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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-28-15, M, St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor/Church

    01/27/2015 9:34:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
     January 28, 2015Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the...
  • Barna Group Surveys and Statistics Challenged

    01/27/2015 7:37:19 PM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | January 11, 2015 | Jim C. Pakala
    Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocritesand Other Lies Youve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media, by Bradley R.E. Wright (Bethany House, 2010). In 2002, the Barna Group conducted a survey of 270 non-Christians. They asked these non-Christians their impressions of actors, lawyers, and nine other different groups in society, including ministers, Evangelicals, and born-again Christians as three of the eleven groups. The Barna Group found that born-again Christians and ministers scored high in respect, but Evangelicals scored rather low. Based on these data, the Barna Group concluded that non-Christians are dismissive of Evangelicals. According to the...
  • Court Unanimously Bans Judges from Working with Boy Scouts Over Stance on Homosexuality

    01/27/2015 5:58:06 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 42 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 1/25/15 | Heather Clark
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. The Supreme Court of California has unanimously voted to ban judges in the state from working with groups such as the Boy Scouts of America due to their stance on homosexual behavior. The court voted on the matter on Friday, taking up a recommendation from the courts Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.
  • (Liberal) scholar Marcus Borg dies at 72

    01/27/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 19 replies
    Full title: Scholar Marcus Borg Who Claimed Jesus Never Said Many of the Things Found in the Bible Dies at 72 Marcus Borg, a scholar popular for participating in the Jesus Seminar, died at the age of 72 last Wednesday. His publisher HarperOne said the cause of death was related to his long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He died at his home in Powell Butte, Oregon. Borg was known for being a pioneer in what is labeled by some as progressive Christianity, and he participated in the Jesus Seminar around 30 years ago where a group of scholars gathered...
  • Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties

    01/27/2015 4:50:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 27 January 2015 | Associated Press
    Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a 'balanced approach' in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others. It's not clear how much common ground the Mormons will find with this new campaign. The church insists it is making no changes in doctrine, and still believes it's against the law of God to have sex outside marriage between a man and a woman. Scroll down for video
  • Is evangelism going out of style?

    Gospel tracts, sidewalk evangelism, street preachers with bullhornsall of these things seem like evangelistic efforts of yesteryear. But if this seems true, where does that leave the state of evangelism today? Is faith-sharing a fading practice, or does it simply look different today? In all their innovative efforts to engage culture, have Christians left this ancient practice so integral to their faith behind? Barna Group has charted evangelistic practices and attitudes for more than two decades, and the latest study sheds light on the gaps between evangelism in theory and practice, the social groups who are sharing their faith the...
  • Christian Nurse Suspended for Praying for Sick Muslim Co-worker in UK

    01/27/2015 4:05:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/19/15 | Anugrah Kumar
    A Christian nurse says the U.K.'s National Health Service suspended her for "harassment and bullying" because she prayed a short prayer for her Muslim colleague who was going through heath and personal problems. The nurse is filing a legal challenge against the NHS. "God, I trust You will bring peace and You will bring healing," Victoria Wasteney, a 37-year-old senior occupational health therapist at the John Howard Centre, a secure mental hospital in east London, prayed for her Muslim colleague, Enya Nawaz, 25, according to The Telegraph. East London NHS Foundation Trust suspended her for nine months, but on full...
  • Jury Awards $150K to Evangelical Christian Fired for Refusing 'Mark of the Beast'

    01/27/2015 3:58:58 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 54 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/23/15 | Leonardo Blair
    An evangelical Christian who said he was forced to retire from his job as a general laborer at Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Co.'s mining operations in Mannington, West Virginia, for his religious beliefs was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages last Thursday by a federal jury. Senior Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. is also expected to determine other compensation owed to the ex-employee, Beverly R. Butcher, at a later hearing, according to a report in The Exponent Telegram. The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of Butcher against Consol Energy in September 2013 after the company refused...
  • Nakedness Equals Shame

    01/27/2015 12:59:10 PM PST · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | January 27, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    Many years ago, I wrote a book that was first titled The Psychology of Atheism, then later retitled If There Is a God, Why Are There Atheists? In it, I included a chapter on the nakedness motif that we find in sacred Scripture and in Western philosophy. I did a word study of gumnos, which is the Greek for naked. In the garden of Eden, the man and the woman were naked but without shame until sin came into their lives. The very first psychological self-awareness of guilt and shame was an uncomfortable awareness of nudity. Since then, human beings...
  • Nobody Can Do It Like Jimmy Swaggart

