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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-29-15, Palm Sunday of the Lordís Passion

    03/28/2015 7:12:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 29, 2015Palm Sunday of the Lord‚Äôs Passion ¬†¬† At the Procession with Palms -¬†Gospel Mk 11:1-10 When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‚ÄúGo into the village opposite you,and immediately on entering it, you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.Untie it and bring it here.If anyone should say to you,‚ÄėWhy are you doing this?‚Äô reply,‚ÄėThe Master has need of itand will send it back here at once.‚Äô‚ÄĚSo they went off and found...
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    03/28/2015 1:00:48 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    www.barna.org . ^ | March 24, 2015 | Barna Group
    Who Are the Atheists? [excerpts] For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). Thatís nearly double the proportion of ďvirgin unchurchedĒ who are not skeptics (17%)... Five Demographic Shifts among Skeptics They are younger. Skeptics today are, on average, younger than in the past. Twenty years...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 113 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Catholicism in Space: Houston, Do We Have a problem?

    03/28/2015 11:13:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly (raised Catholic in an Irish-American family) are about to embark on an important scientific experiment on Friday. Scott Kelly will begin spending a year in space on the International Space Station (ISS) while his brother stays back here on earth as a control subject. NASA will be studying how extended time in space changes Scott relative to his brother Mark. Living for an extended time outside the gravity of earth and partially exposed to the radiation of space can impact oneís bones, heart, eyes, muscles, and who knows what else. Itís probably important to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-15

    03/27/2015 9:03:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28, 2015Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...
  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • Do Catholics and Muslims worship the same God?

    03/27/2015 1:04:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 142 replies
    justforcatholics.org ^ | Dr Joseph Mizzi
    Catholicism and Islam are monotheistic religions, that is, both believe that there is but one God. However, that does not necessarily imply that they worship the same God. Two men may be married to one woman, but that does not mean that they are married to the same woman. So, the question is whether Catholics and Muslims worship the same one God.The modern Catholic Church has defined her relations to non-Christian religions in a document entitled Nostra Aetate. The section on Islam begins thus: The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting...
  • Being Soul Sad For My Church [PC(USA)]

    03/27/2015 4:59:43 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Winds Of Talahi ^ | March 25, 2015
    There have been few times in my life when I have been truly soul sad. As a Pastor, I have stood by the bed of dying patients and encouraged them to hope in Heaven when earth offered them none. I have held the hands of mothers when their cries had no comfort, because the terminally ill child in their arms would be the pain of unfulfilled dreams. I have listened to the hurt of children betrayed, seen the terror of marriages destroyed by temptation, and cried when good people have made devastatingly bad choices. For these my soul has hurt,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-27-15

    03/26/2015 7:38:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 27, 2015Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent ¬†¬† Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:‚ÄúTerror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!‚ÄĚAll those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.‚ÄúPerhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.‚ÄĚBut the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-26-15

    03/25/2015 8:31:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2015Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • The Rumors of the Churchís Death Have Been Greatly Overstated...

    03/25/2015 10:01:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 25, 2015 | Stephen Altrogge
    The Rumors of the Churchís Death Have Been Greatly Overstated; No matter how many studies Barna and his boys release, the church will continue to stand. _______________________________________ These days, itís kinda cool to criticize the church. About once a week, a new, angsty memoir is released by someone who grew up in the church, had a series of bad experiences, left the church, and is now finding healing and/or catharsis in some different version of the church (Catholic, Episcopal, Eastern Orthodox, etc.). In their memoir, they inevitably talk about all the shortcomings of the church and all the things the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-15, SOL, The Annunciation of the Lord

    03/24/2015 7:55:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2015Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord ¬†¬† Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,‚ÄúI will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!‚ÄĚThen Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David!Is it not enough for you to weary people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means ‚ÄúGod is with us!‚ÄĚ Responsorial...
  • Gen Con asks Gov. Pence to reject religious freedom bill (Makes Threats)

    03/24/2015 3:40:23 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 10 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | 5:46 PM, Mar 24, 2015 | Sarah Swiss
    INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the cityís largest conventions could leave Indiana because of the fight over the controversial religious freedom act. Gen Con sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday, asking him to reconsider his support for Senate Bill 101. Gen Conís CEO said if the Religious Freedom Restoration Act becomes law, the group will consider taking future conventions to other cities.
  • Christian Answers to Two Roman Catholic Questions on ďCatholic AnswersĒ

