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  • Filioque

    10/09/2015 12:12:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-22-2015 | Fr. Thomas Hopko
    An audio primer on the Filioque controversy by Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory. Approximately 1 hr in length.
  • Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form

    10/09/2015 8:14:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form Msgr. Charles Pope • October 8, 2015 • The Bible has within its pages many literary forms: history, poetry, prayer, prose, theology, liturgical instruction, cosmology, genealogy, philosophy, parable, moral tale, and so forth. How exactly to read its pages and understand them is often a matter of understanding the genre.The word genre comes directly from the French word meaning “kind” or “sort.” Further back, it stems from the Latin word genus and the Greek word genos (γένος). Genre is the term for a category of literature,...
  • The Church Cannot Die - Chapter 31 (Ecumenical)

    10/09/2015 5:34:58 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    THERE IS A NOTION ABROAD that Christianity is on its last legs, or possibly already dead and just too weak to lie down. This is confidently believed in Communist countries, and while spokesmen for the West are too polite to say so, one can hardly escape the feeling that they too believe the demise of the church to be a certain if embarrassing fact, the chief proof of her death being her failure to provide leadership for the world just when it needs it most. Let me employ a pair of mixed and battered but still useful clichés and say...
  • A Right View of God (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/09/2015 5:28:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight, so that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, and blameless when Thou dost judge” (Psalm 51:4). True confession involves a proper understanding of God. Today we will see a second element of true confession in David’s prayer in Psalm 51: true confession requires not only a proper view of sin, but also a proper view of God. David gives us an understanding of four essential truths about God. First, God is holy. Affirming God’s omniscience, David declared, “Behold, Thou dost desire truth in the...
  • Giving Godly Counsel (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/09/2015 5:25:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another" (Rom. 15:14). Scripture is the source of godly counsel. In recent years the question of who is competent to counsel has become an important issue in the church. Many pastors and other church leaders have curtailed their counseling ministries or stopped them altogether. They've been made to feel inadequate for not having formal training in psychological counseling techniques. Behind this movement away from pastoral counseling is the subtle implication that the Holy Spirit...
  • Two Recent Articles by Andrew Napolitano on Pope Francis (Catholic-Orthodox Caucus)

    10/08/2015 5:57:49 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Andrew Napolitano
    Executive Summary: I don't think he is a fan. Links:
  • A Right View of Sin (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/08/2015 3:30:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2). True confession involves a proper understanding of sin. King David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14). He was far from perfect, however. He was not an effective father (1 Kings 1:5-6), nor did he always trust God (1 Sam. 21:10—22:1). But by far his greatest failings were his horrible sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband (2 Sam. 11—12). After Nathan the prophet confronted him with his sin, David poured out his heart in confession to God....
  • Experiencing Spiritual Victory (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/08/2015 3:28:14 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word. . . . Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee" (Ps. 119:9, 11). Scripture is the source of spiritual victory. Many Christians struggle with spiritual defeat or recurring sins because they haven't learned to apply biblical principles to specific situations. Perhaps they don't know God's will because they haven't matured in the Word. Or maybe they know what He expects of them but disregard His counsel. In either case, the result is the same. Jesus Himself...
  • Who is the Whore of Babylon?

    10/08/2015 2:46:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ray Sullivan
    How often have we all heard ill-informed people claim that the “Whore of Babylon” mentioned in the book of Revelation is the Vatican / Holy Catholic Church? Let’s look in the Bible and find out for ourselves, rather than conjecture with our personal opinions.A Great City In order to find out who the Whore of Babylon is, Catholics should read the entire bible in context.  The Whore of Babylon is described in Revelation 17:18 as a “great city”: “The woman whom you saw represents the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”  Now we all have to...
  • Catholic Women Deacons? Why Not?