    01/27/2015 11:54:14 AM PST · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | Lewis Grizzard | March 2, 1988
    I was in Baton Rouge a few months ago and somebody from the Chamber of Commerce, upon my request, took me out to see evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's place, which is a four-iron from the plush new Country Club of Louisiana. You can't actually set foot on Jimmy's spread, of course. There are guards to keep you out, not to mention a wall around the estate that locals report cost $800,000 to build. I've seen bigger spreads than Swaggart's. I was at Peter the Great's palace outside Leningrad once. But Swaggart hasn't done badly to come in second to a czar.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-27-15, OM, St. Angela Merici, Virgin

    01/26/2015 7:33:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 27, 2015Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 10:1-10 Brothers and sisters:Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of them, it can never make perfect those who come to worship by the same sacrifices that they offer continually each year.Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longer have had any consciousness of sins?But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins, for it is impossible that the blood of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    01/26/2015 5:06:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    catholicgentleman.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Sam Guzman
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her. Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Liberals Admit 'Obamacare' Funds Abortion, Now That Republicans Voted to Strip Funding

    01/26/2015 3:30:01 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/24/15 | Napp Nazworth
    Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions. In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery.
  • Christian Blogger Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post About Leggings

    01/26/2015 3:20:42 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 54 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/26/15 | Benge Nsenduluka
    Full title: Christian Blogger Veronica Partridge Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post Claiming Leggings Tempt Men Draws Criticism A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan. Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she said she had chosen to stop wearing leggings as pants in public to honor her Christian faith in a candid blog post that went viral. "I've had a lot of both positive and negative...
  • Pope reportedly holds private audience with transgender man (Salon)

    01/26/2015 2:25:21 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Salon ^ | 1/26/15 | Luke Brinker
    Pope Francis met privately with a Spanish transgender man this weekend, according to new report featured in the Washington Blade. Diego Neria Lejrraga told the Spanish newspaper Hoy that he and his fiance met with the pontiff at his official Vatican residence on Saturday, in what would mark the first meeting of a pope with a transgender person.
  • 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 · 81 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...
  • Female bishop: Man interrupts Libby Lane ordination (Church of England)

    01/26/2015 9:23:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | bbc
    A man has interrupted the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop. The unidentified man said that "it was not in the Bible", when Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Mrs Lane should be ordained. The man asked to speak to Dr Sentamu about the "absolute impediment" before walking off. VIDEO ON LINK
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-15, M, Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

    01/25/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 26, 2015Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops    Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of Godfor the promise of life in Christ Jesus,to Timothy, my dear child:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God,whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faiththat first lived in your grandmother...
  • Steves Devotional - What about the Past?

    01/25/2015 7:17:59 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | January 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Sound familiar? All clichs. They may sound nice, but clichs are often just like Band-Aids on canceruseless. ... What do you do about your past? Lets check out lessons from the Apostle Paul in Acts 9:21-31. To say that Paul had a bad past is a gross understatement. As Saul, Paul lived the worst kind of sinful life you could imaginepersecuting, killing and binding up the saints of God. In fact, at this point in Acts, Paul had just participated in the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian church. What did Paul do about his past? What...
  • The Miracle Mile

    01/25/2015 12:06:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    Love Worth Finding ^ | unknown | Adrian Rogers
    Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth... (snip) Jesus calls us to not only do what is required, but to go the extra mile. How can a Christian learn the joy of the selfless, Christ-filled life in such a selfish world? Christ calls us not to merely go one mile, but to go that extra mile ─ that miracle mile, the one that causes our lives to change. The Principle of the Miracle Mile When Christ said these words, Palestine had been occupied by Rome for about one...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-25-15, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/24/2015 10:49:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 25, 2015Third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Jon 3:1-5, 10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’S bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, “when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them, great and...
  • On the Origin and Nature of Things-Chapter 5

