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, 15 November 2017 21:38

Discussion After the Half Brick

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So in the wake of yesterday’s post responding to Elizabeth Bruenig’s, um, critique, a number of scattershot questions have arisen. You can track some of that by looking at @ebruenig and @douglaswils.

For example, one friend cautioned me offline that Bruenig is not a moral liberal. But in...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:36

Outrage Goes in the Purple Bin

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So in something of a prescient move, in my last post I mentioned my widening circle of irrelevance—my particular brand of toxicity is now being increasingly opposed, and out of the blue, by various important voices, modulated voices, voices of sweet reason. The latest is from Elizabeth...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 21:48

Nubile Young Women, The LA Times, and Me

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The trick is to write a headline that gets people to read just the first couple paragraphs. After that, the overall quality of the writing has to hold them. So wish me luck.

So taking the occasion of the Roy Moore story, last weekend The LA Times published an op-ed piece by Kathryn...

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So I begin these ruminations with a most necessary qualifier, necessary at least in these troubled days of ours. To defend due process is not to defend the dirty deeds that must be prosecuted or rejected under a system of due process. A civilized society, in order to institutionalize a bias against...

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Saturday, 11 November 2017 02:51

The Apostles Creed 18: The Communion of Saints

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As we turn to discuss the communion of saints, we first have to deal with how the term communion itself has been downgraded into something fairly mundane. We tend to think of something like community, and since there is a religious tint to it, we make that a nice community. But in our...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 23:48

All of That Must Die

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Everyone here wants things, and there is no problem with that. That is a design feature; it is how God made us. But there are frequently deep problems with how and why we want things. And the central problem is that we tend to want things that God gave to someone else, simply because that is what...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 23:36

Repetitive Food

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We come to this Table every week. For some Christians, this repetition means that we will necessarily drift into religious complacency or sloth. This does happen, and so the Word must always accompany the sacrament, to keep us mindful of our responsibilities here.

But one of those responsibilities...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 01:18

Fried Brown on Both Sides

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So the campaign equivalent of a daisy-cutter bomb was dropped on the Roy Moore campaign yesterdiddy. There are certain things we don’t know, and certain other things are stinking obvious.

Let us begin with what we don’t know. The allegations have been made, and Moore hotly denies them,...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 02:00

On Throwing a Ball

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The situation described in the following letters is entirely fictitious, including persons, names, crimes, sins, relationships, circumstances and all particulars. The kind 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, 06 November 2017 00:10

Year of the Pig

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So we are spang in the midst of what is being called a “sexual harassment apocalypse.” But this is only being experienced as an apocalypse by a certain class of individual—that class being what we might call the poseur-feminist. This is one who cops the attitude of quisling males...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 06:58

Moscow City Council Election 2017

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So please allow me to begin with the necessary disclaimer. I am about to encourage any Moscow residents who care what I think to vote in a particular way this coming Tuesday. That being the case, I need to say at the outset that in writing this I am not representing any particular institution with...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 00:22

The Oil of Insincerity

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When we are not getting along with others, the pressing temptation is always to believe that you are just as you have always been, and that they have somehow changed. This is often not true at all, but even if it were true, that does not put you in the right. Perhaps they have changed in that they...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 00:05

Protection and the Supper

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As you may recall, the Lord Jesus at the Last Supper gave bread to Judas. The apostle John says that after this identification of him, Satan entered him and he went out into the night.image

There is an important sense in which we should fence the Table, and this is what excommunication does. But I am...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 06:47

Book of the Month/November 2017

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The Grace of Shame: 7 Ways the Church Has Failed to Love Homosexuals Tim Bayly, Joseph Bayly, and Jürgen von Hagen

This is a book about repentance, and it is also—fittingly—a book of repentance. In it, Tim Bayly tells the story of a man under his ministry years ago, struggling with...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 03:48

Reformation Fail?

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So I don’t want to come across like a fastidious person or anything, but there were a couple of things recently that I thought were kind of in poor taste. (“Just a couple? Where do you live, man?”)

I mean a couple of things regarding Reformation 500, the half-millennium anniversary...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:57

One More Smashmouth Round

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The conversation on incrementalism with the American Vision guys continues, albeit not very fruitfully. Joel McDurmon has responded to my thought experiment here.

What this amounts to, in my view, is not a breakdown in communication, but rather a breakdown of trust.

John Mark deserted Paul at...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 01:30

Alice Down the Wormhole

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It is not often you see a cultural catastrophe working in two opposite directions at once—sort of a combination of volcano and giant sinkhole. But we are managing it. We have been blown sky high and are falling alive into Sheol, and all at the same time.

Sexually Schizo

There are...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:37

500 Years of Cumulative Grace

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So we have now come to the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. What I want to do is briefly remind you of certain key elements in that Reformation, and then address the meaning of time and anniversaries. What are we doing when we commemorate things like...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:13

Getting at the Real Ones

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As we come, week after week, to confess our sins, we need to learn to make certain fine distinctions. In one direction is the peril of a false scrupulousness, and in the other we see the error of rejecting that, and settling in complacently to substandard Christian living.image

We don’t want...

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Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:08

Chewing and Swallowing

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It is not a coincidence that the fall of our race into sin involved food. God created Adam and Eve, and placed them in a garden full of food, and placed one tree in that garden off limits. They were not to eat of that one tree.image

All the other trees were open to them, and the Lord used to come down to...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 02:25

Troubler of Israel

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At least as things now stand, Judge Roy Moore will probably walk through his election to the Senate with his hands in his pockets. Because of the “peculiar” stand he has taken on several issues, he is drawing the opposition of some conservatives. And I do not put conservative here in...

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Friday, 27 October 2017 01:14

Why So Mean?

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We get a lot of questions about why the proprietor of this fine establishment is so mean. There are probably many reasons, but because this is a FAQ, we are supplying the following audio files that may help you make some headway with the question. These are three readings of blog posts from the...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:17

His Antics

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So I have been watching the Trump presidency for a while now . . . well, actually it has had my attention the entire time. I have come to some tentative conclusions which, ahem, I would I would like to share with you.

But let me get some preliminary things out of the way. I did not support Trump...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 00:40

A Smashmouth Thought Experiment

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I really appreciate John Reasnor’s demeanor and reasonability as he seeks to take me to task over my pro-life incrementalism. There are some back-benchers in his corner who are pretty surly (but enough about Boljidar), but I think Reasnor is going out of his way to have an actual discussion,...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 03:31

But Worship Is First

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Worship and praise are not the same thing. Worship is actually the foundation of praise.

“Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.” (Deut. 6:13).

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord...

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