Study: School Shootings Are Actually Rare and Declining


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The media has a way of taking an atrocity and making it seem like our world has come down with a serious case of it. Any murder is an abomination to God our Father. It is evil. We must always speak out against it.

After each shooting, however, the media dedicates untold amounts of attention to shootings past, present, and future. You’d be forgiven for believing the United States is soaked in the blood of the victims of mass shootings, specifically in schools.

According to a new study from the Heritage Foundation, the hysterics over the number of school shootings handed to us by the media aren’t half as bad as they portray it. Furthermore, they are rarer now than they were in the 9o’s:

Statistically speaking, however, such events are still highly infrequent. In particular, shootings during normal classroom hours that result in injuries or death are incredibly rare in America’s primary and secondary schools. Out of the more than 55 million K–12 students across the nation’s public and private schools, an average of 10 students are killed every year by gunfire at school.

To put this number perspective, over 800 students die every year during regular travel to and from school.

Even rarer on K–12 campuses are the types of high-profile, multiple-casualty shooting rampages characterized by names like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland. Since 1990, America’s 100,000 public primary and secondary schools have experienced 22 on-campus shootings that resulted in two or more fatalities (excluding the shooter), for an average of less than one multiple-fatality shooting per year.

Most of these multiple-fatality shootings were not “Columbine-style” mass shootings: Of the 22 incidents since 1990, only nine involved the deaths of four or more people. Since 2000, there have been 17 shootings at K–12 schools that resulted in two or more injuries.

As Heritage notes, schools are still statistically the safest place for kids to be, despite the fact that they spend a good deal of their time there:

Less than 3 percent of all youth homicides occur on a school campus, even though it is where youths spend a large portion of their time.

Since 1992, when the NCES began to compile data on school-related violent deaths, the highest number of on-campus student homicides at K–12 schools in a single school year has been 34, which occurred during the 1992–1993 and 1997–1998 school years. During the 2013–2014 school year, the NCES concluded that there was approximately one student homicide or suicide at school for every 2.8 million enrolled students. Meanwhile, an average of 50 children ages 7 to 18 are murdered by their parents every year.



I saw Jesus last night …

From one of my other blogs.

Quotes, thoughts and musings

I saw Jesus last night. Of course, it was not the Jesus I was expecting. He was delivering the “Jesus Manifesto” (aka The Sermon on the Mount).

This was stunning. Jesus was smiling most of the time and did not speak in a sterilized monotone. He was serious but he interacted spontaneously with those who were following Him. This is not a sermon delivered from behind a pulpit. This had no stage lighting. There was no microphone. Just Jesus with His followers laying out how the Kingdom of God works. Slowly but powerfully. And did I mention He had a smile on his face?

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“To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days” ~Plutarch


History can be a challenge but it is important that we have a link to our past. Some followers of Jesus are content with reading some of the scriptures.

The story of Jesus and the Apostles is amazing. I love it.

Who came after Paul and John?

What happened the next century?

How did the “Catholic Church” start?

There is much to know and it informs us where out thinking comes from.

To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days”

― Plutarch

Tucker: Facebook changes devastating for conservative media


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Facebook isn’t neutral; it has an agenda. Earlier this year, Facebook altered its algorithms for what news stories its users see, and the results have been devastating for conservative-leaning outlets.

Warning, I urge you to abandon Facebook as a source of news. You are not seeing what you want to see there. What is the alternative? I bookmark the sites I like to get content from then visit them directly. I also use a newsreader to aggregate the content for me.

Tucker lays out the case very well.

Facebook isn’t neutral; it has an agenda. Earlier this year, Facebook altered its algorithms for what news stories its users see, and the results have been devastating for conservative-leaning outlets.

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Trans Lobby Hates This Man For Proving Sex-Change Regret Is Real


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The Bible teaches that God made us male or female, and no matter our own feelings or confusion, we should act in accordance with the biological reality of God’s good design. Transgenderism falls short of the glory of God and is not the way to walk in obedience to the Messiah, Jesus.

Moses in Genesis said  He created them male and female.” (Genesis 1:27) Jesus said “In the original creation, God made male and female to be together.” (Mark 10:5-9) God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female. That divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing.

So for a transgenders, is regret an issue to grapple with?

“Is regret permissible? And if you regret something in your life, should you be allowed to talk about it with others? Publicly? The answer is so obviously “yes” that any reasonable person would be baffled to even hear such questions. That’s because regret is simply part of being human.

“But what if you regret trying to change your sex? Or maybe you’re just tired of propping up a persona? Worse, what if you regret having all of the surgery to promote the illusion of a sex change? This is the case with Walt Heyer, who lived as a woman for nearly a decade then de-transitioned after coming to terms with the fact that he was born male.”

Source: Trans Lobby Hates This Man For Proving Sex-Change Regret Is Real

The Most Offensive Things Jesus Ever Said



This is excellent via a great blogger.  The Most Offensive Things Jesus Ever Said  Jesus is in the transformation business. It isn’t easy put He gives us the Holy Spirit and has redeemed us. Please take a minute to read. This is great.

Jesus has to be one of the most interesting people to have ever lived. Take away His divinity for a minute (Just a few seconds I promise) and look at his life. Whether you are a Christian or not you have to admit that his life is fascinating. The words he said, the stories he told, his polarizing effect on people… He was a fascinating person.

Today we often like to focus on the grace and the love that he showed others. We seem particularly drawn to the instances where Jesus condemned the actions of those who were ostracizing others. I get it, I’m drawn to those stories too. I love when Jesus turns the temple upside down and throws those taking advantage of the poor out. I love that Jesus makes space for women at his table. One of my favorite stories is Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well.

But that’s only one side of Jesus. He also said a lot of offensive things. So much so that by the end of one of his teachings many of his followers just left.

Let that sink in. Jesus taught a message so offensive that the majority of people listening said Nope, got up, and walked away.

By no means am I trying to downplay the inclusive, loving, grace-filled side of Jesus. But we must hold firmly to grace AND truth. Just like Jesus did. Jesus could say the most loving, accepting, and inclusive thing. But he also said some of the hardest truths that stung.

Sometimes we ignore those hard things Jesus said; at least I know I do. So I want to highlight some of the most offensive things Jesus said. I don’t want to downplay the grace, but rather encourage us to hold onto the tension between grace and truth.

Read more: The Most Offensive Things Jesus Ever Said

Worship Leader No Longer Able To Fit Giant Head Through Sanctuary Doors



Some good satire from the Babylon Bee. Always good for a laugh but insightful as well.

Local worship pastor Troy “T-Waffle” Lansing was excited to find that his Twitter follower count broke 3,000 on Saturday evening. The worship minister had been promoting his account hard, using several church interns to try to garner more and more followers for his social media presence.

Lansing was less excited to find the event had finally caused his head to become too large to fit through the sanctuary doors at Refuge Church. As Lansing attempted to enter the church Worship Experience Center’s sleek, stainless steel doors for a scheduled 7:30 a.m. soundcheck ahead of first service, his inflated noggin became wedged in the doorway.

Source: Worship Leader No Longer Able To Fit Giant Head Through Sanctuary Doors

Sexual harassment in western countries and Islamist middle eastern countries.


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This is a great article by Denis MacEoin who points out the differences in sexual harassment in western countries and Islamist middle eastern countries. Our laws do not permit this under any circumstances. Islamist middle eastern countries are sexist and promote sexual violence against women. These attitudes are coming out in some European countries now with more Islamist immigrants.

Jesus treated women with respect and even refused to allow a woman caught in the act of adultery to be stoned, as the law prescribed at the time. After her accusers left, he sent her on her way with admonition to sin no more.

“I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.” — Nabih Wahsh, Islamist lawyer, on Egypt’s al-Assema TV, October 19, 2017.

“The Iranian Revolution of 1979 sparked off increasingly revolutionary movements across the Islamic world, and in the process saw women in many countries denied the freedoms they had started to acquire under earlier regimes. The veil returned widely, notably in Turkey, following the growing power of authoritarian and fundamentalist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with women’s rights being increasingly denied.

“We urgently need to drop our unwillingness to contrast Western and Islamic values — whether regarding violence, treatment of religious minorities, anti-Semitism, or treatment of women. There are also growing numbers of Muslims, as we are seeing today in Iran, who find wider Islamic attitudes abhorrent and work hard, mostly against the odds, to bring their faith closer to modern values.”

Source: Sexual Harassment East and West

Zuckerberg says he’s ‘happy’ to testify before Congress. Facebook is in trouble!


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Yikes, does Facebook need to go to “rehab”. They are clearly in trouble. The stock has collapsed, chopping $36 billion off the company’s market value on Monday. By mid-Tuesday morning, it had fallen 10 percent since the scandal broke. What the company expected to be a tough summer storm had turned into a Category 5 hurricane.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg saw his net worth decline by more than $5 billion since Monday, but it could have been worse.

Ahead of Facebook’s worst one-day decline since 2012, prompted by news that data affecting 51.3 million members was improperly shared with a political consulting firm, Zuckerberg had been busy selling stock. So far this year, he has sold more than 5 million shares.

Disposing of those Facebook shares FB, -1.87% before Tuesday ended up saving about $70 million, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings and some arithmetic by MarketWatch. At Tuesday’s close, the 5.4 million shares Zuckerberg has sold this year under a predetermined plan would be worth $910 million. Zuckerberg made about $980 million selling those shares, according to calculations using average weighted prices reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

People are jumping on Twitter to announce their breakup with Facebook.

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending on Monday after the New York Times reported this weekend that the data of 50 million users had been unknowingly leaked and purchased to aid President Trump’s successful 2016 bid for the presidency.

Twitter was littered with users sharing the hashtag. I will only alert you that it is very difficult to actually delete Facebook, particularly if you actively use it to post content, photos and videos.

Is this the solution for the government to regulate Facebook? How about the free market? I don’t have to use Facebook. No one does.

Facebook‘s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said Wednesday he was willing to testify to Congress following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked on President Donald Trump’s election campaign, improperly obtained information on some 50 million Facebook users via an academic researcher.

“What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go,” Zuckerberg said in an evening interview on CNN. “What I think we found so far is that typically there are people whose whole job is focused on an area. But I would imagine at some point that there will be a topic where I am the sole authority on, and it will make sense for me to do it.

Source: Zuckerberg says he’s ‘happy’ to testify before Congress – POLITICO

Now consider this from TechCrunch: Now would be a good time for Mark Zuckerberg to resign

Facebook  is at the center of a dozen controversies, and outrage is peaking. The social network has failed again and again at expanding beyond a handful of core features. Doubts of its usefulness, and assertions of its uselessness, are multiplying. A crisis of confidence at multiple levels threatens the company’s structure and mission. Now is the time for Mark Zuckerberg to spare himself the infamy and resign — for Facebook’s sake and his own.

