Category Archives: Opinion/Commentary

A Quiet Place: A subversive conservative and Christian movie

I suspect that the majority of people who have seen A Quiet Place went into the theater anticipating a thrilling horror story that gives the usual rush of being scared out of one’s seat.

But A Quiet Place has a couple of sub-narratives running through it that might be subversive to the secular Hollywood left.  I suspect that John Krasinski knew exactly what he was doing when he directed a movie for the first time and came up with a masterpiece in its originality.

— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/04/ema_quiet_placeem_a_subversive_conservative_and_christian_movie.html

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RenewAmerica Newsletter for April 20, 2018

April 19, 2018
JERRY NEWCOMBE — After my recent column on “fake news,” someone sent me an email accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America. The email stated the common charge that the Constitution was the product of men of the Enlightenment, many of whom were under Masonic influence as well…. (more)

April 19, 2018
MICHAEL BARONE — As the likelihood of the charges of Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of “collusion” seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Trump’s dealings in Russia and candidate Trump’s off-putting praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was fueled by breathless media coverage of such trivial events as Jeff Sessions’ exchange of pleasantries with the Russian ambassador at a Washington reception…. (more)

April 19, 2018
CHELSEA SCHILLING — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is facing criticism for a bizarre email she sent for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday that said special counsel Robert Mueller had been “fired.”… (more)

April 19, 2018
BOB UNRUH — Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, was accused by the Department of Justice’s inspector general of lying, and now he’s been referred to federal prosecutors. The IG’s report on the FBI’s onetime second-in-command concluded he lied about media contacts. The IG found McCabe “lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions” in connection with a disclosure to the Wall Street Journal in violation of FBI codes…. (more)


April 19, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — (Author’s note: In August 2016, I wrote an article entitled “James Comey and the Stinking Fish Factor,” warning readers that the Comey fish was already rotting and that things were bound to get worse. Clearly, they just did. And it’s just as clear that the uncontrolled hysteria we are witnessing from Democrats has to do not with bogus accusations about Russia, but the criminal indictments coming down the pike for the people they’ve blindly defended for decades – – that would be Bill & Hill Clinton – – and possibly against even bigger fish! I’ve updated this article by abbreviating its length but also adding a few sentences. -JS)… (more)

April 19, 2018
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — Alan Dershowitz reacted to James Comey’s new book “A Higher Loyalty” on Friday’s edition of Tucker Carlson’s FOX News show. He called the book “gossipy,” “scandalous and shameful.” He also called the former FBI director “revenge-driven” and said he should never have been hired in the first place. Dershowitz said the way Comey condoned leaks sent a “horrible message” to FBI agents…. (more)

April 19, 2018
REAL CLEAR POLITICS — Tucker Carlson said Monday night what he learned from the interview with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday is that James Comey admires liars and gives them the benefit of the doubt while not extending the same courtesy to President Trump. Carlson said Comey is a partisan and should have never been director of the FBI…. (more)


April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The memos written by former FBI Director James Comey that were delivered to Congress by the Justice Department on Thursday have been leaked. The memos were obtained by the Washington Examiner. Comey, who was fired by President Trump last May, said in congressional testimony he kept memos memorializing conversations with the president…. (more)

April 19, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Republican chairmen who demanded Congress get access to James Comey’s memos blasted him late Thursday, saying the revelations they contain show he “was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe.”… (more)

April 19, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — In yesterday’s column, I contended that it was outrageous for federal district judge Kimba Wood to direct that talk-radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity be publicly identified as Michael Cohen’s third client. Cohen, whose law practice is, shall we say, less than thriving, is under criminal investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY). He claims only three clients. The other two, President Trump and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy, acknowledge retaining Cohen. Hannity denies ever having had a formal attorney-client relationship with him…. (more)

April 19, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — At a hearing in Manhattan federal court Monday afternoon, a judge denied a request by President Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to prevent investigators from reviewing materials seized from Cohen’s office and residences…. (more)

April 19, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — The Southern Poverty Law Center has removed the “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” from their website after attorneys for Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim and prominent Islamic reformer, threatened legal action over his inclusion on the list…. (more)

