Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Interesting Links from June 2021


US Funds Queer Culture Warriors | The American Conservative


Scholars urge US to condemn Finland's prosecution of Christian MP | World | The Christian Post


Australian Lutheran bishop to retire - International Lutheran Council (ilc-online.org)


LCMS-Related Christians Charged for Teaching the Bible | Gene Veith (patheos.com)


Evangelical Theologian Russell Moore Says QAnon Has 'All of the Characteristics of a Cult' (newsweek.com)


Swedish Church declares itself trans inclusive (christiantoday.com)


How leading Christian camps are meeting kids' needs post-COVID | Living | The Christian Post

June 2


False Converts Are Not Your Concern | 1517


US Trolls Vatican With Pride Flag | The American Conservative


Burning Churches & National Redemption - Juicy Ecumenism


Patterson disputes allegations he improperly took items, used SWBTS’ donor list - Baptist Press

June 3


'Endless gratitude': Concordia College New York celebrates final commencement (lcms.org) (Glowing report that hardly told it like it is about problems that existed at the school.  Lecakes received an honorary doctorate that was meaningless and hardly deserved.  This is a great example of how bad a job the LCMS communications department does.  Many years ago, Dave Mahsman of LCMS communications did some semblance of two-sided journalism, but that has almost never happened in LCMS Reporter in recent years.  One can look at Baptist Press and even United Methodist News Service (and others) that do better.  The Christian Post is generally a very good independent news outlet.)


What evangelicals need to learn from the Josh Duggar situation | Voice | The Christian Post


Son of Prominent SBC Leader Wishes Southern Baptists a Happy Pride Month (reformationcharlotte.org) (Sadly, Jonathan Merritt has been way out there liberal for a long time)


Jesus Was Wrong! Say Progressive Christians. He'd Be One of Us Now | The Stream


Dr. Fauci Plays Dr. Frankenstein With Unborn Baby Parts, Says Students for Life Leader | The Stream


Leah Sharibu: Say Her Name | The Stream

For the Church | Is God for Us? (ftc.co)

June 4


The paradox of a celebrity pastor | Opinion | The Christian Post


Thus Saith the Lord? by Rod Rosenbladt (ligonier.org)


Calvin University's first gay student body president paves a path (religionnews.com)


Pastor Greg Locke Calls Mike Pence 'Judas' Following Speech on Capitol Riot (newsweek.com)

June 5


FIRST-PERSON: Pride month calls for a response of joyful truth from Christians - Baptist Press


Cru Divided Over Emphasis on Race...... | News & Reporting | Christianity Today


How White Christians turned syncretism into an insult | The Christian Century


Why Woke Christianity Is The Greatest Threat To Christians Today (thefederalist.com)


Is Grafting Dead Babies' Scalps On Lab Rats Better Than Child Sacrifice? (thefederalist.com)


The Inconvenient Truth About LGBTQ+ Activism | The Stream

June 6


Former Insider Urges Megachurch Pastors To Stop Mark Driscoll's Abuse (julieroys.com)


Biden’s Budget Replaces the Phrase ‘Pregnant Women’ with ‘Birthing People’ - Michael Foust (christianheadlines.com)


Prophetic Standards Statement – A Unified Call for Prophetic Accountability


Wayne Grudem, Mark Driscoll, Michael Brown Sign Joint Statement Affirming False Prophets (reformationcharlotte.org)


Christian Leaders Issue Prophetic Standards Statement Following Controversial Prophecies About Recent Elections : Church : Christianity Daily


Right or Wrong in the Creation/Evolution Debate | Answers in Genesis


DEAR PASTOR MARK (deardriscoll.com)


Right-Wing Pastor Denise Goulet Declares That Trump Is the Apple of God's Eye | Right Wing Watch


An Open Letter to the Seattle Times | The Stream


Pastors, for the Love of God and Your People, Use Your Authority! | The Stream


Acts 29 to Mark Driscoll: Resign and seek help | WORLD (wng.org)

