Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How To Attract More Men To Church

Here it is.  A new ministry program designed to increase the attendance of men to church.  None of that wimpy, Jesus is my girlfriend, stuff.  This is for real men.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Give The Job To An Illegal Mexican Immigrant

The Obama Administration should appoint an illegal Mexican immigrant to run Homeland Security. 

Apparently, securing our borders is one job Americans won't do. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

In Defense of Beth Moore Again

Beth Moore has been off my radar for quite a while until just recently.  In the past three or four months I have noticed an unusual number of hits on my one and only, blog post about her.  So what is she up to now?  I don't know.  Maybe she's conducting a new, nationwide series of televised women's conferences or  promoting a new book.   I really don't care but I am reposting this item from Feb. 2009 because of the sudden, renewed interest.   

I have been warned, no, actually I have been threatened; DO NOT write anything negative about Beth Moore.

OK, so I’m not particularly intimidated by threats but, in this case, I will attempt to keep all my comments positive. I mean, after all, what possible good could come from exposing the shortcomings of a fine, charismatic, bubbly, and winsome young woman who has devoted her life to writing helpful books and Bible studies, and who travels the country hosting ecumenical, life-changing seminars for thousands of women? Why would anyone want to point out a few little flaws? Aren’t we all flawed? I mean, who am I to judge?

Beth does so much good and brings so much joy to her followers; it’s just not right or profitable to bring disunity to the body of Christ and to criticize a servant of God over a few little, insignificant doctrinal errors.

I know, some of you nasty, negative discerning types, like The Watchman's Bagpipes, and Lighthouse Trails Research will continue to warn us that Beth Moore lacks understanding of basic hermeneutical principles; that she often twists Scripture to fit into her own propositions. Or you might remind us that she often claims direct revelation from God. And, yes, admittedly, some of her teachings are very similar to the heresies promoted by the Word of Faith crowd. And she tends to interject and employ a lot of pop-psychology, self-esteem stuff that is reminiscent of Robert Schuller.  And you might object that she espouses the unbiblical model of spiritual warfare promoted by some “deliverance” ministries or that she teaches the kind of unbiblical, generational bondage that is promoted by Bill Gothard.

But I say, SO WHAT? Why would any church want to remove her books, videos, and Bible studies from their library shelves? After all, it’s good for people to have sufficient information from all philosophies so that we can make informed decisions about what we believe to be truth.   Beth Moore’s material isn’t nearly as heretical as other stuff on the shelves like “The Prayer of Jabez,” or “The Purpose Driven Life,” or the old classic, “God Calling.” And frankly, her teaching is no more problematic than most of the Sunday morning drivel we get from thousands of purpose pastors and seeker soothers each week. And since that is what we have come to tolerate (and love) in our pulpits, there is really no justifiable reason to object to Beth Moore once a year at a seminar. Besides, she is every bit as funny as most pastors and a lot more attractive.

But, “What about Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Formation?” you might ask.  Come on, give it a rest. Just because her name and picture are on the cover, and just because her comments comprise a major portion of the teaching in the video, “Be Still,” along with some mystics, Quakers, psychologists, and contemplatives like Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, and Henry Cloud, is no reason to assume that she actually believes in or endorses the ancient, mystical practices of Lectio-Divina.

Besides, Beth Moore has already answered that.  In a public letter that she posted on her web site, Living Proof Ministries, she explained that “there really is no problem with the Truth presented on the video.” So, that settles it. There is no problem with “truth” in the video (I guess we should just ignore all the untrue parts).

Look, we should give her the benefit of the doubt. When asked about her endorsement of the unbiblical practice, she said, "I'm a Baptist, for crying out loud." That should be good enough. The fact that the disclaimer letter she posted on her site, when first confronted with this, was quickly removed, I’m sure, was nothing more than just an innocent oversight.  I think Beth should come clean on this but maybe its just me.