I’ve referred to Jennifer Roback Morse before (here, here, and here). (Hovering your cursor over each of those hyperlinks will give you the title of each post to help you know whether you want to click on them or not.) I mentioned her because I was impressed with her intellect, her attitude, and her passion. Ah, but there’s much more to her.
Yesterday, I had occasion to hear three podcasts of hers:
Wed, 15 January 2014
(January 11, 2014) Dr J is the speaker at Calvary Chapel’s conference in Petaluma, California. The theme is “A Christian Response to our Toxic Culture,” and Dr. Morse gave three talks. This is the last one, “What Is to Be Done?”; it includes the Q&A session afterward. If you missed the first two (detailing the victims
of the sexual revolution and its underlying totalitarian ideology
), check out our podcast stream.
Tue, 14 January 2014
(January 11, 2014) Dr J is the speaker at Calvary Chapel’s conference in Petaluma, California. The theme is “A Christian Response to our Toxic Culture,” and Dr. Morse gave three talks. This is the second one, “The Sexual Revolution: A Totalitarian Ideology;” the first one
is already up on our podcast, and the third one will be up tomorrow.
Mon, 13 January 2014
(January 11, 2014) Dr J is the speaker at Calvary Chapel’s conference in Petaluma, California. The theme is “A Christian Response to our Toxic Culture,” and Dr. Morse gave three talks. This is the first one, “The Sexual Revolution and its Victims;” stay tuned for the other two.
Here is Dr. Morse’s podcast page where these and other podcast episodes can be found.
These three podcasts are live recordings of her address to a Calvary Chapel group in Petaluma, California. She was tentative but hopeful in her appeal to them. Through these podcasts I saw some different facets of Jennifer the person. She is a Roman Catholic who was speaking to a group of evangelicals. She revealed aspects of her personal life and of her faith that enlarged my view of her. She also gave her typical devastating critique of the sexual revolution, which could substitute well for all the sex education that goes on in schools today. She also talks about The Ruth Institute, an organization she founded in 2008; and includes some explanation of a tactical change in the battle her organization is waging for marriage.
All in all, it was a powerful and poignant experience to listen to this courageous woman. She’s been targeted by homosexual lobby groups. (It’s interesting that many of the Morse quotes they list do not even seem controversial to me, but the folks there obviously take great issue with them.)
I thank God for this woman and the work and others are doing to hold up the standard of righteousness in marriage that a decaying nation is fighting at every turn. May the sparks she is throwing off ignite a fire in the hearts and minds of righteous souls living in the midst of an unrighteous culture.
Check out The Ruth Institute and pass on their information to anyone you think could benefit from their message.
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We always hope transitions like this will be smooth, but there is a chance there will be some service disruptions. For example, there may be an occasion or two when the web site is unavailable. More importantly, there may be delays or omissions in the e-mail delivery of posts for those of you who are signed up for that.
Let’s hope for the best. But if there are difficulties, at least you have been forewarned. I will report to you when the transition is complete.
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God bless you.
Five days a week, Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, releases his 20-minutes podcast, which is “a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.” (On Saturday’s, he answers listener questions.)
You can listen on the website itself or download to a mobile device. Mohler is very astute observer of national affairs. He sounds less like a seminary president and more like a serious political observer. He sounds like he’s reading but I’ve heard him say that he records off the cuff with only an article or a few notes before him. He’s noted for having an strenuous work schedule and requires very little sleep.
I wanted to be sure you were aware of his work. Too bad he’s not a regular on national newscasts.
via The Briefing – AlbertMohler.com.
And, once again (see the previous post from Melissa Edgington), here is the Christian lady who got it right regarding Matthew McConaughey. She’s apparently taken a lot of heat from her post. God forbid that she should back down. If Matthew is indeed on the path of righteousness, then we’ll see some changes in his public behavior. And we’ll be glad to affirm him when he does. Until then, however, God is not in need of, nor desirous of, mere lip service. God doesn’t care about celebrity. He cares that we do right. God bless Melissa Edgington.
Originally posted on Your Mom Has A Blog:
Well, yesterday was interesting. I wrote a post and put it out there as usual, expecting my usual 150-ish people to read it, and somehow it got passed all over the world. I generally don’t write for all over the world. No, I write for my friends and family, and I consider them my true audience.
I started this blog because I wanted to leave something of myself for my children to read when I’m gone. I wanted to leave a legacy of faith in Jesus, and a testimony of how real God is and how He has worked in my life. Despite all of His work on me through the years, I am still plagued by plenty of weaknesses. But, I’m learning to depend on Him and trust that where I am weak He is strong, and He can take my okay-ness and do something good with it. I am trusting that is what He is doing with the Matthew McConaughey post from yesterday.
If you’ve read the comments, you know that I was not a popular person in lots of different circles yesterday. Many people felt like I was judging Matthew McConaughey. I was certainly judging the content of his movies. I think that it’s okay for me to do that, as a Christian. I didn’t watch the movies, but I get information about the content of movies and television shows from a great website called pluggedin.com. I don’t enjoy watching movies that are filled with sexual content and foul language, even if the overall message is good. I think explicit sex scenes are spiritually harmful to Christian people.
Yesterday’s post was not about whether Matthew McConaughey is a Christian. It wasn’t about whether I am better than him or worse than him. It wasn’t even about him thanking God in his acceptance speech. The post was a reaction to what I was seeing on the internet in the hours following his speech. What I saw was Christian people reaching up to that stage in Hollywood to cling to Matthew McConaughey’s nice tuxedo jacket, to hang on to his coattails and excitedly exclaim that he is one of us. That he validates us and he makes our God more acceptable, and if Matthew McConaughey is going the praise the Lord, then that must make our faith worth more. I didn’t want us, as Christians, to feel like Matthew’s speech somehow legitimized our trust in Jesus.
Here’s a lady who gets it right! Her name is Melissa Edgington. She’s a mom who wrote the post below about Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech at the Oscars Sunday night.
Originally posted on Your Mom Has A Blog:
Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar. And, boy, are Christians happy about it. I mean, Christians are jumping up and down for this Texas boy for his big win because he actually thanked God in his acceptance speech. He did, he gave God credit and he thanked his wife like he should and he gave a
that really made me wonder why they weren’t starting up the music to cut him off. They let Matthew talk for almost four minutes, and the clip of his speech is all over the internet.
Christians are so proud.
And, I can’t blame us. I mean, how often do we hear a major celebrity, an Oscar winner, no less, identifying with us? How often do we get that kind of star power in our corner? It almost makes us seem sort of cool and legitimate.
Thoughts on “Christian” movies in theaters these days:
From Ed Stetzer:
Why I’m Recommending Christians Go See The Movie Noah—Phil Cooke
I’ve been doing a series, looking at the issues of the Noah movie (both positive and negative). Here is Phil’s advice (with which I agree, if you are wondering).
See the full article at Christianity Today.
US-based British Bible scholar Mark Goodacre gives a 20-minute audio perspective (he says it’s not a “review”) on The Son of God.
NT Pod 72: Son of God Movie
Lest we complain about the looks we get from some people for making reference to the Bible, let us remember that in some parts of the world respect for the Bible brings much worse than that. North Korea is a country “where actions as small as owning a Bible can lead to the death penalty.”
(1 min read; 190 words)
Report: 33 North Koreans to Be Executed for Contact with Christian Missionary | RELEVANT Magazine.