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  • Taking Sides: The Christian's Responsibility in Civic Affairs (Part 2)

    04/29/2016 8:27:26 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/29/16 | Kevin Kookogey
    This is the second in a series of essays on the duty of Christians in civic affairs, adapted from Kevin Kookogey’s weekly radio address and podcasts at advancingchurch.com. This week we begin our examination of questions from listeners. 1. Christians should be informed about politics, but should they really determine which political side is correct? How can one claim that it is important for Christians to be informed about politics if the conclusion one draws from the information is deemed irrelevant or off limits? It is, after all, conclusions that lead one to act and to act is to take...
  • Villainous Alice Cooper, rock’s prodigal son

    04/26/2016 8:01:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    God Reports.com Blog copied onto Viral Believer ^ | April 19, 2016 copied on 04/26/2016 | Written by Mark Ellis copied by Duke Taber on Viral Believer
    He has been called the godfather of shock-rock, mixing elements of horror movies into acts that have included an unpalatable array of guillotines, fake blood, baby dolls and boa constrictors. Yet many would be surprised to learn of his Christian roots and his homecoming to the faith after sowing his oats as the ultimate prodigal.“My father was a pastor and my grandfather was an evangelist, actually both were evangelists,” Cooper told the Harvest Show. “I grew up in the church and all my friends were church kids. I had so much fun. I was in church Sunday, Wednesday night, Friday...
  • Mosul’s iconic ‘Clock Church’ destroyed by ISIS

    04/26/2016 5:34:46 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 22 replies
    The Foreign Desk ^ | 04/26/2016 | Lisa Daftari
    Islamic State militants in Iraq have blown up the remnants of the prestigious Latin Church, dubbed the "Clock Church" for its prominent clock tower in central Mosul, according to the Patriarch of the Chaldeans, Louis Raphael Sacco. Militants cordoned off areas surrounding the church and looted the building for profitable artifacts and antiquities before destroying the remaining parts with explosives, an Iraqi Christian community leader confirmed to The Foreign Desk. The Clock Church, which had its clock tower gifted in 1873 to Iraqi Christians by Napoleon III’s wife, French Empress Eugénie, became a target of ISIS attacks in February 2015,...
  • A Christian Doctor Was Fired for the Most Frightening, Orwellian Reason You Can Imagine

    04/25/2016 10:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/25/2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    A black doctor who was fired for supposedly inflammatory sermons unrelated to his medical work filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia on Wednesday, claiming religious discrimination. This is particularly ironic, considering the governor of that state recently vetoed a religious liberty bill.Dr. Eric Walsh previously served on President Obama's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, was a board member of the Latino Health Collaborative, and started California's first city-run dental clinic for low-income families dealing with AIDS. Nevertheless, Walsh was fired only one week after being hired by Georgia's Department of Public Health. Right before Walsh was terminated, the...
  • How Islam Erased Christianity from History

    04/25/2016 5:32:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/25/16 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Christianity is demonized and its history distorted by its usurping enemies: in the West, by a host of "isms"--including leftism, moral relativism, and multiculturalism--and in the Middle East, by Islam While Christianity continues to be physically erased from the Middle East, lesser known is that its historical role and presence is also being expunged from memory. Last month a video emerged showing Islamic State members tossing hundreds of Christian textbooks, many of them emblazoned with crosses, into a large bonfire. As one report put it, ISIS was “burning Christian textbooks in an attempt to erase all traces of” Christianity from...
  • Why is Africa so poor while Europe and North America are so wealthy?

    04/24/2016 9:05:52 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 213 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2016 | Andrew Gelman
    A few years ago, two economics professors, Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor, published a paper, “The Out of Africa Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development,” that drew inferences about poverty and genetics based on a statistical pattern. The world’s most genetically diverse countries (using their measure of what counts as genetically diverse) are in sub-Saharan Africa, which is the world’s poorest region. The least genetically diverse countries are in places like Bolivia, which have low incomes but not as low as in that region of Africa. There’s an intermediate level of genetic diversity among the residents of the...
  • Trans-Speciesism: The Next Moral Boundary To Be Crossed

