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, 03 July 2018 11:00

How, Not What

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“We sin with food all the time, and God still doesn’t care what we eat. Mastering that distinction is crucial” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 119).

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:50

Always More Letters

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Roe Stuff

I’m not so sure overturning Roe would have that effect. To be sure the pro-abortionists will curse and howl, and march and boycott, but it would not have to make interactions between states more difficult. From a practical standpoint overturning Obergefell I think would be the...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 11:00

Wrong Way

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“It is the mark of [a] certain kind of dogmatic mind that the farther away from the evidence he gets, the more certain he gets” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 115).

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Monday, 02 July 2018 01:54

The UnRoeveling of America

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The American Civil War was actually a war between distinct regions. It was a clash of cultures, a war between the several states. There were certain regions—the border states like Maryland—where the populations within the same territory were truly divided, and where it was...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 05:41

Book of the Month/July 2018

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I just finished reading Toxic Charity, and want to commend it to every pastor and every deacon board of every church that is involved in mercy ministry. It is written by Robert Lupton, a veteran urban activist, someone who has been an urban activist for many years, and who has seen what he is...

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Friday, 29 June 2018 23:15

Calvinism 4.0/Election by the Father

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Everyone who believes the Bible knows that the doctrine of sovereign election is taught there. Unfortunately, this does not mean that we have universal agreement on the doctrine. There are two main approaches to the subject among evangelicals, the first being that God elects His own on...

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So Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of July. This news was received with something like melting-face-consternation by the denizens of the Left, who have been pretty unhappy with Trump so far as it is. And by “pretty unhappy” I mean levels of anguish usually...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:00

Camel Bisque

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“And speaking of finicky diets, these are the people who strain at gnats and eat the camel. And to make it perfectly plain, swallowing unclean camels is a dietary issue” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 110).

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Whenever something happens that seems impervious to plain reason speaking with an open Bible, one starts to look around for an explanation. How is it possible for something like this to happen? The PCA is supposed to be one of the stalwart evangelical denominations, and we all looked away for a...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 11:00

Complicity for the Pie

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“Eating stolen goods that I watched get stolen is morally problematic, and I cheerfully grant it. But I am here talking about my supposed complicity in the strange oaths that the foreman in the Texas orchard swore at his underpaid migrant workers, in the season before those pecans from said...

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Revoice

Keep hammering away on the Revoice Conference. You are one of the few that are publicly opposing it. Please keep doing so.

Michael

imageMaybe it is because your husband is bi, and leading a workshop in St. Louis. Explaining how it should be done.

Michael, thanks and will do. Though thankfully, there...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 11:00

Don’t Taunt the Cows

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“On matters of gross injustice in the production of my dinner, I quite agree with the principle. In other words, if I knew a restaurant in town with the best-tasting steak got those fantastic results by flogging its cooks out back, cheating its wholesalers, double-crossing the waitresses on...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 02:39

The Mortification of Courtly Love

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One of the best things about the Revoice conference is that it is making us work through some issues that we manifestly need to work through. This does not make the Revoice conference a good thing, most certainly not, but the Revoice conference presents us with a good occasion to state...

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Friday, 22 June 2018 22:00

A Brief Reply to Joel McDurmon

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Joel McDurmon has responded here to my earlier critique of his response to Tim Bayly, which can be read here. I am currently on the road, and don’t have a lot of time to respond. But I would like to say just a couple of basic things, things that I believe lie right at the root of our...

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Friday, 22 June 2018 04:09

As the Serpent Uncoils

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If you missed it in my earlier post, here is a long collection of quotes from some of the participants in the upcoming Revoice conference. I have two follow-up comments to make with regard to the controversy (as it now stands). I am sure that I will have more to say as this serpent continues to...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 02:05

The Wainscot at Balmoral

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So I think that the time has come to talk a little bit about an open secret. The secret is that liberals (and the moderates who admire them) don’t like dialog very much. They talk about it incessantly, sure, but they like all the questions aspiring to a place in the dialog to be cleared...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:22

Hey, Fancy Boy

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So the Revoice conference continues to be a thing that Christians differ about. But before everyone rushes to the “agree to disagree” mode that we all know and love so well, let me sketch the nature of this basic disagreement. Some Christians think that obvious things are...

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Goldbergian Thoughts

On Goldberg: Not surprisingly, this is perhaps one of the more engaging and edge-of-the-seat kind of reading I’ve ever laid eyes upon. Throughout your critique, I see your love and respect for the man while taking him—kindly—behind the woodshed, not for a...

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As I have said on more than one occasion, Jonah Goldberg is one of my favorite writers and commentators. This book (Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy) has done nothing to diminish that...

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 01:54

Calvinism 4.0/Man as Fallen

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The nature of the problem dictates whether or not there can even be a solution, and if so, what that solution might be. Among evangelical Christians, the nature of the “problem” that salvation solves can be described in two basic ways. Either man is sick in his sin, needing...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 11:00

No Such Thing as an Uninterpreted Fact

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“Narrative accounts about how the world works are worldview accounts. Narratival worldview accounts depend on their underlying religious assumptions . . . When we step out into the world of ‘how a bill becomes a law,’ ‘how a cow becomes a hot dog,’ and ‘how...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:00

Soundtrack of Our Lives

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“When housewives want to blow through cleaning the kitchen and two bathrooms, what is needed is some Dwight Yoakam, or Fleetwood Mac, or Asleep at the Wheel, turned up to eleven, and not, say, some 17th century music for five recorders, including two of the big ones” (Confessions of a...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:00

Puritan, Not Purist

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“I want to be a puritan, not a purist. I want to [be] reformational, not revolutionary. I am a slow food reformer, not a fast food reformer. I am a food catholic, not a food sectarian” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 97).

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:42

Suicidal Socialism

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The first graphic I chose pictures socialism as a bestial murderer. A better image would be that of a demented and malicious suicide, but this image will have to do. At least a certain negative image comes through, which is the basic thing I wanted. I have also taken the liberty of...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 11:00

Ingrate Growth is Not Growth

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“We can do better without disparaging what was given us before” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 94).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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