Thursday, April 08, 2021

Christian News

 Video of the Editor of Christian News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th2kX_ezuQc&t=66s


Christian News (http://www.christiannewsmo.com) is a conservative Lutheran newspaper, published since 1962, that has a blog at http://www.christiannewsmissouri.com.  I recommend reading the newspaper and the blog.  A recent book, Love Him for Us, by Barbara Marquart Johnston, was also interesting and good.  I gave it four stars.  It was published by Lutheran News, Inc., parent organization of Christian News.

Since the beginning of 2020 I have done some brief, not exhaustive at all, comments on the published issues (which are not on the Internet unless you subscribe).  They are below.  I intend to continue to add comments for future issues as each one comes out.  There is far more in each edition than what I discuss below but I offer some thoughts.  Additional comments from others are welcome.

 

4-12-21

 

Among the articles in this issue are strong commentaries opposing cohabitation before marriage, on the basis of Scripture.  It is a major concern in both the church and in society.  A good book that addresses it (among many other topics) is Dear Son: A Father’s Advice on Being a Man by David Bruskas, who points out that simply avoiding to go “all the way” before marriage is not what God calls couples to do.

 

4-5-21

 

Many great articles emphasizing the resurrection of Christ.  Trail of Grace by Rev. M.J. Nicolaus defends baptizing babies.  Mychal Massie emphasizes evangelism and NOT political activities, going so far as to say that political machinations are basically worthless.  Rev. Timothy Koch wrote, “Reading the Bible Out Loud With Beginning Readers.”  Very important help in discussing this very important issue.  Very important to train in the home as well as in church.

 

3-29-21

 

Great lead article reprinted from the Christian Post on how Christ-followers can be “offensive” without overtly trying to.  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is taken issue with for not distancing itself from the late Ravi Zacharias, who apparently fooled many people, tragically.  The Brooklyn Tabernacle, which also had Ravi speak many times, did put out a statement lamenting Ravi’s legacy.  Beth Moore is called a celebrity preacher.  When secular, generally anti-Christian sources like New York Times and Washington Post feature Moore on the front page, that should be a clue that something is off with Moore.  John MacArthur is defended on religious freedom.  Indeed, there should be an honest, robust discussion on that topic.  When Satanists are able to promote Satanic statues under the banner of so-called “religious freedom,” that is not good.

 

3-22-21

 

Editor Philip Hale blasted Dr. John Nunes’s latest book (said there was nothing good about it), and said that Dr. Nunes, president of Concordia College New York (which collapsed and was sold to the Roman Catholic Iona College under his presidency), should be subject to discipline.  Hale said that Nunes was a theological liberal, though not particularly clear or honest about it.  Founding CN editor Herman Otten also was extremely critical of Nunes.  I had a few critical comments about Nunes in CN as well.  However, Dr. Nunes remains popular in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and has been popular in the LCMS for years.  Past CN criticisms of Nunes seem to have gone nowhere.  Pastor Hale may be the only LCMS pastor to publicly call for the correction of Nunes.  A few weeks ago I read the book, Wittenberg Meets the World (2017), which Nunes coauthored with Alberto L. Garcia.  In the Eerdmans published book, Nunes wrote on p. 78, “If, however, we are speaking of the LCMS, I have long maintained that the range of the axis is from ultra-conservative to moderate. There are very few LCMS-ers who are theologically liberal.”  Many in the LCMS agree with that ear tickling opinion which doesn’t really tell it like it is.  In other items in this CN, several major articles were written by Baptists, including a piece by Albert Mohler.  I’ve been going through Albert Mohler’s outstanding book, The Gathering Storm.  It’s a good thing that CN reprints sound opinion pieces written by Baptists.

 

3-15-21

 

A lot of good material on the very bad so-called Equality Act, which promotes homosexuality, harming one’s body to be something other than what God created one to be, etc.  Southern Baptists are shown as taking a good stand on the subject.

 

3-8-21

 

First of all, possibly noteworthy items that have NOT been printed in CN.  Nothing about the deaths of Rush Limbaugh or John Moldstad.  Nothing about new developments in the collapse of Concordia University Portland.  In the latest CN, some good commentaries as usual.  Statement from Gracelife Church in Canada which is closed down by the government supposedly due to COVID concerns.  Also government restrictions on religion in the People’s Republic of China.  These are subjects that CN seems to be basically unique in covering – not aware that those specifics are elsewhere.  CN also reported that the International Lutheran LayMEN’s League, which runs the Lutheran Hour Ministries web site, may now have women on its board.  A bylaw change is proposed to allow that.  Given that thousands of churches now broadcast on the Internet, the Lutheran Hour is hardly distinctive anymore and has not been for years.  It is not that conservative anymore either, as evidenced though its very lame “Thred” outreach effort.  The Lutheran Hour Ministries operation has been often lackluster lately could consider disbanding or merging with someone else.  Some past efforts have been good, though.  There needs to be an honest assessment as to where the group is currently at.

