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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Feast Day of St. George (April 23rd)

    04/23/2015 8:11:39 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 3 replies
    http://www.st-george-medal.com ^ | April 23 | http://www.st-george-medal.com
    St. George who was a martyr and one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers has a feast day on April 23rd, the anniversary of his death by beheading. In 1969, Saint George's feast was reduced to an optional memorial in the Roman Catholic calendar so the solemnity of his commemoration depends purely on local observance. However, St. George Day is celebrated by several nations and cities of which Saint George is patron saint. These include, England, Portugal, Georgia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and the Republic of Macedonia, and the cities of Moscow in Russia, Genova in Italy and Beirut in Lebanon. In Palestine...
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Stream Joseph: King of Dreams On Netflix Today

    04/19/2015 1:08:15 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-19-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    After having written about Prince of Egypt several readers told me I should also watch Joseph: King of Dreams. I did and, I have to say, you all were right. Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] Like Prince of Egypt, Joseph: King of Dreams is a must-watch because it touches on some very important things about our relationship with God: [VIDEO] 2. God guides us, but it’s up to us to act. Joseph used every opportunity he got to improve his...
  • TIME TO GET READY FOR CHURCH

    04/19/2015 4:00:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    The Holy Spirit ^ | April 19, 2015 | knarf
    It's that time againWinter's done, the garden's been started, the week is over ...Let's go listen to a love letter read from Dad Time For Church
  • Get ready for church

    04/12/2015 3:51:26 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    various authors ^ | April 123, 2015 | knarf, various
    Something pleasant about Sunday in the springtime
  • The Concept of Catholic Unity in the Doctrine of the Eucharist at the time of Trent

    04/09/2015 10:36:50 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | January 1, 2013 | Paul Bassett
    The last time I posted here I examined Bryan Cross’s claim for unity in the Roman Catholic Church.  It was my intention to apply Bryan’s guidelines to a specific case that he mentioned – i.e. abortion – to show that his claim, in at least that instance, did not meet the “visibility” standard he required for unity to exist.  I hope to have been fair in my examination and believe that said examination disproved Bryan’s thesis on his own grounds.But that exercise caused me to reflect more broadly on the Roman claim to unity as it might apply to other...
  • “Who Will Resist the Lynch Mob?”: Robert George’s Rousing Call to Action

    04/07/2015 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | April 4, 2015 | Robert P. George
    Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and co-author of What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, recently made a spirited call to action for all those willing to refuse to be bullied into submission. Here’s what he wrote on Facebook: The lynch mob came for the brilliant mild-mannered techie Brendan Eich. The lynch mob came for the elderly florist Baronelle Stutzman. The lynch mob came for Eastern Michigan University counseling student Julea Ward. The lynch mob came for the African-American Fire Chief of once segregated Atlanta Kelvin Cochran. The lynch mob came for the owners of...
  • Hallelujah! Resurrection Morning!

    04/05/2015 4:07:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 5, 2015 | Heather Ace, YouTube
    Have a good and blessed Easter FRpers! Christ is RISEN! He is RISEN INDEED! Hallelujah!
  • When Jesus Wept (The Hastings College Choir) William Billings

    04/03/2015 8:09:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 3, 2015 | Hastings College Choir
    The Hastings College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Fritz Mountford, performs our realization of a simple canon, or round, by the early America singing master, William Billings.
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Grants Interview to Jesuit Journal

    04/03/2015 8:01:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltŕ Cattolica, has conducted a lengthy interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches. The Ecumenical Patriarch spoke about the challenges facing the contemporary world, his admiration for Pope Francis, the upcoming pan-Orthodox synod, and Orthodox spirituality. “Ultimately, it is essential to change the present mindset and abandon a lifestyle of over-consumption and unrestrained greed that inevitably lead to social injustice and inequality,” he told Father Spadaro, who interviewed Pope Francis in August 2013. Interview of the Ecumenical Patriarch...
  • Greek and the New Testament

