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  • The Christ Follower Who Saved a Billion People

    12/13/2015 7:56:21 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    Forty-five years ago this past Friday, Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “More than any other person of (the) age,” the Nobel Committee stated, the Christ follower had “helped to provide bread for a hungry world.” Indeed, Dr. Borlaug, who grew up on an Iowa farm, who earned a Ph.D in plant pathology, was the father of the “green revolution.” His breakthroughs in breeding high-yielding crops averted the mass famines widely predicted during the 1960s. In so doing, he “alter(ed) the course of history,” the New York Times eulogized in 2009. In his Nobel Lecture, Borlaug noted, “Man’s...
  • There’s a War on Christmas and Christmas is Losing

    11/29/2015 11:55:56 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 29, 2015 | JP
    Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the start of the pre-Christmas season. It is observed by many, if not most, of the Catholic faithful. And it is in popularity among Protestants, particularly those of us who count ourselves evangelical Christians. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During that four-week period, the Christian faithful prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Christ. Satan hates Advent. That’s because he wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. He doesn’t want Christmas to be a Godly “holy-day.” Rather, his aim is to reduce the...
  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 10:04:00 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 127 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 30, 2015 | JP
    Who do men say I am? Jesus posed the question to his disciples as they went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi. John the Baptist, Elijah or other of the prophets, they answered. But who do you say that I am? Jesus asked them. And while 11 of the 12 disciples were uncertain, Peter responded, You are the Christ. This account, taken from the Gospel According to Mark, appears in slightly different form in Matthew and Luke, the other two synoptic gospels. What is noteworthy is that in none of the accounts does Jesus say He is other than...
  • Who Says There is No Proof of Life After Death?

    08/09/2015 12:20:13 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 9, 2015 | JP
    Ivan Turing is a tech billionaire. Dr. Carolyn Tyler is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Their divine appointment informs the plot of Proof, a dramatic series with decidedly religious overtones, which airs on TNT. Turing, played by the actor Matthew Modine, is terminally ill. He wants to know whether there is life after death. So he recruits Tyler, played by the actress Jennifer Beals, to investigate. The surgeon reluctantly agrees. But only after the billionaire (who bears a striking similarity to the late Steve Jobs) makes her an offer she cant refuse leaving his vast fortune after he dies to the...
  • The Supreme Court Shakes Its Fist at God

    06/28/2015 12:01:30 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 28, 2015 | JP
    The U.S. Supreme Court must think God asleep. In its most odious decision since Roe v. Wade, which over the past four decades has resulted in the slaughter of more than 57 million unborn children, the High Court on Friday declared homosexual marriage a Constitutional right. In a majority opinion at odds with his putative Catholic faith, Justice Anthony Kennedy suggests that those who oppose marriage equality just dont get where lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are coming from. It would misunderstand these men and women, wrote Kennedy, to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that...
  • Could Strange Sound From the Sky Signal End of Days?

    05/24/2015 8:43:10 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 52 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 24, 2015 | JP
    The UKs Daily Mail published a news story last weekend speculating on the source of a strange sound from the sky that has been heard across the globe for nearly a decade. Witnesses told the Mail that what they heard sounded very much like the blast of a trumpet. And that it was so loud it shook the ground beneath them. In a sidebar, the Mail listed seven possible theories, from the unremarkable to the fantastical, that could account for the strange sound from the sky. The first six included (in order) tectonic plates grinding, atmospheric pressure, trains shunting, construction...
  • Bruce Jenner Thinks Christ Accepts His Sex Change

    04/26/2015 7:30:49 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 250 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 26, 2015 | JP
    Im a woman. So said Bruce Jenner, during his coming out appearance this past Friday on a special two-hour edition of the ABC News program 20/20. And thats not the only shocking revelation Jenner confided to interviewer Diane Sawyer. She also claimed to be a Republican, a conservative and a Christian. Well, its conceivable that Jenner is a Republican. After all, theres a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans. Its also possible that Jenner is a conservative. Indeed, there have been any number of conservative lawmakers including former Idaho Senator Larry...
  • Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

    03/22/2015 7:55:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 149 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2015 | JP
    A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi. It is clear, the author wrote, that there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives. He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization. People have generally come to the conclusion, he asserted, that they dont really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors. He also predicted that the...
  • Is Professed Christian Obama a Believer or a Deceiver?

