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June 9, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jun. 9, 2015

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Obama said there was a strong consensus among the G-7 leaders on keeping sanctions in place and the leaders discussed what additional measures could be taken if Russia “doubles down” on its interference in Ukraine. He didn’t specify what those might be, saying they were being discussed by lower-level officials.

An array of friends in high places came to the aid of retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus as he faced sentencing for providing classified data to his mistress. Senator Lindsey Graham and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair were among almost three dozen people who wrote a federal judge urging leniency for Petraeus. The former general was sentenced to two years probation after he signed a plea deal to avoid jail time.

The Chinese government is developing detailed profiles of U.S. workers and private citizens as part of a long-term strategic espionage campaign that might include blackmailing key government officials, said the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The U.S. Army temporarily shut down its public, unclassified website after it was hacked, the service said. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for the intrusion in a posting on its Twitter account.

Investigators found 73 people were cleared by the Transportation Security Administration to work in sensitive jobs at U.S. airports despite possible links to terrorism in their backgrounds, according to a government report made public on Monday.

Government spending to fight the worst U.S. bird flu outbreak and compensate farmers for their losses will exceed the $410 million so far budgeted and may top a half-billion dollars, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

While the outbreak of avian influenza, which sent egg prices to record highs, may be ebbing with warmer weather in the Midwest, spending to fight the disease will outstrip what’s been approved, Vilsack told Bloomberg reporters and editors Monday in Washington. About 45 million turkeys and chickens, including more than 10 percent of the country’s laying hens, have been wiped out by the spread of avian influenza across the Midwest.

HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, plans to eliminate as many as 25,000 jobs and sell operations in Turkey and Brazil to help restore profit growth.

In a note out this morning, analysts at Societe Generale are telling their clients to increase cash and reduce their holdings of both equities and bonds.

AP Top Stories

Dennis Hastert, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is due to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday on charges of trying to hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it.

An American man held for nearly three years as a teenager without trial at a notorious New York prison who later inspired efforts to reform the complex has committed suicide.

Russian Defense Minister Shoigu ordered the speeding up of construction of infrastructure on islands in the Pacific Ocean where Moscow and Tokyo have rival territorial claims.

A city council in western India is planning to pay residents to use public toilets in a desperate attempt to stop legions of people urinating and defecating in public.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a majority opinion from Justice Kennedy, said that the President, and not Congress, has the power to determine how Jerusalem is listed on U.S. passports.

Guyana warned Monday it would “vigorously” resist any attempt by Venezuela to enforce a new claim over coastal waters where Exxon Mobil recently announced an important oil find.

Michigan on Monday said Canadian geese in the state tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, bringing the worst outbreak of the disease in U.S. history to a 21st state.

The Damascus High School Class of 2015 walked across in the stage in green caps and gowns for the first time in the school’s history, thanks to a new gender-neutral graduation robe policy.

The shale oil boom that turned the U.S. into the world’s largest fuel exporter and brought $3 gasoline back to America’s pumps is grinding to a halt.

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A judge in Louisiana has ordered the release of an inmate who has been in solitary confinement for more than 40 years. He has been in solitary confinement since April 1972, after he was blamed for the death of a guard during a prison riot.

The UN’s emergency Ebola response headquarters in Ghana’s capital, Accra, will close as the outbreak slows.

Hong Kong has issued a red alert warning against travel to South Korea, which is battling an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The warning means South Korea is considered to pose significant threats to tourism, and Hong Kong residents are advised to cancel non-essential travel.

Rebels in Syria said they have captured a major army base in the south of the country.

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The Jade Helm 15 military training exercise slated to hit the American Southwest this summer may be the military’s attempt to “master the human domain,” according to one reporter who’s been digging into the matter.

Reports are surging from around the world that unborn baby girls, infants, young girls and more are being targeted by pro-male policies and practices, and even the UN has stepped into the controversy with a stunning estimate that there are 200 million women and girls “missing.”

A U.S. defense official confirmed ISIS terrorists have taken captive 88 Eritrean refugees – all of whom are believed to be Christians – in Libya.

The U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Robert Blake, said American workers celebrated the Fourth of July a month early – on June 4, actually – in order to show respect for the mostly Muslim nation and the month of Ramadan.


Top News 6/9/2015

Is the State Department Trying to Gag Gun Blogs and Forums?
Is the federal government moving to muzzle online gun blogs and forums? The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) recently blasted a move by the Obama administration that it called a “regulatory assault.” According to the NRA, a new proposed rule could change what gun owners could say or write online—or face federal charges. Part of this involves regulating technical data on firearms, such as development details, blueprints, instructions, photographs, and other documentation related to the production of guns and ammunition. Of course, this is also information commonly shared between enthusiasts online, and technical data always remains a source of interest to many gun owners.

Colorado sees 1st camp resort for pot users
Colorado is full of all-inclusive ranch resorts where guests hike, fish, play horseshoes and roast marshmallows. This one has a new offering — smoking pot.

Diplomats: EU has Israel sanctions ready, and Uncle Sam may not be able to help
Western diplomatic sources say that EU may levy sanctions against Israel unless an initiative is presented to break the stagnation in the peace process.

Saudi Poll: Iran and ISIS are Far Greater Enemies than Israel
The poll was conducted over the phone with Saudi natives, 85 per cent of whom said that Iran is their worst enemy. The Islamic State (ISIS) state was rated by 53 percent as enemy, but only 18 percent thought Israel is in the same category.

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Strikes Off Japan Coast
Despite the shaking, there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Deepest known high-temperature hydrothermal vents in Pacific Ocean
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) researchers have discovered a large, previously unknown field of hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California, about 150 km (100 miles) east of La Paz, Mexico.

Cyclonic Storm “Ashobaa” forms in the Arabian Sea, heading toward Pakistan and Iran
A deep depression located over eastcentral Arabian Sea has intensified into Cyclonic Storm “Ashobaa” early morning June 8, 2015. Ashobaa is moving NNW, toward Pakistan and Iran, dumping heavy rain over the sea and is expected to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm.

Nearly three quarters of Israeli Jews feel that the ‘whole world is against us’
According to the report’s findings, the Jewish public is aware of the deterioration that has occurred in Israel’s international status, which seems to stem from the intensification of voices calling to boycott Israel and its institutions. The report highlights the clear majority (71 percent) of the Jewish public, which agrees with the assertion that: “The countries of the world make moral demands of Israel that they do not make of other countries that are in situations of conflict.”

HSBC to cut 50,000 jobs in quest for higher dividends
HSBC (HSBA.L) pledged a new era of higher dividends on Tuesday, laying out plans to slash nearly one in five jobs and shrink its investment bank by a third to combat sluggish growth across its sprawling empire.

Nearly 50 Indiana students test positive for tuberculosis
Rock Creek Community Academy Principal Sara Hauselman said officials at the school, a few miles north of Louisville, Ky., are working with the health department. Because tuberculosis is so uncommon in the United States, they’re trying to figure out the best course of action.

‘The US Refuses to Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty’
Zivotofsky has spent 12 years fighting for her son to be listed as a citizen of “Jerusalem, Israel” instead of merely “Jerusalem,” but that fight was lost Monday, in a precedent-setting ruling by 6 Supreme Court justices. Three are Jewish.

Bird flu found in Michigan geese, officials confirm
A “highly pathogenic” bird flu virus that is spreading across North America has reached Michigan, officials confirmed on Monday. H5N2 avian influenza was detected in free-ranging Canadian geese in Macomb County, according to the Michigan departments of of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development.

SLIGHT CHANCE OF FLARES
Sunspot AR2360 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for strong flares. Despite its potential, however, the sunspot remains relatively quiet.

5.2-magnitude quake strikes north of Athens
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck north of Athens early Tuesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but while it was felt in the Greek capital there were no reported casualties.

The Bilderberg Group: Founded By A Nazi And Continuing The Agenda Of The Nazis
It turns out that the Bilderberg Group has had Nazi connections from the very beginning, and it continues to advance the agenda of the Nazis to this very day. This year, the Bilderberg Group is meeting from June 11th to June 14th at the Interalpen Hotel which is near the city of Telfs, Austria. This organization has so much power that even several days before the event police are keeping everyone (including reporters) 10 kilometers away from the hotel.

Why Is The Army Hiring People To Provide ‘Emergency Support To Disaster Stricken Areas Throughout The US’?
a job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“. What parts of the nation does the U.S. Army believe will soon be “disaster stricken”? By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country……

Heads of CIA and US military visit Israel ahead of Iran deadline
CIA Director John Brennan paid a visit to Israel last week, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top security officials to discuss the emerging agreement with Iran over its nuclear program and ways to ensure that it adheres to its terms. His unpublicized visit…came several days before…the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey…as the guest of Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.

Your bank account: The next thing to go obsolete
Not only is banking not for everyone, accounts are inaccessible to about half of the world…Abra, a new startup, makes banking more accessible while completely cutting out the actual bank. With Abra, all of your banking lives on your phone. You can withdraw funds, deposit cash and send money using the app. There are no ATMs and no bank branches… The idea is that all banking should be as easy as sending a text message.

McKinney video: Hundreds march over Texas police gun incident
Hundreds of people have marched through a city near Dallas, Texas after a video showed a police officer pointing his gun at teenagers. The video, filmed on Friday, shows an officer in McKinney pinning a black 15-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground with his knees. The protesters are demanding that the police officer, who is white, should be dismissed.

US army shuts website after hacking attack
The US army has temporarily taken down its website after a hacking attack. It says an element of the army.mil website was compromised and preventative measures had to be taken to ensure there was no breach of data. The Syrian Electronic Army – which supports President Bashar al-Assad – says it was behind the attack.

Libya crisis: UN presents ‘unity’ plan to warring factions
The UN has presented a draft proposal for a Libyan unity government to warring factions in an attempt to stabilise the conflict-torn country. The plan unveiled at talks in Morocco on Monday addresses terms of a truce and disarmament of armed groups. UN special envoy Bernardino Leon urged the Libyans to back the proposal.

