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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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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Saturday, 13 May 2017 22:28

Luther and marriage...

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image Should I get married? Most of us don’t ask the question. We just assume we’ll get married and spend time thinking about whom we will marry.

Martin Luther, however, did ask that question. When he became a monk, he had taken a vow of celibacy and the Bible has stern things to...

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image (This is the sixth 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, and fifth.)

Now Herod and Pilate became friends with one another that very...

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image ...if she has washed the saints' feet (1Timothy 5:10)

(This is the fifth 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, and fourth.)

Talking about...

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imageAt the end of the nineteenth century, Princeton's Benjamin Warfield argued for deaconesses, writing that the office of deaconess would help bring women's leadership in the church into direct accountability to the church's male officers.

The study committee's Report cites Warfield several times in...

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 05:41

Denim for pansies...

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image 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...

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image 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...

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image 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...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 06:18

Book giveaway...

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Warhorn Media is currently running a promotion giving away 100 copies of Daddy Tried. This is a great chance to win a free copy. Even if you've already got one, I'm sure you can think of someone who could use a copy.

There are only a few days left in the promotion, so go ahead...

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image (This is the third 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 first and second.)

The Committee's Report comes in at 63 pages and 32,000 words. Before they're done, the...

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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.

I...

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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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