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So You Think You Can Preach?

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Farce or F’real? Either way, here’s five minutes you’ll never get back: Many Christians have dreams of becoming the next T.D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Eddie Long, Joel Osteen, or Joyce Meyer. – Bishop Brian Cashma, the pastor at Holiness Church of Jesus Christ in the Apostles Doctrine in Detroit. Okay, Bishop, for me as an editor, there are two words in that sentence screaming for the red pen. But then I’d get a whole lot of Matthew 7:1 emails, so let me instead share an exciting opportunity if you are one of those Christians: An alleged …

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40 Harmful Effects of Christianity – #5

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“Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:31 This post is the fifth in a series that addresses a list of “40 harmful effects of Christianity” that originated on the American Atheists Facebook page and has since made its way around the internet. In this post, I examine the following “harmful effect” from the list: Harmful Effect #5: Tens of thousands tortured and killed as witches (a practice which still continues today). There are a number of obvious problems with this “harmful effect”, …

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Podcast: All About Charismania

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  JD answers a few sincere questions, and then gets into a charismatic’s article at The Gospel Herald, honoring the crazy guy who stood up to interrupt John MacArthur last Sunday. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.  

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No Dogs Go to Heaven

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When I was kid a popular animated movie called All Dogs Go to Heaven was released.   The protagonist of the story is a German Shepherd named Charlie who runs a riverboat Casino with his partner, a bulldog named Carface.  At the beginning of the film, Carface murders Charlie in order to gain full control of their business and its income.  Charlie, despite being a bit of a rake, goes to Heaven upon his demise.  However, he escapes Heaven, utilizing some sort of mystical watch to do so, in order to return to earth and exact revenge on his erstwhile partner …

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Bunker Intelligence Report for Week of August 16th – 22nd, 2015

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The pulpiteers and listeners to the Pulpit & Pen program hang out in Facebook’s infamous Pulpit Bunker. Every Saturday we bring to you the intelligence report, from the info brought to our attention in the bunker. This is it. And if you would like to join the bunker, all you have to do is ask. Josh Duggar, Scumbaggery and the Gospel – P&P Randy White resigns FBC Katy to focus on dispensationalism – Randy White Youth Groups driving teens away from church – Charisma Mag Pastor says Jesus would apologize for being wrong on gay marriage – Before It’s News …

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Podcast: Josh Duggar Scandal. Now What?

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On today’s program, JD fields a sincere question (kinda) from a critic, talks about that epic piece from John Oliver going after prosperity preachers, plays a clip from Hillsong addressing the gay controversy, discusses Josh Duggar’s Ashley Madison scandal and then, Governor Kasich in the Downgrade. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the icons below.

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Josh Duggar, Scumbaggery, and the Gospel

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Josh Duggar is a serial adulterer. Josh Duggar is a child fondler. There, I said…er, wrote it. When I heard that the Ashley Madison website (a prominent website that facilitates spouses cheating on one another, for those of you who don’t read the news or aren’t addicted to porn) had been hacked several weeks ago, I knew that a good number of celebrities and politicians would be chewing their nails in nervousness, hoping and praying to whatever sky-fairy they were accustomed to that their adulterous, cheating hearts wouldn’t be exposed. I did not expect one of those celebrities to be …

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Three False Gospels You May Not Realize Are in Your Church

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The visible church today is undoubtedly full of false gospels. There is, of course, the cults like Mormonism and the Watchtower Society. There is the Roman Catholic church, who is the world leader in false gospels. We have the Prosperity Gospel, the Word of Faith movement, the New Apostolic Reformation, Charismania, easy-believism, and so on. Satan’s attack on the Church is relentless and never-ending. But there are a few, less noticeable false gospels that have crept into even the most sound of churches over time. I would like to go over a few of those today. The Gospel of Niceness. …

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Who Are the Evangelical Intelligentsia?