I’m not calling for his resignation, and I don’t say this out of any animus toward Zuckerberg; I personally believe him to be genuine and driven in his stated desire to connect the world — but likely increasingly frustrated by the unexpected consequences of this naive ambition and the haste with which he has pursued it. I just think that it has come to the point where the best way for him to advance that ambition is to leave.

There are three major reasons why.

Source: Now would be a good time for Mark Zuckerberg to resign | TechCrunch

Three Israelis Killed in Two Terror Attacks over Weekend


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I missed this last weekend. Time to pick up the pace of our prayers for Israel and Jerusalem.

The Jihad against Israel continues. No peace seems to be forthcoming as the commitment is to completely wipe Israel off the face of the planet. We have heard this before. May Jesus bring peace, true peace, to Israel!

Adiel Kolman, a 32-year-old father of four from Kochav Hashachar, died of his wounds last night after being stabbed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier in the day.

The attacker, named by security officials as Abd el-Rahman Bani, walked up to Kolman and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper body. Bani lived in the village of Aqraba near Nablus and had a one-week permit that had allowed him to enter Israel to look for work.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said after the attack: “The policeman did a good job of responding quickly, killing the terrorist, and preventing any more casualties. The Israel Police will continue to operate in Jerusalem and throughout the country against the despicable terrorists who are incited by the Palestinian Authority.”

Source: Three Israelis Killed in Two Terror Attacks over Weekend | The Tower

Watch this stunning video as a part of World Down Syndrome day — 50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome


A carpool karaoke lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day features 50 mums and their children singing along to Christina Perri’s multi-platinum selling track, “A Thousand Years”.

The mums are all part of a Facebook group known as “Designer Genes” created for parents who have a child with Down’s Syndrome born in 2013/14. They got together to show the world just how ordinary and fun life with the condition is and how they “Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.

The video was originally inspired by Singing Hands – a UK organisation who’s videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development.

Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech.

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“Complicity and the Christ?”


Great insight from IB!

See, there's this thing called biology...

So, I continue to be frustrated by Pastor Wilson’s rather poor response to child sexual abuse. That’s actually a charitable way to put it. It’s way beyond poor. It’s a real irritant to me because I like his theology and his way with words, but his heart is just all wrong, and there are real people who have suffered greatly for having been sold some of this rubbish.

I have some compassion for victims of abuse. Of that there is no doubt. However, my real concern is how or why people are driven away from the church and sometimes away from Jesus Christ Himself.

Take for example his post, “Complicity in Christ” It’s quite reasonable if we are talking about neighbors getting along with one another or how to survive the next family reunion. BUT he is actually speaking about child rape, which is kind of buried among the words…

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How The Ancient Hebrews’ Faith Affected The West’s Development


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While a relatively tiny minority of people ever have been religiously Jewish, the Hebrews have had inestimably large effects on the world.

Here is a great example.

“The Hebrews also held a distinctive view about agreements between God and man, and between man and man. Their core idea of a covenant is more encompassing than that of a contract because it binds the parties to their promises even if they break the agreement. These ancient views of Hebrews influenced Christian and therefore Western ideas of not only eternal salvation but also earthly arrangements such as marriage and government. The “social compact” language Puritans and other early American colonists used politically was consciously derived from the Hebrew covenant.”

Source: How The Ancient Hebrews’ Faith Affected The West’s Development

Before I die I want to ____________ .


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This is a stunning question. Before I die I want to _______________ .

What is your answer?

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What’s your answer?)

Meet The Israeli Mother Who Defies Hamas By Living In Gaza Envelope


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Imagine that daily terrorist want to kill you and take away your freedom.

Every day. No let up. Every day. The Jihad doesn’t intend to stop until Israel is wiped off the face of the earth.

It takes courage to live there. May God bless them and give them peace!

“On our way to an Israeli town near the border separating Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza, these reporters are told we have 15 seconds to get to a bomb shelter if the sirens go off. If there is no bomb shelter nearby, we are to drop to the floor, cross our legs, and cover the back of our heads.

“In Netiv Haasara, a community in the Gaza envelope which houses a population of about 800 people, the bus stops double as bomb shelters. For Hila Femlon, the sirens warning of rocket fire from Hamas insurgents are part of everyday life.”

Source: Meet The Israeli Mother Who Defies Hamas By Living In Gaza Envelope

“Will government treat the parenting practices of Orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims as suspect if they simply refuse to adopt the latest sexual trends?” ~Emilie Kao


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We have to stand up to religious liberty, for all religions. If we don’t here is where we are going to end up. We are getting closer every day.

Jesus is the truth. May we all proclaim his good news and fight the good fight.

“Alberta’s Child and Family Services barred a Christian couple from adopting a child because their religious views about sexuality—views shared by orthodox Jews and Muslims—were incompatible with “the official position of the Alberta government.”

“The Ministry of Children’s Services stated that the couple’s belief that sexuality should not be experienced or explored until a person is married, would not create a “safe, healthy, loving, and inclusive home.

“Will government treat the parenting practices of Orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims as suspect if they simply refuse to adopt the latest sexual trends?” ~Emilie Kao

Source: Religious Liberty Is Eroding in Canada. Here’s What Americans Should Learn.

“Post-Christian America is a more vicious America, and that the triumph of secularists is rendering America more polarized.” ~David French


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The secular religion of the Western world is making progress. We need to redouble our effort to bring Jesus into the conversation about what is important in America. Tribal politics brings bad news at every turn. We are the people of hope and we have good news. We serve an amazing God. We must witness to the Way of Jesus and His truth.

That is all there is to it. Jesus has defeated death and the enemy of God. Jesus is in charge and is King!

“If I had to pick one of the most under-appreciated and under-reported stories of 2017, it would be that a post-Christian America is a more vicious America, and that the triumph of secularists is rendering America more polarized, not less. Remove from the public square biblical admonitions such as “love your enemies” and the hatred has more room to grow. When the fruits of the Spirit — love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — wither, then the culture is far more coarse.

“Not everyone’s missing the story, of course. Both Ross Douthat and The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart have written powerfully on the topic, with Beinart noting how the rise of a post-Christian Left has mirrored the rise of a post-Christian Right. Beinart’s conclusion is correct:”

For years, political commentators dreamed that the culture war over religious morality that began in the 1960s and ’70s would fade. It has. And the more secular, more ferociously national and racial culture war that has followed is worse.

Source: Post-Christian America — Can a Polarized America Survive? | National Review

Debating BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) with Cornel West. BDS is anti-Semitic at its core!


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Israel deserves our wholehearted support.

Many of the founding goals of the BDS movement, including denying the Jewish people the universal right of self-determination – along with many of the strategies employed in BDS campaigns are anti-Semitic. Many individuals involved in BDS campaigns are driven by opposition to Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state.

Often time, BDS campaigns give rise to tensions in communities – particularly on college campuses – that can result in harassment or intimidation of Jews and Israel supporters, including overt anti-Semitic expression and acts.  This dynamic can create an environment in which anti-Semitism can be express more freely.

And, all too often, BDS advocates employ anti-Semitic rhetoric and narratives to isolate and demonize Israel.

Alan M. Dershowitz recently debated Professor Cornel West of Harvard about the boycott movement against Israel. The topic was resolved: “The boycott, divestiture and sanctions (BDS) movement will help bring about the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Here are some highlights:

  • Zionism was the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, not a colonial enterprise. Nor is Israel in any way like South Africa, where a minority of whites ruled over a majority of Blacks, who were denied the most fundamental human rights. In Israel, Arabs, Druze and Christians have equal rights and serve in high positions in government, business, the arts and academia.
  • BDS is not a protest against Israel’s policies. It is a protest against Israel’s very existence.
  • West argued that BDS would encourage Israel to make peace with the Palestinians. I replied that Israel would never be blackmailed into compromising its security, and that the Palestinians are disincentivized into making compromises by the fantasy that they will get a state through economic and cultural extortion.

Source: Debating BDS with Cornel West

Good Guys and Bad Guys


Right on target. The parable Jesus told started with this. “And a religious leader stood up and put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Testing Jesus is the ultimate contempt.

May God be with us all. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

Hard Times Ministries

Aren’t we such good guys when we tell the story of the Good Samaritan? We love to point out the hypocrisy of the clergy in this parable and reflect on how we show compassion for people.

Yet, this past Saturday, here was a man around 40 years old.  He was ‘passed out’ and bleeding profusely from his nose and head and lying in the street.  Who knows if he was severely injured, drunk or on drugs or a combination of all?

The point is this: no one wants to stop and help these bums, drunks or and druggies.

We look down on this ‘trash’ as the bad guys, while we strut around as the good guys.  After all, we aren’t down in the street like some stray dog as a mark of road kill.

It ends up that I knew this man.  He is a neighbor of mine who suffers…

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Is there a saving truth?



Some good reads:

Is There a Saving Truth? Gerhard Cardinal Muller, First Things
Five Years of Francis John Gehring, Commonweal Magazine
A Young Monk Finds Her Calling Hiroko Masuiki, New York Times
Statue of Limitations Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine

This Formerly Trans 14-Year-Old Has A Message For Questioning Kids


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God created us male and female. That is it. That is the truth from God and His Son Jesus, the Messiah.

The Secular Religion would have us believe we can decide ourselves what gender we want to be. We are not God and we can’t change his order of things.

We can, change our minds (aka repent). If we have wrong thinking about gender, we must change our minds and not be an enemy of God.

Noor Jontry believed she was male from ages 11 to 13, but changed her mind. Now at age 14, she is sharing her journey into the trans-male identity and back.

Source: This Formerly Trans 14-Year-Old Has A Message For Questioning Kids

“To the superficial minds of “Liberals,” collectivists, Marxians, et al. … murder lies in the gun and not in the soul of man. So they think that to deprive men of guns would prevent man from murder!”



“One mode of anti-frontier and anti-self-reliance propaganda is contemporary hysteria about gun control – a part of the materialistic determinism of the hour. To the superficial minds of “Liberals,” collectivists, Marxians, et al., instruments are supposed to act upon man, and men (no longer self-reliant) merely to be acted upon: to them, murder lies in the gun and not in the soul of man. So they think that to deprive men of guns would prevent man from murder!

