November 2016

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Fatherhood during the holidays...

This afternoon from 4-6pm ET, I'm privileged to be the guest of Chris Arnzen on IRON SHARPENS IRON Radio. We'll be talking on the subject, "Christian Fathers Using the Holidays for God's Glory." What do our families need from their father during the holidays?

Chris Arnzen's IRON SHARPENS IRON can be listened to online at IronSharpensIronRadio or (click CHANNEL 3 for Christian Radio). You can also listen by phone at (401) 283-6754 (press #3 when prompted for Christian Radio. If you have audio problems with live streaming, try clearing your browser caches, then quit and restart your browser.

If you'd like to ask question or two during the interview, please send the e-mail to including your first name, city, state, and country (if outside the US). Hope you'll join us.

Is there a Christian ghetto in our future...

This is a talk given by ruling elder Ken Patrick at a conference held this past Saturday at his church, Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), in Ludlow, Kentucky. Titled "Maintaining a Christian Witness in an Increasingly Pagan Culture," the conference's other speakers were Trinity's pastor Chuck Hickey and an attorney from the Alliance Defending Freedom, Jeff Shafer. I attended the conference with my son, Joseph, and his fellow pastor Paul Belcher (both serving Christ Church in Cincinnati). Hope you find this talk as wise and helpful as Joseph, Paul, and I did.

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Maintaining a Christian Witness in an Increasingly Pagan Culture

by Ken Patrick

Before we begin, let me talk about my qualifications to divine the future: I’m not a prophet; I don’t have a “word from the Lord” in the sense that I’m about to share any divinely sourced revelation with you; God didn’t appear to me in a dream.

What I’m going to share are simply observations on what may come to pass if current trends continue, and what I would do if I were in charge. If you find yourself disagreeing with what I say, hopefully you’ll stay until I’m finished. We’ll have a Q&A session where you can ask a question, and of course you can pigeon-hole me afterward.

So, to answer my own question right up front—is there a Christian ghetto in our future?—I think the most likely answer is “of course, yes” at least in an intellectual sense and perhaps in a real, physical way as well. I think it’s very possible that we’ll see both. Before I begin describing what these Christian “ghetto” scenarios might look like, let’s establish why many of us think...

Pope Francis says abortion can now be forgiven by priests...

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. (Isaiah 40:2)

The Roman Catholic Church exists to dispense sacraments. Roman Catholics are taught that they are saved by their own righteousness—not the righteousness of Jesus Christ—and the principal way to get all the righteousness they need is to get their priest to give them the sacraments. The principal sacrament is the Mass, so when women who have had abortions are barred from the Mass, it's a really big deal. 1

Which is the reason today's announcement that Pope Francis has finally granted parish priests the right to forgive the sin of abortion is a really big deal...

Human flourishing: self-love rings...

Basically, Christianity has an account of what we think human beings were built to do and what will therefore, help human flourishing. - Tim Keller

This one I didn't make up. Under the pic, the article begins:

Not got a boyfriend? Not engaged? Never mind – there’s no need to wait around for someone else to buy you a ring to declare their love for you. It’s time to seek a ring out for yourself, in celebration of self-love and your own self-worth to wear on your pinky finger... call it an “anti-engagement ring”, if you like, and may it serve as a little reminder that you come first.

What's the point of being gay if you can get the solipsist thing going? Buy yourself a ring and a good vibrator.

A pastor I respect has been telling me the next frontier in sexual perversion will be...

The good father: fight the good fight (2)...

Chesterton is right. Marriage is the melding together of two incompatible forces, man and woman. So there's no avoiding quarrels. The point is to keep them lovers' quarrels.

It's been several weeks since I asked the question, "why do Christian pastors and childrearing experts never talk about battles between husbands and wives over the discipline of their children?" One reason I write about fatherhood is that Christian fathers need help having faith for these fights.

So let me gently say you really must fight with your dear wife for the faithful discipline of your children...

Crossway's $500 ESV and Rupert Murdoch...

For me, it's been a long love affair with Online Bible for the Mac (OLB) and I'm happy to announce that it no longer crashes under Apple's Sierra OS—if, that is, you're enrolled in Apple's beta program and running 10.12.2. (See announcement at bottom of page.)

I started using OLB back in the eighties when it was shareware, but they had no shareware fee. They didn't require money, but only that you give away several copies of the program in your first month of use. The coders said their software was the first "Bible software based on the principle of grace rather than greed."

News out of Trump Tower...

The word from Governor Pence is that his transition team has Tim Keller slated for a new cabinet-level position titled Secretary of Human Flourishing.

Isn't that very awesome? I know he can do it, and what a coup for the PCA!

When Russ Moore heard, he got a little snippy for a time, but now he's bounced back.

President Obama: the very worst sexist...

I’ve got two daughters. Nine years old and six years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. - President Barack Obama

Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices. - President Barack Obama

Headlines all over the place right before the election read, "Obama says men are sexist if they support Trump over Clinton."


President Obama says he's opposed to sexism, yet he opposes getting rid of funding for Planned Parenthood and here's how he explains it: "I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices." President Obama preens himself over his opposition to other men's sexism while he himself is the sort of father who would solicit his daughter to murder the unborn baby quietly sleeping in her womb.

If that isn't sexism, what is? The woman must murder her unborn child to cover for the men in her life who refuse to take responsibility...

In order to form a more perfect Union: California dreaming...

CalSecessiion.pngI'd like to help you in your struggle
To be free

You Just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free

Honestly, if California seceding from these United States is the fruit of voting for President-elect Donald Trump, I'd do it a thousand times. I'd preach that it's a mandate of Biblical proportions for every Christian.

Just imagine. I'm almost giggling with excitement.

Sure, we'd lose Kobe, Hollywood, Berkley, and Tim Cook, but we'd also lose Fuller, Rick Warren, Westminster Escondido, and the Castro. Not a bad trade-off.

Anyone heard if they're talking to Seattle and Portland? Miami and Manhattan?

Denominational reform by other means.

The Weeks family in the Congo (DRC)...

This is a video about the missionary work of three generations of the Weeks family in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Son-in-law Lucas Weeks is the cousin of Travis Weeks and the son of Ron and Doris Weeks pictured around 3' and following. Ron and Doris currently serve in Mbandaka with Redemption Works International.

By the way, if you'd like to read a history of the Congo that goes deeper and is more accurate than the doctrinaire King Leopold's Ghost, get a copy of Congo: The Epic History by David Van Reybrouck. Near the end, Van Reybrouck gives a very helpful explanation of the Congo-Rwanda conflict. The book is the best I've read on Africa.

Dongles everywhere...




Mothers and children first...

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?  - Psalm 137:1-4

Yes, I voted for The Donald, today. In the final analysis, I considered not voting for President at all, writing in a candidate, or going third party to be roughly equivalent. At this late date nationally, none of them commend themselves to me. Years ago when Joe Sobran was still alive and I had some hope that pastors might start preaching again, the third party option had some credibility. But then we saw a real third party develop in the Tea Party movement and it became apparent third parties provide no solution to the larger problem—which now appears to be permanent.

Our two candidates accurately reflect who our nation is...