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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Un-Ecumenism

    09/28/2015 11:06:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)The ideas of the modern project have been in place for over three centuries. Across that time they have come to permeate every aspect of our lives. They shape our institutions and the way we think about them. They shape our...
  • Baptists Excited and Hopeful About Papal Visit

    09/23/2015 6:22:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 9/21/15 | Jeff Brumley
    Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week is expected to showcase the pontiff’s focus on a wide range of social, environmental and justice issues. Baptist observers say he demonstrates how to be missional in ministry. Think Catholics are pumped about Pope Francis’ U.S. visit this week? Turns out some Baptists are pretty excited, too. And those who aren’t, probably should be for a number of reasons, said Curtis Freeman. One reason is that Pope Francis I is the only Christian in the world who every other Christian and non-Christian recognizes, said Freeman, director of the Baptist House of...
  • How to Try the Spirits (Ecumenical)

    09/13/2015 2:14:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    THESE ARE THE TIMES that try men's souls. The Spirit has spoken expressly that in the latter times some should depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. Those days are upon us and we cannot escape them; we must triumph in the midst of them, for such is the will of God concerning us. Strange as it may seem, the danger today is greater for the fervent Christian than for the lukewarm and the self-satisfied. The seeker after God's best things is...
  • Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Rebukes Moscow, Underlines Importance of Ties with Rome

    09/07/2015 5:58:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople underlined the importance of ecumenical ties with Rome, and criticized the resistance of the Russian Orthodox Church, in an August 29 address. The Ecumenical Patriarch—recognized as the “first among equals” of the world’s Orthodox leaders—stressed the primary importance of ecumenical affairs, and reiterated that his role involves “protecting the unity of the whole Orthodox Church.” He said that opposition to ecumenical unity reflects a “diabolical” impulse. Patriarch Bartholomew said that his continuing contacts with the Holy See are a critical component of his ecumenical work. He expressed his enthusiasm for the planned worldwide Orthodox...
  • Black Elk Speaks

    09/02/2015 4:54:50 PM PDT · by TradicalRC · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/2/2015 | Matthew Milliner
    Secular historians may snicker at early Christians who insisted Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue was a vision of the Messiah, but the case for interpreting Black Elk’s vision that way is not so easy to dismiss. Raymond DeMallie, founder and director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute, has delved into the transcripts of what Black Elk originally divulged to Neihardt. DeMallie’s definitive study shows the association with Jesus in this culminating passage to be unavoidable. Black Elk also said that the transfiguring figure he saw had “holes in the palms of his hands.” In addition, Black Elk flatly asserted to Neihardt,...
  • His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives delegation of Anglican Church in North America

    08/26/2015 10:04:24 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    ROC ^ | 08-25-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    ...Greeting the delegation of the Anglican Church in North America, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted the difficulty of the situation in which this denomination had been established six years ago. “At the time your Church was undergoing a very difficult period in her history, which required from believers fortitude and the ability to resist great temptations,” His Holiness said. “It is my firm belief that in the course of her history, the Church faces challenges which she must overcome with all her courage,” he continued, “There are two models of behavior of the Church and Christians. The first one implies...
  • A look at the biblical foreshadowing of The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception

    08/19/2015 10:21:00 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 58 replies ^ | December 8, 2011 | Patrick Madrid
    I wrote this article 20 years ago to give an overview of some of the biblical aspects of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Pius IX, who defined this dogma, declared that Our Lady, “in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin” (Ineffabilis Deus, 1854). His face stiffened, and his eyes narrowed to slits. Until now the Calvary Chapel pastor had been calm as he “shared...
  • The 1st Thing to Know

    08/18/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Robert Barron, 7 Deadly Sins, 7 Lively Virtues ^ | 8/18/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     About anything. At all. If you don't know this one, first thing, you're "majoring in the minors", getting a Ph.D. in ABC. God doesn't want to take you down, He wants to love you into abundant life. He isn't like other "authorities" who can only build themselves up by tearing you down. He isn't merely supremely good, He is goodness itself. All goodness, truth, beauty, love, happiness, merely "consist" in participation in Him, in the fact that He IS those things in Himself, to an unlimited, infinite degree. Don't want to waste your time? Understand that first, that there's a God-shaped hole in your heart...
  • Syrian Christians and the English Jew

