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Posts by newberger

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  • Great Vespers for Holy Pascha (Orthodox Easter - long) Ecumenical

    04/14/2015 11:37:16 PM PDT · 3 of 8
    newberger to NRx

    Indeed He is risen!

  • CHRIST IS RISEN! (Orthodox Easter)

    04/12/2015 11:38:21 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    newberger to NRx

    Indeed He is risen!

  • Scripture passages that are commonly heard in church, and those that are not commonly heard (vanity)

    01/18/2015 3:11:03 PM PST · 8 of 38
    newberger to LadyDoc
    Actually, Catholics have the gospel read at every mass...even in the days the mass was in Latin. So most Catholics are aware of these quotes.

    So do Orthodox Christians (and other liturgical churches). Our sermons are usually from the Gospel reading for the day from the lectionary.

    That is the downside of the non-liturgical churches. The New Testament coverage usually centers on the pastor's preferences / interests / concerns. As a result, there is incomplete coverage of the Gospels.

  • 2016 elections: Ted Cruz for president?

    10/04/2014 5:19:47 PM PDT · 28 of 39
    newberger to 2ndDivisionVet
    Yes, she is a Managing Director.


  • 2016 elections: Ted Cruz for president?

    10/04/2014 2:07:23 PM PDT · 19 of 39
    newberger to 2ndDivisionVet

    Boy, I hope I don’t get suspended for this but I need to ask:

    Am I the only conservative who is concerned that Ted Cruz is married to a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs?

    I always think of Goldman Sachs as major source of financial corruption of Wall Street.

    What do you all think. I really want to know.

  • Prayer warriors, please keep my son in your prayers!! [Update in #122]

    07/26/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT · 142 of 169
    newberger to trussell

    Did the appointment happen yesterday? How is Cody?

  • Prayer warriors, please keep my son in your prayers!! [Update in #122]

    07/12/2014 5:58:13 PM PDT · 112 of 169
    newberger to trussell

    I’ve been praying for Cody and checking back every few days but there has been nothing in over a week. I am concerned.

    Please, did you see the infectious disease specialist?

    How is Cody?

    Please let us know.

    God be with you!

  • Here's The Fascinating Origin Of Almost Every Jewish Last Name

    06/18/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · 5 of 41
    newberger to blam
    Ashkenazic Jews have the highest IQ's than any other group of people.

    And you know this how?

    Besides being grammatically incorrect, it smells racist.

  • In Oregon Senate GOP Primary, Beltway Favorite vs 'Homeless to Harvard' Underdog

    05/06/2014 11:02:07 AM PDT · 23 of 29
    newberger to DIRTYSECRET

    Wehby is a pro-choice pediatric surgeon. Don’t you see the contradiction?

    Of course she opposes Obamacare. Even some Dems do. But she supported Wyden’s plan. Oh, and she supports same-sex marriage.

    A win by Wehby is a loss.

    If you think that Cruz and Lee can “keep her in line” you are smoking something!

  • Welcome to 2014!

    04/20/2014 11:50:06 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    newberger to lightman

    Thank you! This is the exact answer we need against despair.

  • An apology is not enough - World Vision needs to clean house

    03/27/2014 2:21:25 PM PDT · 14 of 26
    newberger to MNDude
    Presbyterian and Church of Christ pastors (both very pro gay churches)

    Be careful, the Church of God in Christ (liberal) is NOT the same as the Church of Christ. Also, just using 'Presbyterian' does NOT mean United Presbyterian Church (liberal).

    Even liberal denominations have conservative congregations.

    NOTE: I'm not trying to defend World Vision or their board.

  • Wonder of the World, Hagia Sophia Church, Might Become Mosque

    03/22/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT · 1 of 24
    If this happens, Turkey should be permanently barred from EU membership.

    03/20/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT · 11 of 16
    newberger to lightman

    Memory Eternal!

  • “Noah” and “The Son of God ”

    02/21/2014 12:44:38 PM PST · 29 of 56
    newberger to MeganC

    “Noah” = No!

    Check out the reviews. This is NOT a conservative movie. It has fallen angels helping Noah and Noah pledged to kill his family after the flood so that the animals can have the earth.


  • NOW WE KNOW… Obamacare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: “The Individual Market Is Going Away” (Video)

    11/03/2013 4:50:28 PM PST · 116 of 148
    newberger to Sir Francis Dashwood


    I am as opposed to the architect of the IPAB (death panels) as anyone but you, sir, are a discredit to FreeRepublic.

    Shame on you!

