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

Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:45

Our Scheduling Secretary Regrets the Error

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A select committee in the House of Representatives yesterday took about fifteen minutes to devolve into chaos. Chairman Trevor McGuire (D.—NE) was preparing his committee on the pressing topic of range management, as they thought they were going to hear testimony from Lloyd Johnson from the...

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“We learn, for instance, that sexual intercourse belongs only in lifelong heterosexual marriage (Gen. 2:24; Mark 10:5-9; 1 Thess. 4:3-5). What is more, since marriage was established at creation, these divine standards apply to everybody, not just to believers. It is impossible, therefore, to...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:00

Fine With Me

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“And Bill used to play that role just fine. If Bill had been a local potentate centuries before, and his city was under siege, and he had been told by the randy and imperious besieger to ‘Surrender all your gold, and let us ravish all your women,’ Bill would have appeared above...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:09

The Evangelical Problem with Pieces and Bits

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A fragmented worldview is one that is made up of pieces and bits, and all of it thrown into a cardboard box. When something happens that calls for a response, what you do is rummage in the box until you find something that feels right in your hand, and you pull it out. And by...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 23:53

126: Ball of Collusion

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This week Pastor Wilson talks the compartmentalization of hypocrites, the greek word aselgeia, and recommends the book Ball of Collusion. Don’t forget to grab his brand new book, Ploductivity at https://canonpress.com/products/ploductivity 

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:05

Holiness Not Legalism

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“To teach the standards of moral conduct that adorn the gospel and insist that our hearers heed them is neither legalism nor pharisaism but plain apostolic Christianity.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 35

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:00

How Could It Not?

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“The controversy had gone national when he had achieved the high-water mark of two running jokes on Letterman. Here was a mega-bestselling evangelical author, caught up in a sex scandal. How could he not make it to Letterman? Then somebody took the AP wire, stretched it across the road and...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 23:38

Letters With Light Feet

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Safeguards

Good stuff! You might enjoy Andrew McCarthy’s podcast. You might also enjoy Dan Bongino’s. He’s an ex-Secret Service agent and an ex-NYC cop, which gives him a unique perspective on current events. He’s been way out ahead on all he spy-gate stuff.

Rob

Rob, thank you.

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Monday, 13 January 2020 10:06

A Leaky Elder-Meeting Basement

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“His moral authority was apparently stuck, like an oil-soaked T-shirt down in the sump pump, and this made it hard to control the flooding in this elder-meeting basement of his.”

Evangellyfish, p. 145

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Monday, 13 January 2020 10:05

Above All Else

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“Jesus Christ . . . is the fulfillment of every human desire (Col. 2:3, 9-10). Therefore, above all else, we must preach Christ.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 34

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 21:00

Safeguards Schmafeguards

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I just finished reading Ball of Collusion by Andrew McCarthy, and what a grim treat that was.

McCarthy walks us through the entire Russia collusion story that has been wound tight around America’s news axle for the last several years, and explains what was going on in painstaking...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:43

Answering to No One

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Jon was an older bachelor, although still in his thirties, who had been part of the church since he graduated from college. He had always been reclusive, and almost never had people over to his apartment. In years past he had attended worship regularly, but over the previous three years that...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 01:26

Psalm 111/The Great Deeps of the Covenant

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The Twelfth Decade of Psalms

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Here is a straightforward psalm of praise, but we have to extend our arms all the way out to hold and carry what we are praising Him for. In order to wield this psalm rightly, we will have to beseech God to enlarge our hearts. Enlarge our hearts all the way...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 10:05

Because When You Do Both You Get Into Trouble

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“We find that conservatives are biblical but not contemporary, while liberals and radicals are modern but not biblical.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 32

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Friday, 10 January 2020 10:00

The Blackest of Eyes

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“But of course the black eye would make him look that way [sullen] whether he was or not. It was a garish, overdone display, about a quarter of an acre, with deep magenta and black and a few isolated blue stripes. That is what had happened when Pastor John Mitchell had extended the right hand...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 10:06

Gunked

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“Finally, after repeating several phrases unnecessarily (the sermonic equivalent of blinking fuel gauge), John decided that he had to wrap up. He didn’t feel any better. He felt like he had just tried to give a tar baby a bath in vegetable oil. Lester didn’t look any cleaner, and...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 10:05

Irrelevant Relevance

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“If we uncritically accept the world’s own self-understanding, we may find ourselves the servants of the latest trend instead of the servants of God. In our eagerness to be relevant, we may disregard God’s revealed truth.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 32

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:05

The Need to Touch Down

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“Preachers who are theologically conservative tend to make the mistake of living only on the Bible side of the gulf. That is where we feel comfortable and safe. We believe the Bible, love the Bible, read the Bible, study the Bible and preach the Bible message. But we are not at home in the...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:00

Ain’t No Fun When the Rabbit’s Got the Gun

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“Chad Lester was appalled by this dishonesty, as only a dishonest man can be. For those who have never seen this phenomenon in action, he was the kind of man who was entirely unaccustomed to looking at lies from this end of the barrel. He was now counting the rounds in their chambers. He...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 01:25

Suleimani and the Surly Wolverine

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So the Iranian general Suleimani was taken out by an American missile a few days ago, and this has resulted in a good deal of agitated discussion. And there is a pressing temptation, whenever things like this are done, for all the participants in our public life to default to their...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 16:00

The Wokescolds and Wodehouse

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 10:05

So Logging Trucks Can Get Through

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“The [next] metaphor presents the preacher as ‘a worker who does not need to be ashamed’ because he ‘handles the word of truth’ skillfully (2 Tim. 2:15). In other contexts, the Greek verb used here means ‘able to cut a straight path through country that is...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 10:00

Like a Little Rubber Ball

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“His sentence rolled to a stop against the wall and just sat there, abandoned.”

Evangellyfish, p. 137

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Monday, 06 January 2020 23:11

Defend Free Speech, Write a Letter

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Already Started

The article at this link is a case in point to your argument in “Suppose for Just a Moment That Trump Takes It Walking Away”:

The process has already begun.

Craig

Well, Craig, would you look at that.

“As mentioned above, I did not vote for the president in 2016. I did...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 10:05

Exposition as a Treasury of Boldness

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Exposition gives us confidence to preach. If we were offering our own views or those of some imperfect fellow human being, we would do so hesitantly. But if we are honestly expounding God’s word, we can be very bold.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 29

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