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, 14 May 2018 06:50

A Cute Little Buster

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So we got the results of the pathology report back, and we are most grateful to God. Many thanks to all of you who supported us with your prayers. We really appreciated the kindness shown by all of you.

Now tumors can be entirely benign, which this one wasn’t. But in the genus of cancerous...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 01:55

The Beauty of Discrimination

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A few older people remember how the verb to discriminate once was a term of praise. He is a “discriminating reader,” or he has a “discriminating palate” when it comes to fine wines, or she has “discriminating taste” when it comes to her art...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:46

Led Captivity Captive/Ascension 2018

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Today we are commemorating the Lord’s Ascension into Heaven, the time when He received universal dominion, absolute and unfettered, from the hand of His Father. But we must never forget that His Ascension is built on the bedrock of His Descent. We are told that He led captivity...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:36

Coronation Day

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Jesus Christ has ascended to the right hand of God the Father. This does not mean that He is now on the other side of the universe. It actually means that His authority is suffused throughout the entire universe.image

And this is inescapably political. Jesus is a king. Not only is He a king, but He is a...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:31

The Table Fences Us

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Paul tells us that we must not eat and drink from the table of the new testament unworthily. He uses the word several times, but remember the context of his warning.image

The Corinthians were guilty of divisions in the church, drunkenness, sexual immorality, and greed. Paul tells them that such sins, unre...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:00

No Cooties

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“There are no cooties in the cupboard. They’ve been exterminated by the perfectly organic pesticide of thankfulness” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 58).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 07:41

Two Strippers Instead of Four

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And now let us speak of how National Review has finally donned some silk undies, and begun their regimen of hormone shots.image

When I first subscribed to National Review I was in high school, which puts that time at almost fifty years ago. In other words, it was a lot closer to the time when WFB was...

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:41

Outrage Overload

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There are two ways to develop a sensitive conscience, one good and one bad. The first is to accept, own, and practice the weightier matters of the law. Once you have mastered the great principles, or rather have been mastered by them, it becomes possible to move into the more refined...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 22:50

Two New E-Books

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imageI have added two new eBooks to my Mablog Shop eWarehouse—you can find them at the top of the listings here. You may click on either of the covers to get there, but let me explain them briefly here.

One is a collection of quotes of mine, a chrestomathy, on...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 23:00

Letters Have In Fact Arrived

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The Demeanor of Calvinism

I am very much in your debt for introducing me to C.S. Lewis’ English Literature in the 16th Century. The section from which you quote (pages 32-46) is one of the best pieces of historical writing that I have read. The awkward part, though, is that, when read in full,...

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Monday, 07 May 2018 13:34

Gratitude Update

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So I am sitting in a hotel across the street from the hospital, typing with my forefinger on my trusty iPad. The fact that I am doing so means that the surgery turned out to be an outpatient procedure, which is what we in our household call “ fun beans.” I didn’t have to stay in...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 23:00

Defining the Categlories

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As a result of some of my recent “going on” about the nature of nature, I have been in conversation with some friends about miracles. One of them recommended the chapter on miracles in Vern Poythress’s book Symphonic Theology, (chapter 9), which I had read before (and...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 00:56

Calvinism 4.0/Chestertonian Calvinism

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When these precious doctrines of ours—referring to the absolute sovereignty of God over all things—are twisted in such a way as to perpetuate gloom, severity, introspection, accusations, slander, gnat-strangling, and more, the soul is never safe. The doctrines of grace are...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 00:34

Power Meant to Flow

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Scripture records of the Lord’s teaching ministry that He taught with authority, and not like the scribes. Scripture tells us in another place to beware of those who hold to the form of religion, but who lack the power of it.image

The words we read, every week, are powerful. The lyrics of our...

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Saturday, 05 May 2018 00:27

Fighting With the Supper, Not Over It

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As I have noted before, there is another complaint that has been brought against us—in our observance of the Lord’s Supper, we serve alcohol to minors. There are many principles involved in all this, but we need to focus on just one of them right now, and bring this wisdom with us as we...

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Friday, 04 May 2018 11:00

Deep Fried in Something Icky

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“Paul is very plain here that we are to do everything to the glory of God, whether we eat or drink. But he tells us to do this in a manner that makes it very clear that we should be able to do this with a well-salted French fry, deep fried in something icky. If I am spending some time at...

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Friday, 04 May 2018 04:23

Sorry Not Sorry

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In these perilous times, when apologies have been fully weaponized, I would like to urge everyone to obtain and read, and depending on the circumstances, possibly memorize, the essay by C.S. Lewis called “Dangers of National Repentance.” It can be found in God in the Dock,...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:10

Not Where Purity Comes From

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“If we are contaminated by what is done with our money after it leaves our hands, or by the history of the product we are purchasing before it reaches our hands, then all of us are contaminated all the time, all the way. On that calculus, name one clean thing in this sorry world” (Confes...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:05

And No Sooner Than That

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“The next Christendom will come to be when Christian preachers speak it into existence through the folly of preaching” (Empires of Dirt, p. 259).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:00

What Is a Quorum of Clowns Exactly?

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“When you finally get that quorum of clowns, you are going to have a circus. What did you expect?” (Empires of Dirt, p. 259).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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“When societies fall apart, they do not do so in an orderly manner” (Empires of Dirt, p. 257).

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 11:00

Preaching Down Your Shirt Front

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“And believe me, the lordship of Jesus over everything will always have opprobrium heaped on it. Who wants to be a nutter? Keep it respectable, champ. Keep your head down. Read those books, certainly. Enjoy them in your study, friend. No harm in that, but don’t go to extremes. Keep your...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 00:42

Biblicism and Nature’s Law

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Cornelius Van Til once said that the Scriptures were authoritative in all they addressed . . . and they addressed everything. This is as true as it gets, but we all need to be a little bit more careful—“for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 11:00

And Dale Did a Good Job

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“Redemptive-historical preaching, as commended by many today . . . requires preachers to act as though the first three chapters of Ephesians had been written by the apostle Paul and the last three chapters contributed by Dale Carnegie” (Empires of Dirt, p. 255).

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 01:07

Book of the Month/May 2018

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This month’s book is one to use as a resource, as a book to read through, and a book to browse in. I highly recommend it for pastors who are responsible for shaping and leading the liturgy of worship, for anyone responsible for overseeing the public worship of the church. The book is Reformati...

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