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  • Christianity and the War for Women

    12/21/2014 4:44:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Live Action News ^ | Murray Vasser | Dec 21, 2014
    A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.” Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of the...
  • God Isn’t Dead in Gotham (Tim Keller in NYC)

    12/21/2014 4:06:32 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Kate Bachelder
    ‘Cheer up, you’re worse than you think,” Rev. Timothy Keller says with a smile. He’s explaining that humans are more weak, more fallen, more warped than they “ever dare admit or even believe.” Then comes the good news: At the same time people are “more loved in Christ and more accepted than they could ever imagine or hope.” Do you know many New Yorkers who believe that? Perhaps not, but on Sundays some 5,500 city folk file into the church Mr. Keller founded 25 years ago, Redeemer Presbyterian, at eight packed services across three Manhattan locations, the Greenwich Village campus...
  • Repro Rights = Anti-Christian Mockery Outside Abortion Clinic (BARF)

    12/20/2014 4:05:07 PM PST · by Morgana
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | November 10, 2014 | saynsumthn
    A video of pro-choice abortion advocates outside an abortion clinic in Cleveland where a woman was killed after her abortion is going viral. It shows mean reproductive rights advocates harassing peaceful praying pro-lifers. VIDEO ON LINK warning offensive language.
  • Children caroling get kicked out of Klamath Falls Walmart

    12/19/2014 10:09:47 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 47 replies
    KOBI ^ | December 18, 2014
    Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Children caroling inside the Klamath Falls Walmart say they were kicked out Thursday night and told to leave or police would be called. Parents tell NBC5 News that a group of students from Henley High School were caroling at the Klamath Falls Walmart Thursday night when they were asked to leave in a manner that frightened some of the kids. A manager at the Klamath Falls Walmart declined to comment. We are told however, that the students were not invited to be there and the singing was on private property. According to another parent, who recorded...
  • Without North Korea, Hollywood Is Running Out of Politically Correct Villains

    12/19/2014 6:25:37 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | `8 Dec 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Without North Korea, Hollywood Is Running Out of Politically Correct Villains by Ben Shapiro 18 Dec 2014 With Sony’s decision to pull the Seth Rogen/James Franco starrer The Interview from circulation following a brutal hack attack by the North Korean regime, Hollywood finds its list of acceptable villains growing shorter and shorter. Not only did Sony pull The Interview thanks to intimidation at the hands of Kim Jung Un – the film was about reporters trying to kill the evil dictator – they also pulled a slated Steve Carrell movie, Pyongyang, about the regime.
  • Yes, Christians Can Support Torture: And They're Not Bad Christians For Doing So

    12/19/2014 5:36:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/18/2014 | D.C. McAllister
    In a recent post cited by Patheos, nondenominational pastor Brian Zahnd brashly proclaims “You Cannot Be Christian and Support Torture.” There is no possibility of compromise. The support of torture is off the table for a Christian. I suppose you can be some version of a ‘patriot’ and support the use of torture, but you cannot be any version of Christian and support torture. So choose one: A torture-endorsing patriot or a Jesus-following Christian. But don’t lie to yourself that you can be both. You cannot. …Any thoughtful person, no matter their religion or non-religion, knows that you cannot...
  • Rick Santorum: “We Need to Wake Up the Church” to Confront Abortion

    12/18/2014 9:34:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 80 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Josh Shepherd
    Many observers have called 2014 the “Year of the Bible Movie” and it’s easy to see why. A vast array of faith-based films have released this year, some to significant success including Heaven is for Real, Irreplaceable and Son of God. But Rick Santorum says we can do more than entertain with films. “Yes, we make films for the church,” he said recently at The Heritage Foundation. “We need to wake up the church!” As CEO of Echolight Studios, Santorum aims to do just that with the new documentary film One Generation Away. His group invites local churches to host...
  • Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied

    12/13/2014 7:00:11 PM PST · by lowbridge · 69 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | december 12, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual marriage cakes are persecuted throughout America. They get sued, they get fined, they get death threats, and they lose their businesses. So we at Shoebat.com called some 13 prominent bakers who are either gay or pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on the cake. Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it. We recorded all of this in...
  • Muslims Capture Christians, Take Them To Slaughterhouses, Dissect Them While They Are Still Alive

