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  • Religion is the Salt that Preserves the State

    07/18/2018 11:59:46 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Jun 2018 | Casey Chalk
    The megalomania of the 1st-century Roman emperors, epitomized in the lunacy of Caligula and the lechery of Nero, evinces “tormenting the cat” on a global scale. It is little wonder so many eagerly converted to the Christian faith, which promised a king who truly loved and provided for his subjects. Jesus tells his disciples that heaven rejoices at the repentance of a single sinner. Subjects of his kingdom are to be concerned with the most marginalized, honored even for giving them a “cup of cold water.” Jesus elsewhere declares “the last will be first, and the first last”: indeed, the...
  • Reynalds leaves legacy of helping the less fortunate (NM, "Joy Junction" Christian shelter)

    07/18/2018 10:55:25 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 3 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 18, 2018 | Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
    He was born and raised in England. But Jeremy Reynalds adopted Albuquerque as his home 32 years ago, and our city is a better place because of it. Reynalds, who lost his battle with cancer late Tuesday at the age of 60, was a tireless advocate for the homeless. He dedicated himself to providing food and shelter for them and to nurturing them spiritually. He founded and ran Joy Junction, the state’s largest homeless shelter, until his death. It’s difficult to say how many people Reynalds and Joy Junction have helped over the years, but it’s easily in the tens...
  • Shroud of Turin Bloodstains Likely Fake, Not of Jesus Christ: Forensic Experts

    07/17/2018 7:55:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/17/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bloodstains found on the shroud of Turin burial cloth, believed by many to have once wrapped the body of Jesus Christ, are likely fake, according to new research reported in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In June 2017, researchers at the Institute of Crystallography found traces of blood on the 14-foot-long relic, with initial analysis of the particles discovering "a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth." The nanoparticles uncovered were found to not be typical of the blood of a healthy person. The Journal of Forensic Sciences report on July 10 revealed that...
  • Bloodstains on Shroud of Turin are probably fake, experts say

    07/16/2018 12:19:27 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 141 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/15/18 | Christopher Carbone
    The Shroud of Turin, which has been revered by some Christians as the burial cloth of Jesus, could be a fake, according to a new forensic investigation. The investigation into the bloodstain pattern on the cloth was reported Tuesday in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and is apparently the first such analysis of the controversial shroud. Held in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, the shroud shows the image of a crucified man and has been analyzed and scrutinized for many, many years. The Vatican regards it as an icon, rather than a religious relic—and the...
  • Ken Ham Auctions Authentic Photo Of His Great-Great-Grandfather Riding Triceratops

    07/15/2018 4:18:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | July 13, 2017
    PETERSBURG, KY – As part of a fundraiser for his Creation Museum and Ark Encounter theme park, Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham is auctioning an original photograph of his great-great-grandfather riding atop a live dinosaur, sources confirmed.
  • Researchers reconstruct the genome of the ‘first animal’

    07/14/2018 8:14:11 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 54 replies
    IMPC ^ | 7/9/2018 | Jordi Paps
    Humans and mice share approximately 98% of genes, and have similar physiology and anatomy. This is because we share a relatively recent common ancestor, around 80 million-years-ago. In contrast, the ancestor of all animals lived over 500 million-years-ago. As genomic data becomes available for more animal species a detailed family tree can be created, allowing novel insight into the genomes of long extinct species. In the guest post below Jordi Paps summarises recent research that attempts to reconstruct the genome of the ‘first animal’ by using the genomic data available on living animals. The first animals emerged on Earth at...
  • Need help/advice for coping with a dying father

    07/13/2018 9:06:10 PM PDT · by MountainWalker · 105 replies
    Me | 7/12/2018 | Me
    Hi FRiends. I've been having a tough time over the past 18 months and was hoping for any advice, books, ideas, prayers - anything that could help me get through things because I'm hurting and feeling lost. My father, 71, has been diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease - Frontotemporal Dementia. He declined extremely rapidly at first but has now leveled off, mostly because there's not much left to lose. We went from seeing him over Labor Day 2016 and noticing something might be a little off to him having failing to tell the doctor the names of his kids,...
  • The Russian Orthodox Church: Putin Ally or Independent Force?

    07/13/2018 11:47:15 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Religion & Politics ^ | October 10, 2017 | Gregory L. Freeze
    The image of the Russian Orthodox Church as the “handmaiden” of the state long prevailed in Tsarist Russia. After decades of Soviet persecution, this perception of the church has reemerged. Some in Russia have leveled similar criticism, as in a public declaration by three provincial Orthodox priests: “We urgently ask you to cease the shameful practice of blind collaboration with the authorities and every kind of dalliance with the wealthy in our country.” While church and state do collaborate in many areas, they have diverging perspectives and interests. The church’s adamant defense of autonomy stems from the calamitous Soviet experience....
  • Women Are Buying Up Plan B Because They're Terrified of the Future Supreme Court

    07/12/2018 8:33:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 76 replies
    finance yahoo.com ^ | July 12, 2018 | Julia Glum
    Within hours of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement last month, Emily Hauser was standing at a drugstore counter asking a pharmacist for two packages of Plan B. At age 53, she didn’t need the emergency contraception pills — in fact, she wasn’t sure who would, or when. But Hauser bought them anyway. A mother of two, she’s worried her teenagers won’t be able to access Plan B if Roe v. Wade, the decision that protects a woman’s right to abortion, gets overturned after Kennedy leaves the Supreme Court. It’s a big fear for Hauser, though she feels a...
  • Poll Finds 57% of Millennials Don’t Even Know Roe v. Wade is About Abortion

