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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-25-15, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/24/2015 10:49:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2015Third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-5, 10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’S bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, “when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them, great and...
  • On the Origin and Nature of Things-Chapter 5

    01/24/2015 5:28:34 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    THE CELEBRATED PRAYER of the great German astronomer, Kepler, has been a benediction to many: "O God, I thank Thee that Thou hast permitted me to think Thy thoughts after Thee." This prayer is theologically sound because it acknowledges the priority of God in the universe. "In the beginning God" is undoubtedly the most important sentence in the Bible. It is in God that all things begin, and all thoughts as well. In the words of Augustine, "But Thou, O Lord, who ever livest, and in whom nothing dies, since before the world was, and, indeed, before all that can...
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 104 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (觀音) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • Lecrae Confesses Abortion, Invites Others Into The Light

    01/24/2015 4:03:54 PM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tony Reinke
    As the forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade draws near, we are reminded of how large and formidable the abortion industry has become in the United States. Planned Parenthood survives with a heavy dose of government funding, even as overall abortion numbers are down and seem to indicate the entire industry is diminishing. The battle between life and choice is being fought one story at a time.On one side is 25-year-old Emily Letts, who uploaded to YouTube, as a positive story, what she claims is her abortion procedure (the actual procedure is shielded from view and the authenticity of Lettss...
  • Fabricated: 'I did not go to heaven'

    01/24/2015 11:38:38 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources' decision to stop selling a discredited book about a 6-year-old's supposed vision of heaven is being cited as a reminder that followers of Jesus should rely on the Bible rather than subjective experience for their knowledge of the afterlife. "Anytime you step away from the clear, revelatory, propositional statements of Scripture into your own experience, then you open yourself to every kind of weird existential idea out there," Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who believes books like Malarkey's are unbiblical, told Baptist Press. "We want people bound to truth, not to what they feel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-15, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop/Doctor of the Church

    01/23/2015 8:19:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2015Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one,in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place.Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not...
  • The Universal Presence

    01/23/2015 3:15:25 PM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?-Psa. 139:7 In all Christian teaching certain basic truths are found, hidden at times, and rather assumed than asserted, but necessary to all truth as the primary colors are found in and necessary to the finished painting. Such a truth is the divine immanence. God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. This is boldly taught by prophet and apostle and is accepted by Christian theology generally. That is, it appears in the books, but for some reason it has...
  • NM bishops will push to end late-term abortions

    01/23/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    abqjournal.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexicos three Roman Catholic bishops hope Republican control in the state House of Representatives will help them achieve a ban on late-term abortions that Albuquerque voters rejected in a 2013 city election. Allen Snchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the new Republican majority in the House provides the first window of opportunity in years to end late-term abortions in the state. For years (Republicans) have made the claim that if they could take the House, they could get pro-life legislation on the governors desk, Snchez said. We see pro-lifers, both Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Pro-life shrine to open in former Twin Spires (Missouri)

    01/23/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    newspressnow.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jena Sauber
    The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine. When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first national pro-life shrine in the country. It will serve as a location for prayer to end abortion, and for atonement for the babies and the conversion of their parents, the nonprofit said. It was kind of miraculous. We were going to build a shrine, said Richard Mahoney, president of the foundation. I got a call from a...
  • Methodist Head of Human Rights Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 1:11:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The Director of Civil and Human Rights for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the churchs lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying I march for sandwiches. TWEET ON LINK Heres a thought. A great proportion of the pro-life marchers are young people. They are volunteers, unpaid and untrained. Mefford, on the other hand, is a grown man, one whose actual job is to represent Christians in the...
  • Are we really pro-LIFE?

    01/23/2015 9:51:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    religionnews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Boz Tchividjian
    I will never forget the first ultrasound of my unborn child. Expecting an idle smudge on a grainy screen, my wife and I were greeted by a hyperactive baby, all four flailing limbs foiling the doctors attempt at accurate measurement. Our child was beautiful, and very much alive. This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and across the country pro-lifers gather to profess the humanity of unborn children. However, as Brennan Manning noted in The Ragamuffin Gospel, the danger of the pro-life position is that it can be frighteningly selective. Recent events provide repeated and disturbing evidence...
  • METHODIST HEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS MOCKS PROLIFE MARCHERS

    01/23/2015 7:00:20 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 39 replies
    First Things ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The Director of Civil and Human Rights for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the Churchs lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying I march for sandwiches.[...]
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-15, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon/Martyr, St. Marianne Cope, V