    04/22/2016 11:38:37 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 29 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 4/22/2016 | Gary
    The U.K.'s Standard reports on the now burgeoning trans-speciesism movement, composed of people who feel they are actually dogs, cats, penguins, etc, who will most certainly be pushing for full legal rights in the near future. The slippery slope is more like a cliff whose edge goes straight into chaotic darkness.  The Bible was 100% correct to predict that the last days would be characterized be lawlessness (Matthew 24:12, Revelation 9:21, 2 Thessalonians 2:7, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Daniel 8:23, Matthew 13:41).  Complete governmental control of all amoral aspects of life (education, taxes, guns, farming, monetary policy, etc) and virtually no...
  • Vox Day of #Gamergate: Why I Support Donald Trump

    04/22/2016 10:28:15 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 43 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | 04/16/2016 | Vox Day
    I am often asked why I, a Christian libertarian and intellectual, would publicly support Donald Trump, a man of no fixed ideology, no apparent religious beliefs, multiple marriages, visible ties to the Clintons, and whose taste and sophistication tends to resemble that of a nouveau riche rhinoceros. It is a reasonable question. After all, how can anyone support a candidate whose public statements are, to put it mildly, inconsistent—when they are not completely self-contradictory. The answer is as simple as it is conclusive and convincing. Donald Trump is the only candidate in either major party whose personal interests are aligned...
  • The Shroud of Turin, Authenticated Again

    04/17/2016 6:27:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2016 | Myra Adams
    A new study released last week included new evidence that links and further authenticates two holy relics that millions of Christians believe offer physical proof of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But before we explore the research and the relics, let us recall a New Testament passage concerning faith in Christ and the need for physical evidence. I mean the familiar story of “doubting Thomas” (John 20:24–29). The apostle Thomas was absent when the resurrected Christ appeared to some of the apostles. On hearing the astonishing news, Thomas declared, “Unless I see the nail marks in...
  • Christianity Demonized as a Global Menace

    04/19/2016 1:58:10 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 19 Apr 2016 | David Limbaugh
    Can you believe anyone even organizes a "white privilege" conference these days — seven years into Barack Obama's presidency? Well, you'd better believe it, and you should also know that at least one of the speakers at this conference is militantly Christophobic. The 17th annual White Privilege Conference was held in Philadelphia from April 15 to 17. Blake Neff of The Daily Caller attended the conference and reported that "activist and author Paul Kivel" actually claimed that "almost every dysfunction in society, from racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of 'Christian...
  • The Gospel Part 3: Are You Ready To Be A Super Hero?

    04/18/2016 2:03:42 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 7/24/15 | Gary
    "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit," - Titus 3:4-5 The Gospel is the ultimate rags-to-riches story. We were pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, deserving death because of our sins, and unable to help ourselves. We felt unloved and in turn were unloving. This bleak existence of dust-to-dust was all there was.  And then Jesus came. He revealed to us a loving Daddy in heaven who...
  • Taking Sides: The Christian's Responsibility in Civic Affairs

    04/15/2016 9:14:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/15/16 | Kevin Kookogey
    Let’s begin by dispelling some myths about Christians and political affairs. A common misconception lurks among American Christians that politics can be separated from our beliefs and that the Church – the Body of Christ - should not be engaged in the political arena. Nothing could be further from the truth. Elections, conventions and politics are merely practical means for implementing a body of beliefs about the human condition. Every policy advanced, every piece of legislation passed and every opinion rendered by a court presupposes certain beliefs about the nature and relationship between humanity and government: from whom and how...
  • Genocide Designation Is a Call to Solidarity Between Domestic and International Church

    04/13/2016 9:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Dr. Thomas F. Farr Last month, the United States formally recognized that a genocide against Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities is taking place at the hands of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. What next? While steps must be taken to stop future atrocities from occurring, provide aid to those whose lives have been upended, and to plan for their future, we must also recognize and nurture the solidarity that we as American Christians share with our brothers and sisters overseas. To advocate for them we must love them. And to love...
  • When Was The Bible Written? New Study Suggests Earlier Than We Thought

