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  • Reviving Dead Only Matter of Time, British Futurist Says

    12/26/2016 2:30:24 PM PST · 42 of 86
    Sam's Army to kevcol
    "They have rights, they can't just be disposed of at any time,"

    Interesting. Does this Futurist believe the same about the unborn?

  • Progressive Christians to “Take Back Their Faith” After Election

    11/25/2016 7:59:51 AM PST · 10 of 46
    Sam's Army to Ouchthatonehurt
    “Take back their faith.”

    "What does that even mean?"

    For globalists to win elections instead of losing them; and subsequently raise taxes, take away liberty, and further marginalize Biblical Christianity. For starters, anyway.

  • Progressive Christians to “Take Back Their Faith” After Election

    11/25/2016 7:55:05 AM PST · 4 of 46
    Sam's Army to Sam's Army
    "For example, Rachel Held Evans said,

    We’re about to witness firsthand what happens when the established Church compromises its moral authority and sells out the marginalized ― refugees, immigrants, religious and ethnic minorities, sexual assault survivors, the sick and those with disabilities, and LGBT people ; for the promise of power. It won’t be pretty.”

    Rev. Jacqueline Lewis, a New York-based pastor and activist added,

    “I’m going to fight for people to have jobs, for everyone to have enough. I’m going to fight against racism and xenophobia. I’m going to fight for black lives. I’m going to fight for LGBT rights… I’m going to fight for love.”

    Lewis added,

    “Maybe what’s happening is progressive people of faith are finding ways to connect around our shared beliefs that all people are children of God … All of those people are joining together right now, we’re… plotting and planning how to resist together… to me is the new religion, the new Christianity.”

    Benjamin Corey suggested that, “This election revealed that a far larger branch of Christianity has been married off to political power than we previously thought,” emphasizing that the religious right is more concerned with political power than the actual gospel of Christ.

    Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of America’s Original Sin, claimed, “White Christians voted just like white people in America did, and being Christian didn’t matter much. So how do we teach white Christians, white evangelicals to be more Christian than white? That’s the issue going forward.”

    Wallis – reflecting on Jesus’ counsel regarding the relationship between treating a ‘stranger’ and treating Jesus – suggested that pastors allow their churches to become sanctuaries to protect illegal aliens from deportation.

    To an extent, there’s some truth about the concerns of progressive Christians. Corey’s observation regarding evangelicals having become too cozy with political power, which has muted the volume, consistency, and effectiveness of their prophetic political witness, is a legitimate concern.

    But where’s the moral balance and condemnation of progressive Christians for having done the same? What about Episcopalians, Presbyterians (USA), a segment of Methodists, and other left-leaning Christians who’re guilty of preferring political power and cultural cache to the Christian gospel. Whether one agrees or disagrees, at least conservative evangelicals can be praised for attempting to clarify – or redeem – what it means to be an evangelical and have a responsible and biblically articulate political witness in the age of Donald Trump.

    Moreover, why doesn’t the Christian Left (or Right) consistently condemn black Christians and black churches for sacrificing Christian principles in favor of political expediency and influence via an unholy marriage to Leftism and social progressive causes? This shifting standard of morality is but one issue that persistently undermines the Christian Left’s political witness.

    Likewise, and echoing Wallis with a twist, can’t one say with moral clarity that “Black Christians voted just like black people in America did (especially in 2008 and 2012), and being Christian didn’t matter much. So how do we teach black Christians, black (progressive) evangelicals to be more Christian than black? Why isn’t that ever an issue going forward?” And it is an issue. Black Christians should be more Christian than black. One can and should argue that the covenantal relationship between black Christians and Leftism is much more challenging than the partnership between evangelicals and the political right.

    However, there’s little truth to Evans’ suggestion that evangelicals who voted for Trump sold out “marginalized” groups for political power. How is she in a position to know the minds, hearts or reasoned intentions of voters who sided with Donald Trump? The charge is not only silly but it isn’t true. It’s meant to dismiss as evil fellow (white) Christians by projecting a social pox (sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc.) upon those who voted against her preferred candidate. Framing it in a simple moral dichotomy that dismisses nuance, and that divorces Christian support for Trump from caring about “marginalized” groups allows Evans and her sympathizers to claim a superficial unmerited moral purity to dismiss everyone who disagrees with them as not only wrong, but immoral.

