Monday, January 23, 2012

400-408 – Nancy Pearcey, editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report (, and a professor at Rivendell Christian Junior College in Minneapolis, is on the short list of the best evangelical minds in America.  She was the founding editor of Chuck Colson's "Breakpoint," and for nine years was executive editor of the program, authoring more than 1,000 commentaries herself.  She's written several books, including her wonderful The Soul of Science, her How Now Shall We Live?, and her Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity which won the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion award.  She's out with her latest Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault in Mind, Morals, & Meaning

413-423 – Nancy Pearcey, Evolutionary Ethics?  Pedophilia isn't wrong, it's just a preference – a residual of natural selection.  

408 – Don't miss our upcoming Financial Strategies Summit, this Saturday, January 28th from 900am-12pm, at the Crowne Plaza in Garden Grove.  It's free, but seating is limited, so pre-register now at

428-438 – Nancy Pearcey, Metaethics and the meaning of moral statements.  Justice Robert Jackson, Nuremberg, and cultural relativism.  The pre-Decalogue world.

443-452 – Nancy Pearcey, This past weekend was the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Schaeffer's "upper and lower rooms"?

458-508 – Cheryl Crawford, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and the Director of the Youth Ministry Program at APU, and co-author of Sticky Faith: Youth Worker Edition: Practical Ideas to Nurture Long Term Faith (Amazon).  Today we talk about effective youth ministry, especially, intentional inter-generational bodylife.

508 – Download a free Daily Devotional from your favorite KKLA teacher, maybe it's Chuck Swindoll, Alistair Begg or Gregg Laurie by clicking on Program Guide over at

512-523 – Cheryl Crawford

528-539 – Cheryl Crawford.

544-554 – Cheryl Crawford

558-608 – (7X, 3:30) • Jefferson Bethke (YouTube, 01/10/2012) Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word.  Now at 16.3M hits!


[Q1] What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?

What if I told you voting Republican really wasn't his mission?

What if I told you "Republican" doesn't automatically mean "Christian"?

And just because you call some people "blind" doesn't automatically give you vision?

I mean, if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?

Why does it build huge churches but fails to feed the poor?

Tells single moms God doesn't love them if they've ever had a divorce?

But in the Old Testament God actually calls religious people "whores"

[Q2] Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice

Tend to ridicule God's people, they did it to John the Baptist

They can't fix their problems, and so they just mask it

Not realizing religion's like spraying perfume on a casket

See, the problem with religion is it never gets to the core

It's just behavior modification, like a long list of chores

Like, "Let's dress up the outside, make it look nice and neat"

But it's funny, that's what they used to do to mummies while the corpse rots underneath

Now I ain't judging, I'm just sayin', "Quit puttin' on a fake look"

[Q3] 'Cause there's a problem if people only know that you're a Christian by your Facebook

I mean, in every other aspect of life, you know that logic's unworthy

It's like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey

See this was me, too, but no one seemed to be on to me

Actin' like church kid while addicted to pornography

See, on Sunday I'd go to church, but Saturday gettin' faded

Actin' as if I was simply created to just have sex and get wasted

See, I spent my whole life buildin' this façade of neatness

But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness

[Q4] Because if grace is water, then the church should be an ocean

It's not a museum for good people; it's a hospital for the broken

Which means I don't have to hide my failure, I don't have to hide my sin

'Cause it doesn't depend on me; it depends on him

See, because when I was God's enemy and certainly not a fan

He looked down and said, "I want that man!"

[Q5] Which is why Jesus hated religion, and for it he called them fools

Don't you see it's so much better than just following some rules?

Now lemme clarify: I love the church, I love the Bible, and yes, I believe in sin

But if Jesus came to your church, would they actually let him in?

See, remember he was called a "glutton" and a "drunkard" by "religious men"

But the Son of God never supports self-righteousness; not now, not then

Now back to the point: One thing is vital to mention

How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums

See, one's the work of God, but one's a man-made invention

See, one is the cure, but the other's the infection

[Q6] See, because religion says "do," Jesus says "done"

Religion says "slave," Jesus says "son"

Religion puts you in bondage while Jesus sets you free

Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see

And that's why religion and Jesus are two different clans

Religion is man searching for God; Christianity is God searching for man

[Q7] Which is why salvation is freely mine, and forgiveness is my own

Not based on my merits but Jesus' obedience alone

Because he took the crown of thorns, and the blood dripped down his face

He took what we all deserved; I guess that's why you call it "grace"

And while being murdered he yelled, "Father forgive them; they know not what they do"

Because when he was dangling on that cross, he was thinking of you

And he absorbed all your sin, and he buried it in the tomb

Which is why I'm kneeling at the cross, saying, "Come on! There's room!"

So for religion, no, I hate it; in fact, I literally resent it

Because when Jesus said, "It is finished," I believe he meant it

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As we've noted, not everyone is a fan of 22-year-old Jefferson Bethke's "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus." In addition to going viral, the spoken word artist's now infamous clip has spawned a plethora of responses. Among the flurry of videos offering rebuttal to Bethke's anti-organized religion commentary comes one from Fr. Claude Burns, a Catholic priest at Holy Spirit Church in Evansville, Indiana. Burns, whose stage name is Fr. Pontifex, is a rapper who has taken the Catholic hip-hop world by storm (yes, there is, in fact, a Catholic hip-hop genre).

Fr. Pontifex's response to Bethke is called "Why I love Religion, And Love Jesus," as it delves into the reasons why holding reverence for both religious structures and the individual who is central to Christianity is, in his view, possible. Rather than opening with a frame that reads "Jesus > Religion," as Bethke did, Fr. Pontifex's video reads "Jesus <3 Religion." (The "<3″ symbol is a text way of saying heart or love.)

"What if I told you, that Jesus loves religion?," he says. "And that by his coming as a man, he brought his religion to fruition."

Then he continues, responding to Bethke directly:  "See this had to be addressed, the use of illogical terms and definitions. You clearly have a heart for Jesus, but it's fueling atheistic opinions. See, what makes religion great, is not errors of wars or inquisitions — it's that broken men and women get to participate in his mission."

Fr. Pontifex continues, addressing the original video's critique of religion's handling of poverty and the other related elements. He defends what he calls the the church's "oceans of compassion." Then, he maintains that religion is needed to set parameters for those who worship Christ.

"And if I have the jersey and I'm playing for the Bulls, there's gonna be some boundaries, regulations and some rules," Fr. Pontifex raps. "You can't have Christ without his church. You can't have the king without his kingdom."

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• Charles Murray (WSJ, 1/21/2012) The New American Divide:  The ideal of an 'American way of life' is fading as the working class falls further away from institutions like marriage and religion and the upper class becomes more isolated. Charles Murray on what's cleaving America, and why.  — Mr. Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His new book, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010" (Crown Forum) will be published on Jan. 31.

• AP (1/23/2012) Meth fills hospitals with burn patients.

• Fox News (1/23/2012) Iran steps up threats to close Strait of Hormuz.

• Mark Steyn (NRO Corner, 1/22/2012) The Man Who Gave Us Newt.

• Mark Steyn (NRO, 1/21/2012) The Sinking of the West.

• WSJ (1/23/2012) The Gingrich Challenge: A test for Romney, GOP officials, and the former speaker himself.