These pastors "want to have their cake, and eat it too."ūüĎé God willing they will be able to do it. ūüĎć These churches are giving the smart congregants a safer way to worship, I hope they will show the wisdom to do that.
Jorge L. Ortiz wrote: .... Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California-San Francisco, said the coronavirus thrives in the typical setting of a house of worship ‚Äď indoors, with a multitude of people gathered in close proximity, often singing, which can expel virus-carrying droplets.
Add to that practices traditional to some religions, like shaking hands, taking Communion and dipping the host in a chalice with wine, and you have an ideal breeding ground for the virus.
‚ÄúAll the things we‚Äôre learning about the virus now make it more clear how much churches and the types of gatherings churches represent provide a more dangerous environment for viral transmission,‚Äô‚Äô Bibbins-Domingo said....
excerpt from," A dangerous environment‚Äô: As churches reopen, coronavirus outbreaks are sprouting and some are keeping doors shut"
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
may God be kind of those who decide to do physical worship ‚Ěó
James Griffiths wrote: .... The United States government has abruptly ordered China to "cease all operations and events" at its consulate in Houston, Texas, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, in what it called an "unprecedented escalation" in recent actions taken by Washington.
US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the consulate was directed to close "in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans' private information"...
excerpt from,"US orders closure of Chinese consulate in Houston"
The administration did the same thing to a Russian embassy three years ago. ‚ĚóūüĎć
https://tinyurl.com/yxtgod7n (The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco)
I have yet to find any comment by John MacArthur on J. I. Packer's death
BDM wrote: -¬† J.I. Packer has authored many books, is a professor at the neo-evangelical Regent College located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is a senior editor, Visiting Scholar, and Institute Fellow for the neo-evangelical magazine Christianity Today. Over the years, Dr. Packer has become increasingly neo-evangelical and ecumenical in his writings, his endorsements, and his associations. Nevertheless, his reputation among the undiscerning remains unscathed. Who among us has not heard at one time or another the retort, "J.I. Packer endorsed that book; it must be okay"? As demonstrated in this report, however, Packer will apparently endorse anyone, or speak in any forum, as long as they or it claim(s) to be Christian.... [As pointed out in 2003]
Tara McKelvey wrote: In the midst of the pandemic, a small piece of cloth has incited a nationwide feud about public health, civil liberties and personal freedom. Some Americans refuse to wear a facial covering out of principle. Others in this country are enraged by the way that people flout the mask mandates.... .... The views of anti-maskers are not shared by public-health experts. They say that wearing masks helps stop infected people from passing the virus on to others. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said recently in a webcast that if everyone in the US started wearing masks "right away", the epidemic would be brought under control within two months....
excerpt from,"Coronavirus: Why are Americans so angry about masks?"
https://tinyurl.com/y5tsxhdk (Trump tweets image of himself wearing a mask and calls it 'patriotic')
Neil wrote: They got the "color" wrong - Not since the early 20th Century have these virtues been plausibly characteristic of "white" Americans, while Asian families are famous for them. And Tim forgot to mention the 5th Commandment, which Confucian Filial Piety is similar to. You don't hear of white Americans these days dying from overwork or exhorting each other to "work hard," as Japanese do. And Americans have been debt addicts for several generations going.
All too true Neil ‚ĚóūüĎé I don't think any of the white tenants I had, displayed the Protestant Ethic.
Adriel, J.I. Packer always tried to remain an Anglican, I believe the SA article pointed out that he joined with the conservative South African branch of the Anglican Church. He never could separate from it, Pity.
So not only did the comment that I referenced earlier, but this article as well, which has some good insights on Mr. Packer. I would suggest you read this before you go to the John ankerberg program article.
https://tinyurl.com/y4qkqjgy (But, is this the same J. I. Packer?)
Both referenced this John Ankerberg program, who's audio and transcript is preserved on the John MacArthur site:
https://tinyurl.com/yyzlmo8z (Irreconcilable Differences: Catholics, Evangelicals, and the New Quest for Unity, Parts 1-3).
I can't remember reading any of J. I. Packer's works, but many seem to be highly respected. But his failure about not renouncing the ECT, appears to make many people want to "toss the baby out with the bathwater." This does not strike me as a good idea, if his written works are as good at least it was before the split with Martyn Lloyd-Jones are as good as many people say they are ‚ĚóūüĎć
Coram Deo wrote: I‚Äôm currently reading Packer‚Äôs ‚ÄúKnowing God‚ÄĚ, mainly because it was listed on Monergism.com‚Äôs recommended reading list.
So far the tome seems useful enough, but nevertheless I‚Äôm personally baffled by Packer‚Äôs explicit endorsement of Popery, and I‚Äôm aghast at his horrificly unbiblical claim that practicing Papists are regenerated children of God when in fact they are children of perdition.
This reality is laid bare in the following exchange between John Ankerburg and John MacArthur...
excerpt from, 'Packer‚Äôs Involvement in ECT Didn‚Äôt "Just Happen"'
The above looks at the biggest blow to Packer's reputation.