  • Text of Obama’s statement on Syria

    08/31/2013 2:40:37 PM PDT · 30 of 78
    newberger to jacob allen
    He just passed the buck to congress!

    As he must according to both htge Constitution and the War Powers Act.

    And Congress should say "NO WAY!"

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/15/2013 7:36:19 PM PDT · 726 of 1,636
    newberger to JCBreckenridge
    Trullo concerned itself with clerical celibacy for priests and deacons. Not bishops. I just checked.

    Quinisext Council (Fifth-Sixth)[sometimes called the "Trullon Synod"] Canon XII:Moreover, this also has come to our knowledge, that in Africa and Libya, and in other places the most God-beloved bishops in those parts do not refuse to live with their wives, even after consecration, thereby giving scandal and offence to the people. Since, therefore, it is our particular care that all things tend to the good of the flock placed in our hands and committed to us - it has seemed good that henceforth nothing of the kind shall in any way occur. And we say this, not to abolish and overthrow what things were established of old by Apostolic authority, but as caring for the health of the people and their advance to better things, and lest the ecclesiastical state should suffer any reproach...But if any shall have been observed to do such a thing, let him be deposed.

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/15/2013 7:21:21 PM PDT · 708 of 1,636
    newberger to JCBreckenridge
    OK, I found out a few things. To simplify things from my rapid search, it appears that the matter was defined / clarified by the Fifth-Sixth Council in Trullo in AD 692.

    That name is used because that council created the canons for the previous Fifth and Sixth Ecumenical Councils.

    No, I can't explain that further :-) Sorry.

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/15/2013 7:10:20 PM PDT · 704 of 1,636
    newberger to JCBreckenridge

    Hmmm. You would ask that :-). I have been listening to a long series of podcasts on bishops in the church but I can’t remember the detail. I’ll try to find out and get back to you.

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/15/2013 7:08:03 PM PDT · 701 of 1,636
    newberger to Elsie
    It appears that the Pillar and Ground of the Truth is the Living GOD.

    Nice try. I almost see your point but, no, the term "Living God" is part of a prepositional phrase to which the following reference to 'ground and pillar' refers. There is a comma after 'Living God'.

    P.S. I am Orthodox, not Roman.

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/15/2013 7:03:53 PM PDT · 698 of 1,636
    newberger to Elsie
    So; how many Catholic bishops are MARRIED?

    Actually, being Orthodox, not Roman Catholic, I don't care to defend that church. Bishops married until the point in later centuries where the threat of corruption due to power hungry bishops being able to will property they controlled to their kids. At that point, the Church (Eastern for the most part -- Rome was more of a backwater) decided that restricting the bishops to monastics quenched that problem.

    Since the Eastern Church has married priests (I am very glad for that -- we even have titles for them) I think the policy on bishops should be reversed but that would take a council.

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/15/2013 6:54:08 PM PDT · 692 of 1,636
    newberger to Elsie
    ...the living God which is the pillar....

    A text out of context is a .....".

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/15/2013 6:52:00 PM PDT · 691 of 1,636
    newberger to editor-surveyor
    Deacons serving the syanogogue.

    You can't be serious. Nowhere in the New Testament, is the Christian gathering called a synagogue. Deacons (instituted in Acts 7) had NOTHING to do with hte synagogues. They were and are servants who minister to the needs of the believers.

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/14/2013 9:59:20 PM PDT · 451 of 1,636
    newberger to editor-surveyor

    Utter nonsense.

    In I Tim 3:15 the word church in the phrase “church of hte living God” is ‘ekklesia’ the standard word for church in the New Testament.

    If St. Paul had meant ‘synagogue’, that is itself a Greek word.

    It it the Church of the living God which is the pillar and the ground of the truth.

  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/14/2013 8:50:18 PM PDT · 422 of 1,636
    newberger to Alex Murphy
    Is the Bible the pillar of truth for a Christian?

    For Christians, yes. For Catholics, not so much.

    Whoa, Alex, as a Bible believing Christian, I would expect a Bible answer.

    St. Paul says in I Tim 3:15 that the Church (not the Bible) is the ground and pillar of the truth!

  • How Celibate Gay Christians Deal With Desire

    05/24/2013 10:41:49 PM PDT · 17 of 56
    newberger to Anitius Severinus Boethius; SeekAndFind

    Actually, celibate gay Christians have a harder struggle because they do not have marriage as a solution. They have a life-long struggle. Yes, we need to support them.

  • Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! Kristos Vokrese!

