by David and Tim Bayly on August 20, 2007 - 6:32am
(by Tim) From the ListServe of the American Dialect Society, a page of Hoosierisms that, in passing, provide a little help for those of us who wish a certain city would follow Indy's lead and change their name to Cincy:
Cin, Cinn, A needle and a pin, A skinny and a fatty; And that's the way to spell Cincinnati.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 27, 2007 - 5:23pm
(by Tim) Caught some of today's Focus on the Family broadcast in which Jim Dobson interviewed Bruce Wilkinson--he of Prayer of Jabez fame--on family devotions. It was the first of a two-part series and well worth every father and mother catching tomorrow, and ordering the MP3 of today's program if they missed today's segment.
Interestingly, Jim Dobson asked Bruce Wilkinson if he thought it was a "sin" to neglect family devotions and Wilkinson said "Yes." I was amazed and pleased. (And yes, I find it hard to do this with conisistency, myself.)
Dobson's sidekick told listeners that this two-part series is one of the most frequently requested programs Focus on the Family has ever done. Then he said it was originally recorded and broadcast in the mid eighties. Makes sense, doesn't it?
It's hard to express the deep appreciation I've had for Jim Dobson through the years, and now I have another reason. Yes, he's wrong on some important things, but he's right on so many, many other things. Plus, he's had a backbone of steel in standing for God's truth in an evil day. Thank God for Jim Dobson!
Again, let me commend the work and publications of the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society. Can't recommend them highly enough for pastors, Titus 2 women, deacons, and elders--not to mention thoughtful believers who are committed to reading the signs of the times at least as well as they read the clouds. As I said earlier, two of their publications I've read for years are Family in America and New Research. In the earlier post I didn't explain the process of subscribing well enough so here's a better explanation...
by David and Tim Bayly on April 30, 2008 - 12:53pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Jeff) Have I ever said anything about commentaries? Sure, but I'll have another hack at it.
When I left seminary, we had no money, so book purchases were mostly from used bookstores and resale shops. But I felt the need to have something "substantial" on at least one of the Gospels, so I took everyone's advice and spent about 40 of our limited dollars on I. Howard Marshall's commentary on Luke. "Stupendous example of evangelical scholarship at its very best" they all said, and I took the bait.
We moved to Pardeeville and I began preaching. Immediately, I looked for an occasion to use my most-excellent new tool and it wasn't long in coming. Choosing a text in Luke, I opened Marshall and...
Teach the men and boys of your church how to wear a hat, but also how and when not to. And despite the howlers buried in this guide to hat etiquette, it's a good place to start. But I'm sure Mike McMillan will pick it up from here...
Register now for the Christ Church Ministerial Conference on Father Hunger October 16 & 17 in Houston, Texas. The conference is aimed at pastors, elders, deacons, and those aspiring to the work of these offices. David and I attended the conference last year and greatly appreciated it. We hope we'll see you there. (From time to time, I'll put this ad back up on the top of the page, so please look below to see if there are other more recent posts. Thanks.)
(Tim) One news source worth checking out because it isn't dependent on denominational money and the approval of denominational leaders for its existence is Dominic Aquila's eponymous Aquila Report. And concerning the PCA and woman deacons, here's a good article from Aquila Report summarizing this past assembly's actions on the matter.
Also from Aquila Report, here's an article reporting on the actions taken by my own Ohio Valley Presbytery concerning Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis in the matter of their practice of woman deacons. Here is most of the text of the recommendations made by a committee that had been appointed by presbytery to deal with this matter. These recommendations were adopted by Ohio Valley Presbytery...
(Tim, w/thanks to David) Well actually, I don't know his name, but he caused Sodomite Gene Robinson's sermon in an Anglican church in England to grind to a halt by calling the bad Bishop to "Repent! Repent! Repent! I stand on the Word of God! Repent!" (See link below.)
Why is this wicked Episcopal bishop over in England preaching just now?
