- - Friday, November 13, 2015

(1) Trump Questions Carson’s ‘Pathological Temper’, Faith (AP)

In “Gifted Hands,” Carson describes racing to the bathroom in his house after the near-stabbing incident - and in time beginning to pray for God’s help in dealing with his temper.

“During those hours alone in the bathroom, something happened to me,” he wrote. “God heard my deep cries of anguish. A feeling of lightness flowed over me, and I knew a change of heart had taken place. I felt different. I was different.”

In questioning Carson’s religious awakening, Trump said in Fort Dodge that Carson went into the bathroom and came out, “and now he’s religious.”

“And the people of Iowa believe him. Give me a break. Give me a break. It doesn’t happen that way,” Trump said. “Don’t be fools.”

 (2) Debunking Stupid Statements about the Bible: An Exercise in Biblical Transmission, by Greg Gilbert (9Marks)

Do you see the point? The charge that we cannot know what the originals said is patently and utterly false. The gap between the originals and our first copies of them is—in the grand scheme of things—not that long at all. And far from diminishing our ability to identify what the originals said, the vast number of existing copies actually allows us to deductively reason out, to a very high degree of historical confidence, what John, Luke, Paul, and the other writers of the New Testament actually wrote.

(3) To Rachel Maddow: We Don’t Want to Kill the Gays, by Dr. Michael Brown  ***Responding to Kevin Swanson’s un-Christian rhetoric.

(4) How do you forgive a murder? (TIME)   ***An excellent cover story regarding Charleston.

(5) Christian Belief Cost Kelvin Cochran His Job: Atlanta says it terminated its fire chief because he published a book without permission. The real reason is because of what’s in it. (Wall Street Journal)

Today is the 317th day of 2015. There are 48 days left in the year. On this date in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, Jean-Baptiste Leroy: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

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