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  • Anglican Decline and Its Biblical Remedy

    03/03/2015 4:01:41 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 3, 2015 | TYLER BLANSKI
    For years, I thought I was called to be an Anglican priest. My wife and I wanted to plant an Anglican church in Minneapolis. To that end, I attended a beautiful Anglican seminary couched in the forests of Wisconsin. There, surrounded by men and women much holier than myself, I was challenged to grow up in Christ. During the course of my studies and discernment, I came to believe that Christ intended his Church to be apostolic—and also that Rome had greatly exaggerated Peter’s role in the apostolic college. I had many opinions about the papacy, most of them...
  • Why These 66 Books?

    02/28/2015 5:16:22 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 125 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | June 20,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    Why These 66 Books? Have you ever looked at your Bible andwondered, Why do we regard these 66 books, and no others,ascomprising theinspiredWord of God?That is a critically important question,since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make upthe complete canon of Scripture.The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible.Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Biblethings like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants,...
  • How We Got the Bible

    02/24/2015 7:04:16 PM PST · by redleghunter · 274 replies
    For the Love of His Truth ^ | May 19, 2012 | John MacArthur
    Ever since Eve encountered Satans barrage of doubt and denial (Gen. 3:1-7), mankind has continued to question Gods Word. Unfortunately, Eve had little or no help in sorting through her intellectual obstacles to full faith in Gods self-disclosure (Gen. 2:16,17). Now the Scripture certainly has more than enough content to be interrogated, considering that its comprised of 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, and 774,746 words. When you open your English translation to read or study, you might have asked in the past or are currently asking, How can I be sure this is the pure and true Word of...
  • Coming soon: Museum of the Bible in D.C.

    02/27/2015 2:09:27 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 27, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Some intriguing details from NPR: In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.Green is a Pentecostal known for donating to conservative evangelical universities and developing a public school curriculum based on the Bible. After the craft store’s controversial victory in this summer’s Supreme Court ruling over contraception, some people worry the new museum will come across as evangelical propaganda. But organizers behind Green’s latest venture say it won’t be a memorial to evangelism.The Museum of the Bible will house the more than 40,000 artifacts...
  • Gods Own Defense of Scripture, Part 1

    02/23/2015 1:54:30 PM PST · by boatbums · 38 replies
    Grace to You ^ | August 26, 2007 | John MacArthur
    The Bible, the Word of the one true and living God, is the truth and the only source of truth that convicts of sin, warns of judgment, saves the sinner, purifies, cleanses, matures the believer and gives the hope of eternal glory. And because it is the revelation of God by which God does His work to His own ever-lasting glory, it is the priority for the church and for every believer. It is also always under attack, always under assault by Satan and his demons and the people in the kingdom of darkness. Attacks on the Bible have never...
  • Indicting Christ With the Atrocities of Islam

    02/22/2015 11:41:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | John Nantz
    Liberals are very fond of trying to conflate the teachings of the Bible with those of the Quran. It is an attempt to destroy the foundations of our liberty by indicting Christianity with the atrocities of Islam. For liberals, violence is only religious if it impunes Christians. The Bible is a threat to liberal, leftist dogma because it is truth that diametrically opposes the humanist statism that is the utopia of the American left. Atrocities committed by Islamists are met with only nervous smiles or with blathering inanities about jobs for ISIS because Islam is not an American institution to...
  • Reading Sacred Scripture and the Catechism Together

    02/19/2015 2:11:15 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 19, 2015 | Liam Ford
    The inspiration for the publication of "The Didache Bible" was an address given by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, shown here in an October 2008 photo. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) The Didache Bible (RSV, Second Catholic Edition): Ignatius Bible Edition, recently published by the Midwest Theological Forum with Ignatius Press, is a 1960-page study Bible featuring extensive commentaries, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for each of the books of the Bible. The Didache Bible also includes over 100 apologetical inserts, over two dozen full-color biblical maps, and a 43-page glossary and a topical index. Rev. James...
  • CHAPTER 10 Popes and Ropes