Archbishop Rowan Williams is presiding over the once-a-decade Anglican meeting of bishops known as the Lambeth Conference held in Canterbury. He's invited almost all the 800 Anglican bishops worldwide. Only a few were barred from attending. One of them--the most significant one--is Bishop Gene Robinson who the United States Anglican communion known as the Episcopal Church elevated to the bishopric despite his being an unrepentant sodomite. After his elevation, the first person to greet him in the chancel area as a part of the liturgy was his sodomite lover, followed by his ex-wife and two adult daughters.
Trouble is, by far the largest part of the Anglican communion today is in the Southern Hemisphere and, being somewhat backward, African and Central and South American, and even Australian, bishops and archbishops are scandalized by this heresy and threatening or carrying out schism. (Well, actually, not schism; it's impossible to be guilty of schism when you're separating from those who bless sodomy and elevate sodomites into the bishopric. Really, it's church discipline, but from the bottom up which is not the way things ordinarily are supposed to go.)
But back to the Archbishop of Canterbury His Grace Dr. Rowan Williams. He's in an awkward position...
(Tim) If, like my wife and me, you don't appreciate sales calls at dinner time, here's a government site you can use to register your phones so you never get sales calls again at those numbers. Mary Lee and I registered about two years ago. Since then, dinner time's been blissful.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 29, 2008 - 11:10am
(Tim) If you're like me, you sit at your desk listening to music from your iTunes queue. And you don't really want to use your computer's pathetic speakers because they have no midrange or bass and their high end sounds like fingernails scratching chalkboard. But you don't really want to use those cheap plastic jobbies you can get for $15, either, because they're only slightly better.
On the other hand, you're not going to reproduce your living room's sound system because that would be extravagant. So most of us settle with really bad sound for most of the hours we listen to music each day, and we been in this rut for years.
The conference is aimed at pastors, elders, deacons, and those aspiring to the work of these offices. David and I attended the conference last year and greatly appreciated it. We hope we'll see you there.
by David and Tim Bayly on November 13, 2008 - 6:03am
(Tim) Since the election, I've boycotted the news, and my family will be skipping January's investiture or ordination or coronation or divination--whatever it's called. But what to think and feel? Balking at the idolatry is not faith and prayer.
Then, this morning, I read Kyriosity, the blog of our esteemed sister Valerie, and here's what she had to say...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 26, 2008 - 10:30am
(Tim) On Thanksgiving, my sorrow over the absence of our brother, Nathan, is most acute. Food and table fellowship were Nathan's specialty.
In his home, I envied his ability to host a meal. Whether lunch or dinner, his enjoyment of his wife, Sandy, their children, the food, the sunshine streaming through their dining room windows, music, and you, his guests, was contagious. He was a gentleman so he told merry jokes. Just before the meal, Nathan clucked over the table, finished off the iced tea, chose the music (usually baroque brass leading up to the meal and something quieter while we sat and talked), took taste tests, spiced up this or that dish, kissed Sandy--oh the Christian joy!
Thanksgivings, too, were the day each year that Nathan pulled out his soapstones and sharpened the knives of whatever home we'd gathered in. He'd work on them in the kitchen. Were they sharp enough, yet? The test was shaving hair off the forearm or a clean vertical cut down through a piece of paper, leaving no ragged edges. (Here's a great account of the growing custom knife business.)
Then it was off to manhandle the turkey. Men do it in our family, but not because we don't cook. Nathan and Dad were both superb cooks, but regardless of the sex of the chefs, carving the turkey was man's work. (Here's a short video on carving the turkey--thanks, Jake.)
Speaking of carving the turkey, back in time to our childhood home for a minute or two. Mud and Dad always had a ton of people for Thanksgiving...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 29, 2008 - 12:13pm
(Tim) A few weeks ago, David and I attended the national assembly of the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches. The CREC meets every three years so this was a special occasion. Among other things, the denomination multiplied from two to seven presbyteries this year. God is blessing the work and David and I both greatly enjoyed our fellowship with the men and women there.
What did we enjoy? Well, any list is somewhat arbitrary, but for starters, the directness of communication. There were no Emergent ear-tickler types, so declarative statements were very much in order and welcomed. When disagreements surfaced, they were dealt with forthrightly. Men spoke their minds without acrimony or petulance. Passive-aggressiveness didn't show its face.