    10/08/2015 12:16:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Over at CRUX I weigh in on the question raised by Archbishop Dubrocher that the Church ought to consider ordaining women to the diaconate. Therefore, the evidence from the New Testament and the early Church could provide arguments for women being ordained as deaconesses. As the order of permanent deacon was re-established in modern times, the order of deaconess could also be rejuvenated. Although canon law does not presently permit it, the law could be changed. Theoretically, the Catholic Church could re-establish a distinct order of deaconess, and advocates would not be shy in pointing out the undoubted practical benefits...
  • Polish Prelate Posts Summaries of Synod Talks, in Apparent Violation of Procedures

    10/08/2015 9:02:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The web site of the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference has published, in Polish and in French, summaries of short speeches delivered by 42 prelates at the Synod of Bishops on October 5. The report on the prelates’ speeches appears to violate the rules established for this year’s Synod. In a break from past procedures, the Vatican has not released reports on the Synod interventions, although individual bishops have been free to make public their own talks. The summaries of the speeches, whose length was limited to three minutes, came as a journalist expressed his concern at the October...
  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 8:02:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 241 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How the Rosary Led Me to Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2015 • 8 Comments As a young child I was very close to God. I spoke to Him in a very natural way and He spoke plainly to me. Although I have very few memories of my early childhood, I vividly remember how close I was to God. When early puberty approached, though, I began to slip away, drifting into the rebellious and angry years of my teens. As the flesh came more alive, my spirit submerged.The culture of the time didn’t help, either. It was the...
  • The Hope of Christ’s Resurrection (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional&Caucus)

    10/08/2015 7:51:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20). - 1 Corinthians 15:3–34 As we continue our look at the hope of life after death in relation to suffering, it is important to note that we can have hope in our suffering only if there is an afterlife—a place where all that is wrong with this world will be set right. Much of the suffering that we endure is unjust. People slander us, besmirching our good names without just cause. Others are jealous of us and thus act with...
  • Towards a new prayer book

    10/07/2015 6:49:50 PM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    Episcopal Cafe ^ | 10-06-2015 | Rosalind Hughes
    The Church Divinity School of the Pacific offers a forum on “Imagining a new prayer book” as part of its Alumni Convocation Symposium, October 8, from 3-5 p.m., local time. The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, presenter, is the current dean of academic affairs, and a long-time teacher of liturgy and liturgics. She served on the Standing Commission for Liturgy and Music from 2008 – 2015, and as chair from 2009 – 2015.The seminary website describes the event:  The 2015 General Convention called for a plan for revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer that will “utilize the riches of...
  • News of Homosexual Priest Surprises, Angers Catholics in His Polish Homeland

    10/07/2015 6:27:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/7/15 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Fr. Krzystof Charamsa's back story includes a running battle with the popular Fr. Dariusz Oko, a professor of theology at Krakow’s Pontifical University of Saint John Paul II On Saturday, October 3, curial official Father Krzystof Charamsa, 43, gave a press conference to the Italian media to celebrate his homosexuality and to introduce his lover Eduardo. The “coming out party” was staged on the eve of the Synod on the Family, thus attracting international attention. Fr. Charamsa was promptly dismissed from his posts. A priest of the Polish diocese of Pelplin, Fr. Charamsa has spent the past 17 years in...
  • Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015 (from various observers)

    10/07/2015 1:24:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 7, 2015
    FAULT LINES As has been noted in this space before, it’s virtually impossible to have a serious discussion when the basic materials allowed into the conversation are three-minute sound-bites. Nonetheless, that is the modus operandi the Synod general secretariat has devised for the Synod-2015’s general assemblies: three-minute speeches, with no follow-up questions, discussion, or debate.There is more openness and exchange in the Synod’s language-based discussion groups – the circuli minores, “or small circles” (memorably and mischievously mistranslated by the late Fr Richard John Neuhaus in Appointment in Rome as the “minor circuses”) – and in the hour of free discussion in...
  • The Prerequisite for Cleansing (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:36:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Continuous confession characterizes Christians. Yesterday we learned that the only condition for receiving God’s gracious forgiveness is to “walk in the light”—in other words, to be a true Christian (1 John 1:7). At first glance, today’s verse appears to contradict that truth by adding a condition—namely, confession of sin. Such is not the case, however. First John 1:9 could be translated, “If we are the ones confessing our sins, He is forgiving us.” This verse...
  • Enjoying God's Blessings (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it" (Luke 11:28). Obeying Scripture brings spiritual blessing. When Scripture speaks of a person's being blessed, it usually refers to the reception of some temporal or spiritual benefit. It also includes the joy and sense of well-being that comes with knowing that God is at work on your behalf. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of...
  • Our Heavenly Home (Protestant & Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    10/07/2015 8:00:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (vv. 2–3). - John 14:1–4 As we have seen, Scripture tells us that there are only two ways to die. If we die in our sins, that is, without faith, we will be sent to the eternal suffering of the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11–15). If,...
  • “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

