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    Veggie Tales Theology, and Taking All the Sex and Violence Out of the Bible

    Veggie Tales Theology, and Taking All the Sex and Violence Out of the Bible

    The Epoch Times reports North Dakota has decided to allow Bill Gates’s $13.5 million farmland purchase near that state’s border with Canada and Minnesota, over and against objections from many locals, so long as the land will still be leased out to those who want to put it to productive use.

    In other news, Merriam-Webster.com has a piece of work up titled ‘Pride’: The Word That Went From Vice to Strength in which they assume our ancestors were all mistaken, especially about how it goeth before a certain other unpleasant thing, but we are quite correct today in celebrating pride, especially where our other sins are concerned.

    This reminds me of a story I once heard about a man driving down the interstate. Oncoming traffic honking and swerving out of his way, flashing headlights at him, his wife calls him on his cell phone after recognizing their vehicle in the live helicopter footage broadcasted on TV. He tells her it’s not just one man going the wrong way, it’s everyone!

    Meanwhile, The Daily Wire ran an article yesterday titled ‘Hillsdale College President Under Fire After Ripping State Of Public Education.’ In a shocking turn, educrats and their adherents are offended by accurate criticism of their efforts and ambitions.

    On a related note, I ran across a funny snapshotted headline last night by a certain H. Ulman with the Associated Press: ‘Amphibious pitcher makes debut.’ The word they were looking for was “ambidextrous.” But maybe Merriam-Webster will redefine “Amphibious” to spare the AP and our public education system some embarrassment.

    All this leads to a larger point I’d like to make in this episode about how the Bible is both a very manly book about God and a very godly book about man. Despite what you may have learned from Veggie Tales, there is in fact both sex and violence aplenty in God’s Word. And from Genesis to Revelation, there is not one instance of a talking tomato or asparagus. But there are stories of murder and war, plus a whole book dedicated to the intimate relationship of a man and his bride.

    Really, now. How are Christian adults supposed to think, feel, or talk about sex and violence in broader society when we so often skip over what the Bible actually says about sex and violence? It's like expecting us to know how to talk about pride while only letting Merriam-Webster define the subject instead of reading Proverbs to frame our understanding.

    "Pride goes before destruction,
    and a haughty spirit before a fall."

    But if some godless critic points out at this juncture that there is a certain vanity inherent to censoring the Scriptures we share with our kids, they are right. And naivete is not the same thing as innocence. And ignorance is not bliss when we consider that to ignore a thing is not at all the same thing as that thing ceasing to exist.

    To be sure, we can ignore a great deal that is consequential if we choose to. But this is where another word bears defining - 'Ignorant.' And a related word goes along with that one - 'Foolish.'

    Folly is not presented in the Scriptures as a thing to be merely ignored, overlooked, or wish-casted into a profitable outcome. And it is certainly not a thing to emulate anymore than it is a thing to affirm even with silent acquiescence. Rather, folly when encountered - in ourselves, our households, or our nation - ought to be corrected and contradicted with wisdom, just as wickedness ought to be called to repentance and a turning toward righteousness instead.

    We have to read the portions of Scripture - even, yes, to our children - which pertain to sex and violence if our children are going to be trained up to not depart from Biblical attitudes and orientations in relation to the same. If we do that, we will know what to make of Gates, dictionaries, public schools, amphibious pitchers, and pride, among other things.


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    What Is a Man - Mountains, Hunting, and Vasectomies

    What Is a Man - Mountains, Hunting, and Vasectomies

    Matt Walsh recently went all around the world asking what a woman is, but I think we need to ask a prerequisite question. What is a man?

    Courage, strength, wisdom, provision, leadership, humility, and reverence - all can be used to describe a good man. As should go without saying, women and children can also have these traits, and many men lack all of these. But a good man is characterized by a relative abundance of the qualities which historically has been meant by the word "manly."

    Yet I want to not brag about being a good man myself as I tell you about my fear of heights. And it will not be hard to avoid bragging when I tell you about how a number of years ago, I tried conquering Granite Peak with three other men. Cold, wet, and discouraged, we turned back before reaching the top. And I realized then that I like being in the mountains and next to them, but don't especially need to be on top of them. 

