Donald Trump in Bible prophecy?

B_Facundus_167Many End Times preachers are saying that the rise of Donald Trump was prophesied in the Bible as a herald that the last days are upon us.  He’s not the anti-christ.  We know that because the Bible says of the anti-Christ:

“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” (Dan 11:37)

Trump, with his history of womanizing, does regard the desire of women, so we can rest easy about that.  Rather, he is a much more positive sign.  The Scriptures clearly say that Christ will come back after the sounding of “the last trump.”

Never mind that the connection only works in the English language.  And that “trump” as short for “trumpet” only works in the archaic English of the King James Bible.  Or that turning the Bible into a symbolic code, rather than attending to what it literally says, undermines Biblical authority.

Other objections present themselves:  Isn’t the new president the “first Trump” to be in office?  Maybe he will start a dynasty.  Maybe his son Barron, or Barron’s son or grandson, will be the “last Trump.”  Where does “last” enter into the prophecy?  (Can you think of other problems with this interpretation?)

A sample of this End Times prediction after the jump. [Read more…]

Live-blogging the Inauguration

Trump_Inaugural_Logo.svgBeing unable to resist significant moments in history, I’ll be watching the Inauguration ceremonies today and making comments here.

Things get started at 9:30 a.m. ET, with the actual inauguration ceremony starting at about 11:30 a.m. ET.  The swearing in will be at noon, whereupon Donald Trump will give his inaugural address.  I’ll be devoting most of my live-blogging to the speech.  Please join me with comments of your own.

On Saturday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. will be the Interfaith Prayer Service at the National Pantheon, I mean, the National Cathedral.  I can’t bear to watch that, but if you do, feel free to report on it by making a comment to this post.

After the jump, a schedule of the day’s activities.

UPDATE:  Here is a transcript of the speech.

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Moving day at the White House

512px-White_House_WashingtonThe White House staff has five hours to move out the former president and his family, with all of their furniture and belongings and preferred decor, and to move in the new residents.

The logistics of this tightly choreographed operation are rather amazing.  Professional movers can haul the furniture to the door, but they can’t go inside, so carrying it all and staging it perfectly is a job for White House staffers.

So a salute to the 90 “blue collar” members of the White House Staff as they carry out their vocations!

After the jump, a step-by-step description of how they pull off this operation.

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Pro-life women excluded from “Women’s March”

90081071_dc7db9cafd_zThe day after Donald Trump’s Inauguration, thousands of women will march on Washington to demonstrate for women’s issues.  But pro-life women–even pro-life feminists, even pro-life feminist liberals–will not be allowed to join the demonstration.

From Views on Abortion Strain Calls for Unity at Women’s March on Washington – The New York Times:

As a self-described feminist and law student who wants to correct racial wrongs in the criminal justice system, Maria Lyon agrees with Hillary Clinton that “women’s rights are human rights.” But when thousands of women march on the capital the day after Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as president, she will not be there.

The reason: She opposes abortion.

“It’s hard, because right now it feels like if you’re pro-life, you’re anti-woman,” said Ms. Lyon, 23, who studies law at the University of Wisconsin. “That’s kind of the traditional rhetoric. It’s like if you care about women and you care about women’s rights then you should be pro-choice.”

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Discovering a different way of doing youth ministry

conference-image-homeMost youth ministries are shallow at best, and youth worship is even worse.  An evangelical worship leader lamenting those conclusions happened upon some YouTube videos from the Lutheran youth ministry Higher Things.

Read the whole post, linked after the jump, which includes videos of both the worship services he is decrying and the worship services from Higher Things conferences.

Also read the comments, which record other amazed and appreciative reactions to Higher Things and their approach to youth ministry. (Note especially Dave’s remarks on the singing.)
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Planned Parenthood won’t report child sex-trafficking?

Planned_Parenthood_in_St._PaulIn 2011, a Live Action crew posing as sex traffickers, visited a number of Planned Parenthood clinics and asked if they could arrange abortions for 14 and 15-year-old “sex workers.”  Planned Parenthood workers were caught on video saying yes, that they didn’t obey parental notification laws, and going on to give further advice.

Planned Parenthood responded by promising to provide training to its employees on identifying victims of sex-trafficking.  A new report shows that this training never happened, except for a workshop billed as such but was really on how to detect undercover video crews. [Read more…]