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  • America Is One of the Fastest Growing Mission Fields in the World

    10/12/2012 11:32:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    America is one of the fastest-growing mission fields in the world, the most recent issue of Unfinished magazine says, but if Christians are not careful they will miss opportunities to reach their "least reached neighbors." The fall edition of the magazine, which is published by The Mission Society, focuses on the increasing diversity throughout the U.S. and how Christians can engage in cross-cultural ministry without leaving the city they live in. The diversity that can be found in cities and university campuses, in particular, provides both opportunities and challenges for ministries that hope to do mission work here at home....
  • Protestants in Praise of Catholic Social Teaching

    10/12/2012 6:46:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 10/11/12 | Hunter Baker and Jordan Ballor
    When Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate for the GOP presidential ticket, Mr. Romney made sure that this fall’s election would be historic on a variety of levels. While many are focusing on the economic gravitas that Rep. Ryan brings to the race, others are noting the religious variety apparent at the top of each major party’s ticket. Mitt Romney is a Mormon, President Obama is a mainline Protestant, and the vice-presidential nominees, Ryan and Joe Biden, share a common bond as professing Roman Catholics. Commentators are already busy parsing the partisan divide between the co-religionists Biden...
  • Vatican II, 50 Years Later: a Baptist Appreciation

    10/12/2012 6:35:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 10/11/12 | Steve Harmon
    Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Pope John XXIII on October 11, 1962. My service as a member of the Baptist World Alliance delegation to a series of bilateral ecumenical conversations with the Roman Catholic Church held from 2006 through 2010 has given me a deepened appreciation for many aspects of the work of that council and its legacy. In particular, I’ve come to see that the Catholic Church is not unlike the Baptist tradition in terms of the role that forms of dissent play in the theological development of both traditions...
  • Negative Political Ads Are Useful!

    10/11/2012 8:25:34 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789
    CSTNews ^ | October 12, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Political ads should never be vile, vicious, or vulgar but informative, instructive, and inspiring. Negative ads are very desirable and necessary to have an informed electorate. Most Americans never read anything except the sports page and comic page and watch reruns of “I Love Lucy” for the 18th time so they need to get all the information they can before they vote. That means: hit them hard, hit them early, but don’t hit them below the belt. The non-thinking do-gooders are clamoring for a ban on negative ads but to suggest a ban is incredible. What about the Bill of...
  • Muslim Leaders Admit: Palestinians Don’t Exist!

    10/11/2012 8:16:00 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 5 replies
    CSTNews ^ | October 11, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    The “Palestinian people” don’t exist as an historical group but they do exist as a political ploy used by the PLO and other Muslim extremists for their own selfish purposes. These “Palestinian” people are refugees from the Middle East whom the Muslim nations will not accept as citizens but will use as grunt workers in their fields and orchards. The refugees are welcome as workers but not as citizens. By leaving the refugee camps, they better themselves as migrate workers but without any hope of citizenship from their “brother” Muslims. However, they have been and are being used as pawns...
  • Catholic Colleges Outnumbered by Other Christian Colleges Suing HHS

    10/11/2012 7:33:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 10/10/12 | Matthew Archbold
    For months, it’s been wrongly proclaimed that opposition to the HHS contraceptive mandate was a Catholic thing. Instead, with regard to colleges and universities, we might wish for more Catholic engagement. With the announcement that East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University filed lawsuits against the mandate, Catholic colleges suing the Administration are now outnumbered by non-Catholic Christian colleges. According to The Becket Fund, 15 colleges are suing the Administration including seven Catholic colleges: Belmont Abbey College, Aquinas College in Nashville, Ave Maria University, the Catholic University of America, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, the University of St. Francis,...
  • Why We Can't Go Back...

    10/09/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.(Isaiah 24:7-12)I...
  • The Dirty Little Secret: Palestinians Don’t Exist!

    10/08/2012 6:23:49 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 28 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | October 8, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    There is no such group as the Palestinian people. They have never existed, do not exist now, and will not exist in the future. They are the only people in all history that came into existence in a single day! This was admitted by Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist: “Why is it that on June 4th 1967 I was a Jordanian and overnight I became a Palestinian?” He added that he did not mind Jordanian rule. He and his compatriots were Jordanians “until the Jews returned to Jerusalem. Then all of the sudden we were Palestinians.” Shoebat was saying...
  • A pastor’s take on church shopping

    10/07/2012 12:25:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    ABP News ^ | 10/05/2012 | by Barry Howard
    I readily confess: “Church shopping” is a term that I loathe. I think the phraseology just sounds too commercial to apply to a community of faith. I also think that searching for a church home is a crucial life decision that requires a deeper level of introspection and spiritual guidance than can be found by following the usual church shopping guidelines. Despite my disdain for the terminology, I do understand the popular concept and wish to offer a different, hopefully more pastoral perspective on what persons should look for in a church. I begin by confessing my own biases. While...
  • Election and Lordship (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:57:34 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | Dr. Sir Robert Anderson
  • INSPIRATION (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:51:08 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | Pastor D. M. Stearns of Philadelphia
  • The Jews : Their Election, Rejection, Restoration, and Mission (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:47:51 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | John Wilkinson
  • The Jewish Question (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:43:55 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 3 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | James E. Mathieson
  • Pregnant and homeless on the doorsteps of a Christian megachurch