    08/02/2015 11:37:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-30-2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    ...Meanwhile, on a more limited scale, there are things that can be done. Three weeks ago, for example, 150 Syrian Christians were airlifted to refuge and safety in Poland. That’s the work of the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund. It provided the flight and will support the refugees for as long as 18 months as they try to remake their lives. The person behind all this is Lord George Weidenfeld: life peer, philanthropist, publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, established 1949), Europeanist (founder of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to promote classically liberal European values), proud public Jew (honorary vice president of the World...
  • The Sin Of The Unstirred Church

    07/31/2015 3:42:04 PM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lester Roloff
    Evening preaching, 24 minutes
  • What is the source of the Church’s authority?

    07/26/2015 7:30:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 240 replies
    The source & nature of Church authority is one of the major issues that beginning Catholics have to examine and come to terms with. The Catholic Church makes an amazing claim: it teaches, governs, and sanctifies with the authority of Christ himself. Catholics believe that this gift of Church authority is one of the jewels that Christ has given to us as an aid to our salvation. Keep three things in mind: There is a large amount of evidence in Scripture to support the Catholic Church’s claim to authority, as well as from early Church history. The nature and scope...
  • Do YOU personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior as the Holy Scriptures teach.

    07/22/2015 6:13:14 AM PDT · by knarf · 260 replies
    The Bible ^ | July 22, 2015 | knarf (inspired by The Ignorant Fisherman)
    Romans 10:13King James Version (KJV) 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  • The Real Inquisition

    07/19/2015 11:33:15 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies ^ | June 18, 2004 | Thomas F. Madden
    When the sins of the Catholic Church are recited (as they so often are) the Inquisition figures prominently. People with no interest in European history know full well that it was led by brutal and fanatical churchmen who tortured, maimed, and killed those who dared question the authority of the Church. The word “Inquisition” is part of our modern vocabulary, describing both an institution and a period of time. Having one of your hearings referred to as an “Inquisition” is not a compliment for most senators. But in recent years the Inquisition has been subject to greater investigation. In preparation...
  • Catholicism Unriddled

    07/18/2015 9:41:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | July 16, 2015 | Russell E. Saltzman
    I first read Jaroslav Pelikan’s The Riddle of Roman Catholicism: Its History, Its Beliefs, Its Future (1959) while doing my pastoral residency in Detroit, 1978–79. I just finished it for the second time. It is still a book with value. Pelikan says one thing in particular that struck me: Any Lutheran converting to Rome should give up any hope or expectation of having a Protestant impact on Catholicism. As I transition from Lutheran to Rome, I rather hope the reverse. I want Catholicism to have an impact on me. When I was growing up, what Catholics did, Lutherans didn’t. That...
  • Prayers Needed

    07/16/2015 4:47:04 PM PDT · by Grateful2God · 82 replies
    7/16/2015 | self
    Hello, everyone... I am very much in need of prayers at this time. The Lord has given me a great deal of loss: physically; financially; emotionally; in my career; most of all, in those whom I love who have passed on, or are ill. Whatever He chooses to do in my life, how He chooses to use me, please pray for me for strength and healing of my heart. I thank Him for those around me; for loving and watching over me; for giving me kind people in my life- even when He decides to call them home. I thank...
  • Questions and Answers about the Marks and Attributes of the Church

    07/07/2015 9:16:36 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    Questions and Answers about the Marks and Attributes of the Church 152. Which is the one true Church established by Christ? The one true Church established by Christ is the Catholic Church. (a) Many churches which claim to be Christian have broken away from the one true Church established by Jesus Christ. These churches were founded by men who had no authority from God to found a church. (b) Christ intended that there should be only one true Christian Church, for He always spoke of His Church as one. 153. How do we know that the Catholic Church is the...
  • Jonathan Cahn: "End of Christian America" Is Here

    07/07/2015 5:36:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 67 replies ^ | July 5, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Jonathan Cahn, the Bible teacher and author who started warning nine years ago that America was facing the judgment of God if it did not reject secularism and return to its Judeo-Christian roots, says the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states marks the formal end to Christian America.
  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a 'sin free' version of Facebook

