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  • How the Supreme Court Abolished Article V of the Constitution

    08/28/2015 4:44:27 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 38 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8.14.15 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    On July 31 at the American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award Luncheon, former Justice John Paul Stevens declared that, while the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment establishes a right to “gay marriage,” it does not protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.... I marvel at Stevens’ ability to reject an application of the Fourteenth Amendment to a right clearly enumerated elsewhere in the Constitution (viz., “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” in the Second Amendment) while affirming its application to a supposed right not elsewhere even remotely alluded to in the...
  • THE Overcomer's Crown [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/23/2015 12:01:23 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible. The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-23-15 | Jedediah
    I am alabaster in beauty ; the pearl in your crown , The voice of wisdom ; my words never fall to the ground , My majesty surrounds you for my heart you obey , My kingdom goes before you each and every day , There is no other that you serve , Your feet remain steady ; they never swerve , My heart is the path you joyfully anticipate , I AM your inheritance you pant for yet never need to wait , I AM your Shepherd ; your gateway , the pool of mercy you know , My...
  • Mega-church pastor who became Catholic: “So much started to make sense”

    07/09/2015 11:08:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 9, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Some readers may remember the post about Ulf Ekman, a prominent Evangelical pastor who stunned the world when he announced last year he was becoming Catholic.Now, an update, The National Catholic Register: On March 9, 2014, Ulf Ekman, founder and pastor of Word of Life church in Uppsala, Sweden, shocked his congregation with the announcement that he and his wife, Birgitta, were leaving Word of Life to join the Catholic Church. The Ekmans’ decision created a commotion, not only among the Protestant faithful, but even throughout decidedly secular Sweden.The Ekmans will present their story at the “Defending the Faith Conference” July 24-26 at...
  • Mother Miriam's Heart for the Family and Church (former Jew & Evangelical)

    07/06/2015 3:40:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jim Graves
    The founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, discusses her conversion from Judaism, religious habits, family life, and current social upheaval Left: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (; right: Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. on Sept. 8, 2011, when the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope became a public association of the faithful under Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa. Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. is founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope (, a new religious congregation currently headquartered in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, under the leadership...
  • 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.
  • Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide on Gay Marriage

    06/15/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 72 replies ^ | June 10, 2015 | Al Mohler
    If the view of the “converts” to same-sex marriage and the acceptance of homosexual partnerships is “ultimately destructive to society, to the church, and to relations between men and women,” how can that distance be avoided? The reality is that it cannot. This is a moment of decision, and every evangelical believer, congregation, denomination, and institution will have to answer. There will be no place to hide. The forces driving this revolution in morality will not allow evasion or equivocation. Every pastor, every church, and every Christian organization will soon be forced to declare an allegiance to the Scriptures and...
  • Tony Campolo's Gay Marriage Support Highlights Divide (Non-Catholic Christian Support at ~40% in US)

    06/13/2015 5:36:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    CBN ^ | June 13, 2015 | CBN
    Christian minister Tony Campolo's recent announcement that the church should accept gay couples is highlighting the growing division between Christians over the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage. In a statement issued this week, Campolo said he's tried to approach people on both sides of the issue with grace and understanding while struggling with his own beliefs. Finally, he said, it was his own relationship with his wife and the many same-sex couples they know and spend time with that persuaded him that the primary purpose of marriage is about spiritual growth. He also wrote that homosexuality is "almost never...
  • Birth Control and the Church how did we get here ?

    05/30/2015 3:35:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | May 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    A documentary film series produced in 2013, but one I have only recently viewed, maintains that the modern church’s stand in accepting birth control is contrary to centuries of early church teaching. Birth Control The Movie was directed by Kevin Peeples based on his own personal journey to answer the question: As a Christian, is birth control up to us? Little did he realize that his journey coincided with producers Scott Matthew Dix and Nathan Nicholson. The series consists of two DVD’s: BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?, which looks into why there is no fundamental difference between the...
  • Same-sex “Marriage” and the Persecution of Christians in Canada

