THIS IS A very interesting post in which I can have some agreement, but when I see a pastor or Christian writers expresses a theologically opinion like this I am often disappointed with their other theological positions because often the other opinions are usually NOT orthodox.
However posted because it is provocative. Take it for what it is worth because I don’t know much about Preston Sprinkle, but I do agree with the idea that “grace” is messy:
By Preston Sprinkle
“You cannot sanitize grace. You can’t stuff it into a blue blazer and make it wear khakis.”
Christian subcultures are an entertaining phenomenon. Multiple brands of Christianity claim the same Lord and read the same Bible, and yet they promote a set of values sometimes as different as apples and orangutans.
I once heard a story about a Christian woman from the East Coast who confronted a West Coast youth-pastor, who allowed “mixed bathing” at youth events. “I can’t believe any so-called Christian leader would allow boys and girls to swim together!” She expressed her concern, all the while puffing on a cigarette. The youth pastor couldn’t help but smile, speechless at the irony.
I attended a conservative Brethren church when I lived in Scotland. Some of the women wore head coverings and none of them spoke in church. When I had our Irish pastor and his wife over for dinner, I asked them what he would like to drink. “Beer please,” the preacher said. “And for you, madam?” “I’ll take . . .
MOZILLA, THE COMPANY, the company that operates the web browser Firefox, experienced its highest level of negative customer feedback the day after its embattled co-founder Brendan Eich resigned as CEO after gay rights activists objected to his appointment.
On Thursday, Mozilla forced Eich to resign just two weeks after hiring him. At issue was a $1,000 donation Eich gave in 2008 in support of California’s Proposition 8, a successful ballot initiative which banned gay marriage.
The decision to remove the man who invented the web scripting language JavaScipt did not sit well with many customers — many of them pelted Mozilla’s website with a surge of negative feedback.
On Friday, 94 percent of the sentiments registered on the site were “sad,” while six percent were “happy.” That translates to about 7,000 negative responses, compared to nearly 500 positive responses.
“Your abject and pathetic condemnation of an individual’s right to hold and support their own view on the world is simply unbelievable,” read one user’s feedback at the Mozilla site.
Eich’s hiring last month generated …
THE MATT WALSH Blog is one of my favorite blogs to read and it has a great tagline, “Absolute Truths (and alpaca grooming tips).” He has written a great response to the recent shooting at Fort Hood.
Frankly, if it was me I would outlaw all “gun free” zone. No one would ever in their right mind would post a “Gun Free Zone” sign on their front law. You might-as-well say, “Here we are, F@#$@# shoot us!!”
Please read and think about!
‘Gun free’ military bases and dangerous psychiatric drugs: a lethal mixture
I’m sure you heard the news. Another mass shooting. Another at a military base, no less. Another at Fort Hood, specifically.
Ivan Lopez opened fire, killed three people and injured 16 before committing suicide.
Of course, the usual suspects don’t even wait for the bodies to be recovered before they start clamoring for gun control. The shooting spree ended when a woman with a gun stood up to the assailant, but that fact conveniently evades these exploitative clowns.
The rest of us continue to grapple with the age old problem of how best to confront the basic and unavoidable reality that evil people will do evil things, while these imbecilic loudmouths cowardly glaze over the complexities of the issue, in favor of infusing moral significance into an inanimate object — an inanimate object that is quite often the only thing that will stop those evil people once they’ve begun to carry out that evil thing.
Same old story. We’ve had this debate a thousand times. Tragically, we’ll have it a thousand more times.
And, because I often take it upon myself to argue with fools, I can’t help but jump into the fray here.
In light of this shooting, and every other, and even regardless of any particular incident, we all need to . . .
Let me see if I got this straight, because I feel like I am in an alternate universe!
Our government is doing everything it can to stamp out Christianity in our military? In fact, thanks to the Obama administration our military is growing more hostile to Christian servicemen (and women), including Christian chaplains [ Read HERE ], and now they allowing a “Muslim Brotherhood affiliate supply our military with CHAPLAINS!
NOW, I don’t think Baptists, Catholics, Presbyterians, or other Christian denominations attack the United States on 9/11!
I agree with the blog Article below that “allowing an organization that is not only a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate–but also a onetime financer of Hamas to supply our military with chaplains” deserves a big–WT*!
A Chilling Reality: the Islamization of Our Military
Manifestly the Pentagon never received the memo that Islam is at war with Western Civilization. Or, that Islam is a brutally misogynistic ideology bent on the wholesale murder of women who dare show a little ankle.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that its founder, Mohammed–had an unquenchable penchant for little girls?
In short: Islam is evil.
With that established–allow me to enlighten you as to what insanity our . . .
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THIS IS AN issue that really gets under my skin (below). It is bad enough that the military has been watered-down with political correctness, and being feminized to the point that they becoming ineffective because of misguided missions, BUT now it looks like Christian service men (and women) are being persecuted in a place where there should religious liberty.
The next step I fear is that we Christians will some day will have to fear military, because I see a day coming that our military will be a tool of a future tyrannical United State government that will persecute Christian citizens.
Check out the blog article below from the Christian Post:
Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment
By Todd Starnes , CP Op-Ed Contributor
June 14, 2013|11:13 am
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.
The amendment was authored by Rep. John Fleming, (R-La). It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.”
The Obama Administration said the amendment would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.”
“With its statement, the White House is now endorsing military reprimands of members who . .
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ACCORDING TO BREITBART.COM, “West Virginia Senator Manchin Shocked to Learn Obama Not a Friend of Coal Industry.”
You can’t be serious? Or maybe he is that stupid! If you are that stupid then you are in the dark on an issue that most of know already. It is not like Obama’s war on coal was a war that he kept a secret.
It’s clear now that the President has declared war on coal. http://t.co/xoiC13H27K
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
Pres. Obama’s proposal will have disastrous consequences for not only the coal industry, but also American jobs and the economy.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
“Congress thus far hasn’t given Obama the “cap and trade” bill he wants, so he is going to do an end-run around Congress and order the EPA to hit electricity-producing coal plants with expensive new regulations to limit the output of greenhouse gases.
This is Manchin’s attempt to impress the voters back home in West Virginia coal country. He’s acting surprised, but Obama has literally said that he is looking for energy prices to skyrocket for years:
For his shocked – SHOCKED! – act today, I hereby give West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin this week’s “Captain Louis Renault’ Award! Well done, Joe!”
FOR AN AMERICAN “church” culture that sees Jesus as a great example, the article below from CNN Belief Blog is NOT surprising.
Don’t get me wrong. I think that films can lead to great worldview discussions, and I am sure many film stories do have a type of Christ-firgure from time to time.
However, it is another thing when a movie marketing campaign goes out of its way to market to pastor, and encourage sermon notes about “Jesus, the super hero.” A pastor job is to properly preach the word, and administrate the sacrament, not to preach from a pop culture movie.
Disclaimer, I am making this comment before I even seen the move. Article below:
Superman: Flying to a church near you
By Eric Marropodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) – As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.
Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing “Man of Steel” to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.
The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.
“How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask.
(Disclaimer: CNN, like Warner Bros., is owned by Time Warner.)
Similar campaigns to corral the country’s large number of Christians into the movie theater have been used for “Les Miserables,” “Soul Surfer” and “The Blind Side,” all of which had at least some faith angle.
Baltimore pastor Quentin Scott is among dozens of ministers who received . . .
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