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  • Separation of Church and State?

    10/30/2014 2:58:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/30/14 | Leigh Bravo
    The question we must understand, and answer properly, is, "Are the people to serve the Government, or, is the government to serve the People?" Do you understand the difference between Rules and Laws? Laws are enacted in accordance with the Constitution, where the House of Representatives and the Senate concur on a Bill. The Bill then goes to the President, who can sign it into law. We needn’t discuss veto, here, as that has nothing to do with what we need to understand. A Rule (Note: Rule includes regulations) is the desire of unelected officials in Administrative Agencies to implement...
  • Elton John calls Pope Francis ‘my hero’ for acceptance of gays

    10/29/2014 3:12:35 AM PDT · by xp38 · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Oct. 29 2014 | Associated Press
    Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in Manhattan. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"
  • Poehler to Create New Church-Centered Sit-Com for NBC

    10/28/2014 8:38:02 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 28 replies
    mrc NewsBusters ^ | October 28, 2014 | Tianna DiMartino
    Oh good. A Hollywood liberal is doing a sitcom about a church. What could go wrong? With NBC’s popular comedic sit-com “Parks and Recreation” heading into its seventh and final season, lead actress Amy Poehler’s next project is one conservative Christians probably won’t welcome. Deadline Hollywood broke the news October 17 that Poehler and “Parks and Recreation” co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar are re-teaming together to co-write a new series for NBC. The currently untitled new series will be centered around “a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters who make up her new community.”...
  • Cuba Builds First New Church in 55 Years

    10/28/2014 3:49:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/27/14 | Andrea Rodriguez
    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio. The church publication "Christian Life" said it will have space for 200 people.
  • Former Connecticut church sold for benefit of local Muslim community

    10/23/2014 6:46:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Episcopal Church in Connecticut ^ | October 23, 2014 | Karin Hamilton
    The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) has sold its property at 35 Harris Road, Avon, former home to Christ Episcopal Church, to the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center, Inc. (FVAMC). The sale, for $1.1 million, was completed on Oct. 21. The building was vacated after the congregation voted in 2012 to dissolve as a parish and close by the end of that year. The following spring, Bishop Ian T. Douglas and other ECCT staff hosted a meeting of community leaders and interested residents to discern how the property could best be used “as an asset to God’s mission of restoration...
  • Blyukher Street Park in Yekaterinburg to have Lutheran church built this year (Russia)

    10/09/2014 4:56:20 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 12 replies
    Yekaterinburg Online ^ | Nastya Rovnushkina
    The Lutheran church in the territory of park on Blyukher Street will start being built probably this year. About it the E1.RU portal was told by representatives of a Lutheran community in Yekaterinburg. Documents on granting the territory according to the lease contract are already agreed with MUGISO and underwent all necessary procedures, including public hearings. Now parishioners expect the construction license which will allow to achieve, at last, long dream – to return to residents of Yekaterinburg the Lutheran temple. The area of building – about 400 square meters. - We awaited five years for this decision, - the...
  • Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

    10/20/2014 6:26:25 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 35 replies
    Alliance Defending Freedom ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2014 | Attorney sound bites: Jeremy Tedesco | Jonathan Scruggs
    COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved...
  • Alexander VI's Election to the Papacy

    10/16/2014 4:49:20 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 8 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 16 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    [This is part of Catholic Analysis' special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the fourth, details Alexander's election and coronation. Read the third part.] The conclave of 1492 was an awesome, if typical, affair. After the death of Pope Innocent VIII, the primary contenders to succeed him quickly became obvious: Rodrigo Borgia, Ascanio Sforza, and Giuliano della Rovere (who later became Pope Julius II). [1] Rodrigo was the obvious choice, a man of high honors and popularity. However, that he was Spanish, and therefore seen as an outsider, was likely a point of considerable contention. Ascanio, the Italian and...
  • If Your Pastor Has A $60k A Year Clothing Allowance, You Probably Should Leave That Church

    10/11/2014 9:11:03 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-12-2014 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday evening I had my pastor over to Casa de Giles to enjoy one of my fine cigars with the family and me. During the course of catching up, I found out that several new families from a local South Florida mega-church had left that zoo and had joined our church. The reason why they said they absconded had me gobsmacked – and I’m a hard critter to shock. Having been in the ministry for twenty-five years, I’ve pretty much heard it all and have seen it all, but I wasn’t ready for this curve ball. This time it...
  • I Pledge Sunday 2014: The Rise of the Church

