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, 21 July 2018 01:06

Calvinism 4.0/Preservation and Perseverance

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The usual way people refer to this next doctrine is with the phrase “perseverance of the saints.” I believe that for the sake of a fuller accuracy, we should make the phrase longer, a bit more cumbersome, but much richer and more complete. We should call it the...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 11:00

And Now for a Radical Concept

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“I believe that a free people should be able to grow, harvest, sell, truck, shelve, freeze, process, buy, cook, or savor whatever [food] they please, just so long as they do it on their own dime” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 146).

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:00

No, Wait

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“The coming ice age is coming, the globe is warming, and the science is settled, no, wait. Turns out the globe got so hot it cooked the books” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 143).

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:00

When the Flavor Alliterates

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“Food must indeed be sanctified. But the only thing that sanctifies it is the gravy of grace and gratitude” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 140).

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:55

So You Married a Feminist

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Dear Steven,

Thanks for the letter, and it sounds like quite a dilemma. You’ve been married for five years, and you have a good marriage, but for one sore spot. You didn’t put it to me this way, but that sore spot is the result of you gradually coming to realize (despite your intention...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:00

Fake and Real

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“Once the indignation is established, it becomes possible to draw on a hidden premise that too many Americans share—that sins should be crimes—and move from that position to the idea that made-up sins should be made into real crimes” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 139).

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:25

A Review of an N.T. Wright Book. Ta Da!

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And I hardly ever use exclamation marks.

As regular readers here know, I periodically review books chapter by chapter. We are now in the process of making those reviews available to you in ebook form, and the first one has now arrived on our digital shelves. Some time ago, I reviewed N.T....

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Forgot to Turn on Comments for this One

But I have now remedied that. Let the healing begin.

That Old Bisexual Problem

“And don’t give me any nonsense about relationships having to be limited to two. Being bi necessitates either alternating serial relationships, or a standing relationship...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 11:00

Which It Isn’t

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“If you like to eat what you like to eat, this means that you are a human being. If you are morally indignant about the food choices of others, this means you are well on the way to becoming a food leftist. Leftism is that impulse that wants to establish coercion and call it community” (...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 02:50

And Very Grateful for This . . .

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In the midst of a great deal of confusion on sexuality and gender (see the previous post), I am very grateful that the denomination Christ Church belongs to (the CREC) has issued a statement on one of the basic issues involved. That statement can be accessed here.image

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Monday, 16 July 2018 01:42

This Cavalcade of Concupiscence

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I believe that it is past time for us to add the P to our conga line of kink. The reason we must add the P, standing in for pedophile, is that we have already in principle added the P. This already happened, with virtually no one noticing when it happened exactly. There is a difference...

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 02:10

Calvinism 4.0/Resurrecting Grace

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We have learned from Scripture that our salvation is from all eternity, which is the reason it will extend into all eternity. In accordance with His good pleasure, the Father has chosen those who will make up the number of His elect. He did this before eternal times, before all worlds....

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Friday, 13 July 2018 11:00

You Know?

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“I believe alternative food producers should be free to sell their unpasteurized milk off the back of their pick-up truck if they want to. We are all Christians here, and we all have to go to Heaven sometime” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 136).

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:00

What Regulation Does

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“But to call for regulation of industry is to call for just this kind of crony capitalism, what I have elsewhere called crapitalism. This is what regulation does. This is hair of the dog that bit you reform, which is to say, no reform at all, no solution at all.” (Confessions of a Food...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:05

Which Is Not to be Desired

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“These are problems that do to justice what the meat-packing plants do to cows” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 133).

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:00

Thus Fixing the Previous Reformations

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“And is this not the very definition of the modern reformer—someone who identifies a problem and wants ‘something done’—whether or not it makes things better or worse?” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 133).

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 02:25

On the PCA Getting French-Kissed by the World Featured

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I have argued for some years that the battle of our day is a battle for the control of the dictionary. What shall we call things? More importantly, what shall we not be allowed to call things? And the two great questions of philosophy are involved—why and who says?

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:00

So Don’t Do That

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“The problem here is not what we know, but rather what we think we know—and how quickly we start pressuring and condemning others on the basis of what we think we know” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 128).

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 01:16

Letters from All Over Tarnation

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Just Breaking

imageThe president has now nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Feel free to use the comments here to comment on that. Open thread. But don’t forget the other issues . . .

Continued Revoice Troubles

There was no link for the “rent an evangelical” reference at the...

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Monday, 09 July 2018 11:00

It is Conceivable

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“Simply allow for the possibility that our generation is a herd, just like the others, and stampedes, just like the others . . . allow for the likelihood that in certain areas our generation is just as dumb as all the others” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 124).

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Monday, 09 July 2018 01:45

Reimagining Revoice as a Servant of Mammon

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You know what? Revoice is a micro-aggression. It is all starting to come into focus for me now.

Now it is kind of a big conference, with big names attached, and so that makes it a macroaggression also. And big money is likely involved, about which more a bit later on, and so that adds...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 01:37

Calvinism 4.0/Purchased by the Son

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The doctrines of grace are a set of doctrines which describe the three persons of the Trinity as working in concert to secure our salvation. Those whom the Father chose, the Son purchased with His own blood. Those whom the Son purchased with His own blood, the Spirit effectually calls...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 11:00

Where the Price is Right

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“We live in a time when the government assumes way too much regulatory responsibility for food and drugs, and we should recognize that this does not eliminate the idea of a free market price. It just moves the free market price from the food and drugs, where it ought to be, and creates a free...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 02:03

A Primer on the Fourth of July

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  1. What is celebrated on the Fourth of July?

Two things. The formal reason for our celebration is the establishment of our nation in the Declaration of Independence, coupled with the successful completion of the war, coupled in turn with the adoption of our Constitution, which secured that...

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