Oct 012014
 

Chuck-senior-and-Jr.I don’t know who Kevin Walding is, but I am pretty sure that Chuck Smith Jr. isn’t on his Christmas card list.

Walding sent out two email blasts this morning to dozens of Calvary Chapel pastors supporting the lawsuit filed by Janette Smith Manderson and attacking Smith Jr. based on his advocacy of gay rights.

 

Here is the first;

Subject: Re Pastor Brian Broderson and the Board of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

 I know that many of you are aware of the recent news interview regarding Kay Smith and the court battle that has ensued regarding Calvary Chapel Costa mesa with Pastor Brian Broderson and the board members.  I have been attending Calvary Chapel Costa mesa since Jan 1992 and spoke to many of you at Pastor Chuck Smith’s last pastors Conference 2 years ago in Murrieta.  I spoke in support of a constitutional amendment to help stop the rapid decay in our society of gay marriage in the church’s.   I am a close friend of the Smith family and have been for many years.  Jan Manderson Smith and Jeff Smith are at least two witnesses as required by scripture that I have spoken with that have brought an accusation of an elder Brian Broderson and have told me the Word for today was not turned over to them pursuant to their Father Chuck Smiths wish’s and agreed to in writing by the board of Costa Mesa.  I have attached a copy of the complete grievances filled with the court by Jan in the PDF file bellow or the link here:  http://www.chuckloveskay.com/SmithTrust.Complaint.pdf

As well as the news video link here:  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=628129680637715&set=vb.611933835590633&type=2&theater

 Both Jan and Jeff as listed in the report  have told me that some Calvary Chapel board members expressed to them that they knew the Word for today was to be turned over to them to mange and continue their fathers ministry. Jeff told me he personally asked Brian Broderson for a release of TWFT as agreed by the board.  Both Jeff and Jan said that they made repeated attempts over the pass few months since Pastor Chucks passing and have waited patiently all this time for them to follow through with that commitment to turn over TWFT but to no avail.  According to scripture with two witnesses we are to receive the accusation against an Elder and to see if this indeed be the case.  As executor of the Smith Estate Jan has been forced to seek legal assistance in approaching the courts to provide for her mother and family.  We are to submit to government authority as those authority’s that are placed over us by God for the punishment of evil and the reward of good.  If these accusations are found to be true then Brian Broderson and the board should turn over what they are withholding to the Smith Family as well as any money that Chuck wanted his widow Kay Smith to have in order to be taken care of.  I have witnessed on many visits to Kay Smith over the past few months that Jan and Jeff are doing an extraordinarily great job of taking care of honoring their mother as well as keeping keeping up her home.  Kay is always joyful and well beloved by many and misses Chuck.  I miss him too and know many of you do as well.  I sat with Kay and another friend Joyce on Friday last week and we sang when we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be.  When you go to see Kay she always has a way of making you just fell loved and accepted. Kay really ministers to me the love of Jesus Christ as both do Jan and Jeff .  To be fair Pastor Brian has also ministered to me over the years as well and I love him as a friend. Cheryl has been very nice too.  I will say I have definitely heard from the Lord through Jan, Jeff, Brian, Cheryl, Chuck and Kay. I do not know Chuck Jr and only met him one time at Pastor Chucks funeral but he was very kind as well. The Smith family have all ministered the Love and grace of Jesus Christ to me and my prayer is for reconciliation and healing in that family as we do for all our families. None of us are without problems.  Satan wants to kill steal and destroy us all.

