It might be a good thing if the son did return right away-- it might give people second thoughts about attending this church.
Dee wrote: The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.-Pope Francis
...So, who is this Chris Hodges and why should we trust him with the Dino and Delynn Rizzo comeback tour?
What is the ARC?
Here is a massive movement that mimics the control of the Calvinistas yet is definitely not Reformed in their theology.
Unlike The Gospel Coalition, there is actually oversight of these churches from ARC central.
It is centered in Birmingham, AL which is the home of Chris Hodge's Church of the Highlands.
The ARC hierarchy is a closed system.
In other words, there is much that is not communicated to the members. My guess is that they will not be thrilled with TWW opening a window into the organization. When we wrote about Dino Rizzo, we received a phone call from an alleged, anonymous "pastor in the ARC" who berated our expose of the Rizzo situation in such a lengthy manner that it took him two phone calls to fully record his tirade.
Psalms 5 5¬†The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†you hate all evildoers. 6¬†You destroy those who speak lies; ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.---ESV
Clarke Commentary wrote: ‚Äč Verse 5. The foolish shall not stand] He is a fool and a madman who is running himself out of breath for no prize, who is fighting against the Almighty; this every wicked man does; therefore is every wicked man a fool and a madman.
Thou hatest all workers of iniquity] Some sin now and then, others generally; some constantly, and some labour in it with all their might. These are the WORKERS of iniquity. Such even the God of infinite love and mercy hates. Alas! what a portion have the workers of iniquity! the hatred of God Almighty!
King David was one who may have sinned now and then. He was always repentant for it. This person who was for moral inadequacy. Apparently has not asked for forgiveness and this particular sin if it is a sexual one shows that he does not have the calling to be a pastor anyway. David had a calling for being a king and there are certainly many more people all through history who had a lot less moral qualifications than King David had
It is almost amusing comparing Nixon and Trump tactic of using professional football. . They did it for basically the same reasons, but certainly used different techniques.
Jesse Berrett wrote: Will anybody remember Pence‚Äôs departure in 30 years? Doubtful. But conservative sites celebrated the spectacle as ‚Äúexactly what was needed.‚ÄĚ [ https://tinyurl.com/ycc928me ] And what was needed? Apparently, a Trumpian refinement of the old Nixonian culture wars. When the Ravens took a knee before the anthem, ‚Äúfor kindness, for unity, for equality and justice for all Americans,‚ÄĚ fans booed anyway. When the Packers linked arms in solidarity, their fans chanted ‚ÄúU-S-A!‚ÄĚ...
Romans 1:18-21 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 8:7-8 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.---ESV
I am glad to see that this distraction has seemed to calm down. About the only thing that one can get from it is that Pence is a loyal lieutenant - - which one expects from a vice president of being.
The Guardian wrote: Vice-President Mike Pence left the 49ers-Colts NFL game in Indianapolis on Sunday in a planned walkout, after about a dozen San Francisco players kneeled during the playing of the national anthem.
Pence announced his departure from the Lucas Oil Stadium on Twitter. A White House statement followed, with a tweet from President Donald Trump which confirmed the walkout was not spontaneous....
Protests of the anthem by NFL players, almost all African American, began last year when the then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. 49ers players have been prominent among those kneeling this season and could have been expected to kneel on Sunday.
Nor was Pence scheduled to take in the whole game...
Sarah Bailey wrote: 'It‚Äôs no secret that many Christians harbor deep skepticism of the ‚Äúliberal media elite.‚ÄĚ Some have been burned by the media, noting unfair or unfriendly coverage from the past. ‚ÄúI never just accept what newspapers say about people. I‚Äôve seen them get facts, quotes, and reasons wrong far too many times,‚ÄĚ California pastor Rick Warren wrote on Twitter earlier this year. Or, as popular blogger Jon Acuff has suggested, Christians tend to treat the secular media as though it were Satan‚Äôs newspaper.... 'But carrying an unhealthy cynicism toward the media can rattle our sense that there is indeed knowable truth. Instead, the savvy Christian should seek to gather several pieces of information and ideas before filtering them through what he or she knows to be true. We can look to media accounts to begin to understand general revelation, God‚Äôs providential work manifested in the world around us....' From a source many of you would approve of excerpt from, http://tinyurl.com/hzvme5g (Discerning the News), The RC Sproul site.
I'm glad to see that Sermon Audio has looking at a variety of sources
ABC News Radio wrote: Here‚Äôs the latest on the investigation:
It‚Äôs believed gunman Stephen Paddock purposely fired at nearby fuel tanks, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. The shooter‚Äôs brain is being tested for abnormalities, the sheriff said. Security officer Jesus Campos first encountered barricaded door at 9:59 p.m.; was shot later, according to the sheriff. The ‚Äúfiring had ceased‚ÄĚ by the time police arrived, Lombardo said. ‚ÄúNo signs of ideology or affiliation to any groups,‚ÄĚ FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse said. Over 1,000 pieces of evidence collected and are being reviewed, Rouse said.
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: I felt that the white ministers, priests and rabbis of the South would be some of our strongest allies. Instead, some few have been outright opponents, refusing to understand the freedom movement and misrepresenting its leaders; all too many others have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows.
