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  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • Why Do So Many Churchgoers Have Abortions?

    12/08/2014 4:10:19 PM PST · by Morgana · 70 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 8/6/2013 | Brian Fisher
    Several months ago, one of my co-workers was speaking with a Christian university campus minister about the issue of abortion, and he dismissed the topic with a wave. “Abortion isn’t prevalent at our school," he said. "Contraception is widely available, but our students also take sexual purity to heart.” I was a bit suspicious of his answer, so I spoke with a recent graduate of the same university about her thoughts. “I suspect one in three women on campus have had an abortion,” she said matter-of-factly. “It may be higher. Christian kids don’t want to deal with the shame a...
  • Here’s Why You Hate Round (Catholic) Churches

    12/07/2014 5:36:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Have you noticed that nobody loves modern churches? Nobody. I mean NOBODY.Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who sees a church like this and and heard them whisper, “I just love that church! It is so inspiring!”.No. Never.Have you ever gone into a “worship space” like this and heard someone say how awed they were to be in the presence of God? I doubt it.  That’s because these buildings were not designed to inspire awe or to remind you about the presence of God. They are people centered, not God centered. They are auditoria not temples.There is a gut level...
  • Church Construction in U.S. Hits Record Low

    12/07/2014 5:55:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 12/5/14 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Wall Street Journal: Americans aren’t building churches like they used to anymore.Construction of religious buildings in the U.S. has fallen to the lowest level at any time since private records began in 1967. Religious groups will build an estimated 10.3 million square feet this year, down 6% from 2013 and 80% since construction peaked in 2002, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. In terms of dollars, spending on houses of worship totaled $3.15 billion last year, down by half from a decade earlier, according to Commerce Department figures.As the economy heals, churches, synagogues, mosques and temples may move...
  • QUIZ: Modernist Church or Communist Building?

    11/10/2014 1:44:59 PM PST · by millegan · 21 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Test and fine-tune your modernist-church-detection abilities against your communist-architecture-detection skills! It's harder than you think...
  • Should Pastors Endorse Candidates From The Pulpit?

    11/03/2014 4:58:04 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 24 replies
    A group called Alliance Defending Freedom organized a group of around 1,600 pastors who endorsed candidates from the pulpit in the weeks leading up to tomorrows election. Since the 1950’s the IRS has banned 501(c)(3) tax exempt churches from engaging in political activity, including endorsing candidates. The IRS has never enforced the law. Every few years the government sends out warning letters but it’s never actually taken the law to court. They likely know it wouldn’t be upheld by the Supreme Court. The Alliance Defending Freedom appears to be a conservative group and as such their 1,600 pastors appear to...
  • Want Something Creepy? Step Inside Europe’s “Bone Churches”

    10/28/2014 8:34:22 AM PDT · by millegan · 29 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic looks very normal on the outside... (see pics at the link)
  • Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom: All Churches are Public Places, What happens next?

    10/23/2014 7:19:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/23/2014 | Z.T. Arnold
    All churches are open to the public. Sure, they lock their doors at times; I’ve yet to run into a place that doesn’t do that, but the idea of church of any denomination is that anyone is welcome to come in and pray. That applies to Christian churches, but that also applies to most other houses of worship I can list: Jewish synagogues, Buddhist temples, and Muslim mosques. After all, how is a church supposed to gain converts if they don’t allow those not already formally affiliated to enter? All churches, and other houses of worship also allow wedding ceremonies...
  • Former Connecticut church sold for benefit of local Muslim community

    10/23/2014 6:46:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    The Episcopal Church in Connecticut ^ | October 23, 2014 | Karin Hamilton
    The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) has sold its property at 35 Harris Road, Avon, former home to Christ Episcopal Church, to the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center, Inc. (FVAMC). The sale, for $1.1 million, was completed on Oct. 21. The building was vacated after the congregation voted in 2012 to dissolve as a parish and close by the end of that year. The following spring, Bishop Ian T. Douglas and other ECCT staff hosted a meeting of community leaders and interested residents to discern how the property could best be used “as an asset to God’s mission of restoration...
  • California Churches Fight Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    10/22/2014 7:25:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/22/2014 | Alliance Defending Freedom | Sacramento, CA
    Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a formal complaint Thursday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesover the California Department of Managed Health Care’s decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. LLDF and ADF represent seven California churches that object to offering their employees insurance plans covering elective abortions and allege that DMHC’s coercion of abortion coverage violates federal law. Last month, LLDF and ADF filed a separate complaint with HHS on behalf of employees at Loyola Marymount University that also do not want a...
  • A 2014 Christian Parable : Baseball, Missionary Bibles for China, and Church Tax-Exempt Status

