Daily Archives: March 7, 2015

March 7-8, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Briefing Report

We must show sympathy with sinners, but not with their sins. —C.H. Spurgeon

March 2 quotes

Three Idaho Lawmakers Refuse to Attend First Hindu Invocation at State Capitol

Posted: 06 Mar 2015 07:26 PM PST

Three Idaho Lawmakers Refuse to Attend First Hindu Invocation at State CapitolNot everyone embraces the “Melting Pot” mentality in America, such is the case with three lawmakers in Idaho who chose to sit out a Hindu prayer at the state capitol on Tuesday, and one is being called upon to apologize for calling Hinduism a “false religion” to the media. Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, presented the prayer this week at the Idaho State House—the first invocation by a Hindu since the state’s inception. He spoke in both English and Sanskrit, calling for peace in the world and selflessness among humanity. “Fulfill all your duties, action is better than inaction,” Zed told those gathered. “Even to maintain your body, you are obligated to act. Selfish action imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any throughout of personal profit.” FULL STORY

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Huffington Post Slams Franklin GrahamPosted: 06 Mar 2015 11:20 AM PST

Huffington Post Slams Franklin GrahamIn a recent post from Huffington Post the editor slams Franklin Graham excusing him as a Christian who makes other Christians look like “mean-spirited whiners”. This depiction comes from the recent interviews that Graham has had where he claims that He worries that “our foreign policy has a lot of influence now from Muslims.” the editor goes on to say that Graham believes President Obama and his administration are “under the sway of a cabal of Islamic Svengalis.”  In particular, Graham views the Obama administration’s less than enthusiastic reception of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before congress as proof that Islam is exerting perilous influence on American foreign policy–apparently preferring to have perilous influence exerted on American foreign policy by someone more Christian, like Bibi Netan. The editor then blasts Graham accusing him of implying that  Graham sees this profligate tolerance of Islam as both telling and ominous: “They hate Israel and they hate Christians, and so the storm is coming.” FULL REPORT

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U. California students remove offensive American flag from ‘Inclusive’ spacePosted: 06 Mar 2015 11:01 AM PST

U. California students remove offensive American flag from 'Inclusive' spaceDid you ever believe we would come to a day in America where our own flag would be considered “Offensive”? Well according to reports coming out of California, The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags, including American flags, from an inclusive space on campus because of their offensive nature.  The bill, R50-70, was authored by Social Ecology Representative Matthew Guevara, and accuses all flags, especially, the American flag, of being “symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism.”  According to the ASUCI “Flags construct paradigms of conformity and sets [sic] homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy,” the bill reads. The legislation goes onto argues that flags may be interpreted differently; the American flag, for example, can represent “American exceptionalism and superiority,” as well as oppression. What about you? Do you think the American Flag is Offensive? Do you think it represents exceptionalism and superiority? Do you believe it’s a symbol of weapons for nationalism.”? FULL REPORT

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Nearly 100 Million Americans Not WorkingPosted: 06 Mar 2015 10:51 AM PST

Nearly 100 Million Americans Not WorkingWell here comes the latest news on Job numbers and it’s pretty alarming despite what the talking heads will say! According to reports the labor force participation rate hovered between 62.9 percent and 62.7 percent in the eleven months from April 2014 through February, and has been 62.9 percent or lower in 13 of the 17 months since October 2013. Prior to that, the last time the rate was below 63 percent was 37 years ago, in March 1978 when it was 62.8 percent, the same rate it was in February. In plain english this means In February, according to BLS, the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 249,899,000. Of those, 157,002,000 participated in the labor force by either holding a job or actively seeking one. FULL REPORT

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Record 56,023,000 Women Not in Labor ForcePosted: 06 Mar 2015 10:43 AM PST

Record 56,023,000 Women Not in Labor Force


Yet another blow to the economy and continual evidence that the economy isn’t as joyous as the Mainstream Media is making it out to be. A record 56,023,000 women, age 16 years and over, were not in the labor force in February.  Not only was that a record high, but it’s also the first time the number has exceeded 56 million, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  To be counted as ‘not in the labor force,’ one must not have a job or have looked for one in the past four weeks. In January 2015, there were 55,756,000 women not in the labor force, which means that 267,000 women dropped out of the labor force since then. FULL REPORT

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Over 300 Prominent Republicans Come Out of Closet in Support of Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Posted: 07 Mar 2015 02:33 PM PST

Over 300 Prominent Republicans Come Out of Closet in Support of Homosexual ‘Marriage’A Shocking report from Christian News Network has indicated that Over 300 prominent Republicans have signed a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court calling for the legalization of same-sex “marriage” nationwide. Yes that is not a “Typo” that is 300 “Republicans”! The lines have become more and more blurred when it comes to what political parties traditionally stand for these days and this report is validating that very thing! The amicus brief, or friend of the court brief, was led by former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Ken Mehlman, who also served as manager of George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. “One of the points that I hope people appreciate when they read the brief is that supporting marriage equality is, in fact, the conservative position,” Mehlman told the Boston Globe. The brief argues that the 14th Amendment requires equal protection, which means that homosexuals should be permitted then to marry each other. If you think you know what your politician may stand for you may want to do your homework before casting your ballot next voting season! FULL REPORT

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ISIS Destroying Another Ancient Archaeological Site in IraqPosted: 07 Mar 2015 02:22 PM PST

