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  • Orthodoxy in America Has a Convert Problem

    09/21/2017 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 9 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fr. Photius Avant
    The Orthodox Church in the United States has problems. One of the problems the Orthodox Church currently suffers in this country is a lack of converts. There are other problems as well: overlapping jurisdictions, lack of communication across jurisdictional lines, and a tendency to isolate ourselves from communities in which we live. But it is our lack of converts that strikes me as particularly troubling. Doubtlessly, some will correct me and remind me that the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Church in America are made up largely of converts. While this is certainly the case, it may...
  • What Caused Life to Come into Existence?

    09/21/2017 7:01:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/21/2017 | Edward K. Watson
    It has become axiomatic that life naturally evolved out of nonliving materials billions of years ago. Given enough time and the chemical opportunity, living cells self-assemble.However, the experts on the development of complex molecules from simpler ones, the synthetic chemists, do not know how this process actually occurs. There are no known pathways to create the components that make up a living cell from nonliving matter. They have no idea how amino acids (the building blocks of proteins and enzymes), nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA and RNA), saccharides (also called carbohydrates or sugars, the scaffolding for DNA and...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/21/2017 6:50:26 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 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 (Christian) Truth About Yoga (It means "yoked"...)

    09/20/2017 7:06:52 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 41 replies
    Today's Christian Woman ^ | March 1, 2005 | Holly Vicente Robaina
    Yoga led Laurette Willis into a New Age lifestyle. Now she's warning others of the spiritual pitfalls—and offering an alternative. The attractive couple on the television screen gracefully moved their bodies into the next yoga pose: arms extended, head tilted slightly back, a deep breath in. In front of the TV set, a seven-year-old girl and her mother did their best to mimic the posture. The little girl, Laurette, loved this special time with her mom. It was 1965, and Laurette's mom, Jacquie, didn't think twice about exercising along with this yoga program that came on the TV after Jack...
  • 18-year-old Aussie loses her job for saying ‘it’s OK to vote no’ on same-sex ‘marriage’

    09/20/2017 4:37:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    An Australian children’s entertainment company fired a young woman for saying on social media “it’s OK to vote ‘no’” in the country’s current referendum on same-sex “marriage.” Capital Kids Parties owner Madlin Sims may have violated discrimination laws in firing an 18-year-old because Sims said her former employee’s view amounted to hate speech, The Guardian reported. The young woman known thus far as Madeline said in various media interviews that she was let go because her Christian view did not allow her to vote yes in Australia’s voluntary postal survey on gay “marriage.” The plebiscite runs from September 12 through...
  • Trump's U.N. Speech - A Last Call to the World before the Day of the Lord?

    09/20/2017 12:27:59 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 24 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/20/17
    President Trump's speech to the U.N. yesterday was excellent in every way! Very bold, very to the point and very instructional. When viewed in the light of a secular perspective it was what this evil world needed to hear and needs to apply to seek a "somewhat less" lawless worldly "peace" in such difficult days. However, such secular truths and worldly optimism cannot be sustained by the EXPONENTIAL global weight of lawlessness throughout our world today. Trump's speech to the nations of the world is really - from a secular point of view - a last call for change and...
  • Guiding ‘starets’: Russian youths discover Orthodox monasticism

    09/20/2017 10:58:18 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Catholic Spirit ^ | 09-19-2017 | Robert Duncan
    On Christmas night two years ago, Anya Bulochnikova, 29, first discovered Optina Monastery’s golden onion-shaped domes rising above the bucolic hills and snowdrifts of Russia’s Ugra National Park. “It was just like a dream,” Bulochnikova said. “There was no electric lighting, but only candles inside the church.” “There were other young people, just like us, attending the beautiful Christmas services,” she said. “We felt that our souls were warm and full of grace; I will remember this feeling of celebration forever.” Bulochnikova’s discovery of monastic worship exemplifies a growing identification with Orthodoxy among Russians since the collapse of the Soviet...
  • 100 years after Russian revolution, Christianity faces new challenges

    09/20/2017 10:55:54 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Catholic Spirit ^ | 09-19-2017 | Robert Duncan
    A few blocks from Moscow’s Lubyanka Building, which for decades served as the headquarters of the Soviet Union’s KGB security agency, the Russian Orthodox patriarch recently consecrated a church memorializing those martyred during communism’s reign. “While we were in procession around the church, people were standing with portraits of those martyred and those condemned to death” by the communist regime, said Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who heads the church’s department for external affairs. President Putin, who was a former KGB agent, as well as government officials and church leaders, were in attendance for the ceremony May 25. Patriarch Kirill’s...
  • Hurricanes, Climate Change, Pope Francis, and the Poor

    09/20/2017 10:01:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 20, 2017 | Regis Nicoll
    Never letting a serious crisis go to waste, climate change advocates seized upon hurricanes Harvey and Irma as evidence that climate change is real and happening, its effects devastating, and without drastic remedial measures global cataclysm is inevitable. Joining in was Pope Francis. While Irma was hammering the Florida coast, El Papa warned against inaction, predicting, “History will judge our decision.”In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, Francis stated that climate change “is a global problem with grave implications.” So grave, that it was the only issue he raised to the level of moral urgency during his talk later that year...
  • Film starring Pope Francis as himself gets first screening at Vatican