    02/19/2015 1:58:06 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 77 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 02/18/2015 | Middletown Bible Church
    CHAPTER 10 Popes and Ropes ROPES are often used to tie things up. If someone were to grab you and put ROPES all around you and tie you up, you would be unable to move very well. You would be greatly hindered and crippled and unable to get around freely. You would be all bound up by the ropes. Things would be very difficult for you in this condition. You would need someone to come along and SET YOU FREE by untying the ropes or by cutting them off from you. Ever since about 500 A.D. different men called POPES...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: BAPTISM

    02/18/2015 8:51:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    BAPTISM[Prophecy] Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. - Ezekiel 36:25 Baptism is the First Sacrament, without it, no other sacrament can be validly received. The Old Covenant was entered into through circumcision; the New Covenant is entered into through Baptism. "Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of GOD...Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of WATER AND THE HOLY GHOST, he cannot enter...
  • Muslim Group Cites Biden as Referring to Extremist Violence in the Name of the Bible

    02/18/2015 7:11:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 17, 2015 - 6:01 PM | Patrick Goodenough
    A U.S. Islamic advocacy group says that Vice- President Joe Biden, addressing a White House summit on countering violent extremism (CVE) on Tuesday, referred to right-wing extremists and supremacists committing violence in the name of the Bible. The comments did not feature in Bidens 19 minute-long opening remarks, televised by C-SPAN, in which the vice-president focused on America as a nation of immigrants, the need for different communities to see each other, and for countries to engage with marginalized communities. Biden just talked about the right wing militias & supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible,...
  • "People of the Book" vs "The Book of Life"

    02/16/2015 1:02:53 PM PST · by CaptainPhilFan · 17 replies
    2/16/15 | Just me
    This question has been bubbling and I don't know enough to resolve it myself. Asking you Smart People to help me flesh this out- or decide if it's a worthless navel gazing exercise. Realizing I'm setting myself for ridicule... here goes.... Re: The quran calling Christians and Jews "People of The Book": The quran was put together before 700 BC. The first Bible was printed in 1450, the Torah 1482. Before that there were papyrus, scrolls, writings - but no "Book". Is the quran actually referring to the "book of life" from both the old and new testament? ..... is...
  • Does The Bible Hate Women?

    02/16/2015 7:45:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    A recent piece in the Huffington Post suggests that women were given short shrift in the Bible, citing statistics that show women relegated to silence and anonymity. The piece was exploring a book called Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, which was published in September 2014 by Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman, a female episcopal priest.
  • Ten Things Every Catholic Should Know About Sola Scriptura

    02/12/2015 2:17:57 PM PST · by NYer · 482 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 11, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    >Do you know how to answer a non Catholic Christian who challenges you about the Bible?Knowing how everybody loves lists, here are ten things every Catholic should know about Sola Scriptura:1. Sola Scriptura means “only Scripture”. It is the Protestant belief that the Bible is the only source for teaching on doctrine and morality.2. Sola Scriptura was one of three “solos” the other two being Sola Fide (Faith Alone) and Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)3. Sola Scriptura which means “Scripture Alone” cannot be found in the Bible. The closest proof text is 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training...
  • Battle Over Satanic Coloring Books Prompts School Board to Ban Bibles (Orange County FL)

    02/12/2015 1:48:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 11 2015, 9:36 am
    A Florida school board has made a controversial decision to ban the distribution of religious and political material in its schools. The Orange County School Board previously allowed copies of the Bible in their schools, but they decided to reconsider the policy after receiving a request from the Satanic Temple to hand out Satanic coloring books. The board decided that to avoid legal action, it had to ban Bibles and any other religious material from being passed out to students.
  • 28 Reasons Im DONE Talking To Most Of My Conservative Friends And Family Members

    02/11/2015 8:40:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 200 replies
    Liberal America - Saving the USA since 1776 ^ | February 11, 2015 | Tiffany Willis, founder and editor-in-chief
    Im a Southern girl. Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South. I actually love the South. Ill die in the South. Being a Southern girl, I have more than my share of right-wing friends, neighbors, and family members and some of you have in recent years crossed the line into nut-jobbery. The fact is I love you guys and that will never change. Ill admit that Im disappointed and disturbed to see intelligent and/or educated people who are willfully ignorant. But while it does change my opinion about you...
  • And it came to pass, one day the Book of Mormon overtook the Bible in LDS eyes

