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  1. Em says:

    This is one of your best thinking Mondays …. IMNSHO

    #6 – love it. 😉

  2. Pam Kulwiec says:

    Oh boy! Lots to think on today. Re: #5 My funny dad used to joke “never let the facts get in the way of a good story” 😏

  3. Michael says:

    Pam,

    Thanks…that saying has become our national motto, unfortunately…

  4. DavidM says:

    #6 LOL! Isn’t that the truth!

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    Great “Things” today, Michael!

    I’ve barely scratched the surface of Dr. Packer’s writings, but am grateful for both his life and ministry.

  6. Michael says:

    CK,

    Thank you.
    Dr. Packer helped me set a firm foundation theologically and more than that taught what it means to minister in humility.
    I learned the former better than the latter, but I’m not finished yet… 🙂

  7. bob1 says:

    Sadly, this is more true than ever today with social media, to our detriment:

    “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

  8. Babylon’s Dread says:

    I wondered about conspiracy theories too. However, I note two things. Some conspiracies are real thus obsession with them is undergirded. Second, and most importantly, when I listen to politicians and news pundits they are clearly using talking points. Thus, we know they are shaping the truth. To common Americans that means they are lying. Now typically we only think the other side is lying but it undergirds the idea of conspiracy.

    As an aside. When people listen to POTUS they know he is speaking his mind. Even though he’s out of his mind a fair amount we still resonate with his candor.

    I hate conspiracy theories but at this point in history I am also sure that all people who desire power are conspiring to manipulate us and get power.

    I’ve been reading some 20th century history and there were enough real conspiratorial mad men to keep us believing for 500 years.

    Santa is a Conspiracy Dread

  9. Babylon’s Dread says:

    The most climactic moment to all this nonsense happened on The View last week when Judge JP told Whoopie that she had TDR. Goldberg proceeded to demonstrate the point. The aftermath has been nearly as hilarious as the moment. I’m trying to keep politics off my FB page so I advantaged myself here.

    Deranged Dread

  10. Michael says:

    BD,
    Do you really believe he’s speaking in candor?
    I don’t believe a word he’s saying…
    We’ve always loved conspiracy theories…

  11. bob1 says:

    Very few conspiracy theories are true.

    But the damage they do, when they’re believed without verification, is tremendous. It also gives our enemies a lot of encouragement to spread
    more lies and mischief and confusion.

    To have a talking point if you’re being interviewed or whatever is a world
    apart from a conspiracy theory.

  12. Babylon’s Dread says:

    Yes! He sounds like he says what he thinks. It’s unfiltered and sounds like dinner table rants. I didn’t say it is either realistic or good. It does sound like how people talk to each other especially when they are mad.

  13. Babylon’s Dread says:

    Talking points is manipulative and inflammatory speech. It is often also an attempt to obfuscate. All conspiracy theorists lace their convo with talking points. The reaction to the Putin presser was so overstated as to clearly show that people are in conspiracy mode. Both sides.

    Propaganda Dread.

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    Love Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean). Gee, Facebook was wrong?!?!?

    The whole misinformation and facts thing. A few days ago a coworker and I were discussing this exact thing…people believing false things.

    We both are meteorologists working for a very large company, and we deal with facts and evidence, and learn to eschew what’s not true or doesn’t work. My coworker is a fellow believer and has a big ministry and has on more than one occasion confronted people online who post false stories (fake news) and bogus data while presenting it as evidence of what they are trying to promote.

    As a “hunch”, I asked her if any of these people ever thoughtfully considered her facts that refuted them, and maybe corrected them.

    Never.

    What. A. Shock.

    Seems today everyone has a “narrative” to push and damnned be the facts.

    One example was an “end times blogger” who posted a computer model image of a strong jet stream and claimed that such an event was unusual and therefore proof of Jesus’ soon return. My coworker replied that such an event was normal. Has always been. Always will be. End times blogger ignored her and kept parroting this as “proof”.

    No, people. Not proof of anything other than the sun heats the earth, the earth revolves around a tilted axis and moves around the sun, and hence the earth experiences differential (unbalanced) heating, and therefore we have the jet stream.

  15. bob1 says:

    Dan from Georgia,

    What you said. Well put.

    Christians already are seen by many as anti-intellectual. Being gullible for
    unproven conspiracy crap is another way to nail the lid on that coffin.

  16. parker says:

    The church, especially evangelicals seem to revel in this conspiracy crap. Most all of it is easily disprovable. It just takes a little research and reading, but therein lies the problem. It seems to me that Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills has based his whole ministry on promoting conspiracy Theories, and his “audience” just cheers him on. It’s really disturbing.

  17. Michael says:

    Dan,

    Well said…and I completely concur…

  18. Michael says:

    Parker,

    Hibbs plays both the political and end times stuff…and packs it out.
    Very strange religion to me…

  19. Xenia says:

    He sounds like he says what he thinks.<<<

    I agree he says what he is thinking, and that is the most horrifying aspect of the whole thing. This is how this man actually thinks. God help us.

