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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...
  • Joel Osteen teaches Christians about pork!

    09/28/2012 6:35:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    Osteen denies Christ. (FR Thread) Osteen will not condem homosexuality.(FR Thread) But he does teach us not to eat pork! He of course appeals to the OT. I guess he has never read the following: "Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? (Mark 7:18) NIV Or Acts 10:9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour2 to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while...
  • An Important and Timely Outreach (might be vanity?)

    09/28/2012 5:36:26 AM PDT · by deltaromeo11
    LeadingTheWay ^ | September 28, 2012 | LeadingTheWay
    Leading The Way reaches Arabic-speakers in some of the most predominately Muslim areas of America—like Dearborn, Cedar Rapids, Philadelphia, and New York City—through THE KINGDOM SAT broadcasts on Galaxy 19 in North America, on Arabic radio across America, on the Aramaic Broadcasting Television Network, and through our Arabic on-the-ground follow-up coordinator here in America. Our coordinator is a Muslim convert who was born and raised in the Middle East. He follows up directly with Muslims as they respond to our broadcasts. He answers their questions, evangelizes and connects them with pastors in Muslim communities in America for ongoing discipleship in...
  • No Criticism of Islam: They Can’t Defend their Irrational Religion!

    09/27/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | September 26, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    It is astounding that any American would give any consideration to the demand by the Muslim world that the U.S. should annul the First Amendment to our Constitution to forbid any criticism (speaking truth) about Islam! As I carefully parse my words I want to make it clear that any U.S. official who even considers such a rape of our treasured document is a traitor. I am not speaking symbolically or hyperbolically but literally. Such a person is a traitor making Tokyo Rose look like a misguided school girl and Benedict Arnold look like a rebellious Boy Scout. It is...
  • Megachuch pastor Joel Osteen dodges CNN questions on homosexuality

    09/27/2012 2:54:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 26, 2012 | SUSANNA ROSE
    Osteen struggles to answer questions about his beliefs on homosexuality during a recent CNN appearance. September 27, 2012 ( – Texas Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen squirmed under a barrage of question about his beliefs on homosexuality during a discussion on CNN’s “Talking points with Soledad O’Brien” last Thursday.  The conversation began as a discussion between Osteen and New Age self-help guru Deepak Chopra about the importance of positive thinking, but then abruptly turned to homosexuality. “Almost every time we have a pastor on, it’s a conversation we have,” CNN host O’Brien explained to Osteen. “I always wonder when you say...
  • On Eve Of Yom Kippur, Obama seeks to Atone Muslims

    And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.(Leviticus 16:21-22)Here is an ominous irony; on the eve of Yom Kippur, the God appointed Holy day of Israel,...
  • Evangelicals grow in number, clout in Catholic Brazil

    09/24/2012 10:13:48 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    MSN ^ | 09 Jul 2012 | Agence France-Presse
    Out of a Brazilian population of 191 million, 123.2 million define themselves as Catholics, more than any other country in the world. But census figures highlight decades of decline among the ranks of Catholics, who in 1970 made up almost 92 percent of the population, but by 2000 comprised just 74 percent and today account for a mere 64.6 percent, according to 2010 census data. Meanwhile, the percentage of Protestant evangelicals has soared by 42.3 million -- a figure equivalent to the entire population of Chile -- increasing in the decade between 2000 and 2010 from 15.4 percent of Brazil's...
  • Evangelicals: the new Face of Brazilian Fashion

    09/24/2012 7:53:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | September 23, 2012 | AP
    ITABORAI, Brazil – The latest fashion trend hitting the streets of Rio de Janeiro is the polar opposite of the famous Brazilian bikini. Instead of second-skin dresses in shocking pink spandex or strapless tops with strategically placed peek-a-boo paneling, the newest fashion craze is overt modesty. Found in stores like Silca Evangelical Fashion, these coveted pieces include demure, long-sleeved frocks with how-low-can-you-go hemlines and the polyester putty-colored potato sack dresses. In the birthplace of the "fio dental" or dental floss string bikini, so-called evangelical fashion has emerged as a growing segment of the country's $52 billion-a-year textile industry, catering to...
  • Pastor sentenced to 330 years in prison for molesting boys

