Race

A Baptist and Yale are left promoting Edwards...

Just got an e-mail from the Edwards Center at Yale promoting a summer course on Edwards as missionary to the Stockbridge Indians. I've put the course description at the bottom of this post. It looks like an interesting course.

Edwards's move from Northampton to Stockbridge is one of the things I respect most about Edwards. For the love of God and His sheep, he stood against the Halfway Covenant and tried to discipline the Covenant children of Northampton. Inevitably, this resulted in the ruling elite kicking him out of Northampton. Edwards knew it was a large risk to warn his flock, but he trusted in God and stood firm for the protection of the souls under his care. After he was exiled from Northampton, he moved to a very small church in a very small village serving a few ruling elite and the Indians. There too, his commitment to the souls under his care caused conflict with the ruling elite.

Then he died.

Reformed academics and the pastors they train are dismissive of Edwards for a number of reasons...


World Cup predictions...

Yikes, I think he's right.

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Because Moses was married to a Cushite woman...

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman)...  - Numbers 12:1

Preaching on Psalm 90 the first Lord's Day of the new year, I wanted to say a bit about Moses since this Psalm begins with the attribution, "A prayer of Moses, the man of God." At the time of the rebellion against Moses led by his sister and brother, Miriam and Aaron, Scripture brings the account to an end with that wonderful statement that Moses was "very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth."

Wanting to explain the context of this high praise, I went roaming for commentary on the racism of Miriam and Aaron that was behind their rebellion...


All the little morality plays of immoral journalists...

Here's a piece by my son Taylor's favorite sports writer, Rick Reilly, mocking the show-trial of the Redskins by our Fourth Estate pharisees.

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Mr. President, any one of 1,350,000 unborn babies could have been you last year...

Our President is trying to emote in a popular direction, giving a "surprise speech" about how "Trayvon Martin could have been me thirty-five years ago." Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and accept his claim he used to sit on top of men pummeling them while they cried for help. I must say that, myself, I'm sceptical. But again, let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

Honestly, though; while he's at it, why doesn't our president emote over the 1,350,000 defenseless infants torn to shreds last year who never pummeled anything other than their mother's womb. From inside. With their feet.

This is not to defend George Zimmerman. I pity him. But not as much for the lifetime of hostility he will endure as the lifetime of bloodguilt he will suffer. A regular bad dream I've had for years is that I've murdered a man and can't bear the guilt.

George Zimmerman didn't kill a man of similar age who was also armed and present on the field of combat. He killed a young boy who was unarmed and was only punching him...


The story behind the cartoon/a fond farewell to Chuck Asay...

Back in 1988, the 200th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. was held in St. Louis, home of the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court of these United States which denied the legal standing of slaves and left our nation on the brink of Civil War.

At the time I was a board member of Presbyterians Pro-Life and we were mounting a considerable challenge to our denomination's promotion of the slaughter of the unborn by bringing Mother Teresa to address the assembly (of course, outside the official venue and time). The second prong of our attack was through our daily publications and exhibit booth, so we contacted Chuck Asay, a Presbyterian brother who did editorial cartoons for the Colorado Springs Gazette, and asked him to do a series of cartoons showing the parallels between Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade, the oppression of slaves and the slaughter of the unborn.

Chuck did a wonderful job with those eight or ten cartoons. We mounted a number of them on our PPL exhibit and featured them prominently in our broadsides handed out to the commissioners each day. Between Mother Teresa's prophetic condemnation of the "murder" of the unborn which was attended by every last one of the commissioners (as well as all St. Louis's Roman Catholic hierarchy, the mayor, and every media person within two-hundred and fifty miles) and Chuck's cartoons, the earth shook at that assembly and the counter-attack was swift.

A few blacks employed by men at the top of our denominational bureaucracy came onto the exhibit floor waving signs and shouting in front of our exhibit calling us "racist" for noting the parallel between the oppression of slaves and the slaughter of babies. Media and television cameramen showed up for the shouting, and now that they were on TV, the shouters shouted more loudly about racism and demanded we...


A man protecting a woman as he ought...

(WARNING: a part of male anatomy not usually mentioned in educated company is named in this video.) When a woman is in danger, a true man acts without regard to his safety. Immediately. Charles Ramsey's my hero, the more so because he speaks with the honesty that only an education can remove from us.


The spirituality of the church will protect no one...

One massive change since 9/11 has been Americans' eagerness to trade civil rights for greater security. Government surveillance is the worst aspect of this loss of liberty and the internet is ground zero of Big Brother's omniscience. As this article demonstrates, the internet has greased the path to our political masters knowing us inside out. If you use a phone or computer, you can't hide.

Christians tend not to worry about this because we read in Scripture, "Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right" (1Peter 2:13, 14).

"I'm not an evildoer," we think. "I may have a few secret sins, but who doesn't? The government has a lot bigger fish to fry than I."

Which is true—the part about the government having bigger fish to fry...


The genocide of abortion dwarfs the genocide of the Bloodlands...

Last night I finished Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. Here are a couple excerpts from Snyder's six-page appendix, "Numbers and Terms":

Fourteen million is the approximate number of people killed by purposeful policies of mass murder implemented by Nazi Germany and the Soviel Union in the bloodlands...


If you laugh, a sincere Evangelical may bring you up on charges...

Says son-in-law, Ben Crum, "if you laugh, you might be racist." Too true. When African-Americans can make fun of whites and whites of African-Americans, there may be hope of our melting pot actually melting and potting.


Professor Anthony Bradley joins Ms. Rachel Held Evans...