    10/15/2014 7:01:42 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 10 replies
    Patton@Bastogne ^ | 2014-10-15 | Patton@Bastogne
    . 2014-10-15 Free Republic’s "Maelstorm" protested today that ... The government has no dominion over religious freedom period. The idea that nonprofit status disappears because a pastor speaks out on political issues is crazy and tyrannical. regarding the Mayor of Houston's campaign to "prosecute" Christian churches for political activity against the ever-growing Gay-Mafia-Agenda in America. Jesus Christ taught in parables. Using a parable that touches both baseball and Christian missionaries in China ... I will explain why Houston's Lesbian Mayor is LEGALLY CORRECT ... in wanting the IRS / Federal Government to "Shut-Down" or "Financially Destroy" ALL Houston-area Christian Churches...
  • Gay Totalitarians in Texas

    10/15/2014 9:27:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 15, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Churches have received subpoenas issued by the city of Houston demanding copies of sermons. Houston is probing opposition to a ballot referendum pertaining to an ordinance proposing a local discrimination law affecting gays. (Bryan Preston posted this summary of the lawlessness taking place in Houston.) Over 50,000 petition signatures were gathered opposing the ordinance. Now the city, run by the first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is retaliating and demanding that churches turn over sermons. You read that correctly. This is the sort of government behavior that used to be confined to two-bit third-world regimes. The gay rights movement was...
  • Christ on the Flat Screen: The Renovation of the Crystal Cathedral, Orange, California

    10/13/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 10/9/14 | Matthew Alderman
    Some time ago, as part of the media buzz surrounding the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral, the Catholic Diocese of Orange opened the floor to online suggestions as to what the new church should be named. I offered that it should be titled the Cathedral of the Transfiguration; after all, the feast of the Transfiguration is traditionally the patronal festival for churches dedicated to Our Lord, and its suggestions of illumination, splendor, and above all, a glimpse of Heaven afforded through physical change, seemed perfectly suited to the project, even not without a bit of reverent wit. The name chosen,...
  • The Occupational Hazard for Prophetic Voices

    09/07/2014 9:53:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Michael Youssef
    Whenever prophetic voices rise to explain world events from a non-secular perspective, those voices are minimized as “fringe” and “lunatic.” But that is simply an occupational hazard of offering a prophetic voice. They will be beaten to a pulp by competing godless voices until they give in or give up. For example, consider today’s voices in the wilderness that connect this country’s moral collapse to the twin scourges of terrorism and financial indebtedness. Anyone that connects our current struggles to our own spiritual and moral vacuum will be labeled a “nut.” I mean, who wants to hear about such things,...
  • Atheists and IRS Against the US Constitution

    08/20/2014 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 13 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The American tax authority, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), will monitor churches for electioneering in a settlement reached on 18 July with an atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). In 2012 the FFRF filed a lawsuit alleging that "the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues, or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity." Monitoring what is said in houses of worship is a clear violation of the First Amendment, since no law can be...
  • There’s wreckovation, and then there is this

    07/27/2014 5:05:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 25, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In Iraq, ISIS is bulldozing churches and turned the Cathedral of Mosul into a mosque. Meanwhile, many thousands of miles away…… in the National Post: What’s happening to Montreal’s churches? Quebec finding new ways to preserve its heritage in a secular ageMONTREAL — Weight machines fill the space where once there were pews, and visitors sip nutritional green smoothies, not communion wine. But despite its dramatic transformation into a private gym and spa, the onetime Dominican St. Jude’s Shrine on Montreal’s St. Denis Street remains a temple of sorts.“It becomes almost a religion for some people,” Sonya Audrey Bonin, general...
  • IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

    07/21/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Kimberly Winston
    The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, Wis., where the initial lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist advocacy group that claims 20,000 members nationwide. The suit alleged the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan...
  • Democratic Bill Would Grant Executive Power to Deny Religious Freedom to Churches, Synagogues,

    07/10/2014 5:09:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/10/14 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Most houses of worship have been granted a full exemption from Obamacare's regulation mandating coverage of contraception and abortifacients, but Ed Whelan points out that new legislation unveiled by Senate Democrats yesterday could put that religious protection in jeopardy. Although "bill itself wouldn’t abolish the exemption," Whelan writes, it "would allow the Obama administration (or its successors) to abolish the exemption and the accommodation in their entirety. (If the bill were instead intended to preserve the exemption and the accommodation against regulatory abolition, it would be a fairly simple matter to say so clearly.)"
  • ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

    07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/9/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site. The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does not measure up to their twisted vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic...
  • Muslims Order Christians To Close Down Their Churches, And Say That If They Open Them Up...

