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I’m Just Jealous of Your Success in The Lord


Call it a Throwback Thursday moment, because I still love this:

I’m jealous of C.J. Mahaney’s ability to cover up ugly things.

I’m jealous of Tim Keller’s reasoning skills.

I’m jealous of John Piper’s articulation of positions that implode even as he states them.

I’m jealous of Bill Gothard’s way with the ladies.

I’m jealous of Bob Jones University’s keen identification of the sources of problems.

I’m jealous of Mark Driscoll’s ambition.

I’m just jealous of your success in the Lord.

I think, however, I’ve learned from these men how to be successful in the Lord.

Be forceful, be confident, be uncompromising, be direct, be confrontational.

Be rhetorically slippery; be illogical.

Be anything that makes someone successful in today’s world of marketing and media, for the world of marketing and media is the Kingdom of Heaven.

And I’ve learned you can have a great social club by gathering around the teachings of famous contemporaries.

Just save the discernment for later, when the facts are so obvious no discernment is necessary, which is how discernment seems to work in American churches, especially the most conservative ones, which start by dispatching all knowledge gained by human inquiry because it might get in the way of discernment. (It makes sense because it doesn’t make sense.)

One thing you should do in response to this post: Accuse me of “sour grapes,” because, as Andy Crouch has taught us, diverting attention from facts to abstractions is an easy way to sound spiritually wise.

‘IRS Getting Pressured To Crack Down On Televangelists Following John Oliver’s Segment’ — CBS DC


From IRS Getting Pressured To Crack Down On Televangelists Following John Oliver’s Segment ‹ Reader — WordPress.com:

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The IRS is getting pressured to begin cracking down on televangelists following a John Oliver segment on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”

Oliver blasted televangelists this past Sunday for what he called “seed faith,” where they tell donors they will reap the rewards by giving money to them.

“They preach something called the prosperity gospel which argues that wealth is a sign of God’s favor and donations will result in wealth coming back to you. That idea sometimes takes the form of seed faith – the notion that donations are seeds that you will one day get to harvest,” Oliver said in the segment.

He continued, “The argument is ‘sow your money into the ground, you will reap returns multiple times over,’ except as an investment you’d be better off burying your money in the actual ground because at least that way there’s a chance your dog may dig it up and give it back to you one day.”

Read the rest at IRS Getting Pressured To Crack Down On Televangelists Following John Oliver’s Segment ‹ Reader — WordPress.com.

Note: In the other half of the article, CBS DC includes a quotation from Ole Anthony. While Anthony is a self-styled watchdog for religious fraud, he has been accused of operating a cult. Please see this excerpt of I Can’t Hear God Anymore: Life In A Dallas Cult by Wendy Duncan.

‘Wear Blue & White Friday For Charleston Victims’


From WSPA.com:

On Friday, thousands of people will be wearing blue and white to show support for the Charleston victims and their families. The facebook event for “Blue and White Friday” says it was organized to show that the entire state is united.

In Simpsonville, Extreme Tees has been flooded with orders of blue and white t-shirts.

Bruce Johnson of Extreme Tees says he’s been busy trying to keep up with the demand.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this, my phone lines have melted down, my emails are full, got people lined up 15, 20 deep at the counter trying to order,” Johnson said.

The shirts are being sold at cost for just $5.00 – with donations going to Charleston to the families of the victims.

For “Blue and White Friday” you can wear any t-shirt with those colors or just display a South Carolina flag, tie blue and white ribbons on your car, or even make your Facebook profile picture a South Carolina flag or palmetto.

via Wear Blue & White Friday For Charleston Victims.

‘Lancaster pastor shot by deputies at business dies’ | The Charlotte Observer


Sad, disturbing, troubling news from the Upstate:

The pastor of New Harvest Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, S.C., was shot by sheriff’s deputies after he pulled a gun on his estranged wife in a local business. He later died.

From WBTV via the Charlotte Observer:

According to SLED a woman went into the store, and her estranged husband went in after her a short time later. The two talked for a moment before the man pulled out a gun. The store owner then called 911.

Members of the New Harvest Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster confirmed to WBTV that the man was their pastor, 60-year-old Darrell Morgan.

Deputies from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said when they arrived at the scene Morgan, who was in the doorway of the business, made threats and pointed his gun at them.

Two deputies fired and struck Morgan….

via Lancaster pastor shot by deputies at business dies | The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Observer

‘Former Bayside Church & Mars Hill Church Attender Protests Mark Driscoll’s Return to the Stage at Thrive Leadership Conference’


Discernment is dead and the wolves run freely among the sheep.

From Warren Throckmorton’s blog:

“Van Rue once served at Bayside Church where Mark Driscoll returned to the stage yesterday at the Thrive 2015 Leadership Conference. Rue also attended Mars Hill Church when he moved to Seattle in 2004. Rue was one of many former Mars Hill Church members who was saddened by reports of Driscoll’s speech at Thrive. He wrote this open letter to Bayside’s pastor Ray Johnson and the conference organizers and sent it along to me.

“I have heard from numerous former Mars Hill members who feel betrayed by church leaders who have not checked out the full story of Mars Hill’s history before offering to stand in the place of Mars Hill’s elders.”

via Former Bayside Church and Mars Hill Church Attender Protests Mark Driscoll’s Return to the Stage at Thrive Leadership Conference

Please read the rest of Warren Throckmorton’s post at Former Bayside Church and Mars Hill Church Attender Protests Mark Driscoll’s Return to the Stage at Thrive Leadership Conference.

What Purpose Do the Humanities Serve? | The New Republic


Bernie Machen, former president of the University of Florida:

“Critical thinking, appreciation of the arts and humanities and understanding how to relate to society and the natural world are essential characteristics of the educated person.

“Historically, the liberal arts and humanities have contributed to developing such a person. But there is real concern over how this is occurring in today’s universities.”

via What Purpose Do the Humanities Serve? | The New Republic

This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind | Bloomberg Business – Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes


“Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court on April 28 will hear arguments about whether to extend that right nationwide. The case comes amid a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states since 2013, and 36 overall. Such widespread acceptance in a short amount of time isn’t a phenomenon unique to gay marriage. Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.” (emphasis added)

via This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind | Bloomberg Business – Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes

*Follow the link for animated charts illustrating the pace of social change on hot-button issues in America.