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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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 01:23

At Least Three Apostles

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A parishioner sent me a link to this NYT op-ed because it was floating around social media, and she wanted to know if I had a quick take on it. I do, actually. If you don’t want to read the piece, knowing that you will never get those minutes back again, the set-up is a series of exchanges...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:45

Win or Winnow or Both?

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Sometimes, after I have thrown a Molotov cocktail or two, meaning by this an incendiary adjective, or hot incandescent metaphor, a number of my friends who follow this blog have counted to twenty-five, muttering to themselves all the while that they know there is going to be a follow-up...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 01:50

Review: A Little Book on the Christian Life

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imageA Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good. Straight to the point, a lot of them.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:00

On Not Throwing Away What You Do Have

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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, 18 March 2017 02:37

Psalm 89/Turreted in Mercies

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In the previous psalm, Heman the Ezrahite poured out his complaint with seemingly no argument at all. In this psalm, another Ezrahite, a man named Ethan, has a strong complaint as well, but he mounts it on top of an unshakeable foundation of covenant promises. He comes before God with...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 02:25

The Challenge of Others

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One of the most difficult things for us to do is the task of locating sin properly. One common mistake, one that we have addressed a number of times before, is the mistake of locating sin in stuff. This mistake thinks that sin must be resident in material things—in sex, in alcohol, in refined...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 02:09

Contrasts and Parallels

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The various turmoils in the wilderness which the Jews experienced were all recorded, and they were recorded, Paul says, as examplesfor the new covenant believers at Corinth. Because of this, the one who assumes that he stands needs to take heed lest he fall.image

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Friday, 17 March 2017 03:16

Finding the Seven Thousand

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The second chapter of Dreher’s The Benedict Optionis really quite good overall. I found myself agreeing with much of it, and agreeing also with the various qualifications Dreher made as he went along. What he does in this chapter is give a brief intellectual history of the West’s...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 02:00

The Content Cluster Muster (03.16.17)

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imageOh, the Outrage…

So, is this what “The Beauty & The Beast” outrage is all about?

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:04

Catacombs or Cloister?

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So I would like to invite you to read through The Benedict Option with me. For the most part we will go a chapter at a time, although this first time out we will take the Introduction and Chapter One together. For various reasons this is an important book, and how we respond to it is important. And...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 01:09

Where Corruption is Total

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Defenders of the status quo in the intelligence world are beginning to sound an awful lot like Uncle Andrew from The Magician’s Nephew.

“No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 01:23

Letters to a Broken Girl

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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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Sunday, 12 March 2017 11:03

Review: Bring on the Girls

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imageBring on the Girls by P.G. Wodehouse My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not a Wodehouse novel, but is kind of a quasi-memoir, written together with Guy Bolton, about their time in the early twentieth century writing musical comedies together. It is pretty funny, and is replete with gossip...

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imageThe Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very valuable read overall. Apart from the secularism and the evolutionary assumptions, Ridley does a great job of describing things in a way that counteracts the very common and insistent cultural...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 00:44

Psalm 88/The Black Psalm

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In a certain sense, all the psalms are Messianic, all of them point to Jesus. But because this psalm is particularly dark, some might want to argue that perhaps it is less the case here. But I think we should actually go the other way. This psalm is in fact dark, but consider the...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 00:24

Supplanting the Old Way of Being Human

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Never forget that you are a called out people. God is establishing a new nation among all nations, a new people among all people, and a new race of men in the midst of the old race of men. He is doing this with the intention of having this new race of men in the new and last Adam supplant entirely...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 00:12

Grumbling at the Table

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Every manner of unconfessed sin is inconsistent with communion at this table. But when the apostle comes to mention particular sins in conjunction with keeping our observance holy, it is notable which sins he singles out.

One of them is murmuring. Not only are we to avoid golden-calf-like...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 04:03

A Duck-billed Platitude

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I have often said that I write for the same reason that dogs bark. Ah, someone might reply, but why do you write the way you do? There are two ways to describe this “way” of writing, the first using words like zest, verve, color, and manly courage, and the second being a detailed...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 01:00

The Content Cluster Muster (03.09.17)

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imageLogic on Fire: the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Here’s a trailer for a documentary on the life of Dr. Lloyd-Jones.

The Simplicity of Unapologetic Apologetics

Follow @dustinwmesser has an insightful post on the purpose and role of apologetics, and how Christians must not...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 01:01

7 Reasons Why Submission is not a Dirty Word

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It is not uncommon for me to conduct wedding ceremonies, and one of the questions I usually ask the couple during the premarital counseling is what the composition of the assembly is likely to be. When I preach, everybody is there more or less voluntarily, and they know what they are likely to be...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 00:29

Most of It Isn’t a Hole

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As Yogi Berra once purportedly said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

I have been most interested in watching how the Russian-election-hacking story played out, linked, as it has now been, to the president’s spectacular accusation against the former president this last...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 00:23

Virgins and Volcanoes

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There are only two “ways,” two fundamental religions in the world. One of them feeds people, and the other one eats people. We see this contrast in vivid relief in the juxtaposition that Mark gives to the death of John the Baptist. That sad but typical episode is followed...

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imageThe Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship by A.W. Tozer My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quite good. Tozer is solid over all, and writes with passion and intelligence. Some great word pictures as well.

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 22:30

The Shack

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BecauseThe Shack has now been made into a movie, I thought I should bump this old review of the book to the top of the pile.  This was first published on 8/21/08.

I had been asked by several different people what I thought of The Shack, a hot selling book by William Young. It is a book that is...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:45

Psalm 87/Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

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In this psalm we are encouraged to exult in the corporate realities of God’s salvation. God saves individuals one by one, but He never saves them to be alone. Just as we are not saved by good works, but rather to good works (Eph. 2:8-10), so also we are not saved by a crowd or a...

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