Mark Steyn contributed an interesting piece to the January 2004 New Criterion, Expensive illiterates: victimhood & education; in which (while frying larger fish) he laments the failure of our occupying forces to exercise as high a degree of control over Iraq's educational establishment as we have over other aspects of Iraqi national life.
Ever since the coalition victory last spring, the Americans have been in charge of the Iraqi school system. On the face of it, this should be no different from any other sphere of administration under the liberators: British and American soldiers train the new Iraqi army, British and American police train the new Iraqi constabulary, British and American civil servants train the new Iraqi public service. But ...no one from the entire American educational establishment seems to have been allowed anywhere near Iraq's schools....
This is very different from the way the British Empire dealt with the matter in the days when thousands of schoolmarms from the Welsh valleys and the industrial Midlands were dispatched to remote colonial outposts. John Southard of Emory University has characterized imperial education thus: 'Colonizing governments realize that they gain strength not necessarily through physical control, but through mental control. This mental control is implemented through a central intellectual location, the school system.'
A couple weeks ago I had a chance to talk with the father of a young woman who has been coming to Sunday school at our church at the invitation of one of our church families. Recent immigrants from India, and Hindu, I asked the father what the common attitude was in India towards the British.
He responded by speaking with pride of his nation's historical association with the British, making it clear he nursed no bitterness.
I asked why, in his judgement, there was such a different post-colonial experience in Africa?
by David and Tim Bayly on August 28, 2004 - 2:01pm
My mother-in-law studied for her degree in Home Economics during the late '30s and early '40s, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University. After marrying her childhood sweetheart, she gave birth to 10 children in 14 years. Her husband, engaged for most of the years when the family was young as editorial director of a religious publishing house, brought home low wages, so frugality was a necessity and the degree served this young mother and her family well.
Food preservation, hygiene, cooking, sewing, and home budgeting were part of the home ec curriculum and, along with the liberal arts training which came with every bachelor's degree at the time, these young women graduated with specialized training for their profession of choice--motherhood. Other women took similarly helpful majors in Elementary Education, Bible, Christian Education (my own mother's major), and Nursing.
Then came the frontal assault on housewifery and motherhood carried out largely by a new and powerful aristocracy, the "Information Class." (Footnote 1) During the late '60s and early '70s this assault reached fever pitch and the academy was ground zero. College and university students were assigned propagandistic tracts such as Ibsen's, A Doll's House, and joined the ranks of those determined to liberate the "Noras" of the world. (Footnote 2) Oxford historian Paul Johnson provides interesting historical details on A Doll's House, noting that both Karl Marx's youngest daughter, Eleanor, and George Bernard Shaw took part in its first private reading in London, Eleanor playing the title role of Nora. Johnson writes, the "clear message" of A Doll's House was that "marriage is not sacrosanct, the husband's authority is open to challenge, [and] self-discovery matters more than anything else." Johnson concludes, "[Ibsen] really started the women's movement." (Footnote 3)
The discipline of home economics (also known as "household arts") was an early casualty. Traditionally, home ec had enjoyed a comfortably apolitical niche in the world of higher education, and the guardians of this discipline had every reason to trust their academic peers would continue to be favorably disposed toward a curriculum so integrally tied to domestic tranquility. It was taken for granted that a dignified and competent wife and mother, devoted to her home and family, was a highly desirable constant in American culture.
To the feminists, home ec was anything but apolitical, so they attacked...
J. Oliver Buswell was president of Wheaton College when Mary Lee's and my parents were first students there, and after Wheaton's trustees fired him for his faithfulness to God's Word (I've read a fair bit of the private correspondence on this), he later taught Dad theology at Faith Theological Seminary. Buswell had done graduate work at Columbia University and told the story of being invited to attend a birthday party for John Dewey who was turning eighty. Dewey had served for years as a professor of philosophy there, and was the reigning patriarch of the progressive movement in education.
As Dad told Buswell's story, the talk at this party was of the ignorance of the masses, and the hope public education represented, that the masses' poor benighted children would be turned into good citizens through the enlightened instruction of teachers Dewey and his disciples trained.
I might add that in the years I've served as pastor here in the shadow of Indiana University, it's the School of Education that's received the most consistently negative reviews by the Christian students in our congregation. One young man working toward a teaching certificate in secondary education called it the School of Indoctrination.
by David and Tim Bayly on November 30, 2006 - 6:00pm
It seems to me that among evolutionary theory's least-exploited weaknesses are its implicit assumptions about the conditions necessary for life to come into existence.
