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  • The Church's Finest Hour (Pastor Charles Lawson) (video) (How did your church respond this Sunday?)

    06/29/2015 9:31:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 6-28-2015 | zion4131
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlzL4OwfW8kSunday (Morning) Preaching: Jun 28 2015 Culture Wars and Supreme Court's Endorsement of Sodomite/Gay Marriages. Scripture: II Chronicles 7:14
  • Six arrested at Houston's Lakewood Church after heckling senior pastor Joel Osteen

    06/29/2015 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    Christian Exam ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Kimberly Pennington
    Six people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass Sunday after heckling Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church. Houston's ABC News Affiliate reports the disruption began following the praise and worship. "The praise and worship was good. His wife had just delivered a quick message. And the moment he started to preach, somebody gets up and they yell, 'Joel Osteen,' you're a liar,'" said Anwar Richardson who posted a video to Twitter of one of the arrests. Richardson, his wife, and son were visiting from Austin, Texas. With thoughts of the June 17 shooting at Charleston, South Carolina's Mother Emanuel...
  • A detailed explanation of why Christians don’t accept gay marriage

    06/29/2015 12:24:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/29/15 | Dan Calabrese
    For those genuinely interested in understanding Given the nature of the discussion following the gay marriage ruling last week, one thing that’s clear to me as a Christian who opposes gay marriage is that very few secular people - and sadly, by no means all Christians - really understand why Christians take the position we do. That’s why there is so much being said that doesn’t really reflect what Christians think. Some say we hate or we judge. Others say we are against love. Some think we’re threatened by homosexuals. Some think we object too vociferously because we secretly want...
  • Lesbian Wisconsin Senator: First Amendment Makes Clear Christians Must Participate In Gay Weddings

    06/28/2015 12:18:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 166 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | Spit Stixx
    What she’s saying is that the First Amendment means that you can believe in your heart and mind what you want, but you can’t act on it without federal permission, as far as religion goes. As to her point about a religious objection to providing medical care, Christianity doesn’t allow for letting gays die by refusing them medical care, so that’s a red herring. Big difference between refusing to participate in a wedding and depraved heart manslaughter by refusing to save a life. “Certainly the first amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you...
  • Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

    06/27/2015 5:18:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher, editor, The American Conservative
    Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives...
  • Where’s the Pope’s Encyclical on Christian Persecution?

    06/27/2015 9:37:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 26, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Pope Francis recently released a new encyclical. Portions of it deal with environmentalism, global warming, and climate change. Naturally, this has prompted controversy. It’s noteworthy that Francis didn’t merely make a passing comment on global warming during this or that sermon, but that he issued a papal encyclical on the matter. Encyclicals are much more formal and significant than remarks made during mass. They are letters written by a pope and sent to bishops all around the world. In turn, the bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests and churches in their jurisdiction, so that...
  • Is Obama Disappointed by the Christian Response in Charleston?

    06/27/2015 6:39:45 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | David Forsmark
    Barack Obama seems awfully disappointed by how Christians in Charleston have used the Charleston atrocity to glorify God from the pulpit of Emanuel AME Church instead of looking to his Bully Pulpit. I would wager that he said more favorable things about the Brown and Martin families than those courageous relatives of the Charleston 9. And he expressed far more understanding about the reactions in Baltimore and Ferguson. Barack Obama never called rioting an “unimaginable” response to a justified police shooting; but that was his reaction to a call for Christian forgiveness. In fact, the president got so pathetically desperate...
  • [March 29, 2013] You Will Be Made to Care

    06/26/2015 10:43:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    RedState ^ | March 29, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    Much has been said about this post, including a good bit of heat toward me for putting on the front.There is much that could be said. I disagree with a lot of the theology.In particular, I disagree with this: Is Homosexuality a Sin? I. Do. Not. Care. Luke 10 tells the story of a legal expert who queried Jesus about what was required to inherit eternal life. Christ turned the question back on its questioner, and this man whose entire life revolved around studying the law of God summed it up in two points: “‘Love the Lord your God with...
  • Christians in Deep Danger: 'We Dare Not Be Silent'

