July 2015

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Criticism is the manure in which saints grow best...

None of us is perfect—not by a very long shot and least of all I. So it's helpful to hear one reader's comments lamenting the quality of our words on Baylyblog. Let those with ears to hear...

I'm afraid at times, though I must confess this is conjecture, that there are a close circle of regular commenters who think the rest of us fools. Maybe I am a fool, but what I wanted was...

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God's lieutenants...

This morning I was reading John Calvin's sermon on Genesis 1:26-28 and was encouraged. In an age when parents see children as commodities for their own self-actualization and happiness (this will only become more pronounced following the Obergefell decision), distractions to be hormonally fought off, or curses to be destroyed before they steal a young woman's ability to get a college degree, Christians need to be reminded about the reason God gives women wombs and blesses the marriage bed with fruitfulness...

Better shut up about male hormones...

Classical Christian schooling and Classical Conversation homeschooling moms have been freaking out over what they claim is my promotion of feminism here. I've tried to defend myself, saying I didn't mean them harm and I really wasn't fomenting feminine rebellion, but they won't listen...

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Kenyans to President Obama: don't pollute our country with your moral filth...

God bless sub-Saharan Africa where children are loved and God is feared. And this despite Melinda and Bill Gates' desperate attempts to get "those people" to stop having children—a campaign now a couple billion dollars richer through the recent gift of Warren Buffoon. If we're talking North American gods, Huck Finn got it right: "Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?”

By God's grace, Kenyans want none of it and are warning President Obama to keep his moral filth to himself while he's in their nation. Here are some quotes...

On comments...

Some of you will remember a person who identified himself as "Jim Jones" in his June 26th comment under the post, Obergefell v. Hodges: three of the five.... His comment consisted solely of posting another man's attack upon the inspiration of Scripture. We don't allow attacks upon Scripture on this blog, but it's a rule that's applied more with those who claim to be believers than those who make no claim of faith. So I left the comment up, but wrote the man privately asking him to verify his real first and last name.

This is to report that yesterday I finally heard back from him. He refused my request and began his e-mail response with this single-word paragraph: "laughing." I report this here because this is the character of the godless. They hide themselves and then mock. The surprising thing with this man (or woman) is that my e-mail to him using the e-mail address he had filled out in his comment form wasn't returned with a fatal error. That's the pattern with scoffers: they lie about their names and use a false e-mail address.

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How should the church approach homosexuality (V): "Biblical friendship" as a Trojan horse?...

Is he clueless to our cultural context? Honestly, although it seems incomprehensible, Covenant Theological Seminary grad and PCA pastor Scott Sauls (channelling Wesley Hills) claims David and Jonathan as Biblical support for his project to bring gay men into the mainstream of the Church—as gay men. Speaking of the tender Biblical account of love between David and Jonathan, Pastor Sauls has the audacity to hold it up as a pattern of "covenantal" and "for the rest of life" friendships of "gays" within the Church of Jesus Christ:

"I think that message cannot be missed, it cannot be forgotten when we leave here, that friendship is the answer, true friendship, covenantal like David and Jonathan, 'I commit to you for the rest of my life.' Or like Julie Rodgers, another—you know, a woman with same-sex attraction, has said that—and who has fallen where you have on the ethics of it, and the vision for what that means for her."

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

King David was light in the loafers. He liked men better than women. Yes, in that way.

Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. Jesus was like this, too...

Hormone problems equal opportunity employer...

Typically, if a wife stops drinking her husband's Kool-Aid, her husband tells his friends that his wife is having a hormone problem. Recently I was explaining this to a man whose wife has stopped drinking his Kool-Aid. She's always been a godly woman; she believes in submission; she's very feminine and sweet; but she's reached a point in time where she's decided to be a helpmate to her husband by speaking to him of his insensitivity and bullheadedness, which is to say his frequent failure to live with his wife in an understanding way.

You see, men? His wife is having a hormone problem. It's the hormones.

Now we find out apparently men have them too. This headline from today's Washington Post...

Bots and robots are coming for us...

Gotta watch this video forwarded by endlessly curious Lucas Weeks. My favorite line: "But perhaps you are unfazed because you are a special creative snowflake?"

 

Bankruptcy at last... just maybe...

Like I was saying...

It's what should have happened years ago. Bankruptcy. Think of all the time and money wasted since then.

If the EU does anything to try to forestall bankruptcy now, in light of what appears to be an overwhelming "no" vote by Greece's citizens today, all sanity has departed...

Regular registration ends tomorrow...

Regular registration ends this Sunday for our annual Clearnote Summer Conference. You don't want to miss out on the food, the fun, or the fellowship, much less the preaching and singing (of brand new psalm settings!). So sign up today, before it's too late!

Independence Day...

If you’re a Christian and a patriot mourning this week over the unjust weights and balances of our nation’s highest law court, now’s a good time to remember there is one kingdom that will be left standing after all others fall. 

Take comfort this Independence Day in the inevitable, the irrepressible, the inexorable, the indomitable, and the interminable rule of Christ promised us in Psalm 2 (versified for singing by some of our Clearnote musicians).

Listen and be wise…

With thanks to Phil, Jake, Nathan, and Nate

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