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  • What Pope Francis Meant to Say about the Origin of Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 4:52:15 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 1 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/13/2017 | David L. Gray (יוסף דוד)‎
    The third installment in Pope Francis’ series of interviews with atheist reporter Eugenio Scalfari took place on Thursday, July 10, 2014, and was published the following Sunday (07/13/14) in La Repubblica daily. Being that Scalfari doesn’t record these interviews on tape, but, rather, re-prints the dialogue based upon his memory of the interview, we can only say what the Pope Francis ‘allegedly’ said in them. One of the things that the Pope allegedly told Scalfari is that he wants to continue these interviews is because he “believes that an interview with a non-believer is mutually stimulating.” Typical of Scalfari’s interviews,...
  • Millennial Series: Part 5: Amillennialism as a Method of Interpretation

    07/13/2014 2:04:19 PM PDT · by wmfights · 7 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    The Issue There is a growing realization in the theological world that the crux of the millenial issue is the question of method of interpreting Scripture. Premillenarians follow the so-called ‘grammatical-historical’ literal interpretation while amillenarians use a spiritualizing method. As Albertus Pieters, an avowed amillennalist, writes concerning the problem as a whole, “The question whether the Old Testament prophecies concerning the people of God must be interpreted in their ordinary sense, as other Scriptures are interpreted, or can properly be applied to the Christian Church, is called the question of spiritualization of prophecy. This is one of the major problems...
  • The First Epistle Of Clement To The Corinthians St. Clement Of Rome (Ecumenical Caucus)

    07/13/2014 1:14:53 PM PDT · by narses · 10 replies
    EWTN ^ | circa AD 95 – 97
    THE FIRST EPISTLE OF CLEMENT TO THE CORINTHIANS St. Clement of Rome Chap. I. The salutation. Praise of the Corinthians before the breaking forth of schism among them. THE Church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the Church of God sojourning at Corinth, to them that are called and sanctified by the will of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ, be multiplied. Owing, dear brethren, to the sudden and successive calamitous events which have happened to ourselves, we feel that we have been somewhat tardy in turning our...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 13, 2014]

    07/13/2014 10:19:30 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Price of the Vision " In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord . . . —Isaiah 6:1 " Our soul’s personal history with God is often an account of the death of our heroes. Over and over again God has to remove our friends to put Himself in their place, and that is when we falter, fail, and become discouraged. Let me think about this personally— when the person died who represented for me all that God was, did I give up on everything in life? Did I become ill or disheartened? Or did...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 13 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/13/2014 8:48:43 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 13 (NKJV) Wisdom Loves Righteousness 01 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, 00 But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 02 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, 00 But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 03 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, 00 But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 04 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; 00 But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 05 A righteous man hates lying, 00 But a wicked man is...
  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 185 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • Finding My Way Home: The Eucharist drew me back [Johnnie Bernhard]

    07/12/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 87 replies
    WAU.org ^ | July 2014 | Johnnie Bernhard
    Finding My Way Home The Eucharist drew me back. By: Johnnie BernhardI was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant. My family later left the Church, and it took me fifty years to find my way home. Through all those years, I never forgot the peace I found in the Eucharist.Even as a practicing Protestant most of my adult life, I continued to search out Catholic churches wherever I lived, hiding in a pew in the back of the church, always a spectator, always longing to recapture the peace I found in the Eucharist. I could never really...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 12, 2014]

    07/12/2014 3:41:37 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritually Self-Seeking Church " . . . till we all come . . . to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . . —Ephesians 4:13 " Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. This is what Jesus Christ did in redemption. The church ceases to be spiritual when it becomes self-seeking, only interested in the development of its own organization. The reconciliation of the human race according to His plan means realizing Him not only in...
  • Assisted Dying: Church of England Seeks Inquiry

    07/12/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/12/14
    The Church of England (CofE) has called for an inquiry into assisted dying. It follows a U-turn by former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who said he would back legislation to allow the terminally ill in England and Wales get help to end their lives. The current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the Assisted Dying Bill is "mistaken and dangerous". But the Church said an inquiry would include expert opinion and carefully assess the arguments. Speaking on behalf of the CofE, the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, said a Royal Commission would allow the "important issue"...
  • Catholic Word Of The Day: Chapter House, 07-12-14

