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  • Pope Francis Continues Push For One World Religion

    02/21/2017 8:43:29 AM PST · by Maudeen · 26 replies
    Prophecy Newswatch ^ | 2/21/2017 | Michael Snyder/End of the American Dream
    When I first started seeing headlines this week that claimed that Pope Francis said that "Muslim terrorism does not exist", I thought that it couldn't possibly be true. After all, who could possibly deny that Islamic radicals are engaged in terrorism? Within the last 30 days, there have been 127 Islamic terror attacks in a total of 25 different countries. And in 2016 global terror attacks set an all-time record high and were up 25 percent from the year before. Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1034#CKwUU5WbG4HG2IGE.99
  • Why Don’t Secularists Just Be Honest and Outlaw Christianity?

    02/20/2017 11:59:34 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 19, 2017 | JOHN ZMIRAK
    As Michael Brown wrote here last week, Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and court costs that could wipe out not just her livelihood but her retirement fund and leave her homeless — all for the “crime” of not taking part in a same-sex wedding that violated her religious beliefs. And my reaction is: “Get on with it, already! Show the courage of your convictions and just ban Christianity outright.”I’m getting really sick of this death by a thousand cuts. The elites who dominate our society and run the U.S. government via the...
  • Trudeau Gives Preference to Islam over all other Religions in Canada

    02/20/2017 8:31:52 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/20/17 | Mitch Wolfe
    I predict this will not end well for Trudeau and his Liberals Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal government have just committed a major political blunder which in the long term will hurt Trudeau and his Liberal party in their re-election efforts. Trudeau and his Liberals have started a process of developing, issuing and then passing a law which will give preferential treatment to Islam and all followers and adherents of Islam in Canada over all other Canadian religious groups, including Canadian Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, just to name a few of the major religious faiths...
  • Did Melania Trump’s Lord’s Prayer Violate Church-State Separation? (twitter 'flips out')

    02/19/2017 1:25:53 PM PST · by drewh · 90 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb 19, 2017 10:19 PM | Alexander Griffing
    On the 30th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the president and his team seemingly launched his 2020 reelection campaign. Trump, 70, took to the stage to whip up support, denounce the media and present his version of how is administration is running so far. But the rare appearance by Melania Trump, 46, at the event proved just as controversial, and not just for her brief call for unity and subsequent swipe at critics, hers and his. Twitter immediately lit up with praise and shock at the First Lady leading the crowd in prayer. Trump supporters relished the “Libs flipping out”...
  • Oof: Dave Rubin Makes Claim That Jesus "Was Around A Lot of Muslims"

    02/19/2017 11:55:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report may want to pick up a history book before trying to make claims about who Jesus Christ hung around with or would have approved of. In a rather hilarious clip, Rubin, speaking with comedian Trae Crowder, made the curious claim that Jesus hung around with a lot of Muslims, because he was in the Middle East .@RubinReport on Jesus: "He was around a lot of Muslims. It was the Middle East." pic.twitter.com/kTrqKmcvWz— Sam Sholli (@Sam_Sholli) February 18, 2017 Islam, of course, wasn't founded until the early seventh century. It would have been quite hard...
  • What is HPN? A Global Movement of Prayer for the Arts & Entertainment Industry

    02/18/2017 1:38:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    “I have found the greatest power in the world is the power of prayer.” Cecil B. DemilleHollywood Prayer Network (HPN) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization led by entertainment industry Christians, seeking to impact our culture for Christ through prayer. We are committed to asking Christians everywhere to pray for the artists and professionals, projects and productions, and global impact of Hollywood: the world’s most influential mission field. With an attitude of love, it is our passion to mobilize people around the world to engage in culture, pray for the media, and help transform the spiritual climate of Hollywood. Whether...
  • Senate OKs gay conversion therapy ban (NM Dem Legislature on a roll)

