The Isle of Man Government is conducting a consultation regarding its proposed legislation to permit same-sex ‘marriage’ on the Island. BetterThanSacrifice.org has a post with the details and a comprehensive response. Many of the points covered are applicable to the same-sex ‘marriage’ controversy in other countries.
The consultation closes on 13 November 2015 and is open to all, regardless of where they live. It would be very helpful for the Government to realize that a great many people from all over the world are opposed to the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’. Here is how you can help:
- State your opposition (no matter how briefly) in a polite email to Ms Anne Shimmin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Leave a message by phone on +44 (0)1624 685202 opposing the legislation.
- Share the BetterThanSacrifice.org post widely using the Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus buttons at the end of the article.
discern.org has commentary and links.
With their cover of Britney Spears’ Circus, Church by the Glades illustrates the point of the earlier article, The Church Growth Movement: innovating like it’s 1894.
Photo credit: Circus, Church by the Glades
discern.org notes Beth Moore’s post and links to some resources on her teaching.
Following a period where the Ten Commandments have been much abused, discern.org has a helpful corrective.
Photo credit: Sun rise on Mt. Sinai 2, Endlisnis.
discern.org explains why seeker-driven megachurch preaching is necessarily powerless.
Photo credit: The Greatest Show on Earth!, peddhapati.
If you haven’t yet listened to Dr. Rod Rosenbladt’s masterful presentation, you’re missing out. And if you have, you’ll probably want to hear it again.
Photo credit: Leanda Xavian.
The monarchial government of many seeker-driven churches is certainly efficient. When a leader is supported by a board of subordinates whom he has appointed, and can just as easily remove, he is well placed to Get Things Done. Nevertheless, is efficiency a virtue in the church?
Photo credit: Ryan McGuire.
discern.org has a convenient round-up of helpful rebuttals to Newsweek and Kurt Eichenwald’s ignorant Christmas polemic against the Bible and historic Christianity.
Dr. Warren Throckmorton writes:
In a stunning move, the Acts 29 Network leadership has removed network co-founder and Mars Hill Church lead pastor Mark Driscoll from the organization’s membership. I obtained a letter from several Acts 29 pastors which was sent to Driscoll and Mars Hill Church removing Driscoll and the church as members of the network, as well as calling on Driscoll to step down due to a pattern of complaints from Acts 29 pastors. Mark Driscoll was instrumental in founding the Acts 29 Network and has been president of the group. According to the letter, the information will soon be posted on the Acts 29 website.
Jason Smathers writes:
US Federal Court says posting Caner video is fair use, not copyright infringement. Footage will be online again in short order.
[Update: you can now view the videos Ergun Caner sued to suppress here.]
In 2010 videos showing Ergun Caner deceiving the US Marines was posted on Witnesses Unto Me. At that time Ergun Caner was still preaching behind Christian pulpits, telling a web of lies. His story was about a young man who grew up trained to do “that which was done on 9/11,” growing up in Turkey in the house of a polygamist Muslim before moving to America as a teenager and eventually becoming a Christian. In truth, Caner was born in Sweden and moved to Ohio while he was two years old.
Nearly three years later, Ergun Caner began sending copyright complaints concerning many videos online that contained proof that he invented a fake life story. When submitting such a notice concerning the Marines videos, this author responded by stating the video is public record, created by the US Government, and not subject to copyright. Caner responded with a lawsuit.
Today, the court has ruled on a motion to dismiss by stating the use of the video was fair use and not a violation of copyright. The case is dismissed, YouTube and Viddler will soon be informed so the videos will return, and the court will entertain a future motion for legal fees to be recouped by charging them to Caner.
Smathers’ post includes the final judgment of the District Court, and its order granting the motion to dismiss Caner’s lawsuit. The court order contains a helpful account of the background to the case.
BetterThanSacrifice.org presents a treatment of the parable of the Two Slaves from Matthew 24:42–51, and the parable of the Talents from Matthew 25:14–30. We are crushed by the Law and comforted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Audio and a transcript of the message are provided.