Evolutionary principle, in other words, only comes into play when organic life first forms. But shouldn't adaptive forces be at work even before full-fledged life appears? Shouldn't, for instance, the principles of evolution be equally adept at creating non-carbon-based life forms as carbon-based? Shouldn't evolution be as capable of creating rock-based life as water-based?
It seems silly to claim that evolution can take atoms from the primordial soup to mankind (and beyond) ONLY IF the exact building blocks of carbon-based life are present first. Shouldn't the adaptive powers of evolution be just as capable of raising some form of life from a helium primordial soup as from carbon?
Where does evolution begin? After life's initiation, or before? It seems completely contrary to evolutionary theory's claims to suggest that life requires certain inescapable conditions to form. Isn't the point of evolution that life adapts to exist and survive? Evolutionary forces, if real, should be as active in forming life as in advancing it. Which means that adaptation should include adaptation to non-carbon environments.
Ironically, some at the forefront of evolutionary thought (Kurzweil, etc.) propose an evolutionary jump from man to machine--from carbon-based to non-carbon-based life--as the next major evolutionary leap. But if non-carbon-based life is possible at the more advanced end of the evolutionary spectrum, why not at the outset? If evolution potentially ends at machines, why couldn't it start there as well?
The assumption by evolutionists that carbon is essential for life implicitly establishes evolutionary theory on a foundation of design. Though evolutionists suggest the existence of non-carbon-based life forms elsewhere in the universe, the absence of the slightest evidence for such life forms is damning evidence of evolutionary theory's need for a stacked deck at the outset. Evolution needs a perfectly designed universe even to get out the gate.
Read more on the many ways the universe conspires to support life on earth (what some call the anthropic principle) in this article from the Wall Stree Journal.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 31, 2007 - 7:09am
(Tim) Miss South Carolina was competing for Miss Teen USA. During the competition, she was asked, "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans cannot locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?"
She responded, “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and uh I believe that our education like, such as South Africa, and uh the Iraq everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should uh our education over here in the U.S., should help the U.S., uh er should help South Africa, and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children.”
So like, was this young woman homeschooled? Private schooled? Public schooled? Taylor (our youngest) and Lizzie both are at public school this year and doing fine. Through the years, we've used a combination of private (Christian), home, and public schooling for our children. Depending on circumstances, personalities, and gifts, Mary Lee and I believe each of these options can be the proper place for children of the covenant to get their book learning.
God only knows God makes his plan The informations unavailable To the mortal man We work our jobs Collect our pay Believe we're gliding down the highway When in fact we're slip slidin away
- Paul Simon
(Tim) Yesterday, one of our congregation's Wheaton alumni was talking about other Wheaton alumni she keeps in touch with. She described her friends' typical post-graduate spiritual condition as consisting of a crisis experience a few years after graduation in which a decision is made between throwing it all away or turning and facing the fact that they're a sinner and coming to true Christian faith. Her grief was obvious as she described the spiritual bankruptcy so often characterizing her friends' post-Wheaton lives...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 16, 2008 - 11:46am
(Tim, w/thanks to Dave) Last week, a friend in Florida wrote to call my attention to an article detailing the results of a political survey of the faculty at Covenant College, the school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. (Students were polled, also.)
Conducted by the school's Director of Institutional Research, Kevin Eames, the survey received responses from 47 faculty members. Here's what Covenant's administration wants prospective students and their parents to know about these faculty members:
Eighty-eight percent of Covenant's faculty have doctorates or
terminal degrees, earned from such institutions as Oxford, Stanford,
Yale, and the University of Chicago. Our professors regularly involve
students in their research activities. In fact, many students actually
help edit books that their professors are writing.
The administration goes on to describe faculty members as "passionate about teaching and sharing their Reformed faith in a
setting that sharpens the intellect and encourages increased awe of our
sovereign God." Then, by way of reassurance, Oxford and passion are anchored by the declaration that "all faculty members subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith."
So, what might doctorates from Yale and Stanford, combined with a passion for the reformed faith and the Westminster Standards, lead these men and women to profess to our children about Christ's dominion in these United States and our own confession of that faith in this election year?
Asked, "Do you believe John McCain is a Christian," 33 of the 47 faculty members responding said either "No" or "Not sure." This seems safe since I read just last night that Senator McCain has never received Christian baptism. Likely not one of those faculty members questioning Senator McCain's Christian faith knew that, though.
Still, my concern is certainly not to prove Senator McCain's Christian faith, to get others to agree that he's sincere in his Christian profession, or leastwise to write this post to the end that even one reader will decide to vote for him or the Republican party. Such concerns have not entered my mind.
But on to Senator Obama. Different candidate, same question: "Do you believe Barack Obama is a Christian?" Twenty-one faculty members are definite in their response with five answering "No" and sixteen "Yes."
