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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Sunday, 08 July 2018 03:49

Was blind but now I see

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Jeremy had two kid brothers: Josh and Jesse. Jeremy was normal, but Josh was born blind while Jesse was congenitally deaf. As a result, Josh and Jesse were exceptionally close to Jeremy because he had to compensate for their sensory impairments. He was like Josh's guide dog. Jesse could navigate...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 13:22

Cannabis

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Some New Age types try to prooftext smoking weed from Scripture. A few quick observations:
1. I don't have a personal stake in this debate. I don't smoke or drink. I think alcoholic consumption in moderation is permissible. I think the occasional cigar (or pipe tobacco) is okay. Chain-smoking...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:05

Secular science and human rights

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Sheldrake: In theory science does portray humans as just machines, computers, “lumbering robots” in Richard Dawkins’s phrase, with no free will. From this point of view our minds are merely the activities of our brains. On the other hand, most scientists subscribe to secular...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 03:51

Is consent a sufficient criterion?

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Homosexual activists typically draw the line with consent. At least that's what they say when publicly defending their lifestyle. Consenting adults should be free to do whatever. 
Let's test that. Suppose an attractive mother and her attractive teenage daughter are captives in a concentration...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 03:32

Sophie's Choice

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1. In consequentialist ethics, the common good is the overriding consideration. That's intuitively appealing because there are many situations where the common good does override individual interests. For instance, in war, it is sometimes necessary to take some lives to save more lives. 
Suppose...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 23:22

I will wait till my change comes

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If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I will wait for my renewal to come (Job 14:14).
Rebecca Groothuis, wife of Doug Groothuis, died yesterday. She was suffering from dementia. 
When a loved one faces a life-threatening condition, there are two possible outcomes:...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 14:14

2001: A Space Odyssey

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2001: A Space Odyssey has most of the elements I tend to love in science fiction. It attempts scientific and technical realism. It moves at a pensive pace. It has stunning visuals and awe-inspiring music. The story as it unfolds is strong. The villain is fitting and worthy. What's front and center...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 01:00

Godzilla

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7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 11:29

Death of a warlock

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Ethan Mather was captain of the Lacrosse team. Athletic and handsome, with flashing amber eyes like a lion, and a mysterious magnetism. Amber eyes ran in the family. His father and grandfather had them, too. The other boys viewed Ethan with respect, admiration, and fear. It was dangerous to be...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 02:04

Can White People Be Saved?

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Ironically, people like Thabiti Anyabwile, Mark Labberton, Reformed Margins, RAAN et al. are parasitic on white society and white evangelicalism. They act like they have no identity of their own. They define themselves by attacking whiteness. They don't know what they're for–just what they're...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 01:46

What is salvation?

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There are different concepts of salvation. How we define salvation is crucial to the vision and mission of the church. 
1. Alienation from nature
According to secular environmentalism, humans are simply animals. Technology alienates humans from their natural surroundings. In addition, technology...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 00:19

Seeds of unitarianism

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A basic problem with the traditional dogma of eternal generation/procession is that it makes the Father alone unoriginate. Everything else–the Son, the Spirit, and creatures–is originate. But that implicitly puts the Father on the God side while everything else is an effect of God. It...

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A good passage of scripture to focus on when justification through faith alone is being disputed is Galatians 3, especially verse 2. In that verse, Paul tells us about "the only thing" he wanted the Galatians to focus on. He didn't want them to focus on something like the deity of Christ or his...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 12:55

Heart rot

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Some trees suffer from heart rot. They look sturdy and healthy on the outside, but they've been hollowed out by internal rot. It only takes a wind storm to blow them over. Is that what's happening to the PCA? 
• Women's Ministry. In order for the PCA to have unity, it will be necessary for...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 03:01

Freakasaurus

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https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/06/25/transgender-woman-washington-restaurant-vstop-epr-orig.cnn
By Kinist/Alt Right logic, I should feel more in common with this freakasaurus than normal minorities because we're both white. But somehow I just can't muster the requisite sense of affinity. 

Aut...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 02:31

Choosing the lesser sin

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I'm going to comment on an essay by Wayne Grudem: Christians Never Have to Choose the “Lesser Sin”, J. Frame, W. Grudem, & J. Hughes, eds. Redeeming the Life of the Mind: Essays in Honor of Vern Poythress (Crossway 2017), chap. 19.
Some Christian writers claim that people...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 03:46

Canon revisited

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In this post I'll discuss some aspects of the Catholic/Protestant debate over the canon. 
1. What, exactly, is the nature of the Catholic claim? Is an ontological claim regarding the nature of Scripture? Is the claim that there's no intrinsic difference between what counts as Scripture and what...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 12:24

Revenge suicide

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People commit suicide for different reasons. In some cases, revenge is the motive. A way of getting back at people by making them feel guilty. 
People commit apostasy for different reasons. In some cases, apostasy is the theological (or atheistic) equivalent of revenge suicide. The apostate is...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 04:28

The counsel of Trent, part 2.

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This is a sequel to my previous post:
I'm ambivalent about reviewing this book. That's because there's so much deja vu in reading a book like this. I've written so much over the years responding to Catholic apologetics. How much to I...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 03:30

Biracialism in Scripture

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Here's a striking example of biracialism in Scripture. Due to intermarriage between Joseph and his Egyptian wife, two tribes of Israel have biracial origins:
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On (Gen 41:45).
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Saturday, 30 June 2018 14:48

My soul thirsts for God

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I thirst, but not as once I did, The vain delights of earth to share; Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbid That I should seek my pleasures there.

It was the sight of thy dear cross First wean'd my soul from earthly things; And taught me to esteem as dross The mirth of fools and pomp of kings.

I want...

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Saturday, 30 June 2018 12:03

Fight to the death

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On social media I've seen conservatives accused of hypocrisy for supporting pre-election confirmation hearings for Trump's nominee to replace Justice Kennedy. A few observations:
i) I agree with them that McConnell's stated rationale to wait until the next election to fill the seat vacated by...

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Friday, 29 June 2018 13:58

Is the SBC drifting?

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Recently, the SBC elected a new president with progressive tendencies. In a way, that says more about those who voted for him than the candidate himself. Tells you something about the state of SBC leadership. Those in a position to vote for SBC president. This reflects a typical disconnect between...

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