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, 11 June 2018 11:00

Great Corn, Okay Corn, and No Corn

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“Fresh corn tastes better than canned corn, and who knew? So if you want to pay extra for that, great. Be our guest. But quit acting like it is a ‘conscience and responsibility’ thing, because canned corn is nutritionally better than no corn.” (Confessions of a Food Catholic,...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 01:47

Celibacy, Singleness, and Sex

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Given the fact that a number of Christians have adopted the idea that a person can have a gay identity, and yet live a full Christian life, just so long as he or she is committed to celibacy, it is time for us to go back and review some basics. There are many areas of human endeavor...

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One of the good things coming out of the Revoice conference is that it is making us thrash out a number of things we should have thrashed out years ago. It is making us confront the fact that these things should have been confronted a long time ago.

“For there must be also...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 11:00

Always Ready

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“If you can’t find an outlet to plug this into, then you clearly have the wrong kind of adapter.” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 89).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:00

Expensive Rhythms

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“I don’t have any beef against wealthy people enjoying superior food . . . I do have a beef against upper middle class NPR listeners strolling down to farmer’s markets as though they were earthy peasants in touch with the rhythms of the earth. Why are they in touch with the...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 04:29

Pursue Justice First, Your Agenda Second

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Well, it seems that Jake Meador has “took out” after me. First he cites a quote from Francis Schaeffer about those who “practice untruth.” He says that I offered a “bizarre defense” for Patterson. Putting it all together, he argues that my approach...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 11:00

Even If Everyone is in Step

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“Marching thoughtlessly counterclockwise doesn’t have a whole lot over marching thoughtlessly clockwise’” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 86).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 01:38

Letters Involving SBC, PCA, LGBTQ and QED

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imageNo, no, nothing to do with any of the letters. Just wanted to get you to click on “read more.”

Re: Paige Patterson at Colonus Splendid post, Doug: moderate, discerning and on-the-nose scripturally. I had previously read all the links you posted in the...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 01:50

Paige Patterson at Colonus

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When controversies like this arise, we are regularly reminded that powerful Christian leaders should not be beyond the reach of accountability. This is absolutely correct, and we should also be reminded that the men who summarily dispatched Paige Patterson are themselves powerful...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:47

Calvinism 4.0/The Liberty of the Creature

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The theologians behind the Westminster Confession said something that was curious, and it was this: They did not want to say that God’s absolute sovereignty was merely consistent with the liberty of creaturely will, but rather that God’s sovereignty was what established the...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:36

Calling It Something Else

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The Bible instructs us on how we are to live together. When we do not follow those instructions, there are two kinds of disobedience. One is flagrant, and knows that it is disobedient. When professing Christians give way to these sorts of temptations, the results are called theft, adultery,...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:29

How Much More

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The New Covenant is not a covenant that altered the fundamental nature of covenants. Throughout the Old Testament, covenants always had attendant blessings and curses. Some have wanted to imagine that the New Covenant was a covenant of automaticblessings, and that by its very nature, curses were...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 10:30

Book of the Month June 2018

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I have been reading criticisms of Darwin for a long time, meaning that I know my onions (allium cepa), and House of Cards acquits itself very well in the genre, making a fine contribution to our growing library. I am very happy to commend it as my selection for June’s book of the month.image

Tom...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 01:00

The Paige Patterson Test

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I have not yet said very much about the Paige Patterson affair in the Southern Baptist Convention. This has been a function of my general busyness, my lack of knowledge about the back story, and assorted other stuff. The one thing I wouldn’t want it to be is a function of timidity.

Depending...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 03:17

Up Near the Spigot

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As I was reading what Warhorn was saying about the Revoice conference in St. Louis (a critique in four parts), I noticed that Wesley Hill was one of the main speakers. I also noticed that he had a new book out, called Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian,...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 06:24

Sand in the Sugar Bowl

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We certainly live in crazy times, but they are a particular brand of crazy times. The more advanced the lunacy gets, the more difficult it becomes to remember what normality might look like. And the weirder it all gets, the more we seem to cultivate our appetite for the weird.

Our...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:00

Idolatry and Emphasis

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“Idols do more than rearrange standards; they also generate standards. Thus I should always ask, ‘Is this right?’ and not just ‘Is this too important?’” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, pp. 85-86).

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The book/play is set in France in 1832, not the French Revolution Era of 1789-99. The war aspect of the play serves as a foil background to develop the main character, Jean Valjean. It truly puzzles me that one could zoom in so closely on this minor rebellion sub-plot and say that it...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 23:00

The Light From Behind the Sun

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Many years ago, one of the first books I wrote was published under the name Persuasions, and the subtitle was “A Dream of Reason Meeting Unbelief.” In that book, a character named Evangelist encountered various people on the road that leads to the Abyss and he engaged them...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:21

Calvinism 4.0/God as the Good Author

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imageMany people struggle with the problem of evil. If God is all powerful, then he could eliminate evil. If God is all good then He would certainly want to. So then why does the classic Christian position teach us that God is both all powerful and all good, and yet evil continues to exist?

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Friday, 25 May 2018 11:00

The Real Revolt

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“Nothing is more truly counter-cultural than holiness” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 82).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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So I would like to discuss the radical difference between the American and French revolutions, and would like to do so with the aid of Friedrich von Gentz (1764-1832). He was a German writer, thinker, publicist, and man of public affairs. He wrote a short little booklet comparing the...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:00

Ponderosa Pine Bark Chips

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“If anyone seriously thinks by going natural, he will be escaping The Establishment, finally getting away from The Man and from the clutches of the good corporations, I have a bit of bad news. The corporations are way ahead of you. There are high-powered boards sitting around half-an-acre...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:05

Continued Gratitude

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I told you I would keep you updated on the cancer news front, and so here it is. Yesterday Nancy and I met with my surgeon for a post-op visit, and with another doctor (after the tumor board had met) in order to determine what to do next, if anything. The good news is that we decided that follow-up...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:08

Les Mis: A Worldview Lab

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Contrary to popular assumptions about “worldview,” the issue involves much more than simply the propositions you think. Thinking certainly is an important part of it all, but much more is necessary—as a particular case study of Les Mis may show. For many reasons, I believe that...

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