ISIS Destroying Another Ancient Archaeological Site in Iraq

– In this file photo taken July 27, 2005, the statue of a robed woman, believed to be the spouse of a former king, stares down at visitors in the ruins of the ancient city of Hatra, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic…AP

Reports indicate that ISIS is at it again with trying to wipe out any remnants and artifacts of cultural heritage other than the Islamic Faith.  The latest reports indicate that the Islamic State militants have continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local residents. The destruction in Hatra comes as the militant Islamic group fended off an Iraqi army offensive in Saddam Hussein’s hometown and fought pitched battles in eastern Syria in an area populated by predominantly Christian villages. The Islamic State militants have begun demolishing Hatra, a move UNESCO described as “cultural cleansing.” FULL REPORT

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Obama may seek new Mideast Peace push after Israeli electionPosted: 07 Mar 2015 02:08 PM PST

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4New King James Version (NKJV)  2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 –  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
Sources indicate that President Barack Obama is considering another Middle East peace push during his final two years in office and following the upcoming general elections in Israel, Haaretz reported Friday.  Sources indicate that the newspaper quoted senior White House officials who said Washington was very worried by the increasingly negative developments in the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and was seeking some positive path forward. Haaretz quoted an official stating that  “We would like to see the formation of the new government in Israel and its attitude to this issue. But in the year-and-a-half to two years that Obama has left in the White House, we will have to deal with this issue because time is working against us,” “We want to find the right timing to go for another push and try to promote something on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. I can’t believe we will not give it a try before the end of 2016,” he added. FULL REPORT

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The Georgia Guidestones and the 10 Commandments of the Coming AntichristPosted: 07 Mar 2015 01:57 PM PST

The Georgia Guidestones and the 10 Commandments of the Coming AntichristEDITOR’S NOTE: One of the most interesting aspects of the Georgia Guidestones, to me, is that their number one commandment is to “maintain the world population at 500 million people”. Is it a coincidence then that the richest man on the face of the earth, Bill Gates, number one priority is population control through the use of mandated vaccinations? The rabbit hole deepens…

In 1980, a very strange stone formation was erected in a city in Georgia. It has been called the Stonehenge of America. Its name is the Georgia Guidestones. “The Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument erected in 1980 in Elbert County, Georgia, in the United States. A set of ten guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The monument stands at the highest point in Elbert County, about 90 miles (140 km) east of Atlanta, 45 miles (72 km) from Athens, and 9 miles (14 km) north of the center of Elberton. The stones are visible from Georgia Highway 77 (Hartwell Highway) and are reached by turning east on Guidestones Road. The structure is sometimes referred to as an “American Stonehenge”. The monument is 19 feet 3 inches (5.87 m) tall, made from six granite slabs weighing 237,746 pounds (107,840 kg) in all. One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the Guidestones.” FULL REPORT

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The world is facing a growing threat of nuclear warPosted: 07 Mar 2015 01:50 PM PST

The world is facing a growing threat of nuclear war This headline from the Business Insider is echoing the words of the Lord in Matthew Chapter 24 of “Wars and Rumor of Wars” prior to his soon return! According to reports by 2025, Iran will gradually be allowed to expand its efforts. It insists these are peaceful, but the world is convinced they are designed to produce a nuclear weapon.  In a barnstorming speech to America’s Congress on March 3rd, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, fulminated against the prospect of such a deal. Because it is temporary and leaves much of the Iranian programme intact, he said, it merely “paves Iran’s path to the bomb”. Determined and malevolent, a nuclear Iran would put the world under the shadow of nuclear war.  According to this report Iran isn’t the only Nation that we need to be concerned with obtaining Nuclear Weapons!  Twenty-five years after the Soviet collapse, the world is entering a new nuclear age. Nuclear strategy has become a cockpit of rogue regimes and regional foes jostling with the five original nuclear-weapons powers (America, Britain, France, China and Russia), whose own dealings are infected by suspicion and rivalry. FULL REPORT

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The Betrayal Papers Part II: Muslim Brotherhood Civic Organizations and Agents in American Government

“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!” – The Muslim Brotherhood’s motto

The American government under Barack Obama has been and continues to fund terrorist activity, aids and harbors terrorist organizations on American soil, and funds organizations and countries like Iran that are known enemies that have publicly stated their determination to destroy America.

In 1963, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada (MSA), established itself on college campuses throughout North America. It actively recruits American and Canadian youth to join the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideological and political agenda that pits Islam against the world. Sadly, such recruitment results in young people becoming terrorists. As the Canadian Military Association recently reported 11 of Canada’s highest profile terrorists were tied to the MSA.


Many of MSA’s founding members have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. But three of its most significant founders Hisham al Talib, Jamal Barzinji, and Ahmed Totanji were Muslim Brotherhood leaders of Iraqi descent. While a student at George Washington University, Hillary Clinton’s personal aide Huma Abedin was on MSA’s Executive Board.

Organizations directly linked to the MSA and the Muslim Brotherhood include:

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): CAIR was founded by two individuals with close ties to a Hamas operative. Hamas, according to its own charter, is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2007, its founder Omar Ahwad was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing trial. In November 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) designated CAIR as a terrorist organization.

CAIR recently praised the Department of Homeland Security for identifying “right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups,” not Islamic terrorism, as America’s foremost terrorist threat.

