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  • Witch Hunt At Providence College

    03/22/2018 7:14:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 03-21-2018 | Rod Dreher
    A few years back, a professor at a liberal Catholic college told me that he would never quote Pope Francis’s teachings on family and sexuality in his classes, for fear that one of his students would report him to the administration for anti-LGBT bigotry, and that the administration would punish or even fire him. I heard from three other professors who teach there who agreed with him. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here’s a story for you.This evening, there was a scheduled a campus march at Providence College in Rhode Island, in which students were to have stand firm against a...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/22/2018 6:54:51 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • Stephen Hawking's Ashes to be Kept at Westminster Abbey

    03/21/2018 4:49:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies ^ | 3/20/18 | Tola Mbakwe
    The ashes of Professor Stephen Hawking will be interred at Westminster Abbey near the grave of Sir Isaac Newton during a thanksgiving service later this year, a spokesman for the abbey said. The 76-year-old passed away "peacefully" at his home in Cambridge last week according to his family, after battling motor neurone disease for many decades. Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster said in a statement: "It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists. Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey...
  • Shock: Dozens of ‘Christian’ Faith Leaders Sign Letter Supporting ‘Right to…Abortion’

    03/21/2018 4:42:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/10/18 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    DES MOINES, Iowa, March 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Sixty-eight faith leaders who say they are Christian signed a letter of protest against a proposed Iowa law that would protect preborn children from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable. "As faith leaders, we want to use our collective voices to stand with Iowa women in support of their constitutional right ... to an abortion," the letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register begins. Speaking against the Iowa Heartbeat Bill, the faith leaders write supportively of a pregnant mother's "private medical decisions,” referring to her choosing abortion. “Most Iowans, people...
  • Cardinal Joseph Zen: In China There Is No Truth, ‘Everything Is Fake’

    03/21/2018 4:36:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/18 | Thomas D. Williams
    The redoubtable Cardinal Joseph Zen has denounced proponents of an “imminent” accord between China and the Vatican, saying that the Church is setting itself up for a major disaster. The present historical reality we face in China is that of “a tiny flock being persecuted by a gigantic atheist power,” Zen said in a March 19 essay, and a Vatican capitulation to the terms of President Xi Jinping is the equivalent of “surrender,” something the Church has no reason to do. “Why surrender?” Zen asks. “Doesn’t the Vatican see that many churches survive in the underground community, such as in...
  • Gay Irish Leader and Boyfriend Lead NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    03/21/2018 4:33:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/19/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Pair green-lighted by NY Catholic leadersNEW YORK ( - New York's Catholic leaders marked the city's 257th St. Patrick's Day Parade by spotlighting openly gay marchers, chief among them, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland. The prime minister and his boyfriend helped lead the parade, marching alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Peter King, both self-described Catholics. Varadkar hailed the significance of the event. "It was a real privilege to march with my partner at this parade in New York," he said after the parade. "Only a few years ago, people couldn't march under the rainbow banner but that has...
  • Can the Chasm Between Charismatics and Cessationists Be Bridged? Scholars, Pastors Weigh In

    03/21/2018 8:45:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    Of all the theological squabbles that have plagued evangelical Christianity over the years, especially in the West, a particularly profound division centers on the power of the Holy Spirit and the ways in which He is at work today.Charismatics and noncharismatics who spoke with The Christian Post all concurred that steps can be taken toward mending this division, even as differences remain.Those who believe that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit — such as prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, the working of miracles, and the others listed in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 — have continued to this day,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/21/2018 8:27:34 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • The Erroneous Notion That Is Causing an Exodus From the Church

    03/21/2018 7:22:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2018 | Christopher Benek
    People are fleeing the institutional church and there should be no question as to why this exodus is happening. The vast majority of people who claim to represent God in the United States have been perpetuating a Biblical misconception that has been leading the church into decline for decades. That erroneous notion is Escapism Theology. Escapism theology is the concept that humanity needs to get away from this mess we call Earth and go "home" to Heaven. I hear this kind of verbiage all of the time from church leaders almost everywhere. They say things like: "Accept Jesus as your...
  • Greek Metropolitan Found Innocent of Homophobia-Hate Speech Charges

    03/20/2018 6:30:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/19/18
    A Greek court has acquitted Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta, not finding any incitements to violence in a controversial 2015 blog post in which the bishop wrote about the sin of homosexuality, reports RIA-Novosti with reference to the TV channel Star. The court session ended late in the evening on Thursday. The trial had been delayed and was held with increased security measures, as before the session, a group of anarchists organized a LGBT support rally near the court, hanging large panels and breaking the windows with rocks. His Eminence was accused of hate speech after his blog posting in which...
  • California Teacher Put on Leave After Asking if School Would Allow a Pro-Life Walkout

