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  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid (Christians United for Israel)

    07/23/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
    Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, addressing the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel, July 21, 2014.With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority. David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded the Iran nuclear talks as a failure and would back legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would impose new sanctions immediately. The Cruz measure is tougher than legislation already under consideration that would trigger sanctions...
  • Pastors’ Letter for Planned Parenthood: “God Bless You” as You Have an Abortion

    07/07/2014 10:04:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/7/14 | Carole Novielli
    We broke the news that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s top abortion provider had published a Pastoral Letter to Patients. The outrage of the pro-life community to this heretical letter was so great that the abortion giant pulled it off the Internet.Now I have discovered a 2nd letter called “Pastoral Letter About Your Abortion Decision”. The letter features Planned Parenthood’s RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS COMMITTEEReverend Debbie Pitney, Reverend Steve Carlson, Reverend Ken Henry, Reverend Ben Dake, Reverend Melanie Oommen, Reverend Gregory Flint, Reverend Danna Drum Hastings, Reverend Dan Bryant, Reverend Zane Wilson, Reverend Jonathan Weldon, Reverend Jan Fairchild, Reverend Bruce Cameron, and Rabbi...
  • Becoming Alert to Conservative Protestant Sexual Abusers and Their Enablers

    07/01/2014 7:51:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    patheos ^ | Daniel Fincke
    Last night I listened to the new Reasonable Doubts podcast, which included a detailed account of the case of self-righteously Christian former major league baseball player and eventual sex abuse convict, Chad Curtis. The show is a gripping and revolting listen, and as usual the Doubtcasters bring to bear a lot of insight in the process both of telling the story and in analyzing it at the end. Doubtcaster Jeremy Beahan went to college at Cornerstone University where Chad Curtis was a prominent figure, earning his degree to go into high school coaching (where he would commit his sex crimes)....
  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/02/2014 3:21:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,090 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | June 2, 2014 | Shane Schaetzel
    by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, available from http://fssp.org One of the greatest tragedies of the Reformation is the loss of authentic holy orders in Protestant communities, and as a subsequent result of that, the loss of the real presence in Holy Communion. Of course this is not a problem for a large number of Protestants who no longer believe in the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion anyway. Transubstantiation is the belief that the bread and wine elements in communion, really and truly, become the actual body (flesh) and blood of Jesus Christ once they are...
  • Conservative United Methodists say divide over sexuality is `irreconcilable'

    05/31/2014 12:06:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 93 replies
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | May. 30, 2014 | Tim Funk and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 80 pastors, including at least two from North Carolina, says the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination faces a split because of an inability to resolve long-standing theological disputes about homosexuality and church doctrine. But more than lamenting the divisions, the pastors indicated there is little reason to think reconciliation – or even coexistence – could be found. Like a couple heading to divorce court, the pastors cited irreconcilable differences that can’t be mended.
  • THE IMPERATIVE TO BE BAPTIZED SHOWS ITS NECESSITY

    05/23/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by discipler · 73 replies
    The Imperative to be Baptized shows its Necessity “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," Mt 28:19 [baptize the verb means be buried, immersed; verb does not mean sprinkle water; the person is baptized, not the water] "For you are saved by grace through faith" Eph 2:8,9 [works are important, even necessary, but only by faith in God is one saved] "‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’" Acts 22:16 [Therefore...
  • 'Gay' book 'low-water mark' for evangelical publishing

    05/22/2014 11:07:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    wnd.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jim Fletcher
    A controversial new book from a mainstream, evangelical Christian publisher is being described by a critic as a “new low-water mark” for the industry while an advocate calls it a “game changer.” “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships,” by Matthew Vines, who describes himself as a gay Christian, has been released by Convergent Books, an imprint of WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishing. Ingrid Schlueter, a long-time conservative voice in Christian media, sees Vines’ book as yet another example of evangelicals accommodating “a culture in moral free-fall.” “All the theological contortions in the world by evangelical authors...
  • Why churches should brace for a mass exodus of the faithful: The more conservative churches, anyway

    03/24/2014 7:38:15 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/24/14 | Damon Linker
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hierarchical and stratified societies of the ancient world, Jesus Christ taught the equal dignity of all persons, proclaimed that the meek shall inherit the earth, and declared that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. The Western world has been working out the logic of these subversive teachings ever since, with the institutional transformation of marriage being the latest, though surely not the last, example of its social, moral,...
  • Bible Converts Protestant to Catholic Faith

