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  • 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 · 29 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 · 63 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...
  • Hungary PM: Europe Under Migrant Invasion – Those Who Don’t Block it at Their Borders Will be Lost

    03/18/2018 5:43:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, said at a massive rally that Europe and Hungary are in the middle of a civilisational struggle. The rally marked the 170th anniversary of anti-Habsburg Revolution of 1848 and was preceded by a large ‘Peace March’. “We are expected to willingly hand over [our country] within a few decades…to foreigners from other continents who don’t speak our language, respect our culture, our laws or way of life, Orban said. According to the Prime Minister, “Hungary and Europe face a mass migration wave which endangers the way of life of their peoples, Europe is under invasion....
  • Pro-LGBT Lutheran Seminary President Unceremoniously Purged for Leading Ex-Gay Group 17 Years Ago

    03/18/2018 3:12:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/18/2018 | Tyler O' Neil
    Less than a year after Theresa F. Latini was hired as the first president of United Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania last April, she was unceremoniously ousted from the institution of higher learning after news broke that she once led a Christian ministry helping believers overcome same-sex attraction. She left that organization in 2001 and has since sworn off the idea that LGBT people can reject their identities, but that did not save her from ideological cleansing.United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) was formed in 2017, as a merger between two seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Latini was named its first...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/18/2018 7:43:56 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • The Wanderer Interviews Steven Mosher… In China, The State Aspires To Be The “Church”

    03/17/2018 5:46:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 3/16/18 | Christopher Manion
    Steve Mosher, one of the America’s most prominent China experts, was kicked out of China — and Stanford University — in the early 1980s for breaking the “gentlemen’s rule of silence” regarding Communist China: he tore back the curtain on the country’s “one-child” policy, a draconian campaign that resulted in forced abortions performed in barbaric conditions on millions of Chinese women every year. I was working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time, and was surprised that the State Department showed little interest in Mosher’s exposure of what was clearly one of the most egregious violation of human...
  • All Politics is Religion

    03/17/2018 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 12 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | March 15, 2018 | Michael Warren Davis
    “All true philosophy must opt between these two hypotheses: either a new religion is going to come into existence or Christianity will be rejuvenated in some extraordinary way,” wrote Joseph de Maistre. But this speaks less to individuals (who may be theists or atheists) than it does to society, which is theistic by nature. “If the religious spirit is not reinforced in this part of the world, the social bond will dissolve,” Maistre warned. Maybe that’s why both North Korea and the Soviet Union became more cultish as their regimes wore on. Maybe at the start they earnestly thought they...
  • Evangelical Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples Handed Down Longest Suspension in History

    03/17/2018 7:44:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    (Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)A wedding cake is seen at a reception for same-sex couples at The Abbey in West Hollywood, California, July 1, 2013.An evangelical judge who has refused to marry same-sex couples was handed down a three-year suspension without pay Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court, the longest suspension in the court's history.Judge Vance Day, who was found to have broken several gun laws, and in 2014 refused to marry same-sex couples, will have 14 days to file a petition for the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision.One of the main charges that Day was found guilty of concerned...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    03/17/2018 7:40:44 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • Oregon High Court Suspends Judge Who Refused to Marry Gays

    03/16/2018 5:34:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 3/15/18 | Tom James
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday handed down the longest suspension in its history to a judge who refused to marry gay couples in the state, but stopped short of removing him from office. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day had come to the attention of authorities after allegations he had refused to marry gay couples and had broken gun laws. In 2016, an ethics commission recommended that Day be removed from office. Instead, the court ordered Day suspended for three years. Despite public attention garnered by Day's actions toward gay people following same-sex marriage...
  • Russian State Must Actively Support Multi-Child Families - Head of Russian Church

    03/16/2018 5:30:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 3/2/18 | RT
    “For some reason, such regulations are being adopted by Western parliaments for groups of people with certain sexual orientation, but we have problems with granting special status to multi-child families,”A law protecting large families would have “a tremendous symbolic significance and show the whole world that… Russia cares about the future,” he addedRussian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill has urged senators to provide special status for multi-child families in Russia, questioning why this can’t be done when preferences are being given to sexual minorities in the West. "The Church has supported and will support any positive changes in legislation aimed...