    03/20/2018 6:20:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Julianne Benzel, a teacher at Rocklin High School, asked students if school administrators would permit an anti-abortion protest, gets placed on administrative leave as a consequence A California high school teacher has been placed on leave after she wondered if her school would permit an organized walkout to protest abortion. According to CBS Sacramento, Rocklin High School’s Julianne Benzel said all she did was have a conversation with her class last Thursday and Friday about the “politics of protest” — a lesson ahead of yesterday’s school walkouts. However, this seems to have angered some students and their parents. Benzel said...
  • Navy Floats Idea of Atheist Chaplains

    03/20/2018 8:49:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/20/2018 | Tony Perkins
    If there aren't atheists in foxholes, why should we put them in the Chaplain Corps? Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) can't imagine. Like most leaders, he's astounded that the Navy is even considering letting someone who doesn't believe in God join the chaplaincy. Three years ago, the idea was so absurd that even Obama's military attorneys went to court to stop it. Now, with Secretary Jim Mattis at the helm, no one can quite understand why the topic is even up for discussion. The bizarre storyline started in 2015 when Jason Heap tried to sue his way into the chaplaincy. Not...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/20/2018 7:18:18 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • Threats to Northern Ireland Church Over Screening of 'Gay Cure' Film

    03/19/2018 6:05:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 3/15/18 | Victoria Leonard
    The pastor of a Northern Ireland church which screened a so-called "gay cure" film claims his place of worship has been subjected to violent threats on social media. Rodney Stout spoke out after Christian group Core Issues Trust held the all-Ireland premiere of its film, Voices of the Silenced, at Ballynahinch Baptist Church, Co Down, on Tuesday night. The film, which says that gay people can "choose not to live out their homosexuality" had previously been turned down by Queen's Film Theatre and The Vue in London's Piccadilly. On Tuesday morning, the Core Issues Trust held a protest outside Queen's...
  • Video: The New Testament Papyri

    03/19/2018 5:27:52 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 19, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The New Testament PapyriThis is part 10 of my 12-part series on the archaeological evidence for the Bible. This week we discussed the New Testament papyri discoveries and how they've changed our view of the Early Church.(Click here for last week's video, which was on the Dead Sea Scrolls)A bit of a correction; the Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed before the time of Christ, in about 48 BC by Julius Caesar. After some confusion, I had to double check this and apparently there was a SECOND smaller library built in its place that was destroyed by fire during the...
  • New Age Oprah Mocks God and Jesus on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    03/19/2018 2:58:38 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    Christian Journal ^ | 3/15/18 | Emily
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted a blasphemous segment with New Age Oprah that they called, “‘Oprah Winfrey gets some career advice from a slightly less famous figure: the Lord.” During the show, they openly mocked God and Jesus. As the show opens, Steven Colbert begins to introduce Oprah, but she interrupts before he can say her name. “We’re here with” Colbert begins, then Oprah blurts out, “God.” Colbert continues, “Miss Oprah Winfrey.” Being that there was a skit planned with a character “god” later in the segment, many would wipe this off, but with all the hype around...
  • The Hottest Ticket Since Hamilton: Jesus: Live Onstage

    03/19/2018 12:37:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/19/2018 | Tom Tradup
    Nestled among the rolling hills and Amish dairy farms of Lancaster, Pennsylvania a family-owned regional theatre called Sight & Sound is drawing record crowds to its just-launched musical JESUS: Live Onstage. The cast of 50 actors—augmented by live camels, donkeys, doves and the most state-of-the-art special effects imaginable—just opened on March 10th (but good luck getting a ticket until sometime in late May or June…as audiences pack the 2,000 seat auditorium for what can best be described as a, well, religious experience.)“The thing about live theater is that it is totally unique with each performance and we don’t get to see it until it unfolds on...
  • America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President

    03/19/2018 10:08:27 AM PDT · by GregNH · 75 replies
    Wallbulders ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general...
  • Faith-Based Film, 'I Can Only Imagine' Has Strong Opening Weekend, Ranks 3rd With $17M

    03/19/2018 9:54:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/18/2018 | Anugrah Kumar
    The faith-based film "I Can Only Imagine" brought in $17.1 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, going far beyond early expectations and ranking third, behind "Tomb Raider" and "Black Panther." Based on the true-story of Christian artist Bart Millard's life, the family drama opened at 1,629 locations in the United States and received an A+ CinemaScore with an audience that was 67 percent female and 80 percent over 35. This is the distributor Roadside Attractions' highest grossing opening ever. "We felt that the film's inspiring story of hope and forgiveness made for a very compelling collaboration,"...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/19/2018 6:49:20 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...