    06/20/2014 1:23:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/19/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims in Nineveh, Iraq, have ordered Christians to keep their churches closed, and told them that if they open their churches, that they will burn them down.According to a native Iraqi pastor, named Majeed, described this destruction of Christian liberty: That they are not allowed to open their churches. And even if they open them they will burn the churches… And also the Christians have been requested — been asked to pay the tax [dhimmi, the tax for non-Muslims under Islamic rule]. …If not, they can leave Nineveh… And if they don’t leave and don’t pay the tax, they should...
  • Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism (John MacArthur)

    05/26/2014 4:13:56 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 232 replies
    Grace To You ^ | Pastor John MacArthur
    Praying to Mary, celebrating the Mass, venerating the Pope—you won’t find those doctrines in the Bible. And yet more than one billion Roman Catholics throughout the world follow such practices in line with the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. With that many Catholics around the globe, it’s likely you know some of them as relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Find out what they don’t know—the origin and error of Catholic doctrine—so you can help the Catholics you know out of the darkness and into the light.
  • Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

    05/15/2014 9:40:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 5-14-14 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or we start mentally to check out.” That stunningly clear sentence reflects one of the most amazing, tragic, and lamentable characteristics of contemporary Christianity: an impatience with the Word of God. The sentence above comes from Mark Galli, senior managing editor of Christianity Today in an essay entitled, “Yawning at the Word.” In just a few hundred words, he captures the tragedy of a church increasingly impatient with and resistant to the reading and preaching of...
  • Shaky Peace: Catholics labor to lessen violence in Baltimore City

    04/25/2014 11:07:25 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 11 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/25/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    On New Year’s Day, 48-year-old Frank Turner and his son, Anthony, 21, were shot and killed on a street in Southwest Baltimore. The murders struck at the heart of Sharon Rock, a parishioner of St. Bernardine in West Baltimore. The victims were her relatives. “I just pray every day that things and times will change,” said Rock, 55, who suspects that the Turners were murdered as retaliation over an alleged physical altercation. Nineteen days after her family members died, Rock turned her pain into action and attended a prayer walk at St. Bernardine Church. Prayer walks, which are held across...
  • Suspected Islamic militants abduct 100 female students from school in northeast Nigeria

    04/15/2014 11:15:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    AP ^ | ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2014‎ | HARUNA UMAR
    Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, ... Islamic extremists have been abducting girls to use as cooks and sex slaves. Insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist network are blamed for attacks that have killed more than 1,500 people this year alone. The group — whose name means "Western education is forbidden" — has targeted schools, mosques, churches, villages and agricultural centers in increasingly indiscriminate attacks. They have also made daring raids on military barracks and...
  • Church in Russia Closed for Holding “Unregistered” Sunday School Classes

    03/20/2014 7:39:45 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | March 19, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    The Harvest Church of St. Petersburg, Russia was closed by the Russian government without warning. Government officials reported that the church was conducting unregistered educational activities, namely holding Sunday school classes during the week without explicit permission. Wade Kusack is the Project Manager for Russian Ministries; his specialty is religious issues in Russia. Krusack explained, “In Russia, the church is supposed to have registration. Without registration, no one has the right to practice their religion. The church was stripped of its legal registration.” Since the Harvest Church did not acquire the proper documentation necessary to hold the weekday Christian education...
  • Radical Feminists’ War on Churches

    02/04/2014 3:23:39 AM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 4 February 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    First published on New English Review. By Enza Ferreri The similarity between Muslims on one hand and feminist and homosexual activists on the other may superficially seem shocking, but in fact it is normal, indeed predictable. Their enemy is the same: the decency and morality deriving from Christian civilisation. Muslim mobs desecrate and burn churches, they break crosses. And so do feminists, with their LGBT allies. Last 23-25 November a horde of 7,000 lesbians and pro-abortion feminists tried to storm the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista (John the Baptist) in Argentina, to desecrate and ransack it. Since the church was...
  • Mass mobs fill pews, lift prayers at NY churches

    02/01/2014 11:40:35 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7 hr ago | By CAROLYN THOMPSON
    "Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties, Catholics have been attending some of the city's often sparsely attended churches."
  • Welcome to 1950! A Surprising Statistic About the Number of Priests per parish

    08/16/2013 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 15, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a common notion that the number of priests has plummeted in this country. Many speak of the halcyon days when there were four and five priests per parish, and the seminaries were packed. And while some of these memories are accurate, they are drawn from a time in this country that was very brief.The fact is, the number of priests per parish spiked sharply after 1950 and has now leveled back to the levels of 1950 and before.Note the graph at the upper right from the Center for Research in the Apostolate (CARA). It depicts the number of...
  • After a schism, a question: Can atheist churches last?

