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  • What Is the Meaning of “Corban”?

    06/18/2016 10:06:17 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies
    Christian ^ | 6/18/16 | Wayne Jackson
    “In Mark 7:11-12 Christ condemns the Pharisees for rejecting the commandment of God by their tradition. What specifically were the Pharisees teaching in these two verses? What is Corban?” In order to understand the situation under consideration, the entire context must be viewed. It reads as follows. And there are gathered together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, and had seen that some of his disciples ate their bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands diligently, do not eat, holding...
  • What Is a Good Credit Score? The Number You Need to Buy a Home

    06/09/2016 10:03:29 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 46 replies ^ | June 9, 2016 | Daniel Bortz
    No number is more important to prospective home buyers than their credit score. Put simply, these three digits are a numerical representation of your track record paying off your debts, from credit cards to college loans. If you’ve applied for a mortgage to buy a home, lenders check your credit score. If it’s high, getting a mortgage will be a breeze; if it’s low, you may struggle. So now that we’ve got your attention, the question remains: Exactly what is a good credit score? Here’s the deal: A perfect credit score is 850. But all scores 760 and above are...
  • Police investigating bomb threat at Peoria International Airport

    03/31/2016 8:45:08 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 31 replies
    Connect ^ | Mar 31, 2016 | Joseph Edwards
    WEEK News 25 in Peoria reports that the Peoria International Airport was partially evacuated due to a bomb threat, and officials have a woman in custody. TSA officials say a woman attempted to check a package at the American Airlines counter at about 6:30 p.m.. Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy told 1470 WMBD that the package contained dynamite, a timer and bottles of fluid, which were found during a routine scan by TSA officials. The scan was confirmed when authorities opened the package using a robot. The woman is being questioned by authorities. Flights were delayed at the airport for...
  • Illinois lawmakers want to add places where people can carry concealed guns

    03/08/2016 11:43:39 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies
    Illinois legislators from both parties are continuing to fine-tune the state's concealed carry law nearly three years after it was passed. Legislators have proposed including public transportation, courthouses, interstate highway rest areas, public parks and athletic facilities as areas in which permit holders are allowed to carry a concealed weapon, the State Journal-Register reported. In July 2013, Illinois became the last state to pass a concealed carry law. Since then, there have been some changes to the law, but none regarding the areas where concealed carry is allowed. "It's a work in progress in terms of making sure our Second...
  • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Interior Trunk Release

    01/17/2016 4:42:18 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Federal Register ^ | 10/20/2000 | A Rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    This document establishes new Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) No. 401; Internal trunk release, that requires all new passenger cars with trunks be equipped with a release latch inside the trunk compartment beginning September 1, 2001. Instead of a release latch, this document also permits the installation of an alternative system such as a passive trunk release system which would detect the presence of a human in the trunk and would automatically unlatch the trunk lid. During the summer of 1998, eleven children died when they inadvertently trapped themselves in the trunk of a car. This new standard will...
  • 'Driving while gay'? Proposal would have Missouri cops try to gather that info, too

    01/06/2016 3:43:12 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 31 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 1/6/16 | Kevin McDermott
    For the past 15 years, police officers in Missouri have been required to record the ethnicity of drivers they stop on the roads, so the information can be examined for evidence of racial profiling. Reams of data now indicate that “driving while black” is a real offense in the eyes of some Missouri officers and departments. But “driving while gay”? New state legislation unveiled Tuesday would expand the current process of data collection that police officers in Missouri are required to follow during traffic stops to include not just race, but also “perceived” sexual orientation, as well as religion, “disability”...
  • Trump, Carson have months to decide on third-party runs

    12/12/2015 8:17:20 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies
    A.P. via Yahoo news ^ | 12/12/15 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    <p>Donald Trump and Ben Carson could dangle the possibility of independent runs for president well into the primary season next year, but they can't wait forever.</p> <p>State filing deadlines would give the two Republicans until about March to launch independent or third-party campaigns, experts said. That would give a well-financed campaign enough time to gather sufficient signatures on petitions so the candidate could appear on the ballot in every state.</p>
  • This Christian University Just Won the Right to Ban Gay Students