    02/11/2015 7:25:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune (Sltrib.com) ^ | Feb. 10, 2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    Ezra Taft Benson, the only Mormon apostle ever to serve in a U.S. Cabinet, was known as a forceful foe of communism and a dedicated disciple of conservatism. Benson's most enduring religious legacy...may be his dramatic reordering of LDS scriptural priorities. In a word, Benson during his 50-plus years as an LDS authority, including 8 as president elevated the faith's signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, to its pre-eminence in the LDS canon, so that leaders and members alike now quote and read it more often than the Bible. This year, as members of the 15 million-member Church...
  • Is Sola Scriptura in the Bible?

    02/10/2015 5:33:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | Nov 05, 2009 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    No, and yes. The Bible does not have specific text that suggests that the Bible alone is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Those who delight to point this out, however, typically Roman Catholics and the eastern Orthodox, typically miss the point. First, their energies more often than not are aimed at the Anabaptist error that we call solo Scriptura. Here the person affirms that all he needs is himself and his Bible. The wisdom of the church in history, the community of believers, are all deemed irrelevant to understanding the things of God. Solo scriptura...
  • Where Do You Draw the Line with Grace? - Steves Letter February 2015

    02/05/2015 4:43:45 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 40 replies
    Key Life ^ | February 4, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I had lunch with a young man yesterday. He is a math and science teacher, and a very intense and focused Christian. He came to lunch with an agenda. First, he wanted to confess to being very angry with me when he first started reading my books and hearing me preach. This young man said, laughing, that I would be shocked by some of the things he wrote in the margins of my books. Second, now that he was no longer angry, he wanted to ask some clarifying biblical and theological questions. Im often asked, Okay, I get this grace...
  • Mike Huckabee: Gay Marriage Is Not a Political Issue Its a Biblical Issue

    02/02/2015 8:56:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/01/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who's expected to run for president in 2016, says gay marriage isn't a political issue, but a biblical issue. "This is not a political issue," Huckabee said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue unless I get a new version of the Scriptures, it's really not my place to say, OK, I'm just going to evolve. It's like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli. We don't want to do that I mean, we're not going to do that....
  • Born Again - The Bible Way

    02/01/2015 2:15:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 106 replies
    catholic.com ^ | October 4, 2013 | Tim Staples
    Have you been born again, my friend? Thousands of Catholics have been asked this question by well-meaning Fundamentalists or Evangelicals. Of course, by born again the Protestant usually means: Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior through the recitation of the sinners prayer? How is a Catholic to respond? The simple Catholic response is: Yes, I have been born againwhen I was baptized. In fact, Jesus famous born again discourse of John 3:3-5, which is where we find the words born again in Scripture, teaches us about the essential nature of baptism: Jesus answered him, "Truly,...
  • How Do Americans Feel About Women, Gays in the Pulpit?

    01/30/2015 7:43:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Americans support women in the pulpit and in senior leadership positions within the church. But they are more hesitant when it comes to supporting openly gay and lesbian religious leaders. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of American Adults favor women in the pulpit, while just 16% are opposed. Twenty-five percent (25%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Even more (74%) support women in leadership positions in their respective faiths. Just nine percent (9%) are opposed, with 17% undecided. Just 43% of Americans favor openly gay and lesbian individuals in the pulpit. Thirty-eight...
  • Seen the light? Ohio Gov. Kasich says Bible supports Obamacare

    01/30/2015 4:50:18 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 92 replies
    OHIO WATCHDOG.ORG ^ | January 29, 2015 | Jason Hart
    Matthew 25 includes a call for more entitlement spending and provides biblical justification for Obamacare, or so says Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Promoting Obamacare in South Dakota, Montana and several national interviews last week, Kasich touted the Bible chapters depiction of judgment based on individual charity as a sweeping endorsement of government programs for the poor. Kasich, a Republican, campaigned against Obamacare in 2010, saying the laws Medicaid expansion would stick states with large and unsustainable costs. He unilaterally implemented the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 2013. The Obamacare expansion puts able-bodied, working-age adults with no dependent children on Medicaid at...
  • Churches Destroyed in Muslim Mob Attack but Bible Survives