    04/13/2016 8:46:30 AM PDT · by avrakay · 29 replies
    Tech Times ^ | April 13 2016 | Deepthi B
    Certain texts of the Bible may have been written earlier than previously believed, according to a new research based on the handwriting analysis of ancient inscriptions. It is dated to be at least 600 B.C. and the presumption is that literacy was prevalent and the texts were composed in the kingdom of Judah, a city with biblical reverence, according to researchers from the Tel Aviv University. They suggest that the educational infrastructure to support Bible writing presumably existed at that time.
  • New Study: The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo Covered the Same Person

    04/12/2016 4:26:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | Paraula
    The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo “almost certainly covered the cadaver of the same person.” This is the conclusion from an investigation that has compared the two relics using forensics and geometry.The research was done by Dr. Juan Manuel Mińarro, a sculpture professor at the University of Seville, as part of a project sponsored by the Valencia-based Centro Espańol de Sindonología (CES) (The Spanish Center of Sindonology).Transparency acetate on three-dimensional model used in the investigation of Juan Manuel Mińarro . LINTEUM The study thus supports what tradition has held for more than two millennia: that the...
  • Jesus on Cover of Newsweek – What Does This Mean?

    04/12/2016 7:29:27 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 4/12/2016 | Larry Tomczak
    Coincidentally — or providentially — Newsweek magazine decided to place Jesus on its cover immediately following two large prayer gatherings, one of which took place in DC! Inquiring minds want to know: “What’s all this talk about Jesus Christ coming to our Nation’s Capital?” Having lived in Washington DC for 24 years, and having worked across the street from the White House, I know it’s unusual for this kind of talk and photo to be so prominent. A regular feature on a top-rated cable news show says it best: “What the heck just happened?” Surveys reveal that over 80%...
  • The “Bigger Problems” of Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal

    04/10/2016 7:11:30 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 13 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 4/10/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    The Governor of my home state of Georgia, Nathan Deal, has been soundly, and frequently, taken to task for his recent “Craven Capitulation” on religious liberty. I don’t wish to rehash the merits of the very weak bill Deal rejected (it only protected churches, religious schools, and “integrated auxiliaries”), nor do I wish to highlight again the rampant ignorance and hypocrisy of those who lobbied Deal to veto religious liberty in Georgia. What I would like to do here is give some explanation as to why I believe Deal caved on the defining moral issue of his governorship.
  • Horror as China tears down thousands of crucifixes in crude bid to eradicate Christianity

    04/09/2016 7:52:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    Express-UK ^ | April 8, 2016 | Lizzie Stromme
    CHRISTIAN communities in China have been left horrified after the government started tearing down thousands of crucifixes in a crude bid to eradicate the faith in the country. More than two thousand crosses have now been forcefully removed from churches as part of a government campaign to regulate "excessive religious sites". ... Several members of the public have since been arrested for attempting to halt the government's crude attempt to suppress the Christian faith. Among the arrested was prominent human rights lawyer Zhang Kai, who was detained after he mounted a legal campaign to challenge the removal of the crosses....
  • Richard Dawkins Mocks Idea that Terrorist Attacks Against Christians Have Nothing to Do With Islam

    04/06/2016 7:42:25 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 39 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 3/30/16 | Leah Marieann Klett
    Prominent atheist Richard Dawkins has once again slammed the media for claiming that the atrocities carried out against Christians by Islamic extremists have "nothing to do with religion" following the attack that killed 70 Pakistani Christians, mostly women and children, on Easter Sunday in Lahore. On Tuesday, the 75-year-old "God Delusion" author took to Twitter to offer a brief commentary on the recent tragedy: "Pak bomb kills 72," he wrote, and quoted the perpetrators of the attack as stating, "We have carried out this attack to target Christians who were celebrating Easter." "Ah, nothing to do with religion, then," Dawkins...
  • Help! Muslim Friend on the Verge of Converting to Christianity Intercepted by Mormons (Vanity)

    04/06/2016 7:11:21 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 143 replies
    None | 04/06/2016 | Me
    A real good man who was on my staff in Iraq, an Iraqi national, left the country recently. He received repeated threats from local Al Qaeda and later ISIS for helping the US Army during OIF. There was always something special about this guy and we shared a bond of friendship that still endures. I believe the Lord put him on my heart for prayer and salvation. He made it to Sweden about eight months ago and is awaiting a ruling for asylum as a refugee. My prayers continued. Today I received what I thought was the answer to that...
  • The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On