    06/26/2015 3:56:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 16 replies
    CBN News ^ | Friday, June 26, 2015 | Gary Lane
    Christians in Deep Danger: 'We Dare Not Be Silent' By Gary Lane CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Friday, June 26, 2015 From Egypt, to Syria and Iraq, ancient Christian communities --among the world's oldest -- are under threat of extinction. "Christians and other minorities are in deep danger and we dare not be silent. The time to speak is now," said Katrina Lantos Swett, chairman of the United States Commission on International Freedom. Swett delivered that message at the recent 6th Annual Coptic Solidarity Conference in Washington, D.C., on persecution in the Middle East. So, why should Americans, or other...
  • Bishop Fears Extremist Jews Pose Increasing Threat to Christians in Israel

    06/26/2015 4:56:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | June 24, 2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Bishop Fears Extremist Jews Pose Increasing Threat to Christians in Israel After Church Attack at Site Where Jesus Performed Miracle Christian Post June 24, 2015 A Roman Catholic bishop in Jerusalem says he's afraid that Jewish extremists are now posing an increasing threat to Christians in the Holy Land after an arson attack last Thursday at a local church in Tabgha, an area believed to be where Jesus performed the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. The warning "all idols will be smashed" — an extract from a Jewish prayer — was also sprayed in red paint on...
  • 5 faith facts about Bobby Jindal: an ‘evangelical Catholic’

    06/25/2015 2:50:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    RNS ^ | June 24, 2015 | David Gibson
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the “Road to Majority” conference in Washington on June 19, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-JINDAL-FAITH, originally transmitted on June 24, 2015.  This image is available for web and print publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. (RNS) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday (June 24) became the latest Republican to throw his hat into the presidential ring — and in this case, “last” may also mean “least.” Jindal, 44, is currently bringing up the rear in the polls among...
  • Cruz's Father Ignites Son's 2016 Presidential Campaign

    06/24/2015 9:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Financial Buzz ^ | June 24, 2015 | John Kendrick
    Christian rights activists in the US have now got a new clarion call to flock to: Ted Cruz. Fence sitters among them (almost all of them count themselves as Republicans) are listening to a new political speaker in the block: the father of the presidential candidate himself: Rafael Cruz. The new speaker suits all their sensibilities of an excellent orator and most important of all, quotes the Bible at every possible opportunity. Pastor to politics Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz is a well-known evangelical pastor presently making political speeches at churches around the country. He recites the guidelines for selecting...
  • Middle Eastern Christian Refugees in Europe Are Bullied, Threatened by Muslim Refugees

    06/23/2015 7:49:22 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-23-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A Pakistani Christian, who has fled to the Netherlands, has made a video of life in a refugee center and uploaded it to YouTube. The video has received national attention in the Netherlands because the refugee says he’s regularly bullied and threatened by other refugees, most of whom are Muslim. VIDEO He explains: "I am a refugee and live in the refugee center at Gilze en Rijen. There are a lot of Syrian Muslims here who fled the war in their own country. These Muslims have made life impossible for us [red.: for Christian refugees]. I fled from my own...
  • Charleston's streets fall silent as massacre church bells toll nine times

    06/21/2015 7:33:29 AM PDT · by brwnsuga · 46 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June21, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    The Charleston church that was the site of a massacre on Wednesday held its first service since the horrific incident today. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened its doors for their weekly 9:30am service as thousands poured out to support the church, most filling the outside parking lot and street as they could not even get into the building. Just five days ago, nine members of the congregation were shot dead in a racially motivated hate crime at the hands of 21-year-old Dylann Roof. Services began with the organist playing Amazing Grace followed by What a Friend We Have in...
  • 6 Interesting Facts About Donald Trump's Christian Faith

    06/19/2015 6:03:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    Many political experts will not take Donald Trump's quest for the Republican presidential nomination seriously, possibly for good reason. Trump, most notable for his vast real estate empire, wealth, bankruptcies, reality TV show, high profile divorces, and of late, his brash political statements, professes to be a Christian. As The Christian Post reported Tuesday, he even claims he would be "the greatest jobs president God ever created." While Trump might not be popular with a large segment of the Republican Party, many voters no longer feel connected to Washington or what they see as a professional and entrenched political class....
  • Among the Faithful Conservatives, Cruz Shines

    06/18/2015 11:01:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 18, 2015 | Michael Warren
    It’s no accident that Texas senator Ted Cruz sounds like a minister on the stump. His father, Rafael, is an evangelical pastor, after all. And as the Republican presidential candidate displayed before the faith-focused crowd at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington this week, his pastoral pedigree may be paying off. “The Word tells us,” Cruz said Wednesday afternoon, rounding back toward the podium like a preacher returning to the Bible during a sermon. “ ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh the morning.’ And I’ll tell you this.” Cruz’s voice became more...
  • Southern Baptists Vote to Uphold 'God's Definition of Marriage,' Despite Supreme Court Outcome

