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, 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. 

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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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Friday, 29 June 2018 13:01

You are here

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Eschatology is like a store directory. When you look at a store directory, it orients you to the rest of mall by saying "You are here". But where is here? It keeps shifting according to where you are in relation to the mall. Depends on which entrance you happen to be at. Depending on where inside...

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I'm going to make some comments on this defense of Molinism: John D. Laing "Molinism, Question-Begging, and Foreknowledge of Indeterminates," Perichoresis 16/2 (2018): 55–76.
Calvinism is ill-equipped to deal with genuine randomness, as should be abundantly clear. Ian...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:36

Time flies

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i) Albert Heim was a Swiss scientist and mountaineer who survived a fall when hiking in the Alps. During the fall he saw his entire life pass before his eyes. That intrigued him, so he interviewed other mountain climbers who survived accidents, and they reported the same phenomena. This is...

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 01:27

Gunslinger rematch

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I'm going to comment on some statements in this article: Kenneth D. Keathley, "Molinist Gunslingers Redux: A Friendly Response to Greg Welty," Perichoresis 16/2 (2018), 31–44. 
One weakness in his article is a failure to distinguish between popularizers (Gerstner, Sproul Jr.)...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 02:42

God and fairy godmothers

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This is a sequel to my previous post:
While fairies are typically considered to be small, the most often cited reasons why most of us fail to encounter them is that they are both shy and intuitive: they do not like to be seen, and...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 01:49

Public and private revelation

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One of the dividing lines between cessationism and continuationism is the distinction between public and private revelation. However, I don't find standard definitions of these terms in Protestant theology, so I'll take a stab at providing my own definition:
Public revelation: 
i) Directives to...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:23

Schreiner on Romans

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Schreiner has updated his classic commentary on Romans:https://www.amazon.com/Romans-Baker-Exegetical-Commentary-Testament/dp/1540960056/

Authors: steve...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 00:05

Is utility the ultimate good?

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From a recent Facebook debate:
There are second-order goods that require evil. Many goods are possible apart from evil, but there are goods which a world devoid of evil cannot capture. A world devoid of evil will have a different world history, including a different set of people. Most, perhaps all...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 23:23

Catholicism in the dock, part 4

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Continuing my episodic review of Thomas Joseph White's In the Light of Christ:
We should note that none of this entails that Christ suffers the wrath of God the Father, or that he is punished as one deemed guilty on our behalf. This is a theory of penal substitution that was popularized...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 11:14

Atheism and Agnosticism

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Graham Oppy is commonly regarded as the top atheist philosopher of his generation. By that I mean, not necessary the best philosopher who happens to be an atheist, but a philosopher who specializes in the defense of atheism. I'm going to comment on some statements he made in his recent book: At...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 02:46

The evolution of the clerical abuse scandal

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I'd like to make a brief observation about the evolution of the Catholic clerical abuse scandal. As I recall, in the early years, coverage indicate that this was about straight bishops covering for queer priests, to avoid lawsuits and scandal. 
But it's my impression that the narrative has...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 00:56

Dispatches from the One True Church®

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http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/uncle-ted-mccarrick-and-the-grand-inquisitor/It's not that corruption is unique to the Catholic church. But devout Catholics are just like cult-members. No evidence can falsify their fervent trust in the cult leader's prophetic or messianic credentials.

A...

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