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I am Christian in the Biblical definition .I own His name because HE is Lord and He my Hope and Stay. I was called into evangelism from day one.That was 38 years ago. He has been faithful and TRUE.I say with Peter " Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God". I vow to speak the truth of the Gospel daily and in this BLOG . We are living in Perilous Times 2 Timothy Chapter 3 .Blessings and thanks for reading .

PCAs BRIARWOOD PASTORS IGNORE PRO LGBT JOB POSITION OF STAFFER’S WIFE

By Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                         9/13/2019

In early July of this year the pastoral staff of Briarwood PCA church under the leadership of Harry Reeder targeted the wife of this writer because of articles addressing the LGBTQ+ movement “flourishing ” in the PCA . You can read the article below which inspired the attacks coordinated through  Briarwood , Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama and it’s director Bobby Parks . Now it has surfaced that a Briarwood pastor is celebrating the organization driving LGBTQ flourishing on the UAB campus where Littleton and his wife worked as part of the CMMA / Briarwood ministry. What do these mixed messages mean for the flock at Briarwood and the future of its ministries  like CMMA? What does it mean for the PCA itself? Many younger ministers who our institutions have educated for ministry  fail to discern the threat or the goals antithetical to the Gospel represented by these concerns.

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/06/30/pca-general-assembly-revoice-hospitality-suite/

 THE AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS OF A DOZEN COWARDLY GUYS AGAINST KAREN LITTLETON 

In retaliation for the above article Briarwood staff and CMMA Board leaders engaged an all out and coordinated assault on Dr. Karen Littleton – the only female and only minority on the CMMA Board leadership. It is discussed in detail in the link below:

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/08/06/briarwood-pcas-christian-medical-ministry-alabama-target-practice/

ENTER THE GLARING IRONY 

Reeder’s team at Briarwood and CMMA determined Littleton’s wife was not qualified to represent the church nor the ministry on the UAB Campus while just weeks later a Briarwood minister discovered and pointed out that a long time BRIARWOOD PASTOR  and now youth mentor and church planter was celebrating his spouse on facebook as the “Director of Diversity and Inclusion ” in her new department position on the UAB campus .

FROM FACEBOOK SENT BY BRIARWOOD MINISTER TO THE LITTLETONS

Jason Williams

August 9th at 8:57  “Huge shout out to my rib who excels in all things, wife, mother, and career. Congratulations on receiving promotion and tenure as an Associate Professor. She has also been appointed as Director of Diversity and Inclusion within her department at…. @UAB, which by the way is the #1 school in the Nation ….”

 

IS THIS A FITTING OR SAFE POSITION FOR A PCA PASTORS WIFE ?

UAB Office of Diversity and Inclusion LGBTQ focus

https://www.uab.edu/dei/alliance

“The Alliance (of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion ) is an employee-resource group of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the UAB Health System (UABHS), the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), and the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. It exists to provide advocacy, support, and networking for faculty and staff members of UAB’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) community. Membership is open to all such employees and retirees”

https://www.uab.edu/dei/alliance/about

“Ongoing topics of discussion include:

  • Creation of an LGBTQ services office for members of the UAB community.
  • Creating the option of indicating a “Preferred Pronoun” in UAB’s student database.
  • Making Accessible Single-Use Restrooms available when required by building code.”

Our Mission

“The Alliance for LGBTQ Equality at UAB exists to support and advance the UAB Strategic Diversity Plan through inclusion of “the full range of human difference and potential that manifests itself in individual members of the campus community”* including those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) members of the campus community and their allies.”

“The Alliance seeks to enrich diversity and contribute to a high quality intellectual, cultural, educational, and work environment for all members of UAB, the UAB Health System (UABHS), the UA Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), and the Callahan Eye Foundation. The Alliance exists to ensure the equitable treatment of LGBTQ administrators, faculty, and staff; their allies, and the spouses/partners and families of these entities while simultaneously strengthening UAB’s ability to recruit and retain top employees, thereby empowering UAB to serve the community and the world.”

Such efforts on University Campuses are not uncommon today but what is uncommon is for one of the Directors to be spouse of a PCA Pastor.

BRIARWOOD PASTOR HARRY REEDER AND CMMAs PARKS IGNORE THE REALITY 

Contacting the Briarwood and CMMA staff about these concerns on September 4th did nothing to avert the dangers posed by the new position for a PCA pastors spouse. Emails were ignored . A follow up email to Reeder again received no response . Williams has not responded to the concerns either.

MULTIPLE EMAILS TO REEDER/BRIARWOOD STAFF FAILED TO GET A RESPONSE

The pastor Williams is a likable and popular figure locally and has involvement with multiple Briarwood supported ministries . He is also a graduate of Briarwood’s Birmingham Theological Seminary now led by Reeder’s son. The emails to Reeder point out concerns over the conflict of a PCA pastors wife serving as “Director” of such an effort in her department along with the impact of it on students, health care providers and healthcare POLICY in general going forward.

Reeder and Briarwood have failed this young couple who have been under their discipleship FOR MANY YEARS as members and ministers of Briarwood .  The pastoral staff now seem more concerned with ignoring reality and targeting the wife of the person voicing these very disturbing concerns and dangers including those posed to this couple.

MORE ON THE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORK ON CAMPUS 

UAB Office of Diversity and Inclusion LGBTQ Alliance initiatives since 2015

https://www.uab.edu/medicine/diversity/component/search/?searchword=LGBT&searchphrase=all&Itemid=202

“1. UAB Medicine Celebrates 3rd Consecutive Year as Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equity …(News)2018 marks the third consecutive year that UAB Medicine has been named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Healthcare Equity Index. The Healthcare Equity Index (HEI) is a unique annual survey …Created on April 25th, 2018

2. LGBT Health Awareness Week, March 27-31, 2017 …(News)LGBT Health Awareness Week is the last week of March, March 27-31, 2017. This is a week designed to promote LGBT health and bring awareness to the unique health care needs of the LGBT community. The National …Created on March 10th, 2017

3. LGBT in Medicine & Science …(Uncategorised)UAB School of Medicine is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for faculty, trainees and students who identify as LGBT. Discrimination against members of the LGBT community is prohibited, and …Created on September 26th, 2016

4. Graduate Medical Education: Building Diversity(News)… not all, academic medical centers in the United States. A myriad of structural and social obstacles means that women, members of the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, and racial and ethnic minorities …Created on June 21st, 2019

5. Student and Resident Mentoring(Student Affairs)… initiative as well, to include those from rural hometowns, those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and first generation medical students. In the future, we also plan to include LGBTQ individuals …Created on June 6th, 2019

6. Student Organizations(Student Affairs)… o foster awareness of health issues in the Asian-American community. https://apamsa.org/ MedPride MedPride is the School of Medicine’s community-building organization for LGBTQ students, residents, fello …Created on June 3rd, 2019

7. Ask the Deans(Uncategorised)… on with respect to women, under-represented minorities, the LGBT community and others who encounter systematic discrimination.  As we move forward in the pursuit of excellence, I look forward to the discussion …Created on May 4th, 2015

8. Resources(Uncategorised)… gher Ed Women in Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, September 2015 Women Doctors are Undervalued and Underpaid, The Guardian, March 2015 About LGBT in Medicine and Science Reflec …Created on May 4th, 2015″

UAB OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ALSO RESOURCES STUDENTS WITH CONNECTIONS TO LGBTQ + COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

https://www.uab.edu/dei/alliance/resources/community-resources

These connections include a full range of the local city LGBTQ activist groups like Human Rights Campaign (whose Healthcare Equality Index the Diversity /Inclusion research is celebrating in 2018  at the top of the list above.)

The “community resourcing” also includes putting students in touch with Dykes on Bikes and other similar organizations from the web links provided.

CIVILITY THE COMMON NARRATIVE OF CHANGE AGENTS. 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion also promotes “Civility Resources” while working to transform the culture of the University , and the HRC drive toward the Healthcare Equality Index. It is also working to transform the healthcare industry itself  from the educational institutions outward. There are many reasons why activist lead healthcare policy is a problem . The “affordable ” reforms of the last US administration prove the problems in stark reality which are being lived out daily by all Americans including LGBTQ . More Government and more politics in Health Care was never a good idea nor does it lead to any meaningful reforms. Favoring LGBTQ politically correct policy over biological and CDC confirmed health realities is not a sustainable health care trajectory for the industry or for determining “best practices ” or outcomes.In short -activist run healthcare policy is harmful and destined to fail .

Still the activist call for Civility as the politics are forced into policy. Whose book is offered as a resource on Civility ? PCA and The Gospel Coalition favorite Os Guinness

https://www.uab.edu/dei/civility/resources

“The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It by Os Guinness”

TGC IS SELLING ORIENTATION OVER TRANSFORMATION

No one appears to be stepping up at Briarwood to warn this couple or anyone else of the eternal realities posed by a range of compromises on the LGBTQ topic.

Briarwood and other conservative PCA and reformed Southern Baptist made the mistake of signing onto The Gospel Coalition which did some LGBTQ Reforms of their own when TGC signed those under their influence into the ideology of the APA/ homosexual orientation and  Christian counselor turned researcher Mark Yarhouse . This game changing move resulted in the current LGBT+ “Flourishing ” movement Revoice which came out of PCA seminary Covenant in St Louis and SBC Southern Seminary in Louisville KY. All of which lead to the PCA General Assembly battles which lead to the article discussing them which led to the targeting of Littleton’s wife Karen for writing about them.  Circular sounding ? Yes isn’t it ?

UAB began on this pro LGBTQ trajectory in earnest in 2014/15 after they collaborated on this project .

https://www.cfbham.org/assets/2019/04/Living-LGBTQ-in-Central-Alabama.pdf

“Living LGBTQ in Central Alabama” gathered thought leaders to draft and drive the desired policies favoring the LGBTQ community in Central Alabama while UAB had multiple departments involved. Healthcare was a major topic of the effort.

CMMA and Brairwood leaders and other regional pastors ignored the realities of these activist policy objectives outlined above and offered no resistance and raised to concern to them. Now the spouse of one of their own leaders is “Director” of the UAB effort in her Department on campus.

“Strange Days have found us . Strange days (indeed) …have tracked us down ”

Is the PCA done for ? The sad reality is that the denominations convictional resolve against a long time / old enemy to Biblical faithfulness appears very weak. Like most evangelical movements who resisted the ‘non practicing ” narratives of 30 plus years ago – the TGC affiliated churches now have a similar progressive narrative of their own and it is being bought on a global scale by young church members and Christians in their Universities and Seminaries . Popular leaders like Tim Keller are doing little to reinforce Biblical convictions while sharpening their own tools of the activist/ change agents trade.The denominational leaders appear bent of social change and pushing boundaries -something Solomon condemns  when he warns about  “removing the ancient landmarks our fathers have set.” Boundaries matter in seasons of cultural change- and not just systematic theological lines . The Moral health of a civilization depends on God Given Boundaries . They are the unchanging Word of God.

Proverbs 22

“Sayings of the Wise”

“17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord;
I have instructed you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,
That you may answer words of truth
To those who send to you?

22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
23 For the Lord will plead their cause,
And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.

24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.

26 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge,
One of those who is surety for debts;
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take away your bed from under you?                                                            28    28 Do not remove the ancient landmark
Which your fathers have set.”

 

 

 

 

 

“JUSTICE VOTERS “: KERN AND ACTON WORK TO DRIVE EVANGELICAL VOTERS LEFT

 

“Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                       9/10/2019

Many Christians remain in a state of shock from the perversion of  the Gospel by the Social Justice movement flooding conservative seminaries and media . One clear fact is that the movement is largely driven in these institutions by partners  Kern Family Foundation and Acton Institute .  NOW it is surfacing that these same “justice ” partners are paying for and driving the POLITICAL “SOCIAL JUSTICE VOTER “movement among once conservative evangelical institutions as well.New information allows us to see that it is not just the Southern Baptist Seminaries , ERLC -the SBC ethics organization  lead by Russell Moore that are impacted , but even the SBC publishing arm B & H Group is partnering to help spread the “JUSTICE VOTER ” political message of Kern and Acton .

Kern Family Foundation ,now operating offshore in the Cayman Islands (since at least 2014) , makes it impossible to track who and whose money is actually driving this effort to SHIFT conservative Christians away from Biblical / Convictional voting patterns toward “Justice Voting” .

THE ENDLESS STREAM OF JUSTICE THINKING FOR VOTERS

The justice spill over into Christian political thinking is no mere inevitability but a carefully crafted outcome. Tim Keller , Russell Moore, Joe Carter, Greg Forster ,Jonathan Leeman and many others have manifested demonic like obsession with guilting and persuading the conservative Christian that his/her voting is problematic. We are “too conservative ” and not reflecting a “justice” or “principled pluralism ” in a “post Christian world” by their justice measure -mind and value set. The assertion is that Christians “harm the Gospel ” when they hold to and vote as “single issue” (anti -abortion) voters or reflect convictions that appear uncaring for the issues of Social Justice.

NOW WE CAN SEE THE MONEY TRAIL THANKS TO BRUCE ASHFORD OF SEBTS

The Provost of Southeastern Baptist  Theological Seminary is Bruce Ashford . Ashford works on campus with the “Insterset Project” which is funded by Kern Family Foundation and overseen by Kern’s Oikonomia Network headed by Greg Forster. In 2018 Ashford released his book “Letters to an American Christian ” in which he approaches the subject of political engagement with the progressive “third way” messaging typical of Acton / Keller / Moore and others. The book is written  as a letter offering advice to a young American named Christian  (cheesy ? Yes-but of course ! ). The book is predictable in its message but offers ONE very interesting INSIGHT in the acknowledgements section.

Kern Family Foundation funding/support  made the book project possible . Kern is not only funding the curriculum development for the seminaries like SBTS and SEBTS but is in fact funding and “making possible ” the political engagement” book by SEBTS Provost.

” THANK YOU KERN FAMILY FOUNDATION “BRUCE ASHFORD 

The Coordination of the Progressive Political narrative out of the Kern funded /Acton backed affiliates is glaring ;

Ashford wishes to thank:

“I wish to thank Devin Maddox and Combs of B&H Publishing Group for their commitment to this project and the Kern Family Foundation whose encouragement and support enabled this project to become a reality .”

Ashford also list these Action and Kern thinkers and employees :

“for critical feedback , research editing and proofreading

Joe Carter- longtime Acton Institute editor , TGC editor , ERLC message man under Russell Moore.

Hunter Baker – Acton employee, TGC contributor ERLC Research Fellow, dean of arts and sciences at Union University and an Affiliate Scholar in religion & politics at the Acton Institute. Baker also helped in editing a politically driven book by Greg Forster (Oikonomia Network leader/ TGC contributor ) and Anthony Bradley (Acton Institute ) on Justice Voting via the “Rawlsian paradigm ” . More on that later

Dennis Greeson – SEBTS graduate and Kern funded “Intersect Project ” contributor . He promotes ERLC trans narrative by Andrew Walker . http://intersectproject.org/faith-and-culture/truth-compassion-review-god-transgender-debate-andrew-t-walker/

Chris Martin -Social Media facilitator for Lifeway counseled Ashford on the book.

Ashford final manuscript was edited “prepared for submission by :

Chris Pappalardo –  works for J D Greear, current SBC President / Summit Church pastor’s as his chief editor. ( Ashford is also an elder at Greears Summit Church.)

Ashford thanks “ethicist and public theologians “-

Daniel Heimbach-SEBTS Kern Funded “Intersect Project”contributor ,  Research Fellow of the SBC’s ERLC, chairman of the Christian ethics planning unit for the Evangelical Theological Society, general editor of the B&H Christian Ethics series, referee for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and contributing editor for the Journal of Faith and War.

Craig Bartholomew – SEBTS Kern Funded Intersect Project contributor .

Jonathan Leeman – 9MARKS editor ERLC Research Fellow, TGC contributor, London School of Economics ,openly “third way ” SBC influencer and “political theologian” .

INORDINATE INFLUENCE – WHERE AND WHY?

Kern Family Foundation is THE primary partner of Acton Institute in bringing the Social Justice false gospel filled with critical theories on race,gender, sexuality, and Intersectionality into SBC seminaries . But from Ashford’s book project we learn Kern is also partnering with the SBC publishing arm B & H Publishing Group. The SEBTS provost book is advising poor young “Christian” how to  grasp politics and how the poor uninformed young believer ought to vote – through the “justice lens” of course. Why is such influence being aimed on how Baptist and evangelicals in general  VOTE if Biblical conviction drives most Christian Voters? The progressive SHIFT toward being a  “Justice Voter”  is underway and perhaps irreversible because it is taking place virtually undetected .

B&H PUBLISHING -& THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST 

Ashford Thanked two B & H Publishing employees

Devin Maddox- at B & H Groups” has been elevated to Publisher of Leadership Books. Prior to this position, Maddox served as Associate Publisher for Strategic Partners at B&H.Research Assistant to the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary”

Taylor Combs is an SBTS and Midwestern graduate.(both are TGC affiliates ) He is associate book publisher of Christian living and leadership books at B&H Publishing Group.

BOTH Maddox and Combs work alongside the Lifeway stable of contributors whose politics and social views lean left of center like Russell Moore, Karen Swallow Prior , Scott Sauls. (both who promoted the Revoice LGBT Flourishing movement ) and the gamut of SSA /Gay Christian writers, Sam Allberry, Butterfield, Perry , and more.