    07/12/2014 9:47:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CHAPTER HOUSE A building attached to a cathedral or monastery where certain meetings were held, business carried out, the martyrology read, and daily tasks assigned. the name arose from the practice of conducting the chapter of faults in this building. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 12 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/12/2014 6:44:27 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 12 (NKJV) The House of the Righteous Shall Stand 01 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, 00 But he who hates correction is stupid. 02 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, 00 But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. 03 A man is not established by wickedness, 00 But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. 04 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, 00 But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. 05 The thoughts of the righteous are right, 00 But the counsels of the wicked are...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 11, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/11/2014 6:28:20 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/11/14 | Joel Osteen
    Speak to Your Mountains Today's Scripture “And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria We’ve all had seasons when the challenges of life feel overwhelming. During those times, it’s tempting to talk about how bad things are. Maybe you received a bad medical report,...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 11, 2014]

    07/11/2014 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritually Vigorous Saint " . . . that I may know Him . . . —Philippians 3:10 " A saint is not to take the initiative toward self-realization, but toward knowing Jesus Christ. A spiritually vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances simply happen at random, nor does he ever think of his life as being divided into the secular and the sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him. The Holy...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 11 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/11/2014 8:59:01 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 11 (NKJV) The Folly of Wickedness01 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, 00 But a just weight is His delight. 02 When pride comes, then comes shame; 00 But with the humble is wisdom. 03 The integrity of the upright will guide them, 00 But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 04 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, 00 But righteousness delivers from death. 05 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, 00 But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 06 The righteousness of the upright...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ILLUMINISM, 07-11-14

    07/11/2014 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ILLUMINISM A form of Gnosticism, it appears in the history of Christian heresy as a belief in one's own divine enlightenment, with a sense of mission to enlighten others, contrary to the express teachings of the Church's magisterium. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why Sola Scriptura Honestly Scares Me

    07/10/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 267 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Ryan Adams
    Being raised in a Protestant home, the Scriptures were (and in many ways still are) the end-all-be-all of the faith for me. However, there is a reason I am no longer a Protestant. This reason has many branches but all points back to one thing, context. Given the necessity of context, I find the whole idea of “Scripture Alone” horrifying. What it is: Sola Scriptura is the idea that Christianity ought to be based off of “Scripture Alone” (which is the English translation of “Sola Scriptura”), that is to say, it should be without ritual, or the teaching authority of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 10, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/10/2014 5:05:21 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/10/14 | Joel Osteen
    Words Matter Today's Scripture “The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.” (Isaiah 50:4, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Your words are important. They matter. Even more so, God’s Word matters. When your words become His Words, that’s when you’ll see an explosion of His goodness, favor and abundance in your everyday life! Not only that, there are people God has placed in your life who are waiting for you to speak God’s...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 10, 2014]

    07/10/2014 5:02:31 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Spiritually Lazy Saint " Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together . . . —Hebrews 10:24-25 " We are all capable of being spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world. The ideas put forth in these verses from Hebrews 10 are those of stirring up one another and of keeping ourselves together. Both of these require initiative— our willingness to take the first step toward...
  • Church of England Women Bishops: Archbishops Will Overrule Synod

    07/10/2014 8:50:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/9/14 | Andrew Brown
    The archbishop of Canterbury plans to force legislation through if the General Synod does not accept female bishopsThe archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is preparing to drive through legislation to allow women bishops even if it is rejected by the church's governing body, the General Synod. The synod is poised to vote again on the vexed plan next week but senior sources have told the Guardian that should the move be blocked again, there are now options being considered to force the change on the church. Options under consideration include an immediate dissolution of the synod so that fresh elections...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 10 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/10/2014 8:34:12 AM PDT · by OneVike · 5 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Many actually believe they have been actually reading proverbs all along from chapter 1 to 9, but in fact those 9 chapters were originally written more as an introduction to proverbs, whereas chapter 10 is where Solomon's Proverbs actually begins. There are proverbs in the first 9 chapters, but not in the same way as the rest of the book. From here on forth, most of the proverbs are short an pithy, with two sentences in one verse. These verses correspond with each other by an opposition of terms and sentiments. The second verse is contrasted with the first...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FETICIDE, 07-10-14

