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July 10, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily News/Commentary Collection

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Jul. 10, 2015

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Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday joined the celebration of the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, saying he’s “never been so happy to be with an outfit that’s going out of business.”

U.S. officials brushed aside the latest delay in negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program, which sets another clock ticking for the Obama administration. The failure of Iran and world powers to seal a deal in Vienna on Thursday means Congress will get 60 days rather than 30 to review — and potentially reject — any agreement sent to lawmakers before Sept. 8.

The Obama administration is caught in a trap as it tries to bring home a trade deal with its Pacific Rim partners. Some of the chief beneficiaries may be big drug companies like Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG, and Pfizer Inc. while the losers could be consumers in both the U.S. and the region. The administration says it’s bound by congressionally imposed instructions to try to get as much current U.S. law as possible into trade accords — including stringent protections for patented drugs that it’s repeatedly tried to ease at home to encourage more cost-saving generics.

New homes are fetching record prices in London even as the city’s wider housing market slows. The average sale price of brand-new properties in the U.K. capital breached $1,540 a square foot for the first time.

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Saying South Carolina’s history has forever changed, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill Thursday to relegate the Confederate flag to the state’s “relic room,” more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.

Ash spewing from Mount Raung volcano on Indonesia’s main island of Java sparked chaos for holidaymakers as airports closed and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands.

Tens of thousands marched in Tehran and Baghdad Friday in annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day demonstrations in support of Palestinians, but Saudi Arabia this year joined arch-foe Israel as the target for protesters.

A Pennsylvania man convicted of raping his wife’s teenage daughter in an effort to conceive a baby the couple could raise as their own was sentenced on Thursday to up to 27 years in prison.

On Tuesday, the Memphis City Council unanimously approved a resolution to move the remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from Health Sciences Park. Gen. Forrest, after the Civil War, served as the first leader or “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan when it formed in 1866. State officials across the country have been calling for the eradication of Confederate symbols, icons, and monuments from key sites in recent weeks. Yet if the council’s plan goes through, it would be the first attempt to disinter the corpse of a Confederate leader as a symbolic gesture to denounce Dixie’s white-supremacist history.

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Saud al-Faisal, formerly the world’s longest-serving foreign minister who oversaw four decades of turbulent diplomacy for the oil-rich kingdom, has died.

A bunch of Japanese grapes has sold for a record $8,200, or $315 per berry — no trifling matter even in a country where fruit can cost a small fortune. The record-setting bunch of 26 “Ruby Roman” grapes was the highest-priced at this year’s first auction in Kanazawa.

A secretive polygamist group will have to provide South Dakota regulators with more information before they will decide whether to allow the sect to draw water more quickly at a compound in the Black Hills.

Climate change is causing wild bumblebees to disappear from large swaths of their historical range, which could spell disaster for pollinating crops in Europe and North America, new research suggests.

President Vladimir Putin announced Friday that India and Pakistan will join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a group dominated by Russia and China and also including former Soviet republics in Central Asia.

California’s towering redwood trees are dying of thirst. For the big, old trees, they can use more than 2,000 liters of water per day during the summer.

A towering icon of Yosemite National Park just got a face-lift, as a huge slab of rock recently peeled off Half Dome, possibly changing the route up to the top for climbers.

The U.S. Army’s plan to cut nearly 60,000 military and civilian employees in the next few years has sent shockwaves through Congress and sparked fears about the adverse effect it could have on a still-struggling economy and scores of military communities across the county.

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Chinese shares continued to rally on Friday, gaining momentum from Thursday’s dramatic rebound as drastic government measures to support the volatile market started to have an impact. The Shanghai Composite closed up 4.5% at 3,877.80 after ending the previous session up nearly 6%.

The first of thousands of British holidaymakers have returned home from Tunisia after a warning that another terror attack is “highly likely”.

At least 23 people have been killed and 50 injured in a stampede during a clothes giveaway in Mymensingh city in northern Bangladesh, police said.

The UN said a humanitarian ceasefire will begin in Yemen on Friday, lasting until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, on 17 July.

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In a move that’s prompting questions about the stockpiling of weapons by the federal government’s nonmilitary agencies, the Bureau of Reclamation wants to buy 52,000 rounds of ammunition for use in law enforcement at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

Governments around the world are stepping up pressure on the media to use terms other than Islamic State to describe the extremist group. Mr. Cameron told a BBC radio program that he believed the BBC should not label the group Islamic State because it was offensive to Muslims.


Top News – 7/10/2015

Ten Years After the London Attacks, the British Still Don’t Get it
London mourned the dead and the mutilated on the tenth anniversary of the massacre of 7 July 2005. Fifty-six victims at the hands of suicide bombers with birth certificates from Luton, Bradford, Manchester. A few days ago, at a beach on the Mediterranean, Jihad returned to kill thirty Englishmen. But ten years later, they still do not get it.

Strong Quake Rattles Solomon Islands; No Damage Reported
The 6.5-magnitude quake struck about 165 kilometers (100 miles) west of the capital, Honiara, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami.

If The Confederate Flag Has To Come Down, Then So Does The LGBT Rainbow Flag
There is another flag that is as equally hated, if not more so, than the Confederate flag and flies in a whole lot more places, the LGBT Rainbow flag. Like the Confederate flag, it represents a vast minority of our population. Statistics show that less than 5% of people in America claim to be gay, lesbian or some mixture thereof.

If The Confederate Flag Has To Come Down, Then So Does The LGBT Rainbow Flag
There is another flag that is as equally hated, if not more so, than the Confederate flag and flies in a whole lot more places, the LGBT Rainbow flag. Like the Confederate flag, it represents a vast minority of our population. Statistics show that less than 5% of people in America claim to be gay, lesbian or some mixture thereof.

Obama Orders Cities And Towns To Racially Integrate
The Obama administration unveiled new rules Wednesday to rid the country of racially segregated neighborhoods by directing cities and towns to set goals for reducing segregation, and then regularly report their progress to the feds.

Communist crucifix for Pope Francis who lashes out at capitalism on Bolivia tour
Pope Francis has urged the people of Latin America to stand up to the world’s capitalist system and change the world economic order by creating a “truly communitarian economy” based on distribution of goods among all.

Greek PM Tsipras seeks party backing after abrupt concessions
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to his party’s lawmakers on Friday to back a tough reforms package after abruptly offering last-minute concessions to try to save the country from financial meltdown.

Iran Talks Extend ‘Over Weekend’ Amid Chants ‘Death to Israel’
Millions of Iranians took part in the annual “Death to Israel Day” in Iran on Friday, ironically coinciding with the twice-extended deadline for a deal on the Islamic regime’s nuclear program that apparently will be extended yet again.

For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy
In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”

Jade Helm secrecy ratchets as media barred
The controversies and suspicions surrounding Jade Helm 15, a Special Operations training mission set to kick off in select residential communities in seven states in the coming days, have just ratcheted up a bit due to the military’s recent veiled announcement: No press allowed. Jade Helm…labels Texas and Utah and the southern portion of California as “hostile” …

Isil militants ‘kill four children’ during destruction of historic Iraq church
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) reportedly killed four children this week when they destroyed an ancient Christian church in the Iraqi city of Mosul. A spokesman for the Mosul arm of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Saeed Mamuzini, told news website Rudaw on Thursday that the Mother of Aid church, part of the Caldean Catholic Church which stretches across Iraq and Syria, was thousands of years old.

Iran nuclear: Talks to resume past deadline
Talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme are to resume in Vienna, despite missing another deadline. Britain, France, Russia, China, the US and Germany – the P5+1 – group were hoping a deal by 04:00 GMT to ensure a speedy review by the US Congress. However, US Secretary of State John Kerry said America and other major powers were not in a rush. Iran also expressed a similar position.

Greece debt crisis: Eurogroup says new plan ‘thorough’
The Eurogroup has described new Greek proposals on securing a vital third bailout as “thorough”. President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said a “major decision” could now be made at a eurozone finance meeting on Saturday. The proposals are aimed at staving off financial collapse and preventing a possible Greek exit from the eurozone.

Volcanic ash causes Indonesia airport closures
Five airports in Indonesia have been shut, including those in the tourist hotspot Bali, because of a volcanic eruption, transport officials say. Mount Raung in East Java has been spewing ash into the air for nearly a week, raising concerns it could interfere with aircraft safety. For a second day, many flights between Bali and Australia have been cancelled, stranding travellers.

India’s Narendra Modi accepts Pakistan visit invite
Indian PM Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend a regional summit in Islamabad next year. This will be Mr Modi’s first visit to Pakistan after he took power last year. A meeting between the two leaders on Friday came after increased border hostilities and India cancelled secretary-level talks last year.

Tunisia travel alert: Thousands of Britons to fly home
The first of thousands of British tourists are due to return home from Tunisia after a warning that another terror attack is “highly likely”. Thirty Britons were killed in an attack in Sousse last month – and the Foreign Office is urging Britons to leave.

Israeli kids in Detroit locked up for refusing lunch with father
Three children of Israeli parents in Michigan have been living in a juvenile detention center for the past two weeks. What was their crime? They refused to have lunch with their father. …The children, aged 9, 10 and 14 from the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, refused. Gorcyca held them in contempt of the court and ordered them to live at…a county juvenile detention center …until they are 18.

Pope Francis demands end to ‘genocide’ of Middle East Christians
Pope Francis decried what he called a genocide against Christians in the Middle East while speaking in Bolivia on Thursday. “Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus,” he said.

Massive El Niño growing in California, say models
There is growing evidence California could see an even stronger El Niño event this winter than the 1997 one that caused massive flooding across Northern California.

Hackers ‘stole data of millions of US government workers’
Hackers that breached US government databases stole the personal information of at least 21.5 million people, officials said on Thursday. Those affected include government job applicants, federal contractors, and over a million of their partners, the Office of Personnel Management said. The figure is more than five times higher than the number of people that were feared to have been affected.

Comic-Con: Christian Activists Disrupted By “Beast Rises” A&E Promoters
A team promoting the upcoming horror series took to the streets Thursday alongside the religious protestors usually camped out across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. However, instead of saying “Jesus saves” and “Jesus Will Rise,” posters and shirts for the series read “From Flames, Damien Will Rise” and “The Beast Rises.”

N.Y. Times keeps Cruz off bestseller list
The New York Times informed HarperCollins this week that it will not include Ted Cruz’s new biography on its forthcoming bestsellers list, despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two of the Times’ bestselling titles, the On Media blog has learned.

The Latest: Greece seeks 53.5B euros in new bailout package
Greece is seeking 53.5 billion euros ($59 billion) as part of a new bailout package, according to draft legislation submitted to parliament early Friday.

Kerry says prepared to ‘call end’ to Iran talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he was prepared to “call an end” to nuclear talks with Iran if “tough decisions” are not made.


Top Headlines – 7/10/2015

Jerusalem ‘unimpressed’ by difficulties in Iran talks, believes accord just a matter of time

Iranian official accuses powers of changing their stance

Iranian report: Nuclear talks deadlocked as US refuses to accept Tehran’s ‘rights’ on sanctions

White House: Unlikely for Iran talks to drag on for ‘many more weeks’

Kerry threatens to walk after third extension comes and goes

John Kerry: ‘We will not rush’ on Iran deal

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for Fourth Time

Iran will stay as long as needed in nuke talks; EU sees moment of truth near

Russia and Iran seeking to close nuclear deal in ‘hours’

U.S. Offers Billions in Arms to Ease Mideast’s Iran Anxiety

Former US Defense Official Says Obama’s Iran Deal Will ‘Bring Disequilibrium to the Middle East’

Schabas: There is a distortion in the attention given against Israel in the UNHRC

Arab Peace Initiative is unacceptable, says Israel’s peace talks chief

Analysis: Israel wants to avoid giving Hamas a bartering chip at all costs

Netanyahu: Israel holds Hamas responsible for safety of Israelis missing in Gaza

Report: Thousands of Israeli Arabs, Palestinians Post ‘Death to Jews’ on Their Facebook Profiles

Council of Europe: European Antisemitism Increased ‘Dramatically’ Over Gaza War

Lebanese report: Israel arming Syrian rebels

Over 200 Christians in War-Torn Syria Rescued by Belgium in Secret Operation

Time Is ‘Running Out’ for Imprisoned Sudanese Pastors Facing Possible Death Penalty for Their Christian Faith

Pope Francis demands end to ‘genocide’ of Middle East Christians

Pope Asks Pardon for Church’s ‘Crimes’ Against Indigenous

UN says pause in Yemen fighting to start Friday until end Ramadan

US drone attack kills top Islamic State leader in Afghanistan

Tunisia attack: Thousands of Britons to fly home after warning

FBI Director James Comey: Several ISIS-Inspired July 4 Attacks Foiled

Jade Helm 15, heavily scrutinized military exercise, to open without media access

Detroit Has Fewest Cops Patrolling Streets In Nearly 100 Years

Several big U.S. cities see homicide rates surge

Confederate Battle Doesn’t End in South Carolina as Petitions Spread Across Country

Piracy, other maritime crimes rise in Southeast Asia

For stocks – the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

The Latest: Greece seeks 53.5B euros in new bailout package

Greece news live: Desperate government agrees to tough austerity measures to stay in the eurozone

Greece proposes tax hikes to avoid bankruptcy

China and Russia may assist Greece through BRICS: Duowei

China to gamble on Greece to ‘seize’ European market: Russian experts

China’s President Faces Rare Backlash Over Market Turmoil

New Law Would Let China Cut Off Internet During ‘Emergencies’

Apple’s stock falls into the danger zone

End of US oversight role ‘strengthens’ Internet

Hackers stole Social Security numbers from 21.5 million, gov’t admits

‘Pac-Man’ Spacecraft to Devour and Dispose of Space Junk

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Dadali, Solomon Islands

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachinohe, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Dadali, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Acajutla, El Salvador

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tingo Maria, Peru

More than 50 small earthquakes hit Ventura County, CA

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Volcano Raung erupts, shutting down 4 airports in Indonesia

Up to Five Tropical Cyclones At Once Possible in the Pacific Ocean: How Rare Is That?