Contributors

 

B & H Publishing group is a publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Conventions Lifeway

About Us

“B&H Publishing Group , an imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team that believes Every Word Matters®. We seek to provide intentional, biblical content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, cultivating lifelong relationships with Jesus Christ. We publish (print and digital) in the trade, church, and academic markets, as well as the CSB translation”

It is not really news to point out that employees of a Libertarian think tank like Acton Institute are driving their political narrative in partnership with a politicized Foundation like Kern. Nor is it news that the two partners are  providing curriculum for the seminaries “justice “studies . But it is another issue entirely that SEBTS provost Ashford’s book on political engagement published by the SBC publishing arm B & H Publishing is FUNDED / “MADE POSSIBLE BY KERN FAMILY FOUNDATION.”

 

 

“What does it mean to be an American Christian?

“In Letters to an American Christian, Bruce Riley Ashford, author of One Nation Under God, addresses overarching issues of the relationship of Christianity and politics, speaks to the way historic Christian belief informs specific hot-button political issues, and challenges readers to take seriously both our heavenly and earthly citizenships. Written as a series of letters to “Christian”—a young college student who is a new believer—Letters to an American Christian will help every reader think carefully about how Christianity informs what it means to be an American.”

“In the midst of a rapidly changing national and political landscape, Letters to an American Christian reminds us of two important truths: we cannot afford to shrink away from our earthly citizenship, and we cannot afford to lose sight of our heavenly citizenship.”

Link to Ashfords book

https://books.google.com/books?id=WJZcDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT7&lpg=PT7&dq=hunter+baker+,+kern+family+foundation&source=bl&ots=2Iw9bKQRvq&sig=ACfU3U04TUgKHbOldQn4XGu7re2q5vGaNg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiu88uq58PkAhVBba0KHfQqDfcQ6AEwA3oECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=hunter%20baker%20%2C%20kern%20family%20foundation&f=false

 

MORE ON SEBTS PROVOST BRUCE ASHFORD’S VIEWS  HERE

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/08/18/sebts-provost-erlc-fellow-kern-social-justice-leader-endorses-revoice-founder-promotes-bisexual-atheist-philosopher/

HUNTER BAKER – MORE ON HIS KERN /ACTON ASSOCIATIONS AND POLITICAL  JUSTICE WORK

https://acton.org/about/people/hunter-baker

Hunter Baker whose help Ashford mentions -co-edited /contributed to  THE 2014 book with Kern Family Foundation/ Kern Pastors Network/ Oikonomia Network / TGC contributor Greg Forster and Acton Institutes Anthony Bradley .

The subject of the book is

” John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement ”

“This book critiques the Rawlsian concepts of “justice as fairness” and “public reason” from the perspective of Christian political theory and practice. The Rawlsian paradigm has become pervasive in multiple disciplines outside political philosophy and is unconsciously embedded in a great deal of Christian public discourse; this calls for a new level of analysis from Christian perspectives. This is the first volume to examine Rawls based on Christian principles drawn from theological ethics, social thought, political theory and practical observation. In addition to theoretical perspectives, the book connects its critique of Rawls to specific hot-topic practical questions in three areas: social issues (abortion, marriage, etc.), economic issues (wealth creation, poverty programs, etc.), and the increasing difficulty of political compromise and peaceful coexistence in the context of the culture war. The book includes some of the leading Christian political theorists in America.”

JOHN RAWLS THEORY OF JUSTICE 

https://arcdigital.media/a-theory-of-justice-by-john-rawls-e71ea5df44f2

“The aim Rawls expresses from the outset of Theory is to devise a “theory” of justice that can better systematize people’s judgments about it. In his view, existing political societies are “seldom well-ordered” simply because they are characterized by disagreements about justice. An agreed-on theory of justice is needed, in addition, in order for individuals’ “life plans” to be “fitted together” so that nobody’s “legitimate expectations” will be “severely disappointed.”

John Rawls “A Theory of Justice ” is a favorite of the political left . He later wrote “Political Liberalism ” as  a follow up to Theory of Justice ”

JUSTICE GOALS OF COMMON GOOD POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT 

Oikonomia Network is striving to redefine the theology , work ethic , economics , vision and future of the church by social justice. Now we see that the effort is undeniably reaching beyond the church walls and aiming for the Christian when he/she enters the voting booth of their hometown  polls. Making social liberals of their pastors is a sure pathway to success for liberalizing the conservative church. The effort centers around the Kern/ Acton promotion of economics in the Faith and Work movement /curriculum but the mask for its BOLD political outcomes is wearing extremely thin.

Faith and Work ideology sets out the following goals :

https://oikonomianetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Theology-that-Works-v2-FINAL.pdf

• THEOLOGY: Preaching the Trinity, incarnation, imago Dei, biblical narrative, and more
illuminates work and economics.
• PASTORAL CARE: Pastors need to be equipped to console and counsel those affected by
economic change.
• COMPASSION: Our ministry to those in need should cultivate hope, dignity, and growth
instead of dependency.
• COMMON GOOD: Churches that understand the economy will be equipped to help their
communities flourish.
• YOUTH AND FAMILY: A flourishing life starts in early childhood with a culture of vocation and responsibility.

We might also add -HELPING JUSTICE VOTING PATTERNS FLOURISH  to the list of Kern/ Actons outcome measures for faith and family .

Conservative Christians LIVES/ INSTITUTIONS/ CHURCHES / THEOLOGY /FAITH /VOTING CONVICTIONS are being invaded- overwhelmed – manipulated – and sold down the proverbial river by the host of insiders who have opened our institutions doors to partnerships driven by progressive political operatives masked as partners in the faith.

There is no Biblical or godly reason to work this hard to unhinge Christian voters from pro- life- pro-family- pro Biblical marriage, sexuality and gender norms . NONE. Instead Paul warns Timothy of the very opposite in 1st Tim 4 .

“16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”

When your church interviews it’s next hire from one of the Kern /Acton affiliated Schools or you choose your next childrens /teen / college curriculum  -be aware of these agendas and influences and the funding behind them. Take Heed to yourselves and make careful staffing and curriculum decisions .

Christians need to vomit out the lukewarm false justice gospel and cleave to the Lord for the power and transformation promised in the everlasting Gospel committed into the hands of believers everywhere. If we want to engage/ influence culture -we need the one thing that alone offers real answers and true change.That is the Christ Crucified – buried and risen in power. No denomination can offer lasting , godly , biblical change from those whose own heart have not been changed.

If you vote- and you should – you should NOT be shamed by these political operatives pretending to be “political theologians ” ( not in the list of the five fold ministries to the church ) while behaving  like progressive hirlings out to condemn your voting habits and redefine your FAITH.

IF this effort were  driven by the Gospel – it would not need to going into hiding on our seminary campuses ? These partners have no business in the voting booths or the collective conscience of evangelical Christians .

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/05/15/why-is-kern-the-lead-evangelical-vocation-social-justice-funder-going-into-hiding-at-sebts/

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/08/04/al-mohler-you-missed-a-spot-social-justice-funding-goes-into-hiding-at-sbts/

Matthew 7:

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

1st Timothy 4

1.Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Jesus Christ

If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end [c]we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach.

Take Heed to Your Ministry

12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

SSA SINGLE CHRISTIANITY AS IDOLATRY

DOWN UNDER IN THE TGC LGBT+ SINGLES MOVEMENT

 

SSA SINGLENESS THE NEW TGC “HIP “

Thomas Littleton                                                                                                   9/6/ 2019

For over six years the evangelical media, conferences and pulpits have been flooded with Same Sex Attracted (but) Celibate homosexuals and LGBT. Missing from the SSA Crew are the thousands of testimonies of people have have clean escaped their sexual past through faith in Christ. Somehow these people whose testimonies of victory and grace  which celebrate the true power of the Gospel and the Cross of Christ no longer exist in the “SSA world”. They (the SSA and their talking points) have nothing more to offer than “celibacy or mixed orientation marriage ” i.e, a homopsexual who marries a heterosexual and hopes for the best.Thousands of such “marriages ” of untransformed people end badly on a regular basis.

Where will this SSA idol and its  false gospel end ? It will continue its activist march from “unchanging homosexual orientation toward affirming marriage- adoption foster care  and the full redefinition of family in and accepted by the church. In short this “idolatry of singleness “ends is mass apostasy.

The celibate SSA narrative emerged like  a well oiled machine in 2010 from the Lausanne Movement meetings in South Africa . It is really  a replacement of the activist transitional language of “Non Practicing Homosexual ” used  on the mainline denominations as they were move three  to four decades into affirming and ordaining practicing homosexuals .

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/10/31/the-shell-game-of-evangelical-leaders-new-sexual-language/

Now the modern  SSA evangelical celibate celebrities are calling our our family models “Idols” while they push for redefining Christian family and call the church to support “Single Adoption and Foster Care “. This movement is being led by Russell Moore od the Southern Baptist ERLC and the host of SSA Celibate Celebrities he introduced to the church in 2014.

Some examples of SSA Celebrity A listers:

Sam Allberry is among the most popular of the SSA celebs . Like Paris Hilton or  Kim Kardashian anyone who wants to host a Christian Conference must pay Allberry to appear at the party. Now Allberry’s star is tarnished since some Southern Baptist pastors finally read his website after 6 years of endlessly promoting him, Allberry promoted the Revoice Conference “for his US audience ” and since he and Tim/ Kathy Keller decided they were entitled to “audit the LGBT Inclusiveness of our churches” from the UK / Living Out church offices. How Nice of the Keller’ and Sam. Allberry remains editor of all things “LGBTQ Christian” at TGC and Ravi Zacarias ministries and still a regular on the A list circuit .

Rosaria Butterfield offers a slightly alternative message as a “former activist academic lesbian turned pastors wife and homeschool mom ” but since the dawning of Revoice and its narrative driven by critical theory-Rosaria’s  background in Gender, Queer , and Feminine Theory has taken on expanded consideration of her rise to the A List. Rosaria’s bio is informing . Was she chosen by the TGC and ERLC for A list status because of her testimony or her background -from which the “Idolatry of Family “emerged decades ago?

https://rosariabutterfield.com/biography

” Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th-century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.”

Rosaria does not like the term “Gay Christian ”  but does echo the mainstream SSA Celebrity narrative denouncing “ex-gay  ministry” efforts and pounds the hospitality and singles adoption and foster care narratives with Allberry and Russell Moore.

Christopher Yuan is another star among the SSA  list. He began his SSA work touring with his mom about the same time Revoice Nate Collins was touring with his Dad Chip . Yuans central message began focusing on “The problem this project addresses is the sense of marginalization experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and same-sex attracted (SSA) Christian college and university students” Yuan continues the mainstreaming of the SSA narrative in his recent addition to the Biola led “Rethink Apologetics ” which gives a “Revoice Lite “approach to  the LGBTQ+ issues.

Yuan’s  book “Giving a Voice to the Voiceless” echoes the ideology of Revoice Nate Collins book titled “All But Invisible “.

You can read more on the Feminist Theology origins  of the Idolatry of Family and the mainstreaming of it by SSA A Listers  here :

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2018/10/16/erlc-family-conference-redefines-family-as-the-inclusive-church/

WHO IS PROMOTING IDOLS -THE HISTORIC BIBLICAL FAMILY OR THE SSA CELEBRITIES ?

So  we must decide if true family is what God Created it to be through natural procreation and familial bonds and boundaries . Or if we have become so informed that  family is defined by what feminist theologians , secular psychologist , political activism , and the ERLC/ Russell Moore Tim Keller , many of our seminary leaders and the growing list of A list SSA Christian Celebrities wish to define what constitutes family. Given the evangelical landscape is now flooded with Critical Theory and Intersectionality – it is highly recommended that faithful believers choose the Word of God and the divine origins and  design for family .

SINGLES IDOLATRY BEING TAUGHT IN THE CHURCH

E: 17 Singleness in the Church

A LOCAL PCA CHURCH WOMEN’S MINISTRY IS FOCUSING ON KELLER SINGLES IDEOLOGY

Singleness in the Church:

What does singleness mean in the context of the Church? Everyone is called to at least a season of singleness, so how can singleness be a blessing both to the single person and to the Body of Christ? Today, Sue Harris joins Karen Hodge to talk about the blessing of being single and how the Church can better serve those doing life solo.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some of the different variables you see in the lives of women who are single compared to those who are married?
  • What are some reasons a woman might be single?
  • Sue talks about how Christ upheld and affirmed singleness. Do you believe singleness is a gift?
  • How is the Body of Christ richer because Jesus brings together both married women and single women?

REVOICE /ALLBERRY AND THE DOWNUNDER SINGLES MOVEMENT :ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY .

The Conference and Singles Movement in Australia 2018 has the Revoice and Allberry SSA A list speakers all in one big “Happy Family” movement . They discuss the “Theology” behind celebrating singleness and engage a host of public polishing of the “Idolatry of Singleness ” .

“WHY FOCUS ON SINGLES AS A “THEOLOGY”

https://www.singlemindedconference.com/

KEYNOTE: Singleness in the Storyline of Scripture | Sam Allberry|38:38

First Keynote Talk – Saturday 22nd September, 2018

KEYNOTE: Myths About Singleness | SamAllberry|38:41

The Pastor’s Heart

Wes Hill & Jackson Stace

PASTORING SAME SEX ATTRACTED CHRISTIANS

We are talking about theology, maturity, history, emphasis, holiness, sin, language and culture. Our guests are Rev Dr Wesley Hill, from Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburg and Jackson Stace from Liberty Christian Ministries Inc. Sydney

 

 

Allberry

The Gospel Coalition

Sam Allberry

“CAN I EXPERIENCE INTIMACY WITHOUT SEX?”

“Sam Allberry—TGC editor and author of ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’—reflects on modern notions of intimacy, and expounds the biblical view of intimacy found in married relationships as well as deep friendships.”

 

DOWNUNDER RESOURCES INCLUDE THE GOSPEL COALITION EDITOR ALLBERRY  FULLY INTEGRATED SINGLENESS WITH ACTS 29 EDITOR TONY MERIDA

MORE ALLBERRY IN THE CONFERENCE

“Second Keynote Talk – – Saturday 22nd September, 2018

https://www.singlemindedconference.com/Multimedia”

“The Gospel Coalition

Sam Allberry & Tony Merida”

“SINGLENESS AND PASTORAL LEADERSHIP”

“A healthy marriage is a tremendous gift and blessing. Marriage is God’s idea, and it is to be held in honor (Heb. 13:4). But one may also serve and glorify God in singleness. We follow a Savior who was single, and the greatest church planter ever—the apostle Paul—was also single. Single pastors have various advantages in ministry, such as flexibility in schedule.”

 

TGC SSA FAVORITE CHRISTOPHER YUAN SINGLES NARRATIVE 

 

YUAN AND MOM

https://www.familylife.com/podcast/guest/christopher-yuan-and-angela-yuan/

 

“The problem this project addresses is the sense of marginalization experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and same-sex attracted (SSA) Christian college and university students. Data was collected via an online questionnaire and the study design mixed methods with an emphasis on the qualitative data. The study sample included eighty students/alumni from thirty-two Christian colleges/universities. Generally, respondents felt lonely, hid their sexuality, and reported a negative campus climate. Recommendations from respondents include: institutional policies must be clearer and applied consistently, improve campus climate, and form support groups for LGB and SSA students. FOR BACK COVER: “”This is the book to read on Christian faith and sexual identity at Christian colleges. Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is a book for every campus constituency from students to presidents, administrators, alumni, faculty, parents, trustees, donors and more!”” –Leith Anderson, President of National Association of Evangelicals “”Christopher Yuan’s wise and practical recommendations–firmly rooted in a faithful biblical ethic for human sexuality–will help campus leaders care for all of their students with truth and grace.”” –Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College “”Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is an invaluable study of the experiences of college students who struggle with same-sex attraction…This book is a healing balm for these students and will edify, equip, and encourage. It is a must-read book for every college administrator.”” –Rosaria Butterfield, Author; Speaker “”For anyone who wants to understand better the experiences of students grappling with issues of sexual identity at Christian institutions, this book should be required reading.”” –D. Michael Lindsay, President, Gordon College “”Solidly biblical, relentlessly compassionate, and appropriately practical this book will be noted far and wide.”” –Joseph M. Stowell III, President, Cornerstone University “”I strongly urge college presidents, administrators, and trustees to read, digest, and incorporate this important material.”” –J. Paul Nyquist, President, Moody Bible Institute FOR INSIDE PAGES: “”Fascinating. With candor and compassion, Christopher Yuan combines personal history, impressive research, biblical insights and practical recommendations to sexuality on the campuses of Christian colleges and universities. This is the book to read on Christian faith and sexual identity at Christian colleges. Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is a book for every campus constituency from students to presidents, administrators, alumni, faculty, parents, trustees, donors and more!”” –Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals “”Christopher Yuan has done careful research on the experience of students who navigate their same sex attraction or orientation at Christian colleges and universities. His wise and practical recommendations–firmly rooted in a faithful biblical ethic for human sexuality–will help campus leaders care for all of their students with truth and grace.”” –Philip Ryken, President, Wheaton College “”Giving a Voice to the Voiceless is an invaluable study of the experiences of college students who struggle with same-sex attraction on well-meaning Christian college campuses. Indeed the glossary alone is worth the price of the book. Faithful, biblical students who hold to a traditional view of sexuality and who struggle with SSA are even more voiceless today than they were years ago, as the rise of LGBT rights on college campuses does not speak for faithful Christians or reflect the complex emotions and challenges that students face. This book is a healing balm for these students and will edify, equip, and encourage. It is a must-read book for every college administrator.”” –Rosaria Butterfield, Author; Speaker “”Based on a pioneering study, this book provides relevant insights and counsel for Christian colleges and universities seek

Yuans recent book has a forward by Rosaria Butterfield and drives the “Singleness” talking points.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557224/holy-sexuality-and-the-gospel-by-christopher-yuan-foreword-by-rosaria-butterfield/9780735290914/

“ABOUT HOLY SEXUALITY AND THE GOSPEL”

“From the author of Out of a Far Country, which details his dramatic conversion from an agnostic gay man who put his identity in his sexuality to a Bible professor who now puts his identity in Christ alone, comes a gospel-centered discussion of sex, desire, and relationships.”

“Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality–chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage–in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.”

“in Dr. Christopher Yuan’s Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, you are holding in your hands the most important humanly composed book about biblical sexuality and godly living for our times.”
—Rosaria Butterfield, PhD, speaker and author”

Yuan again draws endorsement of Leith Anderson President of the NAE who which offered total compromise earlier in 2019 with the LGBT agenda along with the CCCU

https://www.christianpost.com/news/nae-and-cccu-boards-back-sogi-compromise-for-religious-freedom-exemptions.html

““Christopher Yuan pivots from human sexuality to holy sexuality as he writes with passion and compassion, scholarship and spirituality, personal experience and practical expertise.”
—Leith Anderson, DMin, president of the National Association of Evangelicals

YUAN RE-TWEET SUPPORTING REVOICE/ COLLINS AND AGAINST THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT WHICH IS SAID TO HAVE INSPIRED REVOICE MOVEMENT 

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REVOICE NATE COLLINS AND IS DAD CHIP 2013 TOUR AND THE COLLAPSE OF EXODUS EX -GAY MINISTRY .TWO SBTS TEACHERS AIDING THE NARRATIVE OF SSA IDOLATRY .

NATE COLLINS OFFERS BOTH THE SSA /ORIENTATION /SINGLENESS NARRATIVE AND HIS OWN “MIXED SEXUAL ORIENTATION MARRIAGE” NARRATIVE. NO TOTAL TRANSFORMATION IS OFFERED FOR “HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION “.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150210062700/http://alignedgraceresources.org/about-us/who-we-are/

ON THE EXODUS COLLAPSE

https://web.archive.org/web/20150210072653/http://alignedgraceresources.org/resources/blog/

Who We Are

Nate Collins and Chip CollinsNate Collins

Executive Director

“Nate (MDiv) is passionate about helping pastors and church leaders to be more informed and effective ministers of the gospel as they reach out in grace and compassion to individuals and families affected by same-sex attraction.  Nate is currently pursuing a PhD in New Testament Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and enjoys sharing the story of his own journey of coming to terms with his same-sex attractions in ways that highlight the beauty and majesty of God’s provision of salvation in Jesus Christ.  Nate and his wife, Sara, have been married for nine years and they have two sons.  When he isn’t studying or playing with his kids, he enjoys running, gardening, and just about any other outdoor activity ”

Chip Collins

Associate Director

“Chip (EdD) has ministered in churches and college campuses in the US, as well as on the mission fields of South America and the Caribbean over the past 30 years. He has served as pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, missionary, professor, and administrator. Married for 35 years to his wife, Suzie, they have three grown sons. They live in the rural countryside of Kentucky, where they enjoy spoiling their seven grandkids as often as they get the chance.”

THE COLLINS MINISTRY “ALIGNED GRACE ” NO LONGER EXIST

 

KELLER LEADING THE HERD

An Introduction to a Theology of Singleness and Christianity’s Unique View of the Single Life

“Pastor Tim Keller , of Redeemer PCA Church in New York City, explains the Christian concept of being single and how the Bible offers a theology of singleness. Keller describes how this is a unique worldview. Christianity is set apart in that it was the “very first religion or worldview that held up single adulthood as a viable way of life”

“It is important that Christian singles are aware of the theology of singleness that the Bible teaches and that Paul articulates in 1 Corinthians about being single. Christians should seek to become closer to God. The single life offers that opportunity since a spouse and a marriage can become idols and means of self-fulfillment instead of God. Single Christians must recognize this as they decide if they want to get married by realizing that Christianity teaches it is good to be single.”

“Western civilization idolizes individualism and self realization  and views marriage as something to get after reaching a certain point in life. Marriage becomes a means of self fulfillment and an idol  Eastern civilization idolizes the family and makes everything revolve around it. Family becomes an idol. ”

RESPONSE – CHOOSE THE GOD AND HIS FAMILY NOT THE IDOL

Why are the SSA celebrity A list working to so hard to idolize  singleness and vilify “Christian family as an idol”. The message is suspect for many reasons but especially given it’s tight coordination by the ERLC and TGC whose influence has introduced the entire SSA Celebrity genre and promoted them. These narratives redefine humanity – marriage- parental rights -civilization and life as we have known it . None of it is by chance nor is this movement a spontaneous cry from real victims . This is critical theory along gender and sexual lines  at it’s most obvious .

Coming from a heterosexual Christian who was a single for many years and waited for God’s promise and faithfulness  – the biblical standard of Family- sexuality – marriage . the promise and desire for them in every human heart stands firmly against the the naked change agent efforts of Tim Keller ,Russell Moore and the SSA Celebrities polishing the idol of singleness . Even for those who God chooses to lead into a lifelong commitment to remaining unmarried -there is no need nor healthy biblical reason to embrace the SSA Celibate Singleness idol as the new norm no matter how much “theology” Tim Keller and others can develop to support the idol. God’s Word and Grace are more than enough to enable everyone to stand faithful and firm .

God has said it in the most clear and practical language possible .

Genesis 2

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep  to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23 And Adam said:

“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” 

 

 

 

ACTON INSTITUTE’S JOE CARTER LEAVING: WHO WILL COORDINATE LGBT/ JUSTICE / POLITICAL NARRATIVES OF ERLC/TGC NOW?

MAKE NICE TO YOUR GAY NEIGHBORS -FOCUS ON FAITH AND WORK -COMMON GOOD AND VOTE LEFT OF CENTER .THE MESSAGE OF ACTONS JOE CARTER TO EVANGELICALS

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                 8/24/ 2019

Just a short 2 years after public attentions were drawn to the fact the chief editor for The Gospel Coalition and Communications Specialist for SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission under Russell Moore also held a “day job” with Libertarian Catholic think tank Acton Institute – Joe cater is leaving Acton. The question now is “who will coordinate the messages of TGC/ ERLC /and the Catholic social justice politics of Acton Institute ?”. But don’t  lose any sleep over it. No doubt they have someone in mind .

 

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“For nearly eight years, Senior Editor Joe Carter has been a mainstay of the PowerBlog. Not only have readers come to expect his daily PowerLinks but Joe’s numerous contributions (let’s enumerate: 4,400 posts!) on just about every topic we tackle here have been unfailingly helpful. Joe truly understands Acton’s “markets and morality” way of looking at the world and gave readers concrete ways of understanding often difficult concepts from economics, theology, social science and politics.”
“On Sept. 6, Joe will post his last entry to the PowerBlog. He is leaving to take a pastoral position at McLean Bible Church in Arlington, Virginia, where he’ll focus on discipleship and outreach. Previously, Joe helped to plant Grace Hill Church in Herndon, Virginia, where he served as an elder.”

Joe Carter

In addition to serving as Senior Editor here, Joe, who recently turned 50, was an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College.

JOE CARTER DRAFTING A NEW POLITICAL NARRATIVE FOR SBC AND PCA FOLK
Few knew that Carter was hired to work alongside Russell Moore  when the ever controversial Democrat  Moore ascended the throne of the ERLC but the stark departure from the Conservative message of the Southern Baptist ethics offices were obvious from day one.

“For years, as the principal public voice for the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s biggest evangelical group, Richard Land warned of a “radical homosexual agenda” and pushed for a federal ban on same-sex marriage.”

“His successor, Russell Moore, sounded a different note when the Supreme Court in June struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. “Love your gay and lesbian neighbors,” Mr. Moore wrote in a flier, “How Should Your Church Respond,” sent to the convention’s estimated 45,000…”

SIGNALING CHANGE -ESPECIALLY IN TONE TOWARD “GAY NEIGHBORS” KEY TO ACTON/ERLC MESSAGING 

Moore Followed up his October WSJ IN 2013 with a total overhaul of the ERLC/ SBC message on homosexuality and marriage with a 2014 conference in which he and SBTS President Albert Mohler “embraced homosexual orientation / abandoned ex gay therapies and introduced an entire HERD of the Same Sex Attracted but celibate “homosexual Christians” to Southern Baptist Conversation. These SSA but celibate included Sam Allberry -a gay Church of England priest , Christopher Yuan now a rising star in the conference circles as Allberry’s star is fading after his ministry announced plans with Tim Keller to “Audit the LGBT Inclusion “culture in your church. Also among those whose narratives were being “message shopped ” around Conservative Christians was Rosaria Butterfield who urges, along with Allberry, that Baptist and PCA people ” support (SSA ) single adoption and foster care and be “hospitable ” i.e. welcome LGBTQUIAA+ people into the church. As the 2014 conference unfolded the media delighted that “Southern Baptist and gays break bread together …”

Moore’s newly hired ERLC staffers boasted to LGBT activist invited to attend the 2014 conference that “Moore is rebranding the entire organization and the SBC”

ERLC /ACTON/ INSPIRATION 

Moore , Mohler. with the help of Joe Carter and TGC  and the once radical gay activist /turned Catholic priest Actons co-founder and Carter’s  boss Father Sirico have never looked back.

Actons Father Sirico’s history is discussed in detail in the account of the gay movement in Catholic and gay publications

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/fr-robert-sirico-gay-marriages-he-once-performed

https://www.renewamerica.com/columns/engel/120412

And in the book “GAY SEATTLE STORIES OF EXILE AND BELONGING ”

THE TIGHT COORDINATION OF THE NEW TGC/ERLC MESSAGE HAS BEEN GLARING

Free Livestream of the ERLC National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage”

Free Livestream of the ERLC National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage”

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ERLCnatconferenceLOGOThe ERLC National Conference, starting today (Monday, October 27), will address “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” designed to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families and their churches.

They will address issues like:

  • How do we effectively minister to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender?
  • How has the divorce culture impacted marriage in our communities and our churches?
  • What does sexual faithfulness look like for a same-sex attracted Christian?
  • Why did God create marriage and why did he design it for the common good?
  • How should a pastor counsel a same-sex couple that wants to join his church?
  • How can churches minister to those who are single, dating, divorced or celibate?
  • How can Christians show the love of Christ to gay family members or neighbors?

 

The sessions will be livestreamed (free, but brief registration required) and liveblogged.

It begins today at 1:20 PM, Central Time.

The schedule of 20 talks and 5 panels—many of them relatively short in length—are listed below.

MONDAY

1:20-2:00 PM

Albert Mohler, “Aftermath: Ministering in a Post-Marriage Culture”

2:05-2:40 PM

Panel: Russell Moore, Albert Mohler, D. A. Horton, Robert Sloan (Phillip Bethancourt, moderator), “The State of Marriage in American Culture: Divorce, Cohabitation, Same-Sex Marriage, and Other Trends”

3:05-3:25 PM

Greg Smalley, “Building Healthy Marriages”

3:25-3:40 PM

Kristen Waggoner and Erik Stanley, “The Price of Citizenship: Can the State Compel the Church to Embrace Homosexual Relationships?”

3:55-4:10 PM

Glenn Stanton, “Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor”

4:15-5:00 PM

Panel: John Stonestreet, Trevin Wax, Lindsay Swartz, Eric Teetsel (Andrew Walker, moderator), “Millennials and Marriage: Evaluating the Young Generation’s Views on Sexuality and Marriage”

7:15-7:30 PM

Jennifer Marshall, “Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century”

7:35-8:00 PM

Danny Akin, “God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas about Love, Intimacy, and Marriage”

8:10-8:40 PM

Sherif Girgis, “Better Together: Marriage and the Common Good”

8:45-9:30 PM

Panel: Kevin Ezell, Dennis Rainey, Carmen Fowler Laberge, and Heath Lambert (Daniel Darling, moderator)

TUESDAY

8:50-9:30 AM

Russell Moore and Rosaria Butterfield, “Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert”

9:35-10:15 AM

Russell Moore, “Questions and Ethics Live”

10:40-10:55 AM

Christopher Yuan, “Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God”

11:00-11:15 AM

Jackie Hill-Perry, “How Does the Gospel Equip Christians Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction?”

11:20 AM-12:00 PM

Panel: Christopher Yuan, Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Jackie Hill-Perry (Russell Moore, moderator), “Is It Okay to Be Gay? A Candid Conversation on Christians and Same-Sex Attraction”

2:30-3:15 PM

Denny Burk, “Is There Really a Slippery Slope? A Gospel-Centered Assessment of Gender Identity, Transgender, and Polygamy”

3:30-4:30 PM

Sam Allberry, “Is God Anti-Gay? Answering Tough Questions about Same-Sex Marriage”

6:50-7:30 PM

David Platt, “Marriage and Missions: How Singleness and Marriage Connect to the Great Commission”

7:35-7:45 PM

Lizette Beard, “Why I Love and Hate Being Single”

7:50-8:20 PM

Jim Daly, “Reconcilable Differences: Building Bridges with Those Who Disagree about Marriage”

8:45-9:25 PM

Russell Moore, “Slow-Motion Sexual Revolutionaries? Culture Wars, Christian Witness, and the Future of Marriage”

 

WEDNESDAY

 8:45-9:05 AM

Dennis Rainey, “Growing Great Commission Marriages”

9:10-9:50 AM

Panel: Steven Smith, Jason Allen, Thomas White, Randy Stinson (Phillip Bethancourt, moderator), “Preparing Next Generation Leaders for a Post-Marriage Culture”

9:55-10:10 AM

Ryan Anderson, “Marriage in Crisis: The Conflict between Sexual Freedom and Religious Liberty”

10:15-10:55 AM

J.D. Greear, “Preaching Like Jesus to the LGBT Community and Its Supporters”

JOE CARTER HAS ALSO HELPED TGC AND ERLC DRIVE THEIR POLITICAL MESSAGING WHILE SAYING CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS “HAVE BEEN TOO POLITICAL “

Carter has played a key role in the ERLC/ TGC “never Trump ” and “Third Way ” political narrative .

Why Evangelicals Are Divided over Trump

Carter  has also coordinated as editor of TGC and Communications specialist  for ERLC-the attacks on conservative icons like Judge Roy Moore .

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/nonpartisan-solution-roy-moore-problem/

While Carter celebrated the sexually immoral MLK

Joe Carter Calls Christians Hypocrites for Voting for Moore, Celebrates Sexually Immoral MLK

CO-MINGLING THE MESSAGE CARTER’S ACTON LEGACY

At no point in modern evangelical history has the message of the Gospel been more mingled with and tainted by progressive social and political content than in the last decade. TGC and ERLC have been at the epicenter of the intersection of these “incompatible streams of influence” of conservative Christianity and a relentless call to progressive social and political engagement.

EVANGELICAL  DEEP STATE EXPOSED 

Joe Carter has played a significant although stealth role in the Evangelical  Deep State for some time . His role and that of Acton and the history of his boss Father Sirico were  exposed in 2017 .

Is This the Evangelical Deep State?

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2017/12/18/is-this-the-evangelical-deep-state/

Is This The Evangelical Deep State?- Part Two

 

LAMPOONING THE REALITY

The very existence of coordination between the Acton Institute -Social Justice focus and funding and the messaging of TGC aND ERLC is reason to provide pause for evangelical readers. The stealthy approach and sharp left turn of the message proved that concerns are valid.Efforts to lampoon the very existence of the coordination provide the solid proof of the felt need to protect itself .

SBC Deep State Has Been Discovered … Join Now!

JOE CARTER’S REVOICE LGBTQ+ CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT PAL SENT OUT TO DEFEND EVANGELICAL DEEP STATE IN PARODY ARTICLE 

7 Things You Should Know About the Evangelical Deep State

Sample of the parody article :

“And indeed Sirico is perpetually tipping his hand: a recent post on the Acton Institute’s “PowerBlog” uses the unmistakable phrases “social justice” and “common good” along with historical materialist buzzwords like “heart” and “virtue.” Indeed, the word “social” appears over 34 times in that one post alone. In fact, it appears 35 times.”

The absurd parody of the Evangelical Deep State by the very people who are part of it  was published by Joe Carter friend and former  co-editor of Carter’s first blog  -Matthew Lee Anderson. Anderson is also a KEY leader in the Revoice LGBT+ Flourishing Movement in the SBC/ PCA denominations . The fact is even the parody article is a product of the careful coordination of Joe Carter .

PARODY IN “GOOD COMPANY” WITH LEFT WING EXTREME

Why are Joe Carter and Anderson echoing Right Wing Watch in attack?

Anti-LGBTQ Pastor Fears An ‘Evangelical Deep State’ May Be Making The Church More Tolerant

“Later in the article, Littleton goes on to name faith leaders who have expressed sympathies for LGBTQ people and worked to make their churches more inclusive. These leaders, he believes, are part of a larger conspiracy to detach the church from its anti-LGBTQ stance.”

