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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And here is the (very) rough outline of my talk yesterday at NSA’s weekly Disputatio:

  1. God is the Creator of all things. He is the Creator of Heaven and earth, which is the biblical way of saying that He created what we call nature. This nature, coming from the hand of a God who does all things according to the purpose of His will, is designed
Saturday, 05 September 2015 08:37

Surveying the Text/Zechariah

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This portion of the Word of God came to us through Zechariah, son of Berechiah. For our purposes here, we will not assume any textual error in Matt. 23:35 where Jesus says that Zechariah, son of Berechaiah, was murdered between the temple and the altar. This had also happened to Zechariah, son of Jehoidah, in 2 Chron.

Saturday, 05 September 2015 08:33

A Sketch of a Godly Husband/A Covenant Home 3

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Our sketch of a godly husband is not to be based upon a particular set of cultural assumptions, or on certain notions created by the false elevation of certain personality types. As with everything, we must turn to the Word of God for guidance.


“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is

Saturday, 05 September 2015 08:30

Engaged to Fresh Obedience

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By the time we come to this point in the service, we have already confessed our sins. We did that at the beginning of the service, which means that we have already lamented and repented any disobedience. We wash up before we come to dinner, and dinner does not consist of constant introspection, trying to wash up while you eat.

At the same time, it

Saturday, 05 September 2015 07:39

The Duty of Like-mindedness

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Cultures and subcultures both can be tight or loose. At the extreme end of the tight scale we have small communities in lockstep, agreeing on virtually everything. At the extreme end of loose, we have cosmopolitan cultures with the only thing in common being the fact that everyone is in the same place at the same time, having very little in

Thursday, 03 September 2015 21:30

Benedict and Beza Options Featured

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Many thanks to Rod Dreher for taking the time to interact with some of my arguments on the Kim Davis case. Our theological differences notwithstanding, I have appreciated having his voice as part of our public debates, especially now that the welter of voices is trying to drown out the few remaining sane ones like Dreher’s. I appreciated his

Thursday, 03 September 2015 13:01

The Critique of the Bluestockings

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Introduction: I have been subjected, I fear, to quantitative analysis. I have been JEDP’ed, to use an oblique analogy, and am sorely tempted to retreat into my cave to join the other Deuteronomist editors.

A couple of bluestockings over at Jesus Creed have weighed and counted my words, particularly words offered in the course of various

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 08:16

In Which I Paint With Some Bright Yellows Featured

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A consensus appears to be developing among otherwise reasonable people that Kim Davis, of Rowan County fame, either needs to start issuing marriage licenses or quit her job.

For those just joining us, a county clerk in Kentucky is refusing to issue marriage licenses against her conscience and is also refusing to resign. Her name, which should be on

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 08:20

Book of the Month/September 2015

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The Biggest Story is a Bible survey, a biblical/theological/historical/redemptive review of the great theme of Scripture, and all done for little kids. Written for kids, it treats the great realities represented by those words, but without using any of those words. It is the biggest story, but without the biggest words.

The subtitle is “How

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 07:37

Review: The New Testament

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The New Testament
by Richmond Lattimore My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read through this translation once or twice before. It is by Richmond Lattimore, the noted classicist, and is quite good. This time through I read it aloud with Nancy in our morning ingestion of both kinds of caffeine.

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Monday, 31 August 2015 08:56

Totalitolerance Featured

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There are two kinds of tolerant societies. The first is one which contains the principles of liberty within its framework of foundational values, and the second is a society in transition, flipping from one set of intolerances to another set. During the switch, during the transition, demands for tolerance are the battering ram used against the

Saturday, 29 August 2015 08:15

Surveying the Text/Haggai

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Introduction: Haggai’s name means “festal,” and this gives us a key note for the book. Like other prophets, he rebukes the sins of the people. But unlike most other prophets, the people listen to him, and he promises great glory to come. What we know about Haggai is found in this book, and in Ezra 5:1-2. Along with Zechariah,

Saturday, 29 August 2015 07:54

Common Sins in Marriage/The Covenant Home 2 Featured

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As we consider some common sins committed in marriage by both men and women, remember the context of federal headship. The responsibility for all these sins lies with the husband. A woman can and should recognize her individual sins before the Lord; her husband’s overarching responsibility should in no way lessen her sense of

Saturday, 29 August 2015 07:48

Odd Gifts

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Love makes a Christian community grow, but gifts give that growth focus and direction. When the Lord ascended into Heaven, He gave gifts to men, and He did this for the edification of the church.

