Live-blogging tonight’s Trumpless Republican debate

This may be a crazy night.  Donald Trump is boycotting the debate on Fox because of Megyn Kelly, but he is holding a non-debate event of his own, which is being carried by CNN.  And two of the undercard candidates, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, after their kind of humiliating debate with Jim Gilmore and Carly Fiorina, are going to appear at Trump’s event.

So let’s see what this debate amounts to.  I’ll comment, but you comment too.

Muslims dreaming about Jesus

A recurring theme in the Muslims’s conversions to Christianity, as documented by Uwe Siemon-Netto, is that individual Muslims are saying that they have had dreams about Jesus, who, in turn, directs them to the Bible and to a Bible-believing church.

Charismatics would have no problem with this, but we Lutherans (who are getting a lot of these Muslims) tend to be skeptical about such private visions, insisting that it is by means of the Word and the Sacraments that God comes to us.  But Siemon-Netto, quoting another Lutheran theologian, says that these visions of Jesus are not self-contained but follow the pattern of those in Acts (e.g., that of Saul of Tarsus and Cornelius), whose visions sent them to someone who would baptize them and teach them the Word of God.

What do you think about all of this? [Read more...]

Ben Sasse calls out Trump on the adultery issue

Sen. Ben Sasse (R, Neb) has called out Donald Trump for all of his bragging about his sexual exploits, including adultery with married women.  He asked him, in a stream of questions on Twitter:

You brag abt many affairs w/ married women. Have you repented? To harmed children & spouses? Do you think it matters?

Sen. Sasse–a fellow Lutheran whom I know personally–is raising an issue that Christian supporters of Trump like Rev. Jerry Falwell, Jr., have been steering clear of.  Why is that, do you think?  Doesn’t that sort of thing matter to Christians anymore?

Having set aside the requirements of being a Christian and being a conservative, many of our Christian activists are now also setting aside the requirement of good character.  So what is left for a distinctly Christian political activism to support?  Has being against immigration become the new single-issue voting criterion, replacing opposition to abortion? [Read more...]

Republican debate tonight

The next Republican presidential candidate debate will take place tonight on Fox News at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This will be the last debate before the Iowa caucus on February 1.

Donald Trump is boycotting the debate because Fox refused to replace his nemesis Megyn Kelly as a panelist. Rand Paul made the cut this time, joining Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Bush, Christie, and Kasich.

On the undercard, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, will be Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, and Gilmore.

As is our custom, we will liveblog the proceedings, so see you here tonight. [Read more...]

More on Muslims converting to Christianity

International journalist Uwe Siemon-Netto, a confessional Lutheran, has more details about Muslims converting to Christianity.  He has published a compelling article in the Australian magazine Quadrant that you need to read for yourself.  Excerpt and link after the jump.  (Tomorrow we’ll post about the strange phenomenon of the Muslims dreaming about Jesus.) [Read more...]

Weird political news

The political landscape keeps getting stranger and stranger.  Three new examples after the jump. [Read more...]


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