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Teacher of the year puts down all good teachers along with our country

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“Real Healing”

https://www.moodyradio.org/radioplayer.aspx?episode=295806

Albert Mohler: Roger Scruton: 1944-2020

Roger Scruton—the British conservative who was one of the most important conservative intellects of our day—has died after a battle with cancer, at the age of 75.

Scruton helped to shape the conservative movement, not only in the United States, but even more importantly, in Great Britain.

 

He became a conservative when he was a student in France. Much like that classic conservative Edmund Burke who was looking the French during the French Revolution, Scruton saw an entire civilization being torn apart.
 Scruton taught us—in the title of one of his most important books—“How to Be a Conservative.”
( Read the whole commentary or listen to it at  
http://townhallreview.com/2020/01/albert-mohler-roger-scruton-1944-2020/.)

Boy who had to wipe ashes off of himself on Ash Wednesday meets with President Trump

https://www.facebook.com/95475020353/posts/10164381942780354/

BREAKPOINT Good Times for Planned Parenthood, So It Says

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This kind of “spin” is pretty standard fare for annual reports, so it should be taken with a large grain of salt. Still, it prompts an obvious question: If Planned Parenthood is going from strength to strength as it says it is, why does it still need our taxpayer support?

According the report, Planned Parenthood performed 345,000 abortions during the 2018-19 fiscal year. That’s approximately 40 percent of the approximately 862,000 abortions performed in the United States 

 

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In other words, Planned Parenthood performed a record number of abortions at a time when the overall number of abortions is declining. Put differently, we might say that Planned Parenthood is cornering the abortion “market.” The report sounds so upbeat because business is good.

In fact, it’s so good that Planned Parenthood could turn down millions of dollars in federal grants rather than comply with new Trump Administration rules that bar recipients from referring clients to abortion providers.

With that kind of financial flexibility, why are American taxpayers still forced to fund the organization to the tune of $617 million a year? More to the point, why was the most recent funding approved without the slightest consideration that things could be different?

At least part of the answer to those questions lie in the pages of the annual report. Planned Parenthood claims that it provided “9.8 million services” in its last fiscal year. Half of these were what it called “STI Services & Treatment.” The rest were “Birth Control Information & Services” and “Breast Exams & Pap Tests.”

This is, of course, Planned Parenthood’s continual, and still bogus, argument that abortion is “less than four percent” of what the organization does. I have explained on several occasions why that number just isn’t true. Apparently, enough elected officials—Congressional Republicans included—either believe Planned Parenthood, don’t care enough to learn the facts, or are unwilling to risk their political careers to do anything about it.

And so, the omnibus spending bill passed and signed into law late last year directs $550 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood in this fiscal year. That’s an increase of $20 million over last fiscal year.

That of course means the impact of the millions of dollars in grants Planned Parenthood turned down was limited. Rather than comply with the new rules or employ their famously creative accounting, they instead chose to fight the rules in court. They recently lost that fight at the Ninth Circuit.

The continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood matters for reasons that transcend the symbolic and moral. Nearly 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenue — $617 million in the last fiscal year—comes from government sources. Nearly 90 percent of that amount comes from the federal government alone.

Which means Planned Parenthood is quite vulnerable, despite the upbeat annual report. If the federal spigot of funds were turned off or even turned down, they’d be in big trouble.

In fact, we should be asking “Why hasn’t it been already?”

We can’t blame what’s happened or, more accurately, what hasn’t happened by those in the courts and legislatures, without also pointing to what’s happened or, more accurately, what hasn’t happened in the public square.

Legislatures will only defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood if Americans make it clear they view abortion as something they absolutely do not want to pay for. And that will only happen if we make the case for life.

If we fail to do that, then we can only expect more upbeat annual reports from Planned Parenthood, America’s unquestioned abortion leader.

Albert Mohler: Evangelicals and Trump 2020

https://omny.fm/shows/townhall-review-conservative-commentary-on-todays/albert-mohler-evangelicals-and-trump-2020

 In the run-up to Christmas, you may have seen coverage of an editorial in Christianity Today by the magazine’s outgoing Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli, calling for the impeachment of President Trump.

The editorial set off a whirlwind.

Galli called the president’s actions with regard to Ukraine, “profoundly immoral.”

“None of the president’s positives,” Galli said, “can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.”
 http://townhallreview.com/2020/01/albert-mohler-evangelicals-and-trump-2020/

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney ‘thankful for God’s grace’ as he pays respect to LSU ( class act )

https://sportsspectrum.com/sport/football/2020/01/14/clemson-coach-dabo-swinney-thankful-gods-grace-pays-respect-lsu/

Hate Crime Absurdity

https://pointofview.net/viewpoints/hate-crime-absurdity/

Pastor persecution highlights Communist Party vs. Church

China (MNN) — “The Communist Party wants salvation to come by being a good communist,” says Todd Nettleton, a spokesperson for Voice of the Martyrs USA.

