Monthly Archives: December 2013

10 Top Biblical Counseling Coalition Resources of 2013

It’s that time of year—the time when blog sites around the world share their Top Lists. Today we share direct links to the 10 top BCC resources that you visited at our site in 2013.

  1. Paul Tautges and Resources for Suicide Prevention and Grieving a Suicide
  1. Deepak Reju and A Do-It-Yourself Marriage Retreat
  1. Sam Williams and A Christian Psychology of and Response to Homosexuality 
  1. Kyle Johnston and A Biblical Meditation Worksheet 
  1. Bob Kellemen and A Biblical Model of Grieving: Hope in the Midst of Your Grief 
  1. Sam Williams and Secular Psychology, Christian Psychology, and Christian Counseling 
  1. Sherry Allchin and Biblical Counseling Worksheets by Topic 
  1. Rick Thomas and A Case Study in Marriage: An Insecure Husband and Critical Wife 
  1. Brad Hambrick and Is Pornography a Biblical Grounds for Divorce? 
  1. Pam Gannon and Worry, Fear, and Anxiety 


Top 10 Cripplegate posts from 2013

Thank you all for reading our blog. Everyone who posts is humbled that so many people come here to be encouraged spiritually. We are grateful that you read what his here–we don’t get paid for this, and we don’t sell ads. Really, the only reason we do this is to encourage you, so thanks for reading.

Top TenHere is the list of our top ten posts of 2013, as measured by WordPress’ stats for views. A quick note for other bloggers: WordPress, Google, and SiteMeter all measure views somewhat differently. I’m going with the WordPress stats for total views, and the Google stats for unique views. In other words, the first number is how many times the post was viewed, and the second number is how many unique IP addresses viewed it.

010Shoowing away the legalism boogeyman. Eric Davis exposes five ways that a fear of legalism actually hinders Christian growth (11k/6k).

009Why we sing “I have Decided to Follow Jesus.” A look at the amazing international story behind this hymn. The words are from an Indian man martyred for following the teaching of a Welsh missionary. They were set to music by an Indian evangelist and the song was then taken by a Canadian and made popular in the US (12k/8k).

008Five signs of spiritual maturity. Clint gives five symptoms of being spiritually mature. Not only is this list helpful in examining yourself, but it goes beyond the basics of “likes reading the Bible” and gets into the motives that mark maturity (13k/8k).

007Five differences between Catholic theology and the gospel. Here is a short summary of the five most significant areas where the teaching of Roman Catholicism is at odds with the gospel of grace (15k/9k).

006Is it true that Jesus never addressed homosexuality? In this year of same-sex “marriage,” Mike answers one of the most common misconceptions about this issue by showing how it is rooted in a really poor understanding of the Bible (16k/13k).

005Seven reasons for the death of Sunday night worship services. Jesse did a survey of dozens of churches who used to have Sunday evening worship services, and found out why they dropped them. The answers may surprise you (18k/12k).

004Three must have Bible apps. A brief description of the three most popular Bible apps for smart phones or tablets (18k/10k).


003An open letter to my daughter. Byron Yawn wrote this letter to his daughter explaining what kind of love he has for her, and what kind of woman he wants her to become. Written in 2011, this has remained one of our blog’s most popular posts through the last few years (18k views this year, and in the last three years 49k unique views) .

002A friendly reminder: the Pope is (probably) the anti-Christ. An historical look at how Protestant denominations have long held that whoever is the Pope at the moment, that person should be identified as the anti-Christ. While this was posted before Francis was named to the seat ostensibly of Peter, in the wake of his increased popularity is bears reading again (this year 27k/16k).

01Farewell, NIV. A FAQ page to explain why so many churches and ministries dropped the NIV this year (37k/23k).


If you are curious, here is our list from 2012 and again from 2011.


Evangelizing Prosperity Gospel Adherents

Sharing the gospel with people who have bought into the unbiblical message that Jesus died to make us healthy, wealthy, and successful is challenging for many reasons, but I believe two are primary.