Scripture was honored by being used to support particular positions. Church fathers, catechisms, and confessions were cited regularly, too, but in a way that demonstrated they were subordinate standards--subordinate to the Word of God, that is. The singing was robust--even loud. The "Amens" were almost shouted.
David and I had several conversations with Federal Vision men...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 5, 2009 - 11:58am
(Tim) Starting tomorrow night, Friday, February 6th, Church of the Good Shepherd is sponsoring the Ted Tripp seminar, Instructing a Child's Heart (those are two of our grandchildren, Josiah and Bayly--aren't they perfect?). The seminar begins with registration Friday night from 6:30 to 7 PM, followed by the first teaching session from 7 to 8 PM and the second from 8:15 to 9:15 PM.
Saturday morning, there's a Continental Breakfast from 8:30 to 9 AM, then three sessions with the first beginning at 9 AM and the last ending at 12:30 PM.
Here are directions to the church: Church of the Good Shepherd is about three minutes west of Indiana 37, just off Highway 45 (Second Street). Come into Bloomington on Indiana 37, exit 37 at the Indiana 45/Second Street Exit. Go west, past Sam's Club, then the Super WalMart, then the BP Station (all on your left), until you you come to the light at Airport Road. Turn right on Airport Road and go about one hundred yards to Endwright Road. Turn right on Endwright Road and go about a quarter mile to the entrance to CGS on your right.
Walk-ins are welcome, so come join us! Childcare will be provided. You'll be glad you took the time to become a better Dad or Mom.
And if you stay for worship Sunday morning, I'd love to meet you afterwards. Please introduce yourself.
by David and Tim Bayly on February 6, 2009 - 12:58pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Taylor) Pastors and elders, take a lesson from Peyton Manning. Sit down at your desk and write a thank you letter to your most helpful elder. To your pastor. To the wisest "older woman" or the most weary single mother in your flock.
by David and Tim Bayly on February 9, 2009 - 9:26am
(Tim) No links to Rob Bell's schlock, the deep and sensitive thoughts of Brian McLaren, the Christian Medical and Dental Society, Talbot Seminary's groundbreaking ethics and public policy think tank, faculty members at Wheaton College, or CTi journalists on this site. Ron Sider and Jim Wallis haven't made an appearance just yet--nor their "me too" buddy, Al Gore. There's been no sighting of Niel Nielson or Bryan Chapell--nor any of
their professors, for that matter. In fact, no sign of anyone in the Presbyterian Church
by David and Tim Bayly on February 11, 2009 - 6:56am
(Tim, w/thanks to Jake) For a number of years, Yale's been hard at it putting the works of Jonathan Edwards online, freely available for hoi polloi who can no longer afford the critical edition now running around $110 per volume
. It's an ill wind that blows nobody some good, though, and I suspect the high price of the hard copies is part of the reason all of us are now able to search the volumes online. So I'm happy.
Don't allow anyone else to give your Edwards to you. When I was at seminary in New England, I took a course in Edwards' works under Richard Lovelace. One night (it was a small evening seminar), I well remember coming to the session with great anticipation, having read a good portion of Edward's harder truths that week. But then, Dr. Lovelace started the class with a statement to the effect that "Here, Edwards goes a little bit off the deep edge, engaging in his well-known penchant for negativity."
Yes, yes; that's the problem with Edwards. He's so negative you get an ulcer reading him. What we need today is something positive that people can relate to; something that will give people hope and not lead them into despair.
Well, if you've read Edwards, you know that there are few men in the history of the Church who are more...
(Tim) This past Lord's Day, I was strengthened to sit under the preaching of God's Word done by Lucas Weeks, one of the middler year men in our ClearNote Pastors College. Lucas' sermon was titled, "We Are a Fragrance to Christ," with the text 2Corinthians 2:12-17. Download the sermon here from the iTunes store (of course, there's no cost). Then listen to it the next time you take a walk.
