Friday, July 17, 2015

The incentive to peacemaking is love...

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The incentive to peacemaking is love, but it degenerates into appeasement whenever justice is ignored. To forgive and to ask for forgiveness are both costly exercises. All authentic Christian peacemaking exhibits the love and justice - and so the pain - of the cross. ...John R. W. Stott image

July garden 2015

Hibiscus-supposedly a perennial variety. We'll see next year.
Hydrangea paniculata on the north side of the house.
Bee making a landing-they were out in force this evening.
(Pictures by Raymond Dague of course!)
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Abortion Apologists Defend the Mother Ship; 1 in 3 10-Year-Olds Access Porn...more

Abortion Apologists Defend the Mother Ship
...The “arguments” on Planned Parenthood’s behalf have been rolling in from all the usual places. Their virtual watering holes have chimed in with a story that is all lined up and squared like it came with instructions.

The Christian-bashing atheist bloggers, the sad little faux feminists who think that abortion is all there is to women’s rights, the nihilist web sites, and, of course, Planned Parenthood’s cable news networks have all repeated PP’s talking points like a chorus line dancing and twirling to the beat in a Broadway show.

The basic line of attack is the same the basic line of attack that Planned Parenthood has used with each of these revelations. They used it when their clinic personnel were shown arranging forced abortions for pimps and human traffickers. They used it when their clinic personnel were shown arranging sex-selected abortions to murder baby girls because the parents wanted a boy, instead. They used it again when their clinic personnel were shown instructing teens on how to practice sadistic sex.

Here, in case you’ve missed it, is the standard line....

The Bad, Worse, & Ugly Media Coverage of Planned Parenthood  ...It’s only been two years since the media struggled to even cover the story of Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor and serial murderer. After being shamed into covering the “local crime story” by readers and viewers who had requested coverage for years, the media offered a few mea culpas, and promised to improve coverage of the abortion topic and present the issue more fairly.

They have repeatedly failed, whether the story was cheerleading for late-term abortion supporter Wendy Davis, or accurately covering religious Americans opposition to paying for abortifacients.
 
This story, however, is so big that it is proceeding even against the wishes of the media and their brethren at Planned Parenthood. As the federal government and state governments prepare to truly investigate Planned Parenthood’s chop shops, let’s hope coverage improves mightily.

U.S. State Dept Denying Visas for Assyrian Christians Facing Muslim Persecution   The U.S. State Department may have sent a signal to an Anglican bishop in Iraq that despite persecution and harassment from the terror group known as ISIS, Christians in that country will not find any support from the United States government.

According to Faith J.H. McDonnell of Philos Project, the Rt. Rev. Julian M. Dobbs, bishop of the Diocese of CANA East (Convocation of Anglicans in North America), revealed that part of U.S. foreign policy during an interaction with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). Dobbs made his case to the State Department on behalf of a group of Assyrian Christians who are desperate to leave northern Iraq.

“There is no way that Christians will be supported because of their religious affiliation,” the State Department said...

1 in 3 10-Year-Olds Access Porn
...According to research presented by Ernie Allen, former president and CEO of the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the average children sees pornography for the first time at age 12. One in three 10-years-olds and 53 percent of 12 to 15-year-olds access internet pornography.
 
Layden said, "What information is it feeding them? It is telling them this: There is no such thing as too much sex and there is no sexual behavior that is harmful, toxic or traumatizing, and that sex is not about intimacy, caring, love or respect."
 
She continued, "[It is teaching them that] sex is not about marriage or having children. Sex is casual, recreational, adversarial and it is non-intimate. In fact, you don't even need to know your partner because sex with strangers is the best and most intense time for sex, and you can see the consequences of that in hookup culture on our college campuses."...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Albert Mohler: “A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days”-Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation

July 15, 2015

Excerpt:
But Planned Parenthood is having a hard time keeping its story straight. Eric Ferrero, vice president of communications for the national organization, acknowledged the transfer of fetal organs and tissues, but said that it was all legal and insisted that “there is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood.” And yet, a public relations firm supporting Planned Parenthood, also put out a release stating that “the transcript indicates that Deborah Nucatola was speculating on the range of reimbursement that patients can receive after stating that they wish to donate any tissues after a procedure.” Well, which is it?