    02/08/2015 7:39:17 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 44 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 8, 2015 | JP
    Joshua DuBois, former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, appeared yesterday on MSNBCs UP with Steve Kornacki, during which he defended President Obamas profoundly insulting anti-Christian remarks at last Thursdays National Prayer Breakfast in the Nations Capital. The president admonished Christians not to think their faith somehow different than the faith that has produced ISIL (and al Qaeda and Boko Haram and Abu Sayyaf and Hamas and Hezbollah and all too many other Islamic terrorist groups). Remember, spake Obama, during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. And...
  • Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas

    12/21/2014 7:02:49 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 21, 2014 | JP
    Joyous Kwanzaa. Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Happy Ramadan. So proclaims the secularist holiday poster that greets visitors to the office building where I labor. The building owner obviously thought the poster noncontroversial. But this Christ follower found it offensive. Because the upcoming holiday is not about Kwanza, the seven-day afrocentric celebration created in 1965, nor Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival hardly celebrated until the 1970s, and certainly not Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that actually takes place in June. No, Jesus is the reason for the season. It is the annual acknowledgement of the fulfillment two mellennia ago of...
  • Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

    11/01/2014 11:34:33 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 154 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 1, 2014 | JP
    Its November 1, the day Brittany Maynard vowed to kill herself. The 29-year-old California woman says she no longer finds life worth living after being diagnosed this past spring with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Brittany has become the poster girl for Compassion & Choices, a so-called end-of-life choice advocacy organization that is fighting to increase the number of stateS with so-called Death With Dignity laws on the books. The model is Oregon, the state to which Brittany relocated this past summer because her home state of California doesnt allow physician-assisted suicide (at least for now). Oregon...
  • A Suggested Halloween Date Night for Christian Couples

    10/31/2014 12:13:25 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 31, 2014 | JP
    Michael Franzese has a powerful testimony to share. Its about his journey on the road to perdition; during which he was transformed from a made man in the Colombo crime family to a remade man in the family of Christ. The true-to-life tale of the Lords saving grace is recounted in the new documentary film, God the Father. It opens in theaters Halloween night. Franzese is the son of the one-time underboss of New Yorks Colombo mob. So it was not terribly surprising that Michael chose to follow in his fathers unholy footsteps. He remembers vividly his induction into La...
  • Hell to Pay for So-Called Christian Swingers

    10/05/2014 7:59:37 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 95 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 5, 2014 | JP
    It never ceases to outrage when those who abide unabashedly and unrepentantly in sin claim to be Christians. Like the two churchgoing San Diego couples whom we previously wrote about Will and Shirley and Nate and Faith whose idea of a small group was a casino gambling ring. They were featured in the documentary film Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. More recently there was Alexis McGill Johnson, who this past spring became the chairwoman of Planned Parenthood, the nations foremost abortionist. Johnson publicly professes herself a Christian but thinks there nothing wrong with killing...
  • Peoples Climate Change March Defiles the Lords Day

    09/21/2014 8:18:32 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 41 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | JP
    Organizers of the so-called Peoples Climate March expect more than 100,000 people to fill the streets of midtown Manhattan on Sunday, demanding action on global warming. It promises to be one of the largest cult gatherings in U.S. history. And it will take place two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an emergency climate summit at the United Nations. The march is the brainchild of Bill McKibben, a celebrated environmental activist. In May, he issued a call to arms in a jeremiad published in Rolling Stone magazine, which exhorted climate change cultists to descend on New York...
  • Unwed Celebrity Mom Does Breastfeeding Pictorial

    08/17/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 17, 2014 | JP
    Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue of Glamour magazine. Inside the glossy is an article in which Wilde talks about what life is like for her being a working mom. An article featuring the vacuous ramblings of the newby mom (I wasnt going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother, she told her interviewer) would be unworthy of comment here were it not for the pictorial that accompanied the article. Or, more specifically, the photo of Wilde sitting in the booth of some Hollywood diner, glammed up in a Roberto Cavalli dress,...
  • Imams Rage as Christ Wins Muslim Converts

