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

Friday, 29 May 2020 11:00

A Bit Conflicted

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“She was now flirting, and she knew it. But so was he, and it was all still quite impossible, and she was furiously unhappy with her very happy self.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 70

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Many of you know of my connection to New St. Andrews College, but a number of you may not know about one of the more exciting projects under the aegis of NSA that I am involved with — which is to say, the Camperdown Writers’ Kiln. This is the name of the MFA program that we have been...

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Friday, 29 May 2020 02:38

The Best Thing You Could Do This Summer

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We are about to embark on another summer of reading through the New Testament. If you are like many other Christians, you know that this is a good thing to do, but you may not be exactly sure why. This is quite all right as far as it goes. There are many things that are good for us that we do...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:00

The Relativity of Time

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“By turns, Savannah felt that the day was rushing toward her and then that it was crawling toward her. Sometimes she thought it was receding. Some moments it would never come, and other times it was almost upon her.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 63

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 11:00

Self-Awareness . . .

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“Well, he would be a fool if he weren’t, honey. And he is no fool. How could he not be after you? I thought we put a mirror in your room. Did you break it?”

The Man in the Dark, p. 55

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:48

Flying the Fear Flag

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We need to begin with the question, the answer, and the qualification.

The question is why are Americans so afraid to die? The answer is that we are afraid to die because we deserve to die, about which more in a minute. And the qualification is that, of course, not all Americans are...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 17:00

143: Endless Conservatism

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 11:00

And Some of the Streets Are Narrow

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“She was also delighted to be talking about a subject like music in the church, and not about another subject that might set her emotions to rioting in the streets.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 49

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 01:31

The Silent Bells Update

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One of the perks that comes from being related to writers is that you get to read early drafts. I bring this up because just yesterday I read the first chapter of The Silent Bells. As you may recall, this fourth book in the Ashtown series is going to be published in serial form, and you can have...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 01:28

A Continent-Wide Sumo Wrestling Contest

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As most of you know by now, just the other day President Trump said that churches, synagogues, and mosques needed to be opened up ipso pronto. This was said with a true populist instinct, because thousands of churches were gearing up to open anyhow, regardless of what their governors...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 10:04

Bible Reading and a Little Kvelling

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The apostle Paul knew what it was like to do a little kvelling in his people, as do I.

“. . . we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

2 Cor. 1:14 (NKJV)

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 00:07

The Clouds of Heaven

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One of the great difficulties that modern Christians have is that we do not let the two testaments inform one another. Because of this neglect on our part, we miss many visions of the coming glory that the Old Testament prophets set before us. And as a people starved for glory, we...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 11:00

Or Maybe a Bit Slower

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“The woman who did play for the church, Mrs. Addie Bradshaw, was nowhere near as adept as Savannah had been that night, and as far as anyone could tell, had only one speed, which was moderately slow.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 49

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Friday, 22 May 2020 10:00

Calvin and Lyzie

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Marriage, as designed by God, is a glorious instrument of dominion. If we want to understand what is going on here today, we must understand this. Weddings are the front door to marriage, and marriage and dominion are woven tightly together.

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:00

A Common Mistake

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“They had no notions beyond the rudiments of roaring the melody—the other lines of music in the hymnal they just assumed to be footings and pylons for the higher notes. Musicians fooled around with things like those. Nobody was supposed to sing them.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 45

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 11:00

Attributes in Tension

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“‘I take your meaning,’ he continued. ‘Or at least I think I do. A gentle and quiet spirit, truly such as Peter describeth—a real Christian. As well as a spitfire and a beautiful hellcat, as per Paul in Titus 2.’”

The Man in the Dark, p. 38

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The time has come, I muse to myself, about the need to jot down some thoughts in a stream of consciousness fashion, as one floating on a air mattress, the kind with arm rests, and a little umbrella drink at my right hand and a good book in my left, perhaps a Brad Thor potboiler or...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 17:00

142: An Economic Coup

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:00

But Seminary Can’t Cover Everything

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“Pastor Thomas walked toward Savannah, but a little uncertainly. There had been nothing in seminary about this kind of thing at all. She was plainly a firecracker, a pippin, a beautiful volcano.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 31

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COVID Letters First, Naturally

I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts on what’s been happening with this pandemic. One issue that I’d love to hear your thoughts on is mandatory vaccinations. Recently, Alan Dershowitz said in an interview that no one has a constitutional right to not...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 11:00

An Ominous Silence

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“It seemed to her like that moment when a toddler crashes in the next room, and nothing follows but an eerie silence. Experienced parents know that the child is busy gathering up all the available oxygen in the room, and a wail of wails may be expected presently.”

The Man in the Dark, p....

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:48

Not Very Much Feck At All

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What have we learned in the COVID panic? Or, closer to the point, what have some of us learned, and what should the rest of us be learning shortly?

We have learned that the establishment is bankrupt. We have seen that the scientific establishment is bankrupt. The public health system is...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 01:00

Koinonia and the Way of Christ

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The lock down orders that have been imposed all over the country have revealed to us a number of things—whether outside the church, in the relationship of the church to our broader society, and within the church. The thrust of this message has to do with the latter. What have we...

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Friday, 15 May 2020 11:00

Nice Having a Friend

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“Nevertheless, the sun shone in a way that promised a good friendship for the rest of the day. Savannah promised her friendship in return, and set out confidently.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 24

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 11:00

As Heathen as That

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“But whatever church he wound up joining, the pastor of it would have his hands full—Mr. Lambeth is as fully heathen as the king of the Amalekites.”

The Man in the Dark, p. 14

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