    Voting for Trump, directly or indirectly, doesn’t mean the voter is against “marginalized” people and Evans knows this.

    The same goes for Lewis’ virtue-signaling bravery as a social justice warrior. All of the sacralized issues she raised are supported or defended without Christian influence everyday, so what distinguishes her intentions, purportedly Christian, as being important or necessary? Her ‘new Christianity’ accommodates one-dimensional social identities that compete with the identity that’s required to be grounded in Christ. Lewis should be mindful of Paul’s admonition about teaching a ‘new’ gospel that differs from the one positioned in Christ.

    The gospel of progressive Christians is increasingly more about the gospel of Leftism than the Gospel of Christ. Specifically, this social gospel – or social virtue – is really about disassociating oneself, or one’s group, from that which supposedly threatens the common good – what the in-group consensus simplistically defines as a myriad of trendy ‘evils’. It allows the separated to pretentiously claim a false sense of moral superiority over those who reject their definitions and moral claims.

    Astute observers realize that this is more about being properly positioned and seen as against manufactured evils – how “moral” and “religious” they look to other like-minded people choosing ‘love’ over ‘hate’ – rather than genuine concern for the people/groups these “evils,” it’s claimed, negatively effect.

    It’s self-congratulatory virtue vanity, it’s empty, and it violates Jesus’ admonition against practicing one’s righteousness before men instead of calling those they claim to represent to a higher standard of living as disciples of Christ.

    This practice of synthesizing identity politics with Christianity is dangerous because of the popular and cultural influence afforded to the Christian Left.

    If progressive Christians are really concerned about the future of their faith, they may want to consider what faith is really of concern – Leftism or Christianity."

  • Progressive Christians to “Take Back Their Faith” After Election

    11/25/2016 7:52:28 AM PST · 1 of 46
    Sam's Army
  • PCUSA Official Spreads Divisive Post-Election Discourse

    11/17/2016 9:14:39 AM PST · 2 of 12
    Sam's Army to Sam's Army
    "Unfortunately, Rev. Dr. Nelson failed to discourage the violent protests even once in his 2000+ word letter (replete with seven footnotes). Instead, he declared his hope that the protests would pave the way for a particular public policy agenda that he favors.

    He concedes that “President-Elect Trump is our newly elected leader,” but also characterizes the election as undemocratic and rigged by corporate interests. He also exhorts churches to undermine a not-yet-formulated immigration policy of the President-elect by harboring deportees in their “basements.”

    The only instances where Rev. Dr. Nelson explicitly mentions violence is when he links Trump to an imagined future violence: “pain, suffering, and yes, death, which will be wrought by the promised policies of the incoming administration.”

    At the heart of the letter is Rev. Dr. Nelson’s vision for “coalition building and community organizing, [where] we have an opportunity to create a vision of shared prosperity, safety, dignity, and justice that is truly inclusive and compelling to a broad base.”

    The irony is completely lost on the PCUSA leader that a church that fails to be compelling to its own congregants—as evidenced by the steady exodus from the denomination—is now dispensing advice on how to grow a winning constituent base in politics. The denomination is becoming a parody of itself. The Babylon Bee couldn’t write a better headline!

    But perhaps the height of irony is that the maligned President-elect was baptized in the PCUSA and claimed to be affiliated with the denomination early in his campaign. The PCUSA could have used Trump’s declaration as an opportunity to demonstrate the sort of grace and benevolence that Christ demonstrated to all sinners. Instead the PCUSA explored whether or not they could remove him from their rolls (he had no active membership anywhere, so they were not able to revoke it).

    The saddest part of this letter is that many Presbyterians, myself included, wish the divisiveness and animosity directed toward Trump was restricted to our most brash and notorious political leaders. Unfortunately, it is not. It has been a little more than a year since the Presbyter from the local Presbytery came into my small PCUSA church in Michigan to publicly dismiss the pastor during a Sunday service and also invite all those in attendance who were unhappy with this decision to kindly leave.