    12/13/2014 12:30:39 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Shoebat ^ | November 3, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslim Albanians in Kosovo are capturing Christians, dissecting them alive, tearing out their organs, killing the victims, and then selling the organs to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the two major nations of the Antichrist. We learned this from a local Serbian Christian and veteran Special Forces officer in Serbia’s military, named Lazar. We interviewed him and this is the information he conveyed to us. He said “They also kill people and sell their organs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” He then said, They abduct people in Kosovo, Serbian people — in some cases Albanian people — and they take their...
  • Chaplain punished for sharing his faith in suicide prevention class

    12/10/2014 8:32:40 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    An Army chaplain was punished for discussing matters of faith and quoting from the Bible during a suicide prevention training session with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion -- leading to outrage from religious liberty groups and a Georgia congressman. Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn was issued a Letter of Concern that accused him of advocating for Christianity and “using Christian scripture and solutions” during a Nov. 20th training session held at the University of North Georgia. “You provided a two-sided handout that listed Army resources on one side and a biblical approach to handling depression on the other side,” Col. David Fivecoat,...
  • How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

    12/08/2014 9:34:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2014 | John Lomperis
    Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances or internal practices have been for the worse. But one key way in which American evangelicals have not been closely hewing to the faithful biblical example of our spiritual forefathers and foremothers is in the basic attitude and response we often have towards what to do about blatant unfaithfulness within the church itself. People often romantically long for the purity of "the New Testament church."...
  • 80% of women having abortions Identify as Christians

    12/07/2014 11:18:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 100 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | August 22, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    From pro-life Christian Dr. La Verne Tolbert: “So, who is having these abortions? We are. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood: The highest proportion (43%) identify themselves as Protestant. 27% of women having an abortion identify themselves as Catholic, and 8% as members of another religion. 22% reported no religious affiliation. 13% identified themselves as “born again” or evangelical….. Those who claim to know Jesus and who protest against abortion the most account for nearly 80% of all abortions.” Dr. La Verne Tolbert “Abortion: the Sin of Idolatry”, Doctor Alveda King and Dr.La Verne...
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Christians being driven from American Society Too

    12/07/2014 10:34:57 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/14 | Judi McLeod
    Not just fleeing the Middle East: It’s not just the Mideast from which Christians are being driven. “Christians are being driven from the Middle East in suffering,” Pope Francis said in a video message yesterday as French Cardinal Phillipe Barbarin visited the Iraqi city of Irbil, where thousands of Christians have taken refuge. “And from America; and from the military, who need God’s protection, as we do in the USA,” adds Fred Abel of jfredabel@gmail.com. Abel is spot on. The main difference between Christians being driven out of the Middle East and those being driven out of America is that...
  • Michigan House approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in party-line vote

    12/05/2014 3:25:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    mlive ^ | December 04, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s Republican-led House on Thursday approved a proposed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which supporters say is intended to limit government laws that may burden an individual's free exercise of religion. The fast-tracked bill, sponsored by House Speaker Jase Bolger, was introduced last month and advanced out of committee earlier Thursday. It now heads the Senate for consideration. The 59-50 party-line House vote occurred just one day after competing proposals to add gay rights protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law stalled in committee due to a dispute over including transgender residents. Bolger, who had indicated he would only support...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, “there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion.” Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • WH Fails to Mention Victims in Kenya Terror Attack Were Christians

    12/04/2014 3:43:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    “We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the at least 38 individuals killed yesterday,” the White House said in a statement condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Kenya by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab. “The United States will continue to support Kenya and our regional partners in combating terrorism and violent extremism and protecting human rights.” The statement is missing one glaring detail, however: Those killed were mainly Christians who were singled out and separated from their fellow Muslim workers. As a reminder of what happened: Islamic militant group al-Shabaab has killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers, mainly...
  • Vicar of Baghdad: Four Iraqi Christian Kids Beheaded After Refusing to Convert to Islam

    12/02/2014 2:22:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/02/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Vicar of Baghdad: Four Iraqi Christian Kids Beheaded After Refusing to Convert to Islam, Telling ISIS Militants 'No, We Love Jesus' Four Iraqi Christian children, who were all beheaded by the Islamic State, refused to betray Jesus and graciously died in his name when the ISIS militants gave them one last chance to say the Islamic words of conversion, the Rev. Canon Andrew White revealed in a recent interview. In an interview last week with the Christian Broadcast Network published on the Orthodox Christian Network, White, who is the only Anglican vicar in Iraq and is know as "The Vicar...
  • ADF: Govt shouldn’t force Christian pharmacists to dispense abortion-inducing drugs

