January 2017

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On the occasion of Michael Farris leaving HSLDA: thoughts on the church's reformation...

Neither the slaughter of one-quarter of our children we liltingly refer to as "abortion," nor the promotion of sodomy and the denial of First Amendment rights of Christians who object to it, will be repealed in our courts. Any remedy will have to be legislative.

Legislation, though, depends upon the will of the people and at this point we, the people, do not have the will to stop either of these obscenities. Nor very many others.

How might this change?

The history of the early church shows the way. The men who knew Jesus went out preaching, and in time the Roman Empire turned away from effeminacy, sodomy, female rebellion, and child slaughter that was characteristic of their pagan religion.

Now, though, Christendom is in its death throes. Seventy-five years ago, J. Gresham Machen said America was living...

Does Donald Trump ever apologize...

He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker...  - Proverbs 17:5a

If I have to listen to one more Hollywood chick or chickette who thinks because she can do a good job not being herself on screen and crying on demand, people should listen to her talk about anything other than not being yourself on screen and crying on demand, I'm going to find some lutefisk and eat it. Who gives a rip what Meryl Streep said to the Gob of Goobers last night?

On the other hand, President-elect Donald Trump seemed to care very much what Ms. Streep said and tweeted this in response:

Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never "mocked" a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......

This man is a bully and a liar. It's going to be a long four years.

If someone has his ear, they should tell him it's unmanly to mock another person's disability. I've watched it and this is precisely what he did.

They should also tell him that when a woman calls him out publicly for being a bullying cad, responding by insulting the woman and lying about what he did is to act like a junior high school girl.

If The Donald has one real friend, he should put his friendship on the line to get Trump to admit what he did and apologize.


Pastor Andrew Brunson falsely imprisoned by our ally, Turkey...

Please pray for Pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned October 6 last year and being held on false charges by our ally, Turkey:

If the White House won’t do anything to resolve this situation as Obama’s team prepares to exit, Donald Trump needs to get on the phone and demonstrate the sort of leadership he has promised the nation. This would be an excellent opportunity to come out of the gate strong on the foreign diplomacy front. Andrew Brunson must be freed and either returned to his ministry or brought home to the United States.


Nat Hentoff: 1925-2016.

"Every atheist should be pro-life. Life is all we have."  - Nat Hentoff

Yesterday, Nat Hentoff died. He was 91. Brother David calls his passing "a real loss." Among many other things, Hentoff was a stalwart warrior against the slaughter of the unborn, newborn handicapped, feeble, and elderly. With Hentoff gone, who will take his place as a prophet against the bloodshed of the innocent in New York City?

Here's a BB tribute to Nat Hentoff we ran back in 2009. (Check out other BB posts that mention Hentoff.)

(The pic is a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters portrait from 2009. Hentoff is the bottom right, sitting, with the late David Baker, IU's own, standing directly behind.)

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(January 5, 2009) Last week, Nat Hentoff was laid off at the (Greenwich) Village Voice. This brings an abrupt end to Hentoff's fifty year run there, appropriately and affectionately titled "Fifty Years of Pissing People Off" by fellow Voice columnist Allen Barra in his recent...

Only lawyers should be ordained to pastoral ministry...

For a few years now, I've been telling men I think a law degree and some experience litigating should be a prerequisite for ordination to pastoral ministry. Seriously.

Where am I coming from?

Think of the reformation of preaching this would produce.

Men who preach would have been trained to say "no" and to speak towards the inevitable judgment. They would understand their purpose and the effect going beyond yes to no would have on the souls under their care. They would have been acclimated to controversy and would view adversity as the necessary environment for truth to be revealed so it may be embraced. For error to be revealed so it may be rejected.

The curriculum of most seminary training today is...

Flattery never brings reform...