Mexico elections: President’s party set to retain power
In Mexico’s elections for Congress, President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party and its allies look set to retain control. On current projections, the PRI will win around 30% of the vote and see its number of seats drop slightly. An independent candidate has won a state governorship for the first time since legal change allowed that.

Greece submits new reform plan to EU and IMF
Greece has submitted a revised reform plan to the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). It comes days after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected a set of reforms put forward by EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. The EU and IMF want further economic reforms before they release €7.2bn (£5.3bn) of bailout funds.

Egypt summons U.S. ambassador over Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt summoned the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to show displeasure at Muslim Brotherhood figures coming to Washington for a private conference, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Exclusive: Patient With Extreme Form of TB Sent to NIH
A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her. The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.

Pam Geller launches billboard campaign with Muhammad cartoons
The human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has announced a new billboard campaign to defend freedom of speech and stand up to violent intimidation.

Haaretz exclusive: Israel tested ‘dirty-bomb cleanup’ in the desert
Israel recently carried out a series of tests in the desert in conjunction with a four-year project at the Dimona nuclear reactor to measure the damage and other implications of the detonation of a so-called “dirty” radiological bomb by hostile forces. Such a bomb uses conventional explosives in addition to radioactive material.

Franklin Graham is pulling bank accounts from Wells Fargo for featuring same-sex couple in ad
Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to boycott corporations that feature same-sex relationships in their commercials. And he says he’ll do his part by moving all the bank accounts for his two ministries out of Wells Fargo because of its ad featuring a lesbian couple.


Top Headlines 6/9/2015

Ya’alon: I don’t see a stable Israeli-Palestinian deal in my lifetime

Israel’s chief negotiator calls for summit, but Deputy FM says no hope of peace

Peres warns Israel: Return to negotiations or risk becoming an Arab state

Netanyahu: Palestinians Setting a ‘Perfect Trap’ for Israel

Ya’alon warns Gaza rocket terrorists: ‘Don’t continue to test us’

IDF deploys Iron Dome battery in Beersheva, following rocket attacks

IDF general: Sporadic rocket fire won’t prompt Gaza operation

Israel tested ‘dirty-bomb cleanup’ in the desert

US military chief Dempsey arrives in Israel to discuss bilateral military cooperation, and common security challenges

EU official to Israel: Don’t demolish unauthorized Palestinian village

Palestinians advertise soccer game with photos of Israeli slain soldiers

Greece officially starts using term ‘Palestine’

British film-makers demand cancellation of Israeli film festival

Sarkozy: ‘To boycott a start-up nation makes no sense’

BDS: Israeli government vows to fight international sanctions movement, labelling it a ‘strategic threat’

Jerusalem mayor urges Obama to recognize Israel’s capital

US Supreme Court: Jerusalem-born Americans can’t list Israel as birthplace

In Jerusalem passport case, Supreme Court bolsters Obama’s foreign policy power

PA: Ruling on Jerusalem Proves Israel is an ‘Occupier’

UN’s Ban leaves Israel, Hamas off children’s rights blacklist but slams IDF

Prosor chides UN for considering Israel on same blacklist as designated terrorist groups

Egypt dismisses human rights report as politicized, biased

Egypt summons US ambassador after Muslim Brotherhood members attend Washington conference

Report: Egypt angered after Muslim Brotherhood members attended Washington conference

Turkey’s election results: Bad for Erdogan, good for Israel

Plunged into uncertainty, Turkey could face early election

Turkey recalls ambassador to Brazil after recognition of Armenian genocide

Rebels say they have attacked army base in southern Syria

Islamic State attacks government office on western fringe of Baghdad

Fight Against ISIS Militants Lags Because They’re Nimble… and the U.S. Isn’t

Obama: US Lacks ‘Complete Strategy’ for Training Iraqis

US raid uncovers trove of intelligence on how ISIS operates

Christians Among 86 Eritrean Refugees Kidnapped by ISIS; Less Than Two Months After Mass Execution of Ethiopian Christians

Islamic state seizes power plant near Libyan city of Sirte

Islamic State isn’t just destroying ancient artifacts – it’s selling them

Girls sold for ‘as little as a pack of cigarettes’ in ISIS controlled territories

AFDI Rolls Out New Free Speech Billboard Campaign Featuring Muhammad Cartoon

Israeli-Azeri Economic Partnership: Shifting Balance of Power Away From Iran, ISIS, and Al Qaida

European Allies Fight Obama on Iran Nuke Deal

Families of Drone Strike Victims in Yemen File Suit in Washington

Business Owner Threatens To Press Charges Against Neighbor Accused Of Swatting Drone Out Of Sky

Police in Eastern India Say They Killed 12 Maoist Rebels

Five killed in China village ‘mass shooting’

Protests follow video of officer drawing gun on black teens

Obama’s Plans for Illegals in Deep Freeze After Court Rulings

Obama on immigration delay: ‘Obviously, I’m frustrated’

Man planning Kansas airport bombing pleads guilty

IG report: TSA failed to identify 73 workers ‘linked to terrorism’

NSA targeting of foreign hackers does not infringe on anyone’s privacy

Freshman GOP Rep Admits She Hasn’t Read Obamatrade, Backs MSNBC’s Defense Of Deal Secrecy

Billionaire Cartier Owner Sees Wealth Gap Fueling Social Unrest

Paul Volcker warns on health of US state finances

Dow loses gains for the year; transports off 2%

AP analysis: More ‘phony numbers’ in reports as stocks rise

Your bank account: The next thing to go obsolete

G7 Climate Vision Requires Gargantuan Economic Shift

Scientists Are Coming Up With ‘Last Ditch’ Remedies for Climate Change

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Greece earthquake: magnitude 5.2 tremor felt in Athens

Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru Erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

UN’s new weather chief seeks to improve disaster alerts

Forget April showers, this May was wettest in US records

N. Korea drought to aggravate food shortage: South

Breakthroughs in providing ‘sensory feedback’ from artificial limbs

Superbugs ‘spread by hospital wet wipes’

Hong Kong issues ‘red alert’ against South Korea travel due to MERS

8 more MERS cases reported in South Korea

Beyond Lyme, new illnesses, more reason to watch for ticks

Feds Scrambling to Notify Individuals Who May Have Been Exposed to Patient With Extreme TB

Obama warns Supreme Court could upend Obamacare

Franklin Graham is pulling bank accounts from Wells Fargo for featuring same-sex couple in ad

U.S. base shipped live anthrax to 66 labs in 19 states plus D.C.: Pentagon

Tony Campolo Comes Out of Closet in Support of ‘Full Acceptance’ of Homosexuality in Church

Gay Pride Participants Mock Jesus and the Bible in a Disturbing Way

GOP’s same-sex marriage trap: Conservatives oppose it intensely

In Post-Caitlyn World, More Acceptance of Transgender People Expected

Toronto to host massive orgy for disabled people

Spanish police dismantle voodoo-linked sex trafficking ring

Pope Francis to Parents: Remove Computers From Kids’s Bedrooms to Protect Them from Pornography

Senator Rebukes DHS for Suggesting Freedom of Religion Is Only Freedom to Worship

Tony Campolo Comes Out in Support of ‘Full Acceptance’ of Homosexuality in Church

Tim Keller Says Matthew Vines’ Main Points in ‘God and the Gay Christian’ Are ‘Wrong’

Abortions Fall in Nearly Every U.S. State, Survey Finds

Massive Mushroom Cloud Sparks Nuclear Attack Panic in Russia

Famed Russian Faith Healer Dzhuna Davitashvili Dies in Moscow

Study: Israelis, Palestinians Would Gain Billions from Peace


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June 8, 2015
Wrong to honor results of Irish ‘gay’ marriage vote
ALAN KEYES — “It’s dejà vu all over again.” In an article at LifesiteNews.com, I read that, in response to the referendum in Ireland favoring homosexual “marriages,” Walter Kasper, a German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, said… (more)

June 8, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: ‘Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, the Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power’
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — “Mormon Rivals?” Rivals? Not necessarily the same thing as “enemies,” is it? From out of the Mountain West political journalists foresee the potential emergence of one and possibly two political dynasties, again from successful and politically driven families…. (more)

June 8, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — With the papal encyclical on climate change scheduled for a June 18 release, the liberal media can be expected to portray the Vatican document as a major step forward for the United Nations agenda of controlling and taxing the use of natural resources by governments and people. But a group of retired NASA scientists is taking on the pope directly, armed with expertise that has come through decades of planning U.S. space missions and dealing with the most complex and difficult issues of climate science…. (more)

June 8, 2015
GARTH KANT — The White House isn’t commenting on the exposure of a secret presidential directive, but critics tell WND it confirms what they feared: The Obama administration has an official policy of backing so-called “moderate Islamists,” including the jihadist group the Muslim Brotherhood…. (more)

June 8, 2015
PAMELA GELLER — Last week brought us a blatantly revealing moment of radical media activism, otherwise known today as “news coverage.” Two news stories. In one, an American was targeted for beheading by members of the American Muslim community because the target would not adhere to the blasphemy laws under the Shariah. I was the target, and this was the media coverage:… (more)

June 8, 2015
PJ MEDIA — Former Green Party and independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader labeled 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a “deep corporatist and a deep militarist” who has made peace with the nation’s power structure…. (more)

June 8, 2015
WASHINGTON POST — A series of legal setbacks have halted the government’s intensive preparations to move forward with President Obama’s executive actions shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, even as community organizations continue a rapid push to get ready for the programs, according to U.S. officials and immigrant advocacy groups…. (more)

June 8, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Commonly used and unregulated internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a “gag order on firearm-related speech,” the National Rifle Association is warning…. (more)

June 8, 2015
THE NEWS & OBSERVER — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump all but confirmed he’ll run for the Republican presidential nomination during a stop Saturday at the N.C. GOP convention. Trump says he’ll make his formal announcement on June 16. “I think a lot of people are going to be very happy” with the decision, Trump told The News & Observer before a sold-out speech Saturday night. “They’re tired of watching America go down. … It’s about making America great again. I can do it, and nobody else can do it.”… (more)