Typhoon Chan-hom Targets Shanghai This Weekend; Nangka Becomes Super Typhoon

Linfa Batters Southeast China With Flooding and Wind

Caught on Camera: Tornado Strikes Near Venice, Italy

Massive El Nino growing in California, say models – could bring catastrophic flooding

UNICEF warns of child deaths in N. Korea drought

Spain wildfires burn more than 15,000 hectares

Bumblebee habitats are shrinking at an alarming rate, and scientists are blaming climate change

Support for a Young Earth? Scientists Baffled by Preserved Dinosaur Blood Cells

Scientists rush to freeze plant DNA before ‘sixth extinction’

Animal brains connected up to make mind-melded computer

FDA Clears First Ingestible Device For Medication Adherence

Obama administration revives plan once criticized as ‘death panels’

Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

Ohio Judge Who Serves as Church Elder Refuses to ‘Marry’ Lesbians in Courthouse

Comic-Con: Christian Activists Disrupted By “Beast Rises” A&E Promoters

10 Very Strange Things That Have Happened In Just The Past Few Weeks

Dwight Eisenhower, Billy Graham, and the Makers of American Civil Religion

Comic-Con: Christian Activists Disrupted By “Beast Rises” A&E Promoters

Pope calls for new economic order, criticizes capitalism

Mega-church pastor who became Catholic: “So much started to make sense”


July 9, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Donald Trump may be the most politically incorrect candidate on the Republican side. He openly mocks the news media and addresses the problem of illegal immigration. But even more importantly, he attacks the trade policies that benefit our enemies and adversaries. By doing so, he challenges what radio talk show host Jeffrey T. Kuhner calls the bipartisan “ruling establishment,” whose dominance “is based on the complicity of the mainstream media.”… (more)

July 9, 2015
JOE KOVACS — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened fire in favor of American gun rights during a televised interview Wednesday, and blasted his critics including Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer as a “totally overrated guy.”… (more)

July 9, 2015
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field in North Carolina, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. Trump’s momentum “just keeps on building,” the PPP says on its website, though the poll found Trump drags the bottom of the GOP field among those who could likely beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton…. (more)

July 9, 2015
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump has altered the immigration debate in the United States, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday…. (more)


July 9, 2015
NEWSMAX — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump created a firestorm of controversy with his comments about Mexican illegal immigrants, asserting that they are “bringing drugs” and “crime” and include “rapists.”… (more)

July 9, 2015
SELWIN DUKE — With the San Francisco woman murdered by one of Barack Obama’s “new Americans,” we should ask: how much innocent blood will be spilled on the altar of the Left’s “fundamental transformation” of America? While callow and cowardly corporations are severing ties with Donald Trump because he dared speak a truth in an age of lies, the reality of far too many of the illegals invading our country is this: They’re just committing the crimes Americans won’t commit…. (more)

July 9, 2015
NEWSMAX — The Left has been exploiting a loophole in a 1996 law that abolished sanctuary cities, states and more, and, as a result, has blood on its hands in the killing of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in San Francisco last week, Rep. Steve King tells Newsmax TV…. (more)

July 9, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — There are over 200 “sanctuary cities” in 32 states that give safe harbor to illegal immigrants, even violent ones with felony records like the man accused of killing a San Francisco mother last week, according to a new analysis…. (more)

July 9, 2015
NEWSMAX — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson agrees with Donald Trump that sanctuary cities – – which prohibit the use of municipal funds to enforce federal immigration laws and do not allow police to ask about a person’s immigration status – – should be outlawed…. (more)

July 9, 2015
MICHELLE MALKIN — The random, heartless murder of a young tourist on San Francisco’s Pier 14 by a five-time illegal alien deportee who benefited from the “progressive” city’s sanctuary policy has law-abiding Americans, law enforcement officials and political opportunists of all stripes up in arms…. (more)

July 9, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Justices on the Supreme Court of Louisiana have ripped into the U.S. Supreme Court for the “complete insult” of creating “same-sex marriage.”… (more)


July 9, 2015
GARTH KANT — Watchdog group Judicial Watch announced it has uncovered proof that directly ties former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the debunked talking points used by former U.N. Ambassador (and current National Security Adviser) Susan Rice to blame the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on a ‘spontaneous protest’ over an anti-Muslim video…. (more)


July 9, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Judicial Watch has released documents obtained from the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service that confirm a strategy to prosecute conservatives who publicly oppose President Obama’s policies…. (more)

July 8, 2015
DAILY CALLER — A federal judge in the district court of South Texas has ordered top officials with the Department of Homeland Security – – including Sec. Jeh Johnson – – to appear in person in his court in Brownsville next month to show why they should not be held in contempt for violating an injunction issued against President Obama’s executive amnesty order…. (more)

July 8, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — A conservative congressman says the murder of a San Francisco woman by an illegal immigrant deported five times is a microcosm of the border security dereliction of the Obama administration and liberal city leaders choosing to reward criminal behavior…. (more)

July 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — Several recent surveys show that a majority of Americans agree with Donald Trump that the United States needs to secure its southern border with Mexico. According to Rasmussen Reports, 63 percent of Americans want the U.S. to gain control of the border, while just 30 percent want to make undocumented immigrants legal citizens…. (more)

July 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “really is igniting a firestorm that’s a long time coming” with his controversial comments about illegal immigrants, retired INS special agent Michael Cutler told Newsmax TV on Tuesday…. (more)

July 8, 2015
DAILY CALLER — An illegal alien from Mexico who was deported last year is accused of fatally shooting and burning a Washington woman and her son. Prudencio Fragos-Ramirez, 25, was arraigned on Monday and is being held on $1 million bail for the murders of 18-year-old Maria Cruiz-Calvillo and her 3-year-old son, Luis Lopez-Cruz, the Tri-City Herald reports…. (more)


July 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — The U.S. Army plans to cut 40,000 troops over the next two years, affecting all its domestic and foreign posts, USA Today reported on Tuesday, saying the Army also planned to cut 17,000 civilian employees…. (more)

July 8, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The American Dream of a home is slipping out of reach for millions of Americans, especially African Americans, as house sales hit a 20-year low, according to a new Harvard University study of the U.S. housing market…. (more)

July 8, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Obama administration once again is touting new data showing job growth and another drop in the nation’s unemployment rate, but beneath the surface lies a more bleak picture of the U.S. economy, as more and more Americans disappear from the labor force…. (more)

July 8, 2015
NEWSMAX — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin…. (more)

July 7, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — After spending most of June giving President Obama new authority to negotiate trade deals with low-wage countries in Asia, congressional Republicans are now poised to spend July giving Obama new authority over education in America’s public schools. This is a big disappointment for those of us who worked hard to elect a Republican Congress last November. We expected the new Congress to take power back from the president, not give him more…. (more)

July 7, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — I’m not a big fan of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts has made some very bad decisions. He doesn’t seem to be much a fan of the Constitution. But even he opposed the decision by the majority to effectively dissolve marriage as the institution it has been for 6,000 years…. (more)

July 7, 2015
BREITBART — A 24-hour period last Wednesday and Thursday saw two cases of male illegal immigrants allegedly murdering women in two separate U.S. states: California and Texas… (more)


Daily Digest

July 10, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.” —George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Hackers Stole Data on 8% of U.S. Population From OPM

The data breach at the Office of Personnel Management feels like some kind of twisted auction. In early June, it was the data of four million federal employees. Any higher? Hey, it’s the middle of June and the number has risen to 14 million and the applications of everyone seeking a security clearance. Going, going… Wait, OPM announced Thursday there was a second hack affecting 21.5 million Americans who worked for the government, contracted with the government, or were married to or friends with someone who was. Not only were Social Security numbers, names and birthdates taken, the hackers (probably from China) have addresses, mental health history, some financial records and fingerprints of a significant percentage of the American population. The breach extends to people like FBI Director James Comey, who admitted he, too, had his data stolen in the breach. OPM said taxpayers would foot the bill for three years of identity-theft protection from a private company for those affected. But for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, it’s not enough. In a statement, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said he wanted OPM Director (and former National Political Director for Obama’s campaign) Katherine Archuleta gone. “The technological and security failures at the Office of Personnel Management predate this director’s term,” Warner said, “but Director Archuleta’s slow and uneven response has not inspired confidence that she is the right person to manage OPM through this crisis.”

Oregon Bakers Must Pay Fine by Monday

The state’s assault on the Oregon bakers who declined to make a cake for a lesbian wedding isn’t over. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the now-shuttered Sweet Cakes by Melissa, to pay their $135,000 fine by Monday, July 13 … or else. “We have asked that they get in touch with us by July 13th either to make a payment in full, or an arrangement for partial payment, or as they know, they can contact our agency and seek what is called a stay of enforcement,” BOLI said through a spokesman. If the Kleins seek a stay but are denied, they can appeal through the Oregon courts, but given the thorough smackdown they’ve already received a reprieve is unlikely. “Basically,” said Aaron Klein, “the state of Oregon is saying we can kick you out of your house and make you homeless. They have no qualms about the fact that they’re doing this to my five kids as well.” That’s because the Kleins committed the ultimate sin of crossing the Rainbow Mafia. The good news is the couple has raised more than $200,000 through a funding campaign (their first fundraising effort was shut down by GoFundMe, which claimed the Kleins’ purpose was “discriminatory”). The bad news is their income has been halved since being forced to close their bakery. Aaron now works as a garbage collector to put food on the table for his family.

ObamaCare ‘Death Panels’ Resurrected

When Democrats can’t get their agenda through the legislature via legitimate means, they turn to federal agencies to implement it instead. Case in point: ObamaCare. Leftists scored big with its passage in 2009, but fierce opposition to what became known as “death panels” forced them to abandon a provision that would have granted financial incentives to physicians providing counseling to aging Medicare patients. Now that ObamaCare is “the law of the land,” as the Supreme Court has twice wrongly affirmed, the Department of Health and Human Services is taking matters into its own hands. This week, with the support of the American Medical Association, HHS put “death panels” back on the examination table. Advocates quickly noted it isn’t a mandate. “Rather, the proposed regulation would allow medical providers to bill Medicare for ‘advance-care planning’ should a patient want to have the discussion,” according to the Los Angeles Times. But we were also promised that we could keep our insurance plan if we liked it. The way some conservatives presented death panels in 2009 — ask your doctor if death is right for you — was somewhat of an exaggeration, but it maybe wasn’t so much hyperbole as it was a prediction. Just five years ago, few thought same-sex marriage would be legal in 2015. In fact, Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who now embrace same-sex marriage, once opposed it. For leftists, progress means moving the goal posts when the opportunity is convenient. That’s why the idea of the government making life-and-death decisions isn’t anything to scoff at. Just ask our nation’s veterans.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Carter’s Wrong — America Is Not in Inevitable Decline

By Lewis Morris

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Contrasting visions

As the worst U.S. president of the 20th century, Jimmy Carter’s prognostications about foreign policy should be taken for what they’re worth — nothing. But that didn’t stop MSNBC from asking the former president his thoughts on the state of America in the modern world. Carter’s response was predictably pessimistic.

