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  • 1886: Twenty-two Uganda Martyrs

    06/03/2020 6:57:28 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 2 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | June 3, 2013 | Meaghan Good
    On this date in 1886, thirteen Catholic men and boys, as well as nine Anglican Christians, were burned alive in Buganda, a kingdom in modern-day Uganda. Most of them pages at the royal court, they had been martyred for their faith. The kingdom of Buganda came in contact with Europeans in the 1860s; Arab traders had been doing business there a few decades before that. Christian missionaries arrived in Buganda in 1879. In the next few years many court officials converted. King Muteesa I tolerated Muslims, Catholics and Protestants and played them off against other for political gain, but his...
  • IL Gov. Pritzker: God Is on the Side of the Protesters Cleared Out of Lafayette Square During Trump Church Visit

    06/01/2020 5:37:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 1, 2020 | Pam Key
    Monday on CNN, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) said God would be with the protesters, some of which that faced tear gas and rubber bullets, that were cleared from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. so President Donald Trump could pay a visit to nearby St. John’s Church, which was damaged in a fire set during protests on Sunday night. Pritzker said, “Reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois. The fact is that the president has created an incendiary moment here. He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable...
  • Rioters So Angry About George Floyd ... They Wrote 'Free Palestine' on a Synagogue

    06/01/2020 11:27:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 1, 2020 | Tyler O'Neil
    Protests over the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis have taken on a life of their own as riots broke out across the country. Rioters looted, vandalized, and burned stores, monuments, and buildings that had nothing to do with police brutality, but perhaps the most egregious case came in Los Angeles on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.
  • PENTECOST Sunday! Reversing the Curse of Babel

    05/30/2020 12:15:29 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Christ's Faithful Witness ^ | 2017 | Fr. Joseph Mungai
    Today we reach the high point of our Easter celebration, the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost -- meaning 50 days after the Passover — was the feast day in which the Jewish people celebrated the Giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. This is where the different tribes of Israel entered into covenant with God and with one another and so became the people of God. Being a people of God means relating to God and to one another in a way that God Himself has mapped out...Whenever human beings try to take the initiative in our dealings with God, what...
  • "Out of His Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on John 7:37-39)

    05/30/2020 11:39:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 31, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Out of His Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water” (John 7:37-39) Please take a look at the front of your bulletin for today. There you will see a photograph of water flowing out in a river. And written over the picture are these words from John 7:38, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Those are the words of Jesus from today’s Holy Gospel. There Jesus says exactly that: “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But the question is: Who is it that Jesus is talking about? Out of whose heart will...
  • Chicago Mayor Defends Enforcement Priorities [semi-satire]

    05/30/2020 10:28:25 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 May 2020 | John Semmens
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot's decision to shift police resources to conducting raids on churches that hold services in defiance of her edict that this not be permitted has led to questions regarding her priorities. As is well-known, there are dozens of shootings in the City every week and a lengthy list of unsolved murders. This past Sunday, though, five police cars loaded with officers descended on Chicago Cornerstone Baptist Church to break-up Pastor Courtney Lewis' sermon and disperse the parishioners. Lightfoot justified the raid saying that "the City's residents have learned to live with the constant murders, but COVID-19 is a...
  • New Pixar Movie 'Out' Promotes the LGBTQ Lifestyle Directly to Children in Boldest Attempt yet to Indoctrinate Them into Homosexual Movement

    05/28/2020 1:38:26 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    nteb ^ | 5/28/2020 | Geoffrey Grider
    Gay activists have certainly been targeting your children for many years now, from sex-ed curricula in the schools to drag queen reading hours in the libraries, and now in new Pixar Disney short film ‘Out’ With each passing year, the gay activist crowd grows more and more powerful, flush with corporate funding in the millions of dollars, and the tent of their movement grows ever broader. That they desire children, on many levels, is evident, not only to recruit but also to be used as sexual objects as well. People get mad when I call it the LGBTQ+ P For...
  • TheirTube (Youtube's censorship of dissenting views)

    05/27/2020 3:05:40 PM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/27/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore the recent Youtube ban of David Wood, and explain the rationale behind the socialist-Islamist alliance of convenience.
  • Texas: Roman Catholic bishop condemns Corpus Christi jihad attack, pledges to be “force for peace”

    05/25/2020 1:51:23 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/25/20
    This is just dandy for all those who were worried about Michael Mulvey’s virtue; it has now been abundantly signaled. But the bitter irony here is that no matter how hard he tries to be a “force for peace,” he will find his efforts unable to persuade jihadis to lay down their arms and stop waging war against unbelievers, because those jihadis consider that war a divine command (cf. Qur’an 9:29). What’s more, the Roman Catholic Church in general is indefatigably committed to Pope Francis’ ridiculous claim that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 5/24/2020

    05/24/2020 9:32:47 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 5/24/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    In San Jose, California today Pastor Mike McClure of Calvary Chapel told worshipers at an outdoor service that the church will reopen for a regular indoor service next Sunday regardless of any local orders..... His comments came hours after a US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Governor Gavin Newsom's ban on indoor church services..... The Oregon Supreme Court telling a local judge to throw out his injunction against Governor Kate Brown's coronavirus emergency orders or explain why he shouldn't by 5 pm Tuesday...... North Dakota Republican Governor Doug Burgum getting emotional at his Friday media appearance over...
  • Book Review: The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon

    05/24/2020 7:59:19 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 13 replies
    Tea at Trianon Blog ^ | May 11, 2020 | Elena Maria Vidal.
    I remember as a twenty-two-year-old being excited when I saw a new book called the The Mists of Avalon by an author called Marion Zimmer Bradley. Mists was presented as the retelling of the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the women of Camelot, which I thought was a thrilling idea. However, I found the book heavy on paganism and morbid, explicit sex scenes, but light on romance, heroism, chivalry, mystery, faith and all the qualities I had come to love in the Camelot stories. I never read any of the author's other books and did not care...
  • "Casting All Your Anxieties on Him" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter; on 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11)

    05/23/2020 8:08:14 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 24, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Casting All Your Anxieties on Him” (1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11) It came as a shock this past Monday morning. I got an email telling me that the son of a pastor friend of mine--that over the weekend this pastor’s son had taken his own life. Fifteen years old. A good kid. A bright kid. A faithful, church-going young man. I had gotten to know this boy a little bit at various conferences over the years, when his parents had brought him along. So that made it all the more shocking and sad. Just fifteen years old. And in a sudden...
  • Video: Extremely Loud Islamic Call to Prayer Is Being Broadcasted 5 Timer A Day During COVID Lockdown – Sparks Noise Complaints In LA

    05/23/2020 2:27:14 PM PDT · by USA Conservative · 45 replies
    Red State Nation ^ | 05.23.2020 | Sarah Hall
    Obama wanted to systematically change America, well, keep electing people like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and it will happen. But this change won’t be good for the real Americans! Obama might be gone but his legacy lives on. We all know that we are a country that is based on freedom and diversity but the left has gone too far! Everyone should express their religion as long as they don’t interfere with our way of living. Culver City is the latest city that has to put up with the enormously loud Islamic call to prayer 5 times a day...
  • "I Will Not Leave You as Orphans" (Funeral sermon, on John 14:1-6, 18-19)

    05/22/2020 5:38:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 22, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “I Will Not Leave You as Orphans” (John 14:1-6, 18-19) It was a day in May of 1996. And on that day my mother, Marjorie Henrickson, died. My father had died some years earlier, and now my mother died. I realized on that day that now I was truly an orphan. The next morning was a Sunday, and the Holy Gospel for that day, which I had prepared to preach on, was the passage from John 14 in which Jesus says, “I will not leave you as orphans.” Suddenly that text became extra meaningful for me. Fast forward to a...
  • Heavy Metal Drummer Recounts ‘Going to Hell,’ Meeting the Devil While in Coronavirus Coma

    05/22/2020 11:49:52 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 90 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | May 21, 2020 | Richard Moorehead
    A heavy metal drummer is recounting a nightmarish experience while in a coronavirus-induced comatose state, explaining that he’s learned to reconsider some of his beliefs from the near-death experience. Will Carroll, the drummer of Death Angel, states that he contracted coronavirus while on the final leg of a European tour in March. While lacking consciousness, Carroll is describing a nightmarish experience in which he dreamed he had descended to hell and was tortured by a female devil. Carroll claims that within his nightmares he was transformed into a “Jabba the Hutt-like-monster” and rebuked by his tormentor for ‘sloth,’ vomiting blood...
  • A Senior Conservative Christian Health Care Manager On How Faith Faces Pestilence

    05/21/2020 6:55:40 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 3 replies
    www.inthepresentistheword.com ^ | 22nd May 2020 | Ozguy1945
    My friend Graeme is a deeply religious man who knows how important and valuable the ancient wisdoms of the Christian faith can be in guiding us in this insane modern world. I find it very moving the way Graeme focusses on the compassion of the shortest verse in the Bible as he explains how his faith underpins and inspires his professional work to save peoples’ lives in the Age of Coronavirus: “Jesus wept.” John 11.35 Compassion. The heart of Christianity. Lest We Forget. Geoff Fox, 21st May, 2020, Down Under
  • "Ascended and Still Present" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Acts 1:1-11 and Ephesians 1:15-23)

    05/20/2020 9:12:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 21, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ascended and Still Present” (Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23) Where is Jesus, and what is he doing? That’s a good question to ask on this Ascension Day. Where did Jesus go when he ascended, and what is he doing now? Alright, you say, I know the answer to that; we just confessed it in the Creed: “He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” OK, fine, but what’s the big deal about that? Is that enough to have a whole special festival service, to come out and have church on a Thursday? Well, I...
  • Come Let Us Reason Together (Thoughts on Ravi Zacharias)

    05/18/2020 10:15:48 PM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/19/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore the ministry of Ravi Zacharias, and explain the necessity of apologetics in an increasingly pagan world.
  • Sideways Anger: Mayor Bans Parking Near Church that Plans to Hold Sunday Services

    05/17/2020 10:20:06 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 23 replies
    Second City Cop Blog ^ | May 17, 2020 | Editor
    (CHICAGO) People heading to Philadelphia Romanian Church in Ravenswood on Sunday might have a hard time finding a parking spot. Ald. Matt Martin (47th) said no-parking signs have been put up for several surrounding blocks near the church at 1713 W. Sunnyside Ave. The signs have been mounted on Sunnyside Avenue between Greenview and Ravenswood avenues, and Paulina Street between Lawrence and Berteau avenues. The parking ban is in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Martin said the signs were put up at the direction of the Mayor’s office, in response to plans by the church to hold...
  • "Making Known the Unknown God" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 17:16-31)

    05/16/2020 9:18:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Making Known the Unknown God” (Acts 17:16-31) The reading today from the Book of Acts is the story of Paul preaching at the Areopagus in Athens. There Paul was preaching not in a Jewish synagogue where he could assume some biblical literacy. Rather, he was speaking in a Gentile, pluralistic marketplace of ideas. And so this text has great relevance for us today, for this is the world we live in. Thus our theme this morning: “Making Known the Unknown God.” So Paul is in Athens, the great intellectual center from Greece’s glorious past. This was the city of the...