Apparently I got my order mixed up so I should say the article below was written before Trump was seriously considered a candidate, and the Fox interview was done on Sunday. https://tinyurl.com/y6ypgelt (Trump Leans Into False Virus Claims in Combative Fox News Interview)
Quassim Cassam wrote: .... Gullibility, carelessness and closed-mindedness are examples of what the US philosopher Linda Zagzebski, in her book Virtues of the Mind (1996), has called ‚Äėintellectual vices‚Äô. Others include negligence, idleness, rigidity, obtuseness, prejudice, lack of thoroughness, and insensitivity to detail. Intellectual character traits are habits or styles of thinking. To describe Oliver as gullible or careless is to say something about his intellectual style or mind-set ‚Äď for example, about how he goes about trying to find out things about events such as 9/11. Intellectual character traits that aid effective and responsible enquiry are intellectual virtues, whereas intellectual vices are intellectual character traits that impede effective and responsible inquiry. Humility, caution and carefulness are among the intellectual virtues Oliver plainly lacks, and that is why his attempts to get to the bottom of 9/11 are so flawed.
Oliver is fictional, but real-world examples of intellectual vices in action are not hard to find....
excerpt from, "Bad thinkers"
The above article, I believe, was written before Trump was seriously considered as a candidateūüĎć, but the article below is an interview with Pr
Justin Taylor wrote: He was often asked what books had influenced him most, and he usually gave some variation of the following list:
‚ÄĘJohn Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion ‚ÄĘJ. C. Ryle, Holiness ‚ÄĘJohn Bunyan, The Pilgrim‚Äôs Progress ‚ÄĘRichard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor ‚ÄĘMartin Luther, The Bondage of the Will ‚ÄĘThe works of John Owen (particularly Indwelling Sin and The Mortification of Sin,¬†Justification, The Holy Spirit, and The Death of Death in the Death of Christ)
The third painful separation took place in 2002, when the synod of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver authorized its bishop to produce a service for blessing same-sex unions. Packer was among the synod members who walked out in protest. He explained why:
"Because this decision, taken in its context, falsifies the gospel of Christ, abandons the authority of Scripture, jeopardizes the salvation of fellow human beings, and betrays the church in its God-appointed role as the bastion and bulwark of divine truth."....
excerpt from, Sermon Audio article
An interesting man ūüĎć who did many good things ‚Ěó and some bad. ūüĎé You can't take a simplistic approach to him.
https://tinyurl.com/y37dqn9v ( Why I‚Äôm thankful for J.I.¬†Packer)
Especially from parents as this article notes ‚ĚóūüĎé
"If everyone in his nation would just take on a face covering, practice excellent hand hygiene and be smart about their distancing in crowds, we can bring this outbreak to its knees in two, four, six, eight weeks," CDC Director Robert Redfield
https://tinyurl.com/yxshusbu (Schools the latest battleground in fight over mandatory¬†masks)
Tiana Lowe, Washington Examiner wrote: .... In an interview with PBS, Ann Coulter, perhaps the most significant influence on Trump's immigration stance, weighed in on Miller's unwillingness to make a deal. "He‚Äôs never taken to heart the important Reagan slogan, there‚Äôs no end to what can be accomplished if you don‚Äôt care who gets the credit," Coulter told Frontline. "He‚Äôs the one blocking a lot of the things in the Trump administration, like hiring anyone who knows how to get it done." ... ...We can't say with certainty what hate is or isn't in Miller's heart, but we know that he was happy enough to use the work of hatemongers and kill the GOP's last shot at immigration reform, apparently because it would help predominantly Mexican immigrants. It's long past time for Trump to dump Miller.
excerpt from,"It's high time for Trump to dump Stephen Miller"
https://tinyurl.com/y5e2y5mv (Amid Coronavirus, Nebraska's Homeschool Filings Jump up 21%---A growing number of Nebraska parents are choosing to homeschool their children amid the coronairus pandemic.)
A lot of Nebraska teachers are not spring chickens, so one my wonder if public education is going to open up anyway at the brick-and-mortar schools ‚Ěď
https://tinyurl.com/yyjprccg (New Hate and Old: The Changing Face of American White Supremacy)
Also what is bad, is one of Trump's Main advisors needs to go ‚ĚóūüĎé
Gothe Behr wrote: ....Former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh, who was fired after racist tweets, says she was radicalized into white supremacy by Trump‚Äôs senior adviser, Stephen Miller. Business Insider notes that McHugh provided more than 900 emails between her and Miller, relating to the issue‚ÄĒsome of which were sent from an official government account.
Fox Carolina reports that 25 Jewish members of Congress have called on Trump to fire Miller.
The conservative Washington Examiner also says, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs high time for Trump to dump Miller,‚ÄĚ not just for his racist views, but also for what conservatives view as incompetence or malevolence in his job....
excerpt from, "White Supremacy Number One Threat ‚ÄĒ Dangerous as ISIS, Al-Qaeda"
Well, there are a couple of gigantic curves that explain what's going on right now.
The one is the curve of the daily infection, and that's just like zoom. That's up to 77,000 new cases a day now.
The other curve is of Trump approval, and that's zoomed down. And then the third curve is Republican Party I.D. If you look at the Gallup numbers, in January of this year, if you asked people, what party do you sort of lean toward, it was 49 percent Republican and 30 ‚ÄĒ and 47 percent Democrat. So the Republicans had a 2 percentage point lead.
Now it's 50 point Democrat, 39 Republican. The Democrats have an about 11-point party I.D. lead. That is just a monumental shift in six months. That doesn't happen very often.
And Republicans are seeing that, and they're rightly panicking. They are rationally panicking, which is what they should be doing, and, therefore, the criticism....
excerpt from, "Shields and Brooks on Trump‚Äôs declining support, Biden‚Äôs campaign strategy"
You won't see it in the transcript, but in the video you'll see there has been some drop in support for Trump with White Evangelicals‚ĚóūüĎć