News of Note: “Desmond Tutu Would Rather Go to Hell than a Homophobic Heaven”

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1. Desmond Tutu and other world leaders recent remarks about homosexuality

“Former ‘Archbishop’ Desmond Tutu: I Much Rather Prefer to Go to Hell Than a ‘Homophobic Heaven’” – Desmond Tutu stated during a recent public appearance that he would rather go to hell than a homophobic heaven. (Christian News)

“Three Church Leaders on Homosexuality” – Three church leaders and a political leader’s recent remarks on homosexuality. (Culture Watch)

2. “Rampant Biblical Illiteracy” – Bill Muehlenberg on western culture’s rampant Biblical illiteracy. (Culture Watch)

3. “The Extra Mile” – Dan Dumas tells pastors why it is better to be a plow horse rather than a show horse. (Leaders Don’t Panic)

4. “Spiritual Heroin and Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: A Personal Testimony” – Tony Miano gives his personal testimony about his experiences with the Charismatic Movement. (Cross Encounters)

5. “How Can I Tell If I’m Called to Pastoral Ministry?” – Kevin DeYoung gives ten questions to consider if you think you are being called to pastoral ministry. (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)

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News of Note: Boy Scouts of America Allow Gay Youths to Join; Ban on Adult Gay Leaders Remain; Groups Predict Mass Exodus From BSA Over New Policy (UPDATED)

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1. Boy Scouts of America Will Allow Gay Youth Into Membership (UPDATED)

“Groups Predict Mass Exodus From Boy Scouts Over Vote to Allow Openly Homosexual Members” – Conservative and Christian groups predict mass exodus from BSA over their new policy. (Christian News)

“I think there will be an immediate exodus,” said spokesman Roger “Sing” Oldham (Southern Baptist Convention). “I don’t know how large that immediate exodus will be, but then I think there’ll be a continual attrition over time.” “I think what we’re going to see in the next year or so is a mass exodus of adults and boys from the Boy Scouts of America program,” Randy Sharp of the American Family Association likewise told reporters. “Some of the estimates that I’ve heard are up to 400,000 to 500,000 boys and adults will resign their positions with the Boy Scouts of America.” – Heather Clark

“Boy Scouts Vote to Lift Ban on Openly Homosexual Members” (Christian News)

“The fallout from this is going to be tremendous,” Robert Schwarzwalder, senior vice president of the Family Research Council, told reporters. “I think there will be a loss of hundreds of thousands of boys and parents.” “This great institution is going to be vitiated by the intrusion of a political agenda,” he added. – Heather Clark

“Boy Scouts to allow gay youths to join” (CNN)

“Boy Scouts vote to allow gay members” (USA Today)

“Boy Scouts Decision to Accept Any Sexual Orientation a Rejection of Values, Says Christian Law Group” (Christian Post)

“Sadly, the Boy Scouts Executive National Council’s decision disregards not only the nearly 19,000 Americans who signed a petition urging BSA to ‘uphold the values that have defined the organization for over 100 years,’ but also the millions of Americans who have supported the program,” stated Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel David Cortman shortly after the decision. “Those promoting the agenda to change what the Boy Scouts have always been won’t rest until there is complete acceptance of any sexual preference for both leaders and members. With its decision today, BSA has rejected its freedom to promote and practice the values that have served to shape our nation’s boys into leaders for the last century,” Cortman said. – Alex Murashko

“Boy Scouts at the Brink — The Moment of Decision Arrives” – Al Mohler on the Boy Scouts of America’s pending decision. This article was posted prior to the BSA’s decision (AlbertMohler.com)

OnMyHonor.Net – Group comprised of Boy Scouts of America members, parents, and likeminded organizations are announcing a national coalition meeting to form a new character development organization for boys.

“Despite this setback (Boy Scouts of America accepting homosexual youth into its membership), we will look to the future. I am pleased to announce that OnMyHonor.Net along with other likeminded organizations, parents and BSA members, are announcing a coalition meeting that will take place next month in Louisville, Kentucky. There we will discuss the creation of a new character development organization for boys. While the meeting will be private, your voice is very important to us and will be represented there. We will host and facilitate a national coalition meeting of former BSA parents and other youth leaders who wish to return to truly timeless values that once made the BSA great. We welcome your comments as we develop our plans. Please share your thoughts with us at Contact@OnMyHonor.Net We grieve today, not because we are faced with leaving Scouting, but because the Boy Scouts of America has left us. Its leadership has turned its back on 103 years of abiding by a mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices. Instead, it is embarking on a pathway of social experimentation that we believe will place at risk the very youth the organization is entrusted to serve, while rendering as hollow the tenets of the Scout Oath. Many of us find that unacceptable, and we have a desire to explore how we might serve families and young people at the highest standard originally intended by Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell.” OnMyHonor.Net is the nationwide coalition of concerned parents, Scout Leaders, Scouting Donors, Eagle Scouts and other members of the BSA who are united in their support of Scouting’s timeless values and in their opposition to open homosexuality in the Boy Scouts. More information at http://www.OnMyHonor.Net.” – OnMyHonor.Net

2. “Tim Bosma and Evil’s Smile” – Tim Challies’ post on the face of evil and the senseless murder of a neighbor. (TimChallies.com)

3. “Carson, Taylor, and DeYoung issue statement supporting Mahaney” – D.A. Carson, Justin Taylor, and Kevin DeYoung issue statement supporting C.J. Mahaney (DennyBurk.com); The entire statement from Carson, Taylor and Young can be found at the Gospel Coalition website: “Why We Have Been Silent about the SGM Lawsuit”