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5 Evangelical Trends for 2014

I don’t know if these will actually become the “trends” of 2014 but I do hope and pray that they will become the “goals” for 2014 for the Church/Christianity.


In keeping with end of the year predictions, here are mine. Of course, several years ago I predicted $5 per gallon gas. Thankfully, we never got to that point. But in light of my obvious fallibility I’m framing my prognostications in the familiar “what’s in and what’s out” categories. Here’s what I think (and hope) are in and out for 2014:

1. Out: Celebrity Christians. In: Communities that model love for God and others.

More articles and blog posts appeared in 2013 lamenting the culture of “celebrity” that has infected the evangelical world. Celebrity Christians include people who are already celebrities, like Paula Deen and the Duck Commander, but celebrity Christians also include regular guys and gals who are clawing their way to the top of the bestseller list and the next big conference. Christian book publishers love the celebrity culture, but the rest of us are beginning to feel…

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Israel, under pressure from Obama, releases “Palestinian” jihad murderers from prisons; “Palestinians” greet jihad killers as heroes

Here in microcosm is the “peace process”: the U.S. presses the Israelis to make self-defeating concessions as a gesture of good will to the “Palestinians,” who respond with an open bloodlust that they know will never be noticed in the mainstream press in the West, and will never cause American officials to rethink their approach and reconsider the constant pressure they put on Israel.

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Is America About To Reach A Breaking Point? Anger Grows As Unemployment Benefits Get Cut

In America today, there are close to 50 million people living in poverty and there are more than 100 million people that get money from the federal government every month. As the middle class disintegrates, poverty is climbing to unprecedented levels. Even though the stock market has been setting record high after record high, the amount of anger and frustration boiling just under the surface in our nation grows with each passing day. And now extended unemployment benefits have been cut off for 1.3 million unemployed Americans, and it is being projected that a total of 5 million unemployed Americans will lose their benefits by the end of 2014. In addition, as I have written about previously, 47 million Americans recently had their food stamp benefits reduced. The conditions for a “perfect storm” are certainly being created. So how much longer will it be until we see all of this anger and frustration boil over in the streets of our major cities? Is America about to reach a breaking point? (Read More….)

Soft Killing The American People Using Toxic Food, Toxic Water And Toxic Vaccines

Have you noticed that there has been an absolute explosion in the number of people developing chronic illnesses, heart disease, diabetes and cancer? If you are like most Americans, you probably have quite a few family members and friends that are seriously ill right now. Sadly, most Americans have absolutely no idea why this is happening. Most of them just assume that all of this sickness is just “normal”. But that is not the case at all. The truth is that we are slowly killing ourselves by what we eat, by what we drink and by what we allow to be injected into our bodies. The vast majority of people out there have never even heard about the dangers posed by aspartame, fluoride, genetically-modified food, pesticides, high fructose corn syrup, pharmaceutical drugs, cell phones and toxic vaccines. Most of them have no idea that our food is toxic, our water is toxic and our vaccines are toxic. Right now, it is estimated that approximately 70,000 chemicals are being used for commercial purposes, and as a result of our “modern lifestyles” we are literally being endlessly bombarded with toxins. This has resulted in a massive tsunami of death, disease and chronic illness in America. But very few people actually understand what is being done to all of us. The following are just a few of the ways that the “soft killing” of the American people is taking place… (Read More…..)

McDonald’s frantically shuts down website for employees after dietary advice embarrassment

CNN reports that the McDonald’s corporation officially shut down its so-called “McResource Line” after an official nutrition guide posted on the site warned McDonald’s employees that eating a burger, fries and a Coke — the staple meal at McDonald’s — is an “unhealthy choice” when it comes to food.

Originally developed for the purpose of helping McDonald’s employees take ownership of their own health through communication and education, the McResource Line, which draws its content from various third-party sources, was apparently a little bit too honest when it came to providing McDonald’s employees with nutrition advice.

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Microwave Love: How The Post Office and NSA Track Your Every Move

If nothing else, watch the section starting at 48:30. Oh, and in case you missed it, the NSA can compromise “air gapped” (as in never connected to the Internet) computers. And don’t miss the part that starts at 55:00.