Muslim American Society (MAS): MAS was founded in 1992 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to MAS secretary-general Shaker Elsayed. MAS, and the Muslim Brotherhood, advocate to implement Sharia law in the United States. MAS identifies the Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) and Muslim Students Association (MSA) as organizations with the same goal: the “Islamic revival movement.”In November 2014, (UAE) designated MAS as a terrorist organization.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA): ISNA originated from four Islamic organizations, including the MSA. Its former president, Mohamed Magid, was appointed as an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Council by Barack Obama in 2011 and was a recentguest at the White House.

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC): MPAC was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically, Hassan and Maher Hathout, both of whom with close ties Hassan al-Banna. MPAC supports the Tunisian Ennahda (Muslim Brotherhood) Party leader, Rachid Ghannouchi, who they claim is “one of the most important figures in modern Islamic political thought and theory.” Its current President, Salam Al-Marayati, represented the United States to the United Nations and UNESCO in 2010.

A 1991 Muslim Brotherhood internal memorandum specifically identifies CAIR, ISNA, and the MSA as part of “A list of our organizations and organizations of our friends,” including CAIR’s organizational predecessor, the Islamic Association of Palestine.

CAIRISNA, and MAS’s incorporating member, Dr. Jamal Badawi, were named as un-indicted co-conspirators who materially supported terrorism by a federal court in connection with the infamous trial of the Holy Land Foundation, an alleged Palestinian “humanitarian charity.” MPAC and MSAmembers are documented defending the Holy Land Foundation against the U.S. government’s terrorism charges.

These “independent” “non-profit organizations” are unquestionably linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and ingrained in the Anschluss (“Annexation”) of Georgetown and the Brookings Institution.

In 2005, Georgetown University established a new campus for their prestigious School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar (SFS-Q), which now employs 35 faculty members. (It bears stating here that the State of Qatar was the driving Arab force behind the Arab Spring, which resulted in the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.)

Under the guise of promoting Qatar’s Education City, the Qatar Foundation (a “charity” with terrorist ties) has paid for all of Georgetown University’s SFS-Q campus development costs. Since this development, Georgetown University’s student newspaper, The Hoya has blatantly published anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Qatar heavily funds  the Brookings Institution. In 2013 Brookings received $14.8 million; in 2012, $100,000; and in 2011, $2.9 million. And Brookings’s Vice President, and purported diplomat Martin Indyk, was asked by Obama to “negotiate” ‘peace terms’ between Israel and Hamas. Indyk is currently “negotiating” with nuclear-aspiring Iran, a stated enemy of America.

Obama will have sent nearly $12 Billion in cash payments to Iran by June 2015 to “continue negotiations.” Obama also stated he would shoot down Israeli planes if Israel attempted to disarm Iran.

Under Obama, The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated All Of The National Security Agencies Of The U.S.

The Obama Administration’s Agents

Seven Obama administration appointees are allegedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. In December 2013 the Egyptian political magazine Rose El-Youssef published an articleNot Huma Abedin Alone, (English translation) in which it named six additional Obama appointees it claims are Muslim Brotherhood operatives.  They include:

  • Huma Abedin, Personal Aide/Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2009-2013),
  • Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security for Policy Development (2009-2010),
  • Salam Al-Marayati, Administration representative to UNESCO and United Nations (2010),
  • Mohammed Elibiary, Senior Member of Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council (2010-2014),
  • Rashad Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) (2010-Present) and Deputy Associate Counsel to Barack Obama (2009-2010),
  • Mohamed Magid, Department of Homeland Security Countering Violence and Extremism Working Group (2011-Present),
  • Eboo Patel, Member of the President’s Advisory Council to the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2009-Present).



  • Gray: No known or documented association,
  • Green: Has worked/s within an official capacity for organization; is a named member of the organization,
  • Yellow: Has been associated with organization in authorship or speaking capacity or has a proven personal relationship with the organization’s leadership.

These are Barack Hussein Obama’s appointees. This is Barack Hussein Obama’s administration and these are people chosen to advise him on national security and Islam.

The Betrayal Papers is a collaborative effort by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, which includes: Andrea Shea King, Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, Benjamin Smith, Bethany Blankley, Brent Parrish,Charles Ortel, Chris Nethery, Denise Simon, Dick Manasseri, Gary Kubiak, Gates of Vienna, Hannah Szenes, IQ al Rassooli, Jeff Bayard, Leslie Burt, Marcus Kohan, Mary Fanning, General Paul E. Vallely, Regina Thomson, Scott Smith, Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, Colonel Thomas Snodgrass,Trevor Loudon, Wallace Bruschweiler, and William Palumbo.

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 Ezekiel, History Or Prophecy?

Q&A-chalkboardQ. Thank you, as always, for your help. My question is about the book of Ezekiel. I’m well aware of the prophetic implications of chapters 38 and 39 as well as the Millennial Kingdom mentioned at the end of the book, but my question pertains to Ezekiel 12:27-28. I’m specifically wondering about the part of verse 28 that says, “None of My words will be delayed any longer. Whatever word I speak will be performed”. If the entire book of Ezekiel was meant to be fulfilled in the generation of Ezekiel himself, what fulfillment was there for 38-39, the temple and the kingdom? Was there a defined break in the book that I’m missing that showed that these prophecies are strictly for future times and not part of what God was mentioning in verse 28?

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Application Of Genesis 4:25?


Q.  “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew…” (Genesis 4:25) What is the application for today?  Is Abel’s death and replacement by Seth a foreshadow of the Gentile Church replacing Israel?

