Dismal theology tweet for the day

Please. How is it possible that anybody, anywhere, can’t see what these preachers really are?

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No mail for gay couple?

A Detroit couple claims that mail isn’t delivered to their home because they are gay.

The gay couple in Detroit claims that the mailman is refusing to deliver to their house because they’re gay, according to a report by Erika Erickson of Fox 2.

James Lawson and his husband Theodore Washington tell Fox 2 that the mail was being delivered on the block when it was chock-full of debris. They say they cleaned up the debris, but once the mailman discovered they were gay the mail stopped coming.

They said the mailman said he wasn’t going to deliver because they were the only people living on the block. Lawson says the mailman delivers to other blocks that are full of debris and abandoned houses.

But there is also this:

They said they received a notice saying that tires in the street were blocking the mailman from doing his job, and mail had been suspended permanently. The couple had put the tires there to prevent debris dumping on their street. They said they removed the tires for two weeks, but still didn’t get mail.

Well … who knows? What I wish somebody could explain to me is why anybody wants to live where you have to put barricades in the street to prevent other people from dumping their trash in your street. In spite of the vicarious pleasure I get from watching the progress of my nephew’s journalism career in a place where there are lots and lots of freaky stories, I think you’ve got to be out of your mind to live in a city that’s become nothing so much as a huge dumpster.

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A Mars Hill co-founder looks back

One of Mark Driscoll’s co-founders of Mars Hill looks back on a troubled time in his own life, and takes a hard look at Driscoll.

For the first time I began to see and understand that most people did not think like I did, they didn’t manipulate their way through life, they didn’t use people to get what they wanted or where they wanted to go, they actually had friends and were a friend, they didn’t lie to get themselves out of trouble, they didn’t live in grandiosity always believing the glass is not only half full but overflowing. They actually lived in the now and reality …

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Listening to Mark last Sunday and seeing his body language I can confidently say that he is not capable at this time of seeing or understanding what he has done. It is all mixed up with manipulation, rationalization, justification, self pity, bitterness, hatred, anger, confusion, and so much more.

Well, yeah — he’s still living in the fantasy land, enabled by his cult of even more screwed-up characters.

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More lies from Uncle Sam

Remember when the NSA insisted it was collecting only telephone and Internet metadata, and shared it with nobody? They lied.

The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants.

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Grim news for the SBC

The new president of the SBC’s International Missions Board is David Platt, reformed (e.g., Calvinist) nutcase.

Just received word that David Platt has (to no one’s surprise) been elected President of the International Mission Board.

I think David Platt is wonderful, passionate and solid. I think his nomination was fraught with some peril, obviously. I’m not sure how I’d have voted if I had the chance as an IMB trusteed.

This is bad news for the Southern Baptist Convention, because it will solidify their deserved reputation as pious, backward-looking crazies with an unwholesome appetite for degradation (preferably, others’). It is good news for the rest of us, however, because the ‘unreached’ will swiftly discern that Southern Baptists are pious, backward-looking crazies with an unwholesome appetite for degradation (preferably, others’).

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