April 19, 2018
PHILIP KLEIN — When Republicans fail to advance a limited government agenda when they have power, it does not merely entrench the status quo – – it paves the road for liberals to fulfill their expansionist dreams when they’re in charge. There is no better example of this than on healthcare policy. For decades, Republican inaction and acquiesce has allowed liberals to make uneven yet substantial progress toward their ultimate goal of imposing government-run healthcare on the United States. This time, Republican dithering may just enable Democrats to reach that promised land…. (more)

April 17, 2018
ALAN KEYES — Alan Keyes says Congress needs to do more than ‘just listen to these jokers’… (more)


April 16, 2018
‘A Higher Royalty’; ‘James Comedy’
KYLE SMITH — For months, the media and President Trump’s loudest opponents convinced themselves that James Comey’s much-anticipated book was the ticking bomb that would blow up the Trump administration. Instead: No boom…. (more)

April 16, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Former FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated weekend TV interview fell flat for key members of the press. The one-hour interview, which aired Sunday on ABC ahead of the publication of Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty,” received extensive coverage in the national press for Comey’s sharp rebukes of President Trump, but there were almost no revelations in his answers, and some critics said Comey came across as self-serving…. (more)


April 16, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Acrimony between the FBI and Department of Justice was so bad in the waning days of the Obama Administration some agents quit the bureau, a former G-man said. Feuds over the direction of investigations – – and particularly some of the high-profile politically-involved probes – – began to build up as the 2016 election approached, and as the FBI felt pressure from its political masters at the department…. (more)

April 15, 2018
ROBERT KNIGHT — Federal judges sit on the bench for life and can either uphold the law or rule like tyrants. This puts judicial appointments right near the top of the most important things a president can do. The newest Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, has already shown what a difference a constitutionalist can make. But we need many more to counter the hundreds of Clinton, Obama and Jimmy Carter-appointed judges who issue zany rulings that override common sense and thwart democratically enacted popular will…. (more)

April 15, 2018
Says missile attacks were ‘in the vital national security and foreign policy interests’ of U.S.
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump formally notified Congress Sunday that he had constitutional authority as commander-in-chief to order the military strikes against Syria Friday night. In a letter, Mr. Trump said missile strikes against Syrian chemical-weapons facilities were “in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States to promote the stability of the region, to deter the use and proliferation of chemical weapons, and to avert a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe.”… (more)


April 15, 2018
JOHN TIERNEY — Imagine if the head of a federal agency announced a new policy for its scientific research: From now on, the agency would no longer allow its studies to be reviewed and challenged by independent scientists, and its researchers would not share the data on which their conclusions were based. The response from scientists and journalists would be outrage. By refusing peer review from outsiders, the agency would be rejecting a fundamental scientific tradition. By not sharing data with other researchers, it would be violating a standard transparency requirement at leading scientific journals. If a Republican official did such a thing, you’d expect to hear denunciations of this latest offensive in the “Republican war on science.”… (more)


April 15, 2018
JOSEPH FARAH — Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, will be sentenced Tuesday following conviction on 23 felony counts related to using charitable donations for personal and campaign expenses. Wait a minute! Didn’t Hillary Clinton do that? Oh, yes, in spades, but I digress. I’ve known Steve for many years. There’s not a corrupt bone in his body. Don’t believe anything else you read about this case anywhere – – including Fox News, which hung him out to dry. Steve went to Washington to do one thing – – defeat the Deep State…. (more)


April 15, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The film “Chappaquiddick,” which premiered last Friday, concerns the efforts of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to save his career and reputation after the accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne, a young, pretty aide to his dead brother Bobby…. (more)

April 15, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — “A Quiet Place” is an oddity for a No. 1 box office attraction – – a family-focused horror movie that has no profanity, nudity, sex, gore or R rating and offers a subtle pro-life message. Directed, co-written and co-produced by John Krasinski (Jim from the NBC sitcom “The Office”), the $17 million, PG-13 production rocked Hollywood last weekend with its $50 million box office haul – – and could crack the $100 million mark this weekend, Forbes.com predicts…. (more)

April 15, 2018
BBC NEWS — John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s – a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret…. (more)

April 14, 2018
REUTERS — Western powers said on Saturday their missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the restrained assault appeared unlikely to halt Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s progress in the 7-year-old civil war…. (more)

 

Lies Young Women Believe for April 20, 2018

How to Speak up About Someone Else’s Sin

by Sarah Garrett | 4/20/18

In Wednesday’s post, I tackled why it’s okay to keep other Christians accountable when it comes to sin.