    02/26/2014 2:03:34 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 159 replies
    EWTN ^ | n/a | Lois Day
    When I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of eighteen, I began for the first time in my life to read the Bible with eagerness and interest. I'd come into a new relationship of faith and love with Christ, and it was in the pages of Scripture that I could learn what I needed to know about Him. I spent an entire summer reading the New Testament from cover to cover. Truths sprang out at me; insights, rivers of wisdom flowed from the pages. I was surprised to find Scripture so gripping. "That's because...
  • Birth control reconsidered: Protestant film questions contraception, rediscovers Reformation beliefs

    02/17/2014 9:40:55 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 121 replies
    TheChristians.com ^ | Jun 11, 2013 | Celeste McGovern
    Birth control reconsidered A Protestant film questions contraception, and rediscovers Reformation beliefs By Celeste McGovern Jun 11, 2013 The contraception mentality: Despite half a century of contrary evidence, many still believe this. For anyone under 60, birth control is just a fact of life. Those under 50 won’t recall that it was ever controversial. The pharmaceutical separation of sex from babies has been so thoroughly accepted by Western society that any holdouts are seen as fringers: “orthodox” Catholics, Mormons, and health hippies.But questions about contraception are arising from unlikely sources lately: not enough to call it a trend, but significant...
  • Divorce Rate Higher in Counties With More Conservative Protestants, Study Says

    01/30/2014 5:17:18 AM PST · by xzins · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 26 Jan 14 | Anugrah Kumar,
    Divorce rate is higher among religiously conservative Protestants, and even among those living around them, finds a new study that examined all counties in the United States where divorces occurred and looked at what the characteristics of those counties were. Demographers Jennifer Glass at the University of Texas and Philip Levchak at the University of Iowa looked at the entire map of the United States, and found that a key factor predicting divorce rates is the concentration of conservative Protestants in a county. To be published in the American Journal of Sociology next month, the study notes that religiously conservative...
  • Fascination with Francis stirs Protestant hearts

    01/24/2014 3:54:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 102 replies
    Nation Catholic Reporter ^ | 1-22-2014 | Bill Tammeus
    What has intrigued me most about Pope Francis is not the way in which Catholics -- well, most of them, anyway -- have embraced him but the way in which countless Protestants have moved into his fan club. More is at play here than simple celebrity in our overwrought pop culture. At least, I hope so. The Protestant fascination with him hasn't broken down the many theological, liturgical and structural barriers that still exist between Protestantism and Catholicism, but it has softened them a bit and it has caused some Protestants to want to figure out what makes Francis tick,...
  • Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin [Why Not Trayvon As Young Mohammed?]

    12/28/2013 11:33:49 AM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    ABCNews ^ | December 28, 2013 | Russell Goldman
    Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin By Russell Goldman Dec 28, 2013 HT trayvon nativity nt 131227 16x9 608 Church Nativity Scene Replaces Jesus with Bloody Trayvon Martin John Zachary created a Nativity scene for Claremont United Methodist Church that employs a figure of Trayvon Martin as a commentary on gun violence. (David Allen/Daily Bulletin) A California church sought to make people think about the repercussions of violence, by replacing the baby Jesus with a bloody sculpture of Trayvon Martin in a nativity scene. What they got instead were threats. The crčche outside the church Claremont United...
  • Church Displays Bleeding Trayvon Martin Nativity Scene

    12/26/2013 8:37:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | Elizabeth Sheld
    Outside the Claremont United Methodist Church is a nativity scene with a bleeding Trayvon Martin. The California Church has turned their nativity scene "into a piece of art that comments on our times" for the last seven years. John Zachary, the artist, told me the acquittal in July of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old African-American in 2012, struck him as a worthy subject for Christmas comment. For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.
  • Church Nativity scene with gay figures vandalized

    12/29/2011 4:48:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 31 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/29/11
    CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- Southern California authorities are investigating vandalism of a church's Nativity display that includes depictions of gay and lesbian couples. The damage at Claremont United Methodist Church occurred late Saturday or Sunday morning. . . . Claremont police Sgt. Jason Walters tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin it's a hate crime.
  • When Christmas was illegal: the Holy War against Christmas in North America (Calvinism)

    12/22/2010 9:01:56 PM PST · by narses · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 8th, 2010 5:17 pm ET | Charlie Rosenberg
    Few people engaged in the "War on Christmas" are aware that at one time it was a crime in Massachusetts to celebrate Christmas. Oh sure, some will say, count on liberal Massachusetts to pass a law against Christmas. But it was Calvinist Massachusetts, in the days of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, the Pilgrims and Puritans, that established penalties for the observance of Christmas Day "by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way." The noisiest opposition to public celebration of Christmas today comes from professed agnostics and atheists, particularly those seeking "freedom from religion." But there are still...
  • Vanity: Theological Implication of Different Translations of Luke 2:14?

