Exorcisms were a pillar of the early Church

To put it more directly: if the casting out of demons and the healing of sick bodies and souls had been ignored when the Church started, there likely wouldn’t be much of a Church today, including those preachers and denominational bodies who actively oppose deliverance…

I cite the observation of Dr. Geoffrey Lampe, British Anglican priest who for ten years was professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Lampe argues in his writings that exorcism was the dominant miracle of the Early church and that it “provided support of a person’s authority, character, and doctrine.”

In short, if there had been no exorcism in 200-300 A. D…the Church could not have survived the opposition of Rome, the mightiest pagan empire on earth. Every preacher who opposes deliverance is part of the legacy of deliverance which started in early Christianity.

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Larson, B. (n.d.) myemail.constantcontact.com – Highlight Loc. 8-16  | Added on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:30 PM

Christian politics rests on Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy had a similar impact on the Christian world. Whenever Christian theologians, political philosophers or reformers sought biblical sources for political ideas, they turned to Deuteronomy as a major Scriptural source.

The use of Deuteronomy reached its apogee during the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when the founders of the new Swiss, Huguenot, Rhineland, Dutch, Puritan, and Scottish commonwealths rested their polities on Deuteronomic foundations.

The culmination of this trend came at the time of the American revolutionary polemical literature between 1765 and 1805. As Donald Lutz has pointed out, Deuteronomy was cited more frequently than all citations of European political philosophers combined, a major source for the myriad political sermons of the period.

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Elazar, D.J. (n.d.) Deuteronomy as Israel’s Ancient Constitution:
Some Preliminary Reflections
. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Available http://www.jcpa.org/dje/articles2/deut-const.htm. Last accessed 31st Dec 2015.

The next generation of creationists in science and medicine

A growing number of science students on British campuses and in sixth form colleges are challenging the theory of evolution and arguing that Darwin was wrong…

Earlier this month Muslim medical students in London distributed leaflets that dismissed Darwin’s theories as false. Evangelical Christian students are also increasingly vocal in challenging the notion of evolution…

Most of the next generation of medical and science students could well be creationists, according to a biology teacher at a leading London sixth-form college. “The vast majority of my students now believe in creationism,” she said, “and these are thinking young people who are able and articulate and not at the dim end at all. They have extensive booklets on creationism which they put in my pigeon-hole.”

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Campbell, D. (2006). Academics Fight Rise of Creationism at Universities. The Guardian. Available http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/feb/21/religion.highereducation. Last accessed 31st Dec 2015.

Irreligion as a cause of paranormal beliefs

In his 1983 book “The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener,” skeptic and science writer Martin Gardner cited the decline of traditional religious belief among the better educated as one of the causes for an increase in pseudoscience, cults and superstition.

He referenced a 1980 study published in the magazine Skeptical Inquirer that showed irreligious college students to be by far the most likely to embrace paranormal beliefs, while born-again Christian college students were the least likely.

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Hemingway, M.Z. (2008). Look Who’s Irrational Now. The Wall Street Journal. Available http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB122178219865054585. Last accessed 31st Dec 2015.

Obama’s rhetoric disguises his bad governance

Obama’s discovery that government bureaucracies don’t do things very well creates a breathtaking disconnect between his transformative ambitions and his detachment from the job itself. How does his Olympian vision coexist with the lassitude of his actual governance, a passivity that verges on absenteeism?

What bridges that gap is rhetoric. Barack Obama is a master rhetorician. It’s allowed him to move crowds, rise inexorably and twice win the most glittering prize of all. Rhetoric has changed his reality. For Obama, it can change the country’s. Hope and change, after all, is a rhetorical device. Of the kind Obama has always imagined can move mountains. That’s why his reaction to the Obamacare Web site’s crash-on-takeoff is so telling.

His remedy? A cross-country campaign-style speaking tour. As if rhetoric could repeal that reality. Managing, governing, negotiating, cajoling, crafting legislation, forging compromise. For these—this stuff of governance—Obama has shown little aptitude and even less interest.

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Krauthammer, C. (2013). Obama the Oblivious. Washington Post. Available https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-obama-the-oblivious/2013/12/12/67acc91c-6363-11e3-a373-0f9f2d1c2b61_story.html. Last accessed 31st Dec 2015.

The career woman versus the keeper at home

Every parent knows it’s tough getting kids to eat their greens. Even UK food writer Rose Prince claims to have been “quite undone by feeding children”, noting how easy it was for her mother, “a housewife in the classic sense”, to produce delicious from-scratch meals and keep a close watch on between-meal-snacking. By contrast, her own children “make toast and rampage through the biscuit supply as soon as they are sure I’m in my office working… The children of busy parents soon discover that you are too tired to argue”…

Public money has been thrown at obesity prevention, but there’s one thing successive governments haven’t even thought of: protecting the traditional family structure through support for marriage and stay-at-home mums. If it was thought of, it was no doubt shouted down by liberal ‘progressives’ keen to replace the family unit with the nanny state, by getting women out of the home and kids into daycare.

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Keynes, L. (2015). How to Slim Down Super-sized Kids. Family Edge. Available http://www.mercatornet.com/family_edge/view/how-to-slim-down-super-sized-kids/15880. Last accessed 31st Dec 2015.

Note to pastors: peace if possible, truth at all costs

Sadly there are far too many pastors and church leaders who fully adhere to these unwritten rules. Their number one priority is to please people, to be liked by the crowds, and to keep everyone happy and docile. They will go to great lengths to avoid any and all controversies—even biblical ones. Their business is to placate the crowds and amuse the masses. They are in the business of men-pleasing.

Sure, they may not even be aware that this is in fact what they are doing. They may think they are being “peace-keepers” or working for “unity” or trying to just get along. But when the truth of God is at stake, we must speak out, even at the risk of breaking fellowship, losing some unity, and offending some folks.

As Martin Luther once put it, “Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” Yet far too often truth is sacrificed in order to placate and appease the masses.

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Muehlenberg, B. (2013). Keeping the Masses Happy (While Keeping God Unhappy). CultureWatch. Available http://billmuehlenberg.com/2013/12/27/keeping-the-masses-happy-while-keeping-god-unhappy/. Last accessed 31st Dec 2015.