    12/10/2015 12:27:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/10/2015 | Julie Zeilinger
    The LGBT movement has achieved many notable victories this year, securing marriage equality, major attacks on conversion therapy and more. But one Christian university just demonstrated why activists and allies must not become complacent: Carson-Newman University, a private Southern Baptist college in Tennessee, is now legally allowed to ban students whose "lifestyles" are interpreted as an affront to their Christian philosophy: gay students and others included. These "strengthened" rights include not only the ability to ban gay students, but also unwed mothers, women who've had abortions and even pregnant students, according to WVLT. And Carson-Newman is hardly the only college...
  • Is Your Irrational Fear in the Top 10 of Phobias?

    12/05/2015 11:38:53 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 104 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-4-15 | saramurphyme
    1. Acrophobia (heights) 2. Arachnophobia (spiders) 3. Claustrophobia (enclosed spaces) 4. Ophidiophobia (snakes) 5. Thalassophobia (deep water) 6. Necrophobia (death) 7. Glossophobia (public speaking) 8. Coulrophobia (clowns) 9. Trypanophobia (needles) 10. Entomophobia (insects) Other phobias ranked on the list are a bit more out of the ordinary. Trypophobia, the fear of objects with irregular patterns of holes, came in eleventh, while lepidopterophobia, the fear of butterflies, ranked 18th. Perhaps the most meta of phobias, phobophobia, the fear of being struck by your fear in a totally unsuitable moment, hits the list at number 26, and pediophobia, a fear of dolls...
  • 7-year-old testifies against father in sex-abuse trial (Missouri)

    11/03/2015 9:32:39 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 20 replies
    Sikeston Standard Democrat ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Ben Kleine
    BENTON -- A 7-year-old testified Monday in Scott County Circuit Court she remembered her father tricking her into a sexual act when she was 2 years old. "I'm talking about Travis, yucky stuff," the victim told the prosecutor. Travis Sintell Turner, 34, of Cape Girardeau is on trial, facing three charges of felony statutory sodomy. The victim's mother testified the molestation occurred in February 2011, when Turner was alone with two children in the 700 block of Second Street in Scott City while the victim's mother was at work. The victim told her mother about the incident on June 30,...
  • I Was a Nielsen Family... and Boy, Was I Sorry!

    09/23/2015 5:14:49 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 30 replies
    PopMatters ^ | 11 March 2013 | Cary O'Dell
    A few years ago I had the chance to be a Nielsen “family” (though I live alone) and catalog, for all posterity, a detailed record of my TV viewing habits. Eventually—I assumed— this raw data would be processed and reported to the masses, with my viewing choices powerfully impacting the national viewing audience. Tough work, but someone’s got to do it. Though you can apply to the Nielsen company to be “sampled”, I did not. A letter just arrived out of the blue one day in my mailbox. It asked me if I would participate in their TV watching/ratings survey...
  • This is the way Trump ends (Another liberal hit piece)

    09/16/2015 3:36:33 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | &#8206;September&#8206; &#8206;16&#8206;, &#8206;2015 | Andrew Romano
    It had all the makings of A Moment. On the eve of the second Republican presidential debate, set to take place Wednesday at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., GOP frontrunner Donald Trump boarded the mighty USS Iowa battleship in the Port of Los Angeles to deliver what his campaign billed as a “major national security speech.” Directly behind Trump, tilted upward toward the pinkish Southern California sky, stood a trio of 66-foot-long Mark 7 naval guns. Directly to Trump’s right, across the main channel of the Port of Los Angeles, stood four 300-foot-tall shipping cranes. Finally the time...
  • Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

    09/01/2015 7:08:42 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 169 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 1 Sept, 2015 | Isla Binnie
    Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication. Usually only designated clergy and missionaries can formally forgive abortions. But from Dec.8 to Nov. 26, during an extraordinary Holy Year or "Jubilee" on the theme of mercy announced by Pope Francis in March, all priests will be able to do so, he said...
  • 10 richest pastors You Won't Believe Are Millionaires