    01/22/2015 8:38:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 23, 2015Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 8:6-13 Brothers and sisters:Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministryas he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.But he finds fault with them and says:Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe...
  • Postabortion Man Calls for Churches to Recognize Abortion Grief

    01/22/2015 8:35:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Clinicquotes.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Sarah Terzo
    Research indicates that by age 40 one in four women have had an abortion and the fact is that many of them are sitting in our church pews broken and silent. It is my position that the same can be said of the men. What about the post-abortive fathers guilt, anger and emotional scars? Many of these fathers are as hurt as the mothers. Its time for the church to open its eyes as well as its hearts and arms to these wounded men. They need assistance to break their chains of secrecy, seek godly professional counsel and find true...
  • The Meal That Divides

    01/22/2015 2:35:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | Keith Mathison
    On the night of the institution of the Lords Supper, Jesus prayed for His disciples and for those who would become His disciples, that they may all be one (John 17:21). This was a profound prayer for unity among Christs disciples. Sadly, the occasion for this prayer, the Passover of the new exodus, the meal commemorating the death of the Lamb of God for His people, has become the focal point for some of the most serious controversies and divisions in the church. It is no longer the meal that unites us but instead has become the meal that divides...
  • Pope flashes hand sign in Manila, prompts head-scratching

    01/22/2015 11:34:13 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 61 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 12/21/14 | Deborah Hastings
    Pope Francis, during his recent love-filled tour of the Phillippines, raised his hand in a salute and prompted some Internet tongue-wagging. Standing next to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in Manila, the Pope raised his index and pinkie fingers, keeping his third and fourth fingers down and his thumb extended. The cardinal did the same. All of which prompted the Los Angeles Times to post on its music blog that the pontiff might have been making the sign of the horns, a heavy metal staple among concert fans, or perhaps a centuries-old devil sign.
  • Rick Santorum unhappy with Pope Francis for rabbits comment

    01/22/2015 8:54:41 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    Wahington Post ^ | January 22 | Justin Moyer
    Catholics are supposed to listen to the pope. Why? As explained in their churchs catechism: For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered. Thats a pretty broad mandate. But when Pope Francis starts cautioning Catholics against breeding like rabbits, some Catholics dont like what they hear including once and future Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum. The pope is the leader of the Catholic Church, and when he speaks as...
  • SC megachurch minister takes fire from SC Baptist Convention

    01/22/2015 5:10:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The State ^ | January 22, 2015 | Ron Barnett
    NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble is in hot water with the South Carolina Baptist Convention over a sermon he preached at the Upstate-based megachurch in which he interpreted the Ten Commandments as 10 sayings or promises rather than commandments. The Rev. Tommy Kelly, president of the convention, issued a statement calling on members of the states largest denominational group to remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches. In his Christmas Eve sermon, which Noble said he believed God...
  • But Contemporary Worship Brings People To Jesus! Right?

    01/22/2015 5:05:08 AM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jonathan Aigner
    Missional Meditation Consider this comment I received on the Modernized Hymns post. "I have tried to avoid God my whole life. I wouldnt know a traditional hymn from a modernized hymn. Ive never even stepped foot into a churchuntil this past Sunday. The people on stage sang a song by David Crowder, and I began to feel the very presence of God. It was like nothing I ever felt before. Tears streamed down my eyes and right then, I bowed down and made a decision to surrender my life to Jesus. I ask you a simple questionwasnt David Crowders song...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-22-15, Day of Prayer for the...Protec...of Unborn Children

    01/21/2015 8:24:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 22, 2015Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children    Reading 1 Heb 7:25—8:6 Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day,first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.For the law appoints men subject to...
  • Pagan Saints

    01/21/2015 4:47:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 459 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 19,2012 | Nathan Busenitz
    As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox)emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful,book by John Calvin answers that question directly.In his work, A Treatise on Relics, Calvin utilizes his extensive knowledge of church history to demonstrate that prayers to the saints, prayers for the dead, the veneration of relics, the lighting of candles (in homage to the saints), and the veneration of icons are all rooted in Roman paganism. Suchpractices infiltrated...
  • Obama's State of Delusion Address - Biblical Perspective

