November 2014

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Peter Leithart rescues "Passion narrative" from Paul's "maneuvers"...

Here Dr. Leithart argues that what he terms "atonement theology" is not sufficiently anchored to the "Passion narrative" of the Gospels. Atonement theology finds some support in those Gospel narratives, for sure; but in the main, what we must keep in mind is that "atonement theology has drawn heavily from Paul."

Give an intellectual with the terminal degree a choice between narrative and dogma and you don't have to break a sweat doing the work of predicting his choice. He will insert himself between the narrative and prior interpreters even when the prior interpreter wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Blinded by his pride, the literary man is certain he can probe and illuminate the narrative better than some first-century rabbi named "Paul.'

To Dr. Leithart, the office to which our Lord appointed Paul and from which he wrote much of the New Testament is not worth noting. Dr. Leithart doesn't say "the Apostle Paul." This construction would call attention to the Apostolic authority from which "Paul" wrote. Nor does Dr. Leithart write, "the Apostle Paul's revelation of the atonement." Using the word 'revelation' would point directly to the Holy Spirit's inspiration of "Paul's ...atonement theology." Dr. Leithart wants to undermine the "atonement theology ...drawn heavily from Paul," so he chooses words suitable to...

Ferguson: Benjamin Watson gets it right...

Excellent response to the Ferguson grand jury decision from New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson. May God bless him. Here's his final paragraph...

Clearnote Bloomington's site redesign...

Got an e-mail from a man today saying he really like our church's site redesign, particularly the sermon archives. Site redesign? So I went over and checked it out. You should too. Here's a screen shot of the top of the home page:

How blessed is the man...

Another song from Clearnote Songbook. It's a setting of Psalm 1 written by Pastor Jody Killingsworth. Give it a listen and then use it in your worship. Excellent.

Abortion: a kickstarter proposal...

Harriet Beecher Stowe ended slavery in America by writing Uncle Tom's Cabin which returned negroes to their rightful place as full persons bearing the image and likeness of God, fully equal to their white masters. It took a well-written novel to bring Americans to our senses, and in time our African brothers and sisters were restored to the equality our forefathers had robbed them of through corrupt laws and judges who feared man rather than God.

I'm not saying the work is done. To this day racism is alive and well and Ferguson has it on full display, although the moral is not at all what anyone is saying.

Today, though, our national life is corrupted by evils worse than slavery and racism, and chief among them is the slaughter of unborn children we call "abortion." Slavery killed its millions but abortion kills its billions. And hard as it was for men with dark skin and thick noses to be viewed as God's image-bearers by men with light skin and long noses, no one but no one today views unborn children as men made in the image and likeness of God. No one today agrees that unborn souls are equal to born souls...

Six fruitful vines within their houses...

He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD! - Psalm 113:9

Because of joy, which is reason enough; and because of thanksgiving which this week is; and because of Scripture's close tie-in of a man's work as a pastor and his family; and because multiplication of family members is one of the most frequent promises of God to His people, as well as God's personal promise to me when I returned to him that night out in California; and because daughters raised by a misogynist and daughters-in-law married to men raised by a misogynist love to give themselves to stay-at-home-motherhood, pregnancy, adoption, and childrearing; and because testimony to His faithfulness is displayed and commanded throughout the Psalms; and because we just received another grandchild from God—Moses from Ethiopia; for all these reasons, and more, here are a couple pics...

An enemy of the people...

(Nikada ne treba oblačiti svoje najbolje odelo kad čovek ide da se bori za slobodu i istinu. - Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People

Got an e-mail the other day from a friend who had been told I had once written here that women shouldn't play softball because it's a hotbed of lesbianism. Wrote back to tell him I'd never said it. Fact is I can't imagine a better place to call non-Christians to faith in Jesus Christ than women's softball leagues. Seriously. Sign up now for the Summer 2015 leagues!

