Friday, February 02, 2024

Interesting Links from February 2024

 

Street evangelist returns to church after being shot in head | Church & Ministries News (christianpost.com)

 

Catholic U. fires professor who invited an 'abortion doula' | Education News (christianpost.com)

 

Does Alistair Begg have a point about gay weddings? | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Disgraced Dem Senate Staffer Escapes Charges For Gay Sex Tape (thefederalist.com)

 

Washington D.C. Crime: Local Government Must Enforce Law, Punish Criminals | National Review


February 2

 

Farewell, after 20 years: Why we did what we did — GetReligion

 

Super Bowl LVIII Preview: Inside Sin City’s Christian Quarterback Dual (religionunplugged.com)

 

We Need More Repellently Attractional Churches - Stephen McAlpine

 

The Gospel Is About Going to Heaven When You Die (mereorthodoxy.com)

 

Why Male Athletes Should Not Compete with Females | National Review

 

‘Harvard of Christian Schools’ Fires Back After Fox News Column Claims It Has Become ‘Woke’ – Faithwire

 

Pastoral Meanderings: My moral fiber is sufficient. . .

 

Jesus and My OCD | Christianity Today


February 4

 

Are you eagerly anticipating Christ's return? | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

A pastor's response to Alistair Begg's gay wedding advice | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Is Trump trying to lose? | The Hill

 

7 signs that your sinful nature controls you | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

February 5

February 7

 

The Prophetic Voice You May Not Have Heard (currentpub.com) (for information purposes)

 

Rosaria Butterfield Rebukes The Gospel Coalition for Supporting Preston Sprinkle's Heretical Teachings (substack.com)

 

Wheaton College Fires Back After Fox News Accuses Them of Being Woke, But Were They Right? (substack.com)


February 8

 

10 Bible Verses about Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (truthforlife.org)

 

Fond Farewell to John Lomperis - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Classical College Brings On 'Exiled' Pastor Who Prayed At Trucker Convoy (thefederalist.com)

 

Trump Is Undermining Conservatives' Anheuser-Busch Boycott (thefederalist.com)

 

Soldotna church to host LGBTQ story time for kids, after library drag show cancelled - Alaska Watchman

 

Pastoral Meanderings: A parody of ecumenism. . .


February 9

 

Super Bowl QB Brock Purdy reads this Bible passage every day | Sports News (christianpost.com)

 

Worst Persecutors of the Church Named for 2023 - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Homosexual Son of Former SBC President Publishes Pro-Homosexual Children’s Book: “My Guncle and Me” (substack.com)


February 11

 

The Leftist Kidnapping Of Anne Of Green Gables (prophecynewswatch.com)

 

Worse Than Any Affliction: Why I Refuse to Grumble | Desiring God


February 12

 

Lesbian Methodist Bishop: Prioritize Reconciliation Over Redemption - Juicy Ecumenism

 

America's embrace of legalized gambling is a sporting proposition - Washington Times

 

Pastoral Meanderings: Christianity's gift -- the value of life. . .


February 13

 

Does Hell have various degrees of punishment? | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Learning from Methodist Hymnals, Elitists and Common People - Part III - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Greek Church Leads Hateful, Twisted Campaign Against Gay Marriage (thedailybeast.com) (ignore the biased rhetoric in this report – legalizing same-sex marriage in Greece is a bad thing)


February 14

 

The age of glorifying Greta Thunberg is over - The Spectator World “Thunberg is a leader, and an icon — for the immature and the idiotic.”

 

Pastors Who Won't Call Out False Teachers by Name are Most Likely False Teachers (substack.com)

 

When Goodbye Is Forever | Tim Challies

 

Tucker Carlson Is Wrong About Moscow — And The United States (thefederalist.com)

 

"He Gets Us" Doesn't Get Jesus (slowtowrite.com)


February 16

 

Greece becomes first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex civil marriage (religionnews.com)

 

When ‘He Gets Us’ Presents a Jesus Who is Too Much Like Us - The Stream

 

Five Marks of a False Convert - by Jeff - The Dissenter (substack.com)

 

Lech Walesa & Transcendent Truth - Providence (providencemag.com)


February 17

 

He Gets Us Takes a Big "L" in the Superbowl (aaronrenn.com)

 

Is marijuana legal? Why feds are taking so long to change old rules. (usatoday.com) (for information purposes)

 

Not trans, but just gay or lesbian? | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Think You're Immune to Adultery? - CCEF


February 19

 

Pastoral Meanderings: Is your home a holy place?

