August 2011

Mother murders eight-year-old son, claims mercy-killing defense...

The defense sounds insane until you realize this is precisely the explanation tens of millions of mothers have used since 1973 to justify their murder of their unborn babies. His life was sad so I murdered him.

What we want to know is why this defense works with parents who murder their unborn and defective newborn children...

Fearing space aliens rather Almighty God...

SpaceAliensPoliceEarth A dear brother sends notice of the Academy's anthrophobia that's culminated in this howler from our intellectual superiors at NASA and Penn State. Without tongues-in-cheek, they warn that space aliens may be so righteously indignant over our incandecent lights and hot water heaters that they mount an assault against the only inhabitants of Planet Earth who bear the Image of God.

As Joe Sobran oft observed, some things are so spine-tingly stupid only the highly educated could ever believe them. Brother Tibbs writes:

You know how Paul warned that God would give people over to vile affections because they worship the creation rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever? Well, here's a very sad story about His judgment.

Hippies from outer space might arrive in their bong-ship to wipe out humanity in order to save the earth and punish us for blaspheming Gaia. Far out, man. Groovy. Pass the weed.

This is what they believe?

Warren Buffet is just a rich man...

Warren Buffet's Bank of America deal is good for him, but likely at the expense of everyone else. The Holy Spirit says, "Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court" (James 2:6b)? (TB)

Welcome to the family, Norton, Jasmine and Joy...

DSC_2275 Christ the Word rejoices in God having added three precious babies to our midst this week. 

Jasmine and Joy Drees are home from Florida, arriving today from Florida six weeks after birth, including four weeks of hospitalization and two weeks awaiting adoption approvals. The twins join Paul and Renee Drees together with siblings Josiah, Madalyn, Sam, Summer and Lily. We rejoice that Joy and Jasmine are healthy, and that the obstacles that hindered their coming home have been removed. God be praised.

2011-08-26 14.37.40 We're also thrilled to welcome Norton Zion Clark to our family. Norton, son of Kevin and Jennifer Clark and younger brother of Wolfgang, Stella and Joaquin, is a signal to me of what a precious gift it is when God allows a pastor to serve in one location for multiple decades. Norton's parents once played with Cheryl's and my babies. Now my children play with the Clark's babies. Joy. (DB)

Commend, hesitate, warn, and (yes, Mabel) forbid...

Dad used to say every article in Readers Digest was "Oh the wonder of it!", "Oh, the horror of it!" or "Oh." In his memory, here's a new category of Baylyblog posts.

Listening to my son Taylor last night, it occurred to me a pastor should tell his flock those authors and books he commends, those he commends with some hesitation, those he warns against, and those he forbids. And yes, forbidding certain authors and books is one of the obligations of faithful shepherds and ought to be binding on those who have placed themselves under his care by vowing to submit to the church's "government and discipline."

Our model for this series of posts will be Charles Spurgeon's most-helpful book reviewing commentaries, Commenting and Commentaries.

Commend: Our first commendation is the single book I consider most important (after God's Word) for any man aspiring or ordained to church office...


Sowing the wind, reaping the whirlwind...

(TB: this from David Wegener, our American-African correspondent on home assignment here in these United States for the coming year.)

Reading the recent article about Pat Summit, the head woman’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, has put me in a reflective mood. If you read the article and are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll feel pretty sad. Sorry that Pat Summit has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Sorry that her marriage ended in divorce. Sorry that she’s given her life to basketball. Sorry for her son Tyler.

Sorry Pat is such a man--this last idea was the dominant impression I had after reading the piece by Sally Jenkins (who calls Pat her best friend).

When doctors at Mayo Clinic told her she had Alzheimer’s and urged her to retire, she responded, “Do you have any idea who you’re dealing with?” Jenkins describes her as “a marble pillar, ramrod straight, that seems to have stood for a thousand years, while everything around it falls.” She is characterized by “resolve.” Things like surrender and acceptance and vulnerability have never “come naturally to her.” If you watch the interview and see what it reveals about Tyler’s relationship with his mom, well, it makes you even sadder. Even sick.

She is the most successful coach in women’s sports today...

National Presbyterian Church of Mexico meets and repudiates woman officers...

(Esta entrada del blog está dedicado al Sr. y la Sra. Josué Congrove.)

While Evangelicals of the mainline liberal Presbyterian Church (USA) are gathering in Minneapolis to figure out how to keep their precious woman officers and yet differentiating themselves from the wicked promotion of sodomy that their national association of churches has approved and will enforce, the two-million member National Presbyterian Church of Mexico (Iglesia Nacional Presbiteriana de México [INPM]) is growing in obedience. Last week they held a special meeting to act on the ordination of women and voted not to allow woman officers by the margin of 158 to 14.