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The Rapture And The 2nd Coming


Q. In the last year I have been studying the “Hebrew roots” of my Christianity and am now in AWE more profoundly than ever – of God’s patterns I’m discovering. Partly in thanks to your website I understand in a more straightforward way, the prophetic significance of the Spring Holy Days (Passover/Unleavened Bread/First Fruits) and the first coming of our Jesus the Christ. That – and also the likelihood of Jesus’ birth being sometime during Sukkot and his conception being sometime during Hanukkah! Simply Amazing! continue reading

Original Sin Or Sin Nature?


Q.  I must ask you about Original sin and our “sin Nature”. Are these the same thing? I personally do not believe anyone is born with a sin nature but that we are born innocent. I believe in an age of accountability which seems to be a truth hidden well in the scriptures, if not well hidden, very little is spoken of it.  The “Sin Nature” is something I just do not understand. Are we born sinful? Do we bring sin into the world or are we born into a sinful world?

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Joshua Or Jesus?


Q.  I am doing your audio study on Hebrews and I have a question, I have a NIV that I have studied for many years,  I also have a KJV that I have been studying, and tonight during the audio study I noticed that in Hebrews chapter 4 verse 8. in the KJV it has Jesus, and in the NIV it has Joshua. can you tell me why they are different?

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)

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March 7-8, 2015 Truth2Freedom Weekend Blogroll Collection

We must show sympathy with sinners, but not with their sins. —C.H. Spurgeon

March 2 quotes

The Daily Discovery (March 7-8, 2015)

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You Might Not Choose Your Sexual Urges, But You Do Choose Your Lifestyle and Behavior – “You may have noticed the controversy sparked a few days ago by Ben Carson’s comments on CNN. He said that being gay is “absolutely a choice” and to prove his point he cited prison sex.  It was a bad argument, and a bad showing for Carson, primarily because he rapidly backtracked and quickly pointed out how he’s a proponent of gay civil unions and giving states the power to legalize gay marriage.”

Perpetual Adolescence – “In the Old Testament a young man was considered an adult at age 13—once He was a ‘bar mitzvah’. He was to have memorized the Torah and was to be able to speak to its wisdom. He began to make his own choices, guided by a Minion of Jews including his father and relatives. If his decisions turned out to be unprofitable the Minion was there to help him learn from his mistakes and make better choices the next time.”

Evangelicalism as a “Suicide Death Cult” – “Greg Thornbury explains how evangelicalism’s penchant for constant self-editorializing is one of the movement’s greatest strengths, and weaknesses…”

The Anti-knowledge of Evolution – “Hank recounts his first childhood experience where he encountered the theory of evolution in a family encyclopedia, which eventually led him away from the Christian faith. It wasn’t until he was twenty-nine years of age that he turned to the Lord. In light of this and the attacks of new atheists upon Christianity today, Hank stresses the importance of having knowledge informed by the revelation of Scripture so we can use our well-reasoned answers to communicate the truth.”

What Is a Kind Husband? – “We find many husbands in the Bible, but not many stand out as ideal.  One of the men who does stand out is Boaz. Throughout the book of Ruth, he stands out as a model of what a husband as a husband should be. He is a godly and considerate employer (Ruth 2:4). His kindness toward Ruth is clear and well-marked before he thinks of himself as a possible husband to her. His character as a godly husband comes out in his kindness in assuming the role of kinsman-redeemer for Ruth. So the next time you read through the book of Ruth, think of the kindness of this husband.”


Fighting for the Faith – Steven Furtick’s Non Lucid Contradictory Statements


How NOT to Give Out the Million Dollar Bill

John Piper Sermon Jam

“If you alter or obscure the Biblical portrait of God in order to attract converts, you don’t get converts to God, you get converts to an illusion. This is not evangelism but deception.” – John Piper

This ‘n’ That

  • Some interesting facts about the yawn.
  • Nature is weird and fascinating.
  • More on Andy Stanley.
  • I haven’t yet watched this debate between J.D. Hall and theonomist Joel McDurmon, but I’m anxious to see it.
  • This made me think of this. Yep, that’s going to be in your head the rest of the weekend. You’re welcome.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • To Christine Caine, I would say: It takes a very brash woman to teach men at all, considering it’s expressly forbidden in the Bible. Repent, trust in and obey the Christ you claim to serve.
  • Um, wow. This is just a really bad idea.
  • Yeah, I have to agree with the court on this one.
  • Here’s a great sermon by Phil Johnson from Psalm 19 on the superiority of Scripture.
  • “Does an unregenerate man bear a spark of the divine that draws him to a relationship with God, or is he utterly lost in the total depravity of his sin nature?”
  • Spelling skills are not required to protest the Shepherd’s Conference.
  • Thanks to Stephen M. for sharing this with me. Kevin DeYoung explains why Christians do not love the world:


Some Here, Some There — March 6, 2015

by Dan PhillipsSmall start; expect updates through noon, TX time:

  • Sigh.
  • Holy mackerel. I thought we had a couple of funny things happen on our honeymoon. But those were nothing, nothing. You have got to read professor David Murray’s hair-raising tale of his “worst ever” honeymoon. If you don’t gasp and yelp a couple of times, check for a pulse.
  • Then there was this picture, crying out for a caption. I heeded the call:
  • Pastoral morale tip: are you about to share a “concern” with your pastor, something about something he’s done or said, or hasn’t done or said? Fair enough, and often very needed, and very appreciated. But also ask yourself: have you ever told him that you learned something — anything? — from him doing what he pours his life and soul into? Learned anything, been helped or encouraged, been reproved or corrected… anything? Isn’t that also fair enough?
  • Pastoree morale tip: brother pastor, are you about to speak a word of exhortation, correction, or even rebuke to one of your dear ones? Fair enough, and a crucial part of your calling. But remember that whatever you say, however you intend it, will be heard as about 5-10X more intensely-said than you meant it. So isn’t it best to assume a tender heart and conscience, and err on the side of grace, gentleness, and kindness? Sort of a Matthew 7:12 type deal? Isn’t that also fair enough?
  • On pastoring, here’s a worthy word from William Gurnall, who’s in the course here of warning pastors against being accessory to their flock’s ignorance which, he says, a pastor can become…

