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  • Wizard of Id - The King's Archery Practice -VANITY

    12/19/2011 2:14:30 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 10 replies
    12/19/2011 | BwanaNdege
    I'm looking for a Wizard of Id cartoon by Johnny Hart. Sir Rodney & the Squire are watching the King begin archery practice. The King prepares to shoot at a blank wall. Sir Rodney asks, "Where is the target?" The Squire replies, "Just watch." The King hits the blank wall and immediately a servant boy runs out with a paint bucket & brush. He proceeds to paint a target around the King's arrow, which ends up in the center of the bulls-eye.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MASS, 12-19-11

    12/19/2011 9:13:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 12-19-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MASS The Sacrifice of the Eucharist as the central act of worship of the Catholic Church. The "Mass" is a late form of missio (sending), from which the faithful are sent to put into practice what they have learned and use the graces they have received in the Eucharistic liturgy. As defined by the Church at the Council of Trent, in the Mass, "The same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross, is present and offered in an unbloody manner." Consequently, the Mass is a truly propitiatory sacrifice,...
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/13/2011 7:10:45 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 10 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 12/12/11 | Noman
    Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas--North, Central and South. The feast commemorates the day on which she imprinted her image on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego, whose feast Catholics celebrated on December 9th. It is a beautiful story that took place in 1531, a decade after Cortez's conquest of Aztec Mexico, and just 14 years after Martin Luther's publication of his Ninety-Five Theses, the event which precipitated the Protestant Reformation in Europe. December 9, 1531 is the day on which she first appeared to Juan Diego, an Indian convert...

    12/11/2011 5:59:43 PM PST · by rzman21 · 324 replies
    EWTN ^ | Dr. William Marshner
    Dr. William Marshner The Catholic Church holds that faith in Jesus Christ is not saving faith unless it bears fruit in good works. Vice-versa, the Church holds that such works are so intimately joined to faith, that, without them, it is impossible for the believer to grow or persevere in his faith.(1) In this way, good works are necessary for salvation. Most Protestants are uncomfortable with such a statement. Without denying the importance of good works, Protestants tend to see them as symptoms of the one thing necessary rather than as necessities in their own right. For Luther, good works...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Education Question

    12/06/2011 12:13:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Education Question 1092. Speaking of education, what is the real reason for Catholic antipathy to our state schools? Whatever others may think of our public policy of free, compulsory, and secular education, Catholics cannot in conscience accept that system as being suitable for the education of Catholic children. The real reason is that the religious training of the children is not sufficiently provided for, the time allotted for religion being quite inadequate, even were it utilized. The State system demands the "3 R's," reading, writing and arithmetic. Catholic principles demand the "4 R's," religion, reading, writing and arithmetic; and...
  • Is The Black Church The Answer To Liberal Prayers? ["Jesus Was Class Warrior"?]

    11/26/2011 10:21:53 AM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2011
    Is The Black Church The Answer To Liberal Prayers? By Lisa Miller, Published: November 24 As the American left continues to seek a coherent way to articulate its moral priorities in these days of political stalemates and widening income gaps, it might look to the most unlikely of places — the academy — for guidance and inspiration. At elite universities and seminaries thrives a constituency of African American intellectuals who fiercely contend that the American conversation needs to stay focused on justice — specifically, for those whom the Bible calls “the least of these.” Cornel West, who was arrested at...
  • Catholicism’s Top 10 – Part 2 (things that make the Catholic Church great)

    11/15/2011 12:37:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 15, 2011 | H.W. Crocker III
    Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part story. You can read Part 1 here.5. Freedom Yes, the good old reactionary, repressive Catholic Church has been the most ardent defender of freedom in the history of the world — though it almost never gets credit for it. We live in an age of determinist ideologies — with the fate of nations and individuals supposedly determined by race, economics, history, psychology, genetics, or even — insofar as Protestants have any common doctrinal beliefs — predestination. The Catholic Church stands alone in radical defense of man’s free will.When the media, Protestants,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LADY DAY, 11-11-11

    11/11/2011 8:32:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 11-11-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LADY DAY Originally the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin (March 25), although now the title is applied to other Marian feast days, e.g., the Assumption into Heaven. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • German theologian: Pippi Longstocking is racist

