June 2013

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The story behind the cartoon/a fond farewell to Chuck Asay...

Back in 1988, the 200th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. was held in St. Louis, home of the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court of these United States which denied the legal standing of slaves and left our nation on the brink of Civil War.

At the time I was a board member of Presbyterians Pro-Life and we were mounting a considerable challenge to our denomination's promotion of the slaughter of the unborn by bringing Mother Teresa to address the assembly (of course, outside the official venue and time). The second prong of our attack was through our daily publications and exhibit booth, so we contacted Chuck Asay, a Presbyterian brother who did editorial cartoons for the Colorado Springs Gazette, and asked him to do a series of cartoons showing the parallels between Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade, the oppression of slaves and the slaughter of the unborn.

Chuck did a wonderful job with those eight or ten cartoons. We mounted a number of them on our PPL exhibit and featured them prominently in our broadsides handed out to the commissioners each day. Between Mother Teresa's prophetic condemnation of the "murder" of the unborn which was attended by every last one of the commissioners (as well as all St. Louis's Roman Catholic hierarchy, the mayor, and every media person within two-hundred and fifty miles) and Chuck's cartoons, the earth shook at that assembly and the counter-attack was swift.

A few blacks employed by men at the top of our denominational bureaucracy came onto the exhibit floor waving signs and shouting in front of our exhibit calling us "racist" for noting the parallel between the oppression of slaves and the slaughter of babies. Media and television cameramen showed up for the shouting, and now that they were on TV, the shouters shouted more loudly about racism and demanded we...

Making suits from Adamantium...

A common refrain lobbed from R2K adherents is a "lack of consistency" on the part of those holding to the historic Two Kingdoms doctrine. If you think God has called you to call sodomites and baby-killers to repentance, why not call on civil government to enforce the worship of the Trinity and punish Sabbath breakers?

At the heart of this complaint is R2Ker's notion of the "spirituality" of the church. What is the spirituality of the church?

Good question. On its face, the term lends itself to being so vague as to be nearly useless. Calvin and others following him use this term much different than R2K men. Hisorically, it wasn't a paradigm.

But R2K has co-opted the term and R2K men are all over the board as to its meaning...

All those sotto voce television programs...

One Google headline celebrating the Supreme Court's predictable and utterly boring ruling against DOMA today was this:

"Gay marriage: How TV helped nudge society on the issue."

Yeah, yeah; television nudged society to accept sodomite and lesbian "marriage" as Hiroshima and Nagasaki nudged Japan to surrender. I mean, how do you keep track of the levels of deceit and conceit, here? We have the media reporting on themselves and chortling over their victory, but wanting to keep their chortling seemly, they humbly call their influence a nudge.

Nudge nothing. The idiot-box buffoons and lechers browbeat, badgered, and hectored.

Come to the Clearnote Summer Conference; learn to love the Church

Many are watching the Supreme Court this week to see what it will tell us about marriage and race relations. What will our justices rule on equality in this country? How will their decisions affect our lives? We watch and wait because their words bear weight. They carry authority. We won't escape the implications of what they declare.

Of course, for Christians there is a higher truth and the place God is pleased for us to hear, understand, and live this truth is the Church. Thus God names His Church "the pillar and foundation of the truth."

But we are quick to run to anything else; to campus Bible studies, to home churches, to a church that couldn't and wouldn't offend us; to a place called "church" where we won't have to confess our sins and listen as others confess theirs.

A church where we won't need to encourage others as they suffer because there is no sin or suffering. A church where brothers wouldn't think of admonishing or rebuking one another. To tell the truth...

The meaning of a chicken's life...

Can you imagine how good these eggs would taste?

Marine Mariah, Melissa, and Megan...

Jeff. M. passed on this good summary of the state of women in combat in the U.S. military. Here's an excerpt:

Mission effectiveness.

Opposition to women being assigned to combat units comes primarily from those serving in them. While 74% of the general public would support changing the policy, the characteristic attitude among infantrymen...

Spam blocking and comments...

Because of a growing problem with spam recently, we've had to change our spam filter's settings to a higher level of intensity. This may lead to some of you having trouble getting your comments published. If you have problems, would you please send Pastor Lucas Weeks an e-mail? Thanks.

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Love it...

Check it out. "Just let him eat."

Can I apply?

Exodus International repudiates the holiness without which no man will see God...

Here's an Atlantic Monthly interview that is a tragic betrayal of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Alan Chambers, the leader of Exodus International which he's just announced he's shutting down. This is the way of all flesh in our Vanity Fair. We repent of our prior Biblical commitments...

Proud grandfather...

Our daughter-in-law, Heidi Bayly, took this pic of the grandchildren at Taylor and Réze's wedding a couple weeks ago. Twelve now, with three more on the way—all blessings from God!

Good church in Gainesville, Florida?

Just received this e-mail from a reader and I wonder if other readers have any suggestions for her? Please make them in the comments and she'll keep a watch, there. Thanks.

I recently relocated to Gainesville, FL. There are more churches here than you can shake a stick at. :-) Do you happen to have any resources for finding a good church here?

Hold me back...

One seminar I have to miss at the PCA General Assembly this year is that you-scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours tag team of Lig Duncan and Tim Keller. They tell us those who sign up for their GA seminar will be the lucky recipients of their inestimable prognostications concerning the next twenty-five years:

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