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  • 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 · 70 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    Religionnews.com ^ | 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
    Wnd.com ^ | 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
    Christiannews.net ^ | 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...
  • A MUST READ! PASTOR SAEED CALLS HIS "BELOVED AMERICA" TO REPENTANCE

    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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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,...
  • If You Ever Leave Me, Im Going With You! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/03/2015 4:07:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://blog.adw.org/ ^ | May 3, 2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In this Easter Season, we continue to reflect on how the risen Lord Jesus minsters to us and supplies our needs. Last week we considered him as our shepherd. This week we learn how He is the vine and we the branches on the vine, wholly dependent on Him for everything. As we consider how he cares for us as his disciples, we need to rescue the word “care” from its rather sentimental modern sense. True care does not merely include more pleasant things such as giving food and shelter and other basic needs. Sometimes care involves difficult things necessary...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-03-15, Fifth Sunday of Easter

    05/02/2015 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 3, 2015Fifth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:26-31 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples,but they were all afraid of him,not believing that he was a disciple.Then Barnabas took charge of him and brought him to the apostles,and he reported to them how he had seen the Lord,and that he had spoken to him,and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.He moved about freely with them in Jerusalem,and spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.He also spoke and debated with the Hellenists,but they tried...
  • Temperament in the Christian Life - Chapter 20

    05/02/2015 1:16:32 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    A CELEBRATED AMERICAN PREACHER once advanced the novel theory that the various denominations with their different doctrinal emphases served a useful purpose as gathering places for persons of similar temperaments. Christians, he suggested, tend to gravitate toward others of like mental types. Hence the denominations. Undoubtedly this is oversimplification carried to the point of error. There are too many persons of dissimilar temperaments in every denomination to support such a sweeping classification. Yet I believe that we have here an instance where an error may serve to point up a truth, the truth being that temperament has a great deal...
  • The Eternity of God - Chapter 7

    05/02/2015 1:07:35 PM PDT · by metmom · 14 replies
    This day our hearts approve with gladness what our reason can never fully comprehend, even Thine eternity, O Ancient of Days. Art Thou not from everlasting, O Lord, my God, mine Holy One? We worship Thee, the Father Everlasting, whose years shall have no end; and Thee, the love-begotten Son whose goings forth have been ever of old; we also acknowledge and adore Thee, Eternal Spirit, who before the foundation of the world didst live and love in coequal glory with the Father and the Son. Enlarge and purify the mansions of our souls that they may be fit habitations...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-02-15, M, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    05/01/2015 8:19:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 2, 2015Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Acts 13:44-52 On the following sabbathalmost the whole citygathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousyand with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,but since you reject itand condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,I have made you a light to...
  • 2015 B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series: Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit Today

    05/01/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    What happened on Pentecost? What are the implications of what took place on Pentecost for the church today? What expectations ought Christians to have for the work of the Holy Spirit in their own lives and the lives of others? Christians today continue to be divided, sometimes deeply, over the answers to these questions. During the 2015 B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series we will examine the Bible for the sound and reliable answers it alone provides.
  • Megachurch Pastor Paula White Weds Rocker Jonathan Cain in Third Marriage

    05/01/2015 8:57:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    charismanews ^ | 5/1/2015 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Paula White just got married to New Zealand rocker Jonathan Cain. He is perhaps best known for his days with the band Journey and Bad English. He sang the classic Journey ballad "Faithfully" and was part of over a dozen other Journey albums. "What a weekendBlessed beyond description," she tweeted. White, a controversial pastor was divorced from her last husband, Randy White, in 2007. White married her first husband, Dean Knight, when she was a teenager. Together, they had a son named Bradley. She divorced Knight after she got saved. White stirred controversy in 2011 after she was appointed senior...
  • JONATHAN CAHN ON CAPITAL HILL: FOLLOW BAAL AND GO TO HELL!

