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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    Why does President Obama insist on ISIL over ISIS?

  2. Jtk says:

    Sir Dread,

    Islamic State in the Levant, a Quran based term that includes modern day Palestine, as I understand it.

    I hate conspiracy theories, but my giving-him-the-benefit-of-the-doubt theories of him being a prideful law professor with a huge liberal chip on his shoulder is straining a bit to explain his actions lately.

    It still seems to fit the bill more than evil genius trying to the ruin the US.

    Perhaps I’m making him in my image, as a former liberal pre-law student with a huge chip on my shoulder.

  3. Nonnie says:

    On a happier note, I sent a friend of mine a copy of Michael’s book and she just messaged me that she absolutely loves it and has already read 1/2 way through it.

  4. Em says:

    what term would describe Islam on the move and showing the colors of its true master? Islamic State? Caliphate?

    this may not be the final chapter – dunno – but things are sure continuing to line for the fulfillment of prophesy – if the natural course of history continues won’t there be a backlash and a promotion of peace in the name of a new religion? but there’ll be no peace…

    and should the Church concentrate on Christ now, blocking out world events, beheadings and such, or do we try to tie it all together according to what is prophesied? – we’re tried and tired of the folks who preach prophesy at us i think…

  5. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nonnie!

  6. j2theperson says:

    I’m not fan of Obama but I thought ISIL simply expressed that this group is in a larger area than Iraq and Syria with ISIS refers to. Would it be better to simply call it IS or Islamic State without any region attached to it at all?

  7. How about we just call them butt heads and try to kill all of them.

  8. Em says:

    but MLD, that would just upset them and cause more to join the fight… at least that’s what the White House tells me…

    right now i’m a little tired of the arrogance of “our” Muslim community shouting out that they don’t deserve to be persecuted or endangered because of the extremists who aren’t really good Muslims at all…

    i’d care a lot more if they’d get off of their high, horses of righteous indignation and start loudly condemning what their brothers and sisters are doing in the name of their Allah

    it doesn’t wash; they won’t stick their precious necks out to stand with the rest of the world and fight against this rot in their religion? makes it look like they see it differently behind closed doors

  9. Scott says:

    Would Muhammed support ISIS and the modern day caliphate?

  10. Michael says:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/history-of-christianity-i/id378878750?mt=10

    That link is to Dr. Frank James classes on Church History 1 on iTunes U.

    You will learn more than most people know about the early church in the first hour and a half you listen.

    I can’t commend these classes highly enough.

  11. Jean says:

    This week, I formally became a Lutheran, joining a local congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. I am particularly thankful to this blog for my new confession, because my path to the Lutheran Church began by first being exposed to it here some 4-5 years ago. After many conversations and a lot of study, I have taken a step in faith that I couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago.

    There are not many other Christian internet communities that I am aware of that have and tolerate a diversity of Christian beliefs, and for this I give Michael a lot of credit. For first exposing me to Lutheranism and for many, many conversations here and by email and Facebook, I thank this community’s MLD. In the early days, arguing with MLD was like kicking against the goads (it’s no fun and he is tough).

    MLD, I’ve noticed you’ve mellowed at some as of late. Stay sharp my friend! 🙂

  12. Michael says:

    Congratulations, Jean!
    Always glad to see someone come to the Reformation side…

  13. Em says:

    i thought Jean was a Lutheran all along … may i ask what was his previous affiliation? Methodist?

  14. Jean says:

    Yes, Em, Methodist.

  15. Em says:

    🙂 thank you, Jean … i will sit here and feel smart for a couple seconds, but it will pass
    God keep

  16. Well don’t blame me! 😉

  17. Em says:

    cats get all the glory around here but there’s other good animals…

    true story: it is icy, it is wet, it is snow piled up and it is slush over here, depending on where you’re walking… and to get to the horses now you navigate all of the above
    yesterday, i pulled the sled of hay out to the horses through all of the above, but going up the embankment it was difficult to tell the bare ground from the ice and i was going very slowly as a result… Suds and Gracie wait patiently in their accustomed feeding spots (well, Suds paws the ground and snorts a bit)… but this time they got tired of waiting and came down i thought to snitch some hay off of the sled…
    but that wasn’t their intent, one got on each side of me leaving me just enough space to continue my climb and they escorted me, step by step, carefully up that bank… i was annoyed at the time as it didn’t give me much room to maneuver, but it was too icy and dicey to shoo them away… last night it dawned on me that what they were doing was helping me get up the hill – don’t try to tell me otherwise; i know that’s what those 2 ponies were doing… 🙂

    no point just thot i’d break the gloom and doom around us now

  18. Em says:

    p.s. not sayin’ Jean’s conversion is gloom or doom 🙂 but everything else seems a test now… or is just me?

  19. Em says:

    since i’m not afraid to visit this web-sie, i just discovered an item too good not to share

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/12/11/are-all-jews-israel-honors-us-soldier-who-stared-down-nazi-70-years-ago/?intcmp=hpbt4

  20. Jtk says:

    Do you believe the stats I’ve read?
    -97% of pastors have been betrayed, hurt or falsely accused by close friends
    -80% of pastors are discouraged
    -70% of pastors battle depression
    -78% of pastors have no close friends
    -1500 pastors quit each month

    What do you do about that?
    What CAN BE done?

  21. nathan priddis says:

    ISIS has gone through several name changes, but I do not remember all the months and names. The notices I remember were all translated and some meaning was lost as well. ISIL is somewhat more correct.

    The Caliphate, would be the most accurate name of all. By definition, The Caliphate is a global claim. The leader of The Caliphate has taken the name of the first Rightly Divined One, who succeeded the Prophet.

    I interpret this as a claim to be the successor to the Prophet. Ironically, it was during the short rule of this Caliph that Islamic armies broke out of Arabia to begin the expansion.

  22. Judy says:

    #23 The church wasn’t set up to be run just by a pastor It isn’t Biblical, yet we insist on doing it that way. Makes sense that being out of line with Scripture it would have it’s problems.

  23. Jean says:

    In various threads, we have discussed theologies of the cross vs. glory. We also have discussed the role of the Law for the Christian.

    Here is a 14 minute Lutheran sermon, which I hope will demonstrate both the theology of the cross and how a preacher should properly distinguish Law and Gospel to deliver faith that comes from hearing.

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/1519c71654628f7a

  24. The Dude says:

    Bizarre winter so far here in Ohio.Today it was 70°..yesterday it was68°.Last year on this date we were snowed in and freezing our a… off. 😀

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