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  • Two controversial federal judge nominees will not be confirmed, Senate Republican says

    12/13/2017 4:19:39 PM PST · 23 of 31
    Mr Rogers to Coronal

    “He also seems to have written 16,381 posts—more than 3½ per day—on the University of Alabama fan message board TideFans.com....

    ...”Heaven forbid we let the facts get in the way of your righteous indignation, but Forrest, when he decommissioned his men, told them to make peace with the men they had fought and live as good citizens of the United States. It was only after the perceived depredations of the Union army during reconstruction that Forrest joined (it is highly unlikely that he founded or acted as the Grand Wizard) the first KKK, which was entirely different than the KKK of the early 19th Century. When the Klan turned to racial violence, he distanced himself from the organization as he had long supported the reconciliation of the races. In fact, he often spoke to black organizations.”

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/11/15/trump_nominee_brett_talley_appears_to_have_defended_the_first_kkk.html

    As best I can tell, the blog post was factual. Forrest DID distance himself from the KKK and DID speak to black groups. But this is turned into “defending the first KKK”?

    ONLY if you lie about the post.

    As for Mateer:

    ” Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity? I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/politics/kfile-jeff-mateer-lgbt-remarks/index.html

    Works for me! This transgender stuff is a bunch of lies told by the Father of Lies. Want to know what sex you are? Check the plumbing. And allowing homosexual marriage WILL open the door, and we WILL see people pressing for the unimaginable. I saw a news report about a woman who was denied the right to marry...a train station!

    And by making this post on FreeRepublic, I am of course no longer open to becoming a judge. Not that I have any background for it anyways.

  • Seattle Woman Calls 911 After Fight Over Sriracha On Pizza

    12/12/2017 4:28:26 PM PST · 5 of 39
    Mr Rogers to be-baw

    Be careful. Sriracha sauce has been linked to mood swings and violent behavior.

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/12/2017 11:31:35 AM PST · 116 of 121
    Mr Rogers to aMorePerfectUnion

    “Yes, but this is Christ and the preparation of Christ by John the Baptist to the Jewish nation as Messiah. They were under the covenants and Law - and not keeping them. The message to them is different....Again, a message to Jews .”

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/12/2017 10:26:18 AM PST · 110 of 121
    Mr Rogers to aMorePerfectUnion

    If the bulk of the people in your pews are non-Christians, you have a evangelism meeting, not a church.

    If the goal of the typical sermon (if it is called that) is about converting people, rather than growing converts, then you have an evangelistic meeting, not a church.

    And if one cannot discuss what the Bible says about repenting, judgment, sin in our lives, doing good works, etc, for fear of offending non-believers, then you arguably don’t even have an evangelistic meeting. Just a country club for religious-minded people.

    “It is all for our benefit, but is not all about us.”

    The idea that the Jews need to repent because they had the Law, and Gentiles do not, would be foreign to the New Testament I’ve read.

    “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”

    If that needs to be understood as applying to Jews but not Gentiles as well, then I think there is something wrong with what folks are teaching. That IS the Good News. And the Good News to Gentiles is that we can ALSO repent, believe, and become a part of the Kingdom.

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/12/2017 9:50:46 AM PST · 107 of 121
    Mr Rogers to aMorePerfectUnion; Army Air Corps; ScoochDude

    “They were under the covenants and Law - and not keeping them. The message to them is different...Again, a message to Jews.”

    Really? Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the first part of Acts are not examples for us, since the preaching we find there and the Gospel presented there was to the Jews?

    The Jews needed to repent, but the Gentiles do not?

    “May I ask if you have non-believers as neighbors? Do you preach repentance to them every time you see them in the back yard?”

    No, but I don’t “preach” to them at all. If they ASK, however...THEN I’ll simply tell them the truth. And the truth is that all have sinned. Me too, but them also. If they ask, I’ll point out the effect of sin on our society and on the lives of individuals.

    A church is not where non-believers go to hear the Gospel. The church is there for believers. And believers need to confront and deal with sin in OUR lives. Most of the letters to NT churches include big sections dealing with sin in our lives. As believers. Huge parts of the NT discuss the blood of Christ and the Cross, none of which can be taught meaningfully without discussing the impact of sin and the need to repent.

    So when someone says they don’t want to talk about God’s anger - well, GOD talks about it! It is in the Gospels. It is in the Epistles. No church can be true to the Word of God without mentioning it - often. Because the Bible is filled with it!

    I wear jeans. My wife follows Bible texts using her phone. Me? I like paper. But THOSE are incidentals.

