“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
The rhetoric and political statements pertaining to COVID and the COVID shot are heightening and becoming more directed around the world. Just a week ago we aired an audio clip of Chris Hipkins, the Minister for Covid-19 Response in New Zealand, who spoke of chasing people down by the end of the year to get the jab. The President of the Philippines is now saying that Filipinos who’ve refused to get vaccinated should not be allowed to leave their homes and that the police should escort those back home who try to leave. He said people who are without the shot are walking spreaders. Here at home, President Biden just stated that we have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated and that they’re sowing enormous confusion. Also speaking on MSNBC, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “the voluntary phase is over.” All this while mask mandates are being re-instituted around the country.
Appearing on Crosstalk to bring her perspective on this issue was Dr. Jane Orient. Dr. Orient is a medical doctor and executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a non-partisan professional association of physicians in all types of practices and specialties across the country. They are dedicated to the highest ethical standards of the Oath of Hippocrates and to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She’s been in solo private practice since 1981. In addition to AAPS, she is managing editor of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness and managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Orient began by noting that we didn’t have variants before we began vaccinating. So she wonders if vaccines are acting like antibiotics and selecting out new strains that are less susceptible to the antibiotic or in this case, the vaccine.
What about those contracting COVID who’ve been vaccinated? Jim mentioned a Daily Mail report indicating that vaccinated individuals in Britain make up almost half of the COVID cases in that nation. Dr. Orient said that you’ll hear the opposite in the mainstream media, but if you look outside America, it looks as though those who are vaccinated are hit just as hard.
Jim then played an audio clip from President Biden where he said, “…but if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.” He went on to say, “We have a pandemic because the unvaccinated, they’re sowing enormous confusion.”
Dr. Orient then asked why, with half the nation vaccinated, we supposedly have more COVID cases? Some of these are “breakthrough” cases and in addition, 30 million Americans have recovered from COVID. They all have natural immunity, antibodies and T-cells. She also communicated that there are studies showing that if you’ve recovered, you’re no more likely to get infected than if you’ve received a vaccine.
How does Dr. Orient feel about hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin? Should there be a concern over blood donated by people who’ve received one of the vaccines? What about vaccination passports and identifiers for those who’ve chosen not to receive the vaccines? These are just a few of the questions you’ll get answers to when you review this edition of Crosstalk.
Exegesis is the work of sermon-writing, pulling the meaning out of the Text. It amounts to what Paul demands of pastors…
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15)
The only thing left for a pastor to do after the exegesis is the sermon delivery, known as homiletics. That is, unless the sermon has been completely crafted by someone else, at which point what the pastor does is called “acting.” It shouldn’t suprise us that the SBC President, Ed Litton, who started us down the Docent Group rabbit hole has an IMBD page for acting. Sadly, it doesn’t include 15 years of preaching other people’s sermons in his acting profile.
But as we’ve demonstrated in our previous posts, and will demonstrate with an original Docent Group pdf prepared for a sermon series, they will do everything but literally preach it for you.
The PDF, entitled Ephesians Research, is a 280+ page document for the start-to-finish of an Ephesians sermon series.
Note the Table of Contents (below).
Notice that less than half to PDF includes overviews, supplemental materials (which is what Docent Group tells the public they do, accounting for only 2 pages of the PDF), definitions, some linguistic work, and “tips” for preaching. The rest of the 280 pages include “Sermon Briefs.”
What are the “Sermon Briefs?” See below.
The so-called “Sermon Briefs” are approximately 8-10 pages long, which is about the length of a typical 35-40 minute sermon, written out in manuscript form. And when looking at their “Sermon Briefs,” we see that they are, effectively, sermons. There is nothing “brief” about 8-10 pages of sermon notes. This is a pre-packaged sermon, in which someone can merely add transitions from one point to the next, and to preach without any work of his own.
One might argue that some commentaries provide this type of service. The difference is, pastors do not quote Docent Group as doing their research and sermon prep. They are not attributing their research to paid “researchers” and exegesis providers. They are taking credit for “research” (exegesis) they did not do.