“What the Power Boys – the insiders – behind the gun controls really want, of course, is not to control guns but to control us. They want registration so that they can confiscate; they want to confiscate so that they will have power and we shall be powerless – even as we live today upon a wild frontier demanding ever more self-reliance.

“On the old frontier, men had to rely upon themselves and had to be armed until there were sound laws and until law-enforcement officers could enforce the laws. Today laws against thieves, muggers, thugs, rapist, arsonists, looters, murderers (thanks largely to the “Liberal” majority on the Supreme Court) are diluted almost to the point of abolition; the Marshal Dillons of the world, thanks to the same Court, are disarmed or emasculated, they are told to respect the “rights” of thieves, muggers, thugs, rapists, arsonists, looters, muggers, above the right of good citizens to be secure from such felons.

“Good citizens, deprived of the processes of the law or the protection of the police, are supposed to accept their lot as the passive happy victims of “the unfortunate,” sheep to be sheared of feed to the wolves bleating about the loveliness of it all. It is “violence” if good citizens defend themselves; it is not “violent” but “protest” if they or their property are assaulted. So gun controls are the order of the day – gun controls that will disarm me of good will, but will not disarm the Mafia, the mobs out on a spree, the wolves on the prowl, the men of ill will.

“This is a part of the “Liberal” sentimentality that does not see sin, evil, violence, as realities in the soul of man. To the “Liberal,” all we need is dialogue, discussion, compromise, co-existence, understanding – always in favor of the vicious and never in defense of the victim. The sentimental “Liberal,” fearful of self-reliant man, believes this to be a good thing; the cynical Power Boys pretend to believe it, and use it for their own ends.

“Gun control is the new Prohibition. It will not work, as Prohibition did not work. But meanwhile, it will be tried, as a sentimental cure-all, a new usurpation of the rights of a once thoroughly self-reliant people, another step on the march to 1984. It is only a symptom of our modern disease, but it is well worth examining at a little more length. And, as I recently made a trip to the land of Sentimentalia, and brought back a published account of gun control there, I hope you will permit me to offer it as evidence speaking to our condition:

“A few hundred of the several hundred million citizens of Sentimentalia have in recent years been shot by criminals. The Congress of that land, led by Senators Tom Prodd and Jokey Hidings, and egged on by the President, responded with a law to first register, and eventually confiscate, all the wicked instruments known as ‘guns.’ The law was passed amid tears of joy.

“But, alas, when guns continued to be used by the happy thugs thus freed from the fear of being shot by self-reliant citizens, the Prohibitionists claimed that this meant that knives need to be forbidden… and then violence and murders would end.”

E. Merrill Root — More on Mr. Root here.

Pro-Choice Movement Celebrates Abortion, Disrespects Women Who Choose Life


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We can’t accept that abortion is about choice. It is not. It is about death and murder. It is about life. I believe that life is sacred, both in the womb and outside the womb.

God said “You shall not murder.” (Deuteronomy 5:17) The idea that anyone gets to choose whether someone else gets to live or not is abominable. God is God.

“The American Left often insists that no one is actually “pro-abortion.” Rather, we’re told, they’re “pro-choice.” Favoring abortion rights isn’t about liking abortion. It’s a matter of supporting every woman’s right to choose for herself. Continue reading

The Conflict over Jerusalem and the U. S. embassy move



What is all the fussing over President Trump’s decision, as he promised, to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

In 1967, Jordan illegally attacked Israel. Jordan shelled civilian areas of Jerusalem. Israel responded and liberated the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the access roads to Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital, thereby opening these sites to everyone.

That has been the status quo for the last half century, until Obama engineered the notorious December 2016 Security Council Resolution that declared the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the access roads to be illegally occupied by Israel, thus changing the status quo.

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It has been, off and on for over 3,000 years. King David presided there and King Solomon built the temple there. Jerusalem has a special role in the Life of Jesus.

A couple of points to keep in mind.

  • First, it is beyond the jurisdiction of the UN to tell a sovereign nation what it can and cannot recognize.
  • The United States often stands alone with Israel against the world, and the US and Israel have been right. The bias of the international community against the nation state of the Jewish people has been long standing and evident, especially at the UN.
  • Recall the infamous General Assembly Resolution declaring Zionism to be a form of racism. It received overwhelming support from the tyrannical nations of the world, which constitute a permanent majority of the UN, and was rescinded only after the US issued threats if it were to remain on the books.



Is Religious Liberty a License to Discriminate?


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There is a myth that the current debate about cakes, photography, and other services being denied to same-sex marriages is discriminatory.

Here is a good summary: The Top 4 Anti-LGBT Myths Of 2017

“A popular rallying cry this year was against the “license to discriminate,” the way the Left describes religious freedom legal standards. As the Los Angeles Times puts it: “If you thought 2016 was a nasty, brutish year for LGBT rights across the country, 2017 is already shaping up to be much, much worse. Over the holidays, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that he would be reintroducing the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill first put forward in 2015. It would prevent the government from taking action against businesses that discriminate against LGBT people based on their ‘religious belief or moral conviction…’ Continue reading

5 Reasons Christian Support For Jerusalem Is Not About The End Times


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While some Christians believe in theological significance to Jews controlling their historic homeland, for many the reasons are practical, not theological. Historically, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel. King David established it. Jesus was there quite frequently, entered the city triumphantly and was killed there. That is really all I need to know. (FYI, Muhammad never visited there)

The good news is that the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem. Continue reading

“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” ~George Orwell


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It is amazing, historically, how many people understood why the second Amendment is so important. It is best not to mess with it. It is in fact, very dangerous. The right to own guns is fundamental to our freedom.

“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” ~George Orwell

White Male Privilege A Myth?


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Excellent post and video. I highly recommend watching the video. Long but worth it. Thanks Tricia!

Freedom Through Empowerment

The video above shows a fascinating dialogue between “Louder With Crowder” host Jim Crowder and students at Texas Christian University.  It touches on a number of cultural hot topics, like white male privilege, oppression of minorities and women, whether systemic racism/sexism is real, victimhood mentality, acting “white” and factors other than race and gender that determine success.

At first I had it playing in the background while doing some other work.  After a few minutes though, I was completely transfixed and couldn’t pull my eyes away.  Not only from the participants but from the facial expressions the crowd that had gathered to watch were making as things progressed; it was all so captivating.

The first half involves two female college students; one black and one white, who hold the Leftist views you  typically find with young people on a college campus.  The women were pleasant and obviously not stupid,  but…

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8 facts about love and marriage in America


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The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades. Read eight facts about love and marriage in the United States.

As followers of Jesus, the family is core to our understanding of God’s goal as we are children of God. We must support marriage and keeping families in tact. Secularists are intent on continuing the assault on the core family as a critical part of our society. Continue reading

“They won’t go down without a fight!” ~Peggy Noonan


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“…I think a lot of Americans have guns because they’re fearful—and for damn good reason. They fear a coming chaos, and know that when it happens it will be coming to a nation that no longer coheres. They think it’s all collapsing—our society, our culture, the baseline competence of our leadership class. They see the cultural infrastructure giving way—illegitimacy, abused children, neglect, racial tensions, kids on opioids staring at screens—and, unlike their cultural superiors, they understand the implications.

Nuts with nukes, terrorists bent on a mission. The grid will go down. One of our foes will hit us, suddenly and hard. In the end it could be hand to hand, door to door. I said some of this six years ago to a famously liberal journalist, who blinked in surprise. If that’s true, he said, they won’t have a chance! But they are Americans, I said. They won’t go down without a fight…”

Peggy Noonan, The Culture Of Death – And Of Disdain

Why There Is Never A Flight 93 Election For Faithful Christians


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For followers of Jesus, there are no stakes in a cosmic sense for anything we observe in the news. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and King of the Kingdom. The Messiah will come victorious. Our job is to endure in hope.

What is the flight 93 election? On flight 93, it was charge the cockpit or die. Continue reading

Trump vs Friedman – Trade Policy Debate – The best response from Trump’s misguided view of trade comes from Milton Friedman


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The best response from Trump’s misguided view of trade comes from Milton Friedman, one of the greatest economists in American history. Let’s hear from both sides on this issue:

Import tariffs v. free trade, argued by Donald Trump and Milton Friedman.


Milton Friedman  was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy.

12 Reasons Why a Clergyman Quit Attending Sports Events 


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12 Reasons Why a Clergyman Quit Attending Sports Events

1.  The coach never came to visit me.
2.  Every time I went, they asked me for money.
3.  The people sitting in my row didn’t seem very friendly.
4.  The seats were very hard.
5.  The referees made a decision I didn’t agree with.
6.  I was sitting with hypocrites — they only came to see what others were wearing!
7.  Some games went into overtime and I was late getting home.
8.  The band played some songs I had never heard before.
9.  The games are scheduled on my only day to sleep in and run errands.
10.  My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.
11.  Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I know more than the coaches, anyway.
12.  I don’t want to take my children because I want them to choose for themselves what sport they like best.

Source: 12 Reasons Why a Clergyman Quit Attending Sports Events | Dover Beach

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What You Need to Know About Planned Parenthood


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What does Planned Parenthood really do? What do they actually stand for? President and founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, lays out everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood.

What does Planned Parenthood really do? What do they actually stand for? President and founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, lays out everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood.

Stossel: Trump’s Steel Tariffs Will Hurt Americans


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The Trump administration says a steel tariff will be announced in the next two weeks to preserve American industries. John Stossel says that won’t work.

The Trump administration says a steel tariff will be announced in the next two weeks to preserve American industries. John Stossel says that won’t work. Continue reading

Being an Example and Sending Messages


Great insight from Hard Times Ministries. “As we can see, the justice of God and His kingdom is not a democracy.”

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From time to time, we hear about a case where the judge clearly desires to set an example and send a message to others.  The outcome is always bad to very bad to worse.

How is it when justice of the law is supposed to be equal when they want to use you as an example?  In other words, if this happens to you, you are screwed.

It’s kind of like the other way around with Jesus.  No matter how badly you have screwed up, you can be forgiven.  For those not out there messing around, this doesn’t seem fair.  Think about it.  A person who screwed up big time gets the exact same treatment as you when you were out there the entire time towing the line.

As we can see, the justice of God and His kingdom is not a democracy.  There are no polls and we are…

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Faith Is Between You And Government


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This court case is not about free speech. This is about religious liberty of Americans to freely exercise their faith. We have one series, after another, where the Supreme Court imposes their will against the morals of many followers of Jesus and the word of God.

When will it stop? When we get enough constitutionalists on the Supreme Court. Let us pray for the freedom to express our faith and the absolute truth found in Jesus.

