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OD Today: 1 January 2009

January 1, 2009

A new year, the same old struggle in new forms. With new stories and new links!

  1. Michael Davis on an attempt by Michael Newdow and an unnamed coalition of atheist groups to remove any reference to God from the Obama inaugural. “A majority of the framers of the Constitution were alive at the time and many were present at the first inauguration. Not one of them objected to the Prayers or the references to God. Obviously their understanding of the ’separation of church and state’ was considerably different than Dr. Newdow’s et al.”
  2. Jonathan Dodson asks whether attempting to redeem the culture (as opposed to separating or embracing) is biblical. “I think so, but we must be careful not to call the creation of Christian sub-culture redemption of culture; that, of course, is often just bad culture creation and Andy Crouch recently has helped us out with that. I say, redeem, but redeem wisely!”
  3. Jean at The Virtuous Woman shares her testimony: “but God performed a supernatural work in my heart and raised dead bones to life, and behold 5 years later after I had an abortion, I was saved!”
  4. Ken Silva takes on Glenn Beck and Jesus as he his portrayed in Mormonism: “And since the Bible gives us eyewitness depositions aka Gospels from eyewitnesses, the Apostles Matthew and John, we must conclude from the extant evidence the Mormon “Jesus” is not the real Jesus.”
  5. Chris Rosebrough offers the worst moments of 2008 (audio/podcast). This installment of Fighting For The Faith is 112 minutes long, and I haven’t heard it yet.
  6. Jason Garwood offers thoughts on redemption in Scripture. “It is virtually impossible to approach Scripture without presuppositions, and if that is the case, we might as well have some good ones.”
  7. Dwayna Litz shares a couple of Stanley Monteith’s Radio Liberty episodes regarding Jeff Sharlet’s book The Family.
  8. Dwayna Litz accuses Campus Crusade of creeping Dominionism.
  9. Truth Matters relays a link to a section of Paul Washer’s sermon Ten Indictments; he says a firm grasp of the doctrine of regeneration is more important than being a Calvinist, etc. and calls himself a “five-point Spurgeonist.”
  10. James White shares a half-hour video from Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church titled “Christian Contentment in 2009.”
  11. Beaconlight/Peculiar Pilgrim shares part one of a series of book reviews from 2008.
  12. Phil Naessens calls for a day of prayer for Rick Warren on January 15, 2009.
  13. Dan Cella starts a series on what Christians need to know about the American economy in 2009. “Regardless of our political affiliation, we need to be praying specifically for the Obama Administration.”
  14. Defending Contending offers a link to a 1968 debate between Walter Martin and Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
  15. John Kubicek links to a World Net Daily/Drew Zahn puff piece on Ann Coulter. 
  16. Aaron Shafovaloff offers a thought experiment in which a prominent Protestant and/or the head of the Roman Catholic Church switch positions on a controversial issue (e.g. homosexuality) and compares that to the pre-1978 Mormon ban on black priests. “So while you could conceivably hold me accountable for sticking around my local church while my local pastor was doing or saying horrible things, you can’t accuse me of being immoral for refusing to take responsibility for someone like Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Ted Haggard (let alone any dead guy), etc.”
  17. Frank Turk declares January 2009 Global Post-Scriptural Parable Month. He offers an example.
  18. Mollie Ziegler parses press coverage of the “virginity pledge” issue. “Here’s Fox News, for instance, saying that this very limited study actually proves that ‘Abstinence-only programs do not delay the onset of intercourse.’ This study didn’t even look at abstinence-only education programs. It looked at abstinence pledges, which may or may not be a part of abstinence-only education programs.”
  19. Orrin Judd comments very briefly on a Georgie Anne Geyer column at the Washington Times about the exit interviews the outgoing President and Vice President have been doing. “He governed Texas as a compassionate conservative, ran for president as a compassionate conservative, governed America as a compassionate conservative, and leaves office proud of his record of compassionate conservatism. What could be more mysterious to the sufferer of [Bush Derangement Syndrome]?”
  20. Orrin Judd excerpts a Larry Elder column giving the history of “Barack Obama as Magic Negro.” “Elections are all about narrative and Mr. Obama just happened to fit the contours of a stock character from our cultural tradition.” For the record, I consider the term “magic Negro” distasteful and hope the ODMs give the whole narrative a miss.
  21. Orrin Judd parses a Mirko Bagaric column about Hamas, Israel, and the targeting of civilians in Gaza and Israel: “In a clash between Hamas and Israel both sides are justified–Israel ought to be allowed to live in piece by neighboring peoples and Hamas ought to be allowed to govern the nation of Palestine–but neither will achieve its aim by fighting the other, so casualties are justified, but inappropriate.”
  22. Julio Severo shares a column he contributed to LifeSiteNews about “contraceptive culture and prophecies in Revelation:” “Sanger also had profound links to Nazism.”
  23. Dwayna Litz comments on the Hebrew Roots movement and links to another article by Wendy at Joyfully Growing in Grace Ministries. Her link is broken, but I think it’s supposed to go here. “these HR followers have been given the true and “hidden” meanings of Scripture, as opposed to what the mainstream church has been teaching down through the centuries, or they profess to be enlightening us to the true meanings of Scripture which have gotten “lost” since the time of Jesus and the first century after His death.” She also deals with Hebrew Roots in an older article here.
  24. Roger Oakland shares his top 25 issues of the year for 2008. Anyone looking for a good primer on ODMs would do well to start with this list and Oakland’s summary.
  25. John Baker links to an article on Eddie Long’s Obama inauguration party.
  26. Dwayna Litz links to two posts by Cindy Kunsman, one on the Council for National Policy and another on Geoffrey Botkin/the Shepherding movement.
  27. Cindy Kunsman discusses two models for cults.
  28. Ken Silva shares email from a contrary point of view and his response regarding Mormon doctrine.
  29. Darryl Foster gives a Top 15 gay christian lies and promises to give Scripture for each item in a later post.
  30. Truth Matters gives quotes from Michael Horton’s book Christless Christianity.
  31. Darryl Foster shares a video from Celebration Church.