For this type of work, Docent Group charges $840 per sermon (at 100 “bank of hours,” give or take based upon how often they use Docent) per sermon. The math is (as Docent says in the small print below) that a standard sermon takes up to 12 hours, and billed at $70 per hour (for low-hour consumers). This sermon series cost at least $11,160 just counting the second half of the PDF.
That’s a lot of money to get out of doing your own sermon prep…which, pastors, Paul says is your job. But, this is why it appears that Docent Group has been used almost exclusively by mega-church pastors, whose churches can afford it. It’s the perfect vehicle to invade America’s pulpit with the gaggle of Marxists, pro-choice feminists, and Critical Race Theorists we have already exposed as their authors.
(Tyler O’Neil – PJ Media) For the first time in 45 years, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill funding Medicaid without the Hyde Amendment, a measure that protects taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortion. The spending bill will face a tough hurdle in the Senate, but the bill still sets a terrifying precedent for pro-life taxpayers.
The bill, which includes seven of the twelve annual appropriations bills to fund the government for the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1, passed the House219-208 along party lines.
Republicans opposed the bill because Democrats had removed two essential abortion-related provisions: the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment, which prohibits agencies receiving federal funding from discriminating against entities because they refuse to provide or pay for abortions. View article →
Virtue on the Field of Battle Judges 2:19–23; Luke 1:80; 1 Corinthians 9:24–27; 2 Timothy 4:7
He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true warfaring Christian. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“Love Tribulations More Than All Good Things” Romans 5:3; 12:12; 1 Corinthians 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:4
Love tribulations more than all good things, and do not imagine that you are doing anything when you endure them; so shall you please Him who did not hesitate to die for you.
JOHN OF THE CROSS
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“The Pastor repented for not paying attention to some of the other gateway points of encroachment Satan uses to enter into the church in order to corrupt it.”
(Elizabeth Prata – The End Time) On July 8, 2012, Pastor Jim Murphy of First Baptist Church of Johnson City, NY delivered a sermon titled “The Subtlety of Satan“. I can’t believe it’s been almost ten years! I remember the impact of that sermon like it was yesterday. The church synopsized Pr. Murphy’s sermon this way:
“Pastor Jim looked back over the last fifty years of church ministry to suggest the slow, incremental, and subtle changes that have created a theological crisis resulting in a move away from the foundational authority of the Word of God and into an experiential, emotional, and radically individualized form of Christianity. Not only will this review trace the consequences of the “little” erroneous theological conclusions that have defined the current struggle within evangelicalism, it will also define the way back to biblical Christianity.” View article →
Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. (Psalm 62:1)
Blessed posture! Waiting truly and only upon the Lord. Be this our condition all this day and every day. Waiting His leisure, waiting in His service, waiting in joyful expectation, waiting in prayer, and content. When the very soul thus waits, it is in the best and truest condition of a creature before his Creator, a servant before his Master, a child before his Father. We allow no dictation to God, nor complaining of Him; we will permit no petulance and no distrust. At the same time, we practice no running before the cloud and no seeking to others for aid: neither of these would be waiting upon God. God, and God alone, is the expectation of our hearts.
Blessed assurance! From Him salvation is coming; it is on the road. It will come from Him and from no one else. He shall have all the glory of it, for He alone can and will perform it. And He will perform it most surely in His own time and manner. He will save from doubt, and suffering, and slander, and distress. Though we see no sign of it as yet, we are satisfied to bide the Lord’s will, for we have no suspicion of His love and faithfulness. He will make sure work of it before long, and we will praise Him at once for the coming mercy.
Psalm 91 Begins with: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.…
One of my greatest privileges is to try to express what Psalm 91 means to me. There is no way to overstate its importance in my life and yours. God’s covenant promises in Psalm 91 are dear to his heart. It deals with warfare, relationship, and intercession. In some Bibles, it is subtitled “The Security Of The One Who Trusts In The Lord.” I have stood in Psalm 91 many times, defensively to plead God’s shield of protection and offensively to push back the adversary, for myself and others. It is particularly powerful when prayed out loud.