    02/17/2017 4:20:40 PM PST · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 16, 2017 | Dan McKay and Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – A bill that would make New Mexico the latest state to limit gay conversion therapy is headed to the state House. The Senate approved the bill 32-6 Thursday, after several Republican senators questioned whether it would target religious teachings. Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, the sponsor of Senate Bill 121 and the first openly gay man to be elected to the Senate, insisted it would not, saying it would merely make it illegal to be paid for providing conversion therapy to someone under 18 years old.
  • 10 Facts About Atheists - Revealed In A Recent study

    02/17/2017 9:45:18 AM PST · by bogusname · 35 replies
    Atheists would have you believe that they're a massive ever increasing army and that Christianity will be phased out very soon. Here are the amazing facts revealed in a recent legitimate study.
  • State Supreme Court rules Richland flower shop discriminated against gay couple

    02/16/2017 8:27:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 76 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | 2/16/17 | Kristin Kraemer
    The Christian owner of a Richland floral shop violated state laws when she refused to make custom arrangements for a longtime customer’s same-sex wedding, an appellate court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision by the Washington state Supreme Court affirms a Benton County...
  • Polls show Americans’ opinions of all religious groups are improving

    02/15/2017 1:08:49 PM PST · by TBP · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 15, 2017 | Glenn Beck Program
    A new Pew study reveals that Americans’ opinions about various religious groups are steadily improving. The reputation of every major religious group is trending upward; the only exception is evangelical Christians, whose reputation remains flat. Generational differences illustrate decreasing religious prejudice among younger Americans.
  • Rorate Caeli: It is More Likely Than Not That Francis is a Formal Heretic

    02/14/2017 3:01:34 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | February 12, 2017 | Mahound
    All sorts of rumors are now swirling about current events in the Church: Cardinal Burke has been cancelling engagements. Why?Cardinal Muller has resigned from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Was he forced or was it voluntary?A formal correction of the Pope has already been made in private and is about to become public.The Pope and his allies are intending to radically revamp the Novus Ordo Mass to make it even more amenable to Protestants and others.And these come against the background of significant public events and incidents: The official and public endorsement of a heretical understanding of...
  • On Defining Religion [Islam is a Quasi-Religious Political Movement]

    02/13/2017 8:21:44 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/12/2017 | Nonie Darwish
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is "a religiously based ban," and "if they can ban Muslims, why can't they ban Mormons." This has become the position of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, which has influenced not only the American public but has convinced the majority of the world that America is "bad." How can we blame the world, and even a good segment of American citizens, for hating America when such disingenuous and misleading claims are aired to the world from US officials and broadcast...
  • No Bibles in Iowa: The Curious Case of Cedar Rapids

    02/12/2017 2:20:29 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 86 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 2/9/17 | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
    Every year, the American Bible Society and Barna Group rank 100 of the nation’s most Bible-minded cities—that is, how many people read the Bible at least once a week and who strongly believe the Bible is accurate. And every year, cities from the Bible Belt—Chattanooga or Birmingham or Knoxville—come in first, while cities from the coasts—San Francisco or Boston or Albany—come in last. It’s all fairly predictable, except for one city: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Cedar Rapids, the second-largest city in Iowa, has ranked in the bottom five for the past four years, and its percentage of Bible readers and believers...
  • Ken Ham — Guardian of True Science

    02/12/2017 12:20:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    The Sensuous Curmudgeon ^ | February 11, 2017 | The Curmudgeon
    Creationists don’t like The Clergy Letter Project, a strong, pro-evolution statement signed by over 13,000 Christian clergymen. Here’s the Wikipedia article on it: Clergy Letter Project. The Project is exceedingly troublesome for creationists because it flatly contradicts their claim that one can’t be a good Christian and also accept evolution. When we say the Clergy Letter is a strong statement, we’re not exaggerating. Part of it says: We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this...
  • The Things that Matter Most (Part 1): The Gospel & The Importance of The Spiritual Nature (PODCAST)