    04/01/2015 9:51:00 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies
    The Basics ^ | Gene Cunningham
    The New Testament was written in the language used in the Greek-speaking world from about 300 B.C. to A.D. 500. It was known as Koine or "common" Greek because it was street language—the language of the people—as opposed to the classical Greek of literature. Koine Greek was devised within the ranks of Alexander the Great army for one reason: to conquer the world. When Alexander first began pulling together an army from the Greek city-states over which he had won ascendancy, he found he had a serious problem. When his drill sergeants bellowed, "Left face, forward march," every soldier moved...
  • Why Satisfaction Theory Is So Satisfying (Even Though It’s Wrong)

    03/30/2015 6:26:36 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 4 replies
    Patheos: Good and Truth ^ | March 30, 2015 | Rev Coleman Glenn
    On His “Glory to God for All Things” blog last week, Orthodox priest Fr. Stephen Freeman posted on the Orthodox perspective on Jesus’ atonement in contrast to the theory of penal substitution (penal substitution is the theory that Jesus died instead of you to take on the punishment due to you from God for your sins). Fr. Stephen argues that even the passages that seem to directly imply “penal substitution” atonement, or at least some form of “satisfaction theory” (i.e. Jesus died as a substitution in place of us to satisfy some demand of God), actually do not inherently suggest...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Praying of the Rosary Is NOT Bible-Based Teaching

    03/24/2015 8:06:07 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 927 replies
    The Disciplers ^ | 2011 | Ptr. Vince
    Praying The Rosary Is Not Biblical, And Is A Form Of Idolatry Just last Sunday, a local newspaper paper released an article teaching that the praying of the Holy Rosary is Bible-based. In the first two paragraphs, the writer admittedly says that there is no passage in the Bible teaching nor mentioned about the praying of Rosary. However, in the following paragraphs, the writer justified the praying of the Rosary basing it on the repetition of historical events of some Bible characters (like Gideon as he mentioned) about Israel’s history. I don’t know if the writer of this article did...
  • The KEY to your daily life in Christ Jesus[Charismatic caucus]

    03/24/2015 8:48:41 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-24-15 | Jedediah ,bible
    Certain situations coming up now will not be explainable or even understandable without first coming to the Shepherd of your ways for truly as "THE" WORD(Eternal) now my children of light "will see" that to step out into unfamiliar ground will be utter futility and that inquiring first of Me before they take a step or speak a word will bring the correct illumination, judgment and the eventual decision or action to take . Here are the Keys to The Kingdom seek Me first in all you do and the other keys will reveal themselves to you . Matthew 26:40...
  • Protestants - Explain "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"

    03/19/2015 6:54:07 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 191 replies
    Vanity | 3/19/2015 | pgyanke
    There has been an less-than-productive discussion on this thread regarding the last words of Christ on the Cross. It could be because it started with the suggestion--right in the title--that Catholics don't understand Jesus. Not a great way to initiate dialogue and ecumenism. I would like to take a different approach here. I would like to hear my Protestant brethren explain these words of Christ from the Cross:My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? What does it mean? Why did He say it?
  • Reformation Museum in Geneva Blends Humor and Wonder

    03/19/2015 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | John Hanc
    Finding the International Museum of the Reformation is almost as complicated as explaining the historical movement it chronicles. You must first navigate the labyrinth of Geneva’s Old Town, down narrow, cobblestone streets and then up a long flight of stone stairs, skirting the shadows cast by a towering 13th-century cathedral. Finally you arrive at the tranquil courtyard of the Maison Mallet, the 14-room 18th-century mansion housing the museum, which opened in 2005. [SNIP] Given how practices have changed, museum officials set out to create a space that contemporary visitors, Protestant or not, would find appealing and meaningful, with creative high-...
  • San Francisco Saint Mary’s Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away

    03/18/2015 6:26:18 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 81 replies
    CBS ^ | March 18, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night. “They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert. But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night....
  • The Comforter (John 16:7-15)