    07/04/2015 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/4/15 | AFP
    [Snip] The new website's home page bears a passing resemblance to the global phenomenon Facebook. But Facegloria, which has attracted 100,000 users in its first month, was set up to serve those who find billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg's version sinful. [snip] "On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word," one of the founders, web designer Atilla Barros, told AFP.
  • Evangelizing Evangelicals – Why Pope Francis Loves to Meet with Charismatic Movements

    07/04/2015 5:44:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/3/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path. Not by chance, Renewal with the Spirit styled the convocation to be heavily ecumenical. During the meeting with Pope Francis’ in St. Peter’s Square, prayers were raised by Cardinals Kurt Koch and Leonardo Sandri, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches; the Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, who represents the Archbishop of Canterbury toward the Holy...
  • Pope Francis says he supports setting a fixed date for Easter Sunday

    07/01/2015 8:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | July 01, 2015
    Pope Francis said he supports the idea of setting a fixed date for Easter Sunday, which for centuries has moved back and forth according to the lunar calendar. Easter and the Holy Week that precedes it is rooted in the Jewish Passover and fixed on the first full moon, which falls on the first Sunday after the spring equinox, March 21. […] The Orthodox Churches normally celebrate Easter a week after the Catholics. […] Historians and expert agree that a common date for Easter would encourage “reconciliation between the Christian churches.” …
  • Historic Meeting of Pope and Russian Orthodox Head Seen Nearer

    06/29/2015 7:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/15 | Philip Pullella
    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said the meeting...
  • Pope Congratulates Nigerian Muslims At Ramadan

    AS the Ramadan fast enters the second week, Pope Francis has sent his goodwill message to Nigerian Muslims, urging them to use the fasting period to enrich themselves spiritually, physically and morally. In his prayer, the Catholic pontiff said: “I am pleased to send you, in the name of all Catholics around the world, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of ‘Id el-Fitr. May your fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends enrich your lives.” In a statement signed by the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, Jean-Louis...
  • Question For Lutheran FReepers

    06/28/2015 11:47:57 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 37 replies
    vanity | June 28, 2015 | Jim Noble
    Our semi-Liberal Catholic parish recently changed hymnals. Today was the first Sunday since the change that A Mighty Fortress is Our God was on the hymn list. Now, I come from 500 years of German Lutherans. I know the words to Ein Feste Burg, and I know the English version by heart (a bulwark never failing, Lord Sabaoth His name, etc, etc). So, anyway, the words in the new hymnal are different. My first thought, of course, was "Damn Liberal Catholics, can't leave any of our good old hymns alone", BUT, when I looked down, I saw the copyright was...
  • Patriarch Calls for Iraqi Churches to Unite After Centuries of Division

    06/26/2015 6:23:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    Patriarch Sako calls for Chaldeans and Assyrians to form one Church of the EastChaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has proposed that the three main Iraqi Christian churches should merge in order to secure the survival of the faith in that country. Writing on the patriarchate website the head of the Chaldean Church, which has been in communion with Rome, proposed a reunion between his church and the two largest Assyrian churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Ancient Church of the East. In a statement the patriarch said: “I would like to share some personal thoughts with...
  • Pope Francesco's Amazing Climate Theatre

    06/25/2015 3:14:18 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 8 replies
    brotherlapin,com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Brother Lapin
    Morris tells me the recyclical Laudato Si’ is subtitled: “Pope Francesco’s Amazing Climate Theatre,” and how appropriate this is. The recyclical provides fun for all the family: there’s something in the show for everyone: global warming enthusiasts, liberals, Buddhists, atheists, New Age hippies, greens, and everyone who enjoys those lovely pictures of Saint Francis surrounded by corgis, hummingbirds and My Little Pony, without asking awkward questions like, “What did Francis say about sin?” At the heart of this recyclical is the popular image of Saint Francis surrounded by cuddly animals, and this is where we find the real theological and...
  • The Perils of Ecumenical Straight-Talk

    06/25/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    NOR ^ | May 2015 | David Mills
    The attempt to describe to a conservative Protestant the differences between the Catholic Church and his tradition usually ends in one of two ways: He will be your good friend or your enemy. He can become your enemy even when he has asked you to explain the differences, and even when you’re careful to ring your description with declarations of the respect and admiration you feel for conservative Protestants. In only a few cases, in my experience, will he respond neutrally, in a way that leaves your relationship unchanged. It’s not easy to predict who will react which way. I’ve...
  • Pope Kisses the Waldensian Bible --- Pope Francis, Don Bosco and the Waldensians