    01/29/2015 5:34:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger.From their compound in Niger’s capital city they could see three churches burning. The smoke was filling their home.“We immediately started packing a trunk, putting in our valuables, our documents, and we loaded up the car,” Neal told me. “There were concerns our family would be targeted.”“Our immediate response — there is that little bit of panic,” he said during a telephone conversation from the West African nation of Niger. “We were ready. We were on guard.”It was Jan. 16 and by the week’s end Muslims had set fire to at least...
  • Presbyterian Church and Palestinian Liberal Christians Rewriting the Bible

    01/22/2015 5:40:41 PM PST · by juliosevero · 19 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Presbyterian Church and Palestinian Liberal Christians Rewriting the Bible to Remove References to Israel By Julio Severo Sabeel (Palestinian Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center) has partnered with the Presbyterian Church (USA)to produce a new Bible version that changes Gods Word. The new version has no mention of Israel as Jewish and no mention of Jesus as a Jew. In fact, Jesus (Yeshua) is changed from being Jewish to being a Palestinian Arab, according to Geri Ungurean in NowTheEndBegins. Sabeel (Arabic the way and also a channel or spring) is a Christian liberation theology organization based in Jerusalem. It was founded...
  • Excavation of Sodom: Homosexual Adoption and the breaking of the Everlasting Covenant [Isaiah 24]

    01/26/2015 9:19:39 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    Wrestlers of Faith ^ | 1/26/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    As I write this article, the ancient city of Sodom is being excavated on the northeast tip of the Dead Sea in Jordan. The Site is called the Tell el-Hammam Excavation Project, led by Dr. Steven Collins of Trinity Southwest University, College of Archaeology. Dr Steven Collins presents the results of his excavation of Sodom (Tell El Hammam) The excavation project has uncovered evidence of an advanced society with Greek architecture, art, and an advanced economy. There is also evidence of a cataclysmic event, similar to a nuclear type explosion, that leveled the city at one point in its history....
  • Encore Presentation of Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

    01/26/2015 9:24:04 AM PST · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-26-15 | Jake Hebert
    Encore Presentation of Patterns of Evidence: Exodus by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * The Exodus is one of the best-known narratives in the Bible. It details the Israelites' escape from Egypt after centuries of slavery, Moses' rise to leadership, the devastating plagues on Egypt, and the miraculous Red Sea crossing. Yet many, maybe even the majority, of archaeologists and historians insist there is no evidence that the biblical Exodus ever occurred. This debate is the subject of the award-winning documentary Patterns of Evidence: Exodus that has an encore presentation this Thursday.1 "Absence of evidence," however, does not necessarily indicate "evidence of...
  • OLDEST KNOWN GOSPEL RETRIEVED FROM MUMMY MASK, RESEARCHERS CLAIM

    01/21/2015 11:34:40 AM PST · by bkopto · 75 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | Jan 21, 2015 | staff
    The mummy masks of ancient commoners are a treasure trove of classical and religious documents Christian scripture, Phoenician histories, Greek poetry. While the rich and royal members of ancient Egyptian society were buried in mummy masks of flaked gold and other precious metals, common people were forced to construct theirs with recycled pieces of paper. Recently, archaeologists found what they believe to be the worlds oldest piece of scripture in the mask of mummy from the first century. Researchers say the new scrap of spiritual papyrus is a portion of the the Gospel of Mark, the second chapter of...
  • Newsweek Throws the First Stone: Story on the Bible didn't even pretend to mask an agenda.

