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  1. Jean says:

    Great list! Thanks.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Jean…and EricL again.
    He saves me mucho work…

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks Michael and EricL for compiling the links each week. I look forward to it each Tuesday! I don’t have the patience or time to read each link, but I am sure many of us appreciate your work. I also like that you include links to pages that are a bit older.

  4. Josh the Baptist says:

    Cool! An article referencing Gardner-Webb University! The Baptists / Pilgrim article is talking about a book by a GWU Divinity School professor. I did undergrad at GWU, met my wife there, and now live about two miles down the road.

    The divinity school is way too liberal for me. But that’s a good article that brings up up solid points.

  5. Nonnie says:

    Druggers gets back on TV. We know the family is a mess but the network continues to milk the cash cow . Ugh.

  6. dswoager says:

    On the unqualified pastor link…

    If I were to do word association on John MacArthur, the first word that comes to mind probably wouldn’t be “unqualified”, but the word that did would probably be one that disqualified.

    That being said, I’m not sure that I can quite get behind the thought that he, and the men being criticized in the article should just go silently sit in the back row of some church somewhere. I don’t think they necessarily need to be in leadership, but they (excepting possibly Furtick) are probably men who would have a lot to offer the body outside of the role of pastor.

  7. Nonnie says:

    We had an AIG spokesman do the message at our church last Sunday. He plugged his books and DVDs and gave a lecture against evolution. I never heard the gospel. Sigh

  8. Em says:

    are conservative Christians religious extremists? … i hope so … pretty good article and the Boeing link off of it was interesting 🙂

  9. Josh the Baptist says:

    The John Macarthur quote on Furtick was from 2012. (and yeah, Furtick is using it to market a new book.)

    I wonder why Mac would tell that whole crowd that Furtick was unqualified to be a pastor? The two had never met. Furtick has an Mdiv from Southern Seminary. I just wonder his reasoning for saying that?

  10. dswoager says:

    Josh, I hadn’t come across it before, perhaps MacArthur was using a bit of thin slicing. I will admit that I don’t have much exposure to Furtick, but what little I do has presented him as a grandstanding jack ass.

    I am also if the opinion that you could take seminary classes from now until judgement day and still be unqualified. U would guess that it had a lot more to do with perceived character than education. On the other hand, maybe MacArthur just wants Furtick to “get off his lawn”.

  11. Em says:

    it was written 9 years ago and while i am definitely not against denominational loyalty, i must say amen to “How God ruined church for me…”

  12. Bob Sweat says:

    Because Johnny Mac is a modern day Pharisee. I guess I should add, IMO. ?

  13. Josh the Baptist says:

    Listen, Most of you know the history. Furtick and I were good buds. We disagreed over how church should be done and parted ways around 7 years ago.


    He is educated, ordained, a faithful husband, loving father…I just wonder what qualifications Mac was thinking of.

  14. dswoager says:

    Nonnie, your mention of AIG brought me to mind of 1 Corinthians 12:23, I then quickly free associated to plumbers for some reason… I guess maybe I’m just thinking that the body could use a pair of overalls where AIG is concerned.

  15. dswoager says:

    Em, that link is probably the best up there. Read it yesterday, and had a pretty hearty amen response as well.

  16. Bob Sweat says:

    Probably because Mac wears a suit and Furtick wears a t shirt.

  17. Josh the Baptist says:

    That’s what I was thinking, too. Now I could list a hundred reasons that I disagree with Steven, things I don’t think he should do…all that. But a glib “unqualified” towards someone you’ve never met is almost unbelievable.

  18. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I think it’s funny all the discussion about division of the evangelicals. I wonder in the Jewish community if they are distressed that their own community is split between Hillary and Bernie?

  19. Em says:

    #18- while i’m done thinking for the day, there’s some good thinking to think on on that link

  20. Babylon's Dread says:

    Investigating the idea that Shem was Melchizedek

    It has quite a history in rabbinical literature

    and among Bible scholars; Jerome, Aquinas, Luther

    The idea has some merit.

    What say ye?

  21. Em says:

    BD, do you mean Shem, himself or a descendent of? … also, is it important to try and identify him? or just one of those mysteries that just might be solvable for curiosity’s sake?
    hope you get feedback in any case as i am … curious (by both definitions, i guess 🙂 )

  22. Babylon's Dread says:

    Why is Trump’s support so resilient?

  23. Babylon's Dread says:


    Shem lived long enough to be a contemporary of Abraham.

    I am writing about its importance.

    I think it is significant.

    I am indeed asking if Shem was Melchizedek …making the latter name a title.

  24. Michael says:

    His support is resilient because he’s the first nativist who has crushed those who would challenge his views as being racist, unintelligent, or any number of other pejorative adjectives.

    He is singing the song of a people who believe they have had a foreign boot shoved down their throat and silenced.

