Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Free Kindle Book on Influential Christians of History, House of David Inscription Found, Saudi Arabia to Give Death Penalty for Bible Distribution? Taliban School Attack Kills Nearly 150, Arizona Teacher Mocks Jesus, Exodus: Gods and Kings Getting More Negative Reviews in Christendom than Noah? Most Americans Ok with "Enhanced Interrogation," Sydney Cafe Terror and Two Heroes, Romania's Revolution in 1989

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House of David inscription, part of the “Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
“the earliest extra-biblical reference to the House of David.”

Taliban storm school in Pakistan in revenge attack

The sad truth: more than 1,000 schools attacked by the Taliban in Pakistan in the past five yearsArizona Biology Teacher Mocks Jesus, Creationism, in Lecture Slide

Imagine the outcry if he mocked Mohammed or Islam. This is the modern, dysfunctional, hypocritical definition of tolerance.

O Ye of Little Faith


By: Ruth Anderson|Published: December 15, 2014 8:04 PM
Strangely, Exodus: Gods and Kings tries to tell a faith-filled story while minimizing the role of faith.

Most OK with what some called “Enhanced Interrogation” and others called Torture

Breakpoint on Torture/Enhanced Interrogation
includes link to Senate report so you can read it for yourself (instead of having highly paid rabble-rousers from either party tell you what to think)

Cafe Manager And Young Barrister Killed In Sydney Hostage Drama
Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson identified as the two hostages killed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Reportedly, both died as heroes.  

AP photo as shown in article

Dec 16, 1:53 PM (ET)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Twenty-five years ago the people rose up against Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed him and set the country on a path to democracy. One of the near victims of the revolt that toppled Ceausescu and communism in Romania was AP correspondent John Daniszewski — now a senior managing editor at the news agency — who, on Dec. 23, 1989, was shot three times while covering the momentous events in the western city of Timisoara. On this anniversary, the AP is making again available Daniszewski's first-hand account filed from his hospital bed in Belgrade, Serbia, that describes the hellish situation in Romania and his brush with death. It was first published on Dec. 26, 1989.

Revolution by Candlelight

For my birthday, in 1994, my wife gave me this book. I read it and have notations handwritten in the front and throughout.

(the real cover is shown in the link)

The recent dramatic changes in Eastern Europe were the result of actions by many unknown individuals from varying backgrounds. As producer and writer for CNN, Bultman covered the events in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and East Germany and met those whose stories he tells here. Many are members of the clergy; others are laity who demonstrated in or near churches. Their stories are told in brief vignettes, switching abruptly from one country to the next, from one city to the next, and from one person to the next. Events in any one place are fragmented and difficult to follow. This narrative technique actually obscures the role of the individual's religious faith in changing history. The disjointed result adds nothing to the burgeoning literature on this period. Not recommended.
- Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York

Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

“During the 1970’s, the Romanian authorities turned a massive shipment of Bibles legally imported from the West and earmarked for Hungarian churches in Transylvania into toilet paper. In fact, legible verses were still visible on some fragments of the toilet paper.” (Bud Bultman, Revolution by Candlelight, 102)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Story in First Person Re-telling, How a Pro-Exodus Film Review Convinced Me All the More Not to Watch It, Ebola Medical Professionals Get TIME's Person of the Year; Frank Wolf Named Daniel of the Year

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John Blase

As summarized on Amazon
This bold retelling of Luke 1–2, based on Eugene Peterson’s Message translation, reads like a novel and invites readers to experience the Nativity with fresh wonder.

To Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation, John Blase adds his own storytelling voice, exploring the familiar events from multiple first-person viewpoints. What emerges is the intimate story of unlikely people—a frightened teenaged girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherd—meeting up with the divine as they bumble and stumble toward the realization that the little one just born is the One.

This retold story of Word made flesh invites readers to react appropriately—with eyes opened wide in wonder, jaws dropped in amazement, and hearts rejoicing. The beautiful design and Amanda Jolman’s lively line drawings make this book a fitting gift as well as a Christmas tradition that families will treasure for years to come.

Ten reasons to not be hardhearted toward Ridley Scott’s biblical epic.
Brett McCracken/ DECEMBER 10, 2014

This pro-Exodus by Ridley Scott movie review convinced me all the more NOT to see it. Here's why: 

Any Christian leader/mature believer who feels it is more important that the movie have "cinematic beauty," "fidelity to the time, region and culture," "craftsmanship" and "period detail" than biblical accuracy or fidelity to the Scriptures and getting some of those obvious details right worries me. Brett McCracken expresses revulsion that "other Bible themed movies often favor accuracy over artistry" and states, "Given the choice between a mediocre filmmaker committed to accuracy and an exceptional filmmaker committed to beauty, I might be more interested in seeing the latter's version of the Exodus story."

