TRR Exclusive: An Open Letter to RZIM from Brad & Lori Anne Thompson

By Brad and Lori Anne Thompson – as reported by The Roys Report Editorial Note: The following is an open letter to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) from Brad & Lori Anne Thompson—the couple at the center of the 2017 sexting scandal involving Zacharias. The Thompsons gave the letter to The Roys Report with the condition that it be published in full. The letter is the first public statement the Thompson’s have made since signing an NDA with Zacharias in 2017, and is a response to several statements published by RZIM. To the Executive Committee of RZIM, & RZIM Board of Directors: As a follower … Continue reading TRR Exclusive: An Open Letter to RZIM from Brad & Lori Anne Thompson

Ravi Zacharias’s Ministry Investigates Claims of Sexual Misconduct at Spas

Three women have come forward with additional allegations against the late Christian apologist. By Daniel Silliman|September 29, 2020 09:15 AM – for CT (Christianity Today) Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) has opened an investigation into allegations that its late founder and namesake sexually harassed multiple massage therapists who worked at two day spas he co-owned. Three women who worked at the businesses, located in a strip mall in the Atlanta suburbs, told Christianity Today that Ravi Zacharias touched them inappropriately, exposed himself, and masturbated during regular treatments over a period of about five years. His business partner said he regrets … Continue reading Ravi Zacharias’s Ministry Investigates Claims of Sexual Misconduct at Spas

A Third Infinity — The Infinite Complexity of Cells

by Michael Denton – October 2, 2020, 6:47 AM – for Evolution News and Science Today Editor’s note: We are pleased to offer this excerpt from Dr. Denton’s new book, The Miracle of the Cell. In terms of compressed complexity, cells are without peer in the material world, actualized or imagined. And there is likely far more complexity still to uncover. Even as recently as 1913, when Lawrence Henderson composed his classic The Fitness of the Environment, the cell was a black box, its actual molecular complexity a mysterious unknown. Only as the veil began to lift with the mid-century … Continue reading A Third Infinity — The Infinite Complexity of Cells

Raw Terror – Islam, a death cult

By Willis Eschenbach / December 27, 2019 – his website Skating under the Ice My cmnt: This is another excellent resource on Islam as it was, is and remains. Click the website above and read the original article in its entirety. I’ve excerpted a few lines below to entice you to click over and read his entire piece. It is well worth your time. It is a great resource on why Islam is evil and violent at its core – the answer is in the Koran and Muhammad himself. 1400 yrs of terror and violence and suppression. Folks sometimes accuse … Continue reading Raw Terror – Islam, a death cult

The Problem With Islam

By Willis Eschenbach / March 10, 2017 – his website Skating under the Ice My cmnt: This is an excellent resource on Islam as it was, is and remains. Click the website above and read the original article in its entirety. I’ve excerpted a few lines below to entice you to click over and read his entire piece. It is well worth your time. Be sure to view his original cartoons at the end with depictions of Mohammed. Clever and gutsy. I’ll say something that is not politically correct in the slightest, something that a number of people may disagree with, and then … Continue reading The Problem With Islam

Cryptic msg for étude Brute – 2

Another riddle: Why do certain species of thrush, especially robins and bluebirds, tend to be Protestant rather than Roman Catholic? Down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Most futuristic novels seem out-of-date after a decade or two, but That Hideous Strength is more timely today than when the book was published in 1945. On the day I began to reread the book for this essay, the press reported that a British government agency called the Human Fertilization and Embryological Authority (HFEA) is sounding out public opinion about the use of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis, which will allow parents to screen their embryos for genetic defects. … Continue reading Cryptic msg for étude Brute – 2

Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend

Wayne Grudem | Posted: Aug 08, 2020 12:01 AM – for Townhall.com [Note: This article is based on an actual letter. The recipient’s name and some minor details have been changed.] Aug. 5, 2020 Dear Zachary,             Thank you for your thoughtful, honest email explaining why you felt frustration and anger about my public support of Donald Trump. I’m glad that you wrote as you did rather than leaving the matter unspoken.              Thank you also for writing, as a long-time friend, to express your concerns that my support of … Continue reading Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend

My statement of Faith

This statement of my beliefs about God and the Path of Life is based upon the Holy Scriptures (i.e., the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, the Bible) and is simply an elaboration of the Nicene Creed and is very similar to statements of faith and doctrine found in any number of Evangelical websites (e.g., Reasons to Believe, Christianity Today, Probe Ministries, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Covenant Evangelical Theological Seminary, CRU – Jesus Film Project, etc.) We truly have an embarrassment of riches in the Reformation confessions and catechisms that have come down to us over the centuries. … Continue reading My statement of Faith

