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, 22 June 2018 04:09

As the Serpent Uncoils

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If you missed it in my earlier post, here is a long collection of quotes from some of the participants in the upcoming Revoice conference. I have two follow-up comments to make with regard to the controversy (as it now stands). I am sure that I will have more to say as this serpent continues to...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 02:05

The Wainscot at Balmoral

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So I think that the time has come to talk a little bit about an open secret. The secret is that liberals (and the moderates who admire them) don’t like dialog very much. They talk about it incessantly, sure, but they like all the questions aspiring to a place in the dialog to be cleared...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 23:22

Hey, Fancy Boy

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So the Revoice conference continues to be a thing that Christians differ about. But before everyone rushes to the “agree to disagree” mode that we all know and love so well, let me sketch the nature of this basic disagreement. Some Christians think that obvious things are...

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Goldbergian Thoughts

On Goldberg: Not surprisingly, this is perhaps one of the more engaging and edge-of-the-seat kind of reading I’ve ever laid eyes upon. Throughout your critique, I see your love and respect for the man while taking him—kindly—behind the woodshed, not for a...

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As I have said on more than one occasion, Jonah Goldberg is one of my favorite writers and commentators. This book (Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy) has done nothing to diminish that...

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 01:54

Calvinism 4.0/Man as Fallen

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The nature of the problem dictates whether or not there can even be a solution, and if so, what that solution might be. Among evangelical Christians, the nature of the “problem” that salvation solves can be described in two basic ways. Either man is sick in his sin, needing...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 11:00

No Such Thing as an Uninterpreted Fact

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“Narrative accounts about how the world works are worldview accounts. Narratival worldview accounts depend on their underlying religious assumptions . . . When we step out into the world of ‘how a bill becomes a law,’ ‘how a cow becomes a hot dog,’ and ‘how...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 11:00

Soundtrack of Our Lives

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“When housewives want to blow through cleaning the kitchen and two bathrooms, what is needed is some Dwight Yoakam, or Fleetwood Mac, or Asleep at the Wheel, turned up to eleven, and not, say, some 17th century music for five recorders, including two of the big ones” (Confessions of a...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:00

Puritan, Not Purist

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“I want to be a puritan, not a purist. I want to [be] reformational, not revolutionary. I am a slow food reformer, not a fast food reformer. I am a food catholic, not a food sectarian” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 97).

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:42

Suicidal Socialism

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The first graphic I chose pictures socialism as a bestial murderer. A better image would be that of a demented and malicious suicide, but this image will have to do. At least a certain negative image comes through, which is the basic thing I wanted. I have also taken the liberty of...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 11:00

Ingrate Growth is Not Growth

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“We can do better without disparaging what was given us before” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 94).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 11:00

Great Corn, Okay Corn, and No Corn

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“Fresh corn tastes better than canned corn, and who knew? So if you want to pay extra for that, great. Be our guest. But quit acting like it is a ‘conscience and responsibility’ thing, because canned corn is nutritionally better than no corn.” (Confessions of a Food Catholic,...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 01:47

Celibacy, Singleness, and Sex

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Given the fact that a number of Christians have adopted the idea that a person can have a gay identity, and yet live a full Christian life, just so long as he or she is committed to celibacy, it is time for us to go back and review some basics. There are many areas of human endeavor...

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One of the good things coming out of the Revoice conference is that it is making us thrash out a number of things we should have thrashed out years ago. It is making us confront the fact that these things should have been confronted a long time ago.

“For there must be also...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 11:00

Always Ready

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“If you can’t find an outlet to plug this into, then you clearly have the wrong kind of adapter.” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 89).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:00

Expensive Rhythms

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“I don’t have any beef against wealthy people enjoying superior food . . . I do have a beef against upper middle class NPR listeners strolling down to farmer’s markets as though they were earthy peasants in touch with the rhythms of the earth. Why are they in touch with the...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 04:29

Pursue Justice First, Your Agenda Second

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Well, it seems that Jake Meador has “took out” after me. First he cites a quote from Francis Schaeffer about those who “practice untruth.” He says that I offered a “bizarre defense” for Patterson. Putting it all together, he argues that my approach...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 11:00

Even If Everyone is in Step

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“Marching thoughtlessly counterclockwise doesn’t have a whole lot over marching thoughtlessly clockwise’” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 86).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 01:38

Letters Involving SBC, PCA, LGBTQ and QED

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imageNo, no, nothing to do with any of the letters. Just wanted to get you to click on “read more.”

Re: Paige Patterson at Colonus Splendid post, Doug: moderate, discerning and on-the-nose scripturally. I had previously read all the links you posted in the...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 01:50

Paige Patterson at Colonus

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When controversies like this arise, we are regularly reminded that powerful Christian leaders should not be beyond the reach of accountability. This is absolutely correct, and we should also be reminded that the men who summarily dispatched Paige Patterson are themselves powerful...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:47

Calvinism 4.0/The Liberty of the Creature

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The theologians behind the Westminster Confession said something that was curious, and it was this: They did not want to say that God’s absolute sovereignty was merely consistent with the liberty of creaturely will, but rather that God’s sovereignty was what established the...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:36

Calling It Something Else

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The Bible instructs us on how we are to live together. When we do not follow those instructions, there are two kinds of disobedience. One is flagrant, and knows that it is disobedient. When professing Christians give way to these sorts of temptations, the results are called theft, adultery,...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:29

How Much More

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The New Covenant is not a covenant that altered the fundamental nature of covenants. Throughout the Old Testament, covenants always had attendant blessings and curses. Some have wanted to imagine that the New Covenant was a covenant of automaticblessings, and that by its very nature, curses were...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 10:30

Book of the Month June 2018

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I have been reading criticisms of Darwin for a long time, meaning that I know my onions (allium cepa), and House of Cards acquits itself very well in the genre, making a fine contribution to our growing library. I am very happy to commend it as my selection for June’s book of the month.image

Tom...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 01:00

The Paige Patterson Test

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I have not yet said very much about the Paige Patterson affair in the Southern Baptist Convention. This has been a function of my general busyness, my lack of knowledge about the back story, and assorted other stuff. The one thing I wouldn’t want it to be is a function of timidity.

Depending...

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