Planned Parenthood stands at the epicenter of the Culture of Death and receives almost half a billion dollars a year in government support. They are not going to be able to explain this video away.

I have no reason to believe that the video is anything less than totally credible. But, even if Planned Parenthood somehow finds a way to evade justice in terms of criminal activity, the part of the video that Planned Parenthood does not –and cannot — deny reveals their senior medical director enjoying a conversation over a meal in which she describes tearing apart the bodies of unborn human beings in order to get the desired organ: “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

When the Allied forces liberated the concentration camps of the Nazi regime, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the ordinary German citizens of nearby towns and villages to walk through the camps and to see what they had allowed and facilitated. Eisenhower’s point was all too clear — you allowed this to happen, and you share the guilt.

So it is with all Americans. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industrial complex are funded with our tax dollars. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a racist openly committed to eugenics. Millions of unborn babies have died in its facilities. The group thrives because Americans allow it to thrive.

When this video went viral yesterday, I waited to see how the mainstream media and abortion supporters would respond. That response has, for the most part, been exactly what I expected — defend Planned Parenthood at any cost.

But the video is out there, and it will stay out there. There is no way to un-see it once it is seen.  Full essay
A nation that will allow this, will allow anything.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Boy Scouts end ban on gay Scout leaders; Iran deal has no provision for US captives...more

...Monday’s nuclear agreement with Iran includes no provisions for the release of three Americans known to be detained in Iran and a fourth thought to be held captive by the Islamic Republic.

“What happened today makes a bad deal even worse,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice. “We will now focus our attention on convincing Congress to reject this deal.”...

Obama Not Waiting for Congress to Review Iran Deal Before Going to UN Despite a legal obligation to allow Congress to review the Iran nuclear agreement for 60 days, the Obama administration will press ahead with a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the deal, likely within days.

“We will be introducing a U.N. Security Council resolution perhaps as early as next week,” a senior administration official told reporters in a background conference call from Vienna, hours after the final agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was announced.

The official said the resolution wording had already been drafted in Vienna, with the U.S. in the lead... lawless

Hindu extremists attack two churches in India and leave explosive in Christian school playground

Boy Scouts committee votes to end ban on gay Scout leaders
But the resolution allows religious chartering partners to continue to discriminate against gay adults, in a bid to avoid 'placing Scouting between a boy and his church.'...

Here's the Company That Buys Aborted Body Parts from Planned Parenthood  ...In the context of selling aborted fetal tissue, Dr. Deborah Nucatola is seen and heard discussing her ongoing relationship with a company called StemExpress that works as the middleman between Planned Parenthood affiliates and research institutes that use the body parts in scientific experimentatio

Book review: Praying the Bible
Tim Challies: The heart of Praying the Bible is Whitney’s instruction on a particular method that is meant to address the lack of variety in our prayers: “When you pray, pray through a passage of Scripture, particularly a psalm.” That’s it. “Simply go through the passage line by line, talking to God about whatever comes to mind as you read the text. See how easy that is? Anyone can do that.”

He describes this method and then teaches it with very practical instructions. The book’s tone is of a wise, older Christian coming alongside a young one and saying, “Let me teach you what I have learned. Let me teach you how to pray.” It is warm, conversational, and very encouraging. Whitney’s long experience with this method, coupled with his enthusiasm for it, makes it seem both good and do-able. If you read the book, you will walk away knowing and being able to practice his method. I think I can just about guarantee that much. I also think you will walk away excited to try it out and confident that it will bring new life to your prayers...

“Defactualization” Is Causing American Schools to Become Bastions of Anti-Intellectualism ...According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the nation’s chief test of student achievement, American students score lower in history than any other subject, and their test scores have been declining. On the history test for fourth graders, only 9 percent of students could identify a picture of Abraham Lincoln and give two reasons why he was an important figure. Most twelfth grade students did not know the main ideas and purposes of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Meanwhile, recent data indicate that SAT verbal scores have reached an all-time low.