 

3-1-21

 

Among other excellent commentaries, the lead article by Mychal Massie on the cultural situation where many churches are seemingly supportive or silent on the sin of abortion.  CN did an OUTSTANDING job in reprinting the terrific commentary that Max Lucado wrote in 2004 on same sex marriage.  Unfortunately, the Crosswalk site took it down and it is unclear whether Lucado still stands by it but God’s Word still stands.  Lucado seems to have caved after he got flak for speaking at the ultraliberal Washington Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  Ultraliberal Episcopalians who run that Cathedral blasted him.  Lucado wound up pleasing nobody.  The prestigious edifice should not have the prominence that it does.  I’ve been inside it many times.  The Lutherans used to hold a joint Reformation service there.  Often when a president dies, the funeral is held there.  At the George H.W. Bush funeral, there was a minor stir when Donald Trump and his wife remained silent during the recitation of the Apostles Creed.  The truths of the Apostles Creed should be affirmed but just being a warm body in a room mouthing the words without thinking or really believing is not too meaningful.  The mainline Episcopal Church (there are some breakaway Anglicans who are more conservative) has long tolerated not affirming the virgin birth and other fundamental doctrines, not to mention non-fundamental biblical doctrines.  They are all in in NOT affirming marriage as defined in the Bible.  It is long overdue that the Washington Cathedral be called out for this.  One should willingly NOT associate with it and give the God-honoring reasons why not.

 

2-22-21

 

Very good lead article by Pastor Paul Harris on obeying the government, as mandated in Romans 13.  It is a basic concept that is easy to understand but nevertheless is widely rejected, including among many who profess to be conservative.  Harris deals with the text and the interpretations of it (many of which are wrong).  Another article warns about excessive consumption of conservative news.  Although I am often conservative, I have always believed in reading widely and not just in the “conservative” camp.  Among other helpful articles is a piece on the government crisis in Myanmar (Burma), where Christians are facing great danger.  This very concerning situation has gotten very minimal coverage in the U.S. media.

 

2-15-21

 

Good commentaries and information about the unceremonious collapse of Concordia College New York.  Among other good articles, good remarks from Michael Brown on the political scene.  In my opinion, the smart conservatives are acknowledging that the conservative camp took a hit with the January 6, 2021 events, and Dr. Brown expressed that pretty well.  Another commentary notes that Dr. Wayne Grudem’s position on creation isn’t the best.  Sadly, Dr. Grudem is not alone in this among those who are generally otherwise conservative.  Good reminder the Camp Trinity is doing good work.

 

2-8-21

 

Great lead article on a Christian response to unrest and fine commentary by Mychal Massie on being faithful, as well as other good pieces.  Hopefully by God’s grace we can finally get by the Covid situation and it looks promising that we can.  Surprising that there was nothing about the collapse about Concordia College New York (though the subject was well addressed in past editions).  The death of Evangelical Lutheran Synod President John Moldstad was not yet mentioned either.

 

2-1-21

 

Very perceptive article reprinted from First Things on the danger of the idolatry of politics.  Other fine articles warning about the dangerous times.  It is too bad that some churches have not adequately addressed the textual criticism issue after all these years.  CN called a recent official commentary on the subject “worthless,” given that no specific individuals were censured.  All in all, a very strong edition of CN.

 

1-25-21

 

Among other things, good commentaries on taming the tongue and on taking issue with the false prophecies regarding a U.S. presidential election.  Although one such false prophet released a nuanced statement of repentance, many others still stand by the false prophecies, which is a separate issue as to whether the elected president is a good president espousing God-honoring policies.  A syncretistic prayer is rightfully blasted.  Sadly and tragically, there appears to be much more syncretism/idolatry still coming and already happening.  CN remains cautious in being overtly political, which can be a good thing.  CN foundationally rightfully warns about judgment for those who reject Christ.

 

1-18-21

 

Some good articles as usual.  On the last page CN’s managing editor asks, ““So what are the Norwegians saying about America - don't we look crazy right now!! I can't even watch the news. You don't know who to believe.”  An American pastor now serving in Norway points to the foundational truth of the Bible but is nonspecific about current events.  I think CN could be doing more to directly address issues relating to the current crisis in America.  In my opinion, one has to acknowledge that professing conservative Christians have taken a hit and that many liberals/secularists have valid concerns and observations.  Shocking to me how many conservatives who I have otherwise past respected have gotten to be so far out and wrong (at least in my opinion), in some cases horrendously judgmental.  Among other things, the concept that some claim to have been audibly told by God that Mr. Trump will remain in office, should be challenged.  It’s not something that is taught in the authoritative Bible.

 

1-11-21

 

Lead article was “The LCMS Since 1974,” repeating grievances that have been mentioned before and that will probably never be resolved.  Some other decent articles but there perhaps could have been more about current issues, like the bad prayer that a Democrat congressman offered and President Trump’s seeming ambivalence toward lying and lawlessness. I understand, though, that it’s tricky offering comments on such issues.

1-4-21

 

Good articles by Mark Nicolaus, Tim Bayly, Faith McDonnell, among others.  It is again noted in CN that a woman in a same sex government recognized marriage has been involved in Lutheran leadership, noting again that she did illustration for a Lutheran book publisher (where a top executive recently abruptly died similar to Ananias and Sapphira and Rachel Held Evans).  The woman in question seems to be a theological liberal generally and is associated with a Lutheran college with strong ties to the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau (which former CN editor Herman Otten rightfully said was apostate).  CN says nothing transparent is being done on this matter.  It’s a big issue as I noted in commenting on the 11-16-20 CN.  Almighty God notices if it is swept under the rug.

12-28-20

 

The new editor of CN completed a successful year.  Issue again included some good articles, devotions and commentaries.  Not sold that the piece denouncing facial coverings was helpful.  Without going into reasons why, I do agree with the mainstream medical consensus that facial coverings can be helpful in avoiding COVID.  However, it seems that the more “conservative” one is, the less likely one is to agree.  In any event, people should have freedom to express views and some governments are too draconian but it might not be helpful to go too far the other way.  I don’t see facial coverings addressed in Scripture one way or the other.  The CN index indicates that relatively few books were reviewed in CN in 2020.  It could perhaps be a goal to have more books reviewed/mentioned in CN in 2021.