    02/08/2017 5:09:14 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 2 replies
    Archive.org ^ | February 8, 2017 | Rob W. Case
    In this Podcast, my special guest and I will discuss The Things that Matter Most. As we are born into this world, and live out our lives, we discover the world through our senses which in turn establishes our habits, influences our mindsets, and forms our routines (which is what we consider to be personal reality). And yet, if we happen to hear about a dynamic concept called the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are confronted with a challenge to everything we believe. Why is that? Who holds the capital on truth? And why is trust a vital component in...
  • Who We Are - And Who The American People Are Not

    02/07/2017 8:52:11 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 21 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 6, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    With a new administration comes, for once, a new clarity. President Trump is attempting to bring some sanity to our immigration programs – requiring vetting before admission of refugees, for example, so that we don’t suffer the horrific outbreaks of criminality – car fires, riots, gang rapes, honor killings, and the like – that Europe has suffered for years, at the hands of these very same so-called “refugees.” And before the ink was dry on his Executive Order (almost word for word an executive order issued by his predecessors, with nothing radical about it at all), the George Soros –funded...
  • UN Gay Rights Envoy: Religious Freedom ‘Not an Absolute Right’

    02/07/2017 6:26:56 AM PST · by detective · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Feb 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    The United Nations envoy for gay rights has declared that when there is a clash between homosexual rights and religious liberty it must be recalled that “freedom of expression and religious freedom are not absolute rights and may be limited if necessary.” In a recent public consultation, the UN’s newly appointed “independent expert” on the defense of LGTB rights, Vitit Muntarbhorn, said that negative moral judgments on homosexual activity were a recent phenomenon, stemming from “colonial law.”
  • Bill to repeal Johnson Amendment would mean your pastor can speak freely—without fear of the IRS

    02/03/2017 5:47:55 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/03/17 | Dan Calabrese
    But the real solution is a new tax code While the media seemed more interested in an off-the-cuff joke he made about Arnold Schwarzenegger, there was real substance that came out of President Trump’s appearance on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. Quite unlike his predecessor choosing to use this forum to tell Christians to “get off their high horses,” Trump reiterated his commitment to repealing the Johnson Amendment.
  • Why Trump's executive order draft on religious liberty is just what America needs

    02/02/2017 5:18:11 PM PST · by 198ml · 4 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 2/2/17 | Nate Madden
    Just two days after what looked like betrayal in the ongoing battle between religious liberty and the LGBT lobby’s never-ending quest for positive “rights,” President Trump may sign an executive order Thursday protecting religious liberty throughout the federal government. Naturally, the Left is losing its collective hive mind again. In an attempt to stop the president from issuing the order, LGBT groups and left-leaning media outlets leaked the document, according to The Daily Signal. Just hours after the initial leak, the president unequivocally vowed to protect religious freedom at the National Prayer Breakfast.
  • My prayers are for President Trump.

    02/03/2017 4:24:57 AM PST · by vannrox · 15 replies
    SELF | 3FEB17 | vannrox
    Never before had I ever seen such an amazing person doing such an amazing effort in behalf of me , my friends and my family. Never. I was hopeful that Donald Trump would make some changes, but, he has become my "dream" hero-President. He's really doing it. He is making the changes that I have day dreamed about for years. My goodness! This man is amazing and put all those Hollywood personages to shame. He is the real deal. I expected change. And after he was elected, I knew that he would do it in a way that was customary...
  • Chris Pratt Reveals His Conversion to Christianity

    02/02/2017 12:17:32 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    pj media ^ | 1/6/17 | Tyler O'Neil
    Chris Pratt is a rare bird: a conservative Christian who is also a major star in Hollywood. In an interview this week for Vanity Fair, Pratt described his conversion to Christianity....
  • The Magdeburg Confession

    12/17/2009 12:06:40 PM PST · by the_conscience · 2 replies · 388+ views
    Law and History Review ^ | John Witte Jr
    Ironically, Beza found his "signal example"8 of how to deal with tyranny and resistance not so much in the work of early Calvinists as in the work of later Lutherans—particularly the Lutheran jurists and theologians who had drafted the Magdeburg Confession of 1550. The Magdeburg Confession was a major distillation of the most advanced Lutheran resistance theories of the day.9 The leaders of the small Saxon city of Magdeburg had drafted this Confession in response to the order of the Holy Roman Emperor to impose by civil law the uniform Catholic doctrines and liturgies being crafted by the Council of...
  • President Trump Relying On God Now More Than Ever