    08/08/2015 7:05:40 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 53 replies
    World's richest ^ | 8-8-'15 | unattributed
    A few years ago no one would have thought that being a pastor could be a ticket to fortune and wealth, but times have changed. Below is a list of 10 Richest Pastors who are raking in megabucks as they spread the word. 1. David Oyedepo $150 Million Being a cleric has never been so profitable ask Nigerian pastor David Oyedepo whose net worth sits at $150 million. Oyedepo also known as “papa” is the founder of Living Faith Church World Wide. The man Of God is not shy of splurging his wealth on the good life. He owns a...
  • Simple Math Question

    08/06/2015 9:50:11 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 29 replies
    Vanity ^ | 6 July, 2015 | Self
    So simple, I'm almost embarrassed to ask it. I've had a certain credit card for 18 months, it pays 01.5% cash back on all purchases. I just looked on line at my statement and I have accumulated $852.13 so far. My question is, how much total have I charged to accumulate that amount of "cash back"? I know that 01.5% of "X" = 852.13, I've simply forgotten how to do this probably 5th. or 6th. grade math. Thanks.
  • Quick Navy Question

    07/19/2015 9:50:15 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Vanity ^ | 19 July, 2015 | Self
    I have a picture of my uncle in his navy uniform, W.W.2 era. I know nothing about Navy ranks. Can somebody tell me his rank by looking at the chevron on his sleeve and translate it to, E2,E3,E4, etc. I will post the pic in reply number 1 as I don't know how to post it in the body of the article. Thanks.
  • Evangelicals: Pope's proposals likely to hurt poor

    07/10/2015 10:17:56 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | July 10, 2015 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pope Francis' proposals to remedy climate change will likely harm those he most wants to help, according to a Baptist seminary president and an evangelical spokesman. The pope issued the Vatican's first encyclical on environmental issues -- "May You Be Praised (Laudato Si'): On Care for Our Common Home" -- in mid-June, prompting widespread praise from those who stress manmade causes of global warming. Others, including R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and E. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation found shortcomings in the letter -- especially regarding the...
  • Why gay marriage wouldn't surprise Paul

    06/12/2015 9:41:35 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 11, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- It's common for proponents of gay marriage to claim that Scripture condemns only promiscuous, predatory and pedophilic homosexual behavior, as if the biblical authors had no knowledge of consensual, adult, monogamous homosexuality. In some cases, LGBT advocates state explicitly that the ancient world was ignorant of modern forms of homosexuality. But that claim is false. And believers should be prepared to engage its advocates in the ongoing cultural debate over same-sex marriage. The suggestion that Scripture doesn't condemn modern homosexuality is one component of the controversy surrounding Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., and its alleged...
  • No 'bigger fish to fry' than abortion

    06/06/2015 10:04:54 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 38 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 05, 2015 | Allen Raynor
    ROGERS, Texas (BP) -- We live in a world where the truths we have always known and relied upon are being cast aside in favor of new paradigms, most of which are not for the better. Christians are being forced to scatter their attention and fight the culture war on many fronts. The battle for the biblical definition of marriage is certainly worth our fight. But it is, by no means, the only front in this culture war. We still need to confront the legally sanctioned atrocities of abortion. People may believe they have "bigger fish to fry," to use...
  • Gallup: Pro-lifers at lowest number since 2008

    06/06/2015 9:58:24 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 36 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 05, 2015 | Staff
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Abortion pro-choicers significantly outnumber pro-lifers in the U.S. for the first time in seven years, according to the Gallup 2015 Values and Beliefs poll. Half of Americans identified themselves as pro-choice in the poll that has since 2001 tracked Americans' views on abortion. The last time pro-choicers accounted for such a large chunk of the populace was in 2008, when they also numbered 50 percent. Of those polled, 44 percent identified themselves as pro-life, the same percentage found in 2008, Gallup reported. "The pro-choice view is not as prevalent among Americans as it was in the mid-1990s,...
  • 'Family Guy' jokes called 'troubling'