    09/24/2012 7:51:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    LA Times ^ | 14 September 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    A pastor was sentenced Friday to 330 years in prison for sexually assaulting five boys between the ages of 9 and 15 in his Lake Forest apartment between 2007 and 2011. Oscar D. Perez, 69, was an Apostolic pastor and bishop at Iglesia Antigua, a church that rented space at St. George’s Episcopalian Church in Laguna Hills.  Perez befriended various families at the church, enlisted children to help with church services, and eventually began to invite the victims over to his apartment, sometimes for sleepovers, prosecutors said. Perez was arrested and charged in the assault of two victims in September...
  • Why didn’t the State Department say this?

    09/24/2012 1:25:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 22, 2012 | Libby Sternberg
    A Facebook friend of mine, someone I suspect is not of the same political persuasion as I am, recently posted a link to an article, “A Time for Introspection” an op/ed in the Express Tribune (of Pakistan) by Raza Rumi, director, Policy & Programmes, Jinnah Institute, Islamabad. Though Rumi is no American cheerleader in the piece, he urges Muslims to look at their own actions before pointing the finger of blame at others for their troubles. One section dealing with so-called anti-Islam works: Salman Rushdie’s book — Satanic Verses — sparked global outrage in the late 1980s and since then,...
  • Shock! Horror! Jesus' wife!

    09/23/2012 12:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept. 23, 2012 | The Lutheran Satire
    More keen wit and observation courtesy of the Lutheran Satire.
  • Democrats: Disgraceful, Dishonest, and Demagogic!

    09/22/2012 3:36:13 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 7 replies
    CST News ^ | September 21, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    I grew up in West Virginia in a family of yellow dog Democrats; that’s Democrats who would vote for a yellow dog before they would vote for a Republican! I think once in the 1950s the Democrats ran a yellow dog for Governor and he almost won! A Missouri Ozark man told me when I asked him if he was a Christian, replied, “Sure am. I sucked Baptist milk.” Well, I sucked Democrat milk; but it got sour and made me sick. I spit it out. Now I don’t suck anyone’s milk and don’t drink anyone’s Kool-Aid. In a recent...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really?What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus Had...
  • John Piper: 'Change' for the Homosexual Is Possible

    09/21/2012 3:17:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/21/2012 | Audrey Barrick , Christian Post Reporter
    Theologian John Piper has weighed in on the "change is possible" debate, arguing that the possibility of changing one's sexual orientation should not be ruled out. But the Reformed pastor also argued that sexual identity is complicated and cannot be simplified into three groups: heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual. "There are hundreds of variations of impulses that make up our peculiar sexual identities. This means that 'change' is not a movement from one of three groups to another of three groups," Piper blogged on the Desiring God ministries website. While the debate over whether gay persons can become straight has long...
  • Silent Worship Not Just for Catholics

    09/21/2012 11:54:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 9/17/12 | Jeff Brumley
    An ancient form of worship, contemplative prayer is making a comeback in Baptist churches.Terms like “silence and reflection,” “creating space” and “getting in touch with yourself” were absent from Chad Kerr’s Baptist upbringing in Georgia. But they’ve since become central to his ability to cope with the demands of life as a bank president, husband and father of three children under age 10. “With all the noise we have going on in our lives, creating that space to be still before God is very important,” he said. Kerr finds that space in the contemplative worship and prayer forms practiced at...
  • The evangelical-mainline shell-game