    12/01/2014 1:24:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    ADFMEDIA.ORG ^ | November 19, 2014 | Kristen Waggoner
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Kristen K. Waggoner, lead counsel representing a pharmacy owner and two pharmacists opposed to Washington state regulations that would force them to dispense drugs that can terminate human life after conception, will be available for media interviews Thursday following oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. “No one should be forced to choose between their religious convictions and their family-owned businesses and livelihoods. This choice is neither necessary nor constitutional,” said Waggoner, senior vice president of legal services for Alliance Defending Freedom and counsel with Seattle-based Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC. “The...
  • Before Being Killed, Children Told ISIS: ‘No, We Love Jesus’

    12/01/2014 6:02:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Andrew White, an Anglican priest known as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” has seen violence and persecution against Christians unprecedented in recent decades. In the video embedded below, he recounts the story of Iraqi Christian children who were told by ISIS militants to convert to Islam or be killed. Their response? “No, We Love Yeshua (Jesus).”Find out more about Andrew White’s ministry, The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, which provides humanitarian assistance to many of the Christians under attack by ISIS. Be sure to watch his interview below, and spread the word about the horrific persecution going...
  • Sadie Robertson Gives “All Glory To God” After Dancing With The Stars Finale

    11/28/2014 7:48:32 AM PST · by McGruff · 21 replies
    Western Jornalism ^ | November 26, 2014 | Justin Koski
    Sadie Robertson and the Duck Dynasty clan said their goodbyes to Dancing with the Stars after finishing second to actor Alfonso Riberio, better known as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. On Sadie’s Instagram, she posted a message thanking everyone for the experience and wanted to give “all glory to God” for the time on the show. Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas performed well in their last dance and earned a perfect score of 40. But even the perfect score was not enough to land them the “glitter ball” trophy as Riberio took it home. After their performance,...
  • Israel Not Such a Haven for Christians

    11/25/2014 12:40:49 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 21 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 November 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    We hear very little about the treatment of Christians in Israel. Among the terrible persecution that Christians face in Muslim countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, Israel is usually portrayed as a beacon of tolerance where Christians are free to follow their faith without fear of being killed. Everything is relative. Looking at what happens in Israel's neighbouring countries, where Christians are forced to convert to Islam, humiliate themselves by becoming second-class citizens and paying the extortionist jizya tax, die or flee, Israel may indeed seem a good place for them to live. Israel has no policy of...
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling those who've taken on faith to create a force for change."You’re the anti-Christ, you will be destroyed,” screamed an incensed heckler during a speech by Barack Obama in June this year. It was not the first time Obama had heard this very pointed line, nor was he the first President to hear it. Anti-Obama rallies are often decorated with signs or t-shirts carrying overtly religious messages, whether it’s likening him to the Devil, demanding that Christian prayers be returned to schools or suggesting that America has a...
  • Evangelicals Favorite Heresies

    11/21/2014 9:09:43 AM PST · by Maudeen · 103 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tom Olago
    Based on the numbers of denominations, sects and cults professing adherence to Christianity, it is not really surprising that there are wide margins of difference in how these different groups understand and interpret the Bible. Within Protestantism, there is still much theological debate and confusion around doctrines and principles – especially those not considered central or cardinal to the Christian faith. And even within mainstream church affiliations that hold fast to the central doctrines of Christianity, there is still considerable confusion and disagreement within church laity with regards to the understanding and interpretation of Biblical doctrine.
  • Homosexuals File Complaint Against Minister for Not ‘Marrying’ Them

    11/19/2014 10:32:49 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 96 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | November 19, 2014 | Heather Clark
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Two homosexual men in North Carolina have filed a complaint against their United Methodist minister for refusing to “marry” them, stating that he has failed “to perform the work of the ministry.” Scott Chappell and Kenneth Barner, who attend Green Street United Methodist Church in Winson-Salem, filed the complaint with the Western North Carolina Office of the United Methodist Church late last month, charging their leader, Kelly Carpenter (male), with discrimination. “On October 26, 2014, we asked Carpenter to officiate at our wedding and he has refused to do so, citing church rules from the United Methodist...
  • Why the Republicans Swept the Midterms

    11/17/2014 5:16:41 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 16 replies
    Rapture Ready web site ^ | November 17, 2014 | Andy Wood
    What the Talking Heads Are Not Telling You In last week's midterm elections, the Republican Party scored historic victories at the national, state, and local levels of American government. Thus, the American political landscape and balance of power is vastly different today than it was before the November 4th election. While a wave election, such as what we saw last week, does not solve all of our national problems, it certainly will go a long way toward slowing down the progress of evil that has dominated our nation over the past six years. However, very few of the pundits and...
  • ‘Duck Dynasty': Phil Robertson’s Family Believes America Could Collapse

