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, 10 September 2018 01:42

American Vision and the Word that Justifies

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Joel McDurmon has written a lengthy explanation of why he could not sign the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel, and you can find his explanation here. What I would like to do in this space is provide a two-fold response to his explanation. The first is actually not a response...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 01:28

Psalm 92/It is Good to Give Thanks

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The enemies of God are primarily the enemies of God, and only derivatively ours. The principal contrast is between the futility of their rebellion, as over against the constant life of the everlasting one. They perish, and He remains forever. And then, as a result of that, a secondary...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 00:50

Christ in Mouth of Friend and Stranger

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This is not a moment for morbid introspection. There are times when we should examine ourselves, and there are times when we must confess our sins. But this moment is not designed or intended to be one of those moments.

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This is a moment to love and adore Your God, and to worship Jesus Christ, and to...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 00:48

Simplicity and Glory

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The Bible teaches us that the times of the new covenant are attended with a greater glory than the old covenant, as well as with a greater simplicity. In effect, that simplicity is part of the glory.

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The arrival of Jesus the Messiah was not a signal for us to lapse into some kind of second-rate old...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 11:00

For That Does Not Follow

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“We ought not conclude anything about the clarity of the lesson from the obtuseness of the students” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 38).

The post For That Does Not Follow appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:00

What Marriage Is

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“You cannot have a marriage without old-school heterosexual copulation, and you cannot have a marriage without a covenant. Nevertheless, you can have a covenant without a marriage, and you can have sexual intercourse without a marriage” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 33).

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:05

Despite Our Thinkboys

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So then, the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel has caused a stir, as has the fact that I signed it. In a Facebook discussion connected to this article, it was intimated that my schizo-theopolitical approach was generating some questions in the cheap seats, and some were starting to throw...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:00

Not Every Slope is Slippery, but Slippery Slopes Are

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“If we keep gay pride, we are going to get a lot more than gay pride . . . We cannot pitch our tents toward Sodom without eventually winding up in a townhouse there” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 28).

The post Not Every Slope is Slippery, but Slippery Slopes Are appeared first on Blog & Mablog...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 02:31

Truth off the Bay

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A fine statement on social justice and gospel issues came out yesterday, and so I signed it. I would encourage all of you to head over there and sign it as well. On top of that, another edifying exercise might be for someone to keep track of who does not sign it, particularly among...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:00

Sexual Anarchism

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“In other words, their enemy is not heteronormativity, their final enemy is civilization itself. Civilization requires norms, and Christian civilization requires heterosexual monogamous norms. What we are up against is simply anarchism” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 26).

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:41

Libertarian Letters

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Apparently People Want to Discuss Libertarianism

It seems that in secular libertarianism that one’s rights and freedoms are decoupled from one’s responsibilities. For any particular freedom is had in order to fulfill a specific responsibility. And that such responsibilities are set by...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 02:30

A Hateful Superiority

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“As soon as he said oh, wretched man that I am, he would be rejected as one of those people who think they’re better than everybody else” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 22).

The post A Hateful Superiority appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 02:16

The Great Servant Leadership Mistake

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In her next chapter, Aimee Byrd continues a similar pattern. She says a lot of good things, like a handful of pearls with no thread to make a necklace. But she also says some worrisome things, and then third, she assembles part of what she says to support her central non sequitur....

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:00

Jeffrey and Sarah

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Everyone is in favor of kindness in the abstract. Everyone in the world applauds kindness . . . until it looks like it might cost them something. It is then that our commitment to “realistic” standards kicks in. “Surely I can’t be expected to . . .” Unfortunately our...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 01:30

Book of the Month: September 2018

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Knowing Christby Mark Jones is a worthy companion volume to J.I. Packer’s classic Knowing God. It is a work of devotional theology or, if you prefer, theological devotion.

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Nancy and I read this one together aloud, bit by bit, and that was a good way to work through something as dense and as...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 00:53

Psalm 91/Under the Shadow of the Almighty

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According to a tradition among the Jews, if a psalm is not attributed to anyone, then the credit should go to the author of the previous psalm. There is no basis for being dogmatic about it, but this would mean that Psalm 91 was composed by Moses. The reason this is suggestive is that...

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“Those who greet every incident with loud shouts of glad generalization are revealing far more than they realize” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 21).

The post Which Is That They Shouldn’t Serve on Juries appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 11:00

Like a Donkey Eating a Thistle

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[Moderate Christians] “want to say that homosexual acts are, without a doubt, in a certain sense, sinful, certainly, which is a conclusion we must come to if we are to wrestle authentically with the text. We wish we could say differently—oh, how we wish—but, for the time being,...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:00

Acts Nikos Christus Rex Comis, R.I.P.

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The death of any of our little ones is pressing hard. We love our children, but we remember that we are only in a position to love them as we ought to because we love our Father in Heaven more than all. Whoever does not love Christ more than family cannot be a disciple, as Jesus plainly taught us...

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:00

How God Addresses Us

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“Jesus Christ is our federal representative and head, which means that He is the appointed face of the new human race, the appointed face of the new humanity. And when God wants to communicate with that new human race, He addresses us to our face” (Same Sex Mirage, pp. 15-16).

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 01:51

When Liberty Gets Leprosy: The Libertarian Lure

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Since we are in between elections, and because public feelings are not running high at just this moment, I thought it would be safe to take a moment to discuss the libertarian temptation. And so let us begin by defining terms.

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I am a conservative, not a libertarian, but there is quite a...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 11:00

Turned Into, Turned On By

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“We become like what we worship. If we worship Change, we will come to insist on our right to be turned into anything, and to be turned on by anything. If we worship God and God only, we will gladly accept His sexual assignments. If He decided to make you a boy, since He is God, then it...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 01:56

Letters on the Lock and Key Business. And More.

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Inappropriate Appropriation

In your article titled “Appropriate This” you ask the question: “What do you call it when you have an acute case of vicarious embarrassment for someone who ought to be embarrassed about what they are doing, but somehow inexplicably is not?” I could...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 11:00

Not Exactly

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“Any woman who objects to showering with a dude who currently self-identifies as a woman is probably a woman who has a deep problem with Pharisaism” (Same Sex Mirage, pp. 11).

The post Not Exactly appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 01:38

Appropriate This

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imageThe Mikado is a massive display of innocent cultural appropriation, and a delightful operetta for normal people, which is why you don’t see it performed very often anymore.

So let me explain it to you once again, one more time. If a white girl wears a Chinese dress to the prom, she is guilty...

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