Please Partner With Me to Expose Corruption in Evangelicalism | Julie Roys –She has done great work. Please consider helping her and her team. Harvest had well known issues for years but I think she made the difference in increasing awareness and driving change.
Over the past few months, I’ve investigated and reported stories that have prompted major leadership and institutional change at two evangelical powerhouses—the Moody Bible Institute and Harvest Bible Chapel and its many sub-ministries associated with James MacDonald.
Apple promises privacy, but iPhone apps share your data with trackers, ad companies and research firms — Yikes. I knew it wasn’t good, and I’ve avoided things like Amazon’s Alexa, but this is one more reason to limit your phone apps. See How to limit iPhone app tracking for some tips. Also, try using DuckDuckGo as your phone browser.
California State Bar moves to suspend Michael Avenatti’s law license — You mean the guy that CNN and MSNBC put on countless times and breathlessly wondered how he might take on Trump? That guy?
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You may have heard of intersectionality – “the theory that the overlap of various social identities, define your level of systemic oppression” – but don’t know how to compare your oppression with others. Now, you can!
NBA Teams Consider Ditching the Term ‘Owner’ Because It’s ‘Racially Insensitive’ — Alternate theory: Some people are morons who will never be pleased under any circumstances, so don’t try. Friendly reminder: Most college and pro athletes hate you.
Gottlieb’s response is markedly different than what we would see from a conservative Christian. She makes no disparaging remarks about men, either the loser men who don’t take out the trash, or the loser men who aren’t showing up to ask the letter writer out on paid dates and propose marriage. She also doesn’t tell the letter writer to embrace her “season of singleness”, tell her to find meaning in “the wait”, doesn’t warn her to “never settle”, and doesn’t tell her that she is the pearl of great price, a prize to be won, etc. Instead, Gottlieb acknowledges that the letter writer has something real to grieve: What your friends might not realize is that many single people who long for a partner experience something called ambiguous loss or ambiguous grief. It’s a type of grieving, but it’s different from the grieving someone might do after a concrete loss like the death of a spouse from, say, cancer.
Gottlieb even obliquely acknowledges the pettiness of the wives complaining about their husbands when framing possible responses the letter writer can employ . . .
We’re gonna need a lot of millstones to clean this up . . .
Paedophilia is natural and normal for males — The world-loving “Christian” Left will be defending them in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .
Drag Queen Story Hour Encounters Some Resistance — good for those parents! The sick Leftists running one library canceled an event because they thought that having police there would be bad, but having perverts mislead children would be good.
This guy nails it: White liberals are the most racist of all, and work 24×7 to hold blacks down by holding them to lower standards, encouraging bad behavior, promoting fatherless households and more.
25:52 – A Question for Armenians Matt Tully
So if you could sit down with the Arminians listening to us today and leave them with one question to ponder, what would that be?
Kevin DeYoung: Who plays, ultimately, the decisive role in your salvation? We know that God uses lots of secondary means. He uses the preaching of the gospel, uses parents, he uses books, uses preachers, uses the Bible. But if you’re looking at two people and Person A believes and is saved and Person B does not, you try to explain why. You can give lots of answers: Oh, that person had a Christian background, that person didn’t. Okay, but keep going up. But why? Maybe they both had a Christian background. Well, that person had a bad experience in the church. That person didn’t. Okay, but lots of people have bad experience in the church and still believe. But, why? And as you press in on that question, I think you can only come to one of two conclusions: either the why rests in us some little teeny bit of it. I chose. I saw. I made the decision. Something. Why? Or the why has to rest ultimately with God. That when you get through all the secondary and tertiary reasons, it’s because God chose that person for salvation. And I know that the existential weight of that can feel like, “You’ve removed responsibility. What sort of God then wouldn’t choose everyone?“ Those are real questions and I think the Bible has some answers to that. But what we gain—biblically, and theologically, and existentially—is the great freedom to know that it was entirely of God. It was nothing of me. I cannot give one teeny grain of sand worth of credit to me in believing. But it is entirely of God, which means he gets 1,000% of the glory and I get none of it. To me that is the central question I would leave an Arminian brother or sister with.
28:19 – A Question for Calvinists — Matt Tully
And how about a Calvinist. So you’re sitting down with one of the Calvinists listening to us today. Someone who has heard what you’ve been saying and is cheering you on from their own living room or from their own car, but if you could leave them with one question to ponder what would that be?
Kevin DeYoung: Okay, I’m going to cheat and give two questions for two different sorts of people. One question would be, Do you really understand the particularities and the nuances of the Doctrines of Grace? And I say that because I think a lot of people who know TULIP listening to this—and they can give you the acronym and the basic five-minute version of it—would be very helped to study something like the Canons of Dort to understand there’s a lot more to this than just a TULIP boilerplate. So that’s one thing.
And then a second question would be, If and when you truly understand these things, have the Doctrines of Grace made you a more gracious person? It doesn’t mean a weaker person. We have to be courageous. Some of the things that Calvinists believe will always be unpopular. So I’m not talking about a personality type. But if we truly believe this about God and his grace and that it was entirely 1,000% of him, it should mean that Calvinists ought to be—of all people—the most humble because we have the best theology that reminds us and reinforces to us the great glory and grace of God in our complete and abject unworthiness and that ought to make us happy, humble, gracious people.