In closing I would like to say I have written to Pastor Brian Broderson many times with kindness and respect regarding many concerns of leaven in the body of Costa Mesa that needed to be dealt with many times and I am sad to say it that this has not been done but has gotten worse.  The basic issue at hand is disobedience.  Of course all of us are guilty of this, just doing things our own way instead of doing it the way God has said in his Word.  Even if we have been used or anointed in the past we must continue in the full council of his Word to be his disciples indeed rather than picking and choosing which parts we like or do not like otherwise we are not truly his disciples.  The simple remedy is repentance for we know Gods mercies are abundant. We also know that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Jesus had words of correction to all the church’s in the book of revelation.  With the exception of one they all had areas that needed to be corrected and repented of.  The real issue was repentance and correction and there was a real consequence of having the candlestick removed if this was not done.   I believe one of the corrections that we would do well to take heed of in Calvary Chapel as well as other church’s is in this non biblical structure of church discipline or the deeds of the Nicolaitions. One of these areas would be in compromise of allowing sin or leaven in without dealing with it.  One of the ways this can happen is by not being able to bring an unresolved sin issue before the church.  This is where Jan has been forced to protect her Mother Kay Smith by appealing to the King so to speak or in the American system of Justice to the Judge.  This is a result of a lack of proper biblical Church structure where things basically end at the main pastor and/or board members/board of elders and there is no way for sin to be taken before the church to be resolved as the scriptures teach. This is more a model of Corporate business than actual biblical church structure.   This needs to change or Im afraid more and more of these types of things will occur. Often when people go to a leader about sin in the camp and the leader rejects what they say even if it is biblical the church has no say because the structure is not set up to allow for that, The apostole John dealt with this in 3 john 1:6 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.  This in essence is what Jan and Jeff have tried to do with Pastor Brian and the Board at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.  While I agree that the pastors elders should be given double honor in leading to make day-to-day decisions about the operations of the ministry and maybe even have the final say on most things this is not true when it comes to unresolved sin.  The scriptures are clear what the Pastors Elders role is and what the church as a whole’s role is.   The scriptures are clear that after unresolved sin in the body has passed the stage of one on one and confrontation with taking one or two witnesses.  It is supposed to then go before the church to be dealt with.  This is not being done.  Perhaps we should have one night a week in the churches dedicated to dealing with these types of issues should it arise so that we won’t be out of biblical structure and can’t judge ourselves but have to go to the courts because the leadership won’t do it Gods way. Even King David brought the ark in the wrong way. I hope something more drastic does not have to happen for us to do it Gods way as did with Uriah when he tried to steady the ark of the covenant.   We all sin and fall short the point is correcting that repenting and learning from our failures.  As Pastor Chuck used to say if you fall in the mud just don’t lie there get back up and keep going.

[Mat 18:15-18 KJV] 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

If things were dealt with in this way the Pastors and elders would know they also have accountability. It’s not good that one person controls everything or a group of persons controls everything and have no accountability before the church if they sin in or fall short. It’s not good for pastors because by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.   It encourages them and emboldens them that they can get away with sin and thus be trapped by Satan as was the case with Bob Coy, Mark Driscol and many others to numerous to mention. It brings reproach on the name of Christ and makes us look bad before the world.  The salt losing its savor.  The scriptures tell us in speaking of Elders in  1 Timothy 3: 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise [must] the deacons [be] grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

   I don’t want my Pastors getting trapped by the devil because I am condoning everything they are doing even when it is contrary to Gods word and saying nothing to warn them. He that hides his sin shall not prosper but he that confess it and forsakes it shall find mercy. We need to be transparent with one another in the body of Christ. Ananias and Sapphira  were struck dead for trying to hide their sin of pretending to be one thing and really doing something else. Where is the fear of God and reverence for his word that Pastor Chuck exhorted us to have for some many years. Yes love covers sin but only after the sin is confessed and repented of. It does not try to pretend it does not exist. Love rejoices not in iniquity but the truth. Paul address the Corinthian church and named the sin that was being dealt with where a brother was sleeping with his father’s wife and told the church rather than being puffed up that they should’ve have rather mourned that this person was not removed from them and the leaven dealt with. We remember that because it was done this way that the person was able to be truly restored and the leaven was not allowed to grow and affect the whole body. When Paul confronted Peter he did it before his face because he was to be blamed for not eating with the gentiles when the Jews were around.  Even leaders need correction at times.   Can we not trust God’s word in letting the Church decide these issues like God said or do we think we have to do things differently and we have a better idea because after all that’s just how we do it.  Maybe our traditions in Calvary Chapel have started to take precedence now over the word of God. There needs to be transparency when there are issues that deal with the church and would affect the whole church that’s why the Lord has said that if the issues cannot be resolved on a level individually or on a level with two or three witnesses be that pastors or anyone else then it is to be taken before the church and the church is to make the decision.  This way the leaven won’t infect the whole body. It does not matter if we are leaders elders or sheep. We are all just as important to the functioning of the Body of Christ and that’s the way God sees it.  Can we not trust the Lord that his ways are the best ways.

