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  • Punished for Referencing Bible, Military Chaplain Tells His Side of the Story

    12/18/2014 2:26:05 PM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://dailysignal.com ^ | december 18, 2014 | kelsey harkness
    In his first-ever media interview, the military chaplain who was punished for making references to the Bible during a suicide-prevention seminar last month says he was simply doing his job. “What I had tried to communicate with my audience is that depression can be conquered, depression can be overcome, and there are a myriad of ways of dealing with depression,” the chaplain, Capt. Joe Lawhorn, told The Daily Signal in a Skype interview. “In this particular case,” Lawhorn explained, “I had struggled myself personally with the issue at hand I was teaching.”
  • Righteous Mockery: A Biblical Case for Sarcasm

    12/17/2014 5:38:36 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    WV4G ^ | July 3rd, 2014 | Jaycen Saab
    “And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself” – the prophet Elijah to the prophets of Baal, 1 Kings 18:27 How boring would life be if we only spoke to one another with necessities? How mundane would play-by-play sports be if sports announcers were replaced with the equivalent of the Emergency Response System robot voice? That is exactly what we would have in our daily conversations without the crayon of the English language known as “sarcasm”. I will be the first to admit that I...
  • In Showdown with American Sisters, the Vatican Blinked

    12/17/2014 6:11:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/16/14 | Phil Lawler
    After a 3-year study of American women’s religious orders, undertaken because of problems that are both grave and obvious, the Congregation for Religious has released a report that avoids direct criticism of religious orders, instead suggesting that the communities should evaluate themselves. But for Catholics who long for a genuine revival of religious life in America, today’s report should not be too disheartening. First, because we knew this was coming. Second and more important, because another Vatican inquiry, aimed specifically at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), is still underway. This battle isn’t over yet. When the process began,...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Hate Speech: Calling Me NYTimes Wannabe

    12/14/2014 4:22:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    JimScott wrote:“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,”In the Italian Pope Francis said "demiurgo" which looks to me like "demiurge". So this should read "God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life".Yeh message to this sad misguided wannabe NYT reporter (i.e John Ransom) the Gnostic heretics of old believed in two gods the "good" god of the New Testament and the evil lesser god of the Old (i.e demiurge).-- --Can the Pope Shut Up Too?Dear Comrade Scott,I'll take a lot of criticism,...
  • Abercrombie & Fitch: Job Seekers Must Explain Faith To Win Anti-Discrimination Protection

    12/13/2014 10:07:40 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/13/2014 | Michael Rudin
    In the closely watched Supreme Court case, EEOC v. Abercrombie, the Becket Fund a brief debunking Abercrombie's claim that a Muslim job applicant should have explained during her job interview that she was wearing a headscarf for religious reasons in order to be protected by anti-discrimination laws. "Abercrombie's claim is both an absurd and dangerous precedent for all people of faith seeking employment," said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Justice may be blind, but that doesn't mean employers can cover their eyes. A job applicant does not have to bring a 'Look at me...
  • Columnist: attacks on guns and God, not racism, to blame for the demise of the Southern Democrat

    12/12/2014 7:11:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charleston City Paper's Haire Of The Dog Blog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Chris Haire
    In Timothy Carney's Dec. 9 article, the Washington Examiner senior political columnist makes the case that the conventional wisdom is wrong when it comes to why white Southerners have fled the Democratic Party. It's not because of the GOP's very successful Southern Strategy, which played up the racial fears and prejudices of white Southerners in response to an increasingly empowered black population. For Carney, the South no longer has a white Democrat in the U.S. Senate for two reasons and two reasons alone: the Democratic Party is hostile to guns and God, two things that every Southerner hold dear. Carney...
  • All Animals Go To Heaven, Says Pope Francis

    12/11/2014 7:59:05 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 209 replies
    The Dodo ^ | December 08, 2014 | Stephen Messenger
    In his weekly address at the Vatican late last month, Pope Francis issued a remarkable statement that’s sure to come as welcome news to anyone who’s ever lost a beloved pet. According to Francis, the promise of an afterlife applies not only to believers, but to all animals as well."The Holy Scriptures teach us that the realization of this wonderful plan covers all that is around us, and that came out of the thought and the heart of God," Pope Francis said, as quoted by Italian news site Resapubblica. The Pope then went on to say that “heaven is open to all...
  • How Hitler Tried To Redesign Christmas

