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  • My Rather, is Jesus; Accept Him Today; Look In (Show More) Below;

    01/23/2017 8:05:57 AM PST · by Revski · 7 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/23/2017 | Revski
    Wishing everyone who views have Life Eternal.
  • 5 Ways the World Has CHANGED since 58th Inauguration of TRUMP | Can LIBERTY Exist without Religion?

    01/23/2017 7:29:00 AM PST · by SubMareener · 2 replies
    Discover Ministries ^ | Jan 23, 2017 | Steve Cioccolanti, BA, M.Ed.
    Pastor Steve Cioccolanti is declaring the start of global revival. This teaching begins an important series on Good Government called "Is America a Christian Nation?" available at http://www.discover.org.au/bookshop To understand the immigration problem & global terror threat, watch these videos on WW3: https://discover.org.au/bookshop/inde...
  • Pope: I'll judge Trump after we see what he does

    01/21/2017 10:39:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2017 10:23 PM EST
    Pope Francis says he’ll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him. In an interview published Saturday evening by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Francis says he doesn't like “judging people early. We’ll see what Trump does.” Asked about populist-style political leaders emerging in the United States and Europe, Francis warned against seeking a savior in times of crisis. …
  • Oh Happy Day! (Vanity)

    01/20/2017 4:08:01 AM PST · by trustandobey · 5 replies
    There is a song we always sing at church when someone is baptized to have their sins washed away. Oh Happy Day when Jesus washed my sins away! Please join me in prayer for our nation on this great Inauguration Day that Our Lord and Saviour will wash our sins away and give us a new start in Loving, Serving and Worshipping Him!
  • College Offers ‘Is God A White Supremacist?’ Religion Class [Swarthmore, Philly]

    01/19/2017 10:44:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | January 19, 2017 4:19 PM
    A Philadelphia-area college is offering a religion class to its students titled “Is God a White Supremacist?” According to Swarthmore College’s course catalog, the course “will focus on representations of race in religious discourses and social practice.” […] Tariq al-Jamil, the head of the school’s religion department, will be teaching the course. …
  • Blackelk Update: No change, critical condition

    01/19/2017 9:32:32 AM PST · by Dr. Sivana · 31 replies
    self | 1/19/17 | self
    Thank you for the prayers. Keep them coming. Mrs. Elk is in the hospital with BlackElk. I have let her know of all the prayers and support going out for him, and she is talking to him, and will let him know, though no one can tell what he can hear and sense, if anything, right now. He also has family en route. He has received the Sacraments from the traditional ICKSP priest at his church. I will provide further updates only if there is a material change in his condition.
  • Bill would let women sue doctors who perform their abortions [Iowa]

    01/18/2017 5:56:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2017 6:39 PM EST | Barbara Rodriguez
    Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal, which was endorsed Tuesday by a GOP-led three-member panel of lawmakers, would permit the woman to file a lawsuit at any point in her life, something that goes against typical statute of limitation rules. It could also make the state vulnerable to costly court challenges. …
  • Pro-164 - Prophecy Update, 15 January 2017 (The Great Deceiver)

    01/16/2017 1:07:50 PM PST · by SubMareener
    The Superior Word (YouTube) ^ | Jan 15, 2017 | Usama Dakdok
    One of the most time-critical updates we have ever done. We have a guest speaker, Usama Dakdok, who will enlighten you to the implications of what occurred due to the obama presidency. How will the future unfold in the world and in the US? He gives us invaluable insights into what is ahead
  • Has Lindsay Lohan Converted To Islam?

    01/15/2017 7:10:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 14, 2017 | Mel Rose Matulac
    Last week, Lindsay Lohan shocked her millions of followers and fans when she deleted all her posts on Instagram and Twitter. This weekend, the “Mean Girls” star is sparking rumors that she may have already converted to Islam due to her Arabic greeting on the photo-sharing platform. Though Lohan has wiped her Instagram account clean, she noticeably left “Alaikum saam” as her shoutout to her followers on the platform. The Arabic words are the usual response to “As-salam alaikum,” which means “Peace be unto you” — the standard salutation used by people of the Nation of Islam. Due to the...
  • Inspiring Faith