    01/28/2017 10:38:43 AM PST · by V K Lee · 15 replies
    http://www1.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/ ^ | 01-27-2017 | David Brody
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, President Donald Trump says becoming President of the United States has made him rely on God more than ever. “I would say that the office is so powerful that you need God even more,” Trump tells The Brody File. “There’s almost not a decision that you make when you’re sitting in this position that isn’t a really life-altering position. So God comes in even more so.” The Brody File conducted the interview Friday morning in the Blue Room at The White House. More newsworthy clips are coming soon. The entire interview can...
  • Greenfield: What Trump Can Expect from Hollywood

    01/26/2017 7:00:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | Jan 26, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    Greenfield: What Trump Can Expect from Hollywood And how he should fight back. 1.26.2017 Commentary Daniel Greenfield When Bush left office, he was followed out the door by two movies. W, by Marxist crackpot Oliver Stone, was a Saturday Night Live skit with an all-star cast. The movie lost money and was quickly forgotten. The other, even more toxic production was Death of a President, released years earlier which fantasized about Bush’s assassination and remained a guilty pleasure for left-wing viewers. Obama departs with a very different industry farewell. Southside With You glamorizes his first date with Michelle. And Netflix...
  • An Obama Insider’s Lament (Book Review of "Reclaiming Hope" by Michael Wear)

    01/25/2017 7:58:39 AM PST · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | January 25, 2017 | Jim Geraghty
    In his new book, the director of faith outreach for the [Obama] 2012 campaign paints an ugly picture of the administration’s cynicism. Conservatives will have a hard time finding a more like-minded guide to the decision-making inside the Obama White House than Michael Wear. Wear served in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships during Obama’s first term, and then directed faith outreach for the president’s reelection campaign. His memoir of his time in the administration, Reclaiming Hope, is a spectacularly readable portrait of a unique niche in Obama-world to which many progressives grew hostile over time, representing...
  • Church/State Objections To Public School Group Singing During Mass in Italy

    01/18/2017 3:59:19 PM PST · by SonofCuchulainn · 14 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | Matt McDonald
    A public high school chorus in Massachusetts wanting to sing during an Easter Sunday Mass at a basilica while on a school trip to Europe isn't going to get to do it because of church/state objections. Story is attached.
  • Trump's Inaugural Pastor Getting Blasted by 'Very Strong' Hate

    01/18/2017 12:03:11 PM PST · by Maudeen · 27 replies
    WND ^ | 1/18/2017 | Joe Kovacs
    A Christian pastor who will be among the faith leaders at Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the next president is being flooded with messages of “very strong” hate, but says he’s unfazed by the vicious comments. “Some are very, very strong in their emotions about me doing this,” Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, who leads Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit, told TMZ. “I’ve been called a sell-out.”
  • I just had the most exciting experience of my life...

    01/17/2017 10:57:18 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 69 replies
    Vanity | Jan. 17, 2017 | HarleyLady27
    I just had the most exciting experience... I was at my local Wal-Mart with my grandson, put the groceries in the car, and was getting ready to put the cart back, when a man named Bob and his wife Charlene came up to me and asked if anyone had prayed with me today...I said 'No, not today', so there we prayed for the Spirit of God to help over come my upset spirit and to nurture the Spirit of God into my grandson's life...and to Bless our Country, to continue to have God's Hand on PE Trump and the people...
  • America Prayer Vigil 1/13/2017 [Prayer]

    01/13/2017 7:46:22 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 31 replies
    Free Republic Prayer for America ^ | 01/13/2017 | JustaCowgirl
    Father, we approach you today in prayer for ourselves and for our country and for the world. Let this week and the inauguration of our new President be a turning point for our country, and let our awakening from this darkness of the past years continue. We pray that the light of our new President and leaders will shine ever more brightly. May this coming week continue the reawakening of America to the importance of fighting against the forces of evil who wish nothing but power at the expense of their countrymen. We pray that our new President and Vice...
  • The Hot ‘New’ Church Growth Method

