July 2015

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Major appliances: brand names, model numbers, Consumer Reports...

by Todd Frederick

As the owner of a small major appliance repair company that thinks big, I was asked to write a post about appliances, so I thought I would start with some big ideas that may come as a surprise to some readers: the incredible amount of brand engineering within the industry, and just how few models there really are out there.

Brand engineering is the art of assigning multiple brand names to a particular machine. Whirlpool has this down to a science, and that means that the same machine can show up in various stores under different brand names that they own, such as Whirlpool, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Kitchenaid, Admiral, Amana, and many others.  And for all you Canadians, Inglis is just Canuck for Whirlpool.

Whirlpool also sells their machines under private labels. At one time, Costco sourced their Kirkland brand from Whirlpool, and even now Ikea sells...

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Trust your nose...

God gave us a nose and we should use it. One whiff tells us if the potatoes are bad. No need for an NIH grant to research potato DNA. No need for a dissertation on the Irish Potato Famine. No need to work to present the potatoes in a favorable light, giving them the best possible chance to shine—to bake them, slathering on butter and sour cream, sprinkling chives, salt, and pepper on top—before taking a taste.

The potatoes reek—toss them.

This is the approach God's people should have towards the R2K1 error. It stinks. Throw it out.

R2K men are a council of defeat in a day when every Christian wants an excuse to throw in the towel. They are discouragers of the brethren in a day when the world's attack upon God's Truth and the Church's abandonment of Her prophetic calling have been catastrophic in the damage they have done to our neighbors. Every Christian ought to be praying for his pastor, encouraging him to...

A Modern Psalter...

What could be more important to the reform of our churches and homes than restoring God's Word to the center of worship? And, outside of preaching, what better way to go about this than reintroducing the forgotten practice of singing the Psalms?

We're embarking on an exciting adventure, and we're inviting all of you here at Baylyblog to share in it with us. Just this spring some of the musicians and songwriters here in Bloomington teamed up with a handful of worship leaders from Indianapolis and Toledo to begin work on producing a modern psalter for our churches and homes. In just a few short months, we finished multiple versions of the first ten psalms, and now we're looking to record them and produce charts and lead sheets, made available entirely for free.

We want to encourage a revival of Psalm singing in our churches, but we need your help. So we launched a Kickstarter project. Check out the video below, and then head over to Kickstarter to sample more of our work (see the videos at the bottom of the page), check out the rewards we're offering, and see how you can help. If nothing else, do us a favor and pre-order the digital album for only $10 or hardcopy for $25. And if you're a pastor, be sure you take notice of the sweet deal you can get your church on booking a concert...

How should the church approach homosexuality (VI): Who is exempt from pursuing marriage?...

[This post is sixth in a series (the firstsecondthirdfourth, fifth) working through Pastor Scott Sauls and Christ Presbyterian Church's "Same-Sex Attraction Forum."]

A major underlying premise of Christ Presbyterian Church's Same-Sex Attraction Forum was this: men and women who struggle with same-sex attraction cannot marry without being healed of that attraction. This premise is accepted without debate but, in reality, should be rejected. The assumption being made is that one's attractions are iron-clad and monolithic. Closer to the truth would be that most who struggle with same-sex attraction also find themselves to be sexually and romantically attracted to members of the opposite sex. That, you will find, to be the testimony of many homosexually tempted men and women. If that is the case, a refusal to pursue marriage is likely motivated by the same factors motivating many young men to live in their parents' basement well into their thirties: they don't want to bear the responsibility of a wife and children and the discipline of the marriage bed. 

To put it delicately, if a man can be sexually aroused by a woman even though he may have predominantly same-sex desires... 

The nation God would destroy, He first makes mad...

"Rousey has drawn controversy herself by refusing to fight the transgender fighter Fallon Fox, claiming that Fox has an unfair advantage. Many medical experts disagree with that contention."

- Quartz reporting on UFC fighter Ronda Rousey gloating over beating out Floyd Mayweather for the "best fighter" ESPY.

When Proverbs tells us the rod is for the back of the fool, it applies to nations, also. These United States have given ourselves to foolishness that's so depraved it's unlikely anything other than physical suffering and death can turn us back.

