17 June 2011

This 'n' That

Some of these stories broke just after last week's post, so you may have already heard about them. Nevertheless, for those who haven't, here's your week in review (kind of):

Ever the beacons of security, the TSA once again demonstrates their incredible ineptitude by pulling aside and patting down a 29-year old mentally disabled man. They even confiscated his favorite plastic toy hammer, but don't worry, his mother had another one in her suitcase that had already passed through the x-ray machine without any problems. Honestly, when will the TSA actually start protecting us from terrorists?

It seems the TSA aren't the only ones mistreating the mentally disabled. Purpose-driven goat-herder "pastor" Steven Furtick and Elevation Church made headlines when they removed a boy with cerebral palsy from the Easter Sunday service. Apparently the 12-year old's version of "Amen" after the prayer was too distracting for the ripped jeans renegade pastor. Once again, Furtick demonstrates that he lacks the necessary qualities for being a shepherd of God's flock. Kind of makes you wonder why some supposedly conservative pastors continue to support and endorse this man, doesn't it?

Iain Murray has written his latest biography about pastor John MacArthur, which is particularly timely considering MacArthur reached a milestone in his ministry on the evening of Sunday, June 5, when he finally finished preaching (after 43 years) word-by-word and verse-by-verse through the New Testament. This post at the Grace to You blog offers a little insight into the book. And don't worry, while Pastor MacArthur is currently on a brief sabbatical for the summer, he'll be back in the pulpit in just a few short weeks!

Speaking of John MacArthur's monumental achievement, this article takes a look at what a lot of us may be thinking, "If I were John MacArthur..." what would I do next?

One former IHOP member speaks out and shares why she believes that IHOP is a cult (I agree, it is a cult).

The SBC "cannot commend" the 2011 NIV, and has recommended that LifeWay stores not carry this newest translation. You'll hear no argument from me! Now if only they would do this with Beth Moore and other aberrant books in those stores!

Former NFL player David Tyree has ruffled a few feathers with his recent pro-marriage comments (you know, the biblical definition of marriage). I find the decidedly leftist slant of this particular article amusing. I have no knowledge of Tyree's faith background, but I heartily agree with some of his comments on this subject:
"How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country," Tyree continued.
Television host Jack Van Impe has pulled his show from Trinity Broadcasting Network. Apparently TBN didn't like Van Impe "naming names" such as Rick Warren and Robert Schuller as false teachers. While I certainly do not endorse Van Impe, I was pleased to hear of his decision.

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