    07/20/2014 7:51:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 20, 2014 | JP
    Naeem Fazal was born and raised in the deserts of Kuwait. He is the son of Pakistani parents who grounded him and his siblings in Islam. Naeem moved to the United States after the first Gulf War, following his older brother Mahmoud, who had previously enrolled in Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. While attending the college, Mahmoud found the Lord. And on a visit to Kuwait to see his family he announced he had converted to Christianity. Naeem was furious with his brother, cursing him for renouncing the Islamic faith they grew up with. He even went so far...
  • The Most Inspiring Christian Since Helen Keller

    06/08/2014 8:00:11 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 33 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 8, 2014 | JP
    Id heard of Nick Vujicic. Id caught a glimpse of him on Christian television. But nothing prepared me for his recent appearance at my church. A mighty man of faith, Vujicic delivered one of most powerful, spirit-filled messages Ive ever heard. I think the Australian-born evangelist the most inspirational Christ follower since Helen Keller. Kellers life story was immortalized in the 1962 motion picture The Miracle Worker. Born in 1880, Helen was 19 months old when she contracted brain fever, as the Keller family doctor called it. She was struck blind, deaf and mute. Nearly feral as a child, Helens...
  • Honor Moms, Not Mammon, on Mothers Day

    05/11/2014 7:59:29 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 2 replies
    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Mothers Day. It is the fourth-biggest holiday for spending, according to CNBC. It is the third-largest card-sending holiday, according to Hallmark, with Americas moms receiving more than 133 million cards. Its the biggest phone-calling day of the year, according to History.com, with call volume spiking by as much as 37 percent. And its the biggest holiday of the year for dining out, according to the National Restaurant Association. What most of us are unaware of is the Christian origin of Mothers Day. It wasnt about obligatory Mothers Day presents or perfunctory Mothers Day greeting...
  • The Devil Shows Up at Franklin Regional High

    04/13/2014 1:30:47 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 8 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 13, 2014 | JP
    Why did Alex Hribal do it? Why did the 16-year-old sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania stab and slash 20 of his classmates (and a security guard), leaving at least four of his victims in critical condition? WTAE in Pittsburgh reports that investigators continue to explore bullying as a possible motive. NBC News cites criminologists who suggest Hribal was driven by rage and adrenalin. The Associated Press reports [t]he boys family is just as puzzled as police about what triggered the attack. But there is an obvious explanation of Hribals murderous rampage, which has been ignored by...
  • Dog Cult Prays For Pit Bull That Mauled A Child

    03/23/2014 7:50:49 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 23, 2014 | JP
    Save Mickey. So pleads the Facebook page lamenting that the pit bull faces the death penalty just because he mauled four-year-old Kevin Vicente. The Phoenix, Arizona boy was hospitalized with a broken eye socket, check bone and lower jaw bone. He still cant open his eye, said Dr. Salvatore Lettieri, chief of cosmetic surgery at Maricopa Medical Center. Well need to fix the tear duct drainage system, said the surgeon. That is, if he makes tears. Meanwhile, there are no tears shed for poor young Kevin on Mickeys Facebook page, which announces that 50,000 people have signed a petition (on...
  • Supposed Christian Dad Claims Gay Son is No Sinner

    03/16/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 45 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 16, 2013 | JP
    Chris has a gay son. He neglected to mention that when I met him at a business event the week before last, when we talked a little politics, when he invited me to join him and his buds for their weekly golf game. All was amicable on the golf course. As it turned out, two of the guys were fellow conservatives. And two others happened to be members of my church. But things got twisted when our two foursomes sat down for post-round libations and conversation. Thats because Chris, a social liberal, an Obama-loving Democrat, insisted on talking politics. And...
  • God Shows Up at the Oscars

    03/03/2014 9:43:45 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 92 replies
    Over much of its history, the Academy Awards have been the backdrop for some rather off-putting acceptance speeches. In 2011, for instance, Melissa Leo dropped a so-called F-bomb when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Fighter. In 2003, Bowling for Columbine was awarded Best Documentary, which provided Michael Moore a platform to rant against duly-elected President George W. Bush. We live in the time, he said, where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. And, in 1972, Jane Fonda took the stage after winning Best Actress for her performance in Klute,...
  • Would Jesus Approve of SIs Swimsuit Issue?