What’s new today? The Michael Newdow/inauguration issue, the Hebrew Roots Movement, and that’s about it. I need to do a longer piece on Jeff Sharlet’s book, and another on Dominionism as it is viewed by different groups, but not yet.

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OD Today: 28 December 2008

December 27, 2008

Starting today I’m going to break the day when WordPress does, at midnight London time, more or less.

  • Julio Severo copies a Life Site News article about Cleber and Bernadeth Nunes, who have been convicted of homeschooling their children in Brazil; the article says the judges acted in the best interest of the school system rather than looking at the merits of the Nunes’ case.
  • Cindy Kunsman offers guidelines for leaving a cult, including how to find an exit counselor, with lots of links.
  • Ingrid Schlueter scolds Seabreeze Church, of Huntington Beach, California, mentioned in yesterday’s New York Times on churches facing foreclosure, for canceling Sunday services but not their New Years Eve party: “I can assure you that while the dancers will be ‘dressy’ for shaking their fannies on the dance floor New Year’s Eve, the church members don’t bother with such niceties when it comes to the worship of the King of Kings on the Lord’s Day. That, people, would be legalism.”
  • Dwayna Litz shares email claiming unnamed liberals’ parse Matthew 25:40 incorrectly; if I read this correctly, the author believes good works should be reserved for other Christians.
  • John Baker links to an article from Der Spiegel interviewing Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, about the prospects of using Abraham as the starting point for a “United Religious Nations — just as there is the United Nations in New York.” Unfortunately, Metzger seems to think that “Christians associate themselves with .. Esau.”
  • Orrin Judd links to a Telegraph (UK) article about 2008 being a tough year for Global Warming theorists.
  • Angela Harms weighs in on what it’s like to be a non-post-evangelical emergent Christian: “But while post-evangelicals are standing around talking to each other, people like that are not being invited in to experience this beautiful thing that is Jesus Christ. And I’m not (though I’m stubborn enough to be here anyway). I’m bored with the emergent blogosphere, and hungry for getting into the meat of this path. I don’t want to talk about how Christianity is changing, and who is happy about it and who is not. I want to sing about how wonderful he is, how grace is the most amazing thing, how following him is what life is all about.”

