(David) One of the fun events of Christ the Word's time with the Wilsons two weeks ago was a question and answer session following the Sunday evening service in which Doug and Nancy together with Tim answered questions from the congregation on childrearing. It was an hour that most felt could profitably have been stretched to three. Here is audio of that hour, in its entirety, for your enjoyment.
(Tim) Tonight, March 27th, is our first opportunity to hear The Good Shepherd Band play songs from their recently released EP, Wake Up Sleeper. The free concert starts this evening at 8 PM, at Church of the Good Shepherd. Opening for them will be The Runaway Davids from Nashville, TN. If you haven’t downloaded Wake Up Sleeper, yet, do it now.
And those of you looking forward to getting your hands on the Wake Up Sleeper CD, they'll be available at the concert tonight.
So, if you're in Bloomington or close enough to drive, invite your friends and come on over. We’d love to have you.
(David) One of the 20th century's great physicists was Freeman Dyson. Dyson, still alive, still sharp, still kicking, is the subject of a lengthy profile in this week's New York Times Sunday Magazine--a profile which chiefly concentrates on Dyson's global-warming skepticism.
Though an Obama-supporting, Bush-bashing Princetonian, Dyson fiercely opposes global warming alarmism. Several quotes from the article:
It was four years ago that Dyson began
publicly stating his doubts about climate change. Speaking at the
Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University,
Dyson announced that “all the fuss about global warming is grossly
exaggerated.” Since then he has only heated up his misgivings,
declaring in a 2007 interview with Salon.com that “the fact that the
climate is getting warmer doesn’t scare me at all” and writing in an
essay for The New York Review of Books, the left-leaning publication
that is to gravitas what the Beagle was to Darwin, that climate change
has become an “obsession” — the primary article of faith for “a
worldwide secular religion” known as environmentalism.
Dyson supports the use of coal as fuel, the bete noir of global warming alarmist, for two reasons. First, he believes carbon dioxide may be beneficial to the ecosystem of the planet, second coal fuel is indispensible for alleviating poverty...
All this may explain why the same man could write “we live on a
shrinking and vulnerable planet which our lack of foresight is rapidly
turning into a slum” and yet gently chide the sort of Americans who
march against coal in Washington. Dyson has great affection for coal
and for one big reason: It is so inexpensive that most of the world can
afford it. “There’s a lot of truth to the statement Greens are people
who never had to worry about their grocery bills,” he says.
The article is priceless. Take the time to read it if you're the least bit interested in global warming.
But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities... (Acts 16:19)
(Tim, w/thanks to Lucas) A Greek Bible web site used by lovers of God's Word around the world has been shut down by the German/United Bible Society. Why?
Because they are intent upon defending the stream of money they've lived off for many years, now, provided by the Greek text of God's Word they've assembled. They claim their text is the closest anyone can possibly get to the original autographs inspired by the Holy Spirit.
So think about this. The better they do their job, the closer they will be to claiming copyright for the very word of God. In an e-mail, my son-in-law, Lucas, put it this way:
I was trying to figure out what, exactly, the UBS was copyrighting when they produce their version of the Greek New Testament. My only guess is that when they produce a Greek New Testament, they are copyrighting their specific choice of words. In other words, their copyright is not so much on the words themselves, but on the precise sequence of Greek words in their version of the Greek New Testament.
Their ultimate goal, of course, is to produce a Greek New Testament that is *exactly* the same as the original. But here's the crazy part: If they succeed in their goal, they will have succeeded in copyrighting the *actual* text of the Greek New Testament--not a translation, but the real thing.
Is that not crazy? If I'm right, then you can state it another way: the goal of the UBS is to copyright the *original* text of Scripture.
by David and Tim Bayly on March 25, 2009 - 11:45am
(Tim) Mary Lee forwarded a link to Moody radio's "Imparting Vision to Our Sons," adding that she was able to catch part of the interview, and that Paul Vaughn gives "a phenomenal plan for raising boys to be men."
(Tim) Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, "The cruelest lies are often told in silence," and as I noted a week or so ago, it's been interesting to watch how the recent post about Emergency Contraception (sic) Pills, birth control, and abortion has been carefully avoided by men, but embraced by women. There are lessons here, one of which I think is that pastors today are about as concerned about the blood guilt of our sheep as the chief priests and elders were about the blood guilt of Judas when he came to them in anguish, confessing...
