Jun 242015

1426163_10152538970789156_1955504315_aToday, like every Wednesday, we will remember Saeed Abedini.

We do more than just remember, however…we stand with him by using our social media to advocate for his release.

We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like”  the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.

We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.

You can follow Naghmeh Abedini for the latest news on her Facebook page…

Jun 232015

bigheadshotchuckJanette Manderson Smith has hired the law firm of famed attorney Gloria Allred and filed an amended lawsuit against Brian Brodersen and Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.

Brodersen has filed an anti SLAPP suit in response.



Smith’s suit

Brodersens counter suit

The next court date is June 25th

Jun 232015

ring-kissing1-croppedDespite all the questions and allegations surrounding K.P. Yohannon and Gospel For Asia, it looks like the self ordained “Archbishop” is being welcomed to raise money on the CC circuit.

As noted previously, he will be speaking at a Calvary Chapel Missions Conference at CC Downey.

He will also be speaking at CC Modesto.

Corrected: This was in error…he spoke at CC Modesto last year. My apologies for the error.

I would assume that there are other Calvary Chapels hosting him that we do not yet know about.

Jeff Johnson pastors CC Downey and is a member of the leadership council of the Calvary Chapel Association.

The implicit message given by these leaders is to ignore all those questions and allegations and pony up for the cause.

This message would be understood both by their peers and the pew sitters.

There are many reasons at this point to withhold support for Yohannan and to deny him a platform until such time as all these matters are resolved.

The main reason would be to protect the people of God from being used.

That’s what shepherds are supposed to do.

Once again, blogs will have to stand in that gap.

If you have more information about Yohannon and his itinerary, post it here or email me at phoenixpreacher@gmail.com

Jun 232015

timthumb.phpK.P. Yohannan to speak at CC Downey Missions Conference… I guess Jeff Johnson hasn’t been reading the blog lately.

Family Christian Bookstore drama ongoing…

Dealing with unemployment…

Forgiving Dylann Roof…

The Wartburg Watch on the “Dones”…

Tragedies are because God is pissed according to Anne Graham Lotz…

Twitter in four sentences…

“The Driscollizer”… Now Mark can insult you from your own computer…

On cessationism…

Should forgiveness be the first word?

Lecrae on Charleston…

A journal about Christianity and science…

Janet Mefferd…will the scandals ever end?

What they did before TV…

What Jesus thought about giving good money to bad religion…

On eternal subordination…

The cross and the confederate flag…

The SBC and the confederate flag…

The American civil war…then and now.

A theology of sadness…

A Lutheran perspective on the TT scandal…

Joel Rosenberg thinks something is coming, but he doesn’t know what... be afraid…be very afraid. Then, buy his books, I guess.

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Jun 222015

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. The tragedy in South Carolina is almost too big to comment on as it displayed two things that are incomprehensible…the evil among us and how the Gospel can triumph over it. There are times when we should put our hands over our mouths and bow our heads…



2. If you’re using the death of nine people to make political points before we have even buried the dead, you really should put your hand over your mouth or stuff something in it…

3. It may be a good time for each of us to think about how much hate we’re encouraging through social media towards some people group or entity…but we won’t because we all baptize our hate and adorn it in robes of righteousness.





4. James McDonald sent out this tweet when news of Tullian’s fall began to spread. Be assured, James, that when your time comes…and it’s long overdue…that you will be judged by the measure you have judged and tweeted as you have tweeted others. I promise…

5. Tullian’s theology is not the reason he fell into sin, but it’s the reason that that he will survive the fall…

6. Men like McDonald hate the teachings of grace because grace breaks the chains that allow men like him to control the people of God with performance metrics that they set for their own profit.

7. I’m ashamed that I have such a hard time forgiving people for minor offenses in the face of those gracious brethren in South Carolina…

8. When you baptize Christianity in capitalism, then pragmatism and numerical success will be your guiding principles instead of Biblical virtues…and you entrust the Gospel to CEOs and celebrities, not pastors.

