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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Friday, 14 September 2018 11:00

Which Imitates Which?

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“Feminists have made cheap points off of this reality by describing marriage a glorified prostitution. Actually, the comparison runs the other way—prostitution is a gross parody of marriage” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 63).

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 11:00

Out of Their Reach

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“Marriage exists prior to, and independent of, any determinations by any civil magistrate. The magistrate did not create marriage and, therefore, has no authority to define it or recreate it in his own image” (Same Sex Mirage, pp. 61-62).

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:00

Common Grace in Odd Corners

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“An important part of general revelation is the capacity for getting the creeps” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 48).

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:43

As It Says in Leviticus . . .

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The responses to my piece from Monday on social justification/social justice have started to heat up, and if you decide to wade through them I would like to ask everyone to keep their eye on the ball. What is actually going on?

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:00

The Nature of Nature is Basic

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“If we [define] nature as that which is identified by a wise act of naming, then I think it is safe to say that nature is fundamental” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 47).

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:52

Tuesday Letters, Once More

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It follows, therefore, that the two predominant systems of social justification must fight a long and painful “religious” war. And, on the pointy end of every stick will be the biblically-distinct Christians.

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Brandon, it often works out that way.

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Monday, 10 September 2018 11:00

Knowing is not the Same as Liking

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“So then, we don’t know everything through nature. We don’t know the plan of salvation through nature. But we do know the need for salvation through nature. That knowledge is unsettling, and so we stuff it” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 41).

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Monday, 10 September 2018 01:42

American Vision and the Word that Justifies

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Joel McDurmon has written a lengthy explanation of why he could not sign the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel, and you can find his explanation here. What I would like to do in this space is provide a two-fold response to his explanation. The first is actually not a response...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 01:28

Psalm 92/It is Good to Give Thanks

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The enemies of God are primarily the enemies of God, and only derivatively ours. The principal contrast is between the futility of their rebellion, as over against the constant life of the everlasting one. They perish, and He remains forever. And then, as a result of that, a secondary...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 00:50

Christ in Mouth of Friend and Stranger

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This is not a moment for morbid introspection. There are times when we should examine ourselves, and there are times when we must confess our sins. But this moment is not designed or intended to be one of those moments.

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This is a moment to love and adore Your God, and to worship Jesus Christ, and to...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 00:48

Simplicity and Glory

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The Bible teaches us that the times of the new covenant are attended with a greater glory than the old covenant, as well as with a greater simplicity. In effect, that simplicity is part of the glory.

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The arrival of Jesus the Messiah was not a signal for us to lapse into some kind of second-rate old...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 11:00

For That Does Not Follow

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“We ought not conclude anything about the clarity of the lesson from the obtuseness of the students” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 38).

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:00

What Marriage Is

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“You cannot have a marriage without old-school heterosexual copulation, and you cannot have a marriage without a covenant. Nevertheless, you can have a covenant without a marriage, and you can have sexual intercourse without a marriage” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 33).

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:05

Despite Our Thinkboys

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So then, the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel has caused a stir, as has the fact that I signed it. In a Facebook discussion connected to this article, it was intimated that my schizo-theopolitical approach was generating some questions in the cheap seats, and some were starting to throw...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:00

Not Every Slope is Slippery, but Slippery Slopes Are

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“If we keep gay pride, we are going to get a lot more than gay pride . . . We cannot pitch our tents toward Sodom without eventually winding up in a townhouse there” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 28).

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 02:31

Truth off the Bay

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A fine statement on social justice and gospel issues came out yesterday, and so I signed it. I would encourage all of you to head over there and sign it as well. On top of that, another edifying exercise might be for someone to keep track of who does not sign it, particularly among...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:00

Sexual Anarchism

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“In other words, their enemy is not heteronormativity, their final enemy is civilization itself. Civilization requires norms, and Christian civilization requires heterosexual monogamous norms. What we are up against is simply anarchism” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 26).

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:41

Libertarian Letters

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Apparently People Want to Discuss Libertarianism

It seems that in secular libertarianism that one’s rights and freedoms are decoupled from one’s responsibilities. For any particular freedom is had in order to fulfill a specific responsibility. And that such responsibilities are set by...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 02:30

A Hateful Superiority

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“As soon as he said oh, wretched man that I am, he would be rejected as one of those people who think they’re better than everybody else” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 22).

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Monday, 03 September 2018 02:16

The Great Servant Leadership Mistake

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In her next chapter, Aimee Byrd continues a similar pattern. She says a lot of good things, like a handful of pearls with no thread to make a necklace. But she also says some worrisome things, and then third, she assembles part of what she says to support her central non sequitur....

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:00

Jeffrey and Sarah

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Everyone is in favor of kindness in the abstract. Everyone in the world applauds kindness . . . until it looks like it might cost them something. It is then that our commitment to “realistic” standards kicks in. “Surely I can’t be expected to . . .” Unfortunately our...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:30

Book of the Month: September 2018

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Knowing Christby Mark Jones is a worthy companion volume to J.I. Packer’s classic Knowing God. It is a work of devotional theology or, if you prefer, theological devotion.

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Nancy and I read this one together aloud, bit by bit, and that was a good way to work through something as dense and as...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 00:53

Psalm 91/Under the Shadow of the Almighty

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According to a tradition among the Jews, if a psalm is not attributed to anyone, then the credit should go to the author of the previous psalm. There is no basis for being dogmatic about it, but this would mean that Psalm 91 was composed by Moses. The reason this is suggestive is that...

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“Those who greet every incident with loud shouts of glad generalization are revealing far more than they realize” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 21).

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 11:00

Like a Donkey Eating a Thistle

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[Moderate Christians] “want to say that homosexual acts are, without a doubt, in a certain sense, sinful, certainly, which is a conclusion we must come to if we are to wrestle authentically with the text. We wish we could say differently—oh, how we wish—but, for the time being,...

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