    09/21/2012 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | September 19, 2012 | Fred Clark
    Ellen Painter Dollar extends an invitation to young evangelicals exhausted and frustrated by their community: While I am sympathetic to those who wish to bring reforms, of feminist and other natures, to the evangelical movement, I also want to remind those who are fed up with how women and their voices are welcomed (or not) in evangelical churches, publications, and conversations that there are many churches (that is, movements, denominations, and congregations) where women and other marginalized groups (such as LGBT Christians) donÂ’t have to fight for respect, equality, and a voice. I think many frustrated evangelicals would be amazed...
  • Retired Air Force chaplain arrested in sexual assault case

    09/21/2012 6:31:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    KWGN ^ | September 19, 2012 | David Mitchell
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A retired Air Force chaplain was arrested Wednesday in a sexual assault case that detectives say involves at least four victims. The suspect is 78-year-old David Grosse. Police received a report of an alleged sexual assault on July 3 and opened their investigation at that time. “Investigators are concerned that there may be more victims,” says Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller.
  • Vain Imaginations Are Costly...Psalm 2 pt 3

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-3)The formerly Judeo Christian world has come under the spell of a “vain imagination” just as the Psalmist predicted . Our leaders, the so-called “Kings of the earth and their rulers” have been counseled to cast off the former...
  • Churches continue to disband, merge

    09/19/2012 5:57:03 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Springfield News-Sun ^ | September 18, 2012 | Mark Fahey
    A local church will close its doors after a final worship service on Sept. 30, less than two years away from its 100th anniversary. Oakland Presbyterian will join at least 28 other mainline protestant churches that have been disbanded or consolidated in Clark County since 1980, according to data from the Association of Religious Data Archives. The loss of mainline protestant congregations in Clark County mirrors trends at the national level, where rolls dropped by more than 7 million members between 1980 and 2010. Gloria Sesslar has been a member of the Oakland congregation since 1980. She said many current...
  • The 25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 25 Years

    09/18/2012 7:34:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Sermon Central ^ | Michael Duduit, Preaching Magazine
    Preaching magazine editor Michael Duduit takes on the challenging task of naming the most important preachers from the recent past. When Preaching magazine was launched in 1985, a look at our list of contributing editors gave you a sense of who would be listed among the most influential preachers in America. That original group included Stuart Briscoe, Maxie Dunnam, Jim Henry, David Allan Hubbard, John Huffman, D.E. King, James Earl Massey, Calvin Miller, Lloyd John Ogilvie, Stephen F. Olford, Haddon Robinson, J. Alfred Smith, John Wesley White and William Willimon, along with several more.Thankfully, many of those preachers are still...
  • The myth of Mitt Romney’s evangelical problem

    09/18/2012 7:13:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jonathan Merritt
    Mitt Romney has an evangelical problem. Or so we’ve been told by everyone from The New Yorker to The Huffington Post to The Daily Beast. The national media have perpetuated this narrative throughout the election season, and political pundits aplenty have assumed its reliability in their columns and commentary. But there’s one glaring problem with the storyline: It’s not true. [SNIP] There are at least two explanations for why Romney’s Mormonism matters so little among this powerful voting bloc. First, evangelicals seem to care more about political ideology than orthodox theology as far as voting is concerned. Polls show that...
  • Maryland pastors rally support for same-sex marriage

    09/18/2012 3:36:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 17 September 2012 | Hayley Petersen
    Black clergy from across the country are planning to announce their support for same-sex marriage in Maryland this week. The pastors and other clergy, led by the Rev. Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, are hoping that their public display of support will help erase the perception that all black pastors are against gay marriage. "The impression that all African-American pastors are fundamentally opposed to the idea of marriage equality is wrong," Coates said.... "Though homosexual marriage advocates constantly slander the rest of us as irrational, hateful bigots, most people's objections are quite sensible," Jackson, pastor of...
  • Are Conservatives Abandoning Romney? [Say What?!? 7-10% of Tea Party Evangelicals support Obama??]