    11/10/2011 8:05:57 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 55 replies ^ | 11/09/2011 | www.thelocal,se
    A German theologian has sparked controversy by calling Sweden's beloved Pippi Longstocking children's books racist and demanding additions to prompt parents to skip over or explain certain passages. Dr. Eske Wollrad from the the Federal Association of Evangelical Women in Germany first made her comments as a speaker at a state conference on anti-discrimination in Leipzig last weekend, stirring debate in the German media. “It is not that the figure of Pippi Longstocking is racist, but that all three in the trilogy of books have colonial racist stereotypes,” Wollrad told The Local on Tuesday. The publishers had already changed the...
  • "He was the only Apostle who was not a Jew. He never saw Christ. ..."

    10/18/2011 2:20:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | October 18, 2011 | Carl Olson
    ... All that is written in his eloquent but restrained Gospel he acquired from hearsay, from witnesses, from the Mother of Christ, from disciples, and from the Apostles. His first visit to Israel took place almost a year after the Crucifixion. Yet he became one of the greatest of the Apostles. Like Saul of Tarsus, later to be known as Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, he believed that Our Lord came not only to the Jews but to the Gentiles, also. He had much in common with Paul, because Paul too had never seen the Christ. Each had had...
  • Mormon Official Equates Christianity with “a false cult”

    10/17/2011 8:03:26 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 124 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Oct. 12, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Mormons believe that in 1820 a young Joseph Smith went into the woods to pray. In answer to that prayer, they believe, Joseph was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ. Today this is called the First Vision. As Joseph reported this vision (in the version that has since been named “official”), he asked the Deities which sect or church was right, and which one he should join. Joseph wrote, “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination...
  • Days of Praise [Creation Devotional]

    09/26/2011 3:20:55 PM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | September 26 | Henry Morris, Ph.D.
    The Glory of the Lord September 26, 2011  "And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD." (1 Kings 8:10-11)  This remarkable glory cloud filling Solomon's Temple at its dedication had also been present when the tabernacle in the wilderness was dedicated. At that time, Moses recorded how "a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, . ....
  • Why You Should Take Theology Seriously (ignorance of God is root of much of the church’s weakness)

    09/26/2011 12:50:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/24/2011 | By S. Michael Craven
    In J. I. Packer’s 1973 classic Knowing God, he points out that “ignorance of God-ignorance both of his ways and of the practice of communion with him-lies at the root of much of the church’s weakness today.” The ignorance to which Packer refers is first and foremost theological. To some, the term theology evokes images of scholasticism and ivory tower elitism with little practical use. However, the science of theology is simply the organized and systematic study of God. Every Christian is called to know God and if we deny that responsibility then we deny what it means to be...
  • Reason and Faith (From An Old Debate-Updated)

    09/18/2011 6:55:01 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 1 replies
    Religio-Poltical Talk (RPT) ^ | 9-18-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    …I want to insist that there is not a single item in Christianity, upon which our souls’ salvation depends, that is only “probably” true. In each case, the evidence supplied is sufficient to establish conclusive proof regarding the truth of the Christian faith. This is not to say, however, that such a case is psychologically compelling, so that one could not reject the evidence. That would be an abuse of free will. I do argue, however, that one can be absolutely certain (intellectually) of such matters as the existence of God, the deity of Christ, the inspiration of the Bible,...
  • Why God Did Not Elect Calvinists...

    08/27/2011 2:14:11 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 374 replies ^ | July 1, 2011 | Douglas Hamp
    The biblical usage of “election” has absolutely nothing to do with salvation contrary to the teaching of Calvinism. Calvin summarizes this foundational doctrine in his book Institutes of the Christian Religion (Book 3 chapter 21): “Of the eternal election, by which God has predestinated some to salvation, and others to destruction.” He qualifies his summary by stating: "The predestination by which God adopts some to the hope of life, and adjudges others to eternal death, no man who would be thought pious ventures simply to deny…By predestination we mean the eternal decree of God, by which he determined with himself...
  • Who or What is God?