    10/06/2012 5:45:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 77 replies
    lsn ^ | 10/6/2012 | Abby Johnson
    One night over dinner, a friend of mine told me that he had seen a very pregnant homeless woman on the corner of a busy Austin intersection. I knew the intersection he was referring to…there is a huge non-denominational church on the corner. I felt confident that she had probably received some assistance from them. Maybe they were in the process of trying to help her find resources. One of the friends with us at dinner, Heather, is the executive director of the Austin Coalition for Life, a non-profit group who holds daily vigils outside of Austin’s four abortion clinics....
  • TURKMENISTAN: Mass fines for unregistered religious worship

    10/04/2012 8:29:18 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Forum 18 News Service ^ | 2 October 2012 | Felix Corley
    A week after their Sunday worship was raided, eleven Baptists in the northern city of Dashoguz were each fined two months' average wages, Protestants told Forum 18 News Service. One of those fined was a schoolboy aged 17. Two of the judges refused to discuss with Forum 18 why they had punished individuals for meeting for worship. One of the judges also refused to explain why he had imprisoned a Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector in March. Meanwhile, the Turkmen authorities allowed a visiting Protestant Oleg Piyashev to return to his family in Russia after earlier blocking his departure. But mystery...
  • Converting Protestants [to Catholicism] - A Secret Method

    10/04/2012 6:39:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | 24 September 2012 | Shane Schaetzel
    I have a secret.  I know how to get more Protestants into the Catholic Church.  Would you like to know?  It's guaranteed to work with shocking effectiveness.  You'll get more Protestant converts to the Catholic Church than you know what to do with.  They'll come in small numbers at first, just a trickle really, but that will slowly grow into a torrent.  You won't know what to do with them all.  You'll probably have to build bigger parishes or add on to existing ones.  From these converts you will find the most faithful and passionate Catholics in your whole diocese....
  • Egypt: How Do You Spell Hypocrite in Arabic?

    10/03/2012 12:11:51 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 10 replies
    CSTEWS ^ | October 2, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Egyptian President Morsi and other Middle East Muslim leaders have been lecturing the U.S. about freedom, yet they demand a worldwide law prohibiting any criticism of Islam! Maybe Morsi really doesn’t know the meaning of freedom. I assure you that the largest Christian group in Egypt could teach him the definition. Coptic Christians make up 10% of Egypt’s population although they were the major religious group at one time. They can trace their history back 19 centuries. Following the Arab Spring, the Copts have been fleeing to the freedom of America, most being young professionals and businessmen. If they have...
  • The Very heart Of The Gospel...

    The Apostle John, in his first epistle, set forth three simple theological propositions; * God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all…(I John 1:5) * God is Love…(I John 4:8) * Jesus Christ has come,(and remains) in the flesh…(I John 4:2)The apostle was seeking to call the children of God back to ,“that which you have heard from the beginning…”, the “old commandment which you heard at the first…”, because the false prophets had swept into the assemblies, with their super-spirituality, false prophecies, visions , revelations, spiritual elitism, and above all with their esoteric ‘knowledge’. They were...
  • Egypt: The International Welfare Window is Closed!

    10/01/2012 2:52:59 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 7 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | September 30, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Muslim fanatics throughout the Middle East have taken time from beating their wives to riot, burn, kill, and destroy American property. Their leaders in Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia have tethered their camels and come in from the desert to lecture Americans on free speech, dignity, and film making. Those Muslim leaders want the UN to “criminalize” blasphemy against the Koran, Islam, and Mohammed using the amateur, anti-Muslim film by a Coptic “Christian” (who immigrated to America) as a justification for their demands. At the same time they make their demands about insulting the Koran, they insult our Constitution! I am...
  • Muslim Criticism of U.S.: Like a Skunk Accusing a Rabbit of Having Bad Breath!

    09/29/2012 9:09:11 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 3 replies
    CSTEWS ^ | September 28, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    The Prime Minister of Turkey and other non-thinkers want us to believe that hatred of Jews for being Jews is equivalent to criticizing a group for what they believe, teach, and practice! Someone has some screws loose. They tell us the UN effort to “Ban criticism of Muslims worldwide” is a civil rights issue. No, it is a “Protect-Islam-at-all-costs-since-Islam- can’t-be-defended-rationally” issue. It is pointed out that Pakistan and other nations have laws about speaking ill of the “prophet” or the Koran. Oh, yes, Pakistan is a great example for us! Like honor killings of daughters if they are raped! Or...