    01/21/2015 3:09:16 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    My dear friends, we as "Christians first and conservatives second" continually offer great solutions, ideas and suggestions based in TRUTH and REALITY to our nation which would bring ETERNAL liberty (John 1:12, 8:32,36), fiscal soundness and relief, moral and social healing and the restitution of liberty until the Lord comes, but tragically these truths and suggestions - which are rooted and based on Almighty God's Word and moral absolutes - are scoffed and slandered at as evil by the majority of Americans, the GOP and Progressive Democratic Party (Isa. 5:20). In light of the moral relativistic, decadent and lawless mindset...
  • HEROD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

    01/21/2015 2:33:39 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    If some one had told me a few years ago that he thought Herod at one time came near the kingdom of God, I should have been inclined to doubt it. I would have said, "I do not believe that the bloodthirsty wretch who took the life of John the Baptist ever had a serious thought in his life about his soul's welfare." I held that opinion because there is one scene recorded in Herod's life that I had overlooked. But some years ago, when I was going through the gospel of Mark, making a careful study of the book,...
  • Breakpoint - The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels (Unprecedented Tribulation?)

    01/21/2015 7:56:24 AM PST · by xzins · 25 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | January 21, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    While in 2014 the days of throwing Christians to wild beasts in the arena may be behind us, the persecution of Christians around the world isn't. In fact, the number of our brothers and sisters subjected to imprisonment, torture, and death for their faith in just the last twelve months dwarfs the number who suffered during the entire tenure of Nero. As a new report from a leading ministry to the persecuted church shows, last year was one of the most violent on record for believers worldwideand 2015 could be worse. Open Doors International released its World Watch List earlier...
  • The Church Is Called To Be Churchy, So Deal With It

    01/21/2015 5:44:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    hope Stands ^ | Samuel Kee
    Im sitting in a donut shop. Ive been here many times and nobody has ever complained about this place, saying, This donut shop is too donutty. Its a donut shop; so you expect it to be donutty. No one ever said that a sporting event was too sporty, a library too booky, a concert too musicy, an airport too planey, a home too homey, a college too schooly, or a hospital too hospitally. Yet, I hear all the time, That church was too churchy. But what else should it be? Why the double-standard? Why do we condemn the church for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-21-15, M, St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

    01/20/2015 9:08:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 21, 2015Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr  Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness of Melchizedek, who...
  • Newsweek's Falsehoods on the Bible: Leviticus and Christians (vanity)

    01/20/2015 7:03:15 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    I read the Newsweek article on the Bible and of course noted all the falsehoods in it. I pray for the writer Kurt Eichenwald, but also hope to respond to the falsehoods and that he and Newsweek won't succeed in further undermining the Bible. http://www.newsweek.com/2015/01/02/thats-not-what-bible-says-294018.html This is a partial response to the article's falsehoods in the section on Christians and the question of keeping the Mosaic law or not. From the article: >>When they heard about the goings-on in Antioch, a debate ensued: Did gentiles have to become Jews first (like Jesus) and follow Mosaic Law before they could be...
  • Gods Provision for the Weary Pilgrim

    01/20/2015 5:20:51 PM PST · by Gamecock
    ligonier.org ^ | November 1st, 2012 | Chris Larson
    The distractions of the world and the temptations of the Devil would be enough to derail almost any pilgrim on their journey to heaven. But add to these the manifold frailties of our sinful flesh, and this triumvirate of Christian foes would seem to rule out any hope of reaching the Celestial City. Devotion and zeal can fade with every bend in the road until we are lost and alone. Despair and anxiety set in. Such have been the struggles of all pilgrims. Because of the One who sets us on our pilgrimage, we leave the delusional comforts of our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-20-15, OM, St. Fabian, Pope, St. Sebastian, Martys

    01/19/2015 7:46:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-15

    01/18/2015 8:03:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19, 2015Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 5:1-10 Brothers and sisters:Every high priest is taken from among menand made their representative before God,to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,for he himself is beset by weaknessand so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himselfas well as for the people.No one takes this honor upon himselfbut only when called by God,just as Aaron was.In the same way,it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,but rather the one who said...
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • Scripture passages that are commonly heard in church, and those that are not commonly heard (vanity)

    01/18/2015 1:45:26 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 37 replies
    There are many passages of Scripture that seem to be commonly brought up in the Church today. Just for one example, Romans 8:28. It is a particularly important passage, but considering the time we live in, where the powerful worldly culture encourages people to feel entitled to nothing but good things, and to blame or deny God if something bad happens, then it can be expected that we might have more need to hear Romans 8:28 today. Then it seems that there a lot of Scripture passages that aren't heard that much in the Church today. Here are a few...
  • Dr McGee Sunday Sermon - Where is Christ Now and What is He Doing?

