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  • Jesus Had a Wife, and I’ve Met Her: We don’t need a papyrus scrap to tell us He was married.

    04/18/2014 6:24:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2014 | Fr. Stephen Grunow
    Did Jesus have a wife? According to Karen L. King, an academic from Harvard, the answer might exist in the fragment of an ancient Coptic manuscript. On this slip of papyrus, Jesus is quoted as saying “my wife,” and because of that, King notes, “this fragment seems to be the first case where we have a married Jesus who appears to be affirming that women who are mothers and wives can be his disciples.” This story broke in 2012 and was immediately qualified by protests from other academics, who claimed the textual fragment King cited was likely a forgery. These...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHOLICITY, 04-14-14

    04/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-14-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CATHOLICITY Universality of the Church founded by Christ. In the Nicene Creed the Church is said to be "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." The Church's catholicity is first of all spatial, on account of her actual extension over the whole earth. This kind of catholicity may be actual, when the Church is actually extended everywhere; it is virtual in that Christ's intention was to have the Church present among all peoples. Actual catholicity is said to be physical if it embodies all persons of the earth, even if not literally every individual. It is moral if...
  • 10 Pastors I’m Concerned About

    04/13/2014 7:53:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Scott Postma ^ | 04/13/2014
    It’s not a secret the church has been in decline for a number of years and for a variety of reasons. You can read some statistics and views on why, here and here and here. Everyone has their opinions.Abuse, apostasy, and irrelevance are just a few of the words that keep coming up in the search for reasons for the decline. There are a variety of compelling opinions and I even have a few of my own.But I suggest there is another area of decline more significant and perhaps much less obvious—and one that certainly contributes to the church’s decline...
  • China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

    04/13/2014 12:49:02 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2014 | Tom Phillips
    Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly ordering a dozen to be destroyed. The churches - in the eastern province of Zhejiang - are currently facing demolition or having their crosses removed, activists claim. Other churches are said to have been ordered to make themselves “less conspicuous” by turning their lights off at night. Local preachers accuse Party officials in Zhejiang, a wealthy coastal province, of “gross interference” in Church affairs and have urged them to abandon what they believe is an orchestrated campaign. Last week, Christians...
  • Papacy / Hierarchy in the Bible

    03/08/2014 10:06:40 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 384 replies
    The following outline shows that Jesus intended to create a holy, visible Church; complete with a prime minister, a hierarchy, binding authority, and perpetuity—the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. It is important for Protestants to understand some basic facts. Contrary to the modern belief that the Bible is a “blueprint” or “textbook” which explains how a church should be structured, it is a product of the Catholic Church—a compilation of writings that reflect a structure that was already present. As such, the “Bible alone” has no reason to provide fine details of proper ecclesiology; however, proper ecclesiology is detectable....
  • Plea deal offered to pastor accused of molesting three children

    04/08/2014 6:29:32 PM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    http://wivb.com/ ^ | 04/08/2014 | News 4 Digital Staff
    Rev. Roy Harriger appeared in court Monday where both sides argued motions. Harriger’s attorneys want to review the grand jury’s minutes. Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone said, “What makes it a little more unique is we allege that the incidents that are charged in the indictment occurred some years ago and since the time of those crimes the language and the statute has changed and so council has questioned whether you use the older language or the newer language as it stands.” Harriger is currently free on bail. At least 15 people have signed affidavits saying the pastor molested...
  • John Piper Responds to Pastor David Yonggi Cho's Conviction for Embezzling $12M

    04/05/2014 7:39:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/05/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    When asked about the conviction of David Yonggi Cho, founder of world's largest Pentecostal congregation in South Korea, for embezzling $12 million from his church, popular pastor John Piper took the opportunity to warn pastors in the U.S. who might "love money," in a recent message."With every public dishonoring of Christ, every public dishonoring of His Word and His Gospel, and His Church, it makes me angry and it makes me sorrowful," said Piper in a recent episode of Ask Pastor John.Yonggi Cho who pastors Yoido Full Gospel Church and oversees a network of churches numbering 800,000, was found...
  • Christians form human shield around church in 'China's Jerusalem' after demolition threat