Psalm 91 pictures Biblical confidence and poise. The heart of it is the protected place of abiding safely in God, as we run to our covenant position of settling down under His defense. After establishing who God is, the psalmist describes the work of the enemy. Spiritual warfare is, first of all, about experiencing all the majesty and supremacy of God, who assures us that He is committed to defending us. His commitment is based on his deep covenant love relationship between Him and His people, which the psalm affirms and celebrates in the closing verses. We can confidently claim His rest, refuge, protection, safety, covering, faithfulness, freedom from fear, angelic watchers, deliverance, and salvation.
Take time today to meditate on Psalm 91 in several translations. Do word studies on it. I have written a verse-by-verse reflection on Psalm 91 many times. Write a personal paraphrase. Cross reference supporting Scriptures. Add other verses that God whispers to you that confirm and expand the truths in Psalm 91. Take them deep into your heart, spirit, and life-experience. Most crucially, apply them and see God’s power.
Pray, “Most High God, my El Shaddai, teach me to be biblically fearless, based on my covenant love relationship with you.”
“Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about 12, was dying.” Luke 8:41-42
Growing up in a small mountain ski town, my son became an experienced snowboarder. Two years ago, he was late coming back after taking a couple of runs. My worry was replaced quickly with fear after I received a call from the hospital emergency room stating that he was going into surgery with internal bleeding.
Fear usually comes upon us unexpectedlywhen we have no control over the situation.
The news comes in many ways. You go for a routine physical and your doctor calls wanting to go over your lab results. Your teenager’s late getting home, then you see a police officer pull up your driveway.
Jairus was not a known follower of Jesus. Many of his peers were suspicious and envious of Jesus. Then fear came suddenly to his house. His little girl was dying, bringing him begging at Jesus’ feet. Then came those dreaded words, “Your daughter is dead, don’t bother the teacher anymore.”
But Jesus said to him, “Don’t be afraid, just believe and she will be healed.” Well, we’re still reading this incredible story.
Christian friend, has your greatest fear come upon you? Hear his word to you,
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear: I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die” (John 11:25).
My son’s getting married this year. Often God gives us earthly treasures. More importantly, he’s pleased to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32).
Father, you know that I am weak and fear many things. Help me through your Word and your Spirit to trust you. You are my light and salvation, the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
Remind yourself often that God is with you and is upholding you and strengthening you for every task he is entrusting to you.
Children Born Biased toward Evil Proverbs 22:15; 29:15
Remember children are born with a decided bias toward evil, and therefore if you let them choose for themselves, they are certain to choose wrong. The mother cannot tell what her tender infant may grow up to be—tall or short, weak or strong, wise or foolish: he may be any of these things or not—it is all uncertain. But one thing the mother can say with certainty: he will have a corrupt and sinful heart. It is natural to us to do wrong.… Our hearts are like the earth on which we tread; let it alone, and it is sure to bear weeds.
J. C. RYLE*
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Learn to Be Content, and Have Peace Ecclesiastes 6:9; Philippians 4:11–13; 1 Timothy 6:6–8; Hebrews 13:5
You be, then, more patient than ever before, when things that seem needful to you are taken from you, or when things upon which you have set your heart are denied you. Learn to do with little, and to be content with what is mean and poor; so will you be kept from grumbling, and will have peace in yourself, and favor with Almighty God.
THOMAS À KEMPIS*
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill is a podcast produced by Christianity Today that relives the car crash of Seattle/Albuquerque’s Mars Hill Church. If you are a new believer, or if you have successfully blocked out the early 2000’s from your evangelical hippocampus, here is your refresher: In the late 90’s, Seattle Pastor Mark Driscoll, who had been loosely associated with the emergent church, left the world of hippies and doubt and instead embraced Calvinism and certainty. What Rick Warren was to Orange County or Bill Hybels was to the Chicago burbs, Driscoll became to Seattle. He planted one church, then expanded to other sites, and eventually even put a church in Albuquerque (the Seattle of the Southwest). He built up an evangelical empire, started Acts 29 as a church planting organization, and was a board member of The Gospel Coalition. In short, he was a big deal.
Until he wasn’t.
Driscoll eventually left Mars Hill, and the church imploded. He left Calvinism faster than he could leave Seattle, and overnight was scrubbed from evangelicalism.