June 7


‘My world fell apart’: Chaplain accused of terror for LGBT sermon | World News | The Christian Post


CCP warns 7 Hong Kong churches over Tiananmen Square mass plans | World News | The Christian Post


ELCA Elects their First Openly Lesbian Bishop - EXPOSING THE ELCA


'One Month Isn't Enough' – Canada Declares Pride SEASON All Summer (breitbart.com)


'Rainbow revival': Freedom March declares move of God for ex-LGBT | Church & Ministries News | The Christian Post


Let Passing Controversies Pass: When Wise Pastors Choose to Say Less | Desiring God


Accomplishments as High as Heaven, Character as Low as Hell | Tim Challies

June 8


Nigerian preacher TB Joshua deletes prophecy of Clinton win - BBC News


Africa's "Kenneth Copeland," T.B. Joshua, Struck Dead by God at 57 (reformationcharlotte.org)


'Rainbow revival': Freedom March declares move of God for ex-LGBT | Church & Ministries News | The Christian Post


Nigerian televangelist TB Joshua dies at 57 | World News | The Christian Post


United in anguish | WORLD (wng.org)


A Heretic has Passed: One of World's Richest Pastors Dead at 57 - Protestia


Why is the country moving left? The social gospel | Opinion News | The Christian Post


Larry the Cable Guy's wife on exclusivity of Christ, evangelism | Living News | The Christian Post


What's Wrong With Virtual Church? | EFCA


Matters Too Important for Social Media - Terms of Service w/ Chris Martin


Transgender woman thought to be first ordained by Baptist denomination (heraldtimesonline.com)


Baptist pastor who is transgender woman begins her ministry (heraldtimesonline.com)


Baptist Church in Indiana Ordains Laura Bethany Buchleiter, the First Trans Pastor in Its Denomination (churchleaders.com)


Shock, tears greet T.B. Joshua’s death a week to 58th birthday | Tribune Online (tribuneonlineng.com)

June 10


'Serenade' album celebrates LGBTQ youth ahead of Queer Youth of Faith Day (religionnews.com) (for information purposes)


Amy Coney Barrett and the Cult of Fecundity - Current (currentpub.com)


Rhode Island governor signs bill banning child marriages | Politics News | The Christian Post


Biden Justice Department says its interests align with conservative Christian schools concerned about religious liberty - The Washington Post


Catholic League Slams Biden For 32 Violations Of Core Church Teachings (thefederalist.com)


TD Jakes: White Evangelicals Have Lost Sight of 'What would Jesus Do?' - Protestia

June 12


Pastoral Meanderings: Retiring bishop. . .


A Statement on the Legacy of the Residential School System - The Canadian LutheranThe Canadian Lutheran


Jesus, "The Fixer" - Reclaiming Hope Newsletter (substack.com)


NYC Public Transit Posts Signs Threatening to Kill People Who are Disrespectful to Trans People (reformationcharlotte.org)


Liberation Theology Professor: Historic American Christianity Embodies White Supremacy - Juicy Ecumenism


Zahid Quraishi confirmed as first Muslim federal judge (religionnews.com)


Allegations of Sexual Assault at Concordia Preparatory School — Protect Your Noggin (discusses concerning media reports which are still in the process of investigation and resolution – not endorsing everything that is discussed in other episodes of this podcast)


The Lord Does Not Despise the Day of Small Things – He Must Become Greater

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Interesting Links from May 2021


Pastor Arrested for Saying That Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman (reformationcharlotte.org)


Finland Persecutes Christian Lawmaker | The American Conservative


Why I’m #NeverJenner and You Should Be Too | The Stream


The Bizarre Afterlife of a Christine Blasey Ford Booster | The Stream


Canadian Court Empowers Police to ‘Do Anything Necessary’ to Disrupt Church, Find Pastor – Faithwire


Franklin Graham Suggests 'Cancel Culture' Is a 'Road Toward Communism' (newsweek.com)


No Ralph Warnock, the early Church was not socialist - The Christian Post


Josh Duggar, Family Values Crusader and TV Star, Faces Child Pornography Charge (newsweek.com)