Most high school students do not realize China’s role in the Cold War and most have little overall knowledge of the Cold War. This is especially disturbing because many historians are asserting that the Ukrainian crisis has led us into Cold War II. Moreover, former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev declared to Time Magazine that the United States and Russia have already entered into a second Cold War over the past few months...

How Should Christians Comment Online?
Reading people’s comments online is an interesting and sometimes troubling study in human nature. And reading comments by professing Christians on Christian sites (as well as other sites) can be a discouraging study in applied theology.

The immediate, shoot-from-the-hip nature of comments on websites and social media is what can often make them minimally helpful or even destructive. Comments can easily be careless. That’s why we must heed Jesus’s warning: “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12:36). This caution makes commenting serious business to God.

How Should We Comment?... Great guidelines

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Planned Parenthood: How Much Longer?

July 14, 2015
by Jonathan Parnell

Excerpt:
Mind-changing momentum is beginning to build, and to our surprise, it’s not so much from the direct work of pro-life advocates, but from the unmasked mishaps of abortion activists themselves. Yes, that’s right. They are going to destroy themselves.

What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?

Last year there was the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains reportedly awarded for exceeding their abortion quota. That is to say, in addition to other reports of such quotas, there was a certain number of abortions that the clinic was prescribed to perform and when they surpassed that number they were honored, all of which backfires against the language of abortions as safe, legal, and rare.

But that is really nothing compared to the recent video that exposes Planned Parenthood for selling the body parts of infant corpses. If the thought of abortionists high-fiving each other over surpassing their abortion quotas doesn’t unsettle you, just watch the video of Deborah Nucatola chomp her food and sip her wine as she talks about selling aborted baby heads. You can watch the full two hours and forty minutes of conversation.

Apparently, according to Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, not only is abortion “safe, legal, and rare,” but it’s a pretty big money-maker if you can keep those heads and livers in tact as you extract the baby feet first.    Full essay

Can a Cyber Attack Happen Soon?


Jul 9, 2015
Cyber Terror Expert Kevin Freeman

A.S. Haley: Charges Filed against +Bruno by Clergy and Parishioners

July 14, 2015

The heavy-handed treatment meted out by Bishop J. Jon Bruno of Los Angeles to the parish of St. James the Great in Newport Beach, as reported in this post, has backfired. Members of the parish, as well as a number of clergy in the Diocese, have joined in filing charges against him which allege that he repeatedly lied and misrepresented his intentions to them, and that he is attempting to sell the valuable property on which their church is located without any appraisal and at far below its market value.

A copy of the complaint is at this link, and an “emergency supplement” is at this link. The names of the signatories have not been disclosed in order to protect them from retaliation until the Disciplinary Board for Bishops can act on the charges. Under the Canons, the charges are reviewed first by Bishop  F. Clayton Matthews, the Intake Officer for the Disciplinary Board. If he finds them presentable (capable of being made a formal presentment under the disciplinary canons), he will convene a Review Panel, consisting of himself, the Presiding Bishop and the President of the Disciplinary Board. The latter is a bishop who is soon to be elected for a new three-year term following General Convention; until his successor is so elected, the Rt. Rev. Dorsey Henderson, Jr. will function in that role.

There is a timeline of the Diocese’s and Bishop’s various dealings and interactions with the St. James parish and its Vicar on the Website organized to publicize this affair, www.SaveSaintJamesthe Great.org. Also linked there are a number of letters written by the parish to other clergy in the Diocese and to the Church at large. They detail a scenario of unbelievable ham-handedness and insensitivity which has brought the matter to its current state of intensity. And so as not to be out of character, the Bishop apparently has left on a month’s vacation!

The new charges will add to his recent woes. After the news came out that Bishop Bruno purportedly had arranged a “sweetheart” private deal with a developer—no bids or listing of the property, but just terms worked out with a single buyer who wants to erect a suite of expensive townhomes on the property—he received a letter from the original developer of Lido Isle (the area of Newport Beach where St. James is located), the Griffith Corporation. That letter informed him something he ought to have known already: that the property on which the church stands was gifted to the Diocese for use only for church purposes. Griffith stated that if he went through with the proposed sale, the property would automatically revert back to it...  the rest

Rev. Graham on Gay Marriage; More Parents Finally Get That College Is A Scam; Christians Sharing Fake News...more

Video Catches Planned Parenthood’s Top Doctor Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies ...New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.