“On December 5, the Supreme Court heard an important religious liberty case that, at its core, raises the following question: Whether the government may use its monopoly on force to require any person to participate in a ceremony purporting to wed two people with same-sex attraction, even if that person cannot, for sincere religious reasons, recognize a same-sex union as marital.

“If one’s exposure to Masterpiece Cakeshop was limited to the popular media, you might think it was only about the free-speech rights of wedding-cake makers.”

Source: Supreme Court To Decide Whether Faith Is Between You And Government

Read The Gospels To Discover The Jesus Nobody Likes To Talk About


Jesus has a lot to say but we have to listen to the “real Jesus” to get it. I suggest immersing yourself in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It will change you. Jesus will change you.

Read more here.

“Two truths about Jesus seem to be at odds with the modern Christian understanding and presentation of God’s son. First, the God-man, unbound by time, held a decidedly ancient and unenlightened view of the world by contemporary standards. Second, he did hurt others’ feelings and didn’t apologize for it—and not just those of the religious fat cats of the day. Along with the tender Lamb of God, we find a lion as well. We must admit to and accept all of this if we want to know the whole divine person of Christ.

“Let’s start with the first. In this modern, scientific age, it’s silly to believe that the devil, demons and hell exist. That’s old-school, and not the good kind. Best-selling Christian preachers have told us as much. But Jesus is unapologetically old-school. As we read the gospels straight through, it cannot be missed that he talked quite often about Satan, evil, and demonic possession. Doing exorcisms was all in a day’s work. Jesus speaks of Satan and his legions of demons as actual beings that roam and rule the earth, possessing and ravaging people relentlessly. His deliverance is not real if demons are not real.

“Second, Jesus also believed in the reality of sin, its seriousness, the need for repentance, and the punishment of a real hell. Literally. Flames and great suffering. He talked about them regularly. The reader can’t avoid it in the text. He didn’t speak of sin and hell conceptually or metaphorically, but personalized this bad news to actual people, face to face.”

By  — Read The Gospels To Discover The Jesus Nobody Likes To Talk About

Radical Sayings of Jesus

Jordon Peterson with a message to the school shooters: past, present and future


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Jordon Peterson: “I wrote in some detail and with some depth about motivation for the mass slaughter of innocents in my new book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Because of what happened all-too-recently and brutally in Parkland — because of what keeps happening — I thought I would read the relevant chapter (Rule 6: Put your house in perfect order before you criticize the world) and release it on YouTube. I regard the mass shootings as symptomatic of the nihilism and psychological confusion that so deeply characterizes our society at the current time.”

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Stop Denying Science. Birth Control Isn’t Necessary For Women’s Health


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Planned Parenthood is trying to change the subject. So if birth control is free of charge, then what is the issue. If employers opt out of the mandate for religious or moral reasons, why doesn’t Planned Parenthood pay for it then?

The issue should be about killing (aka aborting) babies in the womb. The issue won’t go away. We are not going to stop fighting for life. Jesus challenges us to persevere.

“Planned Parenthood is marshalling women to #Fight4BirthControl, because apparently allowing those with moral objections to opt-out of the Obamacare contraception mandate is disastrous for women’s health. I wonder if the women using this hashtag understand how the contraception mandate works. Or how insurance works. Or birth control itself, for that matter.

“To recap, the Obama administration’s contraception mandate directed employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception, including embryocidal methods, at no direct cost to employees. Several lawsuits challenged the mandate for violating the religious freedom of religious employers who object to providing birth control, including methods that may result in the loss of an embryo. So the Trump administration released a rule that allows any employer—publicly traded, nonprofit, or otherwise—to opt out of the mandate for religious or moral reasons.”

Source: Stop Denying Science. Birth Control Isn’t Necessary For Women’s Health

Cake Cases Really About Courts Deciding What Americans Can Believe


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The Supreme Court is going to decide the issue. Jack Phillips declined to make Craig and Mullins a same-sex wedding cake. Phillips is a devout Christian who had been blasted in a review a year or two previously when his shop refused to make a cake for a Halloween-themed wedding. This time, his refusal may have sounded similar: “Sorry, guys: I’ll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies or brownies, but I just don’t do cakes for same-sex weddings.”

This is not just about Christians though. Many religions have the same beliefs about same-sex marriage. We all know that the first amendment says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech …” We will see!

“In the meantime, legal decisions founded on these principles inevitably convict the Christian plaintiff. Phillips and those like him can scarcely argue that they do not object to the celebration of homosexual eros intrinsic to every same-sex wedding. And when one is not allowed to mention the nature of the cake being made, arguments from freedom of religion or freedom of speech cannot point to the very object of expression and offence to conscience that the Christian is being sued for refusing to make.

“Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, is, of course, expected to be the swing vote, but the reasoning above relies extensively on precedents he has authored. Provided the details of the case remain obscure, it may be reasonable to expect that he will swing left, locking the above line of reasoning—or something analogous—into permanent law.

“If this should happen, it will not simply unjustly eject hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholics, Muslims, Orthodox Jews, and devout Protestants from any wedding-related businesses they have built. It will set a precedent from our highest court that it is discrimination on account of sexual orientation to publically disfavor any kind of activity that practicing homosexuals “exclusively or predominately” engage in. Given that all the Abrahamic faiths proscribe homosexual action, the decision to come out next year may truly be “religious freedom’s Roe v Wade.”

Source: Cake Cases Really About Courts Deciding What Americans Can Believe

How Separating Sex From Morality Caused The Great Sexual Meltdown


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Truth is not relative. Moral truth is absolute and Jesus is clear about sex. Sex is between men and women, in the confines of marriage. Lust is the same thing as adultery and not a part of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is clear and his truth is absolute.

Our country and the western world, in general, is in trouble. We need to advocate (fight) for the truth of Jesus.

Great article below by  at The Federalist.

“Many people have asked me, “What is world is going on here, with Roy Moore, John Conyers, Joe Barton, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, and all the others?” I’ll tell you what is going on: moral truth is dead in America.

“It’s been a long time coming, but the bill is coming due for the hip and  progressive sexual revolution in America. The sexual abuse and harassment sweepstakes we are witnessing today is the direct result of our society deciding that Christian morality is narrow, repressive, and above all, not cool.

“I heard an old preacher once say this: “Your life is a house, and your marriage is the fireplace. Put sex anywhere in the house other than the fireplace, and you will burn it down.” Guess what? America is currently on fire.

Source: How Separating Sex From Morality Caused The Great Sexual Meltdown

The surprising group most likely to support science regarding transgender issues


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This runs counter to the secular agenda about Christians. We are science hating bigots. Great, but that just isn’t true. We believe in truth and not in a relative way. Of course, it is God’s truth, but isn’t necessarily “anti-science”.

“I keep hearing claims that Democrats and liberals in general represent the “party of science.” Of course, that only seems to come up when you’re talking about climate change. In other fields of science… not so much. Take for example the questions surrounding transgender individuals who very strongly believe that they are the opposite of the obvious gender their DNA dictates (or one of dozens of new gender definitions). There is still zero medical evidence that this is a real phenomenon for those born with standard chromosomal structures, but who are the folks buying into the concept?

“Framed against the aforementioned climate change debate, this is probably going to sound like Opposite Day, but according to a new Pew survey, it turns out that Christians are the most likely to reject most of this pseudoscience and adhere to scientifically accepted norms in biology. Meanwhile, atheists (or “nones”) are most likely to buy into it. (Washington Examiner).”

Source: The surprising group most likely to support science regarding transgender issues – Hot Air

Televangelist Benny Hinn Admits Going Too Far With Prosperity Gospel in Wake of Billy Graham’s Death


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Go figure but I’ll take this as good news. Prosperity Gospel is a pernicious heresy that takes advantage to the faithful. Read a good overview here.

In the wake of the death of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, controversial faith-healing televangelist Benny Hinn, who has often been criticized for his endorsement of the prosperity gospel, said in a stunning confession Wednesday that sometimes he has taken the erroneous gospel too far.

“We get attacked for preaching prosperity, well it’s in the Bible, but I think some have gone to the extreme with it sadly, and it’s not God’s word what is taught and I think I’m as guilty as others. Sometimes you go a little farther than you really need to go and then God brings you back to normality and reality,” Hinn, 65, said as he reflected on Graham’s death with a ministry colleague in a Facebook Live broadcast.

Source: Televangelist Benny Hinn Admits Going Too Far With Prosperity Gospel in Wake of Billy Graham’s Death

Anti-Semitic Incidents Surged Nearly 60% in 2017, According to New ADL Report


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This is sad to hear. The Jewish people in America deserve our support. We must speak out and improve the culture of violence that supports these atrocities.

“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in a new report today that the number of anti-Semitic incidents was nearly 60 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking incident data in the 1970s.

“The sharp rise, reported in ADL’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, was in part due to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, which nearly doubled for the second year in a row.

“There were 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents reported across the United States in 2017, including physical assaults, vandalism, and attacks on Jewish institutions. That figure represents a 57 percent increase over the 1,267 incidents in 2016. Every part of the country was affected, with an incident reported in all 50 states for the first time in at least a decade.”

Source: Anti-Semitic Incidents Surged Nearly 60% in 2017, According to New ADL Report | Anti-Defamation League

What Happens When Google and YouTube Disagrees With You?


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Is Google open to a diverse array of viewpoints? Or is it an ideological echo chamber? Just ask former Google software engineer James Damore. He was fired for disagreeing with Google’s (left-wing) orthodoxy. In this video, James shares his story.

I thought the big thing, the left side of politics, is to be tolerant and respect diversity. Seriously, what happened to that?

I guess is only as long as you agree with them. Be careful if you dissent.

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It’s Okay… The Government Will Get It

Some great insight from Agent X at Fat Beggars School of Prophets.

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Ever go out to eat at a nice sit-down restaurant and spill a drink?  A wait-staff comes running to clean it up, just as you bend down to gather it.  And what does the waiter say? ” Don’t worry about that; I’ll have the busboy get it.”

Sound familiar???

Yeah… And so here’s an irony – actually layers of irony:

My conservative voting, “Big Government” -hating, brothers and sisters drive to worship Sunday in and Sunday out, right past beggars, bums, and prophets on every other street corner, and think: It’s okay… The government will get it….

(Okay, I know I am overly simplifying it, but the point still holds.)

Yeah, I read about it in the papers all the time.  The 34th Street district calls cops to run off the vagrants, and it makes the news!

But remember what Jesus tells his disciples at the feeding of the 5000? …

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Have movies become more violent over the years?


