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  1. Anonymous says:

    Did you see Ben Courson’s return to Instagram? No apology, just back to business at normal. Interesting he says God is a safe place. Where is the safe place for the girls he took advantage of?

  2. Michael says:

    I saw.
    More next week…

  3. bob1 says:

    It’s sad to me that Franklin Graham has the discernment of a gnat.

    But what bothers me even more is that it might keep people from donating to Samaritan’s Purse.

    Of course, there are other nonprofits that are just as capable, like World Vision.

    https://www.salon.com/2022/02/21/outrage-for-franklin-grahams-pray-for-putin-plea_partner/

  4. Michael says:

    The far right site Gab is making a big deal out of the fact that they won’t censor Russian bits…we’re in a bad way in this country.

  5. Pineapple Head says:

    Re: Courson

    And he seems to have plenty of fans…a lot of them women. That is so strange to me.

  6. Steven says:

    Bob,

    Doesn’t he head up both organizations?

  7. bob1 says:

    You mean SP and BGEA? That’s my understanding.

  8. bob1 says:

    There’s been a lot of stupid over the last few years WRT conspiracy theories, etc., etc.

    But I think this pastor wins the award for “Special Kind of Stupid”

    “Texas Pastor Among Those Spreading Conspiracy Theories: ‘I’m 99% Sure Russia is Not Invading Ukraine”

    Yeah, and I’m 99% sure he’s lost his marbles. Tell that to the suffering Ukrainians.

    https://julieroys.com/texas-pastor-conspiracy-theories-russia-ukraine/

  9. Michael says:

    I’ve seen similar pronouncements on Facebook…insanity reigns.

    I’ve been on the verge of writing one last and probably final rant about the incredible lack of historical and biblical literacy in this country today…but we’re past the point where it will do any good.

  10. pslady says:

    Michael…please make one last rant on the incredible lack of historical & biblical literacy in this country…we need to hear it as much as possible.

  11. Michael says:

    pslady,

    Unfortunately, we no longer live in a time where neither persuasion or rebuke have much practical value.

    The internet has replaced both real study and thoughtfulness…with sound bites and bias confirmation.

    I’ve learned not to write when I’m depressed or angry…and I’m both.

  12. Michael says:

    Our current situations have led me to study the life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

    What struck me first is what has impacted me when I’ve studied other great theologians.
    They were devoted to learning and reading
    Bonhoeffer had an earned doctorate by the age of 21.

    He had read more classical literature as a teenager than most today have read in their lives.

    25% of America did not read a single book last year.

    It shows…

  13. pstrmike says:

    “I’ve learned not to write when I’m depressed or angry…and I’m both.”

    Yep. That’s one reason why I don’t comment here much including suspending the series I wanted to write about Eugene Peterson’s book, Working the Angles. Maybe I’ll take that up again soon.

  14. bob1 says:

    Apparently, Vlad’s had a sad.

    You see, he was counting on ex-President what’s-his-name (Biden’s his president) to win a second term and withdraw the United States from NATO.

    Thank our lucky stars that didn’t happen.

  15. Em says:

    Adrian Rogers this AM
    Too many worship Athena in the US today ( including some entertainers, errr pastors)

  16. filistine says:

    but isn’t dialog the way forward? If we all fall silent due to depression, isolation, discouragement, a sense of pointlessness–isn’t that the death knell for the voice of reason, education, perspective, may I say it–science, two thousand years of theology & practice…

    gutting it out when things appear dismal and doomed is the whole of resilience. Write. Speak. Declare. Argue. Build the case. Show the stuff. Point out the inane, the fallacies, the ridiculous, the incorrect, the fluff, the fantastic. Go down fighting or win with the proven & provable.

    there are so many heroes of history and/or scripture from whom to draw example and encouragement. Perhaps it’s time to appropriate from the best history & our own creation can offer.

  17. Michael says:

    fil,

    If people were willing to honestly engage, it would be a worthy exercise.

    They are not willing…nor are they willing to do the hard (but exhilarating) work of learning.

    I truly believe the collapse of this culture is at hand…and half of the idiots will be cheering at their own demise.

  18. The New Victor says:

    My kid’s school (6th-8th) is going to study several Upstanders. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of them, with the others being MLK Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi.

  19. JD says:

    Too many people worship Mars also.
    Venus, Jupiter, and so on……

  20. JD says:

    Maybe they will end up as Pluto Pups.

  21. Michael says:

    TNV,

    Just don’t let them read the godawful Metaxas version of Bonhoeffer…

  22. bob1 says:

    All the Bonhoeffer scholars (the real ones) hated the Metaxas “bio” of DB.

  23. The New Victor says:

    I have no idea… I’ll look into it.

  24. London says:

    Are they learning about any women upstanders or just men?

  25. JimmieT says:

    “Wars and rumors of wars” Come quickly Lord Jesus!

  26. Nathan Priddis says:

    I do not expect sensational events such as nuclear exchanges, etc as has historically portrayed by the prophecy camps. But, I do think this situation may be the opening round of a new world war. Not in the traditional sense, but one that reflects our modern world.

    That primary victims I visualize are mostly centered in Africa and a few other isolated areas. I see the primary threat being high cost of fuel, fertilizer and grain. This may well be worsened by decreased remittances of migrant workers.

  27. The New Victor says:

    London, those are just the ones that I saw. Whom would you suggest? I can pass it on.

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