    04/04/2014 2:42:33 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 4, 2014 | Tom Phillips
    Thousands of Chinese Christians have mounted an extraordinary, round-the-clock defence of a church in a city known as the 'Jerusalem of the East' after Communist Party officials threatened to bulldoze their place of worship. In an episode that underlines the fierce and long-standing friction between China's officially atheist Communist Party and its rapidly growing Christian congregation, Bible-carrying believers this week flocked to the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou hoping to protect it from the bulldozers. Their 24-hour guard began earlier this week when a demolition notice was plastered onto the newly-constructed church which worshippers say cost around 30 million yuan (Ł2.91...
  • Court: NYC can ban church service in public school

    04/03/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 3:53 PM EDT | Tom Hays
    In the latest chapter of a long-running legal fight over separation of church and state, a federal appeals court again ruled on Thursday that New York City school officials can ban a small Christian congregation from holding weekend services in a grade school. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a city Department of Education policy that prohibits church services in public schools is constitutional. The policy allows religious and other community organizations to use classrooms and other facilities for after-hours programs, but denies access to those seeking to use the space as a “house of worship.” …
  • Standing at the Summit

    03/28/2014 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Today, I write with some good news some of you may have already heard. On March 20, in Greenville, N.C., a federal jury unanimously sided with me in my claims that the University of North Carolina–Wilmington (UNCW) violated federal law in a 2006 promotion decision. Specifically, the jury found that my First Amendment–protected speech was a “substantial or motivating factor” in the defendants’ decision not to promote me to full professor. They also found that defendants could not prove they would have made the same decision in the absence of my speech activity. The case now moves to the judge...
  • Write the Things Which Are...Rev 4-6 pt 2

    Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter (Revelation 1;19)The instruction given to the apostle John, by the Lord Jesus Christ, was threefold, “write the things which you have seen”, that is the vision of Jesus Christ, standing among the lampstands, in glory, as described in Revelation 1. Second he was to write the things which are, that is the condition of the churches, in this world, as described in the seven letters to the churches. From the vantage point of the things that are, the sight of the...
  • Building the Church in Arabia Is About More Than Just Buildings

    03/23/2014 9:21:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 3/20/14 | Christopher Crawford
    Bishop Camillo Ballin of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia talks about plans for the newest Catholic church in the region and the challenges of building a unified Catholic community across ethnic groups and languages.King Isa Al Khalifah of Bahrain has given land to the Catholic Church to construct a 2,500-seat church in the Middle Eastern island nation, to be called Our Lady of Arabia. Bishop Camillo Ballin, the apostolic vicar of the northern Arabian Peninsula, traveled to the United States this month to raise a portion of the $30 million needed for the construction of the church. Bishop Ballin...
  • Go Therefore

    03/21/2014 4:38:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    As the Northern Hemisphere begins its slow tilt toward the sun, American Protestants will start giving their churches money to send their children away. These spring break and summer excursions will most often be to tropical places or a few remaining snowy places for skiing. The teenagers can work on their tans on the beach in Central America while sharing the gospel and hammering nails. Somewhere, however, in their own hometown, there are people or families starving, unable to read, struggling to make ends meet or who just need to hear the encouraging words of their Savior. Christ gave the...
  • On the Obligation of Blessing “Abraham’s Seed”

    03/20/2014 9:00:15 AM PDT · by PhilipFreneau · 48 replies
    http://www.equip.org/ ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Steve Gregg
    “Now the LORD had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed’” (Gen. 12:1–3, all Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version.). The entire remainder of the Bible after these verses can be...
  • Millionaire gay couple is suing to force a church to hold their wedding

    03/18/2014 3:00:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    http://thelibertarianrepublic.com ^ | march 18, 2014 | faith braverman
    A wealthy gay couple has decided to launch a lawsuit to force their church to perform their wedding. The Drewitt-Barlows, a millionaire couple from the U.K, stated, “We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples.” Both attend St. John the Baptist church, a branch of the Church of England, and have been in a civil partnership since 2006. Barrie Drewitt-Barlow said that he and his partner Tony, “feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilize the church we attend to get married. “It is no...
  • Who Needs the Church? You might as well ask, “Who needs Jesus?”