    10/05/2014 7:27:23 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 3 replies
    I Pledge Sunday ^ | October 5, 2012 | American Family Association and others
    Throughout our nation’s history, the Church has been a force for good in America and abroad. But over the last 50 years, government has systematically eroded our free speech and religious expression. The Bible and the Gospel have been banished from our public schools and our public squares. With more than 75% of Americans calling themselves Christians, it’s time for the Church to rise up and take action to turn the tide in our nation! We have the numbers and we have a voice. If we are silent, we have no one to blame but ourselves for a Godless America.
  • ISIS Dynamites Church Memorializing Victims of Armenian Genocide

    09/23/2014 9:17:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    CNS News ^ | September 23, 2014 | Lauretta Brown
    An Armenian Apostolic church constructed in memory of the victims of the 20th century Armenian genocide was “rigged and dynamited” on Sunday by forces loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), according to reports from Syria’s government news agency. The Armenian Holy Martyrs Church in Der Zor, located in the Syrian desert 280 miles northeast of Damascus, was constructed in memory of the victims of the 1916 Armenian genocide and consecrated in 1991. The site was chosen because Der Zor is believed to have housed death camps in which an estimated 150,000 to 400,000 Armenians were...
  • Do Dogs Go to Heaven...?

    09/11/2014 3:09:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 76 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Church-sign war!  h/t Kirby
  • Libertarians and the Church

    08/30/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 42 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 30 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have argued before that, in their fullest, libertarianism and Catholicism are incompatible -- but to what degree are they so? Leaders of the libertarian movement have certainly said silly, anti-Catholic things. Ludwig von Mises, for example, compared Christ to the Bolshevists and also said, "..[I]t is the resistance which the Church has offered to the spread of liberal ideas which has prepared the soil for the destructive resentment of modern socialist thought" (Socialism, Chapter 29). Translation: opposition to liberalism of one stripe must be blamed for inspiring liberalism of another. Huh? Much of the conflict between libertarians and the...
  • Child sex abuser from Gaithersburg-area sentenced to 40 years in prison

    08/28/2014 6:07:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Washington post ^ | Dan Morse
    Nathaniel Morales, who was recently convicted of sexually abusing boys he met in a Gaithersburg church decades ago, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday. In two trials in May, jurors found Morales guilty of a series of counts of sex abuse and sex offense. Victims gave powerful testimonies of what Morales did to them and the lasting effect it had.
  • The Hardest Place for Us to Take Our Special Needs Child? Our Church

    08/25/2014 7:02:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 123 replies
    life news ^ | Jesi Smith
    I am new to this journey. My daughter Faith is only 5 years old. She is mentally and physically disabled, still small enough to carry, quiet . . . mostly, and has not developed the larger, louder, and strange movements and sounds that many older people who are mentally and physically disabled seem to develop as they try to express themselves – yet. We have taken our daughter to concerts, plays, movie theatres, political speeches, pro-life fundraisers and community events, and spend a lot of time in hallways and lobbies when she does get loud. However, we’ve found that the...
  • An Open Letter to the False Church

    08/25/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Matt Barber
    “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” – 2 Timothy 4:3 Dear false prophets, false teachers and Christian apostates of every stripe: We’ve all heard this phrase: “You know who you are!” It’s an expression typically levied in the context of some corrective admonition, intended for some person or persons, busy about some misbehavior. While sent via certified mail, this is one of those rare open letters to whom the preponderance of intended recipients have, somehow, managed to convince themselves,...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/22/2014 5:17:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Alexander Griswold
    By now, we’ve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isn’t so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • Atheists Accuse Pizza Shop of Violating Their Civil Rights by Offering Church Bulletin Discount

    08/22/2014 2:59:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/20/14 | Billy Hallowell
    A restaurant owner who is under fire for offering a faith-based discount to customers says he doesn’t plan to discontinue it, despite receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular activist group. Steven Rose, owner of Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas, told TheBlaze Wednesday that he posted a 10 percent discount on his restaurant’s Facebook page on July 19 for anyone who brought in a church bulletin. Not long after, he received a comment from a user named “Bong Hits for Jesus” that read, “Good luck on your discrimination lawsuit.” “I didn’t give much credence to it,”...
  • Priest sex abuse victim settles with Twin Cities archdiocese; first settlement under new law