    03/15/2015 4:13:42 PM PDT · by Talisker · 27 replies
    Bible | John 16:7-15
    John 16:7-15 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you. And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to the Father, and ye behold me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world hath been judged. I have yet many things to say...
  • Frank the Hippie Pope and Bart the Patriarch Sing Love Songs

    03/05/2015 10:00:49 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 December 2014 | Lutheran Satire
    Frank the Hippie Pope and Bart the Patriarch Sing Love Songs
  • The Primacy of the Pope As Viewed in Dissident Byzantium by Symeon of Thessalonica (1416/7-1429)

    03/05/2015 5:33:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 2/12/15 | James Likoudis
    Acknowledging that the primacy of the pope is the greatest dogmatic obstacle to the reunion of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the Greek Orthodox scholar Demetrios Bathrellos has attracted attention to the view held by the dissident 14th-century Byzantine Greek archbishop of Thessalonica, who held that see for some 20 years. This he does in an article, “St. Symeon of Thessalonica and the Question of the Primacy of the Pope,” which appeared in Sobornost, vol. 30 (2008), and which is worthy of being brought to the attention of Catholic ecumenists. Noting that Symeon was canonized by the Church of Greece...
  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/01/2015 4:54:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1,261 replies
    http://www.catholic-convert.com/ ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: “There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.” I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church. The reason I had these beliefs was due to being told what to believe about the Catholic Church from those who were told what to believe about the Catholic Church. No one was willing to find out what the bottom line was concerning the Catholic Church....
  • Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism

    03/01/2015 6:17:28 AM PST · by Popman · 14 replies
    Crisi magazine ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2014 | DUSTY GATES
    Somewhere along the line of modern history, the idea has taken root, spread, and become commonly held among seculars that religious people hold to a Faith that is separate from, and at odds with, natural reason. Modern science, following the lead of modern philosophy and modern secularized religion, has fallen for the heretical notion that there are two separate tracks of history: a material track, which many assume to be the true one and to which many attach all their trust, and the spiritual one, which is reduced by many to mere fantasy; a delusion held by believers to bring...
  • Billy Graham Had a Runny Nose

    02/24/2015 1:19:56 PM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | Richard Becker
    There’s a scene in Robert Duvall’s film The Apostle where the renegade evangelist, Sonny Dewey, comes upon a boat blessing ceremony on the river. “You do it your way, I’ll do it mine,” Sonny allows, acknowledging the efforts of the presiding priest, “but we get it done, don’t we?”
  • Did Pope Francis Just Declare a non-Catholic a "Doctor of the Church?"

    02/23/2015 5:01:49 PM PST · by NRx · 67 replies
    Vanity | 23 Feb 2015 | NRx
    Pope Francis has declared Gregory of Narek to be a "Doctor of the Church." This is one of the highest honors conferred by the Catholic Church on saints. Only a handful have been so honored. The only problem is that as far as I am able to tell, Gregory of Narek was not Catholic. He was a monk of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which is part of the non-Chalcedonian (Oriental Orthodox) communion. The Armenian Church has not been in communion with the Pope of Rome since at least the sixth century. The very small Armenian Catholic (Eastern Rite) Church did...
  • Christians Now Worship on Resurrection Day

    02/23/2015 4:25:40 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    St. Paul Center For Biblical Theology ^ | 2/23/2015 | Brant Pietre
     Jesus Was Resurrected on the Day After the Sabbath  The Feast of the First Fruits, Resurrection Day, was the Day after Passover, Which is Always on the Sabbath.    salvationhistory.com/studies/courses/audio/feasts_of_faith The Feast of the First Fruits was One of Ancient Israel's Seven Feasts   Technically speaking, Christians are now worshipping on the Eighth Day, the First Day of the New Creation, the Day After the Sabbath.  They are Commemorating the New Order of Creation with Christ, on the Day of the Resurrection.  
  • Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety

    02/18/2015 10:03:05 AM PST · by Lee N. Field · 13 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | Febuary 2015 | Carl Trueman
    It's that time of year again: the ancient tradition of Lent, kick-started by Ash Wednesday. It is also the time of year when us confessional types brace ourselves for the annual onslaught of a more recent tradition: that of evangelical pundits, with no affiliation to such branches of the church, writing articles extolling Lent's virtues to their own eclectic constituency. Liturgical calendars developed in the fourth century and beyond, as Christianity came to dominate the empire. Cultural dominance requires two things: control of time and space. The latter could be achieved through churches and relics. The former was achieved through...
  • Is There An End in Sight to Centuries-Old Sectarian Divisions in Scotland?