    My pastor’s transgression? He held certain scripturally-based opinions that had, of late, gone out of style in the PCUSA.

    Unfortunately, my experience is not uncommon. The majority of my old congregation and the pastor have since regrouped under the ECO banner. And while we don’t all agree on politics, we have learned a valuable lesson: why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

    If the tenor of the election has taught us anything, it is that Christian ideals are needed in our public discourse now more than ever before. As long as Christian leaders, like those in the PCUSA, continue to impugn half of the electorate while encouraging violent protests from others, the church will be appear as divided and hopeless as the electorate itself."

  • PCUSA Official Spreads Divisive Post-Election Discourse

    11/17/2016 9:13:07 AM PST · 1 of 12
    Sam's Army
  • NFL reviewing options to fix sagging ratings

    11/10/2016 1:52:49 PM PST · 56 of 71
    Sam's Army to PROCON
    "They say maybe fans are turning it off because the games are too long, too many commercials, presidential election, etc, but don't even mention the obvious reasons."

    This has been a topic for me for several years now. Between the muted atmosphere overall; meaning less excitement and energy than most NCAA games, the commercials (yes, too long and too many of them...they are also of a more somber caliber overall than compared to commercials for NCAA games--Insurance, Consulting Firms, etc).

    Caught a few moments of Cowboys game last year at Tgiving...literally it was kickoff/commercials/one play/2 min warning (meaning 3+ mins of commercials)/ one play/timeout (more commercials).

    Before that, moving away from "my" team and seeing less coverage; coupled with the rise of Pinktober and increasing social(ist) activism from the league itself added more weight to the load.

    Living in the Charlotte area and seeing constant Cam, Cam, Cam coverage; along with his pouting or 2 minute long TD celebrations is a turnoff too.

    Hate the hype for superbowls, as well. The butchering of the National Anthem, the worship of pop culture, etc...I went out to dinner with my wife the 2 years prior to the Panthers being in last year and didnt miss it. 99% chance we do the same this year unless the Bucs make it

    Yeah, and Kaepernick.

  • Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth

    11/02/2016 9:11:34 AM PDT · 18 of 28
    Sam's Army to fwdude
    "But what does the Reformed Presbyterians believe? Do they ordain women as ministers?"

    No:

    "Its beliefs place it in the conservative wing of the Reformed family of Protestant churches. Below the Bible—which is held as divinely inspired and without error—the church is committed to several "subordinate standards," together considered with its constitution: the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms, along with its Testimony, Directory for Church Government, Book of Discipline, and Directory for Worship. All communicant members "believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life," according to the first of several vows required for such membership.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_Presbyterian_Church_of_North_America

  • Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth

    11/02/2016 9:03:06 AM PDT · 16 of 28
    Sam's Army to fwdude
    "My mistake, she aligns with the Presbyterian Church."

    Clarify, she is not part of the lefty PCUSA:

    "...she tells about her transformation from a postmodern lesbian professor to the wife of a Reformed Presbyterian Church pastor and homeschooling mother."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosaria_Butterfield

  • Albert Mohler Sees God’s Sovereignty in a Time of Darkening Skies

    10/25/2016 9:27:36 AM PDT · 2 of 4
    Sam's Army to Sam's Army

    Mohler quoted Matt. 16:1-4. “The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. But he replied to them, ‘When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?’”

    We need “Christian leadership in a time of darkening skies,” Mohler said. The current situation is “changing with aggressiveness and hostility.” It is tempting to respond with self-pity, or a hardening of hearts. But we must recognize the “sovereignty of God” who has “brought us to this time.”

    Mohler pointed to twentieth century Evangelical theologian Carl Henry, who warned of a coming “barbarism” from the 1960s through the 1980s. “Denial of human liberty” is a result of abandoning the Christian worldview. Similarly, he pointed to other prominent thinkers who have said the same. Alexander Solzhenitsyn told the Harvard graduating class of 1978 that “men have forgotten God.” British ecclesiastical historian Christopher Dawson said that Western civilization is cut off from its sources. Elton Trueblood described Western civilization as a “cut flower” civilization, i.e., a civilization still blooming, but cut off from its roots.