    08/21/2014 4:51:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 08/20/2014 | Emily Gurnon
    He was once a terrified 11-year-old filled with guilt and shame at being molested by his St. Paul parish priest. As an adult serving six years aboard Navy submarines, he felt safer next to a nuclear warhead in the middle of the Pacific Ocean than he had at church. Now, he said, he's not terrified anymore. And he wants the world to know his name. "My name is Jon Jaker," said the 54-year-old resident of Orange, Calif., who won a settlement Wednesday morning in his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Jaker claimed he was sexually abused...
  • Cousin of slain teenager Michael Brown says the victim's family is haunted

    08/17/2014 4:04:59 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 August 2014 | Daniel Bates
    The family of the black teenager shot dead by a policeman in St Louis are haunted by the image of him holding his hands up at the moment he was killed, a family member claimed today. Ty Pruitt said that the mental picture of Michael Brown surrendering was stuck in his relatives’ minds as it showed he was ‘killed like an animal’. Pruitt spoke out at an emotional Sunday church service during which Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden sobbed and wiped the tears away from her eyes with a tissue. His father Michael Brown Sr stood grim faced whilst wearing a...
  • Topless dancers protest outside Ohio church for its opposition to strip clubs

    08/13/2014 1:30:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Ben Johnson
    A half-dozen strippers paraded topless outside a rural Ohio church as its parishioners entered and exited this Sunday as a counterprotest to the church's efforts to close their business. A total of 30 dancers, friends, fellow employees, and strip industry executives gathered outside New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw, Ohio, on Sunday, the second week the sex workers protested the evangelical church's strong moral stance. The church, which has about 125 members in a city of 700, has protested the Foxhole North, located just nine miles down the road from its sanctuary, for years. Thomas George who owns that location and...
  • The IRS’s God Complex: IRS signs secret pact with atheists, promising to investigate 99 churches.

    08/04/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal...
  • Tucker Carlson: Church's Action in Border Crisis 'Appalling'

    08/01/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 31, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Thursday’s “Outnumbered” on the Fox News Channel, panelists Tucker Carlson and Kirsten Powers had a heated exchange over the ongoing border crisis and whether or not it was this country’s so-called Christian duty to grant those unaccompanied minors entering the United States asylum. Carlson questioned Powers’ suggestion as it being the Christian obligation of the country to accept these minors into the United States. He argued that it wasn’t “Christian” to shirk those cost onto the American people through the use of their tax dollars and called out church groups encouraging those fleeing Central American countries to seek government...
  • Update: Sex Offender Turned Pastor Arrested for Parole Violations

    07/31/2014 7:10:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    arkansas matters ^ | Marci Manley
    LITTLE ROCK, AR - According to the Little Rock Police Department, Jacob J. Taylor was arrested for parole violations. Additional investigations have been started. We will bring you updates as they become available to us. video on link
  • Help! My paradox meter broke: an “atheist church”?

    07/29/2014 6:56:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 19 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 7/29/2014 | Steve Berman
    Image credit: Jimmy Demello Artworks[/caption] The last time I was in Houston, I had to change the fuse in my paradox meter after meeting a self-described pro-choice Republican woman, who was also a lawyer.  I told her at least she was better than Wendy Davis, to which no response was offered.  I said it a second time, and with a puff of white smoke, the paradox-meter died. Dang, the fuse just blew again, reading Time’s August 4 issue, Religion section article “Atheist “Churches” Gain Popularity—Even in the Bible Belt” (behind a paywall).  Yup, the “Atheist Church” they wrote about...
  • Jesus, Today’s Church, and ‘Inequality’: What the Lord Really Said (and didn’t say)

    07/28/2014 8:11:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/28/2014 | Jack Kerwick
    That Jesus commanded His disciples—of which I am one—to love “the poor” is beyond dispute. Equally beyond dispute, however, is that, regardless of what growing legions of left-leaning clerics would have us believe, Jesus never—never ever—addressed the issue of “inequality.” The head of my church and the most visible religious leader on the world stage today, Pope Francis, is as guilty a culprit as is anyone on this score. The Pope made headlines on more than a few occasions since his tenure began when His Holiness condemned “inequality” generally, and the traditional American economic system in particular, with a bluntness...
  • The Road to Hell Obama is taking the world down created by U.S. Catholic Bishops