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We live in a violent culture. Every year it gets worse and worse. Hollywood, while they love to support taking away gun rights, promotes guns and violence more than anyone.

Is the hypocrisy of this all lost on Americans? The conclusion I come to is, yes, we just don’t see the connection between movie, TV and video game violence and violence in America in general. There certainly are other contributing factors but we shouldn’t ignore the obvious either.

Consider this from the Apostle Paul (Romans 8).

“Jesus condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Here is more: Have movies become more violent over the years?

“They certainly have. A 2013 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that violence in films has more than doubled since 1950, and gun violence in PG-13-rated films has more than tripled since 1985. The Harvard School of Public Health warned that “ratings creep” has allowed more violent and sexually explicit content into films. Even the standards for movie trailers has become more lenient, letting studios market R-rated films to PG-13 audiences.

“The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) claims its ratings have simply evolved to accommodate changing audience and cultural standards. And, in fairness, it did release a more detailed ratings system called Check the Box designed to help parents make more informed movie choices for their kids.

“Kids also have more access to violent movie clips and trailers than ever. “Red-band” trailers — with the graphic scenes edited out of the general-audience trailers — are easily available online with easy-to-beat age restrictions.

7 Ways Planned Parenthood Breaks Hearts Every Day


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Donating to an organization that proudly aborts babies is far more heartbreaking than a Planned Parenthood fundraising prank about Mike Pence. Abortion is an abomination to God.

God commands: “You shall not murder.”

Source: 7 Ways Planned Parenthood Breaks Hearts Every Day Continue reading

The Zealous Faith of Secularism is a competing faith in a war against followers of Jesus


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The Zealous Faith of Secularism is a very long read. It is worth it. It lays out a compelling case for Secularism as a religion. In that view, we as followers of Jesus have a “fight” on our hands since Secularism wants to destroy and eliminate the Christian faith.

“Secularist progressivism is less a political movement than a church, and the so-called culture war has not been conducted by people of religious faith and people of no faith. It is instead a contest of competing faiths. One believes in the books of the Bible, and the other in the evolving, figurative book of orthodoxy about the sexual revolution.” Source: The Zealous Faith of Secularism | Mary Eberstadt

The challenge is that there is a movement among people of faith not to fight or resist Secularism. This is creating great casualties among the Secularists. The Secularist way leads to death and destruction. Following Jesus leads to life.

“The greater threat is self-censorship. There is understandable temptation, including among Christians, to preemptively accommodate to this new faith, for all kinds of reasons: saving face, not being “judgy,” preventing the ostracism of one’s children, and other motivations plumbed so searchingly in Rod Dreher’s work, especially. As he also proves, it’s hard to find comity with a foe that wants to drive one’s own Church to perdition. Christians need to know that what’s paramount is confronting secular religion and its sex-fixated dogmas, not accommodating them.” Source: The Zealous Faith of Secularism | Mary Eberstadt

We all seem to lament the demise of Christianity in our country. We must recognize the deadly danger of Secular Religion’s dogma. The casualties are strewn in the streets and we are stepping over the bodies. It is a call to arms to save the lost souls. Jesus demands we take action. Will we? Will we do something today?

“The church that the sexual revolution has built is thriving, all right, and those outside need to know what’s in there. But its pews are packed with casualties—every one of them a convert waiting to happen, for the Church that does keep its promises”. Source: The Zealous Faith of Secularism | Mary Eberstadt

How Faith Influences Military Service


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We love and honor our military. New Barna data explores the presence of faith in the military.

The study, in partnership with American Bible Society, reveals a military made up of men and women who think positively of Christians, welcome the Bible’s influence and are shaped by their profession. Worth looking at quickly. Some great insights.

Read more: How Faith Influences Military Service – Barna Group

The Recovering Legalist: If You Don’t Want My Opinion, Don’t Read This Post – You Might Be Offended



Excellent post by The Recovering Legalist  Read more here: If You Don’t Want My Opinion, Don’t Read This Post – You Might Be Offended ‹ The Recovering Legalist  —

“Folks, I live in the United States of America. Like it or not, guns have been a part of our DNA since before the Second Amendment was penned with a quill. Guns will always be a part of our culture, no matter how many times Europeans try to chastise and shame us into getting rid of them. Remember, we would still be paying taxes to England if we’d not had them.

“Face it, folks…even if you tried to outlaw guns in America, you’d never get rid of them all. Never. Besides the fact that there would be so many immediately hidden, you’d have to go door-to-door to confiscate the majority of them – and there are tens of millions of them – and a lot of folk wouldn’t take too kindly to that.

“If, by some stretch of the imagination, you were able to outlaw guns of every shape, size, and caliber…and if all law-abiding, patriotic, God-fearing citizens decided to comply with the insanity and surrender their weapons…who do you think would still have access to millions of pistols, rifles, shotguns, and those dreaded AR-15s? Those who already refuse to submit to or abide by the law! The criminals!!

“If criminals and murderers already don’t care about the law, what’s a new law going to do to stop them?”

Read more: If You Don’t Want My Opinion, Don’t Read This Post – You Might Be Offended ‹ The Recovering Legalist ‹ Reader —

Sorry World, But Jesus Offers Homosexuals Redemption Too — The story of Emily Thomes


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This is stunning story. Jesus is the solution.

If you don’t know the name Emily Thomes, you need to. She is one of the most faithful, humble, and articulate voices on how the power of the Gospel of the Messiah can affect those caught up with sexually immoral desires.

Emily used to choose to define herself as the world did – by her sexual attractions. She now chooses to define herself as the Messiah does – as a beloved, redeemed sinner. And for that reason alone, the world has unleashed a brutal attack on one that got away.

How brutal? Recently, Emily posted a powerful video that quickly went viral.

It described in detail how walking away from her same-sex romantic and sexual desires was the result not of any rightly-maligned “conversion therapy,” but as the result of “conversion to the Messiah.” As any redeemed sinner knows, converting to Jesus often doesn’t make our sinful desires disappear; it merely marks a turning point where we surrender what we want for what Christ wants in and from us.

Read More: Sorry World, But Jesus Offers Homosexuals Redemption Too –

Billy Graham – Who is Jesus? – Chicago 1971 


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I am thinking about and watching Billy Graham. I’ve been mourning like many in America and the world. This video is from 1971. This is the time I knew him from. I was graduating from high school. I was a part of the Jesus Freak movement.

I heard him in Atlanta in 1973. It was his 218th crusade. It was a six-night crusade at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, which drew nightly audiences of between 35,000 and 44,000 people. The civil rights leaders Ralph Abernathy and Hosea Williams urged blacks to boycott the Graham crusade, and picketers, charging Graham with racism because of his refusal to affirm the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 banning of the death penalty, protested at the stadium. But the Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. sat on the platform with Graham and led a prayer one night.

I will never forget the power of the Good News message and the movement of the Holy Spirit when he preached.

And so … Billy Graham asks, “Who is Jesus”? Do you know?

In 1950 Graham brought his crusade to Atlanta for the first time. The six-week revival was held at Ponce de Leon Ballpark (then home to the minor-league baseball team the Atlanta Crackers) and lasted from October to December. Graham’s opening service on Sunday, October 29, drew an estimated 25,000 people, the largest crowd that had ever assembled to hear him preach. (Earlier that year, a crowd of 17,000 heard him speak in Portland, Oregon.) Graham later credited the 1950 Atlanta crusade with teaching him a lesson that helped to keep his ministry largely above financial reproach, while other evangelists experienced scandals: a picture of a grinning Graham appeared next to a photograph of ushers handling bags of money collected from services in the ballpark. “I said, ‘That’ll never happen again,'” Graham recalled in a 1992 interview. From that time, he said, he never accepted another “love offering” but assembled a board of businessmen to oversee his ministry and put himself and his staff on salary.

His tombstone will read “Preacher”. And that he was!

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Poland, Holocaust denial and relegation of responsibility – Inspiration from Zion: This is a Love Story


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There is a great message here. We need to support Israel and we need to support the truth. Please take a minute to read.

The Polish government seems to have gone insane.  For some reason, it has, in their mind, recently become imperative to change the way Poland is mentioned in connection with the Holocaust.

Via: Poland, Holocaust denial and relegation of responsibility – Inspiration from Zion: This is a Love Story

Comments are closed here but please comment on the original article.

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Gun Clubs at School and the real problem with violence


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“Once upon a time, it was common for an American child to be packed off to school with a rifle on his back and for him to come home smiling and safe in the evening. Shooting clubs, now quietly withering away, were once such a mainstay of American high-school life that in the first half of the 20th century they were regularly installed in the basements of new educational buildings. Now, they are in their death throes, victims of political correctness, a willful misunderstanding of what constitutes “gun safety,” and our deplorable tendency toward litigiousness.”

Source: Gun Clubs at School | National Review

I am of the older variety. I remember gun clubs and friends carrying their rifles to school. The only masacre we were aware of was Bath School disaster. 48 people killed in the Bath Township school in Michigan by a mad bomber. It was inconceivable that rifles would ever be used to kill children.

So what has changed? Could it be our Godless culture that glorifies violence? Just look at the movies, TV shows, video games and social media. What role does the breakdown of the family play as young men have no real role models?

I grew up watching Disney’s Wonderful World of Color with my family on Sunday nights. Lets see. What else did we watch, as a family? The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Bonanza, Hogans Heros, Gunsmoke, Green Acres, The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Three Sons, Leave it to Beaver, Perry Mason, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Star Trek: The Original Series, Petty Coat Junction, The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy), The Ed Sullivan Show, etc. I’m going to stop now but I could go on. See the difference from today?

Want to watch some TV like Walking Dead,  Orange is the New Black, Scandal, Daredevil, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Hannibal, Dexter, or Oz anyone? Those are your choices now.

This isn’t just TV. What about movies and video games?

Our culture is killing us and we worry about the guns that these godless murders will get access to no matter what. If not AR-15’s then Glocks. If not Glocks, then knives. If not knives, then bombs. If not bombs, then trucks to run us over.

We need to fight this Godless evil.  This all reminds of the Johnny Cash song, Folsom Prison. Remember the line? “I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die.” That is where we are now. Godless. Murderers. Evil. All to “just watch him die.” I feel as if we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

I am not without hope though. Jesus is the solution. That is clear but we seem afraid to say it. If this is Godlessness and evil, then what is the solution if it isn’t Jesus?

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” ~Jesus

The Apostle Paul has a good word for us.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

And the Apostle John has this for young men.

I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

More from John.