    02/16/2014 2:15:20 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 100 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 16, 2014 | JP
    The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue arrives on newsstands Tuesday. It features three semi-nude babes on the cover. The issue is eagerly awaited by much of SIs readership. However, let those of us who are Christ followers not deceive ourselves: the magazines swimsuit issue is nothing more than softcore pornography. Indeed, SIs cover, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue, actually is more sexualized than the cover of the latest issue of Playboy, which marks the skin magazines 60th anniversary, and which features the model Kate Moss in a bunny costume. What particularly offends about SI is its hypocrisy....
  • Two Super Bowl QBs Christians Can Root For

    02/02/2014 3:11:01 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 2, 2014 | JP
    There is a longstanding Super Bowl tradition among Las Vegas bookmakers to offer the gambling public various esoteric betting propositions. Among Super Bowl XLVIII props for which sports books in Sin City have posted odds is whether announcers mention marijuana during the game, whether any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be shirtless during their Super Bowl performance and whether Erin Andrews will interview Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman live after the game. But theres a prop for which Vegas bookmakers didnt bother to post odds whether there will be any mention whatsoever that the quarterbacks of...
  • Are Catholics Christs Chosen People?

    01/26/2014 8:08:00 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 147 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 26, 2014 | JP
    My Catholic in-laws get together one Saturday each month to break bread and to pray the rosary. They always invite me and my wife to join them in hope, I suspect, that my wife will return to the Catholic faith of her youth and that her husband, a lifelong Protestant, will convert. With the start of the new year, we decided we would attend the familys very first montly gathering. And I very much enjoyed spending time with my in-laws. But during the almost hour-long, ritualistic praying of the rosary, I never felt the presence of the Holy Spirit....
  • The Christmas Carol For the Christian Right

    12/25/2013 1:00:58 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 16 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 25, 2013 | JP
    Exactly 150 years ago this Christmas Day, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem Christmas Bells. It would later provide the lyrics for the familiar carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Most of those who love the song which has been recorded by arists ranging from Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Kate Smith to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Ann Margaret know little about its backstory. Indeed, the lyrics actually were written by Longfellow during a time of despair. The poet had learned that his first-born son, Charles, a lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil...
  • Is Social Liberalism Compatible With Christianity?

    12/22/2013 8:08:23 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 27 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 22, 2013 | JP
    Karen Owen, a writer for the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia, authored a recent column in which she sneered that the term Christian conservative is an oxymoron. How, she asked, can we call ourselves and practically insist that we are a Christian nation when we seemingly ignore so many teachings of Christ? So what examples does she cite to make her dubious case? Well, theres the decision by greeting card giant Hallmark to alter the lyrics of Deck the Halls on a Christmas ornament from don we now our gay apparel to don we now our fun apparel....
  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/08/2013 12:35:03 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 274 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 8, 2013 | JP
    Imagine if an activist group blanketed a major city with 55 billboards urging that illegal aliens go back to their own country. Or that homosexuality is a crime against nature. Or that Muslims are responsible for most of the worlds terrorist attacks. The mainstream media would be all over the story. Organizations like La Raza, like GLAAD, like CAIR would organize protests. President Obama would publicly condemn the billboards (while defending illegals, homosexuals and Islam). And the sponsors of the billboards would be branded a hate group. Yet, there has been little outrage over the 55 billboards that...
  • Honor God Not Mammon On Thanksgiving

    11/24/2013 8:05:17 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 24, 2013 | JP
    There was a time in this nations history when merchants had proper respect for Thanksgiving, a holy day our Founding Fathers set aside to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, as President George Washington proclaimed in 1789. Until 1939, merchants dared not even kickoff the end of year shopping season until well after Thanksgiving for fear they would be accused of defiling a day sacred to the nations Christian faithful. Not until 1939 would merchants totally commercialize the season between Thanksgiving and...
  • Is There an A-List in Heaven?