June 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has agreed to spend as much as $5 million on Democrats’ court battles against voting laws passed in recent years by Republican-controlled state governments such as in Ohio and Wisconsin…. (more)

June 8, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — I opened the front door the other day and my daughter walked in, exclaiming, “Is everyone taking crazy pills?” The Bruce-Caitlyn Jenner thing had sent her over the edge. But it wasn’t really the Olympic Decathlon champion’s bizarre claim that he, a male for 64 of his years, is now a 65-year-old pinup girl, which is his “authentic self.”… (more)

June 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — Clint Eastwood’s joke referencing Caitlyn Jenner at the Spike TV “Guys’ Choice 2015” awards will be cut when the show airs on June 18, USA Today reports. According to the website HollywoodLife.com, Eastwood made the joke during taping on Saturday…. (more)

June 8, 2015
BILL FEDERER — His Scots-Irish parents emigrated from Ireland two years before his birth. At age 13, Andrew Jackson joined a local militia to fight during the Revolutionary War. His eldest brother, Hugh, died during the Battle of Stono Ferry, June 20, 1779. Andrew Jackson and another brother, Robert, were taken prisoner and nearly starved to death…. (more)

June 8, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — At Powerline this week, Steve Hayward penned a post aptly entitled “The Insincerity of Rand Paul.” The senator’s legal arguments against the Patriot Act, he posits, mimic papa Ron Paul’s 2003 calls for a formal declaration of war against Iraq: mere “constitutional punctilio to cover his real feelings.”… (more)

June 7, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — The coming out of Bruce as Caitlyn Jenner is happening as various sexual minorities are celebrating “Pride Month.” It used to be “Gay Pride Month,” but the number of oppressed sexual minorities seems to be growing at an amazing pace. Without a scorecard, it is hard to keep up…. (more)

June 6, 2015
JERRY NEWCOMBE — It is so sad to read the news about the latest sex scandals involving prominent Christian leaders. I pray for them, and I pray for their victims. I also pray that more Christians would not be led into temptation, but delivered from evil…. (more)

June 6, 2015
BREITBART — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, has written a scathing new letter to President Barack Obama pressuring him to explain why Obamatrade has been so secretive…. (more)


June 6, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State…. (more)

June 6, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — Let’s set aside whether Cameron Crowe’s new movie, “Aloha,” is a good or bad movie. Whatever the flick’s merits or demerits, it has inadvertently helped expose the arbitrary, capricious and ridiculous demands of militant identity politics…. (more)

June 5, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby is seeking a protective order to block the release of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report and other “sensitive” documents related to the investigation of six Baltimore police officers allegedly responsible for Gray’s death…. (more)

June 5, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — A freshman congressman is staunchly opposing legislation to grant President Obama Trade Promotion Authority because he fears Obama will end up weakening national security through a bad deal…. (more)

June 5, 2015
BOB UNRUH — A Washington watchdog suing Bill and Hillary Clinton and their foundation under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is urging a federal court in Florida that already has scheduled a trial to immediately take physical custody of Hillary Clinton’s private email server…. (more)

June 5, 2015
BRENT BOZELL III — Hollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multi-millionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus Rex?… (more)

June 4, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — As the next phase in the Kardashian campaign for big bucks from reality TV gets underway, with former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner declaring himself “Caitlyn,” the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) went into action. The gay lobby quickly issued an “Open Letter to Our Colleagues” on how to “accurately” cover “Caitlyn Jenner.”… (more)


June 4, 2015
STEVE DEACE — National Review was the prototype for conservative commentary when it was founded by the great William F. Buckley back in 1955, and 60 years later it has managed to stay near the top of an ever-expanding digital pack of bloggers and pundits…. (more)


 

The Briefing

1) New York jailbreak coverage reminder of power entertainment has to confuse moral reality

Wide Net Cast for Escaped Killers; They Could Be ‘Anywhere’, New York Times (Jesse McKinley and J. David Goodman)

2) Religious coalition urges Obama to allow government to fund abortions by breaking federal law

Religious Leaders Urge U.S. to Fund Abortions for Rape Victims in Conflicts Abroad, New York Times (Michael D. Shear)

AFFILIATES, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

3) Tony Campolo affirms gay couples in the church, continuing in predictable trajectory

Tony Campolo: For the Record, TonyCampolo.org (Tony Campolo)

Holding It Together, Sojourners (Tony Campolo)

Homosexuality: Campolos discourse on their disagreement, Calvin College Chimes (Nathan Vanderklippe)

In other news…


Daily Digest

June 9, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“In vain are schools, academies, and universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years.” —John Adams, Diary, 1778

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

SCOTUS Passes on Chance to Set 2A Ruling Right

Not exactly profiles in courage, but the Supreme Court declined to review two lower court rulings upholding San Francisco’s draconian gun control laws. The Associated Press reports, “The court on Monday let stand court rulings in favor of a city measure that requires handgun owners to secure weapons in their homes by storing them in a locker, keeping them on their bodies or applying trigger locks. A second ordinance bans the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has ‘no sporting purpose’ and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets.” Of course, in DC v. Heller, the Supreme Court struck down a requirement about locking down a firearm in the home, saying the Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep a “lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense.” So by declining to hear this case, the justices are allowing a patchwork of wrong interpretations of its ruling to stand. As Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “Despite the clarity with which we described the Second Amendment’s core protection for the right of self-defense, lower courts, including the ones here, have failed to protect it.” Furthermore, they’re passing on an opportunity to clarify the most important point of all: The Second Amendment is not “for sporting purposes.” The ban on hollow-point ammunition is beyond asinine, but the justices can’t be bothered to fire anything but blanks.

TSA: Terrorists Screening at Airports

Now, after a security breach of its own making, the Transportation Security Agency wants more of the nation’s data on terrorists to sift through, as if building a bigger haystack will solve the problem. The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security reports that the TSA let 73 people linked to terrorism work inside the nation’s airports. According to the report, the TSA checks the Consolidated Terrorist Watchlist every time it’s updated. But the DHS inspector general took the list of more than 900,000 airport workers and ran it against the National Counterterrorism Center’s database. “TSA acknowledged that these individuals were cleared for access to secure airport areas despite representing a potential transportation security threat,” the report read. The inspector general also found the TSA works with shoddy data, clearing people with incomplete names and missing passport numbers, for example. Step one for the TSA is to clean up the data. But questions remain: Will more access to the terrorism watchlist help? Who were the people the IG considers to have links to terrorism? Those details were redacted. And without that information, we can only take the TSA’s word that this was a serious breach. On top of recent news of TSA screening failures, this doesn’t increase our faith in bureaucracy.

‘Independent’ EPA Study Not So Independent After All

In May, a new study commissioned by Harvard and Syracuse University claimed that the EPA’s soon-to-be-released Clean Power Plan will eliminate around 3,500 pollution-related deaths annually. The celebratory reaction quickly went mainstream. The EPA, whose proposal it already posited will save lives, suddenly had the benefit of an independent verification. Or did it? Writing in Breitbart, junkscience.com publisher Steve Milloy found that the researchers of said study had personally partaken in various multi-million dollar EPA-funded studies. Furthermore, one author’s assertion that the agency “did not participate in the study or interact with its authors” was found to be complete hogwash. Says Milloy, “I submitted a request to EPA under the Freedom of Information Act for email between the study authors and EPA staff. Although subsequent wrangling with agency staff gave me doubt that I would ever get anything, I received, much to my surprise, 99 pages of emails after mere weeks. The emails reveal that [the] study co-authors … were definitely in contact with key EPA staff regarding this research.”

“This issue goes deeper than mere truth-telling,” he adds. “The EPA’s controversial Clean Power Plan hinges on the notion that shuttering coal plants will save lives.” In fact, shuttering coal plants may very well cost lives. Yet EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently postulated, “We can speak to the science because it’s complicated and we do a lot of research and we do a lot of translation of the science into what it means for people so that the decisions can be made on the basis of real science and on the basis of a real technical understanding.” In other words, “Trust us.” But they keep giving us every reason not to.

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NOAA Lies About the Warming Hiatus

By Lewis Morris

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A new report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the latest issue of the journal “Science” claims the global warming hiatus that began in the late 1990s never actually happened. In fact, according to NOAA, temperatures actually rose twice as high as the previous global scale had predicted or measured. This wouldn’t by any chance be an attempt to influence climate treaty talks in Paris later this year, now would it?

“Newly corrected and updated global surface temperature data from NOAA’s [National Centers for Environmental Information] do not support the notion of a global warming ‘hiatus,’” wrote NOAA scientists, contradicting the work of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The hiatus, which in the scientific community refers to a period in which global surface temperatures appeared to stabilize, has flummoxed climate alarmists. It flies in the face of their exceedingly shrill predictions of extreme global warming — indeed, it’s part of the reason they’ve switched their terminology to “climate change.” If there’s been no warming, it undermines their calls for ever more drastic measures to combat it, like dismantling the U.S. coal industry, heavily regulating fossil fuel production, and financially burdening the citizens of the world’s richest countries.

By many scientific accounts, temperatures rose during the period of 1998-2013 at a much slower rate than the previous bellwether period between 1950-1998, a time frame during which global surface temperatures supposedly significantly spiked. According to satellite measurements, the most accurate tool we have, temperatures have remained flat — an ongoing trend. How is it that NOAA was able to come to its contrary conclusion?

The NOAA study was essentially able to raise the rate of warming during the pause by putting a greater emphasis on data collected from ocean buoy arrays, and slightly raising land-based temperatures that had been previously recorded. NOAA also shifted the time frame of the pause, defining it as 2000-2014 in order to conveniently include two years that supposedly saw the highest recorded temperatures on record. They ridicule skeptics for cherry-picking data, yet that’s exactly what they just did.

“This new analysis exhibits more than twice as much warming as the old analysis at the global scale,” NOAA scientists claim with a straight face. The report goes on to state that the overall warming trend since 1880 has not significantly changed, but the sharp uptick in temperatures in recent decades is cause for concern.