Professor Anthony Bradley has mounted a scurrilous attack on Doug Wilson by parroting the Southern Poverty Law Center's scurrilous attack on Doug Wilson. They're all agreed Doug's a promoter of racism. Wasn't it Mark Twain who said, "Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town?"

There are three thought crimes that take you off the plantation today and Doug's bagged two of them.

He's had the temerity to question the moral majesty of President Abraham Lincoln and his war against states rights. We've all been force-fed the Big Truth that the Civil War was only about freeing the slaves, that the work done toward that effort was ever and only good and that it has absolutely no connection in any way and ever to the slaughter of 1.3 million unborn babies each and every year across these United States; and that's an end of it!

So if you're one of the idiots who dares to think there's more to say about the Civil War than the Emancipation Proclamation and more to say about slavery than William Lloyd Garrison said in the basement of Park Street Church...


Protecting God's Word from charges of anti-Semitism, patriarchalism, homophobia, and racism...

Here are a couple responses to questions asked under the post of the ESV committee's video. First the question, then my response. (TB)

Is every use of the word "slave" now going to be changed to "servant"? 

No, they are doing this gradually. Words indicating the ownership of men will be removed from Scripture at about the same rate as words indicating the federal headship of Adam  (male inclusives such as 'adam' and 'adelphoi'). As mentioned above, footnotes often show...


Lily-white NCAA...

(Tim) If you need your eyes opened to what the NCAA actually does, read this article. But please don't think I'm linking to it because of bitterness at Butler's loss. My own opinion is that Butler was being protected from the wickedness of pride. I'm convinced their loss was God's blessing.

And if you're wondering, I don't think the columnist is out of line bringing race into it.

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Tom Wolfe, Rolling Stone, race relations, and Rev....

(Tim) If you want to gain a deeper understanding of race in the northern urban context of these United States, I'd recommend Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities. Originally serialized in Rolling Stone, don't let that put you off. It's excellent, although you'll want to skip some parts you'll find unhelpful to your sanctification.

Speaking of The Bonfire of the Vanities, did you know it's not proper to write "Rev. Bayly?" On the other hand...


Chinese mothers, again...

(Tim) My daughter Heather Ummel refers us to this follow-up article about the Chinese mother who wrote the original Chinese mother piece for the Wall Street Journal titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." Heather writes, "Here's the link to 'The Tiger Mother Talks Back.' It brings a much clearer picture of the original Chinese mother, Amy Chua. Less sensational and more balanced."


Mothers, don't exasperate your children...

(Tim, w/thanks to Lucas and several others) After everyone's been discussing the article for quite a while and the Bayly children have finished their argument over which of them grew up during the American and which the Chinese years of our family administration, I thought I should clue the rest of you in on the fun of reading this article on Chinese childrearing (actually motherhood). Then, when youv'e finished that piece, read this one responding to the first. The animation was also inspired by Chua's article.


Four out of five babies slaughtered in NYC from Black or Hispanic communities...

(Tim) The Midtown Pregnancy Support Center (MPSC) in Manhattan just sent out this announcment:

URGENT MEETING TONIGHT!

Dear (John Doe),
 
Though it is last minute, MPSC wanted to alert you to an important gathering of pastors and community leaders, led by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to discuss the targeting of minority communities by the abortion industry, happening this evening at 7 pm.

A new study released last week shows that 79% of New York City's nearly 90,000 abortions per year were from the Black and Hispanic communities. Dr. King will be addressing this issue as well as the pending legislation in the New York City Council that is aimed at crippling Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

The meeting will be this evening, Monday, January 10 (7 pm) at the Manhattan Bible Church, located at 401 West 205th Street.

Their reference to "the pending legislation in the New York City Council that is aimed at crippling Crisis Pregnancy Centers" has to do with the same matter raised here on Baylyblog two months ago.


Redemptive-Historical rap...

(Tim) At our recent Christmas Sing-A-Long, Church of the Good Shepherd's Mike Lockett rapped a Redemptive-Historical sermon he'd written that had me meditating on the basic doctrinal truths of God's Word. Ask some of your own young men to write a rap that preaches the Fall, the Incarnation, and the Atonement, then send a recording to us for posting here on Baylyblog. Thanks, Mike and Taylor, for busting me out of my ghetto.

The Redemptive History

 

The full Sing-A-Long can be enjoyed online here.


Giving thanks for true love...

(Tim) In the preface to his book, Alias Shakespeare, the late Joe Sobran wrote: "I would much rather be in the tradition of great American cranks like Thoreau, Ambrose Bierce, Lysander Spooner, and H. L. Mencken, than belong to the mass of scholars who, ever mindful of tenure, promotion, grants, and that last infirmity of ignoble minds, respectability, never deviate from scholarly consensus."

Everyone wants to have led a scientific revolution, but where's the man willing to lead one?

This Thanksgiving, I thank God for the nobility and fear of God that led Joe Sobran and Joe Bayly to deviate from the consensus and to oppose the regnant racism and sexism that deny the moral agency of blacks, women, and Jews...


Telling God what He's not allowed to say...

(Tim, w/thanks to Chris) Several have done yeoman's work putting together lists of the thousands of places Zondervan/Biblica's employees have changed the original Hebrew and Greek inspired by the Holy Spirit in order to produce their new line of Bible products (NIV 2010). Note the examples below showing how they've silenced the Word of God in order to keep postmoderns from accusing Scripture of being sexist, antisemitic, and homophobic. Gagging God is alive and well.

Ancestors. Acts 15. Jews. John 5. John 18. Word change stats. Homosexuality (1Corinthians 6:9).

This is a systematic attack on the words and Word of God.