February 2013

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Are we really to condemn the preaching of our Reformed fathers?

Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. - 1Corinthians 10:10, 11

Who needs warnings against the ancient Church Fathers' allegorical interpretation of Scripture when you have the Procrustean bed of this sort of Redemptive-Historical hermeneutic declared normative by some of the most respected Reformed men of our time? Pastor Tim Keller, for instance, writes...

A large step toward ending the bloodshed...

(NOTE FROM TB: Originally I intended readers to see nullification as a strategic step toward returning the sovereign states of this union to their prior freedom to outlaw the slaughter of little babies. Two faithful counselors suggested I change the text to make that connection more explicit. Thus the text of this post has just been reworked, somewhat.)

“If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions’ authors (Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively), it will continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power.”   - Thomas E. Woods

In opposition to the unconstitutional Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 requiring northerners to return Underground Railway freedom riders to their southern bondage, northern anti-slavery activists practiced state nullification of federal lawlessness. For instance, in 1859 the Wisconsin legislature quoted Jefferson's Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 in support of nullification and here is a handbill then circulated in Milwaukee...

Child abuse in Scandinavia...

"There is no bad weather, only bad clothing." So say Scandinavian daycare workers, mothers, and grandmothers who for generations have been putting their wee ones outside to nap. Children sleep in strollers outside coffee shops while mothers are inside drinking warm coffee. Outside daycares are rows of strollers. One daycare worker reassured the Western journalist:

When the temperature drops to -15C (5F) we always cover the prams with blankets.


Muslim butchers Coptic Christians...

Yusuf Ibrahim has been arrested and is being held on charges of murder and desecration of bodies in connection with the murder and mutilation of two Coptic Christian men. The men lived in Buena Vista, New Jersey, and were recent immigrants from Egypt.

Reports indicate both men had their hands cut off and were beheaded with their heads and bodies separated and buried.

You hadn't heard about it? It didn't make Google's news page?

C. Everett Koop

The death of Dr. C. Everett Koop at his home in New Hampshire yesterday marked the loss not only of a public Christian of note, but one of Evangelicalism's most signifiicant leaders in the battle to uphold the sanctity of human life.

The Roman Catholic pro-life movement had its legion of stalwarts in the seventies and early eighties: Joe Scheidler, Mother Theresa, Father Paul Quay, Archbishop O'Connor; the list is impressive. And Evangelicalism? Who were her pro-life leaders? There literally weren't any, at least initially. But then God brought Everett Koop and Francis Schaeffer together and the battle was joined from the Protestant side. It's not an exaggeration to say that Dr. Koop and Francis Schaeffer were the twin fathers of the modern Evangelical pro-life movement.

Clearnote Pastors/Church Officers Conference begins this evening...

Please pray for us. We're getting ready for the beginning of the Clearnote Pastors/Church Officers Conference this evening. We'll have over fifty this year which makes all of us very thankful to you and to our Father. The theme is "Preach the Word" which would seem to be the one thing every Reformed or Evangelical pastor already does faithfully.

Sadly, none of us have been killed, recently; none of us are in jail; and only a few of us have been fired for resembling Jeremiah, Amos, Stephen, Peter, or Paul. So yes, this conference is needed, particularly by those of us intimidated and maybe envious of men well-paid by aquisitions editors and conference-organizing coalitions.

"What? I thought this was a post puffing your own conference? Seems a little inconsistent, dude—ya know?"

Yup, this is a conference and I just got done thanking you and our Heavenly Father for bringing so many men to it. So what gives?

What gives is that this conference...

A testimony to God's glorious power...

What follows is the testimony of a courageous young mother who attends Christ the Word Church. Erin's testimony was given at a women's event the weekend of Mud's funeral in Chicago. She sent it to us knowing that Cheryl would be unable to attend the event and that I had been looking forward to Cheryl's report on her presentation. Receiving this was such an encouragement to Cheryl and me in the midst of saying farewell to Mud. May God grant many more testimonies like this in our churches--David Bayly

By Erin Hoot

I am so grateful to share my testimony with you. I hope you will find it encouraging. This is my story.

