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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-22-15, OM, St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

    05/21/2015 7:35:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies ^ | 05-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 22, 2015Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 25:13b-21 King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesareaon a visit to Festus.Since they spent several days there,Festus referred Paul’s case to the king, saying,“There is a man here left in custody by Felix.When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jewsbrought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.I answered them that it was not Roman practiceto hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusersand had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.So when they came together here,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-15, OM, St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest & Companions

    05/20/2015 8:26:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 05-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2015Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Wishing to determine the truthabout why Paul was being accused by the Jews,the commander freed himand ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,so he called out before the Sanhedrin,“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”When he said this,a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,and the...
  • Daniel Wallace Blasts Yusuf Ismail on John 1:1

    05/20/2015 7:31:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Answering Muslims ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | David Wood
    In the tradition of charlatans like Ahmed Deedat and Zakir Naik, Yusuf Ismail is convinced that he can be as inaccurate as he likes, because most of the people listening to him won't bother examining what he says (so long as he sounds confident when he speaks). This tactic is based on numbers. If 400 people are watching a debate, and a Muslim debater completely distorts the facts while sounding like he knows what he's talking about, how many in the audience will take the time to research his claims? One or two? And if one or two do the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-20-15, OM, St. Bernadine of Siena, Priest

    05/19/2015 9:07:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 05-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 20, 2015Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 20:28-38 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flockof which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,in which you tend the Church of Godthat he acquired with his own Blood.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,and they will not spare the flock.And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truthto draw the disciples away after them.So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and...
  • Prisoners, yet free

    05/19/2015 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Charles Patrick
    ROSHARON, Texas (BP) -- Clang, clang, clang, clang -- the series of four gates closed, separating me from the free world as I was searched and ushered into the maximum security prison. The contrast was instantly striking. The blue sky and slight breeze outside were replaced with the dark, humid and warm prison. A ringing bell that sounds seven times a day to signal the counting of the inmates replaced chirping birds and the background noise of life. Individualism was immediately replaced by conformity. There I stood on the cold concrete floor, under the ever-watchful eye of guards and the...
  • God's Infinitude - Chapter 8

    05/19/2015 3:19:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Our Heavenly Father: Let us see Thy glory, if it must be from the shelter of the cleft rock and from beneath the protection of Thy covering hand. Whatever the cost to us in loss of friends or goods or length of days let us know Thee as Thou art, that we may adore Thee as we should. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The world is evil, the times are waxing late, and the glory of God has departed from the church as the fiery cloud once lifted from the door of the Temple in the sight of Ezekiel...
  • Does God Always Answer Prayer? - Chapter 21

    05/19/2015 3:08:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 54 replies
    CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION, the cultivation of a psychology of uncritical belief is not an unqualified good, and if carried too far it may be a positive evil. The whole world has been booby-trapped by the devil, and the deadliest trap of all is the religious one. Error never looks so innocent as when it is found in the sanctuary. One field where harmless-looking but deadly traps appear in great profusion is the field of prayer. There are more sweet notions about prayer than could be contained in a large book, all of them wrong and all highly injurious to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-19-15

    05/18/2015 9:00:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 05-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 19, 2015Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 20:17-27 From Miletus Paul had the presbytersof the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them,“You know how I lived among youthe whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.I served the Lord with all humilityand with the tears and trials that came to mebecause of the plots of the Jews,and I did not at all shrink from telling youwhat was for your benefit,or from teaching you in public or in your homes.I earnestly bore witness for both...
  • Losing their religion: the hidden crisis of faith among Britains young Muslims

    05/18/2015 2:33:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 May 2015 | Andrew Anthony
    Sulaiman Vali is a softly spoken 32-year-old computer engineer. A natural introvert not drawn to controversy or given to making bold statements, hes the kind of person who is happiest in the background. He lives alone in a modest house on a quiet street in a small town in East Northamptonshire. He doesnt want to be any more specific than that about the location. If someone found out where I lived, he explains, they could burn my house down. Why should such an understated figure, someone who describes himself as a nobody, speak as if hes in a witness protection...
  • Why Islam doesnt need a reformation

