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  • 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...
  • Sex-saturated culture addressed at summit

    04/26/2014 11:13:28 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 | Tom Strode
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastors and other evangelical Christians should speak biblically and live purely to minister faithfully in a sex-saturated culture, speakers said at a Southern Baptist-sponsored summit on the Gospel and sexuality. In addresses during the three-day conference, speakers challenged participants with messages designed to equip church leaders and other Christians to live with purity while aiding people inside and outside the church who are captive to a sexualized society. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission sponsored its inaugural ERLC Leadership Summit in sessions April 21-23 at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville. As sexualized as American culture...
  • Final days of Jesus' life explored - critics challenge

    04/18/2014 8:21:58 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 17, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In A.D. 33 Jerusalem was a political powder keg ready to explode. More than ever, Jews expected a Messiah who would overthrow their hated Roman oppressors. In turn, the Roman Empire was spring loaded to pounce on any rivals to Caesar at the first sign of trouble. Into that milieu came an itinerant rabbi from Nazareth, riding into town for Passover on a donkey and being proclaimed by the crowds as the promised Messiah. Within days one of two things would surely happen: either He would overthrow the Romans or suffer a brutal death. This is one...
  • Jehovah's Witness prediction spurs evangelism

    04/16/2014 4:44:17 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 15, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of Jehovah's Witnesses' prediction that history would end in 1914 presents an opportunity for leading members of the group to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a Southern Baptist expert on Christian sects and cults said. Christians' "first task" in sharing the Gospel with Jehovah's Witnesses is helping them "put [their official publications] away and then deal with the Bible alone," Robert Stewart, professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press. "What we need is evidence -- evidence that the Watchtower Society [Jehovah's Witnesses' central organization] has...
  • 4 Pakistani Christians now on death row

    04/09/2014 6:26:52 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Staff
    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- A couple from Pakistan's Christian minority was sentenced to death April 4 for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row to four. The sentence for Shafqat Emmanuel and Shugufta Emmanuel in Pakistan's Punjab province came eight days after a court in Lahore sentenced Sawan Masih to death for allegedly insulting Islam's prophet Muhammad. The case against Masih, a street sweeper, stemmed from an alleged drunken conversation with a Muslim friend that sparked an outbreak of violence in Lahore's Joseph Colony. The March 2013 flare-up left 180 Christian-owned homes and shops...
  • Tax reform proposal threatens charities

    04/03/2014 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 1, 2014 | J.C. Derrick & David Roach
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Charities could face dwindling donations if Congress adopts a new tax reform proposal introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Camp's long-awaited plan to overhaul the tax code, introduced last month, has received some positive reviews, but charitable organizations say it could cost them billions in donations. "I know Chairman Camp wants charitable giving to go up, [but] his discussion draft does not [promote] that," said David Wills, president of the National Christian Foundation (NCF). "It hurts charitable giving significantly." NCF is part of the Faith and Giving Coalition, which...
  • Education Inequalities! School Discipline Targeting Black Youth

    03/28/2014 6:22:24 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    aframnews.com ^ | March 24th, 2014 | Darwin Campbell
    An alarming report has been released by the government that shows Black students are more likely targets for school discipline, suspensions and arrests than any other students in our nation’s schools. The report should be a wake-up call to African-American parents and community leaders that it is time for them to get serious about being involved and demanding accountability from superintendents, school boards and principals when it comes to our children. The report, provided by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, is a compilation of Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline that covers every school in...
  • Cremation gaining acceptance, study shows

    03/27/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Bob Smietana
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The study, which surveyed 1,036 Americans, shows that about 4 in 10 (41 percent) say they plan to be cremated. Six in ten (58 percent) say being cremated won't keep you from being resurrected to live in heaven. And few (14 percent) say cremation is wrong. The LifeWay online survey reflects the growing acceptance of cremation, which has become common in the United States. About 4 in 9 (43.5 percent) Americans who died in 2012 were cremated, according to the...
  • World Vision reverses gay hiring decision

