The Content Cluster Muster (08.18.16)

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CrossPolitic Podcast

Some folks in our Moscow community have started a new podcast venture. Make sure to frequent their site as they begin to add content, should be quite fun. Here’s a promo:

The fellas hosting this podcast are Pastor Toby Sumpter, Filmmaker David Shannon, and water boy Gabriel Rench.  They are planning to have a little fun with our current cultural reductio while preaching the gospel.  It goes live in September so make sure you journey over to their website and sign up on their email list.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT CROSS-POLITIC


CanonWired

CanonWired has some new Ask Doug interviews available.

CLICK HERE


Who is the Harlot?

Joel McDurmon  has a fine piece discussing who the “Whore of Babylon” in Revelation is.

CLICK HERE TO READ IT


Scores of Weddings . . .

I have done scores of weddings, but have not yet summoned up the courage to do this at one of them.


Piper on Children in Worship

On the whole, some helpful insights from Piper as to why children should be included in our corporate worship services.

CLICK HERE TO READ IT


CS Lewis Lectures

For those of you in the area, beginning on Friday, August 19, I will deliver a free weekly series on the Fiction of C.S. Lewis. You are invited to attend the hour-long lectures (in four fifteen minute segments) each Friday during NSA’s academic term at 11:00 am at the Nuart on Main Street.


So that’s how they do it…

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40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
6 years ago

Doug, your linking to a Joel McDurmon article reminded me to ask you something. It appears that McDurmon is greasing the skids for eventually declaring that there’s nothing in the Bible that prohibits gay marriage. He recently wrote that in the Old Testament, homosexuality may have been a sin, but it wasn’t a crime, let alone a capital crime. Only having gay sex in public was a capital crime. So he attacked a fundamentalist preacher for saying that Leviticus made homosexuality a capital crime: That is absolutely not what the Bible says. Leviticus 20:13 does not criminalize homosexuality. It is… Read more »

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

Where are you finding the Beam in the Eye doctrine? I don’t remember reading it.

40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

Here. https://dougwils.com/s7-engaging-the-culture/little-geneva.html Doug linked to it the other day at the end of “Cracking Down on Crackers.” Here’s the money quote, where Doug announces this startling new doctrine: The kinists stumble at a fundamental point in biblical polemics. They apply their principles to others first. Jesus tells individuals to get the beam out of their own eye first. Then they will be able to see when they address others. Yourself first, others second. Paul says the same (Gal. 6:1). If someone is overcome in a trespass the one who is spiritual should correct him, considering himself lest he also be… Read more »

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

Shifting sands indeed. I found the article by McDurmeon, which is a remarkable departure from his previous views. You will recall that he believed Uganda didn’t go far enough in its anti-gay legislation. He recently got in touch with RightwingWatch and asked that his change of views be publicly noted. The odd thing is that I agree with his ultimate conclusion–that, under the new covenant, sins like adultery and sodomy should be regarded as sins and not crimes. Contrary to what usually been merely assumed, I do not believe civil government has authority to punish First Table offenses under the… Read more »

40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

He recently got in touch with Human Rights Watch and asked that his change of views be publicly noted.

He did?

Got a link?

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

Sorry, it was Right Wing Watch.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-jindal-and-huckbee-join-multiple-speakers-who-want-gays-put-death

You have to scroll a long way down to the last few paragraphs.

40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

Thanks! So he only revised his views in the past year or so? (The book was published in March 2016, and yes, it’s a very odd title). Hmm…. How convenient that he seems to have changed his mind right after Obergefell. (Or at least right around the time of the ruling, which most people could see coming.) I stand by my admittedly cynical conclusion that this is just Phase 1 of Operation Save My Tax Exemption, and that he’ll sooner or later announce that there’s no biblical basis for outlawing gay marriage. And, once American Vision does it, that will… Read more »

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

The timing is certainly suspicious, and I agree that he is hardly in a position to turn on Steven Anderson (lunatic though he may be). It would be a bit like Ryan Lochtie scolding someone for lying and stirring up trouble while representing the United States at the Olympics. Perhaps the book gives an explanation of his road-to-Tarsus moment. I don’t think he could make a Biblical case against gay marriage. As you know, Catholics don’t recognize second marriages while the first spouse is still alive. We do not have a hope of imposing that doctrine on the public at… Read more »

40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

So, sinfulness is not a sufficient argument, and I agree with you that he will make that discovery in a timely manner. It looks like he’s even further down the path than I thought. From his statement to Right Wing Watch: Contrary to my own previous views on sodomy and adultery, I do not believe the death penalty continues for these under the New Testament administration. This applies also to certain other forms of incest and sexual perversion punishable under the Old Covenant. I do not believe the civil government has any jurisdiction here and should be out of the… Read more »

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

Or it could just be Phase 1 of Plug My Book.