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men . . . And he gave some, apostles; and some,

Saturday, 29 August 2015 07:27

Obligated to Receive

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As we learn from Tertullian, our word sacrament comes from sacramentum, a term that was used to describe the oath of enlistment that a soldier would take. This is a covenant meal, and covenants are God-given bonds and obligations. These bonds are not burdensome—His yoke is easy and His burden is light—but His bonds are in fact bonds.

Friday, 28 August 2015 08:30

Pretty Sure It Is Not You Featured

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Flannery O’Conner wrote that everything that rises must converge, but this must also be said of everything that is circling the drain. The shared worldview of our chattering classes appears to me to be nothing more than a vast epistemic sinkhole. This is the kind of thing that could make Turretin exclaim, were he present with us, something

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:27

A Coalition of Dust Bunnies Featured

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If you have a moment, you might want take a look at this video, starting at about the 45 minute mark. In the course of a panel discussion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a point I had made about the American and Confederate flags came up. My guess is the point they were likely dealing with was the third point in this post.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:42

Play the Man

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“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)

The Basket Case Chronicles #199

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity” (1 Cor. 16:13–14).

Nearing the end of this epistle, Paul gives a small burst of ethical exhortations. This cluster

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:13

50 Livers a Week

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The eighth video is now out. The entire thing takes place over lunch — over one of the most cold-hearted meals you will ever witness. Take note of the academics who are dismissed because they want to suppress within their own consciences what it is they are doing. But this means that Cate Dyer, the woman in the video, knows what she is

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 08:20

Their High Altar

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There is quite a dramatic difference between “pardon me” and “forgive me.” We say the first, for example, in cases of inadvertent error, as when we bump into someone accidentally. We need to say the latter when we knew what we were doing, did it on purpose, knowing full well that we ought not to have.

The way of death is
Monday, 24 August 2015 08:12

If the Day of Judgment Had a Little Brother Featured

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In one sense, of course, nothing can compare to the great Day of the Lord. Nothing compares to it, and yet Scripture repeatedly compares things to it. But the Bible does this in such a way as to show that nothing can compare, which is what gives the comparisons such force.

“The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed:

Saturday, 22 August 2015 22:14

Review: Noah in Ancient Greek Art

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Noah in Ancient Greek Art
by Robert Bowie Johnson Jr. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parts of this were a bit odd, and he goes up the stairs three at a time sometimes (needs to show his work more), but it was interesting and provocative.

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Saturday, 22 August 2015 08:29

Stonewall Trailer 3

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One of the great things about the Planned Parenthood videos is that they have made abortion the issue it needs to be, and have made it an issue in this presidential campaign. The Stonewall movie is coming together in remarkable ways, just like this moment in pro-life activism.

Here’s the trailer, as promised.

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Saturday, 22 August 2015 08:27

Surveying the Text/Zephaniah

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Introduction: As with many of the other minor prophets, what we know about the author of the book is basically contained within the book. This book begins with an unusual genealogy, one which means that Zephaniah is probably the great-grandson of King Hezekiah, which would place him in the tribe of Judah. From the nature of the prophecies, we can

Saturday, 22 August 2015 08:21

The Covenant Home 1

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For various reasons, the word federal is grossly misunderstood today. But our word comes from the Latin word foedus, which means covenant. Thus a federal union, or confederated association, should be understood as one bound by covenant oaths and loyalties. As Christians who understand the importance of covenants in the Bible, we