    09/20/2017 9:18:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 20, 2017 | Dalya Alberge
    Pope Francis’s screen debut in a narrative feature film gets its first official showing on Wednesday night at the Vatican, before the film’s Christmas release. Starring as himself, the head of the Catholic church has a cameo role in Beyond the Sun, an evangelical story about children searching for God. He is expected to attend the screening. A copy of the film has already been sent to him.All the film’s proceeds will go to charities for disadvantaged children in Argentina, the country of the 80-year-old pontiff’s birth.The film’s producers include Andrea Iervolino, an Italian-born Hollywood film-maker. He told the Guardian...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/20/2017 6:33:23 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverb 20:1 (NKJV) Allow me to begin my commentary by stating that it is my belief that God does condone drinking alcoholic beverages. However, as with everything in life, moderation is the key. Now for those who claim God is against drinking I would like to refer you to the wedding where Jesus performed His first miracle by changing the water into wine in John 2:1-12. My point of emphasis in the account is the part where the master of the...
  • “Biblical” Film “Mother!” Depicts Mob Eating A Baby

    09/20/2017 5:54:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | September 19, 2017 | Corinne Weaver
    Note: If you plan on seeing the movie (heaven forbid), please note that there are SPOILERS in the following story Modern art has come to a bizarre stage: anything, literally anything, can be justified for the sake of it. When a film, that reviewers claim is based on biblical allegory, showcases graphic cannibalism and torture porn, you can bet the liberal media will cheer. Mother!, a film starring Jennifer Lawrence (yes, that one, the one that said Mother Nature’s rage was coming for Trump), is outraging normal audiences everywhere, and even triggering the feminists, with its gore and bizarre references...
  • UK 'Biggest Audience' in Europe for Jihadist Web Content

    09/19/2017 9:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/19/20
    Online jihadist propaganda attracts more clicks in the UK than any other country in Europe, a report has found. Britain is the fifth-biggest audience in the world for extremist content after Turkey, the US, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Policy Exchange's study said. The think tank suggested the UK public would support new laws criminalising reading content that glorifies terror. The government has told internet companies like Facebook and Google to do more to to remove jihadist material. Former US military chief General David Petraeus, who wrote a foreword to the report, said efforts to combat online extremism were "inadequate". He...
  • [Hungarian Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán: “Will There be a Christian Europe?”

    09/19/2017 9:12:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 9/18/17 | Baron Bodissey
    Remarks of Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister at a conference of the Christian Intellectuals’ Association. Sept. 2017Respected ladies and gentlemen, Will there be a Christian Hungary? Will there be a Christian Europe? That is the question that concerns all of us. As for Hungary, the task of those looking for the answer is simpler. Because it depends on us, the Hungarians. If the Hungarians want it, then we will have a Christian Hungary. We feel that our means, our persuasive powers, our influence our opportunities, depend only on our performance, our personal commitment, and our talents. But will we have...
  • A Love Letter to Christians Who Can’t Take the Sunday Production Anymore

    09/19/2017 6:22:17 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 149 replies
    Ponder Anew ^ | MAY 24, 2017 | JONATHAN AIGNER
    Dear ones, I know you’re tired. Run down. Sad. Fed up. Angry, even. I don’t blame you one bit. I know the deep paucity you feel in your bones. The worst possible Sunday afternoon tragedy used to be a dry pot roast, a brown, leathery consequence of post-benediction parking lot conferences with Tom or Betty. Now you go home, exhausted from the noise, bothered by the blatant emotional manipulation, haunted by the poverty you see. You’ve gone home angry and annoyed. You’ve wept over what they’ve done with your church, with THE church. You know worship is supposed to be...
  • Should Church Worship Spaces Be Used for Yoga?

    09/19/2017 5:25:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 205 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/19/2017 | Mark D. Tooley
    Recently Duke Chapel at Duke University in North Carolina tweeted photos of yoga exercises on the floor of its majestic worship space as part of Healthy Duke Week of Wellness. Built in the 1930s as a Methodist sanctuary in the style of a Gothic cathedral for what was then a Methodist affiliated school, Duke Chapel is now nondenominational. There are Evangelicals and Catholics who critique yoga as wrong for Christians because its mantras originate in eastern religion. Setting aside that concern, should worship space be open to recreation and "profane" (i.e., secular) activities? Tai-chi? Kickboxing? Karate? Spinning? Ballroom dancing? Salsa?...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholic bishop: There’s a good argument for legalizing gay ‘marriage’

    09/19/2017 4:23:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 19, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    NEWCASTLE WEST, Australia, September 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — An Australian bishop says he believes there's a valid "common good" argument for the government to legalize same-sex "marriage". As the country votes in a postal survey on the issue, Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Bishop Bill Wright all but suggested Catholics can vote "yes" in a September article for Aurora, the diocesan magazine. "The question about any proposed law is not whether it squares with church teaching or a moral ideal, but whether it is a good practical rule for people living in this society at this time," the bishop argues in his September...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/19/2017 8:49:09 AM PDT · by OneVike · 7 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...
  • A Temple to Oscar Wilde? New Methodist Shrine in New York City Claims Him as a Saint

    09/18/2017 7:32:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 9/18/17 | Julia Duin
    Everyone has almost certainly heard of Oscar Wilde, the witty Victorian-era Irish playwright whose many affairs with other men landed him in a British jail and eventual self-exile in France, where he died in 1900 at the age of 46. He’s been a hero to some to the point where there’s actually a United Methodist worship space dedicated to him in the symbolic heart of New York City gay culture. Tara Burton, Vox.com’s new religion writer describes it for us. The key, as you read this feature, is to look for any sign of dissenting voices questioning its big themes....
  • Is America a Christian Nation?

    09/18/2017 9:52:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2017 | Roger Taylor
    Former President Obama has said that America is not a Christian nation. Was that far left atheism, pro-Islamic proselytizing, or just wishful thinking? A few months ago a young second generation Iranian woman came to my office. I asked if she had Assyrian (a persecuted Christian group) heritage. She said that her parents were secular if not atheistic Muslims and made no effort to enforce any belief system on her. She said that she had decided to become a Christian. She answered my unspoken question by stating that she wanted and needed a personal God. Has she converted because of...