News of Note: “Children’s Movies and the Cult of Self Esteem”

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1. “You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids’ Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self Esteem?” – The Atlantic’s article on kid’s movies and the cult of self esteem. (The Atlantic)

“It’s probably no coincidence that the supremacy of the magic-feather syndrome in children’s movies overlaps with the so-called “cult of self-esteem.” The restless protagonists of these films never have to wake up to the reality that crop-dusters simply can’t fly faster than sleek racing aircraft. Instead, it’s the naysaying authority figures who need to be enlightened about the importance of never giving up on your dreams, no matter how irrational, improbable, or disruptive to the larger community. As Jean Twenge, the controversial cultural critic of America’s supposed narcissism epidemic, argues in her bestselling book Generation Me, younger generations “simply take it for granted that we should all feel good about ourselves, we are all special, and we all deserve to follow our dreams.” – Luke Epplin, The Atlantic

2. “Should pastors try to be cool?” – 9 Marks answers the question, “Should pastors try to be cool?” (9Marks)

3. “From Last to First: Advice from an Outgoing Seminary Student to Incoming Ones” – A graduating Southern Seminary student gives some advice to incoming seminary students. (This Road)

4. Tony Miano’s excellent series on women and open air preaching (Cross Encounters)

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 1)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 2)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 3)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 4)”

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)

Notable Quotable: “Spiritual Addicts In False Spiritual Movements Are Like Heroin Addicts” – Tony Miano

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“As the addiction progresses, heroin addicts need not only more heroin, but a higher grade of heroin to maintain the high and minimize the drug’s crushing after-effects. Sadly, the same is true of those who follow these false spiritual movements. Spiritual addicts were once content with periodic doses of Benny Hinn, Marilyn Hickey, Paul and Jan Crouch, Ken and Gloria Copeland, Mike Bickle, and Rodney Howard-Brown. But instead of getting well, instead of entering into spiritual recovery, instead of breaking bad spiritual habits, these spiritual addicts have moved on to stronger more harmful spiritual drugs–people like Bill Johnson and Bethel Church, Todd Bentley, International House of Prayer, Jesus Culture, the New Apostolic Reformation (just 2,000 year old heretics and Gnostics dressed in nicer clothes), and others.

“The only thing, the only One who can bring spiritual addicts out of bondage is the true Holy Spirit–the Third Person of the Godhead. Only the Holy Spirit can take a heart and mind that craves what is false and change it to love what is true. Only the Holy Spirit can so regenerate the heart of the spiritual addict, enabling them to come to genuine repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. While I don’t question the salvation of my Christ-loving, Bible-believing, gospel-sharing, discerning Charismatic friends, I most certainly do question the salvation of spiritual addicts who seek the gift with no concern of who the giver might be. I do question the salvation of those who ignore what the Bible says about discerning every spirit and, instead, simply swallow whatever the latest spiritual snake oil salesman is selling. I do question the salvation of those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit by attributing to the Holy Spirit that which should rightly be attributed to Satan (i.e. the magical appearance of gold dust and gold teeth, fire tunnels, healing evangelism, treasure hunting, trips to heaven, swine anointing (I can’t make this stuff up), toking the Holy Ghost, and other outrageous, man-centered, Holy-Spirit degrading, demonic, blasphemous activities).

“My hope for those addicted to false spiritual movements is not their eternal demise. On the contrary: my hope and prayer is that the Holy Spirit will bring them to their senses and extend to them the most precious gifts–repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And may the Lord bless His Church and the world with yet another Great Awakening, true revival that brings true glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

(Tony Miano, “Spiritual Heroin and Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: A Personal Testimony”, Cross Encounters)

News of Note: Preacher Arrested In Great Britian for Calling Homosexuality a Sin Another Preacher Is Assaulted and Beaten in U.S. During Gay Pride Parade

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1. One Evangelist Arrested in Great Britain and Another Evangelist is Assaulted and Beaten in U.S. for Calling Homosexuality a Sin

“Preacher Arrested for Calling Homosexuality a Sin” – Evangelist was arrested by British police for calling homosexuality a sin during open air sermon. (Fox News); YouTube video of Tony Miano’s open air sermon prior to his arrest :

“Street preachers assaulted and beaten at gay pride rally” – Street preachers assaulted and beaten at gay pride rally in Seattle. (DennyBurk.com)

“Christian Preachers Brutally Beaten at Gay Pride Festival” – Todd Starnes reports on the beating of preachers in Seattle. (Fox News); Here is the YouTube video of the incident in Seattle:

2. “IRS Could Revoke Non-Profit Status for Religious Institutions over Same-Sex Marriage” – Breibart reports that the IRS could revoke non-profit status to churches in states that allow gay marriage for refusing to marry gay couples. (Breibart)

3. “Gay Marriage Fight Now Becomes a Religious Liberty Fight” – Why the gay marriage fight is now becoming a religious liberty fight for Christians. (Washington Examiner)