Odd that Carter and Anderson are so instep with the Right Wing Watch in attacking the messengers exposing their own coordinated  messages …or is it?

MATTHEW LEE ANDERSON/ JOE CARTER  POLITICAL HISTORY / ANDERSON REOVICE TIES 

Talking Politics with Joe Carter and Matt Anderson

Back in 2010

 “Trevin Wax Today, I’m posting an email conversation between myself, Matthew Lee Anderson and Joe Carter about the current political climate and what role evangelicals are playing in the upcoming mid-term elections. I hope you enjoy listening in”

LGBT SHIFT -THE ONE CONSTANT IN TGC/ERLC/ACTON/CARTER/ ANDERSON/ MOORE /MOHLER NARRATIVES

Anderson and Revoice

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/06/24/far-deeper-erlc-tgc-ties-to-revoice-lgbt-flourishing/

Joe Carter is considered by some in Christian Journalism to have been the ERLC/ TGC “attack dog”. Many who share this view see Carter as having enjoyed his role immensely.What does the future hold for Joe? He is headed to work for David Platt the once popular- now fading star in the SBC who is pastoring McLean Bible Church founded by Lon Solomon .

“He is leaving to take a pastoral position at McLean Bible Church in Arlington, Virginia, where he’ll focus on discipleship and outreach. Previously, Joe helped to plant Grace Hill Church in Herndon, Virginia, where he served as an elder.”

SJ WARRIORS DAVID PLATT AND JOE CARTER -YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER

Congregants at McLean Bible may not deserve to be subjected to “Mean Joe Green” Carter  along side the ceaseless weeping and tearful appeals of David Platt reminiscent of Tammy Faye Baker’s “mascara fundraising” on PTL . BUT the two ERLC/ TGC mouthpieces certainly do deserve one another. Don’t tune in unless you have a strong stomach for manipulation tactics of every extreme.

For those who are weary of the coordinated message of the ERLC/ TGC with Acton’s progressive narrative- Joe will not be missed . However for those who love the incessant droning of the TGC/ERLC stable of writers and social commentators- fear not -there or hundreds of Cater Clones trained to take his place. Perhaps TGC/ERLC Christianity  Today -Trevin Wax will be the “new next wave JoeJoe Carter. Trevin seems a likely candidate for the soiled shoes of Carter .

FEAR NOT

Neither those who care not nor those who can’t get enough will have to wait long for Carter’s replacement .

Plus we all have the 2020 election cycle playing out with “Weird uncle Joe” Biden to keep us informed or entertained depending on your political perspective . If you have followed the lead of TGC/ ERLC/ Acton and their political narrative -it is possible you might be considering a vote from “Creepy Uncle Joe” out of Christian Conviction . Let us hope and pray Evangelical Christians are not that stupid or under the spell of the Joe Carter/ TGC/ ERLC/ Acton SPIN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEBTS PROVOST ,ERLC FELLOW, KERN/ SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADER ENDORSES REVOICE FOUNDER & PROMOTES BISEXUAL ATHEIST PHILOSOPHER

By Thomas Littleton                                                                                           8/18/2019

At some point Russell Moore and the ERLC need to come out of the closet and own the Revoice movement . From the early revelations of the radical LGBT+ Thriving inaugural event in 2018 -the deep ERLC ties have been evident and continue to unfold . ERLC Fellow, close Russell Moore friend  Karen Swallow Prior endorsed the radical event from day one. Consultant for the ERLC on prison reform and family ministries Brandon Polk is a Revoice leader and speaker.

Recently ERLC’s Andrew Walker was revealed to be very close friends with Revoice leader Matthew Lee Anderson -even choosing Anderson to speak for and represent him and the ERLC in a Mormon / interfaith conference redefining the faith communities approach to LGBTQ+ issues .

SEBTS PROVOST AND INTERSECT PROJECT LEADER AND KERN FAMILY FOUNDATION FUNDING LEADER ENDORSES REVOICE LEADER NATE COLLINS.

BRUCE ASHFORD PROMOTING NATE COLLINS /REVOICE FOUNDERS 2017 BOOK

“Nate Collins All But Invisible is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion about Christianity, sexuality and gender. Collins holds a traditional Christian sexual ethic but argues that many conservative Christians are ,unfortunately , unaware of the ways that cultural Christianity  in North America can make it difficult for gay people to live out the traditional sexual ethic . For the sake of our Christian witness, ,It is critical that we identify these roadblocks to to faithfulness and remove them. All But Invisible is not the first word or the last word but it is an important word . Even if you are not persuaded on every point- as I am not- you will be grateful you read this book .

—-Bruce Ashford professor of theology and culture ,provost and dean of faculty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

LET THAT ENDORSEMENT AND THE REALITY THAT SEBTS PROVOST AND DEAN OF FACULTY/ ERLC RESEARCH FELLOW IS PRAISING REVOICE FOUNDERS 2017 BOOK

https://books.google.com/books?id=Jmh7DQAAQBAJ&pg=PT1&lpg=PT1&dq=bRuce+ashford,+nate+collins&source=bl&ots=luGyCmo8hN&sig=ACfU3U3MCtC6moSYvhGBdBAjkJWJV-dm7g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj9w97E84vkAhVFCKwKHbgXBVkQ6AEwAXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=bRuce%20ashford%2C%20nate%20collins&f=false

BRUCE ASHFORD ACADEMIC FOCUS IN HIS DISSERTATION AND MANY OTHER WRITINGS IS PHILOSOPHER LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN .

Ashford’s ETS presentation 2007 on Wittgenstein -who is also the topic of his SEBTS doctoral dissertation . (More on this in a minute )

https://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/50/50-2/JETS_50-2_357-375_Ashford.pdf

LEFT WING TEACHING TOLERANCE FOR LGBTQ+ IN K-12 CITES WITTENSTEIN AMONG ITS NOTABLE GAYS IN HISTORY

BEST PRACTICES FOR SERVING LGBTQ STUDENTS
A Teaching Tolerance Guide

https://www.stanleybps.org/cms/lib/CO02226521/Centricity/Domain/33/Best%20Practices%20for%20Serving%20LGBTQ%20Students.pdf

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APPENDIX B
LGBTQ HISTORICAL FIGURES

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951)
A prominent 20th century philosopher
whose work influenced future theories on
the philosophy of mind and language.

WHO IS BRUCE ASHFORD ?

For Starters -according to his bio Bruce Ashford is an elder at current -reigning -SBC President J D Greears church .

“He is an elder at The Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC).”

https://www.sebts.edu/academics/faculty/Ashford.aspx

Dr. Ashford is on Sabbatical for all of 2019. The acting Provost is Dr. Keith Whitfield.

EDUCATION

B.A., Campbell University
M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

BIO

“Dr. Ashford has been teaching at Southeastern since 2003 and became the provost in 2013.  His goal in teaching is to encourage his students to bear witness to the truth, goodness and beauty of the gospel and to work out its implications in all facets of their lives and in all dimensions of culture. Ashford defended his dissertation on “Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Impact on Anglo-American Theology,” is the co-author of One Nation under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics (B&H, 2015), the author Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians (Lexham, 2015), and is the editor of Theology and Practice of Mission (B&H, 2011). His primary interest is public theology; his secondary interests include philosophy of education, theology of mission, theological method, and contemporary theology”

FROM ASHFORDS SEBTS CURRICULUM VITAE

https://www.sebts.edu/academics/faculty/Ashford%20CV.pdf

Teaching & Administrative Experience
 Provost / Dean of the Faculty, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,
November 2012 –
 Professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,
2015-present.
 Associate Professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological
Seminary, 2010-2015.
 Dean, The College at Southeastern, 2009-2012
 Director, The Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies,
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005-2008.

ASHFORD’S DISSERTATION TOPIC  ( MORE ON WITTGENSTEIN IN A MOMENT)

Ph.D. Dissertation
 “Wittgenstein’s Impact on Anglo-American Theology: Representative Models of
Response to Wittgenstein’s Later Writings”

 Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians
(Lexham, 2015).  (  Also the Kuyper derived title of TGC Faith and Work project)

Publications (Articles and Chapters)
 “Pro-Life versus Pro-Birth,” in For God so Loved the World: A Blueprint for
Kingdom Diversity, eds. Dayton Hartman and Walter Strickland, III (Nashville:
Broadman & Holman, 2019).  ( Walter Strickland is the SEBTS professor whowas recently exposed promoting Black Liberation Theology and James Cone )

“Just War,” in Christian Cultural Engagement, eds. Joshua D. Chatraw and Karen
Swallow Prior (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018). ( Karen Swallow Prior is the controversial ERLC Research Fellow who has openly endorsed Revoice from the 2018 launch and for whom Russell Moore denied any knowledge of Revoice to the SBC Dallas messengers when having been interviewed about Revoice the day before)

“Tayloring Christian Politics in Our Secular Age,” Themelios 42.3 (2017): 446-
51.
 “Politics and Public Life in a Secular Age,” in Collin Hansen, ed., Our Secular
Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor (Deerfield, IL: TGC,
2017), 87-98. ( Ashford is participating in the progressive narrative of TGC/ ERLC  politics with Collin Hansen and the “Never Trump / Never Again Trump – narrative)

 “Ludwig Wittgenstein,” in Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science, eds.
Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, Chris Reese, and Mike Strauss (Grand Rapids:
Zondervan, 2017): 687-88. ( Wittgenstein is a gay Atheist philosopher and the topic of numerous Ashford projects)

 “Creation Care Founded on the Biblical Narrative (Creation, Fall, Redemption,
Restoration),” in TheoEcology 1:1 (January 2012). ( Creation Care is code for evangelical endorsement of the globalist hoax /Global Warming myth )

 “A SBC Vision for the Fulfillment of the Great Commission,” co-authored with
Danny Akin in Larry McDonald and Matt Queen, eds., A Passion for the Great
Commission: Essays in Honor of Alvin L. Reid, (Nashville: Towering Oaks
Books, 2014). ( One of several projects with Danny Akin TGC leader and President of SEBTS)

 “Theologically-Driven Missiology,” in Chuck Lawless and Adam W. Greenway,
eds., The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Time
(Nashville: B&H, 2010). (Adam Greenway is now head of SWBTS )

 “Wittgenstein’s Theologians? A Survey of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Influence on
Theology.” The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50, no.2 (June
2007) 357-75. ( More work on the Gay Atheist Philosopher )

 “Worldview, Anthropology, and Gender: A Call to Broaden the Parameters of the
Discussion.” The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood XII, Issue 1
(Spring 2007) 7-9. ( Perhaps a lead in and up to Revoice )

ASHFORD’S WORK WITH RECENT YEARS TGC POLITICAL NARRATIVES 

Publications (Selected Essays)
 “The Intellectual in Canada Who Unmasked Political Idolatry in America,” The
Gospel Coalition (March 24, 2017).
 “Can a Faithful Evangelical Be a Political Nationalist?” (March 13, 2017).
 “How Can a Faithful Evangelical Be a Political Conservative?” (Feb 21, 2017).
 “Powerful Witness from a Position of Weakness,” The Gospel Coalition
(December 1, 2016).
 “The Jewish Intellectual Who Predicted America’s Social Collapse,” The Gospel
Coalition (April 25, 2016).
 “The (Religious” Problem with American Politics,” a 7-part blog series published
at Canon & Culture (January 2016).
 “How Richard John Neuhaus Changed the Way I Think,” Canon & Culture (Feb
16, 2015).
 “How a Man Named Lesslie Changed the Way I Think,” Canon & Culture (Feb
25, 2015).
 “Lessons from Father Abraham (Kuyper): Christianity, Politics, & the Public
Square,” Canon & Culture (March 6, 2015).
 “Augustine for the Americans: Lessons on Christianity & Public Life from a
Fifth-Century North African Theologian,” Canon & Culture (April 20, 2015).

ASHFORD’S WORK WITH FOX NEWS ON EVANGELICAL NEVER TRUMPERS

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/not-trump-should-conservative-evangelicals-consider-voting-for-a-third-party-candidate     MARCH 2016

“In an election cycle full of surprises, one of the most striking developments is the number of conservative evangelical Republicans who have stated that they will not vote for the current Republican front-runner: Donald Trump. These include religious figures such as Russell Moore, politicians such as Congressman Ben Sasse, and pundits such as Erick Erickson.”

BACK TO THE CV AND MORE WITTGENSTEIN

 “The Hands of Wittgenstein: George Lindbeck’s Appropriation of Ludwig
Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy”

ASHFORD IS PART OF SEBTS “FAITH AND WORK ” INITIATIVE AND THE KERN FAMILY FOUNDATIONS FUNDING DRIVING SOCIAL JUSTICE ON TGC AFFILIATED CAMPUSES

Awards & Grants
 Co-recipient of a creative teaching grant from Yale Divinity School’s Center for
Faith and Culture (2004).
 Author of two grant requests approved by the Kern Family Foundation for
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2014, 2015).

https://www.sebts.edu/academics/faculty/Ashford%20CV.pdf

WITTGENSTEIN AND POSTMODERNISM IN THE COMPANY OF -Kierkegaard, Marx and Nietzsche. 

“All propositions of logic say the same thing. That is, nothing”  Ludwig Wittgenstein

WITTGENSTEIN MENTOR BERTRAND RUSSELL OF CAMBRIDGE 

“He was queer, and his notions seemed to me odd,” Russell says, surely using queerin its archaic sense. (Though others do apply; in 1993, Derek Jarman made a gay-themed biographical film about the philosopher.) “For a whole term, I could not make up my mind whether he was a man of genius or merely an eccentric.”  Bertrand Russell

http://www.openculture.com/2013/03/bertrand_russell_on_his_student_ludwig_wittgenstein_man_of_genius_or_merely_an_eccentric.html

Ashford celebrates the influence of Wittgenstein’s later writings while clearly admitting to his lack of any clear theory being put forth .

” Philosophy. Wittgenstein is notorious for his unorthodox style of
writing, and for purposefully arranging his work in such a way that one
cannot discern any type of structured theory. One struggles to find any conclusions within his writings. Rather than drawing conclusions, he insinuates.
Why does he not employ clear premises and conclusions? The primary answer
is that his method of writing unlocks the purpose of his philosophy. He is rebelling against the traditional conception of “philosophy as the setting forth
of grand theories,” and throughout his later writings one can discern his
relentless attack on this type of philosophy. Wittgenstein writes: “We must
do away with all explanation, and description alone must take its place.”7
And again, “Philosophy simply puts everything before us, and neither explains
nor deduces anything.”8 Rather than viewing philosophy as metaphysical
explanation, or theory-building, Wittgenstein views it as description, and as
therapy for philosophical confusion”

ASHFORD ON WITTGENSTEIN ON KNOWLEDGE 

“4. Knowledge. For Wittgenstein, knowledge does not begin with consciousness—for that matter, it does not begin with anything. Rather, knowledge is rooted in a person’s form of life. A shared form of life is the context within which he knows what he knows. The subject, therefore, should not view himself as a Cartesian “ego” separated from the world. Only a god could view the world from above:”

Counter Wittgenstein/ Ashford’s view on Knowledge with that of the scripture

Proverbs 2 : “My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;”

https://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/50/50-2/JETS_50-2_357-375_Ashford.pdf

Researchers site Wittgenstein as a precursor to Postmodernism -example

Ludwig Wittgenstein in Explaining Postmodernism

For more on the implications of Wittgenstein’s claim, see p. 83 of my Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism from Rousseau to Foucault

WITTGENSTEIN AND OTHER PHILOSOPHERS USE IN DECONSTRUCTING CHRISTIANITY 

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/postmodernism/  

“THE POSTMODERN CONDITION “

“The term “postmodern” came into the philosophical lexicon with the publication of Jean-François Lyotard’s La Condition Postmoderne in 1979 (in English: The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, 1984), where he employs Wittgenstein’s model of language games (see Wittgenstein 1953) and concepts taken from speech act theory to account for what he calls a transformation of the game rules for science, art, and literature since the end of the nineteenth century. He describes his text as a combination of two very different language games, that of the philosopher and that of the expert. Where the expert knows what he knows and what he doesn’t know, the philosopher knows neither, but poses questions.”

“Foucault deploys genealogy to create what he calls a “counter-memory” or “a transformation of history into a totally different form of time” (Foucault 1977, 160). This entails dissolving identity for the subject in history by using the materials and techniques of modern historical research. Just as Nietzsche postulates that the religious will to truth in Christianity results in the destruction of Christianity by science (see Nietzsche 1974 [1882], 280–83), Foucault postulates that genealogical research will result in the disintegration of the epistemic subject, as the continuity of the subject is broken up by the gaps and accidents that historical research uncovers.”

“One such effect, visible in art and in the relation between art and society, is the collapse of the past and future into the present, which he characterizes as “Egyptian” or “baroque” in nature. This temporal effect is accomplished through the collapse of the difference between humans and things, where “humans are becoming more similar to things, and equally, the inorganic world, thanks to electronic technology, seems to be taking over the human role in the perception of events” (Perniola 1995, viii). This amounts to a kind of “Egyptianism,” as described by Hegel in his Aesthetics (see Hegel 1823–9, 347-361), where the spiritual and the natural are mixed to such a degree that they cannot be separated, as, for example, in the figure of the Sphinx. However, in the postmodern world the inorganic is not natural, but already artificial, insofar as our perceptions are mediated by technological operations.”