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Outrage Culture: Jordan Peterson May Indicate a Coming Backlash 



Is the message of sanity getting out? Do young people, and particularly young men, need to hear some counterbalance to the dominance of the cultural left?

Here’s some encouraging news: If you’re with me on this, we’re not alone — and when it comes to constant outrage, we might be nearing a tipping point. Witness celebrity professor Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist best known for offending and outraging large numbers of people on television and the Internet over various fraught topics like transgender pronouns, gender roles, and identity politics.

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Peterson, you probably eventually will: This week, he released a book that’s already shot to the top of Amazon’s new releases, titled “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.”

Source: Outrage Culture: Jordan Peterson May Indicate a Coming Backlash | National Review

American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion


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It is always sad to read about these surveys. I wish we could do more to convince Americans that life, in the womb, is precious. In some areas we are making some progress but it isn’t enough. According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortions. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.

More than four decades after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide, most Americans (57%) are supportive of legal abortion, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey. But a substantial minority (40%) says abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and within some U.S. denominations and religious groups, this figure is much higher. What is surprising is that among Catholics, there is a 48/47 split on the question.

For instance, most Jehovah’s Witnesses (75%) and Mormons (70%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, according to the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, a survey of more than 35,000 Americans in all 50 states. The same holds true for members of some evangelical churches, including the Pentecostal denominations Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) (77%) and Assemblies of God (71%), as well as America’s largest evangelical denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention (66%). Indeed, among all those who are part of the evangelical tradition, nearly twice as many say they oppose legal abortion as support it (63% to 33%).

Source: American religious groups vary widely in their views of abortion | Pew Research Center

The Dept. Of Health And Human Services has made PRO-LIFE History



The Department of Health and Human Services has made a very public stand for unborn Americans.

In a break from previous administrations, including when George W. Bush was in office, the HHS has indicated that life begins at conception in their new strategic plan, which will cover fiscal years 2018-2022.

As the American Center for Law and Justice explains, stating this in official public policy is huge for the pro-life cause, emphasis mine.

Starting in 2010, HHS has been required to release a strategic plan every four years. This time their plan, for the first time ever, has explicitly recognized that life begins at conception. This is a major victory for the rights and dignity of the unborn.

The HHS plan goes well beyond lip service. It incorporates this scientific principle as an integral and holistic part of its healthcare mission here at home and around the globe. Specifically, the fact that life begins at conception is included in four key components of the plan.

HHS includes protecting life “beginning at conception” as a core part of its overall mission:

HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.

HHS recognizes that respecting the “inherent dignity” of the unborn is a vital part of “global health security”:

Enhance international preparedness through medical countermeasures and community mitigation measures, respecting the inherent dignity of persons from conception to natural death.

HHS dedicates itself to protecting the right to life for all, especially those most at risk of social or economic challenges:

A core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death, but especially those individuals and populations facing or at high risk for economic and social well-begin challenges, through effective human services.

HHS restores pro-life ethics to medical and scientific research:

The research pursued under this strategic goal is to be conducted consistent with the understanding that human subjects protection applies to all human beings from conception to natural death.

God loves babies

The government can’t legislate evil away. Jesus is the only solution!


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For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” ~Jesus

I am thinking about the young man who killed 17 in the school in Parkland, FL this week. The young man allow evil to enter his heart. Those evil thoughts led to a horrible, horrible murders.

The United States government can’t legislate evil away. Jesus is the only solution for evil. Jesus taught us to pray “deliver us from evil.” Jesus did not ask us to petition the government for better laws.

And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9:4)

Again, thinking evil is the problem.

When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. (Matthew 13:19)

The Kingdom of God is led by Jesus and by the evil one. If you understand the Jesus is in control, evil can’t have its way with you. Unfortunately, the young man in Florida did not understand the Kingdom and let evil have its way. We mourn for the families. We pray for the young man. It is not to late for him.

At that very time Jesus cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits.

Jesus is the solution.

And so, I pray, deliver us from evil.

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Guy Benson is a Christian, a free market advocate and a small government conservative. Oh, and he’s gay.


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Guy Benson is a Christian, a free market advocate and a small government conservative. Oh, and he’s gay.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Watch the video to see why.

This is not about religion. It is about politics. There is a perception that blacks, women, gays, Hispanics, etc. can’t be conservative. It isn’t true.

The reverse is that conservatives are universally gun loving, white supremacist homophobes who live in middle America.

Stereotypes are dangerous.

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American Christianity Is In Crisis. Is There Reason To Hope For Renewal?


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In America, the number of Christians relative to the general population has been shrinking for many years, mirroring a much more advanced state of decline in Europe, where it’s fair to say that Christianity is not only waning but dying out. If Christianity’s cultural dominance is at an end, what are the faithful supposed to think about this epochal change? How are they supposed to respond? To borrow the title of Francis Schaeffer’s 1976 documentary about the decline of Western thought and culture, how should we then live?

Source: American Christianity Is In Crisis. Is There Reason To Hope For Renewal?

Is there reason for hope for spiritual renewal in America?

Yes, Jesus will continue to be lifted up in America. The love of Jesus has not changed. The Power of the Holy Spirit has not disappeared.

Consider this about the Kingdom where Jesus is in charge!

Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;
My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased;
will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not quarrel, nor cry out;
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
“A battered reed He will not break off,
And a smoldering wick He will not put out,
Until He leads justice to victory.
And in His name the Gentiles will hope.”

Source: Matthew 12:18-21

Today is Ash Wednesday. How Liturgical Are Today’s Christians?


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As always, The Barna Group has produced some really great research on Christian Church rituals. In general, I am not a great fan of a lot of rituals. A couple of exceptions are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. You can tell I grew up in the Baptist Church. We used to call it “dunk and dine”.

“Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. This season, along with other rituals and readings for congregational worship, are part of what is known as Christian liturgy.

“Though practiced for centuries, these traditions are mostly absent from many contemporary worship expressions today. Just how familiar are practicing Christians with the Church calendar and Christian liturgy?”

Source: How Liturgical Are Today’s Christians? – Barna Group

Enough With All The Talk


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This is so very convicting. Please read. I am working through what I should do … not think, or pray or give.

Fat Beggars School of Prophets

It’s September.  “Indian summer” still, but already a few days have hinted at Fall.

The Halloween store is open and banging a business now.  School is back in session.  Football season is started.  It will be Thanxgiving and Christmas before you know it.  And the Winter cold is coming.

What will we do about these homeless folx in our streets?

What WILL Jesus do?

I am glad there is a Red Cross out there.  A Salvation Army out there.  A few soup kitchens and shelters too.  But none of these are Jesus.

You are.

You are the church, the Body of Christ.  Where two or three of you gather in his name, there he is.  Why are you leaving his work to the 501c3’s?

Don’t know where to start?


Pray on it.

But really, the clock is ticking on Winter already.  If you are having a brain fart and…

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Terrorism in Europe is more frequent than being reported


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The Gadstone Institute always has some great insight. What is going on globally is sometimes lost on us in America. Keeping our eyes on Europe, and staying one step ahead is critical.

“Terrorism is booming in Europe — even though the European Union statistics say it is not. The EU’s statistics on terrorism, simply put, confuse the issue. They are a fairy-tale.

“Since 9/11, in report after report, experts, ministers and public authorities have been saying the same thing: that in Europe (meaning the EU), Islamic terrorism is merely a marginal aberration. Nothing to be afraid of, and if you show too much interest in the matter you are probably on the far-right, aren’t you! Do you want to persecute the Muslims and make them the Jews of today’s Europe?

“As experts always do when they want to shut down a debate, they turn to statistics, preferably European statistics. Since July 1, 1999 — the date of its inception — Europol (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) has regularly published an assessment of terrorism in the EU.

“The problem, of course, resides in the European definition of terrorism. The EU definition of terrorism, wittingly or unwittingly, confuses the issue.

It needs to be revised. Under the definition of terrorism in American law (18 U.S. Code § 2331), no act can be qualified as terrorist if there is no terror intended.”

Source: Terrorism in Europe

Christian Persecution in North Korea


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With the Olympics going on in South Korea and media obsession with ignoring the horrible conditions in North Korea, I thought the following reminder from Open Doors USA would be timely. North Korea is ranked number 1 in the world for persecution of Christians. 

Jesus warned us we would be persecuted. In North Korea it is real.

Where Persecution Comes From

“The main driver of persecution in North Korea is the state. For three generations, everything in the country focused on idolizing the leading Kim family. Christians are seen as hostile elements in society which have to be eradicated. Due to the constant indoctrination permeating the whole country, neighbors and even family members are highly watchful and report anything suspicious to the authorities. Children are especially vulnerable to the heavy indoctrination. Reports show that some children report their own parents for religious activity. Therefore, many parents prefer not to tell their children anything about their Christian faith until they’re older.

How Christians are Suffering

“If Christians are discovered, no matter if they are heirs of the Christian communities from before the Korean War or found the Christian faith in other ways – e.g. during the great famine in the 1990s (which caused tens of thousands of citizens to seek help in China) – not only are they deported to labor camps as political criminals or even killed on the spot, their families will share their fate as well. Christians do not even have the slightest space in society. Meeting other Christians in order to worship is almost impossible and if some believers dare to, it has to be done in utmost secrecy. The churches shown to visitors in Pyongyang serve mere propaganda purposes.”

Source: Christian Persecution in North Korea | Open Doors USA

Toxic Masculinity: Myth That Fuels the Culture Wars



Men are men. Women are women. God made us male and female. That is a fact and we are different. What is a man? We all probably have a pretty good answer. As we do for what is a woman? Voicing these days can be dangerous.

Consider this. Writing in New York magazine, Andrew Sullivan lamented the increasingly radicalization of the gay-rights movement, and he singled out its view of gender as a prime culprit:

Above all, they have advocated transgenderism, an ideology that goes far beyond recognizing the dignity and humanity and civil equality of trans people into a critique of gender, masculinity, femininity, and heterosexuality. “Live and let live” became: “If you don’t believe gender is nonbinary, you’re a bigot.”

Source: Toxic Masculinity: Myth That Fuels the Culture Wars | National Review

The good, the bad and the ugly of today’s theology!



Theology has been around a long time. Some people love it, some people hate it and many don’t care because it isn’t apparent it makes a difference in their life.

Theology is the critical study of the nature of the divine. It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities, seminaries, and schools of divinity.

Source: Wikipedia

Theology is important. It drives what we know as doctrine and teaching in our churches. This may widely unknown as it isn’t always apparent. As a follower of Jesus, it may be useful to know, why does the church I go to believe what it believes. Theology is the answer.

