Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Resuming Formal Studies 

I found out yesterday that I will be resuming formal studies by earning a Certificate of Anglican Studies from a reputable U. S. seminary’s distance program.

I had been seeking, for a year or more, how best to resume formal studies.  The process has taxed my patience although I can say I practiced patience well, at least for me.  But I cannot say I have made excellent use of this in-between time, the time between publishing and promoting my novel Pilot Point and resuming formal studies.  Like many men, without a clear purpose and goal, I flounder a bit.  It hasn’t helped that figuring out the best way to resume studies has taken longer than I originally expected.

Yes, I certainly have had enough to do and enough business to take care of.  But without a compelling and clear goal, that hardly motivates.  So I’ve floundered.  I’m not making excuses.  But I’m a sinful man, and that’s how sinful men are.

So I am glad the in-between time is over.  For the next year or so, God willing, my focus will be on earning a Certificate of Anglican Studies.

That priority may make my posting here less frequent.  Or, who knows, what I study may inspire more posts.  But I suspect it will be the former.

I hope that earning my certificate will make my future writing here and elsewhere that much more erudite and effective.  One can study, hope, and pray for that anyway.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Corbyn, Communism, and Double Standards 

Imagine if Donald Trump, David Cameron, or Nigel Farage were to speak at a Fascist event in which portraits of Adolf Hitler were lovingly marched through the streets.  Imagine the outrage.

Let’s flip it – and we don’t have to imagine.  British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a May Day event in which portraits of Stalin were lovingly marched through the streets.

No, there was not much outrage.

This is part of the double standard in the West.  If anyone has any verifiable background of pro-Hitler sympathies, he is rightly drummed out of public life (if he isn’t Muslim, that is).  But any number of people with radical Left sympathies get a free pass.  And that when the radical Left is a far bigger threat to Western freedom than the fascist Right and has been for decades.

But if someone seeks to expose radical Left backgrounds, he is denounced as a McCarthyite or a bigot or the like.  This while those who hunt very old and inactive Nazis are lionized.  And, yes, Nazi hunters deserve praise for helping bring genocidal criminals to justice.  But where is the zeal in going after the criminals of the Mao, Pol Pot, or any number of murderous Communist regimes?

As horrific as the Hitler regime was, Communists, Socialists if you will, have killed many more people and done more harm than the Nazis ever did.

It is past time we acted like it and treated those aligned with the radical Left with the same contempt and ostracism we do those aligned with Nazis and neo-Nazis.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Boehner Reveals Establishment Attitudes Toward Trump, Cruz 

Former Speaker Boehner must have had a few before appearing at Stanford last night.  For he let it all hang out, especially in his attitudes toward Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Much of the discussion – and laughs – focused on Boehner’s views on the current presidential candidates. Segueing into the topic, Kennedy asked Boehner to be frank given that the event was not being broadcasted, and the former Speaker responded in kind. When specifically asked his opinions on Ted Cruz, Boehner made a face, drawing laughter from the crowd.

“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were “texting buddies.”

Further, he said he could vote for Trump in November, but could not vote for Cruz.  And he was the Republican leader in the House?  Can you say “RINO”?

This confirms to me that Boehner is a back-stabbing traitorous establishment tool who had to go.  But that is done, thank God.

So more important is what this says about Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.  As Carly Fiorina well said yesterday, Ted Cruz has the right kind of enemies.  Clearly Boehner is one of them.

So why is Trump the anti-establishment candidate?  He’s one of Boehner’s “texting buddies.”  He is a big contributor to the Clintons and to any number of other Democrats.

But he and not Boehner’s enemy Ted Cruz is the anti-establishment candidate?

A lot of people aren’t thinking.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

St. Paul Paraphrased: Want Respect? Act Respectable. 

The other day I gave a very simple talk to group of young adults from I Timothy 4:12-16.  St. Timothy, though a very godly man, was not sort to engender a lot of respect at the time.  From reading between the lines of St. Paul’s letters to him, we can see Timothy could be timid at times.  And he was relatively young, yet of delicate health.

And respect was enough of an issue with Timothy that Paul thought it needful to exhort him not to let people disrespect him.

But note the specifics of Paul’s exhortation.  Does he tell Timothy to demand respect?  Does he advise throwing a fit if disrespected in some fashion?  No instead he advises:

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.  Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.  Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.  Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.

Paul tells Timothy so to excel in his leadership and conduct that people will want to respect him.  In other words, to get respect, act respectable.

Now this principle is rather obvious, at least to those of an older generation, but you wouldn’t know it by the way some youth (and those who won’t grow up) act today.  Especially on college campuses, Social Justice Warriors especially act in a fashion that begs to be disrespected.  Yet at even the smallest slight or “microaggression,” they pitch a fit.

For example, the Black Lives Matter mob blocks traffic, disrupts speakers, and even those just trying to study, yet demands not just respect but that you dare not say "All Lives Matter." Because that would be racist.  Got it.

Another example…

Indeed, the proper response to “Stop talking to us like children” is “Stop acting like a child.”  Want respect?  Act respectable.

Now I am a bit torn as how much respect should be given to those who not only act in a manner that almost demands disrespect but also attack our freedoms.  Hardly anyone says we should respect Nazis or the KKK.  So why should we respect Communists, Black Racists, Islamonazis, Pink Shirts, and other assorted predatory Leftists?  (No, I do not consider all Leftists predatory. . . .  Just a darn lot of them.)

