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  • Gay Marriage: No Opt-Out for Christian Registrars [UK]

    02/18/2013 6:47:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/15/13 | John Bingham
    Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing gay marriages if they object on grounds of belief, the Government’s human rights watchdog has said.In guidance to MPs, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said marriage registrars were public officials and so should expect to be “required” to carry out the ceremonies. The document makes clear that employees, including teachers and chaplains working in the public sector, should be free to express their views on marriage without being disciplined. But it says that religious protection is “a qualified right” which “the state can interfere with” in some...
  • Um, I, I, Um What Is It ?

    02/18/2013 6:36:39 AM PST · by Revski · 7 replies
    Revski's Youtube Videos ^ | 2-18-20013 | Revski
    This animated video of a US Northwestern rough legged hawk and it’s cry, brook fish, farm pig, Galapagos tortoise and bullfrogs singing the chorus to the hymn, "Revive Us Again", are to inspire faith in Jesus our Lord. The voices of this video are myself and grandchildren; Elijah, Megan, Taylor and Jamee.
  • Ten Commandments Party Established in Russia

    02/18/2013 6:28:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/18/13
    Moscow, February 18, Interfax - The inaugural congress of the Russian Ten Commandments Party took place in Moscow. The total of 134 delegates from 45 Russian subjects, including Christians of different confessions, Muslims, and Jews, participated in the inaugural congress on February 17. The political council, the decision making body of the party, was headed by Sergey Mezentsev, Ph.D. "I hope that your activity will help to restore moral values, God's Ten Commandments in the everyday political life, in the life of our society. I hope that you will stay faithful to these God's Commandments, that you'll be able to...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/18/13)[Prayer]

    02/18/2013 4:45:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/18/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH El Emeth - LORD GOD of Truth(Psalms 31:5) Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 18, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/18/2013 3:38:25 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/18/13 | Joel Osteen
    Saying WhatDavid Said Today's Scripture “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria “I’m God’s masterpiece. I’m wonderfully made. I’m talented. I’m original. God has given me everything that I need.” That’s what David was saying in Psalm 139. He praised God for making him in an amazing way and declared that what God had done was wonderful. Is that how you started your day? Most people think they are being humble by putting themselves down. They say, “Oh,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 18, 2013]

    02/18/2013 3:37:25 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Taking the Initiative Against Despair "Rise, let us be going" —Matthew 26:46 In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this kind of despair is an exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we...
  • Viewpoint: 'Hold on to what you believe' [Lds: 'Does it feel...everyone you know is falling away?']

    02/17/2013 8:50:07 PM PST · by Colofornian · 34 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 | Laura Thomas
    A couple of months ago I ran into a dear friend of mine. After exchanging pleasantries and walking along campus, she turned to me and said, “Does it feel that everyone you know is falling away from the church?” Relieved that someone could understand how I feel, I looked at her and sighed. It seems like more and more of my friends are losing their faith in God and leaving the church. She and I have a close friend who recently told us that she’s now an agnostic. Or maybe she’s an atheist. I’m not too sure at this point...
  • Why People Leave the LDS Church, and what family/friends/community can do about it

    02/17/2013 8:14:19 PM PST · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Slideshare.net ^ | 2008 | John P. Dehlin
    Worldwide Church Activity Rates Inactive 7-8M Active 4-5M Salt Lake Tribune, Merrill Bateman SNIP Brigham Young - Journal of Discourses "You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind…the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. Trace mankind down to after the flood, and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race — that they should be the 'servant of servants;' and they will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-13

    02/17/2013 7:54:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-18-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2013 Monday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,“Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. “You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. “You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in...
  • The Reason Benedict Resigned

    02/17/2013 7:06:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 74 replies
    CE.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | William Fahey
    The Reason Benedict Resigned by William Fahey on February 15, 2013 ·  The Catholic world is largely shocked by the publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter of resignation this morning.  The secular world assumes the worst—no, it desires the worst, and by insinuation worms doubts into the minds of even the faithful.The secular world will tear through the brief letter and fixate upon the line about a “world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith.”  It will weave from these deconstructed words an existential tale of despair, scandal, and...
  • 'America needs the Ten Commandments'