WITTGENSTEIN AND CRITICAL THEORY 

https://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Wittgenstein+and+Critical+Theory

“Such an emphasis on the philosophical method of Ludwig Wittgenstein reorients literary criticism to involve a conjoint responsibility to both reader and text as the literary critic assumes the humbler role of a guide who assists a reader in/to diverse literary texts. Wittgenstein’s philosophical approach provides us with a strong means of developing such a method for literary criticism—a method that points the way forward beyond postmodern criticisms and to a categorically new approach to literary texts.”

Cover of 'Wittgenstein and Critical Theory'

Wittgenstein and Critical Theory 
Beyond Postmodern Criticism and Toward Descriptive Investigations
By Susan B. Brill

“The crucial point of Brill’s study is that of fit: which critical methods prove most useful towards opening up which texts? Close investigations into the parameters of the language games of texts, critics, and methods enable us to determine which paths to take towards more complete descriptive analyses and critique.”

ASHFORD ON WITTGENSTEIN’S APPROACH TO THEOLOGY

“Thus in knowledge, just as in language, psychology, and philosophical method, as
described above, Wittgenstein is affirming the embodied nature of human
thought and action. One commentator remarked in 1988 that “it is unclear what might happen to a theology given the full Wittgenstein treatment.”17 Less than two decades
later, however, it has become increasingly clear that numerous theologians
have found Wittgenstein’s insights to be so deeply resonant with Christian
belief and practice that they appropriate him in a formative manner”

BRILL AGAIN

” Such an emphasis on the philosophical method of Ludwig Wittgenstein reorients literary criticism to involve a conjoint responsibility to both reader and text as the literary critic assumes the humbler role of a guide who assists a reader in/to diverse literary texts. Wittgenstein’s philosophical approach provides us with a strong means of developing such a method for literary criticism—a method that points the way forward beyond postmodern criticisms and to a categorically new approach to literary texts. ”

“Brill’s work discusses at length the implications of Wittgenstein for literary criticism and theory. The volume specifically investigates the implications of Wittgenstein’s work for a number of contemporary critical orientations (notably poststructualism, feminism, and psychology). In addition, the research includes actual applications of Wittgenstein for literary criticism: diverse literary texts (including a number of poems and stories by Native American authors) are approached via a Wittgensteinian method as a means of discerning which critical approaches might be more or less efficacious. Not only does the book provide a solid introduction to Wittgensteinian philosophy for the critical scholars, but it also provides a clear methodology useful to critics seeking a means to navigate through the entanglement of contemporary criticism and theory.”

ASHFORD

“Probably the most oft-quoted and well-known concept in Wittgenstein’s
later writings is “language game,” which he used for the purpose of showing
the complexity of language and its closely-knit relationship with people and
their lives.13 He employs the notion of language games to refer to the way
children learn their native language,14 as well as to describe particular linguistic activities such as cursing, greeting, praying, giving orders, or telling
jokes.15 These language games are guided by the grammar of that particular
language, and are in no need of epistemic justification. Wittgenstein is trying
to teach the reader that words are always used in contexts: social, behavioral,
and linguistic contexts. In paying attention to such contexts, one can begin
to understand one’s language and life.”

BRILL

“Brill argues that a reliance upon the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein can enable literary critics to escape the seemingly endless dialectic between modern and postmodern theory. Instead of debating which theory is theoretically best, we need to describe when theories work—and when they do not.”

https://www.ohioswallow.com/author/Susan+B.+Brill

Susan B. Brill is an assistant professor of English at Bradley University, where she teaches critical theory and Native American Indian literatures.

 

https://philosophynow.org/issues/107/Ludwig_Wittgenstein_and_Postmodern_Biblical_Scholarship

Ludwig Wittgenstein & Postmodern Biblical Scholarship

“Christian intellectuals have responded in diverse ways to what some secularists believe to be the Achilles heel of the Christian faith; namely, that Biblical scholarship has revealed how untrustworthy the New Testament narratives could be about Jesus, and how little is known for certain about his life and his message. The secularist asks, ‘How can one be asked to be a Christian on such historically uncertain grounds?’ Orthodox Christian apologists have tended to dismiss this skeptical scholarship as the product of non-believing positivistic historians, who simply reject the supernaturalistic elements of the Gospels out of hand. But secularists found this response less and less compelling as it became increasingly evident that many of the scholars in the forefront of the thinking that has come to these skeptical conclusions are Christian. Consequently another, more sophisticated, Christian apologetic has emerged, which has attempted to save the New Testament picture of Jesus without embracing the supernaturalistic elements in it. The sophistication of this apologetic lies in turning the argument about the negative results of Biblical scholarship into a debate about hermeneutics. Their argument is that the skeptical views of the historical reliability of the Gospel narratives result from a positivist model of historiography.”

Wittgenstein, Truth, and Interpretation

“This apologetic approach raises many complicated philosophical issues, but I would like to concentrate on only one of them; namely, the claim that the rejection of the correspondence theory of truth implies rejection of the distinction between facts and interpretations. I would like to show that it is especially wrong to invoke Ludwig Wittgenstein in this regard. Indeed, for those of us who philosophize in a Wittgensteinian mode, it was just his method of analysis that enables us to understand precisely how the fact-interpretation distinction is ‘at home’ in certain contexts.”

“The first mistake of the new Christian apologists, I would point out, is to assume that core concepts used in scientific discourse such as ‘fact’, ‘theory-laden’, and ‘observation’ mean the same – have the same use – as the same words do in historical inquiry. Perhaps there are affinities of use, but the differences are significant; and is it the business of philosophy to explore these differences of use rather than to simply assume the similarity. It is just this assumption of similarity of use across different spheres of discourse that is the source of intellectual confusion.”

WITTGENSTEIN  AND “LONDON SCHOOL ” THINKING -London School of Economics

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/languages/tag/wittgenstein/

Wittgenstein

“To coincide with the Wittgenstein exhibition at the London School of Economics, Dr Michael Nedo (Wittgenstein Archive Cambridge) will give a presentation on Wittgenstein’s philosophy in the context of science.

An argument based on quotes by Lessing, Brecht and Wittgenstein, followed by a discussion exploring the importance of Wittgenstein’s philosophy for today’s sciences and mathematics, supplementing the Wittgenstein exhibition currently shown at the LSE Atrium Gallery.”

Wittgenstein-Philosophy-Postmodernism-James-Marshal

“Peters and Marshall examine the parallels between the later Wittgenstein and French poststructuralism and investigate the direct appropriation of Wittgenstein’s work by poststructuralists. They discuss the most pressing problems facing philosophy and education in the postmodern condition: ethico-political lines of inquiry after the collapse of the grand narrative, other cultures in the curriculum, and the notion of postmodern science.”

“Wittgenstein is a central figure in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. His writings serve as a fulcrum in both modern philosophy and philosophy of education, charting the shift away from the formalist approach of logical atomism to the more anthropological emphasis on language games in the analysis of ordinary language. Wittgenstein’s work served as a springboard for a range of today’s leading intellectuals: Peter Winch, Thomas Kuhn, Richard Rorty, Stephen Toulmin, and Stanley Cavell.”

“Wittgenstein is the source and authority for legitimating analytic philosophy of education―the so-called London school―as a distinctive field of intellectual endeavor based on the method of conceptual analysis and the search for necessary and sufficient conditions.”

WITTGENSTEIN AND LANGUAGE AS A GAME

the-postmodern-everyday-emerson-and-wittgenstein

“Ludwig Wittgenstein was a writer from Austria. He came from a wealthy, talented, and very troubled family, 3 of his brothers committed suicide and he was  a very troubled man. He was also a man of genius and commitment who came upon Philosophy as possibly a rigorous science which he thought would lead through logic to understand the Foundations of language and mathematics.”

“Wittgenstein left Vienna which at that time was the capital of culture and headed to England to work with Bertrand Russell. Russell was investigating the systematic foundations for language and mathematics and for philosophy.  Hesaw in Wittgenstein an extraordinarily powerful mind, someone who he admired greatly and who scared him as well with his intensity and commitment, and possibilities for intellectual domination as he said.”

“He was queer, and his notions seemed to be odd. So that for a whole term, I could not make up my mind whether he was a man of genius or merely an eccentric. At the end of his first term at Cambridge, he came to me and said Will you please tell me whether I am a complete idiot or not? If I am a complete idiot I shall become an aeronaut  but if not, I shall become a philosopher. I told him to write something during the vacation on some philosophical subject. And I would then tell him, whether he was a complete idiot, or not. At the beginning of the following term, he brought me the fulfilment of this suggestion. After reading only one sentence, I said to him, no, you must not become an aeronaut, and he didn’t.”

“Quite early in his life Wittgenstein produced “The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus ” (a 75 page paper) trying to show in detail what we can say sensibly using language.”

“Words don’t get us closer to or further from reality. Words get meaning through use. There’s no transcendent, no framework for understanding if it’s the right perfect foundational word. It just doesn’t work in the game you’re playing or the task you have.  The game you’re playing is particularly relevant because the concept that Wittgenstein uses in this regard is the concept of a language game in which all the meanings of utterances are created by the moves people make in a language game.”

https://www.academia.edu/36520884/WITTGENSTEINS_LANGUAGE_GAMES_AS_A_POSTMODERN_ARGUMENT

“Wittgenstein’s Language Games
In the early period of his career, referred to as the 1st Wittgenstein in contrast to later or 2nd  Wittgenstein, he was associated with Frege, Russell, Moore, Schlick, Carnap and was thoroughly anti-foundationalist in his theses and approach. In his work the ‘
Tractatus Logicus Philosophicus (TLP) Wittgenstein reduced the problems of philosophy to issues of language – from thinking to saying. For him, philosophy had a therapeutic function: ‘The clarification of thoughts’ (TLP 4.112), it is designed to clear up logical confusion”
WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER – LONDON SCHOOL 
“On 25 October 1946, Popper (then at the London School of Economics), was invited to present a paper entitled “Are There Philosophical Problems?” at a meeting of the Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club, which was chaired by Wittgenstein. The two started arguing vehemently over whether there existed substantial problems in philosophy, or merely linguistic puzzles—the position taken by Wittgenstein. In Popper’s, and the popular account, Wittgenstein used a fireplace poker to emphasize his points, gesturing with it as the argument grew more heated. When challenged by Wittgenstein to state an example of a moral rule, Popper (later) claimed to have replied “Not to threaten visiting lecturers with pokers”, upon which (according to Popper) Wittgenstein threw down the poker and stormed out. Wittgenstein’s Poker collects and characterizes the accounts of the argument, as well as establishing the context of the careers of Popper, Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, also present at the meeting.”

Wittgenstein’s Philosophy and Austrian Economics-

HAYEK IS WITTGENSTEIN’S COUSIN

http://www.cscanada.net/index.php/sss/article/view/5884

“The paper, following a suggestion by Kripke, argues that there is an illuminating analogy between Wittgenstein’s philosophy and Austrian economics (particularly that of Mises and Hayek).  Most scholars interpret paragraph 608 of Wittgenstein’s Zettel (hereafter Z608) to suggest that language might arise out of physical chaos at the neural centre.  Since, however, Wittgenstein holds that the philosopher must not advance theories, he cannot consistently be advancing such theories in Z608.  Rather, all the key concepts in Z608 must be cashed in terms of Wittgenstein’s “forms of life”.  Thus, Z608, read carefully, suggests that language “arises”, not out of chaos in the brain, but out of the chaotic activities in human forms of life.  The paper shows that an analogous picture occurs in the early Austrian economists (such as Hayek, who is Wittgenstein’s cousin, and Mises). Z608 is part of a still unappreciated Austrian movement that emphasizes the creative chaos in human life.  In this connection the paper explains how Z608 is an application of Wittgenstein’s “private language argument” against a neural theory of a private language. Finally, the paper shows that the real argument in Z608 traces to early Austrian phenomenology—shedding light both on Wittgenstein’s philosophy and on Austrian economics.”
ASHFORD AND WITTGENSTEIN ROOTS IN HAYEK ANAD LSE IS A PERFECT FIT FOR “FAITH AND WORK” /ACTON INSTITUTE /OIKONOMIA / KERN SEMINARY FOCUS 

THE ERLC FELLOW /SEBTS PROVOST OBSESSION WITH GAY PHILOSOPHER 

Promoting Revoice founder Nate Collins book in 2017 as Revoice LGBT+ Flourishing movement was being founded at SBTS was just part of Ashford’s work on this issue.

Ashford’s repeated work on GAY ATHEIST PHILOSOPHER  Wittgenstein is ongoing .

http://gayinfluence.blogspot.com/2012/04/ludwig-wittgenstein.html

“Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.”
“The great philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was of half Jewish and half Catholic heritage. He was also a homosexual. One of eight children sired by an Austrian millionaire steel industrialist, Ludwig sought simplicity and solitude, rejecting the privileged and highly cultured lifestyle of his father and sister. Margaret, his sister, helped arrange Freud’s escape to England in 1938″
“Extraordinarily handsome as a youth, he counted Adolph Hitler among his classmates. They were the same age, but Wittgenstein was two grades apart from Hitler (Ludwig had been advanced a grade and Hitler held back one); there has been much speculation as to whether or not they were friends.”
WITTGENSTEIN “TRANSFORMING SODOMY WITH THE CAMBRIDGE APOSTLES “
“In November 1912, on the recommendation of fellow student John Maynard Keynes (with whom Wittgenstein shared a male lover), Ludwig was elected to the elite Cambridge society known as the Apostles, which at that time maintained an aura of homoeroticism. An atmosphere that teetered on the brink of male/boy worship made Wittgenstein so uncomfortable that he stopped attending meetings. Ludwig was unsettled by his homosexuality and quite secretive about his sexual interests and activities. He wrote his diary in code, identifying the males with whom he had relations by a letter (Ben Richards was code named “Y”). This was perhaps to be expected, given the fact that homosexuality was illegal in Austria and Britain at the time. Historian Julie Anne Taddeo wrote, “The Cambridge Apostles transformed the definition of sodomy from an illegal and sinful act to an alternative creed of manliness and transcendental love and hoped to spread the gospel of the Higher Sodomy among their enlightened contemporaries.”
“During his student days in Vienna, Wittgenstein was known to cruise the Prater, a large public park where he hooked up with rough trade youths. He also frequented a café that was a chess club during the day, but a raucous gay bar by night. However, Wittgenstein went on to have several serious affairs with Englishmen of his own class – mathematics student David Pinsent, philosopher Frank Ramsey, the much-younger medical student Ben Richards, and architect Francis Skinner”
“Ludwig died in Cambridge, housed in his doctor’s home, since he did not wish to die in a hospital. He celebrated his 62nd birthday by taking a walk. Three days later, he was dead. His last words were, “Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life.”
MORE WITTGENSTEIN BIO 

https://www.iep.utm.edu/wittgens/

“Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein, born on April 26th 1889 in Vienna, Austria, was a charismatic enigma. He has been something of a cult figure but shunned publicity and even built an isolated hut in Norway to live in complete seclusion. His sexuality was ambiguous but he was probably gay;  (  BY FAR -MOST OTHER SOURCES CONFIRM HE WAS GAY/BISEXUAL ) how actively so is still a matter of controversy. His life seems to have been dominated by an obsession with moral and philosophical perfection, summed up in the subtitle of Ray Monk’s excellent biography Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius.”

“His concern with moral perfection led Wittgenstein at one point to insist on confessing to several people various sins, including that of allowing others to underestimate the extent of his ‘Jewishness’. His father Karl Wittgenstein’s parents were born Jewish but converted to Protestantism and his mother Leopoldine (nee Kalmus) was Catholic, but her father was of Jewish descent. Wittgenstein himself was baptized in a Catholic church and was given a Catholic burial, although between baptism and burial he was neither a practicing nor a believing Catholic.”( Wittgenstein is said to have died as Atheist.)

BRUCE ASHFORD’S SEBTS DISSERTATION SUBJECT IS POPULAR WITH LGBT BLOGS

WE WERE THERE

THE QUEER-A-DAY PROJECT

CELEBRATES THE GAY ATHEIST PHILOSOPHER OF ASHFORD’S SEBTS DISSERTATION 

https://queeraday.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/ludwig-wittgenstein/

“The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein lead a tumultuous life of both creative and temperamental outbursts. He was a student of some of the most famous names in his field, Bertrand Russell included, but always left their company feeling disillusioned. His own linguistic take on philosophical questions was groundbreaking and earned him recognition as one of the 20th century’s most important philosophers.”

“Despite being described as a gay philosopher, Wittgenstein had several female lovers interspersed with his male ones, including one he proposed to, indicating that he may be more accurately described as bisexual.”

http://lgbthistoryuk.org/wiki/Ludwig_Wittgenstein

Sexuality and relationships”

“Wittgenstein never married; he is thought to have had romantic relations with both men and women. He is generally believed to have fallen in love with at least three men: David Pinsent in 1912, Francis Skinner in 1930, and Ben Richards in the late 1940s.[1] He later revealed that, as a teenager in Vienna, he had had an affair with a woman.[2] Additionally, in the 1920s Wittgenstein became infatuated with a young Swiss woman, Marguerite Respinger, modelling a sculpture of her and proposing marriage, albeit on condition that they did not have children.”

https://www.laweekly.com/queer-town-icon-philosopher-ludwig-wittgenstein/

Ludwig WittgensteinLudwig Wittgenstein

QUEER TOWN ICON: PHILOSOPHER LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

WITTGENSTEINS “SECRET BOYFRIEND PINSENT ?

http://theconversation.com/how-ludwig-wittgensteins-secret-boyfriend-helped-deliver-the-philosophers-seminal-work-96557

“In the immediate aftermath of Pinsent’s death, Wittgenstein was depressed to the point of planning to kill himself somewhere in the mountains in Austria. But at a railway station near Salzburg he bumped into his uncle Paul, who found him in a state of anguish, but saved him from the suicide he was planning. ”

WITTGENSTEIN IS REFERENCED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LGBT LANGUAGE 

http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/89703/1/Seckinelgin_Same-sex-lives_Accepted.pdf

” By analyzing aid policy language as the mechanism through which global
LGBT rights, the existence of LGBT people and their needs are affirmed, this article contributes both to discussions on international development policy as a mechanism to globalize particular ways of thinking on sexualities and, more specifically, and to thinking on the implications of this for sexuality rights.”