Earlier I used the term “car crash” to describe it, and that was intentional: with Mark Driscoll at the wheel, Mars Hill became less than a church—it became a cultural phenomenon—and in front of the watching world it crashed spectacularly. Listening to this podcast is like watching the highlights of that car crash, wondering how anyone was able to walk away.
Christianity Today’s Mike Cosper, who produced this podcast, is one who walked away. Five episodes have been released so far, and his love for what the Lord did through Mars Hill is evident. Cosper is careful in his retelling of the Mars Hill story to never lose sight of the fact that people got saved through this mess. Of course that doesn’t justify the crazy and unbiblical things that took place there, but as a Christian it is important to understand that even in evangelicalism’s darkest moments, God was still at work. I’m very appreciative of Cosper’s tone in that regard.
EDIT: I want to make clear that this podcast is well written, well produced, the soundtrack is amazing, and Cosper’s background into the both the rise and fall of Mars Hill is insightful and educational. I have recommended this podcast to several people, and I’m blogging on it here because I want more people to listen to it. Today’s post is not a review of the entire podcast, because it is only half way done. But rather today’s post is focused on one glaring omission from the podcast (so far), in the hopes that those listening to it will see that not every evangelical leader was quiet about Driscoll’s approach to women.
But that brings me the point of this post. There is one glaring Los Angeles-sized hole in Cosper’s narrative. It was evident in episode 1—“Who Killed Mars Hill”—and I thought of blogging on it back then, but I decided to wait to see if a later episode would circle back to the hole and fill it in (or at least point at it and say “there is a hole here, and I don’t have time to fill it up, but you be careful not to fall in”).
However, this week episode 5 was released and the hole only got bigger. In fact, unless Cosper gets back to it, the entire podcast is going to fall into that hole, and the wrong lessons will be both taught and learned. What is that hole?
The podcast’s first episode was titled “Who Killed Mars Hill?”Cosper, like a jury in a wrongful death case, portions out blame for the death of Mars Hill. Of course, most of the blame goes to Driscoll. His arrogance, ego, and manipulative posture toward his congregation is what was ultimately responsible for its implosion.
But Cosper makes clear that apart from Driscoll, there is still enough blame to go around. Internal critics share some of the blame. External critics, the media, and changing politics on a national level all receive their share of responsibility. In episode 2 (my favorite of the first five), even Rick Warren, Bill Hybles, and Robert Schuler are blamed. After all, they designed the “philosophy of ministry” that Driscoll would use to build his church. They created the evangelical environment that was ready to accept a Mark Driscoll.
Which leads to the hole: in episode 1, Cosper also blames John MacArthur. While it was not completely clear what direction the show was going, Cosper did make it clear that MacArthur’s criticisms of Driscoll helped create a storm of opposition to his ministry, and that storm is eventually what took him out.
What was not clear is if Cosper was implying that MacArthur’s warnings against Mark Driscoll were good or bad. Was it good that an evangelical leader saw the Mars Hill Church on fire, and pulled the fire alarm? I’d argue that it was a positive for the body of Christ that someone was willing to call out the immoral and unbiblical conduct at Mars Hill. Had more people exited the building when the fire alarm sounded, fewer would have been burned. I was hoping Cosper would go down that road, but he just left that question unasked.
Which is fine. Maybe, I thought, he’ll circle back around to it in a latter episode.
But then Episode 5 dropped. “The Things We Do To Women.” This episode looks at Driscoll’s view of sex and marriage. It examines Driscoll’s handling of the Song of Solomon, as well as other sermon series on that topic. Cosper shows how integral the idea of sex as a form of male fulfilment was to the entire philosophy of ministry at Mars Hill. He then, quite correctly, shows how horrible that was. To choose just one of many examples, it created a culture where, from the pulpit, Driscoll told reluctant women that they had to pleasure their husbands with oral sex because Jesus (through Driscoll) told them to. The end result of all this, Cosper points out, is that women were little more than props for Driscoll’s manhood tirades.