 

MS Society Stands By Decision to Kick 90-Year-Old Volunteer Out for Not Understanding ‘Preferred Pronouns’ – Faithwire

 

In The Bible, Lincoln Found The Antidote To Slavery And Despair (thefederalist.com)

 

New Report Reveals That Persecution Against Christians In Iran Continues To Grow (religionunplugged.com)


February 20

 

Even Believers Need to Be Warned: How Hell Motivates Holiness | Desiring God

 

PRAY: Ex-Muslim Couple in Uganda Reportedly Murdered After Converting to Christianity – Faithwire

 

Transgender Funeral At St. Patrick's Is An Attack On The Church (thefederalist.com)

 

Meathead, Meet John Q. Adams, 'Christian Nationalist' - The Stream


Monday, January 01, 2024

X Marks the Spot

 X Marks the Spot

 

(Posted on my personal Facebook page on 12-30-23.)

 

It is customary at the end of the year that certain publications, bloggers, writers, pundits and other influencers announce their choices for books worth reading.  Even former United States President Barack Obama did this.

 

For any interested, through Goodreads, here is a link to books I read or at least skimmed through in 2023.  Similar links are available for other years.  I appreciate that Goodreads allows one to track these in a systematic way.  I like the Goodreads web site and app.  And it’s good to do some reading of good books and to even learn something from bad books.  Of course, one can’t and shouldn’t read everything (check Ecclesiastes 12:12 and the whole chapter) but one can try to make good decisions in what to read.

 

I posted reviews of many of these books here on my private Facebook page.  Some of the latest ones haven’t been publicly reviewed yet.

 

A change that I plan for 2024 is to start doing this on X (formerly known as Twitter).  Since I started doing these book reviews online in June 2021, there have been a lot of them – 378 pages worth of reviews as well as some commentaries.  Many of these older writings I now look to share on X.

 

I’ve never been satisfied that Facebook is the best fit for book reviews, at least of the type I do, but I did it anyway.  Facebook can be good for photo sharing and family and friend updates.  There have been more ads on Facebook than there used to be.  Also, there has long been a fake account under my name, and Facebook has done nothing about it despite numerous reports by me and by others.  I don’t like that Facebook management has failed to address that.  Having said that, I still plan to maintain my Facebook account and may cross post future book reviews on both Facebook and X.

 

He is far from perfect and can be a little flaky sometimes, it seems, but since Elon Musk bought X, it has been better in fostering free speech and in not suppressing significant viewpoints and discussions, which is a good thing.  In my view, X remains by far the major leader in the social media category that it is in, exceeding competitors like Threads, Gab, Post News, Mastodon, Truth Social, Poa.st, and others.  I plan to purchase an X Premium account to allow me the freedom to publish long form messages.

 

I will also note again that I do share links (and occasional comments) on the blog/web site, loyaldefender.info.  I intentionally try to keep that as bare bones and simple as possible.  There is a word search bar on the top left of the web sites.  Also, one may comment on the web pages at loyaldefender.info, though few so far have taken advantage of doing so.  I don’t delete comments except in rare cases.  Feel free to check out loyaldefender.info if you haven’t already.

 

For any interested, the link to my account at X is https://twitter.com/davidmarkbecker.  As noted, I plan to start very actively using it beginning in 2024.  The theme Bible verse in my X profile is “The one who boasts must boast in the Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:17.”

 

Happy soon New Year!

Interesting Links from January 2024

 

Berlin Balances Budgets while Washington Drowns in Debt - The American Conservative

 

Darnella Frazier Filmed George Floyd's Murder. Read Her Anniversary Statement : NPR (for information purposes)

 

Mike DeWine Veto of Bill to Protect Children from Gender Surgeries Wrong | National Review

 

Dobbs & Abortion Controversy: A Plea to All People of Good Will | National Review


January 3

 

Pastoral Meanderings: Sadness. . .

