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, 19 September 2018 02:01

The Man with the Quivering Red Laser Dot on His Chest

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So let us discuss the recent charges leveled against Brett Kavanaugh. There are a number of things to say about all this, and I intend to say as many of them as I can get to, but the first and fundamental thing is this: If we didn’t really want to go to the circus, then we...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 11:00

God of Blood

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“Any magistrate who does not see mankind as created in the image of God is a magistrate who is not qualified to rule. He needs to be frog-marched out of office. He is a tyrant and a despot at the root, before he has decided to do anything. This is because whatever he decides to do is going to...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 01:42

Concrete Help is Not Legalism

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My apologies for creating the impression that I somehow got derailed from my ongoing review of Aimee Byrd’s book. I had inadvertently created this impression by getting derailed in fact, but it was not because of sloth, forgetfulness, ennui, or anything else bad like that. It was the press of...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:55

The Old Tuesday Letters Ploy . . .

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Doug, you must post this one:

Mark

Mark, thanks. Okay, everybody, go take a look. It is a beautiful picture.

Foundations of Social Justice

I think you more or less addressed this, but the King/Trump comparison reminded me how much it does not matter to Trump-publicans that their boy is an...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 11:00

The Magistrate and Marriage Law

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“The issues of property and custody and inheritance are in principle woven into every heterosexual relationship and are woven into no homosexual relationship. They can be nailed onto the side of a homosexual incident, but that is all. They can be arbitrarily assigned to a homosexual...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 01:01

Still Not Impressed With Social Justice?

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We continue our lessons in social justice arising out of systems or narratives of social justification, and so it behooves us—do you not agree that behooves needs to get back into wider circulation?—it behooves us to look at a number of examples. I am thinking about Trump,...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:07

Psalm 93/Clothed With Majesty

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All of the attributes of God are unchanging and constant, by definition. But they are not always equally conspicuous to us. The Lord’s right arm is always infinitely what it is, but there are times when He bares His right arm. He is always strong, but there are times when He is...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 01:29

An Inescapable Burden of Glory

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It is genuinely a great honor to be able to speak to you on this occasion, and in my capacity as one of the founders of this college. I am most grateful for the invitation from the College to do this, and wanted to make sure to express that gratitude fully.

When New St. Andrews started,...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 11:00

Which Imitates Which?

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“Feminists have made cheap points off of this reality by describing marriage a glorified prostitution. Actually, the comparison runs the other way—prostitution is a gross parody of marriage” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 63).

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:00

Out of Their Reach

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“Marriage exists prior to, and independent of, any determinations by any civil magistrate. The magistrate did not create marriage and, therefore, has no authority to define it or recreate it in his own image” (Same Sex Mirage, pp. 61-62).

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:00

Common Grace in Odd Corners

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“An important part of general revelation is the capacity for getting the creeps” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 48).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:43

As It Says in Leviticus . . .

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The responses to my piece from Monday on social justification/social justice have started to heat up, and if you decide to wade through them I would like to ask everyone to keep their eye on the ball. What is actually going on?

Remember that social justice is a framework of social...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:00

The Nature of Nature is Basic

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“If we [define] nature as that which is identified by a wise act of naming, then I think it is safe to say that nature is fundamental” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 47).

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:52

Tuesday Letters, Once More

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imageSocial Justice and Justification

It follows, therefore, that the two predominant systems of social justification must fight a long and painful “religious” war. And, on the pointy end of every stick will be the biblically-distinct Christians.

Brandon

Brandon, it often works out that way.

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Monday, 10 September 2018 11:00

Knowing is not the Same as Liking

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“So then, we don’t know everything through nature. We don’t know the plan of salvation through nature. But we do know the need for salvation through nature. That knowledge is unsettling, and so we stuff it” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 41).

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Monday, 10 September 2018 01:42

American Vision and the Word that Justifies

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Joel McDurmon has written a lengthy explanation of why he could not sign the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel, and you can find his explanation here. What I would like to do in this space is provide a two-fold response to his explanation. The first is actually not a response...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 01:28

Psalm 92/It is Good to Give Thanks

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The enemies of God are primarily the enemies of God, and only derivatively ours. The principal contrast is between the futility of their rebellion, as over against the constant life of the everlasting one. They perish, and He remains forever. And then, as a result of that, a secondary...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 00:50

Christ in Mouth of Friend and Stranger

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This is not a moment for morbid introspection. There are times when we should examine ourselves, and there are times when we must confess our sins. But this moment is not designed or intended to be one of those moments.

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This is a moment to love and adore Your God, and to worship Jesus Christ, and to...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 00:48

Simplicity and Glory

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The Bible teaches us that the times of the new covenant are attended with a greater glory than the old covenant, as well as with a greater simplicity. In effect, that simplicity is part of the glory.

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The arrival of Jesus the Messiah was not a signal for us to lapse into some kind of second-rate old...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 11:00

For That Does Not Follow

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“We ought not conclude anything about the clarity of the lesson from the obtuseness of the students” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 38).

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:00

What Marriage Is

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“You cannot have a marriage without old-school heterosexual copulation, and you cannot have a marriage without a covenant. Nevertheless, you can have a covenant without a marriage, and you can have sexual intercourse without a marriage” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 33).

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:05

Despite Our Thinkboys

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So then, the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel has caused a stir, as has the fact that I signed it. In a Facebook discussion connected to this article, it was intimated that my schizo-theopolitical approach was generating some questions in the cheap seats, and some were starting to throw...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:00

Not Every Slope is Slippery, but Slippery Slopes Are

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“If we keep gay pride, we are going to get a lot more than gay pride . . . We cannot pitch our tents toward Sodom without eventually winding up in a townhouse there” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 28).

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 02:31

Truth off the Bay

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A fine statement on social justice and gospel issues came out yesterday, and so I signed it. I would encourage all of you to head over there and sign it as well. On top of that, another edifying exercise might be for someone to keep track of who does not sign it, particularly among...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:00

Sexual Anarchism

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“In other words, their enemy is not heteronormativity, their final enemy is civilization itself. Civilization requires norms, and Christian civilization requires heterosexual monogamous norms. What we are up against is simply anarchism” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 26).

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