This roundup is because there are some articles I want to read, but don’t have time to do so for today. So you may actually read them before I do.
The Fearful Pastor — I’m more and more impressed with Paul Tripp. He has a lot to say to those of us in the ministry and to say to you as well so that you understand your pastors. I recently purchased Tripp’s book Dangerous Calling, which is about those called to be pastors. But I’m not so excited about reading it right now.
A Case for Infant Baptism — my friend Heath Cross has been studying the subject for years and put together a summary of his findings on the subject and how he came to accept the position.
Is It Ever Acceptable to Express Anger with God — Another one that I need to read. If life doesn’t turn out like we hope, there can be a lot of anger and bitterness in our hearts if we don’t have a steadfast understanding of God’s purpose in our lives and His sovereignty.
Finally, this was sent by a friend to remind me that there are times when we all need to just shut up. This is meant to be humorous, but we might consider it.
I love the way the Roger Ailes, the head of Foxnews, sent a letter to all employees stating that they will not be intimidated by the Obama Administration seizure of phone records and emails from Foxnews reporters. We need more people to stand up against this administration that will not hesitate to trample on the First Amendment rights of citizens and journalists. This is nothing but intimidation by a government that has a lot to hide. We all should be outraged, and demand accountability.
Here is what he wrote:
The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States. We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a “co-conspirator” in a crime. I know how concerned you are because so many of you have asked me: why should the government make me afraid to use a work phone or email account to gather news or even call a friend or family member? Well, they shouldn’t have done it. The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.
I am proud of your tireless effort to report the news over the last 17 years. I stand with you, I support you and I thank you for your reporting with courageous optimism. Too many Americans fought and died to protect our unique American right of press freedom. We can’t and we won’t forget that. To be an American journalist is not only a great responsibility, but also a great honor. To be a Fox journalist is a high honor, not a high crime. Even this memo of support will cause some to demonize us and try to find irrelevant things to cause us to waver. We will not waver.
As Fox News employees, we sometimes are forced to stand alone, but even then when we know we are reporting what is true and what is right, we stand proud and fearless. Thank you for your hard work and all your efforts.
We definitely live in sad times when those in power don’t bother to honor the very Constitution they swore to uphold.
And by "may not" I mean "definitely not." I updated this because I saw a Facebook thread that advanced the pre-tribulation rapture with a lot of bad arguments. I was about to write a new post, then did a search and realized I had already done one! I'm not sure if that is good because the work was already done or bad that I have such a poor memory.
Quite humorous, but Steven Crowder should get a body guard. This video points out the difference between Jesus and Muhammed. Not the two religions, but the two men. This video should lead to more ambassador-killing rioters in 3, 2, 1…
Counting today, I have seven Sundays left as a pastor. June 30th will be my last day in the pulpit here at Redeemer Christian Fellowship. Given the financial situation of the church, and things that are going on in my life, I’ve decided to step down from the pastorate and move back to Texas.
I’m hoping to find a job in the business world doing something that I am suitable for, but I’m not sure what that is right now. I know the LORD has something for me and I know that it will be a difficult transition. I’m not shying away from it and thank the LORD that I have been a pastor for the past 12 years in the Presbyterian Church in America.
I love this video because Rep. Mike Kelly grills the outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. It shows the fact that the IRS has overreaching power and is virtually held unaccountable for their actions. As Rep. Kelly points out, the IRS Commissioner admitted the IRS is run in a shoddy manner, but when the IRS comes knocking on our doors, we don’t get to use that excuse. (Click on the link, for some reason, I’m having trouble embedding the video clip.)
You read that correctly. Apparently the Houston Astros Wives Club didn’t have enough wives in it to throw their annual Black Tie and Baseball Cap Gala this year as they have for the past 24 years. The Gala raises money for Houston Women’s Center.
But… the players on the Astros didn’t have enough wives in the group to put the gala together. THIS, my gentle readers, is a CRISIS of the first order. How is it that these players haven’t found any wives to join the club? Haven’t they visited the Baseball Wives’ Depot and picked up a young bride? Don’t they know that if they ever make it to the playoffs, they have to have wives in the stands so when the game is really boring, they can cut to the scene of the beautiful wife of player X as she smiles for the camera and give the announcers something to say?