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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Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:28

So Deal With It, Buttercup

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There is a difference, and not a small one either, between answering an argument and responding to a tantrum. When you try to make the tantrum stop through appeasement, all you are actually doing is purchasing the next tantrum. “A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: For if thou...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:53

In Praise of Our President

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Okay, I am going to say something a little bit controversial. These are uncharted waters for me, so try to work with me on it.

First, before I say it, in no way is this a walking back of the gospel truth I stated yesterday. Whites who hate blacks because of their skin color are also hating God, the...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:05

The Jesus Fruit and the Jesus Tree

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The central problem with the white supremacists in Charlottesville is not so much that they hate blacks and Jews. Their central problem is that they hate God, and hate Jesus Christ. And the same thing goes for the anitfa agitators on the other side of the street. Scripture tells us what the...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 03:52

Church Membership and Disloyalty

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One of the things that modern Christians have a hard time doing right is loyalty. We don’t know how loyalty is supposed to work. We don’t understand the spiritual requirement of personal allegiance to your church and its leadership, and in addition we have a very poor understanding of...

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This portion of the Creed points to something that is absolutely unique about the Christian faith. Our God is the God of all things, which means that He is the God of history. History matters, which means that historicity matters, which means the name of a Roman prefect, governing the...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:36

About the Grain Silos . . .

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Earlier this week a number of you may have noticed that our local paper carried a story, with an above-the-fold headline, in which they said that a Christ Church elder was in the process of buying the old grain silos downtown. Now it wouldn’t be our local paper if they hadn’t gotten...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:16

Partaking

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Remember there is no such thing as a nature/grace dichotomy. Nature is grace, and grace, rooted as it is in the very nature of God, is entirely natural.image

When we come to this table, we are certainly partaking of Christ. But we are not doing this because the table is a different kind of event,...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 09:03

Real Reform

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“That minister . . . whose preaching results in the actual conversion of human beings, contributes far more, in the long run, to the progress of society, literature, art, science, and civilization, than he does, who, neglecting these themes of sin and grace, makes a direct effort from the...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:53

The Feckless Evangelical Bridge

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So there is an interesting discussion going on out there about the curse declared upon the woman in Genesis 3:16. I don’t exactly have a dog in the fight, but I might have a cat to set among the pigeons because I might have a dogma in the fight. I only ask, running counter to the old saying,...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 01:46

A Cavalcade of Mummery

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John Calvin famously said that the human heart is a factory of idols. What this means is that there is a yearning, a lust, to place some object, any object, in the position that only God Himself should occupy.image

“Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 01:56

Occasions and Causes

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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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Monday, 07 August 2017 06:23

In the Meme Time . . .

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The post In the Meme Time . . . appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

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Monday, 07 August 2017 01:12

Soaked in Socialism

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One of the problems we have in debating economic systems (e.g. socialism v. capitalism) is not so much that we debate apples and oranges, but rather that we debate apples and non-existent apples. And if you will permit me to press the point, there isn’t that much of a difference between a...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 02:58

The Apostles Creed 8: Conceived, Born

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We have been working through the Apostles’ Creed phrase by phrase, but this week I thought it important to take two phrases at once. We are talking about that most remarkable of women, Mary. If some have erred through excessive devotion to her, we are not going to fix anything by...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 02:48

A Turn to More Evangelism

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As a new year starts, I wanted to remind you of the opportunity presented in our parish discipleship groups, which will start up in early September. As always, this is a get to, not a got to. These groups are certainly not the only way to live out the church’s vision, but we hope those who...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 02:36

God Deals With Us

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Observing the Lord’s Supper on a weekly basis makes it a central event in our lives. As we have said a number of times, God deals with us here, and He deals with us according to His Word, and not according to ours.image

If we are struggling against His work in us here, the temptation is to go in...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 03:33

But Sometimes Your Inner Pietist is Right

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You can take a drop from a bottle of vinegar, put it on the tip of your tongue, and tell what is in the rest of the bottle. You don’t need to drink the whole thing to make sure. And this relates to a basic question in pastoral counseling. “What’s your mouth like?”

And Jesus...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 06:29

On the Duty of Obeying Nature

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In my recent post on the surgical rape of nature, someone in the comments asked what I thought to be a pertinent question. Why would I come out swinging at something like transgender surgeries as a “rape of nature” when in other circumstances I have shown myself to be quite open to...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 02:13

When the Devil Says Checkmate

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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, 01 August 2017 05:39

Book of the Month/August 2017

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For those who—unlike myself—function with tidy minds, I must begin by acknowledging that there was no Book of the Month/July 2017. This is because it was dark, they were big. It won’t happen again. Those responsible have been sacked.image

And for this round, I want to do something a...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:05

Masculinity in Trace Elements

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Feminists of every stripe want to dispatch the patriarchy. Some of them want to smash it, while others would probably be content if it would just go away quietly. Now in this world of ours, the word patriarchy happens to be an all-encompassing term. Anything that preserves the scriptural...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:35

The Apostles Creed 7: Our Lord

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The foundational Christian confession is that Jesus is Lord. We find this at the very beginning, and there is no hope without it. As we have been making our way through the Creed, we have addressed who Jesus is. But what do we mean by Lord?

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I believe in God the Father Almighty, M...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 00:58

Individually and Together

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The Church of Jesus Christ is a corporate body, a covenanted reality. Together, we are the bride of Christ, organically connected to all who love Jesus Christ all over the world and throughout history. We are the Church.image

We are also individual Christians. And we know that, while the elect are saved,...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 00:53

Feeding or Devouring

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When we come to this Table in the demeanor of faith, we are not just nourishing ourselves. Rather, the entire Body is being nourished and built up to the extent that various parts of the Body are receiving this gift in true evangelical faith. Coming to the Lord’s Table rightly is not a way...

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Friday, 28 July 2017 04:05

A Surgical Rape of Nature

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Over the years I have expressed in various ways my great debt to The Abolition of Man. This book was published as a non-fiction companion to my favorite novel, which is That Hideous Strength. Every year that goes by simply reinforces Lewis’s prescience.image

In this post, I want to summarize The...

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