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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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:29

Governor Northam and the Death Chick

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The meltdown that is Democratic Party politics continues apace.

So what happened this last week—fueled in large measure, as you all have no doubt surmised, by Trump Derangement Syndrome—was something like this. In anticipation of Trump possibly getting a third Supreme Court appointment...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 00:36

Book of the Month/February 2019

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The Abolition of Man

Okay, I should probably acknowledge something right at the front end of this short review. And that is that I have read The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis at least nine times, and I have quoted from it times without number. It is one of my “go to” books, and there...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 23:55

Colossians as Cornerstone 1

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Together with Ephesians, the epistle to the Colossians is one of those places in Scripture where you have a much higher density of truth. The letter is not more true than other passages of Scripture, but there is certainly more truth per square inch. This letter will repay many visits....

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Friday, 01 February 2019 10:00

A Word to Those Divisive Others

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“‘Brethren! These divisions are disgraceful! Our proposal for eliminating them is for everyone to stop being obstinate and join us!’” (Papa Don’t Pope, p. 54).

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Friday, 01 February 2019 07:00

Distance Learning Across the Centuries

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We have now stumbled into our third in a series of four lectures, I trust somewhat happily. The first was entitled An Inescapable Burden of Glory, as you no doubt recall, and it addressed the necessity that God has placed upon all of us, and within each of us—that of seeking...

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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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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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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.

The...

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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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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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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.

Kyle...

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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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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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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).

The...

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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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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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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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