Franklin Graham Once Again Defends Trump –
Said it’s All Satan’s Fault
The Christian Post, an evangelical newspaper, once again features Franklin Graham defending Donald Trump, this time for his comments about the fatal attack in Charlottesville by a white supremacist (here). Franklin Graham said, “Shame on the politicians who are trying to push blame on President Trump for what happened in Charlottesville, VA. That's absurd. What about the politicians such as the city council who voted to remove a memorial that had been in place since 1924, regardless of the possible repercussions?”Write comment (0 Comments)
NCR Editor Reminisces - Thirty Years of Sex Abuse Scandals
Tom Roberts is editor-at-large and former editor of NCR (National Catholic Reporter). He recently published an editorial that reviewed the Church’s sex abuse problem over the past three decades: “The clergy's task is unfinished in confronting sex abuse.” He covers a lot of ground, and I recommend it. But he also omits some key points.Write comment (0 Comments)
The Atlantic – How America Lost its Mind
The new issue of The Atlantic has a long piece by Kurt Andersen tracing America’s increasing abandonment of fact and reason (here). It covers a wide variety of topics, including religion and politics, and locates the origin of this contempt in some surprising sources from the 1960s. Lots of food for thought.
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Rev. Jeffress and Romans 13
Rev. Jeffress recently proclaimed that Donald Trump had God’s support, citing Romans 13 (FLASH – God Authorizes Trump to Take Out North Korea). A few years earlier, he said, "Although President Obama is certainly not the Antichrist, his policies are paving the way for the Antichrist" (here). In other words, President Obama was not the Antichrist, but merely one of his minions. While Rev. Jeffress cited verse 13:1 in support of Trump, he apparently never got around to reading verse 13:2 - “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
Jesus warned of false prophets who would speak in his name. By his own criterion of Romans 13, Rev. Jeffress has damned himself. This explains why he says that President Trump is godly while President Obama was the Antichrist’s minion.
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FLASH – God Authorizes Trump to Take Out North Korea
A Texas megachurch preacher just announced that God authorized Trump to “take out Kim Jong-Un” (here). RNS reports that Rev. Robert Jeffress is “one of the president’s key evangelical Christian advisers,” and “was a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory committee during the 2016 presidential election and since has attended several meetings of prominent evangelicals at the White House.” That is, one of Trump’s close evangelical advisors has told him God is okay with assassinating a foreign leader, and perhaps destroying a country in the process.Write comment (0 Comments)
Paul in Historical Context
New Testament scholars stress the importance of studying Jesus in his historical context. But when it comes to Paul, they don’t. The facts are too disturbing.
A great deal is known about the economic context of the Roman Empire. Life was hard. Roughly ninety percent of the empire just subsisted. This has important implications. First, the vast majority of people never traveled far from their place of birth. They couldn’t afford to. While New Testament scholars boast that Paul traveled about 10,000 miles on his missions, they never mention how he paid for it.Write comment (1 Comment)
Amazon Review of Paul Revealed
Professor Dorie LaRue, Louisiana State University
"Remarkable erudition.... Answered questions I have had for years."
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
Paul Revealed: Facts that Father Never Told You is a study recommended for readers who want an in-depth biographical and spiritual analysis of the important role Paul played in Biblical affairs, and provides a coverage both scholarly and accessible as it reveals not only the extent of Paul's life, times, and influence, but lesser-known facts about his impact on Jesus and the world....Write comment (0 Comments)