Then Cosper asks a question: how could evangelicals let Mark Driscoll get away with this? I mean the things he said were crazy and wildly inappropriate (and Cosper leaves the worst examples off the podcast). Driscoll not only bragged about this kind of thing, but he wrote about it. He preached about it. He preached in other churches on it. He literally went on a speaking tour around the country teaching on Song of Solomon! Given all this, how could he be made a board member of The Gospel Coalition? How could Grudem endorse his sex book? How could Family Life Radio have him speak at a conference on biblical manhood? In retrospect, it is absolutely INSANE!
And then the episode ends.
Do you see the hole?
If you were around in 2000’s you remember that contrary to the podcast, not every evangelical was quiet. For the most obvious example, consider John MacArthur, who often warned people about Driscoll. He warned people about his church, he warned people about his church model (multi-site) and he warned people about Driscoll’s penchant for saying that the Lord gave him visions and spoke to him about how to lead his ministry.
But more than all that, MacArthur repeatedly warned whoever would listen about how Driscoll handled Song of Solomon. For MacArthur, Driscoll’s main problem was that he spoke about sex in a way that was vulgar, demeaning to women, unbiblical, and ultimately spiritually harmful.
This was not a niche part of the Driscoll story either. MacArthur ran a four-part blog series called “The Rape of Solomon’s Song” where he detailed the danger of that approach to ministry. He wrote of Driscoll’s approach to Song of Solomon:
“That is not exegesis; it is exploitation… It is spiritually tantamount to an act of rape. It tears the beautiful poetic dress off Song of Solomon, strips that portion of Scripture of its dignity, and holds it up to be laughed at and leered at in a carnal way. And Mark Driscoll has boldly led the parade down this carnal path.”
How did people respond to MacArthur’s warning? Well, the week after he gave it, Driscoll was a keynote speaker at The Gospel Coalition’s annual conference (where he was assigned the topic of a pastor and pure speech—some things you cannot make up!). John Piper said that while he was concerned about Driscoll’s sex sermons, all pastors say things they regret, and Driscoll has shown himself to be a quick learner (after listening to the podcast, going back and re-reading Piper’s excusing of Driscoll’s sex language is frankly even more incredible now than it was back then, a feat I didn’t think was possible; Desiring God has since taken it down, but you can read it here).
Jonathan Merritt even ran a column picked up by The Washington Post (!!!) calling Driscoll’s demeaning attitude toward women “a gaffe,” and said that the Christian thing to do is to accept his apologies. He specifically referenced the feud between Driscoll and MacArthur, and I can’t help but wonder if Merritt regrets that column today.
Allow me an analogy: It is as if there is a man outside yelling “your house is on fire, your house is on fire, everybody run!!!,” and instead of running, the leaders of the house come up with fanciful excuses for ignoring the man. Later, when the house has indeed burned down, those who escaped get together to talk about what went wrong. It is, at the very least, disingenuous for them to ask, “how come nobody warned us?”
My advice to Cosper is that he should spend an episode on that. How come some—Grudem, Piper, Carson, etc.—made excuses for his misogyny, while at the same time blasting MacArthur for warning against it? How come MacArthur was able to see what The Gospel Coalition could not? If this podcast is going to keep up the “speak truth to power” motif, that would be a great direction to go. Instead, episode 1—and I’m not joking about this—frames MacArthur’s concerns in a bit of a dismissive way because MacArthur later went on to advocate for President Trump. Frankly, that seemed to me to be a copout, and it’s a glaring omission in this otherwise very well done podcast.
There are many lessons that can be learned from Mars Hill. Some of them are ecclesiological and pertain to the dynamic of a multi-site church. Some are philosophical, and pertain to how the church should relate to the culture. But certainly some are theological—when pastors mishandle the word of God, people get hurt.
So, Christian: do you remember the rise and fall of Mars Hill? If so, listen to this podcast. You will love it and learn from it.
And then ask yourself who warned me about Mars Hill? Now, ten years later, who was right, and who was wrong?
Wisdom, Jesus says, is vindicated by her children.
Biden says cyberattack could set off ‘shooting war with major power’ “You know, we’ve seen how cyber threats, including ransomware attacks, increasingly are able to cause damage and disruption to the real world,” Biden said during remarks at the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, Va. “I can’t guarantee this, and you’re as informed as I am, but I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up — well, if we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a major power, it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence.”
