Links Uncategorized Add comments Aug 192013 Four year affair, eight month “restoration”…. Are the new neo-Reformed trying to create a new religious right? Christian history biographies for kids… Healing generational divisions… Defining ourselves by what we hate… Carl Trueman nails it again… The shadow of schizophrenia… Confessions of a broken pastors wife… The Gospel according to Breaking Bad… Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False One in five non Christians in North America don’t know any Christians Should pastors rebuke parishioners from the pulpit? Why we call God ‘Father” Non violence and the God of the OT… theologygrams… Disappearing denominations… A look inside the KKK… Now that we’re all haters… Germany introduces “third gender” on birth certificates… Christianity under attack in Egypt… Why you can trust the Bible… Bodies on the border… How to get your prayers answered… The ugliest churches in the world… The Bible belt is broken… Click to share on TwitterShare on FacebookClick to share on Google+MoreClick to email this to a friendClick to printLike this:Like Loading... Copyright © 2013 - All Rights Reserved 58 Responses to “Links” Derek Thornton says: August 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm The biggest story up there is “Christianity under attack in Egypt.” We need to call up our local Congress critters and light a fire under their backsides to push for support of Egypt’s military, who is fighting the perpetrator’s of these injustices as we speak. The Muslim Brotherhood is getting portrayed as something akin to freedom fighters, while committing some of the worst mass crimes. A few more stories on that: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2396764/Egypt-crisis-Islamist-mob-parades-nuns-Cairo-prisoners-war.html http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/0818/In-Egyptian-village-Christian-shops-marked-ahead-of-church-attack#.UhFe8cCECgU.facebook http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/08/16/egyptian-military-chief-vows-to-rebuild-coptic-churches/ ( |o )====::: says: August 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm Welcome back! Wishing you much success. Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm Thank you, G! Babylon's Dread says: August 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm YES but WHAT DO YOU THINK? Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm BD, I haven’t come all the way back to thinking yet… Babylon's Dread says: August 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm Well I checked every day to see if you were back… glad to see it. Have a meeting with a couple who are trying to be married… check back later. jtk says: August 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm Oh Happy Day. Welcome Back Derek Thornton says: August 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm I has a comment stuck in moderation, too many links jtk says: August 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm Thanks for the link on the churches that were destroyed…. Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm Thanks, jtk. Derek has more links further up the thread… jtk says: August 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-list-of-Christian-churches,-schools,-institutions,-shops-torched-by-the-Muslim-Brotherhood-in-the-last-three-days-28764.html Sergius Martin-George says: August 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm Welcome back. The second link — on whether the neo-Reformed are trying to create a new religious right — is another link to the Benny Hinn story. I presume that was not intentional? Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm Sergius…thank you and it’s fixed. DavidH says: August 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm Glad this blog is back. It’s one of my favorite places to come and read. Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm Thank you, David! filbertz says: August 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm Glad to see things up and running. Looking forward to some blogging in the days upcoming. Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm Thank you, fil! Babylon's Dread says: August 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm Germany’s third gender article is compelling and requires serious thought and dialogue Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm BD, I expect the same to arrive on our shores within a couple of years… Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm I honestly don’t know what to do with information like that…it’s almost too strange for me to fathom, but it’s a societal reality now that people think in these terms. erunner says: August 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm Just completed the article about schizophrenia. The author allowed us to see up close through her writing what her family experienced in a time when dealing with this disease meant keeping quiet and individual family members trying to make sense of what was happening to their mother. The idea that we are due a life free from pain and the unexplainable has left many of us ill prepared for the trials that can put our faith to the test, even to the point of breaking. I think many heroes of the faith are those who suffer unbeknownst to any of us and those whose lives are quietly spent attending to them. Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm Erunner, I’ll say the amen to that… erunner says: August 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm Confessions of a broken pastors wife…… I was sad to read yet another story of a spouse who seemingly got in the way of her pastor husband’s job. Yet what struck me Michael was what the blog host had to say concerning his blog. It caused me to think of this blog and what it means to me and I’m sure many more. He shared the following….. “I love the community that has formed on this blog. There are several of you who are regular commenters; you have become a part of this blog family, and I feel like I know you. Some of you come to the blog in affirmation of what I have written. I am always grateful for such encouragement. But some of you disagree with me. I gladly post your comments for two reasons. First, I want to be fair to all who take time to read my blog. Second, I am wrong some of the time and I need to be corrected. Sometimes, however, you come to this blog hurting deeply. You need a place where you can be heard, and you need a place where you can share your pain without fear of retribution. That is why I allow you to comment in anonymity if you so desire.” Thank you for seeking to create the same for us Michael. Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm Erunner, I wish I had written that…it says how I feel about this place better than I ever have. Thank you for being a big part of the good stuff that happens here, E. Paige says: August 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm Of course, I read the article/link on broken pastor’s wives. Tip of the iceberg…. a constant tragedy and travesty. Been there, done that. I’m glad the subject is being discussed. It will certainly be interesting in Eternity, as our lives are judged, what the true fruit of ‘ministry’ really looks like and what was really important to Jesus. Yesterday in Sunday School. as Pastor Scott discussed how SW Bible is governed, he read 1 Timothy 3, saying that it plainly states the qualifications for pastors/overseers and deacons. He pointed out that ONLY the gift/ability of teaching is mentioned, the rest of the qualifications are matters of character, family, reputation and integrity. It dawned on me that in my previous church life, the “qualifications” for ‘serving’ and promotion were GIFTS (ie talents). The character issues were irrelevant, ‘covered by grace’. Not a Biblical format. My previous life as pastor’s wife was excruciating. I feel like I wasted 25 years of my life doing stuff I thought was the will and pleasure of God. Wood, hay and stubble. Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm Paige, You did a great deal of good…and you still are. God hasn’t wasted your sorrows… Jim says: August 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm Thanking God that PP is back! Michael says: August 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm Thank you, Jim! It’s good to see the regathering of the community… uriahisaliveandwell says: August 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm Good to see that your blog is back up, Michael. For those who wondered about my leaving—as Michael shared, it was due to a major life crisis that literally placed my existence at risk. Not out of the woods yet, wearing me down and taking a tremendous toll on me, as I have been contending it for almost 5 years now. Sorry, to sound so cryptic, but for my own safety—it is best. Just wanted Michael to know, it is good to see the blog back up to enable those who are in the faith to fellowship and to provide biblical reason and truth to one another and to those who are genuinely seeking. May all things be measured and balanced by the written word He has given us. May each be bold to stand up against abuse and corruption even when it is not in our own backyard. May we not ever bury our heads in the sand and make excuses for not speaking and doing what we can particularly when one is of the faith and have suffered such harm—and not make an excuse for not doing so—-ever. For those who prayed for me—may the Lord bless you for doing so. Paige says: August 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm Yes, good to see our PhxP family, friends and format back….not to mention, Michael, dear friend. Thanks my dear. Prayers for you and the T. London says: August 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm Hmmm I quite like some of the so called “ugly” churches. The one in Vacaville, not one of the aesthetically pleasing ones, was the host to the first Christian “event” I went to after I started coming back to God. It was some session about worship or something that my friend invited me to with his church. Went, sat by the back, stated when everything in me said run, got prayed over by his group…..5 years later I still hang out with them. That church might be ugly, but what was birthed in it that night wasn’t. brian says: August 20, 2013 at 12:37 am Glad you are back, good list of links. brian Babylon's Dread says: August 20, 2013 at 4:58 am Culture of offendedness and defined by what we hate… been writing on the subject. Jesus had this to say, 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 “ ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ Mt 11:16–17. sarahkwolfe says: August 20, 2013 at 5:51 am Hey all! You would come back online just as I am thinking of going offline myself for awhile. Ahhh…the timing is good, because the prayer thread can find its way back where it should be Linnea says: August 20, 2013 at 6:12 am Late to the party again, but so