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,, 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,  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, though few so far have taken advantage of doing so.  I don’t delete comments except in rare cases.  Feel free to check out if you haven’t already.


For any interested, the link to my account at X is  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 (


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 (

January 5


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


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

January 8


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


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


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


Parents, Discipline Your Little Children - Reformation 21


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


World Vision and Sexual Criteria in Religious Employment - Juicy Ecumenism


Judge dismisses Muslim couple's lawsuit against school where daughter converted to Christianity (

January 9


The Shootings Media Don’t Hype Are By Gender-Fluid Murderers (


Ashley Carter: Taylor Swift is not the role model you want your daughter to emulate (


Politicos Who Smeared Tuberville's Protest Are MIA On Austin's Absence (


Democrats Set The Stage In 2023 For An LGBT Onslaught In 2024 (


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

January 11


What the 'Hall of faith' teaches us about fear | Voice (


A Legitimate Justice System Would Jail 'Intifada' Vandals, Not Pro-Lifers (


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

January 12


Canceling William Penn | WORLD (


Purity of Arms  (


Did Fani Willis Hire Her Unqualified Lover To Prosecute Trump? (


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 (


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 (

January 16


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


Should Christians Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.? (


Kyle Rittenhouse and the ConInc Carousel (


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 (


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 (

January 17


What Did You Plan To Be Hated For? - by Rhys Laverty (


God Made a Dictator ( (for information purposes)


Why We Can’t Just Shrug Off the Fani Willis Scandal (


A new kind of “evangelical”? | WORLD (


The Roman Pope Embraces a Heretical Universalist View of Hell and Eternity (


Biden Administration Relentless Push for Abortion Continues | National Review

January 18


Christian group blasts eHarmony for ‘glorifying sin’ | Business News (


Religious Persecution & Human Freedom - Juicy Ecumenism


After 20 years, Terry Mattingly bids farewell to GetReligion (

January 19


Alistair Begg Caves to LGBTQ Movement, Suggests Christians Attend LGBTQ Wedding Ceremonies (


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

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 (

January 22


Beware the Devil’s Normal Schemes – Aliens and Pilgrims (


Don Wildmon: A Heaven-sent blessing for America | Voice (


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


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


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


Revealed: Citation for Liam Goligher Shows SEXUAL ACTIVITY as Cause for Arrest (

Trump/Burgum 2024? | The Hill

January 23


Alistair Begg, gay weddings, and love | Voice (

January 24


PCA petitions Biden protesting trans surgeries for minors | Church & Ministries News (


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


‘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 (


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


ERLC Endorses Pathetic Pro-Life Legislation While Snubbing Prominent Abolitionist Bill (


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 (


Fani Willis Fallout Proves The Fulton County Indictment Is Garbage (


American Family Radio Drops Alistair Begg Following Controversial Remarks About LGBTQ+ Weddings (


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


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


Is ‘Gentle Parenting’ Biblical? (


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 (


Americans Spend More Weekend Time With Screens Than People (


Hollywood’s profanity problem | WORLD (


Evel Knievel - Faith Testimony at the Crystal Cathedral (

January 29


Will you receive Jesus or reject Him? | Voice (


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

January 30


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


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


Pritzker the pot pusher - Washington Examiner