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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imageTo The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor of CA:

I am writing to you regarding your recently unveiled plan to re-open CA. Thank you for the work that you are doing during this unprecedented situation. I do not envy your position as Governor of the great state of CA at this time, as not...

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A while back I was on social media and ran across a thread concerning Joel Osteen. I believe, as far as I can remember that someone was asking if Osteen was a true minister of God, or something to that effect. So, being the Bible reader which I am, I commented and plainly...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 19:39

“Look at the Birds of the Air”

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imageYears ago while I was attending seminary, small groups of students would get together with one of our professors on a regular basis for prayer. We would often meet outside, since the weather was almost never an issue in Southern California.

On one such occasion we were struck by the...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 10:52

Have you been born again?

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Another question should help you; it is this, Have you been born again? I refer you again to the Epistle to the Galatians, which I would like every anxious person to read through very carefully. There you will see that Abraham had two sons: one of them was born according to...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:52

“The Word Did Everything”

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image John Murray calls the 16th century Protestant Reformation “the greatest event for Christendom in the last 1500 years” (Collected Writings of John Murray Vol.2, p.203). The rediscovery of the gospel of God’s grace in Christ turned the world upside-down and changed...

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 19:04

Nehemiah Coxe: Cordwainer and Confession-maker

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If you’d like to know a little more about Nehemiah Coxe and the probability of his involvement in the editing of the 1677 confession, the following data will be of interest to you. The first two entries are from Thomas Pottenger, an English Baptist minister, published in the May, 1845 edition of “The Church.”

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 03:57

Assertions Are Not Arguments

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Pastor Stefan Lindblad

A Guest Post from Stefan Lindblad*

An assertion is not an argument. Obvious, right? Sadly, much of the current internet imbroglio over the doctrine of the Trinity and the novel doctrine of the eternal functional subordination of the Son (henceforth EFS, and oh yes it is novel!) belies the obviousness of this...

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 18:42

Confessional Orthodoxy and Evangelical Union

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Evangelicalism has often been criticized for its lack of creeds and confessions. Yet there has been a consistent assumption, and perhaps assertion, that since evangelicals share a common subjective commitment to the Bible they must share a common commitment to the objective deposit of doctrine and the pattern of sound words in the...

The Lydia Center for Women and Families

In an insightful recent post, Christopher Cleveland explains “Why the Trinitarian Controversy Was Inevitable.” Cleveland’s diagnosis is perceptive, and I would like to extend it somewhat further and also suggest a way forward in terms of the opportunities our situation presents.

Clev...

Monday, 27 June 2016 03:37

The Church Needs More Ephesian Children

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The following is a republished post from my old Blogger blog.

One of the more controversial positions of Confessional Reformed churches is our conviction that the Ten Commandments ought to be preached as an ethical code for Christians to follow.

It seems strange that there would be any contention on this point; ours has been the standard...

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This isn’t my Norway Maple. (How did I come on vacation without a picture?) But look how majestic that tree is!

I was looking at the enormous Norway Maple in my backyard the other day, and a question occurred.  How deep are its roots?  Living as we do in the age of Google, I soon found myself reading this fascinati...

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:01

Remembering June 7, 1966

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Grace Baptist Church circa 1966

“…Thus many of us seem to be as men without a country, or as odd individualists in other fellowships.  Yet we do not relish the spirit of total independency which is...

Monday, 30 May 2016 03:26

The Fallacy of Fallacies

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 Subtitle: “Demonstrated Herein”

The following is a republished post from my old Blogger blog.  (Which makes me wonder, since I switched to WordPress five years ago, how many complete resets / reorganizations / redevelopments has Blogger been through? Fifty?  Five-hundred? But I digress.) 

Everybody loves...

Monday, 16 May 2016 03:37

So You Want to Understand Impassibility

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Many of my readers will be aware that during the last few years a theological controversy has arisen over the doctrine of divine impassibility.  Impassibility is the teaching that God, being perfect and immutable, cannot be moved.  The idea is expressed within many of the Reformed confessions by the assertion that God is...

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 10:36

A Word of Advice to our Friends at MOS

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This again!

Hoo, boy! I’m getting tired of blogging on the same subject over and over, but here we go again:

I wanted to be positive about today’s episode of Mortification of Spin.  Honestly, I did. Carl Trueman, Todd Pruitt, and Aimee Byrd chatted about the difficulties facing credo-baptists and paedo-baptists who...

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Because dressing like a high school kid makes me soooo down to earth!

Occam’s Razor is the name given to the logical argument that the simplest theory to explain any given phenomena is likely the correct theory.  Since our judgment is often obstructed, we need to shave away needless assumptions and bits of argumentation in...

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:29

A Series of Improbable Events

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Today I’m going to ask you to imagine an entirely unlikely sequence of events.  I don’t know why any of this would happen, but let us pretend that it might:

Imagine with me that you have been invited to Buckingham Palace and granted an audience with Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada,...

Contrast

A 20 page paper by Stephen J. Wellum titled “Progressive Covenantalism and the Doing of Ethics” was posted in the New Covenant Theology Facebook group recently [Note: it has since been removed as it was not supposed to be posted publicly]. It presents a good opportunity to bring to attention some of the important areas where 168...

Monday, 14 March 2016 06:46

Random Thoughts

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The Progressive Conundrum Personified

I’m running out of unique Thomas Sowell pictures.  Onward, anyway…

The mess in the Anglican Communion demonstrates a real problem for Western Progressivism, both political and theological.  One of the primary goals of all Progressivisms is escape from traditional moral...

Monday, 11 January 2016 04:48

Random Thoughts

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 A young Thomas Sowell, before I made him famous by stealing his column format.

The formal charges once filed against J. Gresham Machen are one illustration from history of a near-universal fact. Whenever a church or denomination divides over doctrine, the side which has rejected historic orthodoxy insists that the division had nothing...

Monday, 28 December 2015 07:35

What’s Inside John Piper’s Geodes?

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Here’s a true story: A man I once knew traveled during his youth to Colorado with a friend who was a knowledgeable mineralogist. They stopped at a field to take in the view, and as they walked the mineralogist stooped to pick up a roundish, mud-colored rock. With great excitement he took it back to his pickup, found a tool, and...