Monthly Archives: February 2016

Something Donald Trump  doesn’t embrace America will never be great again, if we are not first good again.

Donald Trump is widely known as the presidential candidate and businessman who promises to “Make America Great Again”.
It’s time for Republicans of all stripes and Evangelicals in particular to meet Donald Trump, The King of Sleaze.
In 2013, when Mr. Trump owned the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City he brought the first strip club to the area’s casinos. Who thought that the gambling ghetto could be brought to a new low? Donald Trump figured out how to do it.
The reportedly $ 25 million, 36,000 square feet of “adult” entertainment within the casino featured “modified lap dancing” and women stripping down to G-strings and pasties, among other live porn activities. The casino is no longer owned by Trump (he filed for bankruptcy, leaving others with millions upon millions of his debt and losses), but the Trump Taj Mahal still bares the Trump name. So the man who seeks to have his name associated with the White House will still have his name proudly associated with a Casino that degrades and debases women.
As a frequent guest on The Howard Stern show for many years, Trump repeatedly and consistently spewed pornographic sleaze and advocated a sexually immoral lifestyle, while proudly living one himself. Many of them can be heard through links on BuzzFeed.com, which broke the most comprehensive story on Trump’s Stern interviews to date. What you will discover is that Trump often rated women on scale of 1 to 10 according to their looks. He said, for instance, that “A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.” He also repeatedly talked about how he could “do” famous women if he chose to, used crude language to describe females, and played the International Playboy role to perfection. Listen to the audio and prepare to be sickened.

( Meet Donald Trump: The King of Sleaze )

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This Isn’t Funny Anymore: Why I’m Voting Against Donald Trump

Isn’t Funny Anymore: Why I’m Voting Against Donald Trump
My name is Thomas McKenzie. I’m an Anglican priest, and the pastor of a congregation. I speak here on my own behalf, and not on behalf of my denomination or congregation. I speak as a Christian, husband, father, and American. I’m writing this before Super Tuesday, before anyone is the nominee of either party.
I do not believe that pastors and churches should endorse political candidates or political parties. I don’t allow “voter guides” or any other kind of party-politics at our church. I don’t even tell people who I’m voting for in elections. I love the fact that people of every political persuasion go to our church, and that my friendships are trans-political. 
I don’t get into party-politics for three key reasons. First, Jesus is Lord. The passing of power from one politician to another does not change that. So why be anxious about such things? Second, no political party or politician has ever fully represented my Christian beliefs. Most don’t even come close. Third, politics divide Christians. If I were to support a particular candidate, it could harm my relationship with Christians who think otherwise (I know this from experience). And, my support wouldn’t make any difference to the result of a national or state-wide election, so why do it?
I do believe in talking about issues. When I do, I try to do so through the lens of the Gospel, focusing on God’s mercy and grace, while highlighting personal responsibility. So, if (for instance) I talk about abortion, I’m assuring forgiveness and mercy to those who have had one, but also encouraging people not to have one. I focus on adoption, and care of unwanted children as well as mothers-in-crisis. And, if necessary, I’ll talk a little about the government.
All that to say, there is an issue I have decided I need to say something about. And that issue is Donald Trump. I oppose his election as President, and believe that any other candidate now running, from either party, would make a better President. I believe his election would be dangerous to our country, and to the Church. 
I do not believe that Donald Trump has the best interest of our country in mind. Rather, I believe he has shown concern only for himself and his personal advancement. His focus on himself as a “winner” and others as “losers,” his obsession with polls, his demagoguery (“I could kill someone and people would still support me”), and more lead me to this conclusion.
Donald Trump is endlessly entertaining. If this election were a reality show, I’d watch every episode. But it’s not. This is too important. This isn’t funny anymore.

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If Trump is the nominee Nebraska US Senator posts vote against him, and the Democrat 

Read the post here.

John Kasich was right the baker should have baked a cake for the same sex couple  

I don’t agree with those who are yelling for same sex marriage to be looked upon as equal with a marriage that is between a man and a woman. However I think the top thing for us who are followers of Jesus is try to be the best witness we can be to others including to  our gay friends. We can not change anyone’s heart only God and the Holy Spirit can do that. 

   There  is a difference between a Christian business man being asked to bake a cake for somebody and a church being told it can not preach from the Bible. I am not backing John Kasich in the race for the White House but I thought he expressed a lot of wisdom when he said in the last debate instead of refusing to bake a cake for a same sex couple we should pray for them. The key is what are we telling folks when we refuse to do things for them because of the sin they are in. Instead let’s show them Jesus in the flesh. Lets save our battles for when they tell us our churches and believers can not preach or teach from the Bible.

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Donald Trump Insults Debate Moderator Hugh Hewitt: Nobody Listens To Your Show

If nobody listens to his radio show my question to Donald Trump would be why did you go on it. That doesn’t sound like something a smart business guy would do. Watch the video.

Why Max Lucado Broke His Political Silence for Trump

In a recent blog post, Lucado chose to speak out against what he calls Trump’s “antics,” insisting that, “such insensitivities wouldn’t even be acceptable even for a middle school student body election.”
We talked to Lucado about his motivation for speaking up and how Trump has changed his attitude toward pastoral involvement in politics.
Prior to you publishing your post, “Decency for President” this week, how would you describe your typical approach to politics as a pastor?
I don’t even put a candidate’s bumper sticker on my car. People don’t attend church to hear my views on a presidential candidate.
I would have absolutely no right to speak up except that he repeatedly brandishes the Bible and calls himself a Christian.

