(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) A bunch of self-affirming feminists who claim to be Christians met in Orlando, Florida recently, and issued a letter accompanying a set of demands. These women are convinced that God and the plain commands contained in His Word have produced wife abuse. As they see it, the faithful proclamation of God's Order of Creation--Adam first, then Eve--is responsible for many of the bad things that ever happened to women.
Of course, they'd deny the above accurately reflects their letter and demands, but read it for yourself and see their hatred for the Word of God's commands. This is not to say terrible grievances against women don't inundate us, today. Regularly in my work, I cry for the suffering of the weaker sex at the hands of men.
There's no question husband's have murdered their wives. But think about it: there's also no question mothers have murdered their sons and daughters. And just as the command that children submit to their mothers isn't to be thrown out because it subjugates children to abusive and murderous mothers, so the command that wives submit to their husbands is not to be thrown out because it subjugates wives to abusive and murderous husbands.
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) We were privileged to have dear friends who serve in DR Congo with us for a week, recently. The husband grew up an MK in Congo and he and his wife have given their lives in service to Africa.
One evening, the discussion turned to the United Nations and I was shocked to hear the strength of this godly couple's condemnation. The wife said something like, "The United Nations is totally corrupt." What she said, though, was even worse--I just can't remember her exact words. I asked if she'd meant what she said and she intensified the condemnation.
The United Nations is perversely wicked in its work in Africa, and this extends not simply to its policies, but also to UN individuals profiteering both financially and sexually. Along with many of the NGOs, these UN men and women are the new colonialists.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored
by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a
great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself
with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words,
and to-morrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though
it contradict every thing you said to-day. (Emerson, "Self-Reliance")
(Tim) Last night moving boxes for the garage sale at the church-house, someone pointed out the irony of the title given this edition of the New Living Translation--the best-selling gender-neutered translation in print today. They've removed thousands of male inclusives from the text of God's Word, yet market the book (it's not really a Bible at all) under the title, "Every Man's Bible." Or rather, "every man's Bible."
So let me get this straight: naming the race "man" is hip again, now. Just keep the letters all lower case--all of them except that 'B' in Bible.
(Tim) Digging the hole for an in-ground swimming pool led to French authorities unearthing the tiny corpses of eight infants murdered and buried by their mother in her back yards. Acknowledging such child slaughter to be a growing trend, French authorities are horrified. In an article titled "Why Are French Women Killing Their Babies," several possible explanations are given:
Experts explained each of those cases as resulting from pregnancy
denial, an often misunderstood and minimized condition. According to (former gynecologist)
Michel Delcroix ...pregnancy
denial is a quasi-schizophrenic condition in which women either don't
realize or cannot accept that they are with child — not even enough to
have their unwanted babies aborted... Delcroix says it's now rising in frequency. The probable reason, he says, is changes in wider social factors that have downgraded the value
of childhood, parenting and family.
But in some cases, it can also be a matter of women simply failing to
see themselves as mothers. "Some women never manage to update their
self-identity during pregnancy, [while others] want to become pregnant
without wanting to procreate," psychiatrist Pierre Lamothe told Le Parisien
on Thursday. "When the child arrives, it doesn't really exist for them.
They don't give it life, in psychological terms. If they saw it as a
[real] baby, they wouldn't kill it."
Others just never realize — or acknowledge — that they're with child.
Women don't realize they're "with child?"
Why would they when seconds prior to birth these same mothers can murder these same children with no consequences at all? Who exactly is "quasi-schizophrenic"--these mothers or the civil magistrate?
Think about it: a mother sees no reason why waiting a few minutes to murder her baby should cause the civil magistrate to prosecute and imprison her. Why should she leave the comfort of her own home...
(Tim, w/thanks to Matt) At the very end, after the laughter, John denounces "nations that send their women to fight their battles." That's us, folks. Our wives and mothers and sisters and daughters are dying over in Iraq and Afghanistan protecting their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons.
(David) Yesterday's final climb of the 2010 Tour de France was up the back side of the Cor de Tourmalet. It ended up being an epic stage in which the two top bikers of this year's Tour, Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador, separated from the peloton in the last 10 kilometers of the race and obliterated the 1 minute, 21 second lead attackers had opened over the peloton earlier in the race. During those 10 strenuously uphill kilometers Schleck and Contador not only overcame the advantage of the previous leaders, they put 1 minute, 30 seconds between themselves and the second group to finish the stage.
Here's a video of the madness of the last ten minutes of the stage. Note the extraordinary moment of affection immediately following the race between the two men competing for this year's Tour de Fance championship found between 9:40 and 10:15 of the video (and be sure to watch at least a few minutes of the race up the mountain that precedes this moment or you won't get the point of the embrace). As we watch these men rejoice in having fought the fight together, let's remember that the Christian life is a race, not a leisurely walk in the park. Praise God for the example of masculine affection in the midst of conflict afforded us by these men competing in an infinitely-less-important race than the one in which we are running.
“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”
Oliver Cromwell in a letter to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland asking them to reconsider their support for Charles II and the English crown in 1650. One month later Cromwell defeats the Covenanters at Dunbar and moves on to capture Edinburgh.
(David) We are seldom more confident of the unerring nature of our judgments than in our first years as parents.
Like teen drivers, first-time parents can ricochet directly from paralyzing fear to unwarranted confidence. Because diaper rash doesn’t kill, because the baby eats and thrives, because the toddler seems sweet, because sinfulness is not immediately evident parents fall into complacent self-absorption.
For this reason the most difficult parent to challenge is often the parent most needing to be challenged--the young, first-or-second-time parent. It takes an unusual young father to see incipient rebellion in his toddler even as the first-time mother can be the most unteachable of mothers. Frustration, failure and even despair are often required before parents' hearts become open to the wisdom of others. Yet how important it is for our hearts to be humbled before the day of destruction for the sake of our children…
(Tim, w/thanks to Heather) There's more than ample evidence that, if confirmed to SCOTUS, Ms. Kagan will serve for many years as President Obama's hack, faithfully politicizing our highest court in order to protect the murder of many millions of children across our land.
No better proof of the depth to which Ms. Kagan has sunk in the past, and is likely to continue in for decades in the future, is this account by former Surgeon General and longtime member of Tenth Presbyterian Church, C. Everett Koop, detailing how Ms. Kagan supported the murder of unborn, but viable, babies by manipulating the words of...
(Tim, w/thanks to Brian A.) Here's a clip of a Matt Redman interview where he addresses men and the music of worship. Good stuff. Note his comment about the church being over-mothered and under-fathered...
Mark your calendars now for the ClearNote Conference next year. We'll be announcing the subject soon. The dates are July 8-9, 2011. The conference is always the weekend following the Fourth of July. Don't miss it.
(Tim) Most responses under the recent post, "Social class or the Gospel: pick only one...," have gone off on tangents, tilting at windmills. Some have been helpful, though--including some who have disagreed with the post. I want to promote the discussion back to the main page, so here are three short contributions.
The first is by my brother, David; the second by our church's worship pastor, Jody Killingsworth; and the third by your faithful scribe...