    08/21/2011 6:20:32 PM PDT · by bad company · 22 replies ^ | August 16, 2011 | Bishop Kallistos Ware
    “What or who is God? The traveller upon the spiritual Way, the further he advances, becomes increasingly conscious of two contrasting facts—of the otherness and yet the nearness of the Eternal. In the first place, he realizes more and more that God is mystery. God is “the wholly Other”, invisible, inconceivable, radically transcendent, beyond all words, beyond all understanding. “Surely the babe just born”, writes the Roman Catholic George Tyrrell, “knows as much of the world and its ways as the wisest of us can know of the ways of God, whose sway stretches over heaven and earth, time and...
  • The Great Liberal/Conservative Media Fraud

    08/17/2011 5:10:06 PM PDT · by Roger-SD · 27 replies
    Stop Obama Now!! - San Diego ^ | 8/17/2001 | Roger-SD
    This is the way it seems to work. The media on the left and the right want to keep people outraged enough about the misguided actions of the other side to keep them tuning in every night. But they don’t want to generate enough controversy that it scares the sponsors away or maybe even causes a boycott of their sponsors, as happened to Glenn Beck. For that reason, the conservative media refuses to fully address what Black Liberation Theology, the doctrine of Obama’s church, is really about, the destruction of America’s democratic political institutions, so-called white society and the traditional...
  • Jousting with HuffPost's 'Bible scholar'

    07/20/2011 8:06:22 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 48 replies
    WND ^ | July 20, 2011 | Dr. Robert A. Morey
    Since I have studied, lectured on and written material on the "canonicity of Scripture" for 40 years, I read with interest the article by Dr. David J. Lose addressing the origins of the Bible ("Where did the Bible come from?" Huffington Post). I was greatly disappointed. First, the "Bible" is not one book but a collection of 66 ancient Jewish scrolls from the book of Genesis to the book of the Apocalypse. These ancient scrolls were produced in different times, cultures, languages, political, economic and social orders over a period of almost 2,000 years by 40 different authors. They are...
  • Could the Church of England Be Dead in 20 Years?

    07/17/2011 10:58:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 17, 2011 | Michael Youssef
    The headline on the July 14, 2011, edition of the British paper, The Telegraph, heralded some very bad news for British Anglicans. It declared, “Aging Church of England 'will be dead in 20 years.'” They buttressed their argument in two ways: 1. The average age of a Church of England attendee is 61 (you do the math).2. In the last 40 years, church attendance has been cut in half.You would think that the Archbishop of Canterbury would wake up and smell the coffee. Instead, a few weeks earlier, he finally came clean. Well, he was forced to come clean. For...
  • Satan's Demonic Complex - Setting the Stage For 666

    As a biblical fundamentalist (one who believes in the realities and ETERNAL truths of the Holy Bible) I have one critique with those who give political commentary and analysis. The average media personality today - whether they be a Left-wing reprobate or a Conservative, REFUSES to see the world, the events at hand and the overall picture of why the world is the way it is from Almighty God’s ETERNAL perspective (2 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph. 6:12, 1 John 2:16-17). These blinded individuals (Left or Right), posses an unbelieving subjective world view which blinds them to the true realities at hand,...
  • What Happens When You Die?

    06/25/2011 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 63 replies
    Logos Apologia ^ | June 22, 2011 | Cris D. Putnam
    What happens when you die? The Bible uses the word death in different senses. Jesus said: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). Also in Revelation 20:6, John speaks of a “second death,” apparently distinguishing it from the first death or the usual understanding of death. It is important to note that the only way to escape the second death and Hell is through the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 11:26). Make sure to be in on that one! Now...
  • Harold Camping Is (Sort of) Right

    06/17/2011 7:48:14 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 7 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/16/2011 | Unknown
    Jesus will put an end to this earth—but that is not the end of the story. Harold Camping said something true. The media mocked him. But even Christians who disagree with the radio preacher's Rapture theology can appreciate his basic conviction. After his May 21 prediction of the Rapture failed (but before his June 9 stroke), he said that it had been only a "spiritual coming." He then added, "It won't be spiritual on October 21st. The world is going to be destroyed altogether, but it will be very quick."
  • Who Gets Left Behind? How end times theories shape the ways we view our earthly abode