    05/23/2015 12:44:51 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 46 replies
    Baptiost Press ^ | May 20, 2015 | Baptist Press Staff
    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The "Family Guy" animated comedy series increasingly jokes about sexual violence against children and teens, with nearly 80 percent of all such scenes in the past three years perpetrated against that population group, a Parent Television Council (PTC) study found. Jokes or humorous depictions of rape, statutory rape, molestation or pedophilia against children were included in 91 percent of the series' scenes depicting sexual violence in the 2014–2015 season, up from 75 percent in 2012-2013, according to the PTC study. "Why would we ever want to be in the position to laugh at humanity's wors[t] offenses...
  • Prisoners, yet free

    05/19/2015 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Charles Patrick
    ROSHARON, Texas (BP) -- Clang, clang, clang, clang -- the series of four gates closed, separating me from the free world as I was searched and ushered into the maximum security prison. The contrast was instantly striking. The blue sky and slight breeze outside were replaced with the dark, humid and warm prison. A ringing bell that sounds seven times a day to signal the counting of the inmates replaced chirping birds and the background noise of life. Individualism was immediately replaced by conformity. There I stood on the cold concrete floor, under the ever-watchful eye of guards and the...
  • Discovery of Spurgeon's Psalter a 'treasure'

    03/05/2015 3:05:18 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | T. Patrick Hudson
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Scholars at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have discovered, within the institution's Spurgeon Library collection, a Psalter that 19th-century Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon used in the compilation of his commentary on the book of Psalms, "The Treasury of David." "One of the purposes for the existence of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Seminary is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the church and the academy by preserving the personal library of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and fostering a deeper appreciation of his life, legacy, theology and preaching," Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said....
  • WEEK OF PRAYER: A heart for Mormon-heavy Utah

    03/02/2015 2:40:38 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Monday, March 02, 2015 (5 hours ago) | Jim Burton
    HERRIMAN, Utah (BP) -- You've looked out the front window and seen them coming. Two young males wearing white shirts and black ties are riding bikes in the neighborhood. When they knock on your door, what do you do? North American Mission Board missionary Travis Kerns would encourage you to do what he has learned to do -- to love them. Kerns' love for Mormons has grown to the point that he now lives 35 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, serving as city missionary for NAMB's Send North America church planting initiative. Kerns has something most Southern Baptists don't...
  • Elderly Couple May Be on the Hook for Adult Son's Medical Bills

    02/24/2015 12:35:36 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 63 replies
    ElderLawAnswers ^ | Article Last Modified: 09/30/2014 | unattributed
    An elderly Pennsylvania husband and wife are being asked to pay their deceased adult son's medical bills under a law making family members responsible for a loved one's unpaid bills. The case is a reminder that such “filial responsibility” laws may go both ways – requiring parents to pay the debts of adult children as well as the children to pay for their parents'. Peg and Bob Mohn's son died at age 47, leaving unpaid medical bills. Now according to an article in The Morning Call, debt collectors are trying to dun the Mohns using an archaic state law that...
  • Length of creation days debated

    02/11/2015 3:05:42 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 95 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | February 11, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An article by a popular evangelical blogger arguing that the six "days" of creation in Genesis were not literal 24-hour periods has prompted discussion among Christians about the earth's age and whether orthodoxy necessarily entails believing in a young earth. Justin Taylor, senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway, posted a blog article Jan. 28 arguing that there are "biblical reasons to doubt the creation days were 24-hour periods." The article, which was shared on Facebook 15,000 times during its first two weeks online, also noted famous people from church history who did not believe...
  • S.S. Check

    02/10/2015 3:52:10 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies
    Self ^ | 2/10/15 | Self
    Did anybody else fail to receive the 01.6% raise on their S.S. check? I dread it but I have to go to the S.S. office to see what's going on or rather to see what's not going on. I suspect that raise went straight into Obama's stash. I'm 69 years old and am betting that I will be 30 years older than the next oldest person in that waiting room.
  • Mormons on LGBT rights called naive, unhelpful