    05/28/2015 3:55:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 28, 2015 | EA Z. SINGH
    Canada legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2005, the fourth country in the world to do so. During the rushed public debate that preceded legalization, the Christian and traditional understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman had strong support. Polls showed a deep split among Canadians, and the majority (52 percent) were actually against legalization at the time that it occurred.Opponents of same-sex “marriage” were given all kinds of assurances. The preamble to the Civil Marriage Act states that “everyone has the freedom of conscience and religion,” “nothing in this Act affects the guarantee of freedom...
  • Evangelical Protestants Are The Biggest Winners When People Change Faiths

    05/26/2015 7:27:44 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 8 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | 9:35 AM May 19, 2015 | Leah Libresco
    Religions in the United States grow and shrink because of immigration, births, deaths and many other factors, but a recent report from the Pew Research Center offers a chance to look in detail at which religions are gaining and losing members the old-fashioned way: by recruiting new members. Pew took a look at which religions have gained and lost followers when people change faiths, and we used its data to run the tape forward and see which religions would be on the rise if people kept switching at the current rates. This model isn’t a projection of the future...
  • America is Still a Christian Nation, But the Past Seven Years Has Seen Significant Drop

    05/13/2015 5:59:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 13, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    New Evangelization, where art thou? The Pew Research Center reports that the number of Americans who identify as Christian has fallen sharply, to the tune of nearly eight percentage points in only seven years.  The survey, carried out in 2014, was the second "Religious Landscape Study" Pew conducted since 2007. Based on the 35,000 people the institute interviewed, the American populace is 21% Catholic. It was 23.9% seven years ago.  While the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian dropped from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014, non-Christian religions are growing. Islam showed the greatest gains, growing half a percentage point...
  • Why the Church Distinguishes Between Mortal and Venial Sin, Part I

    05/08/2015 2:03:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 143 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 8, 2015 | MARK SHEA
    Many supposed "theological differences" between Catholics and Evangelicals are, I think, founded in semantics rather than in substantial disagreement. For example, when I was an Evangelical one of the periodic arguments I ran across against Catholic moral theology was that the concept of mortal and venial sin is unbiblical. Sin is sin, say Evangelicals, and there's no good in trying to make out some sins as "minor." To us Evangelicals such nice distinctions smelled a great deal like rationalization and looked like an escape clause from the commandment "Be holy, for I, the Lord, am Holy." After all, James wrote,...
  • More Americans Are Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than With An Evangelical One

    05/06/2015 6:27:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | Janie Velencia
    More Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christian, according to a new poll. The latest WSJ/NBC poll listed a series of qualities in a potential presidential candidate and asked respondents whether they'd "be enthusiastic," "be comfortable with," "have some reservations about" or "be very uncomfortable with" a candidate with each of those qualities. The results revealed that Americans are actually quite open to having a gay presidential candidate. Sixty-one percent said they would be either enthusiastic about or comfortable with a gay or lesbian candidate,...
  • Mike Huckabee and the Continuing Influence of Evangelicals

    05/05/2015 4:19:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | Nate Cohen
    The religious right remains the largest voting bloc in the Republican Party, and that gives Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, the potential to play a big role in the presidential nominating contest. But Mr. Huckabee, who was set to announce his presidential bid Tuesday morning, will have a harder time winning Iowa than he did in 2008, when religious conservatives had serious reservations about the two main candidates, John McCain and Mitt Romney. This year’s conservative favorites do not have Mr. Romney’s vulnerabilities among evangelicals, like Mormonism or past support for abortion rights. Some candidates might be outright good...
  • Evangelicals investigating GOP candidates on gay marriage, abortion

    04/20/2015 12:22:18 PM PDT · by balch3 · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Tired of being duped by conservative-sounding Republican presidential candidates who secretly harbored support for gay marriage, abortion and other socially liberal issues, evangelical pastors plan to investigate the backgrounds of White House hopefuls and their top aides. "Personnel is policy," said David Lane, whose American Renewal Project is working with 100,000 pastors to push 80 million evangelicals and 40 million Catholics who typically don't vote to the polls in 2016 to elect a conservative Republican. "We need to bring these things up on the table," he told Secrets. "Evangelical pastors aren't as much interested in budget issues as they are...
  • A Modern Translation [Beatitudes for modernists]

    03/29/2015 11:34:53 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 3/26/15 | Anthony Esolen
    The Church, I’ve been hearing, has to change, if she is going to have any leverage with men and women of our time. What that means, of course, is that they would like a sexual permission slip. It’s the only thing they care about. What’s it to them, after all, if the Church does not change her teachings, even if she could? They don’t obey them anyway. But perhaps they are setting their revisionary sights too low. Why change the Bride of Christ, when you might as well go for Christ Himself? Why trick out the bride in lingerie from...
  • The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many