Theologian Slams Methodist Church for Creating ‘Two Religions’ Over LGBT Issues – Faithwire


Finnish Bishop Elect charged over historic Christian teachings on human sexuality - International Lutheran Council (ilc-online.org)


Tennessee teen responds to viral video of dress, dispute with ex-CEO (usatoday.com) (ridiculous article)


Biden Isn’t A ‘Very Catholic President,’ He Openly Flouts Church Teaching (thefederalist.com)


About - Luther Classical College “…the Lutheran Church has the greatest theology, the best hymns, the most excellent music in the history of the world.


Christian MP faces prison for tweeting Bible verses on marriage - The Christian Post


'Ravi is not guilty': Wife of late Ravi Zacharias defends him against sexual and spiritual abuse findings (premierchristian.news)


Former reality star, Josh Duggar, arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, pleads not guilty (religionnews.com)


Rachel Hollis's Problem Isn't Privilege, It's An Anti-Christian Gospel (thefederalist.com)

May 4


We Lost The Building and Kept The Church | Trinity Bible Chapel


Josh Duggar pleads not guilty to child pornography charges - The Christian Post


China shuts down Bible App, Christian WeChat accounts - The Christian Post


Finnish Christian politician Päivi Räsänen formally charged for hate crime against homosexuals, Evangelical Focus


Facing Woke Religion, the Gospel is Still Good News | The American Conservative


A Conservative Student's Experience at an ELCA Seminary - EXPOSING THE ELCA

May 19


In Ordaining A Trans Bishop, Leftist Denomination Calls God A Liar (thefederalist.com)


Pastors warn smartphone addiction 'major issue' in Church | Living | The Christian Post


A National Day of Prayer to “the Thing” | The Stream


Biden Leaves God Out of His National Day of Prayer Proclamation | The Stream


Max Lucado receives the 2021 ECPA Pinnacle Award (religionnews.com)


Melinda Gates Warned Bill Gates About Jeffrey Epstein (thedailybeast.com)


Pastor slams contemporary worship: It ‘harms discipleship' | Church & Ministries | The Christian Post


'USA Today' Writer Labels Promise Keepers CEO's Biblical Stance on Sexuality 'Hate Speech' — Charisma News


Millionaire BLM Founder Admits She's Marxist, Proud Of Mao Comparisons (thefederalist.com)


A Christian College Sues to Protect Its Values Against the Federal Leviathan — The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal (jamesgmartin.center)


ELCA Elects First Transgender Bishop - EXPOSING THE ELCA


Franklin Graham warns Biden: 'Omitting God is a dangerous thing' | Politics | The Christian Post


Transgender Lutheran Bishop & Nicaea - Juicy Ecumenism


Megan Rohrer Elected As 1st Openly Transgender Bishop In U.S. Lutheran Church : NPR


ELCA elects first openly transgender bishop | Church & Ministries | The Christian Post


Queer Easter by Guy Erwin – Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (elm.org)


First ELCA transgender bishop, Megan Rohrer, hopes to 'translate good news' for the curious (religionnews.com)


To Sean Hannity: Please do not make ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner into a hero | Voice | The Christian Post


Megan Rohrer elected bishop of ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod - ELCA


Megan Rohrer | Profiles | LGBTQ Religious Archives Network


Why Christianity And Critical Race Theory Cannot Coexist (thefederalist.com)


Red & Blue Christianity - Juicy Ecumenism


Falls Church Episcopal Calls Gay Rector - Juicy Ecumenism


Transgender Bishop Is a Rejection of Christianity – PJ Media


Megan Rohrer, a Lutheran pastor, on making history as the first transgender bishop. (slate.com)


Army chaplain punished for opposing trans troops appeals | Politics | The Christian Post


Christians beheaded in Indonesia terror attack | World | The Christian Post


CCCU Says LGBT Lawsuit Is Frivolous...... | News & Reporting | Christianity Today