But maybe I'm naive and we're beyond even the reach of the rod?

The horror of AIDS only stiffened our resolve to give ourselves to sexual perversion...

Try to see it my way, only time will tell if I am right...

After decades of counselling husbands and wives, this short video provided more of a catharsis than "What About Bob." Almost.

Planned Parenthood's profits: outrage is now OK...

Women who take money to rip apart babies nestled in their mothers' wombs are murderers and the wickedness of their bloodlust and greed is beyond expression. To traffic in the slaughter of little unborn babies demonstrates a cruelty that is beyond the cruelty of Dachau and Treblinka. There is no greater vulnerability than the child asleep in her mother's womb. She is innocent and defenceless. She is nobody's enemy and mankind's highest duty of protection lodges precisely in her tiny form.

The nation that allows such slaughter to continue on an obscene scale, decade after decade, but then makes a big public show of horror that these women who demand money to slaughter babies also demand money for those babies' body parts is a nation that has gone mad. Shove your knife into the baby and cut off her head and arm and leg, then pull her torso out and toss it in the toilet or dumpster. But how dare you sell that torso! You may take your profit from her murder, but not from the sale of the corpse. 

And so the Washington Post and other house organs of the chattering classes have run articles about Planned Parenthood's Senior Director of Medical Research, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, maximizing the profit of her grisly trade by selling body parts...

Julie Rodgers tells us what she really thinks...

Julie Rodgers is a prominent voice within the "gay and celibate and Christian" movement. Last year she was hired by the Chaplain's Office at Wheaton College to minister to students who proclaimed their gayness with pride. Yesterday on her blog, Rodgers admitted she wasn't completely sold on her efforts to promote gay Christian celibacy (she has also resigned from her position at Wheaton):

Though I’ve been slow to admit it to myself, I’ve quietly supported same-sex relationships for a while now.

And, 

While I struggle to understand how to apply Scripture to the marriage debate today (just like we all struggle to know how to interpret Scripture on countless controversial topics), I’ve become increasingly troubled by the unintended consequences of messages that insist all LGBT people commit to lifelong celibacy. No matter how graciously it’s framed, that message tends to contribute to feelings of shame and alienation for gay Christians. It leaves folks feeling like love and acceptance are contingent upon them not-gay-marrying and not-falling-in-gay-love. When that’s the case—when communion is contingent upon gays holding very narrow beliefs and making extraordinary sacrifices to live up to a standard that demands everything from an individual with little help from the community—it’s hard to believe our bodies might be an occasion for joy. It’s hard to believe we’re actually wanted in our churches. It’s hard to believe the God who loves us actually likes us.

There is much that could be said about her blog post, but we'll leave that for another day. What is important to note now...

The Church is responsible for Obergefell v. Hodges, and now we must get it right...

With our Clearnote Fellowship Conference a few hours away, I won't have much time the next few days to engage with this issue, but I've had some nagging thoughts as I've read the debates going on among church officers in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Any stand Christians take in opposition to the enforcement of Obergefell v. Hodges across the nation must be in light of God's Creation Order in its entirety. If we single out sodomy as the place we draw the line of civil disobedience concerning sexuality, we must ask ourselves why there? Is it really because sodomy has taken our culture to a whole new level of rebellion against God? Yes, but also no...

A judge judges righteously and is judged for it...

Here in Toledo, Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell seeks to perform his duties in accord with his Christian faith...and he says so, forthrightly in the midst of a ruckus caused by his declining to "marry" a lesbian couple. 

As can be expected, many are incensed by his nonconformity:

Although the initial motivation for McConnell's refusal was vague, his subsequent statement not only makes clear the religious motivation for his abdication of duty, but also indicates that he plans to continue seeking some sort of "religious exemption" from performing the duties required by his title.

Please keep Judge McConnell in your prayers. He is not only a professing Christian he is an elder within what appears to be a Bible-believing church...

Facebook's new anti-woman friend image...

According to BBC, Facebook just changed its friend logo. I can't find either the new or the old image on Facebook myself, so I can't confirm if it is true. However, here is the reported new image._84154370_facebook.jpg

On the other hand, here is the old image, which was replaced:

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The woman who made this change explained the problem with the old logo, as follows: 

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