    01/28/2015 2:48:24 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 72 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will support civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people if religious freedom protections also are ensured, its leaders announced Tuesday (Jan. 27). Southern Baptist leaders, however, said the Mormons' approach to the conflict between sexual rights and religious liberty is naive and unhelpful, as well as unacceptable to proponents of LGBT rights. In a Salt Lake City news conference, Mormon leaders described their stance as "fairness for all" -- or a "balanced approach between religious and gay rights" that endorses protections in housing, employment and public transportation...
  • Fabricated: 'I did not go to heaven'

    01/24/2015 11:38:38 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources' decision to stop selling a discredited book about a 6-year-old's supposed vision of heaven is being cited as a reminder that followers of Jesus should rely on the Bible rather than subjective experience for their knowledge of the afterlife. "Anytime you step away from the clear, revelatory, propositional statements of Scripture into your own experience, then you open yourself to every kind of weird existential idea out there," Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who believes books like Malarkey's are unbiblical, told Baptist Press. "We want people bound to truth, not to what they feel...
  • Plano petition drive succeeds, Houston awaits day in court

    01/21/2015 12:54:01 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Pressd ^ | January 21, 2015 | Bonnie Pritchett
    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Plano Citizens United, a coalition of churches and civic leaders, cleared the first hurdle this week in rescinding a city ordinance that legal experts said would stymie free speech and religious liberty, while opponents of a similar ordinance in Houston prepare to take their fight to court. With no preexisting ministerial alliance in place, Plano churches were caught unprepared when the city council, led by Mayor Harry LaRosilier, passed an ordinance Dec. 8 creating a protected class of citizen based on sexual orientation and gender identity. With help from the Houston pastors' coalition, opposition to the...
  • Atlanta fire chief fired over pro-family book

    01/07/2015 11:24:29 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 37 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 07, 2015 | Staff
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated following a city investigation into a book he wrote that calls homosexual behavior immoral and upholds a biblical view of sexuality. Kelvin Cochran Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, a cooperating church with the Georgia Baptist Convention. A two-time Atlanta fire chief, Cochran also served as U.S. Fire Administrator under President Obama from 2009-10. Mayor Kasim Reed said Jan. 6 that Cochran's failure to obtain proper city permission to publish the book and his refusal to remain silent about...
  • Next up: Illinois municipal bankruptcy?

    12/06/2014 3:11:43 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12-6-'14 | Andrew Schroedter and Patrick Rehkamp
    At its recent annual conference the Illinois Municipal League, a century old adviser and advocate for local government, took the unprecedented step of sponsoring an in-depth session on a volatile topic: hometown bankruptcies. The Sept. 18 session, entitled “Finance: Lessons from Detroit and Pension Cases,” couldn’t have been timelier. Many of Illinois’ municipal leaders are warily eyeing Motown’s bankruptcy proceeding while questioning whether their financially desperate and cash-crunched cities, suburbs and villages could face the same fate, a Rescuing Illinois investigation finds. At the very least, these leaders are now, more than ever before, openly questioning if bankruptcy is a...
  • Civil Rights Groups Call for Systemic Change in U.S. Justice System

    11/27/2014 5:53:20 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 50 replies ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | Zenitha Prince
    In the wake of the Nov. 24 decision by a Missouri grand jury to not press charges against the White officer responsible for killing an unarmed African-American teen, a coalition of civil groups presented a unified front in its denouncement of the decision and its call for systemic changes to the American justice system. “We are profoundly disappointed with the miscarriage of justice that occurred last night,” Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said during a press call on Nov. 25. Although the Ferguson grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson, she added,...
  • HRC: A formidable force for LGBT cause

    11/14/2014 5:49:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | November 14, 2014 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Human Rights Campaign brings a notable track record of helping change public opinion on homosexuality. Now it has set its sights on persuading Baptists and other Mississippians that homosexuality is compatible with Christianity. The country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization unveiled its "All God's Children" public relations campaign Nov. 10. The drive to increase public and legislative support for LGBT rights is focused on faith in a state Gallup pollsters found early this year to be the most religious in the country. "We want to successfully engage a majority of Mississippians...
  • Does today Start D.S.T. or not?

    10/26/2014 7:44:45 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 36 replies
    self ^ | 10-26-14 | self
    My computer changed time, it's new. My phone did not.
  • What is your interpretation of this?

