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  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    Being outcasts in exile is totally antithetical to the conservative Christian movement, if there is a movement. I read articles on the Christian Post and Charismanews and it seems like they are more and more wanting political power and I call ICHABOD over them both. Very few articles on humility, putting other first, servanthood, living in exile, etc. What is worse is that WE DON’T LEARN from the follies of the past. Charismanews is still running articles on getting Trump back in power.

    The definition of insanity…

  2. Michael says:


    It’s not simply insanity, it’s a gross distortion of the biblical witness…

  3. Pineapple Head says:

    First book on the docket: Praying like Monks, Living like Fools by Tyler Staton

  4. Michael says:


    Review it for us when you’re done…I’m going to spend the next couple of months with Wendell Berry’s latest…

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    #1 – Most of what passes for conservativism in politics and the church almost makes ashamed of being a conservative.
    #6 – Same here
    # 7 – That’s amazing!
    #8 – I haven’t looked much into books, but one I think I need to revisit is Disciplines of a Godly Man.

  6. Captain Kevin says:

    makes ME ashamed*

  7. JD says:

    After I finish with Exodus, I’ll be studying through Leviticus. (Lord willing)

  8. Linn says:

    #4! I’ve worked with refugees for years (and continue to do so), and many of them would never have left their home countries if they hadn’t needed to. And yet, they chuck everything and go off on a perilous journey with no guarantee they can stay in their intended destination. As Christians, I think we need to adopt the same mindset-ditch the world and follow Christ and His kingdom.

    On another note, I am hoping that the attempted coup in Brazil might cause us to stop and think about our own 1/6 experience.

  9. Michael says:

    “As Christians, I think we need to adopt the same mindset-ditch the world and follow Christ and His kingdom.’

    I’ll say the amen…

  10. Dread says:

    #1 True the church has failed to discern church and state in this hour but I don’t see the case that it is causal in decline.

    We simply have had an unregenerate church. It cannot withstand the whoredom of modernity and the emptiness of post-modernity.

    The archetypes of Revelation are proving our successes to have been cosmetic.

  11. Michael says:


    I think it is causal…to what degree may be disputed.

    There are many unregenerate in the visible church…but more regenerate that are poorly taught and discipled.

    The youth in particular long for identity and causes and we have denied them the greatest of both…and they have left us.

  12. Em Wegemer says:

    Would it be fair to say that we lack God fearing honest pastor/teachers? ? ?

  13. Officerhoppy says:

    I’m reading Samuel Adams: Revolutionary

  14. Michael says:


    We lost a lot of good pastors because the idolaters in the pews prefer political partisanship and pep rallies.

  15. Muff Potter says:

    Dan from Georgia wrote:
    “Charismanews is still running articles on getting Trump back in power.”

    I am completely perplexed.
    What do they see in that man?
    How did a man like that (Trump) become their champion?

  16. Em Wegemer says:

    Mic hael @ 7:10
    I think you are, sadly, correct!

  17. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    since I’ve quoted from him previously … John Neville FIggis said something back in 1911:

    … Every attempt to raise the code of the nation to that of the Church leads, if unsuccessful, to an attempt to lower the code of the Church to that of the world, because it proceeds from a notion that at bottom the two are identical. Thus if the lax party gets the upper hand it will compel the Church to conform to its standards, an attempt which is being made on all hands just now. The two societies are distinct—distinct in origin, in aim, and (if you have toleration) in personnel. The smaller is never likely, as things are, to control the larger. If she attempt to do so she will be beaten, and in the process be like to lose her own freedom. The Puritans attempted to raise the nation to their own notions of a high morality. The consequence was seen after the Restoration. It is the essence of the Church to be different from the world, and her mission to proclaim that difference. Whenever men try to sanctify the world by raising it to the level of the Church, they commonly succeed only in lowering the life of the Church to accommodate it to the practice of the world. The two centuries which began with Pope Boniface VIII ended with Alexander VI.
    Churches in the Modern State, pages 133-134

    Not that I have no appreciation for some of the Puritans (I like Richard Sibbes) but, point noted.

  18. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    I’m plotting marathons of John Neville Figgis and Emil Brunner this year. Public transit commutes in Puget Sound provide plenty of time! If I’m going to be on buses I can at least get some reading in.

    Want to see if I can also carve out time to read Chiara Bertoglio’s gigantic book Reforming Music: Music and the Religious Reformations of the Sixteenth Century.

  19. Steve says:

    “Amazing…I should have asked it to write this article…”

    Michael, How do we know it didn’t?

  20. Michael says:

    You don’t…and therein lies an issue for all manner of fields…

  21. pslady says:


  22. Steven says:

    After reading this, I tried chatGPT and posed a question about gender fluidity…the answer was something from the left side of the issue.

    That says a lot to me about the future of AI

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