by David and Tim Bayly on August 31, 2007 - 12:47pm
(David) I was contacted earlier this week by some who oppose Federal Vision theology with the story of this young man who left New Saint Andrews College and Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, for Rome and Catholicism.
Just a few thoughts on the matter.
First, pastors, if each of us is accountable for all that's attributed to us by members of our flock we're in trouble. As we judge so shall we be judged.... Many sons of Evangelicalism are headed lots of distressing directions. In the church I grew up in the journey of most ended in paganism (or comfortable megachurch anonymity). Is Rome worse than paganism? How many children have left our churches and ministries for simple lives of sin? How many would say we played a role in their departure?
by David and Tim Bayly on August 31, 2007 - 9:11am
(David) Thirty years ago Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, the psychiatrist and researcher on the process of dying, came close to Christianity. Ultimately she turned away from Christ to mysticism and Buddhism--a form of madness that caused her obituaries to speak of her as one who had met her end decades before she actually died.
Kubler-Ross lived near the flame of eternity too long without embracing Christ.
I think of Kubler-Ross's attraction to Christ as I listen to music from Sinead O'Connor's latest album, Theology. A recent interview with O'Connor in Christian Music Today makes it clear that she is toying with rather than embracing faith, yet the songs on this album are powerful expressions of Biblical truth. And they're beautiful. I had stopped listening to most rock by the time O'Connor appeared on the scene so I'd never previously listened to her. But when I read the lyrics to "Something Beautiful," a song on her latest album, I went online to listen. "Something Beautiful" and the three other songs available here are wonderful. Their author may not be a citizen of the Kingdom, but like the Bob Dylan of the early 80s, O'Connor has written music that peeks within the door.
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.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 30, 2007 - 1:31pm
(by Tim) If you've listened to Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, you know he speaks in heavily religious terms of the co-belligerency he shares with Al Gore warring against the demons of carbon emissions. He liberally sprinkles his advocacy with testimonies of his "conversion" to the green crusade and he calls others to join him worshiping at this altar. As Cizik put it himself in his op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Earth Day this year:
Thus, our family will worship together at National Cathedral in
Washington with other environmental, scientific, and faith leaders and
then enjoy the outdoors together. It's all part of a faith commitment
we've made to do everything in our power to preserve this precious gift
the Creator has given us.
If any doubt remained concerning the religious zeal of these crusaders...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 30, 2007 - 12:43pm
The heart of her husband trusts in her... Proverbs 31:11
(Tim) A commenter suggests David and I pontificate on this article about flex-time employment for married women identified as "working mothers," and the trials those women face in getting their employers to understand how difficult it is for them to balance the needs of their child with the demands of their profession. Well, I've had about enough of this. Really. Talk about stress and tensions and other people not understanding how hard it all is...
Let me tell you about my dear Mary Lee. When I was in school at UW-Madison, she sewed and sold (on State
Street) beautiful copies of old Victorian nightgowns. The year we lived
in Boulder, she continued her sewing, doing alterations and selling
more nightgowns. During seminary years on the North Shore of Boston,
she did the alterations for The Talbots in South Hamilton. She also did
some sewing in Pardeeville, Wisconsin. Then, here in Bloomington, she
spent years founding and running Lighthouse Christian Academy which,
when she finally resigned as principal, had grown to about 150 students.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 30, 2007 - 7:59am
(by Tim) A good reader passed along this link to a post on the web site of those calling themselves "Christians for Biblical Equality." The post heaps scorn on Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, for implementing a new program at Southwestern's College offering women a BA with a concentration on homemaking. To which feminists jeer, "I thought we already killed home economics. Where did these neanderthals come from?"
Patterson explains the program: "If we do not do something to salvage the future of the home, both our denomination and our nation will be destroyed."
Mocking the righteous, the women of CBE scoff:
National destruction? Quite a price to pay for a lack of homemakers.
Actually yes, CBE, "national destruction and the destruction of the church." As usual on matters other than Arminian theology, Paige is fighting the right battles. And right next to him is a diminutive woman usually wearing a distinctly non-diminutive hat (almost equal in size to Paige's belt buckle) named "Dorothy" who likely put these stupid ideas in Paige's mind in the first place. Together they stand, man and wife, taking on the world. And God bless them real good.