    01/12/2017 4:21:18 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | Owen Strachan
    A new study just unearthed a remarkable finding: conservative doctrine grows churches. This isn’t necessarily what we’ve heard in recent years. Whether it’s the music, the attractive facility, or the feeling of community, we need something to keep the church growing—something besides biblical teaching. How surprising, then, that David Millard Haskell, Kevin N. Flatt, and Stephanie Burgoyne have found that doctrine grows churches. In their peer-reviewed scholarly article for the Review of Religious Research, a prestigious journal, the trio present findings among mainstream Canadian churches showing that—contra the stereotypes—doctrinally conservative churches that reach out aggressively often grow. Churches that...
  • What We Need to Learn from the Early Church

    01/07/2017 5:52:32 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 1/6/17 | Tim Keller
    Tim Keller / January 6, 2017 Many say that Christians who maintain the historic, traditional doctrines are behind the times, are too exclusive, and are “on the wrong side of history.” Two recent books that cast doubt on this view are from historian and biblical scholar Larry Hurtado: Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World and Why on Earth Did Anyone Become a Christian in the First Three Centuries?. The earliest Christians were widely ridiculed, especially by cultural elites, were excluded from circles of influence and business, and were often persecuted and put to death. Hurtado says Roman authorities were uniquely hostile...
  • U.S. ON LIST OF CHRISTIAN-PERSECUTING NATIONS (Thanks Barack)

    01/07/2017 7:57:49 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11=7=2017 | Bob Unruh
    For example, after Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen murdered 49 and injured 53 innocent people in a June 11, 2016, attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, it was Christians whom many targeted with blame, the report states. “Incredibly, after the attack, numerous high profile media outlets blamed the attacks on what they perceived as the anti-LGBTQ atmosphere that Christians have created. “In short, Christians in the U.S. are facing constant attacks in the media, where they are portrayed as bigoted, racist, sexist, and close-minded.” That false characterization may also be translating into direct assaults on believers, the report noted,...
  • Supreme Court Finds Obamas Religious Tactics Unconstitutional

    01/04/2017 7:08:16 AM PST · by yoe · 30 replies
    youtube.com ^ | January 3, 2017
    Video.....Trey Gowdy blasts Obama administration for picking apart the constitution and choosing what they feel s right and wrong about separation between church and state.
  • The Gospel Part 5: Reconciling Faith And Works

    01/04/2017 10:56:54 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 14 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/19/16 | Gary
    Faith vs. works.  Christians have debated this topic for two thousand years and still do.  At the heart of the debate you have two (seemingly) opposing sides: Team Faith says works are not required for salvation.  Salvation is received by grace through faith alone (John 6:28-29, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:5, Romans 11:6, Galatians 2:21).  They believe that making works a requirement for salvation ignores the very message of the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), which the Apostle Paul calls "of first importance."  This is Christianity 101.  If Jesus died for your...
  • 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...
  • Democrats Won’t Fix Their Religion Problem Any Time Soon

    01/03/2017 8:30:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2016 | David French
    ‘If we let those Christian groups stay on campus, how can we keep out the Klan?” Defend religious liberty in higher education, and that is the question you’ll be forced to answer. I’ve heard it every year at least once for the last 16 years, since I first defended a Christian student group, at Tufts University in 2000. The problem, you see, is that Christian groups stubbornly wish to be led by Christians, and at hundreds of universities they have refused to sign pledges or conform to policies that mandate that they not even consider a candidate’s religious faith when...
  • Federal judge strikes down Obamacare transgender mandate