    03/24/2015 12:27:30 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 98 replies
    The show that calls itself ďCatholic Answers,Ē recently featured a Missouri Synod Lutheran caller as highlighted on a recent Dividing Line. In response to the caller, the hosts began asking him some questions. I wouldnít be surprised if you get these same questions from some of your Roman Catholic friends and acquaintances, particularly those who listen to ďCatholic Answers.Ē Question 1: Where is Sola Scriptura in the Bible? Short Answer: John 20:31 says, ďBut these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.Ē...
  • RCA Approves University Reformed Churchís Transfer to the PCA

    03/24/2015 7:23:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 24, 2015 | Kevin DeYoung
    On Saturday afternoon the Great Lakes City Classis (formerly the South Grand Rapids Classis), one of forty-five classes in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), approved University Reformed Churchís request to transfer to the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). As a condition of its transfer, together with all its real and personal property, University Reformed Church (URC) must pay its annual assessment for 2015 and 2016 (roughly $80,000 total) and pay an additional $200,000 so that the classis can plant another church in the area. Iíve written before about how URC voted to leave the RCAĖfirst as an internal ďdiscerning...
  • Five Churches in Illinois Withdraw from the RCA, Vote to Join the PCA

    03/24/2015 7:21:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | Friday, December 26, 2014
    Five Illinois Churches in the Reformed Church RCA) in America have voted to affiliate with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCAís Chicago Metro Presbytery met with, examined, and approved the pastors and elders of these churches during 2014. On October 15, 2014, the churches were officially approved and received by the Chicago Metro Presbytery. The Presbytery will have a special service of celebration and welcome on February 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.; during this service the pastors and elders will be installed. The service will be held at the First Reformed Church in Lansing, IL. Dr. Ligon Duncan,...
  • Jesus is Necessary, but is he Enough?

    03/24/2015 7:18:00 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    SamSorms.Com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Sam Storms
    All of us experience, at various times in life, what I call ďdefining moments.Ē Iím talking about those occasions when, much to our surprise, we discover some previously unknown truth about reality or about ourselves that is truly life-changing. I had one such ďdefining momentĒ on January 5th, 1976. I was in my third year at Dallas Theological Seminary and we had just a couple of weeks earlier moved into a new apartment complex. It was the dead of winter, well below freezing. Ann was asleep. I was up late, studying. Suddenly I heard the word ďFire!Ē echoing in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-15

    03/23/2015 7:00:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2015Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent ¬†¬† Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,‚ÄúWhy have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!‚ÄĚ In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,‚ÄúWe have sinned...
  • The Path of the Cross

    03/23/2015 5:32:27 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 1 replies
    Key Life ^ | March 23, 2015 | Steve Brown
    The source of almost all spiritual problems is an inappropriate effort to avoid the cross. When we, as the church, turn away from the cross, we miss the path that God gave usóthe path to freedom, joy, faithfulness and forgiveness. Itís the only way there. We think the cross is fine and necessary for those who arenít savedÖbut, once weíre saved, itís no longer relevant to our lives. We, as Christians, forget that the cross is the very paradigm for who we are and everything we do, think, feel and believe. So if thatís true (and it is), then what...
  • Presbyterians And Homosexuals Together: The Crisis Of Christ And Culture

    03/23/2015 5:09:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    Heidelblog ^ | March 18, 2015 | R. Scott Clark
    The New York Times reported yesterday that a sufficient number of presbyteries of the liberal, mainline Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) have voted to approve gay marriage that church order Book of Order will, beginning in June of this year, define marriage no longer as between a man and a woman but between ‚Äútwo people, traditionally a man and a woman.‚ÄĚ Those who still believe in nature may be glad that the language still stipulates human beings but we may also wonder how long that shibboleth will stand now that America‚Äôs mainline Presbyterian body has capitulated to the cultural demand that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-15, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2015 7:46:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2015Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,who married a very beautiful and God-fearing woman, Susanna,the daughter of Hilkiah;her pious parents had trained their daughteraccording to the law of Moses.Joakim was very rich;he had a garden near his house,and the Jews had recourse to him oftenbecause he was the most respected of them all. That year, two elders of the people were appointed judges,of whom the Lord said, “Wickedness has come out of Babylon:from the elders who were to govern the people...
  • 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

    03/22/2015 7:33:43 AM PDT · by hripka · 5 replies
    Charisma Magazine ^ | 6/02/2014 | Charisma Staff
    Though he had followed Jesus since a teenager, Mark Virkler spent much of his adult life years frustrated because He couldn't hear God's voice. He embarked on a 10-year search to hear the Lord clearly, out of which has come a ministry centered on equipping people to hear God's voice clearly and that includes an astounding track record of success over more than 30 years. Watch Mark explain the four keys to hearing God's voice--and the story behind his discovering them--in this two-part video.
  • Turkeyís Ruling Party Official Hails The Antichrist Saying To ďGet Ready For Erdoganís CaliphateĒ

