by David and Tim Bayly on September 30, 2009 - 7:03am
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17)
(Tim)The results of Trinity College's 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) are in and they confirm that the souls of Americans are not being lost to false religions, but to the complete rejection of the Church. This confirms my own experience.
Far and away the largest number of souls who have rejected Church of the Good Shepherd's doctrine in the past decade, investigating us but leaving for somewhere else, left because we require a believer be a member in good standing of some evangelical, Bible-believing church to join with us at the Lord's Table.
We fence the Table quite inclusively, really. I use the liturgy of the old Scottish Book of Worship and it's a balm for weak souls trusting in Christ alone for our salvation. But then, at the end, I warn off those who reject Christ's authority, rejecting the authority of elders over their own soul. If they believe they can relate directly to God, bypassing the ministry and authority of His Church, this rebellion disqualifies them from communing with us, I tell them.
Of course, I go on to show them how easily they may correct the matter...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 30, 2009 - 5:49am
(Tim) Let it never be said Baylyblog had nothing good to say about President Bill Clinton. Just one question, though: if the President wouldn't make the trip to Japan because his daughter would be left home "alone," where was his daughter's mother? Off baking cookies?
by David and Tim Bayly on September 29, 2009 - 6:25am
(Tim, w/thanks to Mark) Lest there be any doubt in the
matter, I'm absolutely opposed to any expansion of the authority and
power of our national government in the lives of citizens of our united
states. And this is particularly true with regard to what is being
referred to as national healthcare. The national healthcare we need is
CPR for the Tenth Amendment--not President Barack Obama forcing
believers in Jesus Christ to send our taxes to him so he can pay for
someone else's daughter to slaughter her unborn child or intimidate someone else's
son into pulling the plug on his aging mother.
If you want to read the
definitive work on national healthcare and where it will lead us...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 27, 2009 - 9:41am
Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. (Isaiah 55:1)
(Tim) Under "Save your church money...," David Ker, a Bible translator and blogger of Mozambique, commented on the lockdown the Portuguese and Brazilian Bible Societies have put in place denying Portuguese Christians access to Portuguese digital versions of God's Word.
While every other major world language has multiple versions of the
Bible represented online, Portuguese has not one. To paraphrase
Emerson, make the Bible illegal and we all become criminals*.
The spirits of John Wycliff and Brother Andrew
hover over this shameful situation compelling us to act. If the enemy
forces were a state religion like the Church of England or an
oppressive government like China or Iran we would think nothing of
risking our lives to bring the Bible to those who can’t access it
otherwise. But in this case because the bad guys have the words “Bible
Society” in their name we’re supposed to sit on our thumbs...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 24, 2009 - 8:29am
(Tim) If you're looking for excellent furnishings for your sanctuary or
classrooms and you want to get them at rock-bottom prices, here's a
bought our chairs from Save Your Church Money, a business started by
Pastor George Kreger who serves New Hope Community Church in Bryan,
Ohio. George and my brother, David, are longtime friends and David
suggested we get in touch with George.
And now, a couple years later, we are as
pleased as we can be with our chairs. They're very comfortable. But as
an old church custodian, I'm most impressed by how well they stack and
what a small space they fit into...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 21, 2009 - 7:29am
(Tim) At times, it's helpful for customers to tell each other the good and bad of customer service. This enables us to make better decisions knowing other customers' experience. I've told the good of Apple Computer. This post is the bad about U.S. Honda.
Mary Lee and I bought a new Honda Odyssey in 2001. About 80,000 miles, the transmission started having trouble shifting. We took it to our dealer and they couldn't reproduce the problem. Once or twice again we had it in but they couldn't find any problem. Then, the transmissioin failed at 111,000. Because the warranty was over, we paid the labor. Because Honda was having a lot of problems with the transmissions on its Odysseys, they paid the parts. A few months later, they acknowledged these transmissions are bad and extended their transmission warranty to 109,000. But despite being only 2,000 miles beyond that limit and having had the car in several times prior to 109,000 with documented shifting complaints, Honda was unwilling to reimburse my labor costs.