    01/15/2017 12:15:48 PM PST · by Revski
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/15/2017 | Revski
    This short video has the song, I'd Rather Have Jesus, Nothing But The Blood, Till We Meet Again. May you get faith in Jesus and call on him daily, He loves us, trust me and you will live eternal / forever.
  • Obama and Tish B'Av, the Jewish Day of Mourning

    01/14/2017 12:30:35 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/14/2016 | Jan Sobieski
    In 2004, an obscure Illinois State Legislator named Barack Hussein Obama, rose to international prominence after speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachussetts. The day Obama gave the speech was July 27, 2004, Tish B'Av (9th of Av), the Jewish historical day of calamity and mourning. The day in history that most Jewish calamities have started (partial list below): 421BCE - Destruction of First Temple by the Babylonians (about 100,000 Jews killed during invasion) 70AD - Destruction of Second Temple by Romans (Over 2,500,000 Jews die as a result of war, famine and disease). 132 - Bar Kochba...
  • Rail passengers complain to SBB over burqa posters [Switzerland]

    01/13/2017 11:36:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 12 January 2017 10:45 CET+01:00
    Members of the public are calling on Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) to remove controversial posters from its railway stations just days after right-wing campaigners launched their provocative publicity campaign. The poster, unveiled in railway stations on Monday, shows a woman wearing a burqa with the strapline “Uncontrolled naturalization? No to facilitated naturalization”. It was commissioned by a committee co-led by Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Andreas Glarner to oppose the forthcoming referendum on facilitated naturalization for third generation immigrants, which goes to the polls on February 12th. Opponents of the bill — which would make it easier for third generation...
  • William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

    01/13/2017 10:15:24 AM PST · by Cecily · 70 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matt Schudel
    William Peter Blatty, an author whose novel “The Exorcist” and his later screenplay for the 1973 film about a demonic possession became a phenomenon and stirred fierce public debate about the occult, died Jan. 12 at a hospital near his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 89. The cause was a form of multiple myeloma, said his wife, Julie Witbrodt Blatty. Mr. Blatty was a junior at Georgetown University when, in 1949, he became mesmerized by a Washington Post story detailing the alleged exorcism by a Jesuit priest of a 14-year-old boy from Mount Rainier, Md. who was believed to...
  • In-N-Out's Reclusive 34-Year-Old Heiress Reveals Shocking Details About Her Family and Relationships

    01/12/2017 5:12:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | Hayley Peterson
    he famously reclusive 34-year-old heiress to In-N-Out's fortune has offered rare insight into her personal life in a new video. Lynsi Snyder, the billionaire president of the California-based burger chain and granddaughter of its founders, discusses her four marriages, the death of her father, and her past drug use in the 10-minute video, which was posted Wednesday to the website IAmSecond.com. She said her father, Guy Snyder, battled drug addiction and was in and out of rehab facilities from the time she was five years old. He later had an affair, and her parents divorced when she was 12. "It...
  • More Than 20 Faith Leaders Bless Planned Parenthood's New D.C. Clinic

    01/12/2017 4:10:54 PM PST · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    DCist ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Rachel Kurzius
    As Planned Parenthood fights attacks from Congressional Republicans, more than 20 local faith leaders came together to bless the organization's newest health clinic in D.C. on Tuesday. "In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work," says Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. "This confirms the sacredness of the work we do." The NoMa health facility, which opened in September, rang with the sound of drums as visitors entered, courtesy of all-female percussion troupe Batala Washington. Erin Schmieder, a Batala member, says the group chose to participate in the...
  • Married lesbian couple to lead prominent D.C. Baptist church

    01/09/2017 6:35:05 PM PST · by upchuck · 56 replies
    WaPo ^ | Jan 9, 2017 | Lauren Markoe
    Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a gay couple as co-pastors. Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen were presented to the congregation during worship services Jan. 8 and are set to begin their new jobs Feb. 26... The 155-year-old church severed ties with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2012: It was at loggerheads with the group on several issues, including the SBC’s stance against homosexuality. Calvary Baptist still affiliates with American Baptist Churches USA...
  • Please Pray for my Uncle Jack

    01/08/2017 1:55:26 AM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 24 replies
    me ^ | 7-1-17 | me
    My Uncle jack has passed. This maybe late bu he dies 1-4-17, He was one of the three greatest men I ever knew, Please prey for him and my family. Thank you.
  • Prayers Needed for a Friend Who Just Lost Her Son

