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  • NY Christian Couple Fined $13,000 for Refusing Lesbian Wedding Ceremony on Farm

    08/22/2014 6:09:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A New York judge issued a Christian family a $13,000 fine after the family's refusal to allow a same-sex couple to use their family farm, which they live on and rent out for various events and ceremonies, as the venue for the couple's wedding ceremony. Cynthia and Robert Gifford's denial of the same-sex ceremony was ruled a violation of the state's Human Rights Law and deemed to have "unlawfully discriminated against complainants" by administrative judge Migdalia Peres in her ruling. Additionally, the family will have to post an anti-discrimination poster on their farm for everyone to see. The Giffords live...
  • Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution (wear religious symbols)

    08/22/2014 3:17:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Blanca Ruiz
    A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their...
  • USCCB Pres. Archbp. Kurtz comments on Obama Admin’s slithery new HHS mandate rules

    08/22/2014 2:17:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Obama Administration’s war on religion continues unabated.From Catholic News Agency: Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rulesWashington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer.The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to state their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance company to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas...
  • Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

    08/22/2014 1:33:28 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/22/14 | John Stegeman
    Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school’s campus. The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through...
  • Pope’s personal envoy briefs Francis after visit to Iraq

    08/22/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS) Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis “was really taken” by the cardinal’s description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in north-western Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group.The Pope met Cardinal Filoni early on Thursday, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following a visit to Iraq on August 13-20 as Francis’s envoy to besieged minorities there.“He was very attentive,” the cardinal said of the Pope, “and he let me speak at length. He took to heart all the situations I spoke about:...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/22/2014 5:17:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Alexander Griswold
    By now, we’ve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isn’t so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • Breaking News: Consecrated Host Returned, OKC Archbishop Drops Lawsuit

    08/21/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 110 replies
    news9 ^ | August 20, 2014
    The consecrated host, who Oklahoma City's Archbishop claims was stolen by Satanic Priest Adam Daniels for use in September's “Black Mass”, has been returned.An attorney representing the satanic church presented the host to a catholic priest in Oklahoma City, Thursday afternoon.8/21/2014 Related Story: OKC Archbishop Files Lawsuit Over Black MassArchbishop Paul Coakley previously filed a lawsuit, asking a district judge to stop the Black Mass, scheduled for Sept. 21. With the return of the host, Coakley has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. Daniels released the following statement regarding the incident:"I, Dastur Adam Daniels, returned this consecrated host to...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit filed against those attempting Satanic event with consecrated Host

    08/21/2014 1:10:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black mass that organizers are planning to stage next month in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.The lawsuit asks the Oklahoma County Sheriff‘s Office to retrieve the consecrated host that the event‘s organizers claim to have, and return it to Oklahoma City...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...
  • These Charts Show How The World Feels About 8 Moral Issues

    08/20/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2014 | CHRISTINA STERBENZ
    What people find morally acceptable and unacceptable depends on where they live in the world.The charts below from the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project show people's views on eight topics, often considered moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and contraceptives.Pew surveyed 40,117 respondents in 40 different countries in 2013 to obtain the data.The first graphic below gives the median response across the world. People were the most disapproving of extramarital affairs, with 78% calling them morally "unacceptable," while 14% of respondents, the lowest in the survey, felt contraceptive use was "unacceptable." Topics like premarital sex and alcohol...
  • Sacrilegious Cinemax Show “The Knick” Features Nun Performing Abortion

    08/19/2014 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A sacrilegious television show on the Cinemax cable television channel is coming under fire from Catholics today because it features a nun performing an abortion. The Knick is a television drama series on Cinemax directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. The program looks at the professional and personal lives of Dr. John W. Thackery (played by Owen) and the staff at the fictional Knickerbocker Hospital (“the Knick”) during the early part of the twentieth century. Abortion was not legal during this time. theknickThe August 15 episode of “The Knick” features Sister Harriet, a nurse played by Cara Seymour...
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Potentially unethical.” That’s how one expert described an Italian scientist’s plan to perform a “head transplant” by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‘recipient’ head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is “POTENTIALLY unethical?” Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only “potentially” unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it’s possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person’s head onto another person’s spine. The...
  • Pope Endorses "Force" To Stop ISIS

    08/18/2014 2:32:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    In his most explicit statement yet, the Pope endorses the use of force to stop the monsters of ISIS, well, as close as he is likely to come. ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off...
  • "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims"

    08/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 16, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims" Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again...
  • Unwed Celebrity Mom Does Breastfeeding Pictorial