Once Creation Goes, Everything Else Falls Apart — Gottesdienst


NOBTS student arrested for child pornography | Church & Ministries | The Christian Post


Alice Cooper says he's a devout Christian who prays daily | Entertainment | The Christian Post


Why Should an American Follow Jesus? | The Stream


The GOP's Sacred Eunuch: The Ludicrous Bruce Jenner | The Stream


Universalism: The Trendy But Treacherous Belief That Hell is Empty | The Stream


The Vital Signs of American Christianity: Critical But Not Terminal? | The Stream


Uncle Sam + Lesbian Moms | The American Conservative


ELCA Proudly Announces They Have Their First Transgender Bishop - EXPOSING THE ELCA


Mark Driscoll Accused of Cult-Like Actions; 24/7 Surveillance (julieroys.com) (not totally sold on this reporting and spin but providing the source anyway)


New podcast: Yes, election of first trans/queer/gender fluid ELCA bishop was a big story — GetReligion


Protestant Denomination Elects First Transgender Bishop, Who Celebrates ‘Dismantling’ Theology – Faithwire


Gay Activists Now Calling for a Ban on Prayer for Gay Conversion, Calling it "Hate Prayer" (reformationcharlotte.org)


Would You Be Willing to Stand? Religious Persecution Comes to Finland | Answers in Genesis


Virginia Mollenkott’s Women, Men, and the Bible shaped my life | The Christian Century


Enlightened entertainment | WORLD (wng.org)


Opinion | German Catholic priests blessing same-sex marriages may be on to something divine - The Washington Post (ridiculous opinion piece)


Canzano: Time for another dose of common sense -- unmask youth sports - oregonlive.com


Houses Of Worship Grapple With Vaccination Divide : NPR


WTF: Donald Trump Jr. Posts an Image Celebrating Caitlyn Jenner as a Beautiful ‘Conservative Girl’ - Big League Politics


Megan Rohrer Elected as Lutheran Church's First Transgender Bishop | PEOPLE.com


Transgender Person Installed As Associate to the Bishop in ELCA Synod - EXPOSING THE ELCA


The Ministry of Sorrow | Tim Challies


‘This Is … Fascist Biology’: Twitter Suspends Politician for Saying Men ‘Cannot Get Pregnant’ – Faithwire


Our First Look at How Pompeo and Blinken See Reli... | Christianity Today


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — Gottesdienst (Beane says that the 1941 Lutheran Hymnal rubrics more resembled Adam’s loincloth than the historic vestments of the church)


7 Ways to be vindicated against false accusation | Voice | The Christian Post


Candace Cameron Bure credits spicy sex life for strong marriage | Entertainment | The Christian Post


NPR Insults the Prophet Muhammad? - Current (currentpub.com)


Biden White House officials hold first meeting with atheist, secular groups (religionnews.com)


The World's Hatred is not a Guarantee that You are Following Jesus (keithmathison.org)


CCCU fights LGBT students' lawsuit targeting Christian colleges | U.S. | The Christian Post


Biden cancels Trump's plans for Garden of American Heroes | Politics | The Christian Post


Baylor provides path for LGBTQ campus group, says position unchanged on sexuality - Baptist Press


Why Twitter Isn't Manly | The American Conservative

May 20


Lutheran Social Services files for bankruptcy | State & Regional | bismarcktribune.com


The Mischievous Protestant’s Guide to Catholic Rome | Tim Challies


What Happened to the ACLU? | The American Conservative


DC Talks' Kevin Max Renounces His Faith, Promotes 'Universal Christ' - Protestia


Transgender woman to become Lutheran bishop | News | LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)


With All Respect, Demi Lovato, You Are Not Non-Binary. You are Deeply Confused | The Stream


Wyoming District re-elects Hill (lcms.org) (If they really wanted to badly enough, I think any of these U.S. church districts could have found a way to hold their conventions in 2021, and they still could.  It was kind of ridiculous that the national convention was postponed until 2023.  Wimpy!  Maybe there needs to be some thought about doing these conventions in a different way.)