    01/24/2015 5:28:34 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    THE CELEBRATED PRAYER of the great German astronomer, Kepler, has been a benediction to many: "O God, I thank Thee that Thou hast permitted me to think Thy thoughts after Thee." This prayer is theologically sound because it acknowledges the priority of God in the universe. "In the beginning God" is undoubtedly the most important sentence in the Bible. It is in God that all things begin, and all thoughts as well. In the words of Augustine, "But Thou, O Lord, who ever livest, and in whom nothing dies, since before the world was, and, indeed, before all that can...
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 194 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (觀音) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • Lecrae Confesses Abortion, Invites Others Into The Light

    01/24/2015 4:03:54 PM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tony Reinke
    As the forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade draws near, we are reminded of how large and formidable the abortion industry has become in the United States. Planned Parenthood survives with a heavy dose of government funding, even as overall abortion numbers are down and seem to indicate the entire industry is diminishing. The battle between life and choice is being fought one story at a time.On one side is 25-year-old Emily Letts, who uploaded to YouTube, as a positive story, what she claims is her abortion procedure (the actual procedure is shielded from view and the authenticity of Lettss...
  • Fabricated: 'I did not go to heaven'

    01/24/2015 11:38:38 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources' decision to stop selling a discredited book about a 6-year-old's supposed vision of heaven is being cited as a reminder that followers of Jesus should rely on the Bible rather than subjective experience for their knowledge of the afterlife. "Anytime you step away from the clear, revelatory, propositional statements of Scripture into your own experience, then you open yourself to every kind of weird existential idea out there," Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who believes books like Malarkey's are unbiblical, told Baptist Press. "We want people bound to truth, not to what they feel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-24-15, M, St. Francis de Sales, Bishop/Doctor of the Church

    01/23/2015 8:19:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 24, 2015Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Heb 9:2-3, 11-14 A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one,in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of offering; this is called the Holy Place.Behind the second veil was the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies. But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, passing through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made by hands, that is, not belonging to this creation, he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not...
  • The Universal Presence

    01/23/2015 3:15:25 PM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?-Psa. 139:7 In all Christian teaching certain basic truths are found, hidden at times, and rather assumed than asserted, but necessary to all truth as the primary colors are found in and necessary to the finished painting. Such a truth is the divine immanence. God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. This is boldly taught by prophet and apostle and is accepted by Christian theology generally. That is, it appears in the books, but for some reason it has...
  • NM bishops will push to end late-term abortions

    01/23/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    abqjournal.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexicos three Roman Catholic bishops hope Republican control in the state House of Representatives will help them achieve a ban on late-term abortions that Albuquerque voters rejected in a 2013 city election. Allen Snchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the new Republican majority in the House provides the first window of opportunity in years to end late-term abortions in the state. For years (Republicans) have made the claim that if they could take the House, they could get pro-life legislation on the governors desk, Snchez said. We see pro-lifers, both Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Pro-life shrine to open in former Twin Spires (Missouri)

    01/23/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    newspressnow.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jena Sauber
    The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine. When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first national pro-life shrine in the country. It will serve as a location for prayer to end abortion, and for atonement for the babies and the conversion of their parents, the nonprofit said. It was kind of miraculous. We were going to build a shrine, said Richard Mahoney, president of the foundation. I got a call from a...
  • Methodist Head of Human Rights Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 1:11:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The Director of Civil and Human Rights for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the churchs lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying I march for sandwiches. TWEET ON LINK Heres a thought. A great proportion of the pro-life marchers are young people. They are volunteers, unpaid and untrained. Mefford, on the other hand, is a grown man, one whose actual job is to represent Christians in the...
  • Are we really pro-LIFE?

    01/23/2015 9:51:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    religionnews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Boz Tchividjian
    I will never forget the first ultrasound of my unborn child. Expecting an idle smudge on a grainy screen, my wife and I were greeted by a hyperactive baby, all four flailing limbs foiling the doctors attempt at accurate measurement. Our child was beautiful, and very much alive. This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and across the country pro-lifers gather to profess the humanity of unborn children. However, as Brennan Manning noted in The Ragamuffin Gospel, the danger of the pro-life position is that it can be frighteningly selective. Recent events provide repeated and disturbing evidence...
  • METHODIST HEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS MOCKS PROLIFE MARCHERS