    Secularism is no longer limited to elites, Mohler noted. It is shaping the worldview of common Americans. He pointed to a survey of the relative religious nature of countries twenty years ago by Peter Berger that found that India is the most religious country in the world, Sweden the least religious. Berger described the United States as “a nation of Indians, ruled by an elite of Swedes.” Now more Americans are becoming Swedes. Mohler held that there are two ways that a nation can secularize. It can 1) reject theism outright, or 2) adopt a secular worldview while remaining formally religious. He held that “there are and will be four progressive stages” of secularist dominance.

    These include 1) secular ascendance (the rising prominence of secular and antireligious ideas in a society), 2) secular aggression (involving the privatization of religion). That religion should be strictly private, not affecting public life at all, is advanced as simply an obvious proposition in this second stage. But Christians must understand what privatization means in terms of where their allegiance lies. Mohler seemed to refer here to the fact that Biblical doctrine involves the claim that God should be lord of all of life, not just the church and the home.

    Secular aggression is important in bringing in the third stage, of which Americans have only “a vague awareness.” This is 3) secular triumphalism, which will attempt (really is already attempting) to make a new morality. Secular triumphalism will celebrate its claim to have toppled that which was a barrier to human autonomy, which is the Judeo-Christian tradition. Secularists will attempt to have “the goods of Christian civilization, without Christianity.”

    The final stage of secularism, Mohler claimed, will be “secular exhaustion,” in which people become disillusioned with secular claims and values. The result of secular dominance will be a “comprehensive disaster.”

    Mohler noted that the decline of religious liberty is happening everywhere, not just in areas of the country regarded as liberal. He point to the firing of the fire chief of Atlanta, Georgia, following the publicizing of the fire chief’s book identifying homosexuality as a sin, as an example of this.

    We are now “having to argue for basic liberties that we thought were permanently recognized” in the Constitution. Mohler emphasized that these rights were recognized by, not granted by, the Constitution or any other human authority. They are given by God and disclosed in natural law, but may be (wrongly) denied by a government. There are “glimmers of hope,” and “vestigial witnesses” to the truth in contemporary society, but this does not change the overall pattern of the decline of religious liberty. Mohler said that Christians may soon remember as a mild problem “the good ‘ole days of establishment clause issues.” He said that as part of the decline of religious liberty “all freedoms are being undermined at once.” There is a “meltdown of a civilization that we thought was immune” from collapse. But we must “maintain our Biblical sanity” in a time of “darkening skies.”

    Today’s generation of lawyers may be the last lawyers to speak of the “dignity of law.” Mohler noted that revisionist law arose at the same time that Biblical criticism did (the late nineteenth century). Today’s lawyers may also be the last lawyers to speak of the “dignity of the human person.” Mohler claimed that there is “no argument for human dignity that is not essentially theistic.” With the loss of the regime of religious freedom known for many generations, Christian leaders must appeal to principle and show integrity to help guide the faithful through an increasingly hostile era. “Leadership only happens when there is deep conviction … in a time of darkening skies.” While we must avoid pessimism, we must also recognize that “optimism is stupidity.” Instead, we should have “realism and hope.” He said that “the name of hope is Jesus Christ.”

    Mohler noted that Winston Churchill led the “half blind” who were “half ready.” He told the Christian lawyers in particular that on the night Churchill became prime minister, the same day that the Nazi armies poured into Western Europe, he realized that “all my life had been a preparation for this hour and this trial.” In today’s trial, Christians “are to be a people of justice, mercy, and humility.” Jesus is the “once and future king,” and we can sleep “in the knowledge that all of our lives have been a preparation for this moment under God’s sovereignty.

  • Albert Mohler Sees God’s Sovereignty in a Time of Darkening Skies

    10/25/2016 9:26:56 AM PDT · 1 of 4
    Sam's Army
  • Do you think the Democrat Party will start a war w/Russia before the election? [vanity]

    10/19/2016 9:38:54 AM PDT · 63 of 64
    Sam's Army to stockpirate

    What is your best guess?