...if I were to sum up my principal objections to most forms of feminism, it would be in the contention that feminism privileges dogmatic ideology over close and receptive attention to reality.  - A. Roberts, link

In Scripture, authority is symbolically masculine, as it originates with a God who stands over against us ...and who refers to himself with masculine pronouns.  - A. Roberts, link

I have some fairly far-reaching criticisms of complementarianism as most understand it. I believe that it unjustly marginalizes women within the life of the Church and society in many and various ways and tends to devalue them. I believe that women need to exercise far more prominent roles in the life and teaching of the Church, not just as a matter of permission, but as a matter of necessity.  - A. Roberts, link

We need more female spiritual directors, lay teachers, theologians, commentators, scholars, churchwardens, vestrywomen, treasurers, vergers, sacristans, elder women (different from elders), deaconesses, lay chaplains, leaders of Bible studies, missionaries, etc.  - A. Roberts, link

Justin Taylor works for Wheaton publisher Crossway. Now, just prior to their release of a book Heirs Together by UK Ph.D. Alastair Roberts, Justin got Gospel Coalition to run a piece on their blog introducing what Justin assures readers is a "big book." The GC blog post introduced by Taylor is written by Roberts and titled "How Should We Think About Watching Women Fight Women?" 

The post gives us an idea what Roberts's book will be like. He writes about "the particular subjective and objective otherness of the other sex," saying it is an "otherness that should excite wonder, love, responsibility, and care," A few sentences later he writes: "the strength and athleticism of women such as Rousey and Nunes is worthy of admiration in many respects." Then this...

Love letters written to oneself...

While driving to a funeral the other day, I listened to a talk show host make fun of this new trend of people marrying themselves. Self-love is the center of our empire of desire, and it's the cultural elite who lead us.

Take President Obama, for instance; as he leaves office, he takes this opportunity to send out across the nation a love song to himself. He's cut "our deficits by nearly two-thirds." His Affordable Care Act "prevented an estimated 87,000 deaths." His administration has been great. The country is great. The lives of all his subjects are great. His Own Eminence is great.

President-elect Trump tells us he's great, too. He says he'll make America great again, but the egotism of The Donald is so bodacious it's hard not to laugh. He's a buffoon and he knows it.

The one thing President Obama knows beyond the slightest doubt is that he himself is...

The financial legacy of Governor Pence's administration...

In all the years my dear brothers Chris Atkins and Brian Bailey have worked for Governors Daniels and Pence, I've never made it up to the State House to see them. Yesterday was Brian's next to last day as State Budget Director, so he kindly allowed me to visit him and meet the men and women he's worked with. (Brian's leaving civil service to start a solo private legal practice in Bloomington.)

When I entered Brian's office, this chart was propped against a chair, so I asked its significance? Brian said something to the effect that it was his final performance review by the Governor.

Brian introduced me to a number of the men and women he worked with. I said to several of them that I have been very thankful to pay my taxes knowing the money was going to support their work at the State House. This chart tells you...

Gore Vidal on Truman Capote's writing...

Gore Vidal on Truman Capote's writing:

I can't read him because I'm diabetic. 1

Funny funny. I think this is my problem with certain reformed uber-celebrities. They can't stop with the adverbs.

Amanda Nunes beats the excrement out of Ronda Rousey...

A couple days ago, I posted the headline "Amanda Nunes beats the shit out of Ronda Rousey...". The headline introduced a post in which I unequivocally condemned the 48-second rout of Ronda Rousey by Amanda Nunes in their Las Vegas mixed martial arts fight last week. And being the son of a prophet, I wrote "Undoubtedly you were more offended by the headline of this post than the pic accompanying it, and that's the point."

The accompanying pic was obscene, but no one objected to it. Beyond the pic though, no one thought to say what's wrong with women beating the shit out of each other. Instead, Godly men had a hissy-fit over the use of the word "shit."

The gnat was strained, the camel escaped.

Since no one else bothered to say it, let me do the dirty work...

Fix in us Thy humble dwelling...

This hymn by Charles Wesley was running through my mind as Mary Lee and I cleaned up the kitchen before going to bed early this morning. It's a good hymn for the new year. This is a pic of the hymnwriter preaching to American Indians.

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

From Jonathan Edwards: resolutions for the new year...

By the grace of God, we now move into 2017 and here's a copy of Jonathan Edwards' resolutions to help us pursue the holiness without which no man will see God. This particular list I typed and printed for my congregation some years ago—before Baylyblog. Now I can publish it here.

Edwards adopted these resolutions at various times prior to his twentieth birthday. Numbers one through thirty-four were all made prior to December 18, 1722, when Edwards was nineteen years of age. Numbers one through twenty-one were written at one sitting and numbers twenty-two through thirty-two at another.

Notice at the outset that Edwards recognizes...