    02/17/2013 6:52:42 PM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 17, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    "WND founder to launch national billboard campaign featuring the moral law"WASHINGTON – America has turned from God and has forgotten right from wrong, says WND founder Joseph Farah, who is announcing the launch a dramatic new national billboard campaign featuring the Ten Commandments to help awaken believers and non-believers alike to “the wickedness and evil that abound in our country.” The campaign kicks off this week with 11 major billboards – all in the heart of what some call “sin city,” Las Vegas. Farah is asking for contributions from those who recognize the Ten Commandments represent the glue that holds...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    02/17/2013 6:41:44 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 15 replies
    2-17-13 | Kitty Mittens
    John 10:27-29 My Sheep Hear My Voice, and I Know them, and they Follow Me: And I Give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall Never Perish, Neither shall Any Man Pluck them out of My Hand. My Father, Which Gave them Me, is Greater than All; And No Man is Able to Pluck them out of My Father's Hand.
  • Radical NY abortion bill could close Catholic hospitals, Church warns

    02/17/2013 2:51:26 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 15, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    ALBANY, NY, February 15, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The state of New York could soon shut down Catholic and other health care providers for not offering or referring for abortions, according to the New York Catholic Conference. The group has been monitoring Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s abortion expansion bill with concern. Among other actions, the act would declare that New York “shall not discriminate against the exercise of [abortion] rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services or information.” According to the Conference, this “no discrimination of abortion rights” provision could “permit state regulators to require support for...
  • Sunstone 2012 Recap [Focus on internal Lds critic Dehlin's presentation on why some Mormons stay]

    02/17/2013 1:59:10 PM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Wheat and Tares.org ^ | July 30, 2012 | Mormon Heretic
    ...The Why We Stay presentation was very interesting as well. Rhonda Calister, John Dehlin...spoke about the reasons “Why We Stay” in the Church...John considers himself “still a believer in something” though he says that with some asterisks. He doesn’t like the Old Testament God, he . He also felt that a version of reform Mormonism is happening within the church, not outside of it. ...John gave another great presentation. He has recently spoken with a member of the Quorum of Twelve, and said that this person said that even in his position, it is hard to make a difference inside...
  • “This is what we want the next Pope to be like” (theologians paint portrait of successor)

    02/17/2013 1:53:02 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | February 15, 2013 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    A document prepared by theologians painting the portrait of Ratzinger’s successor has gathered two thousand signatures. “Nationality is not important, just as long as he doesn’t fall slave to the Curia” Church reform plan. How should the next Pope be? Theologians have outlined what Benedict XVI’s successor should be like, in a document which has so far been signed by two thousand theologians across the world. Its first signatories were prestigious theologians such as Paul Knitter, Mgr. Calsaldáliga, Hans Küng, Leonardo Boff, Peter Phan and Paul Collins.   The next Pope is being asked to combat the “current stagnation” and counter...
  • Of 'Mormon Studies' and Apologetics [Mormon apologist recounts his firing by BYU]

    02/17/2013 1:30:16 PM PST · by Colofornian · 37 replies
    FairLDS.org ^ | Aug. 5, 2012 | Daniel C. Peterson
    ...The very recent decision by the current leadership of the Maxwell Institute to forego explicit defense and advocacy of Mormonism—to renounce explicit apologetics—may have been influenced by concerns about the arrogant mean-spiritedness of one or two of those most prominently associated with its apologetic side... SNIP ...notice how the 2012 Mission Statement of the Maxwell Institute reads, and contrast it with the one I quoted...from 2010:.. ...Gone is the language about “defend[ing] the Restoration”... ...during the last conversation that I had with the director of the Maxwell Institute before I left for six weeks overseas—I was dismissed by email roughly...
  • 400: Top 5 Myths and Truths about Why Committed Mormons Leave the Church [Lds FAIR group critiqued]