    01/07/2017 9:55:22 PM PST · by CrimsonTidegirl · 40 replies
    I hate to bother people with vanity posts but a friend of mine and her husband need all the prayers they can get. She just lost her 23 year old son today to Cystic Fibrosis. He had just recently been added to a lung and heart transplant list. He needed the heart transplant because his diseased lungs had damaged his heart. What makes this doubly painful is that she lost her other son to this horrendous disease a few years ago. He died at age 12. They have no more children. Please pray for my friend, her husband and family....
  • The Only Two Shakers Left Live in Maine Community

    01/06/2017 8:31:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | Constance Gibbs
    Shakers are on the endangered list. There are now only two living members left of the Shaker Church in Maine after one died Monday. Sister Frances Carr passed away from cancer at 89. The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing — a mouthful, to be sure — was a Quaker sect that broke from the Society of Friends in the 18th century. At their height, the group was said to have about 5,000 members across the country. The Shakers, as they were called because of their trembling during worship, focus on hard work and simplicity, and lead a...
  • Muhammad and Freya top new baby names on Irish passports in 2016

    01/06/2017 1:32:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 03, 2017 08:00 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Muhammad and Freya are among the most popular first time baby names on Irish passports in 2016, the Irish government has revealed. The rise in Arabic names is a reflection of the increasing multicultural nature of Ireland and where new immigrants are coming from. The 2011 census showed 50,000 Muslim migrants living in Ireland, up from 36,000 in the census taken in 2006. Freya means “beloved” in Arabic, while Muhammad means “praiseworthy” and is also, of course, the name of Islam's founder. They ranked at numbers 42 and 117, respectively. …
  • (Vanity) Godless media and Democrats, let me tell you something

    01/05/2017 11:23:16 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 11 replies
    5 Januray 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Democrats and the media, you should be tried and imprisoned for treason. You are traitors lying to try and regain power to further your destruction of this country. You LIE and say the Russians interfered in the Presidential elections to the degree that they swayed the results. You have members of Federal agencies (who are beholden to you for their money) to come out and lie and claim Russia played a significant part in all of this and some have said it borders on a "declaration of war". Whatever Russia did may have gained Trump 1,000 votes, but Russia could...
  • Gospel singer Kim Burrell's radio show is canceled just days after she was dropped from the Ellen D

    01/05/2017 8:14:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 5, 2017 | Valerie Edwards and Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Gospel singer Kim Burrell's radio show is canceled just days after she was dropped from the Ellen DeGeneres show following homophobic sermon Gospel singer, Kim Burrell's radio show has been canceled following her church sermon in which she called homosexuality 'perverted' and a 'sin'. Texas Southern University announced on Wednesday that Burrell's Bridging the Gap would no longer be airing on its airwaves. Burrell's show on KTSU-FM 90.9 began nearly seven months ago in June. 'The Kim Burrell show is no longer airing as part of KTSU Radio programming,' TSU said in a statement. Scroll down for video
  • The Trouble With the “You Go Girl” Culture

    01/05/2017 2:30:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 72 replies
    Word on Fire ministries ^ | October 18, 2016 | Bishop Robert Barron
    Two recent films, Deepwater Horizon with Mark Wahlberg and Sully starring Tom Hanks, represent something of a breath of fresh air, for both movies feature men who are intelligent, virtuous, and quietly heroic. If this strikes you as a banal observation, that just means you haven’t been following much of the popular culture for the past twenty years. One of the distinctive marks of films and television programs the last couple of decades has been the Homer Simpsonization of men. Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of the The Simpsons and laugh at Homer’s antics as much as...
  • RANT VIDEO: Media's Racist #BLMKidnapping "Hate Crime" Hypocrisy!

    01/05/2017 10:51:36 AM PST · by StevenCrowder · 24 replies
    www.LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 01/05/2017 | Steven Crowder
    This one is self-explanatory. After the brutal, racist, kidnapping "hate crime" and the media's refusal to call it what it is, I just couldn't help myself. I make no apologies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5W3-axl0PQ
  • Landmark Federal Court Ruling Opens The Way For Mega-Mosques Across America