Republican Senators Press Biden Admin To Bar Iranian President From US Republican senators called on the White House to block senior Iranian officials, including incoming hardline president Ebrahim Raisi, from entering the United States to attend the United Nations’ annual general assembly later this year. Ebrahim Raisi approved the mass murder of Iranian dissidents.
Fox Reporter Asks The One Question Every American Wants The Answer To… Fox News reporter Peter Doocy posed the question on every American’s lips Tuesday after Joe Biden, on orders from the CDC, declared that vaccinated Americans now have to wear masks in public again – If the vaccine works, why? Doocy again was the only reporter in the White House gaggle to question the overlord’s decree, grilling Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who again had no logical answer. In other words, Americans all have to wear masks again ‘because we say so’.
The CDC’s Hysterical Delta Flip-Flop Might Be Its Final Undoing The crazy, convoluted, mixed up messaging from the CDC – it’s been this way from the beginning of the pandemic until now – has taken yet another turn. Now the CDC is recommending masks not just for the unvaccinated but for the vaccinated too. None of this makes sense – if you are still looking for policies to make sense, which you probably gave up on long ago.
“Really Alarming” – Megadrought Pushes Two Major US Lakes To Record-Low Water Levels Water levels in Utah’s Great Salt Lake and Lake Powell have dropped to their lowest levels ever recorded. This summer’s extreme drought and compounding heat waves have triggered a water crisis in the Western half of the U.S. The U.S. Geological Survey announced Utah’s Great Salt Lake saw water levels drop an inch below the previous record low of 4,191.4 feet above sea level in1963.
Updated tsunami maps remind the public they may be in a very precarious zone You don’t have to be right on the beach to be worried about the “what if” that comes with a tsunami. An earthquake-generated series of waves, that can flood coastal property, is extremely possible and new maps help the public see where their risks are. Clearly, you don’t have to be living in a tsunami zone to be at risk. The Santa Barbara waterfront for example has millions of visitors each year in areas that would be drenched in water if a significant tsunami came ashore.
Saudi Arabia cracks down on citizens who visit ‘red list’ countries Saudi Arabia will impose a three-year travel ban on citizens traveling to countries on the kingdom’s ‘red list’ under efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus and its new variants, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia has banned travel to or transit at a number of countries including Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates.
EU Parliament targets Christian groups in pro-abortion crusade You even took the sons and daughters that you bore to Me and sacrificed them to those [images] as food—as if your harlotries were not enough, Ezekiel 16:20 Last month, the European Parliament (EPF) passed a resolution declaring that abortion was a “human right.” Though it passed, the resolution was highly divisive, with 378 MEPs voting in favor and 255 voting against. The resolution allows for late-term abortions and includes a “conscience clause,” criticizing doctors who withholding abortions “on grounds of religion or conscience,” which. the text says, “endangers women’s lives and rights.”
Inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Secret Pedophile Database ..Aaron Kaufman’s film Crusaders—released as part of Vice TV’s “Vice Versa” nonfiction series—eviscerates the Jehovah’s Witness faith in which he was raised, giving a public platform for former members to speak out about the scourge of pedophilia within the church, and about the elders who are committed to keeping it a secret.
Emmanuel Macron Stunned Everyone With Mandatory Vaccinations, Now Tech Masters Google, Facebook And The Whole World Is Following His Lead Ever eager to burnish his cred as the biblical ‘man of sin’, French president Emmanuel Macron made the stunning move a few weeks ago in telling his subjects that if they didn’t take the COVID vaccine, their ability to live their lives would go from difficult to impossible in the blink of an eye. The world literally held its breath watching to see how this incredibly risky move would play out. Macron rolled the dice and came up with all 7’s, or more accurately all 6’s, as nearly 4 million French rushed out to get vaxxed almost immediately. Now the rest of the world is following Macron’s lead, straight into the pit of Hell.
America Is An Occupied Nation! Will An American Viet Cong Arise From the Ashes? It is abundantly clear that the globalists are escalating their timetable to establish a New World Order and they are in a hurry to achieve this goal. The globalists found a formula that worked when they stole the 2018 Midterm Elections and then they stole the 2020 election and the Republicans did nothing. The key Maricopa County audit is compromised and all future elections will be decided by the Maxrist regime we still call the Democratic Party.