    01/02/2017 5:19:25 PM PST · by Cheerio · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 2, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    There was an interesting ripple in the Obamacare story over the weekend, coming as most of the country was more tuned in to the closing out of the old year than any political stories. A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction which prevents certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act from taking effect. Buzzfeed brought the story to light on New Years Eve, describing how US District Court Judge Reed O’Connor halted enforcement of Section 1557 of the act, which “forbids discriminating on the basis of ‘gender identity’ and ‘termination of pregnancy.’” Explaining the lawsuit, O’Connor wrote, “Plaintiffs claim...
  • Former Dem Staffer: There’s A ‘Religious Illiteracy’ Problem In The Party

    01/01/2017 2:50:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 30, 2016 | Amber Randall
    The Democratic Party has a “religious illiteracy” problem that prevents them from reaching out to evangelicals, according to a former Democratic staffer. Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, explained three reasons why the Democratic Party fails to reach out to evangelical voters or voters with different theologies. Wear, speaking with The Atlantic, pointed out that many young Democrats don’t know how to discuss or deal with religious topics. This “illiteracy” contributes to why Democrats fail to reach out to evangelicals, Wear explained. “It’s tied to the demographics of the country: More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of...
  • Huston Smith, Author of ‘The World’s Religions,’ Dies at 97

    01/01/2017 1:58:28 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | Douglas Martin and Dennis Hevesi
    Huston Smith, a renowned scholar of religion who pursued his own enlightenment in Methodist churches, Zen monasteries and even Timothy Leary’s living room, died on Friday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 97. His wife, Kendra, confirmed his death. Professor Smith was best known for “The Religions of Man” (1958), which has been a standard textbook in college-level comparative religion classes for half a century. In 1991, it was abridged and given the gender-neutral title “The World’s Religions.” The two versions together have sold more than three million copies.
  • Democrats Have a Religion Problem

    12/29/2016 11:31:54 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 28 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 29, 2016 | Emma Green
    There aren’t many people like Michael Wear in today’s Democratic Party. The former director of Barack Obama’s 2012 faith-outreach efforts is a theologically conservative evangelical Christian. He is opposed to both abortion and same-sex marriage, although he would argue that those are primarily theological positions, and other issues, including poverty and immigration, are also important to his faith. During his time working for Obama, Wear was often alone in many of his views, he writes in his new book, Reclaiming Hope. He helped with faith-outreach strategies for Obama’s 2008 campaign, but was surprised when some state-level officials decided not to...
  • Bible Reading Plans for 2017

    12/28/2016 4:27:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 12/28/16 | Nathan Bingham
    Bible Reading Plans for 2017 from Nathan W. Bingham Dec 28, 2016 Category: Articles Many Christians take the beginning of a new year to evaluate their Bible reading habits, and then change or begin a Bible reading plan.Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105) For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of Bible reading plans for you to choose from. Maybe in 2017 you will read more of the Bible each day. Perhaps you’ll slow down your reading and instead spend more time considering what you read. Whatever it is you’re looking for...
  • ‘Jesus 2016 Is a Refugee in a Boat’, Says Catholic Bishop

    12/26/2016 9:07:32 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-26-2016 | Victoria Friedman
    Nestled in a boat for a crib with a barbed-wire Christmas star, the infant Jesus was given a “contemporary face” by an Austrian Catholic bishop who claimed that “Jesus 2016 is a refugee in a boat”. Broadcast live on Christmas Day via television to the German-speaking world, Catholic diocesan bishop Aegidius Zsifkovics of St. Martin’s Cathedral, Eisenstadt, Austria, compared the “scandal” of the migrant crisis to the Christmas story, alluding to the Virgin Mary as a pregnant migrant. “For how can it be that a pregnant woman has to go on a strenuous journey? … It is precisely this scandal...
  • Why God is a curvy, black woman in ‘The Shack’ and some Christian critics say it’s ‘heresy’

    12/21/2016 11:42:47 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/16 | Katie Mettler
    In the coming film adaptation of “The Shack,” a fictional book by William P. Young about a father’s path to renewed faith and healing after his young daughter’s murder, the character of God — as depicted in the novel — is portrayed as a curvy, maternal black woman. And just as the book earned widespread notoriety and scathing critiques nearly a decade ago, the film is garnering its own praise and condemnation. At issue is Young’s characterization of the Holy Trinity, seen through the eyes of the story’s main character, who on the four-year anniversary of his daughter’s brutal killing...
  • VIDEO: UVA students sign petition to ban Christmas

