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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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:39

Those Letters Keep Coming

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The Liberalism is Not in Remission Yet

Pastor Doug, have you seen this? Thoughts? https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-lessons-from-reformation-in-sbc/ I find it ironic since from the contact I have with people in local SBC churches, liberalism is far from having been defeated.

Amanda

Amanda,...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 01:31

Bueller? Bueller? Mueller?

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So let us begin with what the president tweeted on Sunday.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes—and if any such demands or requests...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 01:30

Edward Driskill, Sr. R.I.P.

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One of the things that we learn from Scripture is the fact that it is the part of wisdom to be mindful of your own mortality. This is one of the important functions of funerals and memorial services. Not only do we honor the deceased, as has been done here today very ably, but we also reckon with...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 01:07

The Authority of the Spirit/Pentecost 2018

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Today we are remembering the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. We will be considering the convergence of all things in the Father, coming to Him through the Son, and enabled to do this by the Spirit. But though this must be our central focus, coming to the Father,...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 11:00

Remember Genesis

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“’Natural childbirth’ is a very common way of refusing to apply the doctrine of the Fall, ignoring the curse that God placed upon childbearing. To say that pregnancy is not a disease is quite true. To say that giving birth is a natural process is also true also. But this overlooks...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 01:41

Dirty Omniscience

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The next time you find yourself in need of a deeply unsettling experience, I suggest that you click here, and then scroll through some of the things that Dylan Curran found out about himself, as stored up by some of our brainier brethren. All the same stuff has no doubt been stored up...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:00

Not Responsive, In Other Words

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“And so this explains why, when harangued, I do not run off. I just sit there, like a scolded cat” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 72).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:00

No Atoms Either

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“Every time I see something advertised as ‘all natural and free of chemicals’ I brace myself for the day—and it cannot be far off now—when certain food items are touted on the package as being entirely ‘molecule free’” (Confessions of a Food Catholic,...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 02:32

Gadsden Love

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The second greatest commandment is that we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Lev. 19:18). The command presupposes that we love ourselves, and tells us to render that same kind of love to our neighbor.image

This became problematic for conservative believers over the last generation or so...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 11:00

And the Shepherd in the Rear is Post Flock

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“Among the informal logical fallacies, one of the most common is called the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy. Translated it means ‘after this, therefore because of this.’ B follows A, and it is therefore assumed that A must have been the cause of B. This fallacy is so prevalent...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:45

Letters on the Half Shell

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Cancer News

imagePraise God!! Wonderful news!!

Laura

Laura, thank you and thank the Lord. We thought so too.

If you keep writing posts that funny I’m going to start hoping you keep getting cancer. I’ll try not to. That was hilarious!

Steven

Steven, don’t be drawing the wrong applications or...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 11:00

And I Mean Plunk

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“My whole life I have been ingesting poisons that my great-great-grandfather never, ever encountered, and taking the averages I will probably live thirty to forty years longer than he did . . . You don’t slip someone poison in order to slightly retard the progress of his galloping and...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 06:50

A Cute Little Buster

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So we got the results of the pathology report back, and we are most grateful to God. Many thanks to all of you who supported us with your prayers. We really appreciated the kindness shown by all of you.

Now tumors can be entirely benign, which this one wasn’t. But in the genus of cancerous...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 01:55

The Beauty of Discrimination

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A few older people remember how the verb to discriminate once was a term of praise. He is a “discriminating reader,” or he has a “discriminating palate” when it comes to fine wines, or she has “discriminating taste” when it comes to her art...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:46

Led Captivity Captive/Ascension 2018

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Today we are commemorating the Lord’s Ascension into Heaven, the time when He received universal dominion, absolute and unfettered, from the hand of His Father. But we must never forget that His Ascension is built on the bedrock of His Descent. We are told that He led captivity...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:36

Coronation Day

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Jesus Christ has ascended to the right hand of God the Father. This does not mean that He is now on the other side of the universe. It actually means that His authority is suffused throughout the entire universe.image

And this is inescapably political. Jesus is a king. Not only is He a king, but He is a...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:31

The Table Fences Us

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Paul tells us that we must not eat and drink from the table of the new testament unworthily. He uses the word several times, but remember the context of his warning.image

The Corinthians were guilty of divisions in the church, drunkenness, sexual immorality, and greed. Paul tells them that such sins, unre...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:00

No Cooties

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“There are no cooties in the cupboard. They’ve been exterminated by the perfectly organic pesticide of thankfulness” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 58).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 07:41

Two Strippers Instead of Four

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And now let us speak of how National Review has finally donned some silk undies, and begun their regimen of hormone shots.image

When I first subscribed to National Review I was in high school, which puts that time at almost fifty years ago. In other words, it was a lot closer to the time when WFB was...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:41

Outrage Overload

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There are two ways to develop a sensitive conscience, one good and one bad. The first is to accept, own, and practice the weightier matters of the law. Once you have mastered the great principles, or rather have been mastered by them, it becomes possible to move into the more refined...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 22:50

Two New E-Books

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imageI have added two new eBooks to my Mablog Shop eWarehouse—you can find them at the top of the listings here. You may click on either of the covers to get there, but let me explain them briefly here.

One is a collection of quotes of mine, a chrestomathy, on...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 23:00

Letters Have In Fact Arrived

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The Demeanor of Calvinism

I am very much in your debt for introducing me to C.S. Lewis’ English Literature in the 16th Century. The section from which you quote (pages 32-46) is one of the best pieces of historical writing that I have read. The awkward part, though, is that, when read in full,...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 13:34

Gratitude Update

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So I am sitting in a hotel across the street from the hospital, typing with my forefinger on my trusty iPad. The fact that I am doing so means that the surgery turned out to be an outpatient procedure, which is what we in our household call “ fun beans.” I didn’t have to stay in...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 23:00

Defining the Categlories

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As a result of some of my recent “going on” about the nature of nature, I have been in conversation with some friends about miracles. One of them recommended the chapter on miracles in Vern Poythress’s book Symphonic Theology, (chapter 9), which I had read before (and...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 00:56

Calvinism 4.0/Chestertonian Calvinism

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When these precious doctrines of ours—referring to the absolute sovereignty of God over all things—are twisted in such a way as to perpetuate gloom, severity, introspection, accusations, slander, gnat-strangling, and more, the soul is never safe. The doctrines of grace are...

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