You’re never too young to die

Photos and names From EonLine – July 18, 2020 My cmnt: It always seems more tragic when the rich, the famous or the beautiful die young. We say, ‘She had so much to live for’ or ‘Such a pity to lose one so beautiful’ or ‘If I had his money I would have taken better care of myself.’ But would you? So many of the rich and famous young die by their own hands. This certainly seems counter intuitive at least. Why do these, of all people, commit suicide, either intentionally or carelessly? My cmnt: Do these unfortunate offspring of … Continue reading You’re never too young to die

Giving Up Darwin

A fond farewell to a brilliant and beautiful theory. A review of Stephen Meyer’s thoughtful and meticulous Darwin’s Doubt (2013) By David Gelernter – in the Claremont Review of Books – Spring 2019 My cmnt: Article edited for brevity and clarity. Darwinian evolution is a brilliant and beautiful scientific theory. Once it was a daring guess. Today it is basic to the credo that defines the modern worldview. Accepting the theory as settled truth—no more subject to debate than the earth being round or the sky blue or force being mass times acceleration—certifies that you are devoutly orthodox in your scientific views; … Continue reading Giving Up Darwin

American Worldview Inventory 2020 – At a Glance

Survey: Majority of Americans No Longer See Human Life as ‘Sacred,’ Yet See Humanity as ‘Basically Good’ June 23, 2020 | By Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University As our nation’s biblical foundations continue to erode, Americans’ understanding of the fundamental nature of humanity and the value of human life is shifting significantly—with a large majority of Americans today believing that human beings are “basically good,” and less than 40% seeing human life as having intrinsic value or as being “sacred.” Although they conflict with traditional biblical teaching, these views increasingly have permeated well beyond the secular culture to … Continue reading American Worldview Inventory 2020 – At a Glance

The Orwellian University

by Frank Furedi / October 13, 2016 for Prospect Magazine UK “Speech codes are now littered with words that are ambiguous and opaque” The first time I was told off for using “inappropriate language,” I thought my colleague was joking. We were university professors and speaking freely should come with the territory. But during the past decade, campus speech has increasingly been taken over by a vocabulary of doublespeak. In his essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell identified the problem: “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible… Thus political language has … Continue reading The Orwellian University

The Six Pillars of Character

My cmnt: Checking the LPS website at least up until 2017 these guidelines were still in use. They may still be incorporated in the LPS pedagogy or not. If not, and knowing the ethical direction of our country’s cultural shift it would not surprise me if they have been quietly set aside, they should be. Trustworthiness Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country  Respect … Continue reading The Six Pillars of Character

Who Are the Yazidis, the Ancient, Persecuted Religious Minority Struggling to Survive in Iraq?

The U.S. contemplates sending military aircraft and possible ground troops to rescue the Yazidis, as more American military advisers arrive in Iraq to help plan an evacuation of the displaced people. BY AVI ASHER-SCHAPIRO, FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NEWS PUBLISHED AUGUST 11, 2014 My cmnt: Part of my interest in these people is: I have had an extended Yazidi family living next door to me since 2017. Their story is tragic, interesting and amazing. For their beliefs, they have been the target of hatred for centuries. Considered heretical devil worshippers by many Muslims—including the advancing militants overrunning Iraq—the Yazidis have faced the possibility of … Continue reading Who Are the Yazidis, the Ancient, Persecuted Religious Minority Struggling to Survive in Iraq?

Scriptures on Work

Scriptures pertaining to Work (without commentary) – compiled by Lord Buckbeak Gen 2:15 – The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it. Gen 3:17-19 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, `You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat … Continue reading Scriptures on Work

COVID-19 puts spotlight on science — but scientists often lie

My cmnt: Scientists, like all people, do not live in an ideological vacuum. They want certain things to be true and other things to be false based on personal values – just like everyone else. Historians fudge history to make it look the way they think it ought to be. Communists and democrats lie about virtually everything. The pseudo-Christian cults (i.e., Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Scientology, etc.) and especially the Roman Catholic Church have a well documented history of lying, covering up, and deception. Untold murders have been committed to maintain a lie or to hold on to power.  We can … Continue reading COVID-19 puts spotlight on science — but scientists often lie

