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, 02 May 2018 00:42

Biblicism and Nature’s Law

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Cornelius Van Til once said that the Scriptures were authoritative in all they addressed . . . and they addressed everything. This is as true as it gets, but we all need to be a little bit more careful—“for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 11:00

And Dale Did a Good Job

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“Redemptive-historical preaching, as commended by many today . . . requires preachers to act as though the first three chapters of Ephesians had been written by the apostle Paul and the last three chapters contributed by Dale Carnegie” (Empires of Dirt, p. 255).

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 01:07

Book of the Month/May 2018

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This month’s book is one to use as a resource, as a book to read through, and a book to browse in. I highly recommend it for pastors who are responsible for shaping and leading the liturgy of worship, for anyone responsible for overseeing the public worship of the church. The book is Reformati...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 00:15

Irish Setters Write Few Letters

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The Economics of Sex

Absolutely young women (and older ones as well) should run an inventory on how biblical their standards are. If their standards are what the law allows them, in which case alpha male or beta male hardly matters anymore, then they are collaborators and not the resistance....

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Monday, 30 April 2018 11:00

Getting Evangelicals Born Again Featured

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“The proclamation of grace without an actual movement of the Spirit’s grace is nothing but tiny works, cerebral works, the work of sitting on your butt listening to sermons about it . . . The experience of grace is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ actually saving people. Of...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 02:18

Salvation and Slavery

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In an earlier exchange that I had with Thabiti, he acknowledged that Scripture contains “angular texts” on the subject of slavery. He is one of the few who does acknowledge this—most expositors who claim to believe in inerrancy are content, if the subject is Scripture...

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In the second chapter of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar the king promoted Daniel after he had been able to interpret the troubling dream that the king had had. As a result of Daniel’s influence, Daniel’s three friends were established in the rule of Babylon. Sometime later,...

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Saturday, 28 April 2018 01:29

Jesus Gives Alcohol to Minors

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I wanted to remind you of an incident from some years ago. At that time, we held one of our church services in the Kibbie Dome, just before the Trinity Fest. Predictably enough, some of our local adversaries filed an official complaint about that worship service—the complaint centered on the...

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Friday, 27 April 2018 11:00

The True Law/Grace Divide

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“For a legal heart, everything is law. For a gracious heart, everything is grace. When the Spirit is moving among a people, you do not stumble them by telling them how to love their wives, bring up their children, work hard at their jobs, and so on. No reason to snip out the last three...

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Friday, 27 April 2018 00:21

Death Panels

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I am emerging from a few weeks that were more hectic than usual, during which time I didn’t have as much available time for tracking the news as I normally do. And so it was that the horrific Alfie story from the UK only registered with me slowly. I say this so that no one infers from my...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 13:47

And So Prayer Is Appreciated

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I want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support since I announced that I needed to have a small cancerous tumor removed from my left jaw. We really appreciate your kindness. The tumor is back near the ear, and its removal won’t affect the beard, or so the doctor says.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:54

Starbucks and Identity Politics

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As delicious as it is to see a lefty corporation like Starbucks getting the full treatment, and as fun as it would be to simply let the unfolding drama of the left devouring the left continue apace, my sense of duty stirs within, and so I shall try to snatch a snippet of edification from the farce.image

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:00

There is a Narrative Arc Here

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“The Church and the unbelieving culture are not two static realities that have to be balanced somehow, but are rather characters in a story. The Church and culture are not two pieces of furniture that have to be permanently arranged in accordance with the laws of feng shui (Empires of Dirt,...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:13

Talk Back Tuesday

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Marry Young, I Say

imageSo . . . that’s why the average godly guy should be married by the time he is 23! You said it even better this time, Wilson! Hang in there gals! I expect some decent guys might get the right idea after this post!

Jason

Will you say anything to young women about being the...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 11:00

Coming, Not Going

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“God cannot be worshiped rightly in any culture without that worship challenging and dislocating all idolatries. To focus on the right worship of God is to declare war, it is to throw down the gauntlet. This is because when we worship God rightly, we have ascended into the heavenly places in...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 00:59

The Economics of Sexual Purity

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One of the things that radical feminists got right, and which doe-eyed romantics got wrong, is the fact that sex within marriage is manifestly an economic institution. But they then went on to wreck this insight by saying that this made marriage a glorified form of prostitution, when...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:46

Calvinism 4.0/The Sin of Sectarianism

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What I would like to do, Lord permitting, is preach a series of messages through the basic doctrines of the Reformed faith, as we understand the teaching of Scripture. This is particularly important for you if you have been attending here for many years, or if you have grown up in this...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:30

Judas at the Table

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The apostle Paul tells us that our Lord instituted the Supper on the night He was betrayed. The indications from the gospels are that He served the elements of that Supper to his betrayer, Judas, who was already under the influence of Satan himself. And Jesus knew this.image

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:00

The West is Dead . . .

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Below are my notes from an address to the God and Government conference for ARPA, held in Ottawa.

We live in a time when we are constantly reminded of the sins of the West. I do not wish to deny the reality of such sins, and still less the gravity of them. But I do want to place them in a different...

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Whenever I write on ethnic issues, I generally get a really strong response. And by “strong,” I am not talking about those who are perpetually aggrieved and who express their grievances strongly—although they are frequently involved in it. I am talking about something a bit...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:46

Thabiti Tuesday

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Thanksgiving

First, thanks to all of you who have overwhelmed us with your well-wishes, thoughts and prayers. You have done that here, on Messenger, via text, and email. A number of you have probably done it on social media platforms I have never heard of, and where I have therefore stored up...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 00:06

The Obedience of Cancer

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If God governs the world—as He does—then this means that all things must be obedient to Him. But there is another side to this, leaving us with an antimony. We know for a fact that we live in a sinful world, which means that there are entities and individuals that are disobe...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:41

How to Worship Jesus Christ

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The apostle Paul wanted to sing in the Spirit, but he also wanted to sing with the mind (1 Cor. 14:15). In a similar way, we come here week after week to worship God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Spirit of God. But it is important for us to understand what we...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:28

Crush Depth

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Sometimes we are puzzled by the requirements of Scripture. For example, why would the apostle Paul have to caution the Corinthians in this way? “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed . . .” (1 Cor. 12:3a). Why would a group...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 01:22

Let Us Be Frank

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“Anybody who thinks that the secularists don’t guard their prize institutions ferociously is being naïve. But I understand what they are doing—they have to guard them because a large number of Christians have them under siege” (Empires of Dirt, p. 246).

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