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Dynamic Duo fund abortion through “charitable” giving June 30, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Politics/Public Policy.
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You should be aware that two of the richest men in the world, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, have drawn widespread praise and criticism this week for their philanthropic alliance. While teaming together to fight disease and poverty, they have also collaborated to fund Planned Parenthood and the murder of the unborn.

To be clear, philanthropy means a combination of phila- (love) and -anthropy (mankind)–there is nothing lovely or “charitable” about murder.

Gates has given over $34 million to PP, the largest provider of abortion in the USA. What a tragedy.

Read the Sun-Times report here.

Persecuted Christians Killed for God and Gospel June 30, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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In a recent study (reported here), Professor Thomas Schirrmacher, director of the Religious Liberty Commission of the German Evangelical Alliance, explains that at least 55,000 Christians are killed each year for religious reasons. To be clear, this excludes social or political upheaval that may result in Christians dying.

Christians in India, Indonesia, and Pakistan run the highest risk of tortuous death. Pray for our brothers who are suffering. Pray that in their death, more would be reached with the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ.

Christianity and the light of its influence June 30, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Culture/Society, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics, Politics/Public Policy.
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In this article (here), Chuck Colson notes the connection between the spread of the gospel and the influence it brings to the whole of society.

Christ transforms work, home, culture, and the welfare of society in general. One day soon, He will return to enjoy it with the redeemed forever and ever (1 Pet 4).

In defense of the truth, and a friend June 11, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Culture/Society, World News.
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Recently, I attended the trial of a friend in federal court. He was charged with crimes of the financial nature (non-violent). I was there in the event he wanted me to serve as a character witness. Instead, he asked his Bible study teacher to speak on his behalf. In spite of their efforts, he was sentenced to serve time in the federal pen.

Similarly, Ken Lay’s pastor, Ed Young the greater, spoke on Lay’s behalf during the trial. To my knowledge, Young never said Lay was innocent. A blog tucked away in the recesses of the WSJ says, “The defense’s 29th and final witness was Ed Young, a popular Houston minister. Speaking of Lay, Young reportedly said, ‘I believe he loves God, I believe he works hard and I believe he’s a man who keeps his word.’ On cross, prosecutor Cliff Stricklin told Young he had taken a religion course in college taught by one of Young’s sons. Joking that Young’s son became a minister while he became a lawyer, Stricklin said, ‘You can draw your own conclusions from that.’ Retorted Young: ‘I already have.'” (HT: Denny Burk)

For the sake of Truth, the miracle of gospel repentance, and Mr. Lay’s soul, I pray that Young’s judgements and hopes are accurate; only God knows the heart but Young may have seen His fruit. Thank the Lord for forgiveness found in Jesus Christ. Also, thank God for ministers who have the careful courage to minister in spite of the public rush to judgement.

The next Billy Graham? June 11, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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The CST reports (here) about an interesting pastor and his effort to reach out with the gospel. When asked the comparative question, he responded, “Uhhhh . . . anybody who’d have a clever response to that I’d be deeply suspicious of,” Bell says, quietly. “This whole experience broke me a long time ago. . . . The fact that God could use me, I’m still . . . in awe.”

I suspect Graham would respond similarly. Also, I believe both would agree that Christ be the focus of our ministry and all of our ambitions ought to be found in exulting Him.

condi@sbc.nc June 11, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Church, Politics/Public Policy.
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention this week in North Carolina.

I am in Greensboro now and will periodically update you on the progress of SBC happenings…

Where’s the Islam in Islamic Terrorism? June 9, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Exposing Bias, Politics/Public Policy.
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In this intriguing blast (here), Andrew McCarthy has some strong things to say concerning the alarming lack of media coverage linking Islamic terrorists to the religion and its doctrines that drive them to murder infidels, not to love and die for them so that they may live.

McCarthy closes strong, “They apparently are not members of the terror network, did not train at the Qaeda camps, and have not been directed by the Qaeda hierarchy. All they have in common with al Qaeda is their schooling in the same creed. And their conclusion that this creed commands them to murder.”

One observation: I have long concluded that further evidence of this first-order gag against the Islamo-terror connection deepens in the surprising absence of journalistic response to opinions like McCarthy’s. If there is no connection, then surely someone on the left would be strongly condemning writings like Andrew’s as racist and bigoted. It seems that somewhere a memo was circulated that prohibits any real discussion of this “scoop.”

More Muslims than Jews look for Messiah June 4, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology.
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In a recent survey by Ephraim Yar of Tel Aviv University revealed more Israeli Muslims than Jews believe in special creation and look for the advent of Messiah.

Also, the study revealed more Jews believed in the “evil eye” than in heaven after death.

52% believe in the evil eye; 43% surveyed believe in heaven.

Pictured here is the gozmunjughu, a small blue or black glass that has a black spot inside a white circle, resembling the iris of an eye. This ornament is the “secret” to warding off anyone assailing you with the evil eye.

The results of this study are a sober reminder to our friends of the dual covenant that Jews and Muslims alike need the Messiah–the One who came and gave himself for the forgiveness of sin and to triumph not only over the evil eye but all fear and darkness.

Read the brief (here) in the Washington Times.

Colson’s Prison Fellowship gets rapped June 3, 2006

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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Today’s Houston Chronicle (here) reports a federal judge ruled Friday that Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministries and the state of Iowa violated the US Constitution by setting up a government-funded program that uses coercive conversionary tactics based on the doctrines of Christianity.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State brought the suit, and the judge directed Prison Fellowship Ministries to pay back at least $1.5 million that it has received from the state since the program began in 1999.

This ruling could deal a sharp blow to elements of the president’s faith-based initiative.

Mark Earley, president of Prison Fellowship Ministries, is still evaluating the case, and should appeal the ruling.