    08/17/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 43 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 17, 2014 | JP
    Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue of Glamour magazine. Inside the glossy is an article in which Wilde talks about what life is like for her “being a working mom.” An article featuring the vacuous ramblings of the newby mom (“I wasn’t going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother,” she told her interviewer) would be unworthy of comment here were it not for the pictorial that accompanied the article. Or, more specifically, the photo of Wilde sitting in the booth of some Hollywood diner, glammed up in a Roberto Cavalli dress,...
  • Pope Francis prays at Korean cemetery for aborted babies

    08/17/2014 5:06:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2014
    Credit: Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- En route from visiting a rehabilitation center in Kkottognae and on his way to meet with Korean religious, Pope Francis stopped and prayed for a few minutes at local cemetery for aborted children. The Holy Father got out of the Kia Pope Mobile in which he was being transported to pray at this location, accompanied by a Korean Bishop and a priest acting as his translator. With his hands clasped together, Pope Francis prayed in silence before this cemetery...
  • The battle of our century (the war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all)

    08/16/2014 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    CERC ^ | August 15, 2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    The battle of our centuryFATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZAIt is not a war between religions. It is a war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all those it touches. It began dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. Our century is characterized by a lethal theological war in the house of Islam, with brutal consequences for the whole world, whether it be lower Manhattan or northern Iraq. Centuries are not exactly 100 years long. The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm proposed a more persuasive division of history with his "long 19th century," which began with the French Revolution in 1789 and...
  • Cardinal Schönborn: There Will Be "Signs and Wonders" From the Pope

    08/15/2014 4:08:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | August 14, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    "Reforms", the magical magic word was actively worked from Vienna's archbishop in this interview. "Changes" and "pace of change" would also be the "hot potatoes" like the approval of remarried divorcees to Communion and the abolition of priestly celibacy, says the Cardinal. With the only restriction of the little word "perhaps". Schönborn, is so certain of the papal reforms that he spoke of "signs and wonders" that will be "done" by Pope Francis.
  • Something YOU can do to help DESPERATE Christians in Iraq

    08/15/2014 1:25:02 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    Augus 15, 2014 | Myself & Robert George
    One Faith - One Lord - One Baptism Do you wish there were ONE thing you could do to rescue Christians who are in the cross-hairs for slaughter by ISIS terrorists in Iraq? Listen: there IS something you can do. I got this appeal from Robert George, one of the most respected Catholics in the field of defending fundamental Human Rights. If you've heard of him, you know how great he is. If you've never heard of him, let me just tell you.. there's nobody I respect more. Please heed his call and sign an online petition. ------from Robert...
  • Vatican OKs Use Of Force In Middle East

    08/15/2014 8:15:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on the Vatican's response to the Islamic State terrorists: The Catholic Church's just-war doctrine allows for a military response to grave conflicts, provided that several criteria are operative. The Vatican has made it clear that the mass murder being committed by Islamic State terrorists meets that standard. No one has been more pointed than Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations. He said this week that "there might be occasions in the life and in the relations between states when dialogue, negotiations, fail and large numbers of people find themselves at risk:...
  • Gay group accuses Newfoundland magazine of hate crimes for piece on Christian sexual teaching

    08/14/2014 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Newfoundland homosexual group filed a hate crimes complaint under the Criminal Code with the police last week after a local magazine published an opinion piece urging Christians to promote the Scriptural teachings on the sinfulness of homosexuality, abortion, and other acts against a secularist establishment. The Newfoundland Herald published the piece by US columnist and constitutional lawyer Matt Barber as a letter to the editor in its August 3-9 issue. Western Pride NL activist Kyle Curley, who filed the complaint, alleged in an interview with CBC that the piece was “a rallying call for people to stand against LGBT...
  • Hundreds Attend Emotionally Charged Meeting on Firing of Church's Gay Music Director

    08/14/2014 9:43:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/13/14 | Lisa Black
    In an emotionally charged meeting Wednesday, parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church in northwest suburban Inverness voiced opinions over the firing of their longtime music director, who lost his job after announcing his engagement to his male partner on social media. Many of the roughly 700 people who attended appeared to support Colin Collette, who received a standing ovation when he entered the sanctuary. Members of the media were not allowed to attend, but parishioners described the scene afterward. Collette was terminated from the job he held for 17 years in late July, after being told that his same-sex relationship...
  • Why I Love My Invisible Friend

    08/14/2014 9:06:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.strangenotions.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterization, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations. Well,...
  • 'Passion of the Christ' Star Jim Caviezel Calls Abortion 'Great Sin' in America