    03/18/2014 2:14:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/17/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked to go to a neighboring parish and address some fundamental questions related to the necessity of the Church. Many today question the need for a church or The Church and claim they can have Jesus without the Church. And thus the fundamental question “Who needs the Church?” ought to be addressed.I propose here a rather more doctrinal answer to the question and hope tomorrow to offer a more personal answer. But, the fundamental answer I offer to “Who needs the Church?” is that everyone does, because the Church is the Body of Christ.To the related questions “Why...
  • Why Some Christians' Kids Blow Off God – and Why Mine Didn't

    03/16/2014 7:57:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Doug Giles
    I love it when Christian parents whose kids haven’t even yet made it out of the nest with their faith seriously tried, tested and found true, lecture others about “how to raise godly kids”. Every time I see one of these dandies come forth, hawking their wisdom that’s yet to be seriously proven in the Asplundh of the real world, I feel like saying, “Uh … you might wanna just keep doing R&D and dial back a skooch with your 'How To’s' until Dinky has made it out of 6th grade without getting a nipple ring and a pentagram...
  • The cult of Christian apostasy

    03/14/2014 5:18:11 PM PDT · by fabian · 94 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/14/14 | fabian
    The Christian religion has been hijacked by the devil; creating a cult of Christian apostasy. Most leaders of the church have themselves been deceived by the master manipulator himself....satan.
  • The #1 Fallacy of Protestantism

    03/14/2014 4:42:25 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 290 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 13 March 2014 | Matthew Olson
    The biggest fallacy of Protestantism is that it trusts the Catholic Church to write, compile, canonize, spread, and preserve the Bible, but not to explain it. "Follow" me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/crucifixwearer"Like" Answering Protestants on Facebook: http://facebook.com/AnsweringProtestantsAdd Answering Protestants to your Circles on Google+: http://plus.google.com/106938988929282894016"Subscribe" to my YouTube videos: http://youtube.com/user/crucifixwearer
  • The Rise of the New Persecuted Church

    03/11/2014 8:20:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    Relevant ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jesse Carey
    Last week, 33 individuals who were attempting to establish an underground church were sentenced to death. The missionary who was assisting them has been imprisoned for months, and his fate, like all of those he has come in contact with, is still perilously undetermined. Officially, their crimes are related to “attempting to overthrow” the regime of dictator Kim Jong-un. But in North Korea, where the lines between state-allegiance and cult-like devotion to government leaders is so blurry that it may no longer exist, the crimes of being a Christian and opposing the regime are one and the same. A growing...
  • The Son of God

    03/11/2014 7:22:07 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 3 replies
    When the disciples returned after Jesus had sent them out to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and the cast out devils. He asked them two significant questions. One was, “Who do men say that I the Son of man am?” The other, “Who do you say that I Am?” The first they immediately answered, that the people thought that Jesus was a prophet like Jeremiah, John the Baptist or even Elijah. This showed how folks viewed of Jesus. Their knowledge of Him was limited to that of Old Testament prophetic ministry, and of course Jesus Christ...
  • More LOL Church Signs-

    03/10/2014 3:08:54 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 20 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
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  • The Evil within Church leaders/ ministers, "reverends", etc. Short video!

    03/09/2014 7:30:57 PM PDT · by fabian · 93 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/10/14 | fabian
    We have a huge problem with ministers of most churches learning intellectually, the bible and the truth, then repeating it to their followers. This is a false and weak representation of God and the very reason we are losing our nation and world!
  • church_me

    03/07/2014 10:14:06 AM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 334 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 7 March 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Only trusting the Bible without the Church would be like loving "Romeo & Juliet" and hating Shakespeare's explanation of it. "Follow" me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/crucifixwearer"Like" Answering Protestants on Facebook: http://facebook.com/AnsweringProtestantsAdd Answering Protestants to your Circles on Google+: http://plus.google.com/106938988929282894016"Subscribe" to my YouTube videos: http://youtube.com/user/crucifixwearer
  • Gay Marriage—a big stick to beat the church with

    03/05/2014 10:36:38 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 43 replies
    Creation.com ^ | Published: 6 March 2014 (GMT+10) | Gary Bates
    A line in the sand issue for Christians Currently in the US and many other countries, so-called ‘gay marriage’ is being promoted via the media. In the secular, politically correct world we live in, the reporting of this issue is rarely balanced and dissenting views are treated as marginal. For example, at the time of writing, laws opposing homosexual behavior (or at the very least, not condoning it) in countries such as Russia and Uganda have made international headlines. One supposedly apolitical radio station here in the US called NPR (National Public Radio—it is funded by donations) described them as...
  • Murdering the name of Jesus

