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Sermon notes: Galatians Number 4...

NOTE: This is number 4 in a series on Galatians. If this is your first time reading sermon notes here, please take time to read a helpful explanation at the bottom of this post.

"What must we do, then, seeing that we are truly dead in our trespasses and sins?

We must turn away from, we must forsake, all self-help schemes, whether they are found in education, psychology, Dr. Phil or Dr. Laura, or the more natural ones of marriage and family, and work. If we are a content wife or happy mother or devoted husband, we are still dead in our trespasses and sins—only slightly happier than the next corpse. This is not to disparage the joys and blessings of marriage and family life, but only to recognize that one can go to hell after a good marriage as well as one can go to hell after a bad one."

From the Pulpit of Church of the Good Shepherd (now Clearnote Church, Bloomington)

November 16, 2003; AM

Galatians Series No. 4

Who Gave Himself for Our Sins

Sermon Text: Galatians 1:1-5 

This Lord’s Day, we turn to our fourth in a series of sermons on the New Testament book of Galatians...

A good resource on Christian headcovering in worship...

As everyone in Clearnote Church, Bloomington knows, in obedience to Scripture and in conformity with 99.9% of Christian women across two millennia, my wife Mary Lee wears a headcovering in worship, even when she's not praying or prophesying.

We began to consider the matter seriously when we were reading R. C. Sproul Sr.'s great book, Now, That's a Good Question!as part of our family devotions and learned there that Mrs. Sproul confesses her Christian sexuality by wearing a headcovering in worship.

Mary Lee and I began this practice and commend it to each of you who are married. It is a clear confession of the Christian faith to postmoderns who are so twisted by our culture that they find themselves most comfortable with femininity in men (doubting themselves, using hedge words and phrases, wearing jewelry, abdicating authority, shedding tears, being vain in their appearance) and masculinity in women (taking leadership and authority, working out, getting ripped, teaching men, playing soldier, playing cop, playing pastor, being brash).

Now, I'm guessing about 20% of Clearnote's women cover during some or all of our worship, although it's no requirement within our congregation.

One of our pastors just sent me a link to this web site titled The Headcovering Movement, and I thought some of our readers might find it helpful...

MacExperience closing on Sundays...

We've found the local MacExperience shop cheerful and helpful with Mac repairs. Yesterday, they sent their customers this announcement and Joseph forwarded it to me with the comment, "Fascinating"...

Covenant Theological Seminary's C. John Collins dismisses the numbers of Scripture...

It's the first rule of journalism to "follow the numbers." C. John "Jack" Collins is a prof at the Presbyterian Church in America's Covenant Theological Seminary, and recently Jack published a book and article purporting to defend the historicity of Adam. Both are dangerous pieces of work because both are carefully wrong in a very soft and seductive way. But the numbers don't lie.

Collins writes:

The story of Adam and Eve, and their first disobedience, explains how sin, the alien intruder, first came into human experience, though it hardly pretends to explain how rebellion against God (as expressed in the serpent’s speech) originated to begin with.

Note that Collins speaks of the Fall as the responsibility of both "Adam and Eve." He uses the plural: "their first disobedience." This is directly contrary to the Word of God which explicitly declares the Fall and Original Sin to be solely the responsibility of...

Sermon notes: Galatians Number 3...

NOTE: This is number 3 in a series on Galatians. If this is your first time reading sermon notes here, please take time to read a helpful explanation at the bottom of this post.

From the Pulpit of Church of the Good Shepherd (now Clearnote Church, Bloomington)

November 9, 2003; AM

Galatians Series No. 3

Grace to You and Peace

Sermon Text: Galatians 1:1-5

This Lord’s Day, we have our third in a series of sermons on the New Testament book of Galatians. And for this, our third week, we will read the entire introduction to this book, verses one through five.

* Galatians 1:1-5 This is the Word of God, eternally true...

Teaching fatherhood missionally...

[TB: This is a guest post by our faithful Edinburgh correspondent, Ross Clark. Good idea.]

Once upon a time I was part of an Anglican church. The church had a lot of faults but it got one thing right: it had a heart for evangelism and the Gospel. One of the most effective ways this was expressed was a mothers-of-preschoolers group designed to appeal to mothers in the suburban community in which the church was based. During the years I was a part of this church, most of the adult women who came to faith did so through this ministry. Many churches offer similar parenting courses in order to build bridges with the community as well as minister to their own flock. Here is one such example from Singapore. (And check this out.)

So, after years of following Baylyblog, I've had this idea...

Our man Mitch goes to Purdue...

