September 2014

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Leithart smokes his peace pipe...

Presbyterian Church in America teaching elders, Peter Leithart, Jeff Meyers, Rich Bledsoe and Trinity House friends are pushing peace with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. Till now, the main thrust of their work has been displacing Reformed soteriology and sacramentology through (oatmeal stout) Federal Vision Lutheranism, but now they have turned to larger things. And central to these larger things is their work seeking to displace historic Reformed principles of worship with Anglican, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic liturgism.

In a short piece that ran as the lead article in the latest issue of Lutheran-convert-to-Roman-Catholicism Richard John Neuhaus's First Things (August/September 2014), Leithart attempts to shame fellow Protestant and Reformed pastors. Note his holy vehemence:

The modern age has seen more than its share of horrors, but none so stupefying as the spectacle of Christ re-crucified in our (Protestant/Roman Catholic) divisions. The only horror that might rival it is our complacency before this cross.

If Dr. Leithart is right that our love for Biblically Reformed doctrine, sacramentology, and worship is perpetuating the worst horror of the modern age; if he's speaking truth when he claims that Reformed pastors committed to the Westminster Standards are "recrucifying" Jesus Christ; there's nothing...

Male and female He created them...

Those who believe and honor God’s gift and order of sexuality confess both the history recorded in Genesis and the New Testament texts that explain the meaning of Genesis. Here then is Scripture's revelation concerning God's gift of sexuality:

First, God created Adam and Eve “in His Own Image,” thereby revealing their essential equality.

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27).

Second, God created Eve... 

Nicknames and woman...

Here's a good article on nicknames, pointing out that their decline is tied to the more general decline of male groups and camaraderie. This has come about under the tyranny of what Chesterton calls the universal vigilance of woman. Other than the Bible, Chesterton is the only essential reading...


on the sexes. That is, the two sexes.

Track and field's "intersexed"...

Here's a post by a man who had a surgeon try to change him into a woman. He's giving the history of the "intersexed" in track and field and here are a few comments on his piece by one of our U.K. correspondents:

What does a loving father's discipline look like...

If you're interested in what godly discipline of a son by his father looks like and you're one of my FB friends, check out the link on my timeline to Chris Taylor's tribute to his own father, Peter Taylor.

Black mothers are switch-hitters...

Truth is simple. God's truths are simple. God's truths about the discipline of sons include:

The cost of contraception...

(w/thanks to David C.) We're so hip and smart, and we're willing to pay the price. It's stupid to just keep popping out babies, as many and as fast as you can. That's what the fundies do. Not us. We're Reformed Christians thinking with our most excellent large brains. We read and study and get degrees. Accomplishing those things takes lots of money, energy, and time. No woman popping out babies as fast as she can has the money or energy or time to get educated herself, let alone provide her children an education sufficient to commend the Reformed faith to the chattering class.

Our big Reformed brains and egos require birth control to keep the whole shebang bright side up. Imagine a hip Reformed church planter featuring a pic of his fat happy wife in the midst of her brood of ten children on his church plant's web site. You can't sell Jesus with pics of fat women surrounded by hordes of children.

Kellerites don't use fecundity as a sales tool...

Reformed Worship (VI): a word to our Anglican brothers...

(NOTE: This is the sixth post in a series on Reformed worship.

Ten books...

When I was just beginning in the pastorate, I kept my eye on Christian Century's monthly lists of the "Top Ten" books for this or that famous prof or pastor. The lists were all the more interesting because all those asked were liberal (unbelieving) Christians. I don't remember any book agreed upon by most of them other than Augustine's Confessions. So I bought and read it, and ever since have been completely mystified why any unbelieving Christian would bother reading it, let alone saying it was one of the most influential books he's ever read?

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Our many blessings from God...

Thought it was about time for a pic of the clan—our children, spouses, and grandchildren (with three more on the way).

Reformed Worship (V): pastoral care with reliance upon the Holy Spirit...

(NOTE: This is the fifth post in a series on Reformed worship. Here are the first firstsecondthirdfourth, and sixth.)

In the previous post, we saw that formalism in worship is very efficient in leading us and our congregants to play nice with Rome. We may do our best to remain vigilant in our soteriology, rallying round the cry “Faith alone!” even as we repudiate historic Reformed principles and orders of worship. We may continue to desire Presbyterian polity and a Reformed view of the real spiritual presence of our Lord in the elements even as we embrace the method and mechanisms of Anglicans' Book of Common Prayer.

Because of the poverty of worship in prior Evangelical Presbyterian or Baptist churches, many among us feel they must spurn the commitment of our Reformed fathers to Biblical simplicity. But let us know precisely what we are undoing before our deformission of Reformed worship reaches twenty years of age.

Today, we have a choice between the simplicity of reformed worship, regulated by God’s Word, or the ceremony and sarcedotalism inherent in the formulaic worship of the Book of Common Prayer and Covenant Renewal.

So you want to go back to the formulaic liturgy? This begs the question—Why? Can we be self-critical concerning our motivations?

Our motives are the same as the children of Israel. When we are faced with the job of entering the Promised Land and we hear their giants are giant, we have a choice: depend on God, or go back to Egypt. We can have a liturgy that is dependent on the work of the Holy Spirit or we can have control of our worship. This choice seems ridiculous to those who eschew what some might term extemporaneous preaching and worship, choosing instead to depend upon manuscripts they read and prayers they recite. But Reformed worship is not extemporaneous in the normal sense of "unprepared." Reformed pastors who look at the sheep of their flock and preach to them and lead them in prayer have never held the absence of preparation as a principle of Reformed worship...

Michael Farris misses the mark...

Homeschoolers can be a fractious bunch, so it's a wonder to behold how Homeschool Legal Defense Association's Michael Farris has been able to unify homeschoolers in supporting his work. For years now, he's spoken for homeschoolers as Tim Keller speaks for the Presbyterian Church in America and Bill Clinton speaks for the Democratic Party.

It's noteworthy, then, what Farris recently declared concerning manhood and womanhood in the wake of the fall of his fellow homeschool leaders, Doug Phillips and Bill Gothard. Posted to the HSLDA website, Farris starts by saying he doesn't intend to condemn Phillips and Gothard's sexual sins, but rather their teaching. It's a curious way to begin, but maybe his tack makes sense when you consider that Phillips and Gothard's teaching has been the same for many, many, years whereas their sexual sin is the new revelation hitting Farris now. You know, it takes him a while to decide what he thinks about things, so helped by the scandal surrounding their sexual sin, he's finally been able to come to an understanding concerning their teaching. You get my point?

Back around 1980, our Dad confronted Bill Gothard publicly in the pages of Eternity magazine. He wrote a column exposing Bill Gothard's teaching on authority and he took Gothard to task for his tolerance of sexual sin at Gothard's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. Which is to say Gothard's failures are very, very old. So why didn't Michael Farris condemn Bill Gothard for his bad teaching many years ago?

Because men who want...

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