    07/28/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/28/14 | Judi McLeod
    The Catholic Church—through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration—both paved the road for Barack Hussein Obama’s ultimate takeover of Free West society and continues to actively enable the Fundamental Transformation of America by sinking the US in a tsunami of illegal aliens.
  • Pro-Abortion Lena Dunham’s Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You

    07/21/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    Lena Dunham isn’t exactly the first person you’d expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show ‘Girls’ and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the “first time” was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunham’s racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. On her tour, Dunham will be reading excerpts...
  • Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities

    07/21/2014 6:47:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 38 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrew Nelson
    Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah in Georgia. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1. In a statement, the bishops said Catholic places of worship are sanctuaries where “ways of peace and reconciliation” should be the rule. “This decree is rooted in...
  • Christians and Economic "Inequality"

    07/18/2014 5:28:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    If ever sober-minded folks thought that they could take refuge in the Christian church from the left-wing juggernaut that is our culture’s zeitgeist, they can think this no more. In the vestibule of the Lutheran church in which my son’s summer camp is held, I noticed that the most recent edition of The Lutheran is devoted to the topic of “economic inequality.” Norma Cook Everist, a professor of church and ministry, quotes Luther who wrote that “the poor” are routinely “defrauded” by the rich. Matters, she declares, are “no less” true “today.” Dividing, as it does, the world into...
  • Removing Church Pews for Muslim Prayer Mats in the Name of Religious Tolerance

    07/17/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/13/2014 | Gene Koprowski
    My alma mater, The University of Chicago, was recently in the news for an overtly politically correct act for replacing its historic Bond Chapel's pews for Muslims to worship. This act is raising hackles reminiscent of the university's other, recent, tone-deaf decision to demolish the childhood home of former President Ronald Reagan, on its campus, and replace it with a parking lot and a commemorative plaque.The school, founded by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century as a Baptist-affiliated institution of higher learning, with an English-style undergraduate college, and German-style graduate research school, today positions itself as completely non-denominational...
  • Is the Illegal Invasion Based on Religious Manipulation of South Americans?

    07/15/2014 9:24:19 PM PDT · by JouleZ · 12 replies
    Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations... ^ | 07/10/2008 | Edited by S. Karhtic Ramakrishnan, Irene Bloemraad
    EPC religious organizations demand attention for other reasons than sheer numbers. First, EPC churches draw people together on a much more regular consistent basis than other types of civic organizations, such as ethnic advocacy groups. Some EPC adherents in our study attend services or Bible studies four times a week throughout the year. Second, an EPC pastor or religious leader is more than a trusted community to their church or temple members.
  • 'Mass Mob' in Detroit packs historic churches with 2,000 worshippers

    07/13/2014 6:44:25 PM PDT · by jr48154 · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Detroit Facebook Page ^ | July 13, 2014 | Archdiocese of Detroit
    Photo gallery from the city's third 'Mass Mob' this summer. Nearly 2,000 people packed an historic Catholic Church for a regular Sunday Mass. It's the third time it's happened, with the crowds getting bigger each time. (Detroit Free Press had a great article on it here, but won't let folks post excerpts, so you'll have to read the article at the link: http://www.freep.com/article/20140713/NEWS05/307130141/Detroit-Mass-Mob-Sweetest-Heart )
  • Breaking: 46 Illegal Aliens Bused to Church in Fontana for Release

    07/10/2014 6:28:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/10/14 | Daniel Nussbaum
    FONTANA, CA -- Breitbart News has learned that 46 illegal aliens, mostly women and children originally destined for the U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, CA, were bused instead Thursday to the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fontana, roughly 45 miles north. The 46 are among several hundred Central Americans who were caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and have been transferred to California since. "The faith calls on us to do this," San Bernadino Diocese spokesperson John Andrews told Breitbart News. He said that the aliens would, in less than 24 hours, be driven from the church in...
  • Church group(Texas Baptist Men) to oversee shelter for unaccompanied children in Dallas County

    07/06/2014 2:24:44 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 72 replies
    Valleycentral.com ^ | ^630/14 | Mary Avila
    Unaccompanied children are crossing at an alarming rate, and now many will be heading to Dallas. "We cannot turn our back on these children that are already here," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. Judge Jenkins announced that Dallas County would be the first county in the state to offer housing. Terry Henderson is in charge of disaster relief for the Texas Baptist Men. He's been waiting an announcement like this for more than a month. "I kind of had a heads up no matter where it was going to happen in Texas that we were going to be involved...
  • Orphan Davion Only who became famous is thrown out by adoptive parents