There's little doubt in my mind that our former governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, will do a superb job as the new president of Purdue University. Since hearing he was taking the job back a year or so ago, I've been lamenting Our Man Mitch didn't come to Indiana University, instead.

Back in mid-January of this year, my dear brother, Tim Wegener, forwarded "An Open Letter to the People of Purdue" which was Mitch Daniels'  first act of leadership as Purdue's new president. A shot across the bow, read it and imagine how...

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In Manhattan, defending creation is woman's work...

Here's a delightful piece written by Virginia Heffernan, a former fact-checker for The New Yorker who's written for Talk, Harper's, Slate, The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine. Clearly Heffernan understands why no Manhattan pastor would admit to believing in creation. 

In New York City saying you’re a creationist is like confessing you think Ahmadinejad has a couple of good points. Maybe I’m the only creationist I know.

How poverty-stricken New York City is, that while PCA pastors promote Darwin and the high priests of Science, a female journalist is left to defend the Word of God. Like they say, "a woman can do anything an ordained man can't do."

A teaser...

The family wage honored motherhood...

Bob Patterson has a piece in Philly's Inquirer on President Taft's creation of the U.S. Children's Bureau. Headed by Julia C. Lathrop, the Bureau was a "Progressive initiative that sought to protect both motherhood and childhood from the emerging industrialized order":

(Lathrop was a) social conservative (who) believed that maternity - by generating new life for society - trumped the demands of industry and commerce. Considering motherhood "the most important calling in the world," she worked tirelessly to give the at-home mother "the status of a profession".... Lathrop's successor, Florence Kelley, shared the same goals, safeguarding the "fundamental rights of children," including a "normal home life" and childhood that presumed married parents and maternal care and nurture through the early teen years.

"Childhood that presumed married parents and maternal care and nurture through the early teen years." A century ago our civil magistrates created economic policies that honored fatherhood and motherhood. Today they create economic policies that honor sodomy.

Patterson continues...

Child abuse: grandstanding or pastoral care...

(NOTE FROM TB: Earlier today, my wife and I read a statement against child abuse signed by a bunch of church leaders and their friends who are affiliated with the PCA, Biblical Theological Seminary, Westminster Seminary (Philly), and an assortment of other organizations. Both of us were unimpressed. My wife said, "I'd like to ask all the people who signed it if any of them have ever taken even one man and woman from their own congregation or their own family down to the police station to confess their crimes? They all have child molesters and abusers in their own churches and families."

So I asked Mary Lee if she would do a short post on her reaction to the statement and here it is. Obviously, the statement leaves us cold. Despite their public declaration of moral indignation, we doubt more than a handful of them have done the hard work of pastoral care needed in matters of this sort. Too, if we're talking about "child abuse," why no mention of the murder of children? Which is to say, why no mention of abortion?)

(Mary Lee writes:) It is easy to point fingers at the people in the past who did not expose the abuse and wickedness in their churches and Christian organizations. It is easy to point fingers at those around us who have not done what was necessary to stop the abuse and wickedness they have been told about. It is even fairly easy to acknowledge that, surely, we too have failed in these areas.

It is not easy, when a man in your own congregation is found to have molested little children, to take that man down to the police station and help him confess his crimes. 

It is not easy to go with a woman in your congregation whose father molested her for years as she was growing up and... 

Mr. President, any one of 1,350,000 unborn babies could have been you last year...

Our President is trying to emote in a popular direction, giving a "surprise speech" about how "Trayvon Martin could have been me thirty-five years ago." Let's give him the benefit of the doubt and accept his claim he used to sit on top of men pummeling them while they cried for help. I must say that, myself, I'm sceptical. But again, let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

Honestly, though; while he's at it, why doesn't our president emote over the 1,350,000 defenseless infants torn to shreds last year who never pummeled anything other than their mother's womb. From inside. With their feet.

This is not to defend George Zimmerman. I pity him. But not as much for the lifetime of hostility he will endure as the lifetime of bloodguilt he will suffer. A regular bad dream I've had for years is that I've murdered a man and can't bear the guilt.

George Zimmerman didn't kill a man of similar age who was also armed and present on the field of combat. He killed a young boy who was unarmed and was only punching him...

Singing falsetto...

From Al's FB page:

20 incredible years as President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (I) made many commitments 20 years ago. Have those commitments been fulfilled? Don't miss (my) passionate, grace-filled message to the Southern Baptist Convention.

And this:

Passionate leaders attract and motivate passionate followers. Together, they build passionate movements. When this happens, anything is possible.

This endless parading of our grace and passion is bathetic...

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