    10/07/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2015 • One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us to be happy. Sometimes it is put in the form of a rhetorical question: God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He?And this sort of reasoning (if you want to call it that) is used to justify just about anything. Thus, in pondering divorce, a spouse might point to his or her misery and...
  • Synod, Day 2 - It's becoming Vatican III

    10/06/2015 4:31:09 PM PDT · by Legatus · 23 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/06/2015 | New Catholic
    Whatever one might say of the sacrilegious "Kasper proposal" (the very embodiment of what Saint Thomas Aquinas warns us not to do in the Lauda Sion - not throw the Blessed Sacrament away...), at least it has a very tenuous link to some structure one might identify as a "couple". The Tennis Court Oath was made by the Progressive Bishops in Rome a few months ago, and the Revolution is in full swing, in the Jacobin phase -- they will not let go of their chance to strike deep, fast, strongly, and in all directions, and nothing is a coincidence....
  • An Open Letter to the Synod From Over 100 Converts (Complete text with signatories)

    10/06/2015 2:42:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 5, 2015
    September 24, 2015Your Holiness; Dear Fathers in Christ,We are all converts to the Catholic faith. Some of us were raised in other Christian communities; some of us came, unbaptized, from other faiths; some of us had once been thoroughly secular and thought of ourselves as agnostics or atheists. Despite the diversity of our backgrounds we all have this in common: we entered the Church as adults. As you prepare for the Synod on the Family we hope that you will be encouraged by the multitude of lay faithful who were, and continue to be, attracted to the Church in...
  • Children of Light (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:47:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). God is light, and His children share His nature. First John 1:5 aptly describes God’s nature as “light” (truth and holiness). Because they partake of His nature (2 Peter 1:4), His children also walk in the light. It must be understood that we don’t become God’s children by walking in the light, but rather we walk in the light because we are His children. The Greek...
  • Preparing for Spiritual Service (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:45:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable . . . that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Scripture equips you for spiritual service. Each week I have the privilege of interacting with more than one hundred students at The Master's Seminary. One of my greatest joys is seeing their determination to do God's work in God's way. That attitude is the key to success in ministry, as Joshua learned when he assumed leadership over the Israelites after Moses' death. At that point, God said to him, "This book of the...
  • Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders...Promises of Christ in Us?

    10/06/2015 8:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 5, 2015 • A text that was read at daily Mass last week features Jesus describing remarkable blessings received by the disciples. He states these blessings as a simple and obvious fact for them, blessings never before received by anyone!Do you see your life this way? Are your blessings obvious to you? Do they distinguish you from those who never knew Christ? Does your relationship with Jesus Christ grant you obvious transformation or is that just misinformation and exaggeration?Consider the...
  • Key Synod Official Sounds Strong Conservative Theme at Opening Session

    10/05/2015 6:35:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    A key official of the Synod of Bishops set a strongly conservative tone, unambiguously supporting the traditional teachings of the Church on marriage and sexuality, in the opening session of the October meeting. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest—who, as relator general, was responsible for summarizing the main themes of the working document to be discussed by the bishops— tackled some of the most contentious issues directly during his Monday-morning address. The Hungarian cardinal stated that Catholics who are divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to Communion as long as they remain in a second conjugal union. He also rejected the...
  • The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World (Ecumenical)

    10/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PDT · by NRx
    The Ascetic Experience ^ | 09-15-2015 | Protopresbyter Dumitru Staniloae
    October 5 marks the anniversary of the repose of the renowned Romanian theologian Fr. Dumitru Staniloae. His many works include commentaries on the Church Father, a Romanian translation of the Philokalia, and his 1978 masterpiece The Orthodox Dogmatic Theology. Fr. Dumitru endured several years of imprisonment for his faith at the hands of Communists, after which he began to work for the Romanian Holy Synod and often traveled to international conferences to share his theological vision. He reposed in 1993 at the age of ninety.Below we offer his work on "The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of...
  • A Critique of Contemporary Ultramontanism (Catholic-Orthodox caucus)

    10/05/2015 1:58:28 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    No excerpt. The link goes to the index page for a series of posts on the title of this thread. I believe they are well worth reading.
  • Letter #41, 2015: The One Thing

