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, 24 August 2018 11:00

No Fundamental Divide

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“The seed of the serpent insists that everything that is here morphed out of something else that was already here, and somehow, in some way, everything that is used to be something else. There was no ultimate beginning. All is One. This worldview exalts evolution of necessity; the whole thing...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 02:43

Defrauding a Brother

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I don’t have a great deal to say about this next chapter—on Christ as our Elder Brother—because most of it is very good. The mistake that Aimee Byrd is making is the same one again. She says a number of valuable things about the biblical relationship of brothers and sisters, some...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 11:00

How Could There Be?

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“God’s gravity is infinite, and there is no escape velocity” (Same Sex Mirage, p. 7).

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“Homosexual vice is a bad business, one that the apostle Paul describes as the end of the ethical road. But that is simply where the battle is right now, not what the battle is over. And so, since I have raised the point, what is the battle over? The battle is over the right to define the...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 02:58

Under Lock and Key

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A few weeks ago, I wrote something that caused some consternation in some predictable quarters. I said:

“But here are some different examples. This one is taken from the world, not from Scripture, but we can learn something about the world from it. Why, if a woman sleeps with a...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:00

Sexual Senselessness

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“We must remember that sin doesn’t make sense. If it made sense, it wouldn’t really be sin. Sin is a fundamental irrationality, an attitude that wants to define the world over against the way the Creator of the world determined to define it” (Same Sex Mirage, p. xi).

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 01:11

Tuesday and the Letters It Brings

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imageDoes this have something to do with the letters? Or do I just like the picture? You decide.

Your unfolding review of Aimee Byrd’s latest is an excellent little nugget of discernment. What especially comes across to me is the awareness of subtle fallacies which, when one has...

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Monday, 20 August 2018 00:38

Striking While the Irony is Hot

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Aimee Byrd is very aware of a mistake that would, in this kind of cultural analysis, be a very easy one to make. I am glad she is aware of it because it shows she is actively trying to avoid making it, and that is all to the good. Unfortunately, this awareness has not protected her...

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Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:46

Honest With God/Growth in Grace

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We are considering the two components of growth in grace. The first is getting rid of impediments to that growth, which is a necessary thing—but preliminary. The second thing is actual growth in grace. This growth in grace is a form of life, and like all life it requires food....

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Friday, 17 August 2018 11:00

God’s Bistro

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“The world is God’s bistro, and the menu is enormous. The bottles in the middle of every table at God’s bistro are full of righteousness, peace, joy and thanksgiving. It is a special sauce, and it goes on anything” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 199).

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:00

Way Below

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“Men have a way of esteeming things that God considers below dumpster scrapings” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 197).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:00

The Whole Bag

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“The basic food law for Christians is love . . . Two Christians, with completely different brown bag lunches, should be able to laugh and talk together over those lunches, even though one bag is filled with food that is full of pure thoughts and the healthiest thing to do with the other lunch...

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:31

Like So Many Dried Beetles

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And so—as we continue to work our way through Aimee Byrd’s book, Why Can’t We Be Friends?—we continue to find stuff to talk about. In part I suppose that this is because life between the sexes is variegated and complex, and not a simple and straightforward...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:00

Which Helps a Bit

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“Imagine you have been invited to dinner somewhere, and suppose you just can’t get past the fact that your hosts are, apparently without malice, serving up carcinogens covered in gravy. Well, Jesus said that we had to take up our cross in order to follow Him. Your obligation is to die...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:48

Not Every Letter Agrees . . .

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Balsa Wood

As one who works at the organization that built Solar Probe (and knows many of the good people who built it; yes it is audacious!), I very much liked your reference. And I do expect there will be some people who speak up about what happened in St Louis. We might not be the big and famous...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 11:00

A World of Difference

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“Which sanctifies which? The gold the altar or the altar the gold? Having established the principle, i.e. that the altar does the sanctifying, we have to ask, in matters of table fellowship, whether the altar is on the platters or in the chairs” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 193).

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Monday, 13 August 2018 01:45

Our Balsa Wood Heat Shield

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Now that the Revoice conference is in the rear-view mirror, it is officially an event in the past. This means that—it should be obvious that it means that—your standard issue PCA pastor, personally orthodox, can go back to pretending that everything is normal. All is okay....

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:05

Honest With God/Confession of Sin

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Introduction:I would like to spend this week and next addressing honesty with God, and what it means to grow in grace. In brief, there are two elements to growth in grace. The first is the removal of impediments to that growth, which we will address this week, and the second is the presence of that...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 11:00

The Choice is Obvious

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[On Prov. 15:17] “If we love one another, we can overlook the fact that we are having to eat like vegans. And if we hate each other, there is not a French chef in the world that can make a sauce that will cover up that acrid taste” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, pp. 190-191).

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Friday, 10 August 2018 03:59

What the Ornithologist Knows

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In her fifth chapter, Aimee Byrd helpfully offers some qualifications (and/or exceptions) to what she has been generally arguing for. She makes the important general point that temptation and sin in this area is devastating and really bad. And she also says some really good things in this chapter...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:00

Three Food Principles

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“Christians who are concerned that their food life be healthy—and that should include all of us—should therefore concentrate on these three things. Whatever we do, Paul says, we should eat and drink to the glory of God. Eat together on a daily basis with people who love you, and...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 04:45

I, Not the Lord

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It has been a few days, but I was asked to respond to a piece here from a friendly critic of my fictional letter to a wife who was preparing to leave her husband. The central thing that I would like to contest is this:

“In fact, this piece straightforwardly reverses what God actually says....

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 11:00

Gluten Free Gospel

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“Grape juice and flat crackers for communion are a fitting description of the gospel we are [unfortunately] presenting to the world” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, pp. 189-190).

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 01:40

Gaaa! Jezebel!

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So I want to begin my review of this chapter of Aimee Byrd’s book with some agreement. Although I differ strongly with her overarching thesis, I also want to make it clear that I believe she is reacting to some genuine problems in the “purity world.” I have seen some...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 11:00

Too Spiritual for a Hot Dog

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“How many Christians torture themselves with self-rebuke because they aren’t ‘eating healthy enough?’ They didn’t have a whole lot of time for lunch yesterday, so they didn’t walk the three blocks necessary to get that bean sprout sandwich, and instead just...

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