A Guide to Basic Differences Between Left and Right

By Dennis Prager Source of Human Rights Left: government Right: the Creator Human Nature Left: basically good (Therefore, society is primarily responsible for evil.) Right: not basically good (Therefore, the individual is primarily responsible for evil.) Economic Goal Left: equality Right: prosperity Primary Role of the State Left: increase and protect equality Right: increase and protect liberty Government Left: as large as possible Right: as small as possible Family Ideal Left: any loving unit of people Right: a married father and mother, and children Guiding Trinity Left: race, gender and class Right: liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus … Continue reading A Guide to Basic Differences Between Left and Right

The Gospel Explained

Everyone likes to hear good news.  The safe arrival of a loved one, the birth of a child, the end of a war – are all the type of news we love to hear. On the other hand no one wants to receive bad news.  The death or illness of a friend or family member, the loss of a job, or the declaration of war – ‘ill news is an ill guest’, for no one wants to hear bad news. As the Wicked Witch of the West sang in the musical ‘The Wiz’, ‘Don’t you bring me no bad news.’  But the … Continue reading The Gospel Explained

What about those who are baptized for the dead?

Taken from Benson Commentary on 1 Cor 15:29 as displayed on Biblehub.com I reproduce this explanation for those who are confused (which is just about everybody) with these words from the Apostle Paul to the Corinthian church. As the Apostle Peter noted some of the words of Paul in his writings to the churches are difficult to understand (2 Pe 3:16 – He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to … Continue reading What about those who are baptized for the dead?

The Image of God

As we know a lot depends (as with all things) on definitions.   Just what the phrase ‘image of God’ means is subject to some debate.  I have generally given the answer from the Wizard of Oz movie:  to be like God is to have a heart, a brain and courage, or from the Shema: Deut 6:4-5 ‘4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. This greatest commandment is stated in scripture variously as: Luke – Heart, soul, strength and mind Mark – Heart, soul, mind and … Continue reading The Image of God

Lead us not into temptation

Lead us not into temptation   By Lord Buckbeak The Lord’s Prayer (Luk 11 and Mat 6) is the Biblical standard for Christian prayer. It has also been called the Disciple’s prayer as it is the prayer Jesus taught us to pray.  Yet for millennia believers have wondered and debated and questioned one phrase. They have asked why it is in the prayer and what does it mean. That phrase is: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from (the) evil (one). How, it has been asked, does God lead one into temptation? We know that God cannot sin … Continue reading Lead us not into temptation

Lead us not into temptation – 2

Lord Buckbeak  03/02/05 (prepared for Bible study at a local Church) Matt 6:13 ‘And Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.  Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.  The question is why would Jesus tell us to pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation’?  The answers have … Continue reading Lead us not into temptation – 2

The Tree of Life and the Fall

The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Scripture tells us that there were two named trees in the Garden – the Tree of Life that sat in the midst of the Garden and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which was either next to it or more likely at the edge of the Garden.  The Lord God commanded Adam, Eve had not yet been created, to freely eat of every tree in the Garden except the Tree of Death.  In the day that he should eat of it he would … Continue reading The Tree of Life and the Fall

Essay on Purpose

Chance  or No Chance     The same Arguments which explode the Notion of Luck, may, on the other side, be useful in some Cases to establish a due comparison between Chance and Design: We may imagine Chance and Design to be, as it were, in Competition with each other, for the production of some sorts of Events, and may calculate what Probability there is, that those Events should be rather owing to one than to the other.     – Abraham de Moivre, Doctrine of Chances, 1718                          … Continue reading Essay on Purpose

A review of “Darwin on Trial” and a response

In the July 1992 issue of  Scientific American Stephen Jay Gould wrote a scathing review of Phil Johnson’s book Darwin on Trial.  My cmnt: I have included Gould’s review, in full, below because it is hard to find without a visit to the library. He called it, Impeaching a Self-Appointed Judge, a clever take on the fact that Phillip Johnson was one of the premier law professors in the country. After unsuccessfully ignoring the book for two years, Gould finally attempted to discredit it with his nasty review, claiming the book was full of errors. Johnson wrote a detailed response–but Scientific American refused to … Continue reading A review of “Darwin on Trial” and a response

Madonna: two women, two worldviews

Madonna, the pop singer, not Madonna her namesake, famously sang that she is a material girl living in a material world.  Which neatly sums up the difference between the two women and what lies at the root of our seemingly intractable political divide. Whatever institution tells us what is real, is the institution that gets to tell us our creation story and set the agenda for what is and what is not important for the society.  Formerly our creation story came from the Bible and the Judeo-Christian moral and ethical understanding of the world and our place in it.  That … Continue reading Madonna: two women, two worldviews