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, 27 February 2020 10:05

Not Just Passing Time

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“To handle issues of eternal life and death as if we were discussing the weather is inexcusable. How can we deliver a solemn message in a casual manner, or refer to the eternal destinies of men and women as if we were discussing where they will spend their summer holidays? Christians who care...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:00

Just Creepy

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“One ACLU attorney named Greenbaum was particularly flummoxed, and spoke quite sharply to his colleagues about it. ‘Urination I understand, and defecation I understand. Setting the damn thing on fire is clearly protected speech. That’s why we come to work in the morning....

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:05

Preaching While Hot

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“Earnestness goes one step beyond sincerity. To be sincere is to mean what we say and to do what we say; to be earnest is also to feel what we say. Earnestness is the deep feeling essential to preaching.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 80

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:00

Like a Wet Rope

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“The number of compelling human interest stories had plummeted, and the number of twenty-four hour cable news channels had not plummeted. No news, no interesting wars, and no celebrity meltdowns were to be had anywhere. Slow news days dragged slow news weeks after them like a wet rope, and...

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Introduction

Given the state of government education in America today, there is naturally a great and growing excitement among the youth of today concerning the tried and failed policies of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Or, as they might put it in Brooklyn, it sometimes seems the yoots are all in. After...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:00

132: How We Should Be Praying for Trump

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This week Douglas Wilson talks about ways Christians can be praying for Donald Trump, unpacks the greek word asunetos, and plugs the book, Preaching as Reminding

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“One of the chief proofs of genuineness is the willingness to suffer for what we believe. The faithfulness of the true servant of God is proved when opposition comes.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 79

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:00

An Aquifer of Moxie

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“But President Collins had himself some hidden reserves, an aquifer of moxie far beneath the deepest wells he had ever had to use. But even he didn’t know about any of that, and I am running ahead. All the writers’ workshops say not to do that, and especially not in the third...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 23:08

You Know, Tuesday . . .

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Sorting Out Polygamy

Re. Cast Iron Kites – I have been baffled for some time by the evangelical inclination to talk of polygamy as a worse perversion than homosexuality. Christ states polygamy to be a corruption of “the beginning” and the Christian is clearly barred from it. But as...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 10:10

A Little Canticles Pun

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“She pushed against his chest, a little halfheartedly, and sat up. ‘Do you like my hair like this?’ ‘I love it when you wear it up like that,’ he said earnestly. ‘Your barrettes are twin fawns grazing among the lilies.’”

Evangellyfish, p. 228

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Monday, 24 February 2020 10:05

He Really Does

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“We are told that a friend once met the philosopher David Hume (who rejected Christianity) hurrying along a London street and asked him where he was going. Hume replied that he was going to hear George Whitefield preach. ‘But surely,’ his friend asked in astonishment, ‘you...

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Monday, 24 February 2020 10:00

,Nothing Whatever

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“John sat there for a moment, scratching his beard, trying to look both judicious and wise. You and me both, sister, he was thinking. But pastors don’t have the option of saying things like ‘This particular sin has me by the throat too. Nothing whatever can be done about it. Go...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 21:00

How to Fly Your Cast Iron Kites

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It should be noted at the outset that Preston Sprinkle and Branson Parler are not exactly sons of thunder. They recently wrote an article on polyamory for Christianity Today, in which they pelted this particular noxious sin with some cotton balls. The cotton balls were thrown with a...

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The Twelfth Decade of Psalms

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The Hallel psalms are psalm of praise—they are Hallelujah psalms. This one also concludes with that exclamation of praise. This is a very brief psalm, and is one that many of you can already sing from memory. But although it is brief, it packs a throw...

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Friday, 21 February 2020 00:20

The Rebound Transfer

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Murray was a solid citizen. He had been a member of the church for thirty years, and had been married to Denise for forty. They had gone through a massive doctrinal shift ten years into their marriage, had come to understand the doctrines of grace more fully, and had been part of the community life...

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:05

Like Speaking Better Than You Live

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“Although teaching is a spiritual gift and a great privilege, it brings with it many dangers”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 78

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:00

Books to Discard

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“But when it finally happened to her, the whole thing was far more illuminating than she had thought it would be and went all the way back to her girlhood. Vanity, selfishness, conceit, superficiality, covetousness, ambition—all of them tumbled off the top bookshelf of her mind and were...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:05

Fire in the Bones

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“The pressure should begin to build inside us, until we feel we can contain it no longer. It is then that we are ready to preach. The whole process of sermon preparation, from beginning to end, was excellently summed up by an African American preacher who said, ‘First, I reads myself...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:00

Thruppa-da-da

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“So he just sat, not paying attention to much of anything. But occasionally a phrase from the prayer book would create a little spiritual thruppa-da-da, much like what happens when you forget to put the lawn mower in the garage for the winter, and try to get it started in the spring. Nothing...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:04

Unleashing My Inner Tozer

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Just when my life starts getting back to normal, the Southern Baptists hear about it and start acting up again. If you want a little background to these words that I say, consider this brief articlefrom Tom Ascol.

When I was a young man in the Navy, I went through a jag where I read an...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 16:00

131: What I Saw in America

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This week Douglas Wilson chats the Extremes and Moderates in the political circus, unpacks the greek word astorgos, and recommends GK Chesterton’s What I Saw in America.

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Monday, 17 February 2020 21:00

Letters Are Back!

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Civil Courts?

Regarding 1 Corinthians 6 and “Whose Ox is Being sued” The text of 1 Corinthians 6 is straightforward enough in its prohibition of Christians taking one another to an unbelieving court to settle civil matters. That said, does Jesus not implicitly turn at least some civil...

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Monday, 17 February 2020 10:05

Congregations Also Know

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“Every preacher knows the difference between a heavy sermon which trundles along the runway like an overloaded passenger jet and never gets airborne, and a sermon which has ‘what a bird has, a sense of direction and wings.’”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 73

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Monday, 17 February 2020 10:00

Not a Sailing Boat, for Pity’s Sake

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“He had been very diligent in his own way, but he was like a guy putting together a jigsaw puzzle of a lighthouse, but one where things got mixed up in the closet, and the picture on the box lid was that of a sailing boat. He was diligent, but was making slow progress.”

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 23:45

Clueless or Complicit

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Introduction

On to Super Tuesday!

Over the weekend I got into a little exchange with somebody on Facebook over the radicalization that has afflicted a large part of the population, and what I believe to be the appropriate response of Christians to it.

This leftward lurch can be attributed to many...

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