What ocular disease has led sixteen of our best and brightest to say for the record among students they are paid to lead into a greater knowledge of Christ's Lordship over all the earth that a man who unabashedly promotes baby-slaughter and sodomite marriage is certainly a Christian? If Senator Obama is a Christian, Robert Mugabe is born again and Jean Paul Sartre was a strict subscriptionist Presbyterian pastor.
by David and Tim Bayly on January 21, 2009 - 5:04pm
(Tim; pic by Perry Reichanadter/Genesis Photos) The music critic of World magazine, Arsenio Orteza, just wrote a fine short profile of Dr. David Canfield, one of the elders here at Church of the Good Shepherd. Arsenio originally intended his piece to focus on David's life as a composer of classical music, but David endearingly hijacked the interview to talk about the real love of his life: ClearNote Pastors College where he serves as one of the instructors.
ClearNote Pastors College (CNPC) is a ministry of Church of the Good Shepherd under our umbrella organization, ClearNote Fellowship. In addition to CNPC, ClearNote Fellowship oversees our support of foreign mission work, the composition and recording of music by Good Shepherd Band, the curriculum, pamplets, and books we're hoping to produce; and the planting of churches by CNPC graduates.
Christ the Word in Toledo, Ohio--the congregation served by my brother, David--has a similar ministry called Reformed Evangelical Pastors College. As sister churches, we do the largest part of the administration and instruction at both colleges together. We have had great success using a Polycom videoconferencing system for virtual classroom instruction and our principals, Andrew Dionne at REPC and Stephen Baker here at CNPC, work closely together on curriculum and schedules.
(Tim, w/thanks to the godly mothers of Church of the Good Shepherd) We offer several classes Lord's Day mornings in between two worship services. One on childrearing is taught by Pastor Stephen Baker.
Being the father of five sons, Stephen asked if I'd come into his class for a week and teach on raising daughters. In preparation, I asked Mary Lee to write down some of her thoughts. She, in turn, wrote a couple women of our church (including our daughters) asking for their thoughts...
(Tim, w/thanks to the godly mothers, daughters, and wives of Church of the Good Shepherd who obey Titus 2) This is the second installment in a series of e-mails I received from several women of our congregation advising me what to say on the subject of raising daughters to a class on childrearing held here at CGS.
* * *
Girls need both a mother and a father actively involved in their lives. Dads are immensely important in raising young women. A young woman ought to feel so securely loved by her father that she does not need to prematurely seek the affection of a boy. This means dad needs to give his daughter plenty of time, attention, and hugs. From how her dad treats her mom, she will learn what to expect from her future husband. If the daughter learns to respectfully submit to her father's care and instruction, it will be easier for her to lovingly, respectfully submit to her future husband.
Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
(Tim) Ministering in a university community clarifies the real faith of Christians. If the altar we place our money and children on indicates anything, our help is in education, degrees, and the Academy--not the Name of the Lord.
The Holy Spirit says, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be, also."
Before she walks across the platform, we (along with taxpayers and rich donors) will have spent enough on our daughter's college degree to go a long way toward buying her a nice starter home. Unite two of our children in holy matrimony and the total spent on both of them for their undergrad and graduate degrees quite often exceeds $100,000. One couple from our church had a combined total of $450,000 in undergrad and graduate loans (admittedly, the highest I've come across), and another couple my wife and I were talking with this past week had $160,000 (quite normal).
Soon after entering the ministry, I was listening to one of those endless discussions concerning denominational identity we've all sat through, and I remember hearing a mainline PC(USA) leader adamantly state that the reason for the existence of Presbyterianism was...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 30, 2009 - 7:07am
(Tim, w/thanks to David W.) Breathlessly, the BBC reports our latest neuroscience findings. (By the way, keep track of that whole neuro thing. It's hot and will soon explain everything as a simple question of brain waves. Including theology.)
Brilliant neuroscience researchers have poked around in the electrical brain activity of their subjects' noggins watching for the differences between men and women when subjects were presented with images of, for instance, danger. Turns out...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 31, 2009 - 4:52pm
(Tim) My friend Bob Patterson forwarded a pre-release copy of the Winter 2010 issue of The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy which he edits, and it's the point of this essay to get you to subscribe. For many years I've been reading this and other publications of what is now called the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, and they've been foundational to my work as a preacher, pastor, and father.
This particular issue's cover article details how, over the past thirty years, homemakers have been forced to subsidize the lives of privilege lived by other women who have forsaken marriage, the home, and childbearing for degrees and professions.