    06/18/2015 6:36:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The largest Protestant denomination in the United States has passed a resolution stating that marriage is between one man and one woman regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court concludes later this month. Messengers for the Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday afternoon in favor of Resolution 5, which among other things, prayerfully calls for the Supreme Court to "uphold the right of the citizens to define marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one woman." "Southern Baptists recognize that no governing institution has the authority to negate or usurp God's definition of marriage," read Resolution 5, in part....
  • NBA MVP Stephen Curry: I Knew God Was Preparing Me for a Bigger Stage to Be a Witness for Him

    06/18/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 06/18/2015 | DEBORAH HAMILTON
    Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors captured their first NBA title since 1975 last night in a 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry and Andre Iguodala, the Finals' MVP who called the Warriors a "team of believers" in post-game interviews, teamed up for 50 points, while the Cavs' LeBron James added 32. Even after the greatest achievement in basketball, Curry knows there's a much bigger prize in life, long after the buzzer sounds. In 2013, Curry talked to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the March issue of its bi-monthly magazine, writing that his faith identifies him more...
  • Southern Baptist Convention's statement opposing same-sex marriage

    06/17/2015 11:11:56 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    AJC.com ^ | 6/15/2015
    The statement [...], was released [...]Wednesday morning at a press conference: As Southern Baptist Christians, we are committed to Biblical faith and ethics. As a result, this body of Believers stands on the authority of Scripture and God’s Truth as central to our lives. What the Bible says about marriage is clear, definitive and unchanging. We affirm biblical, traditional, natural marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The Scriptures’ teaching on marriage is not negotiable. We stake our lives upon the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Consequently, we...
  • ISLAM'S JIHAD ON CHURCHES

    06/17/2015 9:07:36 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 7 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 16, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Islam’s Jihad on Churches Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On June 16, 2015 @ 12:07 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage [1]Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Originally published by the Gatestone Institute [2]. On Sunday, March 15, as Christian churches around the world were celebrating morning mass, two churches in Pakistan—one Catholic, one Protestant—were attacked [3] by Islamic suicide bombers. At least 17 people were killed and over 70 wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility. It is believed that the group had hoped for much greater death tolls, as there were almost 2,000 people in both churches...
  • Whoopi to Carly: Can You Be President for All With Your Christian Beliefs?

    06/16/2015 1:18:23 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 5-16-2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina if her “Christian beliefs” on abortion would allow her to be president “for everyone.” Goldberg asked, “I’m sorry, I got to ask this question. The first part of it is you’re running, I assume you’re a person who is very, sort of, pro-life. Are you going to run as a person going to govern for everyone or are you running on your Christian beliefs? …
  • Suffering Is Never for Nothing. —Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015)

    06/16/2015 5:51:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 6/16/15 | Nathan Bingham
    Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was a Christian author and speaker. She, having lived through great loss, taught on God’s grace in the midst of hardship, as well as teaching wives and mothers to fulfill the high calling of Titus 2.
  • If Christians Want To End Abortions They Should Stop Getting Them

    06/14/2015 9:15:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    patheos.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Benjamin Dixon
    One of the pillars of the Evangelical marriage to the Republican Party is the Pro-Life movement. By far, this movement is one of the most passionate and mobilized groups in America. But I wonder have they ever taken a moment to ask themselves the question of why, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 65 percent of all abortions are performed on Christian patients (37 percent Protestant and 28 percent Catholic). Sometimes I wonder if they even know this statistic. And if they do, how do they look at themselves in the mirror at night after they have gone to college campuses...
  • Can Gays And Christians Coexist In America? Part II

    06/09/2015 4:54:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 9, 2015 | Dan McLaughlin
    Standing against same-sex marriage is not at all like supporting slavery and Jim Crow laws. In part I yesterday, I addressed two of the three most common efforts to undermine the legitimacy of Christian doctrine on marriage and homosexuality. Part II deals with the third. The third major avenue of attack on Christian teachings on same-sex marriage and homosexual sex, and a particular favorite of anti-religious progressives, is to compare Catholics and other Christians who defend the New Testament’s teachings on marriage and sex to the defenders of Jim Crow and American slavery. This argumentum ad Wallace, mainly advanced by...
  • Can Gays And Devout Christians Coexist In America? Part 1