    04/05/2016 6:55:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Book of Revelation Is a Sure Guide to What Is Really Going On Msgr. Charles Pope • April 4, 2016 • In the Office of Readings this Easter season, we are reading from the Book of Revelation. This choice might seem surprising, but there are good reasons for it.While many suppose that the Book of Revelation is merely about the end of the world, it is about far more; it is also about what is happening right now. It was not written only for the end of the ages but for all ages. It is a book of...
  • SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT

    04/03/2016 1:58:13 AM PDT · by SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT · 57 replies
    Brushfire Publications | March 28, 2016 | Mike Miles
    SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT If you listen to the politicians and the media pundits, you'll hear clever sounding rationales supporting their particular position on a variety of topics. They'll talk around and tip toe right up next to the issue, but will never bring the defining issue of our time as a nation clearly into focus. Why, because they're afraid. They're afraid because of the firestorm such straight forward talk would generate. Among all the voices, consider this: The issue that is continuing to divide our country is not a racial one, though many have relentlessly played that card....
  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)

    03/29/2016 3:08:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    DVD Talk ^ | March 10, 2016 | Stuart Galbraith IV
    A handsomely made, finely acted miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth (1977) plays a lot like a distillation of the best components from all of the biblical epics of the 1940s-‘60s that had preceded it while generally avoiding those movies' flaws. Despite its all-star cast, for instance, Jesus of Nazareth steers clear of the sometimes goofy, distracting stunt casting found in George Stevens's The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), mostly famously John Wayne as the Roman centurion with the single line, "Truly, this man was the Son of Gawd." It's less artful in some respects than King of Kings (1961), but improves...
  • Recruiting Americans Back to Christianity and Conservatism

    03/29/2016 10:15:27 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 29, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    This oft-posed question, of how can conservatives and Christians recruit young Americans to their cause, was also asked of Dr. Everett Piper, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller recently interviewed Dr. Piper on a variety of topics. When asked about recruiting Americans to conservatism, Dr. Piper responded, "Let's go back to the classical liberal arts model: Veritas." He cited Oxford University, "To this day, Oxford has one word on its shield: Veritas, Latin for truth." Piper continued, "The British academy, the liberal arts academy, some one thousand years ago, was founded for one thing:...
  • Chris Pratt Builds Giant Cross on Easter Sunday (plenty o' pics)

    03/28/2016 1:25:01 PM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 28, 2016 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Chris Pratt erected a giant cross on Easter Sunday and posted a step-by-step instructional guide to his process on Instagram. The 36-year-old actor, who’s currently filming Guardians of the Galaxy 2, spent the holiday getting his hands dirty while setting up the cross, which appears to be at least roughly 20 feet tall.
  • ISIS 'Crucifies Catholic Priest on Good Friday'... "

    03/28/2016 7:36:05 AM PDT · by milford421 · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/16 | Sara Malm
    "It was reported last week that several religious groups had received threats that Father Thomas would be crucified on Good Friday, but this was denied by his church in hometown of Bangalore. However, the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, told a congregation gathered in St. Stephen's Cathedral in the Austrian capital that the priest had been crucified." "It is not known how the Archbishop became aware of Father Thomas' alleged fate, but his confirmation of the crucifixion during Easter Vigil Mass was reported in Austrian media. "
  • Katie Gorka: "We're Frightening Close" To Losing Christianity In The Middle East

    03/28/2016 3:24:57 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 28, 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Katie Gorka, President of the Council on Global Security, discussed what Christians can do to help in the war against Christianity with host Stephen K. Bannon on SiriusXM radio’s Breitbart News Saturday: On a special Holy Saturday edition of Breitbart News Saturday, host and Breitbart News executive chairman Stephen K. Bannon will continue the discussion on the global war on Christianity we began on the Good Friday episode and will continue through to Easter Sunday.
  • Our laws and customs are based upon the laws of Moses and the teachings of Christ.