Professional women with salaries high enough to allow them to pay for day care and still turn a profit have not simply been content to leave their homemaking sisters behind, but have built their lifestyle on the backs of those sisters and their hardworking husbands. To anyone who matters, these homemakers are invisible.
Equal Employment Opportunity laws have piled up a legacy of systemic injustice throughout the wage earning world, leaving half the fairer and weaker sex to raise the children the other half will depend upon for their Medicare and Social Security payments when their life of childless privilege is drawing to an end. Meanwhile, the husbands of these housewives and mothers are in free-fall, trying to support the mother of their children as she gives herself to work that, despite those bright boys and girls in Economics Departments, still hasn't shown up on their gross domestic profit tally sheets...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 15, 2010 - 8:13am
"Don McLeroy, a small, vigorous man with a shiny pate and bristling
mustache, proposed amendment after amendment on social issues to the
document that teams of professional educators had drawn up over 12
months, in what would have to be described as a single-handed display of
archconservative political strong-arming." -read more of the New York Times piece, "How Christian Were the Founders?"
(Tim) How dare that small vigorous man whoop up on those teams of professional educators who had worked so long and hard to produce a document that did such an excellent job of promoting the established state religion. Educators shouldn't have to be subjected to such benighted individuals.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. (Matthew 11:25, 26).
(Tim, w/thanks to The Story Behind the Story) Several have pointed me to news items about Wheaton College, recently. The school's about to get a new president. And when a college changes presidents, it's big news. The occasion provides wonderful opportunities for journalists to sell words and profs needing to get it off their chests to pontificate on how indispensable they are and how stupid the trustees are for not consulting them and doing what they want. So with a bunch of Wheaton profs huffing and puffing, it's clear the future of everything most precious is at stake.
During the lead-up to the trustees' announcement of the next Wheaton president, a recent grad wrote a piece that was purchased by Christianity Today's Books and Culture. The piece whined about the previous president's "magisterial" leadership (not a compliment) and ran comments by dyspeptic faculty members licking their wounds over the long years of horrible authoritarianism they've suffered under the current president, Duane Litfin, and his storm-trooper henchman, Stan Jones.
Trace it all back to seventeen years ago when Wheaton's trustees broke the heart of evangelicalism's uber-intellectual, Mark Noll, by choosing a Memphis pastor as their president when Noll had been lobbying for his dear friend and fellow historian, Nathan Hatch. This dust-up had the not-altogether negative result of Noll issuing his very personal payback, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind; which in turn had the not-altogether negative result of making Noll rich off royalties and helping him with the price of a ticket out of Wheaton to that distinctly non-magisterial Roman Catholic school in northern Indiana called Notre Dame. Some may remember that in The Scandal..., Noll complained evangelical schools work their profs so hard, teaching, they don't have time to do research. Now though, on his profile page at Notre Dame, Noll is happy to inform us he "looks forward to concentrating on fewer subjects." So all's well that ends well.
Back then to the present where, almost two decades after their last hire, Wheaton's trustees were poised to celebrate 150 years with their announcment.
But what about this article about to appear in Books and Culture? Could they allow CTi to run it? Was it really helpful?
Actually not. It was hurtful. It would rein in their parade.
(Tim) Over at ClearNote Blog, my number two daughter, Michal Louise Crum, has people gasping for breath with her modest proposal that a college education isn't a prerequisite for godliness or contentment. Poor benighted Michal, barefoot but not pregnant. The most intense hissy fits are over at the bump: the inside scoop on pregnancy. Take a gander.
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) One more bit of evidence Calvinists are so busy defending the spirituality of the Church that only Roman Catholics have courage or interesting proposals for cultural reform. Check out this piece from InsideCatholic.com by Anthony Esolen titled, "Brothers, Sing On," arguing for single-sex education.
(Tim, w/thanks to Scott) If our good readers are interested in the news that's fit to print here in Bloomington, check out this series of articles from the Indiana University newspaper, Indiana Daily Student. Here are your tax dollars at work, destroying our state's children as they take their first steps away from their fathers and mothers. (First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth.)
"In Fortress Home School, the mother contends with her older boys. No
matter who prevails, this contest has no winners. The mother risks
overpowering her son or ending every day in frustration and bitterness."
(Tim) Several families here in Church of the Good Shepherd have been working together to found a Christian school that honors God by being led and substantively taught by the fathers of the household. This school also is committed to teaching the doctrines of Scripture that are avoided by mainstream Christian schools who must not provide any instruction that might appear sectarian.
This past week, I was speaking with one of the fathers and he told me of an e-mail written by another father and circulated among the board members of this school that had inspired him. I asked for a copy and if I could post it here on Baylyblog...