    05/05/2013 1:59:10 PM PDT · 1 of 8
  • 2 bishops kidnapped while traveling in northern Syria have been released

    04/23/2013 10:29:21 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    newberger to NYer

    The Antiochian Archdiocese of North America released the following statement:

    “There have appeared many reports in both the Eastern and Western press that the two hierarchs who were abducted yesterday by terrorists in Syria, Metropolitan Boulos Yazge, Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, and Archbishop Youhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Archbishop of Aleppo, have been released. His Eminence Metropolitan Philip spoke by phone this morning to His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, who said that these reports are false, and that the release of these two hierarchs has NOT taken place unfortunately.

    We ask you to continue to pray for their safety, and eventual release.

  • Pope’s Possible Successor Promotes Marxist for Sainthood

    02/11/2013 9:14:41 PM PST · 10 of 37
    newberger to ubipetrusest

    Dorothy Day was *not* a Marxist. She was a Distributist - an economic view championed by G K Chesterton and Hillaire Belloc - hardly Marxists.

  • A Church of One

    02/10/2013 7:00:06 PM PST · 37 of 41
    newberger to HarleyD
    I noticed #33 after I posted, Sorry. Thanks for pointing it out.

    But if works are necessary for salvation, then isn't one saved by their works?

    Not in the sense that St. Paul is talking about in Romans.

    Rom 4:4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.
    Rom 4:5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

    Here St. Paul contrasts works and faith for salvation. The central point here and in the surrounding context is meriting or earning salvation -- expecting salvation as *payment* for the works. We do not believe that our works are earning salvation. Rather the work of God's grace in our hearts produces the righteousness in our that *is* salvation from sin.

    Another way to talk about it is that Evangelical theology separates justification from sanctification and considers salvation to *be* justification, seen as a point event involving a judicial declaration but not necessarily a transformation. Orthodox thought has never separated the two. Salvation is justification plus sanctification as a continuous process because salvation involves not only being rescued from guilt but from sin itself.

  • A Church of One

    02/10/2013 2:47:22 PM PST · 34 of 41
    newberger to HarleyD

    Thanks for posting this.

    A few comments:

    1. This source proves the exact opposite of your original claim. We do NOT believe in changing the scriptures nor the faith to meet contemporary needs. Did I misunderstand your original claim?

    2. We do NOT support Pelagius. The idea that one can come to God on their own apart from the work of the Spirit is heresy.

    3. We do NOT teach salvation by works. We do teach that works are necessary for the working of salvation in us because salvation is understood as the transformation (by Grace) of the soul rather than an imputed state. Good works are NOT! meritorious. It’s all by grace.

    4. It is true that we do not consider Augustine a saint. We refer to him as blessed Augustine. We do however believe that a *consensus* of fathers is necessary to define the faith, not following one man.

  • A Church of One

    02/10/2013 9:22:20 AM PST · 25 of 41
    newberger to muawiyah

    Even the hermits in the early days of monasticism came together as part of the church on Sunday.

  • A Church of One

    02/10/2013 9:19:15 AM PST · 24 of 41
    newberger to HarleyD

    I would also like a source for this. It is NOT true of the Orthodox.

  • Visions of Jesus appearing to Muslims?

    02/09/2013 10:22:18 PM PST · 26 of 62
    newberger to wesagain; F15Eagle; CynicalBear

    Back in 1994, I traveled to Israel to teach a programming class at an Intel facility in Haifa. The day before the class, I was hosted by a Christian Arab leader (not a Muslim convert) by arrangement with a University in the US. Prior to this, I had received a number of fascinating letters from the Jesus Film Project about this very phenomenon of Muslims becoming Christians due to a vision of Jesus.

    After driving me all over Galilee, up into the Golan Heights and beyond that into a Druze village overlooking Mt. Hermon in Syria, he took me back to my hotel. A few nights later I visited his home to help him set up email. On the way back to Haifa that night, he told me a story about a newspaper account in the Haifa (Jewish) paper of a Muslim woman who had been admitted to a Jewish hospital in Haifa with cancer. According to the paper she reported having a vision of Jesus, was healed by Him and became a Christian. Note: I was blown away by this because I had not previously told him about the Jesus Film Project letters I had received.

    My problem was that no Christian had been involved and I thought that God always uses believers to spread the Gospel.

    When I got back to the states, my pastor (at that time) had me recount this story in all of the services one Sunday. Between two of the services, a person who was a missionary to the Philippines told me that there was a group of Christians there who were specifically praying that God would reveal Himself to Muslims in dreams because Muslims consider dreams to be authoritative. They also believe that demons cannot masquerade as prophets (e.g. Jesus) in dreams.