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If you have followed Pulpit & Pen for any amount of time, you’ve heard or seen me use the phrase, “Evangelical Intelligentsia.” The first time I used that term was on Twitter in response to Manhattan Declaration director and ecumenist, Eric Teetsel, in response to his defense of Ed Stetzer’s peddling of heresy and his subsequent attack on Pulpit & Pen. Since then, I and others have used the term to describe a certain segment of American evangelicalism that fits certain criteria, albeit sometimes nebulous, diverse and hard to define. I pray that the term Evangelical Intelligentsia will catch on, for in …

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40 harmful effects of Christianity – #4

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 “God Spoke and BANG! It happened.” Wayne Barber “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics.” Fred Holye This post is the fourth in a series that addresses a list of “40 harmful effects of Christianity” that originated on the American Atheists Facebook page and has since made its way around the internet. In this post, I examine the following “harmful effect” from the list: Harmful Effect #4: Children growing up to hate and fear science and scientists, because science disproves their parents’ religion …

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Podcast: God’s Sovereignty is not Eternal? Say Whaaa?

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On today’s episode, JD answers several sincere questions – including one from a Calvinist who was about to marry an Arminian, plays a clip of a prophet interrupting Grace Community Church yesterday, a clip from Jon Wimber, and in the Downgrade discusses Leighton Flowers’ claim that God’s sovereignty is not an eternal attribute. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

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Bunker Intelligence Report for August 9-15, 2015

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The pulpiteers and listeners to the Pulpit & Pen program hang out in Facebook’s infamous Pulpit Bunker. Every Saturday we bring to you the intelligence report, from the info brought to our attention in the bunker. This is it. And if you would like to join the bunker, all you have to do is ask. Ben Carson not sure when life begins, advocates abortion drug – Pulpit & Pen Gay teens have higher pregnancy rate than straight teens -The G̷o̷s̷p̷e̷l̷ ̷ Coalition™ Somebody rehashes an old Oral Roberts prophecy – Charisma News NPR tries to sanitize Planned Parenthood’s eugenicist beginnings …

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Ben Carson Advocates for Abortion Drug, Says He’s Not Sure About When Life Begins

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Remember Dr. Ben Carson, the Seventh Day Adventist that David Uth and other SBC leaders pushed so hard for to speak at the 2015 Convention? You know, the one that those pesky “Calvinistic” bloggers “bullied” Willy Rice into dropping from the line-up? Uth, a convention leader and speaker said this, I was hopeful that our convention could hear from him because of his incredible gifting from God. Then there was Maxie Miller, a black SBC pastor and former director of the African American Ministries Division at the Florida Baptist Convention who turned it into a racial issue by saying: It’s …

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Alex Daily and the Hellfire Club

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During the Great Awakening of the 18th century in America, a famous street evangelist by the name of George Whitfield took to the streets to proclaim Christ crucified, and call people to repentance and faith in Christ. According to Whitefield’s biography, he was despised by a man named Thorpe. Thorpe had a group of rebellious friends, and they referred to themselves as the Hellfire Club. Thorpe and his minions would regularly take to the streets to oppose and mock Whitfield’s ministry. Thorpe, according to Whitefield, was rather good at imitating him, and would sometimes meet at the local pub to open the …

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Podcast: Hecklers Be Hecklin’

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On this episode of P&P, which is pretty much one long Downgrade segment, is of JD commenting on a heckler and his theology. This heckler, Alex Daily, is a youth leader at a church in Texas, and has repeatedly heckled Emilio Ramos and others who are guilty of basically just sharing the Gospel. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.   As promised in the podcast, below is the video of the heckler.

