Moral societies are repulsed by crimes against nature. Citizens privileged to live in such societies voice that revulsion through laws and public discourse, but also through shaming those who sign their perversion in the way they speak and act, and the clothing they wear.
Immoral societies glory in their shame and are pleased to promote pastors and seminary professors who will justify their shamelessness. Such pastors and profs are easily recognized by their fruit. They preach and write in such a way that their kindness never leads men toward, but away from repentance.
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? - Romans 2:4
There is no greater betrayal of the pastoral calling today than our precious parsing of any condemnation of sodomy that manages to escape our lips. We are so tender in our treatment of same-sex intimacy that, now, other-species intimacy is upon us and we have only ourselves to blame...
Last night my wife told me of a conversation with a friend...
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit widows and orphans in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27
One of the best teachers of constitutional law never donned a judge’s robe or earned a lawyer’s license to practice law. Joe Sobran studied English literature at a Midwestern college. His specialty was Shakespeare. And he kept his eye on the post-modern ball: liberalism’s relentless purging of Christianity from American law and life. C.S. Lewis said the State is forever telling the Christian to keep his religion to himself as It makes sure he’s never alone. Sobran catalogued the many ways the State keeps us company.
Some man or woman--can't tell by the first name--just sent me the following rebuke:
Shame on you for praising the Pope! Your endorsement is now posted on the internet for all to see...
Your endorsement of the pope is an embarrassment to every Bible believer—not to mention the Reformed Presbyterian church. I am disgusted and horrified by your praise for the Pope.
(John or Jane Van der something)
Receiving this as a private e-mail, I thought Baylyblog readers should be warned, also. Beware of Baylyblog's incipient Roman Catholicism! Also our waiting-to-be-born feminist sympathies and secret love for Tupperware.
In part one, I wrote of the practical aspects of who God is as Trinity with a special focus on the Biblical truth that God is love with the Father as the source. This post will focus on Jesus Who conveys most clearly His Father because He is His Father's Son.
Apart from the Son, there is no Father; with no Father, there is no Son. The identity of each Person of the Trinity is tied to the others. This may be confusing but that’s because we’re not God. Nevertheless we benefit from this reality. It’s a matter of life and death.
As we saw in part one, the Trinity drives us to our knees and carries our prayers. Without the Trinity we don’t know how to pray. It shouldn’t be surprising that Jesus gave His disciples an insider’s view into what Trinitarian discourse (prayer) sounds like on the very night He was betrayed (John 17). His prayer is a dizzying revelation of the glory of the Father...
by Brandon Chasteen on November 27, 2012 - 11:46am
It is time to apply for college. We want readers of Baylyblog to consider one new option, Athanasius College. While developing the program over the past two years, our commitments have been simple: to get back to traditional, orthodox Christian foundations in every aspect of our lives, including especially education.
Recently, we finalized tuition fees for our inaugural year and have released them here. They are affordable: $8,000 for a full-time student expecting to enroll in 12 to 18 hours, with additional rates starting at $500 a year for courses taken at IU. Students will not be eligible for federal funding—we’d have to be accredited for that. Instead, we expect them to make up the cost through summer and part-time jobs or other means.
In today’s higher education market, our price makes a difference. Here are a series of charts showing the scandal of the financial costs and benefits of higher education today. Take a look at them.
Students can attend Athanasius College without burdening their future and their families with insurmountable debt. For most students, such debt has simply become the norm. According to a recent series of posts by the New York Times the average undergraduate debt now approaches $25,000, an average that does not take into account the cost of professional or graduate degrees, whose prices often soar past six digits. And, according to the same report, 9 percent of borrowers will have defaulted on these loans by the end of this year.
Tuition underlies this crisis. Harvard now charges $38,840 just for tuition, and the tuition charged by Christian colleges is not far behind. Here's a list of what various Christian colleges charge...
Jon and Tenile Crum are giving thanks to God for his kindness to them in the safe delivery this evening of a son, Phinehas Obadiah Crum, weighing 8 lbs., 4 ounces. Another precious gift from our Heavenly Father.
Everything about our worship indicates our reverence, zeal, and love toward the Triune God; or alternately, our flippancy and indifference. Hearts aflame for God cry out for men to preach the Word, read Scripture, pray, and sing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with zeal. Sadly, though, worship today is aimed at the mind or the heart. It's intellect or passion--never both. When there is zeal, it's rarely "in accordance with knowledge." And those claiming knowledge make a principle out of their absence of zeal.
Five hundred years ago, John Calvin worked to reform every part of the Church's worship. We must give ourselves to this same work today.
That's why I'm very thankful to announce ClearnoteSongbook.com. The men behind the Songbook--Jody Killingsworth, Philip Moyer, and the Good Shepherd Band, along with Ben Crum, Joseph Bayly, and Lucas Weeks--have put together a site that is a call to reform our worship. The Clearnote Songbook is jam-packed with goodies to help in that work...
An article on the failure of the General Synod of the (state) Church of England to approve woman bishops indicates where we're headed, state church or not:
The Church of England has much explaining to do following its failure to vote to allow women to serve as bishops, its leader says - and politicians from the prime minister downward are already demanding action or answers. ...One MP even suggested there might be an issue under anti-discrimination laws.