    02/18/2015 6:03:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican City, Feb 17, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering was significant, and could signal the end of its tensions with the Catholic Church. The Church of Scotland is an ecclesial community in the Calvinist and Presbyterian tradition. As its moderator, John Chalmers serves as the ecclesial community's official representative. “Scotland too has suffered in the past from a sectarian divide. Meetings like today marking our two churches and talking to each other on a very significant level means almost the...
  • Church Unity in the First Three Centuries (Long)

    02/16/2015 12:58:16 PM PST · by NRx · 61 replies
    Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries ^ | 2001 | Met. Iakovos Zizioulas
    Although this work is historical in its method and content, it is not a product of historical curiosity. At a time when church unity occupies an increasingly central place in theological study, the contribution of our theology is required not simply as an academic demand, but also a fundamental debt owed to the Church. In order to fulfil the demand and pay the debt, our theology can no longer fall back on the sources of its own confessional riches. The gradual abandonment of the confessional mentality of past generations and the recognition of the need for our theology to be...
  • Does The Bible Hate Women?

    02/16/2015 7:45:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    A recent piece in the Huffington Post suggests that women were given short shrift in the Bible, citing statistics that show women relegated to silence and anonymity. The piece was exploring a book called Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter, which was published in September 2014 by Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman, a female episcopal priest.
  • Pope Francis Denounces ISIS Slaughter: "Their Blood Confesses Christ"

    02/16/2015 7:12:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    This morning, Pope Francis condemned the brutal slaying of 21 Coptic Christians perpetrated by ISIS in Libya over the weekend, proclaiming them martyrs killed out of hatred of their Christian faith.
  • Did Jesus’ Apostles Get What They Expected?

    02/15/2015 6:40:00 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 2/15/2015 | Sacra Pizza Man
     How Did James & John Envision Jesus' Kingdom?  They Asked to Sit at His Right & Left Hand; the Other Ten Were Indignant.  What Was This Kingdom They Thought They Would Rule?  What Eventually Became of Them All?  The Apostles Believed that Jesus Would Restore the Kingdom of David, Which Was at Its Greatest Extent and Stability in the Time of his son Solomon.  But Jesus's Apostles Spread His Kingdom Worldwide, Far Beyond the Greatest Extent of Israel's Empire.  The Apostles Never Could Have Imagined Their Eventual Fates.  The Apostles "Get Down to Business", Trying to Establish the Pecking Order...
  • The suicide of Belgium: America behold your future unless we act now

    02/10/2015 9:11:52 PM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 17 replies
    Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, wrote an interesting Op-Ed which I share here because it portends what is coming to America. It's only a matter of time. This because, like Belgium, America is committing spiritual and intellectual suicide. Giulio Meotti: Belgium is Committing Suicide As the capital of the European Union goes, so goes Europe. And the details are worse than you can imagine. Belgium has the highest per capita number of Islamic terrorists gone to fight in Syria and Iraq than any other European country. Brussels is the capital of the holy war, as well as...
  • Is There A Future For Ecumenism?