    12/10/2014 6:52:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    fastcodesign.com ^ | 12/23/13 | John Brownlee
    In December 1941, Adolf Hitler threw a Christmas Party for his fellow Nazis. It was a lavish affair, in which the Nazi Party's top officials, statesmen, and generals gathered before a massive Christmas tree to feast and exchange presents with hundreds of jackbooted S.S. cadets in attendance. In surviving pictures taken by the Führer's own personal photographer, Hitler appears somewhat dour and maybe a little sad to be at this event, as if he feels out of place despite his importance, and no wonder: What holiday could be less suited to the sentiments of that genocidal, warmongering dictator than...
  • Moral Therapeutic Deism: The Preferred Religion in North America

    12/09/2014 5:36:10 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 13 replies
    Adam4d.com ^ | 12/9/2014 | Adam Ford
    Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a false religion created by and for members of the most rich, catered, defensive, politically-correct, over-protected, over-nurtured, over-fed society the world has ever known, and the fact that it uses the name Jesus and various select Christian buzzwords allows it to be passed off as Christianity.
  • Faith firm racks up court wins

    12/09/2014 4:42:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 9, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Lori Windham is at the vanguard of a movement to change how the legal system treats religion. Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is best known for her role representing the owners of Hobby Lobby in their successful challenge to ObamaCare’s birth control coverage mandate. That case ended June 30 with a divided Supreme Court rejecting the mandate for closely held for-profit corporations in a decision of “startling breadth,” according to one dissenting justice. The win catapulted the Becket Fund and its lawyers into the headlines and put a spotlight on the firm’s cases and approach....
  • The State of Theology: Take It or Leave It

    12/08/2014 5:51:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/8/14 | Stephen Nichols
    One of the greatest book titles of the twentieth century declares rather simply: Ideas Have Consequences. Theological ideas also have consequences. Good theological ideas have good consequences. Bad ones have bad consequences.It should come as no surprise, then, when we find that The State of Theology survey also reveals bad consequences in American culture and in American Christianity. The survey could have asked any number of questions on ethics. We asked one specific question regarding sex outside of marriage. Is sex outside of marriage a sin?Before we get to the survey results, consider a few other questions we asked. We asked...
  • Michigan House approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act in party-line vote

    12/05/2014 3:25:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    mlive ^ | December 04, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan’s Republican-led House on Thursday approved a proposed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which supporters say is intended to limit government laws that may burden an individual's free exercise of religion. The fast-tracked bill, sponsored by House Speaker Jase Bolger, was introduced last month and advanced out of committee earlier Thursday. It now heads the Senate for consideration. The 59-50 party-line House vote occurred just one day after competing proposals to add gay rights protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law stalled in committee due to a dispute over including transgender residents. Bolger, who had indicated he would only support...
  • The Challenge: Waiting Through Advent

    12/05/2014 9:33:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Waiting for peace; hoping for joy; anticipating something wonderful. All of creation waits in earnest for the time of salvation. It is this time of year when we think about how the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing since the day a voice shouted in the wilderness, “Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!” John the Baptist - the prophet who baptized men in rivers - proclaimed that the long-awaited Messiah was coming to baptize them with fire. He was born for advent—born to tell the news: “The morning light from heaven is about...
  • 12 Hopeful Maps & Graphs of Religion in Africa

    12/04/2014 2:36:36 PM PST · by millegan
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    AUN-TV has just found out that minutes ago an injunction was filed against President Obama’s Illegal Alien Amnesty program by Freedom Watch on behalf of Sherriff Joe Arpaio. We have reviewed the key points and believe that Freedom Watch (Larry Klayman) has an exceptionally good case as the Obama Administration has set themselves up, due to the reasoning they have presented as to why “discretion” is warranted in this case. Obama has claimed they have to do it because they do not have enough money to process all the illegal aliens. However Congress not only gave Obama all the money...
  • Why did Disney block God?