America is “in an inevitable relative decline,” Carter said, “not because of any fault of ours” but through “the combination of China and India and Brazil and South Africa and others” exercising “economic and cultural influence [that] will replace a lot of the power and preeminence that the United States enjoyed in the past.”

“It’s just happening,” Carter explained, “in the historical evolutionary, unavoidable circumstance.”

At least he didn’t use the word “malaise.”

Carter’s mindset is shared by the leftist intelligentsia. They have predicted and, more importantly, sought to bring about our nation’s downfall for decades, rolling out a string of would-be superpower replacements ranging from the former Soviet Union to Saudi Arabia, Japan, the European Union and now China. Carter joins the likes of Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs, serial plagiarist Fareed Zakaria and former Enron adviser Paul Krugman in wistfully speaking of America’s bygone status, but their views are tainted by a raw disdain for the U.S. and what it stands for.

They pretend to lament the days of American greatness, but they often rail against the U.S. for being an international “bully” standing athwart some socialist utopia. Simply peel back Carter’s words on MSNBC or one of Krugman’s New York Times columns, and lurking just below the surface is contempt for capitalism, individual liberty and the republican form of government that made this country great.

As Investor’s Business Daily pointed out, American decline is no more inevitable than its rise as a world power. And who’s to say that America is in decline anyway? Despite the best efforts of Carter, Obama, Krugman and friends, America remains the world’s preeminent power. No other country, or combination of countries, can do what we do, because they don’t have what we have.

This nation’s wealth rivals that of China, Japan, the UK and Germany combined. It is home to by far the richest and most robust consumer market. And our military still holds sway the world over despite recent and unwise cutbacks.

Carter’s assertion that other countries stand ready to replace America is overselling it a bit. The oft-cited bogeyman China just suffered an economic shock this week that wiped out a third of its stock market’s value. And years of forced abortion and social engineering are destined to send that country into a demographic tailspin that could unravel its social fabric in the coming decades.

The European Union is constantly on the brink of unraveling because of debt issues from member states like Greece and Portugal. The nations that make up the EU can’t even agree on a defense strategy, despite the fact that the two bloodiest wars of the last century were born there.

Decline, as political analyst Charles Krauthammer once put it, is a choice — one that Carter consciously made when he buckled to the Islamists who took over Iran in 1979, and one our current commander in chief is making with that very same regime over its nuclear weapons program.

Carter, Obama and their ilk speak of American decline not so much because that’s what they see, but because it’s what they want. Their inherent pessimism guides their decisions, as does their disdain for individual liberty and personal responsibility. The very things that make this country great are what annoy them most, and they want to knock us down a few pegs. Consequently, they look to nations that don’t possess America’s qualities as a means to offset our power and influence.

In recent times, few have understood the greatness and unique qualities of this country better than Ronald Reagan. It was no accident that America thrived under his leadership because he believed in this country and recognized how special it truly is. He shared that vision succinctly in his farewell address in 1989:

“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”

In fact, Reagan concluded, “We did it. We weren’t just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all.”

As Reagan did after Carter, our nation is in desperate need of a post-Obama leader who can once again prove how very wrong the anti-America Left really is.

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Tony Perkins: “Same-sex ‘marriage’ isn’t about building homes — it’s about destroying them. Ask Aaron and Melissa Klein. … In another sickening twist, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is ordering the family to pay their $135,000 fine by next Monday or the state will put a lien on their home. … [A] spokesman for the Bureau was candid about the brutal lengths it will go to exact payment. ‘The letter informs them that if we do not hear from them, we may turn the matter over to the Department of Revenue, which can place a lien on real property.’ Of course, the spokesman offered, ‘they can also ask for a stay of enforcement while they pursue their appeal.’ That’s cold comfort, since the person who would decide the stay is the same wannabe despot who issued the fine in the first place: Brad Avakian. ‘The judge, jury, and executioner are all in one place,’ attorney Anna Harmon vented. ‘He is intent on using his office to root out thought and speech with which he personally disagrees.’ An office, one investigation shows, that was already ethically compromised. … In emails, text messages, phone calls, and other documents, The Daily Signal found a shocking amount of collusion between the Bureau and the largest LGBT activist group in the state: Basic Rights Oregon (BRO). Avakian had already held a string of closed-door meetings with BRO leading up to Sweet Cakes’s judgment. BRO was given exclusive access to the office’s media strategies, heads-up on breaking news in the suit, in-person meetings about Sweet Cakes’s case, and even behind-the-scenes talking points. If anyone should be under the microscope for prejudice, it’s Avakian — not Aaron and Melissa Klein.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The most important political office is that of private citizen.” —Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)

From the race-baiter in chief: “South Carolina taking down the confederate [sic] flag [is] a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.” —Barack Obama live-tweeting the removal of the flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds Friday morning (And no, leftists will never be satisfied by this or any other gesture of good will.)

The gun grabber: “I’m going to speak out against the uncontrollable use of guns in our country because I believe we can do better. … We have to take on the gun lobby. . . . This is a controversial issue. I am well aware of that. But I think it is the height of irresponsibility not to talk about it.” —Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire rallies

Social engineering: “The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts. Our values as a country are reflected in our laws. I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages.” —Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) on her bill to strike the words “husband” and “wife” from all federal laws

The BIG Lie: “[I]f the world acts now [on climate change] it will prevent up to 69,000 premature deaths in the U.S. in the year 2100 alone from poor air quality and extreme heat. And, of course, if we fail to act, the reverse is true. … We will lose billions of dollars and human lives if we fail to act.” —Gina McCarthy (“If we want to talk about pre-mature deaths, how about the 57 million innocent unborn children whose lives have been stolen since Roe v. Wade?” —Sen. James Inhofe)

Non Compos Mentis: “What percentage of the atmosphere is CO2? I don’t have that calculation.” —Gina McCarthy (“[Y]ou’re the head of the EPA … and you didn’t even know what the content of CO2 in the atmosphere was, which is the justification for the very policies you’re talking about.” —Rep. Dana Rohrabacher)

And last… “John Kerry warned Iran that President Obama is ‘ready to walk away’ from nuclear negotiations. He’s bluffing. You can’t walk away when you’re on your knees.” —Fred Thompson

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Violent Crime Is Surging In Major U.S. Cities And The Economy Is Not Even Crashing Yet

Violent Crime - Public DomainDon’t let anyone tell you that crime is going down in America.  All over the United States, rates of violent crime in our major cities are increasing by double digit percentages.  Murders are way up, shootings are way up and rapes are way up.  So what is behind this sudden spike in crime?  In Baltimore, authorities are pointing to the racial tensions that were stirred up by the riots that erupted in protest to the death of Freddie Gray.  But what about the rest of the country?  From coast to coast, we are witnessing a dramatic increase in violent crime, and the economy is not even crashing yet.  So what is going to happen when the next great economic crisis hits us, unemployment skyrockets, and people really start hurting? (Read More…)


European Leaders Promise The Greek Debt Crisis Will Be Resolved One Way Or Another On Sunday

The End - Public DomainThe wait will soon be over.  Greece submitted a final compromise plan to its eurozone creditors on Thursday, European finance ministers will meet on Saturday to discuss the proposal, and an emergency summit of all 28 EU nations on Sunday will make a final decision on what to do.  The summit on Sunday is being billed as a “final deadline” and a “last chance” by EU officials.  In essence, Greece is being given one more opportunity to embrace the austerity measures that are being demanded of them by their creditors.  So has Greece gone far enough with this new proposal?  We shall find out on Sunday. (Read More….)


 The Chinese Stock Meltdown That Makes the Greece Saga Look Trivial

The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index has lost 28 percent since its peak on June 12, the worst selloff in two decades. About $3.9 trillion in market valuation has evaporated, more than the total annual output of Germany—the world’s fourth-largest economy—and 16 times Greece’s gross domestic product. The benchmark is still up 82 percent in the past year, the most among the world’s major markets.

As shares tumbled, companies rushed to apply for trading suspension. More than 1,400 companies stopped trading on mainland exchanges, locking sellers out of 50 percent of the market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission also banned major shareholders, corporate executives, and directors from selling stakes in listed companies for six months.

Chinese stocks have become the most volatile among major markets after Greece. A measure of 30-day price swings on the Shanghai benchmark reached 56, the highest since 2008. The volatility is more than five times that of the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index.

Investors who borrow money from brokerages have amplified the boom-and-bust. A fivefold surge in margin debt had helped propel the Shanghai index up more than 150 percent in the 12 months through June 12. On the way down, leveraged investors unwoundtheir holdings to repay the loans, amplifying the crash. While margin debt on the exchanges has declined by 823 billion yuan ($133 billion) since the mid-June peak, to 1.44 trillion yuan, it’s still more than triple the level from a year earlier.


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Huge crowds chanted anti-Israel and U.S. slogans in Iran’s capital on Friday, an indication of the power that hardliners still hold even as negotiators struggle to finalize a nuclear deal that would help normalize the country’s relations with the rest of the world.

“Today, I am here to punch Israel in the mouth,” said Fatemeh Hossieni, a 61-year-old English teacher who was marching for Al-Quds Day, a holiday held to show support for Palestinians. “Israel will be destroyed, America will be destroyed — so will ISIS and England.”

Negotiators for Iran and six world powers — the U.S., Britain, Russia, China, Germany and France — have missed a series of deadlines trying to craft a deal that would restrict Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing punishing economic sanctions.

On Friday, as talks reportedly became fractious, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed warnings that the U.S. was ready to leave the talks, saying they were counterproductive. The negotiations in Vienna were later extended until Monday afternoon.


Iran Made Illegal Purchases of Nuclear Weapons Technology Last Month

The question is not whether Iran can be trusted to uphold the nuclear deal now being negotiated in Vienna (it can’t), but whether the Obama administration and its P5+1 partners can be trusted to punish Iran when it violates the agreement?

Experience shows that unless Iran violates the deal egregiously, the temptation will be to ignore it. For instance, Iran got away with selling more oil than it should have under the interim agreement. More ominously, Tehran repeatedly pushed the envelope on technical aspects of the agreement—such as caps on its uranium stockpile—and got away with it. The Obama administration and other Western powers have so much invested in their diplomatic efforts that they’ll deny such violations ever occurred.

More evidence of Iranian violations has now surfaced. Two reports regarding Iran’s attempts to illicitly and clandestinely procure technology for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs have recently been published. They show that Iran’s procurement continues apace, if not faster than before the Joint Plan of Action was signed in November 2013. But fear of potentially embarrassing negotiators and derailing negotiations has made some states reluctant to report Tehran’s illegal efforts. If these countries have hesitated to expose Iran during the negotiations, it is more likely they will refrain from reporting after a deal is struck.


New Housing Rule Puts the Federal Government In Your Neighborhood… Literally

This is kind of an important piece of news that isn’t getting a lot of attention. Stanley Kurtz, one of my favorite writers, has written an expose at National Review on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new rule, titled the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. And like so many of the laws coming out of D.C., this rule is affirmatively anything but fair.

The AFFH rule is 377 pages long. That in and of itself should be disconcerting, but the details are very chilling, as Kurtz explains:

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Saudi Prince Pledges $32 Billion On The Islamization Of America

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, says he’ll pledge his $32 billion to advance the islamization of America.

The Saudis have spent billions already. 80% of the mosques  built in America are Saudi funded. Islamic groups working to impose the sharia are largely funded by the Saudis. We can look forward to 32 billion more of the “kingdom’s brand of Islam, while censoring criticism of Islam.”

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And it’s not just the media that is on the receiving end of this blood money, but also Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR, which spend millions whining about how lucrative the “islamophobia” business is. As if …

The Saudis have been wildly successful so far.

Wikileaks has begun releasing a trove of documents — half a million cables and other documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry. Wikileaks declares, “Media is not ‘controlled by Jews’ but by Saudi Arabia: media loyalties purchased around the world.” Notice how this wikileaks release has garnered little press.

Alwaleed says he will model his endowment on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, only with a twist: Much of his philanthropic work will help “foster cultural understanding” of Islam in America and the West.

That means promoting the kingdom’s brand of Islam, while censoring criticism of Islam.

Published reports and books reveal Alwaleed already has pledged millions to radical Muslim Brotherhood front groups that have a secret plan to Islamize America and spread Shariah law throughout the West. These pro-jihad groups can now count on a massive and virtually endless infusion of cash to their war chests.


If The Confederate Flag Has To Come Down, Then So Does The LGBT Rainbow Flag

The LGBT demands freedom to think, do, speak and act as they please, but will ill-afford that right to anyone else.