 

12-21-20

 

Good commentaries by David French, Tom Brock, Gene Veith and others.  Great to see the Christmas letters and pictures from the Hale family and from the Otten family.  Hale has almost completed a successful first year as the editor of CN.

 

12-14-20

 

Although there are many noteworthy items in this issue, perhaps the most significant were the articles related to Rev. Paul T. McCain, who died unexpectedly at 58.  He had a long record of service to the church and did a lot of blogging.  He and the founding editor of CN clashed somewhat, even though CN favorably publicized Paul early on.  I had a little bit of contact with Paul.  I join others in saying that he will be missed and that a large bulk of his work was effective and helpful.  There were great tributes and witnesses from his children upon his death.  CN published interesting and good articles (from the 1990s) by Paul in this issue.

12-7-20

 

A front page article again (rightly) took issue with the lesbian same-sex married deaconess who has been preaching at Concordia College New York, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod-affiliated school.  The LCMS opposes homosexuality but somehow this slipped through the cracks.  No apparently public indication that anything is being done even now.  The deaconess is a supporter of the late Rachel Held Evans, who died totally unexpectedly at only 37 in spring 2019.  CN was on top of this and published articles about the facts of Mrs. Evans in its 4-29-20 and 5-13-19 editions.  Some were extremely opposed to calling Mrs. Evans a false teacher (which she was—and unrepentant false teachers by definition do not inherit the kingdom of God).  Other articles rightly support a traditional non-sacramental interpretation of John 6 and rightly oppose a Lutheran Forum article (written by an LCMS pastor) on racial reparations.  CN is right on both of those matters, but will CN’s viewpoint go anywhere?  It would go good if so but also extremely surprising if so.  It would require Concordia Publishing House and other prominent church officials to publicly acknowledge being wrong.

11-30-20

 

Lead article is by a decades-long Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod theology professor defending himself.  He says that the accusation that he is theologically liberal is totally wrong.  Whatever the merits or lack thereof against him, it is hard to imagine that anything officially will be done, given his many years of service.  A commentary rightfully blasting Nadia Bolz-Weber indicates that nothing officially has been done at Concordia College New York, which has had close associations with Valparaiso University (nominal at best in terms of biblical fidelity).  As long as LCMS maintains a connection with Valpo, however lukewarm it may or not be, there will be problems.  It seems unlikely that the LCMS will ever totally dump Valpo, even though the living Lord warns us to not be lukewarm (Revelation 3:14-22).  These are vital issues that should be addressed WITHOUT DELAY.

 

11-23-20

 

Good devotional articles to start the issue.  Shows problems in the LCMS with prayer in New York City many years ago, a very weak article by a Concordia College New York professor, and administrative problems, and building on the egregious problems exclusively reported last week.  If little to nothing winds up being done, as seems likely, raises questions as to why one should be in the LCMS even though there are conservative writings and actions that can also be pointed to.  The “’Justification by Faith’ Is a Slogan” headline shows a questionable emphasis, possibly totally wrong.  It’s much more than a “slogan.”  It’s an essential truth: grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone, Christ alone.  Much more could be said in terms of analysis.

 

11-16-20

 

Courageous major expose in the lead article titled “Legally Married Lesbian Leader at Concordia College New York.” It has far reaching implications for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  CCNY’s president, John Nunes, has a long history of not being that conservative (if conservative at all) as I commented myself in the 11-12-18 CN.  There was other documentation (which seemingly went nowhere) about Nunes then too.   Other excellent articles included a pastoral letter on the ongoing pandemic and again taking issue with Gottesdienst for its Roman Catholic doctrine of the mass.

 

11-9-20

 

Good to see Rev. Mark Surburg oppose Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory, something an LCMS pastor was shaky at best in doing in First Things a few months ago as was reported in Christian News.  Good commentary by Wayne Grudem on the election.  Why is Rev. Lincoln Winter in the LCMS if it is as bad as all that and what about those in the LCMS who are shaky?  How does that fit in?  Poland opposes abortion.  Good to learn about persecution and martyrdom in Vietnam and Haiti.

 

10-26-20

 

As I’ve previously argued, not sold that being adamant on using the word “Lutheran” is good or essential, especially in today’s context.  “Risky Christianity” article and Brent McCracken’s Gospel Coalition apologetics commentary were good.  Robert Preus’ essay on Bible authority from over 25 years ago was good but it seemed a little puzzling as to why it was reprinted again, right now.

 

10-19-20

 

Some good articles, commentaries and sermons.  Probably good to avoid the overtly political.  The reprinted interview with Mark Galli was educational but I would not have printed it without comment.  He should not basically get a pass for becoming Roman Catholic after having been an editor of an Evangelical magazine for many years.

 

10-12-20

 

Not a particularly impressive issue.  Some good articles and some okay articles but I referenced better ones on my web site. Pretty good comment on political position, a very controversial subject.  Some might push back but I think merit to position.

 

10-5-20

 

Marriage is man and woman based on Adam and Eve.  Good to take issue with some high church Lutheranism. Tim Challies on public schools.  Cultural Marxism grinding Christianity down.  Good points in why Christians are turning on their parents.  Sorry to read about financial problems at Camp Trinity.  We actually considered vacationing there but chose the Black Hills in South Dakota instead, mostly because it was closer to us.