OD Weekend 20-21 December 2008

December 21, 2008

ODM posting is light over the weekend; I have to assume everyone’s remembering the Sabbath day and keeping it holy.

  • Mike Ratliff interprets a number of scriptures regarding Hell as part of his ongoing response to Christian Universalism. Reformata.org links too.
  • James Thomas interprets Ezekiel 9:1-11.
  • Dwayna Litz links to a post by Julio Severo giving his perspective on abortion and homosexuality in American from Brazil. “I came to know that, many years before my first contact with the US pro-life message in 1986, Brazil had been receiving massive influence from pro-death America. Ford and McArthur Foundations, and many other American institutions have been for decades inspiring and funding the pro-abortion and pro-sodomy engineering in Brazil.”
  • Lighthouse Trails accuses Rick Warren of trying to serve both God and Man, claims he’s explicitly claimed that religion doesn’t matter, just works.
  • Bill Randles condemns the movie Twilight, scolds Campus Life, Focus on the Family, Christianity TodayChristian Teen, and Christian Stay at Home Moms Magazine for giving it good reviews, and commends Caryl Matrisciana and Paul Villanueva for this article; Randell’s article appears to be a summary with commentary. “I believe that ‘Twilight’ is a direct assault on the gospel, an obscene parody of the good news of salvation, the salvation we obtain by partaking of the precious blood of Jesus, offered as a sacrifice for us.”
  • Lighthouse Trails reminds us that Rick Warren appeared at the 8th Annual Muslim Public Affairs Council Convention yesterday, and links to this article by co-headliner Juan Cole: “I came away liking and looking up to Warren. In fact, I wonder whether with some work he could not be gotten to back off some of the hurtful things he has said about gays and rethink his support for Proposition 8.”
  • Lighthouse Trails repeats the latest update on the Stowers in LaGrange, Ohio.
  • Ingrid Schlueter takes Focus on the Family to task for featuring Mormon Glenn Beck on CitizenLink Friday Five. Includes link to this YouTube video.
  • Ken Silva takes another shot at Rob Bell regarding Bell’s position on homosexuality, mostly relying on Joe and Erica Martino as proxies for Rob Bell. Silva distinguishes between his position and that of e.g. Fred Phelps/Westboro Baptist Church: “Unfortunately Erica took exception to my comment confusing my proper Biblical position concerning the sin of homosexuality with the inexcusable and completely un-Christian actions of Fred Phelps.”
  • Brannon Howse republishes a Norm Geisler response to Steve Gregg/Hank Hanegraaff regarding partial preterism. 
  • Brannon Howse republishes a Marsha West column on the outgoing President’s concession that he is not a literalist, the reaction, and assorted cultural issues.
  • John Sexton compares Caroline Kennedy to Sarah Palin.
  • Dwayna Litz repeats a comment from a source I can’t identify, including the claim that Rick Warren is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and adds a link to a post by CBN reporter David Brody, in which Warren claims he’s neither from the political left or the political right.
  • Laurence Justice tells why he doesn’t give an altar call. The original is here. “Charles Finney, the inventor of the altar call, was a Pelagian in theology. Pelagianism is a damnable heresy which teaches that the fall of man in sin did not actually make him dead in sin.”
  • Lighthouse Trails mentions the Pew survey on whether Christians believe other faiths can lead to Heaven, mentions Rick Warren again.
  • Ingrid Schlueter links to a World Net Daily story regarding seven students in Granby, Quebec (Jonathan Gagne and six others, not named) suspended from school for boycotting an mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture course. The corresponding National Post story is here, and has a tone that differs from the World Net Daily story.
  • Dwayna Litz mentions the movie Zeitgeist. The corresponding Wikipedia page is here, and the movie’s home page, apparently with a stream for the whole movie, is here. The Google Video link is here. Most of Part One seems to be quotes from Jordan Maxwell, with video, plus a narrative claiming Jesus was a mythic figure based on the Egyptian god Horus.
  • Michael Davis updates on California Attorney General asking the California Supreme Court to overrule Proposition 8.
  • Ken Silva adds detail, links the same video regarding Glenn Beck/Focus on the Family. “Beck is a Mormon, and you can hear his tear-filled conversion to the god (read: demon) of Mormonism in the video clip below.”