This manufactured spike in global surface temperatures in the NOAA study certainly comes at a convenient time. World leaders will be gathering in Paris at the end of this year to hammer out the details of a global warming treaty that is sure to place harsh restrictions on international commerce and energy production. That treaty is harder to justify if the lull in rising temperatures persists.

Yet the NOAA report has landed with a thud among many in the scientific community. Climate experts Bob Tisdale and Anthony Watts noted that to “manufacture warming during the hiatus, NOAA adjusted the pre-hiatus data downward. It’s the same story all over again; the adjustments go towards cooling the past and thus increasing the slope of temperature rise. Their intent and methods are so obvious they’re laughable.” 
Georgia Tech climate scientists Judith Curry noted, “The global surface temperature datasets are clearly a moving target. So while I’m sure this latest analysis from NOAA will be regarded as politically useful for the Obama administration, I don’t regard it as a particularly useful contribution to our scientific understanding of what is going on.”

In its investigation of the story, the online news site Mashable talked to a dozen top climate scientists not associated with the NOAA report and found that they were nearly unanimous in refuting the conclusion that the warming pause never happened.

“It is clear that [NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information director Thomas] Karl et al. have put a lot of careful work into updating these global products,” said Lisa Goddard, director of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society. “However, they go too far when they conclude that there was no decadal-scale slowdown in the rate of warming globally. This argument seems to rely on choosing the right period — such as including the recent record-breaking 2014.”

NOAA’s data cherry-picking won’t help advance their cause — at least not honestly. But this behavior is typical of the leftist mindset that seeks to bend others to their will by any means necessary.

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Tony Perkins: “In [the CDC’s] 2015 ‘Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines,’ a two-word change made all the difference. Five years ago, the CDC used to say abstinence and monogamy were ‘a reliable way to avoid disease.’ As of last Friday, the agency agrees it’s ‘*the* most reliable way.’ That may not seem like a radical edit to most people, but in this administration, moral purity is as foreign a concept as political transparency. … Somewhere along the way, too many adults started operating from a position of lower expectations, as if teenagers were incapable of exercising any self-restraint. It became assumed, not discouraged, that children would have sex. With or without the government’s help, it’s time for parents to speak up and encourage their teens to do what’s counter-cultural. Too many moms and dads think their kids aren’t listening to what they say about abstinence. Think again. Parents are the single biggest influence on their children’s sexual decisions. If the cultural influences from Hollywood and the media are committed to marketing promiscuity and immodesty at every turn, then as parents, we have to be just as committed to helping our teenagers fight those temptations.”

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Insight: “One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything — and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.” —German scientist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Upright: “Congress does two things well: nothing and overreact. Well, I have some good news: Doing nothing when it comes to the Ex-Im Bank is exactly what we need right now. That’s because the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which provides taxpayer-backed loans to foreign countries and companies to pay for U.S. products, is set to expire June 30. To get rid of this poster child for crony capitalism, lawmakers don’t have to lift a finger. Imagine: For a change, we’d have good reason to applaud a ‘do-nothing’ Congress.” —Ed Feulner

Non Compos Mentis: “[King v. Burwell] should be an easy case. Frankly, it shouldn’t have even been taken up [by SCOTUS]. … There is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case. … I think it’s important for us to go ahead and assume that the Supreme Court is going to do what most legal scholars who’ve looked at this would expect them to do. … Part of what’s bizarre about this whole thing is, we haven’t had a lot of conversation about the horrors of ObamaCare because none of them have come to pass.” —Barack Obama, politically attacking the Supreme Court yet again, this time for ObamaCare subsidies as outlined by the law itself

Ya think? “We don’t yet have a complete strategy.” —Barack Obama on decimating the Islamic State

Village Idiots: “A new Pew Research Center report states that 52 percent of Americans support gun rights, the highest percentage in the last two decades. Yet the gun rights that they believe are guaranteed by law may very well be an illusion. That’s because we have allowed lawyers instead of language professionals to interpret the Constitution of the United States.” —Chicago Tribune contributor and College of DuPage professor David McGrath

Late-night humor: “The TSA is under fire for major security lapses. Because of the security lapses, the TSA has let through pipe bombs, knives, and the last three Nicolas Cage movies.” —Conan O’Brien

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As ISIS Brutalizes Women, a Pathetic Feminist Silence :: Chesler in New York Post

by Phyllis Chesler
The New York Post
June 7, 2015
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The McAvany Intel Memo

In order for a government to control a nation, it must first control the youth. The very fact that anyone wants to control what children learn throughout an entire country (all learning exactly the same thing) should be a warning sign that they have ulterior motives. They aren’t doing it for the sake of the children, as they insist. They are doing it to follow a global socialist agenda, wherein children are dumbed down so they cannot think, and history is completely revised to eradicate all concepts of freedom and evidence of free people fighting back against tyranny in the past. As you’ll see in this article, Common Core is the next step in the socialist revolution of the United States. We’ve detailed in past issues how socialists recognized long ago that the US would not fall from a violent revolution.

They recognized that the American people as a whole abhor violence, and consider anyone leading violent uprisings to be criminal at best – a tyrant at worst. So they determined to do it slowly through the political and educational process – to create support for and eliminate all resistance to their socialist system. We have detailed how the public (i.e., government) school system was the first major coup in doing this. But many other steps have led us to a place where Common Core can now become the final indoctrination tool for America’s youth.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015


The Bilderberg Group: Founded By A Nazi And Continuing The Agenda Of The Nazis

Secret Meetings To Shape The WorldWhen you want to discover what an organization is really all about, it is important to dig down to the roots.  And when you uncover the roots of the Bilderberg Group, you find some very unsettling things.  It turns out that the Bilderberg Group has had Nazi connections from the very beginning, and it continues to advance the agenda of the Nazis to this very day.  This year, the Bilderberg Group is meeting from June 11th to June 14th at the Interalpen Hotel which is near the city of Telfs, Austria.  This organization has so much power that even several days before the event police are keeping everyone (including reporters) 10 kilometers away from the hotel.  If this is just a group of private citizens getting together to chat about world issues, why all the security?  What is so special about this group of people that rates such extraordinary measures?  And why are they so bound and determined to keep all of the rest of us away from them? (Read More…)


Guess How Many Nations In The World Do Not Have A Central Bank?

OctopusCentral banking has truly taken over the entire planet.  At this point, the only major nation on the globe that does not have a central bank is North Korea.  Yes, there are some small island countries such as the Federated States of Micronesia that do not have a central bank, but even if you count them, more than 99.9% of the population of the world still lives in a country that has a central bank.  So how has this happened?  How have we gotten the entire planet to agree that central banking is the best system?  Did the people of the world willingly choose this?  Of course not.  To my knowledge, there has never been a single vote where the people of a nation have willingly chosen to establish a central bank.  Instead, what has happened is that central banks have been imposed on all of us.  All over the world, people have been told that monetary issues are “too important” to be subject to politics, and that the only solution is to have a group of unelected, unaccountable bankers control those things for us. (Read More….)


Author(s): Cliff Kincaid

 
In an extraordinary judgment that throws U.S. policy in the Middle East into complete turmoil, strategic analyst Michael Ledeen has concluded [1], in regard to the activities of the Islamic State, “I think the Russians are involved, in tandem with the Iranians, who have had their own troops on the Syrian battlefield for years.” This means that a U.S. congressional declaration of war on the Islamic State would miss the point, and that the Russians and the Iranians are the bigger threat. “It’s part of the global war, of which Syria is only one killing field, and IS [Islamic State] is one of the…
 

Author(s): Jim Elliff

 
It is a sad proverb, but so true: “The borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Prov. 22:7). Tossing and turning through the night, the heavy borrower is a depressed soul. He dresses with striped prison clothes every morning and lugs his shackles to work—that job that offers so little hope for setting him free. He dreads the coming of the mail, and has few waking hours without remorse. Serious debtors crave freedom, but often, sadly, borrow even more in their desperate attempt to shake open their prison door. The overwhelmed debtor is fawning toward his lender, but despises him for all his…
 


Author(s): Ken Ham

 
Now the secular media is working hard to normalize transgender behavior! It’s becoming more apparent every day that our Western cultures have drifted far from a biblical view of morality. Society is no longer basing its thinking on God’s Word but, instead, everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in regard to marriage and gender. With the rampant acceptance of homosexual behavior and same-sex “marriage,” the attention is now shifting toward transgender behavior. The media is working hard to normalize this behavior and make sure…
 


Author(s): William Gray

 
    Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.   (1 John 2: 18)   INTRODUCTION:             According to the Apostle John it is “the last hour”. The Apostle Peter also declares in the first Chapter of his first epistle written to the early Christian that they had not been redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, “but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”. ( vs. 18-19) Peter then declares “he indeed was…
 


July 4th Re-Scheduled to Not Offend Muslims

Now, comes the shocking news that the Obama Administration’s embassy in Jakarta, celebrated the 4th of July one month early on June 4th. Why? Because they wanted to be “respectful” for the Ramadhan month which begins on June 17 and lasts until July 17. This time of fasting for Muslims is sacred, but somehow an American embassy celebrating American traditions interferes with this? Outrageous!

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Extreme Weather & the Last Days

Over 6,300 people perished in Haiyan’s ferocious winds and this was just one storm. Names like Andrew, Charlie, Katrina, and Sandy are forever etched in the minds of many coastal residents with sad memories of massive loss of life and property. Hurricanes, tornado outbreaks, flooding, severe droughts, and earthquake born tsunamis all have taken their toll. Extreme weather and natural disasters have always been with us but, like other last day events…these extreme weather birth pains are increasing in intensity and frequency.

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U.S. passports must say ‘Jerusalem,’ not ‘Israel’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned back a demand from Congress that Americans born in Jerusalem be allowed to have their passports changed to reflect Israel as their birthplace, heeding a warning from the State Department “a simple passport alteration could ‘provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world,'” USA Today reports.