 

9-28-20

 

Good analysis on what confession is and isn’t.  To me, many have given the impression that repeating preset words in a robotic way is what confession is.  I don’t think that’s what it is biblically.  Also rightly taking issue with a robotic approach to communion.  California dream house is in ashes.

 

9-21-20

 

Satan’s press secretary – great points.  Also great commentary on politics and political parties, though some conservatives may take exception.  Great commentary on idolatry of the Lord’s Supper.  However, many LCMS Lutherans have been teaching and practicing the opposite for years.  Former Lutheran Witness editor Adriane Heins was big on the opposite.  Worship protest in Seattle.  Great to strongly oppose Pete Buttigieg.  Spiritism in black lives matter.  Facebook censoring “Exposing the ELCA.”  Horowitz defends South Dakota.  All in all, a very strong issue.

 

9-14-20

 

Not sold that all actions against racism are wrong.  Depends on what is truly said and done.  Good to call for submissions.  Good to critique Andy Stanley.  Also defending Son eternally begotten.  Pless says decline anniversary of ELCA ordaining women.

 

9-7-20

Be a German Lutheran – great points!  Blasting Cowboy Church.  Hmm.  Rightfully criticizing LWF for promoting climate change.

 

8-31-20

 

Failure to cope with mortality good point.  We saw “Greyhound” and enjoyed it.  Good to reprint what’s wrong with consulting the dead. J.I. Packer inconsistent.  NBA sickeningly hypocritical.

 

8-24-20

 

Strong sermon by Wille.  Good to challenge legalism on masks, though I’m sure some STRONGLY disagree.  Well argued and well written.  Well done.  Great response to writer defending black lives matter.  Critic of MacArthur exposed for being wrong.

 

8-17-20

 

Good commentary by Larry Peters.  Is it safe.  Good to give space to John MacArthur’s arguments.  Possibly could have printed a counter argument.  Sojourners supported reparations but so did an LCMS Pastor in Lutheran Forum, something not mentioned in CN.   Author of Defending Boyhood review not named.  Great photos on exercising.

 

8-3-20

 

Although I’m concerned about these issues too, not sure totally fair to Greg Seltz.  Great article by Micah Hill.

 

7-27-20

 

Interesting to cite the church doesn’t need online watchmen, without comment.

 

7-20-20

 

Good to support freedom of speech, good article against interfaith prayers which I also linked to.  I also linked to America the Beautiful?

 

7-13-20

 

Good to be against Black Lives Matter and Marxism, might be well to read Woke Church, which shouldn’t be condemned simply on the basis of its title

 

7-6-20

 

Great issue.  Juicy ecumenism on racism, why of pandemic, come back to church, Reu Beck, Joe Bill Dixon

 

6-29-20

 

Good essay on anarchy

 

6-22-20

 

Antiracism, Hale Catches a Shark with his boys

 

6-8-20

 

Lutherans Going East, Taking Issue with Texas Church Growth

Leave the ELCA, Must Engage Roman Catholicism

 

6-1-20

 

Strong opposition to suicide

Why can’t the LCMS preach?

Merritt on Mohler

 

5-25-20

 

How Baptism Saves

 

5-11-20

 

Taking issue with Jonathan Merritt

 

5-4-20

 

Abstinence from worship

Washington Post blasts in person worship

 

4-27-20

 

Burfiend lead article good, article on evangelical sermons

 

4-20-20

 

Norman Vincent Peale – Trump, good to not idolize Trump

 

4-13-20

 

Rob Bell, Charisma News, etc.

 

4-6-20

 

Good articles on effects of coronavirus

 

3-30-20

 

Museum of Bible – Orthodox Church

 

3-23-20

 

Slavery, not all immoral, abortion supporter at Concordia New York, Rupprecht on Lent, review of descend to hell book

 

3-16-20

 

Criticizing Greg Jackson – should it be priority?

Good articles on long ending of Mark, Larry Peters, climate change, Matt Richard on Devil, publicized Portland problems, mixed gender preaching

 

3-9-20

 

Good to raise questions about Concordia Portland

Political idolatry – good points

 

3-2-20

 

Harrison discussed

 

2-24-20

 

What is a Christian essay is good.

Nobody else talks about canon issue.

 

2-17-20

 

Willow Creek’s Dr. B. disputes allegations.

Don’t have problem with Gettys

Good to defend Finnish Lutheran, quote Pat Boone’s comments

Necessary to blast Greg Jackson?

 

2-10-20

Strong statement on cremation

 Harris more critical than Otten.  Hard to see why Harrison bent out of shape.  Is LCMS using the book?  It’s still LCMS approved.

Great rebuttal of Mark Surburg on marrying non LCMS-Lutherans

 

2-3-20

 

Strong statement on Kobe, shows unimportance of sports, prophetic

Inviting comments.

Defending hell, good to review book on the topic, something I missed.  Aaron Rodgers off base.

 

1-27-20

 

Protecting life, against suicide

 

1-20-20

 

Left out Cascione – good

Good to hold up sexual conservatism

 

1-13-20

 

Reprinted report of abuse allegations

Left out Cascione – good

Why stay in LCMS if Voelz is that bad

 

1-6-20

 

Didn’t mention Baal or God

Discussion of WELS was weak

Clint Poppe failed to recognize good in CN.