    I was reminded of this realization last November when my wife Lauren and I made an attempt to drive up Pike’s Peak before turning around near the top. The question first and foremost in that moment was not whether anyone else could have done it. Rather, the question was whether I could safely get us all the way to the top and back down again. Not being persuaded it would be wise to find out by going any further, I turned us around and we came back down.

    This also reminds me of falling down the stairs with my eyes closed when I was very young. It was naptime, and my mother was having coffee in the living room with a friend of hers. To my irrational young mind, they would not see me sneaking by to go down to the basement and play with my toys if my eyes were closed. Needless to say, they certainly did notice me when I tumbled head over heels down the stairs because I wasn't looking where I was going.

    On a similar note, it's been nearly four years since the last hunting trip. Hunting with friends who knew how was going to teach the skills and habits requisite for hunting with these sons of ours. But wouldn't you know it? The year we traded in the Hyundai Elantra for an F-150 was the first in at least a trio of years now in which none of the hunting we had talked about doing with said truck has happened. Yet the truck has still served us well, and it's a fine tool for getting around in and hauling people and things to various places.

    Speaking of mountains and hunting, the fear of heights and not bagging any deer since 2018, let's talk about vasectomies. I don’t see them in the Bible. But has anyone stopped to consider that Jordan Peterson got suspended from Twitter for criticizing Ellen Page’s double-mastectomy in a way that Lobster Lord never would have had his criticism been directed toward men having themselves neutered?

    A courageous person somewhere should consider the potential connection between gender reassignment surgeries and men having their tubes tied. The Lord told our forefathers Adam and Noah to be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth and subdue it. Maybe that requires climbing mountains and shooting wild game sometimes. But again, I don't see self-mutilation in the Bible. And what is a man anyways?


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    • 56 min
    'The Everlasting Man' by G.K. Chesterton

    'The Everlasting Man' by G.K. Chesterton

    “Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good. Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy. It is when for some reason or other good things in a society no longer work that the society begins to decline; when its food does not feed, when its cures do not cure, when its blessings refuse to bless.”

    So says G.K. Chesterton in one among many poignant observations in 'The Everlasting Man.' Some say this is his magnum opus. At a minimum, though, it is his response to a principle antagonist of his - H.G. Wells - and 'The Outline of History.'

    And indeed, his was a prescient description of where we are now. Many - particularly Christians in America - have grown pessimistic, weary in doing good, dogmatically insistent on going with the flow because they are tired of the good. 

    Thus our food does not feed, our cures do not cure, and our blessings refuse to bless. This is what it means that we are in a Recession. But the kind of Recession we are in, easily enough transformed into a full-blown Depression, is chiefly spiritual. It stems from being obsessively aware of our feelings and sensations, even being sensual, but being ultimately senseless where truth, goodness, and beauty are concerned.

    More and more we resemble Chesterton's description "of the static commercial oligarchies like Carthage," "standing and staring like mummies." Ours also is increasingly the tired democracy which Gilbert warns about as ending up in despotism and tyranny because men grow weary of doing good themselves and prefer to appoint as few men as possible to the task.

    But where Chesterton is long gone except in memory and his prolific writings, we do well to consider whether we are producing such thinkers in our day, and what we do with them when we get them. 

    "Despotism can be a development, often a late development and very often indeed the end of societies that have been highly democratic." But the cure for what ails us is not to camp out on such pronouncements in resignation, but rather to heed them and be spurred to action.

    The men who grow tired of evil rather than of good do not turn pessimistic, but rather are stirred to manful action. We need more men to "play the man" along the lines of Proverbs 12:9 instead of playing the great man. By all means, be lowly, then. But realize therein that lowliness before God is the antithesis to fearing what man may do to us.

    Is that not why we have grown weary of doing good, because we fear what men may do to us when we do? And what of what the Apostle Paul wrote the Thessalonians about aspiring to live a quiet life? We do not know what is our business that we should mind it. Instead, we are content to have our faculties reduced to only what we can see, touch, taste, hear, and feel with our natural senses. And we have become experts about our emotions and subsequent impressions. 

