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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Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:10

Calvinism 4.0/Resurrecting Grace

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We have learned from Scripture that our salvation is from all eternity, which is the reason it will extend into all eternity. In accordance with His good pleasure, the Father has chosen those who will make up the number of His elect. He did this before eternal times, before all worlds....

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Friday, 13 July 2018 11:00

You Know?

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“I believe alternative food producers should be free to sell their unpasteurized milk off the back of their pick-up truck if they want to. We are all Christians here, and we all have to go to Heaven sometime” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 136).

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:00

What Regulation Does

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“But to call for regulation of industry is to call for just this kind of crony capitalism, what I have elsewhere called crapitalism. This is what regulation does. This is hair of the dog that bit you reform, which is to say, no reform at all, no solution at all.” (Confessions of a Food...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:05

Which Is Not to be Desired

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“These are problems that do to justice what the meat-packing plants do to cows” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 133).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:00

Thus Fixing the Previous Reformations

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“And is this not the very definition of the modern reformer—someone who identifies a problem and wants ‘something done’—whether or not it makes things better or worse?” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 133).

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:25

On the PCA Getting French-Kissed by the World Featured

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I have argued for some years that the battle of our day is a battle for the control of the dictionary. What shall we call things? More importantly, what shall we not be allowed to call things? And the two great questions of philosophy are involved—why and who says?

And in dealing...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:00

So Don’t Do That

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“The problem here is not what we know, but rather what we think we know—and how quickly we start pressuring and condemning others on the basis of what we think we know” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 128).

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:16

Letters from All Over Tarnation

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Just Breaking

imageThe president has now nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Feel free to use the comments here to comment on that. Open thread. But don’t forget the other issues . . .

Continued Revoice Troubles

There was no link for the “rent an evangelical” reference at the...

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Monday, 09 July 2018 11:00

It is Conceivable

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“Simply allow for the possibility that our generation is a herd, just like the others, and stampedes, just like the others . . . allow for the likelihood that in certain areas our generation is just as dumb as all the others” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 124).

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Monday, 09 July 2018 01:45

Reimagining Revoice as a Servant of Mammon

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You know what? Revoice is a micro-aggression. It is all starting to come into focus for me now.

Now it is kind of a big conference, with big names attached, and so that makes it a macroaggression also. And big money is likely involved, about which more a bit later on, and so that adds...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 01:37

Calvinism 4.0/Purchased by the Son

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The doctrines of grace are a set of doctrines which describe the three persons of the Trinity as working in concert to secure our salvation. Those whom the Father chose, the Son purchased with His own blood. Those whom the Son purchased with His own blood, the Spirit effectually calls...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 11:00

Where the Price is Right

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“We live in a time when the government assumes way too much regulatory responsibility for food and drugs, and we should recognize that this does not eliminate the idea of a free market price. It just moves the free market price from the food and drugs, where it ought to be, and creates a free...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 02:03

A Primer on the Fourth of July

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  1. What is celebrated on the Fourth of July?

Two things. The formal reason for our celebration is the establishment of our nation in the Declaration of Independence, coupled with the successful completion of the war, coupled in turn with the adoption of our Constitution, which secured that...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 11:00

How, Not What

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“We sin with food all the time, and God still doesn’t care what we eat. Mastering that distinction is crucial” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 119).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:50

Always More Letters

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Roe Stuff

I’m not so sure overturning Roe would have that effect. To be sure the pro-abortionists will curse and howl, and march and boycott, but it would not have to make interactions between states more difficult. From a practical standpoint overturning Obergefell I think would be the...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 11:00

Wrong Way

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“It is the mark of [a] certain kind of dogmatic mind that the farther away from the evidence he gets, the more certain he gets” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 115).

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Monday, 02 July 2018 01:54

The UnRoeveling of America

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The American Civil War was actually a war between distinct regions. It was a clash of cultures, a war between the several states. There were certain regions—the border states like Maryland—where the populations within the same territory were truly divided, and where it was...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 05:41

Book of the Month/July 2018

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I just finished reading Toxic Charity, and want to commend it to every pastor and every deacon board of every church that is involved in mercy ministry. It is written by Robert Lupton, a veteran urban activist, someone who has been an urban activist for many years, and who has seen what he is...

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Friday, 29 June 2018 23:15

Calvinism 4.0/Election by the Father

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Everyone who believes the Bible knows that the doctrine of sovereign election is taught there. Unfortunately, this does not mean that we have universal agreement on the doctrine. There are two main approaches to the subject among evangelicals, the first being that God elects His own on...

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So Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of July. This news was received with something like melting-face-consternation by the denizens of the Left, who have been pretty unhappy with Trump so far as it is. And by “pretty unhappy” I mean levels of anguish usually...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:00

Camel Bisque

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“And speaking of finicky diets, these are the people who strain at gnats and eat the camel. And to make it perfectly plain, swallowing unclean camels is a dietary issue” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 110).

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Whenever something happens that seems impervious to plain reason speaking with an open Bible, one starts to look around for an explanation. How is it possible for something like this to happen? The PCA is supposed to be one of the stalwart evangelical denominations, and we all looked away for a...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 11:00

Complicity for the Pie

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“Eating stolen goods that I watched get stolen is morally problematic, and I cheerfully grant it. But I am here talking about my supposed complicity in the strange oaths that the foreman in the Texas orchard swore at his underpaid migrant workers, in the season before those pecans from said...

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Revoice

Keep hammering away on the Revoice Conference. You are one of the few that are publicly opposing it. Please keep doing so.

Michael

imageMaybe it is because your husband is bi, and leading a workshop in St. Louis. Explaining how it should be done.

Michael, thanks and will do. Though thankfully, there...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 11:00

Don’t Taunt the Cows

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“On matters of gross injustice in the production of my dinner, I quite agree with the principle. In other words, if I knew a restaurant in town with the best-tasting steak got those fantastic results by flogging its cooks out back, cheating its wholesalers, double-crossing the waitresses on...

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