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  • 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 · 4 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 · 8 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...
  • Catholic Leaders in Massachusetts Come Out in Support of Sweeping Anti-Gun Legislation

    06/01/2014 7:45:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | June 1, 2014 | Dan Cannon
    Catholic Leaders in Massachusetts Come Out in Support of Sweeping Anti-Gun Legislation May 31 2014 by Dan Cannon Share This Post According to a statement issued by The Roman Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth, it looks like the leaders of the Catholic church in Massachusetts have come out in support of a sweeping gun control bill that was introduced late last week. Here is the statement according to iobserve.org, “The Roman Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth are in support of adjustments to existing firearm laws. Any law that would address the role that violence, some mental illnesses, and substance abuse...
  • Can someone explain this from the Catechism?

    05/31/2014 11:09:11 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 191 replies
    841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."330
  • New Record Highs in Moral Acceptability

    05/30/2014 10:42:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Gallup ^ | 5/30/14
    The American public has become more tolerant on a number of moral issues, including premarital sex, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. On a list of 19 major moral issues of the day, Americans express levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past on 12 of them, a group that also encompasses social mores such as polygamy, having a child out of wedlock, and divorce.
  • Pope Francis wants Catholics to doubt the Church. He's right.

    05/26/2014 4:42:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/26/2014 | Kyle Cupp
    Would it be weird to say that the Catholic Church under Pope Francis has encouraged a sense of uncertainty about God? After all, this is an institution that has devoted centuries to hammering out and polishing an authoritative system of doctrines concerning who God is and what God expects. It claims to have been founded by Jesus Christ and to be guided infallibly by the Holy Spirit. It has warned of eternal damnation if its authority and precepts are ignored or rejected. In other words: If Catholicism is true, you don't want to be in doubt about its teachings. But...
  • CRC Church: Immigrants are essential to filling the shortage of STEM workers.

    05/22/2014 11:23:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 24 replies
    Immigrants are essential to filling the shortage of STEM workers. #VoteonReform #Pray4Reform
  • Why Orlando is Demolishing a Black-Owned Church & What It Plans to Build Over It’s Just Plain Wrong

    05/21/2014 4:16:56 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | kevin boyd
    City of Orlando officials have filed a lawsuit seeking to seize a church property through eminent domain, in order to build a soccer stadium on it. The Orlando City Lions, set to enter Major League Soccer in 2015, are seeking to build a new soccer-specific stadium to play in. The Orlando Sentinel published today: If successful, the eminent domain action filed Thursday in Orange Circuit Court would allow Orlando to take the last of 20 parcels needed for the $115 million stadium being built for the Orlando City Lions, an MLS expansion franchise. Newly released records show the city more than...
  • American Church "Spiritual Castration", LBJ and 1954 ... Satan's STUXNET Spiritual "Malware-Virus"

    05/18/2014 9:38:11 AM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 33 replies
    Patton@Bastogne ^ | 2014-05-18 | Patton@Bastogne
    . America's Gradual Decline since President L.B.J. ... Today (2014-05-18) The Washington Post (George Will) included an article entitled: "The Slow Decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society" Free Republic post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3157259/posts by SeekandFind. ==================================================================== George Will's article is a political lament on how LBJ's trillion-dollar (plus) "Great Society" gradually poisoned Amertica's family structure and strong work ethic. With all due respect ... George Will is WRONG, by several light years. Why ? George Will, singing in perfect harmony with most Washington DC Beltway Glee-Club "insiders" (Hillary Clinton, Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, Juan McCain, ad nauseum) haven't a...
  • Holy war rocks Harvard as the Catholic Church fights back against Satanic mass

    05/10/2014 4:44:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/14 | kelly
    Church officials say they will “combat evil” by hosting a positive worship service to counter a Harvard group’s Satanic mass planned for Monday evening. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will host a Eucharistic procession from MIT to a nearby church for an hour of prayer, The Boston Globe reports. The religious procession will end up at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, just a 10-minutes walk from the Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is set to hold a “black mass.” A black mass is a ritual performed as a parody of the...
  • The Power of the Tongue