    12/26/2013 6:34:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    None | December 26, 2013 | Me
    The King James Version of Luke 2:14 is one of the most famous verses in the English language Bible: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." The current Roman Catholic version is: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.” The Catholic version seems to me more restrictive with the conditional clause than the universality of the KJV translation. Is there any theological implication? Is one a more "accurate" translation from the original Greek? I think the Protestants beat the Catholics on this one.
  • ‘Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria’ Ignored

    11/26/2013 3:32:37 PM PST · by xzins · 10 replies
    CBN ^ | 21 Nov 13 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The worst Christian massacre—complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches—recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi “rebels”; and the U.S. government and its “mainstream media” mouthpiece are, as usual, silent (that is, when not actively trying to minimize matters). The massacre took place in Sadad, an ancient Syriac Orthodox Christian habitation, so old as to be mentioned in the Old Testament. Most of the region’s inhabitants are poor, as Sadad is situated in the remote desert between Homs and Damascus (desert regions, till now, apparently the only places Syria’s Christians could...
  • Ex-Mormon bishop pleads guilty in sexual assaults of two teens

    11/26/2013 4:48:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Rick Rojas
    A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object. In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part...
  • Machen’s Enemies Then And Now And The Myth Of Influence

    11/19/2013 6:21:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Heidelblog.net ^ | November 17, 2013 | R. Scott Clark
    Almost thirty years ago, when I first started to become interested in Reformed Christianity I happened to mention it to the Rev Wally Easter, pastor for evangelism at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in my hometown. Wally was a sweet fellow and very graciously lent me volume one of the Battles edition of Calvin’s Institutes. A while later I visited him in his luxurious office at the local “tall-steeple” PCUSA congregation in order to return the book. I was full of questions. In conversation, Wally mentioned that he was a graduate of Princeton Seminary. I had heard about this fellow “Machen” so...
  • Methodist bishops asked to charge one of their own for performing gay wedding

    11/18/2013 8:53:42 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 35 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | November 15, 2013 | Renee K. Gadoua
    The United Methodist Church’s division over homosexuality grew heated Friday (Nov. 15), as the denomination’s Council of Bishops called for charging retired Bishop Melvin Talbert with presiding at the Oct. 26 wedding of two men, which the church forbids. The council asked its president, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference, to file a complaint accusing Talbert of undermining the ministry of a colleague and conducting a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of a same-gender couple at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. Talbert, who served as bishop of the San...
  • Is "The Rock" of Matthew 16:18 St. Peter? Or His Confession of Faith? [Ecumenical]

    10/13/2013 1:45:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 96 replies
    Catholic Defense ^ | October 8, 2013 | Joe Heschmeyer
    One of the most hotly-contested passages in Catholic-Protestant dialogues is the “Upon This Rock” passage in Matthew 16:18. After the Apostle Simon confesses faith in Jesus as the Messiah (the Christ), Jesus says to him “And I tell you, you are Peter, [Petros] and on this rock [petra] I will build my church, and the powers of death [Hades] shall not prevail against it.” So is Jesus founding His Church upon Peter, the first pope, as Catholics say? Or is He just saying that the Church will be built off of those who confess faith in Jesus as the Christ, as...
  • Why the West ignores Christian Persecution?

    09/11/2013 1:07:00 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    ICAN ^ | January 11, 2013
    A new report has exposed the West’s blindness to the persecution of Christians around the world; it highlights how the “lion’s share” of this is done by Muslims, whom the media do not want to criticise over misplaced fears of “racism”. the West’s blindness to the persecution of Christians around the worldWorld, January 09, 2013: Christianophobia, which was published last month, written by journalist Rupert Shortt for Civitas, argues that “Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers.” He quotes research by the Pew Forum and the World Evangelical Alliance, which estimates that 200 million Christians (ten per...
  • Where Religion Went Wrong in America

    09/06/2013 3:09:37 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 51 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | Aug 2013 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics": In his latest book, Ross Douthat, a public intellectual and a Catholic, argues that “bad religion” poses a greater danger to our nation than does secularism. His book is divided into two parts: in the first he chronicles the decline of traditional Christianity since 1965; in the second he examines four heresies that have flourished since then.
  • Losing My Religion: Faith, Family, and the Real Story of Secularization in the West