    03/27/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 44 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Staff
    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (BP) -- World Vision U.S. is reverting to its longstanding conduct policy of requiring faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, expressing regret with an earlier decision to hire legally married gay Christians. World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere announced in a letter the reversal today (March 26), just two days after drawing ire from the Christian community by saying World Vision would begin hiring legally married gays. "Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy," they...
  • Children's pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse

    03/12/2014 4:00:00 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Alabama Baptist Staff
    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BP) -- A Baptist children's pastor in Alabama has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and one count of child pornography. Jeffrey Dale Eddie, the children's pastor and administrator of Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, was arrested Feb. 4. Eddie, who was released from his duties upon arrest, had served on the Highland Park staff for 16 years. Eddie was charged with two counts of child pornography, 31 counts of second-degree sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse of a child...
  • BSA closer to gay leadership, Easley says

    03/08/2014 3:55:34 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 60 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Diana Chandler
    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The Walt Disney Company is playing into the hands of Boy Scouts of America by cutting donations to BSA, giving the Scouts greater public leverage to accept gay leaders, Atlanta area pastor Ernest Easley said today (March 7). Disney in February joined a growing list of companies who have cut financial support to BSA because of the Scouts' ban on openly gay leaders. Such pressure will make it easier for BSA to open Scout leadership to gay men, said Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church and chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. "Walt...
  • American TV & Appliance closing all 11 stores; 989 will lose jobs

    02/17/2014 5:12:56 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies
    TMC News ^ | February 17, 2014 | Not Attributed
    Doug Reuhl, president and CEO of American since 1988, blamed an unforgiving economy, especially over the past five years, for the closure and said the company would begin a going-out-of-business sale Thursday to liquidate its entire inventory of furniture, electronics and appliances. "While this is a sad moment, it is also a proud moment," Reuhl said in a news release. "It's a moment to be proud of our efforts and to be proud of what we have delivered to the community." A switchboard operator at American TV refused to answer additional questions Monday or transfer a reporter to anyone else,...
  • Kansas City’s sky-high murder rate defies easy explanation

    02/15/2014 9:35:14 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 15 | Editorial
    Year after year, Kansas City has one of the highest murder rates in America. But why? As The Star’s Editorial Board embarks on a closer examination of the homicide issue in 2014, it’s crucial to first review figures regarding some of the usual suspects — such as racial demographics and poverty rates — often labeled as contributing factors behind violent crimes. The frustrating conclusion: There’s no clear demographic or economic explanation for why Kansas Citians too often kill each other. Here’s a deeper look at reported murder rates for the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2012, the last full year...
  • The Burden of the Lord

    02/05/2014 4:54:31 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Commentary on Malachi ^ | Not given | Vincent Cheung
    Many people believe that the word "burden," when used in a prophetic context, does not refer only to prophecy in general, but also to the pronouncement of judgment. Calvin says, "Whenever this word is expressed, there is ever to be understood some judgment of God." Verhoef elaborates, "We may concede to the opinion that in prophecy the word…generally acquires an ominous sense linked up with the catastrophic nature of many prophecies. In this sense the word usually denotes a pronouncement of utmost importance, a prophecy of judgment." In Jeremiah 23, we read that the word had become a way for...
  • Matthew 11, verses 28-30 (K.J.V.)

    01/29/2014 12:53:06 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies
    K.J.V. ^ | 29 Jan, 2014 | God
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. To me, among the most beautiful verses ever written, full of promise, promise that we can believe, promise that I try to live, it freed me a long time ago of the burden of sin, a heavy load indeed and it is all truly free,...
  • Huckabee talks religious liberty, 2016 campaign

    01/16/2014 8:33:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Shawn Hendricks
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Mike Huckabee says he won't be seeking the title of "America's pastor" if he decides to run for president in 2016. Instead, he would seek to be a servant leader who is both "salt and light" in today's culture. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who ran for president in 2008, said he won't make any political announcements until after the midterm elections. A busy speaker and the host of "Huckabee," the Fox News channel talk show, he said his concern for the nation's direction could be the deciding factor. "I just feel like our country is...
  • Pedophilia, Italy ... & us?