This past weekend, Mary Lee, our daughter Michal, and Michal's one-year-old son Zion, made a quick trip to Pittsburgh to do some work cleaning up a relative's house. On the way home, 10 PM Friday night just outside Wheeling WV on I-70, the Odyssey's transmission went out once again and left Mary Lee, Michal, and one-year-old Zion on the side of the road...
The big milestone in flight school is the first solo flight. The instructor finally thinks the student can survive a few minutes without the instructor at his side to prevent fatal blunders. This generally occurs soon after the student grasps the input-out principle and stops over-controlling the aircraft. The day of the student’s first solo, he goes through an initiation ceremony: he’s flung into a swimming pool (they let you remove your wallet and watch) by all the other students. Every student has pictures of that event: the wind-up, the flight, the splash, the proud, grinning, drenched student climbing out of the pool.
Half a day of classroom instruction began the first day and continued throughout flight school. But the army did a surprisingly innovative thing. It used “programmed texts.” The format of these texts was to provide a page or two of information followed by several pages of multiple-choice questions. Each question was followed by instructions. If you answered a, go back to page x of the text. If you answered b, go back to page y. If you answered c, go back to page z. If you answered d, you answered correctly: proceed to the next page.
The army didn’t have much confidence in the intelligence of its students. Each new page of information was a mere nugget, and you’d have to be a moron to give a wrong answer to the multiple-choice questions. I never had to return to a prior lesson and was able to whip through those books in no time.
Did I say that half a day of classroom instruction continued throughout flight school? It didn’t, really. After about a month, we’d still spend half a day on the flight line, but we were released to do our classroom work at home with “programmed texts,” and given credit for half a day’s work.
From that point on, I had it made. Half a day flying and fifteen minutes studying. We’d be tested every day on the previous day’s homework before being released to go home and do it again; I always got 100% on the daily quiz. Then I’d have the rest of the day to explore huge distances around Fort Wolters on my Beamer. I was having the time of my life...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 18, 2009 - 8:15am
(David) Few translation errors are more egregious and, frankly, revolting than those done with the intent of rendering God prettier than He shows himself in the unvarnished Word.
The other day while my son was reading the story of the wedding at Cana from John 2 in family devotions I caught him saying, "Dear woman, why do you involve me?"
What? "Dear" woman? Since when is there a "dear" in the headlights of Jesus' simple "gune"? But, ah, we've always read in devotions from my first serious Bible, a first edition NIV. That explains it, doesn't it? The thoughtful NIV, so tender it can't bear to have Jesus call His mother "woman," adds the "dear" to assuage our guilty consciences at Jesus' lack of thoughtfulness. And why object? It's not the worst of the NIV's mothering of the Word.
But this morning, reading the professedly-literal English Standard Version, I came across this from 1 Chronicles 20:3: "And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and axes. And thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem."
U.S. Army helicopter flight school was an absolute blast―except for the first week or two.
I was fairly well coordinated and very highly motivated to learn to fly helicopters. But for the first couple of weeks, I began to think I’d wash out of flight school, that I’d never master the basic skills, that even though thousands of others managed to learn, I’d be one of the dolts who couldn’t fly a chopper...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 17, 2009 - 10:41am
(David) Our eldest, Nathan, left Monday to serve as an intern at an international church in Lausanne. Nate's taking a break from his studies at BGSU to work with Pastor Martin Slack of Westlake Church. Westlake is a growing four-year-old daughter church of Westlake Church, Geneva.
Nate's staying with a friend from my grammar school years at Wheaton Christian Grammar School, Clive Wilder-Smith. Clive and I were separated after third grade when his parents returned to Europe. Though we've not seen each other in the intervening years, we made contact through the internet about ten years ago and have maintained a casual email correspondence since. Four years ago Clive helped plant Westlake Church. More recently he wrote inquiring about potential youth interns. And now it's blossomed into this. Who'd a thunk it?