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.” Genesis 9:13-15 (KJV)

As the Progressive Left continues it’s chokehold on the US Constitution in general and on the American people in particular, the watercooler debate is now raging over the Confederate flag’s ability to remain flying in the South and wherever else people choose to display it. So let me just start by saying that the Confederate flag is not a “symbol of hate”, it is American history like it or not. The irony here is that the flag represents a time which saw deep divisions in this nation along many lines, the very same divisions that Obama and Company have been so successful in reactivating in 2015.

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Banning the Confederate flag is a symptom of the fatal disease of Liberalism.

There is another flag that is as equally hated, if not more so, than the Confederate flag and flies in a whole lot more places, the LGBT Rainbow flag. Like the Confederate flag, it represents a vast minority of our population. Statistics show that less than 5% of people in America claim to be gay, lesbian or some mixture thereof. The LGBT Rainbow flag is popping up everywhere you look, and it does not apply to nearly 95% of the country yet no one is calling for it’s removal. Why not? because we are a FREE SOCIETY in which a Constitution, a Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence allows for freedom of speech and expression. But free speech and expression is something very much despised by Obama and the Left.

When I look at the Confederate flag, I do not automatically associated it with slavery. Most people think this way. If we ban the Confederate flag because a vast minority of Americans associate it with slavery, then in the interest of fairness we must also do that with white sheets, hot tar, feathers, metal chains and all the other symbols of slavery in early America. While you’re at it, start removing the backs from all public buses because the back of a bus always makes me think of Rosa Parks and her struggle. Better yet, lets outlaw the buying, selling and production of everything related to cotton. See how silly that sounds? Well, it’s every bit as sensible and mature as banning the Confederate flag.

I do not like the LGBT Rainbow flag, to me it’s a symbol of a sinful, wicked world on it’s way to an everlasting Hell. Not only that, it’s stolen from God and the Bible and that’s plagiarism which is illegal so it’s not just offensive it’s also a crime. Why is no one being prosecuted for this obvious theft of intellectual property? Do you see where I am going with all this? We used to be a free society, we used to be able to express our beliefs and opinions without fear of reprisals. Have we lost that in 2015? Yes, obviously we have.

Ronald Reagan: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction

As you read this, our fundamental rights we have long enjoyed as Americans are being ripped out of our hands, and we are being told how to think and how to act. Persecution of Christians in this country is at an all-time high and climbing every week. The LGBT demands freedom to think, do, speak and act as they please, but will ill-afford that right to anyone else. If we allow the Radical Left to force people to take down the Confederate flag while allowing the display of the LGBT Rainbow flag, then we will have crossed a line from which there is no turning back. We will have ceased to be a democratic Republic and will have become a nation of slaves run by tyrants. Banning the Confederate flag is a symptom of the fatal disease of Liberalism.

America, the choice is yours. May saner minds prevail.


Democrat Lois Capps Launches Pro-LGBT Bill To Ban The Words “Husband” And “Wife” As Hate Speech

In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and that states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) introduced a bill to ensure that the United States Code reflects the equality of all marriages.

EDITOR”S NOTE: No, sadly, this is not satire. All the information in this article was taken directly and in total from the official site of Congresswoman Lois Capps from California. But what it shows is the level of Godless insanity that America is approaching as we flirt with our own destruction. Capp’s bill is proof-positive of what we have been saying all along. The LGBT is not after “marriage equality”, they are after the destruction of heterosexual marriage altogether. 

The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act of 2015 would strike the use of gendered terms such as “husband” and “wife” from the federal code and replace them with more gender-neutral terms, such as “spouse” or “married couple.”

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“The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts,” Capps said. “Our values as a country are reflected in our laws. I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages.”

The proposed legislation would not only ensure that the code reflects marriage equality, but it could also make several positive changes to the U.S. Code by removing areas of gender discrimination written into federal law. For instance, it is currently illegal to threaten the President’s wife – but not the President’s husband. Capps’ bill would update the code to make it illegal to threaten the President’s spouse. The bill would correct a number of these types of discrepancies in the code.

The bill currently has 23 original cosponsors. source


Cyber Pearl Harbor

i) A basic source of the problem is our government’s refusal to profile Muslims. The alternative becomes dragnet surveillance.
I realize that top officials in the military, CIA, and NSA can’t publicly challenge the political orthodoxy. That would be a career killer. But when someone like Michael Hayden retires (as he has), they no longer have that excuse.
ii) But there’s also the outrageous notion that the gov’t should have access to everyone’s computer files. It’s like the NSA setting up an office in every postal dept. to read everyone’s mail before the addressee gets to see it. As if they have a right to eavesdrop whenever they are curious. The police state mentality has become part of the NSA culture.
iii) And it becomes a reductio ad absurdum. In the name of national security, they compromise the security of everyone’s electronic communications.
iv) In addition, this is from the gov’t that can’t protect its own files from Chinese hackers:

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Three more examples of how the ruling class, in the Obama era, is spiraling out of control:

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The Confederate battle flag comes down

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 07:35 AM PDT

It was first used in battle, with Southerners rallying around it in their quest to break apart from the United States. More recently, the Confederate battle flag has been the focal point of a different fight — over whether it should still fly anywhere, given that it symbolizes to many the horrors of slavery. On Friday, outside South Carolina’s State House at least, that fight will come to an end.

Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith, one of the state’s most prominent African-American officials, is expected to take down the banner before it is moved to the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum. FULL REPORT

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Cyber experts: China attacked U.S. stocks, companies

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 07:30 AM PDT

The temporary shutdown Wednesday of New York Stock Exchange trading, United Airlines flights, the Wall Street Journal website and other U.S. business activity likely was the result of a major cyberattack from China, according to a cyberwarfare intelligence analyst who contracts with the U.S. government and a chief investment officer who consults daily with cyber intelligence sources.

The New York Stock Exchange claimed the problem that caused a halt to stock trading for more than three hours was an “internal technical issue” and “not the result of a cyber breach,” while a Department of Homeland Security told CNN there is “no sign of malicious activity” at the NYSE or with the earlier outage experienced by United Airlines. FULL REPORT

 

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Ex-CIA: Cyber blackout shows what enemy could do

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 07:27 AM PDT

While some experts believe there was nothing malicious about the more than three-hour cyber breakdown of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, they do not want to admit the system’s vulnerabilities either to the public or the government, because it would undermine consumer confidence and rattle the American economic system, according to Peter Pry.

Pry, a former analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, also warned that if “unintentional” circumstances can cause such a dramatic disruption to the NYSE operations, “imagine what a skilled and well-resourced malicious cyber adversary may be able to accomplish.” Pry also was a staff director of the congressionally mandated Electromagnetic Pulse Commission, which addressed the potential impact of an EMP attack on the nation’s critical infrastructure. He is director of the congressional advisory Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum. FULL REPORT

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TD AMERITRADE experiencing ‘widespread’ order-routing problems

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 07:21 AM PDT

HERE WE GO AGAIN! TD Ameritrade Holding, parent of the biggest discount brokerage firm by trade executions, is experiencing “widespread” problems executing orders, including those that it has accepted, company officials said on Friday morning.

The company is not yet aware of the cause of the problem, said Chris Gulick, who works in the Omaha-based firm’s office of the president. “We are having some order issues and are working to resolve,” trading product head Nicole Sherrod wrote on Twitter. “I know this is a critical day and all hands are on deck.” FULL REPORT

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Kanawha County Woman Hopes to Change the Name of Stonewall Jackson Middle School

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 07:15 AM PDT

After the debate over the confederate flag being flown at the South Carolina statehouse, Gregg Suzanne McAllister says she was inspired to revisit the issue of the school’s name, which she has been hoping to see changed for several years. “It’s always been a thorn in my side. The fact that I live in a state that would honor General Stonewall Jackson, who, to me, was fighting for the wrong cause,” said McAllister. “It was the wrong cause because it upheld the oppression of African slavery.”

McAllister visited with Kanawha County school officials to figure out how to go about changing the school’s name. She then posted the petition on July 2, which started gaining several signatures on Tuesday. “This might be the low-hanging fruit, and I know we have much bigger issues to deal with as far as educating and closing the achievement gap of African American students. But, this is an obvious fix,” said McAllister. “We want to revisit this in Charleston, West Virginia, because Stonewall Jackson Middle School has a majority minority population.” FULL REPORT

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‘UFO’ which looks like a cloud but flies like a plane captured above New York City

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 06:50 AM PDT

A man has captured the moment a ‘cloud looking’ formation with lights hovered over his home before flying away. But others claim it is a UFO. Hector Garcia said that the cloud, filled with flashing lights, flew off like a spacecraft as he filmed it from a window. “Looking out my window this morning there was a cloud coming down from the sky with sparkling lights in it was moving weird so I pulled my phone out,” he wrote on his YouTube post.

Social media users were quick to react. ‘It looks like a large mass of soap suds to me and not a cloud. Not sure how this would’ve become air born. Perhaps it blew off of some industrial site?’ one person wrote. ‘This is a UFO… its unidentified, it’s flying, and it is indeed an object,’ another added. FULL REPORTThe post ‘UFO’ which looks like a cloud but flies like a plane captured above New York City appeared first on .

Democrats Introduce Bill to Ban ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’ as ‘Anti-Gay’ Words

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 06:33 AM PDT

Fresh off the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, Democrats in California have introduced a bill that would ban the words “husband” and “wife” from being used in federal law because they are “gendered terms” and discriminate against gay people. The words husband and wife were deleted from California state law last year in order to accommodate same sex marriage. Under new legislation proposed by over two dozen Democrats, that same rule would be applied federally. The bill, introduced by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif, would introduce new “gender-neutral” terms such as “spouse” or “married couple.”

“The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts,” Capps said. “Our values as a country are reflected in our laws. I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages.”

Capps said that amending the language used was necessary to reflect “the equality of all marriages” following last month’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage that mandated all states to license same sex marriages. “Now that compulsory gay marriage is the law of the land thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, liberals are reaching out from that decision to see where else they can force the gay lobby’s agenda on the country,” writes Warner Todd Huston. FULL REPORT

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Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 06:23 AM PDT

The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo — even go to a tanning bed. But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification — and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.

“It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children,” said Lori Porter of Parents’ Rights in Education. “They’re our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it’s mindboggling.” In a statement, Oregon Health Authority spokeswoman Susan Wickstrom explained it this way: “Age of medical consent varies by state. Oregon law — which applies to both Medicaid and non-Medicaid Oregonians — states that the age of medical consent is 15.” FULL REPORT

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Antarctic Vortex: This colossal conveyor belt of cold will chill eastern Australia to the bone

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 06:16 AM PDT

This thing is going to be massive. America had its Polar Vortex in 2013, when frigid air streamed down from the north pole causing major snowfalls and record cold temperatures. Eastern Australia, it’s your turn now. Prepare for the Antarctic Vortex. That’s not a technical term. It’s the nickname we’ve given this weather system, but we’re sticking with it. Others, meanwhile, have developed their own monikers.

It’s now only a day or so until the Vortex roars across eastern Australia, bringing freezing temperatures and the likelihood of prolonged snowfalls to low levels. In the mountains things have already kicked off this morning, as the 11am “beer-o-meter” pic demonstrates.And here’s a Friday lunchtime picture from Black Sallees Mountain Bistro in Thredbo, which we’re sure serves generous portions of delicious everything. FULL REPORT

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Bakers who refused to make lesbian wedding cake told to pay $135K by Monday — or else

Posted: 10 Jul 2015 06:11 AM PDT

Two Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages by July 13 or else the state of Oregon could place a lien on their home. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were punished by the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) for unlawfully discriminating against a same-sex couple. The Kleins, who are devout evangelical Christians, argued that baking the cake would be a violation of their religious beliefs.

The BOLI ruling ordered the mom-and-pop bakers to pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple. They were also slapped with a gag order that prohibits them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions. And now – they have until July 13 to pay the damages or else face additional fines and a possible lien on their home. FULL REPORT

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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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American Anti-Intellectualism and the Theological Left

Too much of the theological left, full of certitude and moral superiority, has stopped defending their point of view using the tools of reason. America’s original sin was slavery, but her original error was emotionalism as a substitute for reason. Slavery still mars our politics and anti-intellectualism our discourse. Oddly, it is the theological left that, more and more, is in flight from reason.