    11/17/2014 3:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Patrick Frye
    The Duck Dynasty family has made the news partially due to their politically incorrect statements, and Phil Robertson tends to be the largest contribute to soundbites. But now, Phil’s son has taken the stump and is declaring that it’s possible that America could collapse just like the Roman empire. In a related report by the Inquisitr, Phil Robertson believes that Bibles and guns are the answer to any American’s woes. The Duck Commander patriarch also had a dire warning for Sadie Robertson’s boyfriend, saying that if they do not keep it in their pants, then he would “break” them. Phil...
  • Praying or Not on the Temple Mount

    11/17/2014 1:33:10 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Alan Caruba
    Muslims are committing atrocities around the world, killing innocent people with abandon in the name of their holy war and while they do Jews and Christians are forbidden to pray on the Temple Mount The Palestinians never lose an opportunity or excuse to kill Jews. What is feared is a new intifada or holy war in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem, where attacks on its civilians and soldiers have been occurring. The present grievance has to do with the Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism, but one that was taken over by Muslims when they invaded in 638 A.D. Muslims...
  • Barbarism 2014: Islamist To World - "Convert Or Die"

    11/17/2014 3:44:48 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Breitbart News
    Nina Shea's year-end review in World Affairs analyzes the rising Islamist threat to Christians in the Middle East as the Islamic State terrorist group conquers land and gains influence.
  • Did Gay Men Liberate Benham Brothers?

    11/16/2014 2:58:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Michael Brown
    Are you a heterosexual man who enjoys dressing stylishly, who likes staying in shape and sometimes wearing tight T-shirts while working out, who has no problem showing brotherly affection to other men? If we are to believe what a leading gay journalist says, it’s all because you have been liberated by gay men.Are you wondering what I’m talking about? Allow me to explain.I have known Jason and David Benham since 2003, and as long as I have known the Benham twins, they have been outgoing, gregarious, positive, complimentary, devoted to the Lord and their families, and in very good shape.As...
  • Pakistani Christians Tortured and Killed on ‘False Accusation of Blasphemy’

    11/14/2014 9:18:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/08/2014 | ANTO AKKARA
    LAHORE, Pakistan — A young, married Pakistani Christian couple, including the pregnant mother of three children, were “brutally tortured and burned alive” at a brick kiln Nov. 4 in the Punjab province following “a false accusation of blasphemy,” according to the brother of the slain husband. The deaths of Shahzad Masih, 28, and his pregnant wife Shama Bibi, 24, were vociferously decried by Christians in the predominantly Muslim country. “They were brutally tortured and burnt alive,” Shabhaz Masih, elder brother of Shahzad, told the Register from the village of Chak 59, located near Kot Radha Kishan in the Kasur district...
  • One Nation Under Godlessness

    11/14/2014 4:03:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Cheating. Bullying. Cybersexting. Hazing. Molestation. Suicide. Drug abuse. Murder. Scanning the headlines of the latest scandals in America's schools, it's quite clear that the problem is not that there's too much God in students' lives. The problem is that there isn't nearly enough of Him. With the malfunction of moral seatbelts and the erosion of moral guardrails, too many kids have turned to a pantheon of false gods, crutches and palliatives. They're obsessed with "Slender Man" and "Vampire Diaries." Alex from Target's hair and Rihanna's tattoos. Overpriced basketball sneakers and underdressed reality stars. Choking games and YouTube games. Gossip and...
  • Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

    11/13/2014 7:13:15 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cns ^ | November 12, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom. At the end of his general audience Nov. 12, Pope Francis asked the estimated 15,000 people in St. Peter's Square to join him in reciting the Lord's Prayer for Christians facing persecution. Students from the Gaming, Austria, campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, cheer as Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 12. (CNS/Paul Haring) "With...
  • Jerry B. Jenkins Suddenly Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild

    11/12/2014 6:03:52 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/12/14 | Jeremy Weber
    Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins has ended his formal effort to train the next generation of Christian writers. "Unfortunately, I’m not as happy as I look here, despite that my seven-year-old Thai grandson Max shot this picture of me," wrote Jenkins on his Christian Writers Guild (CWG) homepage, "because you’ve found my [website] just as I’m shutting down the Guild after 14 years of ministry."
  • Christians Upset With Kellogg's for Promoting Homosexuality in 'Tony the Tiger' Gay Pride Ad

