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  • UPDATE: Hillsong Issues Statement 8 Months After Worship Leader...

    08/04/2015 2:03:37 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 28 replies
    Stand Up for the Truth ^ | August 3, 2015 | Amy Spreeman
    When one of Hillsong New York City’s worship leaders announced he is a practicing, unrepentant homosexual, and that he is marrying his fellow church singer and boyfriend, Hillsong leadership says nothing. UPDATE: The couple’s announcement came in January, eight months ago. Today, less than 24 hours after this story published, finally, Hillsong issues a press release.)
  • Scott Walker Still Isn’t Sure If President Obama Is Christian

    08/02/2015 2:45:29 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    Time ^ | August 2, 2016 | Phillip Elliot
    ....“I don’t know,” the Republican presidential candidate said... “I presume he is,”.... “You’re not going to get a different answer than I said before,” Walker said toward the end of a Q&A session moderated by Politico’s Mike Allen. Walker said he’s never asked Obama about his faith. “As someone who is a believer myself, I don’t presume to know someone’s beliefs about whether they follow Christ or not unless I’ve actually talked with him.”..... “He said he is, and I take him at his word.”...
  • The Meaning of Life

    07/27/2015 4:51:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Matt Barber
    I suppose it’s a bit more of an anecdote than a commentary. Twenty-two years ago and it seems like last week. Isn’t that something old farts say? The aftermath from the previous night’s whirlwind revelry had become all too familiar. Friends had come and friends had gone. My tiny, one bedroom apartment in Thornton, Colorado, was, once again, strewn with empty beer bottles and soggy cigarette butts that lay decomposing in makeshift ashtray tombs. The pungent pong of stale beer and cheap tobacco turned my stomach as I, having just roused at the crack of noon and suffering the hangover...
  • Be Still And Trust

    07/25/2015 8:25:00 AM PDT · by Cecilia Trent · 2 replies
    “What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider’s web. They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.” — Job 8:14-15 (NIV) When life seems unpredictable and our future doesn’t feel secure, we naturally want to scramble, doing everything we can to resolve whatever it is that has brought on our anxieties, fears, and discomforts. When we try to take control of an uneasy situation, we start to assume that we had control of the situation to begin with. In these times, God says: “Be still...
  • Jimmy Carter Says Jesus Would Not Support Abortion; Struggles Between His Politics and Faith

    07/25/2015 7:04:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/25/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Former President Jimmy Carter has said in an interview that he does not believe Jesus Christ would support abortion in most cases, identifying the "only conflict" he's had between his political duties and Christian faith. "I have never believed that Jesus would be in favor of abortion, unless it was the result of rape or incest, or the mother's life was in danger. That's been the only conflict I've had in my career between political duties and Christian faith," Carter told The New York Times in an interview posted on Friday. The Democrat made the comments in response to a...
  • How Does A Heart Hardened?

    07/24/2015 9:32:18 PM PDT · by Cecilia Trent · 41 replies
    Growing Up In The Word ^ | 07/25/15 | James Trent
    A hardened heart is unnatural. Sadly many of God's children are walking around with hearts so hardened that they are unable to experience intimacy with God, themselves or others. Since we were created for connection and relationship with God first then others, a hardened heart will cause us to live isolated and withdrawn never truly experiencing the joy, peace, love and the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. How does a heart hardened? A prolonged struggle. Perhaps you have grown weary in the trial even blaming God for not changing the circumstances. Maybe you have a deep wound,...
  • Denver Court Rules against Little Sisters of the Poor

    07/15/2015 6:10:03 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 19 replies
    Breaking Christian News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Melinda Skea
    Moments ago, in a departure from the U.S. Supreme Court's protection of the Little Sisters of the Poor last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters must comply with the government's HHS mandate. This mandate forces religious ministries to violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties.
  • 6 Interesting Facts About Scott Walker's Christian Faith