(Tim) Each week, I read the commentaries for the coming sermon text in copy form so I'm free to mark them up with abandon, and it's my habit to write the Scripture reference and name of the author on the front page of each copy. This past week, a dear brother helped me with this work and I thought you'd all get a kick out of what I found written at the top of the page of the first commentary I turned to:
(Tim) Yesterday, our text was Matthew 27:1-10, the account of Judas' repentance and suicide. What a terrible end he chose!
Then, this morning, I read the following meditation Michael Foster put up on Facebook and I got thinking about Judas, again. Judas was paid handsomely to betray Jesus and did so by kissing him. The Apostle Paul resisted Peter to his face. Two men and two public actions that shouldn't be hard to interpret. Yet Judas was our Lord's enemy and Paul was Peter's friend. Appearances are deceiving, aren't they?
(Tim) Since entering the ministry in 1983, countless times I've read statements like this in recently published evangelical commentaries by scholars highly esteemed within their own guild:
Doug Moo concludes that "there is reason to doubt whether any important part of the narrative in Matthew 27:3-8 has been created under the influence of Old Testament passages." -R. T. France, Tyndale Commentary on Matthew, p. 385.
Let me remind us that here in Matthew 27:3-8 we have in our hands the very Word of God as it has come down to us from Heaven through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So it is, and yet it really isn't a "narrative." And to say "there is reason to doubt" that Matthew "created" any "important part" of God's Word is...
...were Ft. Lauderdale, New York, San Francisco, or Bloomington the
Apostle Paul's Athens, he'd focus his call to repentance precisely at
our rebellion against the Eternal Fatherhood of God.
(Tim) It's been a long strange trip Tully's been documenting over on his blog detailing the process of his merging the two churches he wanted to serve and becoming the pastor of the new two-become-one Coral Ridge Presbyterian (PCA) Church. I've read thousands of words there and elsewhere, and nary a mention of the need for approval of the call by South Florida Presbytery. As Tully put it, if last Lord's Day's vote on his call was good, it would all be over. Done. Finis.
If the vote is unanimous or nearly so, we move forward. If it’s not, we stop. This is the final step in the process.
Really, Tully? The "final step"?
Well, err; actually not. There is that matter of my examination by South Florida Presbytery that comes two days later. But we all know that's merely a technicality. A formality. A fait accompli. I mean, who's going to say "no" to Billy Graham's grandson or Coral Ridge?
Keep in mind that Tully has been a presbyter for years, now. He knows presbtery's vote is "the final step" that determines whether he and Coral Ridge will "move forward" or "stop."
Two days after it was announced to the world, South Florida Presbytery examined Tully concerning his views and then voted whether or not to permit him to take the pulpit of Coral Ridge...
by David and Tim Bayly on March 18, 2009 - 10:07am
A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work. (1 Timothy 5:9, 10)
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) In her new book, Marriage, Mitres, and Being Myself, First Lady of Canterbury, Mrs. Rowan (Jane) Williams, speaks of the hardships of being married to a bishop. In a news piece announcing the book, the Telegraphquotes Mrs.Williams in ways that remind me a great deal of the wife of the new provost of David's and my alma mater, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary:
(Mrs.) Williams said clergy and their families have to endure "poor
boundaries" between their public and private lives, "laughable"
job descriptions and "few opportunities to congratulate oneself on a
job well done". She claimed the spouses of church leaders are expected to entertain guests as
well as raising children and following their own careers, and admitted
visitors to Lambeth Palace are sometimes "shocked" at how untidy
Mrs Williams ...is a mother-of-two and theologian as well as the wife of Dr
Rowan Williams... "Housework has never been very high on my list of priorities," Mrs
"The Church can be a thankless employer, with poor boundaries between
private and public space, vague practices about holidays and days off,
laughable job descriptions and few opportunities to congratulate oneself on
a job well done and completed."
Mrs Williams, 51, said many bishops' spouses feel "bitter resentment"
and "positively weighed" down by the expectations placed on them.
How David and I have been blessed by the wives God gave us! But also, by the wives of our fellow pastors and elders! Thank you Heavenly Father.
When Sydney Anglican, Phil Jensen, and his wife, Helen, were visiting with us some years ago, one of our conversations was about choosing staff members...