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Gay Man Files $70M Suit Against Bible Publishers Over ‘Homosexual’ Verses

In a hand-written suit, Fowler lists all sorts of charges against Zondervan including malicious negligence, strict liability, malice, libel, and violating his civil rights. He filed a suit in June against Tennessee-based publisher Thomas Nelson on similar grounds. He’s seeking $60 million from Zondervan and $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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Letter From A College President

The problem is compounded because so many college leaders can barely discern the symptoms of the malaise and are blind to their underlying, rampant and immutable causes. It is only natural that those who have trained to manage the status quo first and foremost long for its return. In no other industry — with the possible exception of organized religion — is so much wealth entrusted to people so unequipped to manage it.

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The ‘Elder Orphans’ of the Baby Boom Generation

There have been very few studies looking at why so many members of the so-called “Silver Tsunami” are at risk of becoming elder orphans, Carney said. The decision to remain childless is probably contributing. “My generation was one of the first that elected not to have children,” said Dr. Joyce Varner, professor and director of the Adult-Geron Primacy Care NP track program at the University of South Alabama, which teaches nurse practitioners how to provide primary care, especially for the elderly.

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Heidelberg 85: Church Discipline Is The Second Key Of The Kingdom

The goal of the process of discipline is repentance and restoration. When the impenitent person repents, we receive them with joy. It is an answer to much prayer. No one has “won” and no one has “lost” but grace has won and darkness has lost. This is why we leave the ninety-nine sheep (Matt 18:12) and go to great lengths to recover the one. We rejoice because heaven rejoices when they return.

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Six Warnings for Leaders of Growing Churches

Growth brings change that can engender fear and discomfort. A pastor was getting a lot of resistance from the former chairperson of the search committee that called him. The church was growing and change was inevitably taking place. When he kindly reminded the search committee chairperson that she said she wanted to see the church grow, she responded, “Well, I didn’t know these new people would cause so many problems.” The “problems” she noted were actually just simple changes.

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The Presbyterian Pastor Who Did Not Sign

He went first to South Carolina and then in 1760 moved to the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savanna, Georgia… Zubly was known as a man of “lively cheerfulness” whose sermons were described as being “full, clear, concise, searching, and comfortable,” lighting the hearers’ souls, warming their hearts, and raising their affections. Zubly was known to preach in the morning in English, in the afternoon in French, and in the evening in German. His strict Calvinist theology was very suitable to life in the multicultural environment of the American colonies in the eighteenth century.

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Welcome To Culture War 4.0: The Coming Overreach

Religious believers weighing the option of withdrawing from a culture increasingly hostile to their values should redouble their efforts to cultivate their ideas within active subcultures that influence the nation and the next generation of Americans. Those who share a commitment to the freedom to think, speak, associate, publish, and express their beliefs may not have the American Civil Liberties Union in our corner any more—but that just means that we get to take up the noble cause, and the moral authority, they have abandoned.

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North Dakota High Schoolers Win Bid to Start Pro-Life Clubs

The approval followed a demand letter sent by the Thomas Moore Society (TMS) on behalf of SFLA and high school students Katie McPherson and Brigid O’Keefe. TMS sent the letter to Superintendent Jeff Schatz, outlining how the denial violated the federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment.

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The Greatness of John Calvin

Let us not be so easily satisfied with a simple insignia of a simplistic Calvinism; rather, let us drape ourselves with Calvin’s Calvinism, a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, God-glorifying, gospel-driven Calvinism that shines so brilliantly that the deceitful darkness of sin would be conquered in our hearts so that, in turn, we might shine as the light of Jesus Christ to this dark world—for His kingdom and His glory.

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Baptism is a Covenant Sign, But it Doesn’t Regenerate

Kevin DeYoung: Remarkably, though, this deeply spiritual sign was given to Ishmael as well as Isaac, even though only Isaac was the continuation of the promised line… Circumcision … didn’t automatically mean the recipient of the sign was in possession of the thing signified. Circumcision, like baptism, also pointed to belonging, discipleship, covenant obligations, and […]

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Call To Unity–But Just Who is Calling?

Everyone from the Pope, to the President of the United States, to the United Nations, to many Evangelical Christian leaders, have been calling for world unity and peace.  And while the words “unity” and “peace” are appealing, one must look behind the scenes and ask just what would that “unity and peace” look like?  And […]

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The Protection of Church Discipline

On this latest Dividing Line broadcast, I brought a third teaching in a series on the Church, dealing with the often neglected subject of Discipline. A Church failing to exercise discipline among its members is an unloving Church, walking in disobedience to Christ. – JS


20 of my favorite quotes from The Prodigal Church

Recently I’ve shared a couple reflections on, as well as a review of, Jared Wilson’s new book, The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo. This was a book that I underlined quite heavily—probably more than I’ve done on any since Keller’s book on prayer. There’s a ton of wisdom found within its pages. So today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites (some of which have been made into nifty shareable graphics):

“‘Healthy things grow’ sounds right. But cancer grows too.” (40)

“I want to suggest that it’s possible to get big, exciting, and successful while actually failing substantially at what God would have us do with his church. It’s possible to mistake the appearance of success for faithfulness and fruitfulness.” (46)

“Pragmatism is anti-gospel because it treats evangelism as a kind of pyramid scheme aimed at people who have it all together, not discerning that, in the Gospels, those most ripe for the gospel were those at the bottom of the social caste system, the undesirable, the non-influential.” (53)

“Pragmatism is legalistic, because it supposes that evangelism can be turned into a formula for ready results.… The pragmatist has forgotten that Christianity is supernatural, that it is capital-S Spiritual.” (53)

“When you try to help the Holy Spirit, you quench him.” (54)

“It is not in the best interest of the very unbelievers we’re trying to reach to appeal to consumerist tastes in the interest of offering them the living water of Christ.” (67-68)

“When we stage a worship experience that hypes up experience, feelings, or achieving certain states of success or victory, we miss the very point of worship itself: God.” (68)

 

“Neither the Spirit nor the gospel needs help from our production values.” (70)

“We have not prospered theologically or spiritually when we emphasize the professionalization of the pastorate.” (75)

“Fortune-cookie preaching will make brittle, hollow, syrupy Christians.” (77)

“We must have a stronger faith to trust that a sermon mainly about Jesus will ‘help people grow’ more than our set of tips will.” (80)

 

“I will go so far as to suggest to you, actually, that not to preach Christ is not to preach a Christian sermon. If you preach from the Bible, but do not proclaim the finished work of Christ, you may as well be preaching in a Jewish synagogue or a Mormon temple.” (80)

“The self-professed ‘culturally relevant’ churches are the chief proponents of legalism in Christianity today.” (84)

“The ‘dos’ can never be detached from the ‘done’ of the finished work of Christ in the gospel, or else we run the risk of preaching the law.” (85)

“When we preach ‘how to’ law sermons instead of the gospel, we may end up with a bunch of well-behaved spiritual corpses.” (89)

“The reality is, worship does not begin with the worshipper. It begins with God. It is a response to God’s calling upon us.” (97)

“We do not worship the Father, the Son, and The Holy Ingenuity.” (167)

“If you worship God in a less-than-clear or in a doctrine-less sense, you end up worshiping another god. You worship the god made in your image. When we divorce theology from worship, when we fail to cultivate a theology of worship, we compromise our worship. It may look great, but it is hollow and shallow.” (99)

“Part of moving forward and away from the functional ideologies of the attractional church is also abandoning ourselves to the sovereign mercy of the Spirit, who cannot be measured or leveraged or synergized or whatever.” (162)

“The Spirit doesn’t wear the church’s wristwatch. You cannot control him.” (166)

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When A False Teacher Calls America “Israel”

Many people believe that Jonathan Cahn is a modern day prophet and that his books contain “special revelation.” For this reason his books have become best sellers, especially in Christian circles.  His first book, The Harbinger, sold like hotcakes and as a result he became a sought after speaker and frequent guest on the radio talk show circuit. His most recent book, […]

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Do We Have God’s Heart On This?

One good test to decide if we really are sons and daughters of the Living God is if we share his heart on important issues. The true child of God will of course think as God thinks and even feel as he feels. He will reflect his view and his stance on things.

That which breaks the heart of God should also break our heart. That which grieves the heart of God should also grieve our heart. That which disturbs the heart of God should also disturb our heart. If however what he takes delight in we abhor, or if what he abhors we delight in, then we know we are really none of his.

As good a test as any on this one is the issue of homosexuality. Everywhere in Scripture this is presented as a grievous sin which always earns divine disapproval. Yet how many clueless Christians are running around with rainbows in solidary with the homosexual agenda?

How many fake Christians are even claiming God makes people homosexual and he is just fine with it all? These people are deceived and have nothing of God’s heart on this. God hates sin, and so should we. God wants sinners to turn from their sins and repent, and so should we.

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Not over? Alabama Supreme Court should reject marriage decision, legal group says

According to ChristianExaminer:

A prominent legal organization has filed a 36-page brief urging the Alabama Supreme Court to reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, saying the ruling was an “assault” on the rule of law and natural law and that it defied the very words in the Declaration of Independence.

Further, the new brief says, there is major precedent in the nation’s history for a state court to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court decision when it is “unlawful.”

The brief was filed by Liberty Counsel, which is headed by an attorney – Mat Staver – who has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“There is existing precedent for a state’s highest court to reject an unlawful mandate from the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

“The hope of our Constitutional Republic rests upon state officials and American citizens who will refuse to allow five, black-robed judges to rob us of our free, representative form of government. A judicial opinion without constitutional basis is not law and should not be followed by any state or citizen.”

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Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

Liberals who control the state of Oregon have gone completely mad.  The tax-payers will now have to foot the bill for sex-change operations for 15-year olds!  According to Dan Springer of Fox News, there was no public debate on this decision.  He says the policy was changed “to include cross-sex hormone therapy, puberty-suppressing drugs and gender-reassignment […]

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Cold Case Christianity: Why We Know Our Universe, And Everything In It, Had A Beginning (Free Bible Insert)

My career as a Cold Case Detective was built on being evidentially certain about the suspects I brought to trial. There are times when my certainty was established and confirmed by the cumulative and diverse nature of the evidence. Let me give you an example. It’s great when a witness sees the crime and identifies the suspect, but it’s even better if we have DNA evidence placing the suspect at the scene. If the behavior of the suspect (before and after the time of the crime) also betrays his involvement, and if his statements when interviewed are equally incriminating, the case is even better. Cases such as these become more and more reasonable as they grow both in depth and diversity. It’s not just that we now have four different evidences pointing to the same conclusion, it’s that these evidences are from four different categories. Eyewitness testimony, forensic DNA, behaviors and admissions all point to the same reasonable inference. When we have a cumulative, diverse case such as this, our inferences become more reasonable and harder to deny. Why did I take the time to describe this evidential approach to reasonable conclusions? Because a similar methodology can be used to determine whether everything in the universe (all space, time and matter) came from nothing. We have good reason to believe our universe had a beginning, and this inference is established by a cumulative, diverse evidential case:

Philosophical Evidence (from the Impossibility of Infinite Regress)
Imagine a linear race track with a start and finish line. Now imagine you’re a new police recruit and I’ve asked you to put on your track shoes and step into the starting blocks for a physical training (PT) test. The finish line is one hundred yards away. As you place your feet in the blocks and prepare to run, I raise the starting pistol. Just before I fire it, however, I stop and tell you to move the start line and blocks back six inches. You reluctantly do that. Again I raise the pistol to the sky—only to command you, once again, to move the line back six inches. You grudgingly comply. Imagine this continues. Question: Will you ever reach the finish line? No. Unless there is a beginning, you’ll never get to the finish. In a similar way, time also requires a beginning in order for any of us to reach a finish; unless time has a beginning, we cannot arrive at the finish line we call “today.”

Theoretical Evidence (from Mathematics and Physics)
Albert Einstein’s calculations related to the general theory of relativity 1916 indicated the universe was dynamic (either expanding or contracting). The notion of a static universe was so common at the time, however, that Einstein applied a mathematical “constant” to his calculations to maintain the unchanging, uniform nature of the universe he hoped for (he later referred to this effort as “the biggest blunder he ever made in his life” ). Einstein’s calculations suggested the universe was not eternally old and unchanging. Alexander Friedmann, a Russian mathematician working with Einstein’s theories in the 1920’s, developed a mathematical model predicting an expanding universe. This conclusion inferred the universe must have had a beginning from which it was expanding.

Observational Evidence (from Astronomical Data)
Vesto Slipher, an American astronomer working at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, spent nearly ten years perfecting his understanding of spectrograph readings. His observations revealed something remarkable. If a distant object was moving toward Earth, its observable spectrograph colors shifted toward the blue end of the spectrum. If a distant object was moving away from Earth, its colors shifted toward the red end of the spectrum. Slipher identified several “nebulae” and observed a “redshift” in their spectrographic colors. If these “nebulae” were moving away from our galaxy (and one another) as Slipher observed, they must have once been tightly clustered together. By 1929, Astronomer Edwin Hubble published findings of his own, verifying Slipher’s observations and demonstrating the speed at which a star or galaxy moves away from us increases with its distance from the earth. This once again confirmed the expansion of the universe.