     It seems to me that the case with Brian Broderson and the board members named in this lawsuit should be brought before the church meaning all of Calvary Chapels since we are all affected by it. Rather than allowing them to cover things up and pretend it does not exist and the Church having to pay thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to fight the sin of witholding from Chucks widow Kay.   We should just do it Gods way and let the chips fall where they may as we are obedient to him not respecting persons in judgment. Why should the church have to pay to cover someone’s unrepentant sin in court fees if this indeed be the case and why would we want to withhold good from whom it is due to a Godly widow like Kay Smith when it is in the power of our hand to do it. If these allegations are found to be true Brian Broderson and the board needs to relinquish what they said they would regarding Pastor Chucks messages to the Word for Today as is laid out in the attached formal legal complaint just made public rather than dragging CCCM through a legal battle.  If they refuse and the courts find the Smiths have been defrauded those that are found guilty of lying should be held accountable and removed from fellowship if they refuse to repent including pastors and elders.  Of course we would rather see things restored in a spirit of meekness if anyone is willing to do what is right but the leaven cannot be allowed to grow and affect the whole body of believers of Calvary Chapels everywhere.  I am requesting all Calvary Chapel Church’s and affiliates that agree that dealing with this sin is a decision that should be handled by the church in a biblically based way to respond by a simple Yes or No and make the necessary corrections as the Lord leads for dealing with leaven in your own church’s as shepard’s of the Lord’s flock. Thanks for listening.

Sincerely,Your brother in Christ

Kevin Walding

Isaiah 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].

Here is the second;

Subject: Chuck Smith Jr advocating gay life style as our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 Spiritual deception cannot be trusted.  Lets consider the source.

http://youtu.be/eIaoifxroc4

I’ll comment later after I scrub myself with a wire brush and Drano…

Oct 012014
 

1239846_10151650297553068_340225993_nThe Christian Post has a new article with a bit more on this family feud.

Chuck Smith Jr. spoke to some of the issues in the suit, beginning with the controversy over his late fathers caregiver.

“She did everything that a live-in caregiver would do,” Smith told CP. “I hope that in all of this that she is fully vindicated because she is a wonderful person and does not deserve to be maligned.”

As to the finances for his mother, Smith Jr. clarified that issue as well and removed Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Brodersens from guilt.

“In regards to the financial claims against CCCM, Smith said that his parents had been paid through a program known as Rabbi’s Trust for quite a while and the church was not responsible for his dad’s salary. He said that if there was a lapse in what his mother was now receiving, it was due to “either negligence or ineptitude in part of the executor of the trust.””

Kay Smith also gets royalties from The Word For Today.

“Again, if my mom was slighted in funds from Word For Today, it wasn’t Calvary Chapel that did it,” Smith, Jr. said. “If I had heard that my mom was not receiving adequate compensation or care I would have inquired into it and if there was any problem there I would have taken her into my home.”

Janette Smith Manderson, who is bringing the suit, told the reporter, there are “other issues, but TWFT is the heart of the matter.”

Editorial comment:

Thank God for Chuck Smith Jr.

If he had not spoken up so strongly, clearly, and quickly this story and all of it’s accusations would have exploded over the lives of those accused.

It is a reflection of his character in my opinion that he has not allowed the caregiver to his father to become collateral damage in a bitter family dispute.

My hope is that if she is vindicated that it is reported as widely as this mess.

Legal wrangling over who owns what is expected and necessary…destroying an innocent persons reputation isn’t.

Oct 012014
 

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.

A message to Michelle Obama from three moms…

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Sep 302014
 

timthumb.phpOrthodoxys identity problem…

How the news makes us dumb…

Every Christian wants to leave Iraq…

More Americans remain unmarried…

Interesting take on the story of the widows mite…

A theology of billboards…

The state of the Bible 2014...

9 things you should know about atheism…

Tony Campolos son leaves the faith…

Great word from Steve Brown…

Mars Hill giving update…

Sarah on the joys of reading fiction…

Matt B. Redmonds random thoughts…

Wenatchee the Hatchet on the narrative of Driscoll…

This weeks podcast if you missed it…

Sep 292014
 

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. The lawsuit brought by the one part of Chuck Smith’s family against other family members is going to generate a lot of publicity and a lot of opinions, both informed and uninformed.

