This will be my only program this week—don’t worry, we have a special guest filling in on Thursday (I have to head out of town quickly). So we went long, a full two hours. Covered a ton of topics from Pope Francis’ call for “believers of all religions” to join in asking God to “help us” with coronavirus, Dan Barker’s bad argument against the Christian faith due to a bad theology of prayer, and another bad, bad tweet from the Bad, Bad Twitter Man (me) wherein I once again failed to buy into the social justice narrative (oh, and one caller who went rounds with Rich showing that, like so many, he is controlled by his emotions rather than his mind). Then the last hour we went back to “Wilson vs. Augustine Actual,” reading comments from Wilson and then going to the cited Augustinian sources.
I didn’t expect to spend the first hour talking about how the church has responded to the state’s “requests” and then demands, and what we can expect in the future. Then we talked about Anderson Cooper’s son and how the culture is just accepting the revolution’s norms.
Two major parts to the program today. First about 45 minutes I dealt with the explosion of another Twitter Mob today, stoked by people like Lex_Luther and Paul Flynn, who misrepresented an exchange I had about the role of politics and the reality of mortality in the panic surrounding Covid-19. They were (and are) calling for my burning, or at least my expulsion from ministry, for heartlessly attacking someone who lost an estranged spouse to Covid-19. Only problem is, it never happened. I did respond to someone else in a large number of comments, but I did not respond as it was reported and alleged. Sad that so many are so filled with anger and venom that they would not read carefully enough to see the truth. Panic is an ugly thing. But, once we had made that clear, I moved to a completely different topic, the textual variant at Romans 5:1. This had a personal twist to it, since it is a topic I have addressed over the years. Hopefully helpful and encouraging information for many.
Pray for us, please. It is a sad reality that slander and lies hurt, not just personally, but hurt the ministry. Doors are closed, opportunities diminished, support lost, when groups cooperate to promote lies and falsehoods.
Our good friend and brother Dr. Jason Lisle of the Biblical Science Institute joined us for the first hour to talk all things science and the faith, and in the last half hour we talked mainly about Pope Francis’ comments about the earth being upset with us. Also a small amount of discussion regarding Qumran right at the end.
Was joined at the top of the hour by the one and only Mylo Hatzenbuhler (Clyde Bauman) who performed for us his new song, “Hand Sanitizer,” and discussed life as the greatest living farm-themed rock star (and he really is). Then we talked a little Gnosticism, Jonathan Merritt’s apostasy, and the Arizona Law Journal article warning about the “dangers” of home schooling.