    08/14/2014 8:39:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/14/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    "Passion of the Christ" actor Jim Caviezel has spoken out against abortion in a recent speech, calling it a "great sin" in America. He also reached out with a message of forgiveness to those who have gone through with the practice. "Many people are a part of this great sin in this country. These are all God's children and he brings them home. Now He wants to bring you home. Do you think your friend has more grace than God? Does your friend have more love than the Creator? It can never be. God forgives you and now He needs...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 14 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/14/2014 7:08:46 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 14 (NKJV) The Ways of Life and Death 01 The wise woman builds her house, 00 But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 02 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, 00 But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 03 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, 00 But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 04 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; 00 But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 05 A faithful witness does not lie, 00 But a...
  • Pope Francis signals support for military action to protect Christians from brutal Islamic jihadists

    08/13/2014 9:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Vatican is increasingly indicating support for military action in Iraq to protect Christians and other religious minorities from persecution by brutal Islamic jihadists. As the world grapples with how to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), the Vatican released a letter Wednesday in which Pope Francis urges the international community “to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway.” The Pope’s entreaty came before U.S. defence officials revealed late Wednesday that air strikes and the work of Kurdish fighters had allowed many of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar to escape....
  • Lesbians Launch Hate Campaign Against Bridal Shop Owner (forced to close)

    08/13/2014 4:14:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | August 13, 2014 | Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
    Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDSThe owner of a bridal shop in Pennsylvania has been forced to close her doors after a lesbian couple launched a social-media bullying campaign in retaliation for the owner’s refusal to service their same-sex wedding.Breitbart is reporting that Victoria Miller, owner of the W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, said she has had to shutter her bridal shop after a pair of “unidentified” lesbians began attacking her for refusing to sell them wedding gowns.“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do,” Miller said, according to the New York Daily News. “And providing...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 13 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/13/2014 8:25:48 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 13 (NKJV) Wisdom Loves Righteousness 01 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, 00 But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 02 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, 00 But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 03 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, 00 But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 04 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; 00 But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 05 A righteous man hates lying, 00 But a wicked man is...
  • Christians Who Support Same-Sex Marriage More Likely to Support Other Types of Sexual Immorality

    08/13/2014 8:09:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/13/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    New survey research shows that Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to hold permissive views on other sexual morality issues, such as divorce and pornography, similar to the general population and far different from Christians who support traditional marriage.The "Relationships in America" survey, conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, interviewed 15,738 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60. From that sample, Regnerus compared the average views on a range of sexual morality issues of churchgoing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage (2,659 in the sample) and churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage (990 in the sample)....
  • Security Guard Wears Cross While Guarding Local Abortion Clinic

    08/13/2014 7:12:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Local Dallas, Texas pro-life advocate Todd Bullis recently confronted a security guard at an abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas. dallasThe security guard has a cross hanging from his car while, at the same time, he defends a local abortion business. Bullis confronts the man about his hypocrisy — claiming to be a Christian while ensuring that all is well at a business devoted to killing God’s children. The video follows…
  • California May Force Catholic Universities to Pay for Abortions

    08/12/2014 7:07:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    life news ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    Two California Catholic universities–Santa Clara and Loyola–want not to cover “elective” abortion in their health insurance policies. That won’t do! After first giving its OK, California may now try to force them. From the San Francisco Chronicle story. The state Department of Managed Health Care is conducting “an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding coverage for abortion services under California law,” said Marta Green, the department’s chief deputy director. What the department is reconsidering, as first reported by California Lawyer magazine, is whether the universities are violating a 1975 state law that requires managed health plans to cover all “medically...
  • Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn ISIL: “No cause, no religion, can justify such barbarity”

    08/12/2014 2:58:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 12, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From CNS: The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue. “The plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic communities that are numeric minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims, those engaged in interfaith dialogue and everyone of goodwill,” said a statement from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue released by the Vatican Aug. 12. The full statement, from the Vatican: The whole world...
  • Iraqi Christians ‘dying in crowded refugee camps’

    08/12/2014 2:21:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 12, 2014 | SIMON CALDWELL
    Displaced Iraqi Christian families, who fled from the village of Hamdaniya near the northern city of Mosul (PA) Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses have claimed.Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul before she fled the city in June, said newborn babies, the sick and the elderly in the Ankawa refugee camp on the outskirts of Irbil are dying from diseases, thirst and malnutrition. Mansour now resides in the camp.The same claim was made by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, who...
  • Northwestern University to Offer ‘Gender Open’ Restrooms on Campus

