OD Today: 17 December 2008

December 17, 2008

Here’s a summary of the day in online discernment:

  • Ingrid Schlueter links to Dinesh D’Souza’s account of his debate with ethicist Peter Singer.
  • Ingrid Schlueter joins Jeffrey Whittaker at Herescope in criticizing William Young’s novel The Shack. He takes Young to task for mixing fact and fiction and by implication portraying Jesus’s Crucifixion as just another story; she says evangelical Christians value their emotions over the truth of Scripture.
  • Ingrid Schlueter scolds New Life Church in Elmhurst, Queens, for having a Seventies themed New Years Eve party.
  • Ingrid Schlueter me-toos Ken Silva in calling out Rob Bell/Mars Hill over homosexuality; apparently Silva wrote Mars Hill asking about Rob Bell’s position on gay Christians and got a form letter in return.
  • John Baker raises the spectre of hyperinflation and says we’re on the brink of The Very Great Depression.
  • John Baker links to an article in the Jerusalem Post saying Messianic Jews Jamie and Stacy Cowen were detained by the Israeli Interior Ministry for proselytizing, which is illegal under Israeli law.
  • John Baker links to an article from The Christian Post quoting a BeliefNet.com interview with Rick Warren where he refers to the social gospel as practiced by the mainline denominations as “Marxism in Christian clothing.” Warren also calls out evangelicals and fundamentalists for ignoring felt needs.
  • La Shawn Barber updates the Lila Rose/Planned Parenthood of Indiana case, including an investigation by the Indiana Attorney General.
  • Dwayna Litz says Jason Upton is teaching universalism.
  • John Sexton links to a UPI story saying there is evidence of arson at Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla, Alaska.
  • John Baker links to a Times Online article in which Pope Benedict is quoted as saying that Philippians 4:4-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 refer not to the Last Judgment, but rather that “love is near.”
  • John Baker links to an article by Gene at End Times Disciples on “Bootleg Faith.”
  • Ingrid Schlueter says Phyllis Tickle wants to pull evangelicals into the influence of occultists.
  • Ingrid Schlueter takes Rick Warren to task for appearing at Obama inaugural and gives her take on his social gospel/Marxism interview, saying nobody better embodies the social gospel than Rick Warren.
  • Ingrid Schlueter links to a couple of Yahweh Yoga video clips.
  • Ingrid Schlueter links to a US News/World Report story quoting David Gushee saying backers of Richard Cizik are looking for a like-minded replacement to follow him at the National Association of Evangelicals.
  • Ingrid Schlueter links to a frame at Christian Worldview Network for this YouTube clip, a Catholic News Agency (TV) clip about a gay marching band scheduled to participate in the Obama Inaugural parade.
  • Dwayana Litz sends an update on an outreach in Tel Aviv.
  • Ken Silva says Jesus taught Sola Scriptura.

And finally, as a bonus: Brannon Howse visits with Vic Eliason, discussing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Wikipedia page for the Lord Our Righteousness Church.


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