    09/17/2012 7:31:00 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 186 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | September 16, 2012 | Tom Dougherty
    There have been 16 public polls conducted in swing states within the last week and there is an alarming statistic, consistent in all the polls regardless of the pollster party bias, that should have the Romney camp more than a little worried and possibly perplexed. The numbers are clear that self-described conservatives are not supporting Governor Romney in sufficient numbers to win the election. Additionally there is anecdotal evidence that Evangelicals and Tea Party supporters are not embracing the Romney-Ryan ticket at levels that would be expected. Looking at the crosstabs of the polls conducted in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire,...
  • Update: Obama vs. Romney by Religious Groups [Monday morning Gallup poll]

    09/17/2012 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 17, 2012
    This tablebelow is based on interviewing conducted Aug. 1-Sept. 16 among registered voters. I’m using this large sample period in order to get adequate sample size of some of the smaller religious groups. Jewish and Mormon voters, for example, are just about 2% of the population each, with “other non-Christian” identifiers coming in at about 3%. This expanded period of interviewing means, of course, that any shifts as a result of recent news events -- such as those in the Middle East -- would only be minimally reflected in these data. [SNIP] Protestants (basically those who identify with a Christian...
  • There Are Less of Us Than You Think [Pagans discuss the amount(s) of religious influence in the USA]

    09/17/2012 1:46:45 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Patheos ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jason Pitzl-Waters
    According to Grey Matter Research, Americans think our country is far more religiously diverse than it actually is. In a survey of 747 adults the research and consulting firm found that most underestimated the size of Christianity and over-estimated the size of atheists, Muslims, and other religious minorities. “The typical American adult pegs religious affiliation in the U.S. as follows:  24% Catholic, 20% Protestant, 19% unaffiliated, 9% Jewish, 9% atheist or agnostic, 7% Muslim, 7% Mormon, and 5% from all other religious groups. In reality, according to the 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Americans...
  • African-American Christians waver over vote

    09/16/2012 1:15:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That's a worrisome message for the nation's first African-American president, who can't afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race. The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May. As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ...
  • The West Is Following A Vain Imagination...Psalm 2 pt 2

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4)The events of this past few weeks have underscored for me again the message of the second Psalm. The heathen(Nations) do indeed rage, and the people are enflamed because of a vain imagination. We looked in the last post about the...
  • Why The Heathen 1

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.(Psalm 2:1-4)Like most civilized people, I have been reeling from the world events of the previous week or so, especially Sept 11, 2011. I have not been surprised in any way at the attacks on our embassies, although it is...
  • Study: Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on Daily Basis [Protestant / Evangelical Caucus]

    09/14/2012 9:03:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 7, 2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A recently released study by a Christian research organization shows that most churchgoers do not read or study the Bible on a daily basis. The findings of the Transformational Discipleship Assessment released by LifeWay Research noted that 19 percent of respondents report reading or studying the Bible outside of church "every day." By contrast, 36 percent of respondents said that they either engage the Bible "once a week," "once a month," or "a few times a month." Eighteen percent reported rarely or never reading or studying the Bible outside of worship. Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, told The Christian...
  • Hobby Lobby: First Evangelical-Led Business Files Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate

    09/14/2012 8:40:49 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 13, 2012 | Alex Murashko
    Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held retail chain with 22,500 employees led by a Christian family, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, opposing the Health and Human Services "preventive services" mandate, the company announced Wednesday. The company becomes the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the government's contraception mandate. The company's CEO and founder, David Green, said Wednesday that the mandate would force the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the "morning after pill" and "week after pill" in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines...
  • A Word For The Bride of Christ [Charismatic Caucus]

    09/13/2012 4:09:11 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 9-13-12 | Jedediah
    Profound changes are about to come upon My Bride and body of Christ in a universal manner as never before . Worship shall ascend to a higher level "and must" to continue the work of the Gospel and to implement Kingdom Regime as My Father has intended it to be " on Earth as it IS in Heaven " for the Latter Rain is about to descend and ascend together "AS ONE" in places I ordain "as the Body of Christ " and it shall flow "AS ONE BODY" no matter where My Children reside and nothing I say "NOTHING"...