“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
…but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene (John 19:25).
Beginning in the late patristic and early medieval period, the eyes of the church were gradually drawn away from Christ as our only high priest and mediator to the blessed virgin Mary (Luke 1:42). The Stabat Mater (lit. His Mother Was Standing) is a twelfth- or thirteenth-century hymn which gives us a sense of the growing devotion to the virgin. It is not as though there was no resistance. Well into the high medieval period there was concern about the elevation of the virgin Mary. Fast forward a most of a millennium, to 1964, when the Roman communion nearly completed the Marian project by pronouncing her “Mediatrix” (Lumen Gentium; Catechism §§969–70). Among the theologians, priests, and laity, it is popular also to refer to her as “Redemptrix.” Remarkably, the usually theologically liberal Francis, the Roman Bishop of Rome who fancies himself the vicar of Christ on the earth, rebuked those who call her “co-Redemptrix.” The history and trajectory of the Roman communion is reasonably clear and eventually the theologians, laity, and priests will get their way and she will announce that Mary has always been “co-Redemptrix” but that doctrine in no way threatens the uniqueness of Christ’s office as Redeemer, just as naming her “Mediatrix” does not threaten the uniqueness of Christ’s office as Redeemer. This is the communion that also denies that the daily memorial, propitiatory sacrifice of Christ, in the Roman mass, though it participates in the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ on the cross, in no way impinges upon it.
All of this naturally makes Reformed folk wary of elevating the virgin beyond her proper station. That caution is well deserved. Nevertheless, the Apostle John did draw our attention briefly to Mary, whom we confess, in the the Definition of Chalcedon (AD 451) to be the Theotokos (θεοτοκος), the Mother of God, and to two other Marys. There were, after all, three Marys at the foot of our Lord as he suffered on the cross, which we remember on Good Friday.
The First Mary
The first Mary John mentions is Mary, the mother of our Lord. Of course Jesus was and remains God the Son incarnate: one person, as we confess in Chalcedon,
one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.
Just before this marvelous passage (have you ever meditated on the Definition of Chalcedon?) we say, “born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the humanity…” (θεοτόκου κατὰ τὴν ἀνθρωπότητα). In the Apostles’ Creed we confess that Jesus is both the “only begotten Son” (Filium eius unigenitum) “who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary” (qui conceptus est de Spiritu sancto, natus ex Maria virgine). By the mysterious operation of the Spirit, our Lord Jesus took his true human nature from the blessed virgin. Thus, the writer to the Hebrew Christians reminds us that Jesus is like us in every respect, sin excepted (Heb 2:17; 4:15). We have a true human Mediator, at the right hand of the Father, the God-Man (Θεανθροπος), who is able to hear and to save us helpless sinners.
Belgic Confession Art. 26 is right to re-assert that Jesus is not merely a unique Mediator (as Rome says) but also the only Mediator between sinners and God. It was he alone whom “the Father has appointed between himself and us.” He is a sympathetic Mediator, who “ought not terrify us by his greatness, so that we have to look for another one, according to our fancy.” No one, not even the blessed virgin loves us as much as he. Contra Rome, “who will be heard more readily than God’s own dearly beloved Son?” The Ave Maria does not honor the virgin Mary. It is a form of unbelief to call upon the saints, something for which they never asked “but which in keeping with their duty, as appears from their writings, they consistently refused.” Indeed, as we confess,
What more do we need? For Christ himself declares: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to my Father but by me.’ Why should we seek another intercessor? Since it has pleased God to give us his Son as our Intercessor, let us not leave him for another—or rather seek, without ever finding. For when God gave him to us he knew well that we were sinners. Therefore, in following the command of Christ we call on the heavenly Father through Christ, our only Mediator, as we are taught by the Lord’s Prayer, being assured that we shall obtain all we ask of the Father in his name.
Still, there they are at the foot of the cross, the three Marys, the Mother of Jesus, Mary the mother of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Calvin calls them “holy women” (Commentary on the Gospel of John, in loc.).
