What to do when you have neglected one blog? Start another, of course.

Having grossly neglected this blog for quite some time (certain life events being especially distracting), I have taken the obvious remedial step and started another over at discern.org. After all, why neglect just one blog when you could neglect two?

The more serious rationale is that I’ve been thinking that perhaps I should get back into more regular blogging and, having acquired the discern.org domain some time back, it seemed that I really ought to begin to put that to at least some use.

It is my intention to try to post regularly on the new site – perhaps linking to an article or two each day on average, selected from the best content I come across in my online travels. I should like to author the occasional piece, too. (A number of ideas have been brooding in the dark recesses of my mind.) We’ll see how things go.

As for betterthansacrifice.org, future posts will probably continue to be infrequent. I suspect they’ll tend towards a devotional disposition.

Anyway, the readers of this blog are cordially invited to join me at discern.org. You will both be very welcome.

Round-up: responses to Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek article, ‘The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin’

discern.org has a convenient round-up of helpful rebuttals to Newsweek and Kurt Eichenwald’s ignorant Christmas polemic against the Bible and historic Christianity. View article →

Listen to the Online Memorial Service for Ken Silva

Courtesy of Pastor Chris Rosebrough, the audio and order of service for the Online Memorial Service for Ken Silva is now available on the Pirate Christian Radio website.

Pastor Ken Silva’s death

Connecticut River Baptist Church has announced Pastor Ken Silva’s death. In response to this deeply sad event, I have already seen many comments from people who contacted Ken and found him to have a listening ear and gentle, ministering heart. These stories are commensurate with the friend I knew. He will be sorely missed.

Ergun Caner’s lawsuit against Jason Smathers dismissed with prejudice

Jason Smathers writes:

US Federal Court says posting Caner video is fair use, not copyright infringement. Footage will be online again in short order.

[Update: you can now view the videos Ergun Caner sued to suppress here.]

In 2010 videos showing Ergun Caner deceiving the US Marines was posted on Witnesses Unto Me. At that time Ergun Caner was still preaching behind Christian pulpits, telling a web of lies. His story was about a young man who grew up trained to do “that which was done on 9/11,” growing up in Turkey in the house of a polygamist Muslim before moving to America as a teenager and eventually becoming a Christian. In truth, Caner was born in Sweden and moved to Ohio while he was two years old.

Nearly three years later, Ergun Caner began sending copyright complaints concerning many videos online that contained proof that he invented a fake life story. When submitting such a notice concerning the Marines videos, this author responded by stating the video is public record, created by the US Government, and not subject to copyright. Caner responded with a lawsuit.

Today, the court has ruled on a motion to dismiss by stating the use of the video was fair use and not a violation of copyright. The case is dismissed, YouTube and Viddler will soon be informed so the videos will return, and the court will entertain a future motion for legal fees to be recouped by charging them to Caner.

Smathers’ post includes the final judgment of the District Court, and its order granting the motion to dismiss Caner’s lawsuit. The court order contains a helpful account of the background to the case.

A New Addition

I’m told people like this sort of thing.

I don’t think he was terribly impressed with the whole being born thing. Can’t say I really blame him. Mother and baby are doing fine.

Be prepared for Christ’s return: the parable of the Two Slaves, and the parable of the Talents (Matthew 24:42–51; 25:14–30)

In this post: Introduction; The parable of the Two Slaves; The parable of the Talents; Crushed by the Law; Comforted with the Gospel

This is the audio and approximate transcript of a sermon I preached on 26 January 2014. It was originally my intention to focus on the Sheep and the Goats passage from the end of Matthew 25, briefly covering the preceding parables to establish context. It eventually dawned on me that I could not even begin to do justice to all the material in a single sermon. What follows, then, is a treatment of just two of the three parables.

Matthew 24:42–51; 25:14–30; 26:1–2

Our focus tonight is on two parables from the Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ private teaching to His disciples on the Mount of Olives, shortly before His crucifixion. Our theme is ‘Being Prepared for Christ’s Return’. We’ll begin reading at Matthew 24:42.

42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant …

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