    02/09/2015 6:18:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Russian Orthodox Church-Department for External Church Relations ^ | 2/8/15 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    Lecture by the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at the Universities of Winchester (5 February 2015) and Cambridge (6 February 2015).Dear members of the faculty, students and guests of the university! I have been asked to give a lecture on the topic of interaction between Christians today. Does ecumenism have a future? This question has become ever more relevant and demands an all-round analysis. When Jesus Christ founded his Church on earth, it was a single community of disciples bound together by faith in him as God and Saviour....
  • On Russia's Babylonian Captivity Under Vladimir Putin

    02/06/2015 6:10:32 AM PST · by Teófilo · 13 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 6 February 2015 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    News Analysis Brethren, Peace be with you. I was listening with great interest to this news item at NPR, titled In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia. It is an interview of William Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, a company he started in Russia in 1996. That, he says, drew the attention and machinations of a corrupt group of Russian officials. It's also about Browder's new book, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, in which he tells the story of how it happened. Brothers and sisters, I...
  • Roman Catholicism, Part 7, Mary

    02/03/2015 6:46:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 265 replies
    Roman CatholicismLoraine Boettner ©1962Part 7 MARY. 1. Mary’s Place in Scripture. 2. ‘Mother of God.’ 3. Historical Development. 4. Contrast between Roman and Protestant Teaching. 5. Mary as an Object of Worship. 6. Mary Usurps the Place of Christ. 7. Mary Represented as more Sympathetic than Jesus. 8. One Mediator. 9. Adoration or Idolatry? 10. Latria—Dulia—Hyperdulia. 11. Jesus’ Attitude towards Mary. 12. The Protestant Attitude towards Mary. 13. Were There Other Children in the Family of Joseph and Mary? 14. The Immaculate Conception. 15. The Assumption of Mary. 16. Rome’s Real Purpose in the Exaltation of Mary.1. MARY’S PLACE...
  • Dachau: ‘The Largest Cemetery of Catholic Priests in the World’

    02/03/2015 7:14:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    2,579 Catholic priests, seminarians, and religious were deported from across Europe to the Dachau concentration camp, according to a newly published French book. 1,034 of them, 868 of whom were Polish, died there. According to Guillaume Zeller’s La Baraque des prętres, Dachau, 1938-1945, the priests included German priests who spoke out against euthanasia, Polish priests who were considered part of Poland’s elite, French priests who resisted the Nazis, and a French bishop who aided the Jews. “The Dachau camp remains the largest cemetery of Catholic priests in the world,” said Zeller in an interview with Le Figaro. They “maintained their...
  • Ecumenism Behind Closed Doors

    02/02/2015 6:38:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 2/2/15 | Sandro Magister
    While Benedict XVI made it easier for Anglicans in disagreement with the “liberal” direction of their Church to enter into the Catholic Church, Francis is not, he prefers that they remain where they are. The revelations of two Anglican friends of the popeROME, February 2, 2015 – The ordination of the first female bishop of the Church of England, carried out in York last week (see photo), brought lively reactions from those who did not did not accept the breach and for this reason might even abandon the Anglican Communion and enter the Catholic Church, as others of them have...
  • The Protestant's Dilemma: A Review (Part One)

    02/01/2015 1:05:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 64 replies
    Beggers All ^ | Jan. 13 2015 | James Swan
    Recently I picked up The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism (San Diego: Catholic Answers Press, 2014). In the preface of the Kindle edition, an unidentified author states that the primary author, Devin Rose, has put forth a book looking to engage in "dialogue" specifically"with members of the thousands of Protestant sects." The book is said to raise issues that a Protestant "has never considered before," not simply to have dialogue for the sake of mutual understanding, but rather to have "conciliar" dialogue in which the goal is to show the logical inconsistency of Protestantism...
  • Mormons on LGBT rights called naive, unhelpful

    01/28/2015 2:48:24 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 72 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will support civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people if religious freedom protections also are ensured, its leaders announced Tuesday (Jan. 27). Southern Baptist leaders, however, said the Mormons' approach to the conflict between sexual rights and religious liberty is naive and unhelpful, as well as unacceptable to proponents of LGBT rights. In a Salt Lake City news conference, Mormon leaders described their stance as "fairness for all" -- or a "balanced approach between religious and gay rights" that endorses protections in housing, employment and public transportation...
  • Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

    01/27/2015 1:24:04 AM PST · by Grateful2God · 86 replies
    EWTN News/CNA ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. “Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions,” the Pope said during vespers at Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica on Jan. 25. “To plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance...
  • Duke University vs. Franklin Graham: Which Christian Spaces Are Off-Limits to Muslim Worship?

