Wednesday, November 11, 2015

11 November 2015

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1] D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship Announces New Director

[2] PCUSA’s Presbytery of Plains and Peaks Exacts US$2.29 Million “Tithe” from First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colorado to Leave Denomination

[3] The Puritan-Making of the American Mind: Revival and Survival

News from the Deepest Recesses of Hell

The Thinning Blue Line

Raging Heathen and Vain Imagining

The Religion of Peace


[1] D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship Announces New Director

The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, a Christian ministry to legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill, has appointed the Honorable John N. Hostettler as its new Director.

Hostettler, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 – 2007, was inspired by minister and evangelical leader, D. James Kennedy. Hostettler will use his considerable experience in the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to minister to Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill through the Center.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have John Hostettler as the new director of The Center for Christian Statesmanship," said Dr. John B. Sorensen, president of Evangelism Explosion International. The Center is a ministry training outreach of Evangelism Explosion International. "As the recipient of The Center's respected Distinguished Christian Statesman Award in 2004, John Hostettler understands the vital role Christian statesmen play in our nation, and is uniquely suited to help lift up that standard and train new leaders to live that out for the enrichment of our nation."

Hostettler succeeds the past director of The Center, Dr. George Roller. Dr. Roller began with the Center in 2003, and has served with distinction for 12 years, following Dr. Frank Wright, the Centers Founder. Roller will continue to serve The Center in the new post of Ambassador.

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[2] PCUSA’s Presbytery of Plains and Peaks Exacts US$2.29 Million “Tithe” from First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, Colorado to Leave Denomination

A 5 November 2015 The Layman article titled “Presbytery Claims 2 29 Million Tithe to Dismiss Fpc Boulder From PCUSA” reports that in order to be able to leave the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) to affiliate with the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO), the PCUSA’s Presbytery of Plains and Peaks

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[3] The Puritan-Making of the American Mind: Revival and Survival

By the Rev. Dr. Michael A. Milton

Originally published at:

Is historical philosophy a preferential tool for trusted evaluation and analysis of current political and religious phenomenon? This was my question. Following the footnote trail I have found myself in a very good place for discovery: Perry Miller of Harvard and the Puritans. I found this quote and it seems to me to explain the place of Puritan thought in the “American mind” most succinctly and most authoritatively. Perhaps it will be of good use to some enterprising scholar out there. I urge you to read Perry Miller. Read Marsden to understand what Miller misses on the Puritans—Jesus—but read Miller to understand the strain of thought that has created, more than anything else, the American mind.

“Any inventory of the elements that go into the making of the ‘American mind’ would have to commence with Puritanism. It is, indeed, only one among many: if we should attempt to enumerate these traditions, we should certainly have to mention such philosophies, such ‘isms,’ as the rational liberalism of Jeffersonian democracy, the Hamiltonian conception of conservatism and government, the Southern theory of racial aristocracy, the Transcendentalism of nineteenth-century New England, and what is generally spoken of as frontier individualism. Among these factors Puritanism has been perhaps the most conspicuous, the most sustained, and the most fecund. Without some understanding of Puritanism, it may safely be said, there is no understanding of America. (Miller and Johnson, 1963, page 1)

The question remains: How will the Puritan strain in the American mind respond in the face of an overwhelming moral crisis? Will the Puritan strand be activated—a merciful divine intervention on behalf of faithful pilgrims thirteen generations prior—a cry for revival heard from the faint light of that “city on a hill?” Or has the spiritual genome finally been diluted to the point of extinction?

A nation’s survival may very well depend upon the answer to that question.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; And the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12)

Works Cited

Guyatt, Nicholas. ““An Instrument of National Policy”: Perry Miller and the Cold War.” Journal of American Studies 36, no. 01 (2002): 107-49. Accessed November 1, 2015.

Marsden, George M. “Perry Miller’s Rehabilitation of the Puritans: A Critique.” Church History Church Hist 39, no. 01 (1970): 91. doi:10.2307/3163216.

Miller, Perry, and Thomas Herbert. Johnson. The Puritans. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.

_____. The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings: Two Volumes Bound as One. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2001.