In the video, Nucatola is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of PPFA’s Medical Services department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks...

2016: Why Christians Should Pay Attention to the Upcoming Election ...But instead of giving up hope and disengaging, Graham said now is the most important time to pray and to become politically active because “there is a battle to fight” against “Satan and his demons and let me tell you something: They have gotten their way … into every level of our government, and we’ve got to speak up.”

“If you don’t like who your government is then you need to stand up and vote for Christians and get Christians to run for office, starting at the local level and filling government up with a generation of Christian men and women who aren’t afraid to take a stand for God and His laws and His principles,” Graham said...

Networks Censor Obama's Assault On Suburbs  ...The Big Three news networks all punted on covering one of the Obama regime´s most radical policies: new rules forcing cities to redraw the racial makeup of suburban neighborhoods. Why the hush-up? Politics.

ABC, CBS and NBC refused to cover the administration´s official unveiling of a policy as ambitious and politically radioactive as its socialized medicine scheme. Under sweeping new regulations finalized last week, more than 1,250 municipalities across the country now must diversify neighborhoods through rezoning or risk losing billions in federal funding from the Housing and Urban Development Department. Besides the fact that legal scholars view the federal mandate.

Besides the fact that legal scholars view the federal mandate — whose goal is racially balancing the nation, ZIP code by ZIP code — as patently unconstitutional, it also threatens to import violent crime into the suburbs while lowering property values and negatively impacting local schools.

As kitchen table issues go, this is huge; yet the evening news didn't see it that way. In fact, newscasts completely blacked out the issue after HUD released the rule last week...

 

An Embarrassing Week for Christians Sharing Fake News Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. You embarrass us all when you do...

More Parents Finally Get That College Is A Scam  ...Ask anyone, like I just did to my neighbor tonight, what’s wrong with college, and he will say immediately: It costs too much. A quick follow-on is often the Seinfeld line, which has begun emanating from liberals and conservatives have chorused for decades: It’s too politically correct. Another major complaint we typically hear from businessmen and, thus, politicians: Graduates are not prepared for adult life in the marketplace, which is the enterprise’s major justification in our money-obsessed culture. More faintly, academic types and purists complain that kids aren’t learning anything while hogging down absurdly inappropriate luxury amenities (for people who have contributed almost nothing to society yet) like rock-climbing walls, world-class sports entertainment, and organic cafeteria fare.

All these complaints are true. College is wildly overpriced, at least if one considers its inflation rate since Congress decided to start forcing everyone to pay for it and every cultural leader started telling everyone college is the one-way ticket to prosperity: forget hard work, collect $200. Almost no item has increased in price at the rate higher education has over the past 40, 50, name-your-span years. It’s neck-and-neck with pharmaceuticals, another highly government-controlled industry...

Rev. Graham on Gay Marriage: 'Immorality Not Only Reigns But Is Now Celebrated' in USA Commenting on the Supreme Court's ruling (5-4) that homosexual "marriage" is now a civil right, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said America has turned her back on God and rejected His "laws and standards," and added that it seems as though "immorality not only reigns but is now clebrated" in this country.

He also stressed that because of this immorality, God's judgment will fall on America.

"We read in the Scriptures how God judged Israel when they did not follow His laws," said Rev. Graham in his commentary for the August issue of Decision magazine. "As a nation we have arrogantly turned our back on God, and I believe God’s judgment will come against our country."...

NASA probe New Horizons makes historic flyby of Pluto
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft completed a historic flyby of Pluto on Tuesday morning, making its closest pass over the small, icy world at 5:49 a.m. MDT.
 
The unmanned, piano-sized spacecraft was traveling nearly 31,000 mph when it passed about 7,750 miles over Pluto.

It’s the first mission to Pluto and its five moons...