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, 07 December 2018 23:49

Christmas: a Basic Review

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In our circles, we have often considered the importance of having our times and seasons defined in relation to Jesus Christ. The only alternative to this is to have them defined in reference to someone or something else, and this is obviously an unacceptable alternative to all faithful...

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Friday, 07 December 2018 10:00

Talk About Marginalized Groups

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“I write this on the very day the Extreme Court just jumped into a variation on this foolishness, mandating four-sided triangles in all fifty states, bringing much relief to the beleaguered trans-Euclidian community” (Same Sex Mirage, pp. 222-223).

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Friday, 07 December 2018 02:31

Viewing the No Quarter November Game Film

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So by all our reckoning, November was a success. What I thought I would do here is report back to you on a few of the relevant stats, in order to evaluate things by that metric, and then spend a few additional moments on the only metric that ultimately matters.

The Crowd That Came:

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 10:00

A Whole New World

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“For example, in the space of a few short weeks, Bruce Jenner identified as a woman, Rachel Dolezal identified as black, and I identified as svelte. Consider the possibilities before us!” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 221).

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“God is Lord of the tongue, and He evaluates the jar of our hearts by the droplets around the upper lip of it” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 216).

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 10:00

Gone Full Delusional

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“They have gotten themselves into the epistemic rat hole of shouting down a visiting speaker with the words, ‘We believe in free speech’” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 216).

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 01:00

Take Me Instead

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There are times when I feel like that peace-making fellow at Gettysburg who decided to usher in national harmony by parading between the two armies wearing a blue coat and gray trousers. The only thing that happened was that he got shot at by both sides, and retired from the field a...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 10:00

Which Then Fly in the Sunshine

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Progressives “still defend free speech, ardently and sincerely, but free speech is now defined as that which contributes to the public good, makes them feel better down to their toes, and releases multicolored butterflies into the public square” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 216).

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The Hellfire Piece

All Christians who experience the resurrection to life will be able endure the judgment, of course, through Christ’s imputed righteousness. These are those who will put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:53-55 is clear about this. But where does Scripture ever indicate that...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 10:00

Keeping Safe Spaces Quiet, Like the Library

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“The end result of this sensitivity sham is that we will get—depend upon it—a bunch of ostensibly conservative Christians shushing one another” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 212).

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Monday, 03 December 2018 00:35

Mere Hellfire

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The doctrine of eternal punishment is one that is widely known, or at least the broad outline of the doctrine is widely known. That is, if you were to ask the average person what “Hell” is, they would be able to reply that it was the purported place of punishment in the...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 07:25

In Defiance of the Schoolmarms

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I do indeed intend to defy the schoolmarms, but you will pardon me if I take a few minutes to set the whole thing up first.

In the twelfth chapter of Acts, just a few verses apart, Luke gives us two instances of the angel of the Lord striking somebody, but with very different results.

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 00:48

Book of the Month/December 2018

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My choice for this month’s book is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. It is, in a number of ways, a powerful and moving book. I listened to it through Audible, and as it is read by the author himself, I got an additional sense of closed rhetorical distance—like he was riding around in my...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 00:06

Have Yourself a Merry Little Chalcedon Christmas

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King Ahaz was enough of a good guy to at least have the prophet Isaiah trying to encourage him. Ahaz had refused to join in with an anti-Assyrian alliance, and Syria (also called Aram) and Ephraim (also called Israel) had attacked Judah for not joining with them. They failed in that...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 10:00

Stop Letting Them Drive

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“If you don’t want to go where they are going, don’t let them have control of your language. One of the most remarkable thing about our current imbroglios is how readily Christians cede control over their language to the adversary. You are being steered” (Same Sex Mirage, p....

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Friday, 30 November 2018 00:31

In Hell Where They Already Have It Featured

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The title comes from an old line of Ronald Reagan’s, where he said, “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.”

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 10:00

To Make Things Microbetter

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“The best response to microaggressions should be a good dose of microcaring” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 207).

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 09:07

November 33rd

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Due to pacing problems on my part, I was not able to get everything posted that I intended to get to this November. I have three more posts to submit on this run, and so here is how I propose we do it. Tomorrow’s will be the last post in ordinaryNovember. This is to inform you that Saturday,...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:51

Logos 8: A Review

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So then, I began using Logos Bible Software quite a few years ago—I think the version was Logos 4, so I have been at it for at least a decade. And my memory is murky on the point, meaning that it could be even earlier than that. Anyway you cut it, I am a long time user. I have been a...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:53

In Praise of America

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If you can’t say something positive, then don’t say anything at all. That’s what I always say. I mean to say, the world is so full of criticism and carping . . . why can’t we just accentuate the positive? Focus on what is good. Try to emphasize the delightful....

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:00

Civilized Fighting

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“I do believe in rules for polemical discourse. I believe that a biblical approach to it allows us to hit hard and above the belt. But God defines for us where the belt is” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 205).

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 00:38

Surplices Are for Sissies

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So imagine for yourself the sweetest little boy in the church, one whose mind turns naturally to edifying themes—the kind of meditative theme inspired by reflections on a porcelain figurine of the infant Samuel at prayer. Suppose further that this boy has plump cheeks, with kind...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:00

I Am Not Even Sure He Cared . . .

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“Never forget that being Jesus-like with the woman caught in adultery and being Jesus-like with the men who all had rocks in their hands is experienced by those two kinds of people in very different ways. ‘And beginning with the eldest, they departed one by one. And Shamuel said to...

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On a number of different occasions, for various reasons, I have visited the sanctuaries of numerous churches. Whether there for weddings or conferences, I have often found myself in an empty meeting hall for a moment, and there, up in front, is one lonesome drum kit. And a sentiment...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 10:05

So That’s Not the Problem

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“Evangelical florists, photographers, and bakers are the sweetest people in the world. They are so sweet that diabetics can’t be friends with them” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 195).

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