    01/23/2015 7:00:20 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 39 replies
    First Things ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The Director of Civil and Human Rights for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the Churchs lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying I march for sandwiches.[...]
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-23-15, OM, St. Vincent, Deacon/Martyr, St. Marianne Cope, V

    01/22/2015 8:38:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 23, 2015Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 8:6-13 Brothers and sisters:Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministryas he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.But he finds fault with them and says:Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,when I will conclude a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe...
  • Postabortion Man Calls for Churches to Recognize Abortion Grief

    01/22/2015 8:35:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Clinicquotes.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Sarah Terzo
    Research indicates that by age 40 one in four women have had an abortion and the fact is that many of them are sitting in our church pews broken and silent. It is my position that the same can be said of the men. What about the post-abortive fathers guilt, anger and emotional scars? Many of these fathers are as hurt as the mothers. Its time for the church to open its eyes as well as its hearts and arms to these wounded men. They need assistance to break their chains of secrecy, seek godly professional counsel and find true...
  • The Meal That Divides

    01/22/2015 2:35:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | Keith Mathison
    On the night of the institution of the Lords Supper, Jesus prayed for His disciples and for those who would become His disciples, that they may all be one (John 17:21). This was a profound prayer for unity among Christs disciples. Sadly, the occasion for this prayer, the Passover of the new exodus, the meal commemorating the death of the Lamb of God for His people, has become the focal point for some of the most serious controversies and divisions in the church. It is no longer the meal that unites us but instead has become the meal that divides...
  • Pope flashes hand sign in Manila, prompts head-scratching

    01/22/2015 11:34:13 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 61 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 12/21/14 | Deborah Hastings
    Pope Francis, during his recent love-filled tour of the Phillippines, raised his hand in a salute and prompted some Internet tongue-wagging. Standing next to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in Manila, the Pope raised his index and pinkie fingers, keeping his third and fourth fingers down and his thumb extended. The cardinal did the same. All of which prompted the Los Angeles Times to post on its music blog that the pontiff might have been making the sign of the horns, a heavy metal staple among concert fans, or perhaps a centuries-old devil sign.
  • Rick Santorum unhappy with Pope Francis for rabbits comment

    01/22/2015 8:54:41 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    Wahington Post ^ | January 22 | Justin Moyer
    Catholics are supposed to listen to the pope. Why? As explained in their churchs catechism: For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered. Thats a pretty broad mandate. But when Pope Francis starts cautioning Catholics against breeding like rabbits, some Catholics dont like what they hear including once and future Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum. The pope is the leader of the Catholic Church, and when he speaks as...
  • SC megachurch minister takes fire from SC Baptist Convention

    01/22/2015 5:10:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The State ^ | January 22, 2015 | Ron Barnett
    NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble is in hot water with the South Carolina Baptist Convention over a sermon he preached at the Upstate-based megachurch in which he interpreted the Ten Commandments as 10 sayings or promises rather than commandments. The Rev. Tommy Kelly, president of the convention, issued a statement calling on members of the states largest denominational group to remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches. In his Christmas Eve sermon, which Noble said he believed God...
  • But Contemporary Worship Brings People To Jesus! Right?

    01/22/2015 5:05:08 AM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jonathan Aigner
    Missional Meditation Consider this comment I received on the Modernized Hymns post. "I have tried to avoid God my whole life. I wouldnt know a traditional hymn from a modernized hymn. Ive never even stepped foot into a churchuntil this past Sunday. The people on stage sang a song by David Crowder, and I began to feel the very presence of God. It was like nothing I ever felt before. Tears streamed down my eyes and right then, I bowed down and made a decision to surrender my life to Jesus. I ask you a simple questionwasnt David Crowders song...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-22-15, Day of Prayer for the...Protec...of Unborn Children

    01/21/2015 8:24:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 22, 2015Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children    Reading 1 Heb 7:25—8:6 Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day,first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.For the law appoints men subject to...
  • Pagan Saints

    01/21/2015 4:47:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 470 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 19,2012 | Nathan Busenitz
    As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox)emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful,book by John Calvin answers that question directly.In his work, A Treatise on Relics, Calvin utilizes his extensive knowledge of church history to demonstrate that prayers to the saints, prayers for the dead, the veneration of relics, the lighting of candles (in homage to the saints), and the veneration of icons are all rooted in Roman paganism. Suchpractices infiltrated...
  • Obama's State of Delusion Address - Biblical Perspective

