Pulpit and Pen’s JD Hall launches Voices in the Wilderness Radio with Faithful Theology and Faithful Preaching
The last we spoke of JD Hall and Pulpit and Pen was in this August 2014 article, JD Hall’s Public Confession Regarding His Twitter Conversation with Ergun Caner’s Son, Who Later Committed Suicide. JD (Jordan) spoke with both Dee Parsons of The Wartburg Watch blog and me after this public confession. Against the opinion of a lot of naysayers, we both believed Jordan’s confession to be genuine and hoped that his online persona and sharp personality would soften.
Hall did take a break from social media. It wasn’t a long break. For a while, the Pen & Pulpit Twitter account was turned over to the Pulpit and Pen contributors: Gene Clyatt, Dustin Germain, Kofi Adu-Boahen, Alan Maricle, and Seth Dunn. Late September, I saw that JD Hall had started his own Twitter account. Today I received confirmation that JD Hall, along with the Pulpit and Pen contributors, are manning the Pulpit and Pen Twitter account.
Additionally, JD Hall is also once again contributing at Pulpit and Pen blog (I think they forgot to update the contributor page to include Hall) and yesterday he announced the launching of Voices in the Wilderness radio today, January 1, 2015.
Here is the scoop from the website:
Voice in the Wilderness Radio (VWR) launches January 1, 2015. This new 24/7 streaming radio station will offer solid, Reformed Baptist preaching from true voices in the wilderness – pastors you might never have heard of but who offer solid, expository sermons – and preachers you’ve might have heard of like John MacArthur, Phil Johnson, Albert Martin, Justin Peters and Paul Washer. VWR will also carry programs like Generations Radio, Cross Encounters Radio and the P&P Contributor Hour. Between sermons, we will play hymns and smaller clips highlighting the work of men like AW Pink and others. It is a treasure trove of rich, dynamic preaching and sound theology.
Hall also mentioned that they “will always be seeking new pastors to highlight on VWR” and welcome sermon submissions. Please note the focus of “faithful theology” and “faithful preaching” as shown on the screenshot of the website. It’s an important and very appropriate focus.
I have some concerns, however. Cross Encounters Radio is Tony Miano’s show and Generations Radio is Kevin Swanson’s program. Generations Radio is listed twice within a 24-hr period on the current schedule. I shudder to think what will come out of Swanson’s mouth after this nonsense (saying that women who have been on birth control pills have embedded fetuses embedded in their wombs). And my regular readers have a good idea what I think about Miano who says women shouldn’t read the Bible in front of men because the Bible is authoritative and they are not in authority over men. Here are Tony Miano’s words transcribed from the 18:22 mark of this video:
And whenever a woman stands up on a box to proclaim the gospel in the open air, or even read scripture aloud, she is taking on the role of a man. She is taking on an authoritative role over whoever is listening to her.
The mere reading of scripture is to exercise authority because scripture is the authority. (Source)
I think it’s important to bring up one more note while I’m at it. Recently there has been a Twitter brouhaha with the hashtag #the15 (click on the link to see what I’m talking about) involving JD Hall and the Pulpiteers leading the pack (Pulpiteers are followers of Pulpit and Pen). You can read more about the #the15 Twitter hashtag in Bob Allen’s article, Twitter post sparks hashtag war with LifeWay, SBC elite.
The point is that Hall and those who have joined in the #the15 hashtag are rightly calling out LifeWay (a branch of Southern Baptist Convention) for selling heretical books and asking them to remove questionable material. Many people have joined the #the15 bandwagon and sadly, some of it has been contentious. (Update: please be sure to read my comment below Larry’s. I do not appreciate the methodology employed by this group in going after LifeWay and may report on that aspect later.)
While the Pulpit and Pen groupies have been calling out LifeWay for selling bad books, I sure hope Hall applies the same criteria for his new Voices in the Wilderness radio programming. The examples I provided of Kevin Swanson’s talk on embedded fetuses in wombs and Miano’s teaching that women should not read Scripture in front of men are not good examples of faithful theology and faithful preaching – they are men’s ideologies just like the very bad ideologies #the15 are publicly calling out on Twitter.