December 2016

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Not Ashamed—the book behind the conference...

CNF_banner.jpgYou saw the announcement of our Shepherds Conference here on Baylyblog last week. What we didn't tell you is that this conference is closely connected with the next book we're working on here at Warhorn Media with the working title, In the Closet: How Shame Stopped the Church from Loving Homosexuals. We're particularly excited by the book's cornerstone chapter titled "The Sin of Effeminacy."

Joseph and I spent a great deal of time talking through the content of this chapter. I learned a lot. After finishing the chapter I told Mary Lee that, if I'd known as a young man what I learned that week about the sin of effeminacy, I would have spent my life opposing...

Warning isn't easy...

We think we don't need warnings, but we do. Just like the Christians pastored by the Apostle Paul in the decadent Roman Empire, we need our pastors warning us house to house, day and night, with tears.

But we have no patience for it. Transfer us to Ephesus under the pastoral care of the Apostle Paul and listen to us whine. "Why does he want to meet with me? I don't need to meet with him. If he has something to say, he can text me. Has my wife been talking to his wife? Why can't she keep her big mouth shut?"

We want a reputation for authentic spirituality and deep theological insight, so we update and tweet spiritual-sounding quotes that make it seem as if...

Hillary Clinton: follow the money...

But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. (Revelation 2:20)

President-elect Donald Trump says he's worth billions and Hillary is worth around $350 million. So who spent what in their respective presidential campaigns, and where did it come from?

Trump raised $340 million and he himself gave $66 million of it. Clinton raised $581 million and she herself gave none of it.

This is the soul of that species who have usurped for themselves the name "Democrats." They love you and have a wonderful plan for your life.

Not their lives. Your life.

You give them money and they...

Cleveland Browns OL Joe Thomas: 9,684 and counting...

Son Taylor forwarded the article to me. Good words  for Christians weary of the battle from offensive lineman Joe Thomas of the winless Cleveland Browns (named for my mother's high school's football coach in Massillon):

My mentality from the day I started playing sports was that you get up, you dust yourself off and you do it again. Some people lay on the ground after they get hurt and they say, "Boy, that hurts. I wonder if I'm hurt. I'd better get it checked out." That's not part of my thought process.

My mind is going to tell my body I can do this, and if my body can't do it and I fall to the ground, then you know it's time to get it checked out.  - Joe Thomas

Holiness is...

Blaise Pascal: fire...

He died in 1692 when he was 39 years young. Eight years before death, he left his brilliant career as a physicist and mathematician for the monastery where he defended the Jansenists against the Jesuits. He explained the change:

Reason has its own sphere, mathematics and the natural sciences… but the truths which it is really important for man to know, his nature and his supernatural destiny, these cannot be discovered by the philosopher or the scientist. I passed a long time in the study of the abstract sciences, but the scant communication which one can have in them (that is, the comparative fewness of the people with whom one shares these studies and with whom one can communicate) disgusted me. 

A brother in Christ sent me this...

Abortion: a reading list...

Reading books is important. Put down your stupidmaking phone and pick up a book that will help in the godly work of learning discernment.

A brother wrote to ask for recommendations on abortion, so here's a list.

History is the key to the present and the following three books/articles provide a clear and objective account of how the work of destroying the sanctity of the marriage bed, then the murder of the unborn, newborn, feeble, and elderly, came about here in North America. On these fronts, Margaret Sanger is the woman you first want to understand.

Start then with David Kennedy's Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger. There are anti-Sanger books around, but this is a Yale bio written with no axe to grind, and so the woman's wickedness and devious tactics come through crystal clear. Reading this bio will prepare you to...

Christian pharmacists who fulfill Plan B prescriptions...

Under the post Is There a Christian Ghetto in our Future..., a reader asks how Christian pharmacists should respond to the growing pressure to fulfill prescriptions that enable the patient's rebellion against God's Holy Law—particularly so-called "contraceptives" that don't simply prevent conception, but also murder the unborn child.

I've had three pharmacists who were members of the congregations I've served. The first was in Wisconsin and he gave me some of his continuing education material showing even the drug companies admit and warn pharmacists using their birth control products that the Pill sometimes works by aborting the unborn child.

The third pharmacist recently moved away from Bloomington, but while here in town, she worked both for Kroger and also for a small locally-owned pharmacy. She was faithful to God and her employers both honored her faith by affirming her right not to fulfill prescriptions for abortifacients.

The second pharmacist is a former Inter-Varsity staff worker and longtime elder at the church I first served here in Bloomington. This is an account of his public justification in our local newspaper of his own choice to fulfill prescriptions for abortifacients...

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