Norway, Arise

Steven Bennett

(facebook post)NorwayArise

When countries like Romania, Poland and India speak up for their citizens

…in Norway, it usually isn’t long before Norway does the right thing and returns innocent children back to their able and caring parents.

But, what about “pure Norwegian” cases?

A Norwegian citizen was sent a number of warnings from church members because of what she had been sharing, regarding Norway’s Child Welfare System (NCWS), Barnevernet, on facebook.

Some were convinced that this mother was in trouble herself with NCWS. Others told her to stop criticising NCWS, because they believed her family would be targeted and they didn’t want that to happen.

This mother replied to the detractors with some simple questions. Why don’t you join me? Do you think it’s really OK to go after families who criticise NCWS?

The detractors said they believed in the right to express oneself, but with NCWS, this wouldn’t be possible.

The mother again replied, “do you really believe we have the right to say what we think in Norway?”

This mother asked a second time, if they considered joining the uprising or were they willing to let NCWS scare them half to death, and into silence?

She also tried to show the detractors the danger they were in, but they were certain they would stay safe as long as they didn’t criticise NCWS.

It’s all very backwards.

The trouble in Norway could be partly attributed to the infamous Norwegian politeness – the best way to treat people with respect is to leave them alone. This behaviour is very evident when other people are in trouble, so the “politeness” becomes self defense and ignorance and acceptable to leave “those NCWS-families” on their own.

When NCWS make horrendous errors of judgement, many Norwegians still don’t see any reason to do anything. You don’t criticise NCWS unless they are after you personally. And those who don’t know anyone personally who has been targeted by NCWS, still think they are safe, like many other families thought before NCWS knocked on their door.

Norwegians often won’t believe it and act, unless they feel it and see it for themselves.

Time for an uprising?

#Norway #SolveigHorne #ErnaSolberg #StopBarnevernet

[And then there are the careless U.S.A. citizens.]

See also, another Steven Bennett post, A Norwegian Mother Speaks Up




STAR WARS & Sgt. York


In the aftermath of “Vietnam,” war-weary Americans imbibed a playlist of anti-war movies. All seemed lost for despairing warriors. But, then, STAR WARS burst onto the scene and took the world by storm.

The mud and blood, and the smell of gunpowder and napalm gave way to this cool, clean, antiseptic environment, and lightsabres.

In another time warp, Cap’n Kidd has again weighed anchor. With the huge success of Hacksaw Ridge, amidst the carnage, Desmond Doss emerges as a real-life hero of the faith. As a pacifist Christian who refuses to ‘bear the sword’ with his fellow soldiers, he suffers alongside them, binding up their wounds and rescuing many from death.

But now we sight the Jolly Roger sailing toward us from beyond the horizon. Under the flag of The Gospel Coalition, Cap’n Kidd’s cannons capture our gaze—enter Sergeant York.


Like the sky-writing of an airplane with its contrail, the smoke of these fantastic cannons spells out, Alvin York, Christian Soldier.

And, yes, Alvin York, like Desmond Doss, was a devout Christian. And both were awarded the Medal of Honor.

I always rejoice to find a soldier a Christian, but I always mourn to find a Christian a soldier,” wrote Charles Spurgeon [of Jaws fame (link); this is Jaws 2].

Like Desmond Doss, Alvin York came from a pacifist church. In 1914, Alvin York became a new Christian at a Church of Christ. The Great War would soon deliver him (and thousands of other men) to boot camp where “an officer convinced him that the Bible endorsed a Christian’s participation in a just war.”

On The Western Front in 1918, a month before the truce, the sharpshooter Corporal York earned the Medal of Honor, killing German soldiers the “way we shoot turkeys at home” and capturing over 130 of them.

But York still struggled with the killings, not entirely sure that God approved of his actions.”–Thomas S. Kidd.

Sgt. Alvin York struggled after the war with the question of giving permission to Hollywood to make a movie about him. He eventually relented in order to support a Bible School. And Gary Cooper won the Academy Award for Best Actor. It was 1941, just in time for WWII.

A big part of the support for WWI came from Christian pastors. (If you would like to get the feel of that, read Mark Twain’s The War Prayer.) Wm. Buckley wrote that World War One was an unnecessary war. It was not a just war. Another described it as “satanic carnage.”