The Second Mary
Little is known about Mary the mother of Clopas. John identifies her as Mary’s sister (“ἡ ἀδελφὴ τῆς μητρὸς”). I would take it literally but Calvin takes it broadly to signal that she was Mary’s cousin. There is an ancient tradition that identifies Clopas with Alphaeus, the father of the Apostle James (Matt 10:3) but this is uncertain. The Greek text says “Mary of Clopas” (Μαρία ἡ τοῦ Κλωπᾶ), which Edwin Palmer (ISBE, s.v., “Mary”) suggested means “the wife of Clopas” (the ESV interprets the “of” to signal “Mother of.” Given the ambiguity, it might be preferable for translations to just leave these things ambiguous). That is possible but uncertain but
The Third Mary
The other Mary present at the death of our Lord was Mary Magdalene. She has often been confused with Mary of Bethany (Luke 7:36–50), but Mary of Magdala was a different person. Most modern Bible dictionaries (e.g., ISBE, Eerdmans) note this but Michelle J. Morris in the Lexham Bible Dictionary (s.v., “Mary Magdalene”) notes that it was Gregory I (c. 540–604) who established the mistaken notion that Mary Magdalene was Mary the harlot. The Gnostics have tried to make her into Jesus’ wife but that is without foundation in fact and history. The Gnostic gospels are spurious and written a century after Jesus’ death, with the purpose of turning the Christian faith on its head. Modern proponents of this nonsense should be rejected just as furiously as they were rejected in the second century.
Mary Magdalene appears in all four gospels as a follower of Jesus. Jesus case seven demons from her (Mark 16:9). She was able to provide for Jesus (Mark 15:40–41). She bought spices to anoint Jesus’ body (Mark 16:1). She was at Jesus’ tomb (Mark 16:8). She was among those to run to tell the disciples the good news (Matt 28:1–8). In John 20 we see her going along to the tomb, where the stone has already been rolled away. She tells Peter and John but later sees two angels and mistakes Jesus for the gardener until he reveals himself.
So, we know some details about two of the three Marys but we know something about all three of them. They were members of Christ’s church. They were those for whom Christ came to obey, to suffer, and to die. It is good to pay attention to the three Marys but as we contemplate them momentarily, our eyes are drawn again to where their eyes were focused: Christ.
They are present in John’s gospel as objects of his love. Yes, Mary was standing (stabat) but she was standing there with the other two Marys not as Mediatrix and not as co-Redemptrix, but as a sinner saved by the favor of God alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide).
Sentimentalism would have us neglect Jesus or, as my pastor, Chris Gordon observed last week, regard him with pity. That would be a serious mistake. Jesus was not a victim. He was the victor. He orchestrated his suffering and his death and he did it because it is what he agreed with the Father, from all eternity (pactum salutis) he would do for us: “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed” (John 17:4–5; ESV).
The origins of the expression “Good Friday” are shrouded in mystery but it is good, is it not? On it we behold our Savior and our salvation and the highest expression of the love of God for his church. Appreciate the three Marys at the foot of the cross but put your trust in the only Mediator Jesus who accomplished your salvation and who willingly and happily hears and answers your prayers.
Approaches to God Must Match Who God Is Leviticus 11:44; Psalm 98:4; John 4:24; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:16
God is a Spirit infinitely happy, therefore we must approach him with cheerfulness; he is a Spirit of infinite majesty, therefore we must come before him with reverence; he is a Spirit infinitely high, therefore we must offer up our sacrifices with the deepest humility; he is a Spirit infinitely holy, therefore we must address with purity; he is a Spirit infinitely glorious, we must therefore acknowledge his excellency in all that we do, and in our measures contribute to his glory, by having the highest aims in his worship; he is a Spirit infinitely provoked by us, therefore we must offer up our worship in the name of a pacifying mediator and intercessor.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Looking Forward to Death and Resurrection Philippians 1:21, 23; 2 Timothy 4:18; Titus 2:13
No man has made much progress in the school of Christ who does not look forward with joy to the day of death and final resurrection.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The central claim of biblical Christianity is that Jesus Christ was crucified and rose from the dead. Without this the whole New Testament is a sham. Disprove the reality of Christ’s resurrection and you will destroy the Christian faith and overturn two thousand years of Christian testimony.
