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Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered […]

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Pastor Ché Ahn and Attorney Mathew Staver joined Senior Editor Christopher Bedford to discuss their recent lawsuit against California Gov. Gavin Newsom for his actions in banning religious worship amid the ongoing government lockdown. Ahn is the founder and head pastor at Harvest International Ministry and Harvest Rock Church, and Staver is a founding member of Liberty Counsel.

Ahn argued Gov. Newsom imposed a double standard in shutting down religious services while praising the reckless protests and looting that ensued following the death of George Floyd, despite their lack of compliance with CDC guidelines. Staver said the Constitution makes it clear the government cannot prevent citizens from gathering to worship.

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“Of course leftists hate Christianity. Leftism was created in mockery of Christianity as Orcs were created in mockery of the Elves.” — Prof. Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard Leftism compared to a religion. It’s a fairly common reference, and the evidence is common to see. Obviously, Leftist revolutions tended to create cults of personality, Stalin and Mao most notably. There’s also a long train of martyrs to the Left, from Revolutionary France until now. Surprisingly, many Christians don’t seem to have gotten the message — consider the Social Gospel and the Liberation Theology movement — but the hostility always resurfaces.

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They called for Tash: Tash has come. from The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis More

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During my stay in another state, I was offered my host’s only housekey to use while he was at work. The arrangement was not usually a bother because we gathered at another place in the evenings before returning together to his home.

One day, the weather cooled unexpectedly — enough that I decided to return for an extra shirt. The drive to his house took about 20 minutes. There in the driveway was my host, only just arriving himself. He was as surprised to see me as I was to see him. He was in a hurry to retrieve a forgotten item and had expected he would need to climb through a low window to get inside without his house key. (He could have phoned, but apparently thought it a minor inconvenience — not worth bothering me about.) I unlocked the door with his key, saving him the trouble.

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Months of COVID quarantine rules were finally relaxing and then righteous indignation from Minneapolis turned what was supposed to be a disease transition “reopening” weekend in neighboring Indianapolis into a melee: Repeated elsewhere, in bigger cities, there was the requisite “peaceful” afternoon demonstrations turning violent Friday, with 8 p.m. curfews set to try to quell […]

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I have struggled with how to respond to George Floyd’s murder. I’ll admit that I tend to stay silent when things like this come up because I’m afraid to say the wrong thing, or I’m afraid I’ll come down on the wrong side of the situation due to lack of information or understanding. But I […]

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Previous: Born Again 13: God’s in the Heart-Changing BusinessIt’s time to come clean. What I have not told you — though you may have guessed — is that Sharon and I had briefly been romantically involved, back when this saga began so many years ago. The relationship had crumbled as I realized my girlfriend did […]

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Previous:  Born Again 12: My Husband Thinks I’m Weird   Sharon’s previous letter raises a couple of critical concerns. First, she’s been conditioned to think of the term “born again” as something of a derogatory. Of course, Jesus emphasized the need for spiritual rebirth in very clear terms, and so she’ll need to be able […]

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Previous: Born Again 11: The Jesus Who Lives in Me I was recently accused by some very fine military personnel of being a “dork”, by which they meant I use words and phrases that are … well, dorky. Frankly, I prefer “poetic”, but be that as it may … More

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Previous: Born Again 10: What do You Want?   My sense of excitement over Sharon’s growing enthusiasm and revelations is matched by a sense of uncertainty. Everything is here sitting in a pile: conviction of sin, comprehension of Christ, yearning for salvation … I can’t escape the sense that a gifted evangelist would have brought […]

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Previous: Born Again 9: Jesus Without Religion Sharon’s most recent message begins abruptly, with a somewhat obscure Scripture text: More

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Ancient Rome was not exactly a haven of religious freedom, particularly for a new sect called Christianity. Writing at the end of the second century, Christian apologist Tertullian summed up the situation:

They think the Christians the cause of every public disaster, of every affliction with which the people are visited. If the Tiber rises as high as the city walls, if the Nile does not send its waters up over the fields, if the heavens give no rain, if there is an earthquake, if there is famine or pestilence, straightaway the cry is, “Away with the Christians to the lions!”

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Previous: Born Again 7: I Want it Now As I consider Sharon’s journey toward Christ, two issues are foremost in my mind. First, I need to give her some helpful guidance in how to approach Scripture. Her last note about feeling discouraged and “flipping to a page” reminds me how big and mystifying the Bible […]

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Previous: Born Again 6: The Harsh Truth that Gets in Your Guts Sharon’s notes are beginning to reflect a growing and palpable hunger for God’s Word. One thing I’ve always found energizing about emerging believers is their sense of wonder and discovery at those things we stagnant mature Christians take for granted: More

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Previous:  Born Again 5: I’m Constantly Battling with Him Sharon has provided me every possible clue that she’s ready to hear the unvarnished gospel truth. She’s not holding back. Meanwhile, I’ve recently been spending time reading through Hebrews, a New Testament book full of both grave warnings and wonderful encouragements. This can’t be a coincidence. […]

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Previous: Born Again 4: He Rewards Those Who Earnestly Seek Him Three hundred lives of men I have walked this earth and now I have no time. — Gandalf the Grey More

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Previous: Born Again 3: I’m Just an Emotional Wreck! Sharon’s last emotional letter came at the end of a long day at work. She has a way of opening up so many doors at once that I feel overwhelmed. How on earth can I compose a response in the few minutes I have to spare? Yet […]

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Previous: Born Again 2: Assurance and the Quest for Inner Peace I mentioned at the beginning of my last post that I was nervous about how Sharon would reply to my previous e-mail, but perhaps not as much as might have been. In truth, I’ve hedged my bets a little. Frankly, I don’t know exactly where to […]

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Previous: Born Again 1: A Letter from Sharon I feel simultaneously blessed and burdened by Sharon’s opening move. Of all people she has turned to me. Someone she has now seen exactly once in 25 years. Someone who had previously best resembled an evangelistic bull lumbering through her emotional china shop. Her present vulnerability daunts […]

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