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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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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Monday, 26 November 2018 10:00

Jesus Was No Dialog Partner

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“People like Jesus get crucified. Jesus didn’t teach and preach in such a way as to ‘get a hearing,’ unless you count that hearing in the middle of the night before the Sanhedrin” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 194).

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 23:44

Modern Art and the Dearth of Culture

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A number of decades ago, around the time of some of my first forays into public discussions (e.g. letters to the editor), I noticed that there were two topics that would cause other members of the general public to come unstuck in their responses. Those two topics were homosexuality...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:03

Psalm 100/Serve the Lord With Gladness

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True worship comes from true hearts, and true hearts are filled to overflowing with gladness. This gladness can be solemn, as it is at a wedding (solempne), or this gladness can be jubilant, as it is after a victorious battle. But the thing it must never be is sullen or surly or sulky....

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Friday, 23 November 2018 10:00

Focused Militancy

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“So my militancy—which is, admittedly, sometimes apparent to thoughtful observers—is not an across-the-board militancy. I am not militant at dinner. I am not militant when joking around with the grandkids. I am not militant when mowing the lawn. I am not militant with actual...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 01:41

Sexual Imbecility for Imbeciles

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The prodigal son didn’t run out of money his first week away from home. He was able to afford the best beer, the best women, the best time for all concerned, and to do so for a goodly amount of time. The wisdom of his plan was not falsified by events at the front end of his...

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One of the more pleasant customs around here is to write something every Thanksgiving about how good God has been to us. But this is really not a “break” from all the culture war stuff—gratitude actually ought to be our central weapon in the culture war. Thanksgiving...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:00

Really Gooey, In Fact

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“By ‘liberals’ I am referring both to those who are openly so, as well as those who have that crisply moderate evangelical shell surrounding a gooey center” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 189).

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 01:33

Immodest Wenches

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My point in this post is not—lest someone mistake my point—to do anything so simple as decry immodest attire in women. And by the kind of immodesty I am not for the most part talking about, I am intending both definitions of that word—viz. that which is sexual...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:29

Against Justice

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The immediate question that may arise is “what kind of monster could be ‘against justice?’” If this were not November, I would perhaps say that this is a reasonable question and proceed to answer it in my customary way, full to overflowing with balance and...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 22:00

Home Alone in the PCA

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In order to make some space for a #NoQuarterNovember post today, I am serving up a truncated letters section today. In order to keep life simple, I am just publishing letters on the PCA, R.I.P. post.

How does the story of the Southern Baptist Convention fit into your paradigm of the slippery...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 10:00

So Why Did They Want the Right to Vote Again?

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“I have been seeing a lot of . . . what might be called china-doll feminism . . . Feminism began by insisting that women could do everything the men can do, I-am-woman-hear-me-roar stuff, and has ended by weepily entreating all its sob sisters to repair themselves to the fainting couches,...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 00:57

Those BioLogos Unbelievers

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Eugene Genovese once wrote that, during his atheist days, whenever he was in the company of a liberal Christian, he always felt that comfortable sense that he was in the presence of a fellow unbeliever. Unbelief is a thing.

And that matter of faith is always the basic issue. One of the...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:59

Psalm 99/Between the Cherubim

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As we worship Jehovah for His infinite wisdom, right at the peak of our praises must be the recognition that His mercy to us is altogether holy. How He managed to do that is beyond all finite calculation. But fortunately, it is not beyond our ability to adore and praise. How can mercy b...

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Friday, 16 November 2018 10:00

So No, I Don’t Believe It

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“If you want to tell me that liberals are committed to free speech, please remember you are talking to someone who once needed an entourage of around twenty cops in order to be able to say something in a classroom at a state university” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 184).

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:00

Always a Bright Side

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“Unhorsed, and with a split helmet, and flat on my back, I was able to notice how blue the sky was” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 182).

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:00

A Tight Argument

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“Denial of fruitfulness will result—follow me closely here—in lack of fruit” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 177).

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:51

PCA, R.I.P.

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Bear with me for just a few moments. This will get livelier, and a lot more interesting, in just short while.

I am not seeking to qualify my point, as should become apparent shortly, but I do need to state my qualifications to make the point. Those qualifications, as I hope you will...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:00

And They Can Even Have Some of the Honeydew

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“I don’t want liberty for secularists because secularism is true—it isn’t. Secularism is an opium dream, complete with flashing eyes and floating hair. I want liberty for secularists because Jesus is Lord” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 174).

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Monday, 12 November 2018 10:00

Free Grace and No Free Lunch

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“There is a straight line blessing that runs from free grace to free men, and from free men to free markets” (Same Sex Mirage, pp. 173-174).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:00

Evolution as an Uncommonly Silly Idea

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Prolegomena to the Skylarking:

One of the things a writer must do, if he is planning on running with the big boys, is demonstrate his erudition and learning as he starts off the proceedings, and to do so by means of judicious citations. What better way to set the tone than by quoting the trenchant...

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