    03/28/2015 12:21:36 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Fallibility ^ | September 23, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    The Sacrifice of the Mass, Hebrews, and the Problem of the One-and-the-Many Introduction In Roman Catholic theology, every particular mass is itself a sacrifice, not merely the memorial of a sacrifice. At the same time, however, the mass is essentially the same sacrifice as Calvary, even though the mass is not in every respect Calvary itself. The Council of Trent says: And inasmuch as in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the mass is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner the same Christ who once offered Himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross,...
  • Stop Defending Phil Robertson — You’re Embarrassing Yourself

    03/26/2015 3:03:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/26/2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Phil Robertson is an embarrassment, not a hero, and the socially conservative movement needs to distance itself from him immediately. Don’t get me wrong — I agree that our culture is experiencing a terrifying shift towards censorship. People have become so easily offended that it’s almost impossible to say anything without someone getting upset about it; and concepts like trigger warnings, safe spaces, and microaggressions are threatening free speech. But none of this changes the fact that Phil Robertson is an ignorant buffoon, and that many of his comments — despite the fact that he does have every right to...
  • Climate Denial is Immoral, Says Head of US Episcopal Church

    03/24/2015 4:13:09 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 72 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 24, 2015 22:29 GMT | Suzanne Goldenberg
    The highest ranking woman in the Anglican communion has said climate denial is a “blind” and immoral position which rejects God’s gift of knowledge. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church and one of the most powerful women in Christianity, said that climate change was a moral imperative akin to that of the civil rights movement. She said it was already a threat to the livelihoods and survival of people in the developing world.
  • Why Do So Many Evangelicals So Strongly Support Israel?

    03/23/2015 8:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Dr. Richard D, Land
    Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever. A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the "Promised Land" belongs to the Jews in belief and unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. (It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.) The Abrahamic Covenant also promises that "I...
  • A Protestant "comes out" (the effects of sola scriptura)

    03/20/2015 10:50:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | March 19, 2015 | Leila
    For the first ten or fifteen years after my reversion, my main apologetical interest was in debating and discussing with Protestants. These days, I rarely engage the Protestant/Catholic debate, and I focus more on the "culture wars" by debating secularists and atheists. Protestants are fellow Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the Church is very clear on that. However, every so often, I revisit the issues that divide Protestants and Catholics because Truth matters, and because the Church is a stronger witness to the world when we are undivided. At the Last Supper, hours before His death, Jesus prayed that his followers all be...
  • Under fire, Walker aide Liz Mair resigns

    03/18/2015 4:28:45 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/2015 | Niall Stanage
    An online communications strategist working for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) campaign-in-waiting resigned late Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after controversy erupted over disparaging comments she had made disparaging comments about Iowa?
  • Two Steps for Beginning Your Examination of the Catholic Church

    03/13/2015 11:56:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Defense ^ | March 12, 2015 | JOE HESCHMEYER
    St. Peter's, Rome In 2007, Dr. Francis Beckwith, the president of the Evangelical Theological Society -- the nation's largest Evangelical coalition of scholars, with over 4,000 members -- announced that he was converting (technically, reverting) to Roman Catholicism. Last week, I had the opportunity of meeting Dr. Beckwith, and hearing his reversion story in person (I'd already read about it in his book, Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic). Two particular turning points that he described struck me as instructive for anyone honestly considering the Catholic-Protestant question today. Every conversion is unique, but the things that worked for him might...
  • Conservative Student Group Commits 'Act of Violence' for Defending Christian Values

    03/12/2015 7:29:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/12/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A conservative student group at The George Washington University faces punishment, including the loss of its funding, for refusing to engage in LGBT sensitivity training on campus. The students are now being condemned and attacked on campus by those who claim they're committing an "act of violence" for standing up for their members' individual rights and Judeo-Christian values. The Young America's Foundation chapter at the Washington, D.C.-based academic institute has refused to participate in LGBT sensitivity training recently made as a requirement. Amanda Robbins, vice president of GW YAF, told The Christian Post that their objection to the training "stems...
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that “from the beginning of creation ‘God made them male and female.’” He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mark 10:6–8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 3:54:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | 140813 | Marcus Grodi / Terrence Staples
    Fr. Terry is a priest in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Raised in the Baptist Church, he was later very active in the Assembly of God church before finding his way home to the Catholic Church at the age of 26. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1995 he graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA, with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts. That same year he was ordained a priest for the Arlington Diocese. He is the brother of Catholic apologist Tim Staples.
  • Putin is pushing the Patriarch to the brink

