But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Bally Blog - Apologetic Report

image This is the third in a series responding to critics of my post pointing out Denny Burk is wrong and the Atlantic got it right in their reporting that Southern Baptists' Christian Standard Bible is gender-neutered.

Seven years ago, back before the Holman Christian...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 00:45

Daddy is blessed...

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image Just received this pic along with an e-mail of thanks for writing Daddy Tried. Ain't she beautiful? I'd tell you her name but I want to protect her own and her parents' privacy. Congratulations to the proud father and joyful mother!

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the...

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image Here is another argument against my post pointing out Denny Burk is wrong and the Atlantic got it right in their reporting that the Christian Standard Bible is gender-neutered in hundreds of places.

A reader writes:

[The translators] are simply trying to communicate the...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:44

So how did Vermeer do it...

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(HT to Kelly R.) Fascinating. Vermeer was (merely?) a perfectionist tinkerer. Andrew Henry, meet Tim Jenison. (Actually, though, I'm guessing you already know all about it.) 

If you're an odd man who prefers to read, here's an article.

Author...

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image One man writes:

I am wary of suggesting (much less actually stating) what [Bayly] did at the end of the article, equating what was done to editing and changing the word of God in presumably a damnable fashion. This particular paragraph is what I have in mind:

"Denny Burk should warn the...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 10:30

Speaking of music in worship...

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Many of you know of our musicians project creating new versifications and musical settings for all 150 Psalms. The project is named from David's phrase in Psalm 54:

My soul is among lions; I must lie among those who breathe forth fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows And...

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What sort of music do you have leading the souls of your church in worship? Years ago, I noticed we worship God with crescendos about God's grace and how happy it makes us. Not to disparage grace, but only cheap grace: if you don't sing and preach God's judgment, the souls in your congregation...

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image The current president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is indignant over an Atlantic Monthly piece pointing out that his denomination's Christian Standard Bible has gone "gender-neutral."1

Denny Burk says it's not true.

It is.2

We could get lost in a discussion of...

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image When it comes to cultural and political commentators, I'll take Roman Catholics over Evangelical Protestants ninety times out of a hundred. One of the wisest is Pat Buchanan.

Fran Griffin just sent out this Buchanan essay which is a perfect summary of my judgments observing the...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 01:10

Politico gets Pence just right...

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image Excellent profile of Vice President Mike Pence. Summary: "mercurial" Trump rewards Pence's loyalty and humility with exceptional authority.

A couple excerpts:

His governorship in Indiana was derailed by the mishandling of religious freedom legislation, and although he was more likely than not to win...

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"Commonalities among the loosely-defined alt-right include a disdain for mainstream politics as well as support for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign."

- Wikipedia

"...you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist,...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 01:41

The grace mantra...

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image The grace mantra is the Reformed man's rosary. - Simper Reformanda

 

Authors: Tim Bayly...

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image (This is the tenth and final post in a series 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.)

For this purpose...

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Back in the study, I asked Solzhenitsyn about his relations with the West... "[Y]es, it is true, when I fought the dragon of Communist power I fought it at the highest pitch of expression. The people in the West were not accustomed to this tone of voice. In the West, one must have a balanced, calm,...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:35

Asleep in Zion...

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image This is a sermon preached by my father over thirty years ago, a couple weeks before he died. It's short. Give it a listen:

Is Holiness Possible Today (With a Warning from Esau)

If this sermon jolted you awake, it's time to find a church where you and your loved ones will be blessed by God with a...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:44

BAM!

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image Money quote: "...trying to upgrade the status of 'husband' by adding 'best friend' is kind of like saying, "Yeah, she’s my mother. But get this—she’s also my hairdresser!' My husband is many things that a best friend can never be. He is a provider, a...

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image (By Michal Crum) It’s all the rage to name your spouse as your best friend. No anniversary Facebook post is complete without the words “and he’s my best friend in the world!” But what if your husband just plain isn’t your best friend? A friend of mine asked me...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:08

Standing in the gap: what does it mean?

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Nobody standing in the gap. Nobody rebuilding the wall. But what need? There are no enemies visible (yet).

(By Joseph Bayly, posted by TB) When discussing what is unique about our church, one of the things I often bring up is the concept of "standing in the gap." I'm referring to...

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image In response to this post, one FB reader asked, "Can you elaborate on the transition in the middle of this article?"

I responded: Thanks for the question... I say the battle for freedom in raising our children is almost the only battle worth fighting because commanding our children to do...

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:00

Arsene Wenger and pastoral leadership...

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image Here are some good statements on leadership by embattled Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. Exchange "church" for "club," "session" for "board," "pastor" for "manager"...

A strong club is people who make the right decisions. That's why I think the board is important and the manager is...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 03:14

Lighthouse Christian Academy: a press release...

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image Here's the press release Lighthouse Christian Academy issued this morning in response to the Huffington Post's faith-shaming of Christians. 1 

Lighthouse Christian Academy Statement Concerning House Appropriations subcommittee hearing of May 24, 2017

Lighthouse Christian Academy...

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image Yesterday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee where she was hounded by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.).

Rep. Clark trotted out the case of Lighthouse Christian Academy 1 here in Bloomington which...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:02

The good father: so you don't like LaVar Ball?

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image Have at it. Everyone's put off by him so go ahead and join the haters. Loud? Proud? Profane?

Yeah.

About to set Nike and Under Armour back a few billion?

Likely.

About to give Magic a run for his money, courtside?

After Tuesday, it's done.

The executives of legacy sport brands are...

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image (This is eighth in a series of 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, seventh, and eighth.)

The primary need is the encouragement and respect of the...

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image(This is the seventh in a series of posts critiquing the Report of the Presbyterian Church in America's Study Committee on Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church. Here are the firstsecond, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth.)

The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are...

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