    This appears to have been going on now for decades. Yes, many of these people are connecting up with Christian ministries (e.g. the Jesus Film Project, radio stations, etc.)

  • Anybody know of this?? President Obama Indicted by Federal Court?"

    01/30/2013 9:48:33 PM PST · 7 of 80
    newberger to OL Hickory

    To call Laurouche a “respected journalist” is the height of idiocy.

    Larouche is worse than a nut, he is a nut with many nutty followers and money.

  • Who Owns the Copyright to All Creation?

    01/18/2013 6:06:37 PM PST · 24 of 52
    newberger to patlin
    Who created the Word? Who gave life to the Word?

    What an absurd question for anyone who considers themselves a Trinitarian.

    In the beginning the Word WAS (John 1:1). Actually, that 'was' is in the imperfect tense indicating continuing action in the past i.e. at the beginning.

    The Word always was. Contrary statements are heresy.

  • Who Owns the Copyright to All Creation?

    01/18/2013 6:06:00 PM PST · 23 of 52
    newberger to patlin
    Who created the Word? Who gave life to the Word?

    What an absurd question for anyone who considers themselves a Trinitarian.

    In the beginning the Word WAS (John 1:1). Actually, that 'was' is in the imperfect tense indicating continuing action in the past i.e. at the beginning.

    The word always was. Contrary statements are heresy.

  • They Just Won't Go Away: Ancient Heresies in Post-Modern Dress (Ecumenical)

    01/01/2013 11:12:57 AM PST · 24 of 38
    newberger to BlackVeil

    The Orthodox Church does NOT teach the doctrine of Original Sin in the Augustinian sense.

    We do not believe that Adam’s guilt is inherited by his descendents. Death is inherited but not guilt.

    This is why we do not hold to the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God. That teaching is not meaningful without inherited guilt.

  • Unequally Yoked

    12/25/2012 1:06:44 PM PST · 17 of 17
    newberger to DouglasKC


    I *did* read your whole statement and it is still silly.

    No one (I repeat - NO ONE) attributes the gifts to the tree. No one bows down to the tree. No one worships or even honors the tree. You are TWISTING SCRIPTURE.

    That’s why tags are so important on presents. Further more, the use of ‘Santa’ in place of St. Nicholas, a true secular corruption, masks the point that we associate the giving of gifts with Nicholas of Myra because of his great charity to those in poverty (even though he was poor as well).

    We raised our kids (now all grown) knowing the St. Nicholas was a real man who lived long ago and loves Jesus.

    In our family this morning we stressed to our little granddaughter that we give gifts because of the great gift that God has given us in Jesus.

    Thanks be to God for His unspeakable Gift.

    Happy Nativity, Douglas. May you be blessed!

  • Unequally Yoked

    12/24/2012 5:50:27 PM PST · 11 of 17
    newberger to DouglasKC

    That Jeremiah passage has NOTHING to do with the Christmas tree. It describes the making of a wooden idol (the work of a workman).

    The concept described there occurs over and over in the prophets. It ALWAYS describes the folly of making idols.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  • Prayer request, please.

    12/11/2012 6:17:28 PM PST · 37 of 55
    newberger to NewCenturions

    Prayers up!

  • Does Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ Prove He Was Godless?

    10/10/2012 9:23:19 PM PDT · 53 of 54
    newberger to albionin
    I apologize for taking so long to respond. It's been a busy week. I'll combine a few replies here to tie them together.

    My response to post 28:

    I define reason as identification and integration of sensory perceptions of Objective reality by a process of logic or non-contradictory identification.

    This is a good Objectivist definition of reason but not the classical meaning. Classically, reason is applying the laws of logic to a set of premises. Reason is no better than the premises. What you are describing, most of us would call science.

    I define faith as belief in knowledge gained from some mystical or supernatural source not connected to sensory perception of objective reality.

    Once again, Ms. Rand comes through. This definition makes a false distinction. Classically understood, faith is trust, reliance, placing confidence. The word may be used narrowly in the sense you use but that is NOT the meaning of the word.

    It is implicit that Faith is superior to reason when God demands that one accept his words on faith and not walk by sight but by faith.

    If you use the common, classical definitions I used above, there is NO conflict here. Faith correlates with reason. I trust what I believe to be revealed because it makes sense to do so.

    My response to post 29:

    Reason is objective. Faith is subjective.

    Well that is human experience. Over 95% of our life is subjective. "It's a great day!". "What a lovely rainbow". "I trust that candidate". These are subjective statements stemming from reason - from evaluating our experiences. Of course they are compatible.

