December 2014

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Children are a blessing from the Lord: Mary Louise Weeks...

God has been so very kind, blessing us with a new granddaughter, Mary Louise Weeks. Born to Hannah and Lucas Weeks this past Sunday, December 28th, mother and baby are doing well. Mary Louise has the same birthday as her Aunt Michal Louise Crum and the same first and middle names as her maternal grandmother, Mary Louise Bayly.

Trinity House becomes Theopolis...

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Federal Vision stouts just rebranded themselves, exchanging Trinity House for Theopolis, a compound of the Greek 'theos' (God) and 'polis' (city). Godcity has a mailing address in Birmingham, Alabama, halfway between Gadson and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. And with this name change Dr. Peter Leithart and friends stake their claim to be the wise men of the city policing the intersection of the Bible and culture. Have you followed the UK's breast beating over class snobbery? If so, you may understand Theopolis inspired me to try to trade in Baylyblog for Theopleb, but Pope Francis had already spoken for it.

The home page of Theopolis has this...

Dostoevsky finds hipsters...

Daughter Michal Bohocrum forwards this under the subject, "Dostoevsky finds hipsters in the nineteenth century - where no reviews are ever written."


Family values; the Levites, you, and your pastor...

Who said of his father and his mother, ‘I did not consider them’; And he did not acknowledge his brothers, Nor did he regard his own sons... (Deuteronomy 33:9)

Probably the most scandalous parts of Scripture to those of us committed to the reform of marriage and family life are the places God warns us that we must put Him first, above our families. It's that "above our families" part that gets us, but this is what our God Whose Name is Jealous requires and He commends those who obey Him in it. The text above shows the blessing given to the Levites by Moses at the end of his life. He blessed them because in obedience to God's Word they slew their own brothers and sons (Exodus 32:25-29).

John Bunyan highlights the constancy of this choice between loved ones and God at the beginning his Pilgrim's Progress when he describes Christian running from the voices of his family who were crying after him to stop, turn around, and come back home. Covering his ears with his hands...

A fresh take on an olde carole...

Tim Bushong serves as an elder in the CREC congregation, Trinity Evangelical Church in Larwill, Indiana (just outside Ft. Wayne). Tim's day job is running his T. Bush recording studio and each year he works with his son, Aaron, arranging and recording new takes on olde Christmas songs and carols. Knowing how much Baylyblog readers are committed to fleeing the priggishness innate to Presbyterianism,  I thought I'd take this opportunity to let you hear the Bushong's brand new recording of "What Child Is This?" Next year Tim and Aaron plan to issue all of their Christmas recordings on a CD titled, "I'm Dreaming of a Gay Christmas." But I lie. The title will be "A Very Metal Christmas."

"First Things" and Wheaton College school the Apostle Paul...

But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity... - Hebrews 5:14; 6:1a

Recently, both conservative Roman Catholics and Wheaton Evangelicals have begun to promote Satan's lie that being lesbian or effeminate is perfectly fine as long as the lesbian or effeminate don't copulate with each other. Thus the editors of First Things have been promoting a young lesbian writer named Eve Tushnet who has just released her book, Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith. With the book's release, FT's editors hosted Ms. Tushnet for a lecture and book signing, publicizing the event on their web site. The Washington Post introduces Ms. Tushnet,,,

Take me to church...

Speaking of Julie Rodgers rereading the Marilynne Robinson interview and saying she "had church," readers might do well to expand their understanding of how 'church' is used today. Check out these lyrics. The song is by Hozier, it's the top alt tune this past year, and it's' called...

Wheaton College's lesbian Chaplain's Ministry Associate tweets Marilynne Robinson

On and (mostly) off for a couple weeks now, I've been working on a post about Eve Tushnet and Julie Rodgers. Ms. Rodgers is the self-affirming lesbian who was hired this past August (2014) by Wheaton College to work in their Chaplain's Office as their Ministry Associate for Spiritual Care. She is paid by Wheaton to provide spiritual care to their gay students and here's a tweet of Ms. Rodgers from a month ago:

Just re-read this old gem of an interview and had church: Paris Review: The Art of Fiction No.198, Marilynne Robinson …

Introducing Robinson, the Paris Review tells us things like:

[Robinson's] extemporizing on, say, Karl Marx’s Capital is often punctuated with laughter and blithe phrases such as “Oh, goody!” When a question gave her pause during our interview, she’d often shrug and say, “Calvin again,” and then look away as if the sixteenth-century Frenchman were standing in the room waiting to give her advice.


Robinson is a Christian whose faith is not easily reduced to generalities. Calvin’s thought has had a strong influence on her, and she depicts him in her essays as a misunderstood humanist, likening his “secularizing tendencies” to the “celebrations of the human one finds in Emerson and Whitman.”

She knows her Calvin, doesn't she? On to this "gem of an interview" itself...

Christmas voices...


It’s cold and drafty. She’s cold. Why couldn’t the boy have been born while we were still in Nazareth, instead of here, alone, no one to help. Only me, and I’ve never delivered a baby.

Fear not, Joseph.

I do believe God. I take him at his word. A baby. But not mine.

Take unto thee Mary.

Mary—how I love her. I love you, Mary. Here. Hold my hand. I’ll see that nothing goes wrong. No, God will see to that, he’ll take care of you. He’s got to—it’s his baby. Don’t be afraid.

She shall bring forth a son.

He’ll work beside me, help me smooth a yoke, build a house. I’ll get him a little saw, the boy and I will work together.

Call his name Jesus.

I like that name: Jesus, Joshua—he brought our people to this land. He was a leader, Joshua was. He was God’s man.

He shall save his people.

It’s beyond me. I’m just a carpenter, not a rabbi. How can he save, even after he comes of age? When Messiah comes…

…from their sins.

Things are so bad. People are so bad, not just the Romans, either. For that matter, I’m bad—I need a Savior. Mary, I’m here. Don’t be afraid—cry out, if you feel like it.

A new version of Blessed Mary's Magnificat...

If you missed both nights of Clearnote Church, Bloomington's Christmas Spectacular, here's a song from the evenings. It's a new version of Blessed Mary's Magnificat, one of the new songs Good Shepherd Band just issued on their new CD, All the Bells Shall Ring. If you're a worship leader, we've put up all the chord charts and lead sheets, and you'll find them online at Clearnote Songbook. Take a look.

He is the Father of us all...

If you've not heard of ODT Maps, check them out. Here's a list they sent out a little while ago:


If the world were a village of only 100 people, there would be:
     60 Asians,
    16 Africans, 
    10 Europeans, 
      8 people from Central & South America, Mexico & the Caribbean, 
      5 from the USA and Canada, and
      1 person from Australia or New Zealand


The "mutual submission" of Tim Keller, Peter Leithart, Bryan Chapell, and Matt Chandler...

Are you weary of listening to wedding meditations filled with nostrums about mutuality in marriage, usually preached by men you thought were complementarian? Well, let me clue you in: the point of complementarinism is to reduce wifely submission to a husbandly and wifely submission popularly referred to as "mutual submission." And to help sell this palliative narcotic, it is made to appear to be coming from the mouth of the Apostle Paul. This so-called "mutual submission" has become the only submission Reformed celebrity pastors preach.

Putting as much distance as possible between himself and Mark Driscoll, Acts 29's Matt Chandler recently preached...