    02/17/2013 1:19:00 PM PST · by Colofornian · 18 replies
    MormonStories.org ^ | Feb. 10, 2013 | John Dehlin
    ...problems with FAIR 1. They legitimize the problems (unavoidable) 2. They introduce additional problems (unavoidable) 3. Many find their answers to be ultimately unsatisfying (unsure if this is unavoidable) 4. Many also find their tone and tactics to be unChristlike (definitely avoidable) From respondent 2844: "As I studied Church history and uncovered many controversial historical evidence, I would frequent LDS apologetic sites for answers (e.g. FARMS (now the Maxwell Institute), Shields, FAIR. I soon discovered those sites rarely dealt with the controversial evidences but rather often skirted or obfuscated the issue and frequently resorted to personal attacks on the individuals...
  • At B16's Window, A Big "Thank You"... While Behind the Walls, The "Showcase" Begins

    02/17/2013 1:06:55 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    WITL ^ | February 17, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Drawing a crowd at least four or five times its normal size, a throng estimated at well over 100,000 people swarmed St Peter's Square today for the Pope's noontime Angelus – the next-to-last Sunday greeting from B16 before his resignation takes effect in 11 days. Unlike the Wednesday Audience, no tickets are required for the pontiff's weekly appearance at his study window. It was reported yesterday that the lone remaining mid-week gathering – on the 27th – has already seen 35,000 requests for tickets, and will be moved into the Square from its usual winter venue inside the 7,000-seat...
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel! Day 5

    02/17/2013 9:51:08 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 17, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    Day five's list of cardinal electors is as follows: NAPIER Wilfrid Fox, O.F.M. [English, Italian]NICORA Attilio [English, Italian]NJUE John [English, Italian]NYCZ Kazimierz [English, Italian] O’BRIEN Edwin Frederick  [English, Italian]O’BRIEN Keith Michael Patrick [English, Italian] OKOGIE Anthony Olubunmi [English, Italian]O'MALLEY Seán Patrick, O.F.M. Cap. [English, Italian] ONAIYEKAN John Olorunfemi  [English, Italian] ORTEGA Y ALAMINO Jaime Lucas [English, Italian]OUELLET Marc, P.S.S. [English, Italian] PATABANDIGE DON Albert Malcolm Ranjith [English, Italian]PELL George [English, Italian] PENGO Polycarp [English, Italian] PHAM MINH MÂN Jean-Baptiste [English, Italian] Eliminated due to being outside the age of 60-71: NICORA AttilioO’BRIEN Edwin FrederickO’BRIEN Keith Michael PatrickOKOGIE Anthony OlubunmiORTEGA Y ALAMINO Jaime LucasPHAM MINH MÂN Jean-BaptisteSurvivors from day five (9 of 15): NAPIER Wilfrid Fox, O.F.M.NJUE JohnNYCZ KazimierzO'MALLEY Seán Patrick, O.F.M. Cap.ONAIYEKAN John OlorunfemiOUELLET Marc, P.S.S.PATABANDIGE DON Albert Malcolm RanjithPELL GeorgePENGO PolycarpTotal Survivors thus far...
  • How to Stay in the LDS Church After a Major Trial of Faith [Internal Mormon critic]

    02/17/2013 8:56:40 AM PST · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    Slideshare.net ^ | Oct. 12, 2007 | John P. Dehlin
    Staying is not for everyone... In spite of 32 years of church education, I didn't ever learn... * "Peepstone in hat" treasure digging and translation of Book of Mormon * Credibility issues w/the 3 and 8 witnesses * Multiple lst vision stories...the changing narrative of founding stories * Book of Mormon historicity issues * Book of Abraham papyrus issues * Joseph Smith having 30+ wives, 8+...married to other men at the time they were sealed to Joseph * Post-manifesto polygamy, and polygamy as a requirement for exaltation * ...depth of the Temple/Masonry connections * ...basics of Mountain Meadows (though lots...