    02/22/2015 12:30:33 PM PST · by Agog · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 02/19/2015 | Geraldine Fagan
    The Patriarch of Moscow laid the intellectual groundwork for Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. But now he is paying an exceedingly heavy price Russia has done shocking things in Ukraine – but, with a display of nerve that should surprise no one, it presents its designs on that country as the legitimate resurgence of an Orthodox Christian civilisation.
  • Nashville Evangelical Church Comes Out for Marriage Equality

    02/02/2015 6:31:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Time ^ | January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Dias
    "Could you be a church in Selma and not march, just handle your own community?" says pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church. "I don’t think I can do that." Three Sundays ago in Franklin, Tenn., twenty minutes south of Nashville and in the heart of the country’s contemporary Christian music industry, pastor Stan Mitchell of GracePointe Church preached what was perhaps the most important sermon of his life. You can watch it above–start around 44:40 if you are short on time.
  • Michael Moore invokes Jesus in 'Sniper' rant, [Fox News] Todd Starnes fires back

    01/26/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 86 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 1/26/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" had another jaw-dropping weekend, reaching an impressive $200 million at the domestic box office. Despite the film's colossal success, liberals like former DNC chairman Howard Dean and director Michael Moore just won't let "American Sniper" go. Over the weekend, Moore invoked Jesus in a slew of incendiary tweets aimed at dishonoring American soldiers and the Iraq war. One tweet stated "Tomorrow's Sunday School (1 What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he'd do --hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!" He followed that tweet with: Sunday School: (2) But What...
  • What It Means to Be Evangelical

    01/22/2015 12:51:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 01/22/2015 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    A number of thoughtful Evangelical commentators (captured here by my brave and faithful friend Owen Strachan) have responded pointedly to Elizabeth Dias's Time story, "Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage." They have demonstrated logically, theologically and philosophically why the movement to abandon Scripture's teaching on human sexuality in order to accommodate supposedly Evangelical advocates of normalizing same-sex "marriage" and attraction is an offense to God and the Gospel.At the Family Research Council, we have joined them in addressing the concerns of younger Evangelicals regarding homosexuality, in recognizing the uniqueness of male-female complementarity and in celebrating God's plan for sexual intimacy...
  • Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning [and much more]

    01/13/2015 1:57:02 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 29 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | September 22, 2014 | Pew Research Center
    Nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now thinks religion is losing influence in American life, up 5 percentage points from 2010 to the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past decade... The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). .. It finds a slight drop in support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry, with 49% of Americans in favor and 41% opposed – a 5-point dip in support from a February...
  • Year-in-Review: Barna's Top 10 Findings from 2014

    01/03/2015 10:07:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Barna Group ^ | 01/03/2015
    December 29, 2014 - Every December, Barna Group compiles its top findings and trends from research conducted in the past year. From legalizing marijuana to increasing secularization trends to America’s complicated relationship with sports—2014 was an interesting year. 1. Bible Skepticism Is Now Tied with Bible EngagementFor the first time since Barna Group and American Bible Society’s Bible engagement tracking began, Bible skepticism is tied with Bible engagement. The number of those who are skeptical or agnostic toward the Bible—who believe the Bible is “just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice”—has nearly doubled from...
  • Why rape is so intrinsic to religion (Mary Got Raped:Salon Click Bait)

    12/22/2014 12:01:18 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | December 21, 2014 | Valerie Tarico
    Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey. Zeus comes to Danae in the form of a golden shower, cutting “the knot of intact virginity” and leaving her pregnant with the Greek hero, Perseus. Jupiter forcibly overcomes Europa by transforming himself into a white bull and abducting her. He imprisons her on the Isle of Crete, over time fathering three children. Pan copulates with a shepherdess to produce Hermes. The legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus are conceived when the Roman god Mars impregnates Rea...
  • Rick Warren And Catholics Together