    11/12/2014 8:38:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/12/2014 | Samuel Smith
    The Kellogg's cereal company is experiencing a backlash from Christian consumers who claim they'll no longer buy the company's products after it helped sponsor the Atlanta gay pride march in mid-October by using the beloved Frosted Flakes mascot, Tony the Tiger, in a pro-LGBT advertisement in the event's pride guide. "Wear your stripes with pride," the Kellogg's ad states, highlighting the word "pride" in large-font rainbow-colored letters, while Tony the Tiger stands to the right with his arms crossed and a familiar smile on his face. The American Family Association, a traditional Christian values activist group, posted a picture of...
  • Rescue Christians WILL save 350 more families (3000 people) from slavery ( Pakistan )

    11/11/2014 8:25:25 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | November 10, 2014 | Keith Davies
    Rescue Christians has been working also very hard on the ground in Pakistan. Our teams have been doing some major research and we have now identified a further 350 Christian families (around 3000 people) who are enslaved by cruel Muslim kiln owners. A few days ago shoebat.com reported on the outrageous and tragic murder of a Christian couple who were burnt alive at one of these kiln’s . If only we knew of their predicament in time, as we had already freed six familes from another kiln less than one mile away. ... there are 20,000 Christian families spread throughout...
  • Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests

    11/11/2014 9:44:11 AM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 119 replies
    Thom Rainer Blog ^ | November 1, 2014 | Thom S Rainer
    If you attend a church regularly, you’ve probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did a Twitter poll to ask these first-time guests why they chose not to return to a particular church. While some of the responses were anticipated, I admit being a bit surprised with some of them. Though my poll is not scientific, it is nevertheless fascinating. Here are the top ten responses in order of frequency. 1.Having a stand up and greet one another time...
  • 16 Memes that Explain What Christians REALLY Do

    11/11/2014 8:39:41 AM PST · by millegan · 8 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The “What People Think I Do / What I Really Do” meme is a clever way of poking fun at stereotypes vs. reality. We’ve assembled some of the best related to Christianity from around the web. Enjoy!
  • Election Post-mortem: Conservative Christians Still Key to Republicans

    11/08/2014 8:09:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/8/2014 | BY MARK TOOLEY
    It is often claimed that conservative religious voters, especially white evangelicals, are going the way of the dinosaur, consigned to demographic irrelevance. But they were a key component of the Republicans’ 2014 midterm victories. According to exit polls, Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever, and they backed Republicans at least as strongly as ever. White evangelicals were 26% of the electorate this year, and 78% of them voted Republican. That’s up from 2010, when they were 25 percent of the electorate, and 77 percent voted Republican, and 2006, when they were 24...
  • 150 million Christians persecuted by Islam

    11/08/2014 7:13:12 PM PST · by docbnj · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7 Nov 2014 | Giulio Meotti
    In particular, there is a disconcerting statistic: "80 percent of the acts of religious persecution in the world are directed against Christians." How many victims? The Center for the Study of Global Christianity brings the average of one hundred thousand Christians killed each year for their faith throughout the last decade. An average of five Christians every minute. Five hundred thousand Christians have already left Syria.
  • Victoria Osteen in new TV special "Women of the Bible"

    11/07/2014 5:05:57 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    chron.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Osteen will take part in a new TV special focusing on the Bible's most famous female figures, according to Variety. Stories of prominent biblical women will be blended with interviews with contemporary women in faith. Victoria Osteen will take part alongside Christine Caine and Priscilla Shirer, who co-founded Going Beyond Ministries. Eva Rodriguez from the Latino Evangenlical Women's Association, Kay Warren of Saddleback church and Bible teacher Joyce Meyer will also take part. Producer Roma Downey said the special will shed light on some little known facts about the Bible's heroines.
  • There are more Christians in America than you think

    11/06/2014 11:05:02 AM PST · by DNewsNatl · 36 replies
    According to a Global Survey from Ipsos MORI, Americans think 56 percent of the country is Christian, when it is actually closer to 78 percent, and 15 percent of the country is Muslim, when it’s really just 1 percent.
  • Muslims and Militant Secularists Increasingly Attack Christians in Europe

    11/06/2014 1:25:11 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 6 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 25 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The above photo represents a graffito found a month ago in Vienna, on the ground of a popular walkers' and bikers' promenade outside Augarten Park. It says: "Occupy all churches! We will rise!" (Besetzt alle Kirchen. We will rise.) This kind of direct threat to Christians has become increasingly common in Europe. A voluntary, non-profit organisation based in Vienna, the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe , has been established, and issued a report documenting 241 cases of intolerance and attacks against Christians and their institutions in 2013. Among them are arson, gun attacks, bombs and...
  • Southern Baptists, LGBT activists happily coexist, but for how long?