In this case, it’s not so much a question about particular policies or strategies about government or even particular opinions. It’s a case of public derision of people. It’s belittling people publicly. It would be none of my business, I would have absolutely no right to speak up except that he repeatedly brandishes the Bible and calls himself a Christian.
I wrote this article and sent it to the Trump team in hopes that they would respond. But they never did. I cannot imagine what their world must be like. Who knows? It probably got lost in some email basket out there. But I tried because I felt that that would be more appropriate to do.
It’s a high stakes thing from my perspective because people make decisions about Christ on the basis of Christians and how we behave. If he’s going to call himself a Christian one day and call someone a bimbo the next or make fun of somebody’s menstrual cycle, it’s just beyond reason to me.
So the tipping point for you came when Trump made outright claims of being a Christian and associated himself with evangelicals?
Yes. There was one occasion he held up a Bible. On another occasion, at Liberty University, he read from Scripture. On multiple occasions he’s said “Of course I’m a Christian.” There was a time in Iowa when he said “I’m a Christian,” and somebody asked about forgiveness and he said “I’ve never asked God for forgiveness.”

I can’t imagine that. I’m just shaking my head going “How does that work?” Does a swimmer say “I’ve never gotten wet?” Does a musician say “I’ve never sung a song?” How does a person claim to be a Christian and never need to ask for forgiveness?
Is it fair to say that you wrote this without thinking through what the fallout might be?
There is no strategy to this. It is what it is. It’s a statement. I have a webpage as you probably know and most of the things I write about are Christian life. The post that preceded this was about living a life of contagious joy. I don’t get into controversy well. I certainly don’t enjoy it this much.

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Chaplain works behind the scenes with Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. • As he promenaded about the Cardinals clubhouse Sunday, this guy had some sort of a magnetism to him, like a popular ex-ballplayer, back to see the boys. But I didn’t recognize this guy from the mental packs and stacks of baseball cards in my brain. Still, the current Cardinals seemed so comfortable chatting with him; clubhouse employees, too.
Who is this guy?
“We’ve got strength coaches, we’ve got hitting coaches, we’ve got pitching coaches,” he’d tell me later. “I just want to be the guy who’s kind of a spiritual coach, really.”
His name is Darrin Patrick, and he’s important to your favorite players.
He’s the Cardinals’ chaplain, and he’s carved a niche for himself here. He’s a disarming dude the players relate to and still admire. He wears jeans. He sports stylish gray glasses that complement his salt-and-pepper stubble.

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Cruz, Rubio tag-team against Trump in Texas Debate 

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The Pope is using the Bible wrong on Capital Punishment 

WASHINGTON (BP) — Pope Francis is wrong in asserting the death penalty always violates the Bible’s command not to murder, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says.
In a Feb. 21 blog post, Moore responded to the pope’s call the same day for a worldwide ban on capital punishment. The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) took issue with the reasoning used by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in his abolitionist appeal.
Pope Francis referred to the 10 Commandments in telling tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, “The commandment ‘You shall not kill’ has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty.” He appealed to “the consciences of those who govern to reach an international consensus to abolish the death penalty,” according to Reuters News Service.
The Bible, however, distinguishes between the innocent and guilty, Moore wrote in his post.
The pope’s argument is not just practical but an across-the-board application to every use of capital punishment, Moore said.
“On that, I believe he is wrong. We may disagree, with good arguments on both sides, about the death penalty. But as we do so, we must not lose the distinction the Bible makes between the innocent and the guilty,” he wrote. “The gospel shows us forgiveness for the guilty through the sin-absorbing atonement of Christ, not through the state’s refusal to carry out temporal justice.”
The Mosaic Law the pope appeals to in calling for the death penalty’s abolition actually “draws a distinction between murder and lawful execution by the state,” Moore said.
Also, capital punishment approved by God predates the Ten Commandments and the rest of the Mosaic Law, Moore wrote. “In the covenant with Noah [in Gen. 9], God forbade murder and simultaneously made provision for the death penalty in some instances. Humanity, created in the image of God, is of such value that to murder is to bear the most awful consequences imaginable, the forfeiture of one’s own life.”
Moore also cited the Catholic Church’s centuries-long defense of “just war” theory in at least some circumstances. “If one believes the state can order the military to kill opposing combatants in war, one does not, by definition, believe that every instance of the state killing is a violation of the commandment not to murder,” he said.
Biblical support for the state’s use of capital punishment continues in the New Testament, Moore said. The apostle Paul refers to the Roman government “bearing the sword” in Romans 13, shortly after he urges Christians not to take vengeance, he wrote.
“Some have argued (unconvincingly, in my view) that this ‘bearing the sword’ is police power, not [the] death penalty,” Moore said. “But police power, if armed with lethal arms, always carries at least the possibility of the death of the evildoer. If that is always and everywhere murder, then it deserves the full sanction of God’s moral judgment.”

( Moore: Pope’s reasoning wrong on death penalty ban )

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA was powerful no matter what you thought of the Judge 

( Below is a radio commentary Cal Thomas did. Read it or click on the audio link to listen to it. )

       DID YOU WATCH THE FUNERAL SERVICE FOR JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA ON SATURDAY. HIS SON, PAUL, A PRIEST, DELIVERED THE EULOGY AND HERE IS PART OF WHAT HE SAID:
“We are gathered here because of one man. A man known personally to many of us, known only by reputation to even more. A man loved by many, scorned by others. A man known for great controversy, and for great compassion. That man, of course, is Jesus of Nazareth.

(The Scalia Funeral And Message or listen to the 
 

 

Audio.)