Daily Archives: October 30, 2014

If the Obama team is this hostile to Israel before the elections, how bad will things get after Tuesday? Will the President turn against Israel & appease Iran? Analysis.

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Obama v. Netanyahu and Israel -- what happens after the mid-term elections? Obama v. Netanyahu and Israel — what happens after the mid-term elections?

Just days before the mid-term elections, with Democrats poised to suffer serious losses, tensions between the Obama White House and the Netanyahu government remain sky high.

senior Obama administration official openly used vulgarity with a reporter to mock and disparage the Israeli leader.

And the administration appears set to cave in to Iranian demands over its nuclear program in talks to conclude at the end of November.

If the President and his team feel this comfortable being this hostile to an Israeli leader before an election, imagine how hostile the President could be when he’s a lame duck and not facing the voters again ever.

As I noted yesterday, a train wreck in U.S.-Israel relations is now in motion.

“Very publicly, very nastily, and very worryingly, we are witnessing the collapse of an alliance,”wrote a leading Israeli news editor.

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Facts & Trends: Americans Believe in Heaven, Hell and Heresy

Source: http://factsandtrends.net/2014/10/28/americans-believe-in-heaven-hell-and-heresy/

For most Americans, heaven and hell are real places, it’s the getting there that’s a bit shaky.

A LifeWay Research study commissioned by Ligonier Ministries sought to check the theological temperature of the people in the pews and the streets to see what beliefs hold sway over the public.

They found 67 percent of Americans believe heaven is a real place, while 61 percent say the same thing about hell. But 45 percent of Americans believe there are many ways to heaven and only 18 percent believe even “small sins” are worthy of damnation.

Those weren’t the only issues where the views of the public diverged from the teaching of the Bible.

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Harvard poll: majority of youth likely voters favor Republicans this election

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I’m not sure if I really believe this Harvard Institute of Politics poll because young people seem to be so disinterested in moral issues, economics and national security these days. But I guess even young people know whether they have jobs, whether they like living with their parents and whether they want to have their heads chopped off. Right?

Right:

More than half – 51 percent – of America’s millennials who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress, with only 47 percent favoring Democrat control, according to a Harvard Institute of Politics poll.

This marks a significant departure from the institute’s findings before the 2010 midterm elections, when America’s 18-29 year olds who were definitely voting favored Democrats 55 percent to 43 percent.

Institute director Maggie Williams described the youth vote as “politically up for grabs” and a potential “swing vote” for control of Congress in a conference…

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Free ITunes University Lecture: The Reformation by Carl Trueman

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Earlier this month Westminister Theological Seminary has made available for free online on ITunes University their historical theology lecture series on the Reformation.  It is taught by Dr. Carl Trueman.  I am half way through the series and it is pretty good!

Dr. Trueman is a capable scholar and also one who teaches history in a way that is not boring.  He’s conversant with the material at hand, insightful and funny.

One of the things I really got out of the series thus far is the further appreciation for the historical context in which the Reformation took place.  I thought Trueman was also insightful in his observation that Martin Luther was really a Medieval man even as the age of modernity and the Reformation was dawning with Luther as the leader.

You can access the lectures on Itunes by clicking here: The Reformation

Or if you want to access it…

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Those Pesky Emotions!: Part 2—Bringing Biblical Balance to Our Emotions

You’re reading Part 2 of a two-part blog series by Sherry Allchin on emotions. Yesterday in Part 1, Sherry explained biblical principles for handling our emotions maturely. Today, Sherry explores biblical principles for bringing biblical balance to our emotional life. Continue reading

Should I chase dreams, visions, experiences and miracles to know more about God?

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I wrote the following tonight as a response to a Facebook discussion, and since time is quite precious, I’ll post it here as well.  I’m learning to double-dip that way.

The post gave this quote :

“There is no vision, no experience, and no miracle that will tell you more about God than he has already told you about himself in the pages of scripture.”

The post then asked for responses, and there were plenty…but they weren’t as helpful as I would have hoped, which really disappointed me.  Facebook usually doesn’t let me down in this regard.  If I had a dime for every time I struggled to sort through a complex issue and found a consistent and well-reasoned argument or a piece of sage biblical wisdom on Facebook, I’d have…uh…about this much.

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Here’s my response to the quote:

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J. Warner Wallace: important differences between Christianity and Mormonism

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Here’s a podcast featuring J. Warner Wallace. This is an after action report from Wallace’s recent missions trip to Utah to evangelize Mormons.

The MP3 file is here. (74 minutes)

Topics:

  • Mormons disagree with Christians about the nature of God, Jesus and salvation
  • The differences are so dramatic that the two religions are completely different views
  • Mormons try to portray themselves as a denomination of Christianity
  • The Utah missions trip: how Christians were trained to engage with Mormons
  • Mormonism is a works-based religion – you earn your way to eternal life by doing works
  • In Christianity, eternal life is a free gift from God to anyone who accepts Jesus as their leader and redeemer
  • Mormons believe that doctrines can change from generation to generation (progressive revelation)
  • Mormons commonly make the case for a works-based theology by appealing to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount
  • Mormons believe that you have to…

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Start a Reformation Day Tradition

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JD will challenge you on Friday’s program, and will mention this article, to start a new Reformation Day tradition. Keep in mind that some people call this holiday “Halloween” and it has something to do with costumes – or so we hear. For those who prefer a candy-infused celebration that doesn’t involve dressing up as demons or promiscuous nurses in fishnet stockings, perhaps a Christ-centered holiday is for you.

Celebrating Reformation Day began in 1567, fifty years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This began the Protestant Reformation, which kicked off perhaps the greatest move of the Holy Spirit post the Apostolic Age. Call us crazy, but we think it seems more worthy of celebration than the Great Pumpkin or whatever it is that Halloween is about.

Ligonier summarizes the events leading up to Reformation Day as follows…

“An heir of…

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STR Blog: Survey Reveals a Whole Lot of Heresy in Evangelicalism

Christianity Today reports on a survey commissioned by Ligonier Ministries to assess Americans’ theological beliefs:

Most American evangelicals hold views condemned as heretical by some of the most important councils of the early church.

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