    Talking about sin - about how it affects our lives before we were saved, and how it affects our lives after we are saved, and what God thinks of it and how we need to live changed lives - if a church doesn’t do that, then it is not true to God. It is lying to non-believers. It is lying to believers.

    If we do not fear God, we do not comprehend who he is. And BOTH believers and non-believers need to fear God correctly. A good, short article can be found here:

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/bible-answers/spirituallife/what-does-it-mean-to-fear-god.html

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/12/2017 7:36:46 AM PST · 105 of 121
    Mr Rogers to aMorePerfectUnion; Army Air Corps; ScoochDude

    “But the first step is always coming to Christ in faith.”

    Is it?

    “He went into all the vicinity of the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins...” - Luke 3, concerning John the Baptist

    “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!” - Jesus, Mark 1

    “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!” - Peter, Acts 2

    The “Good News” isn’t that God thinks you are good and He wants to help you be a better you. The Bad News is:

    “Therefore, any one of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is based on the truth. Do you really think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment?” - Paul, Romans 2


    I’m not suggesting that every sermon needs to be hellfire and brimstone. But it is utterly impossible to preach the Word if one skips something modern man HATES to hear:

    “For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!”

    How can ANYONE claim to preach the Gospel if they ignore the blood of Christ? And WHY was the blood of Christ shed? To help a good man become better? Because Jesus wants to be your new best friend? How can anyone preach on the death and resurrection of Jesus without mentioning WHY he went to the cross?

    “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved...For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” - Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor 1)


    I quoted Martin Luther because he obviously had seen, 500 years ago, the Comfortable Christianity I see in many ‘seeker churches’:

    “It follows that if we preach the forgiveness of sins without repentance that the people imagine that they have already obtained the forgiveness of sins, becoming thereby secure and without compunction of conscience. This would be a greater error and sin than all the errors hitherto prevailing. Surely we need to be concerned lest...the last state becomes worse than the first...”

    Our calling is NOT to make people feel good as they walk along the Broad Way whose end is Death. Our calling is NOT to offer an air-conditioned bus ride along the broad road. Without repentance, and something to repent FROM, all we do is speed them to hell!

    “I’m worried about what do you know about Jesus and how can I tell you more about him.”

    It is impossible to talk about the real Jesus without mentioning the Cross. It is impossible to talk about the real Jesus without mentioning the Blood. How can He be called the Lamb of God, if the seekers never hear what happens to the Lamb at Passover? And WHY would God do such a thing? The Cross makes no sense at all without the Day of Judgment. No one can “preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles” without saying WHY Jesus was crucified!

    Without repentance, we just hurry them to Hell. And God WILL judge US if we do!

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/11/2017 10:14:32 PM PST · 100 of 121
    Mr Rogers to Army Air Corps; ScoochDude; aMorePerfectUnion

    He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” - Luke 24

    “...and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations...”

    Not sure how you obey Jesus if you skip repentance and just preach forgiveness of...sin? And what is sin? You mean, God may be upset with you? God may actually...not be pleased with you?

    “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.” - Ephesians 2

    “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” - Galatians 6

    Contrast that with :

    “I’m not worried about your sexuality right now. I’m not worried about what you did Saturday night. I’m worried about what do you know about Jesus and how can I tell you more about him. Not let me tell you why God is upset at you.”

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/11/2017 10:01:01 PM PST · 99 of 121
    Mr Rogers to Army Air Corps; ScoochDude; aMorePerfectUnion

    I’m not Lutheran and Martin Luther had ample faults - as we all do. But I remembered something I read once, searched for it, and found it posted. I think it is very relevant for this thread - and a warning to many mega-churches. Although it IS longer than some people are supposed to be able to focus:


    In regard to doctrine we observe especially this defect that, while some preach about the faith by which we are to be justified, it is still not clearly enough explained how one shall attain to this faith, and almost all omit one aspect of the Christian faith without which no one can understand what faith is or means. For Christ says in the last chapter of Luke that we are to preach in his name repentance and forgiveness of sins.

    Many now talk only about the forgiveness of sins and say little or nothing about repentance. There neither is forgiveness of sins without repentance nor can forgiveness of sins be understood without repentance. It follows that if we preach the forgiveness of sins without repentance that the people imagine that they have already obtained the forgiveness of sins, becoming thereby secure and without compunction of conscience. This would be a greater error and sin than all the errors hitherto prevailing. Surely we need to be concerned lest, as Christ says in Matt. 12:45 the last state becomes worse than the first...