    12/02/2014 5:52:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/1/14 | Todd Starnes
    It turns out you can give thanks for a lot of different folks on the Disney Channel website – but you can’t thank God. I received a Facebook message on Sunday from Julie Anderson, of Angier, North Carolina...... Lilly loves the Disney Channel – and as she was browsing the channel’s website she noticed a question. The Disney Channel wanted to know what she was thankful for. So Lilly typed in her answer. “God, my family, my church and my friends,” the 10-year-old wrote. Lilly pressed the return key and waited for her answer to appear on the website. But...
  • Planned Parenthood becomes a religion

    11/28/2014 8:30:53 PM PST · by Morgana
    Red State ^ | November 24th, 2014 | streiff (Diary)
    ERICK ERICKSON FRONT PAGE WRITERS FEATURES E-LETTERS COFFEE & MARKETS GATHERING FRIENDS RedState Gathering Set For Atlanta in 2015! Click here for more information. « BACK | PRINT RS FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR Planned Parenthood becomes a religion By: streiff (Diary) | November 24th, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 14 RESIZE: AAA Share on Facebook 107 175 SHARES abortion clergy One of the most pernicious things the advocates of various deviancies and social pathologies are fond of doing in finding morally corrupt alleged “clergy” and getting them to endorse whatever perversion is in vogue. We’ve seen the homosexual marriage fascists to...
  • Lessons from the Church of Satan

    11/28/2014 3:29:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/10/14 | Alissa Wilkinson
    Today I read, with interest, the interview that Gawker did about film with Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan.... It seems the Church of Satan has a list of recommended films on their website—here it is—and the folks at Gawker got interested in why these films are on the list. Which is a reasonable question, given the list includes some expected picks (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Evilspeak, Nosferatu, Rosemary's Baby) and some unexpected ones (everything from All the King's Men to Bladerunnner to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate...
  • Oklahoma school district caves to atheist group, cancels Bible elective

    11/27/2014 5:55:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    An Oklahoma school district is reportedly walking back plans to begin offering students an elective course on the Bible after facing pressure from a major atheist group. The class, called “The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact,” was developed, in part, by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, and it was set to launch in Mustang Public Schools, Raw Story reported. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said on its website Tuesday that the district canceled the class after Hobby Lobby allegedly did not provide the district with the final curriculum for approval and did not “commit to providing legal...
  • Anti-religion group attacks high school band over use of crosses to honor Normandy vets

    11/26/2014 7:44:54 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/26/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Race hustler and “Reverend” Al Sharton, better known as “CI-7″ (Confidential Informant 7) to the FBI once upon a time, is in trouble again, though you wouldn’t know it by the dearth of mainstream media reportage. Seems the perennial race-baiter has plenty of time to gin up problems and incite violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following a decision by a St. Louis County grand jury that there was not enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, but no time to pay his “fair share” of federal taxes.
  • Nuns and Rabbis Showing the Way

    11/23/2014 1:35:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Everyone knows my first name. "When I'm walking down the street, people instantly know my relationship to them. And I know they're entrusted to me." A Catholic nun was talking with me about her gratitude for her calling in life. It's not every day, perhaps, that you see a nun walking down the street. Though if you were with me last week, it might have appeared the most natural thing in the world. The scene around me included Sister Antoniana navigating a cart with a slow cooker, a laptop and a large pot of tortellini soup from convent to convent,...
  • Coaching and the Suffering Christian

    11/23/2014 4:33:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | Joe Holland
    I have spent my life being coached or coaching. I’ve played most of the major sports and some of the more unusual ones as well. I’ve learned that coaches face one major perennial challenge. It is the difficulty of motivating your athletes when pain and fatigue are urging them to quit.I’ve found that there are three basic coaching styles that seek to answer this challenge.The first coaching style asserts that true athletes don’t feel pain. It simply doesn’t exist; it is a figment of the imagination. This is the mind-over-matter rationale. Pain isn’t a challenge; or, it isn’t even to be...
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling those who've taken on faith to create a force for change."You’re the anti-Christ, you will be destroyed,” screamed an incensed heckler during a speech by Barack Obama in June this year. It was not the first time Obama had heard this very pointed line, nor was he the first President to hear it. Anti-Obama rallies are often decorated with signs or t-shirts carrying overtly religious messages, whether it’s likening him to the Devil, demanding that Christian prayers be returned to schools or suggesting that America has a...
  • Give me your tired your poor, you huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