Jane Goodall, celebrated primatologist, wins 2021 Templeton Prize (religionnews.com)


Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife: Observing the Church Year in the Home, Part I (sisterdaughtermotherwife.com)


Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife: Observing the Church Year in the Home, Part II (Or, Why Commemorate the Saints?) (sisterdaughtermotherwife.com)


Racial Justice in Lutheranland — Protect Your Noggin

Regarding the above link, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod theology professor Dr. Peter Scaer wrote on Facebook on May 27, “Lutherans for Racial Justice should be marked and avoided. Now they are onto Islamophobia, but with the same strategy of stories, painful conversations and vague accusations. There is not one word here about the dangers of Islam, its false doctrine or denial of Christ. Check out minute 24, where they talk about the fact that Christians do not have a monopoly on grace. As an example, they bring up the fact that in the Christian tradition, Christ had to die on the cross as a payment for sin. In Islam, God simply has mercy. That led to the mention of other theories of the atonement. The Lutheran pastor said nothing against this idea. Bad and dangerous stuff.”  However, LCMS college history professor and increasingly influential podcaster Dr. Jeff Mallinson strongly supports the group Lutherans for Racial Justice.  LRJ founder/leader Rev. Matthew Gonzalez says that the group is in line with LCMS resolutions and argues that LRJ is consistent with traditional Lutheranism and the Bible.

May 21


Preach the Gospel. When Necessary, Do It In Drag | Sojourners


Bow Down to Your New Christ — Gottesdienst


Mark Driscoll Pays for Honeymoon with Church Funds; Compensates Interns with Gift Cards, Former Members Say (julieroys.com) (sorry to read this concerning report – I have defended Driscoll in the past but this doesn’t sound good)


Progressive Christians: Where and How They Differ with Jesus (gospelrelevance.com)


Teaching the Trinity to Young Children | Gene Veith (patheos.com)


Dobbs v. Jackson: This is the Big One | The American Conservative


Pastoral Meanderings: A purely political act. . .

May 22


Swiss evangelicals reject Covid certificate to enter worship services, Evangelical Focus


LGBTQ rights and religion: What America can learn from the Utah compromise - Deseret News


NJ priest pleads guilty to stealing over $500K from church | U.S. | The Christian Post


Gays Buy House Across From Westboro Baptist and Paint it Rainbow Pride Colors (reformationcharlotte.org)


Conservatives Who Call Caitlyn Jenner 'She' Forfeit The Truth (thefederalist.com)


Pastoral Meanderings: Why I am opposed to prayer in public schools. . .


Jeffrey Epstein Prison Guards Admit They Did Not Make Required Checks, Cut Deal to Avoid Jail Time (newsweek.com)

May 23


Church hangs pride flag, hopes it sends message of inclusivity | KELOLAND.com (for information purposes)


Liz Wheeler announces new video podcast after leaving OANN last year | Washington Examiner


'Rigged': Mollie Hemingway's Definitive Account of the 2020 Election Democrats Won't Want You to Read by Spencer Brown (townhall.com) (the author received an honorary doctorate from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on May 21)


Three Biblical Problems with Critical Race Theory | Answers in Genesis


ELCA Elects Openly Transgender Bishop | Answers in Genesis


Christian Realtor Losing License Over Personal Beliefs on LGBT Issues – Faithwire


May 24 (discussing Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass, Dr. Jeff Mallinson and the creation/evolution issue)

Regarding Dr. Swamidass


William Lane Craig: An Exchange with Ken Ham (peacefulscience.org) (Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis criticized)


America’s Clergy Are Teaming Up With Scientists | WIRED


A Compromise on Creationism (peacefulscience.org)


Upcoming science book reveals that 'Adam and Eve' could have existed. (usatoday.com)


Wash U's Dr. Joshua Swamidass Builds Bridge Between Science And Creation Myths In New Book | St. Louis Public Radio (stlpublicradio.org)


Q&A on “A Compromise on Creationism” (peacefulscience.org)


Why I Went Public on Evolution : A Postdoc Lost in the Church (peacefulscience.org)