    01/19/2015 7:47:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/19/2015 | CHRIS QUEEN
    In the Gospel of John, we read a story where a group of Jewish Torah teachers and Pharisees (members of a legalistic sect of Judaism) bring to Jesus a woman whom they caught in adultery, asking Him what punishment He thinks the woman deserves. Masterfully — as He always did — Jesus answers the scholars with a simple, yet profound statement: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7, NIV).Recently, Newsweek featured a cover article on the Bible in which author Kurt Eichenwald — not a Biblical scholar...
  • A Response to Newsweek on the Bible

    01/15/2015 1:30:54 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 48 replies
    newsweek ^ | 1/15/15 | Michael Brown
    Newsweeks recent cover story on the Bible, as we expected, proved quite controversial, particularly among the evangelical community... Is it true that prominent Christian leaders in America are misusing the Bible to suit their own purposes?... Has the text of the Bible undergone such dramatic changes over the centuries that it bears little resemblance to the original teachings of Moses, Jesus, and Paul?.. ..does Newsweek paint an accurate picture of conservative evangelicals? Certainly not. More importantly, does Newsweek paint an accurate picture of the reliability of the Scriptures? Emphatically not...
  • Florida Schools Ban Bibles After Pressure from Atheists

    01/14/2015 6:32:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2015 - 7:31 AM | Brittany M. Hughes
    Amid mounting pressure from both atheist groups and concerned parents, Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools have banned Bible distribution in several area high schools after Satanists and an anti-religion group announced plans to pass out their own literature. One of the largest school systems in the country with more than 180,000 students, OCPS had allowed World Changers of Florida, a Christian group, in conjunction with the Florida Family Policy Council to passively distribute Bibles to high school students on Jan. 16which is National Freedom of Religion Dayfor the past three years. Under the school systems policy at the time, Bibles...
  • City Officials Might Say 'I've Got to Put My Bible Under My Desk and Keep My Mouth Shut'

    01/12/2015 8:39:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/12/2015 | BY BENGE NSENDULUKA
    Ousted Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran is exploring legal options after being fired last week for espousing his Christian beliefs on homosexuality in his self-published book and sharing it with employees. The married father of three says that his First Amendment rights were violated when city officials dismissed him as fire chief, one month after he was suspended without pay and forced to undergo sensitivity training. In his 2013 book, Who Told You That You Are Naked?, Cochran openly expressed his beliefs on faith and spirituality and an interal complaint was filed when he distributed copies in the...
  • When This Kid Took His Bible Out in School Something Allegedly Happened That Has His Parents

    01/08/2015 12:54:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | january 6, 2015 | billy hallowell
    Parents are accusing a teacher of violating their childs First Amendment rights by allegedly refusing to allow him to read his Bible in school. They claim that their son,Loyal Grandstaff, a middle school student atBueker Middle School inMarshall, Missouri, was told by his teacher that he couldnt read the book after he brought the Bible in and silently studied it during free time. I feel like it violated his freedom of religion but also his freedom of speech, Justin Grandstaff, the 12 year olds father,told WDAF-TV. Loyal said that he wasnt being loud and that he wasnt sharing the book...
  • To Anti-Semitic Christians, Israel is an Usurper

    01/07/2015 11:59:32 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 55 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/05/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    The Presbyterian Church USA is considering banning the word Israel from its prayers. That anti-Semitic resolution was meant to distinguish between the biblical terms that refer to the ancient land of Israel and the modern political State of Israel". It has happened before. In his war against the Jews, Adolf Hitler instructed Christian theologians to rewrite the Bible, in a bid to remove all mention of the Jews. Their barbaric spirit is living on in the Palestinolatry of these liberal Christians...
  • Atheists urge lawmakers to reject Bible for swearing-in ceremonies

    01/06/2015 8:24:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/06/2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Secular Coalition for America asked members of Congress to reject using religious texts such as the Bible or Torah to swear into office Tuesday, urging them to instead use the Constitution or nothing at all. By taking the oath of office on the Constitution, senators will demonstrate their commitment to our secular government, the laws that theyre affirming to uphold, and the people they were elected to represent, said the coalition, which bills itself as a group of atheists, agnostics and humanists who are fighting against religious influences in politics. All members of the House and more than...
  • The Bible and English Literature