Friday, April 02, 2021

Interesting Links from April 2021

 

Conservative Episcopal Bishop: Out! - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Black religious leaders, stand with our LGBTQ family (religionnews.com) (for information purposes – Union Theological Seminary is WAY out there leftie)

 

Pastors in $5,000 Sneakers | Gene Veith (patheos.com)

 

Crybullies Sue Christian Colleges | The American Conservative

 

When America Put the Bible on Trial: The Scopes Monkey Case a Century Later | Desiring God

 

Which God Is Served At Duke Divinity? | The American Conservative

 

The Good Friday Appeal — Word Fitly Spoken

 

A Victory for Reality | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

 

Evangelical Left: American Christianity “Exported Patriarchy Around the World” - Juicy Ecumenism

 

North Dakota passes law protecting churches during pandemics - The Christian Post

 

No, Sophia Bush, kids do not tell their parents who they are - The Christian Post

 

When a Lutheran denomination becomes radically liberal - The Christian Post


April 4

 

Lessons from the Downfall of Ravi Zacharias | Mere Orthodoxy

 

Doubt Is a Sin, and Jesus Never Sinned – Denny Burk

 

Over 70 Canadian churches vow to defy lockdowns, will fully open for Easter services | News | LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

 

How Christians Have Honored Good Friday For Centuries (thefederalist.com)

 

Americans Must Never Throw in the Towel | The Stream

 

On this Good Friday, let us reflect on the 7 last words of George Floyd (religionnews.com) (for information purposes only – all kinds of messed up thinking expressed here)

 

British council unlawfully discriminated against Franklin Graham - The Christian Post

 

For the Church | When It’s Time to Leave a Church (ftc.co)

 

MLB Boycott Calls Grow After Donald Trump Hits Out Over All-Star Game (newsweek.com)

 

The Uneasy Alliance of Evangelicals and Conservatism | The American Conservative

 

Australian Denomination Ordains First "Transgender" Person as a Minister (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

The Capitol Rioters-Pro-Life Extremist Connection Is Real (thedailybeast.com)

 

Bishop Love Joins Anglican Church after Release from Episcopal Church - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Death Has Died | The American Conservative

 

April 5

Because He lives, we can face tomorrow - The Christian Post

 

Why Should We Remember what God Forgets? | Tim Challies

 

"Jesus and Resurrection? What's This Babbler Trying to Say?" (gentlereformation.com)

 

Show Up! : 9Marks

 

‘Top Chef’ Host Padma Lakshmi: People Who Reject Trans Agenda ‘Have No Business Being’ Parents – Faithwire

 

Joe Biden’s Liberal American Catholicism | The American Conservative

 

CNN Versus Biological Reality | The American Conservative

 

'I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die' -- A sobering message to church leaders on mental health — GetReligion


April 6

 

Report: Communist China Is Throwing Christians Into Torturous 'Brainwashing' Camps (thefederalist.com)

 

Raphael Warnock and the Ongoing Legacy of Black Liberation Theology | The University of Chicago Divinity School (uchicago.edu)

 

Rev. Warnock claims people can save themselves in Easter tweet - The Christian Post

 

Report: Communist China Is Throwing Christians Into Torturous 'Brainwashing' Camps (thefederalist.com)

 

God Gets a Lap Dance on Saturday Night Live — Where are the Tears? | The Stream

 

Stained Glass Rainbows: Sexual Minorities in Conservative Christianity — Protect Your Noggin

 

Pastoral Meanderings: It is political. . .

 

Hans Kueng, dissident Catholic theologian, dies at 93 (religionnews.com)


April 8

 

Culture of 'Jesus, Others, Yourself' leads to Baylor’s 1st men's basketball championship - Baptist Press

 

'Physically closed': Alberta health officials shut down GraceLife Church west of Edmonton (msn.com)

 

Canadian Police Barricade Church Entrance, Place High Security Fences to Keep Worshippers Out | CBN News

 

Beth Moore apologizes for her role in elevating 'complementarian' theology that limits women leaders (religionnews.com)

 

A Prayer for the Trans Day of Remembrance - Campus Ministry | Augsburg University

 

Beth Moore Unravels as She Begins to Reveal Her True Views on Biblical Doctrines (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Conservative Radio Host Gordon Liddy's Obituary Headlines Harsher Than Fidel Castro's | Newsbusters

 

George Liddy Obituary - Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc. (darrowfuneralhome.org) (I used to listen to “The G. Gordon Liddy Show” on the radio.  Although he was far from good in all ways in in influence, I preferred him as a talker over Rush Limbaugh because Mr. Liddy (while far from perfect) was more of a family man, had a far wider range of life experiences, and was more diverse in the topics he addressed.  He was frequently laugh out loud funny too.

 

Matt Taibbi: The Sovietization of the American Press | National Post

 

Soviet-style Journalism Comes to America | Gene Veith (patheos.com)

 

Obesity: COVID’s Third Rail | The American Conservative

 

Hans Küng, the theologian who wanted to stand tall (religionnews.com) (he was strongly criticized in Christian News notwithstanding the fact the CN also strongly opposed the papacy)


April 11

 

Beth Moore, You Owe Godly Men an Apology - Protestia

 

Hans Küng, theologian censured by John Paul II, dies at 93 - The Christian Post

 

Girl, Follow Jesus (thegospelcoalition.org)

 

Goodbye to My Brother — for Now | The Stream

 

Christian Left Rallies Against Filibuster in DC, Links Senate Rule to Fascism - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Professing 'Christian' DMX Dead at 50 - Protestia

 

'Church' With a Gay Unicorn Logo Issues Press Release Against GraceLife Church - Protestia

 

Pastoral Meanderings: The cult of personal safety

 

Is Complementarianism a Man-Made Doctrine? - CBMW

 

Statement — Sarah Bessey (for information purposes)

 

President Biden: “There’s Not a Single Thing a Man Can Do That a Woman Can’t” | Answers in Genesis

 

Canadian church shut down, fenced off for violating health orders - The Christian Post

 

Pastoral Meanderings: Dealing with demons. . .