To write about the situation in a way that would bring real understanding requires a book, not a blog article.

This is the exposure of what has been known by insiders for decades…that this was and is a highly dysfunctional family.

The only questions now are around how much of the cause and effects of that dysfunction will be revealed.

If this lawsuit goes to trial it will not protect the legacy of Chuck Smith.

It well could destroy a large part of it.

No one will come out of this untainted.

If this action had been brought to determine the lawful ownership of the various properties that Smith founded as part of the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa empire, it would be understandable at some level.

To frame this action around a grieving widow suffering from dementia while making accusations of abuse is utterly beyond my understanding.

I will answer two questions I keep getting… to the best of my understanding.

First, there are questions about the Smith children’s inheritance.

All I will say is that Chuck Smith provided opportunities for his children while he was alive that many thought were scandalous in themselves.

I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry at those concerns.

Second, I’ve never heard even a whisper of concern that his widow would not be or is not being be both provided for and cared for.

If the proof is there, bring it forward…until then I will believe the family has more than enough assets (and desire) to care for her.

More assets than most families in the same situation…

2. In my opinion, (carefully framed to avoid unnecessary litigation) this move is also about who will control the Calvary Chapel movement going forward. In other words, there will be those who want to make political hay of this…I heard the combines fire up quite some time ago.

3. When I think about what everyone involved in this mess has to lose the word “settlement” is written in fire on my computer screen…

4. Teddy Bridgewater looked really good yesterday… really good.

5. Christianity Today has picked up the story and sees the narrative being presented….that being that Brian and Cheryl Brodersen “hastened the death” of Chuck Smith. I already have heard that this narrative is being repeated in Calvary Chapels all over the country. If that narrative gains traction, the wave could sweep the Brodersens out of CC…see #2…

6. Speaking of narratives…when a Muslim beheads a woman and we call it “workplace violence” and pretend that religious ideology was irrelevant, that narrative should be called a “fairy tale”.

7. I feel like a need a bath after writing this column…

8. There seems to be no end to the goals of the social thought police. My Facebook feed has articles every week now telling me what I should find attractive and beautiful in the opposite sex and inferring that I am an oppressive beast if not every body type or appearance appeals to me. These articles are usually accompanied by pictures of half dressed or fully undressed people of every body type and appearance that we’re supposed to appreciate…or else. Add these to all the articles about what we should eat, what we should wear, and what phone we should use if we’re going to be right thinking citizens .Why in the world can’t we just agree that there are different strokes for different folks…are we going to legislate taste and preference now? For the record, I like redheads, pork chops,  iPhones, the mountains over the sea, and the ESV over the KJV… and I don’t care what you think about any of the above.

9. Nothing like discussing the assets of the rich and religious instead of the Gospel…said Jesus never…

10. Finally, the real news today is that it’s Jerry Lee Lewis 79th birthday. Happy birthday to the Killer…the greatest that ever lived.

Sep 282014
 

thumbnail.aspxO Changeless God,

Under the conviction of the Spirit I learn that

The more I do, the worse I am,

The more I know, the less I know,

The more holiness I have, the more sinful I am,

The more I love, the more there is to love.

O wretched man that I am!

O Lord,

I have a wild heart

And cannot stand before thee;

I am like a bird before a man.

How little I love thy truth and ways!

I neglect prayer,

By thinking I have prayed enough and earnestly,

By knowing thou hast saved my soul.

Of all hypocrites, grant that I may not be an evangelical hypocrite,

Who sins more safely because grace abounds,

Who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood cleanseth them,

Who reasons that God cannot cast him into hell, for his is saved,

Who loves evangelical preaching, churches, Christians, but lives

Unholily.

My mind is a bucket without a bottom,

With no spiritual understanding,

No desire for the Lord’s Day,

Ever learning but never reaching the truth,

Always at the gospel-well but never holding water.

My conscience is without conviction or contrition,

With nothing to repent of.

My will is without power of decision or resolution.

My heart is without affection, and full of leaks.