  • Do you think the Democrat Party will start a war w/Russia before the election? [vanity]

    10/19/2016 8:35:58 AM PDT · 60 of 64
    Sam's Army to stockpirate
    Worthy topic, should get more coverage/attention.

    I'll probably miss some things, but top of mind points for consideration and review:

    *Mutually Assured Destruction kept the Cold War from going hot. The Russian mindset under Communism was reliably predictable in that they didn't believe in an afterlife, so no glory for carrying out the unthinkable. Do we have that same calculus now from a former KGB guy in Putin? I'd say they remain highly pragmatic overall...and DON'T want war.

    *However, they seem to be acting/reacting as if we/NATO want war. And, our current leadership isn't helping in that perception. With current statements from Biden about cyberwar, General Milley's on Oct 5th of: "We will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before. Make no mistake about that."

    *Russia's call for all students and relatives of staff to return home as soon as possible...this is unprecedented, correct? I don't recall any moves like this in the Cold War

    *The exercise 2 weeks ago over 3 days to practice moving 40m people to bomb/fallout shelters. I have heard that civil defense type drills are a bit more regular in Russia, but that this scale was unusual

    *Some various analysis from ex-military folks I have seen is that Russia cannot go long with a conventional war in a scale needed vs a US/NATO adversary. They are fine in a smaller theater like Syria or Ukraine; so therefore they could go "hot" pretty quick if push came to shove.

    *What is our motivation to poke the bear the way we are doing? Actual thirst for war? A ploy to see Russia "back down" right before an election to help Hillary? A desire to see America destroyed? An increasing desire to see the Assad regime turnover in Syria, and to what end?

    My armchair guess is given the data point of the calling students home that they think war is likely; and any reasonable expectation would be that it would take 3-4 weeks from that statement to get people back; which puts things right on the other side of our election day.

  • Creepy clown gets beat up with a baseball bat when he tries to scare a group of friends

    10/07/2016 9:24:03 AM PDT · 69 of 99
    Sam's Army to PAR35
    "Thinking about putting up some ‘no clown’ signs this Halloween. Clowns can get their candy somewhere else."

    We stopped giving out candy several years ago completely. Got tired of teens not dressed up as anything holding open a pillowcase and not saying a word. I would sit there and stare back as well until they said something.

    Entitlement runs deep and wide nowadays.

  • Creepy clown gets beat up with a baseball bat when he tries to scare a group of friends

    10/07/2016 9:18:16 AM PDT · 66 of 99
    Sam's Army to JudyinCanada
    "Can a clown still walk around, minding his own clown business, without being harassed by law enforcement or the population in general?"

    Brilliantly done, Judy. #ClownLivesMatter

  • Recognizing Satan’s Reality (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional and Caucus)

    09/30/2016 5:53:57 AM PDT · 7 of 15
    Sam's Army to Gamecock
    "Here the attempt to be modern and sophisticated becomes an exercise in intellectual regression."

    And apply this in multiple other areas as well.

  • BREAKING: Marine Battalion ordered back to base, leave canceled, PLACED ON ALERT (trunc)

    09/23/2016 1:29:39 PM PDT · 105 of 132
    Sam's Army to LambSlave
    "Probably all those clown sightings /s"

    Thats probably a better guess than my initial thought; I figured we were making a concerted effort to get to the bottom of this whole Bigfoot thing once and for all...

  • Is Comedy Central Racist?

    08/26/2016 5:35:59 AM PDT · 11 of 31
    Sam's Army to Kaslin
    "Is Comedy Central Racist?"

    My question would be: Is Comedy Central Funny?

    I dropped cable ages ago, but found even when I had it I barely enjoyed the channel ever since they and most of the entertainment media lost their minds over the 2000 election.

  • John McLaughlin, The McLaughlin Group Host Since 1982, Dead at 89

    08/16/2016 1:31:26 PM PDT · 19 of 147
    Sam's Army to Borges
    "Bye-Bye!!"

    Sorry, it had to be said. RIP, John!

  • German train 'axe attack': 20 reported hurt

    07/18/2016 2:12:49 PM PDT · 24 of 171
    Sam's Army to jazminerose
    "Swedish again?"

    Swedish ex-Marine at that.