“Today’s talk of tolerance and acceptance of gay marriage will soon give way to intolerance and rejection of those who hold a traditional view of marriage. The next offensive in this culture war will involve wielding government to force individuals to accept the new definition of marriage, falsely invoking analogies to civil rights. As a prototype, consider the assault on the liberty of Elaine Huguenin, the wedding photographer in New Mexico. In 2006, a couple asked her to photograph their wedding. When she learned the couple were lesbians, she declined, explaining that pursuant to her faith, she only photographed man-woman weddings. The couple got a different photographer, but they sued Huguenin. In New Mexico, there is no gay marriage. In a recent poll, most New Mexicans said they oppose gay marriage. But the state outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation. The New Mexico Human Rights Commission found Huguenin had broken the law, and ordered her to pay $7,000. Huguenin, with the aide of the pro-bono civil liberties law firm Alliance Defense Fund, has sued and the case is now before state Supreme Court. Try to live your own life according to traditional values, and the state will come after you, and compel you live according to its values.” – Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

4. “Why Pastors Should Consider Smaller Churches” – Reggie Warren on why pastors should consider small churches. (EthicsDaily.com)

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1. “MacArthur’s He-man Warrior Children” – Fred Butler answers a group of bloggers comments about the odd, curious, and archaic tribe known as “MacArthurites”. (Hip and Thigh)

2. “California Woman Sues Christian College After Being Fired For Fornication” – Woman sues San Diego Christian College after being fired from college for fornication in violation of their community covenant. (Christian News)

The following is Teri James and her lawyer Gloria Allred’s news conference about the lawsuit:

3. “How Many Christians Really Want to Abolish Abortion?” – Do Christians really want to end abortion? Tony gives us reasons why abortion is murder, and why many Christians may not really want abortion abolished. (Cross Encounters)

“It’s much easier to be “pro-life” when one can keep himself from thinking about what the abolition of abortion will mean to those who insist on murdering their children once abortion is outlawed. It’s much easier, cleaner, tidier to be “pro-life” when one can keep herself from considering the cause-and-effect reality that the end of abortion will mean the beginning of real, penal consequences for the crime of abortion. But Christians cannot truly enjoy their sweet “pro-life” cake without the bitter frosting of the criminalization of abortion and the judicial punishment of those who commit the crime.” – Tony Miano

4. “Pope Benedict XVI’s leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries” – Pope Benedict XVI’s leaked documents reveal a fractured Vatican. (Washington Post)

5. “Libya Arrests Four Suspected Christian Missionaries” – Four Christian missionaries are arrested in Libya for distibuting Christian material and proselytizing in the eastern city of Benghazi. Libya has been under the increasing control of Muslim fundamentalists. (Christian Post); the Guardian also has a report on the four Christian missionaries.

6. A Girl’s Message To All Christians – Below are two YouTube videos of a sad and confusing message and the follow up response to that message from a young woman who wants to convey these messages to all Christians. Her messsages focus on love as an emotion rather than true Christ-like, sacrificial, agape love which is described in Scripture. Agape love which doesn’t forsake the truth of God’s Word. If you want to learn the true gospel message, please read “The Story”. A link to “The Story” is also provided below:

The true gospel message:

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1. “Did Darwin Promote Racism” – Does Darwinian evolution promote racism? Ken Ham explains. (Answers In Genesis)

2. “What is the Greatest of All Protestant “Heresies”?” – Sinclair Ferguson describes the greatest of all protestant heresies. (Ligonier Ministries)

3. “D.C. Launches First Ever Transgender Respect Ad Campaign” – District of Columbia Office of Human Rights launches transgender government campaign promoting transgender tolerance. (ColorLines); Your tax dollars at work.

4. “Abortion Abolitionist Assaulted, Robbed Outside Abortuary by Professed ‘Pro-Lifer'” – Abortion abolitionist Tony Miano is assaulted and robbed outside Mission Hills abortion clinic. (Cross Encounters)

5. “How to Stop Church-Killing Gossip” – Justin Taylor quotes Ray Ortlund, Dan Phillips, and R. Kent Hughes on how to stop church-killing gossip. (Gospel Coalition)

6. “The Church is Christ’s Bride, Not His Baby Mama” – Matt Marino explains why the church is Christ’s bride, not His baby mama. (the gospel side)

7. Kindle Deals: The Essential Works of Charles Spurgeon and The Essential Works of Horatius Bonar are now available for $0.99.

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1. “32 Things You Might Not Know About Charles Spurgeon” – Stephen McCaskell gives 32 things you might not know about the “Prince of Preachers”, Charles Spurgeon. (Born to Reform)

2. “A Letter to the Property Manager of an Abortion Clinic” – Tony Miano’s letter to a property manager who rents office space to an abortion clinic. (Cross Encounters)

3. “Only Once in About 30 Days” – Thabiti Anyabwile shares an evangelism encounter on a recent flight from Memphis. (Pure Church)

4. “Boy Scouts Were Pressured by Corporate Sponsors to Change Policy on Gays” – The Christian Post reports that The Boy Scouts of America were being pressured by their own corporate sponsors to change their policy toward homosexual scouts, volunteers and leaders. (The Christian Post)

5. “A Rose Is a Rose” – Is Allah, the god of Islam, and Yahweh, the God of the Bible, the same? Are there many roads that lead to God? Dr. R.C. Sproul says no, and explains why. (Ligonier Ministries)