My memory has no retention,

So I forget so easily the lessons learned,

And thy truths seep away.

Give me a broken heart that yet carries home the water of grace.

Sep 272014
 

A lawsuit has been filed in Orange County alleging elder abuse and neglect in the death of Chuck Smith.

The “nephew’ in this report would be Bradley Smith, Jeff Smiths son.

Chuck Smith Jr.  was present when his father died and his account of his fathers death differs more than a little from what is presented in this lawsuit.

Rumors of this suit have been flying since Smith’s death…neither Manderson-Smith nor her brother Jeff attended the funeral for their father in protest over how things were handled when Chuck Smith died and afterwards.

Intense conflict over who would pastor Costa Mesa and control the Calvary Chapel empire was happening up to very close to Smith’s death.

We’ll speak more to this later…the only surprise here is how long it took to file this.

SmithTrust.Complaint

We now have a response from Chuck Smith Jr.

“A year ago today I invited my brother and sisters into my home to meet with a mediator. My concern was that we agree to set aside our differences and commit ourselves to Dad’s comfort and well-being in light of his declining health. After four hours of airing our feelings and grievances, everyone was on board. Sadly, we did not realize how short a time we would have to hold it together before Dad would leave us for heaven’s brighter shore.

The following evening I spent the night with Dad in the hospital and was there the next morning when his caregiver arrived and one by one his doctors came to tell him they had exhausted all their resources and were going to send him home to begin hospice care.

For the record, I want it to be known that I do not support the lawsuit my sister Janette and brother Jeff have filed against Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. In my opinion it is groundless, deplorable, dishonoring to our father (and to his work, not to mention the people to whom he dedicated his life). It is another sad stain on the representation of Christianity. The only motivation I can see for the suit is malice and greed. Any pretense to honor my father’s name or provide adequate care and support for my mother is nonsense.

I do not know the woman who was interviewed by ABC outside of Calvary Chapel, but almost every word she spoke was false. She was not present when my father passed, I was. She did not speak with the paramedics that night, I did–and also to the police officer who took the report. I can guess where she got her information and I do not blame her, because I am well aware of what convincing stories her sources can tell.

There were two registered nurses in my parents’ home the night of my dad’s death. Once everyone who was there has been interviewed it will be evident how ludicrous is the claim that his caregiver or anyone else put off calling for emergency help that might have saved his life. Dad had been sent home to die. One doctor told him (in my presence) that the cancer was too out of control and spreading too rapidly for them to do anything else for him.

Also, contrary to one specific allegation, as incredible as it seemed to me (and I queried him several times in the hospital), Dad was not in pain or distress in the days and hours prior to his death. Several family members were in his home that day who can corroborate this fact. As for his passing, I posted last year how peacefully sublime was his transition from here to heaven.

After Dad died, his caregiver called to notify the hospice nurse who was to come in later that morning. The hospice nurse instructed her to inform the police so that the coroner could confirm the time of death. It was the hospice nurse who advised us NOT TO CALL 911. She said that paramedics rushing as if responding to an emergency could be very disturbing for my mom. The caregiver explained this to the rest of us and one person present volunteered to make the call. For some reason, he chose to dial 911 (later that day, he attempted to raise my dad from the dead). After the paramedics hurried in with all their gear, they were not asking us why they weren’t called sooner, but why they were called at all. It is not their job to tend to the “deceased.”

No one on this planet loved my father more or had greater respect for him and his ministry than his caregiver–who was at all times in Dad’s employ and never my brother-in-law’s. Her years of loyal service while living in my parent’s home is evident in her presence with him in every doctor’s appointment and the three-inch-thick volume of notes and medical reports that she maintained regarding both Mom and Dad. What is troubling to me is the way she was summarily dismissed. She also regularly medicated and dressed sores on my dad’s feet and legs that were not healing properly and spoke up for him in doctor’s visits or with nurses in the hospital when he failed to mention certain symptoms or health issues.

I doubt the lawsuit will make it to a courtroom. Once the review of financial reports and bank statements has begun and depositions are taken, I suspect that the suit will quickly disintegrate. My heart goes out to anyone who out of love for my dad donates money to support what is in my eyes a scam that is being perpetrated mostly by my brother and surviving uncle.