Suggested Reading

Miller, Perry. Errand into the Wilderness. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1956.

_____. The New England Mind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1953.

Wilson, Clyde Norman. Twentieth-century American Historians. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1983.

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News from the Deepest Recesses of Hell

-- Planned Parenthood President Defends Selling Aborted Baby Parts: Quit “Shaming” Us

-- Abortions Skyrocketing in Greece, They’re Being Used for Birth Control During Economic Crisis

-- Vatileaks Reports That Vatican-Owned Properties Are Operating as Brothels for Priests

-- Every Year, 363,000 Unarmed Black Babies Are Killed in Abortions, Do Their #BlackLivesMatter?

-- Obama Becomes First Sitting President to Pose for Cover of LGBT Magazine

-- Texas Childcare Center Manager Fired for Refusing to Refer to Girl as Boy

-- German Parliament Approves Assisted Suicide for ‘Altruistic’ Reasons

-- California: Male prisoners Who Call Themselves Women Will Be Sent to Women’s Prisons

-- Five Unbelievably Disturbing Sexual Practices Planned Parenthood Told Teens to Try

-- Abortionist’s Grisly Experiment Involved Using Plastic Razor Blades to Cut Up and Abort Babies

-- Obama’s New Homosexual-Friendly Military Experiencing Penetrative Male Rape Epidemic

-- Taxpayers Paid for Intact Human Fetal Brains from StemExpress

-- Obama Administration to Schools: Let Boys Use Girls’ Bathrooms, Or We Pull Funding

-- Obama Administration Paid for Research Using Intact Human Brains from Aborted Babies

-- 1,500 Babies Were Killed in Abortions Every Single Hour under China’s One-Child Policy

-- Abortion Clinic Nurse to Thirteen-Year-Old: Be Brave; Abort ‘for Jesus’

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-- Two Louisiana Police Officers Charged with Murder, Arrested after Shooting Autistic Six-Year-Old Five Times

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[6] Raging Heathen and Vain Imagining

-- Putin Gives Order for Russian Weapons Able to Penetrate U.S. Missile Shield

-- My Parents Lived as ‘Brother and Sister’ for Twenty-Five Years So They Could Receive Communion Says Roman Catholic Priest

-- Verizon FiOS Internet Service Now Reading And Censoring Customers Emails

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The Religion of Peace

-- George Soros Admits He’s Behind Muslim Migrant Invasion of Europe

-- Judicial Watch Proves U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton created ISIS

-- Anger As U.K. Spies Discover Exploded Russian Jet Was Likely Taken Down by ISIS

-- ISIS Terrorists Film Mass Execution of Hundreds of Syrian Soldiers

-- Hamtramck, Michigan First American City to Elect a Muslim-Majority Council

-- New Muslim Majority City Council in Hamtramck, Michigan Warns, “Today we show the [non-Muslims] and everybody else….”

-- Twenty-Three to Twenty-Seven Documented Honor Killings Every Year in the U.S., Many More Go Unreported

-- U.K.: Fourteen Muslim ‘Men’ Accused of Gang Rape with Thirteen-Year-Old Girl

-- Imam Unmasked as Russian Passenger Plane Bombing Mastermind

-- Iran No Longer Dismantling Centrifuges in Two Uranium Enrichment Plants

-- Canadian Magazine “Maclean’s” Puts Jihad Murderer on Cover, Portrays Him as Victim

-- German Teachers 'Racist' For Warning Female Students to Avoid Refugee Men Lest They Be Raped

-- Muslim Migrants in Germany Riot in Churches, Steal From Stores, and Defecate in Gardens

-- Obama Silent as Persecuted Christians in the Middle East Face Extinction

-- Muslim Inmates Extorting ‘Infidel Tax’ from Non-Muslims in U.K.’s Toughest Jails

-- Obama Crushes Keystone Pipeline, Ensuring American Dependence on Muslim Oil

-- Iraq Passes Law Forcing Children to Convert to Religion of Muslim Parent

-- Chemical Weapons Used By ISIS in Syria

-- Georgetown University's John Esposito Shills for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

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