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Your Turn / Concordia College New York To Close At End of Academic Year
« on: January 28, 2021, 10:32:47 AM »
https://www.concordia-ny.edu/about/news/1701180/concordia-college-new-york-to-close

I don't have much else to say, though I know many of you would probably like for me to say more (especially due to my public criticism of other closures). I just don't have much to add right now. Please pray for current students, staff, and faculty; please pray for Dr. Nunes and his family; please pray for alumni and community members; please pray for the church. Thanks.

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 09, 2020, 03:10:06 PM »
So much for, "The buck stops here."

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Election 2020
« on: September 09, 2020, 02:51:23 PM »
Hey folks, imagine for a moment you've never even heard of Charles Austin and imagine instead you're a pastor who has had to minister to people sick with COVID-19 and also to their scared and grieving families. Would the president brazenly lying about how dangerous the virus was bother you a smidge? If not, try harder imagining you don't know Charles Austin and try again.

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: September 06, 2020, 04:28:54 PM »


I would suggest Brian read Richard Bachman's opus Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. He does a very good job of showing that the Church never considered the Gospels to be anonymous. Interestingly, Bachman does not believe that the Apostle John wrote the Gospel, but rather the Elder John. I don't agree with his arguments, but he does an excellent job of making his case. But even if the Apostle did not write it, he argues that it is apostolic and reflects an eyewitness account.

Here to second Bauckham recommendation. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses is excellent.

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Not voting
« on: September 02, 2020, 03:48:56 PM »
Do Pro-Lifers who reject Trump have blood on their hands? A nice rundown from David French:

https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/do-pro-lifers-who-reject-trump-have

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Not voting
« on: September 02, 2020, 01:21:35 PM »
Today it is also make sure you cast your opponent in the worst possible light.  Make sure people think he is a mortal danger to the future welfare of the country.  Both sides capitalize on this.

I think Trump is actually dangerous to our country in a unique way, but I understand the protests from the right a la "the boy who cried wolf." Mitt Romney and John McCain were also castigated as "dangerous."

I still try my best to make a distinction between Trump and people who vote for Trump. I think a lot of folks vote for Trump for a lot of different reasons that don't reach the level of xenophobia and racism (though some suburban supporters seem to have brought their previously latent racism into the light). But Trump himself is a racist conspiracy theorist. He's also a con man. He has acted in structurally racist ways with his organization, he's used fraudulent means to acquire wealth, and he came to prominent political fame stoking a racist conspiracy theory about President Obama. He is who he is. There is plenty of evidence for this (no, I don't have to use the google search function for you).

What I try my best to do is to understand the reasons decent people would vote for Trump. I think people think the presidency is effective with abortion. I think people are mourning a loss of life as they remember it. I think many voters like the projection of strength. These are just a few of the reasons and to these folks voting Democratic just isn't an option. I understand where they are coming from. I just wish their political hero was someone other than a huckster.

M. Staneck
What has Trump done to make you think he is a racist?

He discriminated against Black Americans for apartment rentals and ownership, he led the birther conspiracy about President Obama, and he launched his presidential campaign calling Mexicans rapists.

M. Staneck
I don't know much about the first one, but from what I've heard his real estate deals, shady as they may have been, were in keeping with what was typical among real estate moguls back in the day. That one doesn't strike me as relevant to his political life.

The birther conspiracy had zero racial component. Lots of conspiracies about candidates, including their eligibility for office, have circulated over the years. In the case of Obama, his publicist advertised him as African-born in his early publications, so there was a basis for the conspiracy. But if it had been, say, Albania and not Nigeria it would have been the same. You have to want it to be about race to see it being about race. Andrew Sullivan went after Sarah Palin for years claiming that her son Trig was actually her grandson. A bizarre and despicable conspiracy theory, but not motivated by race. And you know better than to repeat the lie that he called Mexicans rapists. He did not. He said they're sending us their... rapists. Their, not they're rapists. Was it fear-mongering? Yes. Was it appealing to the worst? Yes. Was it racist? No.

When you explain why you're not voting for Biden, you usually point to his pro-choice position. But why not say you're not voting for him because he is a racist? He's on record doing and saying a lot more racist things than you've accused Trump of.

We are simply on opposite sides on what constitutes racism. We can let our words stand for what they are and let others sort them out if they want.

Back to the grind for me!

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Not voting
« on: September 02, 2020, 12:54:39 PM »
Today it is also make sure you cast your opponent in the worst possible light.  Make sure people think he is a mortal danger to the future welfare of the country.  Both sides capitalize on this.

I think Trump is actually dangerous to our country in a unique way, but I understand the protests from the right a la "the boy who cried wolf." Mitt Romney and John McCain were also castigated as "dangerous."

I still try my best to make a distinction between Trump and people who vote for Trump. I think a lot of folks vote for Trump for a lot of different reasons that don't reach the level of xenophobia and racism (though some suburban supporters seem to have brought their previously latent racism into the light). But Trump himself is a racist conspiracy theorist. He's also a con man. He has acted in structurally racist ways with his organization, he's used fraudulent means to acquire wealth, and he came to prominent political fame stoking a racist conspiracy theory about President Obama. He is who he is. There is plenty of evidence for this (no, I don't have to use the google search function for you).

What I try my best to do is to understand the reasons decent people would vote for Trump. I think people think the presidency is effective with abortion. I think people are mourning a loss of life as they remember it. I think many voters like the projection of strength. These are just a few of the reasons and to these folks voting Democratic just isn't an option. I understand where they are coming from. I just wish their political hero was someone other than a huckster.