By his unedifying preaching, when he preacheth unsound doctrine, which doth not perfect the understanding, but corrupt it. Better he did leave them in simple ignorance, than colour their minds with a false dye, or when that he preacheth is frothy and flashy; no more fit to feed their souls, than husks the prodigal’s belly, which, when they know, they are little wiser for their soul’s good. Or when his discourses are so high flown that the poor people stand gazing, as those who have lost the sight of their preacher, and at the end of the sermon cannot tell what he would have. Or those who preach only truths that are for the higher forms of professors, who have their senses well exercised, excellent may be for the building of three or four eminent saints in the congregation; but in the meantime, the weak ones in the family, who should indeed chiefly be thought on, because least able to guide themselves, or carve for themselves, these are forgotten. [William Gurnall and John Campbell, The Christian in Complete Armour (London: Thomas Tegg, 1845), 118.]

  • Someone in Facebook loaded this:
  • To which I — NO FAN of the NIV, as you well know — replied:
  • When this, plus some simple statement of facts and logic, did not seem to penetrate, (— does it ever, with KJV-onliers?) I created this:


Weekly Watchman for 03/06/2015



Articles of the Week

Four Lessons From A Study on Pastors Who Experienced “Moral Failure,” Garrett Kell. All Christians (pastors or otherwise) experience moral failures: every sin, of course, is a moral failure. But the phrase has taken on a specific connotation, acting as shorthand for those sins that disqualify a person from serving in ministry—usually involving an extra-marital affair. Kell reflects on a recent study of such pastors, and offers common traits that should act as a warning to us all.

Why Don’t the Guys in My Church Ask Women on Dates? Eddie Kaufholz. It’s a fair question, and Kaufholz doesn’t pull any punches in offering up his answer. Be warned: if you’re a single guy reading this, Kaufholz is coming after you. Make sure you’re ready for a tongue-lashing.

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts, Justin P. McBrayer, NYTimes. You’ll have to put on your big-boy pants for this one, because McBrayer is going to get a bit deep. (No rush. If you need to dig those pants out of the wash, we’ll wait.) But what he’s saying here is incredibly significant. Moral relativism has long been growing as an assumed feature of American society. But now it’s being reinforced by educational sanction. (As a side-note, this article provides an exceptional example of arguing for Christian principles without specifically invoking God or the Bible. It’s a skill we should all cultivate.)

Four Dangers of Pet Sins, Jen Thorn. Pets can be wonderful little creatures. They combine the beauty of a wild animal with the safety of domesticity, providing us with both comfort and company. We keep them around the house, play with them, feed them, love them. But certain creatures should never be pets, because they can never be domesticated. Sin is one such creature.


This Week in Calvinism – March 6, 2015

    • Dr. Malcolm Hester concludes his examination of the two pillars of Calvinism: “God is sovereign and man is responsible because he is free to accept or deny God’s will. It is not an attack on God’s sovereignty for God to grant limited freedom to mankind.”
    • David Bishop decries “tolerant Calvinists” like James White, R. C. Sproul, John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Washer, and Matthew McMahon for spreading the “heresy” of Lordship salvation.
  • Concerning those “crusty Calvinists.”
  • The folks at Mortification of Spin interview Tom Ascol about Calvinism in the SBC.
  • Dave Jenkins discusses Spurgeon, inerrancy, and what we still need today.
  • Speaking of the Prince of Preachers, John Piper has written a new book, titled Charles Spurgeon: Preaching Through Adversity.


Shepherds Conference 2015

Posted by Christine Pack

The 2015 Shepherds Conference (affectionately dubbed “ShepCon”), Grace To You’s annual teaching conference for pastors, is wrapping up today, and theology nerds the world over are both thrilled and heartbroken. Thrilled, because this year’s livestreamed conference which focused on the inerrancy of the Bible was brilliant. And heartbroken, because now it’s almost over.

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TGC Spotlight 03.05.15

TGC Spotlight highlights TGC articles from earlier in the week, previews articles coming next week, and links to items around the web that you might have missed. 

TGC SpotlightFeatured TGC Articles

What Is Meaningful Work? | Courtney Reissig

Recovering a robust understanding of the value of all work would go a long way in tempering some of the attitudes surrounding women and work.


When You Are No Longer A Pastor’s Wife | Anonymous

How should a wife respond when her husband unexpectedly becomes a ‘former pastor’?


How Honey Helps Us Taste God | Joe Rigney

Glorifying God in a world full of fish tacos, tickle fights, afternoon naps, Cajun seafood, back rubs, wool house shoes, and church softball.


Dear Rules, I Love You | William Ross

The longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, is a love poem about the law. But this psalm also teaches us about repentance, suffering, and the faithfulness of God.


5 Ways To Honor Work In Church Services | Bethany Jenkins

Is there a place in corporate worship for a display of God’s glory through other types of work—business, education, service, administration, and so on?