    03/21/2015 7:55:12 PM PDT · by free_life · 32 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    These guys are not kidding. And the media is also going ballistics (see Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Turkish Today¬ís Zaman, also here). The media explosion started when the head of a provincial branch of Turkey¬ís ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stirred the pot by tweeting that the country should ¬ďget ready for the caliphate¬Ē of President Recep Tayyip Erdońüan. A caliph is a spiritual leader of Islam who claims succession from Prophet Muhammad. The word, stemming from the Arabic khalifa meaning ¬ďsuccessor,¬Ē has been the focus of much debate since being claimed by the Islamic State...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-22-15, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/21/2015 6:29:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2015Fifth Sunday of Lent    Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make 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 day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.I will place...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-15

    03/20/2015 8:48:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2015Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent ¬†¬† Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:‚ÄúLet us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more.‚ÄĚ But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • A Testimony of God's Amazing Grace

    03/20/2015 2:14:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    What could change the faith of a Catholic from birth (and former altar boy) in his 38th year? The power of God and His Word - the Holy Scriptures! A fiercely independent electrical engineer, successful businessman, married 15 years with two children; I had gotten myself into financial and marital trouble. I had always prided myself in having my life in control. I was the ďmiddle childĒ of 5 boys, and I felt I was the most secure in life. I had always tried to balance life's priorities, including religion, but things slowly got away from me. I never truly...
  • Pope set to dine with gay and transgender inmates at a prison in Italy

    03/20/2015 11:52:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    thejournal.ie ^ | 3/20/2015
    POPE FRANCIS IS set to dine with inmates at a prison in Naples, Italy when he visits tomorrow. Some of these will reportedly be coming from a ward housing gay and transgender inmates, some of whom are infected with HIV. It has been reported by Religion News that the visit had not initially been on the Popeís schedule but that he had specifically requested it take place. The lunch will involve 90 inmates who were selected from a lottery of around 1,900 according to the Vatican Insider website. After the meal the Pontiff intends to meet with each of the...
  • Calvinism: Best Drunk Shaken

    03/20/2015 11:42:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | July 2009 | Peter Sanlon
    There are few things as refreshing as a large glass of pure orange juice. However if you forget to obey the advice on the carton - best drunk shaken - the experience is rather less than it could be. Without a vigorous shake, one pours only a disappointing glass of orange-tinted water. The theology of John Calvin is similar. Consumed without the requisite shaking, it can be a watery, dilute, shadow of its full reality- an image of that which should be fresh and vital. The full flavor of Calvin's theology is only tasted when it is shaken and squeezed...
  • EPC Reaffirms Biblical Definition of Marriage

    03/20/2015 8:14:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 20, 2015 | Staff, EPNews
    Due to the most recent pronouncement of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to redefine marriage, we in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church reaffirm our position on Christian marriage. We hold to the biblical standard of marriage, which is that it is a formal and sacred covenant between one man and one woman for life. Further, to clarify our relationship among the diverse Presbyterian denominations, the EPC is a completely independent, separate, and unrelated denomination from the PC(USA) and shares no mutual identity, missions, or holdings. Our unquestionable commitment to this biblical definition of marriage is undergirded by our belief that God ordained...
  • Pope Francis: Reckless Blabbermouth or Sophisticated Strategist?

    03/20/2015 7:03:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3/20/15 | Paul Vallely
    His public utterances on all manner of subject may seem scattergun or contradictory, but this pope is playing a long, tactical game Itís a mistake to take too much notice of what the pope says. And funnily enough, heíd be the first to say so. By which I donít mean that it wonít be worth listening when he makes the speech, announced this week, to the United Nations general assembly in September. Pope Francis is due to publish the Catholic churchís first encyclical on the environment in a couple of months, and heíll draw on that to argue in New...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-15

    03/19/2015 8:32:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2015Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22 The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,Reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.He professes to have knowledge of Godand styles himself a child of the LORD.To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,Because his life is not like that of others,and different are his ways.He judges us debased;he holds aloof...
  • Ponzi Perpetrator at Eddie Long, Joel Osteen Churches Heads to Prison

