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, 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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Thursday, 31 May 2018 03:17

Up Near the Spigot

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As I was reading what Warhorn was saying about the Revoice conference in St. Louis (a critique in four parts), I noticed that Wesley Hill was one of the main speakers. I also noticed that he had a new book out, called Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian,...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 06:24

Sand in the Sugar Bowl

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We certainly live in crazy times, but they are a particular brand of crazy times. The more advanced the lunacy gets, the more difficult it becomes to remember what normality might look like. And the weirder it all gets, the more we seem to cultivate our appetite for the weird.

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 11:00

Idolatry and Emphasis

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“Idols do more than rearrange standards; they also generate standards. Thus I should always ask, ‘Is this right?’ and not just ‘Is this too important?’” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, pp. 85-86).

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The book/play is set in France in 1832, not the French Revolution Era of 1789-99. The war aspect of the play serves as a foil background to develop the main character, Jean Valjean. It truly puzzles me that one could zoom in so closely on this minor rebellion sub-plot and say that it...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 23:00

The Light From Behind the Sun

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Many years ago, one of the first books I wrote was published under the name Persuasions, and the subtitle was “A Dream of Reason Meeting Unbelief.” In that book, a character named Evangelist encountered various people on the road that leads to the Abyss and he engaged them...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:21

Calvinism 4.0/God as the Good Author

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imageMany people struggle with the problem of evil. If God is all powerful, then he could eliminate evil. If God is all good then He would certainly want to. So then why does the classic Christian position teach us that God is both all powerful and all good, and yet evil continues to exist?

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Friday, 25 May 2018 11:00

The Real Revolt

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“Nothing is more truly counter-cultural than holiness” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 82).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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So I would like to discuss the radical difference between the American and French revolutions, and would like to do so with the aid of Friedrich von Gentz (1764-1832). He was a German writer, thinker, publicist, and man of public affairs. He wrote a short little booklet comparing the...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:00

Ponderosa Pine Bark Chips

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“If anyone seriously thinks by going natural, he will be escaping The Establishment, finally getting away from The Man and from the clutches of the good corporations, I have a bit of bad news. The corporations are way ahead of you. There are high-powered boards sitting around half-an-acre...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:05

Continued Gratitude

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I told you I would keep you updated on the cancer news front, and so here it is. Yesterday Nancy and I met with my surgeon for a post-op visit, and with another doctor (after the tumor board had met) in order to determine what to do next, if anything. The good news is that we decided that follow-up...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:08

Les Mis: A Worldview Lab

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Contrary to popular assumptions about “worldview,” the issue involves much more than simply the propositions you think. Thinking certainly is an important part of it all, but much more is necessary—as a particular case study of Les Mis may show. For many reasons, I believe that...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 00:39

Those Letters Keep Coming

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The Liberalism is Not in Remission Yet

Pastor Doug, have you seen this? Thoughts? https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-lessons-from-reformation-in-sbc/ I find it ironic since from the contact I have with people in local SBC churches, liberalism is far from having been defeated.

Amanda

Amanda,...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 01:31

Bueller? Bueller? Mueller?

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So let us begin with what the president tweeted on Sunday.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes—and if any such demands or requests...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 01:30

Edward Driskill, Sr. R.I.P.

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One of the things that we learn from Scripture is the fact that it is the part of wisdom to be mindful of your own mortality. This is one of the important functions of funerals and memorial services. Not only do we honor the deceased, as has been done here today very ably, but we also reckon with...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 01:07

The Authority of the Spirit/Pentecost 2018

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Today we are remembering the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. We will be considering the convergence of all things in the Father, coming to Him through the Son, and enabled to do this by the Spirit. But though this must be our central focus, coming to the Father,...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 11:00

Remember Genesis

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“’Natural childbirth’ is a very common way of refusing to apply the doctrine of the Fall, ignoring the curse that God placed upon childbearing. To say that pregnancy is not a disease is quite true. To say that giving birth is a natural process is also true also. But this overlooks...

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Friday, 18 May 2018 01:41

Dirty Omniscience

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The next time you find yourself in need of a deeply unsettling experience, I suggest that you click here, and then scroll through some of the things that Dylan Curran found out about himself, as stored up by some of our brainier brethren. All the same stuff has no doubt been stored up...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:00

Not Responsive, In Other Words

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“And so this explains why, when harangued, I do not run off. I just sit there, like a scolded cat” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 72).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:00

No Atoms Either

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“Every time I see something advertised as ‘all natural and free of chemicals’ I brace myself for the day—and it cannot be far off now—when certain food items are touted on the package as being entirely ‘molecule free’” (Confessions of a Food Catholic,...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 02:32

Gadsden Love

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The second greatest commandment is that we should love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Lev. 19:18). The command presupposes that we love ourselves, and tells us to render that same kind of love to our neighbor.image

This became problematic for conservative believers over the last generation or so...

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