9. In other news, thousands of pastors in thousands of churches worshipped God in complete anonymity which pleased Him greatly…

10. Take heed…lest you fall also. That’s my thought this morning.





Jun 212015

YTpWfjhr_400x400More on that here

Information is coming out surprisingly slowly for the digital age.

Correcting the earlier report…they announced Tullians resignation at the end of the service.


The rumors about his wife’s issues have yet to be verified, but come from excellent sources.

Tullian just released this to the Washington Post;

“I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on my marriage and family. As her affair continued, we separated. Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself. Last week I was approached by our church leaders and they asked me about my own affair. I admitted to it and it was decided that the best course of action would be for me to resign. Both my wife and I are heartbroken over our actions and we ask you to pray for us and our family that God would give us the grace we need to weather this heart wrenching storm. We are amazingly grateful for the team of men and women who are committed to walking this difficult path with us. Please pray for the healing of deep wounds and we kindly ask that you respect our privacy.”

Statement from Coral Ridge:

“Several days ago, Pastor Tullian admitted to moral failure, acknowledging his actions disqualify him from continuing to serve as senior pastor or preach from the pulpit, and resigned – effective immediately.
We are saddened by this news, but are working with and assisting Pastor Tullian and his family to help them through this difficult time, and asking people to join us in praying that God will bring restoration through this process and healing to all involved.
The Leadership of Coral Ridge remain committed to promoting the transforming power of the Gospel. While we do not yet know whom God will direct to lead our congregation in the near future, we trust the Lord’s guidance during this transition period, knowing He is our hope.”

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Jun 202015


God of our mothers and fathers long gone and treasured,

God of our grandchildren yet to be and awaited,

God of our years, our days, and even this moment:

Our lives are deeply rooted in miracles before us,

Our faith is richly set in courage running thick,

Our vocation is shaped by all those

who have risked for your purposes.

And now, in our remembering, we are made mindful

of our own place of call, and

our own time of obedience.

We pray for ourselves and for your whole church,

courage beyond our easier timidity,

vision beyond our present tense,

restlessness beyond our steady settlements, and

yielding beyond our will to manage.

Give us appropriate yielding that we may be like our remembered ones in freedom and in love for you. We pray in the name of Jesus whom we remember until he comes again. Amen.

Walter Brueggemann From Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth

Jun 192015

2562782987_64cb93b69e_nIt has been the week from hell.

One of those weeks were nothing works but the “whine” button.

One of those weeks where you want someone to hang a sign from your neck that says ‘Don’t touch/broken”.


In the midst of this week that was handcrafted by the evil one, I was called on to chauffeur my mom to her final appointment at the local orthopedic center.

She has had a total knee replacement and this was her last visit before the doctor signs off on the new leg.

Sitting in the lobby with my imaginary sign on to ward off evil spirits and real people, I noted something obvious.

Everyone here was obviously broken.

They were only here because they were broken.

They were also well aware of their brokenness.

They were in casts of various sizes and locations, were in wheel chairs, or were walking with canes and walkers.

The ones who were not obviously broken were here to assist those who were.

The expectation was that if you were here, you were broken.

No one expected the broken ones to function as if they weren’t.

No one was critical of the broken ones being broken…the very notion of that would have been absurd.

Everyone was simply trying to help someone else receive healing or be healed themselves.

Everyone was waiting to see the doctor with the expectation that the doctor could fix that which was broken.

It was quite simply, the fellowship of the broken.

You know where I’m going with this…that too should be obvious by now.

Wouldn’t it be great if our churches functioned with the same understanding and expectations;

that we all are broken,

that we know we’re broken,

that some of our brokenness is hidden,

that our expectations of each other should be based on the fact that we are broken,

that we are here to help the broken and receive healing for our own brokenness,

that being broken means that some things don’t function properly,

that we are truly a fellowship of the broken.

We ‘re all just here to see the Great Physician.

That’s the easy application…

To take it a step farther…what if we viewed everyone in social media this way…as part of the fellowship of the broken?

Everyone at work?

Everyone at the grocery store?

Everyone in our home?

That..would be a bit tougher…but maybe more people would end up with us at the Doctors office.


Make your own application…


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