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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Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:05

The Kingdom is a Fleet

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“The day is coming when certain Christian communions, bobbing around in their own little boat, will stop claiming that the water exists for their boat only” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 53).

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:00

Messy Kingdom

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“Jesus never gives us any image of the growth of His kingdom throughout the world that would ever make us think of the phrase ‘nice and tidy.’ The kingdom of God is like a dragnet that brings in all kinds of fish, beer bottles, and a bicycle tire” (Papa Don’t Pope, p....

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:00

Baptismal Succession

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“Christian baptism is the inundation of the world and, like the water flowing over the threshold of Ezekiel’s Temple, it only gets deeper and deeper as it goes. The farther we get away from the apostolic era, the wetter the world gets” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 51).

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 00:38

What’s Wrong With Human Rights?

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As the prospective candidates for president are multiplying on the Left already, and as their competition with one another appears to be over which one can promise the most chocolate milk to everybody, absolutely free of charge, I thought it was time for a small tutorial, a refresher course.

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:00

Do I Hear a Second?

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“I know what to think of Second Nicea on the basis of the Second Commandment, which I consider to be a senior ‘Second’” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 48).

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 00:33

Let’s Just Call It Terrific Tuesday

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Whiteness at the Intersection

Interesting thoughts on the whiteness of intersectionality. I have felt this sentiment in my gut for some time, but here it is all laid out in words. More concerning than this, however, is that the evangelical church seems to be falling for it hook, line, and sinker.

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Monday, 28 January 2019 10:00

As the Fellow Once Said

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“In answer to the question, ‘Where was your Church before the Reformation?’ the answer is, ‘Where was your face before you washed it?’” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 46).

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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:37

A Prayer for Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Our Father and gracious God, we come before You in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. We must begin by confessing our complicity in the great backsliding our nation has embraced over the last half century—as Your people we Christians have been pro-life, but we have not been...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 23:45

Christ Hidden in Your Calling

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First we must begin with a statement of our problem. Many glorious truths were recovered in the Reformation, and one of them was the doctrine of vocation. Unfortunately, this is part of our Protestant heritage that we have shamefully neglected, and have almost lost. One of the...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 23:11

A Prepared Meal

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At this Table, God delights to feed us. But God does not just feed us, He prepares us to be fed. He undertakes the feeding, and He undertakes the preparation for feeding.

Of course, the preparations began before the foundation of the world, when God the Father elected a people for Himself. And the...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 10:30

And Some of Them Really Uncertified

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“Throughout the long history of the covenant people, God has always loved to send disreputable messengers out of the wilderness into the royal and priestly courts and, once there, to have them behave in uncertified ways” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 45).

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Friday, 25 January 2019 06:50

All Kinds of Ways to Get a Copy

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My wife Nancy has written quite a number of fine books. But in my view, her very finest is the book Learning Contentment.

On a related front, Canon Press has recently been making a concerted push to get their list available to all of you in audio. They just recently accomplished that with Learning...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 10:00

Asking Hard Questions

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“If the kingdom of God were like a pure line of Labrador retrievers, where we always had to have our pedigree papers stamped by the authorities in Jerusalem, then certain notables of our faith would be in trouble. I speak, of course, about John the Baptist. Tell me, was he authorized or not?...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:00

Blood True

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[The Spirit] “manifests His presence through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. None of this is possible without full and free forgiveness, and this is not possible without a blood-true gospel” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 41).

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 01:24

The Unbearable Whiteness of Intersectionality

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As I am going to be writing quite a bit about whiteness here, you may well wonder why this piece is tagged under “Sex and Culture” in the first instance, and “Race and Culture” second. I trust that things will become more obvious as we proceed.

The word whiteness,...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:00

Simple Testimony

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“Just as John the Baptist pointed to Jesus without outranking Him, so also the Church pointed to the Scriptures in the Canon without outranking the Canon” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 40).

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:52

Just Another Tuesday, Just More Letters

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Trump, Pence and Compromise

I think the part about Obama not having any sex scandals was intended to convey that whatever your disagreements with him on abortion and gay marriage, there’s never been any suggestion that Obama is personally anything other than a faithful, loving husband and...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 10:00

Regrettable Though It May Be

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“The Bible tells me the Church is my mother (Gal. 4:26), and that I am to honor her (Ex. 20:12). But the Scriptures also tell me that I am not to follow what she says if she has been hitting the gin cabinet again (Acts 7:51), which in certain ages she has sometimes done” (Papa...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 00:35

A Few Brief Words on Behalf of Karen Pence

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Some might wonder why I am not writing about Martin Luther King today. It is actually one of my initial forays into intersectionality.

I do need to grant at the outset that Karen Pence has done a great deal to bring on the enmity that is currently being aimed at her. After all, she has...

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Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:45

Children of the Congregation

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As Reformed Christians, we naturally think in terms of covenants. We do this when thinking about our salvation, and the covenant of grace, and we also do it when it comes to some of our horizontal relationships—we have a rich understanding, for example, of the covenant of...

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Friday, 18 January 2019 10:00

A Foundational Creed

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“The Table of Contents found at the beginning of every edition of the Scriptures I have ever seen is the foundational Creed of the Church. It is no more inspired than the maps and concordance are, but it is much more authoritative. It outranks, by definition, every other creed” (Papa...

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I would urge everyone who cares about the Church standing faithfully in the central assault against us being made in our time to go and read this article. If we want to continue to stand faithfully, we must have a full understanding of the ways in which we tend to fall unfaithfully. When we...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:00

Someday

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“Someday, after I am an archbishop and past grace, I will no doubt have the time to devote to it” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 36).

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:00

Romans for Rome

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“So in a very real way, the book of Romans is a covenant possession of the Church of Rome and belongs in the Vatican library. Also, in a real way, that letter stands as a Song of Moses to them; it is a testimony against them. In multiple ways, the Church of Rome formally denies various...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:57

Wokescold Gillette and the Misplaced Antithesis

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Gillette has decided to join the ranks of all the wokescold corporations, and they did this by rolling out an ad campaign admonishing men to do better. Be better. C’mon, guys. And a few days before that, the American Psychological Association determined that traditional...

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