Cheap Talk & Faith without Works

Jun 21, 2023

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There is a saying “talk is cheap.” We can say anything, but what we actually believe and who we are is shown by what we do. James says essentially the same thing in James 2-26 when he writes, “faith without works is dead.”

Some thoughts on a Sunday, and an update on Afghan Christians in Pakistan

Links, Topics, & Resources

0:00- Intro

3:29- Talk is cheap

December 6, 2021: Clint Smith explains ‘critical race theory boogeyman’ in Lawrence talk

Clint Smith explains ‘critical race theory boogeyman’ in Lawrence talk

February 21, 2022: The Challenge for Those Who Claim CRT is Incompatible with Christianity

The Challenge for Those Who Claim CRT is Incompatible with Christianity 

November 19, 2021: Systemic Racism: Clarifications on Provenance, Definitions, and Relation to CRT

Systemic Racism: Clarifications on Provenance, Definitions, and Relation to CRT

November 10, 2021: What is Critical Theory?: From Frankfurt to “Critical”

What is Critical Theory?: From Frankfurt to “Critical” 

September 17, 2021: Critical Race Theory: A Tool or Threat for Christians?

Critical Race Theory: A Tool or Threat for Christians?

September 15, 2021: From Faith, Philosophy & Politics: Social Doctrines, CRT & the Culture Wars: A Conversation with Bradly Mason

From Faith, Philosophy & Politics: Social Doctrines, CRT & the Culture Wars: A Conversation with Bradly Mason

School board “trustee” calling himself a “Dr.” on the basis of an honorary degree from an unaccredited “university” that looks like you would see on Scamfish that is a front for money launchering.
https://web.archive.org/web/20190428043601/https://www.humbleisd.net/domain/3

 

Not Licensed to Operate
The “university” that Cunningham received the “honorary doctoratee” from wasn’t even licensed to operate. Letter from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Promoting yourself to a purpose with a ‘substandard or fictitious degree” is a Class B Misdemeanor in Texas.
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PE/htm/PE.32.htm

Texas PENAL CODE:
TITLE 7. OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY
CHAPTER 32. FRAUD
SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 32.52. FRAUDULENT, SUBSTANDARD, OR FICTITIOUS DEGREE. (a) In this section, “fraudulent or substandard degree” has the meaning assigned by Section 61.302, Education Code.

(b) A person commits an offense if the person:

(1) uses or claims to hold a postsecondary degree that the person knows:

(A) is a fraudulent or substandard degree;

(B) is fictitious or has otherwise not been granted to the person; or

(C) has been revoked; and

(2) uses or claims to hold that degree:

(A) in a written or oral advertisement or other promotion of a business; or

(B) with the intent to:

(i) obtain employment;

(ii) obtain a license or certificate to practice a trade, profession, or occupation;

(iii) obtain a promotion, a compensation or other benefit, or an increase in compensation or other benefit, in employment or in the practice of a trade, profession, or occupation;

(iv) obtain admission to an educational program in this state; or

(v) gain a position in government with authority over another person, regardless of whether the actor receives compensation for the position.

(c) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

(d) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section or the other law.

September 6, 2019: Humble City Council appoints longstanding Humble ISD trustee to fill vacant seat
https://communityimpact.com/houston/lake-houston-humble-kingwood/city-county/2019/09/05/humble-city-council-appoints-longstanding-humble-isd-trustee-to-fill-vacant-seat/

8:34- Faith without works is dead

Bible study on Jeremiah 7: What are we really worshipping?

10:10- Afghanistan news and updates

June 13, 2023: A father wants to sell his kidney so his daughter can go to university

A father wants to sell his kidney so his daughter can go to university

Woman arrested by the Taliban former police officer, as well as her sisters, for criticiing the Taliban on Facebook

Theft and extortion by the Taliban at the border

It’s easier to destroy than to build

Thread on the betrayal and sabotage of the Afghan Republic forces

November 20, 2022: GROUND ZERO
The Evacuation of the CIA’s Afghan Proxies Has Opened One of the War’s Blackest Boxes

The Evacuation of the CIA’s Afghan Proxies Has Opened One of the War’s Blackest Boxes

Podcast on Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan

Railway being built between Russia and Afghanistan

June 16, 2023: Biden and Marcos discussed Afghans’ transfer to Philippines during White House meeting
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/afghan-refugees-us-06162023132702.html

23:00- The U.S. and a history of inhospitality

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: THE UNITED STATES AND THE REFUGEE CRISIS, 1938–41
Between 1938 and 1941, there was a refugee crisis in response to Nazi Germany’s increasing antisemitic persecution and territorial expansion. Though many Americans were sympathetic to the plight of Europe’s Jews, the majority did not want to see an increase in immigration, nor did they want to see the United States become involved in World War II.
https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-united-states-and-the-refugee-crisis-1938-41

Special Immigration Visa Process
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/siv-iraqi-afghan-translators-interpreters.html

June 11, 2023: Afghan Refugee Crackdown Continues in Pakistan Despite Taliban Objections
https://www.voanews.com/a/afghan-refugee-crackdown-continues-in-pakistan-despite-taliban-objections/7131273.html

We get things done when we want to
https://www.youtube.com/post/UgkxQE8Wb7LrcEi2FOoTr88bmyFCPbbTAeIi

32:14- Update on Kabul Hope

38:00- How to help Afghan refugees

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