    08/12/2014 2:01:57 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 30 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 8/1/14 | Heather Clark
    EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern University, a public institution in Illinois, has announced that it will offer ‘gender open’ restrooms to its students beginning this fall in order to be more accommodating to ‘transgender’ students. An announcement on the university’s website notes that the restrooms will be in the Norris University Center near the student organization offices and the LGBT Resource Center. Two existing male-female segregated bathrooms will have their placards changed to reflect that they may be used by all genders. “We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive,” campus...
  • Study Reveals Most American Pastors Silent on Current Issues Despite Biblical Beliefs

    08/12/2014 2:00:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 8/12/14 | Heather Clark
    Most pastors believe that the Bible addresses the current issues of the day, but few speak about them from behind the pulpit, according to a recent study from a prominent research organization. George Barna was a guest on the American Family Radio program “Today’s Issues” on Thursday, where he explained a research project that he has been working on for the past two years. In his study, Barna’s organization asked pastors across the country about their beliefs regarding the relevancy of Scripture to societal, moral and political issues, and the content of their sermons in light of their beliefs. “‘What...
  • How 'The Giving Pledge' Compares to Christianity

    08/12/2014 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    The Christianb Post ^ | 8/8/14 | Dan Delzell
    It is often rather enlightening to compare and contrast Christianity with other noble pursuits going on in the world today. One such pursuit is "The Giving Pledge." Initiated by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, this pledge consists of "a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy." dan delzell opinion page The Giving Pledge is specifically focused on billionaires. These are folks who "commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will." Warren Buffett summed up...
  • The End of Christian Education

    08/12/2014 1:41:46 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/5/14 | Michael Zigarelli
    President Obama recently signed an executive order making it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. Sounds innocuous enough, but an unintended consequence may be the closing of Christian colleges and schools. The order doesn't directly affect private education, but its unprecedented refusal to exempt religious organizations surely will. Without this exemption the President has signaled to regulators that it's open season on faith-based institutions. Here's one possible future: The order says if you want federal money you must hire gays. The US Department of Education decides that this applies to federal financial aid...
  • Why Can't Gay Activists Tolerate People Who Are No Longer Practicing Homosexuals?

    08/12/2014 1:33:30 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/12/14 | Matt Moore
    Over the last few days I've written a couple of columns such as, Parents of Gay Kids, Stop Beating Yourself Up, It's Not Your Fault and Why I Hate The Word Gay, But Still Use It. I'm not surprised that there are a lot of people out there that have incredibly different views than the ones I express in my columns…. because I used to have incredibly different views than ones I express in these columns. Five years ago I scoffed at the (then to me) laughably ludicrous idea of homosexual behavior being sinful. But now my views have changed....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 12 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/12/2014 8:32:41 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 12 (NKJV) The House of the Righteous Shall Stand 01 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, 00 But he who hates correction is stupid. 02 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, 00 But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. 03 A man is not established by wickedness, 00 But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. 04 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, 00 But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. 05 The thoughts of the righteous are right, 00 But the counsels of the wicked are...
  • Many Kenyan men flee to avoid forced circumcisions

    08/11/2014 8:50:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2014 12:04 PM EDT | TOM ODULA
    AIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The circumcision season among Kenya's Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer. For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party, it's time to flee. At least 12 men from other tribes have been forcibly circumcised since the start of the circumcisions in August, according to police and local authorities. Others have sought refuge in police stations to avoid the knife's cut. The Bukusu ethnic group prefers traditional circumcisions using simple tools and no anesthesia. But tradition can be disastrous.
  • 7 Powerful Ways to Pray for Christians Suffering in the Middle East

    08/11/2014 1:29:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Churchpop ^ | August 12, 2014
    Beheadings. Crucifixions. Thousands of refugees.It can seem hopeless reading these news reports of violence and persecution of Christians in the Middle East from afar. Is there anything we can do?Yes, and fortunately it’s one of the most powerful: prayer.There are obviously many ways to pray, and any prayer made in the name of Jesus is powerful. This is just a list of prayers that may be particularly effective or relevant to this situation.Some of the things listed here may make more sense for Christians who are part of older, more liturgical traditions (Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, etc.). But even if these...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 11 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/11/2014 8:51:23 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 11 (NKJV) The Folly of Wickedness01 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, 00 But a just weight is His delight. 02 When pride comes, then comes shame; 00 But with the humble is wisdom. 03 The integrity of the upright will guide them, 00 But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 04 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, 00 But righteousness delivers from death. 05 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, 00 But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 06 The righteousness of the upright...
  • Coptic Bishop: "We know how Muslims behave when they become the majority!"