Why I Left Young-Earth Creationism (peacefulscience.org) (From Dr. Swamidass’s “Peaceful Science” web site)


Going Public in The Journal on Jesus and Evolution (peacefulscience.org)


Q&A: The Age of Rubio's Earth (peacefulscience.org)


Regarding Creationists and Their Views


Are We Wrong to Call Out Compromise? | Answers in Genesis


Dr. Craig Responds to Ken Ham | Podcast | Reasonable Faith


Review: 'The Genealogical Adam and Eve' - creation.com (creationist scholars criticized Dr. Swamidass’s book on Adam and Eve)


Regarding Dr. Jeff Mallinson


Review of Joshua Swamidass, The Genealogical Adam and Eve — Protect Your Noggin (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod professor in California recommends Dr. Swamidass’s book on human origins)

May 25


Falsehood and Fallacy - Meet, Write, & Salutary: Conversation & Community for Lutheran Writers (maryjmoerbe.com) (not sure if this is a truly good book or not, but providing information on it nonetheless)


Texas and Massachusetts: A Tale of Two States - Current (currentpub.com)


What is a beautiful church building for? | The Christian Century (not an excuse to preach a willfully bad sermon)


Why you should (and probably do) believe in limited atonement | Opinion | The Christian Post (for information purposes)


Voddie Baucham Reminds us How Wrong Martin Luther King Was on the Gospel and His Neo-Marxist Worldview (reformationcharlotte.org)


Pastoral Meanderings: When will we speak with one voice. . . (The question is asked, “When will we speak with one voice?”  Answer: Probably never.  Much more could be said in amplification.  Pastor Larry Peters is right, though, about not cancelling the conventions in 2021 in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  Clearly, they could have happened if people were motivated enough to have them.)


China Blocks Keywords like 'Christ,' 'Bible,' and 'Gospel' from Social Media Giant - Protestia

May 26


What Jesus Does Not Pray | Tim Challies


Monday, May 10, 2021 - AlbertMohler.com (about Megan Rohrer, as are the next three messages – Rohrer is a way off base so-called “Bishop” – totally unqualified to be a pastor according to the pastoral epistles – quite possibly not even a Christian as defined by the Bible)


Deviancy in the Clergy (churchmilitant.com)


ELCA Synod Elects Rev. Megan Rohrer as First Trans Bishop (churchleaders.com)


Hear Every Voice? NPR's Sunday Propaganda Celebrating First Transgender Lutheran Bishop | Newsbusters


Transgender Activists Do Not Want You To Hear Of 'Transition' Regret (thefederalist.com)


How Would Christ Respond to Wokeness? | The Stream


Church of Scotland Moves Towards Redefinition of Marriage - Juicy Ecumenism


The Full Scale of Anti-Trans, Anti-LGBTQ Bills in State Houses Will Shock You (thedailybeast.com) (if you can overlook the biased headline and spin, there is good information here on what is going on)

May 27


Bishop To Remove Beloved Priest Who Preaches Against Wicked Clergy (thefederalist.com)


Kintz Retires as President & CEO of Concordia Publishing House (cph.org) (some CPH material has been excellent, some middling, some not that good at all, many tend to be a bit on the pricey side)


Kintz Retires - Meet, Write, & Salutary: Conversation & Community for Lutheran Writers (maryjmoerbe.com)


Hillsong CEO Says It's "Unfortunate" to Represent What the Bible Says About Homosexuality (reformationcharlotte.org)


Why does ?pro-life? mean disregarding the actual lives of pregnant people? - The Washington Post (Washington Post repeats decades old complaints/arguments and uses the phraseology “pregnant people.”)


