March 25, 2016

I see a pattern here (Donald Trump Attacking Families)

It is amazing how Trump supporters blindly repeat the mantras tweeted out by their Messiah, not even bothering to verify the facts.  Still claiming Ted Cruz was affiliated with the ad showing the GQ cover, when it stated plainly on the ad that it was not endorsed by any candidate or candidate's committee.  And then another question comes to mind.  Why are Trump and his supporters upset about a publicly available GQ cover (which happens to have been photographed in Trump's plane) being put in a political ad in the first place? Is there something wrong with the cover?  Enquiring minds want to know!

Btw - this from 10-2015, a pattern of attacking families, false accusations using his friends from the Nat'l Enquirer.

Donald Trump’s Alliance With the National Enquirer
Now, as Carson overtakes Trump as the GOP front-runner, it appears Trump is getting help from a media outlet known for ending presidential candidacies: the National Enquirer. Earlier this month, the Enquirer published a cover story on Carson headlined “Bungling Surgeon Ben Carson Left Sponge in Patient’s Brain!” The article called Carson a “White House wannabe” and claimed he “brandished a scalpel like a meat cleaver!” It went on to quote angry former patients saying he botched surgeries that left them disfigured and in pain; one patient who sued Carson said he forgot to remove a surgical sponge from her brain after a procedure. “His presidential campaign should be dead on arrival!” Enquirer reporter Sharon Churcher wrote.
So yeah.  People like the Satanic Trump resort to very desperate measures to stay on top of the heap.  He is the epitome of anti constitutionalist, and would be better suited to running a drug cartel.

Any Christian that makes excuses for voting for this evil person FOR ANY REASON (even "anybody but Hillary) is pretty much demonstrating that their faith means very little to their thought processes regarding politics.

And no, I don't and won't apologize for that statement.  Ever.

March 24, 2016

Rosebrough commending Sacramental Entrepreneurs / Five Two?

I thought The Pirate was a Confessional Lutheran?

So apparently Chris has taken to commending people who are 'sacramental entrepreneurs.' Hmmmm.
Who is R J Grunewald you ask?

I'm being told that RJ Grunewald is no longer with Five Two. (Well now he's with ChristHoldFast and retweeting LIBERATE  and Mockingbird junk so not sure if that's really much of an improvement.)

Last article Grunewald contributed to Five Two was Oct 1, 2014 "What Does Missional Mean?"

He is apparently not concerned enough about the direction of Five Two to get his name removed from their site or his articles taken down.

And his church is one of these that says this about themselves:
"What a privilege we have to fulfill our vision of Bringing Christ to People. It’s our hope that through these pages, God would show you the many and various ways our church is striving to serve Jesus and make our vision a reality! It’s also our prayer that you will see how these opportunities have an impact in the Tribes of people to whom God has called you. That God would use you to reach out to people whom Jesus Christ died for and loved is a privilege!"

Wow talk about using all the same language as the thing people claim he isn't a part of.  Bore me with something else, please.

March 23, 2016

In Love With Donald Trump (Tates Creek Presbyterian Church)

Excellent short article from Tates Creek Presbyterian Church:
"It is clear that evangelical support for Donald Trump serves as a humbling rebuke that we cannot ignore, but what is less clear is what needs rebuking. The easy answer is our doctrine and conviction, but the better answer is our loves. Indeed, Donald Trump is a clear indication that the evangelical Church is ignoring the Apostle John’s simple command, 'Do not love the world or anything in the world.' Evangelicals in our day are in love with the world and things of this world, and that is why evangelicals in our day are in love with Donald Trump."

March 22, 2016

The Theology of Donald Trump (Michael Horton writing at Christianity Today)

Michael Horton has weighed in on Trump as well:
Vague on doctrine, infiltrated by consumerism and a sentimental moralism intent on helping us all “become a better you,” and sort of interested in “family values” as long as they don’t interfere with our own family breakdowns, many cultural evangelicals are tired of losing the culture wars. They want a winner—“a strong leader.” I’m hardly the first to point out that it’s the stuff of which demagogues are made.

It is not that Trump has caused this transformation in portions of the so-called “evangelical electorate.” Rather, his candidacy has revealed the inner secularization of significant portions of the movement, which surveys have documented for some time now. Four theological words highlight the problem.

He goes on to explain that those four words are Creation, Sin, Christ, and Leadership, and why Trump gets all four of them wrong. So does the evangelical church, by and large, which explains why so many are falling for him.

read more at The Theology of Donald Trump

God help us if Trump wins, or if he doesn't win, because he has so many violent people stirred up that no matter what happens a large portion of them will be very very unhappy. And if he does win, he has shown he has autocratic tendencies (anyone who doesn't see that is being willfully blind). He has the potential and personal will to do irreparable harm to the Constitution, which he seems to see as just a tool for promoting his own personal agenda, as much as any Obama or Hillary. The backlash against that abuse of the worst excesses of crony capitalist populism could be a sudden and complete revolution over to Communism.

March 14, 2016

Lutheranism's problem with soft antinomianism - Four good articles by pastor Mark Surburg

Mark's thoughts: What is soft antinomianism?