    07/15/2015 1:17:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 15, 2015 | Ray Nothstine
    5. An atheist group demanded that Walker delete a Tweet where he quoted the popular passage from Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." The Christian Post reported the story in 2014, where The Freedom from Religious Foundation, known for scouring the country for public mentions of Christianity, aggressively challenged Walker's Tweet because it came from his official governor's account. The governor and his office ignored their request, deciding to leave it up indefinitely.
  • Families Matter and Always Will

    07/13/2015 9:44:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Terry Paulsen
    In a world where many live in urban areas with thousands passing them daily without a smile, a nod of recognition, a word of encouragement, or even a honk of protest, finding sustaining connections with people who care becomes increasingly important. Our families, when natural bonds are nurtured beyond the occasional get-togethers, can help provide that supportive community we so treasure. IÂ’m writing this early in the morning, two hours before we hit the road in Rawlins, Wyoming. WeÂ’re returning home from our RV caravan from CA to Kirkland, Illinois and back. When my wife and I told others about...
  • Be On Guard

    07/07/2015 9:41:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Marvin Olasky
    When leaders of City Church in San Francisco (see “Blindsided” in WORLD, July 11, 2015) recently decided to offer membership to same-sex marriage partners, investment banker Liza Hing says “a lot of people in the church were totally blindsided.” Others see such a change as inevitable. But that’s not the way it has to be, even at churches in cities with large gay populations. Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Tim Keller has shown how to attract thousands of young New Yorkers while remaining biblically faithful. The Acts 29 Network is also attracting many young Christians to the new churches it plants....
  • America Headed to the ‘Ash Heap of History’?

    07/07/2015 5:18:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    CBN News online ^ | July 7, 2015 | Paul Strand
    LANCASTER, Pa. -- America just marked its 239th Independence Day, the birth of what many consider the greatest nation on earth. But after all these years of celebrating, Americans may soon be mourning its downfall. That's the conclusion of researcher George Barna and historian David Barton in their book U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of Its Roots. ***** Faith is losing its foothold in the land. "The proportion of unchurched people has risen from 28 percent to 48 percent in six years," Barna shared. "The fastest growing faith group in America is atheists and agnostics."
  • Christians: Stand your ground! (...6 things believers can do in wake of high-court ruling)

    07/01/2015 9:53:06 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | June 30, 2015 | Greg Laurie
    The church is under attack today in every way imaginable – literally as well as figuratively! We still are reeling from the horrific attacks against the AME Church in Charleston. While our brothers and sisters gathered for a mid-week Bible study and prayer time, they were shot dead. We have seen an amazing display of forgiveness on their part for this cold-blooded killer. Facing the killer in court, several relatives who also attended AME Church extended their forgiveness to this young man, despite his indescribably evil act. The church has since gone back to their mid-week Bible study, saying, “This...
  • From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    06/28/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 27, 2015 • The gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet in this gospel a woman of great faith, to whom the Lord points as an exemplar. If you are ready to accept it, she also...
  • After Botched Operation, Author David Horowitz Reflects on Life, Faith in New Book

    06/27/2015 9:42:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-y0MtreTb4A routine hip operation turned into one of those life changing moments for David Horowitz. The surgeon damaged his sciatic nerve, leaving him with a paralyzed left foot and a reservoir of neuropathic pain, Horowitz divulges in the opening chapter of “You’re Going to Be Dead One Day: A Love Story.” In the midst of his suffering, however, the author found time for reflection.  Horowitz is an accomplished author, speaker, and freedom fighter. One of his most well known works, Radical Son, described the transformation he underwent from a radical leftist to a conservative activist. Recently, however, his physical...
  • The Amazing Grace in Faith and Grief in Charleston

    06/26/2015 12:41:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    Nothing so moved so many in the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina, massacre than the heartfelt expressions of grace and forgiveness for Dylann Roof by the families of the slain. Nothing so astonished the rest of us than the expressions of pity and pleas for mercy for the young man standing before the judge at his bond hearing. "Every fiber in my body hurts," said Felicia Sanders, whose son Tywanza was killed, "and I will never be the same. But as we say in Bible study, we enjoyed you. But may God have mercy on you." "I forgive you,"...
  • 5 faith facts about Bobby Jindal: an ‘evangelical Catholic’