Monday, March 01, 2021

Interesting Links from March 2021

 

1st transgender nominee deflects inflammatory questions from GOP senator - ABC News (this person’s birth name is Richard Levine)

 

Max Lucado, cancel culture, and the rise of the Christian Left - The Christian Post

 

Weighing election fraud claims—again - Politics - WORLD (wng.org)

 

Marco Rubio Is Right: The Life of a New Human Being Begins at Conception - Public Discourse (thepublicdiscourse.com)

 

Burgess Owens at CPAC: When you remove God, destruction is left - The Christian Post

 

Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists arrested under national security law - The Washington Post (Dan Rather says this is “An important story”, which it is)

 

Opinion | A transphobic tirade against the Equality Act masquerading as feminism - The Washington Post (Washington Post columnist says, “Transgender women are women. Transgender men are men. Period.  Intolerance of any other viewpoint.)

 

How a Rising Religious Movement Rationalizes the Christian Grasp for Power - The French Press (thedispatch.com)

 

Trump Boasts to Fox News About ‘Tremendous’ Crowd Size at Jan. 6 ‘Lovefest’ (thedailybeast.com)

 

The Equality Act and Christian Education | The Stream

 

An Open Letter to President Joe Biden | The American Conservative


March 2

 

HHS nominee won’t say if parents can refuse child’s gender transitioning (catholicnewsagency.com)

 

Amazon bans 2018 book critical of transgender ideology | Blogs | LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

 

Update from Vietnam – WELS

 

ELCA Synod Calls Transgender Pastor to be Associate to the Bishop - EXPOSING THE ELCA

 

Appeals court rules sexual abuse lawsuit against Pressler will proceed - Baptist Press

 

Some Albany Episcopal Clergy to Join Anglican Church in North America - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Bethany Christian Will Allow LGBT Parents to Foster and Ad...... | News & Reporting | Christianity Today (too bad that they caved on this)


March 4

 

This False 'Evangelical' Rebuke to White Evangelicals Needs Its Own Rebuke | The Stream

 

Donald Trump ‘thinks he’s like a god,’ Michael Cohen says - The Christian Post

 

Equality Act | EFCA

 

A society that can't debate trans ideology's effects on kids isn't a democracy (nypost.com)

 

United Methodist conservatives detail plans for a breakaway - Baptist Press

 

An Appeal to Bethany Christian Services to Reconsider Their Decision Regarding Gay Adoption | The Stream

 

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped Bible museum’s plans - Metro Philadelphia


March 6

 

Yes to Gay Identity, No to Gay Sex? The Concept Shaking the Foundations of the ACNA - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Fuller Seminary Speaker Says Your Church is "Resisting the Spirit" if Not Involved in Planning Bus Routes, Housing (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Rush Limbaugh Friend 'He Gave His Life Completely to the Lord Jesus Christ in 2019' - Protestia

 

How much archaeological evidence of Jesus really exists? (religionnews.com)

 

My Pillow Guy, Mike Lindell, Leads Stadium Full of People in Weird "Pillow Prayer" (reformationcharlotte.org)


March 8

 

Why MacArthur is wrong about religious freedom - The Christian Post

 

Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden respond to the COVID-19 relief package: “We feel used and betrayed” | the way of improvement leads home

 

The Zoe Lofgren report is an amazing historical document | the way of improvement leads home

 

Concordia-Chicago joins Council for Christian Colleges and Universities | Concordia University Chicago (cuchicago.edu)

 

"Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden" Shocked and Surprised Biden Wants to Murder Babies (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Trump-GOP romance: Time for a break up - Washington Times

 

What's Wrong with Cancel Culture (and What Isn't) - Amy Mantravadi


March 9

 

Baptist Pastor Resigns After Preaching that Women are Ugly and Stink Without Make-up (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Jordan Peterson Chokes Up and Sheds Tears While Talking About Jesus Christ and the Idea of Following Him - Protestia

 

'Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden' Feel 'Used and Betrayed' after Dems Pass Pro-Choice Legislation - Protestia

 

Cornel West returns to Union Theological Seminary after Harvard tenure dispute (religionnews.com)

 

Woke ELCA Pastor Posts Lord's Prayer Rewritten For Transgender Awareness - EXPOSING THE ELCA

 

'QAnon Shaman' To Stay In Jail Pending Trial, Judge Orders : NPR

 

Our Most Destructive Assumption About Heaven | Desiring God

 

The Celebrity Pastor We’ve Never Known | Tim Challies

 

Planned denomination gets name | United Methodist News Service (umnews.org)


March 10

 

How absurd so-called pro-life evangelicals for Biden feel used - The Christian Post

 

Gay Pastor Says Jesus Used "Racial Slur," Woman Confronts Him, Jesus Repents of Racism (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Why Christians Aren't Keen on COVID-19 Vaccines - Protestia

 

Women protest Biden’s transgender executive order, Equality Act - The Christian Post

 

Bethany’s break | WORLD News Group (wng.org)

 

Progressive Church Lobbies Push Radical LGBTQ “Equality Act” - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Let Go of Lies About Heaven: Eight Myths Many Believe - Blog - Eternal Perspective Ministries (epm.org)


