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  • Does Suffering in the World Disprove God's Existence?

    07/14/2018 3:34:56 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 52 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | July 14, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Does Suffering in the World Disprove God’s Existence? By Philip Cottraux War. Plagues. Starvation. Natural disasters. Children dying in the streets. Rapes. Massacres. The Bible says For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), yet why does He allow these things? If He is all-powerful, couldn’t He intervene and stop all of it in an instant? This is perhaps the most common argument against His existence, at least from my experience. If an atheist sniffs out a tweet I’ve made about God’s love, they’ll respond with an image of a child’s body blown to...
  • July 14th - Bastille Day: Baptism by Blood

    07/13/2018 9:33:01 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 15, 2008 | John Zmirak
    Bastille Day marks the beginning of the greatest organized persecution of the Church since the Emperor Diocletian, and the explosion onto the world of ideologies that would poison the next two centuries: socialism and radical nationalism. Between them, those two political movements racked up quite a body count. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who pointed out that the mass murders of Christians in Russia were directly inspired by those in the Vendée. The Bolsheviks, he said, modeled themselves on the French revolutionaries, and pointed to the Vendée massacres as the right way to deal with Christian resistance. Of course, it wasn’t supposed to...
  • David Limbaugh: The Democratic Party's Christian Problem

    07/09/2018 9:22:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    CNS ^ | July 9; 2018 | David Limbaugh
    People on the left are outraged when you question their patriotism, their dedication to the nation as founded and their respect for the Constitution as originally written, but they continually vindicate our concerns. The most recent example is the left's unhinged mania at Judge Amy Coney Barrett's inclusion on President Trump's list of potential Supreme Court appointees. In times of perceived crisis — and this is certainly one of those times for leftists — they show their colors, and you can color them militantly opposed to Barrett, in large part because of her Catholicism. And guess what else. Rumor is...
  • How Should Christians Engage with Culture?

    07/08/2018 8:18:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | July 3, 2018 | Philip Yancey
    The shift in American society from admiring Christians to fearing and criticizing them provides an opportunity for self-reflection. How have we been presenting the message we believe in? Might there be a more grace-filled way?Some want to focus on personal morality and leave public morality to secular politicians. Others seek ways to guide the broader culture while still communicating grace. Rather than propose a single path, I will instead make some observations and suggestions for Christians to consider as we interact with a world that does not always share our views.Clashes Between Christ and Culture Are UnavoidableJohn Howard Yoder recounted...
  • When Christians Stop Warning of Judgment and Say Only Nice Things

    07/07/2018 8:00:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/07/2018 | Michael Brown
    I heard a tragic story recently, some of the very bad fruit coming from Rob Bell's book Love Wins. (This was Bell's hell-denying book in which he effectively announced his apostasy from evangelical faith.) In light of a growing epidemic of deception in the Church today, a deception that is making people deaf to divine warnings, it seemed that now was a good time to share the story.Earlier this year, a university student was responding to my lecture on God's love for the LGBT community during a time of Q&A. He tried to undermine the authority of the Scriptures and...
  • Progressives Deploy Religious Ignorance and Bigotry to Stop Amy Coney Barrett

    07/03/2018 3:12:19 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 13 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | July 2, 2018 | DAVID FRENCH
    Efforts to block the highly qualified Barrett from the Supreme Court because of her faith betray our nation’s founding ideals. If you ever need much evidence that the growing “God gap” in American politics fosters an immense amount of ignorance and occasionally outright bigotry, look no farther than the concern — the alarm, even — that Amy Coney Barrett is on President Trump’s short list to replace Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. The alarm isn’t about her credentials. She’s checked every box of excellence — law review, appellate-court clerkship, Supreme Court clerkship (with Justice Scalia), elite law-firm...
  • A warning to America -- Geert Wilders in Nashville

