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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Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:39

The Headwaters of our Impotence

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As you read the newspaper, as you follow political campaigns, as you watch the evening news, you will see outrage after outrage. But I am not referring to the outrages of private criminals, which can certainly be horrendous. I am referring to the outrages of our elected officials, our appointed...

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:32

Protestant Priestcraft

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As we continue to develop a right approach to the Supper, which includes a weekly approach to the Supper, we have to be careful to avoid distractions. One such distraction is the charge that this “high view” of the Supper is somehow incipiently Roman Catholic.image

Considering a historical...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 12:31

The Coronation of the Infantile

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My friend Toby Sumpter had a few wonderful things to say about one of the central confusions of our time, and it caused more discussion than it ought to have done—although the discussion did help to illustrate the confusion. But among thoughtful Christians, there really should be...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:03

Benedict or Billy?

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In the next chapter of The Benedict Option, Dreher makes a number of shrewd observations about the role of community in resisting the encroachments of the Leviathan state. What Hillary Clinton famously said in promotion of that devouring Leviathan turns out actually to be true in another...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:06

Review: The New Oxford Book Of Christian Verse

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imageThe New Oxford Book Of Christian Verse by Donald Davie My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some of the older selections were excellent, some of the modern ones, not so much. Still worth reading.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 01:06

No Such Thing as 4-D Checkers

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Someone once defined a liberal as someone who does not know how to take up his own side in an argument. By that definition, Trump is certainly no liberal. He only knows how to take up his own side in an argument and, depending on the day, it could be various sides of the same argument.image

But if...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 09:22

Pleasant Blessings and Hard Ones

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A number of you have already heard the news that Nate is going to be undergoing brain surgery in a couple of weeks. We have been greatly encouraged by the number of people who have contacted us with assurances of prayer. Everyone in our family is doing well, but we are still eager for the prayer...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 01:56

The Manna of Anger

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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, 15 April 2017 01:06

A New Kind of New/Easter 2017

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We have all heard about the new life in Christ. It is not possible to function in Christian circles without hearing that phrase. It is not possible to read through your Bible without realizing that Christ says that He makes all things new (Rev. 21:5). And if any man is in Christ, he is...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:46

Looking Down the Aisle

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Never forget that the point of worship is identical to the point that God has established for the history of our world. The meaning of worship is the same as the meaning of history. God is engaged in remaking the human race in Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday is a powerful reminder of this.image

There are...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:33

Stay and Believe

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Quite a number of years ago, we began observing the Lord’s Supper on a weekly basis. Quite a bit went into that discussion beforehand, but one of the striking things about our preparations for it was the warning I got from an experienced minister. He said that when we went to weekly...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 11:00

Good Friday Homily 2017

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As we meditate of the death of the Lord Jesus, as we consider what He has done for His people in this glorious substitutionary sacrifice, one of the things we may reflect on with profit is how many times Scripture juxtaposes blood and water, and on the different ways it does so.

One of the...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 04:59

The View from the Bible Balcony

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A few days ago I wrote about Watermelons and Worldviews, which engendered, as they say, discussion. It was an intro piece, and you can’t always say everything in an introduction. I was tackling a certain kind of criticism of biblical worldview thinking, the kind of criticism that...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 01:31

Watermelons and Worldviews

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Twenty years ago or thereabouts, Christian worldview seminars for young people were all the thing. The erosion of centuries of cultural consensus had become generally apparent, and so a number of organizations and churches threw themselves into the task of helping young people—who were...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:58

The Boutique Option

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The next chapter in The Benedict Option is well written, and makes many pertinent observations. A lot of true and necessary things are said, largely concerning the need for older doctrine and need for a liturgical worship that shapes cultures. But there is still a problem, and it is largely...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 04:20

Made Precious

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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, 08 April 2017 09:15

The Door Before

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The Door Before by N.D. Wilson My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Young fans of N.D. Wilson’s fantasy fiction, once they find out about the pending release of this book, will be jumping up and down with barely contained excitement. In some cases, it won’t be barely contained. It will be unbridled...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 02:22

A Tomahawk Missile Strike Report Card

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Trump,

Thank you for enrolling your son in our program, and we are pleased to present our first quarter foreign policy assessment to you now. Over all, we are pleased with your Donald’s progress although, as you will see, there are some areas of significant concern. We will...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 01:16

Crowds of the Heart/Palm Sunday 2017

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You have often heard here that we have no real reason for assuming that the crowd that welcomed Jesus in the Triumphal Entry and the crowd that was gathered to scream for His crucifixion were made up of the same people. Those two events, just days apart, are often pointed to as...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:56

Odd Crusades

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In just a few moments, we will come to the point in our service where we confess our sins. We do not do this because we think it should just be part of the drill—because we just want to acknowledge something theologically. Although this does make a theological statement, we are not preaching...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:48

Present or Absent?

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For centuries, Christians have debated the “real presence” of the Lord Jesus in the Supper. Too often it is not noted that the alternative position is necessarily a belief in His real absence. This of course is silly, and so it should cause us to reflect. All orthodox Christians believe...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 07:13

And Not Just the Fuchsia Slippers Either

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Do you want to know what is wrong with Christian cultural engagement? I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. Are you sure you want to know? I do have a view on this. The problem with Christian cultural engagement is that it is gayer than the organists’ slippers down at Barry Manilow...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 03:52

The Product®

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I have been trying to wrap my head around the supreme awfulness of the Pepsi protest ad, which was—to be brief—corporate America’s idea of what it means to Stick it to the Man. For those of you just emerging from a deep cavern somewhere, the ad is somewhere below. Don’t...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:54

The Queen of Repetition

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I was talking the other day with a friend about the propriety of making fun of cheesy Christian music. We both agreed that there was a time when it was called for, and that there was a time when it was not called for at all. But where is that line, and how do we determine that line?image

The principle...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 01:10

“Retreat to Commitment” Writ Large

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I begin by nothing something by Samuel Johnson in The Vanity of Human Wishes, a little something for us to keep in reserve.

How small of all that human hearts endure,

That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.

In this next chapter, Rod Dreher says many good and pertinent things, but these...

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