glad you’re back, MIchael! The “Confessions of a Broken Pastor’s Wife” is powerful. I think back on many pastor’s wives I’ve known and, truthfully, they could written those words. Someone on that blog noted that this was something “sinful young men” could succumb to. I think the temptation is there for older men, too, as their celebrity status grows or as congregational needs become overwhelming. One woman on that blog said she ministered to pastor’s wives– now that’s a great ministry! Jim says: August 20, 2013 at 8:32 am Trueman: “It is time to drop the cultural elitism that poses as significant Christian transformation of culture but only really panders to nothing more than middle class tastes and hobbies. It is time to look again at the New Testament’s teaching on the church as a sojourning people where here we have no lasting home.” Yes! I somehow missed all the “transforming culture” verses. covered says: August 20, 2013 at 9:03 am Great to see everyone! Thanks Michael. Good article on pastor’s wives. My wife and I take 2 days that we “try” to abstain from church business. On one of those days, my wife has control of my cell phone. More often than not, she will urge me to respond to something that I think can wait. I believe that this let’s her in my life as much as she wants to be and she knows that I trust her. If ever ministry got in the way of our marriage, stepping down would be the right thing to do. As the author of the article pointed out, if my house isn’t in order, I am not doing much good anyway. PP Vet says: August 20, 2013 at 9:21 am Good plan. Although my wife and I actually take seven days a week off from church business. It’s heavenly. If He calls us back to church business, hopefully we will hear and obey. Derek Thornton says: August 20, 2013 at 9:41 am Jim, I liked that quote from Trueman too. I knew he hit a nerve when prominent pastors had to “correct” him on twitter and their blogs. Josh the Baptist says: August 20, 2013 at 9:41 am Good stuff covered! Great to see everyone again Ixtlan says: August 20, 2013 at 9:42 am Great to see Phoenix rising this morning. Josh the Baptist says: August 20, 2013 at 9:50 am Any chance we can lighten this background a little? Kinda rough on the eyes Michael says: August 20, 2013 at 9:52 am Josh, I think it’s really pretty…but I’m willing to sacrifice if others are having the same issue. Josh the Baptist says: August 20, 2013 at 9:54 am No biggie. I can live with it. Michael says: August 20, 2013 at 9:55 am I had to change it before…was trying to sneak it past you all again. Ricky Bobby says: August 20, 2013 at 9:59 am I like the black background. I miss it on my blog, but it wasn’t a hill to die on. Ricky Bobby says: August 20, 2013 at 10:08 am “Third Gender” is a factual reality. Hermaphrodites are fact and reality. It doesn’t fit the Presupp. Philosophical box, but it’s “natural” and a reality. The perfect inerrant bible as God somehow missed the reality of Hermaphrodites. Michael says: August 20, 2013 at 10:11 am I’m off to a job interview…be back this afternoon. Josh the Baptist says: August 20, 2013 at 10:19 am The article isn’t about hermaphrodites. It is about parent’s leaving the birth certificate open so that the child can later decide for himself. Ricky Bobby says: August 20, 2013 at 10:29 am Josh, from the article: “The new law, which is to take effect throughout the country in November, will allow a child born with both male and female physical attributes, also known as a transsexual or hermaphrodite, to pick the option of “gender blank” on their birth certificate so they may choose a “male” or “female” gender later in life. The child may also choose to keep the third gender option forever.” Josh the Baptist says: August 20, 2013 at 11:12 am Got a retraction in moderation? Josh the Baptist says: August 20, 2013 at 11:15 am Trying again: Wow, don’t know what I looked at. You are right that is what the article is about, and is a medical reality. Now, I don’t see what the problem is. This only occurs in a microscopic percentage of people. Sounds like Germany is doing the right thing. Martin Luther's Disciple says: August 20, 2013 at 11:22 am If we are voting, I like the lighter background. Solomon Rodriguez says: August 20, 2013 at 11:50 am Stepping down from being a Pastor, I wonder how that works. First of all as a man its ur responsibilty to provide for ur family so how does stepping down from being a Pastor help that. Ita not like job oppurtunities are falling off trees. My advice to the Men “Man up and work your ass off and stop bitching” to the Women “Be understanding and don’t nag your Husband, because if you the neccisities of life these days only hard work will attain it and a hame on the woman tjat is demanding of her husband but yet complains that he works too much” Solomon Rodriguez says: August 20, 2013 at 11:52 am hame =shame covered says: August 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm Wow Sol, and to think that you are single boggles the mind… Michael says: August 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm That link on prayer is awesome…I commend it to you and wish I could print it in it’s entirety. Solomon Rodriguez says: August 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm Hey seriously maybe people need to be thankful for what they got and stop complaining Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name (required) E-mail (required) URI Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.