Leithart among the Baptists: in understanding, be men...

Over the past couple of months I've felt testy about the naive souls who blather on about the Rev. Dr. Peter Leithart's blatherings on "the future of Protestantism." Sure, I get why BIOLA paid him to come. Chesterton spoke about the Academy's penchant for the hip and chic. He pointed out that all scholars' talk about what is latest and best is "merely a giggling excitement over fashion." There's no denying that, among Baptists-gone-to-seed, Peter Leithart is the focus of a certain degree of giggling excitement.

So two years after the Torrey Honors Program's Mark Reynolds leaves, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (renamed "BIOLA") brings Peter in to tell them who they are and where they're heading. Not surprisingly, Peter is bubbly-hopeful about his abilities to heal the division between Protestant, Reformed, Presbyterian, and Presbyterian Church in America churches, and the Vatican.

Honestly, this is news? Has anyone been awake the past ten years? If news, I'd put it on the order of "dog bites man."

Leithart and his buds are just riding the shirttails of Richard John Neuhaus, Chuck Colson, Bill Bright, and Pat Robertson...

Eighty-one year old man rescued by sons and grandsons...

What struck me about this story forwarded by son Taylor is how quickly Grandpa returned to work after being buried to his fingertips in a sixty-five foot diameter grain bin.

He was initially taken to a local hospital, but airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after he began coughing up blood, apparently from the pressure of that much corn on his chest, said 46-year-old son, Steve White.

After leaving the hospital Tuesday, Bill White eagerly returned to work Wednesday, helping troubleshoot a problematic irrigation system on his family farm near Switz City, some 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

"My dad, he's 81 years old, but he's 10 times tougher than the average guy. He's one of the toughest guys I've ever seen," Steve White said Wednesday afternoon, adding that his father is feeling fine aside from some respiratory troubles.

 

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My bad: on making theological retractions

“My bad,” is a pretty common expression when playing pick-up basketball. If you make an errant pass or let your man drive around you or lose the ball off the dribble, the standard way to acknowledge your error is simply to say to your teammates, “my bad.”

Contrary to Erich Segal, marriage means always having to say you’re sorry. Segal wrote this inanity because, as Sir Elton John puts it, "'sorry seems to be the hardest word." To say "my bad" to my wife is hard, but repentance is the privilege of the Christian and God has set things up so that "my bad" and "sorry" are a necessary part of the grease that keeps a marriage running smoothly.

In marriage, "sorry” can cover a whole multitude of issues, all the way from putting the wrong piece of clothing in the dryer to dropping a plate to an angry outburst.  But … How does a pastor or theologian say "sorry" or "I was wrong?" And if you’re a published author, it gets even more complicated.

I remember one time hearing a pastor … 

An open letter to a dear soul caught in transsexualism...

There's been a discussion with a transsexual named "Phoebe" going on in another place on this blog, and just now I posted this comment there that I also want to post here for your (I trust) edification.

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Dear Phoebe,

Really, as others have said, the central issue is whether you are a follower of Jesus Christ and, therefore, a member of His Church? From that everything else flows, and in one of two directions—to Hell or to Heaven. By "follower" we mean "disciple" who is under the discipline of obeying everything He commands. His commands pertaining to the sexuality He gave us are particularly important for us to obey because sexuality is our very core. Nothing is more fundamental to God's creation of us than the sexuality He assigned us from our conception and to rebel against His gift is to repudiate His authority.

There are churches where you'll be accepted just as you aren't. To your face they'll be really sweet and try really really hard to overlook your deformities, acting as if everything is natural, so what's the biggie?

But what you really need and should want is a church where people don't accept you, but rather...

Republicans and the middle class...

For Biblical reasons, I am neither a Democrat nor a Libertarian. Not a Democrat because Democrats run every campaign on envy, sexual perversion, and bloodlust. Thus a vote for the Democratic ticket is the open denial of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And not a Libertarian because I've noticed their commitment to freedom causes them to cower before the druggie, sexual pervert, and bloodlust lobby. Liberty trumps God's Moral Law, turning upside down what the Holy Spirit reveals concerning the purpose of all civil authority (what we call "government"):

...it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. (Romans 13:4-6)

God ordains governors and the taxes we pay to the end that...