    01/04/2017 3:08:54 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 34 replies
    http://shoebat.com ^ | 01/04/2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    full title:. Landmark Federal Court Ruling Opens The Way For Explosion Of Constructing Mega-Mosques Across America I have been warning repeatedly that Islamization in America will not happen through any sort of military action, but it will come through the courts, that the biggest danger America faces is not from guns and terrorists, but lawyers in well-pressed suits and activist judges. In another case which illustrates my point, a court in New Jersey has made what is being called a “landmark” ruling against a small town which said that Muslims were discriminated against by being required to have more parking...
  • The Pentecostals and Reagan's View of Human Rights [+ SSDI]

    01/03/2017 4:11:44 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Random House Trade Paperbacks ^ | Jack F. Matlock, Jr.
    RONALD REAGAN was intensely interested in the fate of individuals in trouble. He wanted to do everything in his power to help them. His harsh judgment of the Soviet leaders was based, more than any other single factor, not on the ideology he talked about so much, but on his perception of the way they treated their own people. When I first met him in November I981, I had just come from several months in Moscow in charge of our embassy and was on my way to Prague as U.S. ambassador. My family and I were invited to join the...
  • German authorities puzzled over Koran disposal

    01/01/2017 11:06:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.30.2016 | Elizabeth Schumacher
    Police have confiscated tens of thousands of copies of a banned version of the Koran that came under fire for promoting religious hatred. Now the authorities must decide what to do with them. Throughout 2016, German authorities carried out raids on hundreds of locations across 10 federal states in a crackdown on the “True Religion” Salafist group, confiscating tens of thousands of copies of a fundamentalist translation of the Koran. According to media reports on Friday, the government was grappling with how to dispose of the texts — and the only option may be to bury the whole lot in...
  • In The Year 2016, 90,000 Christians Were Butchered

    01/01/2017 8:39:10 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 8 replies
    http://shoebat.com ^ | 12/30/2016 | Theodore Shoebat
    Christians continue to be the most persecuted believers in the world with over 90,000 followers of Christ being killed in the last year, according to prominent Italian sociologist and author Massimo Introvigne. Introvigne, the founder of the independent Center for Studies on New Religions based in Turin, Italy, cited statistics compiled by the Center for Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for a annual report that is expected to be released next month. Introvigne said that there are between 500 to 600 Christians throughout the world that can’t profess their faith in Christ freely without fear of persecution....
  • 'Santa Claus doesn't exist,' conductor tells kids at Italian Frozen show

    01/01/2017 8:34:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 31 December 2016 11:58 CET+01:00
    Maybe, facing the combined power of Disney and Christmas, orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno should have just let it go. At the end of a musical adaptation of the children’s movie “Frozen,” Loprieno stood up after the last notes had died away, with an urge to convey to his young audience an unpalatable truth. “Santa Claus doesn’t exist,” he said. Stunned parents who had taken their kids to the event in Rome on Thursday took to social media to express their fury, the press reported on Saturday. …
  • Migrants Angry with Sweden Expected ‘Own House’, Girlfriend

    01/01/2017 8:12:21 AM PST · by kevcol · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 31, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    His fellow Syrian, Mahmoud, made a similar appeal for compassion in an interview broadcast Tuesday. “I want a house”, he told Swedish Radio, bemoaning having to live in an apartment, which he said hampered his chances of finding a girlfriend. . . . “I had very high hopes of getting my own private house. And then they give me this apartment. It’s like a refugee camp. What is the difference?” the former Damascus resident complained. “I’m 25 years old and have not had a girlfriend before. I’m still a virgin. I’m looking for a girlfriend, I’m looking for a wife....
  • Istanbul nightclub attack: We don't know who was responsible, says Turkey's PM (trun)

    01/01/2017 7:34:25 AM PST · by fella · 30 replies
    Istanbul nightclub attack: We don't know who was responsible, says Turkey's PM after gunman 'dressed as Santa' kills 39 at New Year's Eve Party gunman reportedly dressed in a Santa costume killed at least 39 people, including 16 foreigners, at a famous nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's Eve celebrations. Armed with a long-barrelled weapon, the attacker shot a police officer before storming the elite Reina club in the Ortakoy area of the city at about 1.45am. The Israeli foreign ministry says an Israeli woman is among those who were killed. She was named as Leanne Nasser, 19. She was reportedly in the club with...
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic

    12/31/2016 5:29:46 PM PST · by WhatNot · 5 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | U.S Army field Band
    Battle Hymn of the RepublicThe United States Army Field Band performs "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe; Music by William Steffe; Setting by Peter J. Wilhousky and Arranged by James Neilson. Led by First Lieutenant Alexandra Borza.
  • Mark Zuckerberg says he is NOT an atheist and believes 'religion is very important'