The claim that Jesus genuinely rose from the dead on the third day is the greatest scandal of biblical Christianity in light of modern religious opinions. Many want to maintain a Christian identity while denying the reality of the resurrection. They are “Christian unbelievers.”
At the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries participants in the much-celebrated Jesus Seminar were in the vanguard of this movement. John Dominic Crossan, one of the their leading spokesmen, said, “I do not think that anyone, anywhere at any time brings dead people back to life.” He is supported by his colleague, Thomas Sheehan, Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University, who has stated even more bluntly, “Jesus, regardless of where his corpse ended up, is dead and remains dead.”
We are encouraged to regard such views as compatible with Christianity. As another fellow of the Jesus Seminar, the late Marcus Borg, argues, the resurrection is irrelevant. He writes, “I would have no problem whatsoever with archaeologists finding the corpse of Jesus. For me that would not be a discrediting of the Christian faith or the Christian tradition.”
Far more honest are the “unchristian unbelievers” whose denial of the resurrection leads them to reject the biblical faith altogether. Some in this category view the world as a closed system and since resurrections in general are beyond their experience they conclude that the resurrection of Jesus in particular is unbelievable.
Other unbelievers dismiss the resurrection of Jesus as irrational. It cannot be deductively proven and therefore should not be given credence.
But there are many things beyond our experience; things which cannot be deduced but which we nevertheless acknowledge as true. I have never talked with Abraham Lincoln, but I believe that he really lived. Why? Because credible historical witnesses have testified about his life and accomplishments. Bart Ehrman, New Testament Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, sees such “faith” in historical claims as being unfounded since the best that historical evidence can do is to suggest what could have happen or perhaps even probably did happen. So, for Ehrman, Lincoln probably did live and COVID-19 probably did spread in 2020. But when it comes to an unprecedented miracle like the resurrection of a man who remains alive 2000 years later, well, that is highly unlikely and therefore unbelievable.
But it is impossible to live practically with that sort of skepticism. We stake our lives on conclusions that cannot be deductively proven. No one has ever proven by deduction that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. It cannot be deduced because there is an infinite number of lines which can possibly connect two points and every line would have to be evaluated before you could deduce that one was definitely the shortest. Nevertheless, we depend on the resultant geometry and the science of aerodynamics every time we board an airplane Why? Because the evidence overwhelmingly points to the fact that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line and our beliefs built on that evidence is sustained.
In the same way, there is undeniable evidence that Jesus Christ actually rose from the dead. The Roman soldiers who carried out his execution were experts at crucifixion. They made sure he was dead. The guards at his tomb were highly trained sentinels who were under the threat of death themselves if they let anyone disturb his body.
His followers, who were so terrified for their lives that they hid behind closed doors, suddenly became bold enough to preach the resurrection of Jesus publicly. Why? Because they had seen him. In fact, over 500 eyewitnesses saw him days after his resurrection on twelve different occasions.
If Jesus was not genuinely raised from the dead, then it would have been easy to discredit the many first century claims that he was. After establishing the overwhelming evidence for this amazing event, the Apostle Paul underscores its significance for believers. He reasons, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).
If Christ has not been literally raised from the dead, then there is no authentic Christianity and believers are the biggest dupes in the world. Then the unbelievers are right and there is no hope. But, wonder of wonders, Christ is indeed risen! The evidence will allow no other verdict. His tomb is empty. And that fact of history calls everyone to bow before this risen Savior and worship him as Lord.
The resurrection is the hinge on which human history turns. It guarantees the truthfulness of the Bible. It offers hope to everyone who is disillusioned and worn down by life. It demands a response from every thoughtful person.
If these realities have been made known to you by God and you are trusting in the crucified, risen Lord today, then rejoice! Your Savior and King lives and is ruling and reigning on high. He is coming again and will do so in glory and power to make all things new. So press on in your life as you expectantly await that day.
If you have never trusted the Lord Jesus, then trust Him today. He will save you. Bow to Him, turn from your sin against Him and receive Him as Lord and Savior. His resurrection will guarantee your own and in Him you will have everlasting life.