    08/10/2014 3:19:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 10, 2014
    The man speaking here is the Coptic-Orthodox (Oriental Orthodox) "General Bishop" (Generalbischof) for Germany, Anba Damian, a native of Cairo, in an interview recorded a couple of years ago. Since grievous attacks such as those perpetrated by ISIS usually bring with them in the media a kind of guilt-induced backlash (such as, "no, no, Islam is absolutely harmless, and indeed very beneficial to social harmony and very respectful of minorities when they are a majority"), we consider it useful to recall the voice that comes from experience. A 1,400-year-long experience. VIDEO Egyptian Coptic Bishop Warns Europe About The Dangers...
  • Why Does God Allow Christians to Suffer?

    08/10/2014 9:31:05 AM PDT · by OneVike · 91 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | 7/31/14 | Chuck Ness
    Few seem to have good answers for the question: “Why didn’t God just create us so that we would never have to experience pain, suffering, or sadness?” After all, God has the power to make the world free of evil, yet He chose instead to make us creatures with free will. Thus, free will was the door left open for the possibility of evil entering our lives.What is the purpose of pain, suffering, and evil? Why does God allow humans, who were made in His image, to live on a planet where evil abounds? God could have made us...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 10 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/10/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 10 (NKJV) A Wise Son and a Foolish Son01 The proverbs of Solomon: 00 A wise son makes a glad father, 00 But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. 02 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing 00 But righteousness delivers from death. 03 The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, 00 But He casts away the desire of the wicked. 04 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, 00 But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 05 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; 00 He who sleeps in...
  • God Works in Mysterious Ways. Sometimes

    08/09/2014 3:40:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    NC Register ^ | August 7, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    It is often said that God sometimes works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, however, He doesn’t. Sometimes the answer is so much simpler than anyone thought. But amazing nonetheless. Father Steve Mattson of the Church of the Resurrection parish can recall praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of Lansing Michigan’s last free standing abortion clinic. He recalls praying fervently for the closing of the clinic. He didn’t know how it could happen but he prayed nonetheless. Fr. Mattson prays for many things including helping out his local Catholic schools by attracting a group of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of...
  • After the Age of Empire, the Age of Totalitarianism and Genocide

    08/09/2014 3:10:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 7, 2014
    It is simply astonishing how much our daily lives are still so closely linked to the First World War -- and even more so those of our dear Christian brethren in the Middle East. In 1915, during the war, Muslims in Anatolia would join hands to effect the first major genocide of the 20th century, as over 1 million Armenians, Assyrians, and Hellenic Pontic Christians were killed, and a good number were expelled to make room for the 99%-Muslim Turkish Republic we know today. As it can be seen above, Aleppo, Mosul, Deir Ezzor, once again today brutalized by...
  • Rome's Chief Exorcist Reveals the Secrets of Hell

    08/09/2014 1:52:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Aleteia ^ | August 8, 2014
    Don Gabriele Amorth recounts his mentor's advice on how to talk to the Devil. In 2012, the cause of beatification and canonization for Fr. Candido Amantini, a Passionist priest who served as the exorcist for the diocese of Rome for 36 years at the Scala Santa, was taken up in Rome. His most famous disciple (who is considered to be his successor) is 87 year old Don Gabriele Amorth, who wanted to participate in the opening ceremony of the process. The Pauline priest, who recently published the book, The Last Exorcist, wished to remember the Passionist Father and told us about the time when...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 9 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/09/2014 6:59:46 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 9 (NKJV)The Way of Wisdom Wisdom's Invitation01 Wisdom has built her house, 00 She has hewn out her seven pillars; 02 She has slaughtered her meat, 00 She has mixed her wine, 00 She has also furnished her table. 03 She has sent out her maidens, 00 She cries out from the highest places of the city, 04 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" 00 As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 05 "Come, eat of my bread 00 And drink of the wine I have mixed. 06 Forsake foolishness and live, 00...
  • Presumptuous Sin

    08/09/2014 6:32:58 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 2 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    "Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!” (Psalms 19:13) If you as a believer know what you need to do to overcome lust but then do the opposite, you are acting in willful disobedience. This is presumptuous and arrogant sinning and it comes with a price. As David understood fully, by arrogantly and selfishly entering into sin, you are allowing sin to gain dominion over you. You become an “addict” to a life-dominating sin—a slave with no way out.