Pastor Wang Yi disagreed with the Chinese government and is facing the consequences.

Nettleton says the sentencing of Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church highlights the Communist Party’s fear of Christianity. His sentence, nine years in prison, is the longest for an ethnic Chinese Christian in several years.

 

“The Communist Party is directly threatened by that message,” Nettleton says. “They are directly threatened by people who say following Christ is the way to achieve salvation.”
( More at  https://www.mnnonline.org/news/pastor-persecution-highlights-communist-party-vs-church/. )

BREAKPOINT “A Hidden Life” Preaches a Profound Gospel in Few Words

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John Stonestreet

Maria Baer

A substantial part of Terrence Malick’s latest movie “A Hidden Life” takes place in a German prison where the film’s protagonist, a real historical figure now considered a Catholic saint, Franz Jägerstätter, is being held in prison for refusing to swear a loyalty oath to Hitler. As he mills about the prison courtyard with his fellow inmates, two words loom large on the stone wall that fences them in: “Sprechen Verboten.” Speaking prohibited.

Rod Dreher, senior editor at the American Conservative, has called “A Hidden Life,” “the best evocation of the gospel ever put to film.” That’s a serious claim to make. And I might agree.

Malick, a director known for transportive cinematography, takes viewers into the remote Austrian village of St. Radegund in the early 1940s. There, Franz, his wife Fani, and their three small daughters, faithfully farm their land and faithfully attend the local Catholic Church. When Franz hears about Hitler’s conquests, he begins to worry. His worst fears are realized when he’s called up for military service but refuses to swear the required oath to the Führer. Ultimately, Franz Jägerstätter was imprisoned, tortured, and ultimately, executed.

Not only does the film powerfully portray the suffering Franz is forced to endure, but how his decision to refuse the oath baffles nearly everyone else around him. Apparently, it’s a decision that still baffles people today, especially the film critics.

For example, in a review for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers faults Malick for giving audiences, quote, “very little to help us understand the man behind the saint” and next to nothing about “the thought process that helped Franz hold steadfast.” Apparently for Travers, devout Christian faith is “very little.” In reality, by portraying Franz’s devout Christian faith so clearly, Malick has told audiences all we need to know.

Before his imprisonment, Franz seeks counsel from his local priest and eventually the bishop. Both warn what his obstinance might bring to bear on his vulnerable family. Even so, he holds fast to his faith, and his wife holds fast to hers.

Given the central role faith plays in the film, one might expect it to be a bit more preachy. In fact, there’s very little dialogue, preaching or otherwise, in the whole three-hour film. While we hear the words of faith in Franz’s letters to Fani and in Fani’s prayers for Franz, it’s almost as if the sign on the prison wall, “speaking prohibited,” is the film’s central theme. Thus, in this film, the gospel’s power and Franz’s faith is mostly shown, not spoken.

Perhaps that’s why certain secular critics missed the obvious. Franz doesn’t give a theological lecture on the historicity of the resurrection or virtue signal via rousing testimony about his own moral courage. His is a quiet faithfulness, first shown by how he works his farm, trusting God for harvest, and eventually shown as he follows his conscience, which for some reason, just won’t allow him to say the words of the oath that’s required.

Franz faces every temptation to compromise. His neighbors and family even appeal to his own values in attempting to change his mind. Isn’t he being prideful or judgmental by refusing to swear the oath? Doesn’t he have a duty to his family? And, of course, there’s the temptation to be “practical.” What if, Franz’s lawyer asks him, he could serve as a medic? What if he didn’t have to carry arms? Would that solve the problem?

Franz’s final answer is finally put into words, in a powerful scene in which a Nazi officer – not unlike Pontius Pilate questioning Jesus – asks why he’s doing this. Franz’s answer: “I don’t know. I just know that something inside of me tells me I can’t swear that oath.”

This is the Christian life. Everyday faithfulness to what the Holy Spirit is asking of us.

Will his defiance change the course of the war? Will it bring down Hitler? Probably not. Will it endanger him and his family? Definitely yes. But God doesn’t call us to results; those are always and everywhere His. He calls us to obedience – even if it’s hidden.

I cannot say that Franz’s decision is prescriptive for everyone else. The key is that Franz must follow God’s call on his own life. In an early scene, Franz tells a frightened fellow inmate to “trust what you knew in better times.” If we, like Franz, build a solid foundation for faith in better times, we will have the ears to hear what God would have us do in the midst of our trials.

This film will give you lots to think and talk about it. Please know it contains some violence, and its subject matter is obviously intense. But I recommend it heartily.