The true Republican religion (religionnews.com) (for information purposes)


RZIM apologist who wrote book with Zacharias says he was deceived | Church & Ministries | The Christian Post


Jim Bakker Claims His Specuatular Downfall and Jail Time was Due to 'Cancel Culture' - Protestia


FRC Launches New Center for Biblical Worldview, Welcomes George Barna and Owen Strachan as Senior Fellows (prnewswire.com)

May 29


'60 Minutes' slammed for airing detransitioners' regrets | U.S. | The Christian Post


Jim Bakker claims his 1989 imprisonment caused by cancel culture | Church & Ministries | The Christian Post


‘Jesus was a political revolutionary’: Ibram X. Kendi ‘rejects’ orthodox Christianity – Acton Institute PowerBlog (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison shared this article on Facebook and commented, “This Acton Institute article on a major proponent of CRT (Kendi) and his abhorrent views of Christianity and its mission (‘savior theology’) is important.”  A Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (I was in the WELS 2004-2011 and was an Elder in a WELS church then) relative gave me Kendi’s best selling book on antiracism.  I threw it in the garbage after reading it.  Kendi strongly supported homosexuality and placed it in the same category of race, which was a deal breaker in being very wrong.)


Evangelical Christians must rethink their reflexive support for Israel (religionnews.com)


Twitter Bans Spanish Politician for Saying “A Man Cannot Get Pregnant” | Answers in Genesis


US Bishops try to rein in the Biden administration, but the Vatican is all smiles (religionnews.com)


A year of riots | WORLD (wng.org)


After a year of Portland protests, activists see no end in sight - oregonlive.com

May 31


Church of Sweden declares denomination is trans-inclusive | World | The Christian Post


USA Today faces backlash for caving to LGBT activists | U.S. | The Christian Post


Whatever Is False, Whatever Is Immoral, Whatever Is Prejudiced… | Tim Challies

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 (6-9-21 note: the newspaper has regressed drastically in recent weeks and I may need to reevaluate this, the blog has some good content but the presentation could be considerably better).  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.


 This issue included “The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown” from The Atlantic, which wasn’t that relevant for a Christian newspaper the first time it was reprinted in the 5-24-21 CN (pp. 10-11).  There were two different but similar editorial notes but what is going on?  On the front page Fred Schwarz’s classic You Can Trust the Communists to be Communists was recommended.  CN founding editor Herman Otten also blasted Communism in his classic book Baal or God.  That book has not been mentioned in CN since his successor became editor.



Included in this issue are articles about Roman Catholic churches hanging rainbow pride flags, the new Texas fetal heartbeat laws, and not letting culture wars detract from preaching the Gospel.



Besides other articles/commentaries on a variety of topics, including marriage and children (a frequently addressed topic), the issue included a press release from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, about newly elected ELCA bishop Megan Rohrer, a born woman person who now identifies as transgender.  This was news that came out two weeks earlier and is the only specific item in CN to date on this subject.



Articles on church/worship along with commentaries were among the pieces in this edition of CN.




This issue included among many other things the Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship.  CN commented, “It is rare to find a balanced take on environmental issues.”  The document may be read online at The Cornwall Declaration On Environmental Stewardship (cornwallalliance.org)



Commenting on a recent statement from a college, CN editorialized in this issue, “This statement tries to be open to friendly discussions about perverse forms of sexuality, while also being faithful to the Scriptures. That is not possible. It is not enough that sin is accepted and tolerated by the world, it also demands that sinful choices be praised and given positive ‘support.’ But God’s Word demands that sin not be supported, but rather condemned and the sinner called to repentance. Living a sinful life—contrary to His Word and creation— does not please the almighty, but angers Him.


“Christ’s death is not a license to treat sin as neutral and no big deal. Not all sexuality is good and normal, in fact, only according to God’s design in His institution of marriage is it used rightly. Human identities and choices apart from His will are evil. So to accept a definition of ‘gender’ as something that can be disconnected from God’s created biology is not Christian.


“We may not define sexuality for ourselves, according to the flesh and sinful mind. Using dictionary.com, without biblical discrimination, is a very poor way to set the stage for theological discussion. To ‘dialogue’ means to accept beforehand that all sides and viewpoints are equal. But that is obviously not the case with what God expressly condemns, so it cannot be loving. ‘Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality …’ (1 Cor. 6).