    07/10/2014 6:58:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FETICIDE The direct killing of an unborn child. It is always murder and therefore gravely sinful. (Etym. Latin fetus, the young in the womb + -cidium, a killing.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 9, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/09/2014 4:26:07 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/9/14 | Joel Osteen
    Choose Life and Blessing Today's Scripture “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that with your words you can either bless your future or curse your future? Your words have creative power. If you want to know what your life is going to be like five years from now, just listen to what you’re saying about yourself today! Too many people...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 9, 2014]

    07/09/2014 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will You Examine Yourself? " Joshua said to the people, ’You cannot serve the Lord . . .’ —Joshua 24:19 " Do you have even the slightest reliance on anything or anyone other than God? Is there a remnant of reliance left on any natural quality within you, or on any particular set of circumstances? Are you relying on yourself in any manner whatsoever regarding this new proposal or plan which God has placed before you? Will you examine yourself by asking these probing questions? It really is true to say, “I cannot live a holy life,” but you...
  • Interpretation of John 6:25-69

    07/09/2014 2:46:02 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 25 replies
    Catholic Apolgetics.org ^ | 03-09-10 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Following the details of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes--biographical, Jesus walking on the sea--biographical, Jesus reacts to the crowds' need for signs. Jesus takes them from manna, bread from heaven, to "true bread from heaven (v. 32)" ... "I am the bread (v. 35)." "I am the bread that came down from heaven (v. 41)." This is God saying this: "I am the bread that came down from heaven." If He was not really the bread that came down from heaven, His omnipotent and creative Word would then have made it so.
  • When it comes to personhood, science is a ‘category error’

    07/09/2014 12:35:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 07/08/2014 | Jeffrey Weiss
    (RNS) Arthur Caplan is the nation’s most quoted medical ethicist for a couple of reasons: He knows his stuff. And he’s unusually accessible. But even Homer nods.Arthur L. Caplan is the head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. Creative Commons image by Pete Wright In an essay in the upcoming issue of Free Inquiry magazine about the contraception and abortion debate, Caplan makes what the philosophers call a “category error.” In it, he tries to bring science into the argument about personhood. As Caplan frames the issue:“When does human life begin? For those...
  • Catholic and Patriotic

    07/09/2014 9:38:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://catholicism.org ^ | July 2, 2014 | Brother-André Marie
    Patriotism is a great virtue. To be a patriot is to love one’s fatherland. This means that it is to love the land of the people that sired you. Patriotism is a natural overflow of the virtue of piety — that is, the virtue of the home. As piety would have us rendering what is due in justice to parents and other family members, patriotism would have us render the same to our nation, its government, and our fellow citizens. Both of these are a matter of justice, for the virtues of piety and patriotism are parts of that cardinal...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 9 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/09/2014 8:34:52 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 9 (NKJV)The Way of Wisdom Wisdom's Invitation01 Wisdom has built her house, 00 She has hewn out her seven pillars; 02 She has slaughtered her meat, 00 She has mixed her wine, 00 She has also furnished her table. 03 She has sent out her maidens, 00 She cries out from the highest places of the city, 04 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" 00 As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 05 "Come, eat of my bread 00 And drink of the wine I have mixed. 06 Forsake foolishness and live, 00...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TYCHISM, 07-09-14

    07/09/2014 7:29:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-09-114 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TYCHISM A theory that chance is an objective fact in the universe and that it is not merly due to human ignorance. It is commonly associated with the idea that evolution takes place casually and without planned direction by some guiding intelligence. (Etym. Greek tyche, fortune, chance.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Twelve Ways to Know God

    07/08/2014 6:25:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God (Jn 17:3). What are the ways? In how many different ways can we know God, and thus know eternal life? When I take an inventory, I find twelve. 1. The final, complete, definitive way, of course, is Christ, God himself in human flesh. 2. His church is his body, so we know God also through the church. 3. The Scriptures are the church's book. This book, like Christ himself, is called "The Word of God." 4. Scripture also says we can know God in nature see Romans 1. This is an innate, spontaneous,...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 8, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/08/2014 5:48:49 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 7/8/14 | Joel Osteen
    A New Season of Goodness Today's Scripture "The tongue can bring death or life…" (Proverbs 18:21, NLT). Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to do new and incredible things in your life! He has a new season of goodness in store for you today. The power to see His plan come to pass in your life is found in the power of your words. When you get in agreement with God, when you say what He says, that’s when things will change in your life. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. No one...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 8, 2014]

