Tim Bayly

Tim Bayly

Tim has been senior pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Bloomington, Indiana since 1996. Married to Mary Lee, the Baylys have five children and twenty-something grandchildren. Tim's book on fatherhood is "Daddy Tried." Co-author of a book on homosexuality, "The Grace of Shame," his latest book on the Church is "Church Reformed."

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No, Virginia, when I was young, Bibles weren’t politically correct…

(Another in our series of reprints from Baylyblog.) Back in the nineties, a number of us fought against a number of members of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) who were removing the male semantic meaning component of thousands of texts of Scripture in new... read more

Friends from a life: Enoch S. Follett (4)

By the time I knew Enoch, arthritis had ruined much of his ability to serve others, and sometimes himself. He was weak, so he couldn’t cut the lawn, rake, or prune the shrubs and trees. One thing he still did, though, was care for the roses and dahlias in the... read more

Augustine on entertainment and effeminacy

While reading Augustine’s City of God, I find a number of things striking, and particularly the constant scorn Augustine heaps on the Roman pagans for their decadent pursuit of the pleasure of the stage: Now, even although the play celebrates an unreal crime of... read more

Friends from a life: Enoch S. Follett (3)

Enoch drove an International Harvester 4X4 Scout which was most of the pay provided him by the man and lady of the house for his services twelve to sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. The Scout plus licensing and insurance and one $500 gift... read more

The death of effeminacy

Last week (2004) the Indiana Daily Student—Indiana University’s campus paper—published a piece on a campus competition known as “Big Man on Campus.” The author wrote: Every male on campus wants to be him, and every female on campus wishes she could... read more

Friends from a life: Enoch S. Follett (2)

When I started at the estate, the first thing I noticed was an older man who worked occasionally in the vegetable garden and formal rose and dahlia gardens while spending most of his time sitting on the couch in the kitchen/breakfast room. Sitting there, his view was... read more

Friends from a life: Enoch S. Follett (1)

Soon after arriving for seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, I was reading the bulletin board and noticed a help-wanted ad from neighboring Manchester by the Sea. The ad was weird. It directed interested parties to contact so-and-so for such-and-such... read more

Bloomington’s farmers’ market and Auschwitz

Bloomington’s best and brightest discovered an enemy of the people in a most unfortunate place this past summer—the local farmer’s market. For myself, I can’t abide the place. If I want fresh tomatoes, eggplant, or basil, I prefer to buy them from... read more

Reclaiming biblical sexuality (without being a dope)

Then Comes What talks about embracing godly sex roles without overreacting or being dumb or a dope.

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Beards, toothaches, and manes

Through the centuries, quite a few books have been written arguing the spiritual, moral, and physical virtues of beards. The authors were all agreed that beards provided health benefits. Beards and mustaches filtered the air a man breathed, and it was universally... read more

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