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, 30 May 2018 05:24

The Doctrine of the Trinity in History and Scripture

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Lee defends the traditional position on eternal generation/procession. I don't. Likewise, his prooftexts for divine simplicity are Mickey Mouse. But putting that aside, this is a useful historical and exegetical overview:http://www.upper-register.com/mp3/Trinity/Trinity-Handouts.pdf

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:13

The state of the PCA

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At face value, this is a pretty eye-opening survey of the PCA, which you'd suppose is one of the more conservative evangelical denominations. I wonder how representative this is for evangelical denominations generally:http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/religious-denomination/presbyter...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 01:44

Prosopon

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Apostate Dale Tuggy is a pain freak. He can never be refuted too often to satiate his masochistic appetite:
To clarify: the objection is not that there are three beings in his theory which one can or must call “Jesus.” A...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:03

David Robertson On The Enfield Poltergeist

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Shortly after Guy Playfair's death, I received an email from David Robertson. He's the last of the major initial investigators of the Enfield case who's still alive. He's also done other paranormal research with John Hasted and in other contexts. In addition to being the last of the major initial...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:05

Why did Lucifer fall?

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Why did Lucifer fall? Short answer: beats me!
It's a perennial theological question. Ultimately unanswerable. God knows. Some heavenly angels and fallen angels may know. Satan knows, unless he's in denial.
Because Milton wrote an epic poem on the fall of man, he had to have a theory, a backstory, to...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:26

Superheroines

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Recently, Bnonn did a provocative post on whether the superheroine is consistent with Christian theology:
Actually, most of his post was a conventional defense of traditional complementarianism (although there's a token...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 23:09

Mafia loansharks

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I’ve become super convicted about the large-scale ills of Facebook and Google.
I fully realize that a major reason the Bee (and my webcomic, for that matter) was able to blow up like it did was because of social media — Facebook in particular. This is just how it goes when you make...

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imageFor we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

We fight against the powers and principalities of the air, but this video...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 13:24

Clone soldiers

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Apostate Dale Tuggy continues his back and forth with me. Before responding to the specifics, I'd like to make a general point: I've been describing the incarnation of a timeless Deity because I'm stating my own view of the Incarnation, and I take the classical theistic view that God is...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 10:54

Soft pacifism

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Why do we think we're Christians at all? "The group least likely to think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees? Evangelicals."
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Moses renounced his social privilege, choosing to be mistreated with God's people (Hebrews 11:24-26). He didn't just...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 03:57

Flag-waving

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A brief sequel to this post:
I can do with or without flags in church. It's a matter of indifference to me. The issue only becomes important if both sides make it more important than it is.
That said, there are Christians who think patriotism...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 03:34

Picking a roommate

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In the past I've pointed out that one's biological sex is far more central to one's self-identity than race or ethnicity. Another example is sexual orientation. 
Just suppose, for argument's sake, that as a white guy I prefer the company of white folks. That doesn't mean I dislike the company...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 00:53

Flags in church

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Should churches have the American flag in the sanctuary? I don't think that's a hill to die on. If, say, a minister takes a pastorate in a preexisting church which has the custom of displaying Old Glory in the sanctuary, even if he personally disapproves, it would be a mistake to remove the flag....

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 11:06

Tripping over his shoelaces

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Of all the things I've read by Dale Tuggy, this is the worst: 
It seems almost unfair to critique it. 
He's just out of answers on the Trinity.
Actually, it was Dale who ran away.
1. In the person of the Son, God assumed a rational human soul...

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Sunday, 27 May 2018 00:01

Sedevacantism and atheism

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Paradoxically, one way to expose inconsistencies in a belief-system is to try to be consistent within that paradigm. Occasionally you have atheists who try to take naturalism to a logical extreme. Their effort to be ruthlessly consistent with the implications of naturalism exposes strains and...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:39

Puzzles of identity

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Unitarian propagandists like Dale Tuggy act as though numerical identity presents a challenge unique to the Trinity. However, the relationship between personal identity and numerical identity is a source of ancient and perennial philosophical dispute. In that regard, the Trinity at best belongs to...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 01:09

Concrete beings

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Once again, apostate Dale Tuggy saddles up Rocinante, in a jousting match with windmills:
As I (and many) use the term, “abstract” beings are by definition causally inert – they can’t be causes. Hays holds that each of these intentionally act, purposefully cause, so they must...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 13:55

The incredible shrinking One True Church®

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I’m sorry to inform you that my talks on “Clearing Up the Confusion and Controversy Concerning the Current Catholic Crisis” scheduled to take place Thursday night (May 24) at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City and Friday night (May 25) at the Hampton Inn & Suites...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 13:38

Reading Genesis Well

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This should be the best exegetical defense of old-earth creationism:https://www.amazon.com/Reading-Genesis-Well-Navigating-History/dp/0310598575/

Authors: steve...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 13:16

Wasting seed

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Gen 38:8-10 is a traditional prooftext against "artificial" contraception (and masturbation). But what exactly is Onan's sin? According to one interpretation, "wasting seed" is a grave or mortal sin. To put this in Thomistic natural law terms, "wasting seed" thwarts the natural telos of seminal...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 12:38

The next world

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9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 02:01

Golden parachute

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Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler collaborated to reclaim the SBC from liberal drift. That's been more successful at the level of SBC seminaries than colleges. 
Unfortunately, there's a historical pattern of insurgents who become (or always were) as corrupt as those they supplant. Turning parts...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 23:56

Trinity undefeated

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Apostate Dale Tuggy attempted to critique my position:
I have often pointed out how, in his heresy hunting adventures, he nearly always skates by without actually taking a stand for any Trinity theory. Happily, he has decided to pony up, saying just what the thinks “the doctrine of the...

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There's been a lot of discussion lately about the fragment of Mark that some people had dated to the first century. It's important to keep in mind how much evidence we have for the New Testament text even without any first-century manuscripts. That includes a lot of evidence that's seldom discussed...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:04

The invisible security guard

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Imagine you are a woman who is told your apartment [is] protected by an invisible security guard. An intruder breaks into your apartment and rapes you. The guard is nowhere to be found. You ask the landlord, "Where as your security guard? Either he doesn't exist or is weak or evil or incompetent."...

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