    07/01/2018 1:31:29 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | May 23, 2011 | Geert Wilders
    My friends, we will stand together. We will stand firm. We will not submit. Never. Not in Israel, not in Europe, not in America. Nowhere. We will survive. We will stop islam. We will defend our freedoms. We will remain free. via A warning to America -- Speech Geert Wilders, Cornerstone Church, Nashville, 12 May 2011 Dear friends from Tennessee. I am very happy to be in your midst today. I am happy and proud to be in this impressive church. My friends, I am here to speak words of truth and freedom. Do you know why America is in...
  • Western Europe’s Christians Are As Religious As America’s ‘Nones’

    07/01/2018 11:26:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 06/30/2018 | GRIFFIN PAUL JACKSON
    Religiously unaffiliated Americans are, unsurprisingly, less likely than their Christian countrymen to attend church regularly or say religion is important in their lives. However, on several common measures, “nones” in the United States exhibit nearly equal levels of spirituality as self-identifying Christians in Western Europe. A new study by the Pew Research Center, surveying more than 24,000 individuals across 15 countries in Western Europe on their religious beliefs and practices, reveal striking disconnects between Western Christians across the Atlantic. Equally striking is how similarly religious nones in the United States and Christians in Western Europe match up: * Only 27...
  • Disappointed Chinese Christians joined Communists

    06/28/2018 1:27:52 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | May 2018
    Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, says that during the early years of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) some Christians became disappointed with church institutions. They thought God had taken away the power of Christianity to save humanity, so they joined the CCP as secret, or underground, members. He cited Yan Baohang, who was baptized when studying at the Fengtian (now Shenyang) Normal School and served as a trainee student secretary in the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). He was later sent to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for further...
  • Whose Truth? Whose Morality?

    06/26/2018 4:20:21 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 9 replies
    www.TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 6/26/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    ...Instead of its pasta, Red Hen restaurants are now famous for partisanship—and, like most every liberal these days, “panic, ignorance, and malice.” Instead of angry politics, the Virginia location that turned away Sarah Sanders claimed they were doing so based on “moral convictions.” How absurd. Of course, as most now well know, the “moral convictions” of modern liberalism allow for the killing of the most innocent and helpless among us, the legal redefinition of the oldest institution in the history of humanity, the attempted redefinition of gender, the embracing of virtually every sexual perversion imaginable, and so on. In other...
  • Chinese Converted out West Are Losing Faith Back Home

    06/26/2018 1:10:35 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2017 | Han Zhang
    Burning fake money and other paper effigies on certain days of the Chinese lunar calendar is a tradition many Chinese families, including Wang’s, keep in the hope that their ancestors will receive and enjoy gifts in the other world and be protected in this one. Wang had followed this practice since he was a child. But two months before leaving London after two years of study, Wang had been baptized against his parents’ wishes. Since the early 2010s, increasing numbers of Chinese students have studied abroad, mostly in English-speaking countries. Among them, as many as tens of thousands who converted...
  • De-Christianization in the West is a real threat. But Putinism isn’t the answer.

    06/24/2018 5:39:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    America Magazine ^ | 2017 | S. Ahmari
    As globalization blurs boundaries (both national and sexual), and as social media and American-style consumerism flatten cultural differences, the thinking goes, Russia and her church stand for sovereignty, authenticity and Christian vigor. No thanks. Even if you, like me, concur in the underlying diagnosis—that the West has becomeunmoored from its Judeo-Christian foundations, that liberalism has gone too far in eroding traditional authority and moral precepts—the Putin Option is no cure. And it entails hazards that could prove ruinous to the cause of reversing the West’s spiritual fortunes. Despair over the cultural left’s stridency and triumphalism in recent years should not...
  • Prince William Arrives in Jordan for Historic Middle East Trip

    06/24/2018 10:52:29 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 24 June 2018 | David Wilkinson and Laura Smith-Spark
    Prince William arrived in Jordan on Sunday on the first stop of a five-day Middle East tour that will make him the first British royal to pay an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The Duke of Cambridge was greeted by Crown Prince Hussein, the son of Jordan's King Abdullah II, at the airport in Jordan's capital, Amman. The Jordanian prince then drove William to a technology-focused event for young people linked to the Crown Prince Foundation. Kensington Palace tweeted that Prince William was "looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the...
  • End of the WORLD: Biblical prophecy claims Rapture is coming TODAY on summer solstice

