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  1. Alan says:

    Babylon the great has indeed fallen. But the forensics shock us.

  2. Michael says:

    Alan,

    I think we need to be precise…Babylon is falling and in her fall will be much destruction.

    We need to be preparing our people to endure, not celebrate…

  3. filistine says:

    “…but you gotta see the movie!”

    Priceless–finger on the pulse for sure. I don’t know how many times those words were said to me in the past months by folks blinded to Ballard’s failures and enamored with the film. It is just like the dismissive ‘but he’s such a gifted teacher…’ Cat’s discernment is clearly superior.

  4. Michael says:

    filistine,

    In the current environment, Prince Liam of Floof is a prophet…

  5. Alan says:

    I celebrate nothing. I lament the exposure of a whorish bride. The true one will endure.

  6. Michael says:

    Alan,
    I wasn’t speaking of you personally…but as you know,some are anticipating temporal victories instead of anticipating the total collapse of the system…

  7. Alan says:

    Michael

    It’s disturbing how imminent it all appears.

  8. Kevin H says:

    I believe I heard Prince Liam of Floof prophesying a coming increase of cat treats.

  9. Michael says:

    Alan,

    We (as in the people of God) need to be having this conversation…I believe the church in this country is totally unprepared for what is happening and what will be happening…

  10. Michael says:

    Kevin H,

    His floofness got his head stuck in the treat jar this morning right after that prophecy… 🙂

  11. Captain Kevin says:

    When I Survey is my favorite hymn.

  12. Officerhoppy says:

    Has Ballard been accused or convicted of allegation’s against him?

  13. Michael says:

    Officerhoppy,

    There are no criminal charges as of yet…but being a lying slime bag isn’t against the law, either.

  14. Dave Lindsay says:

    Michael:

    You ended with “Moe later…”.
    Have you been watching the 3 stooges again?!

    Dave

  15. Scott Matson says:

    “Shouting Your Pronouns In A Crowded Theatre” was a brilliant article. I enjoyed the author’s forays into Natural Law, Speech-Act Theory, and common sense 🙂

    It was both irenic and yet firmly uncompromising; in other words, how the Church should be responding to all the cultural issues.

    Michael, I agree with your comment re: the Church in this nation doesn’t really see what’s coming and is woefully unprepared for it. May God have mercy and use us to help remedy that problem.

  16. Alan says:

    So what is it that “is coming,” what exactly are we to fear? What are we to prepare for? What does it look like to be prepping disciples?

  17. Terry says:

    The Bible Project videos have become so helpful for getting an overview of specific books, as well as the ‘big” concepts hiding in plain site in scripture. So well crafted visually as well.

  18. Michael says:

    Alan,

    I had to spend the night in the cat ER with Liam, so I am barely coherant.

    In short, the Scriptures tell us of an economic, religious, and cultural collapse created and maintained by deception in every area of life.

    It appears we are there…whether you go to the post office, the hospital, or the restaurant, the underlying system is barely functional.

    We are about to see a a consumer credit crisis of major proportions as the interest on the credit card debt the lower and lower middle classes have been using to buy food and housing is at about 30%…people will no longer be able to make the payments

    Business is fleeing the city because of crime…the people are not so mobile.

    This is to say nothing of global debt.

    We have no political leadership addressing any real issue…and the issues are about to cross a line where they are no longer fixable short immense pain at the hands of a strongman.

    The culture has torn away the basic identities of humans and offered grotesque surgical alternatives.

    The traditional family is scorned and is economically unviable in the oligarchy.

    The church …God help us.

    Trump was the devil in the churches wilderness… offering the kingdom for worship….he is simply the odious forerunner of what is to come.

    The first three horseman are war, civil conflict (war), plague, then the fourth is the result of the first three.

    There will be no Rapture…only faithful endurance with a cost and apostasy.

  19. filistine says:

    My puppy got her head stuck in a Kirkland Peanut Butter Pretzels plastic jar the other morning and my first response was “how hilarious!” until I realized she was suffocating and in a panic. It was difficult to get it off and her claws tore me up pretty well in the process. All is well–she learned a valuable lesson and I am her current favorite human. Funny that Prince Liam got his head stuck in the treat jar…Not funny that so many believers have their heads stuck somewhere dark also.

