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

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image(This is the second 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. Here's the first in the series.)

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

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image 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...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:05

I think you want a wife...

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image (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...

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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...

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The inward attitude certainly holds first place in prayer, but outward signs, kneeling, uncovering the head, lifting up the hands, have a twofold use. The first is that...  - John Calvin

(2009) One man commented under an earlier post that he considered the discipline of lifting hands and...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 05:29

Vice President Pence and the Billy Graham rule...

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image A FB friend just asked my thoughts on the thrashing Vice President Michael Pence has been receiving for observing "the Billy Graham rule" in his relations with women other than his wife. What is the rule? I mention it in this Baylyblog post from January 20, 2005. First the...

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imageThis past February, Clearnote Church, Bloomington hosted our annual Shepherds Conference. This year our subject was "Not Ashamed: Ministry in a Post-Obergefell World." The entire world is talking about the beauty of this and that sexual perversion, so the pressures on Christians to join in the...

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image Some lives never make sense until we realize the man can't get out of his nuclear reactor mode. The choices of such men concerning their religion only begin to be comprehensible when we understand this man is one of the many today who can never get far enough away from the indignities he suffered...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:24

Suffering for our sins...

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image Native Americans attacked Fort Casco (Maine) in May of 1690. Along with her children, Hannah Swarton was taken captive. Her husband had been killed when the fort was taken and her eldest son was killed several months later. Early in her captivity, Hannah was separated from her...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:55

Premier League done with "hard men"...

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image The past couple of weeks under a variety of posts, we've been discussing effeminate men—men real men refer to as "gay," "soft," or a word beginning with "p" and ending with "y."

With that as the context, a friend just forwarded this article from ESPNFC lamenting the death of...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 02:01

Tom Crean: Christian father at work...

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imageBut isn’t that what you’re doing in coaching? Right? I mean that’s that’s that’s when you become a better coach—when you, when you start to really learn about being a father. That’s… that’s... anybody can debate what a coach is, what a coach...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:32

Tim Keller's legacy...

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image I am one of those women who have worked under Tim Keller’s leadership at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. [Tim] hired me to envision and develop an entire ministry to equip and mobilize men and women in Redeemer’s congregation to work with gospel-centered vision and...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 02:52

Every disability conceals a vocation...

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image Don't say I never quote Lewis. It's true I prefer Chesterton, but here's a great Lewis line forwarded by a dear friend just now:

Every disability conceals a vocation.

Actually, it's a phrase from the middle of a letter he wrote to Sheldon Vanauken quoted in Vanauken's A Severe Mercy, so the capital...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 00:51

The homosexualists' Chinese water torture...

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image Drip, drip, drip. The top right of the Google News page right now has this headline: 

Fans Give Back to Beloved Pittsburgh Artist and Dying Partner

The news story is about two sodomites who have been crowd-sourced $17,000 to have their dream vacation before...

one of them dies:

People around...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 09:39

Bloomington's Siosi Design...

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image "Tactile bar stools." Seriously?

Lesbian design here in Bloomington, and we're so very proud.

They tell us they have "been in demand ever since they were discovered by a private buyer in the Hamptons." You can't argue with that. Here's their "About" page. It's not...

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image Note: Three days ago was the one-hundredth birthday of my dear mother-in-law, Margaret Louise Taylor. This past weekend, Mary Lee and I gathered with Mary Lee's nine siblings and their spouses, as well as Mom's brother-in-law and his wife, Lyman and J. Mae Taylor, to celebrate this...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 01:52

Effeminacy: when the church denies a sin is a sin...

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image Do not be deceived; neither ...adulterers nor effeminate ...will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)

A family member pointed me to this post by Doug Wilson, saying it encouraged him. The post is excellent. I hope you'll read it. Doug's post got me thinking...

The example...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:17

You are what you sing: real soul music...

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imageBefore the sermon this past Lord's Day, I recommended some music to the congregation. This is music that has strengthened me many years now as I read and write—particularly books and sermons. I don't know how weak I'd be if these musicians hadn't been strengthening me for this work.

First, the...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:15

Gorsuch: "religion doesn't impact his skill..."

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image "The Hill" today ran this headline on Pres. Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch:

Catholic? Protestant? Gorsuch's religion doesn't impact his skill

We were so glad to hear it, weren't we?

They added:

According to the U.S. Constitution in Article VI, Section 3, no federal office holder or...

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image The family-centered church movement can trace some significant part of its beginnings back to my friend Kerry Ptacek at Bethany Collegiate Presbyterian Church outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kerry and I met when he was working for the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a Philadelphia-based...

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image Boulder has better churches than St. John's Episcopal Church attended by President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Their rector is a priestess and the congregation is committed to embracing sodomites and lesbians as full members with sacramental privileges.

On abortion, CNN reports...

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image The lead book review of the April 2017 issue of First Things is Notre Dame prof Patrick Deneen's group-review of three prognostications for the future of Christianity in North America. Each work is set against the backdrop of the sexual anarchists' revolution concluded in 2015...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:47

The emperor has hip clothes...

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image Men's clothes say everything they want to say about themselves, but if someone points out what they're saying, they act shocked. And offended. "How dare you listen to my appearance!"

Everyone knows precisely what the man wants you to think of him because of his carefully coiffed hair, urban-biker...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:53

Quick reads...

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One widow's take on hipster church plants: Working out her grief over her recent loss to cancer of her husband and the father of her daughter, a young mother calls the church to care for her and other widows in their distress. To love them and give them prayer and Jesus. She wants them to stop...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:02

Pining for Christendom...

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image NYT's David Brooks is so very precious about buggery. My friend Mark Albrecht forwarded a link to Brooks's latest piece dissing Rod Dreher's exquisitely titled "The Benedict Option" while flattering Dreher for writing the most important book on religion in ten years. He points out twice in...

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