Remember That Much of What They Are Doing Is Already Illegal


There is obviously much more to say on this latest video from CMP, but it will have to wait a day or so. Another issue is pressing, which I hope to address in the morning. In the meantime, remember that the center of this atrocity does need to be against the law. But much of what they are doing, already against the law, ignores the law with impunity. … [Read more...]

Book of the Month/September 2015

Biggest Story

The Biggest Story is a Bible survey, a biblical/theological/historical/redemptive review of the great theme of Scripture, and all done for little kids. Written for kids, it treats the great realities represented by those words, but without using any of those words. It is the biggest story, but without the biggest words. The subtitle is "How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden." This book is really wonderfully done. It begins with the story of creation, works through the Flood, the promise to Abraham, the Exodus, the reign of David, the birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the gift of the Spirit, and then our return to the Garden. The illustrations by Don Clark are quite festive, and invite examination. It is quite likely that your children will read and reread this book, and it is also quite likely that they will study the pictures. If you want a sneak peak at some of the pictures, you can take a look here. The book is pitched to an age group that … [Read more...]


And so let us react to the coercion more than the cussing . . .

There are two kinds of tolerant societies. The first is one which contains the principles of liberty within its framework of foundational values, and the second is a society in transition, flipping from one set of intolerances to another set. During the switch, during the transition, demands for tolerance are the battering ram used against the establishment intolerance, in order to make way for the new set of intolerances. As it suits them, advocates of the rising intolerance may pretend to be principled in their tolerance, but it is all just a sham. Speaking frankly, just between us girls, the first kind of tolerant society is a Christian society. Liberty of conscience is something that we Christians invented. "God alone is Lord of the conscience, and has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in any thing, contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith, or worship" (WCF 20.2). This is a topic well worth pursuing, and I would recommend this … [Read more...]

Pretty Sure It Is Not You

Flannery O'Conner wrote that everything that rises must converge, but this must also be said of everything that is circling the drain. The shared worldview of our chattering classes appears to me to be nothing more than a vast epistemic sinkhole. This is the kind of thing that could make Turretin exclaim, were he present with us, something like zut alors! which when translated means something like holy smokes. You know, a little inside term of art from one of the great scholars of the Reformation. In order to be cast as a radical and/or a crazy these days all you need do is say something like "a man should be judged by the content of his character, and not by the color of his skin." Total wingnuttery. If you insist on equal weights and measures, no thumb on the scale, whether that thumb be black like Al Sharpton's or white like David Duke's, or Daisy Duke's for that matter, if you maintain something along the lines of "all thumbs matter," as in, keep any kind of thumb off the scale, … [Read more...]

A Coalition of Dust Bunnies


If you have a moment, you might want take a look at this video, starting at about the 45 minute mark. In the course of a panel discussion at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a point I had made about the American and Confederate flags came up. My guess is the point they were likely dealing with was the third point in this post. Being always grateful for a chance to interact with various saints, let me join in on this discussion, albeit somewhat belatedly. In his response, Dr. Akin said that the two situations were different. His reasoning was this -- he said that when the average person looked at the Confederate flag, he would simply think "slavery," and that there is no comparable reaction when people looked at the American flag. There are two responses to this that I would like to offer. First, we could round up quite a few people who do in fact have a visceral negative reaction to the American flag. They do exist, and there are quite a lot of them. It is not … [Read more...]

50 Livers a Week

The eighth video is now out. The entire thing takes place over lunch -- over one of the most cold-hearted meals you will ever witness. Take note of the academics who are dismissed because they want to suppress within their own consciences what it is they are doing. But this means that Cate Dyer, the woman in the video, knows what she is doing. She is trafficking in the sale of dead babies, and she knows it. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> … [Read more...]

Their High Altar

The way of death is ancient . . .

There is quite a dramatic difference between "pardon me" and "forgive me." We say the first, for example, in cases of inadvertent error, as when we bump into someone accidentally. We need to say the latter when we knew what we were doing, did it on purpose, knowing full well that we ought not to have. If we bump into someone in a crowded hallway, we ask for pardon. We say "pardon me" or "excuse me." But if that other person was the only one in the hallway, and we lowered our head and ran straight into him, then "pardon me" would be taken as sarcasm. The only thing required is repentance and "please forgive me." Now through the death of Christ on the death, we are offered full and free forgiveness for our sin, confessed as such. We are not offered anything as a supplement to our excuses. When John tells us that God will forgive us our sins (1 John 1:9), he places a conditional upon it -- "if we confess our sins." The word for confess is homologeo, which literally means to … [Read more...]

If the Day of Judgment Had a Little Brother

The problem with such images is the understatement.

In one sense, of course, nothing can compare to the great Day of the Lord. Nothing compares to it, and yet Scripture repeatedly compares things to it. But the Bible does this in such a way as to show that nothing can compare, which is what gives the comparisons such force. “The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: The thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; And they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; And to the hills, Fall on us” (Hos. 10:8; cf. Luke 23:30). So if you want one sort of image for the Day of Judgment, here in the Pacific Northwest we have multiple forest fires to choose from. The flames can get 300 feet high. Use your imagination. . In another sense, there is second  aspect to the Day of Judgment that seems much quieter and less lurid, and yet is far more terrifying. Bu it is only actually terrifying if you think about it, which is what these Planned Parenthood videos are making us all do. These videos are a tiny … [Read more...]

3 Marks of the God of the System

The bailiff will please show the gentleman to the door.

Every system has a god, which means that when you have identified certain markers, you have identified the god of the system. If the god of the system is not the true God, the God who made Heaven and earth, then the god of the system is an idol. In order to be an idol, the god of the system need not be an inert object, adored only by the superstitious. Paul says that those who sacrifice to idols sacrifice to demons (1 Cor. 10:20), and Paul certainly believed that the demons were there. Idolatry is not when you worship something that is non-existent; idolatry occurs when you worship something created. Because people (in the grip of modernity) have come to believe that idols are necessarily nullities, they subsequently have come to believe that anything that is not a nullity -- like the Supreme Court, or the spirit of the age, or what all the cool kids are doing -- cannot be an idol. But it can be, and if it is created and is the god of the system, then that is precisely what … [Read more...]

Not What Scissors Are For

The seventh Planned Parenthood video comes pretty close to Dante's seventh circle. That's not what scissors are for. But one of the first things I thought of after seeing it was the ninth circle, the circle dedicated to the treacherous. And that is what this is -- treacherous, horrific, appalling, heinous, and cold as Hell. Holly O'Donnell is the technician who worked for StemExpress, and who is testifying in the most recent of the sting videos. And, by the way, when I googled StemExpress to find out if it was two words or one, I was helpfully informed by Google through their suggested sub-directory searches that I can still buy fetal liver if I want, and at the very end of this macabre list was the "wish list" option. What do I wish they could put in my shopping cart for me? The fact that Planned Parenthood is being evil, and is committing indecencies that are beyond vile, does not mean that they are guilty of every evil. They are murderous, but that does not make them … [Read more...]