    12/30/2016 4:55:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:30 EST, 30 December 2016 | Clemence Michallon
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has clarified that he is not an atheist, ending years of speculation about his religious beliefs. The revelation came in a comment underneath a post Zuckerberg originally posted on Christmas Day, wishing his followers a merry Christmas and a happy Hanukkah. Someone asked: “But aren’t you atheist [sic]?” prompting Zuckerberg to say he was not and that he believes religion to be “very important”. Zuckerberg, who was raised Jewish, has cultivated an interest in Buddhism through his wife and met the Pope last summer, did not elaborate on his beliefs and did not explicitly say if...
  • Singer resigns from Mormon Tabernacle Choir, says she ‘could never look myself . . .

    12/30/2016 2:03:09 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 49 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 29, 2016 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's acceptance of the invitation to sing at Donald Trump's inauguration has spawned widespread debate among the faithful and thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the decision's reversal. Now the choir's participation has even more fallout: the resignation of a female singer. "Since 'the announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul," Jan Chamberlin wrote in a resignation letter to the choir president and choir members. "I've tried to...
  • Convict who tied BACON TO MOSQUE DOOR HANDLES dies behind bars

    12/29/2016 6:52:00 PM PST · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Express-UK ^ | December 29, 2016 | Will Kirby
    A 35-year-old man serving a 12-month sentence for a racist attack on a Bristol mosque has been found dead in prison - just two days after Christmas Day. . . . Bacon was thrown at the mosque and a St George’s flag was propped up outside along with the slogan, ‘No more refugees’. . . . All four were all given a restraining order banning them from going within 100 metres of a mosque anywhere in England or Wales for the next 10 years. Sentencing, Judge Julian Lambert, describe the incident as an "attack on England" and "the principles of...
  • Inauguration Performers

    12/29/2016 10:04:08 AM PST · by Dogbert41 · 9 replies
    Would love to see him playing there, and in particular this song, All I Want. https://youtu.be/EsU4uKTI-XA
  • 1400 shocking years of Islam in 5 minutes - Muslims are scared of this!!!

    12/29/2016 5:18:22 AM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    1400 shocking years of Islam in 5 minutes - Muslims are scared of this!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj8J62BqRMo
  • The Putin/Russia, Christian/Soviet Conundrum for the West

    12/28/2016 10:46:05 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    12/28/2018 | Vanity
    As someone who has lived and continues to spend time in Russia; as a Catholic lover of all things good, beautiful, and true, including that which is present in the ancient spiritual treasures of Eastern Orthodoxy. As one who acknowledges the debt we Americans owe to the Protestant ethic and worldview, I also believe, just as Ben Franklin concluded toward the end of his life: "That God governs in the affairs of men." In that vein, perhaps GOD has given Vladimir Putin and Russia a significant yet complex role to play on the world stage. Our efforts to put Putin...
  • Reviving Dead Only Matter of Time, British Futurist Says

    12/26/2016 1:26:33 PM PST · by kevcol · 85 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 26, 2016 | Brian Freeman
    Alcor, which began storing bodies in 1982, is one of the world's largest cryogenic facilities. It has 1,100 paying members on its books, and there are currently 149 patients at the facility, including the youngest person ever cryo-preserved (a two-year-old from Thailand), as well as baseball star Ted Williams. "These people are potentially revivable – they are like people in a deep coma. They have rights, they can't just be disposed of at any time," More insisted. The company has a watch list of members in declining health. A "standby" team is sent to be nearby the patient when he...
  • FPÖ calls for ban on ritual slaughter of animals [Austria]

    12/26/2016 10:53:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.at | 23 December 2016 09:26 CET+01:00
    Link: http://www.thelocal.at/20161223/calls-made-to-ban-ritual-slaughter-of-animals-in-austria
  • Clintons Attend Christmas Services at Methodist Church Near New York Home

    12/26/2016 7:50:19 AM PST · by kevcol · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 250, 2016 | Brian Freeman
    "This is our blessing this night every year in this church," said Bill Clinton. For the past decade the Clintons have attended the church, whose street leading to the door was lined with candles.
  • The Secret World of Japan's Hidden Christians

