But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 21:54

Hashophet Merachoq: He Who Judges from Afar

Written by

First thing I encountered this morning was a link to Michael Marcavage’s article in Christiannews.net horrifically titled, “Tattoos for Jesus? Group Raises Funds for ‘Church Plant’ by Tattooing Members, Sampling Booze.”  I had been wondering when Marcavage, a campaigner for abstinence and critic of Jeff Durbin...

Saturday, 02 April 2016 19:35

Guilty, Without Possibility of Innocence

Written by

James White missed the opportunity to learn. To grow. To move toward a better and stronger church in light of the challenges put forward by Ekemini, Jemar, and others.

So writes Marcos Ortega in an April 1st blog article at “Reformed Margins.”  It is a well written article—but it continues the same theme of, “If you...

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:42

Gospel Lenses and the Search for Allies

Written by

Last week I ran afoul of the ever-present issue of political correctness when I posted a brief video of a young man flipping off a passing police car, wearing his shorts around his thighs, and then tossing the drink bottle he had just finished after flipping off the cops onto the ground, all in front of all the waiting traffic during rush hour....

Saturday, 19 March 2016 16:30

Incredible, Just Incredible (Updated)

Written by
I have folks tagging me on Facebook attempting to drag me into endless arguments about race, many of whom haven’t the foggiest idea what started all this, but have “heard” that I have done something “terrible” (i.e., I violated the unpublished canons of political correctness even within “evangelicalism”...
Saturday, 12 March 2016 20:59

Quick Thoughts: Young Messiah

Written by

Added Update Below

I just got home from watching The Young Messiah with my wife and son.  A few quick thoughts.

  1.  I think it would be best, personally, to leave what the Spirit has not revealed to the wisdom of God.  None of the gnostic gospels were helpful.  It just isn’t a needed area of speculation.
  2. I do not think it is a...
Saturday, 12 March 2016 07:53

Paul Williams and Homosexuality in Islam

Written by
A Quick Note About Paul Williams
The very first night I met him, he was unkind to me. Cold, abrupt, even disrespectful. And since then, it has only gotten worse. His name is Paul “Bilal” Williams, formerly one of the leading figures in the Muslim Debate Initiative in London. Let me put it simply: the man has never shown the first...
Friday, 11 March 2016 17:08

Trump, Patton, and Baptists

Written by

So I jumped in the car last night to run an errand and right then the CNN/Salem folks were interviewing Pastor Jeffress, the famous mega-church Southern Baptist pastor who seems to have a real knack for getting on television.  Most of the time, of course, we can be thankful for what Pastor Jeffress has to say, but sometimes we are left...

Just a quick note (and a test at the same time) regarding my reading of the Protevangelium of James on the DL today.  I was up against a time deadline so I wasn’t able to comment as much as I would have liked, but I wanted to make sure folks understood the centrality of the story regarding the birth of Jesus to later mythological and...