“This approach is grounded in the view that linguistic practices create a particular language game of language use setting rules, making its objects meaningful, like rules of a game to allow different actors to participate in a conversation (Wittgenstein 1997). As a result, a given language use creates a system of reference points for other users to utilize to take part in a conversation. This also creates the conditions of comprehensibility for different actors taking part in the conversation. ”

https://www.academia.edu/37100363/THE_MEANING_OF_COMMUNITY_ONLINE_Applying_Wittgensteinian_Feminism_to_Online_Identity

THE MEANING OF COMMUNITY ONLINE: Applying WittgensteinianFeminism to (Online) Identity”

“So are you saying that human agreement decides what is true and what is false?”— 
It is what human beings say that is true and false; and they agree in the
language they use.That is not agreement in opinions but in a form of life.”
 – 
“Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigation”
Wittgenstein is listed among famous Jewish LGBT

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Dana Goldberg / Comedian

Allan Bloom / Philosopher

Ludwig Wittgenstein / Philosopher

SEBTS ASHFORD CONTINUES HIS WORK ON WITTGENSTEIN

 

In a 2014 SEBTS Q and A Ashford revealed he was co-authoring a book on the gay philosopher Wittgenstein

Q: On what are you currently working?

A: A book with Heath Thomas tentatively entitled “Gospel and Mission.” Also a volume on the doctrine of creation, co-authored with Craig Bartholomew, and a book on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, also co-authored with Craig Bartholomew.”

https://www.sebts.edu/news-and-events/headlines/2014/03/Spring2014QandAwithBruceAshford.aspx

ASHFORD’S 2007 EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY PAPER ON WITTGENSTEIN 

https://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/50/50-2/JETS_50-2_357-375_Ashford.pdf

“The Wittgensteinians”
“One commentator remarked in 1988 that “it is unclear what might happen
to a theology given the full Wittgenstein treatment.”17 Less than two decades
later, however, it has become increasingly clear that numerous theologians
have found Wittgenstein’s insights to be so deeply resonant with Christian
belief and practice that they appropriate him in a formative manner. These
theologians come from a variety of denominational affiliations and “schools”
of theology.”

“Wittgenstein in apologetics. Kerr points out that Wittgenstein had a great interest in theological questions, probably more so than any philosopher since Nietzsche.33 What revolted Wittgenstein about some Christian theologians, however, was their attempt to make Christianity into a rationalist philosophical system. Wittgenstein writes, “The symbolism of Christianity is wonderful beyond words, but when people try to make a
philosophical system out of it I find it disgusting.”

“Wittgenstein’s influence”
“This paper has argued that Wittgenstein’s impact on theologians is pervasive, and the primary evidence for this thesis has been shown through a
threefold typology. The Wittgensteinians are those theologians who consider
Wittgenstein to be the constructive way forward in theology. Although they
have in common that their appropriation of him is deep and extensive, the
final product of their appropriation is colorful and diverse.”

“Another measure of Wittgenstein’s impact is through an assessment of
“schools” of theology. Probably the most obvious place to start is postliberal
theology, where Wittgenstein’s influence is seen on all the major figures—
Paul Holmer, Hans Frei, George Lindbeck, Stanley Hauerwas, and others.
Another major grouping is those who call themselves evangelicals—Kevin
Vanhoozer, David Clark, John Frame, Brad Kallenberg, James McClendon,
Anthony Thiselton, and N. T. Wright. Probably the deepest and most
resonant example, however, is contemporary Thomism, where theologians
such as David Burrell, Fergus Kerr, Victor Preller, Cornelius Ernst, and
Herbert McCabe appropriate Wittgenstein in a formative manner for their
respective programs. Finally, even liberal-revisionist theologians such as
Gordon Kaufman and David Tracy have been affected.”

“It can be shown that commentators are trying to reconcile Wittgenstein’s insights with major figures of the past, such as Aristotle, Aquinas, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Newman, and Barth. In short, Wittgenstein’s later writings have made a significant impact
on the field of theology. It seems safe to say that his present influence on
Anglo-American theology is pervasive. This observation may strike some
readers as bizarre because of Wittgenstein’s early reputation as an atheist
or agnostic relativist. But Wittgenstein has been given a second hearing, and
many theologians now consider his insights relevant for the task of theology”

” It is hard to think of a great philosopher, at least since Nietzsche, whose work is equally pervaded by theological considerations,” and with Feinberg that “[Wittgenstein’s]
views are enormously important for theological issues in view of their profound influence in shaping the philosophical milieu of our times and in view
of his ideas on religious issues.” Theologians are now compelled to give
careful attention to Wittgenstein’s work, in light of his influence on the field
of theology, and with an eye toward either appropriating his insights (either
fully or partially) for their own constructive work, or being prepared to give
a carefully considered rejection of those insights”

BRUCE ASHFORD IS PART OF THE CONVERSATION WITH “LIFEWAY VOICES”

LifeWay Voices

7 FACTS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY AND THE TRANSGENDER DEBATE

7 Facts About Christianity and the Transgender Debate

WITTGENSTEIN AND THE VIENNA CIRCLE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Wittgenstein

The Vienna Circle

The Tractatus was now the subject of much debate amongst philosophers, and Wittgenstein was a figure of increasing international fame. In particular, a discussion group of philosophers, scientists and mathematicians, known as the Vienna Circle, had built up largely as a result of the inspiration they had been given by reading the Tractatus.[176] While it is commonly assumed that Wittgenstein was a part of the Vienna Circle, in reality, this was not actually the case. German philosopher Oswald Hanfling writes bluntly: “Wittgenstein was never a member of the Circle, though he was in Vienna during much of the time. Yet his influence on the Circle’s thought was at least as important as that of any of its members.”[182] From 1926, with the members of the Vienna Circle, Wittgenstein would take part in many discussions. However, during these discussions, it soon became evident that Wittgenstein held a different attitude towards philosophy than the members of the Circle whom his work had inspired.

ASHFORDS’S BLOG” AND CHRISTIANITY FOR THE COMMON GOOD 

How to Get the Most out of an Academic Conference

About

“I am Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am the author or co-author of six books, including Letters to an American Christian,  Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians and One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics.”

“I am also a Fellow in Public Theology at the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (Cambridge, UK), a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and a participant in the Dulles Colloquium of the Institute on Religion & Public Life.”

” I enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Theological Studies. In 2003, I completed the Ph.D., defending my dissertation on a philosopher named Ludwig Wittgenstein. I was hired to teach philosophy and History of Ideas for the undergraduate program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS). Today, I remain at SEBTS as Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture.”

Photo and biography from Bruce Ashford’s blog

ASHFORD AND THE SEBTS INTERSECT PROJECT/KERN /OIKONOMIA JUSTICE HUB 

Home

About

Who Is Intersect?

“Intersect is a project and resource hub of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary‘s Center for Faith and Culture. They have assembled a team dedicated to helping you connect faith with the rest of your life.”

“You get insights from Southeastern’s faculty, alumni, students and other leading Christian thinkers, including Bruce AshfordKen KeathleyWalter StricklandBenjamin QuinnDavid W. Jones and more.”

“How can you make faith impact the rest of your life? Practically speaking, what does it look like for faith to intersect with culture, work and economics? ”

“The Kern Family Foundation & Southeastern Seminary’s Center for Faith and Culture have partnered together to answer these very questions. The result?”

Intersect: Where Faith Meets Culture

Ashfords articles at Intersect

http://intersectproject.org/author/bruce-ashford/

INTERSECT PROJECT EXPRESSES HOPE FOR REVOICE MOVEMENT 

My Hope for Spiritual Friendship and Revoice

“This summer, a conference for same-sex attracted (SSA) and gender dysphoric Christians stirred quite a bit of controversy in the evangelical world. The goals of this conference, named Revoice, included “supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality.” In this article, I offer six points to guide our discussions about Revoice and its precursor blog, Spiritual Friendship.”

“Revoice was a shift toward a conservative sexual ethic. Any new movement has weaknesses, some of them glaring and possibly hazardous. But, we should be encouraged when participants like Kyle Keating welcome feedback on their weaknesses saying, “the conference desperately needs good-faith critics who can offer valuable pushback in places where it has gone too far affirming either the spirit of the age or a spirit of self-righteousness.”

“I agree with Matthew Lee Anderson and Kyle Keating that a biblical sexual ethic has more cost for the same-sex attracted than most people realize. Among other discussions, the participants of Revoice are discussing how to thrive and flourish with this core value. They and many single, SSA folks are plagued with loneliness in a married-person’s culture.”

“I agree with Denny Burk that terms used in our discussions of sexuality mean very different things to different people. My continuing concern with the term “LGBT Christian” is the ease in associating it with Q Christian Fellowship (the successor of GCN) and the difficulty of associating it with a conservative sexual ethic. I should note too that when the folks at the Revoice conference use “LGB” terminology, they see it as interchangeable with “same-sex attracted.” However, I do think it’s important that both Revoice and Spiritual Friendship teach their communities more critical engagement with the concepts and language of secular LGBT culture.”

“Wherever this discussion lands, our ideas and language should facilitate our union with Christ and incorporation with His church, not hinder it. My hope for Revoice and Spiritual Friendship (and the larger community of SSA Christians) is to give us new language for communication among Christians that avoids the problems of the current terminology.”

“Overall, I hope Revoice will help the same-sex attracted flourish in their churches, not just in a sexual ethic.”

“5. Conservative evangelicals need to acknowledge that experiences behind LGB language are real.”

“My hope for conservative evangelicals is that we will learn to acknowledge the concerns of Revoice’s participants (and all SSA folks) in our challenges to them. The marginalization these Christians feel and experience should cause us all to think about how we can make our churches safer for confessions of sin and weakness.”

“6. It’s important conservative evangelicals support, encourage and empower the same-sex attracted to follow Christ.”

“I hope Christians will learn to disciple and care for their own with greater sensitivity. I hope churches will have thriving evangelistic ministries to secular LGBT communities. I hope Spiritual Friendship and Revoice will take good-faith criticism seriously. Lastly, I hope the stakeholders in Revoice will one day find churches so full of love and truth that they see no compelling reason to keep offering this conference. Until then, denominations, churches and para-church ministries have a significant and rewarding work ahead of them.”

SEBTS PROVOST ALSO WORKS WITH THE KERN SOCIAL JUSTICE FUNDED COMMONWEAL PROJECT AT SBTS WHERE REVOICE NATE COLLINS STUDIED AND TAUGHT NEW TESTAMENT 

Christian Politics in a Secular Age

Christian Politics in a Secular Age

“Bruce Ashford discusses the intersection of Christian politics in a secular age from his recent book, Letters to an American Christian.”

Both SEBTS ans SBTS have been working since (SEBTS since May 2019) to scrub their websites of Kern Family Foundation and it’s Oikonomia Network ties .

HIDING AT SEBTS

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/05/15/why-is-kern-the-lead-evangelical-vocation-social-justice-funder-going-into-hiding-at-sebts/

HIDING AT SBTS

https://thirtypiecesofsilver.org/2019/08/04/al-mohler-you-missed-a-spot-social-justice-funding-goes-into-hiding-at-sbts/

ASHFORDS SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO TGC

Bruce Ashford

AND ONGOING WORK WITH RUSSELL MOORE’S ELRC

https://erlc.com/resource-library/capitol-conversations-episodes/bruce-ashford-letters-to-an-american-christian

EVERY SQUARE INCH IS ALSO THE KUYPER INSPIRED “FAITH AND WORK” FOCUS OF TGC

http://www.ethicsandculture.com/blog/2015/every-square-inch-belongs-to-god

New from TGC: Every Square Inch

ERLC’s Newbell writes:

“Earlier this fall The Gospel Coalition launched a new faith and work initiative, Every Square Inch, directed by entrepreneur and writer Bethany Jenkins. Every Square Inch aims to help local churches leaders and ordinary Christians alike to see every aspect of their lives, especially their work, under the lordship of Christ. Jenkins received her JD from Columbia Law School and founded The Park Forum, a nonprofit that seeks to plant urban professional Christians in the Bible daily. Originally from Florida, Jenkins has spent the past ten years in New York City, where she attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church. I corresponded with Jenkins about her new role at TGC, what inspired it, and what she and other TGC staff hope to accomplish with this new initiative.”

“I’m thankful for Ben Peays and Collin Hansen, who lead TGC and its editorial team with an entrepreneurial spirit that enables all of us to have broad parameters within which to fulfill our roles. In directing Every Square Inch, I hope to feature practitioner stories (like illustrator Amanda Geisinger), to focus on faith and work at industry levels, and to publish thoughtful writers under our new Crossway imprint.”

WHY IS SEBTS PROVOST ENDORSING NATE COLLINS REVOICE NARRATIVE?

WHY IS SEBTS PROVOST PROMOTING ATHEIST -BISEXUAL PHILOSOPHER LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN WHO IS WIDLLY CELEBRATED BY LGBTQ ADVOCATES YET ASHFORD NEVER MENTIONS HIS HOMOSEXUALITY OF CURRENT USE IN THE LGBT WORLDVIEW NARRATIVE?

WHY ARE SEBTS AND SBTS HIDING THEIR PARTNERSHIPS /SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES / FUNDING /PRO- GAY CATHOLIC INFLUENCES?

JOHN 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS IT WITH ERLC RUSSELL MOORE AND SEX ROBOTS?

OR PERHAPS WE SHOULD ASK-HOW CAN THE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T GET HUMAN SEXUALITY RIGHT WITH THE BIBLE -BE TRUSTED TO OBSESS AND ADDRESS ROBOTIC INTERCOURSE ?

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                   8/16 /2013

 

Very real and recent victories in the pro life battles of the last decades are being won in state after state while the Southern Baptist chief ethicist and advocate for Religious Freedom is Missing In Action. It seems that Russell Moore’s backdoor involvement in promoting Revoice LGBTQ+ Flourishing in Christian Churches and other business like redefining Pro- life issues to include his Evangelical Immigration Roundtable Muslim resettlement agenda may have mixed with his recurrent obsession with the topic of sex robots to distract him. Any real anti abortion victories and the current momentum that should occupy this attentions may simply not have space on the Russell Moore ERLC radar screen.

CONSIDER :

 

Image result for russell moore baptising robots

Capstone Report covers the Tenn abortion battle story here :

http://capstonereport.com/2019/08/13/southern-baptist-erlc-ignores-tennessee-pro-life-bill/32919/.

Alan Atchison of Capstone writes:

“The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) did not speak at a Tennessee legislative national study of a proposed Pro-Life Bill, according to local pro-life advocates. The absence of the ERLC angered many conservative evangelicals attending the high-profile event—an event that attracted national Pro-Life and pro-abortion groups.”

“The ERLC has promoted many “critical” issues over the last few years. In April 2019, the ERLC led by Dr. Russell Moore issued a Statement of Evangelical Principles on AI. In 2015, the ERLC issued “Every Living Thing: An Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals.” In the same year, the ERLC’s head promoted Tennessee’s ban on animal fighting. Dr. Moore attended the signing ceremony. (Via: WordFoundations.com)”

“In May when grassroots groups like Nowlin’s began asking for ERLC participation, Russell Moore was publishing videos on Aliens (the outer space kind) and Christianity.”

“Perhaps the ERLC could take time from aliens to save babies?”

SO WHAT IS OCCUPYING THE THOUGHTS RUSSELL MOORE  THESE DAYS?

Seems Dr Russell Moore – the decades long protege’ of Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler is more worried about Robots being baptised AND the ethics of robotic intercourse .

It gets more weird for Russell Moore -as this obsession goes back to at least 2007

https://www.russellmoore.com/2007/12/20/robotic-church-membership-christian-ethics-in-the-year-2088/

“Would you ever baptize a robot? How about a human clone? How about some other form of bio-engineered human life-form?”

MOORE LOVES TALKING ABOUT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BUT ALL ROADS SEEM TO LEAD TO MORE SEX ROBOT TALK .

https://www.deseret.com/2019/4/15/20670870/what-faith-groups-have-to-add-to-debates-on-artificial-intelligence#russell-moore-president-of-the-ethics-religious-liberty-commission-speaks-at-the-april-11-launch-event-for-his-organizations-statement-on-artificial-intelligence

“Whenever I raise some of the most pressing questions, they seem, to most people, to be like science fiction,” said Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s most prominent evangelical Christian denomination.

He doesn’t mean the questions that way. To Moore, sex robots, artificial intelligence and other technological developments are serious business.

SEX ROBOT  WORRIES KEEPING MOORE AWAKE? 

“This is what’s been keeping me awake at night for years,” Russell Moore  said.

So he’s trading questions for statements.

