OD Today: 19 January 2009 (late edition)

January 19, 2009

I waited too late in the day to finish the first update today, so the second update is kind of short and kind of thin. It’s mostly the usual suspects today.

  1. Associates of Tony Alamo are being arrested, including one woman who is arrested for failing to turn her daughters over to protective services. “The Human Services Department says the children are endangered by practices that include beatings for violations of church rules. Some children are also alleged to have been sexually abused.”
  2. Jennifer O’Hara is the first I’ve seen to notice that the outgoing President has commuted the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. I have to admit that I do not understand why this story was popular among ODM types, apart from the fact that e.g. Phyllis Schlafly pushed it and other conservative Christians followed suit. I’d be grateful if someone could help me understand what if anything this has to do with the Gospel.
  3. Defending Contending reminds us that Margaret Sanger didn’t especially like black people.
  4. Mike Wittmer refers us to Marvin Olansky, who reminds us that conservative Christians didn’t always rely on politicians to solve the abortion problem. “The number one cause for the decrease in abortions was churches and Christian organizations who educated and cared for pregnant women and their babies.”
  5. Howard Fisher adopts a wait and see attitude regarding the Lincolnesque dimensions of Barack Obama. “Perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps Barack will be a President as great as Lincoln. For the moment I only see an image with no substance.”
  6. Ingrid Schlueter calls out Tony Jones for linking to Queermergent. “You were warned a long time ago, friends, that this was where it was all headed. It doesn’t take a seminary degree to understand that once you abandon the authority of the Word of God and deal in shadows and narratives instead, moral corruption is the natural consequence.”
  7. Wilson Hines loses a Bible, then makes an interesting case for “KJV First,” as opposed to “KJV Only.” “the more and more I study the text of the Bible and textual criticism the less and less I understand why anybody even pays the KJV any attention anymore … The reason I read an Authorized Version (KJV) to my children and want them to use a KJV in school is because it is better for their reading skills.”

As an aside, I’d be interested in reading comments from interested parties as to why homosexuals merit particular attention from people who take doctrine very seriously, as opposed to thieves, greedy people, drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers. Especially in these times when thieves, greedy people, and swindlers are causing so much trouble.

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