 

The transgender revolutionaries want our children | WORLD (wng.org)

 

January 4

 

Taking on the Revolutionary Program of Ibram X. Kendi – Denny Burk

 

Friends in High Places | Christianity Today

 

Moral seriousness and the post-Christian right | WORLD (wng.org)


January 5

 

Preston Sprinkle Hosts Webinar on Why We Need More Homosexual and Queer "Christian Leaders" (substack.com)

 

Sadie Robertson Huff kicks off Passion 2024 with powerful message | Church & Ministries News (christianpost.com)


January 8

 

Why George Floyd wasn’t a martyr - The Spectator World

 

Biden, Did You Know? (Song Parody) (youtube.com) (for information purposes)

 

Ex-psychic says Fox News pushed 'demonic agenda' with tarot cards | Entertainment News (christianpost.com)

 

Parents, Discipline Your Little Children - Reformation 21

 

Dr. Carol M. Swain joins the Institute for Faith & Culture as a Senior Fellow   (religionnews.com)

 

World Vision and Sexual Criteria in Religious Employment - Juicy Ecumenism

 

Judge dismisses Muslim couple's lawsuit against school where daughter converted to Christianity (religionnews.com)


January 9

 

The Shootings Media Don’t Hype Are By Gender-Fluid Murderers (thefederalist.com)

 

Ashley Carter: Taylor Swift is not the role model you want your daughter to emulate (1819news.com)

 

Politicos Who Smeared Tuberville's Protest Are MIA On Austin's Absence (thefederalist.com)

 

Democrats Set The Stage In 2023 For An LGBT Onslaught In 2024 (thefederalist.com)

 

Lutheran Pastor Sides With The 5 Foolish Virgins AGAINST Jesus+ Has Harsh Words for the Groom and 5 Wise Virgins (substack.com)


January 11

 

What the 'Hall of faith' teaches us about fear | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

A Legitimate Justice System Would Jail 'Intifada' Vandals, Not Pro-Lifers (thefederalist.com)

 

The DeSantis vs. Haley Debate Didn’t Give Us a Single Human Moment (thedailybeast.com)


January 12

 

Canceling William Penn | WORLD (wng.org)

 

Purity of Arms  (currentpub.com)

 

Did Fani Willis Hire Her Unqualified Lover To Prosecute Trump? (thefederalist.com)

 

Trump’s ‘Terrible’ Damage to the Pro-Life Cause - John McCormack - The Dispatch


January 15

 

Ten Reasons Why I Am Supporting Ron DeSantis Instead of Nikki Haley or Donald Trump (townhall.com)

 

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum throws support behind former President Donald Trump | Fox News Video

 

Life Without Romans 8:28 | Tim Challies

 

State prosecutor appeals acquittal of Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen | World News (christianpost.com)


January 16

 

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.'s Heresy, Denial of Christ's Deity and Physical Resurrection (substack.com)

 

Should Christians Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.? (substack.com)

 

Kyle Rittenhouse and the ConInc Carousel (substack.com)

 

Nikki Haley Refuses to Say a Man Cannot Become a Woman During Campaign Event – Megyn Kelly

 

Refuting the Call for Unity in Compromise: The Importance of Upholding the Biblical Truth of the Flood Narrative (substack.com)

 

Famous Author’s Claim Bible Is a ‘Work of Fiction’ Ignites Social Media Furor – Faithwire

 

Is Our View of Satan Too Small? | Biblical Preaching

 

Deacon calls for Immanuel Baptist Pastor Steven Smith to resign | Church & Ministries News (christianpost.com)


January 17

 

What Did You Plan To Be Hated For? - by Rhys Laverty (substack.com)

 

God Made a Dictator (youtube.com) (for information purposes)

 

Why We Can’t Just Shrug Off the Fani Willis Scandal (thedailybeast.com)

 

A new kind of “evangelical”? | WORLD (wng.org)

 

The Roman Pope Embraces a Heretical Universalist View of Hell and Eternity (substack.com)

