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  1. Dallas says:

    Somewhat of a follow up to last week’s post.

    Every Knee, Every Tongue

  2. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Something I rarely get to say – last said in 1992; 2002 and 2013 I AM ON VACATION FOR A WEEK!! πŸ™‚

  3. Richard says:

    MLD – enjoy your vacation –

  4. Mr Jesperson says:

    Something has been bothering me now for the past couple of weeks. It came to a head a few days ago. That got me thinking about quite a few things our Moderator: Michael has said over the past weeks and months. He has talked about needing to give up this blog for serious health reasons. He also talked about not being able to do so. He has written about trips to the doctor and a host of other related items to his current weak condition. At one point he even talked about how the stress here has been killing him literally. I have been considering what he has said. All of it that I can remember. Then I remember Jesus saying, β€œthat there is a way that appears right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Taking his own words seriously, I have asked myself the question: β€œIs it right for me to participate in something (this blog) where the moderator has said this is killing them?” My honest answer to that is no, taking him at his word, I should not participate in something that is killing any brother. Therefore my conscience bids me to say goodbye to everyone at this blog. Also, likewise my relationship with him has gotten much worse very recently and I have started to be concerned that one day, not too far in the future, that someone here will post up something that creates the kind of emotional response that would actually kill him. Again, my conscience would not let me rest if I were to cause a brothers death in this way. I hope you do not misunderstand.
    I would also like to say that I hold no malice against anyone here, and I wish to thank those of you who have said anything kind or encouraging to me. I wish Michael well too and for the rest of you reading this, as well. I wish that I were of more use than I have been. I mean well and if there is anyone here who is offended at me for any of my comments, please forgive me. Offending has never been my goal, and if it has been the fruit then that would grieve me, actually. This will be my last post under these current circumstances for the reasons I just mentioned. God Bless,

  5. Xenia says:

    Mr. J, I think it would be harder on Michael if the blog didn’t exist.

  6. Michael says:

    Mr. Jesperson,

    That is a crock.

    All that has been asked of you is that you explain and clarify your statements.
    When asked to do so, you play the martyr.

    Please do not insult me by using my medical condition as a reason to avoid answering reasonable questions.

    I share what is going on in my life because this has been a community of folks that have been with me for over a decade…and my hope is always been that being open about my own life would help people be open about their own struggles and pains.

    I have taken steps to control a lot of the stress and to provide me with times of rest.

    I’m doing ok.

    As Xenia said, it would probably be worse if I didn’t do this.

    In any circumstance, my health won’t cover your duplicity.

    You are right about one thing…you aren’t posting here anymore.

  7. Michael says:

    I posted this on Facebook this morning and will post it here as well;

    I received an email this morning from Saeed Abedini asking me to advocate for the release of another person allegedly imprisoned in an Iranian prison.
    Due to the fact that I believe that we were deceived about the nature of his imprisonment and questions about the relationship he has with this person, I cannot in good conscience ask my readers to believe this current narrative and engage in advocacy for his “friend”.
    I sent these concerns back to Abedini. I have not received a response.
    Update: This is his response; “Your judgment is wrong sir”.

  8. Owen says:

    “Every Christian rejected with contempt the superstitions of his family, his city, and his province.” The Romans saw Christians β€œto be antisocial in the deepest meaning of the word,” Joyce Salisbury notes in The Blood of Martyrs. β€œThey were creating their own society within the Roman one, and their loyalties were to each other rather than to the family structures that formed the backbone of conservative Roman society. Their faith led them to renounce parents, children, and spouses, and Romans believed this actively undermined the fabric of society.” ……

    “Christians, by contrast, were convinced that social reputation was an illusion;…..”

    This is the remnant’s higher calling, isn’t it….. ?

  9. Michael says:


    I believe so… I also believe that the doctrines regarding the remnant and exile have not been well taught by most.

    This confused me until I had a long conversation with an old friend…his position was that Christians in this country were once the majority voice and because of our history were entitled to keep it.

    The other factor is that modern evangelicals have no real tribal history here of persecution…while the older confessional churches do.

  10. Owen says:

    Your last sentence makes a very good point, Michael.

    This is a great article, very moving to read.

    I am reminded of a WhiteHeart lyric..

    “They tried to crush this mutiny, on a crimson tide of history.
    But when people have seen the truth that sets them free
    The Flame passes on.”
    (from the album “Highlands”.)

  11. Em ... again says:

    9-the subject of this post has continued to be a ponder for me for years… i suspect at the start, the Church was totally new and strange to all; they gathered themselves just for survival… but even beyond the question of social reputation, today the lines are a bit blurred… do you renounce your parents who find your faith in Christ disgusting and dangerous? your workplace forbids you to place your Bible where it can be seen by your co-workers; do you force the issue, set yourself up to be fired, by setting that Bible on your desk in plain view – implying “make me hide it?” does a city stop their historic church’s tradition of playing hymns (quietly) over the city during the noon hour because a person(s) says they find it offensive?
    how do we apply 2 Cor. 6:14-18 correctly in today’s world?