    05/01/2015 7:08:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    Beth Israel Jonathan Cahn ^ | 5/1/15 | Johnathan Cahn
    This dear brother taking it to the American leaders and America from Capital Hill from Almighty God's Word! Rev. 3:8!
  • I Can Do All Things

    05/01/2015 5:09:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Preachers & Preaching ^ | April 29, 2015 | Nathan Busenitz
    In todays post, I would like to briefly consider one of the most well-known and often-quoted verses in the New Testament. In fact, it is one of the most popular verses in American evangelical culture today. It has been printed on posters and inspirational wall art. A quick internet search reveals that you can buy key chains, rings, buttons, t-shirts, stickers, postcards, bracelets, handbags, and other Christianized trinkets with the words of this verse emblazoned, embroidered, or embossed upon them. This verse even gained some notoriety among college football fans a couple years ago when a championship quarterback sported the...
  • How the Federal Government May Put Christian Schools Out of Business

    05/01/2015 4:59:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Acton Institute ^ | 4/29/15 | Joe Carter
    With seven wordsIt is going to be an issuethe U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christian colleges and universities that if they dont drop their opposition to same-sex marriage they will lose their tax exempt status. Those words came yesterday when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case concerning whether the Fourteenth Amendments must guarantee the right for same-sex couples to marry. While the primary issue is whether gay marriage will be required in every state in the union, one exchange highlighted how the upcoming ruling could affect religious liberty. Justice Samuel Alito asked Solicitor General...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-01-15, OM, St. Joseph the Worker

    04/30/2015 7:52:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 1, 2015Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 13:26-33 When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue:“My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,and those others among you who are God-fearing,to us this word of salvation has been sent. The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him,and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophetsthat are read sabbath after sabbath. For even though they found no grounds for a death sentence,they asked Pilate to have him put to death,and when they had accomplished all that...
  • Pennsylvania Transit System Sued for Refusing to Run Atheist Bus Ad

    <p>KENNEWICK, Wash. After recently shutting down the fundraising page for persecuted Christian bakers in Oregon, the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe has now removed a page for a Christian florist who is at risk of losing her business, home and/or life savings for declining to use her services for a same-sex wedding.</p>
  • Covenant Of Works

    04/30/2015 8:54:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    heidelblog.net ^ | 1938 | Louis Berkhof
    3. BASICALLY, THE COVENANT OF GRACE IS SIMPLY THE EXECUTION OF THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT BY CHRIST AS OUR SURETY. He undertook freely to carry out the will of God. He placed Himself under the law, that He might redeem them that were under the law, and were no more in a position to obtain life by their own fulfilment of the law. He came to do what Adam failed to do, and did it in virtue of a covenant agreement. And if this is so, and the covenant of grace is, as far as Christ is concerned, simply the carrying...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-30-15, OM, St. Pius V, Pope

    04/29/2015 8:54:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 30, 2015Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 13:13-25 From Paphos, Paul and his companionsset sail and arrived at Perga in Pamphylia. But John left them and returned to Jerusalem. They continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia. On the sabbath they entered into the synagogue and took their seats. After the reading of the law and the prophets,the synagogue officials sent word to them,“My brothers, if one of you has a word of exhortationfor the people, please speak.” So Paul got up, motioned with his hand, and said,“Fellow children of Israel...
  • It is Going to Be an Issue Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs

    04/29/2015 9:07:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    albertmohler.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Al Mohler
    Full title: It is Going to Be an Issue Supreme Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Puts Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs It is it is going to be an issue. With those words, spoken yesterday before the Supreme Court of the Unites States, the Solicitor General of the United States announced that religious liberty is directly threatened by the legalization of same-sex marriage. Donald Verrili, representing the Obama Administration as the nations highest court considered again the issue of same-sex marriage, was responding to a question from Justice Samuel Alito. His answer confirms with candor the threat we...
  • Data Check: Catholic Population Changes and New Ordinations