    ...We are to teach the people diligently that this faith cannot exist without earnest and true contrition and fear of God, as it is written in Psalm 110 and Prov. 1, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” And Isaiah says in the last chapter: “On whom does God look except on the trembling and contrite heart?”...

    ...For many who hear that they should believe, so that all their sins will be forgiven, fashion their own faith and think they are pure. Thus they become secure and arrogant. Such carnal security is worse than all the errors hitherto prevailing....

    -Luther’s Works; Volume 40; Church and Ministry II

    http://afellowtruthseeker.blogspot.com/2014/07/martin-luther-on-sanctification-and.html


    Worth repeating for emphasis:

    “It follows that if we preach the forgiveness of sins without repentance that the people imagine that they have already obtained the forgiveness of sins, becoming thereby secure and without compunction of conscience.”

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/11/2017 3:10:18 PM PST · 54 of 121
    Mr Rogers to Army Air Corps

    “So, does the preacher ever get around to discussing Redemption and Salvation?”

    From the sermon a week ago at church I attend (was sick yesterday):

    “The most difficult of God’s plans is one that put His love to an excruciating test: approving the sacrificial mutilation of the Son of God as the only remedy that could save any of the human race from everlasting destruction!

    How long did God wait to approve this plan after our first ancestors, Adam and Eve, rebelled against God’s perfect love toward them and His magnificent plans for them? Our Creator knew His Son’s perfect sacrifice would be necessary to save us from everlasting ruin, even before He created our world, as I Peter 1:18-20 (NCV) discloses:

    “You know that in the past you were living in a worthless way, a way passed down from the people who lived before you. But you were saved from that useless life. You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb. 20 Christ was chosen before the world was made, but He was shown to the world in these last times for your sake.”


    The Apostles preached about sin, salvation, and the cost it took to redeem and save us. Changing that to, “We want to help you become a better you” - which seems to be the message in this article - may draw the people in, but does it SAVE them? Can the Gospel be preached without discussing repenting, or even without pointing out what one needs to turn away FROM?

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/11/2017 2:56:24 PM PST · 49 of 121
    Mr Rogers to ScoochDude

    “Jesus answered, “I assure you: You are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him.”...

    ...Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?”...

    ...From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him.” - John 6

    It is true that the church needs to care about people. But that caring needs to include a warning - that God loves us WHERE we are, but not AS we are.

    “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit...And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!” - Acts 2

    Contrast that with :

    I’m not worried about your sexuality right now. I’m not worried about what you did Saturday night. I’m worried about what do you know about Jesus and how can I tell you more about him. Not let me tell you why God is upset at you.”

    When ministry success is defined as how many are driving down the broad road with you, rather than pointing out where that road leads and the narrow way that escapes it, then it is not a ministry focused on God.

    25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so the outside of it may also become clean.

    27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. 28 In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. - Matt 23

    May not have packed them in to the First Seeker Church of Jerusalem, but Jesus preached it anyways.

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/11/2017 2:35:21 PM PST · 36 of 121
    Mr Rogers to Puppage; Army Air Corps

    “You’re in The Lord’s house. Dress appropriately.”

    I do. Including my jeans, untucked shirt and S&W 686 on my hip underneath the untucked shirt.

    Just in case someone needs to meet Jesus in a hurry.

  • Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

    12/11/2017 2:25:49 PM PST · 31 of 121
    Mr Rogers to aMorePerfectUnion

    “So often people approach topics putting the focus on sin,” Kyle says. “For people to change their life, they need to see that God is good, not that God is a tyrant. We have to authentically care about people. I’m not worried about your sexuality right now. I’m not worried about what you did Saturday night. I’m worried about what do you know about Jesus and how can I tell you more about him. Not let me tell you why God is upset at you.”

    ” After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!” - Mark 1

    Jesus didn’t come preaching, “I’m cool with you. Let me tell you more about My Dad...He’s cool with you too!”

    “Repent and believe in the good news!”

  • 10 Things Every Intersectional Feminist Should Ask On a First Date

    12/11/2017 7:13:05 AM PST · 70 of 113
    Mr Rogers to Pecos

    I got this far, then jumped out before drowning: “I mean the kind of pro-heauxism where you understand the labor of sex workers of color, especially trans women of color who engage in sex work, because their experience and knowledge is crucial to understanding the oppressive structures of our world.”

    Still don’t know if she is talking about whores, or about black cross-dressers. I looked it up and am still confused:

    proheauxism 1. Proheaux. Derived from the more colloquial pro-hoe. (Spelling altered to reflect difference & refinement.) Black or brown womanists women and femme, cis or trans who are pro-sex and/or are sex workers and support sex worker rights. Committed to collective and personal empowerment, not just sexually, but through economic security sans judgment of the means. Radically thotty, and proud.