    01/18/2015 12:32:33 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 14 replies
    Thru the Bible Ministry ^ | 1/18/2015 | Dr. j. Vernon McGee
    The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee's Sunday sermon broadcast for today, 1/18/2015. Thru the Bible Ministries. ttb.org
  • Dr. Charles Stanley: The real deal? (vanity)

    01/18/2015 10:53:07 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 94 replies
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    I was flipping channels and came across Dr. Charles Stanley preaching a sermon. I am, in general, suspicious of TV preachers. But Stanley came across as the real deal. Anyone care to offer opionions on his ministry?
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-18-15, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    01/17/2015 8:46:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18, 2015Second Sunday of Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORDwhere the ark of God was.The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, “Here I am.”Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.”“I did not call you, “ Eli said. “Go back to sleep.”So he went back to sleep.Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.“Here I am, “ he said. “You called me.”But Eli answered, “I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.” At that time Samuel...
  • Michael Sam engaged; proposed to boyfriend in Vatican City

    01/17/2015 9:10:10 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 85 replies
    Fox2now.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Kevin S. Held
    VATICAN CITY Michael Sam, the NFLs first openly gay player, got engaged to boyfriend Vito Cammisano last week while on vacation in Italy. Popular entertainment and gossip site TMZ mentioned the news on January 8, but Michael Sam kept silent on social media until January 16, when he tweeted out the following photo: Sam popped the question atop St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-15, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2015 9:03:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-17-15 | Rvised New American Bible
    January 17, 2015Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot    Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16 The word of God is living and effective,sharper than any two-edged sword,penetrating even between soul and spirit,joints and marrow,and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.No creature is concealed from him,but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of himto whom we must render an account. Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,let us hold fast to our confession.For we do not have a high priestwho is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,but...
  • Ending Charitable Deductions to Feed the Leviathan State

    01/16/2015 5:27:05 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 29 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/15/15 | John M. Grondelski
    Indiana University professor Fran Quigley urges, in the progressive Catholic magazine Commonweal, an end to deductibility of charitable contributions against federal income taxes. His argument rests primarily upon the twin beliefs that the U.S. social safety net is too thin and that lost revenues from charitable contribution deductibility would be better spent on governmental social welfare programs. His arguments, while couched in Catholic social justice language, pay virtually no attention to a key principle of Catholic social teaching: the principle of subsidiarity. Furthermore, he has a proclivity to regard as matters of justice programs that can also arguably be deemed...
  • THE PROPHET NEHEMIAH

    01/16/2015 4:35:04 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    I should like to call your attention to the prophet Nehemiah. We may gain some help from that distinguished man who accomplished a great work. He was one of the last of the prophets, was supposed to be contemporary with Malachi, and perhaps his book was one of the last of the Old Testament books that was written. He might have known Daniel, for he was a young man in the declining years of that very eminent and godly statesman. We are sure of one thing at least--he was a man of sterling worth. Although he was brought up in...
  • EWTN Wants Your Pro-Life Videos

    01/16/2015 3:14:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    benzina.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | Globe Newswire
    It's January - and you know what that means! Hundreds of thousands of our nation's pro-life heroes will descend upon Washington, D.C. for the 42nd Annual March for Life. As always, EWTN will be there - and this year, we're inviting you to be online and on-air with us in a new way! The theme for this year's March for Life is "Every Life is A Gift." We're inviting you to send us a short video that illustrates this theme in your own life. Did you go through with a pregnancy after a difficult diagnosis? Did you or a loved...
  • The Once-born and the Twice-born

    01/16/2015 5:56:35 AM PST · by metmom · 278 replies
    Man: The Dwelling Place of God ^ | Some time ago | A.W.Tozer
    CLASSIFICATION IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT of all tasks. Even in the realm of religion there are enough lights and shades to make it injudicious to draw too fine a line between men and men. If the religious world were composed of squares of solid black and solid white classification would be easy; but unfortunately it is not. It is a grave error for us evangelicals to assume that the children of God are all in our communion and that all who are not associated with us are ipso facto enemies of the Lord. The Pharisees made that mistake...
  • Apprehending God - Chapter 4