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A massive, silent cultural revolution has changed America

It happened without a Summer of Love, without Timothy Leary, without a groovy anthem or a shaggy new national look. In the past decade or so, there’s been a silent revolution in American culture, one at least as profound as the ’60s upheavals.

We’ve hardly taken notice of it, because it happened in people’s minds instead of in the streets, happened in ordinary people instead of in the elites and the punditocracy.

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Justice…for Israel?

Note this article by Jim Fletcher. Our times have changed in more ways than one. — OTM

You need to understand that while there were many sincere, well-intentioned people at the Justice Conference, the gathering was left wing to the core. Whatever you want to call us — conservative Christians, fundamentalists, Bible-believing Christians — our worldview is very different from the presenters in Chicago. We do not see many things the same.

Especially Israel.

For them, Israel is an Occupier. Her Christian Zionist supporters are rigid, angry obstacles to peace.

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Fox’s ‘Lucifer’ Series Draws Protests

“Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, the original fallen angel, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub,” the Fox website for the show says.

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Why Is The Army Hiring People To Provide ‘Emergency Support To Disaster Stricken Areas Throughout The US’?

Does the Army expect that there will soon be “disaster stricken” areas all over the country? A job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“. By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country and with the very strange movements of military equipment that have been reported recently, it gives the appearance that the U.S. military is feverishly making preparations for something big. …………. Click here for full story


The Quest For A One World Government – Secretive Bilderberg Group To Meet This Week

When you want to discover what an organization is really all about, it is important to dig down to the roots. And when you uncover the roots of the Bilderberg Group, you find some very unsettling things. It turns out that the Bilderberg Group has had Nazi connections from the very beginning, and it continues to advance the agenda of the Nazis to this very day. This year, the Bilderberg Group is meeting from June 11th to June 14th at the Interalpen Hotel which is near the city of Telfs, Austria………….. Click here for full story


U.S. Supreme Court Turns It’s Back On Israel – Rejects Jerusalem Passports To List Country As Israel

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned back a demand from Congress that Americans born in Jerusalem be allowed to have their passports changed to reflect Israel as their birthplace, heeding a warning from the State Department “a simple passport alteration could ‘provoke uproar throughout the Arab and Muslim world,’” USA Today reports.. ………… Click here for full story


A Rare Win – Christian Employee Wins Tribunal Over Sharing Her Faith

A Christian woman who was fired from her position at a London nursery school after telling a lesbian co-worker that her lifestyle was sinful has won a tribunal case against her former employer. Sarah Mbuyi, 31, claimed that she was discriminated against when she was fired from Newpark Childcare in Shepherd’s Bush, United Kingdom, after the co-worker approached her and started a discussion about religion and gay marriage………… Click here for full story


Are Passwords And PINs History? Biometrics Are Closer Than You Think

Lost your ATM card or can’t remember the PIN? Don’t worry, your index finger, face or voice may soon be all you need to access bank accounts, emails, and even the security gates at work. While many Australians may think biometrics are the stuff of science-fiction (think Minority Report, where citizens were constantly tracked via retina scans), they are already an integral part of our prisons and immigration system, and are quickly becoming a convenient way to pay for things, thanks to smartphone technology…………. Click here for full story


After Most Profitable Year Ever, Disney Replaces American Employees With H-1B Foreign Guestworkers

There was a lot to celebrate in the Magic Kingdom this year, for some people

The Disney Corporation had its most profitable year ever, with profits of $7.5 billion—up 22 percent from the previous year. Disney’s stock price is up approximately 150 percent over the past three years. These kinds of results have paid off handsomely for its CEO Bob Iger, who took home $46 million in compensation last year.

Disney prides itself on its recipe for “delighting customers,” a recipe it says includes putting employees first. They tout this as a key to their success in creating “a culture where going the extra mile for customers comes naturally” for employees. One method of creating this culture is referring to its employees as “cast members.” In fact, Disney is so proud of its organizational culture that it’s even created an institute to share its magic with other businesses (for a consulting fee, of course).

So, you would expect a firm that puts its employees first to share the vast prosperity that’s been created with the very employees who went above and beyond to help generate those record profits.

Well, how did Mr. Iger repay his workers—sorry, I mean cast members—for creating all this profit? Not with bonuses and a big raises. Instead, as the New York Times just detailed in a major report, he forced hundreds of them to train their own replacements—temporary foreign workers here on H-1B guestworker visas—before he laid them off.

What motivates a company to replace its American workers with H-1B guestworkers? One word: Profit. H-1B guestworkers are cheaper than American workers and don’t have much bargaining power, and any company would be foolish not to take advantage of this highly lucrative business model that has been inadvertently created by Congress and multiple presidential administrations.  Of course, this business model is paid for by destroying the livelihoods and dignity of tens of thousands of American workers. The costs are also borne by American taxpayers, through foregone tax revenue and the additional social services that need to be provided for those newly unemployed American workers.

When it comes to using the H-1B to cut costs, Disney is far from an isolated case. The Disney news comes on the heels of multiple reports of corporate layoffs with H-1B replacements, atSouthern California Edison, the Fossil Group in Texas, Pfizer and Northeast Utilities in Connecticut, Harley Davidson in Milwaukee and Kansas, and Cargill in Minnesota.

The full story of Disney’s injustice hasn’t yet come to light, because the company isn’t willing to speak about it, and displaced American workers are afraid to talk because they fear they won’t be hired elsewhere. Further, the Obama administration has refused to investigate any of the recent listed H-1B abuse cases. We know that Disney hired HCL, a major India-based offshore outsourcing firm, to bring in its H-1B workers. Like its rivals Tata, Infosys, and Wipro, HCL is one of the top H-1B employers in America. HCL is a publicly traded company, whose CEO Vineet Nayer once proclaimed that recent American graduates are “unemployable” because they expect too much and are too expensive to train. source

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Obama’s US Supreme Court Rejects Law To Allow ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ On Passports

Vote seen as a victory for US President Obama who claims that law would set a precedent harming his ability to set foreign policy.

“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJV)

The word Jerusalem appears 811 times in the pages of the King James Bible. Book after book of the Bible that were written thousands of years ago attest to the fact that the God of Abraham gave Jerusalem to His people, the Jews. To say that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel is to call God a liar. Which, of course, is exactly what Obama is doing with this latest ruling.

“Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem:” Ezra 7:27 (KJV)

The US Supreme Court has struck down a disputed law that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their US passports. It’s an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs.

The court ruled 6-3 Monday that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its long-standing policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans.

“And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;” Ezra 10:7 (KJV)

The policy is part of the government’s refusal to recognize any nation’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations. The ruling ends a 12-year-old lawsuit by a Jerusalem-born American and his US citizen parents.

“Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 135:21 (KJV)

The case was instigated by the parents of Jerusalem-born US Citizen Menachem Zivotofsky because they want his passport to state that he was born in Israel. Ari and Naomi Zivotofsky sued on behalf of their then-baby son in 2003. source

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Army’s Public Website Hacked by Unknown Intruders

Posted: 09 Jun 2015 05:34 AM PDT

Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria. (Tweet this) Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Army personnel, military or civilian.

The messages reportedly proclaimed “YOU’VE BEEN HACKED” and added “YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING.”
It’s not clear yet whether the Army or the hackers shut down the website. The officials say the website is for general public access with general information about the Army, press releases and Army generated news stories. FULL REPORT

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DAYS OF LOT – More Americans support same-sex marriage than everPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:27 AM PDT

In yet another sober reminder of just how much we are repeating the “Days of Noah and Lot”, Support for same-sex marriage is at a record high, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Monday. A majority of Americans — 57% — are in favor of gay marriage. Just five years ago, only 42% of Americans supported same-sex marriage. The Pew Research Center survey, conducted via telephone interviews among 2,002 adults nationwide, found divides along racial lines in terms of support for same-sex marriage.

While 59% of whites and 56% of Hispanics support gay marriage, only 51% of blacks are in favor. Pew has noted a sharp partisan divide over legalization — 65% of both Democrats and independents polled favor gay marriage. Only 34% of Republicans are in favor. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a landmark ruling on same-sex marriage this month and 72% of Americans believe “that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is inevitable.” FULL REPORT

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Bird Flu Pushes U.S. to Import European Egg ProductsPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:19 AM PDT

Commercial bakers and producers of processed food in the U.S. will soon be able to buy egg products from the Netherlands, a move that will mark the first European egg imports in more than a decade and aim to reverse the domestic shortage in the wake of a large bird flu outbreak. Five Dutch producers will start sell egg products to American producers within days, the Associated Press reported Monday, citing a spokesman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Some 47 million birds have been killed or are dying as a result of the H5N2 virus, with 35 million egg-laying hens among them that accounted for 80% of the eggs that are processed by being broken and liquefied, frozen or dried for commercial use. While the U.S. typically produces enough eggs to export tens of millions of them a month, the shortage has sent prices for egg products used by bakeries and manufacturers soaring by 200% in just the past few weeks. FULL REPORT

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Bird Flu found in Michigan GeesePosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:12 AM PDT

A “highly pathogenic” bird flu virus that is spreading across North America has reached Michigan, officials confirmed on Monday. H5N2 avian influenza was detected in free-ranging Canadian geese in Macomb County, according to the Michigan departments of of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development.

“While this is disappointing news that the H5N2 virus has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging bird population, it was not unexpected given avian influenza has been found in a number of our neighboring states and Ontario,” MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams said in a statement. Michigan is the 21st state to report a case of the H5 bird flu virus since December, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, no human infections have been detected in the United States. FULL REPORT

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Nearly 50 Indiana students test positive for tuberculosisPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:08 AM PDT

Nearly 50 Southern Indiana students exposed to a classmate with a confirmed case of tuberculosis have tested positive for the disease in preliminary tests, health officials said. Clark County Health Department administrator Mike Meyer said Friday that the 48 positive skin tests for the bacterial disease don’t mean those students have diagnosed TB cases. He said the students at Rock Creek Community Academy in Sellersburg will undergo chest X-rays and possibly other tests to determine whether they indeed have the illness.