    05/24/2011 7:39:20 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 38 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | May 23, 2011 | Matthew Dickerson
    I travel from time to time. Unfortunately, this requires sleeping in hotel rooms. My last hotel stay had me pondering the differences between a hotel room and my own home. The "hospitality" industry specializes in the sterile and generic. I can hope for little more than clean sheets, hot water, and maybe a coffee machine. Even luxury hotels, despite elegant fixtures and expensive amenities, are designed for standardized guests. Any art on the walls is mass-produced. One hotel room is the same as another. But my house, with all its quirks, is a home: a long-term habitat, a place of...
  • The Catholic Understanding of the Saints: A Response to Jim West (Part 1)

    05/20/2011 9:25:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    The ^ | Friday, May 20, 2011 | Michael Barber
    Friday, May 20, 2011 The Catholic Understanding of the Saints: A Response to Jim West (Part 1)   Earlier this month Jim challenged his Catholic friends to provide some biblical / theological support for the Catholic view of the communion of the saints. Specifically, here was his post: 1. What biblical or theological justification is there to pray for the dead? 2. What biblical or theological justification is there for believing that the dead pray for us? 3. How is ‘praying to a saint’ different from idolatry? 4. Isn’t it idolatrous to place your faith in any for salvation other...
  • Who would you follow?

    05/19/2011 11:28:48 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 19 replies
    Vivificat ^ | 19 May 2011 | TDJ
    A Jesus-Muhammad Comparison Brethren, I will share with you two stories, one from the New Testament, and the other from the Hadith or authoritative Islamic tradition, second only in authority to the Koran. Read them well and compare them, and then ask yourself, who would you rather follow? Jesus, or Muhammad? John 8:2-11 (NIV) 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the...
  • Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God

    05/17/2011 8:37:33 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 14, 2011 | Tim Ross
    Richard Dawkins has made his name as the scourge of organised religion who branded the Roman Catholic Church “evil” and once called the Pope “a leering old villain in a frock”. But he now stands accused of “cowardice” after refusing four invitations to debate the existence of God with a renowned Christian philosopher. A war of words has broken out between the best selling author of The God Delusion, and his critics, who see his refusal to take on the American academic, William Lane Craig, as a “glaring” failure and a sign that he may be losing his nerve.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DOGMATIC THEOLOGY, 05-16-11

    05/16/2011 9:30:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 05-16-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DOGMATIC THEOLOGY The science of Christian doctrine. It treats the teachings of the Church systematically as a whole, and considers each article of faith in its own right and in relation to other dogmas of Catholic Christianity. It proves the doctrines of the Church from Scripture and tradition, illustrates them by suitable comparisons, and shows that they are in harmony with reason. It answers objections from philosophy and other sciences and above all deduces theological consequences from the truths of faith. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal...
  • Predicting the Coming of Christ

    05/13/2011 7:18:37 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 52 replies
    CBN ^ | October 11, 2009 | Elizabeth Cutting
    The ending of the world has long been a matter of speculation. Many thought it was coming with the new millenium not so many years ago. It didn’t. In the early days of the world people thought a solar eclipse meant the end of the world. It didn’t. Between then and now the world’s end has been predicted over and over. We’re still here. Time and time again the signs have been “read” and a prediction made. Time and time again the seers have been wrong. Jesus repeatedly refused to allow himself to be caught up in speculation, stating that...
  • Three Ways of Living | The Introduction to Three Philosophies of Life (Book Review)

    05/10/2011 6:15:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Ignatius ^ | not given | Peter Kreeft
    Three Ways of Living | The Introduction to Three Philosophies of Life | Peter Kreeft The Inexhaustibility of Wisdom Literature I have been a philosopher for all of my adult life, and the three most profound books of philosophy that I have ever read are Ecclesiastes, Job, and Song of Songs. In fact, the book that first made me a philosopher, at about age fifteen, was Ecclesiastes. Books of philosophy can be classified in many ways: ancient versus modern, Eastern versus Western, optimistic versus pessimistic, theistic versus atheistic, rationalistic versus irrationalistic, monistic versus pluralistic, and many others. But the...
  • Cyborg idea runs against Christianity - Russian theologian

