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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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:03

On Why Christian Women Are Prettier

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This particular train of thought was brought to you by a comment thread a few days ago. I posted a sermon outline, Sketch of a Godly Wife, and some of the things that popped up immediately made me realize that I had to develop this thought further. I can’t really go back and cite whatever comments were involved because as of this writing

Saturday, 19 September 2015 09:53

Surveying the Text/Galatians

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This Lord’s Day we are commemorating the beginning of the great Reformation of the 16th century. It is fitting, therefore, that we take this opportunity to begin our study of the book of Galatians, that great charter of Christian freedom. We need to stand fast in the liberty Christ brought to us, and we must refuse every form

Saturday, 19 September 2015 09:49

The Covenant Home #4/Sketch of a Godly Wife

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We should recall that a firm understanding of the husband’s federal responsibilities does not diminish in any way a woman’s personal responsibility to be a godly wife, but rather provides a firm foundation for her.

The Text:

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

Saturday, 19 September 2015 09:42

40 Years of Gratitude

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This Lord’s Day, we are celebrating our 40th birthday as a congregation. Forty years is a biblical generation, and since God promises His covenant mercy to a thousand generations, we still have 999 to go. But of course you must realize that the promise to a thousand generations is a promise offered to each generation, which means that we

Saturday, 19 September 2015 09:38

Now You Have Tasted

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When we come to this Table, we are doing as we have been instructed. We observe communion because the Lord established the meal, and instructed us to observe it. This is one reason for coming, and of course it is the foundational one. Partaking of this meal is an act of glad obedience.

But part of the reason the obedience is glad is that the more

Saturday, 19 September 2015 06:36

Comments at the Illinois Family Institute

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Last night I had the privilege of saying a few words to the IFI. My notes are below. Regular readers may recognize a few paragraphs, but the talk was for the occasion.

I want to thank the Illinois Family Institute for the very kind invitation to speak to you all tonight. In fact, in these times of high speed Internet and Google searches, it is kind


Friday, 18 September 2015 08:37

Principled Carve-Outs and the Other Kind Featured

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Jesus said that when we are persecuted in one city, we should flee to the next (Matt. 10:23). The apostle Peter disappeared from the book of Acts a wanted man (Acts 12:17). The apostle Paul was lowered from the city wall of Damascus in a basket (2 Cor. 11:33). If we apply this thoughtfully, we can see that a case can be made for Christians making

Thursday, 17 September 2015 14:26

A Duty to Interpose Featured

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One of the things we must absolutely learn how to do better than we do is distinguish things that differ, especially things that look similar but which differ radically. We must learn to say, as Dorothy Sayers once famously said, distinguo. I distinguish.

There is a profound difference between the doctrine of interposition/lesser magistrates on the

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:27

So We Agree Then? Featured

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The tenth video from the Center for Medical Progress is out and the issue highlighted by the videos appears to be gaining some mainstream traction. This video is one of the more effective of the released videos — though they all of them have packed a punch — and I wanted to take a minute to explain why I think this is so.

First, if you

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 14:07

As We Bow to Each Other

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

The Basket Case Chronicles #200

“I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) that ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:24

The Cruci-Defiled

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When controversies blow up, there are two things that must be done with them. One is to treat the controversy with the idea of stewardship in mind, seeking to be a faithful steward of whatever God has given you. Whenever God gives anything to His people, one of the things He wants to see happen is for them to turn a profit on it. This

Monday, 14 September 2015 09:07

A Season of Delicious Ironies Featured

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I begin by noting that when it comes to positions and policies among the Republicans, Ted Cruz is the closest to my beau ideal. I would want more than a dash of Rand Paul just to keep our domestic apparatchiks at bay, but for the most part, if Ted Cruz looked to become president, I would raise a celebratory glass after the results from Ohio came

Saturday, 12 September 2015 15:04

Surveying the Text/Malachi

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This book is of uncertain date, and is probably to be located sometime in the fifth century B.C. The problems that are addressed in the book are also problems in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, and are addressed there as well. They include, but are not limited to, corrupt priests, mixed marriages, failure to tithe, social injustice,

Saturday, 12 September 2015 14:54

True Glue

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Throughout Scripture, one of the central bonding agents in true community is a foundational commitment to truth-telling. Lies are corrosive, and the truth is a great adhesive.

The ninth commandment says not to bear false witness against your neighbor (Ex. 20:16). The Colossians are told not to lie to one another, seeing that they have put off the

Saturday, 12 September 2015 14:16

Seated Among Family

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Sometimes people tend to think that the Lord’s Supper consists simply of the bread and the wine, and then the eating and drinking. But more elements are involved than just that. There is the prayer of consecration, there is the word that sets these elements apart to a holy use, then the breaking of the bread, and the distribution of the

Saturday, 12 September 2015 08:54

A Technological Lummox

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One of the many beeves that my adversaries have against me is that I do that Tom Petty thing, and don’t back down. And then, when I do issue a retraction or something, it is done in such a manner as to not let the bad guys hit me over the head with it. In that spirit, let me issue an apology to all my sane readers. This last week, we have

Thursday, 10 September 2015 22:05

The Only Kind of Gospel There Is Featured

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I have other things to write about, but it appears to me that the Lord doesn’t have other things for me to write about. I don’t mind because this is actually a subject that gives me full opportunity and scope to preach the gospel. But be forewarned, this opportunity is actually an opportunity to preach a scandalous gospel. But that is

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 09:56

I Don’t Think So, Scooter

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I had thought to bring this in for a landing in the previous post, but it turns out a few more thoughts need to be set out for consideration. These are not offered to that unique personality type that will not be satisfied by anything, but rather to any honest souls who have been puzzled by the commotion. These souls are not part of any lynch mob,

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:56

Clean Rain Featured

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All right. Three basic points, and then I think I will try to bring this in for a landing.

First, just as a practical matter we need to distinguish between anonymous scurrility and mainstream misbehavior. It is not that anonymous scurrility is okay, but you do kind of know what to expect. We are not really upset when tabloids claim that Billy

Monday, 07 September 2015 09:26

The High Mountain Air of Public Calumny

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Those who believe themselves to be hep to my tricksy ways might have surmised that I orchestrated this entire recent flap about Steven Sitler because Randy Booth and I recently put out a book entitled A Justice Primer. But whether you are disposed to believe me or not, that was a total coincidence. In this book we address biblical principles for

Saturday, 05 September 2015 22:35

An Open Letter from Christ Church on Steven Sitler

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In light of the recent court proceedings involving Steven Sitler, and the resultant coverage of those proceedings in the media, we believe that it is necessary for the session of Christ Church to make a public statement of where we have stood in this matter, and where we stand now.

When Steven’s sins and crimes first came to light over a

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