 

Biden Administration Relentless Push for Abortion Continues | National Review


January 18

 

Christian group blasts eHarmony for ‘glorifying sin’ | Business News (christianpost.com)

 

Religious Persecution & Human Freedom - Juicy Ecumenism

 

After 20 years, Terry Mattingly bids farewell to GetReligion (religionnews.com)


January 19

 

Alistair Begg Caves to LGBTQ Movement, Suggests Christians Attend LGBTQ Wedding Ceremonies (substack.com)

 

Pastor Alistair Begg Says Christians Should Attend Gay Weddings So They Don’t Come Across as ‘Judgmental, Critical’ (substack.com)


January 20

 

Should I attend the same-sex “wedding” of a friend or family member? – Denny Burk

 

The Slaughter in Nigeria Continues - Juicy Ecumenism

 

FBI's Role In The Whitmer 'Kidnap Plot' Is Bigger Than You Think (thefederalist.com)


January 22

 

Beware the Devil’s Normal Schemes – Aliens and Pilgrims (wordpress.com)

 

Don Wildmon: A Heaven-sent blessing for America | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Why isn’t Lenin as condemned as Hitler? - The Spectator World

 

India reclassified as ‘restricted nation’ by Voice of the Martyrs | World News (christianpost.com)

 

Anglican Watch - More on the Susan Elzey/Liam Goligher debacle

 

Revealed: Citation for Liam Goligher Shows SEXUAL ACTIVITY as Cause for Arrest (substack.com)


Trump/Burgum 2024? | The Hill


January 23

 

Alistair Begg, gay weddings, and love | Voice (christianpost.com)


January 24

 

PCA petitions Biden protesting trans surgeries for minors | Church & Ministries News (christianpost.com)

 

Speaker Mike Johnson: Biden's election 'must've been God's will' | Politics News (christianpost.com)

 

‘I Did Kill My Son’: Women Share Powerful Testimonies of Forgiveness After Abortions at March for Life – Faithwire

 

Pastoral Meanderings: A big fine. . .

 

Ambassador Sam Brownback on the Lack of Concern for Religious Persecution Abroad - Juicy Ecumenism


January 25

 

Greek bill on marriage for LGBTQ couples tests Orthodox Church's historic influence (religionnews.com)

 

Abortions Have Declined Since Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade | National Review

 

ERLC Endorses Pathetic Pro-Life Legislation While Snubbing Prominent Abolitionist Bill (substack.com)

 

Bishop Gene Robinson on why "God called me out of the closet" - CBS News (provided for information purposes)

 

January 26

 

For NBA teams, religion can be unifying or divisive (usatoday.com)

 

Fani Willis Fallout Proves The Fulton County Indictment Is Garbage (thefederalist.com)

 

American Family Radio Drops Alistair Begg Following Controversial Remarks About LGBTQ+ Weddings (churchleaders.com)

 

Can Christians Attend Gay Weddings? | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

 

Trump idolatry is a real thing. And it must stop | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Is ‘Gentle Parenting’ Biblical? (thegospelcoalition.org)

 

Maine Gender-Affirming Care Bill Stifles Conventional Gender Views | National Review

 

Tucker Carlson wanted a fight with Team Trudeau. He got one. - POLITICO

 

The Price of a Soul | The Mighty 790 KFGO | KFGO


January 28

 

Why God never forces anyone to love Him | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Americans Spend More Weekend Time With Screens Than People (thefederalist.com)

 

Hollywood’s profanity problem | WORLD (wng.org)

 

Evel Knievel - Faith Testimony at the Crystal Cathedral (americanrhetoric.com)


January 29

 

Will you receive Jesus or reject Him? | Voice (christianpost.com)

 

Former Prez. of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards is Still Fighting for Abortion, Following Diagnosis of Incurable Brain Cancer (substack.com)


January 30

 

Alistair Begg: 'I'm not ready to repent over' gay wedding advice | Church & Ministries News (christianpost.com)

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar Is An Indictment Of Our Immigration System (thefederalist.com)

 

Pritzker the pot pusher - Washington Examiner