    05/17/2015 9:17:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 17 May 2015 | Mahdi Hasan
    In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. We need a Muslim reformation, announced Newsweek. Islam needs reformation from within, said the Huffington Post. ..After all, Christianity had the Reformation, so goes the argument, which was followed by the Enlightenment; by secularism, liberalism and modern European democracy. So why cant Islam do the same?Yet the reality is that talk of a Christian-style reformation for Islam is so much cant. Lets consider this idea of a Muslim Luther. Luther did not merely nail 95 theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-18-15, OM, St. John I, Pope and Martyr

    05/17/2015 8:56:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 05-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 18, 2015Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8 While Apollos was in Corinth,Paul traveled through the interior of the countryand down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them,“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”They answered him,“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”He said, “How were you baptized?”They replied, “With the baptism of John.”Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,that is, in Jesus.”When they heard this,they were baptized...
  • Time again, to get ready for church

    05/17/2015 3:25:47 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | May 17, 2015 | knarf
    Got some nice rain the last couple of days ...
  • Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

    05/16/2015 10:00:28 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 31 replies
    Church ^ | May 16th 2015 | Christine Niles
    Breaking: Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace by Christine Niles May 16, 2015, ROME, May 16, 2015 ( - Vatican Radio announced today that Dominican Fr. Timothy Radcliffe is being appointed as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A former Master General of the international Dominican Order of Preachers, Fr. Radcliffe is a well-known proponent of progressive ideology and has expressed views sympathetic to the homosexualist agenda. He often celebrated Mass for the U.K. dissident group Soho Masses Pastoral Council (now renamed the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council), whose...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-17-15, SOL, The Ascension of the Lord/7th Sunday of Easter

    05/16/2015 7:55:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies ^ | 05-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 17, 2015Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord    Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus,I dealt with all that Jesus did and taughtuntil the day he was taken up,after giving instructions through the Holy Spiritto the apostles whom he had chosen.He presented himself alive to themby many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty daysand speaking about the kingdom of God.While meeting with them,he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,but to wait for “the promise of the Fatherabout which you have heard me speak;for John baptized with water,but in a few days...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-16-15

    05/15/2015 9:38:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 05-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 16, 2015Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter     Reading 1 Acts 18:23-28 After staying in Antioch some time,Paul left and traveled in orderly sequencethrough the Galatian country and Phrygia,bringing strength to all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.He was an authority on the Scriptures.He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,although he knew only the baptism of John.He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,they took him asideand explained to him...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-15-15, OM, St. Isidore

    05/14/2015 10:53:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 05-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 15, 2015Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18 One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,“Do not be afraid.Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.No one will attack and harm you,for I have many people in this city.”He settled there for a year and a halfand taught the word of God among them. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,the Jews rose up together against Pauland brought him to the tribunal, saying,“This man is inducing people to worship God contrary...
  • Dear Church: An open letter from one of those millennials you cant figure out

    05/14/2015 1:45:17 PM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    Ponder Anew ^ | May 13, 2015 | Jonathan
    A lots been made over the millennial generation and their religious life. Why they go to church. Why they dont go to church. What they want. What they hate. Im going to do something different here. Im not going to cite Barna. Im not going to quote Rachel Held Evans. Im not going to link to any articles or blog posts. Im just going to tell you whats true for me, and what Ive seen to be true of others like me. I am one of those rascally millennials, by the way. One of those enigmatic, paradoxical, media-dependent, coffee-drinking young...
  • Senate Breaks Gridlock, Passes Human Trafficking Bill (Abortion Battle)

    05/14/2015 5:34:39 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2015 | J.C. Derrick |
    (WNS)The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan human trafficking bill on April 22, scoring a significant victory for Republicans who fought to ensure taxpayer funding wouldnt go to pay for abortions. Help is finally on the way for the thousands of enslaved victims who suffer unspeakable abuse in the shadows, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act boosts law enforcements ability to pursue perpetrators, strengthens penalties, and establishes a domestic fund to help trafficking victims. The legislation was widely popular, but it only passed after an unexpected month-long stalemate between Republicans and Democrats....
  • House Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    05/14/2015 4:56:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/13/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The House of Representatives today approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. The House approved the bill on a 242-184 vote with four Democrats (Reps. Cuellar, Langevin, Lipinski, and Peterson) voting for the bill and five Republicans voting against it (Reps. Dent, Dold, Hanna, Frelinghuysen) or voting present (Hice). (See very end of this article for how members voted). Should the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-14-15, FEAST, St. Matthias, Apostle, (SOL -- Ascension)

