December 2007

Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery...

9_11flag(Tim) This afternoon while making arrangements for Aunt Elaine's burial, I learned some things about Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. David and I have made several trips to the cemetery, usually in conjunction with our attendance at the Banner of Truth Ministers Conference held each year at Messiah College. So when we're in the area, we tour the battlefield and visit the cemetery. There are two Bayly family plots there...

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Stores may have sold deceased birds...

(Tim) For the Monty Python fans...

Aunt Elaine's memorial service will not be this weekend...

(Tim) God bless all of you for your kind expressions of love and faith which have greatly comforted our family. Thinking about how many of our loved ones won't be home yet this Sunday, Mary Lee and I have decided not to have Aunt Elaine's memorial service for another week or two. We'll announce the date here on the blog as well as through our church E-mail list.

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Elaine Curriden Bayly 1915-2007

1(Tim) This Christmas, the Bayly family here in Bloomington has experienced the truth of Ecclesiastes 7:2-4:

It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because that is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for when a face is sad a heart may be happy. The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, while the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Our dear Aunt Elaine went to be with the Lord here at home at 4:25 this afternoon. She's now in the presence of the Lord where there is great joy forevermore. We thank God for the privilege of her presence in our home and family these past six years and four months.

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Martin Luther's pastoral announcements during worship...

(Tim) If you haven't read it yet, make plans now to get a copy of Roland Bainton's bio of Luther, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. It's a classic. My dear brother, Brandon Pickett, sent me this excerpt and I thought others would find it interesting. Bainton's commenting on the place of announcements in the worship services Luther led and he writes...

For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth...

(Tim) If anyone still questioned our need of a Savior...

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Children are a blessing from the Lord...

Bencrumfamily112007(Tim) Some of you may remember our daughter Michal's testimony about how the Lord used the death of an orphan and two of her unborn children to strengthen her faith, and that this past year the Lord chose to bless Ben and Michal with a son. Well, a few weeks ago Ben sent us this pic of the three of them, and I thought some of you might want to see the rest of God's story. So here's Ben and Michal, and their firstborn son, Daniel Peregrine Crum.

Hillsdale graduate stands on the Word of God...

(Tim) In an effort to clean up my E-mail queue before the start of the new year, I'm coming across all sorts of goodies--thus the barrage of posts you see.

Here's an excerpt from an E-mail David Talcott sent to a close friend at Hillsdale College after a feminist attacked the biblical doctrine of father-rule in some sort of public campus forum there. David and his good wife, Anna, are both Hillsdale graduates who, from affection for their alma mater, keep in touch with what happens there and call current students to faithfulness to God and His Word. Here David has given an excellent summary of the biblical doctrine of sexuality.

Sorry to pick up the discussion in the middle, but the feminist had dismissed the application of the order of the sexes made by the Apostles in various New Testament passages by the old cultural argument. You know: The commands that women and wives are to be submissive and not exercise authority over men and husbands are obsolete. They were written a long time ago and maybe trustworthy then, but they've expired long ago and have little to no application to our modern, sophisticated, egalitarian, evolved, educated, world. To which David Talcott responds...

Beware of Bishop Wrong...

(Tim) Here's David Talcott's summary of a couple wrights, but mostly horrendous wrongs given out by Bishop N. T. Wrong a couple years ago at the unChristian unBiblical Equality national conference in 2004. I lampoon Bishop Wrong to make it clear that no one of good conscience who honors God and His Word should allow this Brit and his ilk to bamboozle them into rebelling against the plain meaning of Scripture, that women are not to be allowed to exercise authority over men because Adam was created first, and then Eve; and also because it wasn't Adam, but Eve who was deceived.

The world has always been full of false shepherds who seek to lead God's precious sheep astray, but let's remember the Apostle John's words: "You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

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(David Talcott) It's probably not worth your time to read the whole thing. It's a talk (Wright) gave at some big CBE conference in '04. He only does two positive things...

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The elements of style...

(Tim) When I was in my late twenties, soon to enter the pastorate, my father gave me a little copy of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, with the comment, "Read it until you have it memorized." It was, and still is, good advice for anyone who writes. Since then, I've given away more copies than I could count, always passing along to the recipient the same advice my father gave me.

Here's an online version. Or you can buy your own copy of The Elements of Style.

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Baudelaire on Satan's strategy...

(David Lehr, by way of Tim) Baudelaire said (in the Lehr translation), "It's more difficult to love God than to believe in Him. On the other hand, it's more difficult for the men of our time to believe in the Devil than to love him. Everyone serves the Devil, yet no one believes in him. It's his sublime subtlety."

The male protective instinct...

(Tim, thanks to David L.) Speaking of Muslim violence against women in the Scandinavian countries, in his post, Western Feminism and the Need for Submission, Baron Bodissey writes:

The male protective instinct doesn’t take action because Scandinavian women have worked tirelessly to eradicate it, together with everything else that smacks of traditional masculinity. Because of this, feminism has greatly weakened Scandinavia, and perhaps Western civilization as whole.

So what do reformed pastors have to say about this in our preaching or writing or counseling?

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