    07/08/2014 5:45:59 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Will To Be Faithful " . . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . —Joshua 24:15 " A person’s will is embodied in the actions of the whole person. I cannot give up my will— I must exercise it, putting it into action. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God’s Spirit. When God gives me a vision of truth, there is never a question of what He will do, but only of what I will do. The Lord has been placing in front of each of us some...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 8 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/08/2014 8:39:59 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 8 (NKJV) The Excellence of Wisdom Wisdom Is Everlasting01 Does not wisdom cry out, 00 And understanding lift up her voice? 02 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, 00 Beside the way, where the paths meet. 03 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, 00 At the entrance of the doors: 04 "To you, O men, I call, 00 And my voice is to the sons of men. 05 O you simple ones, understand prudence, 00 And you fools, be of an understanding heart. 06 Listen, for I...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MANTELLETTA, 07-08-14

    07/08/2014 8:11:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MANTELLETTA A sleeveless outer garment fastened at the neck, reaching to the knees, open in front, worn by cardinals, bishops, abbots, and certain prelates of the papal court. (Etym. Latin dimin. of mantellum, cloak, veil.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing

    07/07/2014 6:53:20 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | CNA/EWTN News
    Toronto, Canada, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change” as it is faithful to Jesus but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. “Although it would not be right for them to receive the sacraments, we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation, to offer them loving assistance,” the cardinal said in an interview published on the Word on Fire blog June 25. He said one form of help would be...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 7, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/07/2014 6:37:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/7/14 | Joel Osteen
    Don’t Wait for the Water to Part Today's Scripture “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you...” (Isaiah 43:2, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When my dad died in 1999, I knew I was supposed to step up and pastor the church. I felt it so strongly inside, but in my mind it just didn’t make sense. I had never ministered before nor been to seminary. I said, “God, this doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m going to take a...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 7, 2014]

    07/07/2014 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult " Enter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . . —Matthew 7:13-14 " If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave in—it stirs us up to overcome. Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BAPTISM OF MARTYRDOM, 07-07-14

    07/07/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-07-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BAPTISM OF MARTYRDOM  Also called baptism of blood. It is the patient endurance of fatal torture inflicted out of hatred for Christ or the Christian faith or Christian virtue. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Reconsidering Communion in the hand

    07/06/2014 6:38:47 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 15 replies
    Why We Should Go Back To the Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThe Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThroughout the history of the Catholic Faith specifically in the Roman Rite of the Mass, the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is the established tradition. This has been true for various centuries dating as far back as the Early Church. This is itself the tradition of the Church and is still the norm in the Extra-Ordinary form of the Mass. It was not until the ecclesiastical revolts and dissent during the 1960s and 1970s in which this tradition started falling...
  • Why Everyone Should Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

    07/06/2014 12:39:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://catholicanalysis.org ^ | June 20, 2014 | Matthew Olson
    The arguments in favor of same-sex civil marriage are well known. Thrown into the ring are the buzzwords of “equality” and “discrimination”. So the typical argument goes: Discrimination is bad, and equality is good, so our government should give homosexual couples the recognition and subsidies reserved for heterosexual couples. But there are problems with those. For one thing, discrimination and prejudice are innate to our psyche. If I have a soccer ball, for example, I will only intend to use it for soccer, because that is its purpose. Since I refuse to use it for basketball, does that mean I...
  • Millennial Series: Part 4: Amillenniallism from Augustine to Modern Times

    07/06/2014 10:51:42 AM PDT · by wmfights · 14 replies
    Bible.org ^ | 1950 | John F. Walvoord
    It is difficult to overestimate the importance of Augustine in the history of theology. Not only did his thinking crystallize the theology which preceded him, but to a large extent he laid the foundations for both Catholic and Protestant doctrine. B. B. Warfield, quoting Harnack, refers to Augustine as “incomparably the greatest man whom, ‘between Paul the Apostle and Luther the Reformer, the Christian Church has possessed.’“1 While the contribution of Augustine is principally noted in the areas of the doctrine of the church, hamartiology, the doctrine of grace, and predestination, he is also the greatest landmark in the early...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 6, 2014]