There is, however, no single, universally agreed to theology in the Christian church. There have been hundreds, if not thousands over the last 2,000 years. That is just the start of the challenge, in my opinion. Some theologies will reasonably explain why one church baptizes infants and others don’t. Is that a big deal in your mind? Maybe. Others don’t see it as a huge issue.

On the other hand, there are some theologies that may be dangerous, prone to error and false. Jesus says “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

John alerts us we should test the spirits (think theology) to see if they are from God. As a believer, this is my job and shouldn’t be delegated to someone else. Hence, as you encourage us, I should know something about theology. As the Apostle John said, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Well … any hints about some theologies to question or look at closer? Which ones should we test? This is just a short list that may or may not be useful. They are influencing what is taught in church. It could be your church. That can be dangerous.

  • Queer Theology – a theological method that has developed out of the philosophical approach of queer theory, built upon scholars such as Michel Foucault, Gayle Rubin, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Judith Butler. Queer theology begins with an assumption that gender non-conformity and gay and lesbian desire have always been present in human history, including the Bible. One of the main premises is that Jesus never married because he was gay.
  • Black theology – Black liberation theology, refers to a theological perspective which originated among African American seminarians and scholars, and in some black churches in the United States and later in other parts of the world. It contextualizes Christianity in an attempt to help those of African descent overcome oppression. It especially focuses on the injustices committed against African Americans and black South Africans during American segregation and apartheid, respectively.
  • Liberation theology – an interpretation of Christian theology that emphasizes a concern for the liberation of the oppressed. The best-known examples of liberation theology come from the Catholic Church in Latin America in the 1950s and 1960s among individuals such as Gustavo Gutiérrez of Peru, Leonardo Boff of Brazil, Juan Luis Segundo of Uruguay and Jon Sobrino of Spain, who would popularize the phrase the “preferential option for the poor”.
  • Anarchism –  is a movement in political theology that claims anarchism is inherent in Christianity and the Gospels. It is grounded in the belief that there is only one source of authority to which Christians are ultimately answerable—the authority of God as embodied in the teachings of Jesus. It therefore rejects the idea that human governments have ultimate authority over human societies. Christian anarchists denounce the state, believing it is violent, deceitful and, when glorified, idolatrous.
  • Progressive theology – “post-liberal movement” within Christianity “that seeks to reform the faith via the insights of post-modernism and a reclaiming of the truth beyond the verifiable historicity and factuality of the passages in the Bible by affirming the truths within the stories that may not have actually happened.”
  • Prosperity theology – (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, or the gospel of success) is a religious belief among some Christians, who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth. Prosperity theology views the Bible as a contract between God and humans: if humans have faith in God, he will deliver security and prosperity.
  • Emerging church – Proponents believe the movement transcends such “modernist” labels of “conservative” and “liberal,” calling the movement a “conversation” to emphasize its developing and decentralized nature, its vast range of standpoints, and its commitment to dialogue. Participants seek to live their faith in what they believe to be a “postmodern” society. What those involved in the conversation mostly agree on is their disillusionment with the organized and institutional church and their support for the deconstruction of modern Christian worship, modern evangelism, and the nature of modern Christian community.
  • Feminist theology – a movement found in several religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and New Thought, to reconsider the traditions, practices, scriptures, and theologies of those religions from a feminist perspective. Some of the goals of feminist theology include increasing the role of women among the clergy and religious authorities, reinterpreting male-dominated imagery and language about God, determining women’s place in relation to career and motherhood, and studying images of women in the religion’s sacred texts and matriarchal religion.
  • Liberal theology – Liberal Christianity, broadly speaking, is a method of biblical hermeneutics, an undogmatic method of understanding God through the use of scripture by applying the same modern hermeneutics used to understand any ancient writings, symbols and scriptures. Liberal Christianity did not originate as a belief structure, and as such was not dependent upon any Church dogma or creedal doctrine. Unlike conservative varieties of Christianity, liberalism has no unified set of propositional beliefs. Instead, “Liberalism” from the start embraced the methodologies of Enlightenment science, including empirical evidence and the use of reason, as the basis for interpreting the Bible, life, faith and theology.
  • Narrative theology –  a theological movement which became popular in the late twentieth century. The movement’s proponents argue that the Church’s use of the Bible should focus on a narrative presentation of the Christian faith as regulative for the development of a coherent systematic theology. Thus Christianity is to be viewed as an overarching story, with its own embedded culture, grammar, and practices which can be understood only with reference to Christianity’s own internal logic
  • New Church – is the name for several historically related Christian denominations that developed as a new religious movement, informed by the writings of Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). Swedenborg claimed to have received a new revelation from Jesus Christ through continuous heavenly visions which he experienced over a period of at least twenty-five years. In his writings, he predicted that God would replace the traditional Christian Church, establishing a “New Church”, which would worship God in one person: Jesus Christ. The New Church doctrine is that each person must actively cooperate in repentance, reformation, and regeneration of one’s life.
  • Personalism – school of thought searching to describe the uniqueness of 1) God as Supreme Person or 2) a human person in the world of nature, specifically in relation to animals. One of the main points of interest of personalism is human subjectivity or self-consciousness, experienced in a person’s own acts and inner happenings—in “everything in the human being that is internal, whereby each human being is an eyewitness of its own self”.
  • Process theology –  is an essential attribute of God to affect and be affected by temporal processes, contrary to the forms of theism that hold God to be in all respects non-temporal (eternal), unchanging (immutable), and unaffected by the world (impassible). Process theology does not deny that God is in some respects eternal (will never die), immutable (in the sense that God is unchangingly good), and impassible (in the sense that God’s eternal aspect is unaffected by actuality), but it contradicts the classical view by insisting that God is in some respects temporal, mutable, and passible

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” ~Apostle John

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The final 37 Episcopalians Remaining On Planet Vote To Stop Using Male Pronouns For God


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Great satire from the Babylon Bee as usual. Sad, but many of our churches have wandered so from the good news of Jesus, that there is nothing left.

The last surviving members of the Episcopalian religion voted last week to stop using male pronouns for God, sources at a meeting of the Diocese of Washington, D.C. confirmed.

The 37 remaining Episcopalians on Planet Earth conducted the vote in an effort to make the last three or four Episcopal churches in the country be more inclusive, in the rare case anyone actually showed up to any of their services.

“We don’t want to offend or trigger the six or seven people left in our pews,” said the writers of the resolution. “And we get literally dozens of visitors every decade—what if we scare one of them off by reading the Book of Common Prayer and forcing them to hear the words ‘He’ or ‘Him’? That’s a chance we just can’t take.”

At publishing time, fourteen of the attendees of the meeting had left the faith.

Source: 37 Episcopalians Remaining On Planet Vote To Stop Using Male Pronouns For God

Dear Pro-Choicers: Human Life Begins At Conception. Deal With It


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There is such a thing as inconvenient truth. Life is real. It is dangerous to not protect life. If you are pro-abortion, ask yourself, what if I’m wrong?

By the way, I reject this as an issue of “choice”. Who made you judge that you get to choose who lives and who dies?

Before we deal with abortion, we must deal with the facts of abortion, however unpleasant and inconvenient they may be. Those facts are these: the lives of human beings begin at conception, and abortion kills human beings.

Source: Dear Pro-Choicers: Human Life Begins At Conception. Deal With It

Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s 2018 March For Life Speech


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Abortion is killing the most precious among us and those that can’t defend themselves. God bless the faithful, who every year march for the defense of the defenseless.

Why do these citizens march, year after year?

It certainly isn’t for their health … Or for the media coverage.

No, these Americans march on behalf of those who cannot.

They march for uniquely vulnerable members of the human family. For the unborn. For those threatened by abortion. And for the countless innocent lives already

Read the rest here: Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s 2018 March For Life Speech

Defenses Of Killing Disabled People Prove Abortion Is Inhumane



There is something I think we are still not grappling with as a society. We seemed to have slipped into our comfortable mantra’s of a partisan divide. Abortion isn’t about choice, it’s about dead babies. It gets even worse when the unborn aren’t “perfect,” according to our flawed human standard.

Every child is precious. They all deserve our protection. To do otherwise is barbaric. There will be a judgement day. Going along to get along won’t be acceptable I think. But that is up to Jesus.

Evidence of the humanity of the unborn and the inhumanity of abortion activists continues to accumulate. The most recent revelation of the latter came in the form of a tweet promoting the pro-“choice” position, declaring: “It is okay to think that every child matters however a lot of them do not hence the amnio test which should be a mandatory test and if it proves negative and the woman does not want to abort then all bills accrued after that is on her and the father … ”

And then thinking she was proving her point, the abortion advocate, using the Twitter handle @OBSIDIANSMOAK, included a screen shot of 9-year-old Sophia, a little girl who suffers from Rett syndrome, “a rare neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to eat, speak, walk and breathe [and] an unknown syndrome that has caused facial deformities.

Source: Defenses Of Killing Disabled People Prove Abortion Is Inhumane

Utah lawmakers advance ban on abortions based on Down syndrome


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I am seeing this as an issue more and more. What kind of world do we live in where this is even considered? There is a great video here about Frank Stephens, a man with Down Syndrome, slams ‘Final Solution’ of abortion.

A committee of Utah lawmakers recently pushed forward a bill that would bar doctors from performing abortions sought because the fetus has Down syndrome.

The House Judiciary committee voted to send the measure to a vote on the House floor despite concerns from some lawmakers that the proposal is likely unconstitutional and will leave the state facing a costly legal challenge.

Legislators supporting the measure, including bill sponsor Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, contend abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome are “a eugenic-like eradication” of an entire class of people.

Source: Lawmakers advance ban on abortions based on Down syndrome

Nikki Haley Destroys Mahmoud Abbas


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On January 14, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech to the Palestinian Central Council, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s second highest decision-making body. Abbas wants the White House destroyed, he says he will respond to Nikki Haley with the “heel of a shoe,” he’s told the single biggest source of funding for the Palestinian Authority (that would be the United States) to FOAD, he told the Arab world to piss off, he rewrote the history of the region, proclaimed the Oslo accords dead, and announced he would continue paying pensions to the families of terrorists.

I really appreciate the stance that America, via Nikki Haley, is taking on the United Nations.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley explains that a lack of Palestinian leadership is what prevents Peace.

The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage


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Jesus was correct about marriage. “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” Jesus knows there is a reason for marriage. After all, he and his Father designed it to be so.

The research numbers seem to tell the story. They aren’t the story but they tell the story. Marriage is vitally important in an absolute sense. It is not useful to espouse a relative morality that marriage doesn’t matter. It does. Vitally so.