    07/04/2014 6:37:08 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2014 | By Associated Press
    The orphaned Florida teen whose impassioned plea for a family to 'love him forever' prompted an outpouring of sympathy from around the country has been removed from his foster home following a physical altercation with another child and the father. After 16 years of floundering in foster care, after taking the pulpit at a St. Petersburg church last September asking someone - anyone - to adopt him, after his story was shared around the world and 10,000 people offered to help or take him home, Davion Only moved to Ohio in March to live with the parents who had promised...
  • Becoming Alert to Conservative Protestant Sexual Abusers and Their Enablers

    07/01/2014 7:51:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    patheos ^ | Daniel Fincke
    Last night I listened to the new Reasonable Doubts podcast, which included a detailed account of the case of self-righteously Christian former major league baseball player and eventual sex abuse convict, Chad Curtis. The show is a gripping and revolting listen, and as usual the Doubtcasters bring to bear a lot of insight in the process both of telling the story and in analyzing it at the end. Doubtcaster Jeremy Beahan went to college at Cornerstone University where Chad Curtis was a prominent figure, earning his degree to go into high school coaching (where he would commit his sex crimes)....
  • Utah man sentenced to jail for seat-saving assault at a Mormon church

    06/30/2014 10:18:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    salt lake tribune ^ | Jessica Miller
    Ogden • A Plain City man accused of beating a fellow churchgoer last year at a Mormon baby blessing and mission farewell was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail. Wayne Dodge, 52, pleaded guilty last month in Ogden’s 2nd District Court to one count of class B misdemeanor assault. One charge of felony aggravated assault was dismissed, according to court records. Judge W. Brent West ordered Dodge to complete an anger management class as part of a 12-month probation. The judge also ordered Dodge to pay a $550 fine and have no contact with the victim. Dodge, who faced...
  • Boz Tchividjian Says Churches Cause Damage by Failing to Take Sex Abuse Seriously

    06/27/2014 8:31:12 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    christain post ^ | chrstian post
    Boz Tchividjian Says Churches Cause Damage by Failing to Take Sex Abuse Seriously video only on link
  • Assault over saved seats at Mormon chapel leads to jail sentence

    06/27/2014 6:48:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Deseret News (owned by LDS Church) ^ | June 26, 2014 | Pat Reavy
    PLAIN CITY, Weber County — A man convicted of assaulting another man over saved seats at an LDS meetinghouse chapel was ordered Wednesday to serve 30 days in jail. Wayne Dodge, 52, pleaded guilty in May to assault, a class B misdemeanor. In exchange for his plea, an additional charge of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, was dropped. On June 30, 2013, Dodge, who regularly attended the Meadows Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Plain City, got into an argument with another family that was visiting. The church that day had a full house during...
  • "Is the Church invisible?"

    06/26/2014 6:52:04 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 12 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 25 June 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Is the Church invisible? Well... WATCH ON YOUTUBE.(Alternate link, via Vimeo.) Follow me on Twitter, Like Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis to your Circles on Google+, and Subscribe to my YouTube videos. TRANSCRIPT ——————— Is the Church only invisible? Many believe that "extra Ecclesiam nulla salus", the famous phrase of St. Cyprian in Latin, which translates to "outside the Church, there is no salvation", means that the Church teaches that one must be within what's called the "visible" Church in order to be saved. But this is untrue, of course. St. Augustine...
  • Where Do Millennials Attend Church?

    06/26/2014 5:40:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 26, 2014 | Chelsen Vicari
    The nation’s capital is filled with huge, sanctuaries waving rainbow-colored banners outside proclaiming the congregations’ affirmation of homosexual lifestyles. Yet they are, largely, empty on Sunday mornings. On the other hand, new conservative churches-some with liturgy and others with praise bands-are busting at the seams with Millennial attendants. Trying to uncover the reason for this disconnect between affirming liberal churches and welcoming conservative churches, IRD is interviewing pastors of these new conservative churches. Our biggest question raised to each pastor is, “How do you balance traditional Christian teaching with a youth culture?” In case you missed it, there is a...
  • Kentucky Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor; Man Now Faces Charges