    He is a foolish, wicked old man who is losing his marbles. When the pressure gets too great (it's approaching that now) he will crack and God help us all when that happens.

    My dislike for this man has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative. It is entirely based on the fact that this is a petulant bully of a man of poor character who acts impulsively.

  20. Michael says:

    I’m with Xenia… 🙂

  21. Captain Kevin says:

    “MEN PREFER DEBT-FREE VIRGINS WITHOUT TATTOOS”

    Maybe, but gentlemen prefer blondes.

  22. bob1 says:

    I’m with Xenia, too.

    I’ve never seen anyone as President come even remotely close close to his lawlessness. Is that what we want — a leader who ignores the rules and makes up his own?

    To me, that’s very frightening. And like Xenia, this isn’t a right/left thing for me, either.

  23. Em says:

    well…
    i think Pastor Dread has the more realistic view of the man in the White House…
    that said, this nation IS on a very downward spiral into contempt for the laws of this land – good ones originally based for the most part on the 10 commandments… probably the best the human race has ever compiled…
    Saints and sinners seem so busy pointing fingers at phantom enemies that we don’t really look at what is being destroyed…
    we’re polishing the silverplate with brillo pads?
    from where i sit, lawlessness has become a national disease – to turn to mass demonstrations to solve our problems is nuts… it is a Bolshevik tactic
    look at history and see that disregard for law and order in this nation did not begin when Donald Trump became president… it is the devil we need to keep at bay and we are not going to turn the nation into God’s kingdom here and now… surprise, God! we did it ahead of Your schedule…. NOT
    you folks are all smarter than me, so think a little deeper! sleep well and God keep

  24. UnCCed says:

    Upon reading Knowing God and being blown away by its simplicity and profoundness, I kept tripping over such ignorant thoughts like, “Wow! He could’ve been a CC pastor” (back when I was “plugged-in”).
    It shows just how programmed I was.
    God’s still making small giants.

  25. Xenia says:

    so think a little deeper!<<<

    Sigh.

  26. Michael says:

    I have to think about him every day as I get updates from the border.
    I thought about him this morning as we learned that 463 children were separated from their parents…then the parents were deported.
    If I think about it too much I’ll lose what’s left of my mind.

  27. Em says:

    Think a little deeper into where the manipulators behind the activists WANT to take us. Think about how easily a demonstration can be turned into a mob. Think about how destructive those mobs can be turned. Think a little deeper
    There has always been injustice and pain in this world. Children exploited is bad, war is bad, homelessness is bad, going hungry is bad, drug use is bad, drug dependency is a horror, …. Christians are not tasked with reforming the world (but we all know that).
    Morality and mercy we can demonstrate. Salt and light we can be.
    I dont much care if you hate Trump… By the time he was half way through his first term i realized Obama was an enemy of my United States – Trump may be yours.

    The issue that is going to bring our nation down is going on on an apolitical level IMV…. and that is what we need to think on.
    It may be just too obtuse, too deeply embedded to see, to think on, but focusing on the current President gains us nothing…. Pretty sure i’m calling this one right …. and I’m pretty sure it is a waste of my time, but nevertheless ignorant, mindless, myopic and heartlessly pragmatic? Nope I’m none of those either… LOL 😘

  28. Xenia says:

    Think a little deeper<<<

    I am increasingly finding this offensive, Em.

    You are assuming the those who cannot stand Trump are shallow people. I reject that.

    I myself don't watch much TV news. We got rid of the cable package that included cable news like Fox and CNN. So I am not privy to the commentators. I am not part of a mob.

    What I do have is a Twitter account and I read every wretched thing the man in the White House tweets and it is absolutely horrifying and I don't know how much deeper I need to delve when I am getting his thoughts directly as he types them.

    Do you have a Twitter account? If you don't, you are getting the President's thoughts filtered through a news agency. I don't trust any news agency very much.

  29. Ike says:

    I saw you had an earthquake near you Michael.

    Just wanted to make sure everythings ok!

  30. Michael says:

    Ike,

    That was off the coast…I’m inland enough to have missed it.
    Our problem is smoke…I’m going through inhalers and antibiotics like crazy.
    Bless you for asking, my friend…

  31. Em says:

    Xenia, somehow my point is being missed…
    If you think i am saying you are a shallow thinker, of course you are offended
    Perhaps “deeper” is a poor choice In a nutshell, i think focusing on, Trump is, if you will, a red herring…
    those with analytical skills such as yourself need to turn those skills to look for some bad actors buried much deeper than the oval office.
    What is undermining the strength of our nation is immediate and coming from outside … A human generated conspiracy or the devil himself? I cannot tell … 😳. So… ?
    That said, like him or hate him, this nation’s real danger today is not Trump – we need to ferret it out and focus our logic and our fight there IMNSHO

    Take care and, please know i am not thinking Xenia is a shallow person – mind or emotion. 😘

  32. Xenia says:

    Ok, thank you, Em.

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