40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

No, I think it’s the tax exemption thing. Because he knows that American Vision would be at the top of the list of orgs the government would go after first. A lot of Christians say that the feds will come after the tax exemptions of churches, but I don’t foresee that. It would cause too big of a backlash. (Besides, churches have already pretty much just completely shut up about homosexuality and gay marriage.) And they’re not likely to go after a group that does a lot of admirable things like feeding the hungry. People would have a lot of… Read more »

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

I am bemusedly watching a lawsuit unfold in Canada against an anti-gay activist who, having previously been convicted for “hate speech,” infiltrated the Toronto Pride Parade by posing, along with others, as the Gay Zombies Cannabis Consumers Association. They offered condoms and gay sex tips to bystanders who, if they accepted, were given a pamphlet showing an AIDS-ridden corpse and saying allegedly slanderous stuff against the prime minister.

I think the hate speech thing is nuts, but I think people shouldn’t be allowed to register for parade participation under false identities. It all looks nuts.
http://torontoist.com/2016/08/why-toronto-lgbtq-activists-are-suing-a-gay-zombie-group-for-104-million/

Wesley Sims
Wesley Sims
6 years ago

Like I’ve said before, libertarianism is the escape hatch for a “conservative” caught in a pinch.

fp
fp
6 years ago

40 Acres said: So it sounds like Phase 2 of Operation Save My Tax Exemption will be McDurmon declaring that, since the government shouldn’t be sanctioning any marriages, heterosexual marriages in which the couple applied for and received a marriage license from the government are no more legitimate than gay marriages licensed by the government. Which, when you get right down to it, is just another way of saying that gay marriages are just as legitimate as straight marriages. Which plays right into the hands of homosexuals who agitated for ersatz marriage. As an aside, it used to be that… Read more »

Wesley Sims
Wesley Sims
6 years ago

Didn’t McDurmon absolutely unload on Piper regarding gun ownership for defensive purposes and Piper’s advising against it?

Standing firm on guns while becoming more mainstream on homosexuality? He sounds like he’s a faithful reader of Republican campaign newsletters!

40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
40 ACRES & A KARDASHIAN
6 years ago
Reply to  Wesley Sims

I think you’re right. I vaguely remember something about that. I’ve never really paid any attention to him until yesterday when I read about him going off on a preacher for saying gays should be executed. Which shocked me, because I knew he was with American Vision, and it’s into theonomy, and theonomy has always said the OT requires gays to be executed.

Roger K.
Roger K.
6 years ago
Reply to  Wesley Sims

Everyone is jumping on the Breitbart train nowadays. Once upon a time, a long time ago, the Alex Jones show was an interesting radio broadcast. Now, it’s pretty much just Breitbart, which is just a hair or so better than Fox News. Which, when you thinking about it -that’s not saying much in one’s favor. That Steven Anderson guy McDurmon went off on has a youtube clip he posted where he says that anyone who listened to Alex Jones ten years ago knows it’s a completely different show now. Strangely enough though, I’m sure McDurmon’s “principles” keep him from endorsing… Read more »

Wesley Sims
Wesley Sims
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

“The Bounds of Love”?

Is that “The Fifty Shades of Grey” fan fiction?

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  Wesley Sims

That was my first thought! But I toned it down to Harlequin in case anyone suspected I might be familiar with 50 Shades!

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

There is a time and place for condemnation of social degeneracy. If Christians are called to such a prophetic office, they should start by denouncing the sins of Christians (i.e., themselves) who demand and use socialist programs like public education, social security, medicare, and tax-funded public services, who support wars of intervention and the militarization of police, perpetuate racism, and refuse to apply biblical law to local government, law enforcement, and criminal justice. There’s plenty to be concerned with in our own house. If we’re worried about the collapse of civilization, we can start with our own pulpits and pews.… Read more »

katecho
katecho
6 years ago

I’m not familiar with McDurmon, and so I have no idea what trajectory he is on, but I am familiar with 40 ACRES’ tendency to misrepresent and demean other peoples’ arguments and motives. 40 ACRES wrote: It appears that McDurmon is greasing the skids for eventually declaring that there’s nothing in the Bible that prohibits gay marriage. He recently wrote that in the Old Testament, homosexuality may have been a sin, but it wasn’t a crime, let alone a capital crime. Only having gay sex in public was a capital crime. But then 40 ACRES quoted McDurmon saying: “Even under… Read more »