First Corinthians 15:19 says, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
Because of Christ’s resurrection, we know the opposite is true. As 1 Corinthians continues, “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
“Made alive”—what a concept. What a gift!
As Easter approaches, it’s the perfect time to reflect on these Easter Bible verses celebrating the resurrection.
Easter Bible verses in the Old Testament
Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. Click To Tweet
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Click To Tweet
Job 19:25–26 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God. Click To Tweet
Easter Bible verses in the New Testament
Matthew 28:5–6 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” Click To Tweet
John 11:25–26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Click To Tweet
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. Click To Tweet
Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Click To Tweet
Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Click To Tweet
Romans 8:34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Click To Tweet
Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Click To Tweet
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. Click To Tweet
1 Peter 1:3–5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
As 2 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
All verses are taken from the English Standard Version Bible.
105:8 He remembers. Once again (as in v. 5) remembrance involves doing as well as knowing. In this case, God acts in the present based on the promises given to Abraham.
his covenant. The specific covenant here is the Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 12:1–3; 15; 17).
105:8his covenant Refers to the set of stipulations that governs the relationship between Yahweh and Israel. The ot describes four main biblical covenants, including Yahweh’s covenant with Noah (Gen 9), Abraham (Gen 15; 17), Moses and the people at Sinai (Exod 19–34) and Moab (Deut 29–30), and David (2 Sam 7). The prophet Jeremiah explicitly mentions a “new covenant” (Jer 31:31–34; compare 32:36–41). Hosea 6:7 may also imply a covenant with Adam.
105:8remembers his covenant forever. For this expression, see 106:45; 111:5; Gen. 9:15; Ex. 2:24; 6:5; Lev. 26:42, 45; Jer. 14:21; Ezek. 16:60. For God remembering, see note on Ps. 25:6–7. a thousand generations. See Ex. 34:7 and Deut. 7:9; cf. note on Ps. 100:5.
105:8 a thousand generations. A reference to an exceedingly long time (a generation is normally 40 years) which would encompass the remainder of human history, i.e., forever (cf. Dt 7:9; 1Ch 16:15).
105:8 The psalmist assured his audience that even if they did not remember, God does remember. He remembers: The words of the original promise to Abraham set out the Lord’s obligation in strong terms (Gen. 12:1–3). These ideas are reinforced by the dramatic encounter with Abraham in Gen. 15. In the story of the binding of Isaac in Gen. 22, the Lord undertakes an irrevocable oath of obligation (Gen. 22:16–18).
8. “He hath remembered his covenant for ever.” Here is the basis of all his dealings with his people: he had entered into covenant with them in their father Abraham, and to this covenant he remained faithful. The exhortation to remember (in verse 5) receives great force from the fact that God has remembered. If the Lord has his promise in memory, surely we ought not to forget the wonderful manner in which he keeps it. To us it should be matter for deepest joy that never in any instance has the Lord been unmindful of his covenant engagements, nor will he be so world without end. O that we were as mindful of them as he is. “The word which he commanded to a thousand generations.” This is only an amplification of the former statement, and serves to set before us the immutable fidelity of the Lord during the changing generations of men. His judgments are threatened upon the third and fourth generations of them that hate him, but his love runs on for ever, even to “a thousand generations.” His promise is here said to be commanded, or vested with all the authority of a law. It is proclamation from a sovereign, the firman of an Emperor, whose laws shall stand fast in every jot and little though heaven and earth shall pass away. Therefore let us give thanks unto the Lord and talk of all his wondrous works, so wonderful for their faithfulness and truth.
8. The phrase, for ever, goes with He is mindful; and the latter always implies that he acts on what he has promised, not merely that he calls it to mind. Cf. Exodus 2:24; Luke 1:72; and see on Psalm 8:4.
Notice the expression, the word that he commanded, as a parallel term to his covenant. It puts the stress on God’s initiative and authority in the covenant-making, which means that this bond with men is by grace, not mutual bargaining, and serves the interests of God’s kingdom, not the selfish ends of men.