Mark's thoughts: The elephant in the room - Presuppositions of soft antinomianism

Mark's thoughts: An example of soft antinomianism

Mark's thoughts: David Scaer describes the problem of soft antinomianism

also these related tweets and a link from Jordan Cooper.
Jordan Cooper: "Why I have decided to leave Pirate Christian Radio"

March 13, 2016

Coming full circle -- and Rosebrough is back to square one

Or maybe that should three steps forward, five steps back. Because at least when he defended his bromance with Dan Kimball, Kimball wasn't guilty of grievous sexual sin, threats of violence, and blackmail.

Damned for not Damning
(deleted recently, now here on the WayBackMachine and here in pdf) screen shot showing it was deleted after Nov 22, 2016)

Rosebrough has holed up in his pirate cave and isn't budging.

Ah well. All he has aboard is grog these days anyway.

But how does the above article go with this one from his new blogging partner Amy?
Let's Stop Snuggling The Wolves

Sure don't seem to be on the same page with regard to how to treat wolves. A pity, since Amy just left a job because of the same issue.

March 11, 2016

UPDATED Daniel Emery Price: A Wolf In Christ's Pasture and Chris Rosebrough: A Pirate Firing Blanks (articles by T. David) UPDATED

Todd Wilken is right on. Seems The Pirate is pretty frosted on twitter about T David's article which touches on both Tullian Tchividjian and Daniel Emery Price's indiscretions while pastoring.  To be fair I don't know the author very well.  I have heard much of this story corroborated by others I do trust, who don't trust the author.


He's also been going after Julie Anne of Spiritual Sounding Board (with whom I would have some strong disagreements on other issues) for her piece on Tullian getting mostly back in the saddle.

It was nice to see a couple pastors going after Rosebrough for a change.
Pr Mark Surburg and Pr Karl Hess have also taken Chris to task on twitter.

I'd better make sure I'm stocked up on popcorn.

UPDATE more here

seems Rosebrough on his wall is making the accusation that Trent (T David) was trying to take over from Price at the church after the affair. As if that is an accusation. The other story has been that the AALC asked Trent to go down and do that to try and help.

CR does admit that Price's response was over the top and sinful.  But let's just say for a second that implication by Rosebrough is right, that Trent was selfishly trying to take over the congregation for his own self aggrandizement.  At worst that would make Trent a little bit better than Daniel Price because he lacks the sexual victimization of a parishioner and ensuing blackmail issues. It is irrelevant to the case regarding Price himself.   Even though I am less familiar with Chris, I am unconvinced that Rosebrough is telling the truth however regarding Trent.  He has been known to twist facts and then try to convince people that he is doing it for pious reasons, including his own ex daughter in law and her family.

(previous confusing fact twisting conversation with Chris on the Tullian/Nadia/Price photo scam from last year regarding this article)

Lest you think I ended that conversation convinced or unconcerned, I did not. I gave up on him because I was tired of having to lead him through the process of telling the truth or giving him more opportunities to spin things plausibly.  This is not friendship.  Friends speak truth one with another. They don't spend time figuring out how to manipulate each other into buying the version of the story that makes them look better. His answer made absolutely no sense because it actually was the opposite of the truth, it was the opposite also of the stated desired effect of his 'changing the narrative.'  It actually looked more like he was trying to justify himself. A "pastor" should be well versed with the idea of speaking truthfully.  You would think.

I waited for days for a response after I saw that he had read it.  Receiving no further explanation I quietly disconnected from him wherever I could, and recanted my previous promotion of him.

Well, I'm glad someone is finally saying something.

March 8, 2016

Tullian Tchividjian Back On The Speaking Circuit

True to form for the Evangelical Industrial Complex, popular pastors are a bit like Donald Trump.  Nothing sticks to them so they can do almost as they please and people will continue to lap it up.  After all, God can't build his kingdom without these golden boys.

Tullian is apparently back on the circuit lecturing people about cheap law and cheap grace.  (source "Tullian Tchividjian is Back, Fully Endorsed by His Pastor, Kevin Labby" - and please also view her sources to see how she arrived at the conclusion she did)

While I don't agree with Julie at Spiritual Sounding board on some issues, I appreciate her thoroughness at holding the feet of these boors to the fire and I start to understand why she has such a dim view of biblical headship.  After all if these guys have no accountability, anyone who is supposed to be in Biblical submission to them is going to suffer far more than they would in a normal relationship of sinful people.

 And as usual, Rosebrough is still defending him. Someone shared Julie Anne's link to Rosebrough's wall, this was Chris's response:

Hogwash.  Typical of him and so many in the very Evangelical Industrial Complex they criticize.  This is nothing much different than Driscoll restoring himself, but Driscoll rightly gets the barbs while Rosebrough's friends get a pass, he expects everyone to understand "pastor" and "pulpit fellowship" the way Confessional Lutherans do (never mind that TT was also a speaker at the Concordia seminary chapel last spring right before all this blew up.)

 As I recall from Galatians, Paul rebuked Peter to his face before everyone because his conduct was not in line with the truth. How gentle was that?

I am chuckling rather ruefully though because in the article it links to a comment I hadn't seen before, from my friend Christine from Sola Sisters... remarking last August that “My summer pedicure lasted longer than his so-called repentance/restoration season.“ (Source)

What a mess.   The body of Christ is in total disarray.

The more Tullian says and does, showing that he has not the first clue about what repentance and reconciliation really is, the more sympathy I feel for his wife who had to live for so many years with such vapid narcissistic shallowness in the spiritual leader of the home.