    07/06/2014 10:42:27 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Visions Become Reality " The parched ground shall become a pool . . . —Isaiah 35:7 " We always have a vision of something before it actually becomes real to us. When we realize that the vision is real, but is not yet real in us, Satan comes to us with his temptations, and we are inclined to say that there is no point in even trying to continue. Instead of the vision becoming real to us, we have entered into a valley of humiliation.Life is not as idle ore, But iron dug from central gloom, And battered by...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 6 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/06/2014 7:09:45 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 6 (NKJV) Dangerous Promises Seven Deadly Sins 01 My son, if you become surety for your friend, 00 If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 02 You are snared by the words of your mouth; 00 You are taken by the words of your mouth. 03 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; 00 For you have come into the hand of your friend: 00 Go and humble yourself; 00 Plead with your friend. 04 Give no sleep to your eyes, 00 Nor slumber to your eyelids. 05 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [July 5, 2014]

    07/05/2014 6:10:45 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Don’t Plan Without God " Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass —Psalm 37:5 " Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him— that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing...
  • Woman appointed rector of a Pontifical University for the first time ever

    07/05/2014 9:56:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 3, 2014 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    The Vatican has nominated Franciscan Sr. Mary Melone as head of the Pontifical University Antonianum. She spoke about theology of women and explained why gender quotas in the Church are not needed Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican cityShe was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is Pope, she is the first woman to...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 5 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/05/2014 8:41:25 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 5 (NKJV) The Peril of Adultery Warning Against Immorality 01 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; 00 Lend your ear to my understanding, 02 That you may preserve discretion, 00 And your lips may keep knowledge. 03 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, 00 And her mouth is smoother than oil; 04 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, 00 Sharp as a two-edged sword. 05 Her feet go down to death, 00 Her steps lay hold of hell. 06 Lest you ponder her path of life-- 00 Her ways are unstable;...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY OF LUJÁN, 04-05-14

    07/05/2014 8:19:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OUR LADY OF LUJÁN Argentine shrine, forty miles west of Buenos Aires. Its main object of devotion is a small doll-like statue of the Blessed Virgin; her head is surrounded by a golden aureole and is crowned with hundreds of diamonds and other precious stones. The Basilica of Our Lady of Luján is the most important pilgrimage center in Argentina. According to legend, in 1639 a peasant from Cordova, wishing to revive his neighbors' "belief in their early faith," ordered two statues from Brazil, one of the Immaculate Conception, the other the Blessed Virgin and her...
  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 5:53:22 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 64 replies
    Aleitia.org ^ | March 7, 2014 | Mark Gordon
    "I say only that the Communists have stolen the flag,” Francis responded. “The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the heart of the Gospel. The poor are at the heart of the Gospel. Take Matthew 25, the protocol over which we shall be judged: ‘I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was in prison, I was sick, naked.’ Or look at the Beatitudes, another flag. The communists say that this is communist. Yeah, right, 20 centuries later.” The Holy Father concluded with a joke: “So you could say when you speak to them: ‘But you are Christians.’”...
  • Catholic priest ordained in America - 1793

    07/04/2014 9:33:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    History.com ^ | not given | History.com
    May 25, 1793: Catholic priest ordained in America   In Baltimore, Maryland, Father Stephen Theodore Badin becomes the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States. Badin was ordained by Bishop John Carroll, an early advocate of American Catholicism, and appointed to the Catholic mission in Kentucky.In colonial America, there were few English-speaking Catholics outside of Maryland, which was established in 1634 as a haven for Roman Catholics persecuted in England. In 1735, some 100 years after the establishment of Maryland, John Carroll was born in Baltimore into a prominent Catholic family. As secondary Catholic education was...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 4, 2014 [Devotional]

    07/04/2014 3:07:57 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 7/4/14 | Joel Osteen
    Stand for Freedom! Today's Scripture “You have been set free from sin...” (Romans 6:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Today in America, we celebrate Independence Day. July 4, 1776 was the day America declared its independence, but the battle for freedom went on until 1783 — seven years later. Even though the people declared their freedom in 1776, they had to stand and fight for many years before the British would accept and recognized the United States of America. In the same way, we have to declare our freedom and be determined to stand against the opposing...