    02/26/2014 12:02:37 PM PST · by fabian · 61 replies
    me, myseld, and I | 02/26/14 | fabian
    I have been quite appalled at how so very lost the supposed leaders of most of the churches of today are. They purport to represent Jesus' teachings, yet their is outright denial of the very powerful message that satan's grip on us to cause us to sin, is indeed broken. No, rather the ministers of today all over teach a watered down and lying ministry that Jesus merely has saved us from the aweful results of going to hell. Yet, in one simple sentence and act with Mary, when he told her to go and sin no more, he proved...
  • One Ugly Church Bites the Dust (Christian Scientist in DC)

    02/26/2014 7:22:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | February 26, 2014 | Nicholas G. Hahn III
    Christian Scientists have won their long, twilight struggle against brutalism -- so says a wrecking ball at the corner of 16th and I streets in Washington, D.C. For what seemed like an eternity, members of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist fought with architecture historians and city bureaucrats over the right to tear down their own church. Churchgoers never liked their 1971 classic brutalist structure -- an architectural style that is well, brutal -- and have even suggested it has something to do with their dwindling numbers.
  • Churches in America Fall Short When It Comes to Multicultural Congregations

    02/25/2014 2:03:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2013 | Alex Murashko
    While most churches say they already have or are working on having a multicultural congregation, the majority fall short when it comes to reflecting a diverse community of believers coming together during church services on Sundays, said an expert on multi-ethnic church planting and staffing. "If you were to judge church brochures across America you would say that there is not a multicultural problem in the American church," Tony Kim, former pastor at Newsong Church in Irvine, Calif., told The Christian Post recently. Kim is the Communication Lead Associate for Slingshot Group. The Orange County-based organization specializes in church staffing...
  • Elevation Church 'Emotionally Manipulating' Thousands Into 'Spontaneous' Baptisms, Say Critics

    02/20/2014 5:24:30 PM PST · by Gamecock · 75 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    A baptism manual produced by Pastor Steven Furtick's popular Elevation Church in North Carolina, which teaches people how to produce "spontaneous" baptisms among the repentant, is being criticized as "emotional manipulation." The manual, Spontaneous Baptism How-To Guide, was produced by Elevation Church in 2011 and received its first critique in November from James Duncan, a Christian blogger and associate professor of communication at Anderson University who lives in South Carolina. "As a church we pray Sun Stand Still prayers all the time. We are constantly asking God to do something that seems impossible and then believing that He is going...
  • Vandal targets pro-life sign outside church

    02/20/2014 11:21:15 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    KETV ^ | staff
    MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa —The congregation at St. Patrick’s Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa, said they are angry and disappointed that someone vandalized an anti-abortion sign outside the church. . A parishioner said part of the church's mission is to publicly share the values of faith. “There's nothing more sacred than life,” said parishioner Nicholle Dworak. -- Video: Vandal strikes Iowa church's anti-abortion sign But sometime Saturday night, a pro-life sign outside the church was spray-painted. The word “abortion” was crossed out and the “s” in kills covered, leaving “Kill God’s Children.” “It's just kind of scary. It's appalling what they...
  • Union Members Indicted for Burning Down Quaker Church

    02/20/2014 11:01:13 AM PST · by aimhigh · 48 replies
    www.FreeBeacon.com ^ | 02/19/2014 | Bill McMorris
    The federal government on Tuesday indicted multiple union members for burning down a Quaker church in 2012. Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union face charges of arson and racketeering in connection with a fire against the church, which was employing non-union workers. . . . . . The group of self-described THUGS—an acronym for “Those Helpful Union Guys”—allegedly burned down the meetinghouse as part of a wider campaign of violence against non-union work sites across the city.
  • NBC Depicts Married 23-Year-Old Olympian as Living an ‘Alternative Lifestyle’

    02/19/2014 4:56:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02.19.14
    Just read this and weep for our future. David Wise is at the top of his sport. He’s always smiling among his friends and competitors, however, he’s not like the rest of the field. He is mature. Not to say the rest of the freestyle skiers of halfpipe are not mature, but Wise is mature far beyond his years. At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexander, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada.At such a young age, Wise has...
  • Orthodox Church to be Sanctified in Antarctic