    06/25/2015 2:50:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    RNS ^ | June 24, 2015 | David Gibson
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the “Road to Majority” conference in Washington on June 19, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-JINDAL-FAITH, originally transmitted on June 24, 2015.  This image is available for web and print publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. (RNS) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday (June 24) became the latest Republican to throw his hat into the presidential ring — and in this case, “last” may also mean “least.” Jindal, 44, is currently bringing up the rear in the polls among...
  • 6 Interesting Facts About Donald Trump's Christian Faith

    06/19/2015 6:03:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    Many political experts will not take Donald Trump's quest for the Republican presidential nomination seriously, possibly for good reason. Trump, most notable for his vast real estate empire, wealth, bankruptcies, reality TV show, high profile divorces, and of late, his brash political statements, professes to be a Christian. As The Christian Post reported Tuesday, he even claims he would be "the greatest jobs president God ever created." While Trump might not be popular with a large segment of the Republican Party, many voters no longer feel connected to Washington or what they see as a professional and entrenched political class....
  • Cruz Woos Evangelicals, Saying Religious Liberty Will Be the Defining Issue of 2016

    06/19/2015 4:35:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | June 19, 2015 | Alexis Levinson, senior political reporter
    Speaking to a group of Christian conservatives on Thursday, senator Ted Cruz was the only candidate to dispense with his stump speech. Instead, his remarks focused entirely on religious liberty, which he said will be the central issue of the 2016 presidential election. The speech, which Cruz delivered at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference, was indicative of the crucial role social conservatives and evangelicals will play in Cruz’s bid for the Republican nomination. The Texas senator has, during his three years in Washington, tried to define himself as the most conservative man in the race. Perhaps...
  • Don't Make a Savior of Your Morality

    06/15/2015 8:56:58 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 30 replies
    Monergism ^ | 11/10/2014 | john_hendryx
    To utterly despair of oneself is infinitely more difficult for a man than to invent some kind of good works.generated self-salvation project. Human beings irresistibly gravitate toward a works or karma-based system because it gives man the false hope that his redemption is within his own reach. But a salvation that is all of grace, a gift earned by Someone else, is so utterly offensive to human nature, so humbling to our pride, that only a supernatural work of grace will bring a person to yield to it.Contrary to popular and cultural concepts of God, the Bible declares that...
  • Why I'm a Catholic. Sola Scriptura isn't Workable, Part II

    06/13/2015 4:35:19 AM PDT · by Mercat · 59 replies
    Apologia ^ | June 2015 | Ken Hensley
    As you may recall, when we left Martin Luther last week, he was bewailing and bemoaning the theological chaos that came about early on in the Reformation. There are as many sects and beliefs as there are heads. This fellow will have nothing to do with baptism; another denies the Sacrament; a third believes that there is another world between this and the Last Day. Some teach that Christ is not God; some say this, some say that. There is no rustic so rude but that, if he dreams or fancies anything, it must be the whisper of the Holy...
  • Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians' faith burns brightly

    06/09/2015 4:22:34 AM PDT · by EBH
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/9/2015 | Ann Schneible
    Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens. Erbil’s Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said that those who have chosen to remain in the fourth century Monastery of Saint Matthew have “expressed their faith that this is a secure place.” He told CNA June 8 that although these Christians are now being protected by the Kurdish military, their sense of safety is not only due to...
  • People in Blue States seek psychiatric help 50% more often than in Red States

    06/07/2015 8:17:27 PM PDT · by upchuck · 42 replies
    newsmachete ^ | June 7, 2015 | Newsmachete
    People who live in liberal states search for psychologists on Google 50% more, per capita, than people from conservative states. Vermont has the most searchers for mental health help, at 74% greater than the national average, which makes sense, since it is a far-left state with a socialist Senator, Bernie Sanders, who likes to talk about the joys of rape. People in liberal Massachusetts and far-left New York search 55% and 56% more often for therapists as well (California, which you would expect to be worst of all, is "only" 41% above average). By contrast, in Idaho, (adjusted for population...
  • Hold on to your faith and belief for dear life