(Tim) One of our Homeschooling couples was leaving church last Sunday morning and someone saw they were having an unusual moment of levity and he snapped this pic. At first when I saw it I thought the husband was pregnant, but then I realized he's just fat.
Sadly, this wonderful couple's tried and tried to open up their home for ministry, but every time they've invited someone over for one of their lutefisk dinners, they get turned down. It makes them very sad.
We think the people turning down their invitations do so at least partly because of their weird dress, but really it's not any weirder than the Pentecostals or Gothardites. If you have any suggestions, please send them to me privately. Thanks.
the center of her post were three questions she recommended to her
readers in connection with the decision whether or not to go to college:
What is the purpose? What is this education preparing me for?
What are my motives? Am I pursuing education for the sake of
education itself, a profession, money, status, the glory of God?
How much will it cost? Is it a wise investment of time, money, and
energy? If God leads me in a different direction two years down the
road, will the debt incurred prevent me from obeying God’s call?
Pretty calm, huh? It's hard to imagine these questions eliciting
screeches and howls--from women who claim the Name of Christ no less.
But elicit they did. May I say how much I admire the women of our
congregation? If you read the comments under Michal's post, you'll
better understand why. For one thing, what grace under fire!
So what about ye olde college education?
I've read all the screeches and howls, and this is by far my favorite...
by David and Tim Bayly on October 25, 2010 - 10:58am
(Tim) A couple days ago, I posted concerning an oped written by a friend of mine dealing with problems with homeschools, and my friend's suggestion that it would help for state authorities to take more authority over them.
Saturday, I spoke with my friend, Pastor Tom Stein of Richmond, Indiana. We had a good conversation. Afterwards, he forwarded this e-mail he's sent to those who wrote to complain about his column. I post it here because I think his response is good.
Tom and I still disagree over the role Covenant Seminary may or may not have had in what he proposed. Yet we've both heard one another's arguments, so misunderstanding is not the source of our disagreement.
Anyhow, I thought you'd all want to read his e-mail...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 10, 2010 - 1:05pm
(Tim) Yesterday, in the name of teaching normal students how to avoid making students committed to sexual perversion feel bad about their perversion, the young men and women at Bloomington High School North were required to watch a movie that promoted bestiality. In that movie, young perverts complained about how hard it is to be committed to bestiality when normal boys and girls act squeamish about it. They can't change the way they feel about animals, they said, so why can't other boys and girls get over it and learn to accept their unique sexual identity?
Of course, the reason perverts feel bad about themselves is that, even with the help of teachers and school counselors, we have a tough time silencing our consciences. When we give ourselves to sexual immorality, inevitably it takes a toll on us, particularly when we're young and still feel our guilt acutely. When those tempted by bestiality give in to their perversion, depression sets in. Inevitably, depression sometimes leads to suicide.
To fault those normal souls who fight against that same perversion by avoiding the sin and those who advocate it is to blame the victim. The perversion should never be mentioned in public, nor should any boy or girl be able to parade that perversion among our children through wicked and destructive conversations, clothing, or other stylistic signatures associated with bestiality. It's time for the school systems paid for with our tax dollars to stop bullyng our children in the name of tolerance. We don't pay taxes to have bestiality shoved down our sons and daughter's throats...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 18, 2010 - 5:58am
(Tim, w/thanks to Ethan) The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a profile of a man who earns his living writing papers for students. He earns more than $60,000 a year and has this to say about his clients who are seminary students:
I do a lot of work for seminary students. I like seminary students. They seem so blissfully unaware of the inherent contradiction in paying somebody to help them cheat in courses that are largely about walking in the light of God and providing an ethical model for others to follow. I have been commissioned to write many a passionate condemnation of America's moral decay as exemplified by abortion, gay marriage, or the teaching of evolution. All in all, we may presume that clerical authorities see these as a greater threat than the plagiarism committed by the future frocked.
This biography is a parable of the dangers of seeking the approval of the world. Didn’t our Lord say, “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Mk 8:36). Yet this is what Ladd sought, and along the way he lost his soul. He was one of the most respected evangelical Bible teachers of the mid-twentieth century. Nobody from my generation can teach on the kingdom of God and not quote George Ladd. Yet he craved the acceptance of the world and, when he did not attain it, his life fell apart. Didn’t the Apostle write, “The mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so” (Rom 8:7). The world will never accept us. It can’t.
Ladd became a Christian as a young man, sensed a call to the Christian ministry, trained at Gordon College and then entered the pastorate. Somewhere along the way, he changed direction and began to pursue further education so that he could do scholarly work on the Bible...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 4, 2011 - 6:21am
(Tim: under an earlier post, I responded to a dear brother who asked the same question we all have--namely, isn't being fruitful and multiplying more an Old Testament than a New Testatment command?)
