Joseph, Ben and I are very happy to present the new BaylyBlog! We hope you like what we've done to the place. Please take some time to look around. And while you check out the new design—I think Ben did a bang-up job, myself—you can also take advantage of a few of the new features:
Just now, I have disabled threading on comments. Threaded comments seem to work on some sites, but we have found them to be very difficult to follow here on Baylyblog. So, after discussion with Tim, we have turned them off. All comments will now be posted in order time submitted, with the comments submitted the earliest at the top.
I have also disabled the ability to add a comment title. There is, obviously, some loss of information as a result, but we're convinced it will improve comments overall.
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We have some more changes coming down the pike for the Baylyblog, so stay tuned. It just so happens that we have been busy at work on another project recently...
On Thursday, February 21st and Friday, February 22nd, Clearnote Fellowship is holding its 2nd annual pastors conference titled "Preach the Word" at Clearnote Church, Bloomington, IN. If you are (or aspire to be) a pastor, elder, or deacon, I hope you'll come. And if you're not an officer, would you please encourage your own pastors, elders, and deacons to attend? In fact, pay for them to go. It will be a wonderful gift to them and your church. Register now.
Everything about our worship indicates our reverence, zeal, and love toward the Triune God; or alternately, our flippancy and indifference. Hearts aflame for God cry out for men to preach the Word, read Scripture, pray, and sing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with zeal. Sadly, though, worship today is aimed at the mind or the heart. It's intellect or passion--never both. When there is zeal, it's rarely "in accordance with knowledge." And those claiming knowledge make a principle out of their absence of zeal.
Five hundred years ago, John Calvin worked to reform every part of the Church's worship. We must give ourselves to this same work today.
That's why I'm very thankful to announce ClearnoteSongbook.com. The men behind the Songbook--Jody Killingsworth, Philip Moyer, and the Good Shepherd Band, along with Ben Crum, Joseph Bayly, and Lucas Weeks--have put together a site that is a call to reform our worship. The Clearnote Songbook is jam-packed with goodies to help in that work...
Last night Niek and Therese Schreuder hosted a party in celebration of the engagement of their daughter, Réze (pronounced reesa), to our son Taylor. What Christmas joy!
In Calvin's Geneva, couples were banished if their engagement lasted longer than six weeks. We held a family council some years back and decided the Bayly limit would be six months. A summer wedding is planned.
If you missed the 2013 Clearnote Fellowship Pastors Conference, you missed a great time. If you're an officer in Christ's church, we hope you'll join us at next year's conference. To whet your appetite, here are the audio recordings of this year's conference from the Clearnote Fellowship website.
Clearnote Fellowship is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2013 Summer Conference, "She is Our Mother," to be held July 5th and 6th in Bloomington, Indiana. The theme of this year's conference builds on the 2012 Summer Conference, "I Believe in God the Father Almighty."
Christians in America today reject the fatherhood of God by gagging His word and those who proclaim it. They also scoff at the truth that any true son of God must have the church as his mother. When elders are diligent in their care for the sheep, we often refuse their care, bleat, and run off—away from our mother!
In the 3rd century AD, Cyprian of Carthage wrote: “You cannot have God as your Father unless you have the church for your Mother.” In his Institutes, Calvin writes: "But because it is now our intention to discuss the visible church, let us learn even from the simple title of 'mother' how useful, indeed how necessary, it is that we should know her."
Useful and necessary, indeed! Christ's church is the mother of all those chosen by God for salvation so join us as we sit under preaching focussed on what our relationship should be to this Mother God has given us, and what it means for her to be reformed in our own age.
The Clearnote Summer Conference is like none other! Our habit is to preach the Word of God rather than to give lectures and talks. We welcome children...
“She is our mother.” What a description of the Church—God’s gift to us, His adopted sons, for our care, discipline, and nurture. In a world that hates the Church, we need to stand as witnesses to God’s faithfulness. What better witness do we have than when we love some of the most precious God gives us: children!
The Clearnote Summer Conference is designed to love, teach, and care for the whole body—especially the very youngest. While mothers and fathers are sitting under the preaching of the Word, your children will be taught and challenged with Bible lessons explaining God’s purposes and works through Camp Clearnote.
We have a busy, fun, and profitable time planned for children of every age.
For our littlest ones, ages 0-3, we have age-appropriate facilities and caring volunteers. With a ratio of less than five children per childcare worker, you can know that your child will have the attention he needs. Even if it is your first time with us, you and your children will feel right at home...
Many are watching the Supreme Court this week to see what it will tell us about marriage and race relations. What will our justices rule on equality in this country? How will their decisions affect our lives? We watch and wait because their words bear weight. They carry authority. We won't escape the implications of what they declare.
Of course, for Christians there is a higher truth and the place God is pleased for us to hear, understand, and live this truth is the Church. Thus God names His Church "the pillar and foundation of the truth."
But we are quick to run to anything else; to campus Bible studies, to home churches, to a church that couldn't and wouldn't offend us; to a place called "church" where we won't have to confess our sins and listen as others confess theirs.
A church where we won't need to encourage others as they suffer because there is no sin or suffering. A church where brothers wouldn't think of admonishing or rebuking one another. To tell the truth...
Tomorrow is commitment Sunday here at Clearnote Church in Bloomington, and we're going to have a party. We've talked about our Faithful Through All Generations capital campaign enough, and it is now time to make pledges and bring our initial offerings. God has been very gracious to us through the years, and we trust that He will continue to be gracious.