    12/12/2014 8:42:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 71 replies
    The Heidelblog ^ | December 10, 2014 | R. Scott Clark
    Darryl Hart has a thought-provoking post today on Rick Warren’s recent comments about what Rome and Protestants have in common. Warren’s comments are a sterling reminder of the importance of knowing our church history. Yes, Christians of all the major traditions receive the biblical and catholic truths of the Holy Trinity and the two natures of Christ. Yes, confessional Protestants are committed to the protection of unborn humans and the affirmation of a creational order for sex and marriage—is Pope Francis committed to the latter?—but we share these commitments with Mormons, Jews, and even some atheists.  Obviously, these concerns, as...
  • 80% of women having abortions Identify as Christians

    12/07/2014 11:18:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 100 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | August 22, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    From pro-life Christian Dr. La Verne Tolbert: “So, who is having these abortions? We are. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood: The highest proportion (43%) identify themselves as Protestant. 27% of women having an abortion identify themselves as Catholic, and 8% as members of another religion. 22% reported no religious affiliation. 13% identified themselves as “born again” or evangelical….. Those who claim to know Jesus and who protest against abortion the most account for nearly 80% of all abortions.” Dr. La Verne Tolbert “Abortion: the Sin of Idolatry”, Doctor Alveda King and Dr.La Verne...
  • I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic

    11/28/2014 2:33:31 PM PST · by NYer · 1,099 replies
    Aleteia ^ | JUNE 20, 2014 | ANTHONY BARATTA
    It was the day after Ash Wednesday in 2012 when I called my mom from my dorm room at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and told her I thought I was going to become Catholic. “You’re not going to become Catholic, you just know you’re not Southern Baptist,” she said. “No, I don’t think so.” A pause. “Oh boy,” she sighed. I started crying. I cannot stress enough how much I hated the idea of becoming Catholic. I was bargaining to the last moment. I submitted a sermon for a competition days before withdrawing from school. I was memorizing Psalm 119...
  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 8:38:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2014 | Chris Wright / David Weintraub
    Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?" and interviews with the author.
  • Christian right key to Republican performance in U.S. midterms

    10/27/2014 2:16:20 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/2014 | Alistair Bell
    (Reuters) - If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives. Although they get little attention from candidates, white evangelical Christian voters are likely to be fundamental to any Republican victories in the key Senate races, especially in the South. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows evangelicals are more enthusiastic than the general population about the midterms.
  • How to react to Islamic terror - Dr. Robert Jeffress

    10/27/2014 1:42:01 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 4 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10/24/2014 | Dr. Robert Jeffress
    Pastor Robert Jeffress reacts to Christians being persecuted by ISIS.
  • 6 Reasons This Evangelical Was Convinced ‘Humanae Vitae’ Is Right

    10/19/2014 10:58:58 AM PDT · by millegan · 31 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 10-19-2014 | Brantly Millegan
    Today, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, who served the Catholic Church as the bishop of Rome 1963-1978. (“Beatification” is one step below being canonized a saint.) Paul VI had a jam-packed papacy, including finishing the Second Vatican Council, traveling to all six inhabited continents (a first for popes), and historic ecumenical break-throughs. But today he’s probably most remembered for his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which confirmed the Catholic Church’s long-standing teaching against contraception, abortion, and sterilization. Outside of the Catholic Church (and, unfortunately, by a large number of people within the Church as well), the teaching of Humanae Vitae...
  • City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons [Dealing With Homosexuality]

    10/15/2014 8:14:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 155 replies
    Fox ^ | Published October 14, 2014 | By Todd Starnes
    The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five...
  • Did St. Jerome's Vulgate (containing the Masoretic Text) provide correct quotes for the NT?

    09/22/2014 8:25:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 75 replies
    9/22/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jerome's Vulgate was the first translation of the Old Testament into Latin --- directly from the Masoretic Text. Given that, was Jerome's Version, the Vulgate, inspired by God if Jesus did not quote from the Masoretic Text? If Jesus Christ did not quote from the Masoretic Text, what authoritative power(s) could the original Vulgate have contained, and what authentic inspiration did Jerome possess at that time of his translation? At the time its translation the Vulgate was considered to be authoritative, but how correct were any at this time to declare the Vulgate to be authoritative and/or inspired? If it...
  • Did we have any surviving Original Manuscripts that prove Jesus Christ quoted from the Septuagint?

