by David and Tim Bayly on November 30, 2010 - 12:06pm
(Tim) Many of the current changes in English usage are motivated by the hatred of sex that is a defining feature of the postmodern. He opposes distinctions, particularly that hardwired distinction between man and woman we used to call "sex."
At times, his hatred is directed against God Himself. Consider the decline of naming God "Father" in preaching, teaching, and prayer. Among pomos, this change often is the most direct way of ascertaining faith or unbelief. If when "we cry out 'Abba! Father!'" the "Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God," those who refuse to name Him "Father" are not indwelt by the Spirit, but remain lost in their rebellion against God. Jesus commanded us to "Pray like this: Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name." Names have always been important to God. When we think to alleviate our own (or others') pain by avoiding addressing God as "Father," He yet remains the Father (pater) from whom all fatherhood (patria) gets its name. No other name will do.
Turning from God to man, the postmodern's attack on sex is a mishmash. The enemy can breach the wall as well by stealth and confusion and radar jamming as a ramrod smashing against the gates. Postmoderns are fuious that God made Adam first, then Eve; that He decreed Adam to be our federal head; and that He named our race "adam" rather than "adam-eve" or "eve," and this fury has led to changes in English usage which, in turn, have motivated thousands of deletions of the original Hebrew and Greek in our latest Bible products. It's not by frontal attack as much as by a thousand cuts: here a 'he' cut, there a 'him' cut, everywhere a 'father,' 'brother,' and 'son' cut. It's a tsunami of appeasement.
Then too, pomos obscure the nature of sex, itself. There's lots of talk about being sensitive to the queer...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 29, 2010 - 7:44am
WRONG: The bird is beautiful. Look at the bird's coloring. See the bird fly. The bird flies high in the sky. Look at the bird's nest. See the baby birds. The baby birds want to eat. See how their mouths are open? I wish I were a bird so I could fly. Do you want to fly?
RIGHT: The bird is beautiful. Look at the bird's coloring. See the bird fly. The bird flies high in the sky. Look at the bird's nest. See the baby birds. They want to eat. See how their mouths are open? I wish I were a bird so I could fly. Do you want to fly?
(Tim) By now, it's likely there are over 4,000,000 words on Baylyblog and I've written, edited, or read all but a very tiny fraction of them. Edited?
Yes, edited—including our good readers' comments. At times I correct spelling and some of the more obvious typos. Too, I remove spaces.
Why remove spaces? Because many have the habit of treating their computer like a typewriter and it mucks up readability...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 28, 2010 - 4:27pm
(Lucas: This is the third in a series by David Wegener. Here's the first and the second.)
3. Substitution is a Scriptural idea. Some examples:
Paul, Moses and David each desired to suffer in the place of another or others (Rom 9:3, Ex 32:32, 2 Sam 18:33). They desired to serve as substitutes.
When hands were laid on the head of the sacrifice, it signified the imputation of the guilt of sin to the sacrifice. The sacrifice was the substitute.
When Nabal’s foolishness provoked David to wrath, Abigail, the wife of Nabal, took the place of a substitute/mediator between David and her husband. She pled with David that he consider the sin of Nabal to be her sin. “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt” (1 Sam 25:24). She refers to Nabal’s sin as her sin. She desired that David reckon Nabal’s sin to her account...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 27, 2010 - 7:16am
(Tim) The past two weeks the Bloomington Baylys have had sorrow and joy. Sorrow in the death of my dear cousin, John DeWalt, who succumbed to a long illness connected with diabetes. He died two weeks ago this coming Monday and some of us were able to travel to Pittsburgh for the funeral. There we grieved, and yet celebrated his homegoing with his mother, Inis (Mrs. Curtis) DeWalt, his sister Beth DeWalt, and his brother Paul DeWalt (along with Paul's wife, Patti, and their three children--Zachary, Sarah, and Jacob).
A week ago today, we had the joy of joining brother David's family in the celebration of the marriage of David's eldest son, Nathan, and his lovely bride, Aleaha (pron. a leah). It was a joyful day.
