Tag Archives: David Bayly

You Can Make This Up


You would think that between Heidelblog and Old Life, the Brothers B would have enough 2k material to critique and even ridicule. But last week they turned their sights on David VanDrunen and me and had to make up a 2k opinion to suit their purposes. (Maybe the Malware protection on their computers prevents access… Read More→

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The Reformed Episcopal Church


The only communion where you kneel to receive grape juice and you have a priest who is able to mix it up with the BBs. Consider the following exchange (over Tim Bayly’s recommendation of a Roman Catholic Cardinal’s views on — can you believe it — masculinity: Bill Smith – January 14, 2015 – 5:20pm… Read More→

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All About (Liberal) Me


It doesn’t get much better for one of Machen’s warrior children to be lumped with folks who provoke combat but never fight: If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that three men have been standouts in the volume of Baylyblog posts warning against them: Tom (N. T.) Wright,… Read More→

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Woman Up


While love was hoping all things, the BBs have piled on the situation in Houston in a way that raises a number of interesting questions about persecution. Tim Bayly himself insists that the difficulties contemporary Christians confront increasingly resembles what Chicken Little faced: . . . the persecution suffered by Christians in this country is… Read More→

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Love Hopes All Things


So I hope the BBs won’t accuse Brian Lee of being a sissy preacher for the way he reacts to the recent news of Houston’s civil magistrates wanting to inspect pastors sermons (don’t you think they are simply doing what Geneva’s city council did to Calvin and the Company of Pastors?): “The city of Houston… Read More→

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The Presbyterian Narrative


If Ref21 had commboxes with their posts, I could simply make this point (or set of points) in response to Rick Phillips over there. But I guess ACE stands for Anti-Commbox Evangelicals. At the risk of offending Bill McClay (as if he reads OL) who wrote a very fine piece on the “American narrative,” the… Read More→

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Why Do the Critics of 2K and Heterodox Political Theorists Sound So Similar?


I wonder if Rabbi Brett, the BBs, and other transformers of culture (neo-Calvinist or not) would be troubled by Ronald Beiner’s observations in “Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau on Civil Religion” (Review of Politics, Autumn 1993). According to Machiavelli, Christianity: devalued honor and glorified passive martyrdom, has taught me to be humble, self-abnegating and contemptuous of… Read More→

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Why Fox News Isn’t the Best Judge of Religion in Public Life


First the story: In mid-December, six-year-old Isaiah Martinez brought a box of candy canes to his public elementary school. Affixed to each cane was a legend explaining the manner in which the candy symbolizes the life and death of Jesus. Isaiah’s first-grade teacher took possession of the candy and asked her supervising principal whether it… Read More→

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Not a 2K Candidate


John Miller’s recent piece in the National Review on Ben Sasse’s efforts to gain the Republican nomination for the Senate in Nebraska is well worth reading. Here is a part that stood out from an OL perspective because it is silent about Sasse’s religion (which happens to be 2k Reformed Protestant): After growing up in… Read More→

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When Luther Sounded Constantinian


From Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate We see, then, that just as those that we call spiritual, or priests, bishops, or popes, do not differ from other Christians in any other or higher degree but in that they are to be concerned with the… Read More→

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