“This week, Moore’s organization released “Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles,” a declaration he hopes will help guide humanity through overwhelming technological and scientific change. Developed through dialogue with medical, legal, political, technological and ethical experts, it urges caution as well as creativity.”

SEX ROBOT RE-RUN 

In 2018 Russell Moore visited the topic YET again multiple times

In April  interview / report featuring Moore and the ERLCs work on this issue :

‘I, Robot’ and Imago Dei: The Dangerous Mix of Sex and Tech

“At the end of 2017 a Barcelona, Spain, brothel made news when it opened. Customers had to pay online before being given the secret location. At this location, passersby have no idea what lies behind the walls as they walk along the street.”

“This brothel, claiming to be the first of its kind, doesn’t hire human workers. It employs robots.”

“Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore warns technology-based sexual commodities may, within the next few years, be a reality that hits closer to home.”

“During a recent leadership event where sexual ethics were discussed in a panel, Moore said we are, indeed, “heading into augmented reality,” and offered some insights on what makes technology in the context of sexuality damaging for society—and the church.”

“I think the most dangerous thing is not sexuality added to technology,” said Moore.”

“It’s an understanding of sexuality that sees sexuality as a kind of technology. Wendell Berry, several years ago, talked about the fundamental issue in culture is whether we see humans as creatures or machines.”

“Referencing Berry’s comments regarding the way many refer to the inner workings of themselves and others—such as This is the way I’m wired and I want to find out what makes him tick—Moore asserted society has already begun the trend of ascribing attributes of a machine to humans.”

“This language is machine metaphors in a way we don’t even realize,” he said. “That’s not accidental—it’s a symptom of a larger way we see ourselves. We also see this in a dismissal of sexual ethics issues.”

“Moore also sees a correlation between transgender issues and the Imago Dei implications spurred on by the seemingly pervasive view of humans as machines.”

“When someone says, ‘I am who I am secretly inside of me and I’m altering my body as just a tool to fit that,’ and you add to that what’s taking place with technological developments, we’re at a precipice,” he said.”

“And right now I’m dealing with parents who are asking questions [about this topic] because the children are three steps more tech advanced than they are.”

In June 2018 :

https://www.russellmoore.com/2018/06/01/should-you-worry-about-sex-robots/

“Will there really be sex robots?”

“How will A.I. affect our understanding of human sexuality?”

“A.I. and other emerging technologies are rapidly creating new opportunities and challenges in many areas of our lives. One of the most important questions raised by these technologies concerns their affect upon our understanding of sexuality.”

“In this episode of Signposts, I address these questions and think about how Christians should prepare now for a future defined by such novelty and innovation.”

“Listen above, and be sure to subscribe to get new episodes of Signposts as they are released.”

IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SIMPLY EATING AWAY AT RUSSELL MOORES MIND 

ERLC has even prepared a 12 point statement about :

https://erlc.com/resource-library/statements/artificial-intelligence-an-evangelical-statement-of-principles

IS RUSSELL MOORE CAUGHT IN AN INTELLECTUAL VACUUM ?

MOORE TURNS TO KEY REVOICE LGBTQ+FLOURISHING IN THE CHURCH LEADERS AS EXPERTS ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ROBOTIC SEX

In this project Russell Moore is partnering with Revoice leader Matthew Lee Anderson and other compromised folks tied to the ” LGBTQ+ Christianity “and Social Justice movement on campuses like Wheaton and SEBTS. and with a host of Revoice and Mark Yarhouse friends who can’t seem to get human sexuality right . Why turn to them for guidance on robotic sexuality ? Do they provide some insights into Moores obsession  with artificial intercourse?

Some of the ERLC AI signatories are a luminous group of out loud thinkers in the ERLC/ TGC echo chamber.

Russell Moore
President
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Matthew Anderson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion

( Anderson is a central Revoice leader  https://revoice.us/our-leadership/)

Bruce Riley Ashford
Provost & Professor of Theology & Culture
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

( Ashford runs the Social Justice / Intersect Project at SEBTS loaded with SRT, Liberation Theology / Queer and Feminine theory  and Kern Family / Oikonomia / Acton $$$ )

Vincent Bacote
Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics
Wheaton College

( Wheaton well need any clarification on where this historic institution currently stands- just ask a conservative parent who has spent thousands sending their grown children there)

Darrell Bock
Executive Director for Cultural Engagement &
Senior Research Professor of New Testament
Dallas Theological Seminary

(DTS is a favorite stop over of Yarhouse LGBT Christian messaging )

Denny Burk
President
Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

(Burk is very close pals with the Revoice and Spiritual Friendship gang as all present together at ETS annually since at least 2013  in cosy conversations on all things LGBTQ+)

Matt Chandler
Lead Pastor
The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas

( TGC favorite who … well has his only problems to worry about in Flower Mound )

John Dyer
Dean of Enrollment Services and Educational Technology
Dallas Theological Seminary

(DTS is a favorite stop over of Yarhouse LGBT Christian messaging )

Mark J. Galli
Editor in Chief
Christianity Today

(CT is a major Revoice supporter -and former Editor in Chief Andy Crouch is now in Revoice leadership . https://revoice.us/our-leadership/ )

Jackie Hill Perry
Author & Speaker

(TGC SSA /Celibate/ Yarhouse/ Allberry  echo )

Karen Swallow Prior
Professor of English
Liberty University

(Said to be “Brilliant” ERLC Fellow who endorsed Revoice from 2018 )

John Stonestreet
President
Colson Center for Christian Worldview

(Stonestreet has adopted Revoice Preston Sprinkle in as a Colson Faculty Fellow)

Andrew T. Walker
Senior Fellow in Christian Ethics
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

(ERLC’s Walker works with a host of confused folks including Mormons , interfaith leaders and good friend Matthew Lee Anderson of Revoice )

Christopher Yuan
Speaker, Author, Bible Professor
Bearer of Christ Ministries

(TGC SSA /Celibate/ Yarhouse/ Allberry  echo )

ERLC
April 9

Will there really be sex robots? How will A.I. affect our understanding of human sexuality? Listen to Russell Moore‘s answers on this episode of Signposts:

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TGC  & JOE CARTER JOINS THE “CONVERSATION ” PROMOTING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE . 

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

RUSSELL MOORE TEACHING ON ETHICS INCLUDE -TRANS AFFIRMATION AND ROBOT SEX QUESTIONS

A SAMPLE on PAGE 52 of RUSSELL MOORES ETHICS CLASS at SBTS

https://sbts-wordpress-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/equip/uploads/2015/10/SBJT-13.2-Summer-09.pdf

“The Question
This question takes place sometime in the
future, in your ministry. Joan is a fifty-year-old
woman who has been visiting your church for a
little over a year. She sits on the third row from the
back, and usually exits during the closing hymn,
often with tears in her eyes. Joan approaches you
after the service on Sunday to tell you that she
wants to follow Jesus as her Lord.
You ask Joan a series of diagnostic questions
about her faith, and it is clear she understands the
gospel. She still seems distressed though. When
you ask if she’s repented of her sin, she starts to cry
and grit her teeth.”

“She wasn’t born Joan. She was born John. From
early on in John’s life, though, he felt as though he
was “a woman trapped in a man’s body.” Joan says,
“I don’t mean to repeat that old shopworn cliché,
but it really is what I felt like.”
Joan tells you that when she was twenty she
began the process of “transitioning” from life as a
man to life as a woman. She underwent extensive
hormone therapy, followed by extensive plastic
surgery—including so-called “gender reassignment surgery.”

She has lived for the past thirty years—physically and

socially—as a woman”

MORE MOORE ETHICS CLASS AT NOBTS

https://www.nobts.edu/_resources/pdf/academics/syllabi/S2019/ETHC5300RileyMay2019.pdf

“ETHICS CASE STUDIES (10pts @)
1. How should Christians make use of Old Testament Law?
2. A member in your church is part of the CIA. The member comes to you and tell you that
they have an overseas contact that they are having sexual relations in order to gain
intelligence. What advice do you give this church member? Does your answer change
depend on their marital status?
3. Is lying ever justified?
4. A member of your church is going to be deployed overseas for one year. They are
married. The Department of Defense has a contract with a sex-robot manufacturer. The
member asks whether it is appropriate to use the sex robots”

IT APPEARS MOORE WAS NEVER AS CONCERNED ABOUT REDEFINING MARRIAGE AS HE IS ABOUT ARTIFICIAL INTERCOURSE .

https://www.gospelherald.com/articles/56312/20150630/evangelical-theologian-russell-moore-church-should-not-panic-over-legal-status-of-same-sex-marriage.htm

“Evangelical theologian Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, argued that although same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, churches “should not panic” or cave in to that decision.  ”

“Moore, who wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, pointed out that the Supreme Court “has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society.” However, he urged Christians not to be dismayed by this development.”

 

IS RUSSELL MOORE -DISTRACTED AND OUT OF STEP WITH CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS 

The SBC and TGC are left with a chief ethicist and political spokesperson who lives in a world all his own- thinking that pro life means embracing his progressive politics and the full spectrum of his beliefs rooted in his days as a Democratic Staffer. Protecting the Image Dei for Moore means floating along the cultural mainstreams to identify what is important . Meanwhile a real global battle is being waged and meaningful victories  won by faithful believers- NO THANKS due to Russell Moore or the $4 million dollar annual budget of SBC $$$ spent on the ERLC.

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Russell Moore discussing Artificial Intelligence RNS

Matthew 13:25

“But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.

Philippians 3:18

“For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,”

 

 

 

 

TIM KELLER AND THE “JUSTICE ” MISSION OF REDEEMER CITY TO CITY

Rev Thomas Littleton                                                                                                  8/6/2019

Tim Keller is likely one of the most popular teachers in evangelicalism today. He is considered to be innovative , intellectual and is impressive to many with his approach. In churches around the country his popular books are used for Sunday School and home group curriculum . ( a sad commentary no matter who the author is ) Keller is credited with being a VOICE in Christian circles and cultural engagement -when in fact he is little more than a echo of the think tanks and organizations from which “his ideas” flow. Keller is not promoting his ideas but THEIR ideologies .

Kellers talking points fall along the thread of classic ‘Third Way Politics” ( although he is asserted to not be political at all). Keller is theologically emergent ( although he is presumed to be orthodox Reformed ) Keller is celebrated for being  refreshingly original and provocative ( while  he is backed by a significant number of brain trust whose ideas he is fronting and selling as his own.)

CITY TO CITY:WHAT IS IT -WHERE DID IT COME FROM ?

Keller left his popular NYC church Redeemer City Church to begin full time focus on his brand “Redeemer City to City” and its GLOBAL work .

To embrace Redeemer City to City as a Gospel work one must:

*Believe that we will usher in Gods Kingdom though partnerships with the wicked

*Believe that the Global Goals 2030 are a God directed agenda.

*Believe that Frankfurt School politics and philosophies are Gospel Tools

*Believe that Urbanization is a natural phenomenon and the church is called to partner with it.

*Believe that Asset Based Community Development is Gospel driven .

*Believe that Tim Keller is a global prophetic voice while he echoes and seeks to apply  theories of social change for the Church of the Living God .

 

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IF ALL THIS IS POSSIBLE THEN KELLER AND HIS PARTNERS ARE DOING GOD’S WORK

KEY CITY TO CITY PARTNERS

Leadership Foundatons .org  is a partner with Keller’s City to City and its origins in the Polis Institute of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando . Below they celebrate and explain the work of Keller’s  Redeemer City to City as their “Featured Project: From Charity to Change”

 

https://leadershipfoundations.org/ccic/charitytochange/

 

CCIC FEATURED PROJECT: FROM CHARITY TO CHANGE

“The faith community is a potential force for massive social change – yet it is often fragmented, operating in silos, and desperately needing to align and integrate its efforts with the wider community. In New York City alone there are over 8,500 places of worship, and more than 35,000 nonprofits in the city employ more than 600,000 people. Yet, as is the case across America, most of these churches and nonprofits work independently, often unaware of each other and often attempting to reach the same children and families in need.”

“Over the past two years, Openfields and Leadership Foundations have worked closely with Redeemer City to City (CTC) to develop an innovative training program to help church planters, rising church leaders, and church collaboratives reimagine how congregations can invest in long-term community change. Now, through the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, we are further developing the program with New York Theological Seminary and poised to distribute it through the LF network and beyond.”

“The vision for this project is for churches, independently and collectively, to employ or support community-based “Routers” as a means of accomplishing collaborative, integrative ministry for the renewal of their surrounding communities. We call this program From Charity to Change.”

KELLER EVER THE SALESMAN

Tim Keller selling the City

The City: A Sermon by Tim Keller

“Several people had recommended this sermon to us, but we never got around to listening to it until it was assigned as part of Investigative Journalism class at Patrick Henry College.

We were discussing the role of Christian journalists, but the message is for all Christians — and seems especially relevant to rebelutionaries.

Pastor Tim Keller unpacks Jeremiah 29:4-7 to argue for a uniquely Christian approach to citizenship, one that avoids assimilation and tribalism in favor of selfless service.

Keller defines “assimilation” as using the city for your personal benefit and “tribalism” as using the city for the benefit of your group.

Both approaches fall short of God’s command in Jeremiah, where the Israelites are instructed to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

A LOOK INTO THE HISTORY OF RTS/ CRU /SEEKING THE WELFARE -THE ORIGINS OF  CITY TO CITY 

Seeking the Welfare of the City planning .ORLANDO 2009

As a side note -Campus Crusade for Christ of CRU is now showing the long term impact of the RTS/ Keller / SWC focus as social justice , racial theory and pro LGBTQ+ inclusion saturated the workshop topics of the July 2019 CRU Conference .

Workshops

RTS ORLANDO AND THE POLIS  (GREEK FOR CITY ) INSTITUTE

(Read as much or as little as you need to grasp this approach and all it entails and confirm it’s influence in the  origins Keller’s City to City

https://polisinstitute.org/about/

Our Story

“In 2007, the world changed. For the first time in human history, more people lived in cities than did not. From that point, our human story, became an urban story. “Polis” is the Greek word for city and the Institute exists to ensure that the poor and disenfranchised are actively involved in shaping that story. While our work is primarily focused in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, we have consulted with organizations across the country to help them engage with distressed communities in dignified and effective ways.”

“It all began with a 40-day fast in 2005 by Vonette Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, during which she sought a vision for what should be done to bring hope and healing to Orlando, Florida. After the fast, Vonette hosted a series of dinner parties dubbed “Table Talk” and a research project, focused on the culture of service in Greater Orlando (called “Seeking the Welfare of the City”) was launched. The project received critical support and leadership from Jim Seneff and Angela Winn of CNL Financial Group, and Dr. Frank James, the then President of Reformed Theological Seminary.”

“Dr. James then recruited seminary students to work on the project which he began to call Polis – the greek work for “city”. In 2009, the project ended and the team gleaned three main findings from the report: 1) there were 100 distressed neighborhoods in Greater Orlando, 2) Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) was the best-supported modality to alleviate that distress, and 3) there was no evidence of mature ABCD work in the area.”

“The report went on to recommended these four things: 1) establish an urban institute to guide ABCD with the distressed neighborhoods; 2) compel influential leaders to champion the cause; 3) create formal partnerships to engage in the work in all 100 neighborhoods, one neighborhood at a time; 4) invest in the community-led initiatives that emerge from the ABCD process.”

“Phil Hissom, who had been asked to the lead the project during its latter stages, incorporated the Polis Institute in May of 2009 as a direct response to these recommendations and has been leading the charge ever since.”

“The work of Polis Institute is under-girded by the Biblical-narrative of humanity’s journey from the garden to the city (polis). We help make places more like the promised New City described in Isaiah 65 – where people enjoy the fruit of their labor in long and healthy lives. Our origins are unapologetically Christian but we specialize in finding common ground with all people of good will so that quality of life improves in distressed places.”

SWC REPORTS 

RESEARCH BRIEF

https://polisinstitute.org/PolisInstitute-Brief_SWC-Research.pdf

TOTAL REPORT

https://polisinstitute.org/SWC-ResearchReport-v2.2.pdf

POLIS INSTITUTE

Introduction
“Seeking the Welfare of the City (SWC) started as a project commissioned by the CEO of
CNL Financial Group, Jim Seneff. Mr. Seneff’s desire was to see how the resources of
the Central Florida community could be better utilized to help the needs across our city.
Mr. Seneff commissioned a team of seminary students from Reformed Theological
Seminary along with Angie Winn, an associate of CNL, to undertake this research.
In parallel, Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation (GOLF) partnered with its national
affiliate Leadership Foundations of America (LFA) to analyze the city’s most critical
needs and to recommend a model by which resources of the GOLF alumni could be
mobilized to meet the greatest needs. The consultant conducting this research for GOLF
was Angie Winn of CNL. Naturally, the two analysis efforts converged as one.”

“Summary of Findings
The main finding of the SWC research is that the culture of service in Central Florida is
broken – the resources to address human distress are not focused on neighborhoods
where distress is concentrated and do not emphasize building capacity in those they serve in a holistic way.”

