April 2017

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Denim for pansies...

Our long-lost friend, BikeBubba, just posted on Nordstrom's latest fashion statement for men. Baracuda Straight Leg Jeans come muddy and stained and the ad copy reads:

Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty.

Mike Rowe says Nordstrom's $450 jeans are "a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic."

By the way, give me two wishes and the first will be that I never again have to listen to a woman say anything is her "passion." The second will be that I never again have to listen to a man say anything is "ironic."

Being a dad is hard...

Bill Nye wants to sacrifice children for his Earth Goddess...

It's long been evident to me, at least, that greens and Scientism's Calamity Janes will get government to take reproduction in-house, granting some the right to bear children and forbidding others. At first parents like my own who had bad genes that passed on cystic fibrosis and hemophilia will be told "no." Dad wrote the novel Winterflight with this premise as its plot. The book was published back in the late seventies and if you haven't read it, you should.

In time, the justification won't be the cost of healthcare and eugenics, but a one or two-child policy similar to the one China is trying to leave behind. Our policy will only differ from China in that we won't be able to justify it by saying there's not enough food. There always will be...

The good father: the family-centered church movement (2); water flows thicker than blood...

Whether we speak of the "family-integrated" or "family-centered" church, there's a problem. The Church doesn't exist to please mothers. It is not the church's purpose to keep children in the home, safe and happy until they make a home of their own. If this happens and the church has helped it come to pass, that's all good, but the church has larger fish to fry.

The church is to make disciples who obey everything our Lord commanded, and although this work normally flows in the direction of keeping families together, this work will also split families apart.

Let's put a fine point on it...

Book giveaway...

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Report of PCA Study Committee on Women in the Church (3): texts left on the scrap heap...

(This is the third in a series of ten posts critiquing the Report of the Presbyterian Church in America's Study Committee on Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventheighthninth, and tenth.)

The Committee's Report comes in at 63 pages and 32,000 words. Before they're done, the Committee has tipped their hat to many of the exegetical inventions and talking points used by feminists these past fifty years to justify their rebellion. Bad as it is to read the Committee paying their respects to feminist revisionist arguments about this and that passage of Scripture, it's even worse to note the Scripture texts the Committee excludes from our consideration.

This, for instance...

Report of PCA Study Committee on Women in the Church (2): they are "joyfully committed"...

(This is the second post in a series of ten posts critiquing the Report of the Presbyterian Church in America's Study Committee on Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventheighth, ninth, and tenth.)

On to our examination of the Report itself. We'll use screen shots so we can refer to line numbers.

In the first sentence of the Report (Line 10), readers are assured each of the Committee members are "joyfully committed" to "the Bible's teaching on the complementarity of men and women."

First, that word "complementarity." "Complementarian" is a shibboleth, a word used to communicate the man entering the camp is not the enemy. Among most Evangelicals, saying you're a "complementarian" makes you OK whether or not you can spell it.

Trust is important in our age when sex is such a bloody battlefield.

Many pastors and elders opposed this study committee because they were concerned it would lead to capitulation to the forces of feminism. Then, when the Committee's members were announced, they were even more concerned watching Tim Keller's wife, Kathy, seated as a voting member.

In direct violation of Scripture and the PCA's Constitution, Tim Keller has long had women officers in his church, so the appointment of his wife to the Committee was a clear statement...

The Woz on money...

If you don't follow the Woz, you ought to. He and the late Steve Jobs were co-founders of Apple, but Steve Wozniak is the anti-Jobs. Down-to-earth and self-effacing, when Woz has something to say, it's usually worth hearing. Take for instance his views on money.

This from CNBC this past week...

Report of PCA Study Committee on Women in the Church (1): Kathy Keller "Voting Member"...

(This is the first in a series of ten posts critiquing the Report of the Presbyterian Church in America's Study Committee on Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church: first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventheighth, ninth, and tenth.)

Preparatory to their 2017 General Assembly to be held in June, the Presbyterian Church in America has released the Report of their study committee on "women serving in the ministry of the church." This is the first in a series examining this committee's work.

When I served on a similar PCA General Assembly study committee on women in the military a few years ago, no woman was appointed to our committee. Study committees of the PCA General Assembly examine the interpretation of Scripture on theological matters where there is a need for the church to come to an authoritative judgment. Thus these study committees have been composed of pastors and elders—officers called to adjudicate conflict and make authoritative judgments. For this reason, many found it disheartening that Pastor Tim Keller's wife, Kathy, was placed on this study committee and that she agreed to serve.

It has long been normal practice for women to be present and participate in elders meetings at Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Mrs. Keller's appointment to this General Assembly study Committee is in line with the egalitarian practices Redeemer has long been practicing in her own fellowship, and advocating within her denomination.

But whereas the women attending Redeemer's elder meetings have been...

I think you want a wife...

(2008) I received a poem by e-mail this past week and asked its author if she would allow me to post it. The poem is a wonderfully conceived summary of the two paths women choose today. One ends in death, the other in life.

These past few days our home has been graced by my mother-in-law, Margaret West Taylor, who's visiting for the week. As I think about her sacrificial life, I also look around at other women of my own family and church and praise God for their godliness! It's hard to conceive of the full spectrum of leadership these women exert among the sons, brothers, pastors, elders, deacons, and husbands—let alone children and other women—as we watch them lose their lives.

Now then, the poem...

Indianapolis: 2007 CRV for sale...

Son Taylor writes scintillating non-fiction for Craig's List:

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Don't let this be "the one that got away." Does your wife need a kid hauler to whisk those little squirts to and from soccer practice in utilitarian style? Are you in search of the ultimate grocery getter that will accommodate enough canned goods and water to prepare for Y2K? Maybe you're in need of a torque to each tire AWD beast which could traverse across the Siberian wilderness in the dead of winter. Your answer to any of these requirements is a Honda CRV. Also known as the original crossover, the Certainly Reputable Vehicle has been mimicked but not replicated by other manufacturers. Our fellow countrymen have only ever produced cowardly caricatures of this well-designed mass of material. If the free market has any impact on you, our easterly neighbors have engineered a crossover which far outsold every other vehicle in its class. Is this car cosmetically perfect? Not quite, but what she lacks in pulchritude is made up for with integrity. This old mare was always trustworthy and loyal to us, we treated her accordingly. Aside from a new A/C fan and condenser which were replaced by Honda less than a year ago, there has never been a major repair. Like-new set of Michelin Assurances. Always ran Mobil1 full synthetic. Text with any questions. Price is firm for now.

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BTW, it's a great car. They just needed a minivan.


Good Friday: Spit in my face, you Jews, and pierce my side...

SPIT in my face, you Jews, and pierce my side,    
Buffet, and scoff, scourge, and crucify me,    
For I have sinn’d, and sinn’d, and only He,    
Who could do no iniquity, hath died.    
But by my death can not be satisfied
My sins, which pass the Jews’ impiety.    
They kill’d once an inglorious man, but I    
Crucify him daily, being now glorified.    
O let me then His strange love still admire;    
Kings pardon, but He bore our punishment;
And Jacob came clothed in vile harsh attire,    
But to supplant, and with gainful intent;    
God clothed Himself in vile man’s flesh, that so    
He might be weak enough to suffer woe.    

- John Donne; Holy Sonnets
XI. “Spit in my face, you Jews, and pierce my side”