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Podcast: Mohler Discusses Openly Secular – Awkward

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In today’s episode of Pulpit & Pen, JD answers a few sincere questions and then plays audio from Albert Mohler discussing Openly Secular’s role in a football star “coming out of the closet” as an atheist – which his colleague, SEBTS President Danny Akin endorsed. Awkward. Then, JD discusses Hillsong’s “smoking gun” and attempts to sanitize Hillsong’s Downgrade. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

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40 harmful effects of Christianity – #3

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“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:23 This post is the third in a series that addresses a list of “40 harmful effects of Christianity” that originated on the American Atheists Facebook page and has since made its way around the internet. In this post, I examine the following “harmful effect” from the list: Harmful Effect #3: Women treated like second-class citizens based on religious teachings. Like many of the “harmful effects” on this list, harmful effect #3 …

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The Smoking Gun: Brian Houston Acknowledges Ministry of Gay Couple at Hillsong NYC – on video – Back in 2014

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This really ought to be the final segment in this long saga on Hillsong’s attempt to cover-up their acceptance of homosexuals in ministry and service roles in the NYC congregation. This is the smoking gun, and the bullet fired was straight at the heart of Brian Houston’s moral authority and personal integrity. The recap: Last week, a few discernment websites exposed Hillsong NYC for their acceptance of a celebrity homosexual couple in the church choir – one as a choir director and the other as a choir member (source link). Some argued that Lentz (the Hillsong NYC) pastor had “dealt with …

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Sundays Are for Sabbath Rest

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On Making the Lord’s Day Holy from Puritan, Thomas Watson… The sixth duty wherein we must offer violence to ourselves, is the religious sanctifying of the Lord’s day. That there should be a day of holy rest dedicated to God appears from its institution. ‘Remember to keep holy the Sabbath.’ Our Christian Sabbath comes in the room of the Jewish Sabbath: it is called the Lord’s day, Rev. i.10. from Christ the author of it. Our Sabbath is altered by Christ’s own appointment. He arose this day out of the grave, and appeared on it often to His disciples, 1 Cor. …

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Pulpit Bunker Intelligence Report, Week of Aug 2-8, 2015

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The listeners to the program and readers of the website hang out in a place called “The Pulpit Bunker” on Facebook. This list is just a selection of the posts in the Bunker last week. We work in the field of intelligence, and desire to bring you the information you need to be discerning. You can join the Pulpit Bunker here. Homosexual couple contradicts Brian Houston – Pulpit & Pen Abortion, Morality, Gay Affirming Pastors and Churches – Empowered by Christ Parody of our modern church service – YouTube Oh, you didn’t know? Hillsong and the Broadway Boyfriends – Pulpit …

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Podcast: Hillsong and Discernment

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In this episode of Pulpit & Pen, JD catches all the pulpiteers up on the Hillsong saga after answering numerous sincere questions. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the icons below.

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Homosexual Couple Contradicts Brian Houston

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In relation to the revelation that a homosexual couple had been involved in their music ministry – one a choir director, the other a choir member – (source link) and according to them “nothing has changed” (source link) since they revealed their homosexuality to Hillsong NYC, Brian Houston made some grossly contradictory statements to the press (source link). Keep in mind, this contradicts the initial press story and the words of the homosexual that “nothing had changed” (source link – and if the screenshot below is too small, just click it and it will take you to the source). So, it’s Houston’s word versus the …

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Oh, You Didn’t Know? Hillsong and the Broadway Boyfriends

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“…many look to our church (Hillsong NYC) as a model of modern Christianity to be emulated.” Josh Canfield, Hillsong NYC Choir Director It’s an all-too-common occurrence for someone to experience the “coming out” of a homosexual associate, friend, or family member.  However, what’s not often so common is shock at the official news that a certain person is gay.  Just ask yourself, “How often have I been genuinely surprised by the official ‘out of the closet’ revelation that someone I knew quite well was a homosexual?” From my own personal experience, I can attest that surprise to such announcements is …

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Persecution in the Pew

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Beheadings of Christians by ISIS. Crosses forcibly torn off churches by the Chinese government. Pastors imprisoned. Believers tortured for leaving Islam or sharing the gospel. The treatment our brothers and sisters across the globe receive at the hands of pagans is nearly unfathomable. They are made to suffer – simply for claiming the name of Christ – by those who openly hate God and want nothing more than to stamp out Christianity. This is how we, as the American church, have come to define persecution. Outsiders, non-Christians, and the government, all on the attack against the Bible, our faith, our …