8. He hath remembered his covenant for ever. The Psalmist now celebrates the effect and actual fulfilment of the covenant, and proves from the deliverance wrought for the Israelites what he had stated before, namely, That God, while he reigned alike over all nations, extended his peculiar favour to the offspring of Abraham alone. How comes it to pass that God, in delivering his people, displayed the might of his arm by so many miracles, if it was not that he might faithfully perform the promise which he had made to his servants in time past? It is evident, then, that the ancient covenant was the cause of the deliverance granted to the chosen tribes; for in order that God might faithfully keep his promises, it behoved him first to be merciful. As a long series of years had elapsed between the promise and the performance, the prophet uses the word remember, intimating that the Divine promises do not become obsolete by length of time, but that even when the world imagines that they are extinguished and wholly forgotten, God retains as distinct a remembrance of them as ever, that he may accomplish them in due season. This is more strongly confirmed in the next clause, where the correspondence between the form or tenor of the covenant and the accomplishment is celebrated. It is not for a day, he would say, or for a few days, that God has made a covenant with Abraham, nor has he limited the continuance of his covenant to the life of man, but he has promised to be the God of his seed even to a thousand generations. Although, therefore, the fulfilment was for a long time suspended, God nevertheless showed by the effect that his promise did not fail by length of time.
As Abraham was the first who was called when he was mingled with idolaters, the prophet begins with him. He, however, afterwards declares that the covenant was also confirmed in the hand of his son and his son’s son. God then deposited his covenant with Abraham, and by solemn oath engaged to be the God of his seed. But to give greater assurance of the truth of his promise, he was graciously pleased to renew it to Isaac and Jacob. The effect of such an extension of it is, that his faithfulness takes deeper hold on the hearts of men; and, besides, his grace, when it is thus testified on frequent recurring occasions, becomes better known and more illustrious among men. Accordingly, it is here declared by gradation how stedfast and immoveable this covenant is; for what is affirmed concerning each of the patriarchs belongs equally to them all. It is said that God swore to Isaac. But had he not sworn to Abraham before? Undoubtedly he had. It is also said that it was established to Jacob for a law, and for an everlasting covenant. Does this mean that the covenant was previously only temporal and transitory, and that then it had changed its nature? Such an idea is altogether at variance with the meaning of the sacred writer. By these different forms of expression he asserts that the covenant was fully and perfectly confirmed, so that, if perhaps the calling was obscure in one man, it might be more evident, by God’s having transmitted the testimony of it to posterity; for by this means the truth of it was the better manifested. Here again we must remember that God with great kindness considers our weakness when, both by his oath, and by frequently repeating his word, he ratifies what he has once promised to us. Our ingratitude then appears the fouler in disbelieving him when he not only speaks but also swears.
Join with us as we remember the death of our Lord and Savior on this day 2000 years ago. Remember that this day is a Good Friday because 3 days later He defeated death and rose victorious! You can join us Easter morning as we celebrate that glorious day.
No Manifestation of God without Difficulties Isaiah 8:14; Romans 9:32–33; 1 Peter 2:8
There never yet was any great manifestation that God made of himself to the world, without many difficulties attending it. It is with the works of God, as with his word: they seem at first full of things that are strange, inconsistent, and difficult to the carnal unbelieving hearts of men.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Dream of the Holy Rood Matthew 27:45–53; Mark 15:33–39; Luke 23:44–46; John 19:34
’Twas many a year ago, I yet remember it, That I was hewn down At the wood’s end. Then men bare me upon their shoulders Until they set me down upon a hill. Then saw I tremble The whole extent of earth. He mounted me; I trembled when He embraced me; Yet dared I not to bow earthwards. I raised the powerful King The Lord of the Heavens. They pierced me with dark nails. They reviled us both together. I was all stained with Blood, Poured from His Side. The shadow went forth Pale under the welkin. All creation wept, They mourned the fall of their King.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
George Floyd’s friend, alleged drug dealer pleads the fifth A man who allegedly sold drugs to George Floyd plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, according to a document filed Wednesday night in the Derek Chauvin trial. Morries Lester Hall, whose name was spelled as “Maurice” in some early reports, was with Floyd on the day of his death and allegedly sold him drugs in the past.