    06/08/2015 6:03:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/08/2015 | By Dan McLaughlin
    Can gays and Christians co-exist in America? As the saying goes, “Can this marriage be saved?” I still hope the answer is yes. But for now, it is very much up in the air—and the answer is no longer in Christians’ hands. This is a provocative thesis on a sensitive topic, one many of us would rather not face. I had long hoped not to return to writing at any length about this issue, especially not when conservatives are winning so many other arguments these days, and this is one that persuades few people who have not already made up...
  • Turks Boast of Historic Slaughter and Rape of Christians

    06/08/2015 5:11:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Earlier this week a news report unwittingly demonstrated how Turkey—once deemed the most “secularized” Muslim nation—is returning to its Islamic heritage, complete with animosity for the infidel West and dreams of the glory days of jihadi conquests.
  • 2,700-year old tomb of Hebrew prophet in danger from ISIS

    06/04/2015 10:07:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | June 3, 2015 | Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery
    A family of Assyrian Christians has been guarding the tomb of Nahum the Elkoshi for generations. That tradition may be ending soon.Al Qosh, IRAQ – Nahum the Prophet warned the world about the impending end of the Assyrian empire and the destruction of its capital, Nineveh. More than 2,600 years later, his tomb, inside an ancient synagogue in the Iraqi city of Al Qosh, may face the same fate, courtesy of ISIS. Smooth domes topped with crucifixes rise slightly above the beige stone houses in Al Qosh, the modern town built on the ancient Nineveh plain. The town is a...
  • As old-line Southern Baptist churches struggle, a dying one has an epiphany

    05/30/2015 6:29:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/30/15 | Stephanie McCrummen
    Attendance at the Southern Baptist church on Scenic Drive had dwindled to about 15 most Sundays... There was another congregation...that had been meeting in living rooms and whose pastor carried business cards that quoted from John 4:35: “Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Maybe they wanted to buy the church... .... selling to the Arabic Baptists might be their best hope of keeping the church from closing. They prayed and then took a vote, and now, a few miles away in a suburban living room, the members of the fledgling Arab congregation were considering an opportunity they...
  • Birth Control and the Church how did we get here ?

    05/30/2015 3:35:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | May 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    A documentary film series produced in 2013, but one I have only recently viewed, maintains that the modern church’s stand in accepting birth control is contrary to centuries of early church teaching. Birth Control The Movie was directed by Kevin Peeples based on his own personal journey to answer the question: As a Christian, is birth control up to us? Little did he realize that his journey coincided with producers Scott Matthew Dix and Nathan Nicholson. The series consists of two DVD’s: BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?, which looks into why there is no fundamental difference between the...
  • Pastor: 'I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

    05/28/2015 3:25:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Penny Starr
    The Rev. E. W. Jackson spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen onthe Wall event on May 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted. “It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson said Friday at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing...
  • Fox News Contributor Goes Off on Christians: So Bible verses are "vile" now?

    05/28/2015 6:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    PJ Media's PJ Lifestyle ^ | May 28, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg told Bill O’Reilly last week that Republicans live in fear of “the organized Christian right.” Goldberg and O’Reilly were discussing presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who recently asked a local reporter in Texas if the left — including the media — is obsessed with sex, after reporters repeatedly badgered him with questions about gay marriage and homosexuality. Both said that Cruz handled the question well, even though Goldberg admitted, “I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz.” But Goldberg had more to say. “Ted Cruz could have said, of course, I have no animosity against gay Americans....
  • Southern Baptist volunteers on hold to help flooded Houston

    05/27/2015 3:10:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | May 27, 2015 | Joni B. Hannigan
    With flash flood warnings waking residents of America's fourth largest city today, yesterday's hope of receding waters have hampered volunteers who are waiting to descend on the city to help. "The water has to go down before we can do anything, but when it does we will be quick to mobilize our recovery and feeding units," Scottie Stice, director of Disaster Relief Ministries for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention told Christian Examiner early this morning. Floodwaters had begun to recede in Houston, according to reports by the city's Mayor Annise Parker. But the rivers and Bayous needed at least...
  • Should Christians Attend Homosexual “Weddings”?