(Don't miss the comments under the post. They make everything too, too clear.)
by David and Tim Bayly on August 28, 2007 - 1:42pm
(by Tim) Joe Sobran is fond of pointing out there are some things so foolish that only higher education could break down the natural inoculation simple folk have against them. Speaking of which...
So far thirty institutions of higher education have implemented a policy of providing "gender-neutral
housing, in which the norm for roommates is not presumed to be someone
of the same sex." And 141 colleges and universities have built "gender-neutral bathrooms" that "students
can use without fear of being judged as being in the wrong bathroom
based on the way others view the students’ identity."
Brittney Hoffman, youth coordinator for the Gender Public Advocacy Commission, sympathetically stated the dilema these bathrooms address...
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!
by David and Tim Bayly on August 27, 2007 - 8:06am
(by Tim) From comments recently posted, it's evident some readers have entered this blog's conversation recently being unaware of David's and my writing on sexuality over the years. May I recommend the entry "Feminism" (under the category index on the left side of the page) as a book newcomers would benefit from reading? (Also, the entry "Carolyn Custis James.") And happy day, this book won't cost you one lousy dime.
For instance, one reader recently commented that David and I must believe "men should be doing everything in the Church and women nothing."
It's hard to express the revulsion washing over me like a wave when the practice of orthodox Christians across two thousand years is described in this way. To say it's a straw man doesn't begin to address what's wrong with this attack. The conceit of the modern; the utter ignorance of church history; the uncharitable assumptions about all the godly men and women who have gone before us... Someone famous once quipped something like, "My dear man, no one can fault you for thinking that thought--many others think the same, today. But for Heaven's sake, don't actually say it!"
The battle for Biblical sexuality is not for the faint of heart. So then, from February 13, 2006, here's one of many posts making clear that Biblical womanhood is not barefoot and pregnant womanhood.
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What's the flap over Carolyn Custis James all about...
of our good readers finds it impossible to understand what all the fuss
is about with Carolyn Custis James's article and words? Why are women
and men opposing the quite-reasonable complaints Mrs. James makes
concering the evangelical church's abuse of highly educated female
theologians? Why are we opposed to women being theologians? Isn't that
a good thing that every man should support?
Well of course. Where did anyone here ever say or even intimate that
women shouldn't be theologians. But let's not allow this red herring to
throw us off the real issue...
(by Tim, only half in jest) Tender consciences and the preaching ministry of faithful shepherds is resulting, today, in many reformed men repenting of their hard-heartedness toward brothers in Christ evidenced most clearly by the chronic neglect of the biblical command, "Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss." We know we must repent and produce fruit in keeping with repentance, but how?
May I suggest, brothers, that we not try to bridge this gap all at once, but rather take a few baby steps to cover the distance between our current practice and biblical obedience. Starting with manly hugs seems a reasonable baby step, doesn't it?
Still, many of us find even manly hugs outside our knowledge base. Here, then, is a short video to get the thing jump-started. Watch it. Then try the technique out a couple of times in the foyer of your church tomorrow morning.
And if I may, don't just try it out with men well-matched to your own height and size. Challenge yourself by engaging in at least one manly hug with a fat man, a short man, or a man who towers over you. Conquering such intimidating body types will prepare you for the next step towards maturity in Christian intimacy--hugging men who wear Birkenstocks, have body odor, and don't know when to let go.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 24, 2007 - 10:18am
(by Tim) My Dad used to say that Christian organizations are like people--they have their infancy, their youth, their middle age, and their dotage. And he recommended that organizations nearing old age learn to recognize the signs, and go out of business when that time arrives. Today, the most trustworthy sign of the arrival of a Christian organization's dotage is their rejection of Scripture's command that woman not exercise authority over man.
From its infancy in these United States, my father led InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on many levels, serving as editor of His, publisher of InterVarsity Press, director of the eastern region, and for about a quarter century, a member of InterVarsity's board of directors. Shortly before his death, Dad resigned from the board, and since then IV has gone deeper into its dotage.
Wheaton College--it's faculty, not its student body--is halfway down the path. Campus Crusade and Navigators are not nearly as far down the path as IVCF or Wheaton. The past few years, it's become evident Dallas Theological Seminary continues to commit herself to the path and is making fast progress. This report just in...