Francis Beckwith converted to Catholicism

A few weeks ago I came upon the writings of Walter Martin’s daughter (Jill) regarding the nomination of Craig Hazen for presidency at Biola. What made the post interesting was Francis Beckwith’s responds to her – one and two. Even Mormon apologist and Brigham Young professor commented as well!!

I was informed exactly a week ago that Francis Beckwith became a Catholic and I said, “No, he didn’t!” In my mind, some people just read him wrongly. Being sympathetic to Catholic theology does not make one a Catholic. And how could he convert to Catholicism especially when he is the President of Evangelical Theological Society!

James White reported on this.

And Roman Catholic Jimmy Akin reported of Francis Beckwith’s conversion.

[Even though the society’s statement of faith is extremely short (& Catholics can also sign on the statement of faith) BUT, the name of the society is called, EVANGELICAL Theological Society! not Christian Theological Society. Therefore, this is not a society for Catholics. If the members knew of this, they would not have elected him!]

UPDATE: Francis Beckwith himself has just written on his return to the Catholic church.

UPDATE 2: The Evangelical Theological Society’s Executive Committee posted their statement on Francis Beckwith.

Al Mohler vs Homosexuality

This article from Dr Mohler’s blog caused a big stir especially in the homosexuality community—“Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?

Also, don’t forget to listen (or watch) these talks by Al Mohler,

Louisville Forum A Debate on Homosexual Marriage Part 1 | Part 2

Homosexual “Marriage”: A Tragic Oxymoron–Biblical and Cultural Reflections  Listen   Watch

The homosexual protesters outside Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. These are some of the pictures taken from Courier-Journal. Washington Post reports on the arrest and on Dr Mohler’s statement. (HT: DB)

Alister McGrath vs Richard Dawkins 2007

You can download the debate

Part 1 | Part 2

(HT: JT)

I have found Paul Helm

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Paul Helm is blogging now at Helm’s Deep. I have often thought where he has gone since he is no longer a full time faculty member at Regent. Perhaps back to England? No, he will be in the U.S! He will be joining SBTS and RTS in January, 07 according to his blog.

(HT: Ref21)

Un-holy Laughter

I do not know whether to laugh or to cry…….

Alexander Strauch Mp3 (Biblical Leadership)

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This is a lecture on Church Leadership by Alexander Strauch (author of Biblical Eldership).

Session one
Session two
Session three
Session four

Other books by Strauch.

A review of Biblical Eldership by Paul Alexander

(HT: VitZ)

Interview with Brigitte Gabriel

One day when I was 13 one of our soldiers warned us that we are no longer able to fight and we are going to be attacked viciously that night. He wished us a merciful death as he left. Knowing we were going to be slaughtered that night I put on my Easter dress because I wanted to look pretty when I was dead, knowing that there would be nobody to prepare me for burial. I stood in my dress in front of the mirror crying as my mother combed my long hair and tied a white ribbon in it.  I told her: “please I don’t want to die I’m only 13.”

 

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Brigitte Gabriel (American Congress for Truth) says it all.

Her story and countless other similar stories are all missing from mainline media. I think we can learn from her story.

This is her interview with FrontPage, the same interview also appeared in the Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec 2006 magazine of Israel My Glory.

A lot of people think the Middle East has always been made up of Moslem countries. That is not true. There once were two non-Muslim countries in the Middle East. One is a Jewish state called Israel which is under attack for its existence today and the other was a Christian country called Lebanon now under a Moslem majority controlling influence.

When Lebanon got its independence from France in the 40’s the majority of the population was Christian. We didn’t have any enemies. We were merchant, descendents of the Phoenicians, strong in commerce in which we prospered. In no time Lebanon became the Paris of the Middle East the banking capital of the Middle East. We were the only westernized Arabic speaking country in the region.

The Christians in Lebanon always had problems with the Moslems, but we never thought our neighbors would turn on us. That situation was aggravated by the influx of the Palestinians coming from Jordan after King Hussein kicked them out in Black September. That’s what tipped the scale in Lebanon. Not only had Moslems become the majority but they now also felt empowered by the presence of the Palestinians and Yasser Arafat wanting to attack the Christians, take over Lebanon and use it as a base from which to attack Israel.

When the Moslems and Palestinians declared Jihad on the Christians in 1975 we didn’t even know what that word meant. We had taken them into our country, allowed them to study side by side with us, in our schools and universities. We gave them jobs, shared with them our way of life. We didn’t realize the depth of their hatred to us as infidels. They looked at us as the enemy not as neighbors, friends, employers and colleagues. 

The Lebanese civil war was not between the Lebanese, it was a holly war declared on the Christians by the Muslims of the Middle East.

They started massacring the Christians, city after city.

Horrific events the western media seldom reported. One of the most ghastly acts was the massacre in the Christian City of Damour where thousands of Christians were slaughtered like sheep. The Muslims would enter a bomb shelter, see a mother and a father hiding with a little baby. They would tie one leg of the baby to the mother and one leg to the father and pulled the parents apart splitting the child in half.

A close friend of mine was mentally disturbed because they made her slaughter her own son in a chair. They tied her to a chair, tied a knife to her hand and holding her hand forcing her to cut her own son’s throat. They would urinate and defecate on the altars of churches using the pages of the bible as toilet paper. They did so many things I don’t need to go into any more detail. You get the picture.

The majority of the Lebanese army was Muslims. Christians went to universities, not to the military. The Muslims began taking over military bases across Lebanon. 

Read the entire interview.