    06/07/2015 7:33:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/07/15 | Judi Mcleod
    As far as Obama is concerned the notion of Good vs Evil is just another conspiracy theory The most destructive, finish-them-off style damage coming from the deadly arsenal of President Barack Obama is his persistence to ‘disappear’ steadfast belief in God and in anything good. As far as Obama is concerned the notion of Good vs Evil is just another conspiracy theory. This is a Messiah who covets everyone’s belief in the Creator, and also their belief in the inherent goodness of America that was always there and even in the tumult he deliberately dishes out from the Oval Office...
  • Cardinal Sarah: "Don't deceive people with 'mercy' without repentance."

    05/30/2015 8:20:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 30, 2015 | Matteo Matzuzzi
    “If the Eucharist is considered [simply] a meal we share in and that nobody can be excluded from it, then the sense of Mystery is lost”. So says Cardinal Robert Sarah, the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, in an intervention given at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family, at his presentation of: “The Family – a work in progress”, a compilation of essays published by Cantagalli, in view of the upcoming Synod in October. A compilation intent on stimulating a discussion which touches on...
  • Obama to Force Faith- Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs

    05/28/2015 8:58:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Breitbart Big Government, | 5/28/15 | Austin Ruse
    The Obama Administration is poised to require faith-based recipients of federal grants to accept applications from LGBT individuals, according to a report published today by the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam). By executive order last summer, President Obama amended the Johnson-era federal order on non-discrimination in hiring by federal contractors to include non-discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That order has roiled faith-based groups. A confidential source tells C-Fam that the White House has directed federal agencies to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as
  • Sex—Sex and more sex…Every day, Every way, Every One

    05/28/2015 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/15 | DR. LAURIE ROTH
    Instead, many in America have turned sex and its expression into a walking and diseased 'side show.' I pray we will not become another 'Rome' but we are swiftly on our way It appears the gift of ‘sex’ and sexuality has been forced over a cliff and shattered into a thousand pieces of broken and perverted expression. Experts are everywhere and those who demand to change our legal, religious, educational and political core. We must become another creature…void of Godly morals, laced with experimental sexual drives and controlled by feelings, Government and liberal agendas. “Act out, do it again and...
  • China launches campaign to destroy church crosses

    05/26/2015 12:21:05 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 5/22/15 | June Cheng
    One year after authorities sent excavators to tear down the large Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, China, officials have returned to remove crosses from the top of churches in Zhejiang province, even drafting regulations banning crosses from the cityscape. Dozens of churches in Lishui city had their crosses removed in May, with one cross burning up as the cutting machinery malfunctioned, according to ChinaAid. The demolitions come after a months-long break in the Zhejiang campaign that saw more than 425 churches lose their crosses or have their entire buildings destroyed.
  • The Decline of Christian America

    05/26/2015 8:18:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "This is a Christian nation," said the Supreme Court in 1892. "America was born a Christian nation," echoed Woodrow Wilson. Harry Truman affirmed it: "This is a Christian nation." But in 2009, Barack Hussein Obama begged to differ: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation." Comes now a Pew Research Center survey that reveals the United States is de-Christianizing at an accelerated rate. Whereas 86 percent of Americans in 1990 identified as Christians, by 2007, that was down to 78 percent. Today only 7 in 10 say they are Christians. But the percentage of those describing themselves as atheists,...
  • Maybe Christianity In America Is Dying Because It’s Boring Everyone To Death []

    05/20/2015 11:52:50 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/13/2015 | Matt Walsh
    I recently attended a service that might help solve the riddle of the fantastic decline of American Christianity. It was a different church from the one I normally go to. Let me set the scene, perhaps it will sound familiar: I walked in and immediately realized that IÂ’d inadvertently stumbled upon a totally relaxed, convenient, comfortable brand of church. The first hint was the choir members dressed in shorts and flip flops. Sweet, bro. So chill. There were a bunch of acoustic guitars and drums and tambourines and a keyboard. Before the service/concert began, some guy came out to rev...
  • Touching moment five-year-old boy begs mother to buy homeless man dinner...then says grace

