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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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 02:10

A Dutch Uncle

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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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Introduction

David Hume set loose some bad juju into the world when he denied, in effect, that we can know that the cue ball caused the eight ball to thwack into the corner pocket. All we can say with any degree of certainty is that the one event followed the other in time. We cannot see or measure...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 08:00

Josiah and Zoe

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Marriage is one of the creation ordinances, and has been with us from the very beginning. We therefore ought not to be surprised to find a description of its origin in the book of beginnings, in the book of Genesis. What I would like to do here is to take a brief walking tour of the second chapter...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:32

Decluttering Your Marriage II

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In the message last week, we addressed the problem of how pride and a lack of self-reflection compounds the problem of cluttered relationships. In this message we are going to focus on some practical steps that will help you get things picked up, and will help you keep it that way. As...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:15

The Odds Are Strong

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When we gather together like this, we are gathering as the people of liberty. But two other l’s are constantly beckoning—those of legalism and license. Having the history we do, we have little trouble rejecting legalism, but in our emphasis on Christian liberty, we...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 01:06

Bitterness and Baptism

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You are not here at the Table by yourself. Seated here with you are all the saints of God, throughout the world, and throughout history. We are called upon to discern the body, and not just the body here in this room. But this does not exclude those who are here in this room.image

And so let us consider...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 06:36

And Me Without My Tinfoil Hat . . .

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Let me say at the outset that I am saying nothing one way or the other about the particular circumstances concerning the murder of Seth Rich—other than the obvious fishiness of the thing. I don’t know anywhere near enough to talk about the case itself in any detail. But we do know that...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:35

The Classical Christian Option

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In his next chapter, Rod Dreher spends a good bit of time singing a song I am very familiar with, and he says many good things. The cultural key is education, and what Dreher urges is, from one standpoint, very heartening. “This is why we have to focus tightly and without hesitation on...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 02:30

When Truth Is Your Friend

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Dear Gabrielle,

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...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 01:46

15 Theses on Alt-Pinkery

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I have been studying the intersection between biblical faith and pop culture for decades now, and have read mounds of books on the subject. I have done this with one eye on possibly writing my own book on the subject—the working title is Devil in a Blue Dress—and I have been doing this...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:18

Decluttering Your Marriage I

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Introduction:

Many of you have been married for quite a number of years now. This can be wonderful, like aging wine, but before anyone says awwww, it can also grow seriously un-wonderful, as bad spiritual habits compound with interest. Marriages can get badly cluttered, like a neglected garage,...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:06

Inherited Worship

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This word of exhortation is addressed to our young people, to those of you who have been growing up in the covenant. Most of you are in a very different position than your parents—they have been on a pilgrimage out of unbelief, or from other, very distinct expressions of Christian faith. For...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 23:55

Symbolism Creates

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The Word is prior to the world. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This means that everything about that Word was prior to everything in the world.

The world does not constitute reality; rather, the world reflects reality. Unlike the materialistic...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 23:00

Assyrian King Lumbersexual Beards

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The only way we can physically inhabit the same common space is by a shared understanding of the meanings of things. There of course needs to be a shared “language proper,” but this principle also extends to other things that are not explicitly verbal. When Nancy and I have traveled to...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 04:12

The Danger of Self-Recrimination

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Dear Gabrielle,

It is not as though anything you have had to deal with in this ordeal has been easy, but this next issue is, unless I miss my mark, particularly difficult. I am talking about dealing with those times in the middle of a sleepless night where you struggle with accusing or blaming...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 07:15

Mere Gratitude

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So it is time for a more expansive update on how Nate is doing, along with an expression of our profound gratitude. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits” (Ps. 103:2).

Nate had his surgery last Tuesday. We reported on all of that at the time, but here are some more...

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Friday, 05 May 2017 00:15

Yes, I Know About the Stupid Ads

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Don’t panic. They will be gone soon.

It happened on this wise. My comments hosting company is Disqus, and they recently decided that if you did not subscribe to a paying account, they would put ads up on the formerly free accounts. As much as I value and esteem the comments made here, I did...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:25

Their Sinkhole Sinai

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So then, it seems to me that Jonathan Merritt has gone and done it now. He has exposed, and about time, sez I, the fact that I am being mollycoddled by The Gospel Coalition. They do this mollycoddling, not sure how exactly, but they do it, despite the fact that I am—and I use the...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 11:50

Prayers Greatly Appreciated

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Nate is checked in to the hospital at USC, and his surgery is scheduled to begin around 7:15 am Tuesday morning (5/2/17). It will likely last until around noon. As everything unfolds, I will post updates here.

On behalf of our entire family, I want to thank you all for the notes, gestures, gifts,...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 23:00

The Normal War

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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, 29 April 2017 08:15

Book of the Month/May 2017

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This month’s pick is The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson. That title is intriguing, but the subtitle—depending on who you are—is even more intriguing. It is Legalism, Antinomianism & Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters.image

The Marrow controversy was...

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 01:18

Christ Entire

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You may have picked up on “one of the things we say around here,” which is “all of Christ for all of life.” But what do we mean by that exactly? It may sound very spiritual, but if it doesn’t mean anything, it can’t mean anything very spiritual....

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 01:01

What We Do in Worship

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The structure of our worship service follows what we call a covenant renewal pattern. First, there is a call to worship, where God’s people are solemnly called to order in the name of Christ, making this a worship service. When we do this, the Holy Spirit gathers us up and escorts us into the...

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 00:52

What God is Like

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The way God reveals Himself in time and history is a revelation in some way of His eternal nature. As God created the world, He was not composing some sort of ultimate free verse. We look at the world, and unless we are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness, we see His eternal power and majesty....

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 23:00

What Both Shines and Stinks

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This linked article drew my attention back to something that I’ve been pondering for some years now. Yes, I am aware this was written by a lady who is an Anglican priest wanting to function within the constraints of historic Christian practice. You can’t have everything, you know.image

The...

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