    11/03/2014 11:14:00 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 113 replies
    Crux ^ | October 31, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NWhen Southern Baptists convened a national conference here this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom was a recipe ripe for potential fireworks. Perhaps the most shocking thing was how few fireworks there were. The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission was clear: Sex is reserved between a man and a woman within the bonds in marriage. And openly gay evangelicals in attendance were equally clear: Homosexuality is not incompatible with Christianity. No concessions were made, but leaders on both sides expressed surprise at how the two...
  • Is Your Church Safe?

    11/03/2014 8:45:22 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 3, 2014 | Timothy J. Hammons
    I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago about a church she used to attend. She stopped going because the pastors, who called themselves “team leaders,” never wanted to deal with any topics that might be controversial, like abortion. In fact, their stated goal was that they wanted the church to be safe for people. The thought of a “safe” church has bounced around in my head off and on since then. What in the world is a safe church, especially given that the gospel itself, is not safe. Jesus isn’t safe. God Himself, is not safe. In...
  • How the Christian Right Is Using Hobby Lobby and "Duck Dynasty" to Take Back America

    11/02/2014 6:16:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 31, 2014 | Mariah Blake
    Evangelicals are mobilizing for the midterms.Pundits may be declaring the culture wars over, but conservative Christians are donning their battle gear and rushing back to the front lines. In recent months, a coalition of conservative evangelical organizations has been pursuing an aggressive voter mobilization campaign that involves a combination of high-tech tools, briefings for pastors, and rallies simulcast to mega-churches around the country. The goal of these gatherings is to drum up outrage over recent political skirmishes, including the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, and to persuade believers that their religious freedoms are under attack by ungodly forces. During one recent event,...
  • If Christians Don’t Vote, More Christians Will Be Persecuted

    11/02/2014 4:41:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/1/2014 | Joy Overbeck
    Mike Huckabee said on his show recently that only about 40 million of the 80 million evangelical Christians in America are even registered to vote. Only about half of those actually vote in presidential elections and only half of them, about 10 million, vote in midterms like the important election coming up Nov. 4. His numbers seem pretty accurate according to various sources, yet nearly 80 percent of Americans say they’re Christians. As is often observed, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. If Christians don’t vote in this election and help turn this country back to our Founders’ faith-based...
  • King Abdullah II to Armenian President: Christians Helped to Build the Arab Civilization

    10/31/2014 7:20:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/24/14
    Amman (Agenzia Fides) - Christians gave their own contribution to the building of Arab civilization. This is also why the forced displacement of the indigenous Christian communities in the Middle East is a serious problem, which must be curbed in any way possible. This is what King Abdullah II of Jordan said in his talks with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, who on Wednesday 29 October, at the head of a large and distinguished delegation, began his official visit in the Kingdom of Jordan, the first regarding an Armenian Head of State. As Jordanian media reports consulted by Agenzia...
  • An Appeal to Christians Who Plan to Sit Out This Election

    10/30/2014 1:04:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 175 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Jerry Newcombe
    In polite society, you’re not supposed to talk about politics, sex, or religion. Sorry, but this column will discuss all three, directly or indirectly. In America, we get the kind of government we deserve. Is this the best we can do? There certainly is a big divide in how we approach politics, even among well-meaning Christians. I was asked to speak at our church recently, and the title was given to me: “To vote or not to vote?” Are you serious? How can we not vote? We’re in such a mess because we haven’t been voting our values. I believe...
  • Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up?

    10/30/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 74 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10-28-14 | Jesse Broadt
    Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up? October 28, 2014 Joel Osteen, Pastor of the biggest congregation in America, Lakewood Church, appears to be an Obama fan, despite the fact that Obama's agenda goes against everything true Christians believe. Those of us who are intelligent and observant were not really surprised, as we have known for a long time that Osteen's “I'm okay, you're okay” milk toast sermons are far from Bible-based and do not reflect in any way the beliefs of his father, John Osteen, who started Lakewood Church and preached the uncompromising message of Christ for multiple...