    07/11/2018 7:40:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 9, 2018 | Christina Vazquez
    With the talk of pro-life U.S. Supreme Court nominees and Roe v. Wade potentially being overturned, it is important to actually know what the landmark abortion case is about. And there are strong indications that many do not. A Democratic pollster recently pointed out that most millennials do not know what Roe v. Wade is about, or when abortion was legalized. “Millennials think that Roe v. Wade happened right after the American Revolution,” Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research, said on a Friday episode of “What America’s Thinking,” a show on Hill.TV about polls and public opinion. Furthermore, a 2013...
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

    07/11/2018 7:35:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | BYU Noteworthy (Chris Tomlin A Cappella Cover
    A little midweek uplift. Something to remember that HE is in control.
  • Gov. Matt Bevin publicly signs bill allowing Kentucky's public schools to teach the Bible

    07/11/2018 6:50:19 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 15 replies
    http://www.wdrb.com ^ | Updated: Wednesday, June 28th 2017, 8:35 am EDT | Lawrence Smith
    Gov. Matt Bevin publicly signs bill allowing Kentucky's public schools to teach the Bible The bill allows school districts to offer an elective course on the Bible. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Public schools in Kentucky can soon teach reading, writing and the book of Revelation. At the Capitol on Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin gave his public “Amen” to a bill allowing Bible courses in public schools. Normally, a bill signing does not open with prayer, but in this case, it may have been appropriate. At a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Bevin signed House Bill 128, which allows public schools...
  • Former detainees recount abuse in Chinese re-education centres

    07/11/2018 11:24:43 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 10 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 3, 2018 | Nathan VanderKlippe
    ‘It is about Xi as the leader of the world’: Former detainees recount abuse in Chinese re-education centres Authorities in China’s far western Xinjiang province have made loyalty to President Xi Jinping a central part of an extensive political re-education campaign that requires detainees to swear allegiance to the Communist Party while forswearing a Muslim faith that they are told to repeat is “stupid.”Large numbers – researchers estimate the total in the hundreds of thousands – of people have been placed in Chinese facilities known as re-education centres, where they are forcibly indoctrinated. Many of those detained are Muslim Uyghurs...
  • Great News For A Change (Farmer Dean)

    07/11/2018 7:40:12 AM PDT · by oldvirginian · 22 replies
    Dp0622 | July10, 2018 | dp0622
    FarmerDean, who has no physical right to be alive according to natural law, will be going home under GOD’S law in a few weeks. After over a YEAR fighting for his life from a botched cancer surgery of his intestines and MANY MANY nights where I thought he was going to God, the farmer/man/beast is going home and will once again one day heap 50 pound bails on a truck for hours at 66!! I just got a hernia thinking about it!!! :) God doesn’t always give us what we ask for and we can’t and aren’t supposed to understand...
  • Tom Selleck Credits His Talent And Prosperity To His Undying Love For Jesus

    07/10/2018 9:52:46 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 46 replies
    https://www.jesusdaily.com/ ^ | Dr. Aaron Tabor, MD
    You’ve seen him do it all for the last forty five years, from romancing on screen to inspiring and capturing the hearts of generations of Americans. As seen in countless of his blockbuster hits such as The Closer, Blue Bloods or Magnum P.I, Tom credits his stellar performances solely to his faith in Jesus Christ. However as disclosed in a recent interview by himself, it was not always, that Tom was such a staunch believer of Christianity. Hailing from a humble background of hardworking blue collar parents, Thomas ‘Tom’ William Selleck was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. While his...
  • How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave

    07/10/2018 8:59:18 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 30 replies
    Vox ^ | 07/10/18 | Eliza Barclay
    When the 12 Thai boys who were trapped in a cave and were rescued one by one were first discovered by British divers a week ago, they were reportedly meditating. “Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,” the mother of one of the boys told the AP, referring to a widely shared video of the moment the boys were found. Turns out that their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, who led them on a hike into the cave when it flooded on June 23, trained in meditation as a Buddhist monk...
  • Smart women need to marry down to become mothers because there aren't enough smart men [tr]

    07/09/2018 9:02:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 149 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 8, 2018 | Sanchez Manning
    Intelligent women should consider marrying less clever men if they want to start a family, according to researchers. There are simply not enough brainy men to go round – so women may need to widen their search, warned the author of a report that found a growing number of professional women were freezing their eggs because they couldn’t find ‘Mr Right’. ‘There are fewer educated men in the world for educated women to partner with,’ said Marcia Inhorn, professor of anthropology at Yale University. ‘So if women want to find a partner with whom they can have children, they need...
  • God is smiling.

    07/09/2018 4:19:17 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 15 replies
    email from a friend | 7/09/2018 | unknown
    Catholic Dog Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, 'Father, my dog is dead. Could ya' be saying' a mass for the poor creature?' Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.' Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think $5,000 is enough to donate to them...
  • 10 arrested in anti-Semitic assault in Berlin park

    07/08/2018 11:35:25 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    Victim wearing Star of David assaulted by group of Syrian migrants, German news outlet claims. Targets of assault may also have been Syrian.German police arrested 10 people Sunday over an alleged anti-Semitic attack in a Berlin park, with local media reporting that both victim and suspects are Syrians. The group, aged between 15 and 25, including three women, were detained following the assault in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police did not give the names or nationalities of the suspects or the victim, but German daily Welt had reported that all involved are Syrians. Police said the victim had...
  • Flashback: Bishop of London's Sermon on the Meaning of Marriage from William and Kate's Wedding

    07/08/2018 3:55:16 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Hello Magazine - Royal Weddings ^ | 29 April 2011 | Bishop Richard Chartres
    Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." So said St Catherine of Siena whose festival day it is today. Marriage is intended to be a way in which man and woman help each other to become what God meant each one to be, their deepest and truest selves. Many are full of fear for the future of the prospects of our world but the message of the celebrations in this country and far beyond its shores is the right one – this is a joyful day! It is good that people in...