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Throckmorton: ‘More Citation Problems in Mark Driscoll’s Book Real Marriage; Leland Ryken’s Worldly Saints and More’

See Warren Throckmorton’s post, More Citation Problems in Mark Driscoll’s Book Real Marriage; Leland Ryken’s Worldly Saints and More. Increasingly I think Driscoll’s rocket to stardom came at the expense of his integrity and on the coattails of numerous shortcuts. Considering the evidence compiled by Throckmorton in this and numerous other posts, I can’t believe Driscoll sincerely, genuinely thought what he was doing was OK. He might not have intended to plagiarize and possibly break copyright laws, but he surely had a flippant attitude toward the work of others.

Looking back to the original scandal, I hope you’ll join me in refusing to buy anything from Tyndale House Publishers until its executives improve their editorial standards.

Andy Warhol’s semi-Stoic psychology — plus 40 more quotations from Thought Catalog

‘Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, “So what.” That’s one of my favorite things to say. “So what.” “My mother didn’t love me.” So what. “My husband won’t ball me.” So what. “I’m a success but I’m still alone.” So what. I don’t know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget.’ — Andy Warhol

Perhaps that’s similar to stoicism, or maybe that’s just a forerunner of F***-it Spirituality (it’s a real movement, folks).

Anyway, read 40 more Andy Warhol quotations — some interesting, some heart-breaking, some just plain Warholian — courtesy of this post on Thought Catalog.

The righteous will live by … miracles? Rick Joyner sanctions Todd Bentley’s Web site

Todd Bentley was the Canadian faith-healer of last year’s Lakeland, Florida, “outpouring” who said God told him to kick an old lady in order to miraculously touch her (and he described other, equally strange stories, too). Since the Lakeland “outpouring” dried up, Bentley has been in a “restoration” process with Rick Joyner and Morningstar Ministries of Charlotte, N.C., following Bentley’s divorce and other issues.

Even though Joyner says in a video message that Bentley is still in a restoration process, Bentley has a new book and a new Web site.

So Bentley has had trouble in his personal life, and he’s not fully restored, but he’s still written a book and got a Web site going, one that Joyner urges us to check frequently.

In the introductory video message presently posted on the home page of Bentley’s new Web site, Joyner says, “We’re coming to the days when we’re gonna have to live by miracles.”


The hopelessly outdated Scriptures say, “the righteous will live by faith,” but in the Joyner/Bentley movement, faith has to equal miracles.

The Bible indicates that our faith does not always see a miraculous actualization in this life.

Consider this passage from the Epistle to the Romans: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35, 38-39). This is a reassurance for our thought lives, a comfort, not a promise of temporal victory over everything that comes our way in a fallen world.

Notice how the Biblical view of faith is oriented in an entirely different direction than that of Joyner/Bentley: a belief in the love of God despite circumstances versus bizarre voices telling an unhinged man to kick an old woman so she can get a special dose of the Holy Spirit.

Unfortunately, Bentley’s stories of God telling him to do such things became, in certain circles, their own proof of veracity: it’s just so crazy, it must be from God!

But sometimes, it’s just so crazy, it is crazy.

With the new book and the new Web site, we’ll have to wait and see if God tells Bentley to kick more people. (See video clips of the outrageous claims he made last year.)

Actress Christina Ricci wants to do family-oriented films that teach character

Actress Christina Ricci, who appears in the upcoming family-oriented movie Speed Racer, told World Entertainment News Network:

“I wanted to do a kids movie again. I wanted to do a family film. There are so many family movies for kids but they don’t actually teach you anything.

“Speed Racer really stresses integrity and morals and a love of family, and that’s something I think is really important and a trend we need to bring back.”

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