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

Dear readers,

I have a couple important announcements about some serious changes taking place, and what's coming next...

First, a few months back, Jake Mentzel and Nathan Alberson of Warhorn Media sat down with me and we ended up talking for hours about homosexuality. The result is an...

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image Now the Washington Postreports Eugene Peterson is having second thoughts about whether or not he himself (at 84 and retired from the pastorate) would actually in the final analysis really and truly go ahead and officiate at a sodomite wedding. Tough question that...

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If you're not following My Soul Among Lions on Facebook, you might not know that they've been livestreaming a new song each Tuesday night at 8pm as they work their way from Psalm 21 to Psalm 30 in preparation for their next album this Fall.

Clearnote Bloomington has had the pleasure of being...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 01:50

The public shame of Eugene Peterson...

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image A friend just sent me this link to a recent interview Jonathan Merritt of Religious News Service did with eighty-four year old IVP and NavPress author, Regent prof, and pastor, Eugene Peterson. This particular excerpt has to do with sodomy, lesbianism, and sodomite marriage. Peterson...

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image Grandmother is a missionary to the Congo and is home for a visit to help with the care of her grandchildren (whom Mary Lee and I share with her). Unbeknownst to her, I had cast a longing eye at these reconnaissance-by-artillery weaponized water balloon launchers on sale at Sam's Club a couple...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 05:23

A few of my favorite things (1)...

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image It's summertime, so how 'bout a little diversion? Mary Lee and I get quite a bit of joy out of God's good earth and its lawns, bushes, trees, and gardens. Mary Lee does the perennial gardens, I cut the grass, and we both work on the other stuff (fruit trees, roses, berries, vegetables,...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 01:15

Loving the Church...

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image A friend of mine was commenting recently on my love for the church. It put me in mind of when and where I learned that love.

It was twelve years ago at the church Rob Rayburn serves in Tacoma, Washington. After a year or two attending Faith Presbyterian, I’d begun to be drawn into...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 05:18

Coming soon...

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"These are the confessions of American Christians recovering from American Christianity. This is the world we made."

Warhorn Media is pleased to announce a new podcast hosted by Jake Mentzel and Nathan Alberson and featuring Tim Bayly. The World We Made is designed to help ordinary...

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image This is Apple. After spending $1,000,000,000 on their new headquarters, we find out the campus has no place for children. No nurseries. No childcare. Keep the kids outta here. Keep the kids in the freezer. Keep the women unpregnant. Keep marriage beds sterile.

One Apple Park has no...

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image If you love those who identify as gays and lesbians and you want to learn to see through their eyes and lies, other than Scripture, there's no better source.

I'm referring to the survey of the literature titled, "Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological,...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:35

Redeemer's effeminate worship...

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Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City had this for an offertory a couple months ago. My brother David once made the observation that "all the applause at classical concerts is self-congratulatory." Listen to the end of the video.

I just did a post on the gays in the Vatican....

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 12:02

In Vatican City, Pope keeps sodomy legal...

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image Italian newspaper il Fatto Quotidiano just disclosed another sodomite scandal in Vatican City.

A priest serving as personal secretary to one of the highest ranking cardinals in Rome's Curia was busted for drugs after Vatican Gendarmerie responded to complaints about a party....

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image What goes down while UK Evangelicals are up in Keswick being "captivated" by OM's Peter Maiden, Alistair Begg, and "Research Professor" Don Carson?

London's private Vishnitz Orthodox girls' school fails its third inspection for conformity to the...

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image Just now (and by "now," I mean now) I finished writing The Grace of Shame. Tentatively subtitled, 7 Errors that Keep the Church from Loving Homosexuals (And What To Do About Them), the book is co-authored by son Joseph and Jurgen von Hagen. All three of us are pastors, but here's a hint:...

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image Reading Sobran's article just posted reminded me of the word "pusillanimous."

Keep track of the words that have died because they tell us what we've become.

Public leadership in the church and uncivil society today is forevermore pusillanimous. The word had to be killed. If...

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Friday, 30 June 2017 01:05

Joe Sobran: Buzz Lightyear for president...

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image Another great article by Joe Sobran. I pity young men today who work in the pastorate and have to mature in their pastoral care and preaching without benefit of the weekly reading of Sobran I was blessed with in my mid-life.

Here's an excerpt to encourage you to click through and...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 01:31

How to fix a broom handle...

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Went into the garage yesterday and found my push broom broken. Second time. Looking to save money, found this video and I'm stoked. Can't wait to get home and get to work.

 

Authors: Tim Bayly...

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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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