    He harkens back to an age of cultural homogeneity that many desire to return…but in reality it neither can, nor will.

  25. filbertz says:

    Trump’s popularity comes from labeling people; terms he uses in public for public figures that anonymous minions wish they could say and be heard. His ideas are disparate, oxymoronic, and outrageous–but ballsy. He’s an insider posing as an outsider. He’s an entertainer first, a statesman last. He is a fabricator, story-teller, name-dropper, revisionist, BILLIONAIRE. Republicans love a success story, especially when the winner has to overcome long odds.

  26. filbertz says:

    Evangelicals are so starved for some attention and affirmation that when Trumph courted their vote, they largely piddled themselves with glee.

  27. Josh the Beloved says:


    Can you post some links about Mek being Shem?

  28. Scott says:

    Trump’s resiliency isn’t that hard to understand. Just look at what happened to Angela Merkel in Germany’s recent election.

    Trump has promised to deport illegal aliens and build a wall.

    I don’t believe that is even possible, however, some people will believe just about anything certain politicians tell them at during political election cycles.

    Just think, “Hope and change”. That pretty much sums up the gullibility of the general electorate.

  29. Em says:

    #24-BD your information is indeed very interesting… hope to hear/learn more

  30. Em says:

    Well 🙂

    “He harkens back to an age of cultural homogeneity that many desire to return…but in reality it neither can, nor will”

    being the closest thing to a right wing evangelical that posts here – i would say that the above observation is very insightful (as opposed to inciteful)

    Trump is willing to stick his neck out and say there’s a problem: i’m mad as hell and i’m not going to take it anymore – originally i thought he was a Democrat plant to make certain that Hillary had no serious competition, but anymore, i just think we have a problem – every which way…
    if you think ” He’s an insider posing as an outsider. He’s an entertainer first, a statesman last. He is a fabricator, story-teller, name-dropper, revisionist, BILLIONAIRE.” …?…
    take an honest look at the Clintons … he doesn’t have the back-up (the REAL money that someone mentioned way up the thread) that the Clintons have access to and probably doesn’t how to play the game as slick as Hillary, but he does know the game

    and, honestly Trump is about as virtuous as any of the rest of them who play the game… it is a game – a game with rules and he does know the rules

    P.S.does any intelligent person really believe a physical wall will solve the mass migration now in progress from the east and the south to the northern hemisphere of this globe? it would be naive not to suspect that there’s a whole lot of nefarious sneaking back and forth up here on our northern border and it’s not just grizzlies – no crowds of immigrants to hide in, but lots of caves and trees…

    when history moves like this… God is moving… this is a year to sit back and watch the show, if it continues….

  31. Pastor Al says:

    No, “christian conservatives” are not religious extremists….but they do get close sometimes in some areas like beating their kids for Jesus and some other backwards things with some of their male patriarchy bullspit.

    But, I’d take a state full of christian conservatives over a state full of muslim conservatives any day….they wouldn’t toss gays off buildings and wouldn’t make women wear burqas and wouldn’t stone women to death or throw acid in their faces or blow themselves up for Jesus etc.

  32. Pastor Al says:

    Trump is the by-product of Obama and the Democrat Majority overreaching and being jerks to the Minority and their constituents.

    Trump is what you get when one side over does it….the Political Pendulum always ends up swinging back the other way in an equal and opposite direction.

    If you want to blame anyone for Trump…blame the Divider-in-chief in the White House.

  33. Xenia says:

    Christians are not extreme enough.

  34. Shaun says:

    Okay, giving up the no comment rule for a minute to recognize this amazing comment:

    “Christians are not extreme enough.”

    I love Xenia – almost always the one I agree with the most here.

  35. Pastor Al says:

    “What say ye?”

    Waste of time. It doesn’t even remotely matter for anything other than Theological master-you-know-what

  36. Pastor Al says:


  37. Alan says:

    Thank you Michael. I always love your links.

    I don’t agree with Carl Trueman on all issues, but I absolutely love reading his articles. He’s pretty much always spot on.

  38. Alan says:

    @ Josh the Baptist,

    From your comment, I’m guessing this is the first time you’ve heard of Furtick. I’m not a huge fan of MacArthur, but truth be told, “unqualified” was probably too nice of a word. Do a bit of poking around on the web regarding Furtick.

  39. Alan says:

    Sorry for the three posts in a row. Oops….sorry Josh the Baptist, my bad, totally my bad.

    To answer your question about F, I’m a bit dumbfounded as to how to answer, much as I would be if you asked me to describe whether or not water is wet. There’s so much material on F that I wouldn’t even know where to start. Lest you accuse me of not answering, I’d say anything on The Wartburg Watch or on Professor James Duncan’s blog (pajamapages dot com) should suffice.

  40. Michael says:


    Thank you for the kind words…

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