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R.C. Sproul

December 15, 2017
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Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15). We bid farewell to our elder brother, Dr. Robert Charles (RC) Sproul, as he has taken his final pre-Resurrection breaths to now be present with our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). His body will soon be sown (1 Corinthians 15:44), and…

via Dr. Sproul Goes To Heaven: Five Videos to Remember Him — Pulpit & Pen

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Doing the Right Thing Hurts Sometimes

October 22, 2017
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Yesterday I had a tough choice to make.  Little and big decisions often come down to doing what is right vs doing what is easy.  It would have been a whole lot easier just to go along for the ride rather than take a costly stand for what is right.

FedEx Ground, as some of my readers know, is a contracted service.  Contractors competitively “buy” rights to provide FedEx Ground services for certain territories, and the competition at times can become pretty fierce.  There are “politics,” rumors, gossip, games, and sometimes, deceptive and brutal trickery in the process.  Okay, whatever.  That’s between the contractors, and not my concern as a driver, right?

Wrong.

Some contractors are willing to involve their drivers as pawns in their little battles, and, just like in chess, the pawns always go first, suffer the greatest losses – but even a pawn and take out a king under the right conditions.  It’s completely unfair and unethical for FedEx contractors to involve drivers in their disputes and spats with competing contractors, but that, apparently, doesn’t stop some contractors from doing it.

What they didn’t count on, though, was one pawn with a conscience.

One pawn didn’t play along, didn’t take the easy path, and was willing to pay the price.  My former contractor/employer has been nothing but good to me, and we have even become friends.  So doing the right thing yesterday was especially painful for both of us.  But I can have no part in any sneaky, deceptive scheming in his battle with another contractor over control of the territory I was servicing.  This is a risk any contractor assumes when he or she involves drivers in anything other than driving.

I have hurt my friend.  I have hurt my fellow drivers that work for my friend and former boss.  I have hurt the new contractor that is managing that territory.  And I have even hurt the customers in the area I serviced, since whoever takes my place has to learn everything from scratch.  I have hurt myself, too, in lost seniority, and the loss of the privilege of taking the truck home after work.

I’m sorry for the pain I have caused, but I can’t be sorry for the decision I made, and would make again under the same circumstances.

If a king falls because of the actions of one little pawn, then let it be a lesson to all the other kings in all their games.


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Issues With WordPress

July 17, 2017
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For almost four days now, I can’t access the WordPress.com web site at all. I post via e-mail, so that’s why this post is making it to the blog. But I can no longer moderate replies, read the blogs I follow (unless I get them emailed to me), or manage my sites at all.

I tried downloading the WordPress desktop app, but it’s 64-bit only so I can’t use it on my old 32-bit desktop. The fancy hand-me-down 64-bit ‘puter had a hard drive failure so I resurrected an ancient Dell Dimension and got it running wonderfully with Linux Lite! But WordPress.com won’t load in any browser from here for some reason.

If your comment is awaiting moderation, or if I fail to respond to a question, rest assured it’s temporary… unless WordPress remains unreachable/unloadable, in which case I may be moving the whole kit and kabootle to another site.

Please pardon the inconvenience, and hope that it’s temporary!


Frenetic Friday

July 15, 2017
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The “culture war” is still as intense as ever, even without a Democrat in the White House to promote this insanity. From the Church of England to popular literature for kids, it goes on… and you wonder why I’m Amillennial? 😀 Anyway, my friend “Keachfan” describes a couple of the current battles in this war.

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Here it is again Friday are you feeling frenetic? I myself am feeling that way and so let’s get started.

Well the Church of England is slowly but surely slipping loose from whatever moorings it had that attached it to scripture. The Church of England has announced that it will create special liturgical services for transgendered people. Now please let us take a moment and think what this means, they are creating a special worship service for people who think they are a different gender than what is their biological sex. A worship service. Let me say that again, a worship service. A worship service to welcome their transition. Now of course this wasn’t a unanimous vote there were those that opposed this but they were overwhelmed by those that have gone with the world. Read the full story here

And sticking to this subject seems that according to Zinnia…

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Great Quote to Accompany Amos

July 2, 2017
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You know the little Old Testament book, Amos, right? It’s a favorite of mine. Today in our church bulletin a great quote was printed to accompany our lesson from Amos 5:18-27:

Why do people at church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a package tour of the absolute? Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a new batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning.

It is madness to wear ladies’ straw and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw is out to where we can never return.

-Annie Dillard


Theology Thursday: Five Myths about the Ancient Heresy of Gnosticism

June 23, 2017
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Gnosticism was kinda like the mysticism of the modern-day Charismatic movement, always seeking greater and “deeper” experiences “in the Spirit.” Surely a doctrine of demons!

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Written by Michael J. Kruger on December 20, 2016

In the world of biblical studies, at least among some critical scholars, Gnosticism has been the darling for sometime now. Especially since the discovery of the so-called “Gnostic Gospels” at Nag Hammadi in 1945, scholars have sung the praises of this alternative version of Christianity.

Gnosticism was a heretical version of Christianity that burst on the scene primarily in the second century and gave the orthodox Christians a run for their money. And it seems that some scholars look back and wish that the Gnostics had prevailed.

After all, it is argued, traditional Christianity was narrow, dogmatic, intolerant, elitist, and mean-spirited, whereas Gnosticism was open-minded, all-welcoming, tolerant and loving. Given this choice, which would you choose?

While this narrative about free-spirited Gnosticism being sorely oppressed by those mean and uptight orthodox Christians might sound rhetorically compelling, it simply isn’t borne out…

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DNC Affiliates Increase Involvement In Seth Rich Case After Wheeler Claims 

May 27, 2017
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Source: DNC Affiliates Increase Involvement In Seth Rich Case After Wheeler Claims 


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Christianity Ill-Defined by a Cult Member

May 1, 2017
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“If everything that is called Christianity in these days is Christianity, then there is no such thing as Christianity. A name applied indiscriminately to everything designates nothing.” B.B. Warfield His wife called with a report that set him off, enough for him to postpone his back-stage, dressing-room lunch in order to record a nearly…

via Glenn Beck’s Mormonized Rant Against Christianity — Pulpit & Pen


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An Apology to the Eastern Orthodox

April 23, 2017
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As the owner and president of Pulpit & Pen, I feel that I need to issue a public apology to the Eastern Orthodox community in regards to my managing editor’s recent words. In a series of posts, Pulpit & Pen editor, Jeff Maples, took it upon himself to essentially anathematize the Bible Answer Man, Hank…

via An Apology to the Eastern Orthodox Community — Pulpit & Pen


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The Apostasy Continues

February 19, 2017
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Where do you draw the charismatic line? 30 years ago nobody would’ve given this question much thought because it was easy to answer. People either liked Benny Hinn or thought he was crazy. People thought Kathryn Kuhlman was a great woman of God or a dramatic fraud. People were largely conservative, or charismatic. They either…

via Stop Calling Error “Anointed” — Pulpit & Pen


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