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  • Why Do We Still Need The Old Testament? A SYMPOSIUM TO RENEW ITS PLACE IN THE CHURCH....[Live Event]

    01/20/2018 10:06:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS: What happened back then and how can we know? Archeology, History, and Methodical Issues Surrounding the Old Testament God’s ways with His people: How to hear God speak through His servant Israel. Doing Theology with the Patriarchs and Prophets God has spoken and He still speaks: Engaging a listening world with the Gospel from both Testaments
  • Do the Creeds Still Matter?

    01/20/2018 9:22:33 AM PST · by tiredofallofit · 41 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 1/19/2018 | Robert Messner
    I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light... Do these words sound familiar? I hope they do. These words, which have been recited in liturgy, at church councils, in battles, and at dinner tables in hundreds of languages, echo to us today through nearly 17 centuries of continual use. This creed is what has united the church (except perhaps in 1054 when it...
  • Federal judge presses University of Iowa on singling out religious student organization (Iowa)

    01/18/2018 8:34:29 PM PST · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 01/18/2018 | The Gazette
    A federal court judge who will decide whether the University of Iowa discriminated in deregistering a faith-based student organization asked UI attorneys Thursday if the institution has taken steps to ensure it is applying standards equally to all groups. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose pressed UI attorney George Carroll, specifically, on whether UI has addressed allegations it unequally enforced its human rights policy by deregistering Business Leaders in Christ for barring an openly-gay student. The student organization — which goes by BLinC — has argued other UI groups limit membership and leadership to those who agree with their ideals...
  • Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

    01/18/2018 5:58:35 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 53 replies ^ | 18 Jan 2017 | AP
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”
  • President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 16, 2018, as Religious Freedom Day

    01/16/2018 7:18:27 PM PST · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | January 16, 2018 |
    Faith is embedded in the history, spirit, and soul of our Nation. On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate the many faiths that make up our country, and we commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty. Our forefathers, seeking refuge from religious persecution, believed in the eternal truth that freedom is not a gift from the government, but a sacred right from Almighty God. On the coattails of the American Revolution, on January 16, 1786, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom....
  • Moody Bible President and COO Both Resign, Provost Retires

    01/12/2018 4:51:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 1/10/18 | Kate Shellnutt
    Board unanimously decides "it is time for a new season of leadership." Amid “widespread concerns over the direction” of Moody Bible Institute (MBI), the historic Chicago school announced today that President J. Paul Nyquist and Chief Operating Officer Steve Mogck have resigned, while Provost Junias Venugopal has retired. “Let there be no mistake that the Board of Trustees holds these three men in high regard for their ethical, moral, and spiritual leadership,” stated Randy Fairfax, chair of the board of trustees...
  • Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?

    01/11/2018 6:17:46 AM PST · by tbw2 · 12 replies
    Mosaic ^ | Jan. 2 2018 | Diana Muir Appelbaum
    Critics accuse it of threatening the separation of church and state; in truth, Washington’s new museum makes an invaluable contribution to American (and Jewish) cultural literacy.
  • Unmasking the Folly of Today’s Emperors

    01/10/2018 11:14:36 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 3 replies ^ | Jan 11, 2018 | Robert Knight
    One of my hopes for the New Year is that more people will find the courage to ignore or even speak up against cultural and moral insanity instead of going along with it. It’s difficult in many circumstances, such as working in a large corporation with “diversity” brainwashing sessions. Not everyone can afford to ask a question and earn an instant pink slip, especially those with dependents. But we don’t have to become cheerleaders for things that violate our beliefs. In Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes, a young boy is the only person brave enough to point out...
  • Broward County bans gay conversion therapy on minors

    01/10/2018 3:49:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | Tim Swift
    The Broward Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to ban licensed mental health professionals from practicing gay conversion therapy on minors in the county... Proponents say the treatment helps people with unwanted homosexual desires lead heterosexual lives. Other variations focus on changing transgender people...
  • Swarthmore Queers The Bible

    01/05/2018 9:09:10 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 5, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The sad thing is, this might be the only way to get academics interested in the Good Book. "Swarthmore College is offering a course next year that will survey 'queer and trans' readings of biblical texts' by using 'queer and trans' theoretical approaches,' with faculty staying silent on the specifics of the course material," Bethany Torstenson reports in The College Fix. "'Queering the Bible' is set to launch next fall and will be instructed by Gwynn Kessler, an associate professor of religion, according to Swarthmore’s course catalog." "The course, which is being offered through Swarthmore's Religion Department, promises to '[introduce]...
  • 5 Religious Liberty and Right to Life Issues to Watch in 2018

    01/02/2018 1:44:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/02/2018 | By Brandon Showalter
    From big cases before the Supreme Court centering on free speech and religious liberty claims of a Christian baker to the ongoing investigations into transactions between abortion providers and biotech firms over fetal body parts harvested during abortion procedures, 2018 is already shaping up to be a significant year for religiously observant Americans and the unborn. Here are five legal matters carrying significant implications that are expected to develop even more this year. 1. Decision to Be Handed Down in the Case of Christian Baker Jack Phillips at the Supreme Court In what is considered a landmark religious liberty case...
  • Gay Cakes Are Not a Constitutional Right