(Tim, w/thanks to Dominic) Yesterday, Rocky Mountain Presbtyery (PCA) adopted a resolution that makes it clear they will require men serving within their bounds to submit to Scripture and the Book of Church Order in the matter of the diaconate. Unlike the document developed and circulated around the country by those working against the Book of Church Order to seek acceptance for unordained male deacons working alongside female deacons, without sexual distinction, this document is short. It's straighforward. It's simple.
But then, obedience and submission usually are.
For the record, then, here's Rocky Mountain Presbtery's public commitment to faithful doctrine and practice...
(Tim) Through the years, I've owned more Apple computers than I can keep track of, and at least fifteen of their laptops. Some months back I traded in a 15" MacBook Pro for the then-new 13" aluminum MacBook. It's been the best laptop I've ever owned, and I say that despite being about to receive a new 13" MacBook Pro from Apple because of the problems I've been having with it. The upgrade is, of course, at no cost and you can all learn the lesson that it's dangerous to buy the first iteration of a new computer body. But fear not, my problems are not documented on the web as being shared with many others.
It scared me to go to a smaller screen but my aged eyes have not experienced any additional challenges with the 13" screen. It was worth it for the smaller footprint and (especially) lighter weight. I take the computer everywhere and my elbow is quite happy having shed the weight of the 15" Macbook Pro. So weight, speed, screen quality, keyboard, great glass trackpad, long battery life, smaller and lighter AC adapter than the MacBook Pro, extreme ease of adding RAM or switching out the hard drive, low price, all topped out with the absolutely bulletproof aluminum unibody casing; all have made me a happy camper.
First, online registration is now up and running for the Christ Church conference, Sexual Orthodoxy, to be held October 15-16 in Moscow, Idaho. Doug Wilson, Ben Merkle, and I will be addressing subjects such as: The Politics of Sodomy; Why Women Make Better Women Ministers than Men Do; The Politics of Fruitfulness; Family Government in the Church; Patriarchalism, Good and Bad; Sentimentalism and the Feminine Ethos; and Abortion: The Blood Sacrifice of Egalitarianism. Mary Lee and I hope we'll see you there!
Second, online registration is also available for another conference I'll be speaking at soon--July 10-12--here in Bloomington, Indiana. (Download the brochure.) Please make plans now to join us here in Bloomington for the ClearNote Fellowship conference, Standing in the Gap. Message titles include, Who Will Stand?; Fight or Flight--True or False Contextualization; Cheap Grace; and Worship Wars.
We plan a refreshing time of fellowship, teaching, food, and worship of our Triune God. The whole family is welcome--we'll be child-friendly as well as childcare being provided. I hope you'll register now and plan to be with us.
If you'd like more information, please feel free to e-mail (Mrs.) Ali Trout at churchoffice at shepherdchurch dot com. Or give her a call, Tuesday through Friday, at (812) 825-2684.
(Tim) Today is John Calvin's 500th birthday. We didn't plan it this way, but I can't think of a better way of celebrating this day than attending the ClearNote Fellowship conference which begins this very evening. So far, we've received registrations for about 125 adults and 60 children for Standing in the Gap. It's not too late for you to come!
Even if you're not registered, you can show up this evening from 6:30-7:00 PM when we'll have open registration. The first session, "Who Will Stand?" begins at 7:00 PM, followed by a concert.
We'll continue tomorrow (Saturday) morning with breakfast at 9:00 AM and our second session, "Fight or Flight," at 9:30.
If you have any questions, please call us at (812) 825-2684. (Download a conference brochure, here.)
(Tim) We had a good last day in DC. It started with the Giant Pandas at the zoo, then back to the Smithsonian (where we've spent most of our time) for the National Gallery of Art (Mary Lee) and the Air and Space Museum (Taylor and me). While we were in the zoo, it rained quite a bit and cooled off, afterward. Even when we got wet, it was pleasant--you know, DC in the summer. Muggy to the max.
After the museums closed, Mary Lee found us a free jazz/rockabilly concert in the Sculpture Garden and we wasted a pleasant hour, there. Then off to the Metro, but we were waylaid on the Mall by a pickup soccer game just starting. Taylor joined and, after watching for a while, Mary Lee and I left him to to meet Nick and Rebecca for dinner.
