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, 02 March 2018 10:00

Usually Stone Cold

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“What happens when the fire goes out a generation or two later, and the altar is still there? The natural response is to try to fix things by decorating the altar, bringing in embellishments and bronze gewgaws galore. But without the fire, a decorated altar is still a cold one” (Empires...

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One of the things I try to keep my hands involved with—in order to keep my brain from freezing up—is the practice of setting portions of Scripture into various verse forms. This is a good way of noticing what the text is actually saying, and is also a good way of restating Scripture for...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:00

Another Swing of the Battering Ram

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“What are we doing? We are besieging strongholds, and the citadels of unbelief will fall. Every sermon is another swing of the battering ram, every baptism is an engine deployed to overthrow the devil, and every administration of the Supper is an inexorable offer of wine for the forgiveness...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 01:42

Book of the Month/March 2018

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The book I have selected for this month’s review is Crisis of Responsibility by David Bahnsen. I was briefly tempted to make this an extremely short review, saying simply that Greg Bahnsen, his father, would have been very proud. That really would have been sufficient, but there were a few...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 10:00

Running to Win

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“All the nations of the earth will stream to Christ. It is unbelief to place the fulfillment outside the course of history, to hold that the promises to the nations will only come to fruition when the nations are no more . . . What I am trying to do is persuade Christians that we will win the...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 23:39

Woke with the Wim-Wams

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Apparently being woke is a thing now. I heard yesterday that there were even some woke Calvinists out there, and the seventh angel sounded his trumpet. After that some plaster fell off the ceiling.image

Let us define our terms. Being woke means that you have grokked to your complicity. Let me start over....

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:00

An American Westminsterian Christendom

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“As noted, the American form of the Westminster Confession redrew the boundary, not requiring establishment, but requiring that the state recognize and protect ‘the church of our common Lord.’ The fact that the American revisers urged us to see that Baptists, Presbyterians,...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 23:42

Abettors with Letters

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School Shootings

I watched the CNN Town Hall regarding the recent school shooting in Florida and I came away from that feeling even more troubled and burdened. We blame things like mental illness, lack of adequate gun control, failure to follow up on tips, etc. but in this “debate” and...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 10:00

Not the Same

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“Tax support for churches and recognition that Jesus outranks the highest human authority are distinct questions” (Empires of Dirt, p. 191).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 01:31

The Controversy Interview

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How old are you?

I am sixty-four.

A number of years ago, Christianity Today ran a feature on you entitled “The Controversialist.” Have you always been a controversialist?

No, not at all. For about two-thirds of my life, it was relatively free of controversy. And in the last third of my...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:48

The Christ Stone/1 Peter 2

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imageIntroduction:

Remember the broader context of this epistle, which is the need to cultivate holiness under pressure. And as we begin to see, that pressure is not insignificant. And whether you will be able to do this as instructed will depend entirely on your relationship to the Christ Stone.

The Text:...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:01

A Post-Situational Encounter

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God gives us stories throughout the Scriptures, and He does not do this for purposes of entertainment. God tells us the stories of our fathers—in the Garden, in the ark, in Egypt, in the wilderness, in the promised land, in the empire, in exile, and in the return, so that we might know how to...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:55

Fence the Tables

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The apostle Paul does not draw the kind of antithesis we might expect between the Table of the Lord and the food we eat throughout our daily lives. In this passage from Corinthians we have been considering, he talks about the Lord’s Supper as a sacrament, the manna and water of the...

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Friday, 23 February 2018 10:00

Federal Disestablishmentarianism

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“When the Constitution of the United States was adopted, the First Amendment addressed the issue of an established church at the federal level, but this did not address the Christendom question. It has been made to address it by means of revisionist history, but originally it had nothing...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:00

Always Mark the Direct Object

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“The word conserve is a transitive verb, and there is no virtue or vice in any transitive verb. So you love, but what do you love? God? Ice cream? Child porn? The church you were baptized in? Your favorite pair of jeans? So you conserve, but what is it you want to conserve? The Kremlin Old...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:00

The Center is not the Circumference

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“I put a distinction between the Church and the Kingdom. The Church is at the center, Word and sacrament, and only sacred things are sacred. Because what the Church does is potent, this transforms the entire world—but it doesn’t turn the world into Church. That’s not the...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 23:56

That Second Paragraph

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Time once again to talk about that zesty tang in my writing. It is not that I have failed to address this before, but rather that the climate of our times is such that repetition is always in order. “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:00

Each Are the Context of the Other

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“Special revelation is the specific revelation left to us by the One who created Heaven and earth—the ultimate metanarrative. Both forms of revelation are metanarratives, and apart from the other, neither one is” (Empires of Dirt, p. 181).

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Monday, 19 February 2018 23:43

Letters Over the Transom

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Hollow Soul Bullets

I do believe this is one of the finest commentaries on the issues surrounding the ongoing epidemic of public school shootings that I have been privileged to read. I must, once again, briefly comment on the links included in your post. When I saw the one highlighted as “as...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 10:00

The Warm Brownies of Natural Law

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“A couple of young brothers go home after school, accompanied by a couple of unbelieving friends. When they get to the house, they find it clean and in good order. There are some beautiful paintings on the wall, the work of the boys’ mother. On the counter is a tray of brownies, still...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 04:58

Letters to a Broken Girl/E-Book Now Available

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Click here to get to the store where this book is now available. You have the option of getting it in a PDF, EPub, or Mobi.

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Monday, 19 February 2018 00:17

Hollow Soul Bullets

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The aftermath of the most recent school shooting in Florida is playing out very much like the aftermath of many of the previous school shootings. Some urge us to a period of respectful silence, saying that debating gun control issues is not fitting while the grief is still a hot ache. Others say...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 01:20

Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory/1 Peter 1

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The point of this epistle is to encourage believers to live lives of personal holiness during a time of persecution—that is, during a time when the challenge of personal holiness is beyond inconvenient. If God had wanted His people to be extraordinarily holy, the argument might...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:14

One Little Word

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The world is governed by the Lord Jesus, as we know, but it follows from this that the world is governed by the Word—Jesus is the Word of God, the Logos of God. The world is not governed by mechanical power. It is not governed by spells or necromancy. It is governed by the magic of the Word....

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:07

Christ in Others

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Let no man seek his own, the apostle Paul says. This is an essential part of discerning the Lord’s body. We are to discern the Lord’s body, among other ways, in one another.image

As you partake of the Supper, do not close yourself up into a little private spiritual room. Feel free to look...

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