    11/17/2013 7:49:23 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 86 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 17, 2013 | JP
    In a letter to newly planted churches in the Roman provinces of Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia, the Apostle Paul explained how lost souls might receive the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ. If, he advised, you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Many, if not most, of us have received the gift of salvation; have the promise of everlasting life. We look forward to heaven, which the Book of Revelation describes as having twelve gates of pearl and...
  • Really? The Gospel According to Britney Spears?

    11/03/2013 3:52:02 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 3, 2013 | JP
    Patrick Blute is no Andrew Lloyd Webber. Webber was 23-years old when he famously staged the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, which debuted on Broadway in 1971. Blute, a 23-year-old Columbia University grad, is the creator of Spears The Musical The Gospel According to Britney, for which there is a funders preview this week. Jesus Christ Superstar was fairly faithful to the Gospel account of the last week in the earthly life of Christ before He went to be with the Father. It featured such notable songs as I Dont Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane, and, of course,...
  • Yet Another So-Called Reality Show Mocks Christians

    10/27/2013 3:03:34 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    First came The Sisterhood, a supposed Christian reality show, which debuted this past January on TLC network. It was advertised as a candid look into the lives of five Atlanta preachers wives who arent your typical church ladies, TLC teased. Indeed, these pastors wives were very much in touch with their sexuality, as they explored such topics as pornography and masturbation. They also kept it real when talking about getting high, with one of the wives telling her fellow first ladies about her crack smoking. And they burnished their street cred by getting tatted up. Then came Preachers Daughters, another...
  • What if Once Saved, Always Saved is Wrong?

    10/20/2013 11:29:26 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 479 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 20, 2013 | JP
    Once upon a time, Groucho Marx hosted the popular game show, You Bet Your Life. At the start of the show, a secret word was revealed to the studio audience. If a contestant said the word during the course of the show, a reward would descend from the rafters (a one hundred dollar bill). Whether we know it or not, we are all, Christians and non-Christians alike, contestants in the spiritual equivalent of You Bet Your Life. If we bet wisely, our reward is eternal life. But if we bet foolishly, we condemn ourselves to eternal damnation. That brings to...
  • Nobel-Winning Physicist Rebukes Atheist Extremists

    10/13/2013 11:40:21 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 18 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 13, 2013 | JP
    The atheist community hailed last years scientific confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson, for which the British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs was co-recipient this past week of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Higgs had theorized, all the way back in 1964, that there must be something that gives subatomic particles their mass, which enables them to form atoms, which, in turn, form molecules, all of which is integral to creation as we know it. That something turned out to be the Higgs boson. And its discovery, declared Dan Barker, co-president of the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an...
  • Transgender Right to Teach at Christian University?

    10/06/2013 1:57:42 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 40 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 6, 2013 | JP
    For 15 years, Heather Ann Clement was a faculty member at Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian school in Southern California. But that changed last month, with the start of Azusas new academic year, when Heather came out as a transgender. The professor of theology began referring to herself as Heath Adam Ackley. And she even started to develop a more masculine appearance. The professor of theology formerly known as Heather demanded that Azusa officially recognize his new name and gender change. So university administrators sat the prof down for several thoughtful conversations. After hearing out Heather/Heath, it was abundantly...
  • God Shows Up Even on Television

    09/15/2013 4:17:04 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 8 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 15, 2013 | JP
    Not long after his appointment as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Norman Minnow famously delivered a keynote speech at the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters. He challenged the television executives gathered in the convention hall to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off, he said. I can...
  • U.S. Infanticide Just as Ungodly as Syrian Genocide