Mall bans private prayer...

Before powerwalking, some Christian women made a little circle and began praying for God's blessing on their time together. But a mall policeman cut their prayer short, telling them prayer was prohibited on mall premises. The women appealed to the mall manager who came and assured them the mall policeman was right: prayer was not allowed inside the mall.

This led one of the women to ask it the prohibition of prayer extended to asking Gods' blessing over the food in their food court? The manager said such prayers...

A Christian response to transgender individuals...

I just finished reading a great article over at the Federalist discussing the indoctrination of school children (K-5) in Queer Theory. Last year it was so-called transgender students being used to push the agenda. This year it is a teacher. Mr. Reuter now wants to be known as Ms. Reuter. The article is excellent and makes a number of important points. I encourage you to read it, but two things occur to me that weren't covered.

First, I wonder if anybody with a child at that school will instruct him to continue calling Mr. Reuter "Mr. Reuter"? There is a lot that we can and should do to make people feel welcome and accepted and loved, but love is never of God when it lead us to...

A request to readers...

Would you please consider circulating yesterday's post, "A dialog between a complementarian, a feminist, and a patriarch...," to your relatives and friends, whether by FB or blog post or comment on another blog or e-mail or Twitter. I know it's hard for many of you to admit you read Baylyblog, but it would mean a great deal to me if you would take your stand on God's Word and the glory of His Created Order by circulating this post to everyone you know. Don't allow Baylyblog to sink to the level of your secret special place for private truths.

Unleash God's Word and Truth. Someone once said those who are taught should share all good things with their teachers. Thank so much.

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A dialog between a complementarian, a feminist, and a patriarch...

What does the word 'complementarian' mean?

Complementarian is a new word invented to point to the fact that the sexes, male and female, were created by God to complement each other. Dictionaries define ‘complement’ as “something that fills up, completes, or makes perfect.”

Back in the eighties, a group of scholars began to refer to themselves as “complementarians” in order to give a positive statement to the church that, in the matter of sexuality, tended towards conservatism. They talked and wrote about the mutual benefit of man and woman living together in such a way as to show God’s beautiful design of each sex. ‘Complete’ is the root of ‘complement,’ and thus Man complements woman as woman complements man. Their neologism, then, was "complementarianism."

Of course, the man who identifies himself as a “complementarian” has two problems...

Here I sashay, I cannot do otherwise...

…no opinion can be either more pernicious or more absurd than that which brings truth and falsehood upon the same level, and represents it as of no consequence what a man's opinions are. On the contrary, we are persuaded that there is an inseparable connection between faith and practice, truth and duty.  (Preliminary Principle Number Four, 1788 Synod of New York and Philadelphia, 1789 General Assembly)

When the Reformed men who founded the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE) decided to include Lutherans in their parachurch organization, their compromise was a harbinger of things to come. So, for a couple decades now, Reformed academics looking for a place to make their name, not content to rehearse the history of the Westminster divines forever, have turned toward the importation of Lutheran doctrine and practice to the Reformed church.

The popularity of Federal Vision and Lutheran emphases concerning the sacraments, liturgy, sacerdotal (priestly) accoutrements, the repudiation of the Reformed doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, and so on, all viewed alongside other contributing factors such as the kissing-cousin relationship of the PCA's Covenant Theological Seminary and the LCMS's Concordia Seminary—both in St. Louis—have produced a growing number of bright young pastors enamored with the neo-Lutheran project. But sadly, because their credentials reside in churches and denominations confessionally Reformed and Presbyterian, they haven't been willing to raise the "Lutheran" flag or adopt a name as forthright as "Neo-Lutherans."

When asked about their Lutheranism they're quick to list several things that cause them to prefer Presbyterian credentials. They defend their doctrinal, sacramental, and liturgical innovations within Reformed churches as being merely "Biblical." But this is rather disingenuous. It's as if a Marine corporal were to watch as, patrol after patrol, his squad were being wounded and killed by enemies wearing the uniform of the United States Marine Corps; and complaining to his Platoon Commander, he were to get the response, "Look, uniforms are out...