Nov 192014

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.

This is the latest from his wife, Nagmeh;

 Hi All,

I would appreciate your help in the next critical weeks as the November 24th deadline for the nuclear negotiations with Iran approaches. We want to make sure Saeed is not forgotten. That he is not left behind. A movement has started to blitz the White House with postcards asking that President Obama to not forget Saeed (please see the link below).

You can order post cards or ask your church to order postcards to send to the white house. Postcards are available for purchase through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by calling (562) 567-2050 or by emailing

You are also welcome to send your own postcard with the below message:

Mr. President,

A man in your position has been given great power and responsibility to represent every American, whether on domestic or foreign soil. Please hold to your own words, that no one is left behind. We, the American people, ask you to do everything within your power to bring U.S. citizen, pastor, husband & father, Saeed Abedini, home to his family from his time of incarceration in Iran.


Thank you!

God Bless you all


Also…no nuke deal with Iran until Saeed is freed…

Nov 182014

timthumb.phpEvangelicals talking with Orthodox…

What Christians fought about in the first century…

The state of theology today…

Christian battle language…

Doug Phillips excommunicated…

10 things Warren Cole Smith wants you to know about evangelicals…

Debate double standards?

Why it matters that Jesus wasn’t a Gentile…

Eugene Cho on the “marathon of discipleship”…

Counseling after you call the police…

Semper reformata?

Buechner on the sheep and the goats…

Tim Kellers lectures on preaching…

For everything, a season…

Rick Warren at the Vatican…

Does the corporate model fit the kingdom of God?

ROTC facing religious challenges…

Gay couple files complaint against UMC…

Wenatchee on Driscolls spiritual warfare doctrine…not enough sex in marriage is the devils work…

Probably the best all around article I’ve read on the gay debate…

Very interesting…the rise of the “dones”…

Issues Etc. did a twenty four hour marathon with each hour being a show addressing a myth about Lutheranism.

These are excellent programs if you seek an understanding of confessional Lutheranism.

Nov 172014

thinking-pic1. I was checking Facebook to see what I was supposed to be irrationally angry or afraid of this week now that Ebola and ISIS terrorists allegedly streaming over the border into Texas are passe… amazing how fast these things come and go.

2. Facebook actually looks a little calmer since God’s party won the Senate…surely there can’t be a connection.

3. Someone needs to just go all the way and start a denomination that has “be a Republican” in the statement of faith…

4. I loathe this time of year so much I can’t even stand to be around myself…

5. I’m getting a flu shot. Tuna fish has mercury in it too.

6. Exactly how can we be ‘one nation under God” when everyone in the nation that believes in God has a different way of defining what it means to be “under” Him? Just curious…

7. While we are busily anticipating Black Friday the country on our southern border is contemplating revolution. If it happens on Black Friday no one here will know it until after the holidays…

8. I finished teaching Romans 5 last night…and was rocked again by how unbelievably good the Good News is and how hard we try to tone down it’s goodness. The biggest threat to the doctrine of justification by grace through faith is the nagging fear that someone somewhere will get away with something you think you can’t.

9. The greatest supernatural empowerment a clergyman can receive is the gift of faithfulness…

10. There is a “blessed assurance” in belonging a a group with clear doctrinal positions and a certain loneliness of spirit that comes when you can’t affirm all that one group believes and thus are outside the camp. Still, I’d rather be alone and free to ask questions…

Nov 162014

thumbnail.aspxO thou,

who art the light of the minds that know thee,

the life of the souls that love thee,

and the strength of the wills that serve thee;

help us so to know thee that we may truly love thee;

so to love thee that we may fully serve thee,

whom to serve is perfect freedom.


Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and let your angels protect those who sleep. 

Tend the sick. 

Refresh the weary. 

Sustain the dying. 

Calm the suffering. 

Pity the distressed. 

We ask this for the sake of your love.


Lord Jesus, our Saviour, let us come to you.

Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love.

Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood.

Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with our joyous Spirit.

Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence.

Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours; possess them always and only for yourself.


Nov 142014

Creation-hands-L“That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”

But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

(Romans 4:16–25 ESV)

It’s a big part of theological discussion these days to attempt to parse out what really happened at creation.

I don’t get too dogmatic about it, I wasn’t there… though these days I often feel like I was born shortly thereafter.

I digress…

There are two things however I am very dogmatic about, by faith.

God did the creating, and He created “ex nihilo”…from nothing.