    05/26/2015 7:06:25 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 66 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 5-26-15 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Some of our deepest challenges as believers involve dealing with the sins of others, particularly those whom we love. Whether it is a relative struggling with addiction, a best friend unfaithful to his spouse, or a loved one embracing sexual perversion we often feel caught between our genuine love for the sinner and our genuine revulsion at the sin. The bromide “Hate the sin, love the sinner,” while at least infused with a touch of wisdom, doesn’t typically answer all the hard questions. When confronted with tough moral calls it’s often wise to slow down and define our terms. First,...
  • Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse

    05/27/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by yoe · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 2, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” The plight of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling seems unbelievable – a member of the Armed Forces criminally prosecuted for displaying a slightly altered passage of Scripture from the Old Testament: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” Sterling, who represented herself at trial, was convicted February 1, 2014 in a court-martial at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after she refused to obey orders...
  • School Bans Jesus, Bible From Child's Assignment

    05/23/2015 4:46:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Mackenzie Fraiser is 12-years-old. She’s a sixth grader at Somerset Academy, a charter school in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Mackenzie is also a Christian. In February, she was instructed by her technology teacher to create a PowerPoint demonstration about her life. One of the requirements was to include a slide with an inspirational message. So Mackenzie decided to use a Bible verse – specifically John 3:16. That familiar passage reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” But the teacher had a problem...
  • Mr. President, Giving Spiritual Counsel To Ministers Is Above Your Pay Grade

    05/22/2015 12:10:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/22/2015 | Michael Brown
    Mr. President, With due respect for your office and the tremendous responsibilities you face, I must take strong exception to comments you made at a recent Evangelical-Catholic leadership summit. Those comments were unhelpful, inaccurate, unbiblical, and, sad to say, hypocritical. During a panel discussion, you urged these leaders to spend less time on “divisive” issues like abortion and redefining marriage, putting more emphasis instead on dealing with poverty. Speaking as a professing Christian, you said, “When it comes to what are you really going to the mat for, what’s the defining issue, when you’re talking in your congregations, what’s the...
  • Issachar Training mobilizes 'God's people of faith' for 2016 election

    05/21/2015 3:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | May 21, 2014. | Karen L. Willoughby
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Christian Examiner) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz believes in "God's people of faith," the 2016 presidential contender wrote in a recent letter to pastors across the nation. The letter was an invitation for recipients to participate in Issachar Training today and tomorrow -- May 21-22 -- in Oklahoma City. The unique training, offered in various cities throughout the year, provides information and motivation for at least 1,000 pastors across the nation in 2016 to run for an elective office at the local, state or national level. The event takes its name from I Chronicles 12:32: "Men who...
  • Cruz Throws Back Gay Question To Reporter: "Do You Have A Personal Animosity Against Christians?"

    05/21/2015 10:32:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables. (via Joe Walsh) SEN. TED CRUZ: Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left, and I am going to put the media in this category, that is obsessed with sex? Why is it the only question you want to ask concerns homosexuals? Okay, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're...
  • NY lawmakers ask Gov. Cuomo to ban nonessential travel to Louisiana after Jindal executive order

    05/21/2015 8:11:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/21/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • Donald Trump Has a Major Pledge for Christians Across the Globe if He Becomes President

    05/20/2015 4:45:48 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 20, 2015 1:42pm | Billy Hallowell
    Business mogul Donald Trump made a notable pledge to Bible-believers across the globe over the weekend, vowing that if he runs for president and wins, he will be the “greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.” Includes a 1 minute, 26 second video.
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Hope for the Church: Making Disciples Out of Cultural Catholics

    05/19/2015 2:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | REV THOMAS BERG
    Catholics, as a segment of U.S. population, shrank by 3.1% from 2007 to 2014, and are now outnumbered as a portion of American population by the “nones”, the religiously unaffiliated. That was the headline-grabbing revelation last week from the Pew Research Center.  That trend fits within the overall decline in affiliation with Christian denominations, notwithstanding population growth in the U.S. in the same time period. So there it was in black in white:  approximately 51 million adult Catholics in the United States as of 2014 versus approximately 56 million religiously “unaffiliated” adults. That should come as no surprise to any Catholic...
  • Pastor, More than 70 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