March 11

 

11 Christian Women Shaping the Church in 2021 | Sojourners (for information purposes only!!!! – they are not close to being theologically conservative)

 

Interview With the Apostle Paul About the Trump Election Loss (wayoflife.org)

 

Pastor Responds to ‘Reverend’ Who Claimed Jesus Was Racist – Faithwire

 

With pointed urgency, faiths rise for climate justice (religionnews.com) (radically unbiblical emphases by these groups)

 

Faith Leaders Divided Over Equality Act And LGBTQ Rights : NPR

 

'In God We Trust?' | The Stream


March 13

 

Luis Palau, globe-trotting evangelist, is dead at 86 - Baptist Press

 

G3 Ministries – Beth Moore’s Departure

 

Luis Palau, Oregon-based evangelist who built worldwide ministry to help ‘people get right with God,’ dies at 86 - oregonlive.com

 

Evangelist Luis Palau Passes Away After 3-Year Cancer Battle (billygraham.org)

 

Does President Joe Biden need 'Catholic safe spaces' in order to receive Communion? — GetReligion

 

The UMC's Drag Queen Clergy Candidate - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Is Our National Debt a Biblical Issue? | The Stream

 

Fr. James Martin stands by retweet of post calling God 'Her' - The Christian Post

 

Deceased, Gay-Affirming Scripture Twister to Release Children's Book "What is God Like?" (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Don't Get Hit By the Door, Beth Moore. - Protestia

 

Ex-Mt. Pleasant Township church treasurer accused of stealing $150K, spending funds on porn site | TribLIVE.com

 

UPDATE: Wife of Jailed Canadian Pastor Shares Details of Husband’s Situation Behind Bars – Faithwire

 

Will FBI 'Chats' Send Conservatives to Prison? | The American Conservative

 

Report: Biden mulls appointing first-ever Muslim federal judge (religionnews.com)

 

Voters' Remorse | The Stream

 

Meet the Gay Officer Who Arrested Canadian Pastor and Marched in Uniform in NYC Gay Pride (reformationcharlotte.org)


March 16

 

The Christian Tourism Industry Is Having a Rough Year (thedailybeast.com)

 

Amid deadly resurgence, Tanzanian officials maintain they can pray the 'coronavirus devil' away (religionnews.com)

 

Alabama House votes to end yoga ban, but don’t say ‘namaste’ (religionnews.com)

 

Eugene Peterson authorized biography backs up that 'yes' on LGBTQ inclusion (religionnews.com) (journalist Jonathan Merritt has promoted homosexuality for many years)

 

Vatican Says Priests Can't Bless Same-Sex Unions Amid Calls For Inclusivity | HuffPost

 

US Military: Social Justice Warriors | The American Conservative

 

Zach Williams and Dolly Parton Win Grammy for ‘There Was Jesus’ – Faithwire

 

Vatican won't bless same-sex marriage: God 'cannot bless sin’ - The Christian Post

 

United Methodist Drag Queen Discusses Ordination Candidacy - Juicy Ecumenism


March 17

 

Chip and Joanna Gaines tell Oprah how God communicates with them - The Christian Post

 

Gay CNN Host Says Church Needs to Re-Evaluate Beliefs on Homosexuality Because God is Okay With It (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Gay Dude, Jonathan Merritt, Praises Theologian for Embracing Sodomy - Protestia

 

WNBA champion who was bullied for being straight speaks out - The Christian Post

 

Pepè Le Pew or Hugh Hefner? Who's The Real Villain? | The Stream

 

Black pastors sign letter supporting compromise bill on LGBTQ equality (religionnews.com)

 

Pastoral Meanderings: You cannot hide from death. . .

 

The St. Patrick of the Germans | Gene Veith (patheos.com)

 

Something is Rotten in the Georgia Secretary of State's Office | The American Conservative

 

Woke “Rights,” the Equality Act, and Speaker Pelosi | George Weigel | First Things


March 18

 

Southern Baptist Critics Suggest SBC Sexual Ethics Caused Spa Shooter Rampage - Protestia

 

Robert Aaron Long was tired of ‘temptation’ posed by parlors - The Christian Post

 

Democratic Wisconsin Judge Arrested With Seven Child Pornography Counts (thefederalist.com)

 

Equality Act & Religious Liberty: Democratic Witness Makes False Claim at Senate Hearing | National Review

 

Nigerian Leaders Support UMC Separation, Reject “Africa Voice of Unity” - Juicy Ecumenism

 

The War On Religious Liberty | The American Conservative


March 19

 

Biden face-plants on evangelical outreach (theweek.com)

 

"Queer4Jesus" ELCA pastor says church is "tool of Satan" to deny "who you love is what was meant for you" - EXPOSING THE ELCA

 

How Biden's Health Official Caused Thousands Of Extra Deaths In PA (thefederalist.com)

 

Asking the wrong questions about Ravi Zacharias - The Christian Post

 

Georgia church ‘heartbroken’ after member charged in Atlanta killings - Baptist Press

 

Walter A Maier — Word Fitly Spoken

 

Biden White House Sandbags Staffers, Sidelines Dozens for Pot Use (thedailybeast.com)

 

The Perfect Sinlessness of Jesus Christ - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Pastoral Meanderings: Finding fun where there is none. . .

