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  • Six helpful resources for those seeking an evangelical Christian perspective on homosexuality

    01/25/2013 11:12:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 58 replies
    lsn ^ | Peter Saunders
    Because of the bias of the liberal press, Steve Chalke’s recent endorsement of permanent gay partnerships and the extreme unorthodox views of the ‘Accepting Evangelicals’ group, to which he belongs, have had an unhelpfully disproportionate amount of media coverage. Many Christians are understandably confused. I received this letter this week which I think is not an atypical experience. I am publishing it anonymously with permission and have removed the name of the church. ‘My husband and I worship at a leading conservative evangelical Anglican church and we value the teaching we receive there. Our adult children come from different angles,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-13, M, Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

    01/25/2013 10:26:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 01-26-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 26, 2013 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops   Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of Godfor the promise of life in Christ Jesus,to Timothy, my dear child:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God,whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faiththat first lived in your...
  • Church remembers St. Paul’s companions, Sts. Timothy and Titus (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    01/25/2013 9:56:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | January 20. 2013 | Benjamin Mann
    Church remembers St. Paul's companions, Sts. Timothy and Titus   By Benjamin Mann   Credit: Joe Thorn (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Denver, Colo., Jan 20, 2013 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Jan. 26, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, close companions of the Apostle Paul and bishops of the Catholic Church in its earliest days.Both men received letters from St. Paul, which are included in the New Testament. Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians also venerate the saints, but do not combine their commemorations. Instead, the Byzantine tradition remembers St. Titus on Aug. 25...
  • What does IHS stand for? The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus [Catholic Caucus]

    01/25/2013 8:06:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | January 3, 2013 |
    What does IHS stand for? The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus   January 3rd, Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus In the Extraordinary Form, the feast of the Holy Name is of the “second class” (making it equal to Sundays throughout the year, complete with the recitation of the Gloria and the Credo), but in the Ordinary Form the memorial of the Holy Name was not even included in the calendar after 1970. Happily, the feast was re-instituted as an optional memorial by Bl. John Paul II – we should think that the Name deserves at...
  • Women in combat move a 'tragic mistake,' Baptist leaders say

    01/25/2013 7:53:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | Michael Foust
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's announcement that the military will remove its ban on women in combat drew criticism from several Southern Baptist leaders, who expressed concern over privacy and military effectiveness and also warned the move is part of a larger societal effort to blur differences between men and women. Panetta made his announcement Thursday (Jan. 24), saying the removal of the ban had unanimous approval from the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With the removal, about 237,000 positions on or near the front lines of combat are now open to women. "If members of our military can...
  • Here Is A Powerful Prayer Exercise Even For Those Who Do Not Pray Or Are Non-Believers

    01/25/2013 7:34:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Lifestyle ^ | January 20, 2013 | Myra Adams
    Anyone on a faith walk will eventually ask the question, “How do I pray?” Except for the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus taught his disciples, there is no easy answer, for prayer is a very personal and personalized pursuit. And, as with all pursuits, practice is the key to success and prayer is no different. You will soon discover the more you pray, the more you will find answers to difficult questions, along with mental or physical healing from various maladies, protection for you or your loved ones and comfort from any number of storms that happen to be raging in...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Tweets His Support for 40th Annual March for Life in Washington DC Today

    01/25/2013 7:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The 40th March for Life is being held today in Washington DC. Here’s the Facebook page. Lifesite News has a schedule of today’s events. Organizers say today’s rally in the nation’s capital may bring more anti-abortion activists to the streets than last year’s estimated 400,000. Pope Benedict XVI tweeted out his support for the march early this morning...
  • Catholic Hospital's argument in Colorado court that fetuses aren't people captivates the Internet

    01/25/2013 5:39:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies ^ | 01/25/2013 | Phil Tenser
    DENVER - In contrast to typical Church doctrine, lawyers for a Catholic hospital in Canon City are arguing fetuses aren't people, in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that is now being appealed to the state Supreme Court. Although the court case has stalled, a recent article gave it a burst of national attention.Lori Stodghill died of pulmonary emboli on Jan. 1, 2006 at St. Thomas More Hospital, according to a district court judge's summary judgment on the case in 2010. At the time of her death, Stodghill was pregnant with twins who did not survive.Stodghill's husband, Jeremy, filed a...
  • An appropriate response to Gov. Cuomo’s latest abortion push

    01/25/2013 3:04:30 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    canonlawblog ^ | January 25, 2013 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Two years ago I engaged in an extensive public discussion about whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, could, in light of his living arrangements, participate in holy Communion. I argued that he could not. As far as I know, those living arrangements remain unchanged, but, it appears that Cuomo has, since that discussion, respectfully refrained from approaching for holy Communion. In this regard, at least, the governor is not aggravating his conflicts with Catholic belief and discipline. But I also warned then that the ecclesiastical consequences of Cuomo’s pro-abortion activism must eventually be faced. That day seems...
  • Thoughts on the Miracle of Life, As We March