Minnesota COVID models used to justify lockdowns were about 90% wrong The mathematical models used to justify Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s sweeping shutdowns were shockingly wrong, according to state-reported data. Matt Malkus, an online COVID-commentator, published a graph recently that overlays the state’s predictions with reality, seen above. Malkus says his chart reflects data drawn directly from the UMN’s modeling efforts, government reports and the Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project. Meanwhile, the scientific community has conceded that COVID modeling was a failed endeavor. “Forecasting for COVID-19 has failed,” reported scientists back in August 2020 writing for a peer reviewed journal archived by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. …the world renowned New England Journal of Medicine in June 2020 also concludes that COVID modeling is woefully inaccurate.
Uranus is belching X-rays and is weirder than we ever thought The more scientists study it, the weirder Uranus gets. The newest mystery to add to the planet’s repertoire? Astronomers have detected X-rays from the strange world — and while some of the signal may be reflected emissions from the sun, some appear to be coming from the planet itself, according to a NASA statement.
Missouri considering bill that would create armed ‘Minutemen’ volunteer force Lawmakers in Missouri are considering legislation that would make it legal to create a Missouri Minutemen, a group of legal gun owners who could be called to action by the governor. On Tuesday, state senators discussed S.B. 258, which would establish “that there shall be the minutemen of the state which shall be called into service by the governor for use in defense during a state of emergency with consent of two-thirds of the General Assembly.”
US Army gets long-range missiles to guard against China Far-reaching “precision fires ” are the Army’s No. 1 modernization priority under its biggest change in 40 years and as it seeks new capability by fiscal 2023, including its first hypersonic weapon and a missile that can hit targets up to 930 miles away.
April Temperature Anomalies Spike In Central US As Farmers Prepare For Early Spring Planting Weather models are forecasting warmer than average temperatures for much of the Central US. This is excellent news for farmers who may have an early start to the planting season as soft commodity prices have seen a parabolic rise due to demand increases from China. Hinz’s temperature anomaly shows the most above-average region in April spans from parts of the Rockies into the Northern and Central Plains and northern Great Lakes.
Israeli Nanosatellites Begin Collecting Data CubeSat satellites measure just 10 × 10 × 10 centimeters with a mass of about 1.33 kilograms per unit. They are about the size of a shoebox. Each nanosatellite in the mission weighs around 8 kilograms and acts autonomously. The solar panels also act as sails to steer the formation without fuel if necessary by using the drag of the atmosphere. Each of the nanosatellites is equipped with its own receiver. The task of the satellites is to receive signals from the earth in order to calculate the position of people, planes and ships. It is used for search and rescue operations, remote sensing and environmental monitoring.
IAEA: Iran enriching uranium with new batch of advanced centrifuges Iran has begun enriching uranium with a fourth cascade, or cluster, of advanced IR-2m machines at its underground Natanz plant, a new report by the UN atomic watchdog shows, according to Reuters. The move is the latest breach by Iran of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Texas Senate Advances Election Integrity Bill Focused on Mail-In Ballots The Republican-led Texas state Senate approved legislation on April 1 that would ban mail-in ballot drop boxes and most drive-thru voting, a measure that Republicans say “ensures election integrity,” while Democrats say it’s voter suppression and makes it harder for people with disabilities and ethnic minorities to vote.
Over 70 Canadian Churches Vow to Defy Lockdowns, Will Fully Open for Easter Services “We hope the list will grow. We are over 70 churches now.” The threat of fines and possible imprisonment will not deter over 70 Christian churches in Canada from defying COVID lockdowns and holding religious services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The churches have vowed to open for Easter services “to stand together in unity and to oppose further lockdowns.”
PBS forced to suspend Documentary on pro-Israel Evangelicals after caught containing Fake News The Public Broadcasting Network (PBS) has postponed the airing of the documentary “Til Kingdom Come,” which explores the close relationship between American evangelicals and Israel. The decision came following accusations that the documentary misleadingly spliced together two separate segments of a speech by former US President Donald Trump. … the film contained inaccurate editing of a quote by Trump during a January 2020 speech alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after unveiling his highly-anticipated Middle East peace accord.