    01/22/2015 1:13:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 01/22/2015 | Morgan Lee
    Duke University’s reversal of today’s plan to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from its historic chapel tower has reinvigorated a debate over shared worship space. The Durham, North Carolina-based school had authorized Muslim students to recite the three-minute chant from Duke Chapel on Friday, the weekly day of assembly in Islam, but rescinded the decision this week, following criticism and citing a “serious and credible security threat.” Franklin Graham, whose ministries (Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) are headquartered in North Carolina, attacked the university’s decision and condemned the use of a Christian space by members of...
  • Real Christians and America

    01/19/2015 4:10:33 PM PST · by Talisker · 37 replies
    January 19, 2015 | Talisker
    I’ve read the replies on other threads about the subject of who or what a “real” Christian is, and there are some issues I believe have presented themselves as a result of these discussions that have a great deal to do with what is happening in America today. The main thing I’ve noticed is that there doesn’t seem to be a generic Christian. Not only do people who call themselves Christians not believe those who think differently than them on the subject are actually Christians, they also think those people are going to go to hell, forever, because of the...
  • Removing the Veil (Chapter 3)

    01/11/2015 4:26:18 PM PST · by metmom · 63 replies
    World Invisible.com Library Tozer ^ | 1948 | A.W.Tozer, Pastor, Christian and Missionary Alliance
    Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. - Heb. 10:19 Among the famous sayings of the Church fathers none is better known than Augustine's, "Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee." The great saint states here in few words the origin and interior history of the human race. God made us for Himself: that is the only explanation that satisfies the heart of a thinking man, whatever his wild reason may say. Should faulty education and perverse reasoning lead a man to conclude...
  • A Tale of Two Gospels

    01/10/2015 5:58:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | MARCH 22, 2013 | Mike Riccardi, Pastor, Los Angeles Grace Community Church
    What intrigues me about the Pharisee in this passage is that he thanked God for his moral uprightness and religious devotion. He is not claiming, perhaps like the rich, young ruler did, that he had kept God’s law and thus is deserving of eternal life. He doesn’t believe that he’s earned his salvation by works of righteousness achieved apart from divine grace. No, he goes to thank God for the grace and charity that God had worked in him, by which he has become acceptable to God. He believes that he is justified by his faith in God as well...
  • 1/11/15 "Pastors Abortion Confession Motivates Action and Offers Hope" -Pastor Shane

    01/10/2015 2:43:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowship ^ | December 22nd, 2014 | Pastor Shane
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    01/01/2015 1:58:04 PM PST · by Vision · 13 replies
    Let Us Keep to the Point " "…my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death." —Philippians 1:20 " My Utmost for His Highest. “…my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed….” We will all feel very much ashamed if we do not yield to Jesus the areas of our lives He has asked us to yield to Him. It’s as if Paul were saying, “My determined purpose is to...
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    12/31/2014 11:11:39 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    There is no man (flesh) that can stand in my presence for " I AM " I AM Everlasting , I AM life giving and I AM Omnipresent Though a Vessel is Heavenly or earthly truly I AM GOD and there is no other for I AM The Breath of Life and Creation. At My Will alone Existence(Creation) "IS" whether anatomical or spiritual, "I AM" The Hand(Spirit) And King( God and Creator) . Though many see and have seen themselves as king over their very lives "TRULY I ENTHRONE ALL ! My courts and Throne are eternal and accessible yet...
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    12/31/2014 10:46:50 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Yesterday " You shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard. —Isaiah 52:12 " Security from Yesterday. “…God requires an account of what is past” (Ecclesiastes 3:15). At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise when we remember our yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He...