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The “Wounded Warriors Project” Is a Scam

According to Veterans Today, “As far as I can determine, WWP does little, if any, direct support of wounded warriors and wounded warrior programs.” It turns out that “compensation for the top ten WWP employees runs from $150K to $333K per officer annually.”…

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2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse

2014 is upon us. For a person who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1961, a year in which the class ring showed the same date right side up or upside down, the 21st century was a science fiction concept associated with Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” To us George Orwell’s 1984 seemed so far in the future we would never get there. Now it is 30 years in the past. Did we get there in Orwell’s sense? In terms of surveillance technology, we are far beyond Orwell’s imagination. In terms of the unaccountability of government, we exceptional and indispensable people now live a 1984 existence. In his alternative to the Queen’s Christmas speech, Edward Snowden made the point that a person born in the 21st century will never experience privacy. For new generations the word privacy will refer to something mythical, like a unicorn.

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Definitive proof that the mainstream media is scripted?

On his late night TV comedy, Conan O’brien decided to highlight local news stories over the holidays. What he shows his audience probably doesn’t shock many, but certainly it seems to provide warrant for the growing movement challenging the mainstream media….

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Brotherhood Supporters Advising Obama Administration

Egypt acknowledged the danger of the Muslim Brotherhood by recently labeling it a terrorist organization and banning its activities. In the United States, however, the Brotherhood seems to be alive and kicking. Some of its supporters even hold influential positions in the Obama administration. A provocative statement by one of those alleged supporters created a firestorm recently because of its contents and the author’s government role.

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DNC Sends Paranoid Email About Obama Impeachment

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent an email to supporters on Saturday with the subject “Impeachment.” The body of the email said, ‘What do these people have in common?” It then went on to list quotes from multiple Republican politicians such as Sen. James Inhofe, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, and Rep. Blake Farenthold. So, what do all of these politicians have in common? According to the DNC, they have each pushed the possibility of Obama’s impeachment, or the “I-Word,” as the email called it.

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Dr. Laurie Roth – To America and conservatives in 2014

We are in the battle of our lives for our freedom, economy, health and Judeo Christian heritage. Obama has boldly attacked and shredded them all. He has gleefully used his Saul Alinsky bag of violent and covert Jihad against us. In 2014 the attacks will grow by Obama and feel like steam rollers over our lives and communities unless America snaps out of our stupor. Hark…but America IS snapping out of her stupor and so is the lame brain media.

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The Gentiles in Prophecy: Spent glory or future empire?

Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24) Although the Scriptures focus upon God’s dealings with His Chosen People, the Jews, the non Jews (known in the Bible as the Gentiles), are not ignored — as the quote above from Jesus demonstrates.

The Bible teaches that God chose the Jewish people to serve as witnesses of His glory (Isaiah 41:10-12). He also chose them to serve as a channel of His blessings to the world (Genesis 12:1-3).

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World in turmoil: Seven countries to watch in 2014

The world will face countless challenges in 2014, but a few nations in flux stand out in the crowd. NBC News correspondents and writers explain how the outcome of wars, negotiations and elections in these countries could have a deep impact on their own populations and regions, and sometimes the world.

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It’s going to get bad fast between Israel and the US

Pressuring Israel through the framework agreement is just what a weakened Obama needs to regain the adulation of his supporters

Dysfunctional. Rocky. Frosty. There are a variety of terms pundits have used to describe the relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama over the past five years. Though the atmospherics improved somewhat after Obama’s 2013 trip to Israel, the relationship has chilled again in the wake of the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Kerry ‘Appreciates’ Israel Releasing Terrorists

As Israel releases 26 terrorists, Secretary of State John Kerry “expresses his appreciation” for that decision.

The 26 terrorists, among them one who was convicted of the murders of 16 Israelis, were freed around 1:45 a.m. local time. 18 of them were returned to their homes in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, three were transferred to Gaza, and the remaining five to eastern Jerusalem.

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