Matt Chandler is part of the Calvinistic “missional” megachurch movement that appeals to the 30-somethings who are disenchanted with the traditional church. They seek to blend secular mores with biblical Christianity. While they have some merit, they do create confusion over values. It absolutely fits that he would take the “understand victimhood” approach to this subject. Pastor Baucham made an extremely coherent statement about the sin problem related to where we are with black issues. I agree with him much more than with Chandler. Other-centeredness is a traditional Christian value that has lost its foothold in our society. Chandler can be other-centered but the “victims” have to be other-centered too if we are going to have meaningful dialogue and resolve the issues.
 December 18, 2014 at 3:51pm
I think we can now discount each and every description of racism that comes out of the mouths of the first couple. They live so far outside of reality we could never get to where they are. We can also discount the opinions of each and every person who even tangentially agrees with them as they are fools to listen to the demented.
Then you can burn books and commit genocide...'cause that is the road you are suggesting going down.
December 18, 2014 at 3:41pm
So much truth in so little space.
 December 18, 2014 at 3:40pm
Bingo! No way was she incognito. We all knew it was a bogus photo op at the time. No way did anyone confuse her as a Target employee wearing sunglasses and a hat. Besides, is she saying that Target employees are bottom feeders? Jobs too low for the average white person? Or that asking a stranger for help is demeaning to that person? Or maybe she is so demented as to think that all of us whiteys live like they do, above needing help getting things off high shelves…except by our servants who have to do everything we ask.
 November 29, 2014 at 12:57am
This is the most incoherent, insane protest ever. It even tops the “Occupy” “movement”.
Usually invectives like this are hyperbole or distortions. This one is not. It is 100% accurate.Atheists are not well known for their charitable acts so preventing the school from going where charity actually happens does exactly what the headline says.
The Atheists god, the State, is a very jealous one. They cannot abide charity really, all charity must be done through the state and funded through the thievery of taxes.
 November 26, 2014 at 5:18pm
The church she grew up in most likely was only the building she grew up in by the time she died. If the church was like that her whole life she was a fool to attend there. So, her daughter should gladly go elsewhere or see if they could rent the building for her service but bring in a different officiant.
 November 26, 2014 at 5:12pm
The thing that bothers me is that this is obviously a juvenile and he is not in an area where he could easily hurt other people. The police officers knew it was a potential gun incident and could have put themselves in a better defensive position to allow time to negotiate with the kid. This is way more disturbing than the Michael Brown incident.
I was thinking the same thing. If they thought it could be a real gun which they have to assume, why pull the car within feet of the suspect?
This is also similar to the Walmart shooting in Ohio. The cops yell hands up and shot a split second later. They don't give the victim a chance to comply.
Before I get blasted, you play / brandish toy guns you still need to practice gun safety. Neither victim was in the clear, well maybe the Wal-Mart victim.
I agree. Things seem to move very fast. I guess it is difficult to discern because I have never been either situation. They did say this was the officer's first year and he appears visibly shaken by what just happened. Praying for the officer and the young man's family.
I completely agree. In fact, for me the Michael Brown incident leans more towards the cop being in the right. Brown broke NIV (non-initation of violence) first, and the cop was trying to apprehend someone who assaulted him, and then tried to defend himself. It’s worth noting though that neither the kid with Brown, or the cop’s testimony match the autopsy report, and the other witnesses who saw the incident DO match the report. It seems like the cop in that case did another CYA (cover your arse) ploy to make it seem more defensible that made him look bad in the end when it didn’t match the evidence.
November 26, 2014 at 3:13pm
It is good that God didn’t assign me the job of rating sin. In this case, I’d suggest the editors go “—-themselves” as that would be the lesser sin in my sin-rating system compared to character assassination.
 November 26, 2014 at 12:05am
My son writes novels about vampires and portals into other dimensions. He has more of a grip on reality than she does.
November 25, 2014 at 2:34pm
Brown’s parents are absolute paragons of virtue. Their son (of the yours, mine and ours variety) was a pure innocent and their grief at the loss of this fine young man so severe that they couldn’t contain it (in front of a crowd, on the evening of a long-awaited and expected verdict). Gentle folk, they spent several months trying to quell a rising climate of rage but when the time finally came, they just couldn’t hold their sadness in any longer (on the top of a car with a loud voice…was there a microphone?). Heroes, in my book.