Redeemer promotes woman officers.

Iglesia Nacional Presbiteriana de México opposes woman officers.

Considering the Anglican machinations of the past few years, one wonders whether INPM will consider taking on a theological presbytery here in these United States of congregatons leaving the PC(USA) and PCA? This would allow...

As a result of works, faith is completed...

In a post earlier today Tim quoted from an interview in Christianity Today's feminist blog, Her.meneutics, with Russell Moore, new president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Moore is asked:

HER.meneutics: Complementarians sometimes say that a feminist or egalitarian reading of the Bible owes more to our own cultural prejudices than to a faithful reading of Scripture. Is this true?

Russell Moore: I do not believe that egalitarian Christians are evil, Bible-destructing people. Most of them are trying to reconcile some things they find in Scripture (Jesus’ affirmation of women, for instance) with others that seem to contradict these (the teachings of Paul and Peter on the church and family, for instance).

If egalitarian feminism is not "Bible-destructing," it follows, arguing from the lesser to the greater, that neither is it soul-destroying. This attitude has long been reflected in CBMW's genteel, comrades-in-the-faculty-row approach to feminist heresy.

But Tim has already addressed this point in his excellent post below.What must be added is the observation that only in a Reformed Protestant world where the biblically-taught union between faith and works has been decisively severed could a man argue that a heresy which leads to significant rebellion against the Word of God is not an immediate threat to human souls.

You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was completed. James 2:22 

Fungus, yeast, and children...

National Geographic breathlessly announces: "Even after centuries of effort, some 86 percent of Earth's species have yet to be fully described, according to new study that predicts our planet is home to 8.7 million species. That means scientists have cataloged less than 15 percent of species now alive—and current extinction rates mean many unknown organisms will wink out of existence before they can be recorded."

So let me get this straight...

"Round them heaps of corpses rotting away"...

First you will raise the island of the Sirens,
those creatures who spellbind any man alive,
whoever comes their way. Whoever draws too close,
offguard, and catches the Sirens' voices in the air--
no sailing home for him, no wife rising to meet him,
no happy children beaming up at their father's face.
The high, thrilling song of the Sirens will transfix him,
lolling there in their meadow, round them heaps of corpses
rotting away, rags of skin shriveling on their bones...
Race straight past that coast! Soften some beeswax
and stop your shipmates' ears so none can hear,
none of the crew, but if you are bent on hearing,
have them tie you hand and foot in the swift ship,
erect at the mast-block, lashed by ropes to the mast
so you can hear the Sirens' song to your heart's content.
But if you plead, commanding your men to set you free,
then they must lash you faster, rope on rope.  

- Odyssey 12.45–6 (Fagles)

 Honestly, it must be the water. We've always pointed out how the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is more concerned about being nice guys than defending the Faith, and now we see Russell Moore playing nice with the womyn paid by Christianity Today to run their feminist blog, HER.meneutics. Here's a snippet...

Francis Schaeffer's shame...

He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. (Proverbs 9:7, 8)

In what world is it news when a man announces his Christian faith and leadership were only for the money and that he "faked it all the way?" In the Gray Lady's world where hypocrisy among pro-life Evangelicals is news fit to print because it somehow confirms their self-righteousness in promoting the slaughter of little ones and hating God.

My own father knew the elder Francis Schaeffer (they both attended Faith Seminary) and near the end of his life he became concerned about the anger and pride that characterized Franky's splenetic diatribes. So back in the early eighties, Dad wrote Franky a kind fatherly letter of admonishment. Franky never responded.

Years later, now, I'm in my late fifties and I realize how awful pride is and how very many nations, cities, churches, families, marriages, and men it destroys. It is the engine that drives that root of bitterness that corrupts many.

This is my way of saying that the real news about Franky is not that he's now confessing his whole life has been hypocrisy...

E-mail addresses and a beautiful B&B in the southwest of France...

TimBayly'sB&B My father named me Timothy Baker Bayly. When I stop to think about that certain type of man who demands other men address him by his first initial and middle name, I tell people I'm going to switch over to "T. Baker Bayly"--and don't you forget it. Sounds as auspicious as I feel, you know? You'd buy a book that man had written, I'm sure, and invite him to give a lecture series at your local "International University."

All this to say that, despite our family being the only Baylys in the world hanging on to the original spelling, lo and behold there's another Tim Bayly in this world. And every now and then, readers of Baylyblog send him e-mails meant for me. He and his wife are patient and forward them on, but would you all please give them a break?