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Hillsong and Homosexuality: The Real Story

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While on my vacation, a bit of a brouhaha erupted over the accuracy of reports that a homosexual couple had been serving in the music ministry at Hillsong NYC. The first report I saw was from a Pulpit Bunker dweller, whose blog reported on the issue here. The issue seemed clear-cut. Here are the facts: A celebrity homosexual couple (known as the “Broadway Boyfriends” from their stint on the reality show, Survivor) told the press back in January that they had “come out” to Hillsong leadership and that “nothing had changed” since in their relationship to the church since then …

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Rosebrough on Hillsong and Homosexuality

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A small brouhaha stirred as reports circulated (not from Pulpit & Pen, by the way) that a homosexual couple had been engaged in the music ministry at Hillsong, New York. Upon the broad and general claim that “Lentz dealt with this already” (“Like he dealt with Justin Bieber’s unrepentant sin?” I thought), some claimed that after having a personal conversation or direct messages with Lentz, they believe he would assert the sinfulness of homosexuality. Given the direct, public and on-record statements of Lentz and Hillsong leadership (here and here for an example) that couldn’t possibly be colored that way, consider me …

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Podcast: An Imprecatory Episode

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In today’s program, JD answers several sincere questions and then explains the meaning of “imprecatory” psalms and prayers, and uses abortion as an example. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking on the links below.

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Inside the Frightening World of Christian Reconstruction

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[Editor’s Note: While written clearly from a liberal political and sub-biblical perspective, the author of a new book on the topic of Christian Reconstruction and subsequent interview has some interesting and compelling outside-looking-in perspectives on civil judaizing. I highly recommend this article.]   As an unprecedented shift in public opinion brought about the legalization of gay marriage, a vigorous counter-current has been intensifying under the banner of “religious freedom”—an incredibly slippery term. Perhaps the most radical definition of such freedom comes out of the relatively obscure tradition of Christian Reconstructionism, the subject of a new book by religious studies scholar Julie …

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Why Not Make a Secular Song into Worship Music?

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In today’s podcast I recalled, during the first few minutes of the program, my martial troubles. These troubles began as I rearranged some words to a love song I had written another woman in my earlier life and changed the names around, and gifted the love ballad to my wife. She wasn’t pleased. I don’t see what the big deal was. If you listened to the rest of the program, you would have seen I was pulling your leg. I woke up this morning to a whole stack of emails from folks who didn’t keep listening, who were calling my …

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Is Attending a Gay Wedding a Matter of Conscience?

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Sadly, I’ve seen several otherwise ‘solid’ individuals claim that attending a gay wedding (like Karen Swallow Prior has said she would attend under the right circumstances) or a gay wedding reception or after-celebration (like Russell Moore has said he would attend) is a matter of Christian liberty or “Christian conscience.” Is it? Is it really? Very sadly, it was reported to me today that a pastor in ARBCA has stated that attending the wedding or reception was a matter of Christian conscience (I’ve not confirmed that, and I’m skeptical). I believe so strongly that celebrating sodomy or the profaning of marriage …

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Podcast: God-Crush: Secular Worship Songs

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In this episode, JD answers several sincere questions from emails and then discusses several news items, including Steve Gains (a highly paid mega church pastor) asking the congregation to fund his European vacation. Then, JD discusses the recent trend of changing a few words around in secular songs to make them worship songs in the Downgrade segment. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

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Bunker Junk: July 26 – August 1 Intel Report

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As many of you already know, we hang out during the week in a place called “The Pulpit Bunker“. Below are the articles and links we discussed this past week. If you would like to join this Facebook group, you can request to be added here. Christian Group Puts Bounty on Lions Until Planned Parenthood Defunded – Pulpit and Pen The faith of President Obama – in six quotes and one hymn – Christian Today How the Gospel Creates Ethics – The Gospel Coalition Have You Been Reported to Your Church Leaders? TWW Has Got You Covered! – The Wartburg Watch Ten Truths …

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God Has Enough Rocks – Are you Still Praying for America?