    05/19/2015 12:57:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2015 | Anneta Konstantinides
    A young Alabama boy brought a group of Waffle House diners to tears when he asked his mother to buy dinner for a homeless man he saw outside - and then sang a blessing with him at the table. Ava Faulk said her son Josiah Duncan, 5, wouldn't stop asking her questions when he spotted a disheveled man holding a bag with his bike outside the restaurant in Prattville. When Faulk explained the man was homeless, little Josiah asked 'What does that mean?' Faulk told Josiah that it meant he didn't have a home, to which her son responded, 'Where...
  • The Value of Christian Faith in America

    05/18/2015 10:57:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Terry Paulson
    A recent Pew Research Center study found there has been a big drop since 2007 in the number of Americans who identify as Christian. Although 70 percent of Americans still describe themselves as Christian, more people are identifying with no religion at all.The survey found Americans who call themselves atheist, agnostic, or of no particular faith showed the largest increase jumping from 16 percent in 2007 to nearly 23 percent in 2014. In the same period, Christians dropped from 78 percent to just under 71 percent.Though not an affirmed Christian, George Washington realized the importance of religion in maintaining our...
  • UKRAINE: A Ukrainian soldier's thoughts: "What is War?"

    05/17/2015 7:16:55 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    Ukraineian Soldier ^ | 13 May 2015 | Sergy Yakovenko
    What is the war: It when the wife of your 'sworn brother' has a Birthday, and all platoon gathers money so that he could buy her a gold chain and a pendent. - it when you have tea in the morning with a friend, and at lunchtime you learned that he died. - it when faithless people cross themselves and thank God after each mine bows up and did not get them. - it is when the church questions is it right or wrong to help a soldier who fights with weapons in hand, while sinful people are selling their...
  • To the Class of 2015: Fight for Freedom, Defend the Faith, Love America, and Prosper

    05/16/2015 10:57:03 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 2 replies
    Radix News ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert F. Agostinelli
    More has been done to further progress by America than anywhere else because we are a people who believe we can do things better. Since Columbus touched these shores, the Pilgrims knelt down and kissed the ground, and our Founding Patriots risked everything for independence, the commitment to pursuing human betterment for all has been understood as our God-given responsibility. This is because Americans believe in the value and potential of every individual, which also is the engine that powers capitalism. Distilled to the bare essence, markets operate based on the principle that the decisions made every day by millions...
  • Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules

    05/14/2015 2:18:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Bob Egelko
    California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled. The decision by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black applies only to the Clovis School District. But as the first ruling to interpret California’s 11-year-old law on sex education and disease prevention, it should put schools on notice that “young people need complete, accurate health information required by law,” said Phyllida Burlingame, director of Reproductive Justice Policy for the ACLU, which...
  • Fear Not

    05/14/2015 9:04:55 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Ligonier ministries ^ | May 14,2015 | R.C. Sproul
    Fear Not by R.C. Sproul We are fragile mortals, given to fears of every sort. We have a built-in insecurity that no amount of whistling in the dark can mollify. We seek assurance concerning the things that frighten us the most. The prohibition uttered more frequently than any other by our Lord is the command, “Fear not …” He said this so often to His disciples and others He encountered that it almost came to sound like a greeting. Where most people greet others by saying “Hi” or “Hello,” the first words of Jesus very often were “Fear not.” Why?...
  • In the Darkness We See Farther – Pondering the Paradox of the “Dark Knowing” of Faith

    05/13/2015 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Darkness We See Farther – Pondering the Paradox of the “Dark Knowing” of Faith By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs human beings we are very visual and there is a certain demand of our flesh to see on its own terms. But of course God, who is pure spirit, will not be seen in this way.How can the human eye perceive what is spiritual? It is not designed to do so. We cannot see God, as God, any more than we should expect to be able to see justice sitting down to lunch with humility. These are not physical concepts;...
  • Why a Huckabee Loss Would Be a Win for Religious Conservatives