“We are not in a place to adjudicate all the charges leveled against Sovereign Grace Ministries or the specific individuals named in the lawsuit. The purpose of this statement is not to render a verdict on the charges, nor in any way to trivialize the sins alleged. We realize some will construe this post as confirmation of their worst suspicions, but we trust most of our brothers and sisters will be able to consider our explanation with an open heart and a fair mind. Our silence was not decided upon lightly; neither was our decision to break this silence. Our prayer is that one day—and please, Lord, soon—all who face injustice of any kind will see the Lord bring forth his righteousness as the light, and his justice as the noonday (Ps. 37:6).” – D.A. Carson, Justin Taylor, Kevin DeYoung

4. “Casting Calls Made for TD Jakes’ New BET Talk Show ‘Mind, Body & Soul'” – T.D. Jakes is going to have his own talk show? (Christian Post)

News of Note: “Muslims Professing to be Christians Reject Christian Culture and Return to Mosques to Worship”

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1. “CT’s (Christianity Today’s) “Insider” Interview Prompts Questions and Concerns” – Kevin DeYoung comments on Christianity Today’s article ( “Worshiping Jesus in the Mosque” on the “inside movement”) where Muslims professing to be Christians have returned to their Muslim culture because they are rejecting the culture of the Christian church. (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)

2. “Cultivating Creativity and Freshness” – Ray Rhodes continues his series on how Christians can grow gracefully and be productive in their later years. (The Dancing Puritan)

3. “Five Reasons The Church Stands Guilty Over Abortion” – R.C. Sproul, Jr. gives five reasons why the church stands guilty over abortion. (Highlands Ministries)

4. “Atheists find togetherness and ritual in London’s new godless church” – Atheists start new godless church services in London. (The Raw Story)

5. “Creational Monotheism, Dr. Gerry Breshears, and Polytheistic Pastor John Mark Comer” – More from Ken Silva on John Mark Comer’s heretical view of creational monotheism and his relationship with Gerry Breshears. (Apprising Ministries)

6. “Training Up Godly Men” – Why it is important for pastors to train up godly men within their congregation to do ministry. (Shepherd the Sheep)

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Articles by John Piper, Al Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, Jesse Johnson, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul and more on the Fortieth Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Updated):

“We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know” – John Piper tells us that we all know that they are killing children. (Desiring God Blog)

“Forty Years After Roe, Human Dignity Hangs in the Balance” – Al Mohler on Roe v. Wade and why human dignity hangs in the balance. (AlbertMohler.com)

“Losing Ever Since Roe? — TIME Sounds the Siren for Abortion Rights” – Al Mohler’s previously posted article on TIME Magazine’s article on Roe v. Wade. (AlbertMohler.com)

“Roe v. Wade anniversary: How abortion became an evangelical issue” – Al Mohler explains the surprising reason why abortion became an evangelical issue. (Washington Post)

“40 Years after Roe, 64 questions” – Kevin DeYoung poses 64 questions about abortion on the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)

“The Abortion Memorial” – Jesse Johnson imagining how the abortion memorial would look like when abortion is ended in the United States. (The Cripplegate)

“5 Things You Didn’t Know about “Jane Roe” – Justin Taylor on five things you didn’t now about Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. (The Gospel Coalition)

“John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul Discuss the National Tragedy of Abortion-On-Demand” – John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul discuss abortion and Roe v. Wade (audio). (Ligonier Ministries)

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1. “Where Can You Find the Best Prices for Books?” – Tim Challies does a price comparision of 4 online bookstores (Amazon, Monergism, Westminister Books, Christian Book Distributors) to find the best deal on Christian books.

2. “Is the Culture at War With Christmas?” – Russell Moore on the culture war with Christmas and also gives Christians some suggestions on how to handle it (The Christian Post).

3. “Lawsuits against churches ‘inevitable’ with gay ‘marriage’ law” – New gay marriage law which will be passed next week in Great Britain will inevitably cause lawsuits against churches says UK Independence Party (LifeSite News).

4. “A Few Things to Consider Before Supporting Gay Marriage” – Kevin DeYoung gives us some points to consider before supporting gay marriage (DeYoung, Restless and Reformed).

5. “Free e-book from A.W. Pink” – A.W. Pink’s “The Prophetic Parables of Matthew 13” is now available for download at the Monergism website.

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1. “Why aren’t we calling it the “royal fetus”?” – Denny Burk talks about the medias’ treatment of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy.

2. “The Injustice of Helpful Parents” – Al Mohler explains why French president wants French schools to put an end to homework.

3. “What can save America?” Todd Friel posts a touching video on a missionary family who returns to visit the Papua New Guinea tribe (Sawi) they ministered to after 25 years. A must see. (Wretched)

4. “It’s A Girl” – Apprising Ministries posts a review of the new documentary by Evan Grae Davis on infant gendercide called “The Three Deadliest Words In The World… It’s A Girl”.

5. “The Three Dangers of Being Crazy Busy, Parts 1-3” – Is busyness a sin? How do you deal with busyness in your life? Read Kevin De Young’s three part series and find out (DeYoung, Restless and Reformed):

The Three Dangers of Being Crazy Busy, Part 1
The Three Dangers of Being Crazy Busy, Part 2
The Three Dangers of Being Crazy Busy, Part 3