    11/21/2014 10:42:06 AM PST · by lula · 10 replies
    Self
    Give me your tired your poor, you huddled masses yearning to breathe free.......wait, wait, just give me everybody who will keep voting Democrat (like LBJ saying something about a plan "to have those n*****s voting Democrat for 200 years") and the stupid American workers will pay dutifully into the treasury for you to take for free. Americans are being ransacked, while the world is laughing. Immigrants who came here through legal means waited patiently and jumped through hoops for nothing, all they had to do was wait for a Presidential Amnesty by Executorial Discretion (that's legal terms for "I Won"...
  • Evangelicals Favorite Heresies

    11/21/2014 9:09:43 AM PST · by Maudeen · 103 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tom Olago
    Based on the numbers of denominations, sects and cults professing adherence to Christianity, it is not really surprising that there are wide margins of difference in how these different groups understand and interpret the Bible. Within Protestantism, there is still much theological debate and confusion around doctrines and principles – especially those not considered central or cardinal to the Christian faith. And even within mainstream church affiliations that hold fast to the central doctrines of Christianity, there is still considerable confusion and disagreement within church laity with regards to the understanding and interpretation of Biblical doctrine.
  • This science vs. religion meme get's it wrong. Now it's fixed...

    11/18/2014 3:59:02 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 24 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-18-14 | The Looking Spoon
    The "correction guy" meme comes in handy here. I don't get the whole science vs. religion BS in the first place. People of faith don't reject science, and you don't have to believe in one or the other either. The imposition of this dichotomy by anti-religionists/atheists is so idiotic.
  • It’s Time to Save the American Family; A Joyless Experiment Strained to the Limit

    11/16/2014 11:38:38 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/16/14 | Kelly O'Connell
    A Sick Culture, Poisoned by Liberalism, Reels While Seeking Shelter While it’s true that a Conservative wave just swept the USA in the 2014 elections, the accumulated damage of progressive theory upon the American culture has been nothing short of devastating. The list of areas where Americans are now struggling because of the importation of foreign ideas against American ideals is staggering. The family is probably the most endangered because of the incursion against traditional, biblical and common sense practice. Anti-Americanism has been institutionalized for decades, as a result of creeping Marxism affecting our teachers, instructional materials, and in the...
  • Clinical study: Christians have greater well-being

    11/15/2014 6:31:11 AM PST · by Teleios Research · 2 replies
    Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice ^ | November 2013 | MacIlvaine WR, Nelson LA, Stewart JA, Stewart WC
    A mid-west, religiously conservative church-population was evaluated for the impact upon a subject’s Biblically based depth of religious adherence on quality of life. A survey was distributed on self-reported adherence to basic activities and knowledge of faith and perceived well-being. Of 303 included subjects we found differences between adherent and less-adherent groups in each of 7 questions (P≤0.01). The strongest separation between groups resulted from: if they met the needs of another Christian, studied the Holy Scriptures or praised God. Religious adherence may promote a sense of well-being in those who profess Christian faith.
  • Mom Questions School For Portraying Muslims As More Faithful Than Christians

    11/14/2014 2:38:14 PM PST · by Maudeen · 43 replies
    Prophecy Newswatch ^ | November 14, 2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Is the faith of most Muslims “stronger” than that of the typical Christian? That’s what one public high school in North Carolina apparently is teaching students. Outraged over the “correct” answers to her son’s ninth-grade assignment about Islam, a mother in Union County, N.C., turned to local news reporters to shed light on his school’s fill-in-the-blank worksheet. Upsetting the mom most? A statement that read, “Most Muslims’ faith is stronger than the average Christian.” Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2014/November14/143.html#umvfIRMpH3iCJefP.99
  • Jesus symbol covered on Missouri vets memorial

    11/13/2014 5:32:35 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Fox St. Louis ^ | 11/13/14
    Columbia, Missouri---A New York couple whose son died in Operation Desert Storm say Boone County’s decision to cover a Christian symbol on a war memorial dishonored veterans. The Boone County Commission decided earlier this year to cover the ichthus, commonly called the “Jesus fish” but it has only recently caused public controversy. Only two names appear on the Courthouse Plaza memorial. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the parents of one of those sailors, U.S. Navy Lt. Patrick Connor, learned of the decision last week. They said the covering of the symbol was an affront to fundamental American beliefs. The commission...
  • LGBT to Donna Campbell: Your Proposal Would Discriminate Against Us