US removes Gulf air defense batteries amid Houthi drone strikes – report The US has removed at least three Patriot antimissile batteries from the Gulf region, despite recent waves of Houthi drone and missile strikes against targets in Saudi Arabia, as part of a move to shift military capabilities from the Middle East…In addition to the Patriot batteries, an aircraft carrier and surveillance systems are also being moved to other locations to answer military needs elsewhere…
US must rejoin Iran deal ‘as quickly as possible’ – US lawmakers US Senator Chris Murphy and Rep. Ro Khanna, both Democrats, addressed the stalemate between the US and Iran regarding the return to the 2015 nuclear agreement and urged the administration “to be open and willing to take early steps back into the deal.” …writing a letter with …that would “make clear that there is a sizable constituency in the United States Senate for this “compliance for compliance” approach.”
Jordan warns Israel it’s violating Temple Mount status quo Jordan sent a formal complaint to Israel’s Foreign Ministry over its concern that the status quo on the Temple Mount had been violated in light of the number of Jewish visitors over the Passover holiday. The country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman tweeted Thursday that his country “condemned the continuation of the Israeli violations in the al-Aqsa mosque/al-Haram al-Sharif.”
Myanmar protesters vow to keep up action as internet blackout widens Opponents of military rule in Myanmar marched, observed strikes and sought alternative ways to communicate after most users were cut off from the internet on Friday, undaunted by the bloody suppression of protests during the past two months. Hundreds of people have been killed demonstrating since the Feb. 1 coup, and many people have been using social media to publicise the security forces’ excesses and to organise against military rule.
Christians mark Good Friday as holy sites gradually reopen Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday this year amid signs the coronavirus crisis is winding down, with religious sites open to limited numbers of faithful but none of the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Last year, Jerusalem was under a strict lockdown, with sacred rites observed by small groups of priests, often behind closed doors.
Saudi FM: Deal with Israel will be ‘extremely helpful’ for region A normalisation deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel would benefit the region, the kingdom’s foreign minister has said, adding that a potential deal “depends to a large extent on the progress of the peace process”. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud…added that “the normalisation of Israel’s status within the region would bring tremendous benefits to the region as a whole”.
Egypt, Sudan launch joint air exercise as Nile dam tensions mount Egyptian armed forces have launched a joint air training exercise, Nile Eagles 2, with the Sudanese air force at Sudan’s Merowe air base. The training includes elements from the air forces and Thunderbolt commando forces from both countries, Egypt’s military said in a statement. The early stages of the training included joint sorties, with multi-role fighters attacking targets and protecting vital installations.
Arab Islamist shows clout with prime-time speech in Israel The leader of an Arab Islamist party in Israel delivered a prime-time address in Hebrew on Thursday that was carried live by major TV networks, calling for coexistence between Arabs and Jews in a stunning display of the community’s newfound political influence. Mansour Abbas’ United Arab List won just four seats in last week’s parliamentary elections.
Lawyers Promise ‘Nuremberg Trials’ Against All Behind COVID Scam Right now, a second Nuremberg tribunal that is in preparation, with a class action lawsuit being set up under the aegis of thousands of lawyers worldwide behind the American-German lawyer Reiner Fuellmich, who is prosecuting those responsible for the Covid-19 scandal manipulated by the Davos Forum.
A Strange Discovery has Been Made at CERNPosted: 01 Apr 2021 06:12 PM PDT(OPINION) ETH – According to the World Economic Forum, On the outskirts of Geneva, CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) mimics the aftermath of the Big Bang by sending beams of protons hurtling into one another at close to the speed of light.This project is shrouded in mystery and has been nothing less full of controversy with some fearing that the experiment will suck the entire whole world into a gaping wormhole or even open some kind of portal to the underworld.Continue reading A Strange Discovery has Been Made at CERN at End Time Headlines.