Because about 300 Rock Creek students have not been tested, another round of skin testing will be held Monday, with those results expected Wednesday, Meyer said. Rock Creek Community Academy Principal Sara Hauselman said officials at the school, a few miles north of Louisville, Ky., are working with the health department. Because tuberculosis is so uncommon in the United States, they’re trying to figure out the best course of action. FULL REPORT

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Extreme TB Strain Brought Into USPosted: 09 Jun 2015 05:02 AM PDT

A female patient with an extremely hard-to-treat form of tuberculosis is being treated at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington, D.C., and federal and state officials are now tracking down hundreds of people who may have been in contact with her. The woman traveled to at least three states before she sought treatment from a U.S. doctor. While TB is not easily caught by casual contact, extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is so dangerous that health officials will have to make a concerted effort to warn anyone who may be at risk.

“The patient was transferred to the NIH via special air and ground ambulances,” the NIH said in a statement.”The patient is staying in an isolation room in the NIH Clinical Center specifically designed for handling patients with respiratory infections, including XDR-TB. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, is providing care and treatment for the patient in connection with an existing NIH clinical protocol for treating TB, including XDR forms. NIAID has treated other XDR-TB patients in the past under this protocol,” the NIH said. FULL REPORT

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UK Tribunal Rules in Favor of Christian Woman Fired Over Lesbian Co-Worker’s ComplaintPosted: 08 Jun 2015 12:44 PM PDT

A Christian childcare worker who was fired for “gross misconduct” after she explained the biblical position on homosexuality to her lesbian co-worker has won her legal challenge before an employment tribunal. As previously reported, Sarah Mbuyi, 30, was repeatedly asked about her beliefs over a period of several months in 2013 at Newpark Childcare in Highbury after her lesbian co-worker discovered that she is a Christian. The latest discussion occurred in January 2014 when her co-worker remarked that she was unhappy that she could not ‘marry’ her partner because of the Church’s beliefs, and stated that she thought God had nothing against homosexual behavior.

When Mbuyi replied by explaining the biblical position on the matter, she was reported to her boss. “When I said ‘No, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are’, she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager,” Mbuyi stated in a press release. FULL REPORT

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Supreme Court strikes down ‘Born in Jerusalem’ passport lawPosted: 08 Jun 2015 12:36 PM PDT

The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs. The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its long-standing policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans and listing only “Jerusalem.”

The policy is part of the government’s refusal to recognize any nation’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations. Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the president has the exclusive power to recognize foreign nations, and that the power to determine what a passport says is part of this power. “Recognition is a matter on which the nation must speak with one voice. That voice is the president’s,” Kennedy wrote. FULL REPORT

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85 different blasts from South Japan Volcano in ONE DAYPosted: 08 Jun 2015 12:27 PM PDT

Also, notice the steady steaming off the back side of Sakurajima, which is Mount Ontake caldera (a different volcano in this complex)… Ontake caldera could also erupt in a large blast if things carry on this way. Video sped up 64X speed to just get a rough count from 6am to dark.. 15 hours long sped up 64X reduces the length of this video to 14min 10sec.

No exaggeration to say these 85+ blasts (over the course of 1 day) are a huge number of volcanic events from a single volcano. Yes, Sakurajima is “active” , but this takes the cake by far when it comes to number of different blasts in one days time. I’ve seen this volcano send of 10 or 15 large blasts in one day before.. but in this case.. its OVER 85 different blasts since yesterday morning. FULL REPORT

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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Top Headlines

Asia Bibi is So Weak She Can Barely Walk, Family Says

Christian Schools Seek Legislation to Protect Traditional Marriage Views

New Dating App Claims to “Liberate” People from Monogamy

Man Claims GoDaddy Rejected Him from Employment for being Overweight Christian

ISIS Abducts Dozens of Eritrean Christians in Libya

Missionaries Hope to Revolutionize Chinese Church with Old Translation of Bible

Homeschooled, Musical Clan Hopes to be TLC’s New Breakout Hit

Twitter Account Demands Transgender Pronoun Compliance

Hillsong Church Cancels Mark Driscoll’s Australian Visit after Backlash

North Carolina Passes 72-Hour Abortion Wait Period

Opinion

For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015

Scientist Sneaks Marriage Proposal into Publication

Dr. Robert George’s Defense of Marriage: This Year’s Wilberforce Award Winner

Why the Duggars serve as a warning against fundamentalist Christianity

Bruce Jenner: Christianity and Transgenderism Debate


“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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Our Time is Short

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Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!

30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

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June 8 Quotes


Gretchen Carlson on Fox News, Faith, and Family

“Carlson was valedictorian of her high school class, is an accomplished violinist, holds a degree from Stanford University, and won the Miss America pageant in 1989. I had this conversation with her in the staff lunchroom at Fox News in New York City.”

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The Bible And Same Sex Relationships: A Review Article

“The reason that homosexual relationships make so much more sense to people today than in previous times is because they have absorbed late modern western culture’s narratives about the human life. Our society presses its members to believe “you have to be yourself,” that sexual desires are crucial to personal identity, that any curbing of strong sexual desires leads to psychological damage.”

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Why Do You Work?

“As we work, we reflect the work of God, the Creator. In our work of subduing and having dominion, our work of cultivating, we see something else. Our work gives testimony and points to the one in whose image we are made.”

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Who Are Leaders Accountable To?

“The necessity of leaders being accountable to those that they lead follows from the fact that all people are in the image of God and equal. Because all people are equal, no person can lord it over another. Which is the same as saying, anyone in a position of leadership is accountable to those that they lead.”

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Public Confession: A Mirror or a Portal?

“For the sake of clarity I should state upfront the sense in which I am using ‘confession’ throughout this post: it comprises whatever we choose to share with a larger group that they would otherwise not know.”

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Calls To Refer To God As A Woman As Female Bishops Take Up Posts

“Hilary Cotton, chair of Women And The Church (Watch), the group which led the campaign for female bishops, said the shift away from the traditional patriarchal language of the Book of Common Prayer in already at an “advanced” stage in some quarters.”

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Does God Really Love You?

“Satan is savvy enough to know that his lies are less effective during prosperity, so he waits until life is hard and we are more vulnerable (though he has plenty of weapons for our good times as well). Then, when he suggests that God does not love us, he suddenly sounds compelling.”

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What Was Samson Doing with a Prostitute in Gaza?

“Samson’s story begins with a miraculous birth to a barren mother and ends with his death in a Philistine temple. The visit to the prostitute in Gaza introduces us to the second part of his life and his well-known encounter with the infamous Delilah.”

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Public Worship: The Discipline of Loving God Among and Through People

by David de Bruyn

So that the presence of God, which, enjoyed in private, is but a stream, in public becomes a river, a river that makes glad the city of God. – David Clarkson

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. (1 John 5:20-21)

No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. (1 John 4:12)

We were not made to worship God in isolation. At the completion of the perfect creation, the only thing that God regarded to be ‘not good’ was the fact that man was alone. Companionship and community are part of our design, and no one will come close to the Great Commandment who dismisses the importance of worshipping God among, and through other people.

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As the “church” caves, the bride shines

We are seeing the visible, modern “church” cave to the desires of the world at breakneck speed. Whether it’s a church leader calling on pastors and denominations to accept homosexuality as the new normal, or a growing number of leaders saying the Book of Genesis is just a bunch of stories made up, and that […]

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Gay activist Matthew Vines quietly holds private meetings with Christian leaders

by A. Spreeman

In his newsletter, Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian and founder of The Reformation Project (to reform biblically-based churches to accepting homosexuality and gay marriage), wrote this: Pretty amazing news: Yesterday, evangelical leader Tony Campolo announced his support for “gay Christian couples” in the church, changing his position in a moving statement […]

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God’s Attitude toward the “Supreme Beings” of the Nations

by Sandy Simpson, 5/20/15

It is quite clear from Scripture that YHWH does NOT consider the “supreme beings” of the nations to be Himself, the One True God. This is in opposition to the teachings of Don Richardson, Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss and many others promoting the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People movement, Emergent Church and Liberal theologies. I have proven this time and time again in my articles on the subject but I am going to consolidate the information from the Bible in this article by studying the false gods named in the Bible. I am sure I will not be able to cover every instance of supreme beings mentioned in the Bible but I (1) want to deal with some of the major ones (2) show you where they are found in the Word, and (3) prove that they were the “supreme beings” of those nations named by the patriarchs, prophets and Apostles and that they were not monotheistic gods but polytheistic in the tradition of Babel where the false religion of polytheism first took root through the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis.

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What’s New with the New Age?

with Warren Smith (Part 1), 5/16/15 The Berean Call

(Tom McMahon) Today and next week I’ll be discussing an important topic with a friend of mine who is an author of numerous books, including The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace , and Deceived On Purpose , as well as another very valuable book that we discussed in detail when he was on with me last, and the book is Another Jesus Calling . But the topic for today and for next week, the Lord willing, is sorcery, and my guest is Warren Smith. Warren, thanks for joining me on Search the Scriptures 24/7.

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Media respond to Houston dropping hot potato “pastor” Driscoll from Hillsong Conference 2015

by Marsha West

Here’s a comedy of errors if ever there was one. Hillsong Church’s pastor and notorious false teacher Brian Houston decided to drop former pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll, from Hillsong Conference 2015 even though he has been fully aware of the controversy over Driscoll. Houston had many people shaking their heads when he decided to do an interview with Driscoll. Well, over the […]

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No Surprises Here: Campolo, Another Sell-Out

by Bill Muehlenberg

We should not be surprised in the least. Some 2000 years ago Jesus and the disciples warned us quite clearly that many would fall away, many would sell out on the faith, many would fall for lies and deception, and many would seek to lead others astray.

They made it so very plain that false prophets, false shepherds and false apostles would freely roam among believers, leading many away from the Word of God and biblical morality. And we see this happening all over the place today, especially with the issue of homosexuality.

