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  1. Em says:

    Watching the California fires, knowing how close we came to losing our home to the wildfire that swept trough our river valley, summer 2018… Praying for God’s mercies down there
    It seems surreal, but it isn’t…

  2. So, an Anglican, a Lutheran and a Baptist walk into a bar…

  3. Em says:

    And…………. ?

    One ordered Scotch, one ordered beer and one ordered a coke? ?

  4. Pineapple Head says:

    That’s a great response!

    I just posted that because after the past few days of comments, it got real quiet around here. My attempt at a little levity…

  5. Jtk says:

    I didn’t chime in on Paula White, and after a debate-filled couple of weeks in my life re: a YouTube evangelist with dreadlocks, I’m wondering:

    *Do you limit what you read, listen to or advice given IN ANY WAY to people you personally know?*

    I don’t ask my mechanic his political or theological opinions. I read pretty widely, consume a lot of media. But the most important things in my life, I close the circle a good bit (whose advice I take about important theology, advice about my kids).
    I.e. I respect family advice the most from people I know have lived worthy family lives I respect. I’ll listen to lots, but I measure it by criterion like that.

    How DO YOU balance important life advice with proximity to you in personal relationship?

    Any answers are appreciated.

  6. Michael says:


    I’m not sure exactly what the question is, but I’ll answer it (for me) anyway.
    Theologically, I read really broadly.
    Really broadly.
    I just started the new bio of Kathryn Kuhlman alongside more conservative fare.
    I’m blessed to have two close friends with advanced degrees that I can bounce anything off of to help think my way through anything without the condemnation and pearl clutching that happens here..

    In personal matters, I put the weight on experts…doctors, mechanics, etc…and make the best choices I’m able…

  7. Michael says:

    I will say that the one group I won’t read is the clan Paula White is from…outside of the esteemed BD they have proven themselves interested only in novelty and cash and totally untrustworthy in theological matters.
    I actually enjoy listening to BD teach…

  8. Owen says:


    One would think that, after the Anglican hit his head, the other two would have ducked……. ?

  9. Xenia says:

    I have gotten fascinated by the current uproar in the Roman Catholic world over their Amazon Synod. To summarize, they have missionaries in the Amazon who brag that they are there to learn spiritual truths from the pagans and that they haven’t baptized, nor intend to baptize, anyone in decades. There’s some kind of eco-synod going on at the Vatican and the center of attention is a horrid little wooden carving of a naked pregnant woman. Is this supposed to represent the Virgin Mary, God forbid? confused Catholics have asked. No, it’s a fertility deity, is one of the official responses. So they all bow down to it, mostly aging hippies, from what I can tell. There’s a lesbian Anglican priestess always on the premises, too. Huge, I mean HUGE outrage on Catholic Twitter, which I found very heartening. So someone creeps into the church a few days ago where the idol is kept (there’s more than one) and throws them into the Tiber, all on camera. Great exhilaration among the trad Catholics; huge outrage among the Catholic liberals, including Francis. The Pope claims the idols have been fished out of the Tiber and one is now back on display in a Vatican church. Pope is gloating, traditional Catholics are in despair. All kinds of plans being laid to storm St. Peter’s tomorrow, or at least hold a protest outside. I really do think Francis in an anti-christ but I am glad the Catholics around the world are waking up and protesting this stuff, which has been accelerating for years. Many RC’s say they are joining the Orthodox or the Lutherans.

    I care about this because the Roman Catholic Church is the largest group of Christians in the world. While they are different from the Orthodox in many ways, I do have more in common with them than I do with the Protestants. A big percentage of Catholics are nominal, but I think this obvious apostasy on the part of Francis and his sycophants is causing many to wake up.

    My main objection to Roman Catholicism is that it is not Catholic enough.

  10. JoelG says:

    Owen… well done!

  11. Michael says:


    Thank you for that synopsis…I haven’t had time to see what the fuss was about.
    The last line is great… 🙂

  12. Em says:

    Has anyone here given any thought to how much of the world, geographically speaking, is friendly to traditional and sound Christian doctrines? Evil seems to be making inroads everywhere – there is no room for compromise or tolerance of those teachings and practices we see now… we sheep need leadership that fears God and sees Him as imminent – leadership that knows we die and then comes judgement – understands the difference between grace and license…. ?

  13. The Amazon Synod looks like it’s stirring a lot of controversy. The RCC, however, has long enabled syncretic practices in The Americas.

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