    05/06/2011 5:42:13 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | May 6, 2011 | No Name
    Moscow, May 6, Interfax - A Russian scientific movement for developing a cyborg in a bid to make humans immortal beings runs against Christian teachings, a theologian has argued. "According to the Christian doctrine, the soul is a substance that separates from the body after death but does not cease to exist," Alexey Osipov, a professor at Moscow Spiritual Schools, told Interfax-Religion in comments on the Russia-2045 movement. "And we are not authorized to separate the soul from the body and place this soul where we like to." Moreover, the human being is "a unity of body and soul, and...
  • Progressive Satanic Revolt: From Nothingness to Worship of Satan

    05/04/2011 4:14:30 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 42 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 3, 2011 | Linda Kimball
    Haters of God, 2 Tim. 3:2 Our war is against God and the world created by Him, declared Karl Marx, father of the Communist Manifesto. In his poem, "The Pale Maiden" he admits that he has willfully opted for Hell: "Thus heaven I've forfeited; I know it full well; My soul, once true to God; Is chosen for hell." (Marx & Satan, Richard Wurmbrand, p. 22) "The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority....Socialists recognize each other by the words, "In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done....Satan (is) the eternal rebel,...
  • "God Told Me" = Heresy?

    04/18/2011 7:34:28 AM PDT · by MNDude · 56 replies
    I've been hearing more and more Christians say things like "while I was praying, God told me..." and then it can be anything from "marry this man", "hold a Bible study", "we need to stock up on gold", "end days are coming soon", etc... What is equally disturbing, is how few other Christians really call them out on this claim. If God told someone something, then their word would have the weight of the Holy Bible, and we should write down what they have to say. In fact, it would slightly diminish what the Bible would have to say, because...
  • Chris Matthews Tries to Tackle Debate Over Existence of Hell — Tries

    04/17/2011 4:58:03 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 17,2011 | Bed_Zeppelin
    We’ve covered the Rob Bell controversy extensively on this site (here, here, here, and here). Remember, he’s the “evangelical” pastor who just released a book questioning the existence of Hell and seemingly suggesting that everyone goes to Heaven. Well guess who else decided to cover it now? MSNBC’s very own Chris Matthews.
  • Why We Should Give A Damn

    04/11/2011 9:44:28 AM PDT · by library user · 24 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 11, 2011 | by Peter Wehner
    “Why should we give a damn about the Afghan people?” Andy McCarthy asks. Our presence in Afghanistan, he says, is “pointless.” Now, this is different than saying we would like to help them but the ability to do so is beyond our reach. It’s also a separate matter from saying that there are countless claims on our conscience, but because of inherent limitations on our resources, the suffering the Afghan people are experiencing doesn’t warrant our assistance. And it’s a different argument from saying we shouldn’t continue to expend American blood in a 10-year-old war.No, what McCarthy is arguing, in...
  • Rob Bell, Hell and God's Love – The Debate that Won't Die Book Sparks Debate about Nature of Hell

    03/25/2011 8:59:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2011 | Jennifer Riley
    The debate about hell incited by Rob Bell and his book Love Wins is far from dying out. A month into the controversy, two theological heavy weights are just beginning to duel it out about the ideas Bell raises regarding hell and God’s love. Conservative Christian defender R. Albert Mohler, Jr., of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, responded Wednesday to emerging church leader Brian McLaren’s blog post, saying he welcomes McLaren’s rebuttal essay. “Some theological disputes amount to very little and serve mostly as exercises in missing the point, if indeed there is a point. Other doctrinal exchanges are quite...
  • Who's in Hell? Michigan Pastor's Book Sparks Debate About Eternal Torment

    03/24/2011 6:18:23 AM PDT · by Flightdeck · 106 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | March 24, 2011 | AP
    DURHAM, N.C. -- When Chad Holtz lost his old belief in hell, he also lost his job. The pastor of a rural United Methodist church in North Carolina wrote a note on his Facebook page supporting a new book by Rob Bell, a prominent young evangelical pastor and critic of the traditional view of hell as a place of eternal torment for billions of damned souls. Two days later, Holtz was told complaints from church members prompted his dismissal from Marrow's Chapel in Henderson. "I think justice comes and judgment will happen, but I don't think that means an eternity...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MYSTICAL THEOLOGY, 03-22-11