    01/11/2014 7:31:41 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -– The conviction of a 60-year-old man for having sex with a pre-teen girl was overturned by Italy's highest court last fall according to a report by Agence France-Presse. Social worker Pietro Lamberti was sent to prison for five years for his relationship with an 11-year-old girl. The original conviction in 2011 was upheld by an appellate court but now has been overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, which ruled the original court had failed to consider the consensual nature of the relationship, according to AFP. The court ordered a retrial. The high court said consideration should...
  • Governor sued for same-sex Mo. tax order

    01/11/2014 7:14:02 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | by Staff
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Four Missouri taxpayers filed a lawsuit on Jan. 8 challenging Gov. Jay Nixon's executive order to permit some same-sex couples to file a Missouri combined income tax return as "husband" and "wife" for 2013 in spite of a 2004 state constitutional amendment which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The lawsuit challenges Executive Order 13-14 as being unconstitutional and alleges that the governor is trying to thwart the will of the people of Missouri, with 71 percent of the voters having adopted "Amendment 2" in 2004. The amendment, now codified as Article...
  • Pastor defends Obama comments

    01/11/2014 7:05:20 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 33 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | Bonnie Pritchett
    DALLAS (BP)-- Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress defended statements he made in his forthcoming book charging President Barack Obama's policies have "paved the way" for the coming usurpation of religious liberties and moral law by the Antichrist. Critics balked at naming Obama and the Antichrist in the same sentence. But noted theologians said Jeffress' example, when read in context, properly frames end-time prophecies in light of current events. "I don't sit around in my office thinking up controversies. But I do use controversy to shine the light on Jesus Christ," Jeffress, the pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas,...
  • 3 wise men, fact & lore

    12/19/2013 5:53:03 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    Baptistr Press ^ | Dec 18, 2013 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- It wouldn't be Christmas without the wise men. They show up in nativity scenes, Christmas plays, carols, tree ornaments and paintings. Everyone knows about them: There were three wise men, they rode camels and they brought their gifts to the baby Jesus as He lay in a manger. The Bible, however, doesn't tell us any of these presumed facts about the wise men, other than they brought gifts to Jesus. The rest is holiday lore that accumulated over the centuries, which too many have assumed is in the Bible. The only biblical mention of the wise men...
  • Satanists, Hindus eye Okla. Commandments

    12/18/2013 4:01:54 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Sarah Padbury
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- A satanic group from New York wants to place a shrine to Satan next to a Ten Commandments monument on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. The offer from the Satanic Temple in New York comes four years after Oklahoma's legislature approved a privately funded, biblically based monument, which was placed on the capitol lawn last summer. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union's Oklahoma chapter has filed a lawsuit to remove the Ten Commandments from the capitol grounds, claiming the monument is unconstitutional. And, on Dec. 12, the Universal Society of Hinduism, based in Reno,...
  • The erosion of trust

    12/08/2013 8:37:40 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Dec 6, 2013 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- Two-thirds of Americans do not trust their fellow citizens, according to a survey conducted by the Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. GfK, according to its website, is a research company "working to discover new insights into the way people live, think and shop...." A similar survey in 1972 found that half of Americans professed trust in their fellow man. I suppose the AP-GfK survey does raise one question: Did those participating in the project trust the person conducting the survey enough to provide trustworthy answers? With such a preponderance of participants exhibiting...
  • Question

    12/05/2013 3:35:19 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 22 replies
    vanity | Dec.5,2013 | self
    If congress can exempt their staffers and it appears that they can, what's to stop a conservative senator or congressman from making everyone in his district unpaid "staffers", thereby allowing but not forcing them to be exempt from the abomination called obamacare?
  • Religious liberty & ministers' tax exemption

    11/28/2013 9:41:01 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 17 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Nov 27, 2013 | Joe Carter
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances is unconstitutional (see Baptist Press story posted Nov. 25). In her ruling U.S. District Court Judge Crabb claims, "Some might view a rule against preferential treatment as exhibiting hostility toward religion, but equality should never be mistaken for hostility." Despite the judge's claim, appealing to "equality" is not enough to make the action non-hostile toward religion nor is it in line with previous court decisions. Not only has the Supreme Court previously stated that the Establishment Clause prohibits hostility against...
  • A Tree Fell Today