Since I said we should do it, I wanted to also share how to do it. The following verses explain how to effectively hold someone accountable.

Speak the Truth in Love

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (Eph. 4:15–16).

Before I experienced someone lovingly calling out my own sin (read more about that here), my approach to accountability would not have been loving. Instead, it would have been rooted in superiority.

If you are close with someone who claims to be a Christian and you see them in open sin, ask yourself why you want to point it out to them. Is it to help them grow in their walk and keep them out of sin, or is it to make you feel superior because you think you’re better?

If love is not your motivator, you will fail and the Body of Christ will suffer.

Follow the Steps

Matthew 18:15–17 provides clear steps for accountability.

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

Here’s the breakdown:

Step 1: Start by telling the person with just the two of you there. In an attitude of love, explain what you see happening and ask if they see it, too.

Step 2: If they refuse to see, then ask a few people to join you who care for the person and have also seen the behavior. This way the person will know you’re not just making it up.

Step 3: Many times it will not get to the third step, which is to tell the church. If the person doesn’t listen after the first two steps, enlist the help of a pastor or youth pastor.

Step 4: If all of these measures fail, God allows us to no longer carry the burden of making the person see the truth. He can find another way to reach the person even if it isn’t through you.

As a final step, never stop praying that the person’s eyes will be opened even if they don’t listen to you. (For more on how to pray, check out this post from our archives, “How to Pray When Someone You Love is Stuck in Sin.”)

I am passionate about Christians keeping each other accountable, because it truly changed my life and I am forever grateful. Because someone else was brave enough to call out sin in my life, it has helped me to grow in my faith and approach people in a more loving way. I am more effective in ministry because of the gift of accountability, and I think we could be more effective as the Body of Christ if we were not afraid to hold one another accountable.


The Gift of Accountability

by Sarah Garrett

Has anyone ever called you out on your sin? If so, here’s why that’s a gif


Truth for the Good Girl

by Bethany Baird

I’m her. I’m the good girl


4 Ways to Fight the Ooze

by Beecher Proch

The world is fighting for your attention. Here are four ways to fight back.


You Can Live in Victory!

by Sarah Garrett

Even if you’re a victim of abuse, divorce, or rejection, you can live as a victor in Christ.

Watch this Amazing Video on How Soros “Rents” Evangelicals to Push Social Justice

George Soros, who disguises his cash through a chain of various foundations, before he gives it to Southern Baptist and other evangelical institutions…

Pulpit & Pen has been exposing George Soros’ funding and partnership of Russell Moore and James Riady’s funding of Ligon Duncan. In reality, both Soros and Duncan have been funding numerous groups and speakers who are represented at the The Gospel Coalition, Together for the Gospel, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. However, much of their funding is “Dark Money,” contributions that come not directly from Soros or Riady, but from a series of “foundations” (sometimes the cash goes through nearly a dozen foundations before it reaches places like SBTS, TGC, the ERLC or RTS).

Watch this incredible video which helps demonstrate how the cash-flow from Globalist-Marxist forces is used to “rent” evangelicals to push their agenda.

Please keep in mind that Jim Wallis is a political ally of Russell Moore, with the two regularly appearing together at partnering together on the Soros-Funded Evangelical Immigration Table.

The money is dark, but we intend to keep shedding light on it.

The post Watch this Amazing Video on How Soros “Rents” Evangelicals to Push Social Justice appeared first on Pulpit & Pen.

Weekly Watchman for 04/20/2018

Friday is Listener Comments & Questions Day

When we first come to saving faith in Jesus Christ we are on fire but still immature in the Christian faith. With the myriad of Christian teaching and television out there ranging from excellent all the way down to flat out heresy, how do we help new believers understand the difference between biblical truth and human error and deception? What should we say to a new believer who really enjoys listening to Joel Osteen for example?

This is one of your questions we will cover today. Other topics you want to discuss include:

The resignation and legacy of Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church

The “13 reasons Why” documentary of teen suicide.

Mysticism and emergent theology creeping into churches.

Is the Pope right about atheists going to heaven if they have their children baptized?

Were the Founding Fathers just godless bigots and slave owners?

The Christian struggle with occasional sin and hypocrisy.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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He Said What?!

In our final segment we discuss more controversial comments from Pope Francis, this time regarding an apparent statement that “good atheists” go to heaven. And one thing that makes them good? Baptizing their children.