    12/25/2016 8:07:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Japan Today ^ | DEC. 25, 2016 | Ursula Hyzy
    Japanese rice farmer Masatsugu Tanimoto doesn’t think of himself as a Christian, and you’d almost never find him in a church. But every so often, he and others meet to recite prayers drawn from another time and place. The group, dressed in sober kimonos and sandals, rapidly make the sign of the cross as they sing a mish-mash of Portuguese, Latin and Japanese—evoking the memory of their ancestors, the so-called “hidden Christians”, who were brutally persecuted in the 17th century, when Shoguns ruled Japan. Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is bringing their harrowing story to the big screen just before Christmas...
  • Megachurch pastor says Christianity doesn’t hinge on Jesus’ birth, and a debate rages

    12/25/2016 2:33:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 149 replies
    The State ^ | 12/24/2016 | Kate Shellnut
    The pastor of one of America’s largest megachurches stirred up Christmas controversy after preaching that the story of Jesus’ virgin birth is not crucial to the Christian faith. “If somebody can predict their own death and resurrection, I’m not all that concerned about how they got into the world,” Andy Stanley said in a Dec. 4 sermon at North Point Community Church, which draws 36,000 attendees across six locations in suburban Atlanta. “Christianity doesn’t hinge on the truth or even the stories around the birth of Jesus. It hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.”
  • A beautiful Christmas Hallelujah - Cloverton

    12/25/2016 5:18:53 PM PST · by katnip · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2013 | Cloverton
    Beautiful version of Hallelujah from a Christian group live at a Coffee Shop
  • Atheism rises in Netherlands: Half of Dutch people do not believe in deities

    12/25/2016 9:28:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    NL Times ^ | December 23, 2016 - 13:20 | Janene Pieters
    For the first time in history there are an equal number of religious and non-religious people in the Netherlands, according to a report by Statistics Netherlands. Last year, 50 percent of the 18-years and older population were atheists, and 50 percent followed some form of religion, NOS reports. The largest group of believers are Roman Catholics, with 24 percent of the population. Protestants follow with 15 percent. Around 5 percent of the Dutch population are Muslim and 6 percent adhere to other faiths like Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. …
  • Drenthe city cancels Christmas party after Berlin tragedy [Meppel, Netherlands]

    12/25/2016 9:20:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    NL Times ^ | December 23, 2016 - 08:49 | Janene Pieters
    A major Christmas celebration of eight schools was canceled in Meppel, Drenthe on Thursday. An attack on the Christmas market in Berlin on Monday played a big role in the decision to cancel the event, school director Herman Langhorst said to De Stentor. The organizers fear that panic would have overrun the visitors. About 3 thousand children and parents were expected to attend the event. Because of the large number of people and the fear caused by the attack in Berlin, the organizers decided to meet with the municipality and cancel the event. “Based on this discussion, the organization made...
  • [T]he ethereal carol service at King’s College. Few know it was inspired by the horror [tr] [ed]

    12/25/2016 7:34:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 23, 2016 | Alexandra Coughlan
    As the clock strikes three, the low notes of the organ rumble softly round the chapel. The last of the winter sunshine catches the greens, golds and deep reds of the stained glass windows, while the half-light of 1,000 candles illuminates the glorious fan-vaulted ceiling. The building is packed, as it is every Christmas Eve — and yet an expectant hush has descended. Only the microphones hanging low above the pews bear witness to the millions across the world who also listen and wait.
  • Is there a reason why the US should stay in the UN?

    12/24/2016 6:31:30 PM PST · by richardtavor · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 24, 2016 | Staff
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations following the adoption by the Security Council of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday. The vote was able to pass the 15-member council on Friday because the United States broke with a long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power as it had on many times before - a decision that Netanyahu called "shameful".
  • A Breton Carol - from Loreena McKennitt's "A Midwinter Night's Dream"

    12/25/2016 5:58:38 AM PST · by Cecily · 8 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | December 25, 2016
    Merry Christmas, everyone. Lots of good carols on this album.
  • Sainsbury's (UK Supermarket) Christmas Eve commercial 2014

    12/24/2016 10:57:57 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 7 replies
    https://youtu.be/Jdobquf1zms | 2014
    Why can't US companies do advertising like this? This was a real event on Christmas Eve 1914 on the trenches of WW1. Christmas Eve 1914