Featured TGC Contributor Articles

FAQ on the Human Soul | Justin Taylor

Some notes from J. P. Moreland’s book, The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters (Chicago: Mood Press, 2014).


Worship Is More Important Than Your Small Group | Jason Helopoulos

Like most of you, I love small groups. I love the “give and take” of the discussion. I love the interaction with others. I love the questions raised and the answers discovered. But as much as you and I may love small groups, corporate worship is more important.


The Surprising Opportunity of Conflict | Trevin Wax

What elements make for a great story? Some say, “You’ve got to have interesting characters. If no one cares about the people in the story, no one is going to read it.”


Seven ways we can guard and repair relationships | Ray Ortlund

Let’s rejoice in one another, because the Lord rejoices in us. Psalm 16:3 sets the overall tone: “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” There is excellence to admire in every Christian. And it’s easy to discern. Two questions into a conversation and the excellence starts appearing.


A Prayer for Trusting and Resting in God’s Prayer for Us | Scotty Smith

Dear heavenly Father, as I meditate on the multiple ways you love and care for your children, few things create a deeper sigh of relief, sense of peace, and smile of joy than knowing the whole Trinity is praying for us—for me.


What Is Preaching, Anyway? | Jared C. Wilson

Contrary to popular wisdom, good preaching has little to do with eloquence, fashion, or the length of a sermon. Good preaching is all about content and posture. By content, I mean, “What is the message about?” and by posture I mean, “How is it about it?”


We Are Called to be Irritating. | Erik Raymond

Are you an irritating Christian? I hope so. Let me explain. In Hebrews chapter 10 we read of the priority of Christians to gather together. This is a staple of the New Covenant life. We cannot and must not neglect it (Heb.10.25).


Coming Next Week at TGC

Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine | Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn talks with Gavin Ortlund about how the reality of heaven should shape our lives here.


3 Reasons Women Need Good Theology | Alyssa Poblette

Alyssa Poblette argues that women need good theology, just as much as men do.


A Prison Pastor’s Advice for Parents | Brian J. Wright

Brian J. Wright writes on wisdom, parenting, and prison.


Upcoming Events

Albuquerque Regional Conference (March 20-22, 2015)

Assembled Under the Word: Preaching and Christ. Speakers include Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, and David Helm.

2015 National Conference (April 11-15, 2015)

Heading Home: A New Heaven and a New Earth. Speakers include Tim Keller, D.A. Carson, John Piper, Mark Dever, Voddie Baucham, Philip G. Ryken, Ligon Duncan, and many others.

Other Links From Around the Web

American Culture

New York to Add Two Muslim Holy Days to Public School Calendar
Marc Santora, New York Times

Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednesday morning that New York public schools will observe two of the most sacred Muslim holy days — Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.


Virginia eugenics victims compensated for sterilisation

Lawmakers in the US state of Virginia have agreed to pay compensation to people who were forcibly sterilised by the authorities decades ago.

Liberals and conservatives think about genomics in unexpected ways
Maya Sen and Jennifer Hochschild, Washington Post

Many people think that political beliefs predict how people respond to science and technology issues. Conservatives, many believe, tend to be more skeptical or distrustful of science and technology, while liberals tend to be more accepting and encouraging. But this accepted wisdom doesn’t always hold.

Canada’s Supreme Court Creates Right to Assisted Suicide, Leaves Details Up to Parliament
Ashton Ellis, Public Discourse

Most Americans are probably not aware that the push to create a right to assisted suicide is an international effort. The Canadian Supreme Court has just ruled that parliament must enact laws allowing assisted suicide.

Christianity and Culture

An evangelical church ‘comes out’ for LGBT rights
Heidi Hall, Religion News Service

Pastor Stan Mitchell’s announcement that his evangelical GracePointe Church would fully affirm gay members met with a standing ovation from some, stunned silence from others, but everybody prayed together quietly at the end of it.

Christian, or Feminist?
Emma Green, The Atlantic

A new book about purity culture shows the difficulty of reconciling women’s liberation with evangelical faith.

Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian
Ana Marie Cox, The Daily Beast

I’m not scared that non-believers will make me feel like an outcast. I’m scared that Christians will.

Biblical Orthodoxy And The Disqualification Of Christians From Public Service 
Nana Dolce, RAAN

Given recent events, does holding a orthodox biblical view automatically disqualify Christians from public service?


UK: Oxfordshire grooming victims may have totalled 373 children

As many as 373 children may have been targeted for sex by gangs of men in Oxfordshire in the last 16 years, a serious case review found

Family Issues

Surveillance and Care
Alan Jacobs, Snakes and Ladders

Another day, another story about the legal trouble you can expect if you’re a free-range parent. This matters, a lot, and what’s at stake needs to be made clear.

Health Issues

Heroin overdose deaths quadrupled since 2000
Dennis Thompson, Healthday

Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

International Issues

More Assyrian Christians Captured as ISIS Attacks Villages in Syria
Anne Barnard , New York Times

Continuing its assaults on a string of Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, the Islamic State militant group has seized scores more residents over the past two days, bringing the number of captives to as many as several hundred, Assyrian organizations inside and outside Syria said on Thursday.

A Thin Line of Defense Against Honor Killings
Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times

Women’s shelters are one of the most provocative legacies of the Western presence in Afghanistan.

Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea
James Pearson and Ju-min Park, Reuters

U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist but was not seriously hurt during an attack at a breakfast forum held in the capital on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, police and witnesses said.