    09/09/2013 8:45:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 9 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 9, 2013 | JP
    Well over 1,000 people were murdered; several hundred were children, said President Barack Obama. These appalling violations against children must stop and those carrying them out held accountable, read a report from Save the Children. The great tragedy of this century; a disgraceful humanitarian calamity, declared Antonio Gutteres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. How ironic the outpouring of outrage over the mass murder of children at the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assads regime when there is barely a peep about the mass murder of unborn children here in the United States. The killing of several hundred children in Syrias...
  • The Lord Disfavors Dishonorable Work

    09/02/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 2, 2013 | JP
    On a trip to Las Vegas a few years ago, I met Phil Ivey. It wasnt in a casino, but on the driving range at a golf resort where the poker champion was working on his game in advance of a big-money golf match he had the next day. We chatted for a short while. And I came away with the impression that he truly was a genuinely nice guy. Yet, I do not condone what Ivey does for a living. While hes had a successful career at the poker table he has earned nearly $14 million in tournament...
  • HIV is Gods Curse Upon the Porn Industry

    08/24/2013 1:01:42 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 24, 2013 | JP
    Cameron Bay got a shout-out this week from the Almighty. He reminded the 28-year-old porn actress that His Word does not return void. That, truly, the wages of sin is death. Miss Bay confirmed this past Wednesday that she was tested for HIV and found positive. She said yesterday shes still coming to terms with her test result. Well, here are the terms: When you sell your body (and soul) to the devil, as the porn actress did, you have hell to pay. And not only in this life, cursed with a preventable, incurable disease, but also in the afterlife,...
  • Muslims Mad as Hell About Islamophobic Conference

    08/11/2013 1:54:43 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 51 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 11, 2013 | JP
    Eastern Michigan University hosted a day-long conference Saturday that dared to ask the question: Is Islam a Religion of Peace? Leaders of the states Muslim community apparently didnt care to hear the answer because they tried mightily to get the conference cancelled. We respect the freedom of speech, claimed Victor Begg, senior advisor of the Michigan Muslim Community Center. However, denying the Holocaust, yelling fire in a theater, or glorifying Hitler would not constitute freedom of speech. In other words, anyone who wonders aloud whether Islam truly is the peaceful religion its adherents claim is on a moral par with...
  • Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson a Stand-up Christian

    07/28/2013 12:50:19 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    Id heard rumors that Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Louisiana family that stars in the hit TV show Duck Dynasty, was a faithful Christ follower. I confess I wasnt convinced beyond a reasonable doubt. Not the least because there is always hearsay about this celebrity or that public figure, which, upon close scrutiny, turns out to be fiction. (Indeed, its often been said that Barack Obama is a Christian. But no true Christ follower would undermine the institution of marriage, as Obama has. And only a false-hearted Christian, like Obama, would pledge allegiance to Americas unGodly abortion-industrial complex.). Anyway, I...
  • Is Jay Z as Famous as God?

    07/14/2013 11:27:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 42 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | JULY 14, 2013 | JP
    Im not a rap fan. But I know who Jay-Z is. Hes sold 50 million CDs. Hes won 17 Grammy Awards. He has a net worth of $500 million, according to Forbes magazine. And, oh yes, hes married to Beyonc, Billboards top female artist of the 2000s. So, Jay Z just dropped his latest CD, Magna CartaHoly Grail. Magna Carta is a play on the rappers real name, Shawn Carter. Holy Grail? Well, thats where Jay Z offends this Christ followers sensibilities. A review of the rap stars 12th studio album appears in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. I...
  • Defiling the Lords Day With Gay Pride Parades

    06/30/2013 8:22:38 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 14 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 30, 2013 | JP
    From Chelsea in New York City to Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. to Boystown in Chicago to the Castro in San Francisco, homosexuals across the country are celebrating gay pride today. Their orgiastic parades at which men in various stages of undress often can be seen groping on each other while prancing down the street will probably be especially uproarious this year in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Courts twin rulings this past week effectively legalizing same-sex marriage. Its a victory for American democracy, proclaimed President Obama. This was discrimination enshrined in law, he said. It treated...
  • Is Daredevil Nik Wallenda Tempting God?