    01/16/2015 5:52:25 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    The Pursuit of God ^ | A few years ago | A.W.Tozer
    O taste and see.-Psa. 34:8 It was Canon Holmes, of India, who more than twenty-five years ago called attention to the inferential character of the average man's faith in God. To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. "He must be," they say, "therefore we believe He is." Others do not go even so far as this; they know of Him only by hearsay. They have never bothered to think the matter out for themselves, but have heard about Him...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-15

    01/15/2015 10:06:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2015Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 4:1-5, 11 Let us be on our guardwhile the promise of entering into his rest remains,that none of you seem to have failed.For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.But the word that they heard did not profit them,for they were not united in faith with those who listened.For we who believed enter into that rest,just as he has said: As I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter into my rest,” and yet his works were accomplishedat...
  • None Righteous

    01/15/2015 5:07:46 AM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | April 1st, 2004 | R.C. Sproul
    The Psalmist asked the question: “If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?” This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one.The question is stated in a conditional form. It merely considers the dire consequences that follow if the Lord marks iniquity. We breathe a sigh of relief saying, “Thank heavens the Lord does not mark iniquity!”Such is a false hope. We have been led to believe by an endless series of lies that we have nothing to fear from God’s scorecard. We can be confident that if He is capable of judgment at all, His...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-15-15

    01/14/2015 9:25:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 15, 2015»Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 3:7-14 The Holy Spirit says:Oh, that today you would hear his voice,“Harden not your hearts as at the rebellionin the day of testing in the desert,where your ancestors tested and tried meand saw my works for forty years.Because of this I was provoked with that generationand I said, ‘They have always been of erring heart,and they do not know my ways.’As I swore in my wrath,‘They shall not enter into my rest.’”Take care, brothers and sisters,that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful...
  • Missing Woman Unwittingly Joins Search Party Looking for Herself. Really.

    01/14/2015 5:27:51 PM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Housewife Theologian ^ | January 9, 2015 | Aimee Byrd
    Now here is an entertaining news story. It's actually a couple of years old but new to me today: Missing Woman Unwittingly Joins Search Party Looking for Herself.Really. It happened. A woman who was on a bus tour in through Iceland decided to go back to the bus and freshen up while they were near the Eldgja Canyon. Apparently, when she returned, none of her bus mates recognized the cleaned up version of their fellow tourist. But the old version of herself was memorable enough for them to think they had a missing passenger. Even more perplexing, this woman did...
  • If church activities were suddenly outlawed in the U.S... (vanity)

    01/14/2015 3:31:28 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 53 replies
    ...would it help the Church here more, or hurt it?
  • What Made David Great?

    01/14/2015 6:01:53 AM PST · by Gamecock · 79 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | Jan 14, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung
    Everyone who knows the Bible knows that King David was a great man. And yet everyone familiar with the Bible also recognizes that David did a lot of not-so-great things. Of course, there was the sin with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband Uriah, and the subsequent cover-up. That was not exactly delighting in the law of the Lord (Ps. 1:2). But there was also the ill-advised census motivated by Davids pride, not to mention a series of lessons in how not to manage your household well. For being a man after Gods own heart (Acts 13:22), David managed to...
  • Arizona church poised to win high court fight over signs

    01/14/2015 5:18:58 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    SunHerald.Com ^ | January 12, 2015 | MARK SHERMAN
    A small church in a Phoenix suburb appeared likely Monday to win its Supreme Court dispute over a local ordinance that puts limits on roadside signs that direct people to Sunday services. Liberal and conservative justices alike expressed misgivings with the Gilbert, Arizona, sign ordinance because it places more restrictions on the churches' temporary signs than those erected by political candidates, real estate agents and others. The Good News Community Church and Pastor Clyde Reed sued over limits that Gilbert places on so-called directional signs, like the ones the church places around town to point people to its services in...
  • A Prophet for an Un-discerning Church [Beth Moore]

    01/14/2015 5:13:53 AM PST · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    Mortification of Spin ^ | January 12, 2015 | Todd Pruitt
    If you want to get people mad at you (I mean really mad) just criticize Beth Moore’s teaching. Trust me on this. Many a young pastor has found himself being roasted over the rhetorical bonfire of women’s ministry meetings for daring to raise concerns about Beth Moore’s rather exotic approach to biblical interpretation.  But those who don’t much care about popularity or physical safety have in recent years been willing to challenge some of the outrageous claims and troubling teachings coming from Beth Moore. It would be one thing if Beth’s claims of direct revelation, sloppy exegesis, and squishy ecumenism...