    10/05/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | October 5, 2015 | Robert Moynihan
    October 5, 2015, Monday — The One Thing“And he comes, moving slowly like a serpent, and makes those three proposals to Jesus: “If you are God, son of God, there are stones, you’re hungry, change them into bread”; “If you are the Son of God, why so much effort? Come with me to the terrace of the temple and thrown yourself down, and people will see this miracle and effortlessly you will be recognized as the Son of God”; the devil tries to seduce him and, in the end, as he could not seduce him, the last temptation: “Let’s be...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • St. Catherine of Siena to Pope: Use Your Virtue and Power or Resign

    10/05/2015 9:50:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | March 10, 2015 | John Vennari
    The website "Restoring Catholicism" just posted a prize quote from the one of the most remarkable saints in history, the 14th Century Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and Stigmatist. Saint Catherine wrote the following to Pope Gregory XI: “Most Holy Father,… because He [Christ] has given you authority and because you have accepted it, you ought to use your virtue and power. If you do not wish to use it, it might be better for you to resign what you have accepted; it would give more honor to God and health to your soul…. If you do...
  • Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

    10/05/2015 7:49:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2015 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington D.C., we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (one day early, on Saturday, Oct 3rd) with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!Over the years, I have shared with the dog owners a list of “Things we can learn from dogs” (see below). When I was growing up, we always...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    10/05/2015 6:43:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Rorate-Caeli
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as “unacceptable.” ... Speeches (“interventions,” in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Pope: Synod is not a parliament seeking a compromise

    10/05/2015 6:27:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | October 5, 2015 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    Family with child at the opening of the Synod Apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer. The “deposit of faith” “is not a museum to be visited or even simply preserved” Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican city The Synod on the Family, which begins today “is not a parliament in which to reach a consensus or a common accord there is recourse to negotiation, to deal-making, or to compromise”. “The only method of the Synod is to open up to the Holy Spirit with apostolic courage, with evangelical humility and confident, trusting prayer”. It was with these pointers that Francis introduced the...
  • Children of Darkness (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:12:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Those who deny the reality of their sin affirm the unreality of their salvation. Ours is a society that rejects the concept of individual responsibility. People blame society, their parents, their genes—anything but their own actions and choices—for their problems. The biblical teaching that all people are responsible for breaking God’s holy law is scoffed at as primitive, unsophisticated, and harmful to a healthy self-esteem. Even some who claim to be Christians refuse to...
  • Longing for the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:09:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet. 2:2). Scripture is our source of spiritual growth. A newborn baby was abandoned in a pile of trash in a city alley. The mother had obviously left it there to die. The infant was near death when someone heard its faint cry and summoned medical help. The child survived, but not until it had received the attention and nourishment it needed. That situation has a spiritual parallel, which Peter used to illustrate the believer's dependence on God's...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-15, OM, St. Faustina, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

    10/05/2015 2:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 10-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,and in the furious tempest that...
  • What is the Biblical Eschaton?

    10/04/2015 6:09:34 PM PDT · by grumpa · 22 replies
    self | October 4, 2015 | Charles Meek
    WHAT IS THE ESCHATON? The term ESCHATON refers to the so-called “last days” or “end times.” It is the same root word as ESCHATOLOGY, the study of the biblical “last things.” There is great confusion over the biblical “end times.” After studying this for many years, I am persuaded that the culmination of NONE of the mentions of the "last days" or "end times" in the Bible can be placed outside of the first century. While this is shocking at first to some Christians, it is worth taking the time to study this. There are 15 primary mentions of the...
  • Cd Pell: Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality Tantamount to ‘Societal Heresy’ But Must be Proclaimed

    10/04/2015 11:02:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/2/15 | John Smeaton
    ROME, October 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Our Voice of the Family team here in Rome for the Family Synod attended a lecture today from Cardinal Pell at the Angelicum, "Living the Truth in Love", an international conference and resource event to address pastoral approaches toward men and women with homosexual tendencies. In a powerful, compassionate, address, His Eminence said: "Too little is known about the Church's teaching on homosexuality*". Quoting in full the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357 - 2359, Cardinal Pell said: "Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/04/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2015 • Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Thus, successful marriages today are a miracle. But marriages are also a miracle...
  • A PSalm For The Sabbath...(To my European Readers especially)