    06/24/2015 7:01:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 112 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | June 24, 2015
    (Turin) last Monday, 22 June Pope Francis appeared in the main church of the Vaudois, the day after his pilgrimage to the grave Shroud of Turin in the Piedmontese capital. It was a scene that was recorded photographically. The Waldensian pastors handed Pope Francis their Bible that the Pope kissed before their eyes. A "disturbing" image, says Chiesa e postconcilio . "What does the great catechism of St. Pius X, # 887. What should a Christian do if he is offered a Bible by a Protestant or an emissary of the Protestants? Answer: When a Christian of a is offered...
  • Moscow Patriarchate to Pope on Common Easter Date: More info please...

    06/16/2015 11:10:18 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | 06-16-15 | Nina Achmatova
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cautiously welcomed the willingness expressed by Pope Francis to establish a common date for Easter, so that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants will celebrate the Resurrection on the same day. According archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations, the Pontiff’s statements as reported in the media are not sufficient to give a proper understanding of the essence of his proposal. "I would prefer to know the exact statements of Pope Francis first, transmitted by different sources of information," said Balashov, in an interview with Tass news agency, noting that...
  • Russian Metropolitan Hilarion Meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

    06/16/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/16/15
    Moscow, June 16, Interfax - With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on June 15, the press service of the Synodal Department reported on Tuesday. At the meeting, Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed Patriarch Kirill's greetings to Pope Francis. "The parties discussed a wide range of issues, including the deplorable state of the Christian population in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the need to make joint efforts to protect the traditional idea of...
  • The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches

    06/15/2015 1:00:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 15, 2015 | James Faris
    This week (June 8-12, 2015), the highest courts of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) met concurrently in Flat Rock, North Carolina at the Bonclarken Conference Center. The RP and ARP courts are both called “synod” – distinct from the term “general assembly” used by most other Presbyterian denominations. A general assembly is historically seen as the highest court, with a synod being lesser. In seminary, I was taught that our denominations have chosen to keep synods, in part, as a reminder that the visible church is yet fractured due to...
  • Pope Calls for Agreement on a Single Date for Christians to Celebrate Easter

    06/13/2015 9:34:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/12/15
    Francis had invited Bartholomew to present his encyclical on ecology. Zizoulas, one of the greatest Orthodox theologians, will do it in his place. “Mary is much more important than the apostles.” Forcing migrants back in Asia is not an attitude inherent to a continent that “has a mystical treasure-trove”. Similarly, “the fundamentalism found in some parts of Pakistan where Christians were burnt alive for bearing the Gospel is not inherent”.Rome (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis today proposed that all Christians celebrate Easter at the same time. He did so, noting that “The Catholic Church has been willing since Paul VI to...
  • The forgiveness of Sins

    06/12/2015 6:18:39 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 302 replies ^ | Catholic Answers
    All pardon for sins ultimately comes from Christ’s finished work on Calvary, but how is this pardon received by individuals? Did Christ leave us any means within the Church to take away sin? The Bible says he gave us two means.
  • GREEK VERBS QUICK REFERENCE (Studying the Bible)

    PRESENT TENSE: CONTINUOUS ACTION, HABITUAL ACTION, OFTEN REFLECTS A LIFESTYLEEXAMPLE OF PRESENT TENSE: 1Peter 1:5 who are protected (word study) (PPPMPA) (5746) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last timePPPMPA: Present Tense, Passive Voice, Participle, Masculine, Plural, Accusative From Peter's use of Present tense one can see that in context. He is referring to born again ones, describing them as those who are "continually being protected by the power (dunamis) of God". God's protection of His children isn't fickle, present one day and absent the next. You can see...
  • Pope Sounds Heresy Alert Concerning His Own Remarks

    06/06/2015 2:05:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 177 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 5, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In yet another of the rambling, off-the-cuff videotaped statements of which he is fond, the Pope, in a video message to something called the Day of Christian Unity in Phoenix, Arizona on May 23, offered the opinion respecting the persecution of Christians that Satan does not care about what denomination Christians belong to because we are all Christians just the same. Francis’s remarks, which carry forward his persistent theme that doctrinal differences between Catholics and Protestants are not very important and represent merely unresolvable disagreements among theologians, came this time with a rather telling disclaimer: I feel like saying something...
  • Churches embracing homosexuality prepare members to accept the Anti-Christ: Russian Orthodox leader

