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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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:00

Conservative Conservation

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“Stewardship is a basic Christian duty, which is why so many people want to pretend they are doing it. It is much easier to put a green decal on your car, or widen your phylacteries some other way, than it is to actually conserve something for real” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p....

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:40

When Aimee Met Harry and Sally

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In her latest contribution—Why Can’t We Be Friends?—Aimee Byrd has raised the question why Christian men and women have such trouble and difficulty being friends. Why are we in such a pother about it? She knows that it will be a controversial book (Loc. 155), but...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 23:00

Book of the Month/August 2018

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This small book was simply a lot of fun, and for various reasons. If I had read it the way you are likely to do, it would have been a lot of fun on its own terms. But I have had the background privilege of knowing all the principals involved in it.image

Every year, four gents in our church community head...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:00

The Michelin Tire Boy

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“I am not talking about genuine allergies. Everybody should know what those are. You serve your guest ground up peanuts in that Thai dish you’ve been wanting to try out, and forty-five minutes later he looks like the Michelin tire boy, and the dinner party concludes late that evening in...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 01:47

If Letters Were Bullets . . .

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Refried Revoice

No post in particular: In your most recent Plodcast you talked about Revoice and mentioned the idea of Eros (facing each other) and Friendship (side by side). I was reminded of That Hideous Strength: “Those who are enjoying something, or suffering something together, are...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 11:05

A New Webinar from Rachel

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Monday, 30 July 2018 11:00

Deep Potluck Doctrine

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“The central pastoral issue of the New Testament was a dietary one—whether Jews and Gentiles could eat together. And if the apostle Paul fought so long and hard on this one—to keep the body of Christ from being divided this way—when the issue really was created by the laws...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 01:57

Growing Corn on an Asteroid

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Let us accept for a moment the supposition—which I do not actually accept, by the way—that the Revoice organizers meant well. Let us assume honest misunderstandings all around. That is still no reason to let the misunderstandings stand, or to let them go unaddressed. This...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 23:00

A Three-Pound Tarantula

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After I posted The Creed of a Happy Warrior, I was contacted by a friend who was concerned about the murkiness of one of the paragraphs. Although he didn’t put it this way, being a gentleman as he is, in the place of pellucid argumentation that made one think of high mountain...

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 11:00

Boden and Shanna

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As we have gathered today, gathering as witnesses for this happy occasion, we are marking the inauguration of Boden and Shanna’s voyage of discovery together. They have already discovered enough about one another that they want to take the voyage together, but once they have embarked, the...

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One of the great challenges in Scripture is the challenge of rightly handling the blessings of God. The Giver gives His gifts, and the recipients receive them gratefully. But it is not long before what was initially accepted as sheer grace grows slowly into what is falsely assumed to...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 11:00

And the Thicker the Better

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“In these our postmodern times, the relativists in the Church want to mix the Apostles’ Creed up with about five gallons of paint thinner. But we must learn to take our Creed thick” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 155).

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Friday, 27 July 2018 10:00

Alec and Hannah

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We are gathered at a wedding, and we have gathered in order to witness the vows being made. When these vows are exchanged, a new relationship in the world is established—the marital relationship between Alec and Hannah. But it would be false to say that a new kind of relationship has been...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 11:00

Not to Mention the Fork

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“Saying grace with a full and sincere heart sanctifies the whole smorgasbord, even it is the kind you find in a cheap restaurant, and even if there is enough MSG in the pans there to make your spoon taste pretty good” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 153).

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 01:57

Creed of a Happy Warrior

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A friend recently asked me for my thoughts on what it means to be a happy warrior. His take was that I was one, and wanted my views on what goes into it. I thought the assessment was fair enough, but I had not really put the question to myself in those terms, and so I wanted to meditate...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:00

People Like to Cluster

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“To want everyone to live close to the land is to want a human race that God, for some reason, decided not to create” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 149).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 01:44

And So the Letters Keep Coming . . .

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imageGaslighting is a Thing

I’d encourage you to avoid liberal categories like gaslighting. It definitely might happen, but which is more likely in our culture — a woman genuinely being manipulated, or one who just has a problem submitting?

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Monday, 23 July 2018 11:00

Or So It Seems to Me

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“It doesn’t make sense to move from one end of the pool to the other because you are tired of being wet” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 146).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 00:52

On a Wife Deciding to Leave Her Husband

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Dear Janelle,

I received your letter yesterday, and had already heard from your brother and sister-in-law. They confirmed for me the very difficult and challenging situation you are in with your husband, and they said that they had encouraged you to write to me with your question. I was glad to hear...

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Saturday, 21 July 2018 07:39

The Facebook Penalty Box

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imageI am posting an article below by Robert Gagnon. I am posting it here because Facebook removed it earlier when Gagnon posted it, and suspended him for a day. Having posted it here, I will send it out to Twitter and Facebook, and would encourage you all to share it all over the place.
Incidentally,...

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Saturday, 21 July 2018 01:06

Calvinism 4.0/Preservation and Perseverance

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The usual way people refer to this next doctrine is with the phrase “perseverance of the saints.” I believe that for the sake of a fuller accuracy, we should make the phrase longer, a bit more cumbersome, but much richer and more complete. We should call it the...

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Friday, 20 July 2018 11:00

And Now for a Radical Concept

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“I believe that a free people should be able to grow, harvest, sell, truck, shelve, freeze, process, buy, cook, or savor whatever [food] they please, just so long as they do it on their own dime” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 146).

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Thursday, 19 July 2018 11:00

No, Wait

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“The coming ice age is coming, the globe is warming, and the science is settled, no, wait. Turns out the globe got so hot it cooked the books” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 143).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:00

When the Flavor Alliterates

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“Food must indeed be sanctified. But the only thing that sanctifies it is the gravy of grace and gratitude” (Confessions of a Food Catholic, p. 140).

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Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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