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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Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:16

Departure from Bethany/Easter 2018

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The message that we Christians have for the world is a message that concerns certain key historical events, and we include with that message the theological import, the theological meaning, of those key events. We preach and declare that Christ died and rose, and we also declare that...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 01:40

For We Have None

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Because the Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal, it may be abused. It is a covenant Supper, not a magic Supper. In the history of the Church, tragically, abuse has happened often. Paul says in one place that it is possible for the Supper to do more harm than good. He says that when the...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 11:00

Tolerance Can Be a Virtue

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“If we were to say that Smith tolerates X, we do not yet know if Smith is a hero or a skunk. Does he tolerate respectful dissent, responsibly offered? Child porn? Smokers in bars? Transfats in restaurants? Ethnic violence? What does he tolerate?” (Empires of Dirt, p. 226).

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Friday, 30 March 2018 03:45

Clean From Unclean/Good Friday 2018

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Jesus is the Lord of reversals. To understand this, we have to understand the backdrop of the older covenant.

Throughout the Old Testament, if someone came into contact with an unclean body—a leper or a dead man—mere contact made him unclean himself. The disease, the death, the...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:00

One or the Other

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“If the Church is not transforming the culture around her, then the culture around her is transforming the Church” (Empires of Dirt, p. 225).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:00

Jesus Values, Not Traditional Values

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“This is why Christians can’t fight this on the basis of ‘traditional values.’ The sexual traditions of humanity, considered apart from God’s Word, have contained way too many child brides, harems, serial polygamists, and concubines to provide us with the appropriate...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:55

Baptizing Koalas

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“They see their objects always near, never in the horizon.”—Hazlitt

Here is the presenting problem. How is it possible for corporate entities (colleges, seminaries, denominations, publishing houses, etc.) to go bad when they have so many good people in them throughout the entire...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:00

He Who Says A Must Say B

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“These marriage ‘reforms’ clearly have not solved the problem of the bisexuals. With our arbitrary limitation of marital status to two and only two people, we are plainly telling the bisexual that he must choose between a heterosexual marriage or a homosexual marriage, but that he...

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Lewis the Mentor

Your recent article on privilege reminded me of some other words from Screwtape’s author: “When equality is treated not as a medicine or a safety-gadget but as an ideal we begin to breed that stunted and envious sort of mind which hates all superiority . . . Every...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 11:00

Covering the Waterfront

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[From the creation account] “we can see other expressions of sexuality are excluded. A man should not be allowed to marry himself. It is not good that man should be alone (Gen. 2:18). A man should not be allowed to marry multiple wives. God said that He would make a helper suitable to him...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 01:33

Don’t Waste Your White Privilege

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Allow me to begin by saying that someone really needs to start defending privilege. It needs to be lauded as a good thing, an admirable thing, a blessing from Heaven. If someone doesn’t start defending privilege pretty soon, we could eventually get to the point where a person...

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:42

The Mountain Behind

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As Christians who live in history, as believers who occupy time, we want to make sure we understand the tenses of the verbs that describe our salvation.

Before the foundation of the world, He has chosenus. That is in the past. His past choice concerns our future—that we should be holy and...

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:57

Eating Authority

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The apostle tells us that when we partake of this holy meal, we are proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes. Because this is a standing truth, it means that from the first observance of the Supper to the last observance of it just before His Second Coming, the Lord’s death will be...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 11:00

Origins Define

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“If God created the world, put one man and one woman in it, married them to each other, and established that as a pattern for the rest of human history, then marriage should be defined in accordance with that reality. If He did nothing of the kind, and we actually evolved out of the...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:00

When Pirates Are Powerful

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“Some taxes are simply legalized stealing” (Empires of Dirt, p. 218).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:31

Woke Sisters

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One of the more important things my father taught me was always to act, “never react.” Now because we are creatures, we must react at some level, most notably in simple obedience to God and His Word. We are not autonomous beings, but rather creatures who are responsible to respond in...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 02:53

Moses and the Modern World

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Last September I posted a piece called “The Death Penalty as Our Only Hope.” As a result of that I got into a brief Facebook exchange with Joel McDurmon on some of the issues involved. As it happens we are planning to continue that discussion this afternoon on Iron Sharpens Iron.

In the...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:22

More, More, More from the Mailbag

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Rage on a Short Tether

2 Kings 19:20-21,27-28 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I have heard your prayer concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria. This is the word that the Lord has spoken against him . . . But I know where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 11:00

That’s Our Thing, Actually

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“Look. Christians believe the Bible invented free societies. Secularists who worry about fundamentalist Christians sneaking in to spy out their liberties are like a prodigal son buying drinks for the house while secretly worrying that his father will break into his room that night in order to...

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A new book of comments, notes and observations on the Apostles’ Creed is now available in the Mablog Store, with the link here. The Creed is a model of brevity, but it is amazing how much truth was compressed into it. It is sort of an early church zip file. This small book is designed to help...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 03:09

Complicity and the Christ

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“Rage is the salient characteristic of Satan and of the satanic in men. There are others, including guile, deceit, and temptation. But at the heart of Satan’s mission is an overwhelming animus against God and the godly” (Walsh, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, p. 17).

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Peter now comes to his final words of exhortation and encouragement. The holiness under pressure that he has been encouraging them in is a holiness that is arrayed in humility. This humility is characteristic of the entire Christian body, including the head of that body, meaning of...

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 01:42

Getting What We Deserve

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imageThe task before us today, in these times, is that of learning how to live faithfully as Christians in the station to which we have been assigned, and yet to do it with an eye on the big picture. We need to understand that the nation will not be transformed by direct action, aimed at our leaders.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 01:36

Real Presence

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We want to affirm the presence of the Lord here with us now, and this presence is truly a realpresence. We do not want to say it is an absence—a mere memorial—and neither do we say it is an ethereal, spiritualized presence, or that it is simply a raw material presence, crassly...

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Friday, 16 March 2018 11:05

Philip and Naomi

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Too often we speak of marriage as though the secret to a happy one is something uniquely marital. But marriage is a human estate, and is a relationship between two humans, a man and a woman. And as something that encompasses a vast number of humans in relationship, it also encompasses the range of...

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