So, if you want to save money, here are some ideas for DC. First, no car. Just like London, leave your car at your hotel and ride and walk. Parking is insanely expensive and the Metro works fine. Speaking of the Metro, use a credit card and, the first time you ride, ask a Metro employee for help with the machine. That will make it easier.
For lodging (assuming you don't stay with friends or family), use Priceline and get a hotel outside the Beltway that has a free shuttle service to the Metro. Yes, I know that's not guaranteed with Priceline, but here are a few tips...
(Tim) Sometimes, David and I use this blog for in-house news distribution to our churches and church alumni. In that connection, former Assistant Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, Rob Hooper, moved to Florida several years ago so he could work alongside his Dad in their family business, Atlantic Logistics. Rob and I talk every now then. And having worked with Rob in pastoral ministry and rejoiced in his hard conscientious work, it's been no surprise to watch Atlanta Logistics grow, even this past year during our nation's economic woes.
The logistics are trucking, mostly flatbed, and the company's motto is, "We're in it for the long haul." If you know and love Rob, Katherine, and their children, you'll enjoy this picture of Rob on the company's home page, along with this recent article from the Jackson Business Journal.
So, if you hire semis to haul cargo, small or big (including oversize and Defense Department loads) anywhere in the Continental US, Canada, or Mexico, allow me to recommend you take your business to Atlanta Logistics. You'll be glad you did--no question in my mind.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 5, 2009 - 10:35am
(Tim) This post is to recommend that you become a charter subscriber to a new journal from the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society titled, The Family in America.
Over twenty years ago, now, I subscribed to a small newsletter called Religion and Society Report edited by the late Richard John Neuhaus. It was helpful to me as a young pastor, thinking through how to lead and teach my flocks to honor God in our evil day. At the time the publication was humble and helpful.
Not too long after subscribing, there was notice of a breach between the editor and publisher, along with embarrassing notes of this and that person being thrown out of the publication’s offices in New York City. Who knows what happened. Happily, though, it was an ill wind that did blow somebody some good.
Neuhaus announced he was starting a journal and offered subscriptions. I subscribed and still do (having great hope for the future under Joseph Bottum's editorship, by the way, now that Mr. Neuhaus has died). Regularly, I tell men and women seeking the terminal (not malignant, mind you) degree that they must subscribe toFirst Things if they hope to be something beyond harmless as a dove or culpably naïve in the Academy.
My pride is less that I was there at the beginning than that I financially supported a truly worthy enterprise for many years. Here we had a magazine that actually deserved support (unlike Christianity Today which has been dying the slow death of morbid obesity for decades, now).
Like the rest of us, through the years Neuhaus made his mistakes...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 5, 2009 - 12:49pm
(Tim) Dear friends of ours, Al and Amy Parker, run a business called Canoe Creations that takes families, school groups, youth groups, and others into the wilds for a trip down creeks, streams, or rivers. You can go to them or they can travel to you and use a stream or river in your area. If you've never paddled a river with the Parkers, you haven't lived.
For many years, Al worked for Indiana's Department of Natural Resources reestablishing raptors in a number of areas--most particularly Bald Eagles in the Wabash River Valley. (He also put peregrine falcons i the tops of Chicago skyscrapers in an effort to control the pigeons.) Due partly to Al's efforts, Bald Eagles have made a comeback in this area and are now predators once again, as God made them to be. You know, "nature red in tooth and claw" and all that.
A couple months ago, Lawrence Howell and I were talking on his back deck when we saw a Bald Eagle land in one of the trees by his small pond he stocks with catfish. A week or two later, the catfish were gone, thank you very much. But back to Al and his river trips...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 15, 2009 - 7:49pm
(Tim) After months of hard work, the worship musicians of Christ the Word have just finished their CD and it's ready for download! Check out Everlasting Word Band's Rise Up, O Just One, then pass the word!
Let us know what you think on Everlasting Word Band's Facebook page. And make plans now to be there for the September 4th CD release concert in Toledo.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 31, 2009 - 7:12am
(Tim) We've been in our new church-house for over a year, now, and I'm grateful to the Lord for several things about our move to this new location and this home He has provided our congregation.