    08/19/2014 2:56:45 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 34 replies
    Bible-K.J.V. ^ | c33-100A.D. | God
    What does this part of the letter from Paul, to the Romans mean to you: Romans 7, V 14-25 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that...
  • Robin Williams' suicide -- cautionary comments

    08/14/2014 12:18:12 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Rob Pochek
    WILSON, N.C. (BP) -- When news broke that legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams had died of an apparent suicide, people were saddened that someone who had brought so much joy to the lives of others had taken his own life. Immediately some began to speculate about his ongoing battle with alcohol addiction and depression as the cause of his desperate act. Others began to comfort themselves with the thought that Williams was now at peace from such battles. And a few observed that suicide is the ultimate selfish act. There is little doubt that suicide is a fierce goodbye....
  • Bruce Rauner – Republican, Pro-Abortion, Anti-Family(Illinois)

    08/12/2014 8:52:58 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Pro-Life Corner ^ | 5/14/'14 | Editor
    Rockford, Il – ( – 5-14-2014 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – The Illinois Republican candidate for Governor has again shown he is no friend of the unborn or the family. Bruce Rauner attended a gala fundraiser for the ACLU that was a celebration of abortion in the state of Illinois. We here in Rockford know what that means. A celebration of the murder of babies by dirty, dangerous, and unsanitary abortion mills that take pleasure in the deaths of babies and mocking God. Bruce Rauner refused to attend a dinner with pro-life politician Mike Huckebee and Rauner also refused...
  • Richard Land says transgenderism ‘ultimate rebellion’

    07/16/2014 9:21:36 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    ABP News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Bob Allen
    The Southern Baptist Convention’s former top spokesman for moral concerns says the New Testament “is quite clear” that homosexuality and transgenderism are forms of moral rebellion. By Bob Allen Transgenderism is “the ultimate rebellion” against God’s created order, a former Southern Baptist leader said recently in a television interview. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary near Charlotte, N.C., made the comment June 26 on Newsmax TV during a discussion of Vice President Joe Biden’s declaration that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions. Land, who served 25...
  • Expelled transgender student gets partial win

    07/16/2014 9:13:55 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies
    ABP news ^ | July 15,2014 | Bob Allen
    Both sides claimed partial victory in a ruling last week by a California judge involving a former transgender nursing student expelled from California Baptist University in 2011. By Bob Allen A California judge ruled July 11 that a Baptist university was within its rights to expel a transgender student for violating the school’s moral code but went too far in barring her from university-controlled businesses and services that are open to the public. Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ordered California Baptist University to pay 27-year-old Domaine Javier $4,000 in statutory damages plus attorney fees under the state’s Unruh Civil...
  • In the Big Apple, musicians sang to 'Open Up the Heavens'

    07/09/2014 1:03:34 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 8, 2014 | Barbara Denman
    NEW YORK (BP) -- Can the still, small voice of God be heard amid the sensory overload of Times Square's bombastic billboards and teeming crowds of people from life's every corner? That voice was heard by Nick, a young Marine from New Jersey who came to the Big Apple on leave with his buddies. Listening to the Florida Baptist Worship Choir and Orchestra sing "Open Up the Heavens" at the exact location where the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball drops, Nick heard the message God had for his ears -- and heart. The Marine asked Wes Ratliff, worship pastor...
  • Hobby Lobby, going forward

    07/01/2014 1:39:25 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 | Ed Stetzer
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration -- and hopefully the world -- a lesson in the first freedom: The government cannot, and must not, require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs. The June 30 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties underscores religious liberty as our "first freedom." The freedom to exercise religion, enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of Rights, is the freedom from which all of our other freedoms flow. This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare and should not be understood to mean that all...
  • After Hobby Lobby ruling, leaders rally around RFRA

    07/01/2014 1:29:23 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 | Gregory Tomlin
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A diverse coalition of church and synagogue leaders has penned a letter to congressional leaders asking them to renew support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Citing the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and other leaders from around the country expressed concern that the 1993 law guaranteeing religious rights from overt government intrusion may soon come under attack because of its role in the June 30 landmark case. In the letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R.-Ohio,...
  • Faith slammed at government museum