    But if we are to avoid the mummification of our society, and thereby its subsequent downfall and ruin, we do well to consider that such is our business, and mind it. But God gave us the mind for more than careful study of our feelings. And therein lies the trouble with our therapeutic age which carries evolutionary assumptions to their devolutionary conclusions. In becoming wise in our own eyes, our foolish hearts have been darkened, and we do not believe that we are everlasting men in Christ. We do not expect eternity so much as we say we are preferring to meditate on it. 

    Being so Heavenly minded ought to produce in us Earthly good. Yet Earthly good is often slandered and libeled as fleshly and carnal by those who resemble more the brothers of David than David himself. Where the equivalence of Goliath presents itself, shepherd boys are encouraged to keep quiet and go home. All the while, the pessimism inherent must be overruled at all costs.


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    • 54 min
    Whether It’s Appropriate for us to Celebrate Overturning Roe v. Wade

    Whether It’s Appropriate for us to Celebrate Overturning Roe v. Wade

    My wife and kids gave me a new wallet for Father’s Day this year. It’s leather and has my initials etched into the front. When you open the wallet, it has Proverbs 28:1 engraved on the inside.

    “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

    I love Proverbs 28:1, and I’ve said many times I hope to live my life in such a way that it would not be untoward for this Scripture to be etched into my tombstone.

    For a kind of New Testament equivalent, I think of what the Apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 1:6-7 – “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

    On this question of boldness and timidity, I want to talk about an article from The Gospel Coalition that was sent to me yesterday by my neighbor two houses down, JP Chavez.

    Titled ‘After Roe, Choose Compassion over Culture War,’ the article is written by a James Forsyth and was published Tuesday.

    Let’s go ahead and read through this, and then let’s think through it together.

    Also, let’s consider what the Apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”


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    Jordan Hall, Eastern Montana, and Ravenous Wolves

    Jordan Hall, Eastern Montana, and Ravenous Wolves

    Jordan “JD” Hall has been removed from office at Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana. He is now under church discipline and has been separated from his pulpit, and also his platform at Protestia.com.

    Even as I talk about his downfall, I find myself not happy to be proven right about it. Actually, I am sad to see that so many continue following and embracing Hall to the last, and that so many others who knew better have preferred to keep quiet their concerns about him for fear of repercussions and blowback.

    The trouble with being proven right about Hall is that the thing I said would happen has happened, and will happen even more. That is, the causes Hall has associated himself with he has not brought credibility to, nor have they given him credibility in the minds of those who know better. But Hall has tarnished the validity and rightness of good causes he's touched.

    Plenty who know better have kept on allying themselves with him, and have called refusals to join in where they did so – like I stated before we moved to Montana – juvenile and childish. And for what? Because Hall “is a fighter.”

    Well, so is a mad dog. And that’s what I told them he was for a long time. But they didn’t want to hear it because he was their mad dog. Now he’s bitten them. So you can see how well that worked out.

    But there is also a frustration I feel at the hypocrisy of those who were happy to sick Hall on their political opponents inside and outside the church, seizing on any loose bit of gossip about them, then inflating such through conjecture and hyperbole, then roundly pronouncing anathemas and sending them off to Hell and ill repute in the minds of his followers.

    Yet in moments like this where there is so much more a guarded treatment of the scandal about Hall, a very obvious partiality is apparent. And I sincerely do not understand how that inconsistency is supposed to be respectable.

    This man bullied the 15-year-old son of Ergun Caner to the point of suicide, and caused men and women I knew in Sidney when we lived there to literally fear for their lives.

    As my eldest son will be 15 next month, I shudder that Hall’s time as pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church was not concluded years ago. His nature has been known a long time! But some didn’t want to believe their eyes and ears. And others were simply too afraid to stop him. Or else they thought they needed him too much.

    This man caused a former co-worker of mine who attended his church – even moved his family across the country to attend Hall’s church – to call me up on my way home from work one day to ask if I could meet him and his wife at their home.