    06/25/2014 4:44:46 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 41 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | 6/24/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A Kentucky church that hired a pastor with full knowledge that he's a registered sex offender, is now the scene of an another alleged crime in which the minister is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy who attended the church. Roy Neal Yoakem, who leads the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Kentucky, allegedly raped a 14-year-old boy at the church and police believe that another incident occurred in a nearby town, reported WSMV. "He's a predator and he doesn't need to be on the street. I'm glad we got him," Detective Chad Keen told WBKO. According to Keen,...
  • World's First Church, Mosque, Synagogue in One? Berlin May Be Home to 'House of One'

    06/23/2014 8:23:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/23/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A project named "The House of One," looking to create the world's first ever church, mosque and synagogue in Berlin, Germany, where people of different faiths can worship under one roof, is currently raising donations. "Under one roof: one synagogue, one mosque, one church. We want to use these rooms for our own traditions and prayers. And together we want to use the room in the middle for dialogue and discussion and also for people without faith," explained Pastor Gregor Hohberg, a Protestant parish priest, according to a BBC News report. "Berlin is a city where people come together from...
  • Nigeria gunmen burn church and kill villagers

    06/11/2014 10:40:38 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | June 11 2014 | Reuters
    Attacks on two villages leave houses and church destroyed in area previously attacked by Boko Haram. Gunmen have killed at least eight people and burned down a church in attacks on two villages in Nigeria's central Plateau state, a security official has said. Officers said they were investigating who was behind the raids on Wednesday in Nigeria's "Middle Belt", where its largely Muslim north and Christian South meet - a common flashpoint for violence. Boko Haram rebels based in the remote northeast showed their reach in May by setting off bombs in Plateau state's capital Jos, around 450km from their...
  • [June 11, 2012 ] Denmark bishop concerned same-sex ‘marriage’ law could force unions on Catholic Chu

    06/10/2014 8:32:09 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Mon June 11, 2012 13:32 EST | KATIE CRAINE
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Bishop of Copenhagen, Czeslaw Kozon, says he is worried that the Catholic Church in Denmark may be forced to perform “marriage” ceremonies for homosexual couples in the future. Bishop Czeslaw Kozon of Copenhagen Politicians in Denmark have voted to force churches in the established Evangelical Lutheran Church to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies inside their sanctuaries. Since 1997, when same-sex “marriage” was legalized, homosexuals have been able to get “married” in a blessing ceremony after the normal church service, but now the unions will be part of the service as they are...
  • Does the Bible really teach that premarital sex is wrong?

    06/04/2014 10:18:03 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 130 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 4 June 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Does the Bible really teach that premarital sex is wrong? (Of course it does! But with Sola Scriptura, that might be unclear!) http://youtube.com/watch?v=PsHMNPyI7iI(Alternate link, via Vimeo.) “Follow” me on Twitter, “Like” Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis on Facebook, Add Answering Protestants and Catholic Analysis to your Circles on Google+, and “Subscribe” to my YouTube videos. TRANSCRIPT ———————- Does the Bible really teach that premarital sex is wrong? Well, as a Catholic, I know that it does. So, I suppose the real question should be: can a Protestant reasonably think that premarital sex is okay? I think that they can. And...
  • The Rise Of the "non People"...Song of Moses pt 9

    And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.( Deuteronomy 32:20-21)The most devastating calamity to befall the Jewish people, was predicted centuries before it happened by Moses, in the song God told Moses...
  • We Must Report Sexual Abuse of Children in the Church

    06/03/2014 7:39:54 AM PDT · by vabible · 18 replies
    Virginia Biblical Post ^ | May 16, 2014 | Roland Peer
    We Must Report Sexual Abuse of Children in the Church One of the most damaging forces against the witness of the evangelical Church today is the legal (in certain states) but unbiblical application of priest-penitent privilege, or the right of a minister to refuse to divulge confidential information received from a member of his or her congregation, to cases of sexual abuse of children. Again and again, ministry leaders are choosing to not report cases of sexual abuse of children to the congregation, law enforcement, or other congregations. The Adversary is smiling amidst the devastation. Twisting Scripture to support a...
  • They Shall Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares! (Isaiah 2:4) [Vanity]

    06/01/2014 1:08:44 PM PDT · by PhilipFreneau · 22 replies
    June 1, 2014 | PhilipFreneau
    They Shall Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares! (Isaiah 2:4) No verse in the scripture provides a better promise of "peace on earth" than Isaiah 2:4. This is the verse in context of the preceding verses of the chapter:     "1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go...