    11/13/2014 8:57:29 AM PST · by DaveyB · 19 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 09:42 AM | Clyde Hughes
    The LGBT community has a major issue with Texas Sen. Donna Campbell's proposed bill to add a religious liberties amendment to the state constitution, which critics say would essentially give business owners a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people. <---snip--- "The 2013 measure was supported by the anti-LGBT group Texas Values and opposed by Equality Texas," Lone Star Q stated. "Texas already has a statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that provides strong protections for religious freedom. However, critics say Campbell's proposal would go much further than the Texas RFRA." "For example, while the RFRA says government...
  • Catholic bishops back Obama acting alone on immigration

    11/12/2014 1:41:14 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | November 12, 2014 | By DAVID GIBSON
    The nation’s Catholic bishops are jumping into the increasingly contentious battle over immigration reform by backing President Barack Obama’s pledge to act on his own to fix what one bishop called "this broken and immoral system" before Republicans assume control of Capitol Hill in January. In an unscheduled address Tuesday at the hierarchy’s annual meeting, Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the migration committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the USCCB would continue to work with both parties to pass comprehensive immigration reform. But, Elizondo said, given the urgency of the immigration crisis and the electoral...
  • Where God is Carved in Stone on the National Mall

    11/08/2014 1:52:43 PM PST · by millegan
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Obama has summoned the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – making manifest his goal of "fundamentally transforming America.” Part I of “The Four Horseman,” described the growing power of Obama’s plans for the “fundamental transformation” (destruction) of our nation, and the “Four Horsemen” he employs to affect that transformation: Death, War, Conquest, and Famine. We examined in detail Obama’s Magnum Opus, Obamacare, its intended destruction of our healthcare system and the consequent enslavement of the population to the whims and caprice of the Administrative State, and, more alarming than this, Obamacare’s comprehensive obliteration of most freedoms Americans still take for...
  • How the Faithful Voted: 2014 Preliminary Analysis

    11/06/2014 5:19:02 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    In the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican Party enlarged its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives with continued strong support from white evangelicals and people who attend religious services regularly. In addition, the GOP appears to have made inroads among some religious constituencies that traditionally have not been as supportive of Republican candidates.
  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 8:38:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2014 | Chris Wright / David Weintraub
    Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?" and interviews with the author.
  • Faith schools which 'indoctrinate' children against homosexuality face being closed down...

    11/03/2014 7:01:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 2, 2014 | Tom McTague, Deputy Political Editor
    Schools found ‘indoctrinating pupils about gay people’ will face being closed down under new rules designed to promote ‘British values’, the Government confirmed today. The Department for Education insisted it was ‘nonsense’ to suggest teachers would have to give lessons on gay rights. But a spokesman insisted Ofsted, which has introduced the new rules the wake of the Islamist Trojan Horse plot to radicalise pupils in Birmingham, was right to ensure schools were not breeding grounds for homophobia. A spokesman said: ‘Ofsted are rightly ensuring that schools do not indoctrinate pupils about gay people - or any other people -...
  • The Perils Facing the Evangelical Church

    10/31/2014 5:14:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | 10/31/14 | RC Sproul
    When we consider the predicament that the evangelical church of the twenty-first century faces in America, the first thing we need to understand is the very designation “evangelical church” is itself a redundancy. If a church is not evangelical, it is not an authentic church. The redundancy is similar to the language that we hear by which people are described as “born-again Christians.” If a person is born again of the Spirit of God, that person is, to be sure, a Christian. If a person is not regenerated by the Holy Spirit, he may profess to be a Christian, but...
  • Free Reformation Day Friday [Free Resources until Midnight!]

    10/31/2014 1:05:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 10/31/14
    In celebration of Reformation Day, for the first time ever we're replacing our usual $5 Friday sale with Free Reformation Day Friday. Until 11:59pm ET on Saturday, November 1, 2014, you can download the following digital resources for free.
  • Separation of Church and State?

    10/30/2014 2:58:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/30/14 | Leigh Bravo
    The question we must understand, and answer properly, is, "Are the people to serve the Government, or, is the government to serve the People?" Do you understand the difference between Rules and Laws? Laws are enacted in accordance with the Constitution, where the House of Representatives and the Senate concur on a Bill. The Bill then goes to the President, who can sign it into law. We needn’t discuss veto, here, as that has nothing to do with what we need to understand. A Rule (Note: Rule includes regulations) is the desire of unelected officials in Administrative Agencies to implement...
  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt tells Tulsa group that religious freedom at risk in U.S.