    04/29/2015 6:11:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Two recent news stories caught our eye at CARA. The first reports on declining membership in the Catholic Church and the second on an increase in ordinations in the United States: Even though the membership of the Catholic Church in the U.S. has been declining in the past two decades, the billow of Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. has sustained the church and helped keep parishes across the country open. -Albuquerque Journal Almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.-The Washington TimesBoth of these stories contain...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-29-15. M, St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    04/28/2015 9:29:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 29, 2015Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Acts 12:24—13:5a The word of God continued to spread and grow. After Barnabas and Saul completed their relief mission,they returned to Jerusalem,taking with them John, who is called Mark. Now there were in the Church at Antioch prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene,Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saulfor the work to which I...
  • The Rebirth of Martin Luther

    04/28/2015 7:06:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Religious Affections ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Huffstutler
    In April of 1511, Martin Luther went to Wittenberg, a city of 2,000 to 2,500. Luther received his Doctor of Theology in October of the following year, but for all his accomplishments, certainty of salvation eluded his grasp. He confessed his sins as much as possible, even six hours at a time in the confessional booth. Prayers were no help either. Even Johann von Staupitz, the vicar of his Augustinian order, could not help him with the mystic way: Since man is weak, let him cease to strive; let him surrender himself to the being and the love of God...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 04-28-15,OM, St PeterChanel,St Louis deMontfort, St GiannaMolla

    04/27/2015 8:00:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2015Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • The Key for Personally Surviving Today in America's Last Days

    04/27/2015 12:47:02 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/27/15
    The key for personally surviving today in America's last days is for individuals to see ALL things from Almighty Gods heavenly and biblical perspective (John 17:17, Heb.11:1, 6). This is the position of TRUE reality, liberty and freedom (John 8:32). One must have a saving relationship to Almighty God's Son, the Savior and propitiation of the whole world (John 3:16-17, Acts 4:12, Rom. 10:2-4, 1 John 4:10). As Lucifer's godless and lawless lies and deception EXPONENTIALLY intensify and are more received today than ever, may you be sure that you personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior....
  • Atheists Outnumber Southern Baptists in US Military

    04/27/2015 6:11:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/23/15 | Bob Smietana
    Yet Southern Baptists still provide by far the most chaplains. Likely presidential candidate and former Southern Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee recently urged Christians to stay out of the military until after the next election, saying they are no longer welcome. Why would they want to be in a military that would be openly hostile and not just simply bring some scorn to their faith, but would punish them for it? Huckabee said in a recent interview. In recent years, enough of his fellow Southern Baptists have left active duty that atheists now outnumber the denomination among soldiers. According the latest...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-27-15

    04/26/2015 7:15:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 27, 2015Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:1-18 The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judeaheard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalemthe circumcised believers confronted him, saying,‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.” Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,“I was at prayer in the city of Joppawhen in a trance I had a vision,something resembling a large sheet coming down,lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me. Looking...
  • 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...
  • Why Is Sola Fide So Important?

    04/26/2015 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    heidelblog.net ^ | April 16, 2015 | R. Scott Clark
    The Reformation was a return to the Word of God unencumbered by rationalist, a priori assumptions about what the nature of things must be. The church had always read the Word of God but it had done so under the control of a set of assumptions chief among which was that God can only call a human “righteous” if he is, in himself, properly, inherently, intrinsically righteous. So, the medieval church set up a scheme whereby a sinner might progressively become righteous by medicinal grace and cooperation with that medicine infused into us by the sacraments. In the medieval and...
  • Bruce Jenner Thinks Christ Accepts His Sex Change

    04/26/2015 7:30:49 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 250 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 26, 2015 | JP
    Im a woman. So said Bruce Jenner, during his coming out appearance this past Friday on a special two-hour edition of the ABC News program 20/20. And thats not the only shocking revelation Jenner confided to interviewer Diane Sawyer. She also claimed to be a Republican, a conservative and a Christian. Well, its conceivable that Jenner is a Republican. After all, theres a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans. Its also possible that Jenner is a conservative. Indeed, there have been any number of conservative lawmakers including former Idaho Senator Larry...
  • A beautiful morning for church

    04/26/2015 3:59:07 AM PDT · by knarf · 10 replies
    The Holy Spirir ^ | April 26, 2015 | knarf
    Another day to go and hear from Dad ...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-26-15, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday

    04/25/2015 7:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2015Fourth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:“Leaders of the people and elders:If we are being examined todayabout a good deed done to a cripple,namely, by what means he was saved,then all of you and all the people of Israel should knowthat it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazoreanwhom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;in his name this man stands before you healed.He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,which has become the cornerstone.There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-15, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2015Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • Martin Luthers Definition of Faith

    04/24/2015 6:56:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 302 replies
    Ligonier ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | M. Luther
    Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. Faith is not enough, they say, You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved. They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working, creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says, I believe. That is what they think true faith is. But, because this is a human idea, a...
  • What He Received, He Gave Away (Funeral Mass for Cardinal Francis George)

    04/24/2015 6:21:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Archbishop Peter J. Sartain
    Following is Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattles homily for the funeral Mass of Cardinal Francis George, on April 23, 2015. As a pastor in Memphis 20-something years ago, one day I picked up a national Catholic publication and read a talk by the bishop of Yakima, Francis George. I cannot recall the topic, but I do recall my reaction. Here was a clear voice, a voice I wanted to listen to, a pastor who helped me understand the faith and taught me how to teach it. From that point on, whenever I noticed Bishop Georges name associated with a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-15, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr

    04/23/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2015Friday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”He said, “Who are you, sir?” The...
  • Creflo Dollar: Megachurch Pastor Slams Critics, Insists The Devil Blocked His $65M Jet Dream

    04/23/2015 4:41:26 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | April 23, 2015
    Creflo Dollar is still talking about his dream of owning a $65 million Gulfstream G650 private jet. For those who missed it, the Atlanta megachurch pastor previously made headlines after he started an online campaign asking his congregation and followers to donate for the purchase of the extravagant aircraft. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the initial campaign, known as “Project G650,” asked for 200,000 people to donate $300. “We are asking members, partners and supporters of this ministry to assist in the undertaking of an initiative called Project G650. The mission of Project G650 is to acquire a Gulfstream...
  • R.C. Sproul released from hospital

    04/23/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Ligonier Ministries FB Post | 4/23/2015
    Good news: Dr. Sproul is home from the hospital. As many of you know, he suffered a stroke, which required an extended hospital stay. We give thanks to God that there has been no paralysis and he remains his same jovial self. But there are some remaining effects of the stroke that affect his speech and strength. Further, he's been diagnosed with a diabetic condition that will be addressed through diet and regular medical attention. He is fatigued and in coming days will be concentrating on regaining his strength as well as his speech therapy. Again, Dr. Sproul expresses his...
  • Wolf Hall and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

    04/23/2015 9:38:18 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 43 replies
    Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantels novel about early Tudor England, began airing on PBSs Masterpiece Theater Easter Sunday night. Its brilliant television. Its also a serious distortion of history. And it proves, yet again, that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable bigotry in elite circles in the Anglosphere. The distortions and bias are not surprising, considering the source. Hillary Mantel is a very talented, very bitter ex-Catholic whos said that the Church today is not an institution for respectable people (so much for the English hierarchys decades-long wheedling for social acceptance). As she freely concedes, Mantels aim in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-15, OM,St. George, Martyr, St. Adalbert, Bishop& Martyr

    04/22/2015 8:48:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2015Thursday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,“Get up and head south on the roadthat goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of the Candace,that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,in charge of her entire treasury,who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.The Spirit said to Philip,“Go and join up with that chariot.” Philip ran up...
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  • Bishop Daly prepares to take the helm in Spokane

    04/22/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Last month Pope Francis appointed Bishop Thomas Daly, 54, an auxiliary bishop with the Diocese of San Jose, California, as the seventh bishop of Spokane, Washington. Daly will be installed in his new position at Spokanes Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 20. He succeeds Archbishop Blase Cupich, who was installed as archbishop of Chicago last November. Daly grew up in San Francisco, a parishioner at St. Brendan Church. The fourth of seven children, he attended Catholic schools from first grade through college with classes taught by religious, including the Daughters of Charity and the De La Salle...