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  • 5 faith facts about Bobby Jindal: an Ďevangelical Catholicí

    06/25/2015 2:50:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    RNS ^ | June 24, 2015 | David Gibson
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses a legislative luncheon held as part of the ‚ÄúRoad to Majority‚ÄĚ conference in Washington on June 19, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlos Barria*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-JINDAL-FAITH, originally transmitted on June 24, 2015. ¬†This image is available for web and print publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. (RNS) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday (June 24) became the latest Republican to throw his hat into the presidential ring ‚ÄĒ and in this case, ¬ďlast¬Ē may also mean ¬ďleast.¬Ē Jindal, 44, is currently bringing up the rear in the polls among...
  • Why Are There So Many ďBadĒ People in Church?

    03/06/2015 9:56:03 AM PST · by bad company · 63 replies
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru ^ | 04 / 03 / 2015 | Denis Akhalashvili
    I often have to hear how people say about our Church, ďYou know, I donít go to your church and wonít go, because itís like a train station thereówho donít you see there? It would be alright if they were good people, but theyíre not! I met one of them. Do you know what sort of man he is? And that girl is not any better. I wonít even mention the rest. And they go to services, cross themselves and donít even blushÖĒ Why are there so many unfortunate, wretched, broken lives, strange and simply bad people in the Church,...
  • From Atheism to Christianity: a Personal Journey

    02/16/2015 12:18:45 PM PST · by redleghunter · 12 replies
    Be Thinking.Org ^ | 2011 | Philip Vander Elst
    Do you find it difficult to believe in God or accept the claims of Christianity? I did, when I was an atheist, but I changed my mind, and my reasons for doing so may be of interest to you in your own personal journey and attempts to make sense of life. I am a freelance writer and lecturer. Since graduating from Oxford in 1973, with a degree in politics and philosophy, I have spent most of my professional life in politics and journalism, loving, as I do, the world of books, ideas and debate. Two questions in particular have always...
  • A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church Ė Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D.

    02/07/2015 9:35:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 174 replies
    chnetwork ^ | February 05, 2015 | A. David Anders
    A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church Ė Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D. February 13, 2012 A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church by A. David Anders, Ph.D. I grew up an Evangelical Protestant in Birmingham, Alabama. My parents were loving and devoted, sincere in their faith, and deeply involved in our church. They instilled in me a respect for the Bible as the Word of God, and a desire for a living faith in Christ. Missionaries frequented our home and brought their enthusiasm for their work. Bookshelves in our house were filled with theology and apologetics. From...
  • Newsboys Co-Founder: I'm Now an Atheist, Richard Dawkins' Had an Influence

    01/30/2015 7:20:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The co-founder and former guitarist of the popular world-famous Christian rock band the Newsboys has officially renounced his Christian faith and is calling members of the current version of the band hypocrites. George Perdikis, who founded the chart-topping Christian band in 1985 with his friend Peter Furler, wrote an op-ed on Wednesday published by the website Patheos explaining how he transformed from a guitarist in one of the most popular Christian rock bands of all-time to a cosmology-enthused atheist. "I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was play rock and roll,"...
  • Ex-Pastor Who Took Yearlong Break From Faith Asks 'Why Do I Need Religion to Love?'

    12/23/2014 3:57:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/23/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Ryan Bell, an ex-pastor who quit his faith in God for a year following his resignation from the Hollywood Adventist Church and a divorce from his wife of 17 years, is set to decide New Year's Day whether he will remain a believer or become an atheist. While he has distanced himself from zealous atheists, Bell expressed a desire to be "good" without submitting to boundaries. Nearing the end of his yearlong embrace of non-theism, Bell told the LA Times that leaving the faith has allowed him to see "both sides of the coin." The former Fuller Seminary and Azusa...
  • The church with no God in America's Bible Belt