    05/13/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | May 13, 2015 | David French
    Last week The New Republic’s Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig wrote an extended pre-mortem not just for Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign but for the culture wars in general. Tracing the rise of Huckabee’s political career to the rise of the religious Right, she tries to use Huckabee’s career as a stand-in for the fortunes of religious conservatism writ large. To Bruenig, a Huckabee defeat will represent “one more [conservative] loss in a greater, longer defeat in America’s culture wars.” I agree with Bruenig that Mike Huckabee will probably lose, but I come to the exact opposite conclusion about the culture wars. A...
  • Christianity Declines Sharply in US, Agnostics Growing: Pew [2 Thess 2]

    05/12/2015 12:55:52 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 41 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 5/12/2015 | Melanie Batley
    Christianity is in sharp decline in America, according to new research from the Pew Research Center, making for a significantly less Christian country than that of just seven years ago. The number of Christians dropped by almost 8 percentage points in seven years to 71 percent, and the trend holds across race, gender, education, and geographic dimensions, though Christianity still dominates American religious identity at 70 percent, USA Today said. "It's remarkably widespread," Alan Cooperman, director of religion research for the Pew Research Center, said, according to The Washington Post. "The country is becoming less religious as a whole, and...
  • THE HISTORY OF MOTHERS DAY, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

    05/09/2015 7:58:35 PM PDT · by Chauncey Uppercrust · 6 replies
    Movie A Man Called Peter | 5/9/2015 | Chauncey Uppercrust
    History of Mother's Day -- A Mother's Day Gift to You The following transcript is from the 1955 movie A Man Called Peter (1955 Henry Koster Film). The movie was adapted from a book by Catherine Marshall by the same name. Catherine was the wife of the late great preacher, Dr. Peter Marshall. The transcript below is directly from the movie. Catherine (prior to her marriage to Peter Marshall) was a college student. She and several other college students (one man and three women) were asked to accompany Dr. Peter Marshall to speak at a college event about their Christian...
  • Scott Walker urges crowd to pray for government, business leaders

    05/07/2015 11:10:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 7, 2015 | By Annysa Johnson
    Gov. Scott Walker told a heavily — if not exclusively — Christian crowd gathered at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee Thursday to go out and share their faith with the world, and to pray for their leaders in government and business regardless of party or position. "Always pray for our leaders so that God's will will be followed rather than their own," he said. Walker spoke at the annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast, organized by the West Allis-based Christian publishing nonprofit ProBuColls Association. An evangelical Christian, Walker has been increasingly open about his faith on the campaign trail, as he...
  • Four Years in Prison for Homeschooling? [Coming to America?]

    05/05/2015 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/1/2015 | Mike Donnelly
    The next time they appear in court for homeschooling, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich could face four years in prison—each. “I am sad today,” said Dirk Wunderlich, recounting how on April 28 he lost his most recent case in the German state of Hesse, and also heard dire warnings from the presiding judge. “We had hoped the judge, who seemed open-minded and friendly, might give us a chance,” Wunderlich added. “But no, he said he could not: The law is the law.” In their most recent court appearance, Dirk and Petra Wunderlich were fined 450 euros each (about $1,000) for not...
  • Scott Walker Plugs 'Jesus Calling' Devotional Book, Sales Promptly Skyrocket

    05/01/2015 2:12:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | Kimberly Winston
    (RNS) When Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker spoke last Saturday (April 25) to an influential gathering of Christian conservatives in an Iowa church, he brought along a little reading material. Standing before more than 1,000 people at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, the Wisconsin governor used part of his time to read from “Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence,” a Christian devotional written in the first-person voice of Jesus by missionary-turned-author Sarah Young. “‘The way to walk through demanding times is to grip my hand tightly,’” Walker read to the crowd. “‘Regardless of the day’s problems, I can...
  • New Illustration: Let There Be Light

    04/28/2015 5:48:30 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    CRASHR Art ^ | 4-28-15 | The Looking Spoon
    A lot of my ideas, like this one, are random thoughts that pop into my mind and then I just go with it and see how it ends up...
  • Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection & the Truth of the Gospel - Homily, Third Sunday of Easter