    08/14/2013 4:30:00 AM PDT · by rhema · 10 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | August 14, 2013 | Julia Shaw
    In her new book, Mary Eberstadt argues that the West started losing God when it started losing the natural family. If she is right, then churches need to encourage and promote family formation, and religious believers need to form families. The West is less Christian than it used to be. “A growing number of Western individuals greet the milestones of life with no religious framework at all,” Mary Eberstadt writes in her new book, How the West Really Lost God. They are born without being baptized or dedicated to a Christian community; they attend Sunday brunch rather than Sunday service;...
  • When the Wicked Beareth Rule, the People Mourn (Holy Bible of God of Israel - KJV)

    08/07/2013 1:54:45 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 9 replies
    BibleGateway.Com ^ | Thousands of Years Ago | Proverbs
    Proverbs 29:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
  • The Biblical Jesus Christ

    07/26/2013 1:27:27 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 154 replies
    BiblicalJesusChrist.Com ^ | April, 2013 | www.BiblicalJesusChrist.com
    Who is Jesus? Is He just a man? Is He just a Great Teacher? Is He just a Great Prophet, another in several sent by God over the centuries? The Biblical answer to these questions is found below. Some may believe that only the narrow-minded would not be ready to accept a universal Jesus; One popular with and accepted by all non-Christian religions. However this is not what the Bible teaches. True Belief in Christ allows room for none other. Let's look at the Scriptures and find out what the Biblical portrait of Jesus is. We learn Who Jesus is,...
  • Corrections and Errors

    07/15/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 15, 2013 | Philip Jenkins
    In a recent post on the Synod of Diamper (1599), I described how European Catholics tried to force Indian Christians into conformity with their ways. This Indian church, the Thomas Christians, had been founded in the second century (conceivably before), and throughout the Middle Ages its connections had been with the Church of the East, based in Iraq, so it had never had been subject to Catholic or Orthodox authority. In light of this, it is fascinating to see what the Bible of this truly ancient church looked like in 1599, and how it diverged from the versions known to...
  • National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer Gay Marriage

    06/26/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 149 replies
    CBS ^ | June 26 2013
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage. Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said the bells rang at noon Wednesday for 45 minutes to an hour. Bells also rang at other Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian and other Christian churches
  • Obama: 'If Catholics (and Protestants) Have Their Schools ... That Encourages Division'

    06/19/2013 1:11:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 19, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete Headline: Obama: 'If Catholics Have Their Schools and Buildings and Protestants Have Theirs ... That Encourages Division' Likening religious schools to segregation--a racist system that forced blacks to attend different schools and use different facilities than whites in the American South--President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting for youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Monday that there should not be Catholic and Protestant schools because such schools cause division. "Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity--symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others--these are not...
  • Notable Protestants Defend Marriage

    06/01/2013 3:06:09 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | May 17, 2013 | Bart Gingerich
    At the start of May, Union University was graced with the presence of notable evangelical theologians who commented on the issues of homosexuality, marriage, the church, and society. Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore joined the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Robert Gagnon at Union’s conference, “Salt and Light in the Public Square: Charles Colson’s Legacy and Vision.”Russell Moore prominently serves as the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s departing dean and will soon succeed retiring Richard Land as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Commenting on the marriage debate, Moore worried, “There are many people in America—including evangelicals—who...
  • Palin: Obama Must 'Renounce' Pentagon's 'Un-American' Proselytization Policy

    05/06/2013 1:48:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 6. 2013 | Tony Lee
    <p>On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama needed to clear up and "renounce" the "un-American" and "amoral" reports from the Pentagon that U.S. soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their Christian faith. She called on Obama to do so "today, right now."</p>
  • Women-priest fakers allow Protestants [UCC] to define who Catholics are. There must be consequences.

