Angela: I agree and fall into that camp. At the same time, I can understand how the government would need to pursue and prosecute. Snowden should have at least tried talking first to senators who already knew about the program and expressed grave concerns. He could have given them the full extent of the intrusion and watched to see what came of it.
40 percent do daily family devotion. If correct, that number, though down, would probably blow away most denominarions. People wonder what fancy programs, counselors, or schools can impact their children for Christ and the answer is the Holy Scriptures sitting on their shelf taught to their own daily at the kitchen table.
Shawn: It is confusing but the research article is the third article and has numerous citations. I would say the numbers appear to be consistent with my observations. Homeschooling is growing primarily for 3 reasons: 1) Violence/bullying in government schools, 2) Explicit and/or warped sex ed being forced on young students, and 3) parents wanting a better and Godly education at home. Let's rejoice in this latter response.
It is not about quitting the BSA but replaciing it with scouting that incorporates Biblical standards and teaching. Think of all the opportunities to impact young men with the gospel that have been lost because scouting had to tow the line on political correctness. New organizations are being formed. Pray for their success.
John uk: Michael said spurgeon's Calvinism was a different breed but did not explain in particulars. Spurgeon stated that he preached the Calvinism of Calvin and Knox. Sounds unreservedly Calvinistic to me but am willing to be corrected if I am wrong.
She did what all teachers should do -- call upon the mercy and protection of the the Almighty. She should do it publicly and she should encourage her students to do so. Isn't a part of education to educate? Teachers teach.
Machen seems to be speaking here from the perspective of the reformed in general, not personally. Some of his kin are my friends and my impression is that he wanted to keep a big tent on this issue at Princeton and WTS but personally was not committed to such a view. It contravened the main thrust of his writing but I would venture that he did not have enough room on his plate for another battle.
San Jose John, I do not think your statement about Machen is correct. It is true he said that the age of the earth was not a test of teformed orthodoxy but I am not aware of any statement where he adopted an old earth view. He certainly would have ruled out this Biologos nonsense as in accord with Scripture.
Lisa wrote: We are new testiment Christians- we must pray for this man to meet Jesus. Remember that Sauk of tarsus was a murderer and was greatly used of god.
Yes, we must pray that his heart would change. But we can also pray that if that not be God's will, that God would remove him from causing anymore harm, however God sees fit. There are many imprecatory Psalms calling for destruction of those fixed on evil. In God's sight, Gosnell is guilty of 40,000 murders, not 3. Think about that...40,000. It is hard to even imagine. God have mercy on us all.
Biologos, evangelical Christian group? An odd name for a group that seeks to proselytize in the name of that exalted name above all names....Science. Their confession of faith ---Science as understood by their fallen and feeble minds is inerrant and infallible, something Scripture could never be.
If they want a really far-out scenario, they could dream up a ritalin-pumped, weed tokin, video gamin, outcast hangin, dark poetry writin, bona fide american publc school student bitter about his parents divorce.
Obama lies to us every day and gets away with it so I am afraid Benghazi will be no different. Broken the trust with the American people? Half the people never trusted him and the other half don't care.
These kids knowingly violated the rules but the larger point is that the rules should be different. Rather than smothering Christianity at the front door, Christ should be invited in and every subject taught as His creation and under His rule.
Jim: So you do not believe Patton is revered as a military leader as I said? You would prefer a person whom you consider a nominal Catholic be barred from encouraging his troops to pray and be court-martialed for it?
"We must get not only chaplains but every man in the Third Army to pray. We must ask God to stop these rains." Gen.Patton
I wonder if the new policy is retroactive. Convict all the honored military men...Washington at Valley Forge, Patton at Bastogne, Stonewall at.. anywhere. Is warfare spiritual? Ask any man in a foxhole or a minefield
Bob: I agree with many of your comments, but don't say that our soldiers, airmen, and Marines died for no reason in Vietnam. My greatest childhood hero, a Marine, laid down his life there and I never had the chance to meet him in this world. I know it was not your intent to disparage but be careful with your words. He and others who modeled utter devotion to duty did not die in vain. My grandmother hung his sword on the hearth and thought of him every day until she passed away last year at 100. God always has a purpose. It has been 46 years and his powerful legacy of Godly sacrifice and love for others lives on.
The first amendment forbids the establishment of an official state church and ensures the free exercise of religion. Its reference point and foundation is one religion.....Christianity. Yet our soldiers cannot discuss the pillar of our values among themselves? Where there is no glue, there is no cohesion.