First, I'm grateful He kept us from building on the site where we'd planned and broken ground for a costly architectural beauty. It was to be situated on Bloomington's southeast side where we'd purchased one of the most scenic pieces of real estate within city limits. We'd received the city's approval and seen tossed out of court a lawsuit brought by the wealthy neighbors whose homes were perched on two ridges adjoining our thirty acres of woods, a creek, and a beautiful meadow. Every obstacle seemed to have been cleared.
The work of the engineering and architectural firms was largely complete and we'd held our groundbreaking ceremony. Then, the Lord intervened, and within a short time we'd sold the property and purchased new acreage out on the city's west side. Why?
by David and Tim Bayly on September 24, 2009 - 8:29am
(Tim) If you're looking for excellent furnishings for your sanctuary or
classrooms and you want to get them at rock-bottom prices, here's a
bought our chairs from Save Your Church Money, a business started by
Pastor George Kreger who serves New Hope Community Church in Bryan,
Ohio. George and my brother, David, are longtime friends and David
suggested we get in touch with George.
And now, a couple years later, we are as
pleased as we can be with our chairs. They're very comfortable. But as
an old church custodian, I'm most impressed by how well they stack and
what a small space they fit into...
by David and Tim Bayly on October 2, 2009 - 8:28am
(Tim) In two weeks, Mary Lee and I will be out in Moscow at the Christ Church Ministerial Conference this year titled "Sexual Orthodoxy," and the addresses are titled, "The Politics of Sodomy," "Why Women Make Better Ministers than Men Do," "Family Government in the Church," "The Politics of Fruitfulness," "Patriarchalism, Good and Bad," "Sentimentalism and the Feminine Ethos," "Abortion: the Blood Sacrifice of Egalitarianism," and "Can Translations and Commentaries Be Disobedient?"
I hope to meet many of you, there. If you haven't registered yet,
here's the page to do so. You can fly into Spokane and Moscow is less
than an hour's (oops, an hour and a half) drive. Y'all come. And do bring your wives.
Because these earphones fit in the ear canal and make flying almost bliss. They can be plugged into your iPod or the airplane's headphone receptacle. These headphones work much, much better than those the airlines hand out (or rent) because the Etymotic ER61s cut off all ambient noise. And I mean all. If there's a screaming baby or you're near the whining jet engines, you'll barely hear them.
The reason I'm putting up a link to them today is that Amazon is selling them right now for $48 and that's about half price. It's a great buy that only comes along about once a year...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 30, 2009 - 10:45am
(Tim) Yes, I was there at each of our children's births. And yes, I wanted to be with my wife during her hardest work and greatest suffering. Having seen and felt its terrible joy and sorrow, I've wondered how men could be so heartless as to ask women to go to war a second time, on the battlefield. I mean you'd think the suffering and bloodshed of childbirth, followed by perpetual demands of nursing and childrearing, would give our mothers a pass when it comes to defending the homeland. Shouldn't the agony of national defense be born by the sex that escapes childbirth's agony? Maybe I'm a simpleton but it seems only natural to me.
On a related theme, I don't think women should watch war movies like Saving Private Ryan that accurately depict the battlefield's suffering and bloodshed. Men go to war to save women from this obscenity. Why would we want the fairer sex to experience the carnage we bear for their protection?
These thoughts sparked by this article detailing a French obstetrician's argument that the best environment for childbirth is a quiet room with a calm and unobtrusive midwife in attendance. I couldn't agree more, along with a loving mother or her surrogate (a doula).
Back in 1976 after asking the chief pediatric surgeon at Children's Memorial Hospital what he thought of home births, Mary Lee gave birth to our first at home. The good doctor was a personal friend and responded, "It's safer than the hospital," so our parents didn't oppose our plan. After initial skepticism, some of our friends and relatives took to the idea and as the years passed more children were born at home attended by a midwife...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 8, 2010 - 9:13am
(Tim) I've been privileged to attend several of the Ministers Conferences put on by Christ Church of Moscow, Idaho, and I commend them to you. So take a minute right now to go over to their web site and check out this year's conference. Speakers will include Doug Wilson, Ben Merkle, Toby Sumpter, and Nate Wilson--all speaking on the theme "The Institute of Awesome: Keeping Calvinism Sassy for the Next Fifteen Minutes."