    07/01/2014 1:14:10 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 | Dick Peterson
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Two New Mexico scientists have alleged that a government-owned museum used tax money to denigrate religion and promote atheism at its annual Darwin Day celebration without giving believers in God an opportunity to present their case. A flier promoting "Darwin Day" at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque -- a division of the New Mexico state government's Department of Cultural Affairs -- listed New Mexicans for Science & Reason, the Humanist Society of New Mexico and Freedom From Religion, Albuquerque as cosponsors of the Darwin celebration in February, provoking to action...
  • Former thief finds forgiveness and new life as ordained pastor

    06/30/2014 1:50:58 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 25 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Dana Williamson
    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- When George Aguilar broke into and vandalized a Baptist church, the last thing he expected to find was love and forgiveness. But that November night in 2004 changed the 20-year-old man's life forever. That year, Aguilar, a native of El Salvador -- who at age 10 came to live with his father in the U.S. as a legal resident -- found himself without a place to live. He moved in with some young men in Tulsa who were involved in stealing items and converting them to cash. An impressionable young man who lost his job...
  • Messianics discuss Israel misconceptions

    06/16/2014 8:44:24 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 52 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | David Roach
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Misunderstandings of God's plan for Israel abound among evangelicals, and correcting them is a key aspect of teaching biblical doctrine, Bruce Stokes said during the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship meeting in Baltimore. "You have to keep Israel central to everything you do, or you're going to wander away from the text," Stokes, SBMF vice president and pastor of the DiscipleCenter in Anaheim Hills, Calif., said. Joining Stokes as a speaker at the gathering was Michael Herts, SBMF missions development manager and founding leader of B'nai Avraham Messianic Fellowship in Hampton, Va. In a business session, the current...
  • Transgender stance: needed & wise, Moore says

    06/13/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 | Tom Strode
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Questions from churches about the transgender issue and the tide of culture pointed to the need for Southern Baptists to address the topic during their annual meeting, the convention's lead ethicist said. Messengers to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution on transgender identity Tuesday (June 10), marking the first time the SBC has addressed the issue in a stand-alone measure. After what appeared to be a unanimous vote on the convention floor, Russell D. Moore explained to reporters some reasons for the resolution. On a recent day, he received three phone calls from pastors or...
  • Houston nondiscrimination vote delayed

    05/16/2014 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | May 16, 2014 | Bonnie Pritchett
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Calling a controversial nondiscrimination ordinance "intensely personal," Houston Mayor Annise Parker begrudgingly voted Wednesday (May 14) to delay consideration of the proposal that would give protected status to people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Houston City Council will consider the measure when it reconvenes May 28. But Parker, an open lesbian, suggested the main point of contention is irreconcilable. "The idea that we're going to be able to resolve an issue where someone can come before this body and say 'I must have the right to discriminate in order to follow my religion,' I...
  • 2 popes, now saints, reflect doctrinal divide

    04/30/2014 6:00:32 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 30 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 29, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Roman Catholic Church's canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II highlights important doctrinal differences between Catholics and evangelicals, two seminary professors have noted. With more than 1 million people watching in St. Peter's Square and on giant screens across Rome, Pope Francis installed two of his predecessors as saints Sunday (April 27). It was the first time the Catholic Church had canonized two popes at once, a move that some observers said was intended to unite rival constituencies within Catholicism -- progressives who admire John XXIII and conservatives who celebrate John Paul II. The...
  • A Holy God in heaven is 'for real'

    04/29/2014 5:50:01 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Todd Brady
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- While Hollywood has delivered another heavenly movie for American consumption, the Scriptures proclaimed long ago that heaven is in fact for real, God is there, and He is holy. Opening Easter weekend with $21.5 million in ticket sales, the popularity associated with "Heaven Is for Real" is encouraging. At the same time, the movie should have Christians scratching their heads. Based on the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller of the same title, the movie recounts the struggle that small-town pastor and father Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) faces as he struggles to embrace his 4-year-old son's...