I was not raised in a Christian home. My mother was a self-proclaimed atheist and my father was Catholic as a child. I remember that we attended a small church briefly when I was young. We didn’t attend long and never looked for another church after. By earthly standards, I was a pretty good kid growing up. I did well in school and never got into trouble. I never partied or did drugs. I had a job from the time I turned 16 and attended college during my senior year of high school. I had my future planned out from the time I was 10. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and was on the right path to reach my goals. It was shortly after graduation that my perfectly planned life began to unravel.

Reformed Therapeutic Gospel (RTG)

In Adam's fall, victims of circumstance and conditionality all...just rolls off the tongue.

Drinking Ted Turner's Kool-Aid...

A total population of 250–300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal. - Ted Turner

Reports the Independent, "Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent." The birth control forced on the Ethiopians often was Depo-Provera which, being an innoculation against the disease of pregnancy, functions perfectly without any cooperation on the part of the woman. Responding to the charges, "Rick Hodes, who runs the JDC clinic in Gondar, said the group offers family planning as part of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, one of which is universal access to reproductive health."

You see, Obamacare's mandate that Christians and Roman Catholics fund the abortions of their employees is only President Obama implementing, on our sovereign soil, the United Nations' Millenium Development Goals.

To the rescue comes Cal Beisner who has done yeoman's work countering the sleepy aquiescence of Reformed academics, pastors, and elders to those hectoring mother-in-laws intent on writing into law that the earth is the earth's and the fullness thereof, and that "humans" stewarding this earth in support of man's fruitfulness and multiplication is as morally repugnant as a poor Ethiopian Jewish woman, pregnant...

What is God? Part II: When you don't take God at face-value...

[Note from TB: We realize Craig French's posts on the Trinity aren’t typical Baylyblog entries, but I have found them very helpful and hope you will read them. Carefully—and following the links. Thank you, Craig, for your excellent teaching, here.]

In part one, I began discussing the inherent problem of starting with a theology of God by way of “essence” or “attributes” apart from hypostases (persons). In part two, I describe what I mean by God playing “dress-up” and show how this implies a disconnect from human sexuality and ordering under father-rule.  I take the ambivalence of many Reformed men (and outright mockery from R2k and Redeemerites) as prima facie evidence that men see no relevance to the Fatherhood of God from which human fatherhood derives.

I have two main goals for part two:

  1. Show where the Reformed are made susceptible to functional egalitarianism by focusing on the essence/attributes of God apart from hypostases, and
  2. Show how this undermines our apprehension of God and our human relationships.

It’s no coincidence that our Reformed seminaries churn out men ill-equipped to pastor souls in the midst of sexual immorality fueled by egalitarianism. Our seminaries are either outright feminist, or they are functionally neutered because discussion of theology proper centers on God’s attributes apart from hypostases. This leaves the door open to a God “transcending gender” because there is a “god” beyond and above the Trinity. This is a breach egalitarians have capitalized on by paying lip-service to the doctrine of the Trinity while they’re busy attacking it. Meanwhile our luminaries fumble about trying to respond while functionally accepting the “orthodoxy” of feminists. The breach has yet to be repaired...

Women willing to lay down their lives...

I must confess that I am a little confused... For years in the abortion debate we have been told that abortion must be available to protect the life of the pregnant woman. It would seem that staying alive has been very important to our women to the degree that if a baby must lose his life to keep her alive, so be it.

Now we see our women increasingly willing to go into combat. Perhaps this is stating the obvious ladies but going into combat often results in losing ones life. How is it that we are finding women willing to lose their life for country but not for the infants in their wombs? I can at least understand the consistency of "I don't want to die by any means, for any reason". But I am having trouble understanding "I will risk my life to fight in combat but not to give birth to my baby."

In God's economy, men are to be willing to risk their lives for their wives, children and country. This is how a man shows his courage and lives out his created purpose as defender. Ladies, if you want to be courageous and be willing to lay down your lives, also...

Let's go to Hamburg...

This miniature airport's planes take off and land. How cool is that? "Men come in as adults and turn into children." I wanna, I wanna... (Thanks, Ben.)

Since a short stint working as an air brakeman/car knocker at Chicago & North Western's Proviso Yard, I've loved the railroad. So, despite my love for planes, I think the miniature railway would have me hooked. Have any readers checked out the excellent HO scale train exhibit downtown Wheaton, in the basement of the DuPage County Historical MuseumTrains run from 1:30 to 3:30 PM on the third and fifth Saturday of each month.

Of course, I suppose if you wanted you could drive an hour and go to the Museum of Science and Industry.