    10/04/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    10-04-15 | Bill Randles
    Psalm 92It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:The mark of the Christian, is that He praises God! The dead praise not the Lord we are told, but those infused with the gift of Life are alive and can respond to Him. 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,Morning and evening,The mercy of God and his covenant faithfulness is lauded by those of the Redeemed. The lost don’t understand this, and think we are silly for always having the song...
  • Fighting Over Directions

    10/03/2015 7:04:13 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 30, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I hate church retreats.They’re too religious and too intense, and always with too many people. So when I saw on my schedule a pastors/staff retreat for a church in Nashville, I reached for Prozac and booze. Well, that’s not true. I don’t drink and haven’t had to take anti-depressants yet. I did, however, think about both. Man, did God surprise me. The church was Midtown Fellowship, and we met at a large and quite beautiful home on a lake near Nashville. I spent Monday with the nine pastors at Midtown and then Tuesday and Wednesday with the rest of the...
  • The Problem with Religion-Steve’s Devotional(Protestant/Evangelical/Non-Denom Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:49:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 21, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Do you sometimes grow tired of religious people? Do you ever want to just grunt, scream and spit? I know I do.Sometimes I just want to say something shocking. And once that’s done, I’ll think, There, I did it and I’m glad! I try to stifle those feelings because, of course, no real Christian would even think such things. That is what I thought until I read Christ’s words in Matthew 6:1-8 and 16-18. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who...
  • The Importance of Confession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:34:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). Confession is the first step toward defeating sin. It is often true that the hardest part of dealing with a problem is admitting that you have one. Beginning with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:11-13), people have denied responsibility for their sins, and our generation is no exception. To acknowledge that one is a sinner, guilty of breaking God’s holy law, is not popular. People call sin by a myriad of other names, futilely hoping to define it...
  • The Ministry of the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:31:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My Word . . . shall not return to Me . . . without accomplishing what I desire" (Isa. 55:11). "Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deut. 8:3). God’s Word is both productive and nourishing. The Bible contains many precious promises, two of which relate specifically to itself. First, the prophet Isaiah said that the Word is productive: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and...
  • The U.N. is an Endtimes Player...Armeggeddon pt 3

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (Joel 3:1-3)This past week has been incredibly compelling from a biblical Prophecy perspective. So much...
  • Gay Catholics Tell Synod to Promote Chastity – for Everyone

    10/03/2015 4:13:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/3/15 | Ann Schneible
    Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone – including for divorced and remarried. “I fear that chastity does not have enough of a voice at the Synod,” said Rilene Simpson, a member and spokesperson of Courage, an apostolate which offers pastoral support for men and women with same-sex attraction. She told CNA: “We need to have the Church’s support.” “We're talking about chastity for everybody. We're talking about...
  • Cardinal Kasper Gears Up For Vatican Synod: "You Are Born Gay"

    10/03/2015 4:05:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/2/15 | Thomas D. Williams
    On the eve of the Vatican synod on marriage and the family, progressive German Cardinal Walter Kasper has come out publicly against doctrinal “fundamentalism” in the Church, while expressing his hope that the synod will open a “dialogue” on contraception for Catholics and reconsider the situation of homosexuals. At a recent launch in Rome for his new book Witness to Mercy, the Cardinal complained of those who want to close off dialogue on certain issues as if they were settled forever. In his book, released to coincide with the opening of the synod, the Cardinal deals with a number of...
  • Cardinal Burke addresses truths of marriage, family

    10/03/2015 3:05:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | LAUREN RAMSEYER
    “We live at a time where the fundamental truth of marriage is under a ferocious and indeed a…diabolical attack, which seeks to obscure and sully the sublime truth of the married state as God intended it from the creation,” said His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, standing before a crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Franciscan University’s Finnegan Fieldhouse. Burke’s nearly hour-long keynote address on the evening of Sept. 8 focused on the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the draft document for the XIV Ordinary General Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican in October to address the mission of the...
  • 7 Ways St. Jerome’s Vulgate Helped Shaped the Church

    10/03/2015 1:37:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | September 30, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    For roughly one thousand years, it was the Bible of Western Christendom. It was the version to which European Christians turned to compose their prayers and liturgies, that great saints consulted in their meditations, and that the greatest scholars quoted in their treatises.ItÂ’s harder to think of a translation of the Bible that has had more staying power than St. JeromeÂ’s Latin version, known as the Vulgate, which was completed late in the fourth century and held sway over the Church through the Council of Trent, in the mid-1500s. Of course, the Vulgate is not the work of Jerome...