    12/30/2014 7:32:15 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 11 replies
    University of Toronto ^ | 1980 | Northrop Frye
    Between 1980 and 1981 Prof. Northrop Frye held 25 lectures under the title The Bible and Literature. Each of these lectures was recorded and for each of them a transcript was provided. Later excerpts of these 25 lectures (each 50 minutes long) were made into 30 programs (each about 30 minutes). That means in some cases 1 lecture supplied material for 2 programs or the other way around.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUDITH, 01-01-15

    01/01/2015 10:12:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-01-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JUDITHThe name means "Jewess." She is the heroine of the Book of Judith, which is a historical romance (Judith 7). The details of a great battle are impressive, but the purpose of the book is mainly didactic. When the terrified Israelites were awaiting invasion and annihilation by Nebuchadnezzar's great army under its general, Holofernes, the beautiful, ingenious Judith, inspired by Yahweh, visited the Assyrian camp, dazzled the general with her beauty and eloquence, and during the night killed and beheaded him. In the ensuing battle, the demoralized Assyrians were vanquished and Judith became a national...
  • Newsweek on the Bible So Misrepresented Its a Sin

    12/29/2014 3:28:28 PM PST · by xzins · 41 replies
    ChristianHeadlines ^ | 29 Dec 14 | Al Mohler
    Newsweek magazine decided to greet the start of 2015 with a massive cover story on the Bible. For decades now, major newsmagazines have tended to feature cover articles timed for Christmas and Easter, taking an opportunity to consider some major question about Christianity and the modern world. Leading the journalistic pack for years, both TIME and Newsweek dedicated cover article after article, following a rather predictable format. In the main, scholars or leaders from very liberal quarters commented side-by-side those committed to historic Christianity on questions ranging from the virgin birth to the resurrection of Christ. When written by journalists...
  • The Five Most Influential Anti-Catholic Books

    12/29/2014 10:35:21 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 9 replies
    Catholic Answers Magazine ^ | unknown | Robert P. Lockwood
    Im often asked where Catholic urban legends come from. The simple answer is that many are as old as sixteenth-century Reformation propaganda, which formed the roots of nineteenth-century American nativism, which evolved into the leftist European anti-clericalism of the post-World War II period.
  • Hey Pastor, Can I Have a Minute of Your Time? [Newsweek's screed vs. Evangelicals]

    12/29/2014 9:39:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    RedState.com ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    Newsweek is back and this time it is fully a leftist rag. Its latest is Christian troll bait written by non-religious scholar Kurt Eichenwald of Vanity Fair who, if youve ever paid attention to him, holds Christianity in disdain to begin with. So of course a guy who hates Christianity is going to attack it. His attacks, for knowledgeable Christians, are silly fabrications and half-truths. But then Eichenwald is not really writing for Christians, but against them. Hes writing to the secularists trying to buttress their faith in their gods. Al Mohler has a well written rebuttal as does Michael...
  • The birth of Jesus as recorded in Luke 2: 1-20

    12/25/2014 8:51:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In this time of worry about the future of our nation let us pause to remember the gift God gave us on the first Christmas morning. Here is the story of Christs birth as told to us by St. Luke 2: 1-20) 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirini-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to...
  • Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism (in post-Christendom Christianity)

    12/24/2014 10:11:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/24/2014 | Peter Enns
    The following is an extended excerpt from Addison Hodges Hart’s new book Strangers and Pilgrims Once More: Being Disciples of Jesus in a Post-Christendom World, specifically, chapter 3 “Saying Yes to the Bible, and No to Biblicism” (part 1, pages 57-63). Eerdmans was kind enough to send me a word file of these pages, lest my wrists fall off typing it all out.Hart’s articulation of the nature of the Bible will immediately ring true to some of you, I’m sure. It is, however, clearly intentionally provocative, which may be a barrier to some. But let me encourage you to try...
  • Changes in Catholic Attitudes Toward Bible Readings

    12/19/2014 6:27:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 125 replies
    Average Catholics asked today how often they read the Bible likely would say that they do not read the Bible regularly. However, if asked how often they read Scripture, the answer would be different. Practicing Catholics know they read and hear Scripture at every Mass. Many also recognize that basic prayers Catholics say, such as the Our Father and the Hail Mary, are scriptural. But for most Catholics, the Scripture they hear and read is not from the Bible. It is from a worship aid in the pew. Scripture always has played an important role in the prayer life of...
  • How the Catholic Church Saved Hanukkah