Marriage Issues

Alabama Court Orders a Halt to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Campbell Robertson, New York Times

The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday night ordered probate judges around the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ruling in direct opposition to a federal judge that the state’s ban on same sex marriage did not violate the United States Constitution.

Religious Liberty

Owners who refused cake for gay couple close shop
Will Higgins, The Indianapolis Star

A bakery that drew protests for refusing to prepare a cake for a gay couple has closed its doors.

Sexuality Issues

Your Facebook Gender Can Now Be Anything You Want
Jack Linshi, Time

Facebook added a fill-in-the-blank option for gender on Thursday that lets users describe their gender identity freely.

New York Fire Dept., Diversifying Ranks, Is Set to Swear In First Lesbian Chaplain
Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times

Maybe it is her short, spiky hair, or the cigarettes, which she gives to the men repairing the wiring in her Brooklyn apartment. Maybe it is because she swears. For whatever reason, the Rev. Ann Kansfield does not fit the stereotype of a minister.


What Is Expository Preaching & What Are Other Challenges Facing Evangelicals Today? An Interview With Steven J. Lawson, Part 2

This is part two of a three-part blog series where we asked Dr. Steven J. Lawson some questions about expository preaching,  current issues facing evangelicals today and Expositor magazine.

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Paganism in today’s culture

This is an excellent talk by Peter Jones:

What Are We After?

Aaron Earls:

Because I’m concerned that too many Christians do not actually long for Christ to work in our present culture, but rather are more concerned with Him bringing back a previous one. By that I mean, the primary desire of many is the idealized culture of the “good ol’ days,” not a biblically faithful modern day.

Who are “the least of these”?

This is a really good article.

Can We Really Be Free from Excessive Fears?

Jon Bloom:

But for most of us, fear often does not function as it was designed. It is not under the governance of our trust in God and therefore wields an excessive, distorting influence over our thinking and behaviors. If fear is misplaced we think and act wrongly. Misplaced fear becomes a tyrant that imposes constrictive limits and leaves us debilitated in some or much of our lives. Under its rule we don’t do what we know we should because we are afraid.

We all desire to be free of this tyrant. But is this possible? Can we really be free from excessive fears? Jesus’s answer is yes.

The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church

Julie Roys:

According to the Guttmacher Institute, one in every five women who gets an abortion identifies as a born-again, evangelical, charismatic, or fundamentalist Christian. Given that more than a million women abort each year in the US, this means a staggering 200,000 Bible-believing Christians annually. And according to Christian ministries working with this population, a vast majority of them will never reveal their secret.

In interviews with about a dozen post-abortive Christian women, I heard each say they deeply regret their abortions and experienced profound emotional and spiritual trauma as a result. Without a place to confess and seek recovery, women who’ve had abortions remain shackled by fear, grief, and guilt.


What’s wrong with Rome’s Christ-Church Interconnection?

The Roman Catholic “Nature-Grace Interdependence”
along with its “Christ-Church Interconnection”

In the last three blog posts, I’ve followed Gregg Allison’s comprehensive work on Roman Catholicism, “Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment”, which I’ve called “Eternal Rome, Eternal Mediator? (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.


The Joy Behind All Joy | Tony Reinke

Your Job Is God’s Assignment | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

6 Ways to Become a Welcoming Church | The Christward Collective

What Is Expository Preaching? An Interview with Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Part 1 | The Cripplegate

Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching by Derek Thomas | Ligonier Ministries Blog

A Three-Pronged Team Approach When Caring for People with Eating Disorders | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

A Biblical Theology of Clothing | The Christward Collective

A Godward Look at Divorce and Remarriage | Gentle Reformation

Should I attend the wedding of a gay friend or family member? | Denny Burk

3 Final Reflections on the Inerrancy Summit | Challies Dot Com

What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make ? by R.C. Sproul | Ligonier Ministries Blog

Searching for Adam? « THE CHRISTIAN PUNDIT

Spurgeon’s Sorrows | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

5 books Christians should read on Islam

A Young Theologian Reflects on an Incurable Cancer Diagnosis | TGC

John Stott on Christian Ambition – What’s Best Next

The Upward Call – The Upward Call – Spiritual pride in rejecting social media

Pyromaniacs: Our own “Men’s Fellowship”

Love Brothers, Love Strangers | Gentle Reformation


Christian Florist Give First Interview

Ana Marie Cox, having come out as a Christian, goes on “Morning Joe”

Reforming Families Conference 2015

The Quest for the Historical Adam

God, Science & the Big Questions: Leading Christian Thinkers Respond to the New Atheism


Studies, Experts Suggest Why Some Christians Like Church Shopping

“Why would members choose to leave their church for another? Why would they switch denominations — from Baptist to Methodist, for example? Why would they completely switch faith traditions — letting go of Christian tenets to follow Buddhist teachings, perhaps?”

Presbyterian Foe Of Gay Unions Now A Supporter

“Rev. Benton is an adjunct professor in communication at Harrisburg Community College and York College of Pennsylvania. He served as pastor at Pennsylvania congregations and at one in the Hudson River Presbytery in New York State.

Theories Of Inspiration

“Some people mean that the Bible is inspired in the sense that it is inspiring. They would point to the music of Mozart or the poetry of Shakespeare as other inspiring (and therefore inspired) works.

