Westminster’s Overture is DOA!

Westminster Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America recently submitted an overture to the General Assembly for this coming summer. Westminster is opposing the study committee that was erected at the last GA to look into women’s ministry and women’s role in the church. The PCA has been quite clear on the role of women in the church for years. They have done studies on the issue. They have made it clear: women are not to have authority over men or be in leadership positions, which is according to Scripture.

What interested me is that Westminster points out the fact that this committee actually has women on it, putting men under the authority of women by default. Here is what they write:

“The ad interim committee on the Role of Women has placed women on the committee as members, thereby placing women in the position not only of potentially exercising authority over the men on the committee, but also over the members and churches of the denomination.”

I fully support their overture, but know just from that statement alone that their overture is dead on arrival. Just given the fact that women are on the committee, shows the denominations intent for women being ordained and placed into leadership roles. After all, are any of the men on that committee going to stand up to the women on the committee and run the risk of being labeled a bigot?  I think not. That is how committees end up being run by women. So women in ministry in the PCA is a foregone conclusion. The best thing for Westminster to do is to learn to deal with the new PCA involving women in leadership, or to make other plans.

Fire Pit

It was one of those jobs that I knew I had to do: clean out the drainage pipes under my driveways. Yes, I have two driveways. One for the carport, the other for the husband, which is really just a place for a car under a tree. But both driveways have drainage pipes under them for the ditches out front.

For some strange reason, the previous owner was in the habit of filling in those drainage pipes with large chunks of concrete, asphalt, rocks and anything else he cold find. That led to the pipes clogging up with sediment. And clog they did. When it rained, the water went over the driveway instead of under it. After it rained, the water would stand on both sides of the driveway until it evaporated. I’m sure in the spring and summer the mosquitoes made use of all that breeding area.

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Top 10 Posts for 2016

I had another banner year for 2016 with more than 83,000 views on the blog. I also had some posts that surprised me concerning readership. But the biggest surprise is that my post, Blue Bell Ice Cream: Top 10 Flavors was not in the number one spot.

The number one post was another that falls into the mundane category as far as I’m concerned. It was not one of my deeper theological treatises, but something I just threw together. The post garnered well over 7,000 hits.

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My Egregious Public Error

I never really know what to do when I get comments like the one below on a post or my blog. Robert, who is a first-time visitor, was able to discern from my posts that not only do I believe in original sin (see Romans 5:12) but also the fact that all are conceived in iniquity, therefore sinners, even at their conception (see Psalm 51:5).

In other words, there are no innocent children. No one is born with a clean slate. We are all born into iniquity. In fact, Paul shows us in Ephesians 2 that we “were all by nature children of wrath” until we were made alive by the Spirit of God. The implication is that this is what we are born into because of the fallen nature we inherited from Adam (original sin). We start life in the realm of Satan, the flesh and the world, and it is by God’s mercy that we are moved from being dead in our trespasses and sins, to a state of salvation and new life.

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Facebook Posts

Some of things I write on Facebook crack me up. Yes, I laugh at my own jokes. Sometimes I’m the only one who gets it. With that confession, here are some of the humorous statements I’ve written on Facebook:

  • My wife said that I should get a hearing aid after I didn’t understand what she said. I replied: “Hearing aids cost around $1,000, I can say ‘what?’ for free.”
  • Tonight, told Heidi that I had a BS in Journalism. She said that I was being redundant.
  • Heidi and I were talking about pictures of John Calvin and she asked: “Did he have a pointy chin?”
    Me: “Well, he was French, right?”
  • Actual text to my wife on why I was late getting off from work today:Me: “Waiting for Jesus to get picked up by his mom.”
    Heidi: “OK, that sounds like a Christmas reference, nativity play?”
    Me: “Mexican kid.”
    Heidi: “Jesus was Mexican?”

    I so enjoyed sending that text.

  • The pastorate is the one position in the world where every one is an expert about what the pastor should and should not be doing, except the pastor.
  • It seems that if you dream about being at work, they should pay you for your work.
  • Heidi and I discovered tonight that cauliflower by any other name, is still cauliflower.

Hope you enjoyed those. Not all were humorous, but hopefully all were worth giving some thought.

Ryle on the LORD’s Day

Given that today is, first AND foremost, the LORD’s Day, here is what J.C. Ryle has to say about doing good deeds on this holy day, and what they should not be:

But we must take care that the principles here laid down by our LORD, is not abused and turned to bad account. We must not allow ourselves to suppose that the permission to ‘do good’, ‘ implied that every one might find his own pleasure on the Sabbath. The permission to ‘do good’ was never meant to open the door to amusements, worldly festivities, traveling, journeying, and sensual gratification. It was never intended to license the Sunday railway train, or the Sunday steamboat, or the Sunday exhibition. These things do good to none, and do certain harm to many. They rob many a servant of his seventh day’s rest. They turn the Sunday of thousands into a day of hard toil. Let us beware of perverting our LORD’s words from their proper meaning. Let us remember what kind of ‘doing good’ on the Sabbath His blessed example sanctioned. Let us ask ourselves whether there is the slightest likeness between our LORD’s works on the Sabbath, and those ways of spending the Sabbath for which many contend, who yet dare to appeal to our LORD’s example. Let us fall back on the plain meaning of our LORD’s words, and take our stand on them. He gives us a liberty to ‘do good’ on Sunday, but for feasting, sight-seeing, party-giving, and excursion, He gives no liberty at all. (Emphasis added)

Found this floating on Facebook today, showing the importance of the LORD’s day from Calvin’s perspective:

Via Pastor Paul Viggiano:
“It is to be gathered without doubt from many passages, that the keeping of the Sabbath was a serious matter, since God inculcates no other commandment more frequently, nor more strictly requires obedience to any; and again, when He complains that He is despised, and that the Jews have fallen into extreme ungodliness, He simply says that His “Sabbaths are polluted,” as if religion principally consisted in their observance.” ~John Calvin~

Given the importance of observing the LORD’s day, if one has to make a choice between Christmas and the LORD’s day, it would be better to choose the latter over the former. The latter is commanded by our LORD, the former is nothing but an invention from man’s imagination. When we look at the whole of Scripture, it is striking how often man’s imagination get him in trouble when it comes to worshiping our Holy LORD.

Bearded Selfie

Whenever Heidi and I want to bring a smile to each other, we will sends selfies(a picture that you take of yourself). I took this one while giving a test last week, which is why it is taken from a low angel. I was trying to be discreet. In fact, I think there should be a rule when it comes to selfies: Thou Shalt Be Discreet. But alas, I’m old school.

So may I present my latest selfie: Bearded Selfie.

Bearded Selfie

Two Trees Battling in the Backyard

Backyard Tree Two trees in the back yard, which is easy to see. One is an oak, the other an elm, both battle for supremacy.

Like two brothers, fighting it out, one is taller, the other more stout.

Which one will win in the decade long fight, who will be supreme in the reach for the heights?

As we smoke their cousins on that back porch, neither realize they are destined for the torch. For one will rot before the other, leading to both being needed to be smothered.

Who will win in this battle of supremacy, why man for sure, don’t you see. For the day will come when both are rotted, and I will decide it’s time for them to be tottered.