To me, if given the choice to shake my head at and pray for Christianity Today or rejoice in their most recent stories and reviews, I choose the former.

Also: Read the slander heaped on Moses by Christian Bale, the actor who plays Moses in this film

Christian Bale: Moses was 'barbaric' and 'schizophrenic'
Christian commentators alarmed by actor’s comments and by Exodus director Ridley Scott saying he needed a ‘more scientific’ explanation for the parting of Red Sea than divine intervention

"The actor said he wasn’t knowledgeable about the Bible before taking on the role, but had undertaken significant research, including also reading the Torah, the Koran and Jonathan Kirsch’s life of Moses."

According to one reviewer, Kirsch had the following to say about Moses: "Moses is shown to act in timid and even cowardly ways, throw temper tantrums, dabble in magic, carry out purges and inquisitions and conduct wars of extermination, and talk back to God" (Moses: A Life p.2).

Sigh ... no respect

Note: I have read enough in reviews and interviews to conclude that they are stirring controversy on purpose because they know that moviegoers respond positively to controversy.
See how easy these guys make it to criticize them? How can you take someone seriously about their depiction of Moses who says what he does about him and says he prepped by watching these two comedies and reading this questionable book on Moses?  Then there's the fact that the director is an atheist (see bottom of interview for his thoughts on the Moses project). 


Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one.

Which brings us to the hero’s heart. There was little to stop the disease from spreading further. Governments weren’t equipped to respond; the World Health Organization was in denial and snarled in red tape. First responders were accused of crying wolf, even as the danger grew. But the people in the field, the special forces of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Christian medical-relief workers of Samaritan’s Purse and many others from all over the world fought side by side with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams.

By: Eric Metaxas|Published: December 10, 2014 6:23 AM

"Chuck Colson called Congressman Wolf  'the patron saint of unpopular causes.'”

An excerpt:

So, what is it that motivates Frank Wolf to work so hard on behalf of others? The answer is simple: the Lord Jesus Christ—in particular, His words, “To whom much is given, of them much is required.”

As Wolf puts it, “I believe I'm going to be held accountable at the end of my life.”

He is now leaving Congress after more than 30 years. But don't expect the seventy-five-year-old to sit in a rocking chair for the rest of his days. He plans to continue his human rights work in another capacity.

There is even a book that he wrote: 

Anne Morse, under a review entitled, "This Congressman is One Crazy Dude," had the following to say: 

Congressman Frank Wolf sneaked into Tibet under the noses of the Chinese government, and blew the lid off the torture and imprisonment of the Tibetan people. He knows what happened to the demonstrators at Tiananmen Square: He found them in a prison factory, making socks as slave laborers. He marched boldly into a Soviet-era prison camp shouting, "I'm a U.S. Congressman! I want to talk to you!" He was almost killed when Romanian secret police tried to run him down in the dark of night after he attempted to visit a high-ranking defector's daughter, who was living under house arrest. He was almost killed again when he traveled incognito to Baghdad. He traveled through the Amazon Jungle with the son of slain missionary Nate Saint to bring help to impoverished Indian tribes. Frank Wolf is Charlie Wilson without the sleaze--a fearless defender of human and religious rights around the world. Don't miss this gripping memoir.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Leader of Pearl Harbor Attack Later Converted to Christ; One of the Doolittle Raiders Converts to Christ and Learns to Forgive

Leader of Pearl Harbor Attack, Turned Christian Evangelist

By: Shane Morris|Published: December 8, 2014 5:25 PM

This Japanese military man had, as Bennett puts it, "embraced the God of his enemies."

"When I mention this to people," he told me, "nearly everyone is quite shocked, not only that it happened, but that [they've] never heard about it."

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Short biographical sketch of his life and how he came to Christ and the difference it made in his life

From Vengeance to Forgiveness: Jake DeShazer's Extraordinary Journey

After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Corporal Jacob DeShazer became a man bent on revenge. As a bombardier in the Army Air Corps, he volunteered for a top secret mission and flew with the legendary Doolittle Raiders in their surprise attack on Japan. After successfully bombing their targets, the Raiders were forced to bail out over occupied China. Jake and seven other airmen were captured by the Japanese and imprisoned. He survived nearly 3 1/2 years as a POW, enduring torture, starvation, and solitary confinement. During that time, Jake began a personal relationship with God, and his life was never the same. Learn more of Jake DeShazer's unforgettable story in this special 3-part DVD. Time: 1 hr 21 min 2007

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Friday, December 5, 2014