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 06:25

Announcing “Got No Beds”

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When the appalling videos of Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish activities were first released, there was a truly encouraging reaction from many parts of the American public, particularly from the Christians. And while there is still a great deal of energy pent up from that moment, here we are,...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 03:12

Letters on Homosexual Desire

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The situation described in the following letters is entirely fictitious, including persons, names, crimes, sins, relationships, circumstances and all particulars. Thekind of situation that is described, however, is all too common and my hope is that biblical principles applied to this fictitious...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 23:00

The Size of Basketballs

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“They won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law...

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So if I may, I would like to explain the basic problems with asset forfeiture in simple and straightforward terms. In their opposition to it, the editors at National Review said, “Asset forfeiture is a constitutionally questionable practice,” and while it was good to see them calling...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:39

Gray Havens at Wordsmithy

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The good folks coordinating Wordsmithy have added The Gray Havens to the lineup. They will be performing a kick-off Wordsmithy concert on Wednesday September 20th, along with teaching a couple of workshops the following day. And of course, we will have our regulars on tap as well. The...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:01

You Get the Idea That Reading Is Prized There

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If you are interested — and why would you not be? — a link is here.

The post You Get the Idea That Reading Is Prized There appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors: Douglas Wilson...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:54

And Now a Brief Word for the Wife Beaters

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It would not be exactly accurate to say that I posted my 21 theses on submission in marriage and then skipped town. But there would be some elements of truth in such a hazarded guess nonetheless. I wrote the post last week, and scheduled it to appear Monday morning. But then Sunday after church,...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 23:00

21 Theses on Submission in Marriage

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  1. The teaching of Scripture on this subject is perspicuous and plain. What God requires of us in our marital duties is taught in multiple places, and not in obscure ways.image

 

  1. We live in a time when honest exegesis is routinely threatened with calumny, and there are frequently honors and rewards for...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 01:25

The Apostles Creed 6: His Only Begotten Son

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What we know as orthodoxy is of course taught in the Bible. But that does not mean that every orthodox truth is found everywhere in the Bible, or that every verse that is used to defend an orthodox truth is being used appropriately. This means we should look at familiar passages...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 01:14

Quick Lies

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God is the God of all truth, and so of course, we as His people should be careful to speak the truth. One area where we sometimes neglect this duty is in an area that might be called “quick lies.” They don’t even seem like lies at all unless you take them out in the yard and look...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 01:08

The Central Table

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This is the Table, and it has its rightful place at the center of our lives. What we do here sets the tone for what we do at every other table. This Table is the rudder; it guides and directs all our other table fellowship.image

If we are hypocritical here, we will be hypocritical around the dinner table...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 05:48

All We Got Were These Queequeg Piercings

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There is an old joke that has an evangelical say something like this to a liberal—“I’ll call you a Christian if you call me a scholar.” But whenever conservative believers enter into the world of such trade-offs, the end result is always something like Simple Simon going to...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:53

The Abolition of Woman

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One of the great novels of the twentieth century was That Hideous Strength. It is a fantastic read as a straightforward story, but that is not where the greatness lies. I would be hard pressed to come up with a more prophetic book than this one. The way things have unfolded in the six...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:38

What Floats This Little Boat

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So I have been blogging for a number of years now. I have largely figured out the writing and posting part, but honestly, between us girls, I am still figuring out the analytics part. But I have gotten to the point where I can at least make out what is generally going on. When I look at the back...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 01:24

Straight and Narrow

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One of the hidden drivers in our public debates about homosexual lust and practice is that a widespread and presupposed Pelagianism has riddled the church. I am happy to explain myself here, but I would like to ask you to walk with me for a piece.

Ability and Obligation

Pelagianism holds,...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 02:07

The Apostles Creed 5: And in Jesus Christ

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Although we haven’t mentioned Jesus until this point in the Creed, in another sense, every word in the Creed revolves around Jesus Christ. The reason for that is something for us to explore now.

The Text:

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 01:55

All Together Now

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Last week at this time I mentioned that ritual actions are important to us. They are significant in the Bible, and we don’t ever want to fall into the trap of relegating them to the status of being insignificant. But there is another important element in all of this.image

We are gathered together...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 01:45

The Rain of Bread

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For those who are converted to God, the grace of God envelops everything, drives everything, and defines everything. This includes our desire to learn how to walk in His ways, which means our desire to grow and flourish in our sanctification, which means loving and understanding His law.image

This is a...

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Every once in a while you run across something that is a few parsecs beyond the utter frozen limit. What do you do then? Tim Bayly recently posted a video of an offertory performance done at Redeemer Downtown in Manhattan, along with his comments, and I have reposted the video below. You can watch...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 01:38

Little Bewildered Benedict Bands

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Rod Dreher is to be commended for many aspects of The Benedict Option. But at the end of the day, it reminds me of a fistful of pearls, with no thread available to make the necklace. I am glad I read it, and I am glad for the stand that Dreher is taking against various outrages. Good on him.image

In my...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 00:28

The Creosote of Manifest Nonsense

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I do not want to use Orwellian-the-world newspeak, but rather Orwellian-the-author plainspeak. But in a world of froth, babble, fustian, agitprop, bubble, and vain repetition, what I am about to say might come across like being slapped in the face with a cold, dead halibut. Some might even go so...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 02:14

Jonah, Jonah or Elephant Doctor Doses

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So let me say at the front end that Jonah Goldberg is my favorite contemporary political writer. He is vivid, funny, and almost always on point. He is part of the conservative firmament, and yet does not display some of the irritating characteristics on regular display from the kept conservatives,...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 00:59

Sexual Abuse for a Modest Fee

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We confess the absolute authority of God, and there are layered reasons for doing this. He has authority over us in the first instance because He created us, and in the second because He redeemed us from our sins. We will come to the issue of redemption shortly, but we must begin where...

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Saturday, 01 July 2017 00:39

A Ritual Reminder

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Over the years we have emphasized the importance of ritual. Rituals are significant in the Bible, and they ought to be significant to us. We have also emphasized the importance of worshiping God with our bodies and not just with our minds. We have sought to resist the temptation that many Reformed...

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