One so-called Christian leader after another is abandoning the faith, spitting in God’s face, and calling him a liar, as they come out and join the world in affirming, promoting and celebrating the sin of homosexuality. As I have said before, this is the defining issue of our day, and it is separating the sheep from the goats.

In that sense all this is a good thing: it is demonstrating who are the apostates, and who are the true disciples of Jesus Christ. The latest wolf in sheep’s clothing to come out of the theological closet is American evangelical leader Tony Campolo.

Of course any one even remotely knowledgeable about him and his teaching over the years knows this was inevitable. Not only has his wife been a 100% pro-homosexuality for ages now, but he has been at best wishy-washy on this topic for decades.

Now he openly tells us what we all knew: he finds nothing at all wrong with homosexuality or sodomite marriage. Welcome to the apostasy club where there are plenty of other like-minded folks. They all exult in their “progressive” position, as they jump in bed with atheists, homosexualists, and secular humanists, all telling us God is wrong and his Word is not reliable.

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“I CAN’T FEEL GOD ANYMORE” – THE BIG SECRET OF EVERY CHRISTIAN

by J.S. Park

Anonymous asked:

I go to church every sunday and I’m a very active member at church. But for the past month, I’ve been feeling so apathetic towards christianity. I just want to live my own life and I feel so apathetic. I try praying, doing devotionals and i really WANT to know God and have passion for him but i am feeling really dry. I feel empty. I feel nothing.. Is this normal? Or a sign that I am not fit to be a christian?

My dear wonderful honest friend:

I think this is probably the question I get the most from every young Christian out there.

You are not alone in this. So please allow me the grace to set this straight.

1) Everyone goes through up-and-down seasons with God.

The Big Christian Secret is that everyone struggles with doubts, questions, confusion, and frustration. If this is your first time experiencing dryness, then please know that just because you don’t feel God doesn’t make you a bad Christian. It just makes you an honest one. Welcome to the dark valley, the dry season, the desert, the drought. Actually: welcome to the Christian life. There’s nothing wrong with you that isn’t wrong with everyone else.

2) It is impossible to sustain a super-passionate emotional high with God.

Not every day of a marriage will feel like the wedding. Not every day with God will feel like a super-juiced up revival-rockshow. Maybe someone in church told you, “You better love Jesus with your everything!” – but soon you’ll find out there is so much more than the emotional component of your faith. Our feelings do not determine the truth…

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“I Can’t Feel God Anymore” — The Big Secret of EVERY Christian – J.S. Park


Human Rights without God?

by David Glass

Recent political debates in Ireland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland have focused on how and when human rights should be protected? But what are human rights? And can we truly have rights in the absence of God?

There’s been a lot of talk about human rights lately. Many moral and legal debates are framed in terms of such rights. In the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage, proponents claimed that marriage is a human right that should be available to everyone irrespective of their sexual orientation, while opponents instead asserted the right of children to be brought up by a mother and a father. In the Asher’s bakery case in Northern Ireland, the right of the owners to manifest their religious beliefs was pitted against the right of the customer not to be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. Human rights have also been in the news as a result of the British government’s plan to repeal the Human Rights Act and to replace it with a Bill of Rights.

What are human rights and where do they come from? On a recent radio discussion on the BBC the panellists seemed to agree that human rights are social inventions, values constructed from a collective wisdom. One person commented that rights have come to be regarded as inviolable and universal values about how we ought to treat each other, but that in fact they are invented by society. There are serious problems with this view, however. In his book Religion in Public Life: Must Faith Be Privatized (Oxford University Press, 2007), the philosopher Roger Trigg points out that:

The motivating idea is that the rights are unqualified. They do not exist only forcitizens of countries which are signatories to the Covenant, or which approved the original declaration. (p. 71)

The point is that it is very difficult to take human rights seriously and at the same time claim that they are social constructs. The whole point is that human rights are supposed to apply to all human beings and so are universal. Consider the right to a free trial. The idea is that such a right applies to everyone – even to people in countries which don’t recognize this right and deny it to some of their citizens. Yet if human rights are merely the result of agreements, why should they apply to countries which haven’t agreed to them?

Trigg states a much more plausible view that ‘States do not create rights, but acknowledge them’ (p. 71). Just as scientists don’t create facts about the world but discover them, so states don’t create rights but acknowledge rights that already exist. And just as the refusal of some scientists to accept certain facts doesn’t mean there are no such facts, so the refusal of some countries to acknowledge human rights does not mean that there are no such rights or that they are invented…

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Human Rights without God? – Saints and Sceptics


Tony Campolo Calls for Full Inclusion of LGBT Into the Church

by Marsha West

The founder of Red Letter Christians and Emergent Church leader Tony Campolo has called for full inclusion of gay and lesbian “Christians” into the church. Campolo is a “Progressive Christian” (read: liberal) so it comes as no surprise that he would go against the clear teaching of Scripture on the sin of homosexuality. For those who are […]

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A Powerful Weapon We All Possess

There’s something that you possess that has the power to change lives: your tongue. Your tongue has incredible force to influence those around you. Just listen to what James (Jesus’ brother) tells us:

“But no human being can tame the tongue . . . With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth comes blessing and cursing” (James 3:8–10).

That’s a powerful verse! (If you haven’t read James 3, you need to.) And it’s painfully convicting. How often have you and I let our tongues run, only to regret what we just said? With summer here, we’ll likely be with friends more often, see family we haven’t been with since last year, and have opportunities for a surplus of words—words that can encourage or tear down and destroy.

With that in mind, here are five steps we can take to guard our words (because let’s be honest, I’m working on this right alongside you).

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Augustine and Miracle Reports in Church History

AugustineSome time ago, I received the following question by email:

I was wondering what your thoughts are on Augustine’s “City of God”, book 22, chapter 8 where he records many miracles taking place in Carthage. Some sound doubtful — making the symbol of a cross over the malady. I’ve always found Augustine trustworthy but am sensing some overtones of superstition. Are there other sources that might shed some light on his testimony?

I’ve been asked similar questions before, regarding miracle and healing accounts throughout different eras of church history. Though each instance is different, Augustine’s testimony in The City of God provides an interesting case study.

From a cessationist perspective, here are a few thoughts in response to Augustine’s healing accounts:

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How Does Jesus Talk to Worriers?

You’re reading the second of a several-part Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Anxiety. In today’s post, Dr. Tim Lane biblically and compassionately demonstrates How Jesus Talks to Worriers. Continue reading →


Your One Thing: Devotional Minimalism

“Houston, we have a problem.” What Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell didn’t fully appreciate at 9:07pm on April 13th (of course), 1970, while shunting at full speed 205,000 miles from Earth, was that they didn’t have problem; they had several problems. Each item on the lengthy and unnerving list of problems they would have to overcome in the next few hours of their precarious lives was urgent, complicated, and indisputably life-threatening. But there was one that—the moment it was discovered—shot immediately to the top of the list of priorities.astronaut

Since the crew was now forced to remain in the Lunar Module instead of the Command Module, they were faced with a shortage of compatible lithium hydroxide canisters, which were needed to remove carbon dioxide from their air supply. In short, the crew was running out of breathable air at a rapid rate.

Obviously, no other mechanical challenge to a safe landing of the craft was as significant as the need to keep the astronauts breathing. Every other rescue manoeuvre would become moot if there was no one left alive to rescue. The NASA engineers on the ground accomplished an ingenious workaround that was virtually as impressive as if they had conjured SCUBA tanks ex nihilo. And only then did they get back to working on the remaining issues, since they now had breathing astronauts to carry out the plans.

In the frenetic pace of our lives we are all daily presented with urgent, important problems to navigate. Work demands, family responsibilities, health requirements, time constraints, and innumerable other forces are constantly foisted onto our cluttered priority list. And the grind is positively Sisyphean in its inevitable recurrence.

 

Often the first item to get cut from the list is our time of devotions. Bible reading, prayer, and even church attendance may be relegated to the realm of important-not-urgent (“Quadrant Two” for you Seven Habits adherents). But what inevitably happens is that as our pace of productivity increases, our neglect of our most basic spiritual needs ends up starving our soul of its vital devotional oxygen.

I am sheepishly reminded of Martin Luther who rightly asserted that on particularly busy days he couldn’t afford his usual two hours of daily prayer–he required four hours!

cabin pressure oxygen masksI have at times been guilty of misaligning my priorities, and I found these passages quite inspiring, informative, and yes, convicting. I trust they will revitalize your soul. Pay special attention to what the writers of Scripture deemed to be their most pressing priority…

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 42:1-2 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Psalm 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Mark 12:28-30 And one of the scribes came up and …asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Luke 10:41-42 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

What is your “one thing”? What is your highest priority? And does your schedule, practice, and desire reflect that? I would love to write more on this, but I have something more important to do!

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The Importance of the Pastoral “I Don’t Know”

Jared Wilson:

One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor’s arsenal is “I don’t know.” The pressure to know and be everything everybody expects us to know and be can be pride-puffing. I once worked at a bookstore where we were told never to say “I don’t know” to a customer. We must give them some answer, any answer, even if it was a guess or a likely wrong answer. Customers don’t want to hear “I don’t know” from service people, but even a wrong answer makes them feel helped. I confess the temptation to “satisfy the customer” has persisted through my ministry days, for a variety of reasons. I want people to feel helped. And I also don’t like looking like a rube.

Are You Insulting God in Worship?

Sam Storms:

Little words can mean a lot. They can make the difference between good and evil, between heaven and hell. In this case, a right understanding of a single word is the only thing that prevents an act of worship from degenerating into a colossal insult to God. It’s the word “for.”

What Dodgeball Taught Me About Growth in Christ

Kevin Halloran:

Looking back at where I have come since I left my physical “prime”, I notice that I have grown deeper in my knowledge and love for Christ, my love for others and the desire to see souls saved, my desire to bless His church with the gifts He has given me, and my ability to withstand temptation by the Spirit’s power.