    11/11/2013 4:02:34 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 64 replies
    self | 11/11/13 | Self
    Seriesly. I live across the street from a good size park that has lots of large oak trees, I'm guessing these trees are a hundred years old or more. The third one to fall in the past 5 years or so and this one was almost directly across the street from my house. From my house to the near side of the road is about 75 feet, from there to the tree that fell is another 30 or 40 feet. It fell in the opposite direction from my house, had it fallen towards my house, some of the highest limbs...
  • Substitutionary atonement debate sparked by editorial on 'In Christ Alone' lyrics

    08/12/2013 3:23:20 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 38 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 12, 2013 | Erin Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The centrality of the doctrine of substitutionary atonement is being emphasized by Southern Baptist leaders after a state newspaper editor wrote that he does not sing certain words of a popular hymn due to its mention of God's wrath. Substitutionary atonement refers to the belief that Jesus died in the place of sinners, taking on Himself the wrath of God that they deserved. Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist, in an Aug. 8 editorial, paralleled the angst expressed by a Presbyterian Church USA hymnal committee in rejecting the song "In Christ Alone" because of the line...
  • Return to paganism increasing in England

    08/02/2013 7:57:19 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 31, 2013 | Charles Braddix
    NORWICH, England (BP) -- He is difficult to find and even then is barely visible, but he's there. Green Man, a symbol of ancient pagan religion, stares down from the nave of Norwich Cathedral. In a way, his presence is symbolic of how it has always been, and still is, in this medieval city. Norwich has the unique distinction of being officially classified as England's most ungodly city. That's not unusual considering it's the only English city to ever be excommunicated by a Roman Catholic pope. The excommunication came in 1274. Its "ungodly" status comes from the 2011 census. The...
  • God's wrath taboo subject for PCUSA hymnal

    08/02/2013 7:49:01 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 31, 2013 | Staff
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- One of Christianity's most popular worship songs has been deemed too controversial to be included in the latest edition of the hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA). "In Christ Alone," a modern hymn written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, consistently ranks in the top 20 songs sung in churches of all stripes, according to Christian Copyright Licensing International. Yet it contains one line that the PCUSA's Committee on Congregational Song did not wish to include in the denomination's hymnal. The line in question is from the song's second verse: "Till on that cross as Jesus died/The...
  • Is George Zimmerman a Marked Man?

    07/13/2013 8:49:30 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 43 replies
    Self ^ | July 13, 2013 | Self
    Where can he go now and live in peace? He will forever have a big target on his back for every racist hoodie wearing thug in the country. How will he be able to support himself now? He cannot just fade into obscurity/anonymity. I hope that his concealed carry rights are quickly restored. He will need it now, more than ever.
  • Halt religious coercion, Baptist & Catholic-led coalition says of abortion mandate

    07/06/2013 6:48:31 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 3, 2013 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A widely diverse coalition headed by Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic leaders has called on the Obama administration to reverse the religious coercion in its abortion/contraception mandate. In an open letter to Americans released Tuesday (July 2), the collection of about 100 religious, pro-family and religious freedom leaders urged the administration to extend the conscience protections to include individuals and organizations with objections to the mandate. The mandate, which is a part of regulations implementing the 2010 health care reform law, requires nearly all employers to carry insurance plans that cover drugs defined by the federal government...
  • Relay For Life

    06/10/2013 10:49:01 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Vanity Post | 10 June 2013 | Self
    There is a Relay For Life event coming up in our community (Pekin, Illinois). I recently found out that our church is involved in it. My question is: Is this event, in any way affiliated with the Susan G. Komen foundation? I have "Binged" it and do not find mention of Susan G. Komen anywhere but knowing the deceptiveness of liberals, they might try to hide their participation. It seems to be solely an American Cancer Society event, in which case, I haven't ever heard a bad thing about them. Any insights out there?
  • Cal. Baptist Univ. fighting transgender case

