Churches that promise their sacraments DO things...

[TO THE READER: Sorry, but the text of this post wasn't ready for public consumption so I've taken it off. Just before going to my grandsons' soccer game (in which grandson Jonathan scored the only goal, a sweet strike about two feet under the crossbar taken just outside the box) I must have clicked "Publish" instead of "Save." At the game, I received an e-mail about the post and I thought, "Oh no, I must have clicked "Publish" instead of "Save."

Sure enough, I just got back on my computer and saw I had pushed (you know the routine, now) "Publish" instead of "Save." Anyhow, please give me some time and I'll publish it again, this time finished. Thanks for your patience.]

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


Any thoughts on the gunshot to the throat that RTS guy received? A real temptation to read providence there. That said, before the conversion I genuinely liked the gentleman. Excuse me for saying so but from where I am standing there is something well, fideist not only in his profession of the sacrament, but Hahn's final acceptance of Mary. Both irrational leaps of faith. Thank you for this. Wasn't aware of Neuhaus' time at Rockford. Odd though that you didn't tie ends together here and give a brief theory on Neuhaus leaving Lutheranism for Rome. Well, that's a jumbled mess of differing comments on your piece which I hope shows you how thought provoking a piece it was. (One more- couldn't help but think how much I admire you, and wondered if that makes me guilty someone of what turned you off First Things.

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