The salt lost its savour. The War to End All Wars and Versailles prepared the seedbed for the rise of a Hitler and World War, Part Two.

Charles Spurgeon [quotes link] concluded his above remark about soldiers with this: “The followers of Christ in these days seem to me to have forgotten a great part of Christianity.




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on divorce and its effects

Standing up to the Zeitgeist by the Spirit of Christ. (Be sure to read the linked article.) And for those who would like to be equipped to confront this sin, read this book

The Other Oracle

I could wish more people could be this honest about the wreckage created by divorce. We’re dealing with some of the effects in my family, and it’s horrible.

C. S. Lewis has a chapter, “Christian Marriage,” in his book Mere Christianity, and he pictures divorce this way:

[Christians] all regard divorce as something like cutting up a body, as a kind of surgical operation. Some of them think the operation so violent that it cannot be done at all; others admit it as a desperate remedy in extreme cases. They are all agreed that it is more like having both your legs cut off than it is like dissolving a business partnership or even deserting a regiment.

It would be a great benefit to society if this became more the perception of divorce, rather than making it easier and regarding it as a supposed boon to the parties…

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Evangelicals’ XXX Rated Bogeyman


Famous and Infamous Gospel Preachers have Piped Up about most any XXX subject that you can name. BUT Not This One.


Whoops, NOT THAT.

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You’ve Been Warned.


C. H. Spurgeon's definitive statement on Christians and war, censored by American Reformed evangelicals.


C.H. Spurgeon’s Words on War and Christians. BEWARE. This is LINKED

Semper Fi 






Cap’n Kidd & His Gospel Coalition Mates

Thomas S. Kidd, prof. of history, Baylor, misrepresents Charles Spurgeon on war.

Tempus fugit. Once-upon-a-time, at least a year ago, maybe more than two, Cap’n Kidd hoisted his sails on a voyage to rescue Charles Spurgeon from the plank-walking-offense amongst the Reformed of “pacifism.”

Will The Gospel Coalition throw Charles Spurgeon under the bus...err, rather make him walk the plank? Not much seawater at Baylor.

The Gospel Coalition’s page on Facebook, which chronicled this voyage, drew many comments. In this irenic give and take, I endeavored to engage others, pointing them to the words on war of C. H. Spurgeon. When I pointed out that Thomas Kidd had misrepresented Charles Spurgeon on war, apparently being unfamiliar with the quotes that I had linked (I think the eye-patch thingy hinders him), my conversations and all links to Spurgeon’s words were deep-sixed.

[Coming Soon! Eye-Patch Thingies in Red, White, and Blue from Reformed Wear. But a black UNISEX Hoodie will have to do until they have the pirate hats and pistols in-stock ]

The eye patch thingy hinders Kidd.

Blimey! They banned this bloke from their facebook page. I cannot even ‘like’ any article. (And I do like most.)

This side of our redemption, let us celebrate the Resurrection following our King. Charles Spurgeon guides us along the Narrow Way.

Semper Fi

C. H. Spurgeon's definitive statement on Christians and war, censored by American Reformed evangelicals.

Charles Spurgeon: Words on War & Christians, LINK HERE







The sequel, Cap’n Kidd Returns: Start Wars & Sgt. York

Save Tyler from Barnevernet Monster



When the five little ones of a Romanian father and Norwegian mother were seized by Norway ‘s infamous Barnevernet, thousands protested at embassies around the world, and a delegation from the Parliament of Romania went to Norway.

When a baby was wrenched from the arms of her Slovakian mother and Norwegian father, “the Slovak republic . . . intervened in the case and asked the Norwegian court to admit Slovakia as an independent party of the litigation …”

One case involving a Czech family in Norway . . . led to a major diplomatic row between Norway and the Czech Republic. Czech President Milos Zeman accused Norwegian social workers of acting like Nazis.”

When an Indian child was seized, the Prime Minister of India intervened.

BUT WHEN  an American mother and Norwegian father have their nursing baby seized? Amy’s pleas to the Obama government fell on deaf ears. Can we get help for her NOW???

Can we expect Americans to stand up and speak out and hold a candle to the rest of the world?

Call your members of Congress. (It’s not hard to do if you have a pulse.) Ask your church for prayers for Amy and Kevin and their son.