3 Reasons A Post-Racial America Is A Myth

“I know, pointing out issues in our justice systems sounds like a broken record. But tell that to the countless number of men and women who are broken by their records; men and women who are further dehumanized when we take away their right to vote, receive government assistance, and secure gainful employment.”

Another Wasted Week?

“How did we do last week, and what will we do different this week? Will we work hard for the God who worked hard for us?

Are We Missing Something Important About Prayer?

“As I learned this new language of lament, I realized that I should have learned it much earlier in my Christian life. Whether our burden is an illness, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a dream, or fear about the future, laments in Scripture give us a path for bringing our anxiety and confusion before the Almighty.”

6 Ways to Become a Welcoming Church

“While it is impractical to have visitors over for lunch every Sunday, get in the practice of having a meal ready for guests on a somewhat regular basis.

When You Are No Longer a Pastor’s Wife

“My initial response to my husband being fired was a strange mix of sin: anger and resentment against the church leadership, relief that God had finally and definitively closed the door, and fear at the loss.

The Feast of Purim

On March 5 of this year the Jewish world celebrated the Feast of Purim. This of course goes back to the Old Testament book of Esther, and commemorates the saving of the Jewish people through a remarkable series of events.


Expository Preaching & Expositor Magazine. An Interview with Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Part 3

This is the final part of a three-part blog series where we asked Dr. Steven J. Lawson some questions about expository preaching, current issues facing evangelicals today and Expositor magazine.

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The best of February at Blogging Theologically


Let’s take a trip back in time and check out the top ten posts in January:

  1. 3 reasons why reading the Bible feels like a chore (February 2015)
  2. God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle (July 2009)
  3. 5 books our kids should read (February 2015)
  4. God helps those who help themselves (July 2009)
  5. When a group member may not actually be a Christian… (February 2015)
  6. Ministry Idolatry (January 2011/rewritten in September 2014)
  7. Church Buildings: They’re actually useful! (December 2009)
  8. New and noteworthy books (February 2015)
  9. Preaching and Pragmatism (July 2011)
  10. Six books every Christian should read on prayer (August 2014)

And just for fun, here are five favorites written over the month:

  1. The one really good reason I serve in children’s ministry
  2. Who will remove the stain of cognitive sexual self-abuse?
  3. Brief thoughts on Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics (vol 1)
  4. The incomprehensible evangelist
  5. Sometimes it’s enough to stick a rock in someone’s shoe

If you haven’t had a chance to already, I hope you’ll take a few minutes today to check out a few of these articles.


Notable Voices: March 7, 2015

Who Turned the Lights Out? — Bob Kauflin

Bob explains the reasoning behind keeping the lights low during the music in a worship service as well as his reasoning to keep them bright. This may seem like a small issue, but in many churches, it can lead to intense debate.


A Pattern Among Fallen Pastors — Garrett Kell

Garrett reflects on research by Howard Hendricks into the reasons pastors fall. Pastors, if you notice these patterns in your own ministry, I plead with you to find someone whom you can trust and work through this before it is too late.


50 Innovative and Usable Phrases for Responding During the Sermon — Brad Lomenick

I’ve heard most of these phrases on SportsCenter, but I have to admit, many of these would throw me off if I heard them while preaching. I’m also trying to imagine the reaction of some more reserved congregations if a few congregants were to use these.


3 Reasons to Look Forward to the SBC This Year — Trevin Wax

Trevin shares some details of the changes made by President Ronnie Floyd to the SBC Annual Meeting that will be held this June in Columbus, Ohio. For my Southern Baptist readers, I encourage you to join us for this year’s meeting.


3 Lies We Believe About Ministry — Fabs Harford

When some think of ministry, what they really mean is programming. But programming doesn’t mean ministry. Fabs explains why it matters that you make the distinction.


10 Ways to Not Goof Up Your Easter Service — Phillip Nation

Easter is coming in a month. Are you ready? Are you planning ahead?


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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)

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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers (Week Two: Saturday)


Day 16: Did the resurrected Jesus only appear to believers?

Confession: Psalm 38:1–5

O Yahweh, do not rebuke me in your anger

or chastise me in your wrath.

For your arrows have sunk into me,

and your hand has pressed down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation.

There is no health in my bones because of my sin.

For my iniquities have passed over my head;

like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

My wounds start to stink; they rot

because of my foolishness.

Reading: Mark 11:27–33

And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came up to him and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority that you do these things?” So Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer me!” And they began to discuss this with one another, saying, “What should we say? If we say ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’ ”—they were afraid of the crowd, because they all looked upon John as truly a prophet. And they replied to Jesus saying, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”


Jesus, for the sake of men, desired to have Himself revealed by a lamp to the faith of those who believed, that by means of the same lamp His enemies might be confounded.… And the Lord, because they shut the door against themselves by professing ignorance of what they know, did not open to them because they did not knock. For it is said, “Knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Matt 7:7 nrsv). Not only did these not knock that it might be opened to them, but, by denying that they knew, they barred that door against themselves. And the Lord says to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things” (Matt 21:27 nrsv). And they were confounded by means of John; and in them were the words fulfilled, “I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame.”

—Augustine of Hippo

Lectures or Tractates on the Gospel According to St. John


The exchange between the Pharisees and Jesus in Mark 11:26–33 shows both the Pharisees’ unwillingness to believe in Jesus and their unwillingness to state their beliefs publicly (because of their fear of the crowds). Is there a time in your life when you responded to the gospel in the same way?[1]


[1] Van Noord, R., & Strong, J. (Eds.). (2014). 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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