It reminded me of the PCA pastor in Indy who warned a friend of mine recently to stay away from Clearnote churches because Tim Bayly is a "misogynist." I'm guessing this conscientious man said it because I wrote a blog post about how women shouldn't play softball because it's a hotbed of lesbianism. But again, I never said it and actually think the opposite. Last year we had a godly young woman in our congregation who played women's basketball at IU. She was a starter and we were very proud of her witness. And did you know that women's basketball is almost certainly as lesbian-centric as women's softball?

Then again, maybe this PCA pastor concluded I'm a misogynist because I've publicly rebuked Tim Keller for violating the PCA's Constitution and Scripture by having women officers who exercise authority over men? PCA pastors are incredibly sensitive to any criticism of Tim Keller...

Is it climate-denying, or just a puzzler...

A study by an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts has just been released showing significant increase in the thickness of Antarctica's ice sheet each year for three years running. And since Woods Hole's scientific credentials are unimpeachable, instead of the author of the study being called a "climate-denier," NBC labels his results "puzzling." Here's their headline...

Tom Wright, Darryl Hart, Tim Keller, and Peter Leithart...

At a classical music concert, all the applause is self-congratulatory. - David Jeremy Bayly

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that three men have been standouts in the volume of Baylyblog posts warning against them: Tom (N. T.) Wright, Darryl Hart, and Tim Keller. Each of these men has shown himself adept at drawing away disciples after him who will join in his rebellion against crucial parts of Biblical faith. Tom Wright denies God’s Creation Order, Darryl Hart denies the Church’s calling to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all creation, and Tim Keller denies the Biblical doctrines of sexuality, Creation, and Hell.

The most striking thing about these men is their abuse of language...

Coaches Bobby Knight and Mike Davis; pick only one...

If you follow college hoops, you may remember the name Bob Knight. He does color for ESPN during March Madness and many, many IU fans will never forget the glory days when he reigned over IU's campus like Tim Keller reigns over postmodern Christian hipsters of a certain age and skin color. Coach Knight's reign wasn't just over IU basketball or IU athletics; it extended to the IU Library, the IU Business School, the IU biology and sociology and English literature departments, Bloomington barber shops, Indianapolis car auctions... It extended almost to the fifty-yard line at Notre Dame and center court at Purdue's Mackey Arena—all of it was what they call Hoosier Nation and Coach Knight was king.

Then the IU Trustees brought in a philosophy professor from Oregon as president. He was punching well above his weight class so he made a name for himself and managed a lateral transfer to president of the NCAA by presiding over a year-long, shameful firing of Coach Knight. It should have been done years earlier. No one but his wife had been able to stand up to Knight and, lacking discipline, he'd turned into a bully, so the time had come for his departure. How Miles Brand did it was despicable, but that he did it was a relief...

Jason Brown's First Fruits Farm...

A couple years ago, Jason Brown left the NFL and bought a thousand-acre farm in Louisburg, North Carolina he calls First Fruits Farm. Jason says:

I’ve witnessed people with God-given talent and ability waste it away by not living a life with purpose according to the will of our Heavenly Father. This is not living at all. It is actually dying. We need to have a covenant relationship with our Creator, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Here's a short video about what Jason did with First Fruits Farm's first fruits.

Friendship is the wine of life...

Yesterday during a long drive, I listened to several hours of Boswell's Life of Johnson, including this section:

I have often thought, that as longevity is generally desired, and I believe, generally expected, it would be wise to be continually adding to the number of our friends, that the loss of some may be supplied by others. Friendship, "the wine of life," should like a well-stocked cellar, be thus continually renewed; and it is consolatory to think, that although we can seldom add what will equal the generous first-growths of our youth, yet friendship becomes insensibly old in much less time than is commonly imagined, and not many years are required to make it very mellow and pleasant. Warmth will, no doubt, make a considerable difference. Men of affectionate temper and bright fancy will coalesce a great deal sooner than those who are cold and dull.

The proposition which I have now endeavoured to illustrate was, at a subsequent period of his life, the opinion of Johnson himself. He said to Sir Joshua Reynolds, "If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair."

May others find us to be men of warmth with affectionate tempers, not men who are cold and dull.

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