With each passing year we see more and more dangerous, incorrect theology infiltrating a growing number of Christian churches and denominations. False beliefs that would have been soundly rebuked a few decades ago are now being discussed within churches. Satan is a master at twisting the truth and appealing to our human emotions and desires, and he is working his plan through perhaps well-intentioned but spiritually naive people.

Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio joins us to discuss this and other recent issues including how we find the correct spiritual balance between God’s sovereignty and man’s free will and responsibilities.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Big Brother is Watching and Waiting

George Orwell’s chilling novel about a futuristic state of government control and censorship seems to be unfolding right before our very eyes. The left, infamously touting their cause as one of respect and tolerance, has shown itself mean and spiteful toward anyone who dares publicly oppose their ideology. They are now willing to intimidate those who speak out against their agenda because they know they can get away with it for the most part.

Freedom of speech is under attack in our nation and when it is finally vanquished, sharing the gospel and the Word of God as truth will be punished. Today’s discrimination and mocking of Jesus Christ and His followers will be replaced with outright hatred and persecution. But hey that could never happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave, could it?

Today we focus on the intensifying attacks against the Word of God and those who trust in it. From Christian churches being vandalized to leftist politicians all but saying people who believe in the Bible shouldn’t be allowed to serve in government, the attacks are real and intensifying with each passing year. We had better wake up!

John Loeffler of Steel on Steel radio joins us to talk about the attacks on our freedom of speech and religious expression along with what he calls “The 5 Stages of Persecution.”

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Destroying a Generation Through Tolerance

As we become a post-Christian nation the natural effect is that absolute truth becomes a thing of the past, replaced by “individual morality”. As we have systematically ushered God and His Word out of government and public education, we are seeing a generation of youth deceived and manipulated because they have been taught that God is a myth and it is up to them to make the world a better place.

Our youth have been led to believe they are being empowered to lead this world when in reality they are being conditioned for slavery to serve the elite of the new world order who consciously or not are serving the father of lies, Satan himself.

In our final segments we will look at how government and media are polluting the minds of our children through harmful legislation and television series such as “13 Reasons Why” which documents suicide among teens and has reportedly led to more suicides by youth who watch the series.

But first, where did we start to lose our children and what can we do to fight and reverse the influence of the radical left that has its fingers everywhere including education, government, media and increasingly even mental health care? Dr. John Rosemond joins us to discuss the dilemma and what we can do about it as parents.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Understanding the End Game

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in an event or time that we fail to take a step back and look at the big picture. If you take a snapshot of what is happening in the world these days it might look like this: A decaying moral society; leaders who care more about their personal wealth and power instead of serving those they lead; an imminent major war in the Middle East; and an overall feeling of anxiety permeating every aspect of society and the lives of many. Yes a simple snapshot at any given time can paint a powerful picture… and the picture we see these days is not a pretty one.

But God has given us His Word so that believers might not be deceived by what we see around us. We are to take note of what is happening around us so we can understand it in context of God’s promises. And our guest this morning is a voice of reason and hope for such a time as this.

Gary Kah of Hope For the World has written insightful books on the coming one world government and one world religion, all the while encouraging believers to always maintain the eternal hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gary joins us this morning to look at the crisis in Syria that has the world on the brink of another huge war, along with the accelerating movement toward a one world government and religion where humanity will pledge its allegiance to the enemies of God.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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This ‘n’ That for 04/20/2018

  • Sadly, it seems that we need to be reminded of this basic fact.
  • Conrad Mbewe always says things well.
  • If you need a list of “Christian” musical groups/artists to avoid, here you go. If they have Christine Caine’s endorsement, it’s safe to say they aren’t safe.
  • This is sad on so many levels.
  • Speaking of our Creator, I thought this was fascinating.
  • Does Elyse Fitzpatrick want us to date and marry Jesus? This is nonsensical. Stay away!
  • Michelle Lesley shows us how Jesus handled hurt.
  • I enjoyed this sermon from Pastor Jerry Wragg on the comfort of the doctrine of the rapture.
To say that God dwells in heaven is not to say that He is contained there. But it is uniquely His home, His center of operations, His command post. It is the place where His throne resides. And it is where the most perfect worship of Him occurs. It is in that sense that we say heaven is His dwelling place. —John MacArthur