Why Revival Is America’s Only Hope!Posted: 01 Apr 2021 04:52 PM PDT(OPINION) Shane Idleman – The results are in: America’s stage four cancer has metastasized to the family and the church as well as to the government and the schools. We are more depraved than ever before. Animals are guarded but innocent children are slaughtered. Porn is protected and sex trafficking is on the rise. Cardi B’s lyrics get a pass but Scriptures are banned on social media.Words cannot express this outright lunacy.Continue reading Why Revival Is America’s Only Hope! at End Time Headlines.
Much of the world on Good Friday and Easter Sunday marks Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. But others wonder if the Messiah is real and the Bible true. Well, do you doubt Julius Caesar existed? Or all the ancient philosophers of Greece?
From the Mount of Olives to the Upper Room, to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – remembering the last days of Jesus in Jerusalem; plus a tour of the Garden Tomb where many believe Jesus was buried and rose from the dead.
The gunman accused of killing 4 and wounding 1, knew the victims. Lawmakers are now considering the Multi-Trillion dollar Infrastructure Proposal. The Red Cross made changes to adjust to the Global Pandemic. Churches hope to safely re-open for Easter Sunday… —
The reason is traditionally when you have a situation like a new vaccine, you want to make sure, because children as well as pregnant women, are vulnerable, so, before you put it into the children, you’re going to want to make sure you have a degree of efficacy and safety that is established in an adult population, particularly an adult, normal population.
SEBTS graduate says he was told he could not share a Founders Ministry article.
Scott Crawford, SEBTS 2020, came forward in a whistleblower video alleging that Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) officials told him he could not share an article by Founders Ministries. Crawford also alleges the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) by some at SEBTS.
Crawford tells of rebuke for sharing a Founders’ article on social media.
“I got an email from Ryan Hutchinson saying, ‘You can’t post that,’” Crawford said of sharing a Founders’ article raising concerns about SEBTS hire of Karen Swallow Prior. He said he was told by coworkers at the school that some people in leadership wanted him fired for his sharing that article and his concerns about the hire.
Crawford: CRT is taught at SEBTS
“CRT is being taught there,” Crawford said. “It is being taught there and it needs to be dealt with.”
Crawford named names.
Crawford said, “Some people at Southeastern, namely Walter Strickland and a few students, are being held captive by false ideologies.”
Dr. Strickland is featured in a compilation at the end of Crawford’s video. The compilation provides significant quotes and what Crawford says is evidence of the promotion of racial identity politics at SEBTS. The compilation includes over 15 minutes of primary sources promoting CRT concepts and racially divisive rhetoric.
A montage has been released showing a cacophony of Critical Race Theory comments and a rapacious progressivism proceeding from the mouth of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) professors, showing again why the weaker brother of the Southern Baptist Six is a seminary sliding into apostasy, led by President Danny Akin. Montage starts at the 15th-ish minute mark.
Preceding the video comes testimony from Scott Crawford, an alumni who created the video and shared his experience studying and working at SEBTS, explaining that his Alma Mater is quickly becoming woker than Ibram X. Kendi’s Red Bull (our words, not his).
In his portion of it, he details the pushback he received over being critical of CRT and its affirming Resolution Nine, about being chastised for sharing content from Tom Buck and Founders, and sharing anything critical of the seminary or suggesting they are theologically tweaking. (Again, our word.)
In particular, he was given grief after reposting a Founders article critical of SEBTS hiring Karen Swallow Prior, being contacted by Ryan Hutchinson (Executive VP for Operations) telling him he couldn’t post it and prompting him to delete it. Hutchinson castigated him for daring to suggest KSP was anything other than a paragon of biblical faithfulness. Crawford mentioned that she endorsed and supported the gayarific Revoice Conference as proof of her questionable conservative creds and never walked it back, to which he was told that she doesn’t have to make a public statement rescinding her endorsement, as “she told us.”
The rest of his commentary details how SEBTS has developed a reputation as the woke red-headed stepchild of the South Baptist Convention Seminaries, no thanks to Walter Strickland, and a cesspool teeming with bad beliefs that are being buoyed by good professors who choose to do nothing, or sketchy ones who help it along.
SEBTS is where discernment goes to die and where crafty doctrines are given a scrumptious soil to grow and spread and deepen.