The answer is all are created in the image of God and therefore should be given some degree of respect.  

But if an armed burglar comes into my house, may I suggest there are more important issues than respecting him?  Similarly, exposing and stopping those who are attacking our country, our heritage, and our freedoms - and largely succeeding - seems a bit more important than respecting them.

Again, I am wrestling with this.  Nonetheless, those who are oh-so concerned that society respect them would be well advised to follow St. Paul’s advice -  Want respect? Act respectable.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Party of Felons – Democrat VA Gov Gives Vote to 200,000 Felons. Hillary Openly Applauds. 

I long ago and repeatedly warned that Hillary Clinton would try to steal the 2016 election.  In case anyone is so naïve as to think my warnings overwrought, I direct attention to Virginia.

There the notoriously corrupt Democrat (But I repeat myself.) Governor, with the stroke of a pen, restored the voting “rights” of 200,000 felons.  Yes, that includes many violent felons.

This is not the first time Gov. McAuliffe acted to help Hillary steal the election.

McAuliffe is continuing a pattern. Last year he vetoed a bill that would have helped clean up voter-registration lists. The bill required county court clerks to send to local election officials information about individuals who were excused from jury duty because they were not U.S. citizens or were no longer residents of Virginia. McAuliffe seems intent on making sure that ineligible and illegal voters can continue to vote.

Back to releasing the felon vote for Hillary, it is highly questionable whether he had the authority to do so.  But Democrats are not ones to let the trivial Rule of Law to get in their way.  They are The Party of Felons, after all.

So Hillary, of course, openly applauded McAuliffe’s action.

Trump denounced it.  But guess who donated $25,000 to McAuliffe back in 2009?  And McAuliffe was well known to be a DemocRAT sleazebag well before 2009.

Now Virginia has some very close elections in recent years.  With a corrupt governor obviously determined to steal the election for her by any means possible and with 200,000 felons released to vote, Virginia could foist an illegitimate Hillary Presidency on us.

God help us.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Baptist Update (Or look who’s not in the SBC.) 

Last week, many of you may have come across the story of a Baptist preacher, one Allyson/Daniel Robinson, who, speaking to the Alliance of Baptists, claimed an “angel of reason” helped him to see he was really a woman and that “the Bible is wrong,” etc.

Yeah, I bet Eve also found that “angel of reason” pretty convincing when it was hanging out of the tree.

Oh, and also he considers “Job, Gautama Buddha, Joan of Arc, Rumi and Johnny Cash to be [his] spiritual predecessors far more than Augustine, Aquinas or Barth.”

But before you throw your hands up (or just throw up) and say even the Baptists are going to Hell in a handbasket, let me give you a little history.

Back in the late 70’s and 80’s, conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention had had enough of liberals and moderates controlling key areas of the denomination.  The conservatives therefore systematically and successfully worked to regain control of the denomination through the 80’s and into the 90’s.

I remember the “moderates” and liberals in the SBC insisting that they were not liberal, and that it was those Fundamentalists who were the extremists.

Time has exposed that deception.  (And perhaps it was largely self-deception, but it was deception nonetheless.)  One of the first dissident groups to form, in 1987 when it had became clear the conservatives were in control of the SBC, was the Alliance of Baptists.  Yes, the same group hosting Allyson/Daniel Robinson.

To give another sample of the Alliance of Baptists, look at affiliate Pullen Memorial Baptist Church of Raleigh, now pastored by a lesbian.  Back in my North Carolina days, I remember their pastor back then, W. W. Finlater could be relied upon to run in front of the cameras to oppose just about every good thing Ronald Reagan was doing, including standing up to the Soviets.  A good friend and I dubbed Pullen a “Communist Baptist church.”  If memory serves me right, they also ordained a rabidly pro-abortion woman.

I could go on and on about that “church” but read for yourself.  Trust me, it gets worse.  And Pullen was a member church of the Southern Baptist Convention of long standing.  That was one reason I ruled out the SBC when I was searching for a church back in 1988.  A denomination with that little church discipline was not for me.  Happily, the SBC finally ejected Pullen in 1992. 

Back to the big picture, episodes such as Robinson’s speech remind one that the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention was needful and praiseworthy . . . and that those opponents claiming to be just a bunch of reasonable moderates were hardly that.   And losing many of them was good for the Southern Baptists.  Just look at what the leavers have become – just another bunch of libchurchers.

At times, history works out well.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Fed Judge Rules for Protecting Free Speech from Kamala Harris 

Yes, I’ve been quiet this week.  I’ve been fighting off a virus or two, but am doing much better now.

I have some catching up to do, but want to present to you a ruling that protects, for now, the anonymity of donors to Americans for Prosperity.  California Attorney General Kamala Harris – yes, that feminazi again – sought to find out the names.

The ruling is worth reading in part because it itemizes several of the attacks and threats from Leftists against conservatives.  They move the judge to conclude, “this Court is not prepared to wait until an AFP opponent carries out one of the numerous death threats made against its members.”

This episode is quite an eye-opener on the predations of Leftist Brown Shirts . . . and on Leftist politicians like Kamala Harris who enable them.

She, of course, is appealing the ruling to the very liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Her political opposition must be harassed and crushed.

By the way, if you had conservative activists engaged in the numerous instances of attacks and harassment listed in the ruling, do you think the noos media would be so quiet about it?

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