Time to Get Real: The Southern Baptist Convention Is Shrinking Faster Than the United Methodists —by The Wartburg Watch blog

There is no questions that the SBC is in decline. I do not think they know what the problems are.

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How Lori Alexander’s Teachings May Keep Women in Abusive Relationships. – by Spiritual Sounding Board blog

Lori Alexander, Emotional Abuse, Headship, Submission -by Kathi I’ve been reading Lori Alexander’s blogs for quite a while now. Just when I think her writing is the same old boring rhetoric she always blathers on about, she ups her game. Her recent post, “How Not to Get Married” is one that actually should be titled, […]

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Voice of the Martyrs and Alleged Sexual Sin in a Nigerian Orphanage. – by The Wartburg Watch blog

Serious concerns regarding the Stephens Center, which is connected with VOM

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“Slickly Presented Opinionated Dogma” at Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley. by a man reviewer on YELP


“This church is pretty much as far right as is possible to find in the Bay Area. If you’re extremely conservative, and into biblical literalism (young earth, anti-evolution), reminders of the coming of the end, slickly presented opinionated dogma, Calvinism, and patriarchy, then this is a great place to explore and grow in that. Personally, it wasn’t for me, and I found it distasteful.”

– a man reviewer on YELP about his experience at Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley

“The Power of a Transformed Wife”. It’s All About Who is in Control. By Kathi at Spiritual Sounding Board blog

The Power of a Transformed Wife, Lori Alexander, Control, Submission This is a book review series of The Power of a Transformed Wife by Lori Alexander. If you are just joining us, you may click on previous chapter reviews to catch up. Introduction & Chapter 1 Chapter 2 **** *** Chapter 3 – Let it […]

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The Misinterpreted “Every Appearance of Evil”, and the Billy Graham Rule by Pastor Sam Powell

My Only Comfort

I’ve been gone and out of the loop for a while. The debate over the so-called “Billy Graham” rule, in light of the comments of Mike Pence, went on without me. That was probably a good thing.

But every generation renews its battle with the horrible interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 5:22. You have probably heard it:

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1Th 5:22 KJV)

This is generally interpreted by small-minded men as an excuse to avoid interacting for good in the lives of others. When the passage is poorly translated, and taken out of context, it appears as if it is saying that one should avoid doing anything that someone else might take as being evil. Thus, lazy and guilt-ridden men can avoid interaction with “undesireables” and still pretend to take the high ground.

For example, I heard one man say that if he were driving alone down…

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Phil Johnson at Grace Community Church Shows His “Heart” Toward a Domestic Violence Victim – by Spiritual Sounding Board

Domestic Violence, Phil Johnson, Grace Community Church, John MacArthur *** This post needs little commentary. Pastor Phil Johnson is Pastor John MacArthur’s right-hand man at Grace Community Church. I am sad that a man in his position would so carelessly tweet this insensitive, uncaring tweet. I fear for women at Grace Community or any church connected […]

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