    04/19/2015 7:01:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection and the Truth of the Gospel. A homily for the third Sunday of Easter. By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel for this Sunday speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the proclamation of the Church: “The Lord is risen indeed, he has appeared to Simon!” This solemn declaration of the Church forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. But on this foundation of the truth the personal witness of every Catholic must be built. In this gospel we see how the...
  • You Need to Hear What Gov. Bobby Jindal Told Corporate America About Bullying People of Faith

    04/28/2015 8:39:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/27/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, appearing at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Spring Kickoff on Saturday, made it clear that he will not allow religious liberty bullies to run rampant in his state. Referring to the recent events surrounding Indiana’s Religious Liberty Restoration Act, Jindal said corporate America teamed up with the radical left “to come after our religious liberty rights.” Jindal warned, “Corporate America needs to be careful because the same radical left that doesn’t want us to have religious liberty rights does not want us to have economic liberty rights. The same radical left that doesn’t want us...
  • While on others thou art calling, do not pass me by. A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

    08/17/2014 3:15:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/16/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today’s gospel teaches us to pray always and not lose heart. This is a gospel about having tenacity in prayer and, even when the results seem discouraging, continuing to beseech the Lord. It is also a gospel about the Lord’s will to extend the gospel to all the nations and to make the Church truly catholic.Let’s look at this gospel in five stages.STAGE I. TRAVELS - The text says, At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Thus Jesus goes north of Israel into the territory we know today as Lebanon. Now Matthew is not just...
  • Peddlers and Pilgrims: The Two Faces of Christianity

    04/26/2015 2:46:57 PM PDT · by mainstreetradical.com · 23 replies
    Bonnie Leonard ^ | April 24 2015 | Bonnie Leonard
    This past Easter Sunday, some acquaintances invited my husband and I to join them for lunch and proselytized us as an added bonus activity. They run a house church (where they meet in a home versus traditional church) and through getting to know Matt and I set their sights on recruiting us. We had little in common with this family but a few odd circumstances brought us together for a time. We were unaware that this was the agenda for the day until we went to leave. In an obvious, sudden turn of conversation, discussing spiritual topics became an urgent...
  • The Reformation is over. Catholics 0, Protestants 1

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 576 replies
    triablogue ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jerry Walls
    I'm going to transcribe an article that Jerry Walls wrote when he was a grad student at Notre Dame: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am nearing the end of three very happy (with a brief interlude) years as a graduate student in the philosophy department at Notre Dame. The philosophy department is quite lively and stimulating and I have learned a great deal about my discipline. Along the way, I have also acquired an education of another sort–namely in the ways of the Roman Catholic Church. My education in this regard has been informal and piecemeal, to be sure. My insights have been...
  • Scott Walker Runs on Faith as Iowa Nears

    04/25/2015 9:46:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 25, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    "...Meadowbrook did not escape the political convulsions touched off during Mr. Walker’s first term as governor. In a speech to the congregation during its annual meeting in 2013, Mr. Mackett pleaded for an end to the “turmoil” caused by “slander” and “name calling” among members divided by politics.He declined to elaborate in an interview. But Lee Heyward, who succeeded Mr. Mackett as head pastor, said,“John and Meadowbrook were going through a really tumultuous time during that whole season of Act 10,” referring to the law Mr. Walker signed in 2011 that stripped Wisconsin’s public employees of most bargaining rights.The church...
  • GOP hopefuls gather to woo Iowa social conservatives

    04/25/2015 4:18:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sean Higgins
    DES MOINES, IOWA — Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will share a stage Saturday here in the hopes of winning the backing of the state's socially conservative GOP activists, whose support can be crucial to winning the state's presidential caucus, the first major event in the presidential primary..... Notably absent are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, both of whom were invited. "The event will have a definite religious cast to it," said Don Racheter, chief operating officer of the Public Interest Institute, an Iowa nonprofit free-market group. The coalition evolved from the state branch of the...