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  • Crossing the Jordan into the Inner Meaning [New Church, Open]

    11/29/2012 2:55:12 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 520 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed Nov 28, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Everything in the Old Testament history leads up to the crossing of the Jordan, and yet the way the story is told in Joshua 3 and 4 has major inconsistencies and problems. Is there another way to read it? Can the Bible be taken literally?
  • France to open world’s first ‘mosque for the gay community'...

    11/29/2012 1:44:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 42 replies
    mailonline ^ | 11.29.2012 | Sam Webb
    FULL TITLE: France to open world’s first ‘mosque for the gay community’ (where women and men won’t be segregated) A French-Algerian homosexual man is planning to open a 'mosque for gays' in France and hopes to eventually conduct same-sex Muslim marriages. Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, an Algerian Muslim living in Paris who is married to his gay partner, hopes to open the doors by the end of the month, according to the Jerusalem Post. Mr Zahed says the mosque, situated in a Buddhist chapel in Paris, will also break another Islamic taboo by refusing to segregate women and men. He...
  • The Most Powerful Bible Resource Ever Available

    11/29/2012 12:44:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Brandon Vogt Blog ^ | 11/29/12 | Brandon Vogt
    Check back tomorrow as I'm giving away a complete Verbum Basic package from Logos. It includes 226 books and resources —a digital library worth over $2,700!NOTE: Despite my enthusiasm, I don't work for Logos nor do I receive anything for promoting them outside of testing software. I'm just a huge fan of their products.I've written twice before about the Logos Bible software. First I shared seven ways it can revolutionize your faith. Then I highlighted the new Logos Catechism app. But since then, Logos has made several huge improvements. The biggest is that they've re-branded their Catholic arm, "Verbum." This...
  • Ordinariate Lessons and Carols Around the Country

    11/29/2012 9:00:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The New Liturigical Movement ^ | 11/26/12 | Matthew Alderman
    Of the elements of the Anglican Patrimony the Ordinariate brings with it, one of the most enjoyable is the seasonal pleasure of a Lessons and Carols service. The first of these was held in a temporary shed serving as Truro's Anglican cathedral on Christmas Eve, 1880, by future archbishop of Canterbury Edward White Benson--purportedly to give his flock something better to do than spend the night before Christmas in local bars and pubs. It has since been a tradition adopted by Catholic as well as Anglican parishes, as well as Lutheran and even Presbyterian communities. King's College, Cambridge, has been...
  • Egyptian Christians Sentenced to Death for Islam Film

    11/29/2012 8:52:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/28/12 | Yasmine Saleh
    (Reuters) - A Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam video that was released on the Internet in September and prompted violent protests in Muslim countries. "The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a movie that insults Islam and its prophet," Judge Saif al-Nasr Soliman said. The low-budget video, produced privately in California, denigrated the Prophet Mohammad and triggered anti-U.S. protests and attacks on Western embassies around the Muslim world. The convicted persons included Egyptian-American Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, who...
  • Access to sacred mountain refuge from Mayan Apocalypse blocked by authorities

    11/29/2012 8:34:29 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 29, 2012 | Nannette Richford
    Pic de Bugarach, a small mountain in southwest France, is rumored to be the only spot on earth that will be saved from the Mayan Apocalypse predicted for Dec. 21, 2012, says a Latinos Post report dated Nov 27. According to doomsday theorists, the mountain will open up and reveal an alien spaceship ready to whisk humans away to safety. That is, if humans can access the mountain. French officials have banned access to the mountain to New Age enthusiasts, sightseers and journalists, says Daily Mail in a Nov. 19 report. Access to the small village with the same name...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MOUNT CARMEL, 11-29-12

    11/29/2012 7:59:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MOUNT CARMEL A mountain projecting into the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of Palestine near the present-day city of Haifa. It was here that Elijah defied the hundreds of pagan prophets in the presence of King Ahab and proved to the people that Yahweh was the true God (I Kings 18:20-40). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Chinese man blows life savings on ark to escape Apocalypse

    11/29/2012 6:32:18 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 36 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 28 November, 2012
    Lu Zhengai is so scared by the Mayan apocalypse, that’s he’s spent all his money - $160,000 - on building his very own Noah’s Ark. The barely sea worthy boat, which he claims will save him and his family when flood waters destroy his house, was designed by Lu himself, measures 65 feet and will weigh 80 tons when finished, according to Chinese media. Land lubber Lu, who lives in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region of China – thousands of miles from the sea, began building the boat out of fear for the “doomsday” floods, predicted by the Maya calendar...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(11/29/12)[Prayer]

    11/29/2012 4:54:09 AM PST · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/29/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem911/29/12)[Prayer]

    11/29/2012 4:37:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/29/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Malakh Adonai: מַלְאַךְ יהוה "The Angel of the LORD"Exodus 3:1,2 ...Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-29-12

    11/28/2012 8:48:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    November 29, 2012 Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a I, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven,having great authority,and the earth became illumined by his splendor.He cried out in a mighty voice: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.She has become a haunt for demons.She is a cage for every unclean spirit,a cage for every unclean bird,a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast." A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstoneand threw it into the sea and said: "With such force will Babylon the great city...
  • Goal of Corporate Reunion no Longer Realistically Exists [C of E & Catholic]