Thermal Evidence (from the Second Law of Thermodynamics)
Imagine walking into a room and observing a wind-up toy police car. The longer you watch it roll, the slower it moves. You realize the car is winding down—that is, the amount of usable energy is decreasing. It’s reasonable to infer the car was recently wound up prior to your entry into the room. The fact the toy car is not yet completely unwound indicates it was wound up recently. If the car had been wound much earlier, we would expect it to be motionless by the time we entered the room. In a similar way, the fact our universe still exhibits useful energy—even though the Second Law of Thermodynamics dictates we are on our way to a cosmic “heat death”—indicates a beginning. Otherwise, and if the universe were infinitely old, our cosmos should have run out of usable energy by now. We can reasonably infer it was once tightly wound and full of energy.

Quantitative Evidence (from the Abundance of Helium)
As Astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle studied the way elements are created within stars, he was able to calculate the amount of helium created if the universe came into being from nothing. Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe (Hydrogen is the first), but in order to form helium by nuclear fusion, temperatures must be incredibly high and conditions must be exceedingly dense. These would have been the conditions if the universe came into being from nothing. Hoyle’s calculations related to the formation of helium happen to coincide with our measurements of helium in the universe today. This, of course, is consistent with the universe having a moment of beginning.

Residual Evidence (from the Cosmic Background Radiation)
In 1964, two American physicists and radio astronomers, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson detected what is now referred to as “echo radiation”, winning a Nobel Prize for their discovery in 1978. Numerous additional experiments and observations have since established the existence of cosmic background radiation, including data from the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite launched in 1989, and the Planck space observatory launched in 2009. For many scientists, this discovery alone solidified their belief the universe had a beginning. If the universe leapt into existence, expanding from a state of tremendous heat, density and expansion, we should expect find this kind of cosmic background radiation.

There are numerous, diverse lines of evidence pointing to the same reasonable inference. As we assemble the philosophical evidence from the impossibility of infinite regress, the theoretical evidence from mathematics and physics, the observational evidence from astronomical data, the thermal evidence from the second law of thermodynamics, the quantitative evidence from the abundance of helium, and the residual evidence from the cosmic background radiation, we quickly recognize the different nature of these varied forms of evidence. That’s what makes the case so powerful. Just like my criminal cases, when multiple divergent lines of evidence all point to the same conclusion, you can trust you’re making a proper inference. The evidence for the beginning of the universe is decidedly diverse:

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I’ve briefly excerpted this case from one chapter in my new book, but if you’re interested in the detailed summary of the evidence (and the reason why this evidence points to an eternal first cause “outside the room” of the natural universe), please read God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for A Divinely Created Universe. In addition, if you would like a printable FREE Bible Insert of this simple cumulative case diagram, I’m offering it as this month’s FREE Bible Insert. Just visit the home page at ColdCaseChristianity.com and click the Bible Insert link in the right tool bar.

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, a Christian Case Maker, and the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene


Words of God: To the ends of the earth!

As sons of God, we are commanded to take the gospel to the ends of the earth (see Acts 1:8).

“Ultimately, evangelistic apathy is not a methodological failure; it is spiritual disobedience. The Bible is replete with commands and admonitions to communicate passionately the Gospel with others. Our failure to do so is nothing less than sinful disobedience to the God who gave us unmerited favor through His Son, Jesus Christ.” Thom Rainer

Harry Potter and the Christian concern: seven things we no longer seem worried about

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Christian Today

Christians often panic about cultural phenomena, but the ‘concern’ seems to burn itself out, writes Martin Saunders


10 Bible verses for when you feel afraid

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Christian Today

We all go through times when we feel afraid; whether it’s anxiety about the future, or real fear about a certain situation. Here are ten Bible verses to remind you that God is faithful, whatever our circumstances.


Luis Palau Festival Draws 60,000 to Central Park

Posted on July 10, 2015 by CBN

Evangelist Luis Palau is covering America’s largest city with the gospel. This weekend, his ministry is taking over New York’s Central Park with a festival that’s taken three years to plan.


When You Feel Like Job

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Crosswalk

Have you ever felt like Job? Felt like the world was crashing down around you? Felt as if you had lost everything of importance? If so, you might be wondering if there is hope, if there is anything good in your future. Rest assured that there is!


One God, one vote

Posted on July 10, 2015 by World Magazine

It’s two weeks since the Supreme Court rocked American evangelicals by nationalizing same-sex marriage. It’s also 150 years since the greatest inaugural


8 Signs You Might be a ‘Discipleship Bully’

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Crosswalk

Discipleship relationships can sometimes go sour, particularly if the person in charge of discipleship becomes a bully.


Orthodox… evangelical… liberal?

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Ministry Matters

David Brooks has been sounding like a revival preacher lately. The New York Times columnist said he wrote “The Road to Character” out of a need “to save my own…


Christian Colleges and Businesses Wonder How Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Will Affect Policies

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Many Christian colleges and businesses across the United States adhere to the Bible-based belief that traditional marriage is between one man and one woman. However, the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage could impact such policies based on those beliefs.


Rev. Franklin Graham ‘Outraged’ by New Policy Allowing Teens in Oregon to Undergo Government-Subsidized Sex Change Operation Without Parental Consent

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Gospel Herald

Rev. Franklin Graham has condemned what he calls an “ludicrous” new policy put into effect in Oregon which permits teenagers to get a sex change without their parents knowledge or permission.


Are You Terrified of Losing Control of Your Life?

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Crosswalk

I’ve ramped up my list making. As a single mom, my life has never felt more out of my control. Everything I have built toward has changed.


3 Lessons Natural Disasters Teach Us

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Gospel Coalition

Natural disasters are inevitable in a fallen world, yet they often serve as signposts that point us to eternal realities.


Talking with Catholics about the Gospel

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Gospel Coalition

Many books will help you develop a theological grid for understanding Catholicism. Not many will help you to grow in love. This will help you do both.


5 Reasons to Take Strong Courage Today

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Church Leaders

&At one time or another we all need to hear God say, ‘Take courage.’&


The Main Reason People Don’t Become Church Members

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Church Leaders

&A membership class is a great opportunity to inspire, encourage and breathe life into people who have already indicated a high level of interest in your church.&


9 Things You Should Know About the Confederate Flag Controversy

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Gospel Coalition

Here are nine things you should know about the flag, its history, and the controversy.


Do Not Underestimate A Defeated Devil

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Desiring God

We think we know what’s going on. But often we barely have a clue. Scripture teaches us that what we see happening in the world is only part of the story. There’s a whole dimension to reality that wields a…


‘God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive’ to Release Easter 2016, Will Feature ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Sadie Robertson

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Gospel Herald

God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive, the sequel to the popular 2014 film, is slated for Easter 2016 release and will feature a variety of well-known celebrities, including Duck Dynasty darling Sadie Robertson.


For Reasons Unknown, 20 Iraqi Christians Detained in Southern California: ‘Almost Free, but not Quite Free’

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Gospel Herald

A group of 20 Iraqi Christians have been held in a southern California detention facility run by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, for over four months. They are part of the Chaldean Christian community and want to claim asylum from the terror group known as ISIS.


Jeremy Lin Signs Deal with Charlotte Hornets: ‘God Has Always Worked Things Out for My Good’

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Gospel Herald

NBA All-Star Jeremy Lin has decided to sign with the Charlotte Hornets in a two-year deal, ending his free agency run. He made the bombshell announcement on social media Wednesday.


Candace Cameron Bure Defends Oregon Bakery Forced to Pay $135,000 to Lesbian Couple Over Discrimination Charges

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Gospel Herald

American actress Candace Cameron Bure has come out in defense of an Oregon bakery that has been ordered to pay $135,000 for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake for a lesbian couple. She made her views known on ABC’s daytime talk show “The View” on Wednesday.


Cowboy church ropes hearts with rodeo, worship

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Baptist Press

A cowboy church’s annual rodeo is ‘a good, clean, multi-hour event that a family can go to,’ pastor Doug Davis says. This year’s rodeo – with its first-ever altar call and baptism — yielded 121 professions of faith and 249 rededications.


Christian Bakers Who Declined to Make Cake for ‘Gay Wedding’ to Seek Stay of $135,000 Order

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Christian News

GRESHAM, Ore. — The owners of a Christian bakery in Oregon who were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to two lesbians who claimed that they suffered emotionally after they were told that the bakery could not make a cake for their ceremony will be seeking a stay of the order as they seek to appeal the…


When she converted from Islam to Christianity, did woman risk her life?

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Religion News

Rifqa Bary made headlines when she claimed her Muslim parents threatened to kill her. But a report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) found discrepancies in Bary’s story. Here she shares her story.


Ohio Judge Who Serves as Church Elder Refuses to ‘Marry’ Lesbians in Courthouse

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Christian News

TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio judge who also serves as an elder at his local church has refused to marry two lesbians this week based on his &personal and Christian beliefs& about marriage. Toledo Municipal Judge C. Allen McConnell, an elder at First Church of God in Columbus, declined to officiate for Carolyn Wilson and her…


Christians in Pakistan Stand to Defend Churches

Posted on July 9, 2015 by CBN

Terrorist attacks against Pakistan’s Christians, such as the assaults on two congregations in Lahore in March and the September 2013 bombing outside a Peshawar church, have put the community on edge.


Five pastoral errors that can kill a ministry

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Christian Today

Ministers are called, trained and equipped for ministry, but the training and equipping sometimes fall short.


Blessed Without Assurance

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Desiring God

“Blessed Assurance” is a favorite hymn of mine — though there have been times I’ve had to fight to sing the words. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine Oh what a foretaste, of glory divine. There is a sublime sense of…


why every woman should know her prompt

Posted on July 9, 2015 by A Holy Experience

And even before He had made me, He called me to Himself.


Behind the Scenes with Dwight Eisenhower, Billy Graham, and the Makers of American Civil Religion

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Christianity Today

Kevin Kruse shows the surprising origins of “In God We Trust” and other mainstays of public piety.


Does God Want Good Things FROM Me, or FOR Me?

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Crosswalk

God imagined us for love and for beauty, for life and for wholeness, for goodness and for mercy. You were made in the image of God.


5 Truths to Remember When Evil Seems to Be Winning

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Crosswalk

What do you do when life doesn’t make sense? Keep in mind these five things when evil seem to be winning.


The Incredible Future of the Medium-to-Small-Sized Church

Bob Roberts:

The reality that we have over 400,000 churches in the U.S. and just over 1,600 megachurches (churches of 2,000 or more) means that 398,400 of us are never going to be that! But don’t be discouraged. You can still change your city and the world (and you may actually be better at changing it than a huge church).

8 Signs You Are a Discipleship Bully

Derek Brown:

This kind of bullying, however, does not need to express itself in verbal or physical abuse. It can manifest itself in a subtle form of spiritual tyranny where the teacher, by virtue of his position and self-perceived knowledge, tends to overwhelm and micro-manage his disciple. Sadly, when these kinds of discipleship scenarios progress unchecked, both parties—the discipler and the one being discipled—will find their spiritual life stunted and their relationship with one another in serious jeopardy.

When to Cover, When to Confront

Ray Ortlund:

When should we cover another Christian, and when should we confront another Christian?  The categories that guide me are 1 Peter 4:8 and Titus 1:9.

What Happened to the Emerging Church?

C. Michael Patton offers an answer. A shorter one suggested by my fellow Canadian Joe Boot at TruthXchange in Feburary: It didn’t die, it went mainstream.

Don’t Put God in a Box

Erik Raymond:

As a pastor I have been asked this question more times than I can count, particularly by people who are visiting and considering joining the church. My answer in short is “no”. I do not believe that the gifts of tongues and healing are present today as we saw in the early church. Much of what today gets passed off as tongues and healing are not what the Bible shows, namely known languages spoken and understood; and people being instantaneously (and fully) healed with a word or a touch. I tell them that my position (cessationist) is based upon observation: I see a tapering off of the miraculous gifts (tongues and healing) in the NT with the close of the Apostolic era and I do not see them consistently displayed in church history. Therefore, I don’t believe they are normative in the life of the church today. (note: prophecy is defined in different ways, but I would say that God is not giving new revelation today either. If you want to take prophecy as preaching, admonishing or exhorting-that’s fine.)