"White Christians will inevitably ask, ‚ÄúBut what do we do?‚ÄĚ This question perpetuates the problem. People of color did not create white supremacy; white people did. To ask a racial minority how to solve a problem they didn‚Äôt create and one under which they suffer only adds to their burdens."
Mike wrote: NRA reference is irrelevant. Try again.
There is swamp gas everywhere in Washington DC. I certainly wouldn't blame one branch of government for it.
ABC News Radio wrote: Trump's threat to pull NBC's license drew Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., into the fight. The ... Republican Sasse is a frequent right-wing opponent of the president.
Sasse released a statement asking if the president was recanting his oath of office due to his challenge of the First Amendment.
"Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter," the brief statement reads. "Are you tonight recanting the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?"
The tweet containing Sasse's question had received about 9,000 retweets and 19,000 likes within the first three hours of posting.
Frankie always trying to play both sides against the middle shifted a little after this event, saying,
[email protected] wrote: ‚ÄúAttorney General Jeff Sessions is exactly right ‚Äď ‚Äėin no way can we accept and apologize for racism, bigotry, hatred, violence and those kind of things that too often arise in our country.‚Äô One race is not superior over another. ... The venomous hatred we saw displayed in #Charlottesville should repulse all Americans.‚ÄĚ
Ephesians 2:5¬†even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6¬†and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7¬†that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; 8¬†for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9¬†not of works, that no one would boast.
SA, thanks for reminding us of those verses. These would go along with those verses:
Romans 8:7¬†because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God‚Äôs law, neither indeed can it be. 8¬†Those who are in the flesh can‚Äôt please God. 9¬†But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn‚Äôt have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. 10¬†If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
ABC News Radio wrote: In the wake of the fires, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday morning that it has arrested five people for looting in evacuation areas. Three of the individuals were Santa Rosa natives who were arrested and booked on a number of offenses. A 28-year-old man was found with two stolen bikes as well as narcotics, police said. A 48-year-old woman and a 49-year-old woman were also arrested, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.
With mandatory evacuation orders still in place, many residents in the affected areas have been warned not to return to their homes until further notice.
"Life is more important than property," Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said at a press conference Tuesday.
He said he thinks the wildfires will be "one of the worst natural disasters in California history."
Unfortunately , the John MacArthur site change most of their URLs, always an irritating situation. So, the correct one is above. I might as well give a bonus and give the sermon that is on Sermon Audio for it.
Charles Spurgeon on the Pope wrote: It is the bound and duty of every Christian to pray against this Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is, no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name.
Popery is contrary to Christ‚Äôs gospel and is the antichrist and we ought to pray against it. It should be the daily prayer of every believer that the antichrist might be hurled like a millstone into the flood and for Christ, because it wounds Christ, because it robs Christ of his glory, because it puts sacramental efficacy in the place of his atonement and lifts a piece of bread into the place of the Savior and a few drops of water into the place of the Holy Spirit. And puts a mere fallible man like ourselves up as the Vicar of Christ on Earth. IF we pray against it, because it is against him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors. We shall love their souls though we loathe and detest their dogmas. And so the breath of our prayers will be sweetened because we turn our faces toward Christ when we pray.
2 Samuel 12:8-10 And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.---ESV
Since launching its brutal insurgency in 2009, Islamic militant group Boko Haram has devastated entire villages and communities in northeast Nigeria. But the scale of the food crisis only came to light as more areas in the region that were once under Boko Haram‚Äôs control become accessible to government and aid workers.
Last year, the United Nations children's fund estimated a quarter of a million children in northeast Nigeria‚Äôs Borno state are severely malnourished and many are facing death. This year, Oxfam estimates 340,000 people will face food insecurity and 12,000 children will suffer from acute malnutrition.
The extent of the unfolding crisis in northeast Nigeria will be reflected in future Global Hunger Index indicators and scores, the report added.
This is probably the most detailed article on the shooter yet.
ABC News Radio wrote: Multiple officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News on Tuesday night that detectives are still collecting evidence from Paddock‚Äôs suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. They said the 64-year-old retired accountant and high-stakes video poker player was clearly preparing for some sort of extended siege with authorities after carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The officials told ABC News that Paddock had jammed doors, making them difficult to open. He also had access to the hotel‚Äôs service elevator and used it in the days leading up to the Oct. 1 shooting.
Ivan, David never tried to be a priest. Or in modern parlance a pastor. There are enough good people around then to have a bad example put into the role of the pastorate.
And this case if the person returns one would wonder if money was not an important factor in trying to get him back? the person featured in the article can find a job in some other field. He doesn't have to inherit his daddy's no doubt very large income. Fresh blood should be brought in who is worthy of such a high salary.
There are numerous examples of sons who followed in their fathers' footsteps of being a great pastor, John MacArthur being a prime example. We also have examples of people who should not be in the pastorate.
J. Hampton Keathley III wrote: In our day, ambition is usually connected with some form of self-seeking motivated by selfish desires. It generally refers to a person with some very self-centered, hidden agendas. Such ambition in leaders and in any Christian is a curse to be avoided because leaders with such agendas will always end up manipulating and using others for selfish ends....