    06/21/2018 10:48:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 123 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | Published 21st June 2018 | By Charlotte Ikonen
    The Rapture is an event many Christians believe marks the return of the son of God – and all the believers will disappear from Earth up to Heaven in the "twinkling of an eye". But this happens after a tribulation period – seven years that are first of peace and unity around the world and then three and a half years of war and global pandemics. And Steve Fletcher, who monitors events that could signal the end of mankind, believes the Rapture starts today. He said: “Time is up and all hell breaks loose after June 21, 2018.” He explained...
  • Religion is being weaponized against gays, claims same-sex ‘marriage’ icon, Jim Obergefell

    06/18/2018 12:17:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06/18/2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    June 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Jim Obergefell, the man whose name will be forever associated with the institution of genderless marriage in the United States, said he “was heartbroken and devastated,” by the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.   But more than that, Obergefell is frightened.  Very frightened. It’s not the actuality of the ruling that scares him; it’s the boogeymen he has concocted in order to shoo away any second guessing about the high court’s judgement in his favor three years ago.   “After deciding in favor of marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges,” asked Obergefell in a commentary...
  • Unhitching You From Andy Stanley

    06/17/2018 5:46:34 AM PDT · by OddLane · 51 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 2, 2018 | Keith Darrell
    Andy Stanley’s sermon series called "Aftermath" makes many foundational errors regarding the historical, Catholic Christian faith. Since Andy wants the end of the story without the beginning, we too started at the end and will go back to the beginning. We begin our 3 part response with his sermon "Not Difficult,” where Andy seeks to make the case that Christianity needs to be “unhitched” from the Old Testament.
  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/16/2018 4:18:45 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 38 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | June 16, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Why Paul Is Important to Christianity By Philip Cottraux Skeptics often ask what makes Christianity right and all other religions wrong. The implication is that various contradicting faiths renders none of them right. But the Christian’s best answer is to point out how well Christianity holds up under historical scrutiny. The ministry, death, and aftermath of Christ is the most well-documented event of the ancient world. The time span between His life and the first historical mentions of Him is the shortest in history; and even when we don’t include the sheer volumes of ancient copies of the four gospels,...
  • Joy Reid Guest: Christians Who Support Trump Are “Jesus-Hating, Pimps of Evil”

    06/16/2018 10:06:34 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Are you a Trump-supporting Christian? Frank Schaeffer calls you a “Jesus-hating,” child-abuse condoning, “pimp of evil.” A guest on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show today, Schaeffer unleashed an angry jeremiad against Christians who support President Trump and his immigration policies: “Christians who still support Trump, who is separating mothers from babies, are now condoning a form of child abuse . . . I can’t think of anything that would be more Jesus-hating . . . There are going to be repercussions for the Republican party that has gone along like pimps of evil with this President.” Get the rest of the...
  • What South Korean Christians Want for North Korea

    06/15/2018 1:35:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | June 13, 2018 | CT Editors
    “North Korea has been threatening South Korea two or three times a year. They say, ‘We want to make Seoul a city of fire.’ They make weapons. They shoot our navy boat down. They shoot cannonballs into South Korean islands..." But this aggressive behavior hasn’t kept South Korean churches from praying for their Northern neighbors.Instead, South Korean Christians pray frequently for “freedom, for evangelism, for the transformation of the North Korean leaders, that God will be merciful to them and to us so our nation will be unified so we can go up there and evangelize in North Korea and...
  • Spain Chooses Anti-Catholic Atheist Prime Minister

    06/14/2018 6:42:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/12/18 | Ojel L. Rodriguez Burgos
    Pedro Sanchez aims to remove Catholicism from public lifePolitical changes in the West mostly occur through the ballot box. A week ago, however, one exception to that rule took place in the Kingdom of Spain. On June 1, the governing People's Party lost a motion of censure which amounts to a vote of no confidence without an election, forcing Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign and the main opposition leader Pedro Sanchez to assume the post and form a government. The People's Party, which had won the last three elections in Spain, lost the vote to a coalition of opposition...