    11/28/2012 8:00:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 11/28/12 | Fr. Tim Finnigan
    How would the ordination of women as Bishops affect the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Church of England? More specifically, how would it affect dialogue? At the end of an article about Professor Henry Chadwick's thoughts on the matter, Independent Catholic News reports on the position taken by Archbishop Nichols: Meanwhile, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, was asked during a press conference in London on Friday 16 November 2012 about the impact on ecumenical relations if the General Synod of Church of England General votes...
  • Archbishops' Council Says Restart Process to Admit Women to Episcopate at July 2013 General Synod

    11/28/2012 7:50:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishops’ Council issued this statement today.Statement on the Conclusion of the Meeting of the Archbishops’ Council November 201228 November 2012“The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England met on November 27-28th to consider a wide ranging agenda. A substantial amount of time was given over to the discussion of the recent vote by General Synod on Women in the Episcopate. “As part of their reflections, many council members commented on the deep degree of sadness and shock that they had felt as a result of the vote and also of the need to affirm all women serving the church...
  • The Cult has started a new ad campaign in New York [Where the Mormon tithe & temple fits in]

    11/28/2012 6:00:38 PM PST · by Colofornian · 852 replies
    ExMormonforums.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Infymus
    http://www.lds.org/church/news/mormonor ... c?lang=engHow about being straight up and saying that Mormons put on costumes and chant rituals in secret buildings that only 10% of gross earnings paid as "tithes" allow entrance? Mormonism wants people to think they are normal that they are just Christians like everyone else. Each year they get rid of more and more of their embarrassing doctrines - or doctrines that aren't politically correct anymore. Apologist attack dogs fight any critics on technicalities. Mormonism has one thing that works for them - and that is the funneling of cash from members to the Cult coffers. This is...
  • The Disappearing White Catholic Voter

    11/28/2012 3:46:35 PM PST · by NYer · 74 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | November 28, 2012 | George J. Marlin
    For over seventy years, white blue-collar Catholics who have lived and worked in America’s once great industrial states were the voting bloc that provided the margins of victory for Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and the two Bushes. The 2012 election results, however, indicate these Catholics no longer have that kind of clout at the ballot box.Why? First of all, they are an aging group whose numbers are declining every year. About 650 Catholic World War II and Korean War veterans die every day. That translates into 950,000 in the last four years. Add spouses and the number...
  • Conference to study father figures in television

    11/28/2012 2:22:54 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | November 28, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Rome, Italy, Nov 28, 2012 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At an upcoming spring conference, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will examine father figures and their portrayal in TV, including Lord Grantham from the British series Downton Abbey. Many television series “portray the father as being the family's problem,” observed Professor Enrique Fuster, one of the organizers of the conference scheduled for April 22-23, 2013 at the Roman university. Fuster, who teaches cinema history at Holy Cross, noted that screen writers often depict schizophrenic and dysfunctional families and their solution for these situations is usually “a family rupture.”...
  • Was Angus T. Jones Wrong for Bashing Two and a Half Men?

    11/28/2012 2:07:18 PM PST · by InHisService · 42 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 11-28-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    I have to admit, I have never watched Two and a Half Men, and never will. I hate sitcoms. I’ve tried to watch other ones and found them to be rather unfunny; as a Christian myself I find the content worldly, over-sexualized and very distasteful, as are most programs on TV. But as an actor on the program, was Jones wrong for speaking out against it?
  • Douthat's excellent critique of American heresies [Bad Religion]

    11/28/2012 2:07:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 11-27-12 | Phil Lawler
    Douthat's excellent critique of American heresies By Phil Lawler  | November 27, 2012 8:27 AM Ross Douthat will forgive me, I hope, for saying that it is remarkable Bad Religion was written by such a young man. I don’t mean to patronize him. A conservative Catholic writer who has established himself as a regular op-ed columnist for the New York Times doesn’t need a condescending pat on the head from me.Still, as I read Douthat’s description of the seismic shifts in American culture during the 1960s and 1970s, I had to remind myself repeatedly that he is too young to...
  • Pentagon Spends $100,000 to Find Out: ‘Did Jesus Die for Klingons Too?’

    11/28/2012 11:56:27 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | November 16, 2012 | Heather Clark
    An Oklahoma senator has released a report outlining what he believes is some of the Pentagon’s most wasteful spending. Among a number of odd items includes a workshop on how Christianity would be affected if aliens were proven to exist. Senator Tom Coburn is known to be the “waste-watcher” on Capitol Hill, as he investigates unnecessary spending in various branches of the government. On Thursday, he issued what some consider to be a laughable list of Defense Department expenditures that have nothing to do with defense. In addition to $1.5 billion being spent on a plan to invent roll-up beef...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORAL PERSON, 11-28-12

    11/28/2012 11:44:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MORAL PERSON In ecclesiastical law, a group of at least three physical person united together by their free will to form a society recognized as such be competent Church authority. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.