 

Erin Coates Glorifies Christ on Tucker Carlson - Protestia

 

Father jailed after referring to biological female child as his daughter | The Post Millennial


March 20

 

Parents are ready to send kids to summer camp and camps are ready to welcome them (religionnews.com)

 

Erin Coates Glorifies Christ on Tucker Carlson - Protestia

 

Father jailed after referring to biological female child as his daughter | The Post Millennial

 

Celebrating Easter on the anniversary of MLK’s death | The Christian Century (whatever the merits of his political activities, King did not accept fundamental biblical doctrines such as the virgin birth, according to historical documentation.  So using him as a guide to celebrate Easter doesn’t work.)

 

Georgia church condemns ‘extreme and wicked’ actions of member, initiates church discipline - Baptist Press

 

5 Times Don Lemon Preached Garbage Theology From The TV Pulpit (thefederalist.com)

 

Corporate Media Don’t Want To Talk About The Atlanta Gunman’s Real Motivation (thefederalist.com)

 

Because Her Husband is in Prison, Pastor's Wife Able to Proclaim Jesus to Millions on Live TV (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Perv Children's Court Judge Popped For Child Porn | The American Conservative

 

Obituary — Luis Palau, 1934 - 2021

 

March 21

 

Is God Fair to Judge Us? | Crossway Articles

 

Thinking about J.S. Bach: As it turns out, it's hard to ignore the composer's views on doctrine — GetReligion

 

Mar-a-Lago Hosted Some Wild Parties for Lara Trump’s Dog Charity Just Before Its COVID-19 Outbreak (thedailybeast.com) (When did the Trumps last attend church and when will be the next time?)


March 23

 

Medal winners at the first annual Hypocrisy Games - Washington Times

 

‘Cancelled Until Further Notice’: Episcopalians on Thin Ice in Northern Michigan - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Harry Connick Jr. gets alone with his faith, creates album to God - The Christian Post

 

Why It's Impossible For Christianity To Ever Endorse Transsexuality (thefederalist.com)

 

Is There Anything Actually Wrong With 'Christian Nationalism?' | Opinion (newsweek.com)

 

Satan’s Lawyers Try Christian-Right Tactics in Lawsuits Over Religious Liberty - Bloomberg (some might have a point about misuse of “religious liberty” if Satan’s lawyers are abusing the concept in promoting overt Satanism)

 

Pastoral Staff Statement: Ravi Zacharias – The Brooklyn Tabernacle

 

Hot Takes Are Harming Us (thegospelcoalition.org)

 

Hong Kong has gone dark - The Christian Post


March 24

 

Preachers and their $5,000 sneakers: Why one man started an Instagram account showing churches’ wealth (msn.com)

 

Tucker Carlson Is Right About the Military | The American Conservative

 

No major damage after volcano eruption in Nicaragua - International Lutheran Council (ilc-online.org)

 

Philippines: Church Planting in a Pandemic - International Lutheran Council (ilc-online.org)

 

South African Lutheran bishop passes on to glory - International Lutheran Council (ilc-online.org)

 

Finnish Lutherans Elect New Bishop - International Lutheran Council (ilc-online.org)

 

ILC to postpone World Conference until 2022 - International Lutheran Council (ilc-online.org)


March 25

 

Under Biden, the plight of persecuted Christians may worsen - The Christian Post

 

Witness BBC's Jemar Tisby Hired by Ibram X. Kendi to be His New 'Assistant Director of Narrative and Advocacy' - Protestia

 

Antiracist, Anti-Christian | The American Conservative

 

Will The GOP Stand Up To Democrats Embracing Sex Changes For Kids? (thefederalist.com)

 

When Don Lemon Lectures the Church About Homosexuality | The Stream

 

The Equality Act and the Looming Tyranny of the Self – Part 1 - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Sing the “Mean” Psalms | Peter J. Leithart | First Things

 

LGBT-Affirming Former Assemblies of God Church Exits Campus Months Later - Juicy Ecumenism


March 28

 

Pope Francis Replaces Jesus With Mary, Says She is the "Bridge to God" (reformationcharlotte.org)

 

Pastoral Meanderings: Voices in my head. . .

 

Conservative groups denounce confirmation of Rachel Levine - The Christian Post

 

No, Oral Roberts University basketball doesn't deserve to be canceled from NCAA Sweet 16 (yahoo.com)

 

We’re Number One? The U.S. Is More Like Number 19 These Days. (thedailybeast.com)

 

Sunday services can reconvene in D.C. - Religious Liberty - WORLD (wng.org)

 

Trump may have hit a new low last night - Current (currentpub.com)

 

For the Church | I Will Not Offer the Lord What Costs Me Nothing (ftc.co)

 

Dogmatic dangers | WORLD News Group (wng.org)

 

Austria's Cardinal Schönborn: God will not deny same-sex couples a blessing | National Catholic Reporter (ncronline.org) (for information purposes – article praised by same sex married seminary president R. Guy Erwin)

 

They are devouring our sons’: Moms of gender-confused boys detail - The Christian Post

 

ORU Coach Says What Really Matters Is Jesus, USA Today Columnist Calls for NCAA to Boot ORU for Biblical Beliefs – Faithwire

 

Lil Nas X's Satan Shoes | The American Conservative

 

Is America Heading to a Tragic End? I Say No | The Stream


March 29

 

The Founders of Black Lives Matter | Scott Walter | First Things

 

Pastor murdered in home after preaching threat of devil - The Christian Post

 

Jory Micah Doesn't Believe in Hell, Comapres God to Hitler - Protestia

 

“All we can do is flee” | WORLD News Group (wng.org)

 

8 Nigerian Christians abducted from church bus - The Christian Post