    01/25/2013 2:40:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 25, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The magnificence of life is really too wonderful too describe. But I found this description some years ago which summons reverence by its very ability to baffle the mind:MIRACLE OF LIFE- Consider the miracle of the human body. Its chemistry is just as extraordinarily well tuned as is the physics of the cosmos. Our world on bothsides of the divide that separates life from lifelessness is filled with wonder. Each human cell has a double helix library of three billion base pairs providing fifty thousand genes. These three billion base pairs and fifty thousand genes somehow engineer 100 trillion neural...
  • Cardinal Stafford: 40 Years After Roe, 'I Weep for the United States'

    01/25/2013 1:43:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/24/13 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Forty years of legalized abortion have profoundly demoralized American society, not only weakening respect for human life but undermining marriage, parenthood and individuals' sense of duty to others, said U.S. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford. The cardinal, a former archbishop of Denver and former head of two Vatican offices, said that the legalization of abortion was itself a result of flawed ideas about freedom deeply rooted in American history. Cardinal Stafford, 80, spoke with Catholic News Service shortly before the Jan. 25 March for Life marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme...
  • Vatican Defends Pope’s Twitter Account Despite Attacks

    01/25/2013 1:36:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/24/13 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Jan. 24) defended the pope’s choice to open a Twitter account even if it exposes him to insults and online abuse. “Twitter is a secular reality ... but we prefer to be present rather than stay away from something just to avoid a risk,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Vatican’s department for social communications, during the launch of the annual papal message for World Communications Day. Pope Benedict XVI opened his Twitter handle @Pontifex on Dec. 3. It has since gathered more than 2.5 million followers in nine languages, including...

    01/25/2013 1:02:16 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 25 replies
    Jonathan Cahn, author of ‘The Harbinger’ and pastor/rabbi of Beth Israel Messianic Congregation of Wayne, NJ, gives the key note address at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. 01/21/13
  • The Most Bible-Minded City Is Knoxville, Tenn., Says American Bible Society

    01/25/2013 9:52:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/25/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Knoxville, Tenn., known for being the home of Dolly Parton and the Tennessee Valley Authority, was named number one on the American Bible Society's "Most Bible-Minded Cities" list. With research conducted by the Barna Group, the ABS' recently released findings were based off of seven years' worth of telephone and online interviews with a random sample space of 42,855 adults. After Knoxville, the other nine cities on the top ten list in descending order are: Shreveport, La.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Springfield, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va. sharing the number 8 spot; Huntsville, Ala.; and Charleston,...
  • Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for...

    01/25/2013 9:18:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    mailonline ^ | James Rush
    FULL TITLE: Primary school bans six-year-old boy from wearing Christian band in class for 'health and safety reasons' A furious dad has slammed a school after his six-year-old son was banned from wearing a Christian band in class on health and safety grounds. Peter Thompson's son Eddie had been wearing the band, decorated with the Christian symbol of a fish, out of sight for six months. But when a teacher spotted Eddie scratching his ankle she noticed the band, covered by his sock, and ordered him to hand it over. Now he is being kept at home after he was...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOCRYPHA, 01-25-13

    01/25/2013 8:35:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 01-25-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APOCRYPHA Originally writings that claimed a sacred origin and were supposed to have been hidden for generations; later, a well-define class of literature with scriptural or quasi-scriptural pretensions, but lacking genuineness and canonicity, composed during the two centuries before Christ and the early centuries of our era. Protestants apply the term improperly to denote also Old Testament books not contained in the Jewish canon but received by Catholics under the name of deuterocanonical. The following is a list of the Apocrypha: Apocrypha of Jewish Origin: Jewish Apocalypses; Book of Henoch; Assumption of Moses: Fourth Book of...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/25/2013)

    01/25/2013 8:15:32 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 19 replies
    January 25, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation "Liberated Dachau camp prisoners cheer U.S. troops." (reference: 3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed. and gives food...
  • Top Vatican official praises U.S. Marches for Life as witness for ‘the whole world’

    01/25/2013 7:57:14 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 24, 2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Bishop Ignacio Carasco de Paula ROME, January 24, 2013 ( - The head of the Pontifical Academy for Life described the pro-life marches and events being held across the US this week as an historic witness to the sanctity of human life and an important example to the world. “These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula told the Catholic News Agency (CNA) yesterday. “These events which favor human life without limits, from conception until the end, have...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/25/13)[Prayer]

    01/25/2013 4:57:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YAHPsalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 25, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/25/2013 4:49:03 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/25/13 | Joel Osteen
    He Wants to Surprise You Today's Scripture “If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you...all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you...” (Deuteronomy 28:1–2, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A surprise is simply something good that you weren’t really expecting. It’s something that makes you feel special and lets you know that someone is thinking about you. Surprises bring us joy and lift our hearts. Your heavenly Father wants to surprise you and overtake you with His goodness. He...