What is the response to this? “Don’t put God in a box.”

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Calvinism and the Christian Life: A New Teaching Series from Ian Hamilton

It is impossible to encounter God’s saving grace and not be powerfully and permanently changed. John Calvin knew this. In this new 6-part teaching series, Calvinism and the Christian Life, Pastor Ian Hamilton demonstrates that Calvinism is biblical, God-centered Christianity with important implications for our daily lives. This theology is not simply academic. It is a theology for all of life—a theology in which the grace of Jesus Christ shapes everything.This series is now available for purchase as a DVD, CD, download, or Ligonier Connect course.

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  1. What Is Calvinism?
  2. Calvinism’s Foundational Experience
  3. God’s Sovereignty
  4. A Life of Holiness
  5. Godly Catholicity
  6. Communion with God

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Rev. Ian Hamilton is pastor of Cambridge Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, U.K., and a graduate of Edinburgh University. He is author of The Letters of John and The Faith-Shaped Life.


3 Signs You’re Clinging to a Romance Too Tightly

by Leslie Ludy | 7/09/15

It was a warm September evening, twenty-three years ago. I sat quietly on my bed, gazing through my open window at a beautiful sunset. But I couldn’t enjoy it. My heart was heavy and my mind distracted.

Friday night had come and gone, and he still hadn’t called. An entire week had passed and I’d heard nothing from him. “Maybe he’s lost interest in me,” I told myself gloomily. “With all of the beautiful, godly girls he’s been meeting, he’s probably found someone else.”

It had been two months since my friendship with Eric had shifted into a romantic relationship. Only a few days after Eric first shared with me that he felt God was directing our lives together, he had left on a previously scheduled trip to spend a year at a missionary training school on the other side of the country.

It was difficult to be apart. Just as our relationship was beginning to grow, we suddenly found ourselves miles away from each other with no easy way to communicate. Usually he called at least once a week. Hearing his voice always gave me an emotional boost. It helped me feel connected to him and reminded me that he still cared about me even though we were miles apart.

But that week, I’d heard nothing from him. Anxiety began to plague me. I felt restless and depressed. I stared at the silent phone sitting on my desk. What had been so important to keep him from our weekly time of talking and encouraging each other? I was agitated and confused. Out of desperation, I began to pray.

Raising A Knife to What You Most Love

“God, why am I feeling this way?” I asked in frustration. “Why can’t You just prompt Eric to call me and put me out of this misery?”

Even the good and perfect gifts that God had given me needed to be continually surrendered back to Him.

As I buried my head in my arms, I began to sense a quiet voice speaking to my heart. “The reason you are so concerned about losing Eric is because you are clinging to him far too tightly. You have begun to build your hopes and dreams around this relationship, instead of around Me.”

Immediately I remembered the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. Abraham dearly loved and treasured Isaac as a miraculous blessing from God. But after God had given Abraham this good and perfect gift, He asked Abraham to surrender his son back to Him:

“Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Gen 22:2).

Abraham’s mind must have reeled in confusion. Why would God give him a miraculous son in his old age only to ask for him back again? Yet Abraham obeyed. He raised the knife over Isaac to sacrifice what was most precious to him as an act of surrender and obedience to God.

What prompted such unfathomable obedience? Quite simply, Abraham had his priorities straight. Isaac was important to him, but God was more important. Abraham demonstrated his complete dedication to the Father by his willingness to give up everything that was precious to him in order to put God first.

Treasuring the Gift More Than the Giver

As I thought about this story, I began to understand. Even the good and perfect gifts that God had given me—like my love story with Eric—needed to be continually surrendered back to Him. Otherwise, the blessings I received in life would become more important to me than the One who had given them to me in the first place.

“God forgive me,” I prayed. “I surrender my relationship with Eric back to You. I let go of all my hopes and expectations. Do with this love story as You will.” I rose from my knees with a newfound joy and freedom in my heart.

Yes, I still deeply cared about my relationship with Eric. But I didn’t become anxious and depressed when things didn’t flow exactly as I wanted them to anymore. My romantic future was laid at the feet of Jesus. “Lord, have Your way in this love story; I surrender it back to You.” This became my heart’s declaration each time the phone failed to ring or the mailbox was empty.

I began to realize that there was no safer place for my cherished hopes and dreams that at the feet of Jesus.

Releasing our Grasp

During our single years, it’s tempting to both idolize and idealize our marriage hopes and dreams thinking that we’ll finally be happy once we meet Prince Charming and settle down. But this is a dangerous mindset because it keeps us from finding the perfect satisfaction in Jesus Christ that He intends for us to have. And if we expect marriage to solve the deepest needs within our soul, we’ll only be placing unhealthy, unrealistic expectations upon our future husband and harming our marriage in the process.

Corrie ten Boom wrote, “Marriage is not the answer to unhappiness. Happiness can only be found in a balanced relationship with Jesus Christ. When you belong to Christ, you can be happy with or without a husband, secure in Christ alone.”

Of course, God puts a high value on marriage. It was, after all, His idea in the first place. There is certainly nothing wrong with desiring to be married, preparing for marriage, or taking steps toward a romantic relationship with someone as God leads. The problem comes when we place our marriage dreams on a pedestal, putting contentment on hold until that season of life finally comes.

When the gaze of our soul does not remain fixed upon Jesus Christ, our God-given longing for marriage can become an obsessive need to find a guy, and a healthy love story can quickly become an idol in our heart.

How can you tell whether you are clinging to tightly to an earthly relationship or romantic dream? Here are three warning signs:

  1. You can’t imagine giving it up. You have thoughts such as, If I lost this relationship, I’d be miserable and depressed, or If I don’t get married, life won’t be worth living.
  2. You spend more time and energy on that area than you do on your relationship with Christ. For instance, maybe you spend hours each week trying to find the right guy, but only ten minutes in prayer or in studying God’s Word. Or maybe you invest the majority of your time and energy into a relationship (or the pursuit of one) and have little time left over to seek Christ or share Him with others. As much as we don’t like to admit it, the areas that claim the majority of our spare time are those that have the biggest hold upon our hearts.
  3. You find more delight and happiness in that area of your life than you do in your relationship with Christ. It’s not wrong if a human love story brings us a certain level of comfort or happiness. But Jesus must always remain our source of deepest satisfaction. A great way to determine whether you are finding your fulfillment in Christ is to ask yourself the question, “If this relationship or romantic dream were suddenly stripped away from me, would Jesus be enough?”

If marriage (or the hope of marriage) has claimed more of your affection and focus than Jesus Christ, ask God to change your heart. Freshly surrender this area of your life to Him, and remember where the deepest source of fulfillment is truly found—in Him! Remember, there is no better place for your most precious dreams than at the nail-scarred feet that were pierced for you.


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Is this worse than queer marriage?

According to Arminian theologian Randal Rauser:

Over the last couple days evangelical Christians (at least the ones I’ve been hearing) have expressed a lot of outrage over the US Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage. With that in mind, I thought I’d offer a short list of ten things that seem to me to be more disturbing than gay marriage. Here they are in no particular order:

http://randalrauser.com/2015/06/ten-things-that-are-more-disturbing-than-gay-marriage/

Let’s run through the list:

1. Presently there are between 21-36 million people enslaved around the world. 22% are sex slaves. (Source)

i) He doesn’t bother to explain why that’s more disturbing than homosexual marriage. He doesn’t explain what his moral metric is for rating some things worse than homosexual marriage.
Why couldn’t that be just as bad? Why must it be worse?
ii) The comparison is misleading. More disturbing in reference to what? Even if we think that’s intrinsically worse, that doesn’t make it more disturbing in terms of policy.
American Christians have more influence over domestic events than foreign events. One reason to make domestic policy a priority is that there’s more we can do about it. And we’re more responsible for our own dependents. So what impacts our dependents take precedence.
What does Rauser think American Christians should do about human trafficking around the world? Should the US invade those countries? Impose martial law?

2. We are currently in the six mass extinction of earth history, the greatest loss of biodiversity in tens of millions of years. And it’s human caused. (Source)

i) To begin with, that contention is hotly contested. Read some articles at Uncommon Descent.
ii) And even if that was a factual claim, what makes that more disturbing than homosexual marriage? What is Rauser’s standard of comparison? Clearly not Biblical ethics.

3. Over the next several decades, human-induced climate change will produce hundreds of millions of climate refugees. (Source)

i) His source is an economist, not a climatologist.
ii)The evidence for global warming is disputed. Climatolgists cooked the books.
What’s even worse, they “lost” the original records. That means we can’t go back and check their extrapolations against the records.
In addition, they’ve “adjusted” past records to insert a warning trend.
ii) Even if we assume global warming is a real trend, climate change is a natural cyclical process. Consider the ice ages.
iii) Although global warming might be bad for some people in some parts of the world, it might be beneficial for others. Some farmers might welcome longer agricultural seasons.

4. The total value of global military arms trading in 2011 was in excess of $43 billion. (Source)

Even if we think that’s worse (based on what?), what can be done about it? Pass unenforcible international laws?

5. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean (consisting of human debris like plastics, chemicals, and other garbage) could be twice as large as the continental United States. (Source)

This says a lot about Rauser’s moral priorities, which bear no relationship to Christian ethics.

6. North Korea is presently facing a famine that could kill tens of thousands. (Source)

Even if that’s worse (based on what?), how does that indict the priorities of American evangelicals? We have more influence on national policy than international events. Does he think the CIA should topple the N. Korean regime, like we used to do during the Cold War? Should we then install a puppet regime?

7. Approximately 15,000 child slaves work in the Ivory Coast. (Source)

i) Even assuming that’s worse, how is that relevant to the policy priorities of American evangelicals? Is Randal proposing neocolonialism? Should we annex the Irony Coast to crack down on human trafficking?
Much of African is dysfunctional. Should we make Africa an American protectorate?
ii) Consider the track-record of American national-building endeavors in Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

8. Saudi Arabia has publicly beheaded 84 people so far in 2015. (Source)

Besides wringing his hands, what is Rauser’s solution, if any?

9. In their quest to privatize water supplies, corporate giant Nestlé argues that water is not a fundamental human right (Source)

Assuming that’s accurate, how is that more disturbing that homosexual marriage? Rauser acts as if homosexual marriage is simply a private arrangement between two consenting adults.
But the bigger problem is how the state enforces that alleged right. It quashes freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom of expression, parental rights, the consent of the governed, &c. It turns teachers into thugs who bully normal students. It becomes a pretext for creating a police state.

10. While pigs are among the most intelligent non-human creatures on earth, millions of breeding pigs spend almost their entire lives in gestation crates which render them virtually immobilized. (Source)

i) What’s his evidence that pigs are among the most intelligent animals?
ii) What makes that more disturbing than how God views homosexuality?

Richard Baxter on Pastoral Love and Confronting Sin

In re-reading The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter recently, I was again encouraged to pray for and love those I help shepherd. It is far too easy to have the ministry become more professional than personal.


Why an Eternal Perspective Changes Everything

Having an eternal perspective is in many ways the key to living a true Christ-following life. Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (NIV).


Three Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Next Small Group Bible Study

Years ago, to choose a Bible study for a Sunday school class or small group, we simply walked into a local Christian bookstore and thumbed through the workbooks available on the shelf.


The Rising of the Beast in America?

http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2015/07/the-rising-of-the-beast-in-ame.php


The Daily Discovery (July 10, 2015)

Calvinism and the Christian Life – “It is impossible to encounter God’s saving grace and not be powerfully and permanently changed. John Calvin knew this. In this new 6-part teaching series, Pastor Ian Hamilton demonstrates that Calvinism is biblical, God-centered Christianity with important implications for our daily lives. This theology is not simply academic. It is a theology for all of life—a theology in which the grace of Jesus Christ shapes everything.”

Hillsong Protest Planned Over Mark Driscoll’s Conference Interview – “Even the last protest was small, it garnered wide coverage in Australia. Given the fact that most Australian reporters seemed to think Brian Houston had agreed not to feature Mark Driscoll during the recent conference in Sydney, the media may turn out for this event in a similar manner. Here is the event description…”

The Bible Doesn’t Promise That – “Aside from the excellent new movie, AUDACITY, from Living Waters, there are several pastors speaking the truth in love, as well as reminding Christians to put everything in perspective regarding the homosexuality topic.  So far, given the way we have seem some professing Christians react to the new ‘law of the land’, this reminder is something every Christians needs to watch.”

