21 Jul: When God Speaks

Almost every time I’ve heard God speak, it changed me (not others). I hauled hay for a living in 1979. I had given my life to Christ in May of that year. My new life in Christ was changing me. The old was passing away and I was being renewed. One day, we had put one load of hay into a barn and were driving back to the field for another on the open-air hay machine. As we drove, an alfalfa stem blew into my mouth. I started to chew it. But it wasn’t hay. It was a Yellowjacket (wasp). It was like I had just licked lightning. I spit him out in a nanosecond, but the damage was done. I hadn’t used the words that came out of my mouth since my salvation. I couldn’t hold them – they would have come out if Mom and Jesus had been…

14 Jul: Involuntary Celibacy (INCEL)

Some of us were discussing the recently released National Threat Assessment Center (2019), Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2018, by U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security. The study defines mass attack as when, “three or more persons were harmed – were carried out in public spaces.” Houses of Worship were one of the five environments specifically listed. In 2018, the study said, nearly one-third of the attackers “appeared to have subscribed to a belief system that has previously been associated with violence.” It singled out one of those beliefs, “Incels, or involuntarily celibates, are members of an Internet-based subculture of heterosexual males who view themselves as undesirable to females and therefore unable to establish romantic or sexual relationships to which they feel entitled.” The New Life killer was angry at Christianity about the doctrine of abstinence. He turned 24-years-old on Wednesday before he started killing that Sunday. By…

27 Jun: A Pervasive Pattern of Abuse

There is an epidemic of moral failure in ministries; a pervasive pattern of abuse across all denominations. Following is a sample of recent cases. Southern Baptist. A 22-year-old youth leader drove his 17-year-old student home but parked along the way for oral sex. 20 years later he admitted it to the congregation he pastored at, asked for forgiveness and got a standing ovation. While this story first broke in January of 2018, the recent news is of that victim, now a grown woman, fighting for change. Jules Woodson now works for “Such a Time as This.” FSATAT pushes for change in the Southern Baptist Convention on how it deals with credible charges of abuse. This man had been moved and promoted through the years, though SBC leaders knew of the incident. He only asked for public forgiveness after the victim posted about it. Nontrinitarian Restorationist. The self-proclaimed senior apostle of…