    07/27/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/27/2014 | Peter Foster
    Viewed from the outside, the pointy-roofed building in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee deep in the heart of Americaís Bible Belt, looks very much like a church. And stepping inside, where a congregation is swaying along to music, listening to sermons and discussing ways to help their local community, it sounds very much like a church too. There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church without God. ďI pass seven big churches between my house and the...
  • Rome Sweet Home - Our Journey to Catholicism

    12/31/2013 1:44:07 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.amazon.com/ ^ | August 1, 1993 | Scott & Kimberly Hahn
    The well-known and very popular Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, have been constantly travelling and speaking all over North America for the last few years about their conversion to the Catholic Church. Now these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister, the top student in his seminary class, a brilliant Scripture scholar, and militantly anti-Catholic ... until he reluctantly began to discover that his "enemy" had all the right answers. Kimberly, also a top-notch theology student in the seminary, is...
  • Rob Bell Has Left The Church For A ďQuasi-Intentional Spiritual CommunityĒ?

    12/09/2013 6:02:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | December 9, 2013 | Denny Burk
    †Jim Hinch†argues in†The American Scholar†that evangelicalism is on decline in America. This thesis is not new. Heís accessing trends in polling data that evangelicals have been aware of for years. The article focuses on the demise of Robert Schuller and his Crystal Cathedral as a parable of whatís happening in evangelicalism writ large. Hinch then argues that Rob Bellís flight from the pastorate and from his own megachurch is a leading indicator of where younger evangelicals are trending. In short, theyíre leaving the movement. And in Bellís case in particular, theyíre leaving the church altogether. Hinch writes:Yet, like so many...
  • Fox News' Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower

    12/01/2013 5:55:18 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 80 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10/22/2013 2:21PM | Kirsten Powers
    Kirsten Powers on her religious awakening.
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - Sept. 2, 2013 - Dan Burke, convert from Judaism

    09/02/2013 4:16:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    EWTN ^ | September 2, 2013 | Marcus Grodi
    † Mon. Sep. 2 at 8:00 PM ETTue. Sep. 3 at 1:00 AM ETFri. Sep. 6 at 1:00 PM ET DAN BURKE Marcus welcomes Dan Burke, a convert from Judaism to discuss his journey to the Catholic faith. DAN BURKE'S CONVERSION STORY From Hatred to Hope: One Manís 20 Year Journey into the Catholic Faith by Daniel BurkeMy first exposure to Catholicism was through an abusive step-father. A few key memories include our home being destroyed end-to-end in a drunken rage, and forensic photographs of my mother after a brutal encounter. My most prominent memory is of gunfire in...
  • Former Gosnell Abortion Worker is Finding God, Becoming Pro-Life

    07/16/2013 7:25:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The former employee of the late-term abortion clinic Kermit Gosnell ran saw the worst of the worst in the abortion industry. From dilapidated conditions, to late-term abortions and from infanticide of babies born alive to the killing and injuring of patients, the employees at the Philadelphia-based abortion business likely have a significant amount of emotional distress and mental and spiritual health issues they are dealing with now. But Abby Johnson, herself a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic who is now a Christian and pro-life, says a former Gosnell worker is rediscovering a relationship with God and may...
  • My Sunday at an Atheistic Church

    02/10/2013 11:22:29 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Kyle Beshears
    Last month I stumbled upon an article about an atheistic ‚Äúchurch service‚ÄĚ in London. I didn‚Äôt even read the whole thing before I decided I had to go.The Sunday Assembly, as the group is called, meets once a month at The Nave in North London for ‚Äúanybody searching for a sense of community, to meet and ‚Äėturn good intentions into action.‚Äô‚ÄĚIt is, all things considered, an atheistic church.Yes. A church for atheists.The Nave ‚Äď new home to the atheistic church The Sunday Assembly This morning I woke up, sacrificed hearing Os Guinness¬†speak at my own church, and ventured down to...
  • Pope: Everyone, Even Atheists, Want to See the Face of God

