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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Friday, 16 March 2018 11:00

Larceny Through Signing Ceremonies

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“I want the coercive power of the state to fall on thugs and rapists, and not on the wrong kind of light bulb user. I want force to be applied to the man who would rob a merchant of his earnings, and not applied to the merchant himself so that the government might rob him of his earnings. I...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:00

Coercion: A Big Deal

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“We need to recognize that politics is necessarily coercive, and because coercion is a big deal, a Christian social order should want to strictly limit coercion to the bounds assigned by Scripture. Unless I have a word from God, I don’t want to make anybody do anything” (Empires...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:00

Naboth as Fat Cat

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“Taxing the people in order to perform a function that God did not assign to the state is called theft . . . If Jezebel had taken Naboth’s vineyard in the name of ‘social justice,’ or ‘land reform,’ that would not have altered the prophet’s view of it....

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 01:04

Complicity and Crucifixion

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In the aftermath of Monday’s post on Rachael Denhollander, when my Twitter feed filled up with the customary vitriol, I thought that two things really had to be done. The first is that we need to explain and understand the depth of this animus, which can only be accounted for in...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:00

True Intersection

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“The spirituality of the Church cannot be construed to mean that we are allowed to limit ourselves to visiting spiritual widows and ethereal orphans” (Empires of Dirt, p. 211).

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:02

Letters are Better Than Fetters

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The Boz

Re: Denhollander and Boz I’d like to see you apply the principles of rules-of-evidence and due-process to your statements against Boz’s previous execution of his office (such as it is, and wherever he got it) and character. Qualifications: 1) We live in an age where I need to say...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 11:00

Actually the Opposite Problem

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“Abortion and sodomy were sins long before they were constitutional rights . . . We are told, ad nauseam, to keep our morality out of politics. It would be more to the point to tell the idolmongers to keep their politics out of morality” (Empires of Dirt, pp. 208-209).

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When it comes to dealing with the carnage left by out-of-control lusts, our culture is having a hard time of it. I am speaking specifically of sexual abuse and its aftermath. Many churches heal the wound lightly, saying that it is a “spiritual” matter, something to be taken...

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Saturday, 10 March 2018 06:00

Micah and Kelsey

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A wedding ceremony is an imaging ceremony. This is the case because a wedding is made a wedding by virtue of the fact that it consists of a man and a woman, coming together as man and wife. We are told in Scripture, in various ways that this is an imaging of God.

The first thing that we should note...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 23:26

The Spirit of Glory Rests on You/1 Peter 4

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We have been talking about holiness under pressure, and Peter has been preparing these saints for a time of intense persecution. We are dealing also with hard facts on the ground, with rival interpretations of those facts battling it out. And those rival interpretations could not be...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 23:18

As a Lamb Among Wolves

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The apostle Paul once said that he filled out the sufferings of Christ (Col. 1:24). Clearly, he did not mean that the atonement was somehow lacking—when Jesus cried that it was finished, it really was finished. So what did He mean?image

The complete atonement established the body of Christ, and...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 23:16

The Head of the Table

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As the apostle Paul begins the eleventh chapter of 1 Corinthians, let us assume that he is not guilty of a radical lurch as he changes subjects, deciding finally to come back to the subject of the Lord’s Supper in v. 17.image

The culmination point of Christian worship is the Supper, and every...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 10:00

The Problem Was Elsewhere

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“Blaming public Christians for being ‘too political’ is like blaming Noah’s ark for being ‘too wet’” (Empires of Dirt, p. 208).

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 10:00

Know the Difference

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“An ally fights the same enemy you are fighting, and for the same reasons. A cobelligerent fights them for different reasons” (Empires of Dirt, p. 205).

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:00

Who Wants to be Post Darwinian?

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“Darwin gave modernity the mechanism it needed to throw off the authority of God’s Word and the sovereignty of the Lord Christ. Darwin is foundational to the secularist modernity project, but there is more. He is also foundational to the postmodern goo cauldron that is our culture today...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:50

Masculinity without Permission

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Relations between the sexes have rarely been in tatters the way they are now. Because we have kicked against the authority of God, as revealed in the fifth chapter of Ephesians, as revealed in the created order, and as revealed in our own consciences, we have toppled from a great height. The world...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 10:00

Rascals and Raccoons

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“Rascal hearts find the wrong thing to do at the wrong time just as sure as raccoons find the garbage cans” (Empires of Dirt, p. 202).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 23:56

From the Digital Mailbag

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imageTrump, Naturally

I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016. If things continue on the current course, I can see myself likely pulling the lever for him in 2020, especially considering the neo-socialist, pro-Molech, non-binary gender alternative the opposing party is likely to put forward.

CSarge

Yes, I...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 10:05

A Different Ground of Confidence

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“I believe that things are getting better over the long haul because of the prophet Isaiah and the Psalms of David, and not because Christianity Today, InterVarsity Press, and the Presbyterian Church in America have inspired me by a rock-ribbed biblicism that grows stauncher by the...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 10:00

Principles and Methods

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“So if one man wants to drive to the East Coast in a Ford, he has more in common with a man who wants to do the same thing in a Chevy than he does with another man driving to the West Coast in a Ford. Couple this with the fact that it is possible to pass someone on the road who is going the...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 00:23

That Unthinkable 2020 Election

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So let us review where we are.

For my entire adult life (and I understand the pattern started earlier than that), the received wisdom has been for Republican candidates to run to the right and govern to the middle. Virtually everyone did this, whether because that was where their heart actually was,...

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Saturday, 03 March 2018 00:55

That He Might Bring Us to God/1 Peter 3

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In Christ, every aspect of our lives is woven together. The demeanor that receives the salvation offered to us is a demeanor that relates to husbands, wives, and everyone else in that same way. The spirit you have toward God is not turned off when you face your fellow man. Your spirit...

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Friday, 02 March 2018 23:49

Inexorable Life

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The crucifixion was not a bad dream. It really happened. Jesus Christ really was flogged, His beard pulled out, nails driven into His hands and feet, and a spear thrust into His side. It was not something that His disciples thought had happened, only to discover their error and that Jesus was still...

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Friday, 02 March 2018 23:41

A Pious Cocoon

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The apostle tells us to do whatever we do to the glory of God. We cannot really understand this unless we have been disciplined by His Table. Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, he says, whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.image

But this comes at the end of a detailed discussion of how we...

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Friday, 02 March 2018 10:05

Preaching, Not Rearranging

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“Ezekiel was told to preach to the bones, not to line up all the femurs in a tidy confessional row. As Lloyd-Jones said about some ecumenical endeavor or other, ‘Putting all the ecclesiastical corpses into one graveyard will not bring about a resurrection” (Empires of Dirt, p....

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