    06/05/2015 6:57:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 5 June A.D. 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, June 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Churches that have deemed homosexuality morally acceptable have rejected Christianity and are preparing their followers to accept the Anti-Christ, according to one of the leading figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. His statement came as the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it is ending “formal contacts” with the United Protestant Church of France and the Church of Scotland over those churches’ abandonment of traditional Christian sexual morality. In its statement, the church said ecumenical dialogue was pointless after France’s United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to officiate at same-sex “marriages” and...
  • Open Heavens lead to Heavenly Armies [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/29/2015 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-29-15 | holy Spirit
    Supernatural Beings( Angels)are about to arrive on the scene assisting My children according to My Kingdom and now more than ever before they shall begin to naturalize before you as they truly are " Heaven on Earth " . Honor them as they honor you as My Creation and realize they ARE part of My Kingdom, My Power, and My Glory on Earth as it is in Heaven for now they shall be assisting you in this battle as never before. I have opened the Heavens now for you as I did for Jacob, as I did at My Resurrection...
  • Arminian vs Reformed on Justification

    05/28/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Jones
    Introduction Recent scholarship on Arminius has pointed out that he was a theologian of grace. Of course, I am yet to read of a Christian theologian who would not wish to be described that way. Some scholars have also tried to narrow the gap between Arminius and the Reformed tradition, with some suggesting that Arminius was correct to view himself as Reformed.  Historically speaking, according to the judgment of many Reformed divines, Arminius, and his Remonstrant successors, deviated from the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone in a significant way. Arminius thought his difference was only minor. In fact,...
  • Despite ISIS Threat,Christian Monks Refuse To Abandon St. Matthew's Monastery In Iraq

    05/28/2015 8:55:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mary Chastain
    The Assyrian monks at Saint Matthew’s Monastery in the Nineveh Plains told the world they will not leave, even though the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) creeps closer to their home. The monks regularly hear battles down the mountain.
  • BREAKING: Pope takes major step toward formal heresy

    "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial or even heretical. But there is someone who knows that despite our differences we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he that is persecuting Christians today; he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom, knows that Christians are disciples of Christ. That we are one, that we are brothers! He doesn't care if they are Evangelicals, Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic. He doesn't care! They are Christians."
  • Hinson-Merton Friendship Continues Impact on Baptist Spirituality

    05/22/2015 6:16:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 5/20/15 | Carrie McGuffin and Jeff Brumley
    Glenn Hinson urges fellow Baptists to emulate the late Catholic monk Thomas Merton’s belief that contemplative spirituality is not limited to monasteries.The late Catholic monk, author and interfaith pioneer Thomas Merton is far more than a distant historical figure because the body of his work can actually improve the spirituality of Baptists even today, Baptist scholar E. Glenn Hinson says. Hinson knows because that’s what happened to him through the relationship he developed with Merton during the 1960s. “Little by little, I gained more confidence that I understood what Thomas Merton was trying to do,” Hinson told some 60 ministers...
  • Submit to the Lord [charismatic caucus]

    05/19/2015 9:46:07 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-1915 | Jedediah,Bible
    Submit to the Lord and you will find, Breakthrough of a new kind, For in submission Heaven becomes clear, And you will see into things others fear, For The Father's Heart is Pure Above All, And only The Holy may access and call, For The Eyes of The Cherubim guard what is pure, So only the Holy are able to endure . . . Isaiah 6:5-8 5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for...
  • Archbishop Nienstedt blocks church from hosting LGBT Catholic youth event (welcomed by Lutherans)

    05/18/2015 3:52:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    The Column (gay news outlet) ^ | May 15, 2015 | Andy Birkey
    Organizers were planning for more than 100 participants at Minneapolis’ Church of Christ the King on Saturday to talk about the intersection of being LGBT and Catholic and the how to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church. That gap got a little wider when organizers of the LGBTQ+ Catholic Youth Summit were notified on Sunday — just days before the event — that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis would not permit the event in a Catholic Church. Instead, event organizers have found a welcoming home down the street at the Edina Community...
  • ‘Ecumenism of Blood Unites Us,’ Francis Tells Coptic Pope

