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, 16 February 2018 10:10

In the Middle of the Forehead

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“But I propose a contest. Let’s build an altar of stones, an altar of absolute toleration. Let’s have ACLU lawyers dance around it until noon, cutting themselves with knives and hitting themselves on the head with briefcases. Let us build another altar, and ask Elijah to stretch...

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Friday, 16 February 2018 10:05

Not That Kind of Night

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“What I am saying here is that an explicitly Christian settlement would do a better job of protecting the true rights of Muslims and secularists than secularists do in protecting the rights of Christians” (Empires of Dirt, p. 177).

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Friday, 16 February 2018 10:00

Because Religious Liberty is a Christian Value

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“What I am saying here is that an explicitly Christian settlement would do a better job of protecting the true rights of Muslims and secularists than secularists do in protecting the rights of Christians” (Empires of Dirt, p. 177).

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Friday, 16 February 2018 01:55

Resentment of the World That Is

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imageGod created the world. He spoke the heavens and the earth into existence, and this should be the starting point of all our reasoning. As a practical matter, it needs to be our starting point, for had we not been created . . . we couldn’t start.

As the capstone of His creative work, God placed...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:00

Postmill Pipe Dreams

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“There is a vast canyon between the early postmillennialists, who believed that the gospel preached would bring the nations to Christ, and the pale, washed-out optimisms of foreign policy dreamers two centuries later” (Empires of Dirt, p. 174).

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:50

Happy Valentine’s Day, Lust Monkeys

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We should begin by noting that sin doesn’t make sense. If it made sense, it wouldn’t be sin. In a similar way, lust doesn’t make sense because lust doesn’t try to make sense. It doesn’t even try to reason. Lust wants, and it wants what it wants whether or not those...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:00

Or, More Recently, Presidential Portrait Painters

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“I do not believe that the builders of the Salisbury Cathedral, the composer of the Brandenburg Concertos, the painter of The Night Watch, or the writer of Paradise Lost, have anything to apologize for in the thin shade of Kanye West, John Cage, Jackson Pollock, Walter Gropius, or Barry...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 23:43

From the Mailbag . . .

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Lock Her Up?

There were a cluster of letters on this same theme, which I will try to answer at the end.

Thank you so much for the gift of your writing. One question in regards to your post on “the fragility of order.” I am a conservative first and foremost. I tend to vote republican....

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Monday, 12 February 2018 10:00

And Occasionally Insufficient Gratitude

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“Since secularism took over from the bad old religious bigots who used to kill scores and scores of people, we have since that time had a long millennium of sunshine and glittery rainbows, in which only scores of millions of people have been slaughtered. We celebrate this deliverance of ours...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:53

The World Is Never Mundane

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So what am I going to be going on about in this post? There are two things, in sum. The first is a reminder for you to make sure you check out which location for the showing of The Riot and the Dance on March 19 is going to be nearest you. All you have to do is go to the website here, type in your...

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Introduction:

Remember that the Spirit moves throughout the earth, converting and restoring individuals, fashioning them into saints, into believers. As His fruit is manifested in them, one of those fruits is self-control, self-government, or self-mastery. This self-government is the basic building...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 23:28

Eating a Corn Dog to the Glory of God

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We live in a generation in love with specialization. To a certain extent this is unavoidable—God has called particular individuals to particular vocational callings from the beginning of the world. But every believer is called by God to that vocation, and he is to pursue it in faith while...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 23:23

Table Allegiance

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We have no right to legislate morality in any area unless God has spoken to that issue clearly and directly. Apart from this, all things are lawful in their substance. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness of it.

We have already considered that all men are covenantal partakers of something....

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Friday, 09 February 2018 10:00

Like Making Typhoid Mary a Nurse

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“Here’s a thought experiment for you. Take a couple of princes from the seventeenth century, one Catholic and one Protestant, and both of them experienced soldiers. Show them, in a vision, the battle of the Somme, the bombing of Dresden, the battle of Midway, the Great Leap Forward, the...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:00

Mere Simplicity

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“As has already been said, by mere Christendom, I mean a public and formal recognition of the authority of Jesus Christ that repudiates the principles of secularism and that avoids both hard sectarianism and easy latitudinarianism. Easier said than done, but there it is” (Empires of Dirt...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:00

God Keeps Making Everything Binary

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“However much we might want to obscure the issues, however much we might build great universities with trained brains to cover everything in a dark mist, however much we reward those pundits who make ample room for our lusts and opinions, at the end of the day, we have to decide if we are...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 03:11

The Fragility of Civil Order

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“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim. 2:1–2).

Whenever men have...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:00

And Cooler is Better, Right?

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“Thinking missional shalom instead of evangelistic soul-winning only makes you cooler, not more effective at it” (Empires of Dirt, p. 150).

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Monday, 05 February 2018 23:54

Letters from Lots, Lots of Letters

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The MEMO

In regards to your delightfully understated post “A Dumpster Full of Grease Fire,” I could not help but do a little further reading. Thank you for the links to the “FISA Memo” as well as the commentary from the Federalist which were included in your post; anyone who...

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Where do wholeness, beauty, and joy take root? The point is clear enough—the rainbows appear in the sky, and the Smurfs come out to dance—but when will this happen? Where does it happen? On what scale does it happen? This is important to mention because Hunter has already make it...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 23:31

A Dumpster Full of Grease Fire

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I read the released FISA memo last Friday night, and since then have been mulling over how bright-yellow-gaudy-outrageous the whole thing is. And by outrageous, I mean horrific from the outset, and getting worse with each passing day. And by worse, I mean more yellow. Right now it is like a bushel...

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 00:42

Sexual Sanity/State of the Church #6

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Introduction:

We are living in a time of sexual bedlam, sexual madness. The frenzy that has captured the Western world has many manifestations—open marriages, pornography, same sex mirage, robo-sex, trannies, and worse. My point is not to get into all these deviations in order to attack or...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 23:57

See What Happens

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We gather here as a result of the gospel, and we gather as a means of proclaiming the gospel. The ordained evangelist proclaims the gospel to those outside, and the informal evangelist shares the faith with others as it comes up. But all of us together are evangelical Christians, and we are all to...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 23:52

Israel After the Flesh

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As we come to the Table, Paul tells us to “behold Israel after the flesh.” Look, he says, at Israel in the Old Testament, and take special care to note how their condition was similar to yours.

We partake of Christ in the bread and wine. They were partakers of the altar as they ate the...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 10:00

Although it Might be a Sturdy Taco Stand

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“The Reformed theology I have read and studied and loved built a great civilization. The Reformed theology of the truncated R2K brethren, consistently applied, would have trouble building a taco stand” (Empires of Dirt, p. 145).

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