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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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:54

The Vice President’s Speech on Israel

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To Christians United for Israel. The full text is here. It’s mostly good politics. Theologically? Well, there’s this:

Ezekiel prophesized: “Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.” And the State of Israel and her people bear witness to God’s...

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See it here. And I’ll add my endorsement. This is one of the books that are tedious to read, but necessary to understand.

Filed under: Dispensationalism, Library Tips

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 16:11

19 Odd Musical Instruments

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Most defy any brief names. See them at Atlas Obscura.

Filed under: Apropos of Nothing

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Monday, 24 July 2017 22:48

Haddon Robinson Has Died

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Haddon Robinson passed away on July 22. He was not a fundamentalist; in fact, he once presided over one of the nations leading neoevangelical seminaries. Nevertheless, he profoundly influenced the way many fundamentalists preach. That influence, whether direct or indirect, was very good.

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Monday, 24 July 2017 16:01

Central Seminary Begins Distance Ed

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A DEGREE ONLINE THAT’S NOT AN ONLINE DEGREE

Many pastors and missionaries desire to further their theological training and attend a seminary but cannot take time to leave their churches or mission fields. Because of this, some feel like they must settle for an online degree that is less than...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:42

Rolland McCune on Pastoral Authority

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The local church which elects its pastor is the source of his ecclesiastical authority. He carries no inherent authority as a person and does not rule the local church by any native rights or gifts. This type of authority is bestowed by the local church and may be withdrawn by the local church.

Rolla...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:07

Only In Minnesota . . .

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The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, free to the public (donations accepted).

Filed under: Minnesota

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:02

The Shoe Is On the Other Foot

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For years, the Left has used the “outrage machine” of the Internet to harass and pillory conservatives. In fact, it’s been used to harass anybody who transgresses the norms that the Left finds acceptable. When a dentist was being persecuted for shooting a lion, nobody cared. When...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 15:59

The Eternal Generation of the Son

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Frederick William Faber

Amid the eternal silences God’s endless Word was spoken None heard but He who always spake, And the silence was unbroken.

Chorus: Oh marvellous! Oh Worshipful! No song or sound is heard, But everywhere and every hour, In love, in...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 16:49

In the Nick of Time

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Continuing history on the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship.

Filed under: Baptists, Church History, FBFI, GARBC, NTAIBC

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 16:24

This Is Worth Remembering:

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Governments Don’t Give People Rights,” by Donald J. Boudreaux at the Foundation for Economic Education.

Rights pre-exist government. Therefore, even if – as most people believe – government is necessary to help to secure individuals’ rights, government does not...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 16:06

Anancephalic Children and Zombies

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Maureen Condic’s essay at the Witherspoon Instituteis a combination of philosophy, bioethics, and science fiction. It’s worth a read. Here is her conclusion:

Stated in more philosophical terms, “rational animal” is the essential definition of a human being, and...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:59

McCune on Landmarkism

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Some Baptists (e.g., Landmark Baptists) insist that the only ekklesia in the New Testament is a local church. Every usage, according to them, refers to the local church, individually or collectively. However, this view runs up against serious problems. For instance, it cannot successfully interpret...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:15

Straub on Building a Theological Library

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Central Seminary’s own Jeff Straub has a pair of essays up at the Credo Magazine blog on “Building a Theological Library.” Jeff should know! The first essay is about electronic libraries; the second is about print libraries.

Essay 1

Essay 2

Filed under: Faculty Publications, Library,...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 16:04

A Requiem for Friendship

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Anthony Esolen writes eloquently for Touchstone Magazine about pansexualism, philosophy of language, and how contemporary sexual openness has brought an end to serious male friendships. This essay is a bit longer to read, but its implications are profound.

By now the reader must see the point. I...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:43

Jacques Barzun on Toleration

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Toleration–allowing freedom of expression–has no logical limits. In religion it includes ritual, which is action as well as words. But does it include burning the country’s flag? Law in the United States says yes. What of behavior onstage that many consider obscene? Or sacrificing...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:30

21 Theses . . .

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. . . on submission in Marriage. From Doug Wilson. Since Wilson labels these as “theses,” we assume that they are intended as propositons for debate. Here’s a sample:

The Bible does not require a universal submission of women to men, or the necessary submission of any given woman...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:24

Jeff Sessions: Full Text

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The text of the attorney general’s speech to the Alliance Defending Freedom has been reprinted by The Federalist. Read it here.

America has never thought itself to be a theocracy. Our founders, at least the most articulate of them, believed our government existed as a protector of religious...

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Richard Weaver was one of the three or four most important founders of modern conservatism. His Ideas Have Consequences is probably the most important work in defining a conservative outlook. His notion of “metaphysical dream” is priceless.

The Imaginative Conservative reprints an...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:12

The Closing of the Muslim Mind

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Joel Zartman reviews the book by Robert R. Reilly. The discussion ranges from Al Ghazali’s Incoherence of the Philosophers to Christian Presuppositionalism.

Filed under: Apologetics, History, Islam, Reviews

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:03

A Riddle for Your Amusement

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It’s an easy one. From Middlingpoet.

Filed under: Apropos of Nothing, Poetry

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 16:51

An Introduction to Thomas Sowell

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I first read Thomas Sowell back in the late 1980s. It was his book on The Economics and Politics of Race. It was a great book and Sowell became one of my favorite writers.

Sowell recently retired and we are all poorer for it. Andre Archie at The American Conservativehas written a retrospective on...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 16:30

The Christian Century on Baking Cakes

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The ecumenical Christian Century asks, “Does Baking a Cake Count as Protected Speech?” The answer is the one given across the Left. It is also shared by some on the Right.

Filed under: How the Left Thinks, Religious Freedom, Social Issues

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 16:02

Only In Minnesota . . .

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. . . The world’s only gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Filed under: Minnesota

Authors: Kevin T. Bauder...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 23:42

Well said!

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Here is one last (?) word on the Eugene Peterson debacle of last week that is particularly well written.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Authors: Jeff Straub...

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