Author archive: Dr. Joel McDurmon

“The defense of godliness”: Calvin on Deut. 13:5
Oct 21, 2014
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But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the LORD your God commanded you […]
Back when sermons were not off-limits. . . .
Oct 20, 2014
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So you think sermons are off-limits, eh? Think they can’t be entered, and to that end subpoenaed, as evidence in a lawsuit? Think it is trampling First Amendment rights to make legal or political hay of a pastor’s sermons? Yeah? Well, I got two words for ya: Jeremiah Wright. The year was 2008—before the sleeping […]
Hamfisted on Houston or not?: A response to Tim Bayly
Oct 18, 2014
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Tim Bayly of BaylyBlog did not appreciate my perspective on the headlines hyping the now-infamous Houston subpoena. For arguing that the conservative media angles read “as if the city has made some move to start monitoring all pastors’ sermons,” Bayly busted me: “McDurmon’s set up a straw man.” I’d be cool with that, and even with […]
Is Houston demanding oversight of pastors’ sermons? No.
Oct 15, 2014
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Several people have contacted me over the recent Fox News headline, “City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons.” was even broader: “Houston demands oversight of sermons.” There is no doubt that the Mayor and City Council are radical and aggressive LGBT activists trying to advance their agenda against all morality and the will […]
Hall of shame: new critics of Theonomy, same old fallacies
Oct 14, 2014
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I post the following article in view of recent and vociferous critiques of theonomy and Christian reconstruction made by Reformed Baptist podcaster J. D. Hall. I have secured agreement for a moderated discussion with Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio to discuss the charges Hall has leveled against our position. I will save my own […]
Ed Stetzer versus the real men of Issachar
Oct 13, 2014
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I have to confess, I struggle with anger when I read certain posts, especially when they come from men who have as much profile and influence and Ed Stetzer. This latest prophecy of doom, complacency, cultural withdraw and surrender is disguised as a statistically-informed cultural analysis topped with a call for Christians to grow “more […]
Good cop shows charity is better than coercion
Oct 10, 2014
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File this one under “random acts of kindness.” An Emmett Township, Michigan, police officer demonstrates the road to a free society: charity, not coercion. On a routine traffic stop, Officer Ben Hall noticed a 5-year-old passenger was not in a child restraint. Her mother knew she was breaking the law, but she explained she simply […]
Good news: vast majority oppose civil forfeiture laws
Oct 9, 2014
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There is some good news for the future of civil liberties if Americans can somehow find a way to get their legislators and elected law enforcement to manifest their own esteem for constitutional law. The first piece, however, is in place: a new Rasmussen poll reveals that 70 percent of Americans oppose the legalized theft […]