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

Blog & MaBlog - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:00

Like a Dog Chasing a Firetruck

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What I would like to do, if you all will be kind enough to permit it, is further explain what I mean when I say that all societies are theocratic, by necessity, of necessity. I would also like to do it in a way that is compelling to absolutely everyone on the planet. But I know you...

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:00

Eric and Micaiah

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One of the great scriptural principles in ethics is the one about not kidding yourself. This is particularly important for marriage, for reasons I hope to explain shortly.

Here is Paul’s way of putting it:

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to...

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As we build these new city walls in the midst of a ruined and ruinous old order, we will be attacked in ways that seek to divide us. We will be accused of being cultic, in thrall to charismatic “leaders.” But the Scriptures do require us to cultivate like-mindedness, and...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 23:53

The Sound the Word of Christ Makes When Poured

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One of the things that has characterized our congregational life for several decades now is psalm-singing. We do not hold to what has been called “exclusive psalmody”—where nothing but psalms are sung—but it would be fair to say that we hold to dominant psalmody. We want the...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 23:24

Rationalism and Superstition

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We must always remember the importance of eating. Food is not a consequence of the Fall, and the nourishment of creatures was no afterthought on the part of God.image

God created us as eating creatures. As we eat, and grow, and mature, and multiply, we find that God is in the process of turning inorganic...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 10:00

Forgiveness is Never Apolitical

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“When a people sin in three dimensions, and they demand that the throne be established on unrighteousness, and they frame iniquity with a law, and they say that a woman can have her child dismembered in the womb as her constitutional right, does the Church, which its message of deliverance...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 05:37

I Will Be Brief If I Can

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So brief.

So the president allegedly called certain other countries a name that I will not repeat here, but it was rude, crude, and unattractive. In response, I tweeted this:

“In response to the president’s alleged rude comment about certain countries, I call upon Christian leaders...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:00

Problems 360

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“When you enroll in a math class, you will have math problems. Those math problems are not an argument for staying out of the class. When you resolve to follow Jesus Christ, you will have ‘following Jesus Christ’ problems. If He gives you victory, you will have victory...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:00

Not Inscrutable at All

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“The God of Romans 1 is not a generic god, and He is not inscrutable. The miserable wretches described in Romans 1 only wish He were inscrutable” (Empires of Dirt, p. 114).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:43

A Primer on Theocracies

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A number of years ago, John Piper was being given some grief for having anything to do with me, and he was handling some hot grounders on the subject. In one Q & A, the topic came up (and I think the issue was something federal-visiony), and so he answered the question. He said...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:00

And No Bowler Hats Either

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“We are not called to tiptoe and mime our way across the public square” (Empires of Dirt, p. 109).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 23:18

Letters From All Over Tarnation

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The Bitterness Juke

Sometimes we preach the thing we most need to hear.  And how often we think it’s ‘just the other guy!’

In a recent post you mention bitterness. I wholeheartedly agree that it’s important to be free from bitterness. But here’s my...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 10:00

All the Time

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“I am not an American for six days and a Christian for one. Rather, I am a baptized Christian all the time, a husband all the time, a father all the time, a neighbor all the time, and a citizen all the time. And I have to figure out the hierarchical layers of these responsibilities, according...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 03:36

The Image of God and Life Between the Sexes

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People of course disagree about things, and one of the biggest things they differ on is the meaning and magnitude of their disagreements. One man’s adiaphora is another man’s summum bonum, one man’s mox nixis another man’s—oh I don’t know—...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 00:24

Alternative City Walls/State of the Church #2

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The need of the hour is for the church to help establish a defined counterculture. This requires much more than defined denominational boundaries, or sectarian carve outs. There needs to be a defined center (worship) and a defined mission field (the world).image

In order to accomplish this,...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 23:48

Not Just the Other Guy

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When we are in the grip of the really dangerous sins, we want to think that the other person is the one with the problem. When you lie, or lust, or steal, these things are of course bad, but you usually know that they are. But when you are bitter, or envious, or competitive, or angry, or prideful,...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 23:41

Two Questions

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There are two great questions that should be answered in your minds as you come to the Lord’s Table. These questions should not just be answered at one point in your life, but rather should be part of your conscious heart and mind each time you approach the Table.image

The two questions are these: w...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 10:00

Who Makes the Call?

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“Just war theory is meant to be applied by those making the decision to go to war, and not to be applied by every infantryman or sailor who might be participating in the conflict. Those making the decision generally do have the facts they need to have in order to make a just decision, and are...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 01:40

Where Did Demetrius Go?

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Part of our church’s long term strategy over the next few decades is to plant a number of churches here on the Palouse. We already have two Reformed churches here in Moscow, one in Lewiston about thirty miles south of us. Pullman is eight miles to the west, and is in need of a Reformed...

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“He is living in the dream castle of Christianity, which is so far up in the clouds that it does not even need a security system . . . Boyd describes these horrendous situations in such a way that never makes me wish that the Cherokee had had a couple thousand pacifists standing on the...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:00

Lessons After Baptism

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“What happens when the king is converted and submits to baptism? What’s next in the Commission? We teach him obedience to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We teach obedience to all things that Christ commanded. When we lead a stable hand to Christ, we baptize him and then...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 23:30

All the Condemnation in the World

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On my top menu bar, over on the far right — and some would charge that if I were in full control of my layout, everything would be on the far right — you can see the discrete little word shop. In that little shop, an experiment in publishing is going on, and I invite you to participate....

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 10:00

The Dull Kind of Cutting Edge

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“If your whole schtick is that of being a prophetic voice, then you have to figure out what to do about the off-chance of real repentance. If that happened, then not only would the inhabitants of Nineveh repent in dust and ashes, but your whole political theology would have to repent in dust...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:55

Lotsa Letters

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Flags Out Front

This brief reply has to do with the novel Flags Out Front. What an excellent concept for a novel. I have proclaimed for years that the US flag has no authority over the Christian flag to fly above it, let alone fly in the sanctuary of the Lord, as these flags represent spheres of...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 13:34

Not Quitting the Day Job Yet

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So a little tradition has developed — every year the night before our Grace Agenda starts, we kick things off with a classic rock concert. This is a little custom we recovered from Turretin, I think it was. At any rate, we have a lot of fun doing covers of classic songs, and here is one of...

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