    01/05/2014 6:51:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    CNN Belief Blog ^ | 01/05/2014 | Katie Engelhart
    LONDON (CNN) - The Sunday Assembly was riding high. The world’s most voguish - though not its only - atheist church opened last year in London, to global attention and abundant acclaim. So popular was the premise, so bright the promise, that soon the Sunday Assembly was ready to franchise, branching out into cities such as New York, Dublin and Melbourne. “It’s a way to scale goodness,” declared Sanderson Jones, a standup comic and co-founder of The Sunday Assembly, which calls itself a “godless congregation.” But nearly as quickly as the Assembly spread, it split, with New York City emerging...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Churches Should Not Be Forced to Perform Gay Marriage

    12/28/2013 10:48:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/28/2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Sen. Mike Lee says a bill he introduced would prevent the Internal Revenue Service from denying tax-exempt status to any person or group that refuses to perform gay marriages. "What we're talking about here is the freedom of religious belief, the freedom of a church, for example, to adhere to its own religious doctrine so that it cannot be discriminated against by the government," the Utah Republican said in an interview with Newsmax. Lee said the federal government's failure to protect religious liberty — citing Obamacare mandates for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs — was a key motivation for him to...
  • Concerning the use of music in church services: what "styles" are Biblically permitted?

    12/28/2013 10:20:36 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 185 replies
    12/28/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    As to "in church" I mean that not so much broadly as to the Church (body of Christ), but as to which styles are Biblically permitted in individual churches. 1.) At what point (scripturally) does a church worship team (for instance) go too far when plucking the bass guitar or electric guitar, or beat the drums too loudly? At what point is the "riff" (or beat) becoming too "wordly." Define "wordly" music as opposed to non-wordly music if/when discussing this. I ask this of those who lean more towards the Michael W. Smith type worship services or to those who...
  • Christmas message from Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

    12/24/2013 5:33:06 AM PST · by MarkBsnr · 2 replies
    Independant Catholic News ^ | Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
    “In Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1. 4,5) We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, share with you the joy of this Christmas season of the Incarnation. Our physical closeness to the town of Bethlehem where this took place is a constant reminder to us of its wonderful reality. We praise God for the Word made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ from the pure blood of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for her willingness to...
  • Death toll up to four in Cairo's Warraq church attack

    10/22/2013 9:49:50 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    Al-Ahram ^ | 21 Oct 2013 | Sayed Gamal
    The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that the death toll of Al-Warraq's Keniset Al-'Adra (Church of the Virgin Mary) attack increased to four while the number of injured rose to 18. Unknown assailants opened fire late on Sunday during a wedding ceremony held at the church in Al-Warraq, a working class neighbourhood in Imbaba, Giza. ...
  • Man to College Pro-Life Group: I Want ‘A World Where All Your Churches Burn’

    09/28/2013 4:52:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | september 28, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    A video uploaded to YouTube by a pro-life organization appears to show a university student verbally attacking a campus pro-life group on Thursday. Students For Life said in an email that the video, which has garnered a little over 2k views since it was posted Thursday, captures “one of the most disturbing ones our team has yet to take on a college campus.” The 26-second clip appears to show an unidentified student at Indiana University approaching the pro-life college group, allegedly upset with a display they had erected on the campus. “You’re in conflict with the world that I want...
  • Eric Holder, IRS officials coached tax-exempt black ministers on how to engage in political activity

    09/13/2013 6:12:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 13, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS officials advised black ministers on how to engage in political activity during the 2012 election without violating their tax-exempt status. Holder, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, and Peter Lorenzetti, a senior official in the scandal-plagued agency’s exempt organizations division, participated in a May 2012 training session for black ministers from the Conference of National Black Churches at the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Holder spoke at the event. “We’re going to, first of all, equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they...
  • "Obama Churches"

