a Tea Party guy, and if the baseball team in question had been the Democrats, the pieces would still be falling out of the sky....

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 03:38

The Ratty Goodwill Dress Tops It Off

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I write this having just read about the gunman who opened fire on some congressmen at a baseball practice, successfully wounding Steve Scalise, a Republican congressman from Louisiana. Early reports indicate the gunman was trying to kill Republicans in particular, and the left wing fever swamps on...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 01:14

The Dalai Lama of Kentucky

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I will not have a lot to say about this next chapter of The Benedict Option, the chapter on “Eros and the New Christian Counterculture.” I do have some cavils here and there about how much monastics have to teach us about human sexuality, but in the main this is a really solid chapter....

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Monday, 12 June 2017 02:08

Into the Pavilions of God

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The situation described in the following letters continues to be 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...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 09:58

Kane and Ashlynne

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Marriage was established by God in an archetype. That is, He created the first man from the dust of the ground, and fashioned the first woman from the man’s rib, and did so in order that we would have a pattern to follow. The language manifesting this as a grand template in evident in the...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 02:43

The Apostles Creed 1: I Believe

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Introduction:Most of the sermons preached at Christ Church are expositional, and seek to unfold and apply the meaning of a text of Scripture. Sometimes the messages are topical, and various passages of Scripture are brought to bear on the selected theme. This is a bit different. It is an...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 02:32

Pride is Portable

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Struggling with temptations of the flesh can certainly keep us busy. When we finally feel like we are getting mastery over them, and we are starting to feel that secure feeling of superiority over others, we think it is because we have been making real progress in our sanctification. But in...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 01:48

For All the Saints

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The Lord’s Supper was instituted by the Lord Jesus Himself the night He was betrayed. The next scriptural example of it being observed was over a month later, on the day of Pentecost, when the disciples broke bread together. In the first, Jesus was alive and physically present with His...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 04:19

Listen, Twinklebuns

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So then, let us talk about one of our standard shifts or evasions. This is not unique to any particular generation—people have always done this—but I can say that in our generation, this particular form of dishonesty has been declared one of the New Cardinal Virtues. It has always been...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 02:30

Life under the Giant Eyeball

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The last time I wrote about my distaste for the surveillance state, about life under the giant eyeball, I received some feedback via a friend from a brother in the intelligence community, wishing that I would be more precise in my criticisms. Although I do not know if this effort will do the trick,...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 01:21

Your Rainbow Rewards Card

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The next chapter of The Benedict Optionis entitled “Preparing for Hard Labor.” It is an informative chapter, and quite solid in diagnosing what we are currently up against. In this chapter, Dreher describes the stranglehold that advocates of the new order have managed to get on the old...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 02:10

What Only the Infinite Can Provide

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The situation described in the following letters continues to be 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...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 01:05

As Hollow as a Jug

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Introduction The secular West has got a bad case of the staggers. And if I might engage in a little bit of cultural appropriation of my own—which is almost as bad as selling burritos in Portland while white—I would like to take a comment by Chesterton, jigger it just a bit, and then...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 01:27

The Mines of God Go Deep/Pentecost 2017

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Introduction:

Last week we marked Ascension Sunday, the crown of the objective gospel. When we point to the objective gospel, we are talking about those elements of the gospel that would have been true had you or I never been born. But an objective gospel by itself saves no man—there has to be...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 01:14

Two Kinds of Loyalty

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There are two kinds of loyalty, one good and one bad. If you are fiercely loyal to your family, to your nation, to your church, or doctrinal traditions, and that loyalty results in you maintaining (emotionally, if not actually) that the object of your loyalty could never do wrong, or be in the...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 01:08

Distinctions Within the Covenant

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God makes distinctions between particular congregations. He does not divide the world into two great categories, the baptized and unbaptized, and treat them all accordingly.

But neither does He treat everyone according to their individual status alone. It is true that everyone stands or falls at the...

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