    05/08/2014 10:12:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Jerry Newcombe
    Virtually every week there’s a new headline of somebody getting in trouble because of something they have said. Perhaps a lifetime’s work has been undone by a thoughtless remark. One of the saddest things I’ve ever heard was when a woman who was about 65 years old said that when she was a young teenager, about to go out on her first date, her dad said to her, “You’re so ugly. Who would ever want to marry you?” That lady went on to go through four marriages and four divorces. Obviously, she made a lot of bad choices for which...
  • Can We Trade Sexual Morality for Church Growth?

    05/06/2014 9:42:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 5-6-2014 | Russell Moore
    From time to time we hear some telling us that evangelical Christianity must retool our sexual ethic if we're ever going to reach the next generation. Some say that Millennials, particularly, are leaving the church because of our "obsession" with sexual morality. The next generation needs a more flexible ethic, they say, on premarital sex, homosexuality, and so on. We'll either adapt, the line goes, or we'll die. This argument is hardly new. In the early 20th century, this was precisely the rhetoric used by liberal Protestant Harry Emerson Fosdick and his co-laborers. Fosdick was concerned, he said, for the...
  • Church Demolition Highlights China's Fears Over Spread of Christianity

    05/05/2014 7:10:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Radio Free Asia ^ | 05/05/2014
    This week's demolition of a massive Protestant church in the eastern city of Wenzhou highlights the growing uneasiness of the ruling Chinese Communist Party over burgeoning numbers of Christians in the nominally atheist country, analysts said. Authorities completed on Monday the demolition of the 85,000-square foot (nearly 7,900-square meter) Sanjiang church, which once dominated the city with its soaring spires, gleaming white walls, and stained glass windows, saying it had far exceeded the size allowed in the building permit. Christians in Wenzhou, whose large numbers have earned it the nickname "the Jerusalem of the East," launched a frantic campaign to...
  • 1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

    05/04/2014 6:27:26 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    AP ^ | May 4, 2014 | RACHEL ZOLL
    The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012. Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew "for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade."
  • Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps

    04/28/2014 11:37:57 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 48 replies
    challies.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Tim Challies
    A short time ago I learned of a church building in our neighborhood that was for sale. For years now Grace Fellowship Church has been looking for a building of our own, so we thought we should go and give it a look. This had once been a thriving congregation. Faithful Christians had given sacrificially to construct that building. They had consecrated it to the Lord and had worshipped there for many years. Yet now that building was deserted, decaying, and up for sale. What happened? How did that church go from thriving to dying? How did it slide from...
  • Obama to “honor Islam” by visiting triumphal mosque built on site of church in Malaysia

    04/26/2014 5:47:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | April 24, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    As the world continues to suffer the onslaught of jihadi wars and Islamic supremacist revolutions, Obama chooses to subtly sanction supremacism and savagery with a Presidential visit to a victory mosque. Will Obama address the oppression of Christian in Malaysia? Will Obama address the persecution of Christians ... Obama’s unquestioning support for and encouragement of Islam’s jihad and sharia only serves to increase the human toll the brutal supremacism demands. ... Barack Obama will be knocking on the doors of one of Malaysia’s most iconic landmarks – Masjid Negara – on Sunday. The visit to the mosque, built in 1922...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, “non-establishment” has been redefined as “separation,” effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.“Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?” read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: “The radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • Do Something

    04/21/2014 4:14:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Mike Adams
    American culture is in trouble. It is impossible to watch television for long without concluding that we are all living in one big reality TV show that is defining deviancy one embarrassing episode at a time. Unfortunately, the church isn't doing much to fight against the cultural current. By trying to be "relevant" the church is simply getting pulled into the undertow. Consequently, most churches are slowly drowning in the shallow water of our declining culture. So how do we turn the tide and begin to have a meaningful church experience that also influences the culture in a meaningful way?...
  • 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 · 87 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 · 42 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...