    09/09/2013 6:02:03 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9-7-13 | Wild Bill For America
    Good words from Wild Bill Finlay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2Nb8rp2WHQ
  • Preachers under fire: politics from the pulpit breaks the law, some say [Presbyterian Rebellion Day]

    07/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    San Bernandino Sun ^ | 12/23/2012 | Josh Dulaney
    God created government. So preached Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in the days leading up to the presidential election. Hibbs has joined with nearly 1,600 pastors across the country and about 140 in California in the Pulpit Initiative, a legal effort aimed at protecting the free-speech rights of pastors in the pulpit. Hibbs' sermons in a series called "Politics and Faith" may have been enough to let the church know which candidate he supported. Or at least who he didn't. He preached about politics and Israel. And politics and defending the pre-born. Hibbs was emphatic during an...
  • IRS Gave Black Nonprofits Preferential Treatment

    09/06/2013 11:12:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 9-6-13 | Paul Sperry
    At the same time the IRS harassed Republican nonprofit groups during the 2012 political campaign, it selectively advised black churches and other Democrat nonprofits on how far they can go in campaigning for President Obama and other Democrats. This raw exercise in political favoritism has not been reported in the context of the still-smoldering IRS scandal, in which the agency in 2012 audited big GOP donors and blocked Tea Party groups trying to obtain tax-exempt status as part of what House investigators suspect was an effort to re-elect the president. But that same year, top officials with both the IRS...
  • Churches Changing Bylaws After Gay Marriage Ruling

    08/25/2013 6:17:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/24/13 | Travis Loller
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman. Although there have been lawsuits against wedding industry businesses that refuse to serve gay couples, attorneys promoting the bylaw changes say they don't know of any lawsuits against churches. Critics say the changes are unnecessary, but some churches fear that it's only a matter of time before one of them is sued. "I thought marriage was always between one man and one woman, but the Supreme...
  • Islamists Hold Prayers In Three Coptic Churches They Destroyed In Minya

    08/21/2013 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    barracudabrigade ^ | 8/21/13 | staff
    Islamists in Minya, Egypt held Muslim prayers inside three destroyed Coptic Churches after they were destroyed this week. Copts pray inside the Church of St. Moses (Moussa), destroyed by Muslim rioters in Minya, Egypt, Aug. 14-15, 2013. (Rotati Caeli) Islamists prayed in three Coptic Churches in Minya on Saturday.The Muslims believe that any place in which they pray has to be turned into a mosque.Wataninet reported: In the ruins of three of the churches the Islamists had attacked and burned in the Minya region in Upper Egypt, the Islamists yesterday gathered and held Muslim prayers. The three churches are...
  • Ravaged churches reveal sectarian split feeding Egypt’s violence

    08/20/2013 8:02:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Washington Post, ^ | 8/20/13 | Abigail Hauslohner
    BENI MAZAR, Egypt — The fire burned all night long. It was only after desperate town residents borrowed the keys to a firetruck that they were able to quell the blaze. By then, the evangelical church was all but destroyed. It was one of more than 60 churches that have been attacked, vandalized and in many cases set aflame across Egypt in a surge of violence against Christians that has followed the bloody Aug. 14 raid by Egyptian security forces on two Islamist protest camps in Cairo. The attacks, most of them in Egypt’s Nile Valley, have lent legitimacy to
  • Christian churches, schools, institutions, shops torched by:Muslim Brotherhood in last 3 days

    08/20/2013 10:43:41 AM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies
    asianews.it ^ | 08/17/2013 19:48
    At least 58 Christian churches, schools, institutions, homes and shops have been attacked, looted and torched over the last three days by the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the former Egyptian president who was deposed on 3 July . On August 14 the army has tried to evict the sit-in of the Islamists in Rabaa El Nahda Square and Adaweya. In a wave of devastating violence, over 600 people were killed and thousands injured. But violent attacks were also carried out on Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical churches as well as the homes and shops of Christians, as we have...
  • What's So Uncool About Cool Churches

    08/12/2013 5:32:45 PM PDT · by LUV W · 98 replies
    The Gospel Side ^ | September 23, 2012 | Matt Marino
    Unintended Consequences: How the “relevant” church and segregating youth is killing Christianity. I recently spent six-months doing a rotation as a hospital chaplain. One day I received a page (Yes, hospitals actually still use pagers). Chaplains are generally called to the rooms of people who look ill: People gray with kidney disease, or yellow with liver failure, discouraged amputees, nervous cancer patients. In this room, however, was a strikingly attractive 23 year-old young lady sitting up cheerfully in the hospital bed, holding her infant daughter and chatting with family and friends. Confused, I stepped outside and asked her nurse, “Why...
  • WATCH: ‘I’m Important! I’m Somebody!’ Baptist Pastor Throws Epic ‘Hissy Fit,’ Berates Churchgoers