    01/01/2018 12:08:33 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 01, 2018 | Daniel John Sobieski
    One wonders what would have happened if the Sweet Cakes by Melissa case involved not the owners refusing to be coerced to violate their religious conscience by providing a cake not to two same-sex people celebrating their union and calling it a marriage, but rather a Muslim bakery being forced to bake a cake decorated with a cartoon picture of the prophet Muhammad covered with bacon sprinkles. Would the bakery in that scenario be forced to pay a heavy business-killing fine for actually believing that the Founding Fathers meant freedom of religion when they enshrined it in the First Amendment?...
  • The UK's Consequential Embrace of Secularism

    12/28/2017 6:32:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 28, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    ANGLESEY, Wales -- The UK Daily Mail has again published a story about a subject that has become a recurring theme this time of year. No, not Christmas, but rather drunkenness, though the holiday is used as its primary excuse. Pictures accompanying the story show young people collapsing in gutters and vomiting on the sidewalks. It is not a pretty sight. More than 100 years after the 1904 Welsh revival and more than 60 years after American evangelist Billy Graham preached at a London Crusade, which lasted 12 weeks, and at its height brought 120,000 people to Wembley Stadium in...
  • Trump's VERY holy Christmas message: The President quotes the bible (tr)

    12/25/2017 9:33:02 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 25, 2017 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    President Donald Trump and the first lady on Monday released a joint Christmas Day video message from the White House, quoting passages from the Bible and praising military families. Trump tweeted out the short recording, which was taped before the first family left Washington DC for their holiday vacation at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. 'My fellow Americans, Melania and I are delighted to wish America and the entire world a very Merry Christmas,' the president says at the outset of the video. Melania Trump, dressed in a lacy red frock, says that at this time of year, 'we see...
  • What Would the World Look Like if Christ had Never Been Born?

    12/25/2017 7:14:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American ^ | December 25, 2017 | Scott S. Powell
    For Christians, Christmas is a unique time of joy associated with the birth of the savior Jesus, whose life, death and resurrection makes possible a personal and intimate relationship with God. Jesus was born a Jew, and his teachings were built on the foundation of the Torah and the Old Testament. And so it is that Christians and Jews have much in common and share a natural mutual affinity. Christians and Jews have both faced persecution throughout history, and hostility is again intensifying. And that persecution comes not just from radical Islamists, but also from secular progressives who now dominate...
  • Local Muslim Volunteers Reach Out to Homeless Community on Christmas Eve

    12/25/2017 10:58:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Fox 40 Sacramento ^ | 12/24/17 | Doug Johnson
    Christmas Eve is a time for giving back, but it's not just Christians who are volunteering their time and volunteers with American Muslim Voice Foundation say it's important for people of all faiths to chip in. ....the American Muslim Voice who served 1,000 dinners at Loaves & Fishes. Yet, the organization's president, Khalid Saeed, says 175 wanted to come. "So we had to tell people stay home," Saeed said. This is the fifth year they have volunteered on Christmas Eve, a time that Saeed says does have religious significance for Muslims.
  • A Christmas Tale (Vanity)

    12/25/2017 8:21:14 AM PST · by Mr Ramsbotham · 9 replies
    A Merry Christmas to all! Last year I came very close to death. Upon my recovery I resolved to get off my duff and finish writing the Christmas novel that I'd begun some nine years ago, lest something should happen to me and it remain unfinished. A Fantasía for Two Lutes is a Christmas story in the Dickensian mold, set in modern times, about a man consumed by guilt and seeking atonement for a crime he did not commit. It is a conservative book, one that I was determined to write without sex scenes and vulgarity; a book that can...
  • How the Creator of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Got the Gospel Past CBS Execs

    12/25/2017 2:29:20 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 69 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | Dec 24, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a tradition for millions since it first aired on December 9, 1965. While many love the iconic Vince Guaraldi score, the humor and the animation, one part of the special has always stood out and made it unique: Linus’s recitation of the Gospel of Luke. In 2015, The Washington Post published a retrospective on A Charlie Brown Christmas. Michael Cavna explained Peanuts creator Charles Schulz’s mission in making the special: Charles Schulz insisted on one core purpose: A Charlie Brown Christmas had to be about something. Namely, the true meaning of Christmas. Otherwise,...
  • God's Answer to Nietzsche, the Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard.

    12/23/2017 1:50:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    BigThink ^ | December 18, 2017 | Scotty Hendricks
    God's Answer to Nietzsche, the Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. December 18, 2017 by SCOTTY HENDRICKS Article Image Søren Kierkegaard, the man who invented the word "angst". Existentialism remains one of the more popular philosophies for the layperson to read about, consider, and study. The questions that it asks and the problems it confronts, ones of free will, anxiety, and the search for meaning; are ones we all face in our daily lives. While the solutions it offers may not work for everyone, existentialism can have a particularly large blind spot when it tries to provide answers for the religious. Think...
  • Why Pray for Non-Muslims to Reach Heaven? Perak Mufti Asks After K-Pop Star Vigil (VIDEO)

    12/23/2017 1:39:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Malaysia Mail Online ^ | Saturday December 23, 2017
    Perak mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria claimed today that Muslims are forbidden from joining the candlelight vigil in memory of the Korean pop star who died of suspected suicide this week. The mufti asked about the necessity for Muslims to pray for a deceased non-Muslim to go to heaven especially when he allegedly committed suicide, after Astro Awani contacted him for his opinion. “Cannot. You’re forbidden from doing that. If the artist or individual was Muslim, we gift him the al-Fatihah verse. If it’s a non-Muslim, why would we pray heaven for him instead? “What more he committed suicide, why...