    03/28/2016 12:19:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    American Minute ^ | March 27, 2016 | by Bill Federer
    American Minute with Bill Federer"Our laws and customs are based upon the laws of Moses and the teachings of Christ." -Supreme Court Justice David Josiah Brewer U.S. Supreme Court stated in the 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, written by Justice David Josiah Brewer (143 U.S. 457-458, 465-471, 36 L ed 226): "This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. The commission to Christopher Columbus...(recited) that 'it is hoped that by God's assistance some of...
  • How to Explain the Necessity of Jesus' Death to Muslims

    03/25/2016 7:35:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 25, 2016 | Jeff Sanders
    I have been in a few face-to-face debates with Muslims, and all of them were polite and respectful. One question from my Muslim friends kept popping up, however: "Why did Jesus have to die on the cross for our sins? If we sin, God just forgives! He does not need for someone to take our place." Muslims have told me that this substitutionary sacrifice is actually very unfair of God. God would never let a righteous man die for the guilty. They illustrate it this way: "Would God allow an innocent baby to die for the crimes of murderers? Of...
  • It Is Finished!

    03/25/2016 10:00:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | Michael Brown
    What did Jesus mean when He uttered the words “It is finished!” in John 19:30? The phrase actually translates one word in Greek, tetelestai, from the root teleo, which means “to finish, fulfill.” Significantly, this specific form of the verb, tetelestai, is only found twice in the entire New Testament, both times in John 19. In fact, the two occurrences of tetelestai are found within three verses of each other: “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’ . . . When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is...
  • Fewer Americans Believe in God — Yet They Still Believe in Afterlife

    03/22/2016 9:00:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/22/2016 | Maggie Fox
    Fewer Americans say they believe in God or pray regularly — yet more people believe in an afterlife nonetheless, a new study finds. It's a generational thing, with millennials the least likely generation to say they're religious or to take the Bible literally, the team at San Diego State University, Florida Atlantic University and Case Western Reserve University found. "In recent years, fewer Americans prayed, believed in God, took the Bible literally, attended religious services, identified as religious, affiliated with a religion, or had confidence in religious institutions," the team wrote in the journal Sage Open. "The large declines in...
  • Five Ways Christianity Is Increasingly Viewed as Extremist

    03/19/2016 7:24:29 PM PDT · by daisy12 · 31 replies
    Barna Group ^ | 29 February 2016 | Barna Group
    Society is undergoing a change of mind about the way religion and people of faith intersect with public life. That is, there are intensifying perceptions that faith is at the root of a vast number of societal ills. Though it remains the nation’s most dominant religion, Christianity faces significant headwind in the court of public opinion. The decades-old trend that Christianity is irrelevant is increasingly giving way to the notion that Christianity is bad for society. A new major study conducted by Barna Group, and explored in the new book Good Faith, co-authored by Barna president David Kinnaman, examines society’s...
  • Religion is dying out in America: Just 18% of people 60 and younger attend church

    03/17/2016 6:11:53 PM PDT · by daisy12 · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 March 2016 | Cheyenne MacDonald
    Around the world, people are beginning to turn their backs on religion. For some time, researchers have observed this trend as it ripples through developed countries, with the United States standing out as the exception. Now, a new study reveals this is no longer the case; with each passing generation, Americans too are steadily becoming less religious. --snip-- Researchers found each generation is subsequently less religious than the one before. In one example, the team found that 41 percent of people aged 70 and older reported they attend church services at least once a month. For people just under that...
  • In Whose God Do We Trust?

    03/17/2016 1:25:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    KSAL.com ^ | March 10, 2016 | Karen Shade
    According to Dr. Joel Mathews, the phrase "In God We Trust" was first printed on our coins in 1864 and on paper bills in 1957. It had been proposed that "Our Country, Our God, Our Trust" be used, but that was shortened to be able to stamp the motto onto coins. Kansas State University Polytechnic's March Civic Luncheon began with Kansas Weslyan University's Dr. Philip Meckley asking: o How can we look at comparative religious traditions? o How can we live with differences for the sake of our human community? Matthews, a K-State Polytechnic instructor, began the lecture by saying...
  • Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick

    03/17/2016 4:56:31 AM PDT · by 2banana · 6 replies
    CBN ^ | March, 2016 | David Kithcart
    Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick Before all the festivities focused on shamrocks and leprechauns and good luck wishes, there was truly something to celebrate: a man willing to stand in the gap for Jesus Christ. It was an act of defiance that changed the course of a nation. Patrick lit a fire in pagan 5th century Ireland, ushering Christianity into the country. Who was this man who became the patron saint of Ireland? Ireland was a beautiful island shrouded in terrible darkness. Warlords and druids ruled the land. But across the sea in Britain, a teen-ager was poised...
  • Saint Patrick "found Ireland all heathen and left it all Christian."