And if you go, do as we've done and take an extra day to go up and hike in Glacier National Park, wondering at the beauty our Creator throws willy-nilly everywhere: the fall colors, the elk herds, and their bugling bulls.
by David and Tim Bayly on October 21, 2010 - 8:25am
(Tim) As I've mentioned before, one of the most important journals for elders, pastors, and Titus 2 women to read as we shepherd God's flock and our own families is the Howard Center's "Family in America." (Full disclosure: my longtime friend, Bob Patterson, edits the journal.)
In order to live and lead "wise as serpents and harmless as doves," we should spend time studying our culture. There's no issue pastors, elders, deacons, fathers, and mothers of covenant children should study more carefully than the interface between the church, her families, and the civil magistrate--an area of the public square commonly referred to as family policy.
Recently, a friend of mine who's stated clerk of Central Indiana Presbytery (PCA) wrote an oped piece for his local paper calling for more review and discipline of homeschoolers by state government:
What do we do with home schools?
Leave them alone? Regulate them? Ban them?
...So I ask: is it in the interests of the state, to keep an eye on this? I say yes....
by David and Tim Bayly on December 4, 2010 - 7:47am
(Tim) Men, the article below by Joe Sobran gives you the secret of married men's success. If you're single, you might not yet know that perseverance is everything. Learn it now! If you're married, either your parents arranged your marriage or you've already learned it. Otherwise, how do you explain that you're married? Surely you see my point?
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How do you get to first base with the ladies? It may be easy if you're as dashing and dynamic as my old friend Taki. He is still handsome, athletic, fearless, and funny after all these years, and is married to one of the most beautiful women this side of Helen of Troy. But what about us ordinary mortals? Is there any hope for us?
Good news, guys! The encouraging answer is a resounding yes. The secrets of success with women are laid out clearly in...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 19, 2011 - 10:42am
(Tim) Under an earlier post, Rick Phillips commented:
I should not pass up a chance for a gratuitous invitation to the 2011 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology which meets in Portland (2/25-27), Grand Rapids (3/18-20), Greenville (4/1-3), and Philadelphia (4/29-5/1). The conference theme is the doctrine of adoption. The preconference is on gender relationships, with me and Steve Lawson teaching (Joel Beeke in Greenville). I am also doing a Saturday seminar on male leadership in the church. I think the Philadelphia finale is live web casted. Please pray for God's blessing on his Word.
By all means, readers near these cities should think about going. Years ago, we three Bayly brothers attended and it was quite helpful. And when you remember the conference, please pray for the ministry of the Word.
Readers will note Baylyblog doesn't sell its content. There are only a couple links to stores in the sidebar to the left and those are links to Amazon lists we think readers may be interested in--specifically books written by our dad, Joe Bayly, and another list of recommended books on sexuality. Also, because of our appreciation for...
Al and Amy Parker run a Christian camping and education program called Canoe Creation based in southeastern Ohio and I commend them to you. I've known Al and Amy and their children for almost twenty years now, and I can't think of a better place for you to send your children to learn about camping and God's creation.
by David and Tim Bayly on September 20, 2011 - 6:17am
To the left, readers will find a link where they can buy a DVD of The Gospel Blimp. The movie was directed by Shorty Yeaworth who also directed Steve McQueen in the cult classic, The Blob. Yeaworth did a perfect job on The Gospel Blimp. The acting is good and the style is retro to the max--cars with mega-fins, perfect crewcuts, and of course, the blimp.
I mention the movie now because, if they watch it, readers will understand why the bling of famous Christians holds no appeal to David or me. We grew up under a father who made Christian bling utterly repulsive to us. The rejection of personality cults and self-promotion was foundational to our upbringing.