    05/13/2015 8:24:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 05-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 14, 2015Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle   Reading 1 Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty personsin the one place).He said, “My brothers and sisters,the Scripture had to be fulfilledwhich the Holy Spirit spoke beforehandthrough the mouth of David, concerning Judas,who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.Judas was numbered among usand was allotted a share in this ministry.For it is written in the Book of Psalms: Let his encampment become desolate,and may no one dwell in it.and:May another take his office....
  • Jesus' word to homosexuals

    05/13/2015 8:34:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies ^ | May 11, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    Homosexual activists don't want Jesus' forgiveness for their sexual sin they want his approval. This is something he cannot and will never offer.Homosexual activists are fond of quoting the first half of John 8:11: "Neither do I condemn you." They are not so fond of quoting the second half. In fact, they quite pointedly ignore it as if it weren't even there. But wishing it away doesn't make it disappear. John 7:53-8:11 preserves for us the record of Jesus' encounter with a woman caught in adultery. She was apprehended in flagrante delicto, in the act, and was dragged by...
  • Sanctification By Grace Versus Sanctification By Scolding

    05/13/2015 7:34:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The Heidelblog ^ | May 13, 2015 | R. Scott Clark
    64. But does not this doctrine make men careless and profane? No, for it is impossible that those who are implanted into Christ by true faith, should not bring forth fruits of thankfulness (Heidelberg Catechism 64) Moralism and rationalism are twins. In Christian theology, where you see the one the other is nearby. In this context moralism refers to the doctrine that we are accepted with God (justification) and/or delivered from the wrath to come (salvation) through inherent, personal, intrinsic sanctification (holiness) and righteousness. Rationalism, in this sense, is the notion that in order for something to be true it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-13-15, OM, Our Lady of Fatima

    05/12/2015 9:34:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 05-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 13, 2015Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothyto join him as soon as possible. Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:“You Athenians, I see that in every respectyou are very religious.For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.The God who made the world and all that is in it,the Lord of heaven and earth,does not...
  • Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel

    05/12/2015 5:28:05 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies ^ | 5/10/15 | Heather Clark
    Full title: Feel the Love Tonight? Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel WASHINGTON Controversial megachurch leader and author Rick Warren raised concerns Wednesday after joining hands with homosexual singer Elton John during a speech before a congressional hearing on AIDS funding, and joked what would happen if the two kissed. It would be the kiss heard round the world, he said.
  • Time To Worry: Americans Are Turning Away From Christianity

    05/12/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The last several decades, the Left has done its best to change Americas religious landscape. According to a new Pew study, theyre succeeding better than many thought possible: "The number of Americans who dont affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call nones the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday." Christians are still the majority, but their numbers have fallen from 78 percent to just under 71 percent. The main reason? Increasingly more Americans consider themselves non affiliated with any...
  • Pope: God will judge you on whether you cared for Earth

    05/12/2015 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 198 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/12/2015 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis warned the rich and powerful on Tuesday that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth "We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat. But we must also remind the powerful of the Earth that God will call them to judgment one day," he said. "And there it will be revealed if they really tried to provide for him in every person, and if they did what they could to preserve the environment so that it could produce this food."
  • Non-Believers Rising; Survey Says Protestants, Catholics On Decline

    05/12/2015 7:03:46 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    WBEN Radio ^ | may 12,2015 | Pew reseach
    The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Exclusive WBEN AudioOn The WBEN LivelineLana Benatovich, National Federation of Just Communities hristianity is still the dominant faith by far in the U.S.; 7 in 10 Americans identify with the tradition. However, the ranks of Christians have declined as the segment of people with no religion has grown, the survey says. Between 2007 and 2014,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-12-15, Sts. Nereus & Achilleus, St. Pancras, Martyrs

    05/11/2015 8:32:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 0512-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 12, 2015Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 16:22-34 The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,and the magistrates had them strippedand ordered them to be beaten with rods.After inflicting many blows on them,they threw them into prisonand instructed the jailer to guard them securely.When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost celland secured their feet to a stake. About midnight, while Paul and Silas were prayingand singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,there was suddenly such a severe earthquakethat the foundations of the jail shook;all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-11-15

    05/10/2015 9:19:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 05-11-15 | Revised New American bible
    May 11, 2015Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city of Thyatira, a...
  • Confronting Paganism