ANGIE WINN

https://leadershipfoundations.org/leadership-council/

Angie Winn
President, Winn Executive Development
Windermere, FL

“Finding 4: Non-profits lack the resources and strength to accomplish their mission
Non-profit leaders often have the passion and experience to provide services to
the marginalized people of our city. However, many non-profits are challenged
operationally with running an organization and lack the resources necessary to
stay on the front-lines of the work. Church partnerships can be helpful but also
hindering because of the desired level of control and the lack of commitment.”
“Finding 5: Churches are often immobile or vision-imposing
The church is called to social and spiritual renewal of the city, yet many churches
are either immobile or conduct high-profile relief efforts that do not result in
transformation. Community development experts would argue that these efforts
may be damaging in that they foster dependencies and unhealthy perceptions of
inferiority and superiority. Resource rich churches often try to impose a vision
from outside of a distressed neighborhood and do not work to understand the
hopes, concerns, and assets of the residents in the neighborhood. The majority of
the churches within the distressed neighborhoods are focused either strictly on
word of mouth evangelism or serving parishioners outside of the neighborhood.”

“Finding 6: There are no mature and effective examples of asset-based community
development efforts in Central Florida
Every community expert interviewed, most of which were Christian, cited the
secular work of Northwestern University researchers McKnight and Kretzmann as
an essential resource for transforming distressed communities. Their approach is
asset-based and happens from the inside out. There are mature and effective
examples of this approach working in other parts of the country but none exist in
Central Florida. There are Community Development Corporations, Neighborhood
Associations, and community groups of all kinds in Central Florida but none have
had the fortitude or capacity to bring holistic transformation to their
neighborhoods. A major factor contributing to the lack of influence of these
groups is a culture of service that is heavily geared towards providing relief and
betterment services. Relief and betterment services fixate on short-term gains and
as these gains have become the expected norm, there is little patience for
alternatives, even when these short-term gains have not translated into measurable
transformation of distressed communities.”

“Theological
SWC focused on three themes in the Bible – the kingdom of God, the image of God, and
the covenants of God with his people. These three broad themes inform our mandate to
seek the welfare (or “shalom”) of the place where we are and champion the dignity that is inherent in all people because of God. The Bible tells the story of God’s action in the
world and his desire to be known throughout the world. Genesis 3 tells of humanity’s
lapse into sin and the need for redemption. The hope of the gospel is first seen in Genesis
3:15 with the promise that evil will be vanquished. The good news of the gospel is
redemption from the guilt and misery of our sin, reconciling us to God and to each other.
Redemption of the world itself is also promised.”

“Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920), a Dutch theologian and prime minister of the Netherlands
between 1901 and 1905, emphasized the need for the entire world to be transformed for
the sake of the gospel. In an inaugural address at the dedication of the Free University, he
said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”63 Kuyper did not believe that most models of personal charity were sufficient to alleviate poverty. He believed a large scale social change was needed in his day. Says Kuyper, “If Christians are to contribute to the alleviation of poverty, they will need to develop a comprehensive Christian social philosophy. Starting with anything less than an integral Christian vision will only lead away from the truth of God’s creation order and his sovereignty in history.” 64”

“The postmillennial idealism of many early American Christians drove
them to seek social progress. One of American’s greatest theologians, Jonathan Edwards was outspoken about the responsibility of Christians to be generous to the poor. Later in the history of the United States, many Christians became increasingly pietistic in their theology. Instead of seeking societal transformation as part of the spread of the gospel, much of American theology started to emphasize heavily a personal relationship with Christ and a life of personal holiness.”

“In the early part of the twentieth century, a large debate ensued between fundamentalists and theological liberals. Theological liberalism tended to embrace modernism and a Western utopianism and allowed higher criticism of the Bible. Fundamentalists stood their ground in defense of Biblical inerrancy and against modernistic ideas that threatened it. The so-called “social gospel” was birthed out of liberal Protestantism and was often associated with socialism and evolution. The Fundamentalists reacted strongly against the social gospel which underemphasized the need for individual salvation in favor of a broader, social salvation.66 The debate led to what has been called the “Great Reversal” in the early part of the twentieth century. Conservative churches, according to Robert Linder, retreated “from active social involvement into private prayer and personal evangelism.”67”

“During the last few decades, many evangelicals have been calling for a more holistic
understanding of the Church’s call in the world. The debate between fundamentalism and liberalism led to many one-sided views of the Church’s call. Many on either side of the issue mistakenly believed that they must choose between spiritual redemption and social redemption. In reality, the Church is called to both. The gospel is good news of holistic redemption that includes forgiveness of sins and redemption of our souls as well as redemption of our bodies and this world.”

“Gentrification is a common concern among those who study the urban environment. A
generation or two ago, well-off Americans left cities in droves to new and bustling
suburbs. The cities were left with mostly poor families. However, this trend is reversing
throughout the United States. Gentrification is the new trend. Merriam-Webster defines
gentrification as “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx oF middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer residents.”68”

“Many central cities have been economically revitalized by this process, but devastating
effects often accompany the progress. The poorer residents who are displaced are often
scattered throughout the suburbs, where they are forced to start over with little sense of
belonging to a community and often without the public services they have depended upon in the city. Government officials have also seen positive results by providing tax incentives for businesses to revitalize districts without completely displacing the lower-income residents as well as tax incentive for mixed income housing.”
“Bob Lupton has coined the phrase “gentrification with justice”69 to describe development That seeks the best interests of all parties concerned. This is a business and development Friendly approach that seeks creative ways to champion the interests of the poor while simultaneously building vibrant businesses. This approach, coupled with the highly substantiated Kretzmann and McKnight70 work on asset-based community development discussed in the Best Practices section of this report, forms the backbone of the socioeconomic framework.”

“To date, over 300 people from 15 churches have gone through the study. Components of it have been used to instruct non-profit leaders, volunteers, and community-minded business people. It should be formally published and utilized for various audiences. It is also recommended that other white papers, articles, and studies continue to be published as new findings are discovered and the need arises.”

“Mobilization of the Church”

“Brave leadership is required to mobilize the church to become involved in activities that
truly strengthen the city, leadership that values quality over quantity and commitment
over short-term successes. There is a large Christian population in the Orlando area. We
have the opportunity to leverage the body of Christ to further the peace and prosperity of Central Florida like few other places on earth. We also have the responsibility to do so. If the church is going to play a vital role in the transformation of the distressed communities of Central Florida, then our common call to action will have to lead to unity rather than to competitive positioning to acquire the largest congregations in the area. Many do not think it is possible for the church to make such choices. We assert that brave leadership can indeed forge a new path where the body of Christ leads the way to healing in our most distressed communities and inspires others to join the cause.”

“Mobilizing the church must be done in a way that does not impose an outside vision or
damage the community which means that leadership must not only inspire others to
action but to the most helpful action. This is mediated by building relationships with the
indigenous leaders within the communities and bringing the church into relationship with those leaders to support them, as well as sharpening their perceptions of assets, dignity, commitment, humility, and other principles of transformation through tools such as Dignity Serves. Many of these leaders do not occupy organizational or institutional
positions of leadership but are well-respected within the community and should be
learned from and supported.”

KELLER / POLIS LGBT /CREATIVE CLASS INCLUSION COMPONENT -RICHARD FLORIDA -CITY LAB

NOTE – No other voice in urban development is more important to keep pro LGBTQ+ policy at the cutting edge of and driving Urban focus and funding than Richard Florida.  Keller RTS and CRU ORLANDO “City Reaching ” have Richard Florida’s ideology as a major factor in its SWC plan

RICHARD FLORIDA’S WORK WITH LGBTQ+ ORG HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN MUNICIPAL  EQUALITY INDEX.

https://www.hrc.org/press/hrcs-new-municipal-equality-index-details-the-state-of-lgbt-equality-i

“In today’s world, cities must compete for business and brain power.   Research shows that to do this, they must treat their LGBT citizens with dignity and respect. Acclaimed Professor Richard Florida authored the forward for the MEI. Professor Florida is a pioneer in research into how the nurturing of a “creative class” (entrepreneurs, artists and architects, researchers, scientists, engineers, and other professionals) creates prosperous, economically competitive cities.”

POLIS INSTITUTE AND CRU/KELLER /RTS WORK WITH FLORIDA IDEOLOGY IN ORLANDO

“Richard Florida
Richard Florida is Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University
School of Public Policy. Prior to 2005, he taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s
Heinz School. Florida is best known for developing the concept of the creative
class and studying its effects on urban regeneration.84”
“The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure,
Community and Everyday Life (Basic Books, 2002)

– Creative capital is the ability of people to create, innovate, and invent new things and new ways of doing things.
– Richard Florida has witnessed creative capital, not social capital, driving
economic growth.
– Orlando ranked 38/49 in large regions based on percentage of creative class in
workforce (28%).
– Orlando has a huge percentage of service class workers, topped only by West
Palm Beach and Las Vegas.
– “My conclusion was that rather than being driven exclusively by companies,
economic growth was occurring in places that were tolerant, diverse, and open
to creativity- because these were places where creative people of all types
wanted to live” (pg. 82).  Found on page  80 of STWC Report .”

KELLER / POLIS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRESSIVES

LIBERAL RON SIDER -ECONOMIC JUSTICE COMPONENT

Ronald Sider
Ron Sider obtained his Master of Divinity and PhD in History from Yale
University. He is well-known for his work which encourages the church to
actively and radically care for the needs of the poor. He has authored over 28
books and 100 articles in religious and secular magazines on various topics. In
October 2006, Christianity Today listed his book, Rich Christians in the Age of
Hunger, as seventh in “The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals”.86 He
is founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action.87

Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America (Baker, 1999)
Sider begins with a description of what poverty looks like, and what causes it,
particularly in America. He lays out a Biblical foundation for empowering the
poor and gives a strategy for doing so that includes efforts from church, business,
government, and schools. He has a balanced view of what justice ought to look
like in society, and his overarching premise is that all individuals should have
access, both by law and in reality, to the resources they need, that if used
responsibly, will enable them to and to earn a decent living and to be dignified
participants in the community. All entities in society are jointly responsible to
allow that to happen. Sider describes the importance of employment and income,
family, health care, education, and welfare in a just society.

BOB LUPTON /RAY  BAKKE LONGTIME LEADERSHIP NETWORK PARTNERS 

“Bob Lupton
Bob Lupton is founder of FCS Urban Ministries, a community development
organization. After beginning his career in business, Lupton and his family
moved to inner-city Atlanta, heeding the call to work with urban neighborhoods
and families. For the past 34 years, Lupton has worked as a Christian community
developer and entrepreneur, bringing together communities of resource with
communities of need. Through FCS, he has developed 3 mixed-income
subdivisions, organized 2 multi-racial congregations, started several businesses,
created housing for a multitude of families, and initiated a range of community
services in his community.88”

“Ray Bakke- Ray Bakke is currently academic dean, distinguished professor of global
urban ministry and chairman of the Board of Regents at Bakke Graduate University
of Ministry. He is founder of International Urban Associates, a network of over 100
urban-based church and mission leaders in many of the largest cities of the world.
Twenty years of his career were spent as a pastor to inner-city churches in Chicago
and Seattle. He has taught at Trinity College, McCormick Theological Seminary,
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He served as a consultant in cities across the world and has authored several books,
including A Theology as Big as the City and Street Signs: A New Direction in Urban
Ministry. 89 A phone consultation with Ray Bakke in June 2006 produced the
following information which initiated the research phase of the SWC project:”

POLIS RTS- SWC BRAINTRUST TIM KELLER 

Tim Keller-

“Tim Keller is currently pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in
New York City. He previously served as a Presbyterian Church in America
pastor in Virginia and as a faculty member at Westminster Seminary in
Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, he and his wife became involved in urban
ministry, including evangelistic outreach to Muslims and a ministry to individuals
with AIDS. He also served as a consultant to a local Christian Service
81 Organization that provided literary education, job training, and job placement to
unemployed and underemployed people in the city.91 An initial meeting with Tim
Keller in October 2006 yielded the following information which guided the
project aims of the SWC research project:
1. Investment in the city of Orlando will be a long-term endeavor- “If you could
turn a neighborhood from poor to middle-upper class, it would take 10-20
years of careful investment into the community.”
2. Concentrate your resources on the neighborhood and look for hidden elders of
the community- Empower/partner with the neighborhood. You must have
some middle class people who know how to move into the neighborhood.
Employ those who live in the neighborhood in order to have an impact on
your immediate environment. These individuals will often be women.
3. Operate on the principle of gleaning- “Make less and have others make what
you could have made.”
4. Make sure you are giving a community what they are asking for; you must get
the leaders onboard with what you want to give them otherwise your efforts
will fail.
5. Focus on specific goals- Choose 2-3 indicators (i.e. drop-out rate) by doing a
word study. Define your indicators/categories by way of Scripture.
6. Partner with existing ministries which have been started in faith but have little
kind of structure or acumen. Find people with expertise to help run these
ministries. (This can become difficult, because it often turns reveals racial
and class tensions).
7. Concentrate on Protestant churches but also work with Catholic churches.
There should be no theological problem in working with Catholics.”

SWC NATIONAL PARTNER LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS CELEBRATES SWC IN THE WORK OF KELLER’S NYC BASED /GLOBAL REDEEMER CITY TO CITY 

https://leadershipfoundations.org/ccic/charitytochange/

AGAIN CONSIDER THAT CITY TO CITY IS LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS CELEBRATED SUCCESS STORY 

CCIC FEATURED PROJECT: FROM CHARITY TO CHANGE

“The faith community is a potential force for massive social change – yet it is often fragmented, operating in silos, and desperately needing to align and integrate its efforts with the wider community. In New York City alone there are over 8,500 places of worship, and more than 35,000 nonprofits in the city employ more than 600,000 people. Yet, as is the case across America, most of these churches and nonprofits work independently, often unaware of each other and often attempting to reach the same children and families in need.”

“Over the past two years, Openfields and Leadership Foundations have worked closely with Redeemer City to City (CTC) to develop an innovative training program to help church planters, rising church leaders, and church collaboratives reimagine how congregations can invest in long-term community change. Now, through the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, we are further developing the program with New York Theological Seminary and poised to distribute it through the LF network and beyond.”

“The vision for this project is for churches, independently and collectively, to employ or support community-based “Routers” as a means of accomplishing collaborative, integrative ministry for the renewal of their surrounding communities. We call this program From Charity to Change.”

KELLER IS NOT PROVIDING GOSPEL FOCUS BUT DRIVING  SOCIAL CHANGE .

https://web.archive.org/web/20170506051340/http://www.civilitasgroup.org/uploads/7/8/1/6/78160154/civilitas_vsp_paper.utv.pdf

“In a city like New York, this would include Christian leaders
like Tim Keller, Cardinal Dolan, Gabriel Salguero, A.R. Bernard,
and Rich Mouw. The cultural elite would be represented by people
like journalist and presidential aide, George Stephanopoulos; New
York Times writer, David Brooks; the president of New York
University; the chief of police; the superintendent of public schools
and the mayor. ”

Strategy
“Civilitas will seek to build a national network of Christian
leaders and cultural elites from among select cities across the
country. Through the Civil Conversations and through the
networks and dialogues that develop, Civilitas will also work to
identify key issues that are of paramount importance for the
common good of our culture.
Such issues will likely include the welfare of our children,
the crisis in our public schools, the prevalence of violence in our
society, the breakdown of family and community life, and cultural
cohesion and the future of democracy in an increasingly diverse
population”

SEVEN STEP STRATEGY 

Five “Implement the process of collaboration on projects that
meet needs while also building trusting relationships.
During the time of making progress towards civility, our
Civilitas Theory of Social Change – developed in
partnership with sociologists at Princeton, Yale, and
UVA – will be used to guide and refine the actual
practice and progress of change.”

ANOTHER REDEEMER CITY TO CITY PARTNER

Partner with Keller and Leadership Foundations is Openfields in NYC.

http://openfields.com/

Openfields helps organizations translate big ideas and complex information into actionable strategies for growth and engagement.”
“Services: Insights to drive impact.
We develop agile strategies and creative programs based on insights into organizational culture, data, and trends shaping our economy and society.”
“Learning & Research

Seeing the past, present, and future more clearly in order to drive more effective decisions today.”

+ Organizational Assessments
+ Curated Research
+ Trends Analysis
+ Data Analysis & Visualization
+ Measuring Performance & Impact

“Vision & Strategy

Translating learning into agile plans for organizations to grow, manage change, and prepare for the future. ”

+ Visioning Workshops
+ Strategic Planning
+ Scenario Planning
+ Business Modelling
+ Expert Roundtables

“Design & Implementation

Developing dynamic programs to increase learning, maximize engagement, and accelerate growth. ”

+ Custom Learning Programs
+ Program Design
+ Network Design
+ Brand & Communications
+ Coaching & Team Development

Portfolio: Experience our work.
“We ask questions, dive into data, invite people to the table, generate ideas, imagine the future, test and learn, launch initiatives, host events, train teams, and pay attention to every detail.”

The organizations we support.

We’ve helped large and small corporations, universities, philanthropies, local and national non-profits, faith-based and arts organizations from South Carolina to Atlanta, DC, New York, Boston, and Palo Alto.”
INTERESTING PARTNERS FOR “GOSPEL ” WORK.
WHERE DOES IT GO FROM HERE ?
Keller’s work is global. It has massive financial backing . It is either the work of the Kingdom or it is totally antithetical to it.
Which is it ? The Believer today in a church under the influences of The Gospel Coalition
and Tim Keller – those who use his books as discipleship tools or curriculum and especially those who fall into the “donor class” in Keller’s “Generosity Movement ” must decide for themselves .
John 18

33 Then Pilate entered the [h]Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”

35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”

36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bearwitness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.”

Revelation 17

“1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying [a]to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of [b]her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.”