There weren’t scrap materials and creation tools laying around at the dawn of time waiting for someone to cleverly use and assemble them.

There was nothing but nothing and our God called into existence all things that are.

He didn’t stop making something from nothing at creation…Paul tells us that He did so with Abraham…and He’ll do so with us.

Abraham and Sarah were old…so old they needed a category beyond “elderly”.

God promised them a child.

Sarah heard the promise and in the fashion of healthy, logical, rationalist, she laughed.

Abraham believed.

He believed in spite of all the reasons why it was impossible, because he believed the God who proved His chops at creation.

We know the end of the story and we know God kept His promise.

He still keeps His promises…even when they require that He create something from nothing to do so.

“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”

(2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV)

Where there is…

no money,

no food,

no medicine,

no cure,

no prayer,

no joy,

no hope…

There is is God who is able to create what you need out of nothing.


Make your own application…

Nov 132014

155547_468929542642_7884233_nFirst, thanks to you folks who use the Amazon links to make your purchases.

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Nov 132014

We published the article below on Oct 3, 2014.

We now have the actual transcript of the hearing where it’s made clear that this case has been continued.

The basis of the charges is also defined in the document.


Sources believe that this investigation has been hobbled by political influence from the U.S…Tom Randall has friends in high places.

If the trial is not allowed to continue there is little left that can be done on this side of heaven.

That does not impede the Lord from doing a work Himself, however.

The October article begins below.

We have been covering the ongoing Philippine child abuse scandal and the trial of those accused in it.

The last report we made was when Pastor Joe Coffey of Christ Community Church sent out this tweet;

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That Sunday morning, Tom Randall, the head of the mission organization announced the same thing to great applause.

You can watch him do so here.

When a parishioner tweeted Coffey inquiring as to why he couldn’t find news of this blessed turn of events, Coffey blamed it on the media.

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This was a surprise to those who were actually at the trial, because they had heard the judge continue the case.

Somebody was either greatly confused…or someone was telling a whopper of a lie.

Getting documentation out of the Philippine court system is a chore…but we can now report that someone was lying.

Two someones.

We now have the actual order of the judge from the proceeding.

Aug29_2014Court Order

The charges have not been dropped, the trial has been continued.

The proclamations of Coffey and Randall were not true, nor have they been retracted.

Unless Randall’s Philippine attorneys are intentionally deceiving him, theres a large problem here.

It’s way past time for the supporters of Randall’s mission organization and the people of Coffey’s church to begin asking some hard questions.

It’s also way past time for American authorities to do the same.

You can get the full background on all the stories we’ve written on this by clicking herehere , here, and here.




Nov 122014

7430-pastorAfter slaving over a hot blog for over a decade trying to raise awareness about the corruption in the church, I’ve come to a conclusion.

That conclusion is that cleaning up the church will not happen from the top down, but from the bottom up.

There can’t be corrupt leaders if there are no willing followers financing the show.

To accomplish this means we have to look at the church differently and understand our individual roles in the church… and understand that every person in the church has something of value besides money to contribute to the church.

Part of this process (in my opinion) is debunking the mythology around pastors while recognizing the office and respecting the fact that God does want leaders in the local body.

I’m a pastor.

That means that at some point God called me to be a leader and teacher of some of His kids.

It means I am called to care for souls with my gifts in concert with the rest of the gifts in the assembly.

I do this by studying hard and listening well to Him and them.

It means I’m always available to both.

I have no supernatural abilities that anyone has noticed.

I do not sin less than others, nor I do not have access to the throne reserved for a special few.

I struggle with my flesh and my prayers aren’t heard or answered any more or less than anyone else’s.

I am just like the rest of the kids, just with a different job.

The only “anointing” I have is that which is common to all those in the kingdom of God.

“But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.”

(1 John 2:20 ESV)

My sermons have “unction” when I’ve worked hard enough to understand the text and deliver it with some measure of clarity.

The Holy Spirit empowers His word, not me.

The qualifications for ministers are not supernatural…they are all about character.

I barely qualify…and if the day comes when I don’t qualify at all my church needs to remove me from leadership for the sake of their souls and mine.

The worst thing they can do is set me apart as special or more important than them.

I need them as much as they need me…that’s how a body works.

I’m not special.

Jesus is.

I am not more important than anyone.

Jesus is.

If it’s not all about Him…start over.

Make your own application…

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