    05/10/2013 8:26:02 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | May 10, 2013 | | Staff
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) -- California Baptist University is engaged in a legal battle against a transgender former student who is charging expulsion because of discrimination based on gender identity. Former nursing student Domaine Javier, a male who identifies as female, charges he was kicked out of the Baptist school because he revealed on an episode of MTV'S "True Life" reality show, that he is biologically male, the Press-Enterprise reported. The school counters Javier was expelled for falsely claiming on his application that he is female. A lawsuit Javier filed after the August 2011 expulsion has survived the university's attempt to...
  • An unappetizing proposition

    04/19/2013 8:38:30 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 19, 2013 | Editorial
    Golfer Phil Mickelson made national headlines this year when he dared to grouse about his ever-growing tax burden. Faced with yet another tax increase in California, he threatened to relocate rather than lose 63 percent of his earnings to greedy governments. Naturally, he was set upon by the news-media horde, who without the benefit of even a peek at his books, declared his tax rate was only 50 percent. To journalists and other lefties, 50 percent doesn't rise to the level of "fair share" for a man of Mr. Mickelson's means. And though they didn't say so, down deep, you...
  • Looking for An Answer From Among The Learned

    04/14/2013 7:40:01 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    K.J.V. ^ | 4/14/13 | Graybeard58
    For a long time now, something has puzzled me, not a faith shaking puzzlement but puzzling nevertheless. The genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew shows Jesus, descended from King David, through his son Solomon thusly: 6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10 And...
  • Absurd claim of 'Apartheid'

    04/09/2013 2:52:48 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 11 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 8, 2013 | Editorial
    Apartheid, as practiced in South Africa from the late 1940s until the early 1990s, was a body of law that ensured the supremacy of the white minority and deprived generations of black Africans of the most fundamental rights and government protections. Using this term to describe current practices in the United States and other Western nations is tantamount to applying the "Nazi" label to anyone with whom one disagrees on matters of policy. Deploying such a loaded term discredits the speaker. Consider the NAACP's New Haven branch discredited. The branch got a bit of news-media buzz last week upon releasing...
  • A celebration of the individual

    04/09/2013 2:43:53 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 8, 2013 | Chris Powell
    Hollywood comes out this week with "42," its first feature movie on the life of Jackie Robinson since the hero himself starred in "The Jackie Robinson Story" in 1950. Despite the 63 years between the movies, Robinson's is an oft-told tale, always at risk of being too self-congratulatory and smug, of celebrating the country's getting over race. But the new movie looks like it may at least depict the great drama of a time when no one really knew what would become of the Robinson experiment — the fearless Robinson provocation, actually, engineered by baseball executive Branch Rickey. In any...
  • Grand designs, bitter harvest

    04/01/2013 5:03:54 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 1, 2013 | Editorial
    When America was liberalizing divorce in the 1960s, the conventional wisdom was it would produce myriad benefits, especially for women, children and the economy. The arguments survive to this day. Women are better off because they no longer are "trapped in bad marriages"; unshackled from their tormenters, they are free to pursue their careers and otherwise live the happy, productive lives that marriage once denied them. Children are happier and more relaxed when their parents aren't fighting, and get more one-on-one parenting through shared custody. And the economy benefits because divorce creates two households where there was one, while supporting...
  • New Computer

    03/28/2013 5:30:27 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 22 replies
    vanity | March 28, 2013 | Self
    I bought a new desk top today, Gateway and it has Windows 8 as the O.S. This is in addition to the desk top I already have, not to replace one. I ignorantly assumed that I'd be able to hook it up and pick up my wireless router signal, not so.. Can anyone tell me what I need to do so? I get a box from widows saying I need an Ethernet cord (not card) and to hook the computer to a modem that's connected to cable, which would make it not wireless at all. Years ago, when I first...
  • Power of purse still works

    03/27/2013 4:06:36 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 27, 2013 | Editorial
    Republican deep thinkers who have been agonizing lately about their party's future should take heart in recent developments in Michigan and Tennessee. The lesson: Money talks. Michigan famously banned mandatory collection of union dues last year, and the measure takes effect Thursday. But public-employee unions are fighting back. "(U)nions representing thousands of public-school and university employees are racing to reach long-term contracts that cement the dues-collection practice for at least the next several years," The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. At one university, a labor contract preserves mandatory dues collection for eight years. Legislative Republicans are engineering a counter-attack. Under...