“To listen without the possibility of rejection or condemnation is acceptance, pure and simple. The statement seems to be asking: ‘How can we welcome sinful lifestyles, while also having the appearance of faithfulness?’ We may not deny God’s will and intent in our creation as male and female. This is a high calling— a holy calling—that no Christian may dismiss, without denying the Lord who made all people.”



This issue notes among other things that Dr. Carl Schalk, an acclaimed church musician, belonged to an independent liberal Lutheran congregation, not a congregation affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  The provocative essay, “The New Castrati: Contemporary Worship and the Triumph of Effeminacy,” by Rev. Jeff Hemmer, is also reprinted.



In this issue, Rev. Scott Murray, Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas, wrote: “The baby boomer project attempting to make Christianity less offensive to the continuously offended has failed. It has left many churches utterly supine, unable to respond faithfully to the declining culture and its false messiahs. Many American churches are simply fighting for sexual degeneracy, and all manner of ‘wokenesses’ under the guise of what are called ‘justice and equity.’ They certainly have no time for the Savior whose church it is; the Savior who gives Himself for sinners. When nothing done by humans could be classified as sin, what good is a Savior from sin?


“When the only shameful things are acts, words, or deeds that offend against ‘wokeness,’ who needs a Savior who suffers and dies? In a world where your deeds can be dredged up from your college yearbook and weaponized against you, who needs a merciful Christ that swallows down your depravity and returns your life to you cleansed by His precious blood? In a day when love has grown cold, how can the Savior’s love unknown to the loveless shown, lead us to a love that covers a multitude of sins? Such a Savior is inconvenient, because He makes it impossible for us to destroy others in the forum of public opinion. The churches have not preached this Christ who serves us. Therefore, we can find no way to serve one another. We can only devour each other, chew upon each other, and spit each other out. O Lord Jesus, save us from such a world! This the Christian difference: The God who serves (Mk 10:45).


“Jesus has come for just this purpose. He comes  not to fix a world broken, but to save His dear children from this present evil age by giving His life as a ransom. Because the world is fallen and frustratingly fractured, we feel held hostage by the madness. We feel as though someone has ordered us to stay home behind locked doors (Oh, wait! We feel that way because someone has!). Our Lord has come to rescue us from being taken hostage in Satan’s dominion. He will not leave us in the clutches of the enemy. He comes to serve us in the place of our exile and defy our enemy, throwing down the page of God’s Word, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Mt 4:4).



More articles about not forsaking assembly, the resurrection of Christ, the idol of personal safety with respect to COVID, a generally critical review of a popular book called “Confronting Christianity” (I’ve read it), opposing Pelagianism, opposing transgender, returning to Scripture, the perpetual victimhood of the black lives matter movement, and Camp Trinity in rural Missouri where CN is based.  Fine reading as usual.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.



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.



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.




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.




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.



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.



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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.



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




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.




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.




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.




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




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




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




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




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




Good essay on anarchy




Antiracism, Hale Catches a Shark with his boys




Lutherans Going East, Taking Issue with Texas Church Growth

Leave the ELCA, Must Engage Roman Catholicism




Strong opposition to suicide

Why can’t the LCMS preach?

Merritt on Mohler




How Baptism Saves




Taking issue with Jonathan Merritt




Abstinence from worship

Washington Post blasts in person worship




Burfiend lead article good, article on evangelical sermons




Norman Vincent Peale – Trump, good to not idolize Trump




Rob Bell, Charisma News, etc.




Good articles on effects of coronavirus




Museum of Bible – Orthodox Church




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




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




Good to raise questions about Concordia Portland

Political idolatry – good points




Harrison discussed




What is a Christian essay is good.

Nobody else talks about canon issue.




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?



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




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.




Protecting life, against suicide




Left out Cascione – good

Good to hold up sexual conservatism




Reprinted report of abuse allegations

Left out Cascione – good

Why stay in LCMS if Voelz is that bad




Didn’t mention Baal or God

Discussion of WELS was weak

Clint Poppe failed to recognize good in CN.