Dad wrote The Gospel Blimp after years helping to found and leading the work of the parachurch campus ministry, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. And since it was a satire on Evangelicalism's pride and self-promotion, no one was willing to publish it. So Dad did the manly faithful thing and...
by David and Tim Bayly on October 4, 2011 - 4:47am
This request comes from my two oldest grandchildren, Jonathan and Nathan Ummel (here with their Great Nana Bayly, my own Mary Lee, and their brother and sister, Josiah and Bayly).
They e-mailed their request to family members, but if any of our good readers are so inclined, I would appreciate you sending them postcards. (TB)
We are working on a school project. We are trying to collect postcards from all the states we can. We would love it if you would sent us one from your state. we love you .Thank you very much :} :}:}:}:}
by David and Tim Bayly on October 28, 2011 - 9:55am
Mary Lee and I are out in the Pacific Northwest for the 2011 Heritage Conference of Westminster PCA in Vancouver, Washington. We're looking forward to the fellowship with the brothers and sisters of Westminster and hope some of you will join us for the weekend.
Our sessions will be Friday evening, Saturday morning and early afternoon, and Lord's Day worship Sunday morning. It's Reformation Sunday this Lord's Day and our titles will be "Reformed Fathers," "Reformed Mothers," "Reformed Children," and "The Church Reformed, Always Reforming."
by David and Tim Bayly on October 28, 2011 - 10:17am
After Lord's Day morning worship at Westminster PCA down in Vancouver, WA, Mary Lee and I will drive up to the US/Canada border for the 6 PM Annual Joint Christian Reformed Church (CRC) Reformation Sunday Worship Service hosted this year by First Christian Reformed Church in Lynden, Washington. I'll preach at the Reformation Sunday service, then speak on...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 2, 2012 - 9:47am
At the height of the sixties civil rights movement, Alan Lomax put on a concert in Central Park. He was trying to close the distance between blacks of the south and white sympathizers in the northeast. One year later, in 1966, Lomaz recorded the Newport Folk Festival. But here are clips from Lomaz's recording of the earlier Central Park Concert. Check out numbers 43, 45, 48, and 50 by the Georgia Sea Island Singers from St. Simon Island. Then go exploring. By the end of February, Lomax's life work should all be up and ready. (TB)
I'm very pleased to report that the 2012 Clearnote Fellowship Pastors Conference audio recordings have now been posted over on the Clearnote Fellowship website. Go give them a listen--particularly if you're a pastor or an elder. The time together was such an encouragement to me, and I trust that it will be strengthening to you, too. I'm so grateful for the men who made the trip out to join us, and I look forward to doing it again next year. (While you're at it, you can also listen to audio recordings from previous events.)
Don't forget, we have more events coming up this summer, and we'd be delighted if Baylyblog readers would join us. The Clearnote Fellowship Pastors College graduation will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, at Clearnote Church here in Bloomington.
Then, on July 6th and 7th, we'll be hosting out 4th annual Clearnote Fellowship Summer Conference. The topic is "I Believe in God the Father Almighty". We'll be posting more details on the Clearnote Fellowship website very soon, but mark your calendars in the meantime! (TB)
This past October 1st, we were blessed with a fly-by visit from Father Bill Mouser and his wife, Barbara. On sexuality, if would be hard to do better than taking our churches through the Mousers' Five Aspects curriculum--Five Aspects of Man/Woman. My closest friend, Pastor Robert Woodyard, is using Five Aspects with men in his church and has found it excellent. Here at Clearnote Church, Bloomington we have a Saturday morning program...
If you’re a father or mother, husband or wife, pastor or elder or deacon or Titus 2 woman who has benefited from the work of Baylyblog, please mark your calendars for this coming July 6th and 7th, and join us for the annual Clearnote Fellowship Conference. Our theme this year is "I Believe in God the Father Almighty."
To those with eyes to see, the Fatherhood of God is everywhere! The Spirit of God witnesses that we are adopted sons of God by our hearts crying out, "Abba! Father!" Seeing God's Fatherhood writ large across His Creation is a radical vision that's entirely countercultural in our day of both father-hunger and father-hatred...