Just 70 years ago, social mobility and protection from poverty were largely a factor of employment. Those who had full-time work of any kind were seldom poor. Fifty years ago, education marked the gulf separating the haves from the have-nots. For the last 20 years or more, though, marital status has increasingly become the central factor in whether our neighbors and their children rise above, remain, or descend into poverty. The research is astounding.

And consider this:

Jonathan Rauch writing in the National Journal, certainly no conservative, notes that “marriage is displacing both income and race as the great class divide of the new century.” Isabel Sawhill, a senior scholar at the center-left Brookings Institute, boldly and correctly proclaimed some years ago that “the proliferation of single-parent households accounts for virtually all of the increase in child poverty since the early 1970s.” Virtually all of the increase!


Source: The Research Proves The No. 1 Social Justice Imperative Is Marriage

February 1, 1960 — A movement for justice started at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C.

From one of my other blogs.

Quotes, thoughts and musings

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and you have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

Matthew 23:22-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

I used to love to go to Woolworth’s in Atlanta. It was always a special treat. Growing up in the south in the 1960’s was a challenge as desegregation kicked in. Anyone remember Lester Maddox? A populist Democrat, Maddox came to prominence as a staunch segregationist when he refused to serve black customers in his Atlanta restaurant, in defiance of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. In shame, I remember his ax handle.

The segregated south was a classic example of straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel. In God’s Kingdom, justice…

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After Killing 20-Week Abortion Ban, Democrats Resume Lecturing People About Compassion

Some sad satire from the Babylon Bee. “According to sources within the Senate, Democratic legislators took a short break from their tireless schedule of lecturing the nation about compassion Monday in order to vote against a ban on the barbaric practice of ripping helpless 20-week-old babies limb from limb and pulling them from the wombs of their mothers.

“The Democratic Caucus unanimously agreed to resume their moral lectures on the plights of such groups as foreign immigrants to the United States, the LGBT community, low-income earners, and others whom it has deemed victimized, after successfully focusing all but three of its members’ attention on perpetuating the wholesale genocide of a completely defenseless group of people by way of dismembering unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain.

“We had to hit pause on our monologues about immigrant children for a quick minute so we could ensure that women’s rights to kill their babies at any time, for any reason are preserved,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “But rest assured, we are back on our moral high horse and will proceed to posture as champions of the oppressed and the only virtuous human beings on earth, now that that task is complete.”

“At publishing time, sources confirmed that the two Republicans who sided with the Democrats to shoot down the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—had resumed acting as though they represented the values of their constituents.”

Source: After Killing 20-Week Abortion Ban, Democrats Resume Lecturing People About Compassion

12 principles for a 21st century conservatism


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If you haven’t taken some time to watch Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, I strongly encourage you to do so. He has taken YouTube by storm and is a strong conservative voice. His YouTube posts run counter to the trend for short posts. His run 1 to 2 hours long.

See here for his stats. He has 592,764 subscribers and 35,287,012 video views.

Conservatism has all-too-often found itself unable to articulate a coherent positive doctrine. By this I mean specifically that the laudable conservative tendency to preserve the best of past has too-often manifested itself in a series of “thou shalt not” statements, instead of laying out a manifesto of fundamental values that might serve to unite people around a set of common ambitions. I am attempting to rectify this problem with this statement of principles, some of which I believe might have the additional virtue of being attractive to young people, looking for mature and forthright purpose and responsibility.

I am not making the claim that the statement is perfect, comprehensive or final.

Background to the talk: I spoke at Carleton Place, a town in Lanark County, Thursday, June 15/17. I was invited by Randy Hillier, who is a Member of Provincial Parliament for Ontario (

Here are Dr. Peterson’s tenets of a viable 21st century conservatism

1. The fundamental assumptions of Western civilization are valid.

2. Peaceful social being is preferable to isolation and to war. In consequence, it justly and rightly demands some sacrifice of individual impulse and idiosyncrasy.

3. Hierarchies of competence are desirable and should be promoted.

4. Borders are reasonable. Likewise, limits on immigration are reasonable. Furthermore, it should not be assumed that citizens of societies that have not evolved functional individual-rights predicated polities will hold values in keeping with such polities.

5. People should be paid so that they are able and willing to perform socially useful and desirable duties.

6. Citizens have the inalienable right to benefit from the result of their own honest labor.

7. It is more noble to teach young people about responsibilities than about rights.

8. It is better to do what everyone has always done, unless you have some extraordinarily valid reason to do otherwise.

9. Radical change should be viewed with suspicion, particularly in a time of radical change.

10. The government, local and distal, should leave people to their own devices as much as possible.

11. Intact heterosexual two-parent families constitute the necessary bedrock for a stable polity.

12. We should judge our political system in comparison to other actual political systems and not to hypothetical utopias.

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Senate Fails to Protect Babies From Abortion After 5 Months of Life in the Womb



This is so very sad. The vote appears to be pretty partisan. You would think you could get some bi-partisan support for this. Read more: Senate Fails to Protect Babies From Abortion After 5 Months of Life in the Womb

“After more than 3 hours of debate, and by a margin of 51-46, the Senate voted Monday afternoon not to ban abortions after 20 weeks. The motion, which would have prevented a filibuster on The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, needed 60 votes to pass. The failure of cloture motion means that babies en utero are still legally allowed to be aborted in the U.S. at 5 months of gestation, making this country one of only seven in the world that allow abortion that late in a pregnancy.

“The bill itself is based on the scientific neural evidence that supports babies at that stage of gestation can feel pain, and are often injected with painkilling drugs so these types of abortions can be performed. The hashtag #TheyFeelPain began trending on Twitter before the vote and gained steam and urgency after the cloture motion failed to pass the Senate.”

What Two Former Trans Men Want You To Know About All The Lies


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Paul, a computer programmer who is currently unemployed, is 38 years old and in the process of “detransitioning,” undoing steps towards the sex change he began a decade ago.

Taylor is a student who began transitioning at the age of 23. It started simply.

They have powerful stories to tell that are worth hearing.

Taylor’s advice to those questioning themselves is ominous: “Our physical bodies, with genitalia and chromosomes, exist in reality, and part of having a body is hating your body. You are taught to hate your body no matter who you are, male or female, and you are falling for it.”

It isn’t all rainbows and book deals. Trans teen idol Jazz Jennings speaks freely about the glamour of embracing one’s self, but little has been published on the complications regarding Jazz’s bottom surgery. His doctors said there wasn’t enough “raw material” to work with due to Jazz’s early consumption of puberty blockers, which stunted genitalia formation.

Undergoing gender reassignment is regarded as the Holy Grail for those struggling with their sex. When the potentially fatal outcomes are not adequately tracked, however, shouldn’t honesty be the priority when speaking about the lifelong effects of the transition process?

Paul’s advice to children looking to transition? “Don’t.”

Read more here: What Two Former Trans Men Want You To Know About All The Lies

I believe that the Bible teaches that God made us male or female, and no matter our own feelings or confusion, we should act in accordance with the biological reality of God’s good design. Transgenderism falls short of the glory of God and is not the way to walk in obedience to the Messiah.

Moses in Genesis said  He created them male and female.” (Genesis 1:27)

Jesus said “In the original creation, God made male and female to be together.”(Mark 10:5-9)

“This is a campaign to make America white again” ~Nancy Pelosi


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This is shameful. This is sad. What is becoming of civility?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed President Donald Trump’s immigration framework, calling it part of a “campaign to make America white again.”

Trump’s proposal would offer a path to citizenship for  1.8 million so-called “DREAMers,” and call for $25 billion in funding for a border wall and security. It also calls for cracking down on chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program.

“The administration’s anti-immigrant framework is an act of staggering cowardice which attempts to hold the DREAMers hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme,” Pelosi wrote in a statement on Friday. “The 50 percent cut to legal immigration in the framework and the recent announcements to end Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans and Haitians are both part of the same cruel agenda. They are part of the Trump administration’s unmistakable campaign to make America white again.”

Pelosi said “The DREAMers will not be ransomed for a hateful agenda that betrays our sacred American values.” Traditional American values have honored legal immigration. We have dug ourselves into a deep hole with tolerating illegal immigration and now have no clear resolution to the total problem of 12 million people here illegally.

Pelosi had similar criticism of the immigration reform proposal during a speech at the United States Conference of Mayors on Thursday.

Watch A.B. Stoddard weigh in on the immigration debate on “Shepard Smith Reporting” above.

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Evangelicals Need To Stop Thinking Of America As ‘A Christian Nation’


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Is the United States a Christian Nation? There is a lot to unpack here but I am inclined to believe it is not and should not be as well. God’s country (aka Kingdom) is ruled by Jesus. I don’t believe in a Theocracy and don’t see a biblical basis for it.

Lots of debate on this I know. 9 of the 13 colonies had established churches, and all required officeholders to be Christians—or, in some cases, Protestants. Quaker Pennsylvania, for instance, expected officeholders to be “such as possess faith in Jesus Christ.”

This was the backdrop of our Constitution and to reinforce this point, the Founders added the First Amendment to the Constitution, which begins “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” The only specific mention of God is found in the date the Constitution was written: “in the Year of our Lord 1787.”

In 1947, Everson v. Board of Education, was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court which applied the Establishment Clause in the country’s Bill of Rights to State law. Prior to this decision the First Amendment words, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” imposed limits only on the federal government, while many states continued to grant certain religious denominations legislative or effective privileges. This was the first Supreme Court case incorporating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment as binding upon the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The decision in Everson marked a turning point in the interpretation and application of disestablishment law in the modern era.

Their claim that the United States is a Christian nation is not only descriptive, but prescriptive. They don’t just acknowledge Christianity’s influence in America, they assert that the United States must admit God’s sovereignty and adhere to his law—like ancient Israel, America will be especially blessed by God if it remains righteous, and face divine wrath if it is not.

Source: Evangelicals Need To Stop Thinking Of America As ‘A Christian Nation’

Americans Know Pro-Abortion Arguments Are Based In Ignorance


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In 1971 and 1972, we didn’t know a whole lot about life in the womb. Roe vs. Wade was actually decided base on fake science. We now know, rightly so, that what is in the womb is a human life. There are no trimesters, in reality.

We must continue the fight to end abortion. The final story hasn’t been written on the issue yet.

The Washington Post recently fact checked as true the White House claim that only seven countries of 198 in the world allow abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, like the United States, which allows it until birth.

Source: Americans Know Pro-Abortion Arguments Are Based In Ignorance