    05/10/2015 4:52:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Nehemiah served in a pagan government as a believer in God. He was humble and respectful to the king, but proper fear of his king did not stop him from acting to save his people. He prayed to God and made a request of the king, asking for permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild it. He also asked for letters that he might present to various governors for safe conduct, and even a grant for building materials. Not all the pagan governors were sanguine toward Nehemiah and his plans. Indeed, some were fiercely resistant to them. When Sanballat the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-10-15, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    05/09/2015 10:14:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 60 replies ^ | 05-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 10, 2015Sixth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 When Peter entered, Cornelius met himand, falling at his feet, paid him homage.Peter, however, raised him up, saying,“Get up. I myself am also a human being.” Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightlyis acceptable to him.” While Peter was still speaking these things,the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peterwere astounded that the gift of the Holy Spiritshould have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-09-15

    05/08/2015 9:05:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 05-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 9, 2015Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day...
  • Monsignor Charles Pope on fraternal correction

    05/08/2015 3:02:12 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 8, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Monsignor Charles Pope writes, "The gospel from Sunday (John 15:1-8) presents us with an important meditation on the difference between love and kindness. Perhaps some further reflections from this gospel are in order today. There is an unfortunate tendency in our times to reduce love to kindness. Kindness is an aspect of love, but so is rebuke. It is an immature notion of love that reduces it merely to affirming, or that refers to proper correction as a form of hate. We saw in yesterdays gospel that proper care involves the Lord pruning us so that we bear more fruit....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-08-15

    05/07/2015 8:45:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 05-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 8, 2015Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your peace of mind,we have with...
  • Pope Francis Allows Priests to Begin Pardoning Women and Doctors Who've Performed Abortions

    05/07/2015 7:08:16 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 95 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 7, 2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis has said that Roman Catholic priests can begin pardoning women who've had abortions and doctors who have performed the procedure starting in 2016, changing long-standing Catholic practice. The Vatican insisted, however, that it continues to look at abortion as a sin. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, announced Francis' decision earlier this week, and said: "The missionaries of mercy are priests sent out by the Holy Father at the beginning of Lent. The Pope is sending them out [to dioceses and parishes] as a tangible sign of how a priest should...
  • The Heresy of Indifference

    05/07/2015 6:21:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | May 7, 2015 | Burk Parsons
    Doctrine matters—it matters in life and in death. Our doctrine determines our destiny. It not only affects our view about God but our view about everything. We are doctrinal beings by nature. Everyone holds to some sort of doctrine; the question is whether or not our doctrine is biblical. Consequently, we dare not be indifferent about doctrine. Indeed, there is a reason we’ve never heard of a Christian martyr who was indifferent about doctrine. Indifference about doctrine is the mother of every heresy in all of history, and in our day indifference about doctrine is spreading like wildfire in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-07-15

    05/06/2015 8:23:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 05-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 7, 2015Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,“My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the...
  • Madison Law Bans Religious Discrimination ... Against Atheists

    05/06/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/3/15 | AP
    Wisconsin citys statute, enacted last month, is believed to be the first of its kind in the US: Religion was protected, so non-religion should be, tooWhile conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws werent invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsins capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on 1 April , giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race,...
  • Aiming to deepen rites meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

    05/06/2015 6:08:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 77 replies
    Baptist News ^ | Jeff Brumley
    There are plenty of Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodist churches in Dayton, Ohio, where parents could have an infant child baptized. But one local couple wanted Rodney Kennedy to baptize their 7-month-old son, even though they knew there was one hurdle to overcome: Kennedy is pastor at First Baptist Church in Dayton.And Baptists both generally and specifically do not baptize infants.We knew that asking Rod, he might say no, said Lucas, the boys father who requested only his first name be used in this article.But Kennedy did not say no, and during worship on Sunday, April 19, he conducted his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-06-15

    05/05/2015 9:24:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 05-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 6, 2015Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • Have Atheists/Communists managed to shake the Cold War?