    12/19/2016 9:20:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 18, 2016 | Amber Athey and Cabot Phillips
    In this season’s most anticipated holiday spin-off, Campus Reform visits the University of Virginia dressed as “The Hipsters Who Stole Christmas.” With schools across the country outright banning even such innocuous Christmas decorations as evergreen trees and images of Santa because they could be interpreted as being “non-inclusive,” Campus Reform wanted to find out what students think of the idea.
  • Sunday reflection: Matthew 1:18–24

    12/18/2016 10:20:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    This morning’s Gospel reading is Matthew 1:18–24: This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the...
  • Amy Grant Releases 200th Christmas Album

    12/16/2016 6:35:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 91 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 12/15/16
    Sparrow Records and Christian recording artist Amy Grant announced Thursday the release of her new Christmas album, which becomes the 200th Christmas collection Grant has produced in her career, a record among all recording artists. The latest offering, Greatest Hits From This Year’s Christmas Albums, which compiles some of the best songs from the other six Christmas albums Grant has released this year, arrived on shelves to a robust response.Industry experts attribute the instant success of the album to a growing sense of unrest among Christians, who had not been blessed by a new Amy Grant Christmas album in almost...
  • Christian Slovakia Passes Law to Ban Islam

    12/11/2016 7:52:40 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 51 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 9, 2016 | Michael W. Chapman
    The predominantly Christian country of Slovakia passed a law on Nov. 30 that effectively bans Islam as an officially recognized religion, which also blocks Islam from receiving any state subsidies for its schools, reported Reuters. The prime minister, Robert Fico, said in May that "Islam has no place" in Slovakia. Prior to the law being passed, Slovak National Party Chairman Andrej Danko said, "Islamization starts with a kebab and it's already under way in Bratislava -- let's realize what we can face in 5 to 10 years." "We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in...
  • Understanding Evil: From Globalism To Pizzagate

    12/08/2016 10:27:07 PM PST · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 8, 2016 | Submitted by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com,
    I have spent the better part of the last 10 years working diligently to investigate and relate information on economics and geopolitical discourse for the liberty movement. However, long before I delved into these subjects my primary interests of study were the human mind and the human “soul” (yes, I’m using a spiritual term). My fascination with economics and sociopolitical events has always been rooted in the human element. That is to say, while economics is often treated as a mathematical and statistical field, it is also driven by psychology. To know the behavior of man is to know the...
  • Radical Far Left Group Demands World War I Memorial to Fallen Soldiers Be Torn Down Because It...

    12/09/2016 1:53:56 PM PST · by blueyon · 50 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | 12/07/16 | Jim Hoft
    ""Radical Far Left Group Demands World War I Memorial to Fallen Soldiers Be Torn Down Because It Includes a Cross"" The Bladensburg Cross was built in 1925 in Bladensburg, Marlyand in 1925. The cross was a designed by mothers of local soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. The American Legion raised the money to build the cross on private land. Now a radical far left group is demanding the cross be taken down. It offends them. The Becket Fund reported: For 90 years, a war memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland has reminded passersby of the ultimate sacrifice made...
  • 'Highlights' Magazine has Caved to the Left

    12/08/2016 4:51:20 PM PST · by Maudeen · 33 replies
    American Family Association ^ | December 8, 2016 | Monica Cole
    'Highlights' children's magazine agrees to indoctrinate children regarding homosexuality Where is the last place parents would suspect their kiddos to be exposed to same-sex "families" portrayed as normal? In the current controversy, Highlights magazine decided to include same-sex families in their magazines. Babies and preschoolers will soon be introduced to this sensitive topic in the Highlights line of magazines. Parents are seeing more examples of children being indoctrinated to same-sex families as normal, especially in the media. Children's publications are no longer off limits, even those that cater to toddlers and elementary age children. A lesbian mom reportedly complained that...