When A False Teacher Calls America “Israel” – “Many people believe that Jonathan Cahn is a modern day prophet and that his books contain ‘special revelation.’ For this reason his books have become best sellers, especially in Christian circles. His first book, The Harbinger, sold like hotcakes and as a result he became a sought after speaker and frequent guest on the radio talk show circuit. His most recent book, The Mystery of Shemitah, is also a best seller.”

Our Mighty Fortress – “We shouldn’t be surprised when a government full of unrepentant sinners institutes sinful laws and policies. We shouldn’t be shocked when immorality is celebrated and purity is ridiculed. And we shouldn’t be scared when the church is vilified as the enemy of progress, science, or society at large.”


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Paul Washer – Final Judgment (Part 1)


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

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Can We Really Forget?

Our Father forgives and forgets! Is it possible for us to forget ? While working for the Lord I didn’t realize attacks were tests or oppression. I was naive and submitted all the time. I have been told over and over that it’s my fault.  All this and a marriage of 33 years lies behind. To forget these things that stopped my ministry and marriage is not easy to do.  I don’t  want to take your time with a long letter and at the same time remind myself of all the details. I just want to know if it’s possible to forget them.

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Pre-9/11/01 Shark Behavior Similar To Now?

Jack, I distinctly remember watching the evening news on Sept 10, 2001 and the top story was about all the shark attacks happening on the east coast. We all know what happened the next day. What has been a consistent story in the news here recently – – shark attacks happening on the east coast. Makes you wonder.

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Lake Of Fire Forever?

Satan, his minions and followers will all end up in the lake of fire forever and ever. Assuming that spiritual beings will not burn up as flesh and bone bodies would this sounds absolutely terrible. A thought came to me when I came to Rev. 21:5.  “See I make all things new.” There will be a new heaven and a new earth, the old will disappear in fire. As hell and Satan were part of the current creation which will be destroyed and the new creation will be perfect I assume that there cannot be a hell or anything evil in it. So my question is – will hell and its contents end at the end of the 1000 years as that creation will then end?

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Greatest StoryGod’s goal in all of His creative and redemptive work is to bring glory to Himself (Isa 43:7; cf. Eph 1:6, 12, 14).

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What is The Gospel?


“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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TMS: Preachers on Preaching

Here are ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as articulated by some of history’s greatest preachers.

1. Effective ministry consists not of fads or gimicks, but of faithfully preaching the truth.

Charles Spurgeon: Ah, my dear friends, we want nothing in these times for revival in the world but the simple preaching of the gospel. This is the great battering ram that shall dash down the bulwarks of iniquity. This is the great light that shall scatter the darkness. We need not that men should be adopting new schemes and new plans. We are glad of the agencies and assistances which are continually arising; but after all, the true Jerusalem blade, the sword that can cut to the piercing asunder of the joints and marrow, is preaching the Word of God. We must never neglect it, never despise it. The age in which the pulpit it despised, will be an age in which gospel truth will cease to be honored. . . . God forbid that we should begin to depreciate preaching. Let us still honor it; let us look to it as God’s ordained instrumentality, and we shall yet see in the world a repetition of great wonders wrought by the preaching in the name of Jesus Christ.

Source: Charles Spurgeon, “Preaching! Man’s Privilege and God’s Power,” Sermon (Nov. 25, 1860).

2. Preaching is a far more serious task than most preachers realize.

Richard Baxter: And for myself, as I am ashamed of my dull and careless heart, and of my slow and unprofitable course of life, so, the Lord knows, I am ashamed of every sermon I preach; when I think what I have been speaking of, and who sent me, and that men’s salvation or damnation is so much concerned in it, I am ready to tremble lest God should judge me as a slighter of His truths and the souls of men, and lest in the best sermon I should be guilty of their blood. Me thinks we should not speak a word to men in matters of such consequence without tears, or the greatest earnestness that possibly we can; were not we too much guilty of the sin which we reprove, it would be so.

Source: Richard Baxter, “The Need for Personal Revival.” Cited from Historical Collections Relating to Remarkable Periods of the Success of the Gospel, ed. John Gillies (Kelso: John Rutherfurd, 1845), 147.

3. Faithfulness in the pulpit begins with the pursuit of personal holiness.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne: Take heed to thyself. Your own soul is your first and greatest care. You know a sound body alone can work with power; much more a healthy soul. Keep a clear conscience through the blood of the Lamb. Keep up close communion with God. Study likeness to Him in all things. Read the Bible for your own growth first, then for your people. Expound much; it is through the truth that souls are to be sanctified, not through essays upon the truth.

Source: Robert Murray M’Cheyne, letter dated March 22, 1839, to Rev W.C. Burns, who had been named to take M’Cheyne’s pulpit during the latter’s trip to Palestine. Andrew Bonar, ed, Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Banner of Truth, 1966), 273-74.

4. Powerful preaching flows from powerful prayer.

E.M. Bounds: The real sermon is made in the closet. The man – God’s man – is made in the closet. His life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were got when alone with God. Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor. . . . Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God’s cause in this world.

Source: E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer. From chapter 1, “Men of Prayer Needed.”

5. Passionate preaching starts with one’s passion for Christ

Phillip Brooks: Nothing but fire kindles fire. To know in one’s whole nature what it is to live by Christ; to be His, not our own; to be so occupied with gratitude for what He did for us and for what He continually is to us that His will and His glory shall be the sole desires of our life . . . that is the first necessity of the preacher.

Source: Phillips Brooks, Lectures on Preaching, originally published in 1877. Republished in 1989 by Kregel under the title The Joy of Preaching. As cited in “The Priority of Prayer in Preaching” by James Rosscup, The Masters Seminary Journal, Spring 1991.

6. The preacher is a herald, not an innovator.

R.L. Dabney: The preacher is a herald; his work is heralding the King’s message. . . . Now the herald does not invent his message; he merely transmits and explains it. It is not his to criticize its wisdom or fitness; this belongs to his sovereign alone. On the one hand, . . . he is an intelligent medium of communication with the king’s enemies; he has brains as well as a tongue; and he is expected so to deliver and explain his master’s mind, that the other party shall receive not only the mechanical sounds, but the true meaning of the message. On the other hand, it wholly transcends his office to presume to correct the tenor of the propositions he conveys, by either additions or change. . . . The preacher’s business is to take what is given him in the Scriptures, as it is given to him, and to endeavor to imprint it on the souls of men. All else is God’s work.

Source: R.L. Dabney, Evangelical Eloquence: A Course of Lectures on Preaching (Banner of Truth, 1999; originally published as Sacred Rhetoric, 1870), 36-37.

7. The faithful preacher stays focused on what matters.

G. Campbell Morgan: Nothing is more needed among preachers today than that we should have the courage to shake ourselves free from the thousand and one trivialities in which we are asked to waste our time and strength, and resolutely return to the apostolic ideal which made necessary the office of the diaconate. [We must resolve that] “we will continue steadfastly in prayer, and in the ministry of the Word.”

Source: G. Campbell Morgan, This Was His Faith: The Expository Letters of G. Campbell Morgan, edited by Jill Morgan (Fleming Revell, Westwood, NJ), 1952.

8. The preacher’s task is to make the text come alive for his hearers.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: As preachers we must not forget this. We are not merely imparters of information. We should tell our people to read certain books themselves and get the information there. The business of preaching is to make such knowledge live. The same applies to lecturers in Colleges. The tragedy is that many lecturers simply dictate notes and the wretched students take them down. That is not the business of a lecturer or a professor. The students can read the books for themselves; the business of the professor is to put that on fire, to enthuse, to stimulate, to enliven. And that is the primary business of preaching. Let us take this to heart. … What we need above everything else today is moving, passionate, powerful preaching. It must be ‘warm’ and it must be ‘earnest’.

Source: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Jonathan Edwards and the Crucial Importance of Revival.” Lecture delivered at the Puritan and Westminster Conference (1976).

9. The preacher is to be Christ-exalting, not self-promoting.

R.B. Kuiper: The minister must always remember that the dignity of his office adheres not in his person but in his office itself. He is not at all important, but his office is extremely important. Therefore he should take his work most seriously without taking himself seriously. He should preach the Word in season and out of season in forgetfulness of self. He should ever have an eye single to the glory of Christ, whom he preaches, and count himself out. It should be his constant aim that Christ, whom he represents, may increase while he himself decreases. Remembering that minister means nothing but servant, he should humbly, yet passionately, serve the Lord Christ and His church.

Source: R.B. Kuiper, The Glorious Body of Christ (Banner of Truth, 1966), 140-42.

10. Faithful preaching requires great personal discipline and sacrifice.

Arthur W. Pink: The great work of the pulpit is to press the authoritative claims of the Creator and Judge of all the earth—to show how short we have come of meeting God’s just requirements, to announce His imperative demand of repentance. . . . It requires a “workman” and not a lazy man—a student and not a slothful one—who studies to “show himself approved unto God” (2 Tim. 9:15) and not one who seeks the applause and the shekels of men.

Source: A. W. Pink, “Preaching False and True,” Online Source.

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The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.” Video Collection


STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Nineteenth-Century Protestant Views of Marriage: A Brief Survey

Dr. Paul Kemeny speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Family: More than a Cultural Phenomenon

Dr. F. Stanley Keehlwetter speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Family Literary Authors

Dr. Eric Potter and Dr. Andrew Harvey speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | From Marx to Marcuse: The Far Left’s Assault on Marriage & Family

Dr. Paul Kengor speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | The Bible & Reproductive Sexuality

Dr. T. David Gordon and Dr. Van Campbell speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Moynihan’s Hard Truths

Dr. Robert George speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Abortion, Taxes, and the Welfare State

Dr. Tracy Miller and Dr. Gary Welton speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


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Dr. Michael Coulter and Dr. David DiQuattro speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


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Dr. Galena Rhoades speaks at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”


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Dr. Gina Blackburn, Dr. Michelle McFeaters, Dr. Gary Smith, and Jane M. Smith speak at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”

I will be with you, supplying you with grace sufficient for each day …

The Reformed Reader

In the wake of the recent SCOTUS decision, the angst and suffering of a particular group of people can easily be forgotten, drowned out by the loud, politically charged, ideological voices that are getting the majority of the airtime. While this is certainly an important event, and while I feel a great tragedy has been foisted upon the American people, my heart is actually aching for a group of people for whom Obergefell v. Hodges changed nothing about their day-to-day life: Christian brothers and sisters who love the Gospel, believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, but who hate that they struggle with same sex attraction. They flee to Christ daily for forgiveness of sin and strength to remain faithful to him as they suffer an unrelenting temptation.

Wesley Hill’s book Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2010) is a touching memoir and commentary…

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Obamacare success: health insurance premiums to rise 20-40 percent in 2016

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Obama doesn't have time for national security Obama on the golf course having fun

This is from the radically leftist New York Times, of all places.

They write:

Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government and state insurance commissioners and interviews with insurance executives.

The Oregon insurance commissioner, Laura N. Cali, has just approved 2016 rate increases for companies that cover more than 220,000 people. Moda…

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Are illegal immigrants more likely to commit crimes than the general public?

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Kathryn Steinle was murdered by an illegal immigrant. Kathryn Steinle was murdered by an illegal immigrant.

So we had a case in the news where an illegal immigrant who had been arrested and deported numerous times was allowed to stay in the U.S. thanks to San Francisco’s very Democrat “sanctuary city” policy. All the people running for the Democrat presidential nomination support sanctuary cities, and amnesty for illegal immigrants as well. But how do these policies affect American taxpayers?

Breitbart News has the numbers from the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Excerpt:

While illegal immigrants account for about 3.5 percent of the U.S population, they represented 36.7 percent of federal sentences in FY 2014 following criminal convictions, according to U.S. Sentencing Commission data obtained by Breitbart News.
According to FY 2014 USSC data, of 74,911 sentencing cases, citizens accounted for 43,479 (or 58.0 percent), illegal immigrants accounted for 27,505 (or 36.7 percent), legal immigrants made up 3,017 (or 4.0 percent)…

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Why would anyone baptize a baby?

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From Kevin DeYoung:

It sounds like the beginning of a joke or a support group introduction, but it’s true: some of my best friends are Baptists. I speak at conferences with and to Baptists. I read books by Baptists (both the dead and the living). I love the Baptist brothers I know–near and far–who preach God’s word and minister faithfully in Christ’s church. I went to a Baptist church while in college and know that there are many folks of more credobaptist persuasion in my own church. I imagine the majority of my blog readers are Baptist. You get the picture. I have thousands of reasons to be thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ who do not believe in baptizing infants.

And yet, I do. Gladly. Wholeheartedly. Because of what I see in Scripture.

One of the best things I get to do as a pastor is to…

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