    05/05/2015 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    5/5/15 | Faith Presses On
    With the Cold War with the USSR fading into memory, including those under 40 mostly having no meaningful memory of it, has it gotten safe for atheists/communists to promote their beliefs, as they wouldn't have dared to up through the eighties? Seems so. The public could use some reminding and educating on the Cold War. This isn't even ancient history.
  • Are Christians dead wrong about the execution of Jesus Christ? (liberal scholar heresy)

    05/05/2015 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 23 replies ^ | 4/29/15 | Jonathan Merritt
    For those who hold to traditional Christian theology, explaining what happened to Jesus on the cross doesnt take long: Humans are sinfulsin makes God angryGod requires a sacrifice to quell Gods angerGod sent his son Jesus to be that sacrifice. So, on the cross, God killed (or perhaps just permitted) the execution of Jesus in order to satisfy Gods anger against sinful humanity. Got it? Good. That settles it. Actually, that doesnt settle it if youre Tony Jones, a theologian and author of Did God Kill Jesus? Searching for Love in Historys Most Famous Execution. He argues that notions of...
  • Christian Girl Given Zeroes For Her Beliefs

    05/05/2015 3:34:24 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies ^ | 5/4/15 | Bob Unruh
    You know its not going to be good when a 10-page letter of complaint breaks off in the middle and says, But wait, theres more. Thats the case of a letter from officials with Liberty Counsel that was sent to Polk State College in Florida about the pervasive anti-Christian bias a teacher, Lance Russum, imposes on students. The letter demands a full and independent review of Mr. Russums behavior and course content, an appropriate grading of a 16-year-old students assignments, which earlier were given zero grades because of her beliefs, a written apology and assurances that future courses will be...
  • Legal Group Sues North Carolina Library After Denied Lecture Use for Religious Instruction

    05/05/2015 3:20:32 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
     ^ | 5/5/15 | Heather Clark
    WAKE, N.C. A Christian legal organization has filed a federal lawsuit against a public library in North Carolina after officials denied use of the facility for a lecture simply because the presentation was considered to be religious instruction. Liberty Counsel, which has offices in Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C., regularly conducts lectures throughout the country on the role of Christianity in the founding of America. In March 2013 and November 2014, the group sought to use the Cameron Village Regional Library in Wake, N.C. to present a lecture. However, it was denied both times. According to a complaint filed...

    05/05/2015 2:48:52 PM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    Breaking Christian News via Charisma News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jordan Sekulow
    "As an American and as a prisoner for Christ I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival there can be no true success or blessing... I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival. Me from inside of these prison walls and you on the outside."Pastor Saeed Abedini (Iran)This Thursday not only marks American Pastor Saeed Abedini's 35th birthday, but the National Day of Prayer as well....
  • Catholic women priests fight for inclusion -- for all

    Inclusivity is a word the Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) organization is built upon. The movement began in Germany in 2002 with seven women who were ordained on the Danube River by an Argentine Catholic bishop who cut his ties to Rome and began a church he believed would be more progressive. Those women chose ex-communication by Rome, which, simply put, is like leaving a club you were never allowed to join. So they started their own branch of the club and there are now 208 women priests worldwide, following Saturday's ordination. "We are obedient to the Holy Spirit and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-05-15

    05/04/2015 10:10:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 05-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 5, 2015Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...
  • Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday and Not Saturday?

    05/04/2015 6:23:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 101 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | May 3, 2015 | Andy Webb
    Why do Christian churches meetand worship on Sunday? After all, doesnt the fourth commandment clearly say the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God?So is Sunday worship just a Christian tradition? Did we not want to get mistaken for Jews? Or perhaps there was a church council that met to decide the day should be moved? Well no, none of those is the reason that Sunday became the day upon which Christians worship. Sunday worship was not fixed by a church council and as William Perkins points out,The church, has no power to ordain a Sabbath.The only...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-15

    05/03/2015 7:45:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 05-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 4, 2015Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 14:5-18 There was an attempt in Iconiumby both the Gentiles and the Jews,together with their leaders,to attack and stone Paul and Barnabas.They realized it,and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbeand to the surrounding countryside,where they continued to proclaim the Good News. At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth,who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him,saw that he had the faith to be healed,and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your...
  • Religious rights need protection

    05/03/2015 11:24:34 AM PDT · by campg · 3 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 3, 2015 | Dennis Clayson
    When some of us expressed fear of what we saw and heard about the protests against religious-rights laws, many people either saw no issue or condemned us for being alarmist or hate-filled Christians. It is time for well-meaning people to think this through. Hillary Clinton said last week culture and religious beliefs have to be changed to achieve women's rights. Is that just feel-good rhetoric, or does she really mean it? If so, what does it imply to say religious beliefs have to be changed? We dont need to discuss theology. At its foundation this isnt about theology at all,...