Some years ago I chose to live at a distance from Calvary Chapel for various personal reasons. Unfortunately, it is impossible to create the same distance from the antics of family members. I do not intend to sound off again on this ugly drama or provide running commentary. In time, the facts will speak for themselves. I suppose I’m old school in thinking that family matters are to be resolved within the family and its dirty laundry is supposed to be left in the hamper or laundry room until washed and made presentable. I wish that none of the squabbles had been taken public, because now that there’s a breach in the damn I fear a flood of ugliness will follow. After all, who knows our flaws and failures better than family?

I do hope that anyone who has made it to the end of this post will take heart. The man who had been “Papa Chuck” to thousands of young people, consistently taught through the Bible year after year, led many people to the Christian faith, and sustained them in the love of God, was like everyone of us “all too human.” His hope is the same hope we all share; namely, that when all is said and done God’s grace will have the last word.”

Sep 262014
 

image.adapt.960.highA couple of weeks ago a forest fire consumed most of a small town south of where I live.

Over a hundred homes and businesses burned to the ground, including the largest employer in the area.

 

In a matter of hours, homes, jobs, and histories disappeared into ash.

Gone.

It was and is a tragedy, but the fire and ashes are not the final words in this story.

While the fire was still doing it’s damage, neighboring communities were already preparing to help.

Today, the town has now received more donations of clothing and supplies than it can use.

The fire is out and the ashes have grown cold…and new life is being planned and built on the scars.

It’s a Bible story burned into the woods.

There is hope.

There will be redemption.

All about us are people who are either going through the fire or who are poking through the ashes of what was, looking for what’s left.

Some of them set the fires that consumed them.

Some were caught in the circumstances common to a fallen world.

They are looking for hope.

They want to believe in redemption.

You may be called to help write the rest of a good Bible story.

Make your own application…

Sep 252014
 

american-flag2My son can no longer wear any clothing to school that has an American flag on it.

He cannot wear a or display a lanyard he kept keys on because it was imprinted with the Christian fish symbol.

Someone may get offended.

 

They would probably be much more offended at my response to their offense, because now, I’m offended too.

No one cares more about immigration reform and migrant rights than I do.

Having said that, and having proven it at no small cost… if our flag offends you, go somewhere else where you don’t have to see it.

If any display of faith offends you, follow the ones that have flag issues.

I don’t consider myself a nationalist or even a “patriot”…but this is ridiculous.

One of the reasons you came here in the first place was to enjoy the liberty to be who you were created to be and to think and speak freely and safely.

If that freedom now offends you, feel free to go somewhere it doesn’t exist…but don’t try and take it from us.

My hope is that at some point the state will understand that the job of the school is education, not to to be some sort of social mill turning out vacuous clones of some ideal, faithless, non offensive, drone.

They should see the T-shirt I’d like to send him to school in now…

Bad language alert…if swear words offend you, stop reading now.

There is a big dust up over on the “Naked Pastors” Facebook page.

The ex wife of a well known “emergent” pastor and writer is telling the story of her (alleged) abuse at his hands.

The thing that caught my attention was that the word was (allegedly) spread by his equally well known peers that this woman was “batshit crazy”.

( I have to say “allegedly” because the Christians are already getting lawyered up).

I first heard this phrase in a pastors meeting and I think I heard it almost every week in those meetings.

Since that time almost three decades ago, I still hear that phrase when a woman is speaking up about abuses in the home.

There is a systemic devaluation of women in the culture of American evangelicalism…and it’s a far bigger spiritual problem than anything the gays can throw at us.

Hypocrisy isn’t just a a religious problem.

The national media is up in arms demanding that the NFL police the character and morals of it’s players.

I suppose that’s fine, if the players union and the league come to agreements about such policies.

I wonder though why the media isn’t as up in arms about the music that many of these players listen to and is the backbeat of the popular culture.

I had my son give me the names of the five most popular songs on his peers iPods in the seventh grade…then I looked up the lyrics to those songs.

The result was a collection of the most sexist, misogynistic, violent, filth imaginable.

That filth is being pumped into 12 year old brains through $300.00 headphones.

That’s what they listen to at recess.

But the flag offends them…

Back to my cave.

 

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