    03/19/2015 3:47:14 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | 3/18/2015 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Even as Creflo Dollar is under fire for his efforts to raise $65 million for a private jet, a man once associated with Bishop Eddie Long and Joel Osteen is heading to prison. Ephren Taylor II, and Wendy Connor have been sentenced in connection with the fraud scheme they perpetrated while officers at City Capital Corporation. The duo tricked over 400 people out of at least $16 million on their "Building Wealth" tour. Taylor, 32, was sentenced to 19 years, seven months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $15.6 million in...
  • Alabama Baptist church dis-fellowshipped over pastorís gay friendly views

    03/19/2015 10:30:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    BaptistNews.Com ^ | 3/17/2015 | Bob Allen
    An association of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama voted March 16 to dismiss a church over its pastorís support of same-sex marriage. The executive board of Madison Baptist Association voted 74-5 to withdraw fellowship from Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., according to a statement to media.The voluntary association of 85 churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention investigated Weatherly Heights, which is primarily affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, after news reports that an unpaid staff member ordained by the church officiated at a same-sex wedding Feb. 9.Discussions revealed that the churchís pastor, David Freeman, also does not...
  • Teachers in Rhode Island City Sue to Observe Good Friday

    03/19/2015 6:06:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/17/15 | Amy Anthony, AP
    Teachers in Cranston, Rhode Island, have filed a lawsuit against the city's school department after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied in a move they say violated their civil rights. About 200 teachers contacted the union to report that they were being prevented from taking the day off, although they had provided more than the contractually required 24 hours' notice, said Liz Larkin, president of the Cranston Teachers' Alliance. However, teachers' requests to observe the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah in the fall were approved, Larkin said. "That's my big concern here, is equity," Larkin said. School superintendent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-19-15, SOL, St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/18/2015 8:16:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2015Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary ¬†¬†Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:‚ÄúGo, tell my servant David,‚ÄėWhen your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall stand firm...
  • D.Todd Christofferson, LDS Elder, Says Mormons Are Free To Back Gay Marriage On Social Media

    03/18/2015 1:38:17 PM PDT · by dragonblustar · 20 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03-17-2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships ó even though the Utah-based faith opposes the practice.
  • Calvin contra Rome on Scripture (Part 2)

    03/18/2015 5:09:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | March 17, 2015 | Aaron Denlinger
    Follow the links to read the introduction and part one of this series. "In forming a catalogue of Scripture," Calvin writes, "they [the Roman Catholic Council of Trent] mark all the books with the same chalk, and insist on placing the Apocrypha in the same rank with the others." Thus Calvin summarizes the second of the four points he discerns in Trent's teaching on Scripture. There is little need to repeat Trent's words in their entirety. The decree in question provides "a list of the Sacred Books" comprising those books that Protestants are accustomed to finding in their Bibles and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-15, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    03/17/2015 8:29:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.orf/RNAB ^ | 03-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2015Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Is 49:8-15 Thus says the LORD:In a time of favor I answer you,on the day of salvation I help you;and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,To restore the landand allot the desolate heritages,Saying to the prisoners: Come out!To those in darkness: Show yourselves!Along the ways they shall find pasture,on every bare height shall their pastures be.They shall not hunger or thirst,nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;For he who pities them leads themand guides them beside springs...
  • Family Christian Stores Withdraws Bankruptcy Plan

    03/17/2015 7:41:52 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 1 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/17/15 | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
    The nation's largest chain of Christian retail stores has withdrawn its controversial bankruptcy plan, according to a court filing yesterday. The decision by Family Christian Stores (FCS) comes after dozens of Christian publishers sued the ministry over $20 million of consignment inventory, and both the US Trustee and creditors committee objected to how the sale plan would allegedly benefit one of FCS' owners.
  • It really happened: St. Patrick's Day Gets Rough

    03/17/2015 5:40:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    Cardinal Dolan's handlers play rough.
  • A Christian Nation? Since When? (N.Y. Times)

    03/17/2015 4:43:54 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/14/15 | Kevin M. Kruse
    Amendment Center showed that 55 percent of Americans believed it already was one. The confusion is understandable. For all our talk about separation of church and state, religious language has been written into our political culture in countless ways. It is inscribed in our pledge of patriotism, marked on our money, carved into the walls of our courts and our Capitol. Perhaps because it is everywhere, we assume it has been from the beginning. But the founding fathers didnít create the ceremonies and slogans that come to mind when we consider whether this is a Christian nation. Our grandfathers did.
  • Steveís Devotional - Satan is Real & Out to Get You

