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, 07 August 2018 01:44

So You Know What Tuesday Means

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Notes for Aimee

RE Rats Nest of a Situation (Review/Chapter 3/Why Can’t We Be Friends?) Pastor Wilson writes: “‘Do we express our love for one another by not being friends?’ (Loc. 803). Again, note the we. And I would suggest that the answer to this question is yes. Avoidance...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 11:00

Which Is Not a Good Thing

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“If there is an inverse relationship between the complexity of the universe and the education, training, and intelligence of its purported interpreter, then what you have is just one step up from shamanism, if that” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 183).

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 23:54

The Salvation of Susan Pevensie

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There are two things that really bother evangelical friends of Narnia, and they both show up in The Last Battle. One of them is the presence of Emeth in Aslan’s country, and the other is the absence of Susan in that same country. The character of Emeth is a striking one, and the...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 02:07

A Rat’s Nest of a Situation

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My review of Aimee Byrd’s third chapter of Why Can’t We be Friends? is going to be brief. It is going to be brief for the excellent reason that this is supposed to be a critical review, and this particular chapter contains very little to criticize. It was, in sum, an outstanding...

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You have heard this stated a number of times before, but it is the kind of truth that all of us need to hear again and again. “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. to write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you” (Philippians 3:1, ESV). And so...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 11:00

Scam-Free Knowledge

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“The issue is the nature of knowledge, not the nature of the stuff in the world. If oils made from pine needles were able to do marvelous things, there would be no one happier than I. But if no one is allowed to ask any judicious questions, then you may depend upon it—a scam is being...

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Friday, 03 August 2018 03:17

Stereotypical Manners?

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Just as in the first chapter, the second chapter of Aimee Byrd’s book on male/female friendships contains a real tension at the heart of it. And given how she states her concerns, I can’t see any way of resolving that tension. Another way of putting this is to say that...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 11:00

But Enough about Essential Forgiveness Oil

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“Paul doesn’t give us the content of the [old wives/1 Tim. 4:7] fables he had to deal with, but the word refers to a genus that has never lacked for content in any age” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 171).

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:00

Conservative Conservation

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“Stewardship is a basic Christian duty, which is why so many people want to pretend they are doing it. It is much easier to put a green decal on your car, or widen your phylacteries some other way, than it is to actually conserve something for real” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p....

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:40

When Aimee Met Harry and Sally

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In her latest contribution—Why Can’t We Be Friends?—Aimee Byrd has raised the question why Christian men and women have such trouble and difficulty being friends. Why are we in such a pother about it? She knows that it will be a controversial book (Loc. 155), but...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 23:00

Book of the Month/August 2018

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This small book was simply a lot of fun, and for various reasons. If I had read it the way you are likely to do, it would have been a lot of fun on its own terms. But I have had the background privilege of knowing all the principals involved in it.image

Every year, four gents in our church community head...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:00

The Michelin Tire Boy

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“I am not talking about genuine allergies. Everybody should know what those are. You serve your guest ground up peanuts in that Thai dish you’ve been wanting to try out, and forty-five minutes later he looks like the Michelin tire boy, and the dinner party concludes late that evening in...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 01:47

If Letters Were Bullets . . .

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Refried Revoice

No post in particular: In your most recent Plodcast you talked about Revoice and mentioned the idea of Eros (facing each other) and Friendship (side by side). I was reminded of That Hideous Strength: “Those who are enjoying something, or suffering something together, are...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 11:05

A New Webinar from Rachel

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Monday, 30 July 2018 11:00

Deep Potluck Doctrine

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“The central pastoral issue of the New Testament was a dietary one—whether Jews and Gentiles could eat together. And if the apostle Paul fought so long and hard on this one—to keep the body of Christ from being divided this way—when the issue really was created by the laws...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 01:57

Growing Corn on an Asteroid

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Let us accept for a moment the supposition—which I do not actually accept, by the way—that the Revoice organizers meant well. Let us assume honest misunderstandings all around. That is still no reason to let the misunderstandings stand, or to let them go unaddressed. This...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 23:00

A Three-Pound Tarantula

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After I posted The Creed of a Happy Warrior, I was contacted by a friend who was concerned about the murkiness of one of the paragraphs. Although he didn’t put it this way, being a gentleman as he is, in the place of pellucid argumentation that made one think of high mountain...

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 11:00

Boden and Shanna

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As we have gathered today, gathering as witnesses for this happy occasion, we are marking the inauguration of Boden and Shanna’s voyage of discovery together. They have already discovered enough about one another that they want to take the voyage together, but once they have embarked, the...

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One of the great challenges in Scripture is the challenge of rightly handling the blessings of God. The Giver gives His gifts, and the recipients receive them gratefully. But it is not long before what was initially accepted as sheer grace grows slowly into what is falsely assumed to...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 11:00

And the Thicker the Better

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“In these our postmodern times, the relativists in the Church want to mix the Apostles’ Creed up with about five gallons of paint thinner. But we must learn to take our Creed thick” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 155).

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Friday, 27 July 2018 10:00

Alec and Hannah

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We are gathered at a wedding, and we have gathered in order to witness the vows being made. When these vows are exchanged, a new relationship in the world is established—the marital relationship between Alec and Hannah. But it would be false to say that a new kind of relationship has been...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:00

Not to Mention the Fork

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“Saying grace with a full and sincere heart sanctifies the whole smorgasbord, even it is the kind you find in a cheap restaurant, and even if there is enough MSG in the pans there to make your spoon taste pretty good” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 153).

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 01:57

Creed of a Happy Warrior

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A friend recently asked me for my thoughts on what it means to be a happy warrior. His take was that I was one, and wanted my views on what goes into it. I thought the assessment was fair enough, but I had not really put the question to myself in those terms, and so I wanted to meditate...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:00

People Like to Cluster

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“To want everyone to live close to the land is to want a human race that God, for some reason, decided not to create” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 149).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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