    04/28/2013 8:56:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 185 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say ^ | 4/28/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    When anti-Catholic ecumenical atrocities take place, Catholic bishops should act.Here is an example which calls for consequences.From WTAX in Kentucky: Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church [Note either the carelessness or the bias? She was not ordained as anything.]By Mary WisniewskiLOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In an emotional ceremony filled with tears and applause, a 70-year-old Kentucky woman was ordained a priest [No.  She went through a fake ceremony.] on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority. [Liberals often use the word When anti-Catholic ecumenical atrocities take place, Catholic...
  • What This Protestant Pastor Would Like to See in the New Pope

    03/11/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT · by xzins · 68 replies
    Religion Forum, FR | 11 Mar 13 | Xzins
    First, let me acknowledge that I'm an outsider, that I don't have a vote, that it can easily be argued that outsider opinions simply don't matter, and that I don't even begin to approach any kind of expert knowledge regarding the Roman Catholic Church. I am an ordained Methodist Elder with 33 years of experience under my belt. I have completed a career as a military chaplain with the US Army, and that gives me working experience with Catholic chaplains in which we all operated as a team supporting one another and helping one another. It was a willing cooperation,...
  • Protestant scholar lauds Benedict's ecumenical strides

    02/24/2013 4:49:04 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Pasadena, Calif., Feb 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict has been a leader devoted to ecumenical efforts, according to a professor of Christian history and ecumenism at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Protestant school in Pasadena, Calif. “I have appreciated his commitment to ecumenism,” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., who is also a minister in the Assemblies of God, an ecclesial community in the Pentecostal tradition, told CNA Feb. 19. Robeck participated in the third inter-faith gathering at Assisi with Pope Benedict in 2011, and corresponded with him when he was still prefect of...
  • Why a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic - Dr. Scott Hahn

    01/31/2013 7:01:05 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 65 replies
    youtube ^ | August 29, 2012 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Dr. Scott Hahn has a number of different recorded talks where he discusses his conversion from being an Evangelical Protestant Pastor to becoming an ordinary Catholic layman. Some of those talks tend to focus more precisely on that specific period from when he was already a Protestant Pastor through his actual conversion to the Catholic faith, but this audio recording has a broader focus, and includes a longer period in his life, including some of the foibles of his youth. (This was originally just an audio recording, to which the "youtube" poster added some unusual slides for their "youtube video",...
  • FAMOUS CHURCH'S BELLS TO RING FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES

    01/09/2013 3:51:25 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    AP ^ | January 9, 2013 | BRETT ZONGKER
    (AP) -- The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials. The key development came last July when the Episcopal Church approved a ceremony for same-sex unions at its General Convention in Indianapolis, followed by the legalization of gay marriage in Maryland, which joined the District of Columbia. The national church made a special allowance for marriage ceremonies in states where gay marriage is legal.Longtime same-sex marriage advocate...
  • The Islamization of Germany in 2012

    12/26/2012 2:19:23 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 24, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    Opinion polls consistently show that growing numbers of ordinary German citizens are worried about the consequences of decades of multicultural policies, as well the emergence of a parallel legal system based on Islamic Sharia law. Post-Christian Europe became noticeably more Islamized during 2012.As the rapidly growing Muslim population makes its presence felt in towns and cities across the continent, Islam is transforming the European way of life in ways unimaginable only a few years ago.Some of the more notable Islam-related controversies during 2012 occurred in Germany, where the Muslim population has jumped from around 50,000 in the early 1980s...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Ecumenism: What is the relationship of Catholic, Orthodox & non-

    12/18/2012 6:13:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • + The Reformation’s Evangelical “Sola Scriptura” + [Today is Reformation Day] [Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 11:55:17 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | October 31st, 2012 | Robert Paul
    Below is a set of theses from the late Dr. Marquart, posted here in honor of the Reformation. Originally written for class and perhaps a conference, they speak of what exactly Sola Scriptura means and what it means for the church. Blessed Festival of the Reformation! Verbum domini manet in aeternum. The two focal points of the Reformation conflict were the Gospel’s core content (justification) and the Gospel’s authority (Scripture alone—sola scriptura).“Sola scriptura” means to assert the sole authority of Christ over His church, to the exclusion of all other powers and authorities. IESOUS KYRIOS (Jesus is Lord, I Cor....
  • Christianizing India is Catholic Church’s major goal

    10/16/2012 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Sunday, October 14, 2012 | V. R. Jayaraj
    Kochi - Christianization of India – and not Indianization of Christ – is the major goal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. Any attempt to derail this goal should be defeated through solidification of faith through spiritual campaigns, says a study document on protection of faith prepared as part of the Year of Faith observance by the Catholic Church In the particular context of the strengthening of several smaller Christian sects, especially in Kerala, the document says that measures will have to be adopted to avoid the splintered sects, including the Protestants, influencing the faithful belonging to the Syro-Malabar Church. It...
  • Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