  20. Alan says:

    Michael,

    Perhaps we are at the crossroads of THE final cycle of beasts and whores …I think it is yet far away. But a fresh iteration of totalitarian and revolutionary convulsion is surely at the door. We cannot save ourselves. We can only live and die well.

    The one world government we were warned about definitely seems to have its infrastructure in place. Fascism is the union of economic and governmental institutions which seems to be clearly in view.

    So we overcome by the blood of the lamb the testimony of Jesus and loving not our lives.

  21. Dan from Georgia says:

    Pets are fun. A number of years ago, I told my wife “isn’t it funny how we stew and worry about finances and stuff, and today our dog’s biggest issue has how to get herself out from between the bed and wall after chasing a treat?”

    I too am thinking that our autonomy as a nation is nearing an end. Hard to think about but sobering too.

  22. filistine says:

    Dan–it’s hard to wrap one’s head around the reality that, like so many other nations in the past, the USA could bite the big one hard and become a byword and expensive lesson. I have thought for so long that we were too educated, wise, and powerful to have that be our end.

    No longer.

  23. Dan from Georgia says:

    it is hard to imagine that scenario. All our lives that is all we have known…America has been around longer than most nations in world history (history buffs correct me if I misspoke there). American “Exceptionalism” seems to have run its course. Some day’s I wish my dog’s dilemmas of accessing treats under the ‘fridge were the worst of my concerns.

  24. Pineapple Head says:

    I teach a sort of thru the Bible class every Wednesday evening. One book per class. Been at since last September. (Surveyed Mark last night.) I always play the Bible Project overview videos as part of the lesson. I also have the book with all book overviews.

  25. The New Victor says:

    I still think that ‘Murica is Babylon The Great.

  26. Muff Potter says:

    I think that she (America) is still the greatest act to hit the world stage.

  27. Linn says:

    Pronouns-I can work around them, but if I ever get into a situation in my place of employment where I have to post them anywhere, I will be done.

    The article was extremely well-written. We have reached a point of idiocy in our culture, snd at some point we will either recognize the ridiculousness of it or it will implode in on itself.

    Students I have known who are self-declared trans have other issues-they’re often autistic, have eating disorders, etc. I think “trans” has become another way to deal with other difficult life issues.

  28. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I see something more sinister behind the pronoun issue.

    “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
    (Genesis 1:27 NLT-SE)

    God created, then named.

    When God names someone or something in Scripture, He is also declaring ownership of that person or thing.

    With humans, it’s part of being made in the image of God.

    The attempt to rename what God has named is an attempt by the evil one to claim humanity for himself.

    It is part of the great deception of the times.

    It is neither humorous, nor harmless.

    I think I will refuse to comply with the ruse.

    I may also be out to lunch…

  29. Linn says:

    Michael,
    I’ve found lots of work-arounds that avoid the issue. We have been using “they” for years to talk about folks when we are unsure (“they” stole something when we don’t know who “they” is/are), plus using the person’s name instead of they. So far, it’s working for me.

    Not using someone’s preferred pronouns is considered a civil rights violation in my state. So, I need to figure out which hill I will absolutely die on. Thankfully, it’s not a big issue yet at the level I teach.

    I’m sure this will become a court issue sometime in the near future.

    And, I totally agree with what God did at creation…I also sometimes thinks he calls us to wisdom, so I’m working on the wisdom (with love) part. So many of these people are so confused, and I wonder what a good dose of Christian love would do for them (see Rosaria Butterfield’s autobiography, if you haven’t read it yet).

  30. Michael says:

    Linn,

    Well said, as usual.

    Trey and I have both recently got “in trouble” for “misgendering” people who weren’t wearing anything declaring their preferred pronouns.

    I’m old and can laugh it off, but Trey is going to have to contend with this insanity for years to come….

  31. Linn says:

    We are also old, but we will try to endure.
    (Trying on different personalities today!)

  32. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, we’re all out to lunch at some point, but on this issue, I think you’re right on.

  33. Officerhoppy says:

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