  12. Owen says:

    Em, I think it comes down to our motives. I see nothing wrong personally with keeping the Bible out of sight when it’s forbidden in the workplace – they aren’t telling you to renounce your faith , or even to stop reading the Word. They just don’t want to see it. (I read mine during my lunch break, but it’s on my tablet, so the issue doesn’t come up.)

    If my workplace was to forbid reading it at all, or forbid me to be involved in a Christian church, I would continue to do so until I was removed. Not to “poke the bear” so to speak, but because I won’t deny my faith.

    I’m not sure the passage you referenced is actually addressing this, though….

  13. Scott says:

    Mr. J, just say nice things about cats, Calvin, Kahlua and Jerry Lee Lewis. In doing so, you will not contribute to his early departure πŸ˜‰

  14. Michael says:

    This is really so very simple.
    There are approximately three quarters of a billion websites online.
    I own one of them.
    If you don’t like it, find one you do.

    It baffles me why people spend emotional capital on things that irritate them when they have no compelling reason to do so.

  15. JTK says:

    Michael is like a motocross guy (or a skateboarder?)–he just can’t quit the thing that gives him life but also brings peril…

    Michael, do you ever ask yourself WWCBD if he were in your situation? I bet you do…

    PS. Where on here is the article(s) about the pastor who officiated the wedding of the registered sex offender to a younger lady? Thanks in advance, anyone who can find it. I can’t find it.

  16. Michael says:

    We live in a secular society.
    My Bible does not belong on my desk at work.

    If we want religious freedom for ourselves there must be religious freedom for all…

  17. Michael says:


    I ask myself WWCBD do every day.
    Every day.

    I don’t know if I ran that article…I think you’re talking about Doug Wilson…I know Wartburg Watch and Spiritual Sounding Board covered it…

  18. JTK says:

    Ohhhhh. Probably from a linkathon.

    I don’t go to those e-parts of town unless you send me there…


  19. Em ... again says:

    #13- no, Owen, i think you are correct that the passage referenced would not apply to the issue of leaving your Bible out where your co-workers might see it… but today’s world, where the Church as greatly influenced the culture, blurs the line where we do stand immovable…
    for instance, i can see no need to distance oneself from one’s parents just because they are contemptuous of your Faith; but if they become proactive, telling your children that they are being brainwashed or other aggressions that undermine your life or your home, you might have to separate
    just ‘what-ifs’ rolling around in my head this stupifyingly hot Saturday afternoon

  20. Michael says:


    105 here yesterday…

  21. Em ... again says:

    when it’s 105, there’s no such thing as “cooler in the shade” hope the folks down there are able to get where there’s some air conditioning available

    the link @ #8 – reminds me how vulnerable the unredeemed are to doing the devils’ dirty work… sadly, there was a day not so long ago when the elderly French priest’s martyrdom this week would have outraged the whole Western world … i caught the report on the web … never saw it on the TV news … must have been mentioned ….? and i can’t even think sanely about the tortures and deaths being inflicted on innocents, children and the vulnerable all over the world today … “why are you killing me?” “because i can” …?

  22. JD says:

    How many of us, in our struggle against sin, have resisted unto the shedding of blood?

  23. Em ... again says:

    #24- has me thinking, … how, exactly do we do that? … have to go look up the reference and ponder a bit

  24. Em ... again says:

    Hebrews 12:3-4 … clearer now πŸ™‚ … seems to indicate stand, not attack, funny how i can “know” a verse and then realize i don’t

  25. surfer51 says:

    Been super hot down here too.

    My Hill Billy air conditioner:

    Saw this:

    Bought a cheap Styrofoam ice chest.

    Cut a hole in the top and taped a small fan to blow air into the chest.

    Cut another hole on top and taped an “L” shaped white PVC plastic fitting over it for exhaust.

    Filled the chest with ice purchased cheap at the local liquor store.

    Amazingly the darn things works, seriously it does.

    My wife and I now have a placebo to make us think we are much cooler than we actually are. πŸ™‚

  26. Eric says:

    Two weeks ago I discovered for the first time a Calvary Chapel in my city. I only know about CC from this blog and earlier reading about the Jesus Movement.

  27. Owen says:


    Being that hot, does Chester have a way to escape the heat? I’m assuming the rest of your feline population still won’t let him in the house…… ?

  28. Michael says:

    I snuck him in for a bit while Miss Kitty was asleep…but he can’t keep his mouth shut, so that didn’t work out.
    He has a shady space he hides out in the garden…

  29. Owen says:

    Miss Kitty is beginning to remind me quite a lot of Miss Piggy…. πŸ˜‰

  30. Nonnie says:

    Since it is open blogging, I thought I’d mention a film we just watched, called “Holy Hell.” It is a 20 year journey with a cult called, Buddhafield, and the painful stories of men and women who finally got out of it. Really interesting and well done.

  31. surfer51 says:

    Cults use guilt.

    Their control is super emotionally abusive.

    Recovery from a cult is a long hard road for many.

    There are subtle overtones in many Christian churches that are cult like.

    Michael has reported on a few churches over the years to the dismay of the participants in some of these cult like places.

    Learn the signs of someone in a cult.

    It could be someone you know or even a family member.

    Intervention is needed if you identify someone in a cult close to you.

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