    10/30/2014 7:13:26 AM PDT · by excalibur21 · 9 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 10-3--14 | Bill Sherman
    “There are individuals in leadership today, both in the political sphere and in the courts, who believe you do not have the free exercise of religion, you have freedom of worship,” he said. Those people believe the First Amendment applies only to what happens inside the walls of a church, he said. True freedom of religion is the ability to take faith into the public square to influence the culture, he said.
  • Newsboys - Hallelujah For The Cross - Lyric Video

    10/27/2014 2:25:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 9/23/14
    Hallelujah for the Cross
  • Secularism Declares Open War on Religious Faith

    10/26/2014 8:50:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Michael Brown
    In case you didn’t know it, if you are a conservative Christian, you are just like Boko Haram and ISIS. At least, that’s what the secularists are saying. More absurd still, they actually believe this.Of course, secularism has been waging war against religion for centuries, but more recently, in America and Europe, the rhetoric of secularism has become more extreme and shrill.When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, critics complained that the Court’s eminently reasonable decision was “anti-scientific.”As noted by Jonathan Adler in the Washington Post, “The Daily Beast‘s Sally Kohn decried the Court’s reliance on ‘bunk...
  • You Can’t Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims

    10/23/2014 8:22:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/23/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    To change Islam, we would have to understand why its ugliness still speaks to Muslims Every few years the debate over reforming Islam bubbles up from the depths of a culture that largely censors any suggestion that Islam needs reforming. But Islam does not exist apart from Muslims. It is not an abstract entity that can be changed without changing its followers. And if Islam has not changed, that is because Muslims do not want it to. Mohammed and key figures in Islam provided a template, but that template would not endure if it did not fit the worldview of...
  • Us and Them

    10/23/2014 2:17:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 10/1/14 | RC Sproul, Jr
    It certainly is, comparatively speaking, a subplot. But it is plenty important. As God’s Word describes the power of God’s words in creation, we ought to be astonished. God speaks, and there is light. He speaks and the whole of the universe comes into existence. Creation ex nihilo—the doctrine that God did not merely rearrange preexisting “stuff” to form our universe but spoke it into being—is true, however mind-boggling it may be. God did, however, arrange what He created. Included in the creation account is not just creation, but also division. God divided the earth from sky, dry land from...
  • Is Federal 'Leviathan' Pushing This 'Mark of the Beast' on Christians?

    10/21/2014 2:32:39 PM PDT · by xzins · 154 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/14/2014 | Bryan Fischer
    "And it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark" (Rev. 13:16-17, ESV). A baker in Oregon is fined $150,000, told he needs "rehabilitation," and put out of business for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. A baker in Colorado is fined, ordered to bake a cake in violation of his own conscience, and sent to re-education camp for the same offense. A florist in Washington is pursued...
  • The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/20/2014 9:22:19 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 18 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    While Francis I has nether denied not sought to change any doctrine, Cardinal Burke is correct. The pope has “done a lot of harm.” He has created confusion among the faithful and is soon going to have to speak with clarity on the unchanging truths of Catholicism. In his beatification of Paul VI on Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated change. “God is not afraid of new things,” he said, “we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods … to the changing conditions of society.” But among the social changes since Vatican II and Paul VI have been the West’s...
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    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by bardettespy
    Allan B. West ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | Allen West
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? You’re bound to learn something new in this list:
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    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
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    10/19/2014 8:27:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    There is a “moral bankruptcy” that’s settled into leadership of America in the White House and throughout Washington, D.C., Dr. Alveda King—the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.—said in an interview Friday morning. “All of our leaders—or many of our leaders—are just morally bankrupt right now,” King said when asked if President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have helped or hurt the black community in America. “They’re not calling on God. We still stay ‘In God We Trust’ and ‘One Nation Under God’ but we’re not practicing that. We need to call on God. There’s a moral bankruptcy in...
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    10/19/2014 5:20:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Associated Press Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    I’m not gay. I get called gay all the time by Leftists who seek to disparage me when they’ve run out of their specious, illogical arguments and the full weight of common sense lands on their fetid heads and they have no other recourse but to go ad hominem on me and say, “he must be gay.” Which, like I said, I take they equate with a cut down; which is weird because, supposedly, they’re the homosexual’s champion. For what it’s worth, the only gay thing about me is, and I must confess, I did tear up a bit during...