Dear Brother, don't be dismayed. About 99.999% of Reformed officers in America today--in fact, 99.99% of any Reformed officers since Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) engaged in civil disobedience and got the Supreme Court of these United States to reverse our nation's Comstock laws last century--have believed what you articulate. Here's a more crass way of puting it:
We've been fruitful, so let go of this Old Testament patriarchal take-woman-into-the cave-and-have-your-way-with-her neanderthal mindset. It's so demeaning to women. Haven't they suffered enough already? Do they have to spend their lives at home making babies, cooking, and changing diapers? Would any servant leader do that to his wife?
Please don't be offended. I know this is not how you put it. But having known and loved many Reformed officers over the years, this is a pretty accurate summary of the state of our obedience. We've evolved. We've learned scientific truths the Reformers didn't know. We need to focus on the quality--not the quantity--of our childrearing. We need to educate our daughters as well as our sons, and give them a chance to live...
(Tim) Dear readers, don't miss the straightforward lessons these Democrats from Wisconsin and Indiana are teaching us right now.
When push comes to shove, have no doubt that being a Democrat is what matters to them--including Representative Peggy Welch of Bloomington. Have no doubt, either, that Democrats always fight for more money for public school teachers and other government employees. Public school teachers provide the votes that put the Democratic Party in office.
In fact, a good way to think of the Democratic Party is the party of death that lives off the votes of public school teachers who elect Democrat representatives with the understanding that their Democrat representatives will give them more money...
(Tim, w/thanks to Doug) The basketball team of Brigham Young University was ranked third in the nation heading into March Madness when one of its stars was removed from the lineup for the sin of fornication. He is repentant and has accepted the discipline, but with their star gone for the rest of the year, the team's losing.
As a former jock and Taylor University grad pointed out to me in an e-mail, such a witness from an Evangelical college is unlikely.
(Tim) Many of us at ClearNote Church have cast our votes for Representative Peggy Welch. Speaking personally, I have myself. These past few weeks, Rep. Welch has utterly failed the children of the state of Indiana.
But what about our children? Rep. Welch tells us she cares for our children but she's utterly failed them, recently--and not only by opposing the reform of government schools.
While Representative Welch has been refusing to go to work at the Statehouse, House Bill 1205 seeking to take money away from our state's largest baby-slaughterer, Planned Parenthood, failed for lack of a quorom. This was Representative Welch's doing. The bill had made it out of committee and was ready for passage, but Representative Welch and her fellow Democrats cared more about opposing the Governor's reform of government schools than...
by David and Tim Bayly on March 28, 2011 - 11:30am
(Tim) When I was younger, I used to say the homeschooling movement was one of the most encouraging signs in America, today.
Government has no business engaging in religious instruction, yet public schools do almost nothing else. Through the training and certification of government school teachers, education's oligarchs rule public schools with an iron fist and they are determined to wrest the minds and hearts of children away from their fathers.
My parents graduated from Wheaton College back in the forties and one of their friends went to Columbia University to get his doctorate. He reported Columbia's faculty and grad students were committed to using government schools to foment rebellion in the home, telling of a party in celebration of John Dewey's ninetieth birthday at which faculty and grad students discussed the utility of government schools for undermining parents' efforts to pass their religious commitments on to their sons and daughters. Their plan was simple: they would train public school teachers to serve as front-line missionaries for the godless paganism sold to the parents of government schoolchildren as "separation of church and state."
This and other things led to my parents working with several couples to start a new Christian school outside Philadelphia called Delaware Country Christian School. Mary Lee and I followed in their footsteps, joining with a few couples here in Bloomington to start Lighhouse Christian Academy. Before we finish educating our children we'll have used Christian schools, a Christian college, a public university, a secular college, public schools, home school, and a home school co-op.
by David and Tim Bayly on December 8, 2011 - 4:08am
As the Obama administration works to advance the wickedness of homosexuality around the world, the gay battle against God and His Word progresses at home.
Into this battle this week stepped a thoughtful and talented young woman who attends Christ the Word's youth group. Asked to provide her thoughts on homosexuality for a views page in her high school newspaper she wrote:
"Hearing about an individual choosing the way of homosexuality is disappointing. They have given in to the temptation to sin. Am I afraid of the person because of this choice? No. Do I hate the person because they have chosen to give in to a sin? Of course not. Christians are called to love others, even our enemies. I would not love a person any less for the reason of a sin they are committing. Fact is, we all sin and have struggles of our own, whether they are big or tiny, and it makes no difference to God. What makes the difference is overcoming the sin.
by David and Tim Bayly on December 10, 2011 - 7:08am
Want a job? Want a career? For quite a while, my son-in-law, Lucas Weeks, has been saying Drupal is a good horse to ride. He's right.
