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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Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:46

Calvinism 4.0/The Sin of Sectarianism

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What I would like to do, Lord permitting, is preach a series of messages through the basic doctrines of the Reformed faith, as we understand the teaching of Scripture. This is particularly important for you if you have been attending here for many years, or if you have grown up in this...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:30

Judas at the Table

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The apostle Paul tells us that our Lord instituted the Supper on the night He was betrayed. The indications from the gospels are that He served the elements of that Supper to his betrayer, Judas, who was already under the influence of Satan himself. And Jesus knew this.image

At the first celebration of...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:00

The West is Dead . . .

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Below are my notes from an address to the God and Government conference for ARPA, held in Ottawa.

We live in a time when we are constantly reminded of the sins of the West. I do not wish to deny the reality of such sins, and still less the gravity of them. But I do want to place them in a different...

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Whenever I write on ethnic issues, I generally get a really strong response. And by “strong,” I am not talking about those who are perpetually aggrieved and who express their grievances strongly—although they are frequently involved in it. I am talking about something a bit...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:46

Thabiti Tuesday

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Thanksgiving

First, thanks to all of you who have overwhelmed us with your well-wishes, thoughts and prayers. You have done that here, on Messenger, via text, and email. A number of you have probably done it on social media platforms I have never heard of, and where I have therefore stored up...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 00:06

The Obedience of Cancer

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If God governs the world—as He does—then this means that all things must be obedient to Him. But there is another side to this, leaving us with an antimony. We know for a fact that we live in a sinful world, which means that there are entities and individuals that are disobe...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:41

How to Worship Jesus Christ

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The apostle Paul wanted to sing in the Spirit, but he also wanted to sing with the mind (1 Cor. 14:15). In a similar way, we come here week after week to worship God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Spirit of God. But it is important for us to understand what we...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:28

Crush Depth

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Sometimes we are puzzled by the requirements of Scripture. For example, why would the apostle Paul have to caution the Corinthians in this way? “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed . . .” (1 Cor. 12:3a). Why would a group...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 01:22

Let Us Be Frank

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“Anybody who thinks that the secularists don’t guard their prize institutions ferociously is being naïve. But I understand what they are doing—they have to guard them because a large number of Christians have them under siege” (Empires of Dirt, p. 246).

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:00

Learning to Cycle

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“There is a linear aspect to history, and there is a cyclic aspect to it. The linear aspect is fundamental, and the cycles are subordinate to that line. The line, overall, is going up, which means that each repeated cycle represents a new advance—we are better off at the end of the...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:00

Very Sad, Really

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“An airplane in the construction hanger at Boeing does not fly nearly so well as an airplane in the sky, captured by the secularist jihadis, who are going to crash it into the skyscraper of civilization to the defiant cry of ‘Orgasm Akbar!’ Sometimes my illustrations just take on...

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 04:55

Telos and Tactics

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On the issues surrounding pro-life legislation, last year I wrote a series of posts on what I called “smashmouth incrementalism.” You can refresh your memory (if you like) here, here, here, here and, naturally, here.

The issue resurfaced in the last few weeks in various places, most...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:59

But Thabiti . . .

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Over the last few days, on the subject of racial reconciliation, a collision of sorts has occurred between Thabiti and me, and also between Thabiti and James White. The central issue is the same, but some of the details are not. I do commend James’ post to you all, and Thabiti’s...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 11:10

And Some in Aramaic

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“Now I don’t mean to indicate that the Christian faith is devoid of self-righteous fussers. Alack and alas! But at least our fussers have actually no excuse. They have memorized the Heidelberg Catechism in the original Greek, and so they should know” (Empires of Dirt, p. 237).

The...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 11:05

Froth in a Storm

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“You would think that an evolutionist would understand that the entire human race is just as meaningless as the froth in a storm on one of Jupiter’s molten seas. Both phenomena put on a show for nonexistent spectators, and then the lights go out” (Empires of Dirt, p. 237).

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Monday, 09 April 2018 11:00

Which is More Problematic?

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“I once had the privilege of debating David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association . . . [Niose] a very nice man, said in the course of the debate that the Bible was a tired and ancient book, with a bunch of irrelevant laws, citing as one example the Old Testament prohibition...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 01:12

Dear Thabiti

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Update and clarification: I haven’t altered the letter below (except for cleaning up typos), but wanted to make sure everyone knew my comments about “monetizing” were not aimed at Thabiti. I don’t believe he is monetizing anything.

Greetings in the Lord.

You and I have had...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 09:57

New Title: Letters on Homosexual Desire

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As regular readers know, a short while ago I published here a series of (fictional) letters to a young Christian who had a homosexual past, and who was wanting to know how to deal with his temptations. That set of letters has just been added to the Mablog shop, available in EPub, Mobi, and PDF. The...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 01:57

Loving Your Creditors

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When we live in tight community the way we do, it is not possible for this to happen without some of us becoming indebted to others of us. Scripture says we are to owe no one anything except the debt of love, and this either means no debt or no debt but what is fully consistent with unrestricted...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 01:55

An Uncommon Common Meal

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We are gathered here to eat the Lord’s Supper, not our own suppers. We all have homes of our own, and kitchens in them, and dining rooms. We have left behind our own food. This is not because we are ungrateful for it, but rather because we know that our food is not the food God supplies to us...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 11:05

Smaller Than Tiny

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“We are all smaller than tiny. We all have a tiny role to play, and the fact that we are tiny makes our duties tiny—without making them unimportant. How God did that, I don’t know, but He did” (Empires of Dirt, p. 235).

The post Smaller Than Tiny appeared first on Blog &...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 11:00

Why Cowardice Cowers

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“The cowardice that is afraid of success is not biblical faith, and it will be that same lack of faith that, when it comes to the point, refuses to pay the price that a martyr would pay. Faith is willing for earthly success or failure, whatever the Lord has ordained for us. Cowardice is...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 02:05

My Little Tin Bucket

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I wanted to write a quick something about the Kevin Williamson uproar, and then, Lord willing, write something later about the complicated nature of abortion laws and penology. Maybe Monday for that. When I write on Monday, I will be standing there, as per usual, my little tin bucket filled to...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:05

Rotating the Hips

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“Biblical faith always swings for the fence” (Empires of Dirt, p. 233).

The post Rotating the Hips appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:00

Not the Same Thing at All

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“The impulse to theological perfectionism is a deep one in every theological tradition because imperfect creatures such as ourselves like to believe that God’s perfections are more like a proof out of Euclid than anything else. But God is perfect . . . not a perfectionist” (Empires...

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