    12/20/2014 11:25:30 AM PST · by millegan · 184 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    "And so we encounter another oddity of Hanukkah: Jews know the fuller history of the holiday because Christians preserved the books that the Jews themselves lost. In a further twist, Jews in the Middle Ages encountered the story of the martyred mother and her seven sons anew in Christian literature and once again placed it in the time of the Maccabees."
  • Gen. Boykin: Army Violated Its Own Regulations in Punishing Chaplain for Using Scripture

    12/19/2014 8:49:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2014 - 5:26 PM | Lauretta Brown
    Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.) says the Army violated its own regulations by punishing Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn for using Christian scripture and solutions in a mandatory suicide prevention training session. Boykin, chair of the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition (RMRFC), also said that the treatment of Lawhorn violated the chaplains constitutional rights. First of all, his case is important because it is an infringement on his First Amendment rights, Boykin told CNSNews.com. Secondly, he is a chaplain. By definition, chaplains deal with spiritual issues, and all he was doing was explaining how his faith helped him. The third thing,...
  • 5 Big Problems with Exodus: Gods and Kings

    12/19/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by millegan · 32 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Michael Saltis
    When known unbeliever Ridley Scott was announced as the director, faithful film buffs feared the worst. Not only were many unsure whether he would treat the Biblical story with respect, but his film record since the smash hit Gladiator has been rather uneven (Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven, and Prometheus all failed to connect with wide audiences). As it turns out, Exodus is thankfully respectful of believers, if not a little ambiguous about the goodness of God. But sadly, a number of Scotts artistic decisions effectively rob the story of its potential to entertain and to uplift. Here are five...
  • For Advent: Why Dont Catholics Read the Bible? (They Do!)

    12/18/2014 5:00:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 215 replies
    HolySpiritInteractive.net ^ | not given | Dwight Longenecker
    Why Don’t Catholics Read the Bible?by Dwight Longenecker The independent Evangelical church I went to as a boy gave me a fantastic amount of Bible knowledge. There were Bible drills in Sunday School classes, Bible memory contests and Bible quizzes, not to mention a complete grounding in all the Bible stories—illustrated with those wonderful flannelgraph figures. As I got older I listened to long Bible sermons, went to home Bible studies, youth Bible camps and a Bible holiday club. I ended up going to a Christian University where Bible study was part of our everyday schedule. Our Christian home...
  • 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.
  • Discovery of official clay seals support existence of biblical kings David and Solomon...

    12/17/2014 10:07:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Science Daily ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mississippi State University
    Six official clay seals found by an archaeological team at a small site in Israel offer evidence that supports the existence of biblical kings David and Solomon. Many modern scholars dismiss David and Solomon as mythological figures and believe no kingdom could have existed in the region at the time the Bible recounted their activities. The new finds provide evidence that some type of government activity was conducted there in that period.A Mississippi State University team found this bulla, or ancient clay seal, on a dig site in southern Israel last summer. It offers evidence of government activity in the...
  • Is Prayer/Veneration/Worship to Mary Biblical?

    12/14/2014 11:57:21 AM PST · by ealgeone · 6,869 replies
    self | 12-14-14 | ealgeone
    The reason for this article is to determine if the worship/veneration given to Mary by the catholic church is justified from a Biblical perspective. This will be evaluated using the Biblical standard and not mans standard.
  • Obama quotes nonexistent Bible verse in immigration speech

    12/10/2014 12:05:29 PM PST · by AT7Saluki · 59 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/10/14 | Bonnie Kristian
    While there are plenty of Bible verses to mention while discussing immigration, President Obama on Tuesday quoted one which isn't so great, mainly because it's not real. "The good book says don't throw stones at glass houses, or make sure we're looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the moat in other folks eyes," Obama said during a speech in Nashville. One problem, though: The Bible never mentions glass houses. In addition to his biblical misquote, Obama also tied his immigration policy to the Christmas story, saying, "If we're serious about the Christmas season, now...