The Bible and Same-Sex Relationships

Tim Keller:

There are a number of other books that take the opposite view, namely that the Bible either allows for or supports same-sex relationships. Over the last year or so I (and other pastors at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) have been regularly asked for responses to their arguments. The two most-read volumes taking this position seem to be those by Matthew Vines and Ken Wilson. The review of these two books will be longer than usual because the topic is so contested today and, while I disagree with the authors’ theses, a too-brief review can’t avoid appearing cursory and dismissive. Hence the length.

I see five basic arguments that these books and others like them make.


DNA denier Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is a Big Media star

Jun 04, 2015 12:48 pm | Marsha West

 

As the next phase in the Kardashian campaign for big bucks from reality TV gets underway, with former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner declaring himself “Caitlyn,” the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) went into action. The gay lobby quickly issued an “Open Letter to Our Colleagues” on how to “accurately” cover “Caitlyn Jenner.” The […]

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Cindy Jacobs was first to “prophesy” C. Peter Wagner would be “Apostle”

Jun 05, 2015 10:41 am | Marsha West

 

John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire  continues to expose the false teaching of the NAR “apostles” and “prophets.” While still assessing the damage done through Empowered21’s Jerusalem gathering, where many were exposed to New Apostolic Reformation leaders and teachings, it seems appropriate to share these words from Cindy Jacobs about her own alleged prophetic gift, as […]

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Wife of Village Church pedophile speaks out about her abuse

Jun 05, 2015 10:59 am | A. Spreeman

 

Many questions are mushrooming up over why a megachurch would protect a confessed pedophile while disciplining the man’s wife. The wife of a confessed child porn user working for Matt Chandler’s Village Church has responded to the way she has been treated by the church, You’ll recall last week, Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The […]

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No need for Christ in Alcoholics Anonymous

Jun 06, 2015 11:47 am | Marsha West

 

Many people believe Alcoholics Anonymous or A.A. is a Christian based organization.  Well, nothing could be further from the truth.  Researcher and blogger John Lanagan has uncovered the occult origins of this organization and has written a book and a plethora of articles to expose A.A.’s beliefs.  To discover the truth behind A.A. and its popular Twelve Step […]

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The New Transgender Agenda: Cultural Confusion

Jun 06, 2015 01:56 pm | Marsha West

 

Dave Fiorazo, author, speaker and radio host, addresses the Left’s attempt to normalize what the majority of people have always thought of as a sexual perversion: Transgenderism. Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner has been portrayed by the press as courageous for saying publicly that he no longer wishes to be a man; now he wants to be viewed […]

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Going against God “just for fun”

Jun 06, 2015 09:06 pm | Marsha West

 

I wrote this piece a few years ago to bring to light the sad fact that more and more Christians were becoming involved in occult practices.  Well, nothing has changed since I wrote this.  In fact, Christianity is infected with the deadly occult virus, thanks largely to so-called Christian leaders, to include pastors, elders, and Bible […]

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Transgendered Gnosticism

Jun 07, 2015 10:46 am | Marsha West

 

In this piece Jesse Johnson of The Cripplegate does a stellar job of tackling the crazy mixed up transgender movement which, as you will see, is steeped in gnosticism, a heresy the early Church faced. Gnostics were a first-century cult that taught that matter didn’t matter. More precisely, they held that our physical bodies were vulgar and […]

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White House to Order Faith-based Grant Recipients to Accept LGBT Applicants

Jun 08, 2015 11:52 am | Marsha West

 

WASHINGTON DC, May 29 (C-Fam) A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious objections. The […]

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Tony Campolo Calls for Full Inclusion of LGBT Into the Church

Jun 08, 2015 02:07 pm | Marsha West

 

The founder of Red Letter Christians and Emergent Church leader Tony Campolo has called for full inclusion of gay and lesbian “Christians” into the church.  Campolo is a “Progressive Christian” (read: liberal) so it comes as no surprise that he would go against the clear teaching of Scripture on the sin of homosexuality.  For those who are […]

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Media respond to Houston dropping hot potato “pastor” Driscoll from Hillsong Conference 2015

Jun 08, 2015 07:33 pm | Marsha West

 

Here’s a comedy of errors if ever there was one.  Hillsong Church’s pastor and notorious false teacher Brian Houston decided to drop former pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll, from Hillsong Conference 2015 even though he has been fully aware of the controversy over Driscoll.  Houston had many people shaking their heads when he decided to do an interview with Driscoll. Well, over the […]

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Infancy Scriptures

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Q.   My question is about the so-called “Infancy Scriptures.” I saw a TV special on them and was surprised at how the Lord was depicted, supposedly as an angry and unruly child. The special said that Jesus had to learn how to master His emotions as any child would and that later He became a great leader. Do you buy any of this? What exactly are these “Infancy Scriptures”? They seem disrespectful to me!

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Is The Rich Man And Lazarus A Parable?

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Q. (Luke 16: 19.31).. Is the “story” about Lazarus and the rich man a parable or not? Can we assume from that’s what happens to believers and unbelievers after death or not? Some people make this passage out to be “just another parable”. What is your opinion?

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Please Comment On Matthew 7:5-7

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Q. Would you comment on Matthew 7:5-7, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

Sometimes when I talk to a nonbeliever about the Bible and they totally reject the gospel this verse comes to my mind. Am I taking it out of context? Would you share your thoughts about this verse?

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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime

9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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New York judge rules that it is racist to expect teachers to be functionally literate

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This story is from The Stream.

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A federal judge in New York has struck down a test used by New York City to vet potential teachers, finding the test of knowledge illegally discriminated against racial minorities due to their lower scores.

[…][T]he city’s second Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST-2) …[is]… simply a test to make sure that teachers had a basic high school-level understanding of both the liberal arts and the sciences.

One sample question from the test asked prospective educators to identify the mathematical principle of a linear relationship when given four examples; another asked them to read four passages from the Constitution and identify which illustrated checks and balances. Besides factual knowledge, the test also checks basic academic skills, such as reading comprehension and the ability to read basic charts and graphs.

Nevertheless, this apparently neutral subject matter contained an insidious kernel…

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Stale White Bread: The State of Evangelism in the Church

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In an article last month in Christianity Today on the state of evangelism in the American church, Ed Stetzer summarizes two recent studies by Lifeway Researchers and the Barna Group. The Lifeway study concluded what any observant ChristiaWhite-Breadn already knows—evangelism has dropped off significantly in recent decades. Most Protestant Christians (85%) believe they have a responsibility to share the gospel, but only a few (25%) actually do so, or plan to do so.

Why is this? As with any issue, the answer is complex, but I can suggest several reasons.

First, evangelism training has not changed much in 50 years. The last evangelism training many Christians received was the same as what their grandparents received, even though the world has drastically changed. Post-WWII evangelism was primarily aimed at Roman Catholics and liberal Protestants, both of whom held to a Pelagian or semi-Pelagian view of man’s ability to merit God’s…

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Tony Campolo Wants to be the World’s Friend

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“It has taken countless hours of prayer, study, conversation and emotional turmoil to bring me to the place where I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church,” he wrote in a statement posted to his website.

As previously reported, Campolo serves as one of the leaders at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, which is part of the National Baptist Convention USA and American Baptist Churches USA. In the 1990’s, he served as a spiritual adviser to then-President Bill Clinton, including during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Campolo’s wife, Peggy, is a homosexual activist and believes that the Church should be accepting of same-sex “marriage.” He explained on Monday that his wife is one of the reasons why he has decided to endorse acceptance of homosexuals in Christianity.

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The Gospel and Paul and Silas in Philippi

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11 Ἀναχθέντες δὲ ἀπὸ Τρῳάδος εὐθυδρομήσαμεν εἰς Σαμοθρᾴκην, τῇ δὲ ἐπιούσῃ εἰς Νέαν πόλιν 12 κἀκεῖθεν εἰς Φιλίππους, ἥτις ἐστὶν πρώτη [ς] μερίδος τῆς Μακεδονίας πόλις, κολωνία. Ἦμεν δὲ ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ πόλει διατρίβοντες ἡμέρας τινάς. (Acts 16:11-12 NA28)

11 And having set sail from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the next day to Neapolis 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a prominent city of the District of Macedonia, a colony, and we stayed in this city some days. (Acts 16:11-12  translated from the NA28 Greek text)

As you know, Paul’s friend and companion Luke wrote the book of Acts in the New Testament. In Acts 16:10, we read that after Paul and seen the vision to leave Asia and come to Europe after seeking the will of God for next focus of his missionary journey, Luke includes himself in the…

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Responding To Five Arguments About Arsenokoites…

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When it comes to rebuttal against all the various attacks against the Biblical teaching on issues related to gender, sexual morality and marriage, there is no shortage of Christian responses.  Folks like Drs. Robert Gagnon, Michael Brown, James White, Albert Mohler, etc. have provided the Christians with no shortage of scholarly and popular level apologetic work against the onslaught that is coming against the Bible from the “Christian” QUILTBAG mafia.

In reality though, the type of rhetoric that one runs into on Facebook is pretty simplistic; it’s not the stuff that Gagnon and Brown are responding too.  Those guys are writing stuff that engages the arguments from writings like James Brownson’s book Bible, Gender, Sexuality.

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Though many of the popular arguments come from guys like Brownson, not a whole lot of people you’ll be talking to will have actually read guys like Brownson.  In the internet game of telephone…

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Pentebabbleist Mega Church Hillsong Doesn’t Want Self Aggrandizing Heretic Mark Driscoll on its Program…

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The head of Pentecostal mega-church Hillsong has dropped US preacher Mark Driscoll from the lineup of the church’s 2015 Australian and UK conferences, saying furore around his controversial sermons – including some describing women as “penis houses” – would be an “unnecessary distraction”.

Brian Houston said on Sunday after “personal interaction” with Driscoll he had decided to rescind his invitation to the events, the Australian version of which is expected to draw 30,000 this month.

This strikes me as odd.  Why would pentebabbleist heretics not embrace a self aggrandizing heretic?  A gathering of heretics unwilling to embrace a fellow heretic?  Just odd.

Driscoll resigned from Seattle’s Mars Hill church in October after its board found him “guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner”.

But uproar in recent days has focused on the content of…

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