    03/16/2016 7:49:48 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 12 replies
    MARCH 17, around 461 AD, St. Patrick died. As a teenager, the Roman Legions guarding his community in Britain had to be withdrawn to defend Rome, as invading heathen hordes, such as the Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Vandals and Huns, were overrunning the borders. Unprotected, Britain was attacked by raiders, who carried away thousands. Patrick was captured and sold as a slave in Ireland, which was ruled by the Druids, who practiced human sacrifice. For six years Patrick herded animals for a Druid chieftain, as he wrote in his Confession: "But after I came to Ireland---every day I had to tend sheep,...
  • Jungle Cowboys

    03/15/2016 6:00:56 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 4 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 19, 2016 | Sophia Lee
    BURMA—“Help!” Sahale Eubank, 15, screamed as she clung to a rock with one hand and held onto the reins of a panic-eyed horse with the other. River rapids dragged the poor beast toward jagged rocks. David Eubank, 55, dashed into the icy waters without taking off his socks and hiking boots. Father and daughter splashed, grunted, and pulled until the horse—their main porter for baggage stuffed with medical and educational supplies for impoverished villagers—climbed trembling onto the rock. Eubank, founder of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a humanitarian aid group, was on a two-day trek through the Karen State mountains...
  • The Surprisingly Early History of Christianity in India

    03/13/2016 10:17:54 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 16 replies
    smithsonianmag.com ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2016 | Paul Zacharia; Photographs by Lynn Johnson
    Modern Syrian Christians of Kerala (the majority Christian population here) believe that the Apostle Thomas—the one who so famously questioned Jesus—visited here in a.d. 52 and baptized their forefathers. Historians surmise that the diverse, rich trading center of Kerala may well have drawn this Palestinian Jew of the Roman Empire who wished to preach the Gospel. Thousands of churches today bear his name, their rituals and theology derived from Eastern Orthodox traditions in the liturgical language Syriac, a formation of Aramaic, the dialect Jesus—and Thomas—spoke. For decades now, the liturgical language of Kerala Christians has been Malayalam, the language of...
  • Writing Our Own Moral Code

    03/10/2016 5:31:09 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 14 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 3/9/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    At The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (of the Southern Baptist Convention), a recent blog post details the "Six principles of a Jesus-centered moral order." The post is an excerpt from a recent book co-authored by David Kinnaman, the president of Barna Group, a Christian research and communications company. The piece notes that, "in the twentieth century, more and more people began to see Christian morality as standing in the way of a new moral code: the morality of self-fulfillment. Throwing off burdensome traditional mores, people began to imagine life without a bothersome God standing watch." The post also reveals...
  • ISIS and Christian Genocide

    03/09/2016 5:43:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2016 | Brent Bozell
    It's part a lack of resources overseas and part simple disinterest at home, but the American news media seemingly are out of the business of covering international news. For example, one of the most neglected international stories is the attempt by ISIS to exterminate and persecute Christians. Instead, our media obsess over the faintest hint of domestic "Islamophobia." A few weeks ago, The New York Times filed a national story from Arizona with this incident: "Rania Kanawati, a Syrian immigrant, was walking to her car after Friday Prayer last month at the Islamic Center of Tucson when a beer can...
  • Sunday reflection: Luke 15:1–3, 11–32

    03/06/2016 1:53:53 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 6, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    “Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here. For previous Green Room entries, click here.This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 15:1–3, 11–32: Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So...
  • Is It Intolerant to Claim Christianity Alone Is True?