All ClearNote sites were built with Drupal and son Joseph has been working with Lucas doing Drupal programming for several years. Understanding my bias, I don't hesitate to say that they're quite good.
Learning to code in Drupal is a lot cheaper than a college degree. Of course, you must be able to think logically and to work very hard. And of course, you must be able to resist the sins of the web. (TB)
by David and Tim Bayly on December 27, 2011 - 12:11pm
See what just entered my e-mail inbox. It's Wheaton College pleading for even more money. They say their president, Phil Ryken, is convinced Wheaton is "positioned to serve as an increasingly vital base of operations for the global dissemination of the Gospel."
Yes, yes; of course. Everywhere I look, one more sign of Wheaton's service as an increasingly vital base of operations for the global dissemination of the Gospel smacks me in the face. Like this alumnus, Rob Bell. Surely we all see how the degree Bell bought from Wheaton's profs is the foundation of his creation of an increasingly vital base of operations for the global dissemination of the Gospel? If I were Dick Chase or Duane Litfin, I'd be thumping my chest in pride.
Ryken's hucksterism reminds me of Richard Lovelace returning to campus from an invitation-only meeting of PC(USA) liberal and conservative muckety-mucks back in 1982 or so...
by David and Tim Bayly on January 24, 2012 - 3:31am
One reader sent an e-mail reporting he couldn't find the Shaw quote on corporal punishment mentioned in an earlier post. He's right. I've looked for it several times through the years and couldn't find it either. Sorry. Still, I distinctly remember reading it about thirty years ago and I'm convinced it was Shaw, so that's how I report it.
Anyhow, in looking for that quote this reader came across another he forwarded...
(TB: Under another post, a Christian sister we've come to respect has asked a series of questions I make a stab at answering below. For the context of her questions please look at comment number thirteen under the above post. First her comment in full, followed by my responses quoting part of each numbered item in what she wrote.)
I mean this as an honest comment/question, not a baiting or critical one.
First, I was taught to believe that a wife must submit to her husband and a husband must love his wife as Christ loves the Church. A wife is not a doormat, nor is a husband is a tyrant. Furthermore, a couple will work out a balance of this principle in their marriage that is Biblical and fits their personalities and won't look the same for every couple. I assume you would generally agree with that.
(TB: This post is submitted by a calm and reasonable man who is himself the product of a large public research institution's school of law.)
As if breathing the breath that comes from their Heavenly Father’s hand weren’t enough, as if the fruit of the Holy Spirit and centuries of Christian spiritual capital deposited into education weren’t enough, Vanderbilt University leadership takes money from Christians hand over fist and then gags the Christian conscience. The money I’m talking about isn’t tuition paid by Baptist or Episcopalian students. It’s the nearly half billion dollars of federal money that Vanderbilt has steam-shoveled into its coffers. In 2009 alone. Vanderbilt even brags that it broke the Top 25 varsity ranking in its haul of federal collegiate pork. You can find more details on the webpage maintained by Vanderbilt’s “Office of Federal Relations.” Some relations.
So why is federal largesse (i.e., tax receipts and U.S. sovereign debt) Christian money? The vast majority of Americans who pay federal income, capital gains, excise, and a motley assortment of other federal taxes identify themselves as Christians. Further, it’s likely that our descendants...
From our public education correspondent, this heads-up. And this one. And this one. When we read of "bullying," keep in mind that educational apparatchiks know no difference between bullying and shaming. Sadly, Christians long ago gave up on shaming as a tool of protection of immortal souls. But shaming is not dead. The shaming of the Christian conscience still works just fine. (TB, w/thanks to...)
Not just educational apparatchiks, but Russel Moore. For an earned doctorate Christian spokesman to fail to distinguish between condemnation and shame and bullying in an article like this is an indication of not yet being ready for prime time. Or rather, of allowing prime time's baubles to get to you.
Tell me, good Russell, precisely what sorts of things do you think Christian students should say about sodomy on public campuses? Or is the very name 'Sodomite" off limits because it hurts? Is it "rhetorical pornography?"
Although our good Gov. Mitch Daniels endorsed him, I'm pleased Senator Richard Lugar lost the primary last night. It was time for new leadership.
Speaking of new leadership, the PCA's Covenant Theological Seminary has moved former president Bryan Chapell over to the position of Chancellor and is searching for a new president. You can count on Bryan's stint as Chancellor being quite short before he moves on to another institution.
