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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Monday, 25 March 2019 11:00

In the Participles

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“But Jesus did not tell us to watch and adore. He told us to take and eat, take and drink. And in our obedience, Christ is with us. Christ inhabits the obedience, and the bread and wine are not obedient. Christ is in the participles, in the eating, and in the drinking” (Papa...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 03:13

Trump as Chemo Man

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Now that the Mueller report has been turned in, and it does not appear that any new heads will roll, and we are witnessing a reprise of Election Night Horror with leftists sobbing, I thought that this would be a good time to present my thoughts on Trump that have been gestating for...

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Saturday, 23 March 2019 01:19

Colossians as Cornerstone 6

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We conclude this letter by noting the emphasis that this section places on both words and names. Paul is concerned with the prayers of the Colossians, and their speech toward others outside, and for those who minister there in that region. He always wants them to pray for him, that his...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 11:00

Not Monolithic

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“When you actually start reading in the early church fathers, one of the first things you discover is that they are all over the map, just like us” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 170).

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:00

No Need to Hang our Head

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“I am not advocating simple causation and simple-minded causation for that matter, as though I was trying to put the eight ball into the corner pocket. But cultural influences include the general faith of the people, and the fact remains that during their centuries, Protestants built...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:00

Or Chao Chen!

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“The communion of saints means that the body of Christ is a glorious and unified mystery. It means I am one with all the saints in heaven, just as I am one with all the saints alive today in China. But if I were crossing a street, saw a truck with no brakes hurtling toward me, and cried out,...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 01:15

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

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As a bemused public watches the clown car revue that is the developing race for the Democratic nomination for president, a few constitutional oddities have attracted our notice. It is bad when the wheels are coming off of the clown cars. To change the metaphor, as the paddle of our 24/7...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:00

What We Don’t Get to Assume

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“It would not rock my Protestant world at all if I died and went to heaven, only to discover that at some point in my worldly sojourn, Mary had stumbled across some aspect of my story and prayed for me. ‘Oh, my. Look at that poor sap there.’ But for me to ask her to this...

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“When I ask my friend Bob to pray for me because I have an appointment with the surgeon tomorrow, I do not have to assume any superhuman powers on the part of Bob in order to make the request of him. I know he heard me, because he was right there, and he heard the prayer request on exactly...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 01:36

On the Nature of Prophetic Language

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I much prefer doing what I do over against reflecting on what I did in the public eye afterward. Why talk about what you did when you have the opportunity to just do it another time? I mean, daylight is burning. But we were not put into this world for pleasure alone, and from time to...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 23:19

Sanity as Insurrection

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I am currently on the road, and speaking for the Illinois Family Institute. The notes for my talk are below.

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In one of those famous Orwell quotes that Orwell apparently didn’t say, the sentiment is noble anyhow: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 11:00

Lesser Kissing

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“The fact that humans can have it all worked out in their abstract theology (latria, hyperdulia, and dulia) such that they can admit to being an iconodule, but not an idolater, makes me hop in place in my impatient Protestant way. Imagine a wife catching her husband kissing the chambermaid....

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:00

Lesser Authorities

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“The Bible teaches that I am as a Christian to submit myself to spiritual authorities other than the Bible. These authorities would include my parents (who taught me to love God before I could read), my church (which taught me, for example, to memorize Scripture), and Bauer’s...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 01:31

On Getting Your Sushi at the Flying J

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So last week there was a stir over the Q&A at the Shepherds Conference, where Phil Johnson asked Mark Dever, Lig Duncan, and Al Mohler why they hadn’t signed the Social Justice statement. By the time I got around to watching it, it was not there to watch anymore—it had been pulled...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:58

Language, Vaccines, Adultery, and More

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Dealing with Adultery

Thanks for this, Pastor Wilson. My wife is dealing with this same dilemma, though with a worse offense than simple adultery. I’m very blessed that she’s even considering retaining me in my “office” as husband. What she’s wrestling with, and has...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 11:00

High Mountain Air

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[The grace of justification] “is moral liberty—the opposite of antinomian licentiousness and the opposite of legalistic wowserism. It is a blast of mountain air after two hours in the sauna” (Papa Don’t Pope, pp. 133).

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Monday, 11 March 2019 01:55

Adultery and Forgiveness

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Dear John and Sally,

I wanted to follow up our session together with a few reminders and some further exhortation. Everything I am going to say revolves around the meaning of forgiveness—what it means and what it does not. We covered much of this in person, but this will (I hope) serve as a...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 23:54

Colossians as Cornerstone 5

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After someone has called upon the Lord, and has been baptized, he blinks and looks around, and one of the things he sees is all the same people. He is forgiven, which is exhilarating, and he is in fellowship with God, which is a novelty to him, but when he goes back to work...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 10:00

No, Really. Not Mine.

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[Concerning Phil. 3:9] “Let us get one thing clear at the outset—if Paul is to be justified by righteousness, whose will it be? For starters, Paul says not mine. ” (Papa Don’t Pope, pp. 133).

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:00

Which Is Why We Are Here on the Bottom

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“The human race is constituted as a race. Individual persons are not like individual rocks in the driveway, but rather like individual leaves on a tree. Each leaf can be made out distinctly, but anybody who seeks to understand leaves without reference to the tree is not following the path of...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 10:00

Every Direction is Problematic

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“Given the penchant for organization displayed by the human mind, which is in its turn a reflection of how God made the world, it is impossible to leave one error without heading toward another one. It is not possible to leave an error forcefully without creating a situation in which you are...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 02:20

That Lutheran Jezebel Lady

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So then, Nadia Bloz-Weber, reigning queen of the ecclesiastical division of the Épater la bourgeoisie vibe, achieved peak relevance recently by gathering up a bunch of purity rings, melting them down into a fair approximation of her theological rigor, and then fashioning them...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 10:05

Because of Extant Bibles

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“The reason that the use of images in worship was not controversial in the first generations of the Church was because nobody was doing it. Centuries later, when they began to do it, the controversy came” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 113).

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 10:00

As In, Not Very Well

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“The veneration of icons in a Christian synagogue in A.D. 57 would have gone over like a big pile of greasy bacon at their men’s prayer breakfast” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 112).

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 00:55

As the Letter Cometh

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Intransigence is Such a Great Word

Regarding your well detailed essay on godly intransigence I have experienced significant whiplash on this matter. Back in 2004 I had moved to my new home in an area populated with Democrats. Since this was a presidential election year I knew the overall sentiment...

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