    A couple of years ago I visited Canada to record television interviews about my book Christian Endgame. Prior to the recording, some of the Christians in the green room told me to be cautious about saying that Christianity is the exclusively true religion. When I inquired why, I was told that it is considered intolerant in Canadian society to claim Christianity is the only way to God. The Christian program executives were concerned about receiving legal reprisals from the Canadian government for broadcasting “intolerant” religious statements. I don’t know exactly what Canada’s laws are concerning alleged statements of religious intolerance,...
  • Major JW Court Victory (Weekly Update Judicial Watch)

    02/27/2016 10:04:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 26, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Federal Court Grants Judicial Watch Discovery on Clinton Email Issue History Comes Full Circle as Judicial Watch Releases New Document in Whitewater Criminal Corruption Case against Hillary Clinton Air Force Academy Celebrates Witchcraft and Voodoo While Demeaning Christianity Federal Court Grants Judicial Watch Discovery on Clinton Email Issue Your Judicial Watch has achieved another remarkable breakthrough in our tireless efforts to get to the bottom of the Clinton email scandal. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan granted Judicial Watch’s motion for discovery into whether the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliberately...
  • Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals

    Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals This morning, like most mornings now, I found myself reading an article on Donald Trump’s candidacy. Everyday I ask myself the question, “How can so many American Evangelicals support such an openly narcissistic, power driven man?” Sarah Palin endorsed him, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, endorsed him,[1] and not too long ago, a poll was released that showed that Evangelical Christians as a whole are gravitating to Trump.[2] But, this article I read today gave me a much needed answer as to why Americans and specifically republican...
  • Civilization without Religion?

    02/23/2016 6:37:51 AM PST · by don-o · 19 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Sep 24, 2012 | Russell Kirk
    snip To understand these words "civilization" and "culture," the best book to read is T. S. Eliot's slim volume Notes Towards a Definition of Culture (1948). Once upon a time I commended that book to President Richard Nixon, in a private discussion of modern disorders, as the one book which he ought to read for guidance in his high office. Man is the only creature possessing culture, as distinguished from instinct; and if culture is effaced, so is the distinction between man and the brutes that perish. "Art is man's nature," in Edmund Burke's phrase; and if the human arts,...
  • The History and Legacy of Protestant Christianity

    02/23/2016 6:22:21 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    Gresham College ^ | Ongoing lecture series | Professor Alec Ryrie
    "This series of lectures will discuss the history, legacy and ongoing significance of the religious tradition which has done more than any other to shape the modern world: Protestant Christianity."
  • False Grace, Loving God and Hating Evil

    02/22/2016 2:12:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2016 | Matt Barber
    What a mess our world is in. What a mess America is in. What a mess the church is in. Depressed yet? Isaiah 5:20 encapsulates, I believe, the cultural condition of much of the world, most of America and an alarmingly high percentage of those who belong, or at least claim to belong, to the body of Christ. "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Calling evil good. That sums us up. But, hey, "grace," right? I mean, you've...
  • God, Conservatism, and Donald Trump

    02/22/2016 6:46:12 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 39 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 2/22/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    For the last several days, I’ve spent a lot of time spreading the following paragraph around the Internet: Donald Trump is a biblically-illiterate, adulterous, strip-club owning, casino magnate. He has been on every side of almost any political or moral issue you can imagine. Yeah, he's said some things that people like to hear, but what is there in his life that reveals that he will actually do what he says? He is "wise in his own eyes" and we should not be swayed by his cunning, craftiness, and deceitful scheming. Even the shallowest of political observers knows well that...
  • Pope Francis questions Donald Trump's Christianity

    02/18/2016 1:00:26 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 72 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Feb 18 , 2016 | BBC
    The Pope has questioned US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Christianity over his call to build a border wall with Mexico. Pope Francis said "a person who thinks only about building walls... and not of building bridges, is not Christian". The New York businessman supports deporting nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants. Calling himself a "proud Christian", Mr Trump blamed Mexico for the Pope's remarks, calling them "disgraceful".
  • James Dobson Hits Trump, Rubio in New TV Ad for Ted Cruz

    02/18/2016 8:07:30 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 169 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/17/15
    Evangelical broadcaster James Dobson Wednesday praised Ted Cruz's bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying in a new television ad that the Texas senator is critical to naming more conservatives to the Supreme Court. "With Justice Scalia's death, we need a president who will defend the Constitution and nominate conservatives to the high court," Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said in endorsing Cruz as a private citizen. "I know Ted," Dobson said. "He's a Christian family man of the utmost integrity."