    I’ll never forget the fear in their eyes when they asked me to alert the FBI if they suddenly disappeared. Whether this was paranoia on their part, I don’t know. But the church should be a place you can go to tell the authorities about out-of-control civil authorities. It should never be the other way around.

    The fact that more than one person I’ve known who attended Fellowship Baptist Church left on such terms that they sincerely expressed a fear for their physical safety disturbs me greatly - no less when I consider that other discernment ministry bloggers and celebrity pastors have associated themselves with Hall over the years, and lent him credibility by their association.

    But this here is what is broken in the American church today, as well as in too many pockets of American society. Unfortunately that includes rural Eastern Montana where many of the long-time inhabitants learned long ago that there can be a darker and more frightening aspect to living a long way from civilization.

    Don’t misunderstand me. I like fighters. But without apology I prefer fighters who are fighting what is evil and defending what is good, not those who either cannot or will not distinguish between the two when their hubris and ambition get in the way.


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    A Free People’s Suicide by Os Guinness

    A Free People’s Suicide by Os Guinness

    Freedom, to be sustainable, requires not just Liberty in the abstract. What Os Guinness calls "the golden triangle" includes also Virtue and "Faith in something." Without these, Freedom cannot be maintained.

    In his 2014 book, 'A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future,' Guinness delves deep into quotes from the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, plus also great thinkers from Western history - all to underscore the point that free peoples typically do not remain free forever. 

    Yet the audacious hope of the men who won the War of Independence against Great Britain in the late 18th century, then went on to turn 13 colonies into what is now the world's declining yet still pre-eminent superpower, was that this free people would remain free forever. 

    Their ambition was not based on nothing, however. Students of Polybius, Cicero, Augustine, and others - the great men of renown who constituted the United States in the first place did so after careful study of what had caused other great empires and peoples to both rise and fail in maintaining their civilizations and societies. 

    As Guinness points out, in our day we have almost entirely divorced our ideas of liberty from their requisite partners - faith and virtue. Those are now thoroughly private matters, and liberty has been accordingly redefined to the point that any reminder of an objective standard of good character is shouted down because we are infringing on someone else's freedom in the abstract.

    Yet freedom cannot only exist in a negative sense, as freedom from unreasonable searches and seizure, or freedom from infringements on our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights exemplify. There is also a positive kind of freedom which is to and for something - freedom to do what one ought and must as a fulfillment of duty to God and our fellow man.

    In our obsession with negative liberty, Guinness argues, we have lost sight of the sense in which our freedom is to do more than just whatever we want, but also to do what we must. In so doing, anyone telling us we must do something is said to be infringing on our freedom to do what we want because in our abandonment of faith and virtue we do not want to do what we ought.

    Yet here again, to the extent that faith and virtue have become private matters, the American Republic has been deprived of public faith and virtue. And the results are nothing short of catastrophic. Thus we waiver somewhere between Thomas Cole's third and fourth paintings in his 1833-1836 series The Course of Empire - transitioning now from The Culmination to Destruction as many previous great empires throughout history have.

    As the recent Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade, plus the subsequent response from angry Leftists and ambivalent establishment conservatives demonstrates, we are now in a full-blown crisis in the U.S. due to a rejection of duty. Men no longer have the duty to be men. Women no longer have the duty to be women. In fact, we have flown so far and fast from our duties that we want to be liberated from even the claim that there is any such thing as men and women. 

    Yet it is tragic how we suddenly believe again that there is such a thing as women. And the ball is in the court of the Pro Life movement to argue whether mothers who seek to get an abortion in states where that will be illegal should be prosecuted. And it would be funny if it were not so sad that the Left finishes Pride Month in the U.S. screeching at the sky again about women's rights after having just denied emphatically that they even know what a woman is.

    This is all to say that Guinness is right. If we want to endure in Culmination and not end in Destruction we must repent, rekindle, and revive Christian faith and virtue in this country. Otherwise we are doomed, plain and simple.


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    • 45 min

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