    So...Pro-heaux is a transcribing of ‘pro-ho’, which would be in favor of whores? As feminism?

  • Video Shows Daniel Shaver Pleading for His Life Before Being Shot by Officer

    12/10/2017 3:40:52 PM PST · 131 of 134
    Mr Rogers to Az Joe; Charles H. (The_r0nin)

    The jury did not try to defend the police tactics. All they said was that they were not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that it was murder.

    But if someone wants to try defending it as good police work...I’d love to see them try!

  • Sinister sound of Tyrannosaurus Rex heard for first time in 66 million years

    12/10/2017 10:01:02 AM PST · 30 of 46
    Mr Rogers to EveningStar
    "I feel like this just induces fear...isn't that the scariest sound you've ever heard?"

    Umm...sounded like a creaking door. And it is a total guess. Essentially, 'If a bird was as big as T Rex, what sound would come out'. Maybe I should record the chickens in my backyard, then lower the tone and increase the volume and tell people I know what T Rex sounded like. Particularly MRS T Rex when laying an egg!

  • The Police Murder of Daniel Shaver

    12/10/2017 9:02:42 AM PST · 91 of 150
    Mr Rogers to Robert DeLong

    I look at it this way:

    Suppose 5 friends and I see a man acting erratically. Being all armed, the 6 of us pull our guns and order him to the ground. He starts crying and trying to say he did nothing, but we order him to cross his legs and crawl to us. Part way there, he makes a movement with one hand toward his hip and I shoot him 5 times, killing him. I tell folks, “I was in fear of my life”. And it turns out the dead man was unarmed.

    I’m thinking, first degree murder. Something about disparity of force and who was REALLY in danger.

    Cops go into dangerous situations to support life, liberty and a safe society. And I understand they need to have some belief that they can survive a career. I understand our courts are based on the idea it is better for a guilty man to go free than for government to take the liberty of an innocent man.

    But in this case, government took the LIFE of an innocent man. We KNOW he wasn’t reaching for a gun and trying to kill the cop because he had no gun to reach for. Given the cop is facing that situation to defend law and order, I’m not sure 1st degree murder really fits. Second degree, beyond a reasonable doubt? Maybe, maybe not.

    But SOMETHING ought to happen when the government takes the life of an innocent man. SOMETHING! If it is repulsive to society to send an innocent man to prison, how much more to kill him in a hotel hallway!

  • The Police Murder of Daniel Shaver

    12/10/2017 8:43:43 AM PST · 81 of 150
    Mr Rogers to Bonemaker

    “The shits of it is you just cant tell about cops anymore. Its like Russian roulette...”

    A gun shop owner and former cop told me about a time he was transporting a bunch of guns from one store to his shop. He was stopped for speeding. Fine. The cop asked if there were any guns in the car.

    “About 20 of them in the trunk”, the owner replied.

    The next thing he knew the cop’s Glock was against his temple while the cop shouted, “You FN with me? You FN with me?” He tried to explain he owned a gun shop, but he ended up face down on the pavement until other cops arrived.

    Said he’s been afraid of cops ever since - and he used to be one. Felt he came close to dying for giving an honest answer - one required by law in Arizona.

    That is certainly not ALL cops. Not even close to a majority based on my interactions. But like you said, on any given stop, you just don’t know.

  • Washington Post asks ‘What’s the matter with Alabama,’ and Roy Moore’s new ad answers

    12/09/2017 9:20:26 PM PST · 32 of 71
    Mr Rogers to proudpapa

    In the early 80s, I considered a job in a small town out west. A guy who grew up there told me, “Get used to cruising the high schools!” I asked why. He said by 20 at the latest, and usually 19, the good ones “married or moved”. I passed on the job...

  • Washington Post asks ‘What’s the matter with Alabama,’ and Roy Moore’s new ad answers

    12/09/2017 9:17:30 PM PST · 31 of 71
    Mr Rogers to Spok

    The difference between Bill Clinton and Roy Moore includes:

    1 - Clinton’s accusers didn’t wait for 40 years to make their accusations

    2 - Most of Moore’s accusers accuse him of dates, not rape.

    3 - I believe Clinton’s accusers. I think Moore’s are mostly lying.

  • Can't Be Topped: Neapolitan-Style Pizza Making Wins UNESCO Heritage Status

    12/09/2017 4:26:02 PM PST · 23 of 28
    Mr Rogers to nickcarraway
    Come on! Everyone KNOWS that NOTHING says pizza like...The Red Baron!