Coronavirus patients who recovered from the virus were far less likely to become infected during the latest wave of the pandemic than people who were vaccinated against COVID, according to numbers presented to the Israeli Health Ministry.
Health Ministry data on the wave of COVID outbreaks which began this May show that Israelis with immunity from natural infection were far less likely to become infected again in comparison to Israelis who only had immunity via vaccination.
More than 7,700 new cases of the virus have been detected during the most recent wave starting in May, but just 72 of the confirmed cases were reported in people who were known to have been infected previously – that is, less than 1% of the new cases.
Roughly 40% of new cases – or more than 3,000 patients – involved people who had been infected despite being vaccinated. [This is from mid-July, it’s even more than 40% by now.]
With a total of 835,792 Israelis known to have recovered from the virus, the 72 instances of reinfection amount to 0.0086% of people who were already infected with COVID.
By contrast, Israelis who were vaccinated were 6.72 times more likely to get infected after the shot than after natural infection, with over 3,000 of the 5,193,499, or 0.0578%, of Israelis who were vaccinated getting infected in the latest wave. [That’s after only a few months – it’s going to get worse.]
According to a report by Channel 13, the disparity has confounded – and divided – Health Ministry experts, with some saying the data proves the higher level of immunity provided by natural infection versus vaccination, while others remained unconvinced.
Delta Variant cases are soaring and hospitalizations and deaths are rising leaving many in the Health care sector on edge. 17 Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted with every Democrat to advance a $1.1 Trillion …
Dr. Marty Makary, a medical expert and professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says COVID deaths are greatly inflated. He gave an example of an asymptomatic child who tests positive after being injured in a bicycle accident and counted as a COVID hospitalization. The CDC does not distinguish whether a child is hospitalized for Covid or with Covid.
While the CDC claims 335 children under the age of 18 have died with a COVID diagnosis, the agency, which has 21,000 employees, has not checked to verify whether the death was caused by COVID or some other condition. Makary also criticized the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System that records vaccine injuries, which he says likely underreports adverse events. He says the agency seems completely disinterested in discovering natural-immunity rates. -GEG
Dr. Marty Makary is a medical expert and professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Carey Business School. His research team “worked with the nonprofit FAIR Health to analyze approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020.”
If there’s one thing I will say about the Biden admin, is that it has turned this COVID situation into a complete circus.
Americans are so confused over all the flips and flops, and bizarre messaging.
Biden and the Dems and media want to scold Americans for not taking this vaccine, but what they don’t understand is they are making Americans suspicious and confused with all their goofy changes – now out of nowhere vaccinated people have to wear masks? Why? Does the vaccine not work?
And then nobody explains why….well, they say this nonsense:
NEW – Dr. Fauci says it's about what's going on in the nose why vaccinated Americans have to mask up indoors again.pic.twitter.com/kpaao7x4bt
Google on Wednesday became the first major tech company to require COVID vaccinations of employees working at the company’s facilities. Shortly afterward, Facebook also said it will make vaccines mandatory for U.S. employees who work in offices. Both companies said they would consider exceptions for medical and other reasons.
In a message to Google’s 130,000-plus workers worldwide, CEO Sundar Pichai said the policy would go into effect in the U.S. in the coming weeks and abroad in the following months, and it would be dependent on vaccines being widely available.
While celebrating the sight of some employees back at Google campuses, Pichai also said the voluntary work-from-home policy would be extended through Oct. 18 because of the emergence of the delta variant.
“Even as the virus continues to surge in many parts of the world, it’s encouraging to see very high vaccination rates for our Google community in areas where vaccines are widely available,” Pichai wrote. “… Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead.”
This is really a puzzling stance the left is making.
There’s already quite a bit of unanswered questions surrounding the vaccine and its effectiveness, so why are they pushing it so heavily at this moment?
Not to mention, recent polling shows “vaccine choice” is a bipartisan issue.
Most Americans don’t want to be “told” to put something into their bodies.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.