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“Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. God said to Abram, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.’” Genesis 15:12-16 Remember in Forest Gump …

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Christian Group Puts Bounty on Lions Until Planned Parenthood Defunded

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[Bakersfield, California] Walter Palmer, an American dentist, recently killed a beloved lion in the nation of Zimbabwe. Cecil, as he was lovingly called, was a common sight in Hwange National Park. According to reports, Palmer paid fifty thousand dollars to hunt the beast, wounding it, tracking it for 40 hours, killing it and decapitating it to the scorn of millions worldwide. Since that time, the Internet has been abuzz with a major public-shaming campaign. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the kill to determine the legality (or lack thereof) of the stalk and kill, and Palmer has gone into …

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Hillsong: A Breeding Ground for False Converts – And Your Church Pays for It

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It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the Popery in the Church of Rome, there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name. . .It wounds Christ, because it robs Christ of His glory, because it puts sacramental efficacy in the place of His atonement and lifts a piece of bread into the place of the Savior and a few drops of water into the place of the Holy Spirit and puts a …

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Lyndon Unger Responds to Joel McDurmon’s Attack on John MacArthurs “We Will Not Bow.”

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Please be sure to read editor’s note at the bottom…   Though I’m currently on a reduced blogging schedule, I got tagged in for something special. On July 19th, John MacArthur preached a sermon entitled We Will Not Bow. It got no small notice online and has been posted all around the internet (and ‘the internet’ means ‘Facebook, Twitter, and WeChat’).  I listened to the sermon a few days ago and, like many, found it to be a biblical breath of fresh air in what is quickly becoming an unsettling age. MacArthur placed the recent supreme court decision in the …

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Nine Reasons Why Discerning Women Are Leaving Your Church

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Earlier this week, Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay, pubished a blog article entitled “Six Reasons Why Women May Be Leaving Your Church.” Although I am not particularly a fan of Dr. Rainer (due to his allowing heretical materials to be sold at LifeWay), I thought this article was a good one, and I agreed with several of the issues he raised, especially, that these issues need to be addressed by church leadership. As a ministry wife and someone in the field of women’s ministry myself, I, too, have noticed women leaving the church. Not just women in general, …

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Podcast: Do Pets Go to Heaven?

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On today’s program, JD answers some sincere questions; one is about why men can show their nipples but women can’t and another about the abortifacient properties of “the pill.” Then, JD discusses Karen Swallow Prior’s view than pets may go to Heaven, and in the Daily Down Grade segment, JD plays a clip from a ‘pastor’ calling the church hypocrites for having gay choir directors but still call homosexuality a sin…because, you know, shell-fish and stuff. You can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

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Warriors, Rainmakers, and the Agency Problem

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“He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep.” John 10:12-13 In the corporate world, directors are elected by shareholders to govern a given company. In turn, directors appoint executive managers (CEOs, CFOs, etc…) to administer the day-to-day operations of the company. These executive managers are agents of the company and therefore have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize …

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Somebody Inform Evangelicals that Catholicism is Not the Answer to Homosexuality

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  Karen responded glowingly… If you click the large pic above, you’ll see it take you to where it’s posted at Ignatius Press. Underneath it, you’ll see the following advertisement. “New evangelism,” of course, was a decree issued by Pope John Paul II in his Papal Encyclical, Evangelization in the Modern World. The strategy at proselytizing and re-proselytizing Roman Catholics that was born from this encyclical coining the term “New Evangelism” is the Catholics Come Home® campaign. Yes, the same Catholics Come Home campaign that was endorsed by Rick Warren. The individual who is congratulated by Karen Swallow Prior is Dan Mattsen, …

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