    05/19/2015 3:18:55 PM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    Right Side News ^ | May 14, 2015
    Gunmen killed a church pastor and more than 70 other Christians in Plateau state in the past month, sources said. Setting fire to church buildings and houses in attacks that continued this week, Fulani Muslim herdsmen on May 2 killed the Rev. Luka Gwom of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in the town of Foron, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA).
  • Starnes: Radical Group Wants Christian General Court-Martialed for Speaking About God

    05/19/2015 4:47:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    The Military Religious Freedom Foundation wants a two-star general court-martialed because he spoke about his relationship with God.Major General Craig Olson was a speaker last week at a National Day of Prayer gathering. He described himself in that speech as a "redeemed believer in Christ."Mikey Weinstein called the general's remarks a "brutal disgrace." Mr. Weinstein is the president of the MRFF. He fired off a nasty letter to the Secretary of Defense calling for the Air Force general to be severely punished. He alleged that airmen were "utterly disgusted and shocked by the brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian...
  • You'll be forced to pick a side

    05/18/2015 9:21:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 47 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | 5-15-15 | Devin Foley
    Anti-religious (typically, anti-Christian) attitudes as are now spreading like wildfire through social media. Similar sentiments played out horrifically in the French Revolution, the Marxist purges in Eastern Europe and China, the Cristero War in Mexico, the killing fields of Cambodia, and the ongoing slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Is it unreasonable to wonder if and how the virulent, anti-Christian attitudes of today will be unleashed in America? The question hit home for me yesterday at the annual Minnesota Prayer Breakfast when Governor Dayton opened his remarks by stating: “You know the theme of today’s prayer breakfast:...
  • The True Church and the Bible

    05/16/2015 4:53:17 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 223 replies
    TRUE CHURCH and BIBLE Catholic Church History Facts When did the Church established by Jesus Christ get the name Catholic? Christ left the adoption of a name for His Church to those whom he commissioned to teach all nations. Christ called the spiritual society He established, "My Church" (Mt. xvi, 18), "the Church" (Mt. xviii, 17). In order to have a distinction between the Church and the Synagogue and to have a distinguishing name from those embracing Judaic and Gnostic errors we find St. Ignatius (50-107 AD) using the Greek word "Katholicos" (universal) to describe the universality of the Church...
  • Long-time Texas conservative activist endorses Cruz for president

    05/16/2015 3:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | May 16, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Paul Pressler, a former Texas appeals court judge who has long been a supporter of conservative causes and active in Texas politics, announced Saturday that he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for president. Pressler, who in 2012 hosted a large group of evangelical leaders who voted to coalesce their support behind Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign as a challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney, said he announced his endorsement of Cruz at a meeting of conservatives in Washington Saturday. “I feel that Ted Cruz is electable and he stands by his convictions in an articulate manner,” Pressler said in an interview...
  • Spencer, PJM: Some Christians Object to Our Muhammad Cartoon Contest(Short Title)

    05/15/2015 1:24:05 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    http://jihadwatch.org ^ | May 15,2015 | Robert Spencer
    At PJM today I discuss the widespread reaction to our free speech event in Texas — yes, you can do it, but you shouldn’t. Franklin Graham articulated what many Christians (and others) are thinking about the now-notorious Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest that Pamela Geller and I organized in Garland, Texas, and that was attacked by jihadis.
  • Walker gets ready for his religious-right audition

    A couple of months ago, the New York Times reported on the religious-right movement’s restlessness ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign. Christian right leaders realize much of the Republican establishment is rallying behind Jeb Bush, but they believe “values voters” will still have a key role in the nominating process and the movement wants a standard bearer of their own. None of this came as a surprise. Indeed, we’ve seen social conservatives try these organizational efforts before, usually to little effect. What was surprising, however, was the religious right’s shortlist: “In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to...
  • Dear Church: An open letter from one of those millennials you can’t figure out

    05/14/2015 1:45:17 PM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    Ponder Anew ^ | May 13, 2015 | Jonathan
    A lot’s been made over the millennial generation and their religious life. Why they go to church. Why they don’t go to church. What they want. What they hate. I’m going to do something different here. I’m not going to cite Barna. I’m not going to quote Rachel Held Evans. I’m not going to link to any articles or blog posts. I’m just going to tell you what’s true for me, and what I’ve seen to be true of others like me. I am one of those rascally millennials, by the way. One of those enigmatic, paradoxical, media-dependent, coffee-drinking young...