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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Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:42

Is unanswered prayer a waste of time?

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I don't know if there are any reliable stats on this topic, but it wouldn't surprise me if most Christian prayers go unanswered. (By "unanswered prayer," I mean not getting what you ask for.) That raises an interesting and important question: answered prayer has obvious value, but does unanswered...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 08:49

Pope Milo

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L'Osservatore Romano
20/7/2020
Three weeks after Pope Francis passed way, the conclave elected Milo Yiannopoulos to be the next pope. As Cardinal Cupich explained:
He has all the necessary qualifications to be pope. He's gay, Catholic, and a cross-dresser. Popes have been all dolled up like drag...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 03:08

Seeing freaky things in mirrors

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I'll begin by assessing some comments by Hume, then apply that to a specific case:
Does a man of sense run after every silly tale of witches, or hobgoblins, or fairies, and canvas particularly the evidence? 
Suppose supernatural or occult entities really exist. Suppose hobgoblins and fairies are...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:31

Evangelical elites

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Having just posted an unfortunate piece by Michael Horton expressing views favored by the bigwigs at CT, I now post an outlandish interview with Rev. Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Dallas, that is so much worse than Horton's article that...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 23:53

Battle of the sexes

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This article supplies useful background info for my post:
In social relations, it's natural for an individual to use himself or herself as the frame of...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 23:15

Six stages of Catholic denial

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1. The church of Rome is the Bride of Christ. Without the Roman Magisterium, we'd be lost in the wilderness, forced to fend for ourselves. 
2. The church of Rome can't be falsified by what priesthood, hierarchy, or pope does, but only by what's officially taught.
3. The church of Rome can't be...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:17

The idolatry of whiteness

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From the founding of this nation until the present hour, the idolatry of whiteness has been a pro-death spirit within our republic. 
To this end, we call upon white leaders and members of the Evangelical church to condemn in the strongest terms the white supremacist ideology that has long...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 13:56

Dramatic license

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The same individual can be both a fictional character and a real person. Suppose, for instance, a director makes a scifi movie on an alternate history theme. Maybe Hitler wins WWII. Maybe the Civil War results in a truce. You just change some key variables. What if Hitler didn't invade Russia? What...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 13:32

144,000

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I believe dispensationists think the 144,000 in Rev 7:4 refers to ethnic Jewish converts. Bracketing the usual exegetical debates, that raises some philosophical and theodical issues. Some dispensationalists are Calvinists while others are freewill theists. Let's consider each in relation to that...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 02:22

Is the millennium timeless?

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Here's an interesting post by Alan Kurschner:
Premillennialists and amillennialists agree with each other that the thousand years reference denotes a temporal period, that is, a...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 11:14

Two paths, two destinies

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Life is like poker. Each of us is dealt a hand. It's then a question of how we'll play our hand. In principle, there are different ways to play the same hand. It's instructive, sometimes inspiring, sometimes sobering, sometimes edifying, sometimes ominous, to see how different people play the hand...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 15:36

The image of the invisible God

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15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things,...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 11:49

I already wasted my life–now what?

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A listener named Bruce writes in: “Dear Pastor John, I haven’t read your book, Don’t Waste Your Life. The title is convicting enough. The fact is that I have already wasted it; or at least it feels that way. For decades I tried a variety of different...

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Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?pic.twitter.com/lDcXPZ56hX
I dunno. How bout military conscription? You know–drafting young men to fight in war. Forcing their bodies...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 15:51

Next time will be different!

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Over the last few weeks I've read many eloquent essays by outraged Catholic laymen. Things must change! And they have the solution!  
But their attitude parallels the battered woman who can't bring herself to leave the abusive boyfriend. She always holds out hope that next time will be...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 15:16

Totalistic faith

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Perhaps the primary Catholic objection to the Protestant faith is doctrinal diversity within the Protestant tradition. However, that has a fringe benefit. Catholicism is totalistic. "We're the One True Church®". 
The danger is that you have lapsed Catholics who believe the arguments against...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 02:18

What about female abuse victims?

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One criticism I've run across regarding the Catholic abuse scandal is neglect of the female victims:
i) I'm no expert on the demographics, but it may well be the case that in the past a higher percentage of Catholic clergymen were straight. I believe there was a custom in some Catholic communities...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 01:15

Canned hysteria

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I gave The Statement on Social Justice a mixed review. Here's a very different reaction:
Purporting to address an alleged shift in evangelical circles away from the biblical gospel towards a false social gospel,...

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imageNew York and New Jersey have launched Pennsylvania-style investigations now into cover-ups in those states, and there are hints that a possible US-DOJ RICO investigation may be taking shape:

Authors: John Bugay...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 14:08

Random thoughts on race

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I'll say a few things on the perennial topic of race in American that I don't see discussed:
1. Is it ever appropriate to feel closer to members of your own race? I think that needs to be disambiguated. 
i) It's natural for many people to feel closest to their immediate family. If their family...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:01

Why I'm not signing the Statement on Social Justice

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I'm going to comment on this statement:
Let's begin with some things I agree with:
In view of questionable sociological, psychological, and political theories presently permeating our culture and making inroads into Christ's church, we wish to clarify certain key...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 20:33

“The Gay Priest Problem”

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imageVery succinct, and has parallels with the "Revoice" issue in Reformed churches.

Authors: John Bugay...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 14:36

The Book of Mormon

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Daniel C. Peterson a top Mormon apologist. I'm going to comment on a case he makes for Mormonism:
As a leading Mormon apologist and scholar, this is...

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imageIn many ways, I’m rooting for these folks at “Church Militant”. Not only does the main character, Michael Voris, S.T.B. (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) have a cool Donald Trump-style haircut, but he challenges the left wing of the Roman Catholic Church the way Donald Trump...

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