    05/12/2015 8:21:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/12/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis sends message to Coptic Pope Tawadros II to mark 'day of friendship'Pope Francis has told Coptic Pope Tawadros II that an “ecumenism of blood unites us”. Francis sent a message to the Coptic patriarch on Sunday to mark the “day of friendship” between the Coptic Orthodox and Catholic churches. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path toward peace and reconciliation. I assure you and the Christian community in Egypt and throughout the Middle East of my unceasing prayer, and I remember in particular the Coptic faithful...
  • MY HEART AND WILL FOR MY CHILDREN [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/11/2015 7:25:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Foundations are being laid now in my children that have crossed the threshing floor of My heart and will for all my children of light , for to partake of my cup you must enter into me in all fullness and truth therefore obey my statutes and “ live “ my words to you given upon the foundation of my kingdom “ My heart “ , for truly as I send my sent ones and speak through my prophets , the oracles shall reveal themselves to all those that receive me in the manner I choose to come, for many...
  • Michael Coren Leaves the Church: The author of "Why Catholics Are Right" is no longer Catholic

    05/07/2015 10:21:49 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | Apr 28, 2015 | Ryan Fitzgeral
    The author of Why Catholics Are Right has ditched the Catholic Church. Michael Coren is a well-known writer and talk show host from Canada. He's perhaps best known for The Michael Coren Show and The Arena with Michael Coren on Canadian television, where he earned the reputation of being an unapologetic conservative. He's appeared on Church Militant's Mic'd Up program as recently as 2013, and Michael Voris was once a guest on The Michael Coren Show in 2011. When he first became a Christian in his twenties, he joined the Catholic Church. Soon afterward, though, he left Catholicism in favor...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Coptic Patriarch: Possibility to Celebrate Easter Together on Third Sunday in April Being Studied

    05/06/2015 6:13:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Fides ^ | 5/5/15
    Amsterdam (Agenzia Fides) - The debate on the opportunity to unify the dates of the liturgical solemnities currently celebrated on different days from different Churches and communities, is "a historical problem" that in itself does not have implications of faith and doctrine. This is why the proposal to unify the Easter date for all Christian Churches "on the third Sunday of April" is being studied. This is what Patriarch Tawadros II said during a meeting with young people which took place on Sunday, May 3 at the Coptic Cultural Centre in Amsterdam, in the context of the visit carried out...
  • Peter Foster: Vatican becomes an arm of godless United Nations with climate statement

    04/30/2015 3:13:43 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Financial Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | Peter Foster
    There was no discussion at this week’s Vatican “conference” en route to Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change. What’s to discuss? Anybody who disagrees is an apostate, destined for damnation. The important point is to stop them bringing climate hell to earth. The event — along with an accompanying statement — confirmed that the Vatican has become an arm of the godless United Nations, and an unabashed shill for its murky Sustainable Development Goals. The encyclical is due to land in September to rally climate True Believers ahead of the U.N.’s giant policy shindig in Paris.
  • Ordinary "measures" will not do for all your steps must come from Me [ charistmatic caucus]

    04/30/2015 2:07:40 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | 4-30-15 | jedediah
    Position yourself in Me now Completely and cease ALL striving for I have already overcome FOR you ! As you step into the coals of My very spirit I shall paint you into My Portrait of Love and Worship for this is where you belong and you shall find yourself now as part of the very DNA Particles from the building blocks of My Manifold Wisdom completely and entirely of My makeup and knowing, the Eyes of Understanding all that is before you for you have eaten from The Tree of Life and the Salve of My Nectar so that...
  • How To Stop Whiners

    04/26/2015 3:41:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies ^ | Kevin Fitzmaurice
    Do you hate it when they whine? Do you hate it when they whine and say, "Don't you agree," "Do you see my point," "Ain't it awful," "Aren't they just terrible for doing that," etc.? Do you want to graciously stop them from wasting your time and using you to confirm their distorted views? Then memorize the following line: "Thanks for the honor of being a judge. But, to be a fair judge-- I will first have to hear the other side." If you stick to this line each time they whine--they will soon stop bothering you and move on...