Sadly, I fear this leadership change has strengthened the hand of Covenant's faculty...
They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially... - Jeremiah 8:11a
E-mail has been low in my priorities recently, so I didn't read this or post it on Veteran's Day. But it's worth posting now. The writer, Jeff Ewer, is an elder of Clearnote Church, Bloomington who served in our Armed Forces when he was a younger man. His comments here on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are helpful and they apply to a host of issues where we neglect the soul and the Law of God and thereby fail to comfort the afflicted. And I say "we" because this failure is as common in the Reformed church as it is among other Christians. Warren Kinghorn, the writer of the USA Today article Jeff links to, ends his piece:
Veterans need a civilian culture that refuses to distance itself from them either through reflexive condemnation or, more commonly, through reflexive valorization. Sometimes, they need communities that can offer the non-medical languages of confession, repentance and forgiveness. And above all, they need to be taken seriously as moral beings who have stood for us in hazy and complicated places and who now bear witness to what that commitment entails.
In the Reformed church, it's usually "reflexive valorization;" I know that's a good characterization of my own care for these men. We must do better, providing them care that applies the Word of God to their killing and probes and welcomes their confessions of sin.
This article is also most helpful in our work exposing and ending child molestation and incest.
My wife and I spent most of the past week out of state working with the elders and pastor of a PCA congregation dealing with sins of incest in a large homeschooling family. Much like war, the horror of incest conspires to silence the application of God's Word to the sinners and victims...
As expected, Brian Chapell will be leaving Covenant Seminary. This coming Lord's Day he plans to be voted on as the new pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Grace is one of the few tall-steeple PCA churches north of the Mason-Dixon line and Brian's roots are deep in Illinois, so this seems a good fit.
Much like Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, historically Grace has been a mainline Evangelical church with roots deep in the sort of Reformed dispensationalism popularized by Wheaton, Moody, and Campus Crusade. For forty years Grace was served by Wheaton grad Bruce Dunn who spoke regularly at Winona Lake, Bibletown (Boca Raton), Cannon Beach (Oregon), Moody Founders Week, Moody Keswick, and prophecy conferences.
Which brings us to the subject of dead and dying institutions...
Close to ten years ago, I was speaking with a brother much respected across the PCA to express my concerns over Covenant Seminary's toxic influence. What I saw of Covenant grads, I said, had convinced me Covenant would preside over the death of the PCA, and the only way to turn it around...
We keep our eye on links to Baylyblog. Recently, a gab-site called The Well-Trained Mind Community resurrected an old Baylyblog post and asked its members for their thoughts. It's worth pointing out the post was not written by David, me, or any other pastor. The post is the work of an elder of Clearnote Church who is a founding board member of a ministry of Clearnote Church, Bloomington, called Bloomington Christian Schoolhouse.
I don't know if I've ever done this before but I'm notifying readers of the discussion and linking
This was population control on blacks and Latinos without our knowledge. - Mona Davis, president of NYC Parents Union
A new king came to rule over Egypt who "knew not Joseph." Looking at the fruitfulness of the Hebrews, mortal dread came over him. They'll join our enemies and fight against us. They'll take away our prosperity.
So, like bloodthirsty Herod who slaughtered the infants of Bethlehem, Pharaoh commanded the death of all male Hebrew babies. At first he put the onus on the Hebrew midwives, telling them when they attended births to kill every little boy. The midwives feared God and disobeyed Pharaoh, so "God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very mighty."
Pharaoh then commanded the people themselves to cast every male Hebrew baby into the Nile. It's noteworthy that in the sermon Stephen preached that led to his death at the hands of the Jews, he told the story of the faithlessness of God's people from the patriarchs on, including this recounting of the Hebrews under Pharaoh exposing their infant sons...
Speaking of subsidiarity (I'm a fan), we are privileged to have a faithful public servant holding the office of Governor for the next four years. Just now Governor Pence issued this press release commending the just-issued unanimous decision of the Indiana Supreme Court upholding school choice:
Indianapolis - Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement regarding the Indiana Supreme Court's decision on school choice this morning.
"I welcome the Indiana Supreme Court's decision to uphold Indiana's school choice program. I have long believed that parents should be able to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income. Now that the Indiana Supreme Court has unanimously upheld this important program, we must continue to find ways to expand educational opportunities for all Indiana families."
Sons want structure and authority. They rebel against parents who don't provide them. And do I really have to say that by "structure and authority" I'm not talking about haranguing, berating, demeaning, or beating our sons? Abuse destroys structure and authority.
Here's a helpful article outlining the difference between the diagnosis and treatment of undisciplined behavior in these United States and France.