    09/21/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 38 replies
    9/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) If no one alive today was there when He spoke, how then do we know which Jesus quoted from - the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint? B.) If he did quote from the Masoretic Text, and His quotes, parables, etcetera, were later translated into Greek in the middle of the first century AD - independently of the Septuagint - how would we know given that none of these Original Manuscripts have survived. And though this translation work would undoubtedly differ slightly from the Septuagint, none have survived. Since no Original Manuscripts - showing one way or the other -...
  • THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide

    09/20/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    The Destin Log ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 | Dr. Barry K. Carpenter
    THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide By Dr. Barry K. Carpenter Published: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM. Christians around the world are experiencing unprecedented persecution. Reporter and news analyst Kirsten Powers, interviewed in the Daily Beast, said, “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. The silence has been nearly deafening.” It seems open season on Christians. It is more pronounced, more bold, more contagious, and in more numbers than at any other time in history. It may appear to...
  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/18/2014 12:25:23 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 42 replies
    Sandro Magister ^ | 09/18/2014 | Sandro Magister
    VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 – The “revolution” of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope Bergoglio immediately provided for the transfer to lower-ranking positions of three prominent curial figures: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, and Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, considered for their theological and liturgical sensibilities among the most “Ratzingerian” of the Roman curia. Another whose fate appears to be sealed is the Spanish archbishop...
  • Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level

    09/17/2014 9:07:14 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 878 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/17/2014 | Tanya Diente
    Pope Francis, with his open-mindedness and more humanist approach to Catholicism reportedly promoted that the Virgin Mary should be at the second Holy Trinity, even putting her at Godhead level. Pope Francis recently attended the morning mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15 at Casa Santa Marta. He preached on how the Virgin Mary "learned, obeyed and suffered at the foot of the cross," according to the Vatican Radio."Even the Mother, 'the New Eve', as Paul himself calls her, in order to participate in her Son's journey, learned, suffered and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother,"...
  • In Defense of Christians Summit - Sep. 9-11, 2014

    08/19/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    idcsummit ^ | August 18, 2014
    The mission of IDC is threefold: awareness, advocacy and unity. First, IDC hopes to increase awareness among our fellow citizens, the media, and policymakers about the faith and courage of those persecuted individuals and communities in the Middle East, particularly Christians and religious minorities, whose plight is worsening by the day. We are told in Hebrews 13 to continue to remember those mistreated as if we ourselves are suffering. As Christians, we are called to band together to shine a bright light on this ongoing, deteriorating situation in the Middle East, and to make it an issue of urgency for...
  • How Americans Feel About Religious Groups (Pew Research Poll)

    07/18/2014 6:35:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Pew Forum ^ | July 16, 2014
    Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).Buddhists, Hindus and Mormons receive neutral ratings on average, ranging from 48 for Mormons to...
  • The Latest Threat to Evangelical Support for Israel

    07/12/2014 4:31:39 AM PDT · by rhema · 40 replies
    The Tower Magazine ^ | July 2014 | Luke Moon
    Conservative Christians have generally been known for their enthusiastic support for the Jewish state. But a new movement of young activists is seeking to change that.In 2010, a film was released that perfectly encapsulated the erosion of Evangelical Christian support for Israel. The film, With God on Our Side, featured a young man learning about the Palestinian struggle and coming to see Israel not as evidence of God’s faithfulness, but as a mean and heartless nation enabled by American Evangelicals who have embraced Zionist ideology. The film’s narrative of peace-loving Palestinians mistreated by heartless Israelis and their Christian Zionist supporters...
  • A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.

    07/09/2014 9:49:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-9-14 | Russell D. Moore & Andrew Walker
    In any discussion about the future of religion in America, especially as it relates to stalled growth in churches and denominations, those outside our religious communities find one theory especially compelling. This is the idea: that young Evangelicals are frustrated with Christian orthodoxy’s strict standards of sexual morality. We’re told that these young Evangelicals will soon revolutionize our churches with liberalized views on same-sex marriage, premarital sex, gender identity, and so on. But a new study by a University of Texas sociologist finds that Evangelical Christians ages 18 to 39 are resisting liberalizing trends in the culture. The suggestion of...