    02/14/2014 6:54:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/14/14
    St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported. The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station. The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its...
  • Gunman kills two in church off Russia's eastern coast - reports

    02/08/2014 11:08:58 PM PST · by bd476 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | by Steve Gutterman | 8 February 2014
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a cathedral on the Russian island of Sakhalin, off the country's eastern coast, on Sunday, killing a nun and a churchgoer and wounding six other people, state-run news agency RIA reported.
  • Catholic flash mobs fill pews, lift prayers at NY churches

    02/02/2014 4:36:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | 2/02/14
    (FOXNEWS) BUFFALO, N.Y. – You’ve heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob. Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties or mischief, mobs of Buffalo-area Roman Catholics have been filling pews and lifting spirits at some of the city’s original, now often sparsely attended, churches. It works this way: On a given Sunday, participants attend Mass en masse at a church they’ve picked in an online vote and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. Visitors experience the architecture, heritage and spirit of the aging houses of worship and the churches once again see the numbers...
  • Mass mobs fill pews, lift prayers at NY churches

    02/01/2014 11:40:35 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7 hr ago | By CAROLYN THOMPSON
    "Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties, Catholics have been attending some of the city's often sparsely attended churches."
  • Charismatics in Context

    01/31/2014 12:58:48 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 97 replies
    Ignitum Today ^ | 30 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    “Certain signs point to a weakening in the sense of mystery in those very liturgical celebrations that should be fostering that sense. It is, therefore, urgent that the authentic sense of the liturgy be revived in the Church. The liturgy...is a means of sanctification; it is a celebration of the Church's faith, and a means of transmitting the faith.” - Ecclesia in Europa To be forthright, I have always found the “Charismatic” style, whether Protestant or Catholic, repugnant. The first time I witnessed it, I instinctively recoiled: I thought, “How is this pleasing to God?” Praise is great (CCC #2639),...
  • Live Chat with Shaun McAfee

    01/30/2014 4:06:46 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 10 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 30 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Please join me for a Live Chat with Shaun McAfee TONIGHT (30 January 2014) @ 8 PM Eastern time / 7 PM Central time.
  • When was it?

    01/27/2014 7:57:57 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 219 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 27 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    For Protestantism to make much sense, the Church must have, at some point, abandoned the truth and become apostate. Otherwise, Protestantism has no license to exist. But when was this "Great Apostasy"? Protestants offer varying opinions, but none of them hold up to scrutiny. Was it right after the deaths of the Apostles?A view most supported by Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses is that, after the Apostles, the Church quickly fell into apostasy. This would be a massive blow at both God's promise to guard His Church (Joshua 1:5; Matthew 16:18) and all of the doctrine mentioned hereafter. But if this...
  • Churches being forced to preform gay marriage.

    01/27/2014 6:43:13 AM PST · by RMrattlesnake · 59 replies
    1/27/2014 | Darren Morrison
    Churches being forced to preform gay marriage. Many Gay advocate groups try to assure that Churches will not be forced to preform gay marriages. But while they are saying this, law suits spring up in States that already have gay marriage. Once gay marriage is legal many will use the equal protect laws to force there will and Bible believing Christians on your church. I have always believed that gay marriage is being pushed to try to make them seem normal. To make homosexuality main stream and total accepted but most gay people see the Bible Christianity and many churches...
  • Malaysian church attacked amid Allah dispute

    01/26/2014 10:57:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 27, 2014 1:29 AM EST
    A Malaysian church was attacked with firebombs early Monday, police said, sparking concerns of escalating tensions amid a dispute over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims. Penang state police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi said two men on a motorcycle threw Molotov cocktails into the compound of The Assumption Church. No one was injured. The attack came after a banner was found hanging outside three Penang churches, including The Assumption, on Sunday. The banner read: “Allah is great; Jesus is the son of Allah.” The churches have lodged complaints with police over the banner. …
  • Finally a Hollywood Movie Depicts a Terrorist Sleeper Cell in Dearborn… in a Russian Church

    01/23/2014 10:11:28 AM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | January 20, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield
    Russian Christian terrorists are apparently a major threat to America. If I didn’t know better, I would think that Hollywood had some kind of left-wing agenda. But instead Hollywood is just depicting real life. Like its attempt to make a Jack Ryan movie not based on a Tom Clancy movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (currently at no. 4 after Ride Along, Lone Survivor and The Nut Job) which depicts the reality of terrorist sleeper cells operating out of Russian Orthodox churches in Dearborn. A discerning viewer might notice that Russia essentially employs al-Qaeda tactics, of which would be ironic considering...
  • Byzantine-era church uncovered in Israel