    07/06/2013 8:46:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 129 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 5, 2013
    Fun times at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Skiatook, Oklahoma. Recent video shows pastor Jim Standridge throwing what can only be described as an uncomfortably epic hissy-fit upon discovering one of his younger churchgoers had fallen asleep during his sermon. “Don’t you go to sleep while I’m talking?” Standridge said from his pulpit, looking directly at the snoozing churchgoer. “Hey! Hey! Don’t you lay your head back!” “I’m important. I’m somebody,” the pastor continued as he stepped down from the pulpit and walked directly over to the unidentified sleepy male. “You may do your English teacher that way, but I’m...
  • The Ugliest Churches in the World

    06/25/2013 5:46:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | June 24, 2013 | Nicholas G. Hahn III
    Fans of baroque church design are sometimes accused of snobbery. Yet after readers peruse this kaleidoscope of ugly houses of worship, you will likely have a little more sympathy for the stodgy. Not only are these artistic innovations ugly, but also bizarre, weird, dumb, and gross. These holy train wrecks come to you from Monroe, Ohio to Uvari, India. Gaze upon these Catholic chapels and cathedrals, nondenominational megachurches, Baptist buildings, and even one mosque for good measure.
  • Confirmed: Obama IRS Targeted, Infiltrated and Harassed Christian Churches

    06/15/2013 12:22:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Gateway ^ | June 15, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama Internal Revenue Service targeted several Christian groups including a 180 year-old Baptist paper. The Obama IRS targeted Christian groups including Franklin Graham and the 180 year-old Biblical Recorder. The Obama IRS implemented a program to infiltrate and target conservative, evangelical Christian churches. ... The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, were both targeted by the Obama IRS.
  • Obama snoops part 2: infiltrate, target, harass churches

    06/15/2013 7:44:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | june 14, 2013 | Anthony Martin
    On Thursday the Examiner provided an exclusive report indicating that the Obama administration had implemented a covert program beginning in 2009 that was intended to spy on conservative, evangelical Christian churches. That program involved infiltration -- sending in government operatives to join churches for the purpose of data collection. The government snoops would keep their eyes and ears open for criticism of the Obama administration, talk of Tea Party participation, conversations about gun ownership, and a number of other issues. But a special report issued today by Fox News indicates that the program went far beyond infiltration and snooping. The...
  • Open Letter to Liberal Churches: A Dirty Dozen Questions on Social Issues

    06/08/2013 6:10:03 PM PDT · by grumpa · 13 replies
    Off Grid Blog ^ | June 8, 2013 | Off Grid Blogger
    Liberal Christians have much that you can teach us conservatives. Your passion for loving thy neighbor is admirable. But, I’ve got a few questions for you: 1. Have you let the culture influence you rather than the other way around? If so, how is that biblical? 2. Are you offering a message of hope and forgiveness (from the pulpit) through repentance and faith to those who may have strayed—on these issues: Adultery, Homosexuality, and Abortion? Remember, there are two sides to sin—the sin itself, and the recovery and healing. 3. Do you care about the TRUTH of homosexuality (or just...
  • Secularism’s ‘Progress’: Western Churches-Turned-Mosques Segregating Women

    06/08/2013 10:55:49 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    If you've ever had the great fortune of seeing the entrance to a mosque, you'll have noticed that there are two doors: one, the main, huge, is for men, another, small and lateral, for women (as in the picture below of the East London Mosque). Apparently we need "right-wing groups" now in England to protest sexism, because the Left totally condones it. The recently-formed England National Resistance (ENR) felt outraged that the North West Kent Muslim Association’s mosque in Crayford High Street has separate entrances for men and women. Particularly offensive is the fact that this was once a church,...
  • Churches move to cut ties to Scouts after gay policy change

    06/04/2013 8:34:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/04/2013 | Bob Smietana
    For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. The Boy Scouts do not. “We are not willing to compromise God’s word,” said Easley, pastor of the 2,300-member Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., which has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 204 since 1945. Easley, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee, said his church will shut down its troop at end of the year because of a recently adopted policy to allow openly gay scouts. He’s urging other Baptists to do the same. Roswell...