M. Staneck
What has Trump done to make you think he is a racist?

He discriminated against Black Americans for apartment rentals and ownership, he led the birther conspiracy about President Obama, and he launched his presidential campaign calling Mexicans rapists.

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Not voting
« on: September 02, 2020, 12:13:22 PM »
Today it is also make sure you cast your opponent in the worst possible light.  Make sure people think he is a mortal danger to the future welfare of the country.  Both sides capitalize on this.

I think Trump is actually dangerous to our country in a unique way, but I understand the protests from the right a la "the boy who cried wolf." Mitt Romney and John McCain were also castigated as "dangerous."

I still try my best to make a distinction between Trump and people who vote for Trump. I think a lot of folks vote for Trump for a lot of different reasons that don't reach the level of xenophobia and racism (though some suburban supporters seem to have brought their previously latent racism into the light). But Trump himself is a racist conspiracy theorist. He's also a con man. He has acted in structurally racist ways with his organization, he's used fraudulent means to acquire wealth, and he came to prominent political fame stoking a racist conspiracy theory about President Obama. He is who he is. There is plenty of evidence for this (no, I don't have to use the google search function for you).

What I try my best to do is to understand the reasons decent people would vote for Trump. I think people think the presidency is effective with abortion. I think people are mourning a loss of life as they remember it. I think many voters like the projection of strength. These are just a few of the reasons and to these folks voting Democratic just isn't an option. I understand where they are coming from. I just wish their political hero was someone other than a huckster.

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Not voting
« on: September 02, 2020, 11:11:09 AM »
I resonate with a good part of Pr. Brown's post above. That's why every year I invest time in getting to know the hyper-local candidates and ballot initiatives. I do think national and statewide offices are important, and there are some things you just can't do locally without functionality at the top, but local politics is far more generative than the degenerative dumpster fire that has become national (and presidential) politics.

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Tim Keller on Biblical Justice
« on: August 26, 2020, 04:48:59 PM »
It might interest only Pr. Benke and I, but I have now done two weeks of what is shaping up to be a four-week adult study on Biblical views of justice using Keller's article as primary test and the response has been great. Adult Bible Study in-person doubled (still very safe for the space), engagement has been lively and encouraging, and online viewership also doubled.

None of those (except perhaps the engagement) were the reason for doing it, but it does underline the desire for a clear, honest, and Biblical discussion of justice and current justice-related issues.

Thanks for posting this. I find this thread to be refreshingly generative.

M. Staneck

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A solid example of nuance is Pr. Geminn whose own critiques of White Fragility have led me to not spend any energy reading it. Pr. Geminn has an ability to quote James Cone at a rally and also call into question White Fragility. This is nuance. And this is needed in our time. As Pr. Morris and Pr. Butler point out there are real live people out there on the left who can't exercise nuance either.

The *demand* that I stop using the phrase black lives matter is an example of an inability to exercise nuance.

M. Staneck

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Instead of Black Lives Matter (the capitalization of each word that causes many incredible amounts of confusion) let's just agree to say black lives matter (lowercase to limit confusion).

Does that work?

M. Staneck
Why blame the confusion on people who get the capitalization wrong? It makes much more sense for people who unequivocally oppose Marxism not to use the same phrase (with lower case letters) as an internationally known Marxist movement whose members were looting stores in Chicago and destroying Portland and Seattle. BLM is irredeemable. blm, truth be told, is, too. Find a new monicker, one that makes it clear you reject BLM, Marxist identity politics, and the whole false view of Western Civ through that lens. blm suggests (in many cases rightly) that you’re on the same team as BLM but just not the same official organization. And it is the movement, the team generally, not just the official organization that deserves to be rejected.

Pr. Morris talks about the all or nothing when it comes to some leftist responses and he's right. This is also true with some right wing responses. Pr. Speckhard has been demonstrating his inability to exercise nuance all over this forum for weeks. It is intellectually lazy to say I have to reject the phrase black lives *matter* to avoid looking like I'm in league with a Marxist organization. I'm much more interested in standing with folks I know in real life than disavowing a phrase to please a self-appointed arbiter of an obscure internet coterie.

M. Staneck

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The statement from Milwaukee Lutheran reminds me of the resolution intended to give thanks to God for Concordia College Alabama from last summer. The title of the resolution gave the impression that the convention was going to pass a simple resolution that acknowledged the important work of Concordia Alabama and to give thanks for that work. The body of the text was a litany of excuses justifying the closure of the school. It was such a shocking disconnect that the convention overwhelmingly rejected the resolution. The Milwaukee Lutheran statement, instead of just committing to (even continued) support of black students, offers a list of reasons they're already doing that. It's a classic example of tone deafness.

M. Staneck

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Instead of Black Lives Matter (the capitalization of each word that causes many incredible amounts of confusion) let's just agree to say black lives matter (lowercase to limit confusion).

Does that work?

M. Staneck

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: August 08, 2020, 09:45:51 AM »
The PCR tests, when administered correctly (it's super uncomfortable), are nearly 100% effective. The antibody tests and some other tests, i.e., swabs that don't go as deep or saliva tests, are less accurate. While we're all swapping anecdotes I reached out to a PA friend who administers the PCR tests regularly and she assured me they're accurate.

The point of testing is to trace the outbreak. Of course not every result will be perfect, but that's never been the case with testing for illness. The idea is to trace and contain and the more tests we do the better we will be at tracing and containing. Testing, masks, physical distancing. It all adds up to helping us get through this and keep life as normal as possible while we're getting through this.

M. Staneck

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