    01/23/2014 9:46:08 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    A 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) say the Byzantine-era structure "probably served as a center of Christian worship for neighboring communities."
  • The Church Is Israel Now

    01/20/2014 8:15:27 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 82 replies
    bereansdesk.blogspot.com ^ | Friday, June 1, 2012 | Charles D. Provan
    Friday, June 1, 2012 The Church Is Israel Now by Charles D. Provan During this century, Christians have been told over and over that “God has an unconditional love for Old Testament Israel,” by which is meant that God’s love is directed toward persons racially descended from Abraham, regardless of faith or obedience. Membership in Israel, therefore, is viewed as a matter of race, not faith. The Church Is Israel Now demonstrates that the Bible totally repudiates this racialist viewpoint. Being a member of Israel in the Old Testament was dependent upon faith and obedience to God. When the Israelites...
  • Church? I Haven’t Been to Church in Fifty Years

    01/14/2014 11:39:41 AM PST · by NYer · 166 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | January 13, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    One of the sweet things about being a priest is being able to minister at a person’s deathbed. The veil between this world and the next is very thin at that point, and you can see so much. When I say you can “see” so much what I mean is that so much is revealed. At that point the person who is dying is usually very vulnerable and open. Their worldly facade is fading. Their accomplishments and pride are forgotten. They realize that all the stuff of this world will soon be left behind.Often the person is quietly sleeping. The...
  • Obama Bullying Nuns (Part 2)

    01/14/2014 4:12:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I pointed out how PolitiFact crowned the promoter in chief's sound bite for Obamacare the "Lie of the Year" for 2013: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." I also made a prediction that among his top 10 falsehood contenders for 2014 will be a reversal of what he emphatically stated back on Sept. 9, 2009: "Under our (health care reform) plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions." I showed how President Barack Obama already has repeatedly broken that promise over the past few years. But a coup de grace came...
  • Russia's Church urges gay sex ban referendum

    01/13/2014 3:44:56 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 15 replies
    Yahoo! sports ^ | January 10, 2014 | Dmitry Zaks
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's powerful Orthodox Church proposed Friday a referendum on banning gay relations in the face of Western pressure over human rights ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Church's abrupt intervention came amid a growing debate over whether the Kremlin should mount a firmer defence of traditional values that many in the overwhelmingly conservative country view as coming under attack from Europe and the United States. Church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin pointed to polls showing more than half of Russians viewing homosexuality as either an illness or a crime as a sign that the country was...
  • The Dark Side of Attractional Ministry

    01/13/2014 4:06:18 PM PST · by not2be4gotten.com · 13 replies
    <p>The dark side of attractional ministry is that it’s a short term strategy.</p> <p>I was a perveyor of an attractional ministry model. It never permeated any youth group that I’ve been a part of, but the structure of our last ministry was– at it’s very core– an attractional model within our two biggest demographics. (Children and adults 40+) Time and time again here on the blog I’ve made generalizations about attractional ministry, not just as an outside observer, but as someone who has participated and performed within the model. I critique because I know!</p>
  • The Catholic Free Press: Christ did not institute a hierarchical Church

    01/13/2014 7:47:32 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 25 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 13, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Monday, January 13, 2014 The "Catholic" Free Press: Pope Francis' example makes it possible to accept heresy The Catholic Church claims, and has pronounced on many occasions, the infallible truth that Christ both willed and established a hierarchical Church. Father Kenneth Baker, S.J., in his book entitled Fundamentals of Catholicism, Volume 3, notes how, "In the course of her long history, there have been many heretics and dissenters who have denied, in one way or another, the hierarchical constitution of the Church. Some have said that Jesus had no intention of establishing a visible Church with bishops, priests and sacred...
  • Woe to the Solitary Man – A Brief Meditation on our Need for the Church

    02/15/2012 3:28:20 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a line from the Book of Hebrews that says this: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb 10:24-25). The teaching is clear, we must come together each week for Mass and learn to live in deep communion with one another. We are not meant to make this journey alone. We need encouragement and exhortation, food for the journey, company and protection. In...