    My response to post 46:

    I have respect for someone who looks at the complexity of the Universe and the order and concludes that it was created by an intelligence. I would call him a rational man. He has a reason for what he believes. There is no conflict between that man and a scientist who studies natural laws or evolution. That is not where the conflict arises. The conflict comes when someone holds the bible up as a standard of truth and says to science you better not say anything that contradicts this.

    I am so glad that you clarified that. Yes there are lots of unthinking believers. People who choose to put faith in the Bible without thinking it true. That is OK for children but mature people have tho think through their faith (using my definition of faith).

    While there are many who are unthinking, it isn't fair to take them as the definition of faith or even "mysticism" as Ayn Rand does. There are millions like me who try to work out a reasonable approach to life and the conflicting philosophical or political or even theological views and claims we are faced with.

    Rather than write everyone off as obscurantist mystics everyone who has confidence in God, check out one or two thinkers who do use objectivity and reason with their faith(again, my definitions).

    For example: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/, the web page of William Lane Craig.

    Anyway, thanks for an opportunity to exchange views.

  • Does Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ Prove He Was Godless?

    10/07/2012 3:28:33 PM PDT · 27 of 54
    newberger to albionin
    Why is there a war between science and religion? Because there is a contradiction between reason and faith. Contrary to what most people think they are opposites. The whole premise of the Bible is that faith is superior to reason

    I see several problems with this discussion. First, you are smuggling in definitions of faith and reason that won't hold water.

    The New Testament word for faith (verb form = believe) pisteuo, means to place confidence in something. It has no implicit notion of the rejection of reason. In fact, it isn't a religious term. Faith is simply trust. It is a universal experience. If you trust is reason, you have faith in reason.

    Secondly, to say that the Bible presumes that faith is superior (rather than complimentary) to reason is simply a bare assertion. It is NOT true. For example, Isaiah writes, "Come let us reason together". Both Jesus and Paul "reasoned from the scriptures". There are many similar statements in the Bible.

    The closest I can come to what you are baldly asserting with no proof that the "whole premise of the Bible is that faith is superior to reason" is Jesus statement to Thomas comparing his belief because of his direct experience of the risen Christ and that of those who had not seen and yet believe (have confidence in) the Resurrection. I do not have Thomas' direct experience and yet I believe based on, among other things, what I hold to be a reasonable trust in the eyewitnesses who died for their belief in that Resurrection.

    The opposition of reason and faith is a secularist myth that itself cannot be sustained by reason.

  • Can anyone save my sanity?

    10/05/2012 8:12:03 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    newberger to donna


    Now I hope that *you* slept well.

    I’m doing fine and we won the debate. Big time.

    It was fun to see the liberal bobble-heads on TV in melt-down.

  • Can anyone save my sanity?

    10/03/2012 10:48:35 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    newberger to donna



    I thought of that. The issue could have happened yesterday. Once the Tivo is delayed, you don’t catch up to “real time” until you change channels - which I didn’t do this morning.

    Annyywwaayy! . . . I think I can sleep well.

  • Can anyone save my sanity?

    10/03/2012 9:58:02 PM PDT · 12 of 16
    newberger to donna

    No, that doesn’t explain it. I’m not a big O’Reilly fan.

    I watched Fox news at breeakfast and apparently, no one used the TV / Tivo until I turned it on around 5:50 PM.

  • Can anyone save my sanity?

    10/03/2012 9:32:59 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    newberger to skr

    Yes, from 5:48 until 6:15 or so is quite an offset. The Tivo hiccup is my best answer. I think I’ll sleep tonight.

    By the way, although I didn’t like one or two of his answers, especially the one about government existing to help us pursue happiness I hope that’s fair), I think Mitt really hit one out of the park.

    His biggest winning point is he was likeable but Obama was not.

  • Can anyone save my sanity?

    10/03/2012 9:29:13 PM PDT · 9 of 16
    newberger to O6ret


    That was only one or two minutes after I started watching.

    The best theory is the previous suggestion that the Tivo had paused somehow with an offset sometime before I started. I can’t exactly explain that but it’s the best guess.

    I guess I’m not going mad!

    Thanks, everyone.

  • Can anyone save my sanity?

    10/03/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT · 6 of 16
    newberger to donna


    Does anyone know when O’Reilly went off and Megan Kelly started?

    I actually started watching shortly before 5:50 but I had just turned on the TV so unless my Tivo screwed something up ???

  • Can anyone save my sanity?

    10/03/2012 8:49:38 PM PDT · 1 of 16