    06/23/2013 6:53:17 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 48 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 23, 2013 | JP
    After his death-defying, history-making walk last year on a tightrope, several hundred feet above Niagara Falls, Nik Wallenda this evening will defy death yet again in his live televised walk across the Grand Canyon. The walk will be 1,500 feet above northern Arizonas Little Colorado River Gorge, known by locals as Grand Canyon East. The distance between Wallendas tightrope and the bottom of the gorge is equivalent to the distance between the top of Empire State Building and the sidewalk below. So if Wallenda is off his game Sunday evening, if he suddenly encounters high winds or other deleterious conditions,...
  • Global Warming as a 21st Century Religion

    06/22/2013 5:58:56 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    Huffington Post UK ^ | June 22, 2013 | Peter Lilley.
    G.K. Chesterton said that "when people stop believing in orthodox religion, rather than believe in nothing, they will believe in anything". One of the ersatz religions which fills the void in recent years is belief in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming. It claims to be based on science. But it has all the characteristics of an eschatological cult. It has its own priesthood and ecclesiastical establishment - the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; they alone can interpret its sacred scriptures - the Assessment Reports; it anathematises as 'deniers' anyone who casts doubt on its certainties; above all it predicts...
  • Finally, A Logical Explanation for Once Saved, Always Saved

    06/16/2013 6:39:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 108 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 16, 2013 | JP
    I belong to an evangelical Christian church. I subscribe to its tenets. Among them, that there is but one true God. That He created man in His image. That man sinned against his Creator and is, therefore, fallen. That God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Yet, there is one doctrine of the church with which I have long struggled: That once someone is saved, they are always saved. That if a person but calls upon the name of the...
  • A Christian Band With Secular Business Practices

    06/08/2013 12:06:29 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 8, 2013 | JP
    My wife and I went to see Hillsong United last night at the Hollywood Bowl. The Australian band fronted by the talented Joel Houston, whose dad, Brian, founded Hillsong Church exactly 30 years ago has produced some of the most well-known praise and worship songs of the past decade and a half. Its playlist includes Shout to the Lord, Mighty to Save, Hosanna, My Redeemer Lives, The Stand, Worthy is the Lamb, From the Inside Out, Lead Me to the Cross and other standards in Sunday church services not just in the land down under, but also here...
  • Is yoga the work of the devil?

    06/01/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 102 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2013 | JP
    Father Gabriele Amorth is an old school priest. The octogenarian told The London Times this week that, since he was ordained way back in 1954, he has cast out some 160,000 demons. I believe that gives Father Gabriele some authority on the devil. So when he told the Times, Practicing yoga brings evil, he got my attention. Ive long considered yoga a benign form of exercise, no more harmful than, say, aerobics or Pilates or, the apparent latest craze, Zumba. But after doing some research, Im inclined to agree with Father Gabriele, the exorcist. While yoga indeed has a physical...
  • A Profane Virgin Mary Christians Wont Recognize

    04/26/2013 10:14:23 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 20 replies
    Full of grace and compassion, praised USA Today. Spellbinding & exquisitely emotional, gushed Entertainment Weekly. Likely to be a force in Tony races this season, predicted the New York Times. So on what Broadway production were those publications heaping such plaudits? The Testament of Mary, which opened this week on the so-called Great White Way. Heres what you would never know from reading the reviews appearing in the mainstream media: The one-woman play is one of the most patently offensive takes on the mother of Christ since Chris Ofilis 1996 painting, titled The Holy Virgin Mary, in which the artist...
  • New Faith-Based Movie is a Home Run

    04/20/2013 10:07:04 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 12 replies
    The ^ | April 20, 2013 | JP
    I heard a message this past week by John Townsend. Wikipedia identifies him as a leadership coach, organizational consultant, psychologist and best-selling author. The online encyclopedia neglected to mention that hes also a man of God. In fact, Dr. Townsend is one of the nations foremost advocates of Christ-centered recovery from mental and emotional health issues. And he actually is a character in a new feel-good, faith-based motion picture, Home Run, which opened in theaters yesterday. The faith-based production has been brought to the big screen by Provident Films, whose previous credits include Fireproof, the top-grossing independent film of 2008,...