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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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.

The post Stonewall Trailer 3 appear

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

Saturday, 22 August 2015 08:18

Tend the Weeds

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As I mentioned before, love is what makes a Christian community grow. Community is like a garden, and gardens contain many growing, beautiful things. But community is also the garden in which grumbles grow. Since the fall of Adam, there has never been a garden without weeds, and this is because our hearts are in such a condition that a garden

Saturday, 22 August 2015 07:56

Seven Courses

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Not only is this a covenant meal, with all the parties to the covenant alive and present, Scripture gives us another image to use with our grasp of the word testament. “For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth” (Heb. 9:17). Here we have the image of a reading of a

Friday, 21 August 2015 11:45

3 Marks of the God of the System

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Every system has a god, which means that when you have identified certain markers, you have identified the god of the system. If the god of the system is not the true God, the God who made Heaven and earth, then the god of the system is an idol.

In order to be an idol, the god of the system need not be an inert object, adored only by the

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 22:37

Not What Scissors Are For Featured

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The seventh Planned Parenthood video comes pretty close to Dante’s seventh circle. That’s not what scissors are for. But one of the first things I thought of after seeing it was the ninth circle, the circle dedicated to the treacherous. And that is what this is — treacherous, horrific, appalling, heinous, and cold as Hell.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 08:36

Carve Outs and Ghettos

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So as I sat down at the computer this morning, I was wondering which particular box in my attic I should unpack and bring down. And one of the first things I encountered was an email from a friend with some links, in case I was looking for something to jump in on. Well, I was, as a matter of fact. Guidance, I call it.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 14:31

On Not Threatening the Minister

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

The Basket Case Chronicles #198

Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with

Before I say anything critical, let me start by saying that Ann Coulter has made a lot of good sense over the years. I have read some of her books, and they were generally well-written and researched, and contrast somewhat markedly with the blonde brassiness that does the yelling heads television gigs.

Having said that, she recently said something

Monday, 17 August 2015 08:21


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I indicated recently that Trump was a presidential non-starter, and I would like to say just a few things about that. If I may.

I will bring top men into my cabinet, and they will make top decisions. The very best decisions. And they will all go home to their top women, and they will beget top children, all of whom will have lifetime passes to my
Monday, 17 August 2015 07:25

Review: History in English Words

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History in English Words
by Owen Barfield My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a preeminently readable book of etymology, written by Owen Barfield, friend of C.S. Lewis. This book is not just an isolated series of word histories, but it is also tied in with history history, if that makes sense. Barfield was massively learned.

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Sunday, 16 August 2015 07:04

No Faithy Sensation

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As we heard in the message today, we are called to live from faith to faith. The just shall live by faith. But living is an all-encompassing verb. Living by faith means walking by faith, singing by faith, fellowshipping by faith, eating and drinking by faith, reflecting by faith, and meditating by faith.

And faith requires an object. When you