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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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

2020: every man should have this habit

Lou Reed and Alice Cooper’s habit is golf. Dylan’s habit is boxing. What’s yours? Any number of habits deserve a good beginning or ending. The new year is the commonly accepted time to give it to them. My father-in-law gave me a Bible with “RX:... read more

Men and beards

If you’re a follower on fb or twitter, you’ve noted an intermittent focus on Scripture’s doctrine of hair as a Divine differentiator between the sexes. More recently, I’ve been focussing on facial hair—specifically beards. It’s dawning on... read more

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