    10/15/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 10/9/12 | Russell Moore
    According to a new study by the Pew Forum, Protestants are, for the first time in history, not a majority in the United States of America. I don’t think that’s anything for evangelical Protestants, or anyone else, to panic about. Several years ago, I pointed out here that studies were showing a declining Protestant majority, and projections were being made for this very reality. Now, the surveys says we have a 48 percent plurality of Protestants. I wasn’t frantic about that several years ago, and I’m still not. When working toward our “God and country” badges, my childhood Boy Scout...
  • Test of Fire: Election 2012

    10/13/2012 8:35:37 AM PDT · by bray · 89 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/13/12 | bray
    This is an incredible ad the Catholic Church is running for values. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd
  • Protestants no longer the majority in US, study says

    10/09/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2012
    NEW YORK –  For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have...
  • The great need for pastors to address gay marriage

    09/26/2012 7:19:26 PM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    BPNews ^ | 9/24/12 | Joseph Backholm
    Pastors, I'd like to propose some hypotheticals for you. Imagine a scenario in which the president of the United States used his bully pulpit to declare to the country that divorce was a good thing, beneficial to spouses and good for kids who would be saved from contentious households. Certainly some people feel that way. Or, imagine if the president of the United States told the country that monogamy was unnatural and that it was not actually our urges that needed to be overcome but our petty jealousies over sexual exclusivity. I'm certain there are people who share those sentiments....
  • White Protestants, your monopoly is over

    09/09/2012 6:15:13 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/8/2012 | Dean Obeidallah
    Attention white Anglo-Saxon Protestants: Your days of running things are over. You have jumped the shark. But there's no need to feel bad for WASPs. They've had an amazing run. Every single president in our nation's history, except for John F. Kennedy -- a Catholic -- and Barack Obama, has been a white Protestant. Except for a handful of exceptions, for over 200 years the presidential nominees of both major political parties have been WASPs. WASPs had almost as many victories in a row as The Harlem Globetrotters. But it's over. Look at this year's presidential tickets: A Mormon, an...
  • Does Jesus Condemn Tradition?

    08/30/2012 2:39:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 30, 2012 | MARCELLINO D'AMBROSIO, PH.D.
    One of the great battle cries of the Protestant Reformation was “sola scriptura!” Many thought that the Catholic Church had cluttered up the simple Christian faith by adding all sorts of practices, customs and doctrines over the centuries. They thought the Church in their day was guilty of exactly the same Pharisaical obsession with traditions condemned by Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel (Mark 7:1-23). The solution, it seemed, was simple. Let’s purify the Church by ditching all these traditions and keeping the Bible alone. But if we read this portion of the Bible closely, the Lord is not telling us...
  • A Faithful Nation

    07/09/2012 4:46:35 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 3 replies
    Liberty Magazine ^ | July 1, 2012 | Michael Peabody
    EXCERPT: Just because Christians believe something does not mean that the government needs to make a law to enforce that belief. To put it bluntly, in America it is legal to believe things that could compromise your own eternal salvation. The state will not stand in the way of incorrect theology. And it would be wrong for the state to assume such power, because, in Protestant thought, spiritual actions and even knowledge without an internal change of heart are worthless. Conservatives who often express great concern about an emerging "nanny state" ought to take specific note of religious rules coming...
  • Koran to be read during televised church service

    06/02/2012 4:54:43 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 34 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 3 June 2012 | Cathcon
    There is controversy in advance of a televised church service on 17 June on ZDF (Cathcon- German equivalent of BBC). The reason: during the service of the Evangelical Free Church congregation (Baptist) in Kamp-Lintfort work where Christians and Muslim work alongside eachother in the mines, there will be a reading from the Koran. As the Baptist pastor, André Carouge explained, Christians and Muslims have maintained close relationships in Kamp-Lintfort since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States.
  • Evangelical Christian Support of Santorum Marks New High in US Protestant-Catholic Relations

    03/25/2012 12:36:37 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Talking Points ^ | 25th March, 2012 | Talking Points
    Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has the media pulling their hair out. And that is no surprise. Rick represents old fashioned American politics that is 180 degrees away from the anything-goes, high-tax, high-spend, blame-Christians philosophy that they support. But there is one story they don't want to tell. And that is how Evangelical Christians are happily supporting Mr. Santorum, because they feel that he best represents their interests. And the fact that he is a Catholic doesn't matter to them at all. This is a sea change that is incredibly beneficial to the movement to conserve America. With Protestants and Catholics...