    01/16/2013 8:57:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1,224 replies
    Asia News ^ | 1/16/13
    General audience, Benedict XVI defines the Incarnation as "something unimaginable, the face of God can be seen, the process that began with Abraham is fulfilled." The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, he asks "for the great gift" to "proclaim together that Jesus is the Savior of the world."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The desire to know the face of God is in every man, even the atheists," but this desire is only realized by following Christ, in whom, in the Incarnation, "something unimaginable took place, the journey that began with Abraham is fulfilled. He is the Son, the fullness of...
  • How Easter Killed My Faith in Atheism

    04/20/2011 6:17:23 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 15 replies · 1+ views
    WSJ ^ | 04-20-2011 | Lee Strobel
    Earlier this week, humorist Ricky Gervais presented his arguments for atheism and why he thought he was a better Christian than many Christians. In this follow-up essay, writer Lee Strobel offers his defense of Easter. It was the worst news I could get as an atheist: my agnostic wife had decided to become a Christian. Two words shot through my mind. The first was an expletive; the second was ďdivorce.Ē I thought she was going to turn into a self-righteous holy roller. But over the following months, I was intrigued by the positive changes in her character and values. Finally,...
  • A Pastoral Response to Anne Rice quitting Christianity (Mark Driscoll)

    08/17/2010 2:20:02 PM PDT · by SnakeDoctor · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/11/2010 | Mark Driscoll
    Anne Rice is in a season that many, if not all, Christians experience: the great joy of coming to personally embrace the love, forgiveness, and new life that Jesus offers is then followed by the troubles and trials of learning the teachings of the Bible and living with fellow Christians. Truthfully, both are difficult. Every Christian struggles, to varying degrees, with different parts of the Bible because they call us to repent of beliefs we formerly held and ways in which we formerly behaved. Anne Rice struggles with the Bible's opposition to homosexuality and its teachings on gender roles. She...
  • Anne Rice quits Christianity -- but not Christ

    07/30/2010 7:57:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 120 replies · 3+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 30, 2010
    Novelist Anne Rice remains committed to Christ. But she is quitting Christianity. The ďInterview With The VampireĒ author, who in recent years has spoken publicly about her faith and written a series of novels tracing the life of Jesus, wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday that she was finished with organized Christianity. For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being "Christian" or to being part of Christianity. It's simply impossible for me to "belong" to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious,...
  • Anne Rice Breaks Up With Christianity via Facebook...

    07/29/2010 1:53:32 PM PDT · by TaraP · 156 replies · 2+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | July 28th, 2010
    Well, some stars like Amanda Bynes use technology like Twitter to tell the world they are retiring. Some stars like Kelsey Grammar announce the end of his marriage. But today Anne Rice became the first pop culture figure I know that decided to break up with Christians, and she did it using facebook. On her official website she posted the following announcement via her facebook feed this afternoon:"I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be...
  • The Two Lists: A Former Pro-Choice Atheist Reflects on Sex, Abortion and Anger

    01/28/2010 3:56:54 PM PST · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 919+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/28/10 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    January 28, 2010 (InsideCatholic.com) - Of all the things I remember about the Texas March for Life in Austin last January, the memory that stands out the most is the look on the faces of the counter-protesters who followed us along Congress Avenue and down to the capitol that frosty morning. When I glanced over to see the source of the epithets that were being screamed at us, I met the eyes of one young woman wearing a black bandana over the bottom half of her face. She happened to look over and meet my gaze, and in her...
  • In Obama We Trust?

    08/27/2009 7:11:57 AM PDT · by big black dog · 4 replies · 557+ views
    I grew up in a home where God was MIA. I donít remember religion being mentioned except occasional references to some sort of God and a heaven. While my family was proud of their ethnicity, they didnít practice the religion. Aside from the requisite Bar Mitvahs, they never set foot in a synagogue. My parents did worship at the altar of pleasure. They loved to party; they lived for the times theyíd go out with their large, rowdy group, and dance and drink the night away. Iím not sure why my parents were such party animals. It was probably a...