Mar: These looters are far worse than animals. Animals just want to survive and live a safe life. You can lay the blame for this debacle right at the feet of Democrat Governor Jay Nixon and every Democrat running the dog and pony show in Ferguson. All the Dems care about is keeping the riots and plunder in Ferguson. They don't care about the law with any more regard than the criminals running loose. They are also Democrats. They are all Obama voters!
 November 25, 2014 at 2:55am
There were several months where the narrative could have been “Ferguson Officials and Residents Coming Together to Prevent Another Michael Brown Incident”. Instead we get the impression both sides have just become more entrenched. The government seems powerless and clueless. The protesters seem rabid. It leaves me with another reason to believe forces are at work to foment chaos. I am getting so sick of these grieving parents who use the situation to play on the pity of the populace and rally for revenge. Truth doesn’t seem to matter, the loss of their child must be avenged at all costs. We saw it with Treyvon and we see it here. In both cases, it appears the parents were divorced and the kids lived chaotic lives. Both had aggressive attitudes that contributed to their deaths but the parents seem to feel no remorse for the failings in their own lives that projected on to their kids. Instead, someone else’s head has to roll and the whole country has to be divided in order for them to exact revenge. They seem to love the attention of all the power people who rally around them and suck more power out of the situation….all at the cost of the truth. An opportunity to make things better is wasted and we just wait for more anger and another situation until ultimately the nation will descend into chaos. Even then, I don’t think the revenge would be enough.
 November 25, 2014 at 2:20am
That was an admirable smack down.
 November 25, 2014 at 2:02am
Some of the questions in the press briefing were obnoxious in their bias. I’m not surprised that reporters on the street were equally prejudgemental.
 November 24, 2014 at 2:30pm
To the atheists, the only religion appears to be Christianity. I think we should take that as a strength. Since God’s truth is on our side we will eventually win this war. There may be a lot of spilled blood in the interim but ultimately God always wins.
There are plenty of religions in this world and practiced in this country. But the only one in this country that tries to use the government to proselyzite for it is Christianity .
That's the problem with your religion, Margyt. You think it is "a war". The idea that "blood will be spilled" is a product of a religion who's beginnings were in more barbaric times.
Atheists recognize other religions as being equally as ridiculous as Christianity.
You can stop patting yourself on the back now.
My belief is that, in reality, there aren't any true "atheists". Each of us knows the truth - we can either accept Him, and His eternal salvation - - - or we can reject Him, His Word and forfeit our eternal salvation with Him. So I think there are accepters - or rejecters.
He gives us all the free will to make that choice.
 November 24, 2014 at 2:25pm
An intelligent professor will let students know his ideology and then be mature enough to grade according to quality of work, not shared ideology. Difficult but essential to good education.
Once a professor reveals his or her personal worldview, the students suddenly place all the information that professor gives into a constrained package of that ideology.
I fashion myself after a professor, oh those many years ago, when I was a freshman studying philosophy. This was a very well respected philosophy professor whose class was much sought after...and someone who would actively keep his personal view of the world out of the classroom (except for one ethical issue that he refused not to speak on: the immorality of war...but I digress). It was only years later that I learned that he was an Episcopal minister before he became a professor.
If I had learned that while in his class, I'm certain that the entire time I was in that class I would be evaluating his lessons through what I knew of his religious background...
November 24, 2014 at 2:20pm
Short of “I’ll flunk you if you are not Christian”, I think a college student should be able to handle opinions and viewpoints. The atheist side obviously has crossed that line by limiting discussion to only their point of view.
I fail to see where Atheism or Creationism fit as part of curriculumn in a history course .. (unless it is a course focused on the history of Religion).
 November 23, 2014 at 9:06pm
The comments tell the story quite well. This battle was predicted thousands of years ago and this battle will see the end of the age. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. What a man sows, so shall he reap.” “Jerusalem will become a burdensome stone”. I would surely want to be on the right side on this one.
 November 23, 2014 at 1:16am
Racist? It is the Latinos who are asking for and are most affected by the policy. Truth is racist?