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OD Today: 22 January 2009 (early edition)

January 22, 2009

Looks like everybody’s still got an inauguration hangover. The standout story is probably item 5, regarding home schooling associations and old-earth creationists. The Gerald Warner editorial is also noteworthy, since it offers a perspective from Britain saying much the same thing (but better) we’ve been hearing about what conservative Christians expect from the Obama administration.

  1. Four Pointer calls out Joseph Lowery. “The cheering crowd and the broad smile plastered on the face of Messiah Osama says it all: these are the people who are REALLY living in the past and who the REAL racists are.”
  2. Thomas Heringer is still reading Francis Schaeffer and speaking somewhat obliquely about totalitarianism. “Further, when a government says that some people can have freedom to speak and have actions they desire, but other people are not allowed to speak in opposition to those, then that itself becomes intolerant. “
  3. Jennifer O’Hara reminds us that we need to pray for our political leaders. “it includes Barack Obama, it includes all of those in authority over us. A few years ago, when Nancy Pelosi ascended…”
  4. Dwayna Litz offers a tip on dodging accusations of hate crimes. “PLEASE BE SURE WHEN WITNESSING AT TABLE TO ASK, “Is it ok with you if I read you what the Bible says?””
  5. thatmom revisits the issue of authority and dissent within the Christian home-schooling movement. “Ultimately, Sonlight received no written or full “official” explanation, but got the message: the convention committee was of the opinion that the company isn’t Christian enough . . . primarily because it isn’t strict enough in its young-earth teaching. … This has made me wonder how many more state homeschooling organizations or even Home School Legal Defense, for that matter, who is also participating in the leadership summit, are taking it upon themselves to decide who is and isn’t Christian enough to participate in conferences, conventions, and support services for homeschooling families.” See also the source post by John Holzmann. “Ultimately, Sonlight received no written or full “official” explanation, but got the message: the convention committee was of the opinion that the company isn’t Christian enough . . . primarily because it isn’t strict enough in its young-earth teaching.” Holzmann goes on to say that B. B. Warfield, J. Vernon McGee, and James Dobson were/are “old earth creationists.”
  6. Mike Ratliff continues his series that I understand to be a call to suffer during the Obama administration. “I do understand that non-Christians are not regenerate and have no concept of the Holiness of God and the sinfulness of Man. I understand that and I do not expect the US Government to become conformed to Christian values. However, since this country was founded there has been conformity to Biblical moral standards in the laws and their enforcement. The Obama administration is set to do away with all of that. This would include a reversal of all restrictions on abortion and euthanasia.
  7. Ken Silva offers a quote from John Gresham Machen (1923) and applies it to Rob Bell. Chris Rosebrough has been making essentially the same argument (that emergents are liberals with new vocabularies) via his various outlets and also recommending Machen as applying to emergents.
  8. Christine at Talk Wisdom offers another post on the Bush-Obama transition and crowd reactions. “Their ugliness was in full force yesterday, as the ObamaBorg Bot Kool-Aid drinkers in the crowd jeered and verbally bashed President George W. Bush as he entered the inaugural festivities. These people could not even be respectful enough to just KEEP QUIET if they don’t like the former president.” Interested readers who are having a hard time following the cultural references here, “Borg” refers to a collective of baddies from one of the Star Trek television franchises, not the liberal theologian of the same name, and the reference to Kool-Aid should be taken as a reference to the method of murder/suicide employed by Peoples Temple (Jonestown, Guyana), rather than an actual reference to the consumption of reconstituted soft drinks by people at the inauguration. I hope this helps.
  9. Howard Fisher links to Gerald Warner’s editorial in the Telegraph (UK) regarding the Obama inauguration. “What we are experiencing, in the deepening days of a global depression, is the desperate suspension of disbelief by people of intelligence – la trahison des clercs – in a pathetic effort to hypnotise themselves into the delusion that it will be all right on the night. It will not be all right.”
  10. Scott Ragan offers a contrary opinion regarding Sunday night services on Super Bowl Sunday. “I am not sure that this poor church was aware of the fact that by doing what they have done, they have declared their allegiance to “the gods of the NFL” and have turned their back on the God of the Bible.”
  11. Dorothy Anderson collects Emergent links regarding orthodoxy as a social construct.
  12. Steve Hays dissects federal headship (and its cousin, corporate guilt) in the age of Obama.
  13. Emergent Village offers a collection of clips from Rob Bell’s “The Gods Aren’t Angry” tour (YouTube).
  14. Christine at Talk Wisdom introduces something called Obama Schizophrenic Syndrome.
  15. Anton Hein-Hudson offers an introductory article on C. Peter Wagner/New Apostolic Reformation. Note: I finally figured out why I was incorrectly attributing Apologetics Index articles to Richard Abanes; that shouldn’t be happening again.
  16. Ingrid Schlueter has a rough night’s sleep. “The media bias for Obama has lapsed into farce. CNN is one of the worst. I think they’re on his staff. His new cabinet was called a “dream team” yesterday. Yes, a nightmare. Before the Inaugural ball, I knew they would call Michelle Obama’s gown, “stunning!” Sure enough. Yesterday morning CNN reported on her gown as being, “stunning.” If she’d worn a burlap sack, the drooling media elite would have found it to be “stunning” as well. I don’t think I can stomach this anymore.”
  17. Sharon Lindbloom offers comments on Mormon reactions in the wake of Proposition 8 and the Focus on the Family/Glenn Beck flap, reminds us all we need to be civil when dealing with Mormons. “It would be foolish to say people never cross the line when debating Mormonism vs. Christianity, but in my experience such conversations are nearly always civil and respectful.”
  18. Michael Newnham weighs in on Rick Warren’s use of the Islamic name for Jesus. “The Muslim Isa is not my Jesus…in their doctrine he was not crucified for the sins of the world but was a forerunner of Muhammad.”
  19. And finally, someone named Muammar Qaddafi recommends a “one-state solution” to the Israel/Palestinian situation (Reuters). “Assimilation is already a fact of life in Israel. There are more than one million Muslim Arabs in Israel; they possess Israeli nationality and take part in political life with the Jews, forming political parties. On the other side, there are Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israeli factories depend on Palestinian labor, and goods and services are exchanged. This successful assimilation can be a model for Isratine.”

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.”