Then the past three days we've had the joy of gathering here in Bloomington for our family Thanksgiving celebration and being joined by my mother-in-law, Margaret (Mrs. Ken) Taylor. That's the pic you see above. For the record, we now have ten grandchildren. (I apologize to my dear wife, Mary Lee, for the mysterious white-out on her forehead, but otherwise it's the best pic.)
by David and Tim Bayly on November 24, 2010 - 8:09am
(Tim) In the preface to his book, Alias Shakespeare, the late Joe Sobran wrote: "I would much rather be in the tradition of great American cranks like Thoreau, Ambrose Bierce, Lysander Spooner, and H. L. Mencken, than belong to the mass of scholars who, ever mindful of tenure, promotion, grants, and that last infirmity of ignoble minds, respectability, never deviate from scholarly consensus."
Everyone wants to have led a scientific revolution, but where's the man willing to lead one?
This Thanksgiving, I thank God for the nobility and fear of God that led Joe Sobran and Joe Bayly to deviate from the consensus and to oppose the regnant racism and sexism that deny the moral agency of blacks, women, and Jews...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 22, 2010 - 5:35pm
(Jody Killingsworth) Each year, our worship band joins forces with our adult and children’s choirs and fifteen or so orchestral musicians from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music to lead the Bloomington community in celebrating the Incarnation of our promised Messiah. It’s exuberant, ecstatic, poignant, energetic, stirring, tremendous, resplendent; and best of all, participatory!
So come sing your Christmas hearts out with us. Then join us for Lord’s Day worship the next morning. We’d love to have you, especially if you’re from out of town. Let us know, and we'll do our best to find a home for you and your family while you're here.
by David and Tim Bayly on November 22, 2010 - 3:41pm
(Tim: a series on beliefs about spirit beings in Zambian culture by David Wegener)
Editors note: Here is a lightly edited version of an advertisement for a Traditional Healer (taken off a tree) in our neighborhood. This doctor knows his clientele and the items he mentions are typical reasons why people come to see him. I'm still not totally sure what #9 means.
by David and Tim Bayly on November 18, 2010 - 6:39pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Chris) Several have done yeoman's work putting together lists of the thousands of places Zondervan/Biblica's employees have changed the original Hebrew and Greek inspired by the Holy Spirit in order to produce their new line of Bible products (NIV 2010). Note the examples below showing how they've silenced the Word of God in order to keep postmoderns from accusing Scripture of being sexist, antisemitic, and homophobic. Gagging God is alive and well.
by David and Tim Bayly on November 18, 2010 - 5:58am
(Tim, w/thanks to Ethan) The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a profile of a man who earns his living writing papers for students. He earns more than $60,000 a year and has this to say about his clients who are seminary students:
I do a lot of work for seminary students. I like seminary students. They seem so blissfully unaware of the inherent contradiction in paying somebody to help them cheat in courses that are largely about walking in the light of God and providing an ethical model for others to follow. I have been commissioned to write many a passionate condemnation of America's moral decay as exemplified by abortion, gay marriage, or the teaching of evolution. All in all, we may presume that clerical authorities see these as a greater threat than the plagiarism committed by the future frocked.
by David and Tim Bayly on November 17, 2010 - 6:32am
[John the Baptist was preaching:] “His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people.
But when Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and because of all the wicked things which Herod had done, Herod also added this to them all: he locked John up in prison. (Luke 3:17-20)
(Tim, w/thanks to Kevin) Did you notice John the Baptist was "preaching the Gospel" when he rebuked Herod for "all the wicked things" done by his government? Too, did you notice why Reformed men today don't rebuke Herod?
"He locked John up in prison." Usually things are more simple than we make them--Reformed men, that is--and the avoidance of suffering and absence of faith is the key to understand our silence. Not doctrine. Never ever doctrine, but the absence of faith. Which reminds me...
About fifteen years ago, I drove an hour to take in a lecture given by the eminent historian, George Marsden, at a nearby liberal arts college. His presentation amounted to a very sophisticated wheedling and cajolling of fellow academics to give orthodox Christians a seat at the table, which plea had been the substance of a piece he'd recently published in First Things. We were coming off a bad decade or two during which political correctness had shut down rational discourse in public, private, and Christian higher educational institutions, alike, and Allan Bloom's jeremiad, The Closing of the American Mind, had accomplished little except to earn its author the scorn of the tenured and their administrative masters.
Following Marsden's lecture, one fellow asked him whether Buddhists should have a seat at the table, too?
"Yes--serious Buddhists that is," Marsden replied...