    01/21/2015 3:09:16 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    My dear friends, we as "Christians first and conservatives second" continually offer great solutions, ideas and suggestions based in TRUTH and REALITY to our nation which would bring ETERNAL liberty (John 1:12, 8:32,36), fiscal soundness and relief, moral and social healing and the restitution of liberty until the Lord comes, but tragically these truths and suggestions - which are rooted and based on Almighty God's Word and moral absolutes - are scoffed and slandered at as evil by the majority of Americans, the GOP and Progressive Democratic Party (Isa. 5:20). In light of the moral relativistic, decadent and lawless mindset...
  • HEROD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

    01/21/2015 2:33:39 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    If some one had told me a few years ago that he thought Herod at one time came near the kingdom of God, I should have been inclined to doubt it. I would have said, "I do not believe that the bloodthirsty wretch who took the life of John the Baptist ever had a serious thought in his life about his soul's welfare." I held that opinion because there is one scene recorded in Herod's life that I had overlooked. But some years ago, when I was going through the gospel of Mark, making a careful study of the book,...
  • Breakpoint - The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels (Unprecedented Tribulation?)

    01/21/2015 7:56:24 AM PST · by xzins · 27 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | January 21, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    While in 2014 the days of throwing Christians to wild beasts in the arena may be behind us, the persecution of Christians around the world isn't. In fact, the number of our brothers and sisters subjected to imprisonment, torture, and death for their faith in just the last twelve months dwarfs the number who suffered during the entire tenure of Nero. As a new report from a leading ministry to the persecuted church shows, last year was one of the most violent on record for believers worldwideand 2015 could be worse. Open Doors International released its World Watch List earlier...
  • The Church Is Called To Be Churchy, So Deal With It

    01/21/2015 5:44:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    hope Stands ^ | Samuel Kee
    Im sitting in a donut shop. Ive been here many times and nobody has ever complained about this place, saying, This donut shop is too donutty. Its a donut shop; so you expect it to be donutty. No one ever said that a sporting event was too sporty, a library too booky, a concert too musicy, an airport too planey, a home too homey, a college too schooly, or a hospital too hospitally. Yet, I hear all the time, That church was too churchy. But what else should it be? Why the double-standard? Why do we condemn the church for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-21-15, M, St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

    01/20/2015 9:08:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 21, 2015Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr  Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17 Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also “king of Salem,” that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness of Melchizedek, who...
  • Newsweek's Falsehoods on the Bible: Leviticus and Christians (vanity)

    01/20/2015 7:03:15 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    I read the Newsweek article on the Bible and of course noted all the falsehoods in it. I pray for the writer Kurt Eichenwald, but also hope to respond to the falsehoods and that he and Newsweek won't succeed in further undermining the Bible. http://www.newsweek.com/2015/01/02/thats-not-what-bible-says-294018.html This is a partial response to the article's falsehoods in the section on Christians and the question of keeping the Mosaic law or not. From the article: >>When they heard about the goings-on in Antioch, a debate ensued: Did gentiles have to become Jews first (like Jesus) and follow Mosaic Law before they could be...
  • Gods Provision for the Weary Pilgrim

    01/20/2015 5:20:51 PM PST · by Gamecock
    ligonier.org ^ | November 1st, 2012 | Chris Larson
    The distractions of the world and the temptations of the Devil would be enough to derail almost any pilgrim on their journey to heaven. But add to these the manifold frailties of our sinful flesh, and this triumvirate of Christian foes would seem to rule out any hope of reaching the Celestial City. Devotion and zeal can fade with every bend in the road until we are lost and alone. Despair and anxiety set in. Such have been the struggles of all pilgrims. Because of the One who sets us on our pilgrimage, we leave the delusional comforts of our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-20-15, OM, St. Fabian, Pope, St. Sebastian, Martys

    01/19/2015 7:46:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20 Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-15

    01/18/2015 8:03:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19, 2015Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Heb 5:1-10 Brothers and sisters:Every high priest is taken from among menand made their representative before God,to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,for he himself is beset by weaknessand so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himselfas well as for the people.No one takes this honor upon himselfbut only when called by God,just as Aaron was.In the same way,it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,but rather the one who said...