    03/17/2015 3:52:26 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 9 replies
    Key Life ^ | March 16, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I want to introduce you to someone so evil that most Christians canít even comprehend that evil. I want to introduce you to a being who is as evil as God is good; as selfish as God is unselfish; and as hateful as God is loving. His name is Satan and he is out to get you. Letís check out Ephesians 6:10-12. The Reality & Personality of Evil It is immediately apparent that the Apostle Paul believes in the reality and personality of evil. Someone has said that one of the finest acts of strategy that Satan performs is to...
  • On ďThe Paradox Of AbundanceĒ

    03/17/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 3/17/15 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    On February 13, LíOsservatore Romano (English edition) printed a full-page text of Pope Francisí message to the Milan ďExpo of Ideas.Ē Its theme was: ďNourish the Planet, Energy for Life.Ē Pope Bergoglio brought up again his now familiar suggestions about how to handle poverty and hunger. Pope Francis recalled his address to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, November 20, 2014). There, he linked together ďthe production, accessibility, and availability of foodstuffs, climate change, and agricultural trade.Ē Our ďfirst concern,Ē however, ďmust be the individual person, who lacks daily nourishment, who has given up thinking about life . . .and...
  • So Much Better NowĒ Are you Sure?

    03/17/2015 1:17:07 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 17 replies
    ďSo Much Better NowĒ Are you Sure? by Jim Elliff † † The pain has been excruciating, the hours and weeks arduous. The cost to the spouse and family who love her has been gladly expended, but jobs and daily responsibilities will necessarily decrease the hours for the daily vigil now. Added to it all of this is the treatment cost itself, sending up in smoke years of saving.ďMother is so ill,Ē they say to concerned friends. ďWe know it will be such a relief for her when she dies.ĒWhat? So much better when she dies? Not if she...
  • The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous: Dozens of other treatments more effective.

    03/17/2015 9:25:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 156 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/17/2015 | Gabrielle Glaser
    [SNIP] The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning oneís sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better. Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and rehab centers use the 12 steps as the basis for treatment. But although few people seem to realize it, there are alternatives, including prescription drugs and therapies that aim to help patients learn to drink in moderation. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, these methods are based on modern science and have been proved, in randomized, controlled studies, to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-15, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2015Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12 The angel brought me, Ezekiel,back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the right side.Then when he had walked off to the eastwith a measuring cord...
  • Why Creflo Won't Be Getting My Dollars [Why does he need a $65 Million Jet for Ministry?]

    03/16/2015 6:54:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/15/2015 | Michael Brown
    Iím all for generous giving, and Iím all for taking care of ministers of the gospel, but I will not be sending Creflo Dollar $300 to help him buy a $65 million jet for his ministry. The very thought of it is obscene. On a manipulative video now removed from his website, the narrator explains how Pastor Dollarís ministry is touching people worldwide and how the old private jet theyíve been using for years has become unusable, also explaining how it is actually dangerous to fly. Now, we are told, in order to travel around the world, he needs a...
  • A Response to the Statement from City Church San Francisco on Its Ministry to the LGBT People

    03/16/2015 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | Christopher Robins
    [Editorís note: The Elder Board of City Church in San Francisco, formerly in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and now in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), released a statement on changes of how it will minister to those who are considered a part of the LGBT community. This is a response to this statement; the full statement follows the response.] Dear friend, Iím so sorry. Thanks for forwarding this letter from City Church this morning. Youíve been a good friend and I want to speak to you plainly. This stuff breaks my heart. The letter makes it sound...
  • Calvin contra Rome on Scripture (Part 1)

    03/16/2015 6:27:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 66 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | March 10, 2015 | Aaron Denlinger
    For an explanation of what follows, see the previously posted introduction†to this series.Calvin discerned four basic claims in Rome's teaching on Scripture as discovered in the canons and decrees of the Council of Trent. The first claim was comprised in the opening sentence of the first decree of that Council's fourth session (the 'decree concerning the canonical scriptures'). That sentence reads: The sacred and holy, ecumenical, and general Synod of Trent -- lawfully assembled in the Holy Ghost, the same three legates of the Apostolic See presiding therein -- keeping this†always in view, that, errors being removed, the purity itself...
  • 'Strong enough to be self-critical': In America and the church

    03/15/2015 8:49:06 PM PDT · by avenir · 9 replies
    CNN.com ^ | Fri March 13, 2015 | Rachel Held Evans,
    (CNN)You would have to be made of stone to not be moved by President Obama's address on the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma last Saturday. His tribute to the "plain and humble people...coming together to shape their country's course" was poetic and principled, timely and true -- a fitting way to honor those who marched in support of voting rights in 1965. But perhaps the most striking lines from this historic speech concerned the inherent patriotism of righteous protest: "What greater expression of faith in the American experiment than this, what greater form of patriotism is there than...