    03/22/2011 9:10:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 03-22-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MYSTICAL THEOLOGY The science of the spiritual life, with stress on the operation of divine grace. It deals with the higher forms of mental prayer and with such extraordinary phenomena as are recorded in the lives of the saints. It is the science of the study of the mystic states. It is commonly distinguished from ascetical theology, which emphasizes free co-operation with and predisposition for divine grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Blueprint for End Times Monetary System (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/21/2011 1:15:40 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 19 replies ^ | February 21, 2011 | Terry James
    International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials recently let it be known the direction of their thinking for solving the growing economic crises facing the nations of earth. Their cogitations - it is no surprise to those of us who view ongoing developments from the perspective of Bible prophecy - include two basic elements: 1) They want a single monetary unit; and 2) they want to make it electronic currency. Special Drawing Rights - SDR - represents a synthetic electronic basket of currencies. This system has been around for many years, but now, enhanced by tremendous advances in technology, is viewed by...
  • Israel: The Super Sign of the End Times (Part 6) (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/12/2011 7:21:33 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 26 replies ^ | February 12, 2011 | Todd Baker
    Thus far, we have looked at prophecies dealing with Israel’s history up to the nation’s worldwide dispersion in unbelief. The whole history of the Jewish people was foretold beforehand to them through Moses, the prophets, and the Messiah Jesus of Nazareth. While in that dispersed state, the Jewish people would be without land, kingly ruler, free from the idolatry of the past, and wandering from place to place throughout the nations of the world. This last condition aforementioned was popularized in Europe by the pejorative term “the wandering Jew” in the thirteenth century. The ugly and brutal fact of Anti-Semitism...
  • Laurie: What Every Last Days Believer Needs to Know

    02/08/2011 12:41:00 PM PST · by wmfights · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | Feb. 07 2011 | Lillian Kwon
    Things are happening in our world that are indeed signs of the end times, said evangelist Greg Laurie. While this certainly isn't the first time a preacher has made such a statement, the ongoing chaos in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, among other things, has prompted the Southern California preacher to prepare Christians for the last days. "What every last days believer needs to know" was the name of Laurie's message, preached to thousands at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and over the internet on Sunday. "I do believe that these are bona fide signs of...
  • To Raise,Or Not To Raise...That Is the Question (An Act of Worship for Some)~Imported from Mod-Blog

    02/07/2011 8:31:01 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 16 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 2-7-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    ....I come from a conservative background of the Protestant church tradition. My friends and family tend to be non-demonstrative lot at church, with little more than the occasional “A-men!” when we are REALLY moved. So, it has bothered me to see a particular phenomenon from the charismatic/pentecostal tradition starting to appear in church – the raising of hands. This action, usually done during singing, always seemed showy to me and distracting. But, it is important to separate “it bothers me” from “it is wrong.” So, I decided to do some research into the phenomenon, and see what the Bible had...
  • The Sign Of The Cross [Catholic Caucus]

    02/06/2011 8:35:15 AM PST · by sayuncledave · 27 replies
    Fisheaters ^ | Unknown
    The Sign of the Cross Crucifixion, by Nicolas Tournier, 1635 "Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow and in everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we awake; when we are in the way and when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is without price, for the poor's sake; without toil, for the sick, since also its grace is from God....
  • Israel: The Super Sign of the End Times (Part 2) (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/03/2011 3:09:39 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies ^ | February 3, 2011 | Todd Baker
    Part of the reason for the return of Israel’s Messiah will be to enforce the everlasting decree of God’s land grant to the Jewish people and to overthrow the nations of the world in league with the anti-Christ who will violently attempt to take the land away from them (Zech. 12-14; Ezekiel 47:13-48:35). In fact, the boundaries God gave for the Promised Land stretch from the river of Egypt (Wadi el-Arish) to the Euphrates River near the Syrian/Iraqi border (Gen. 15:18-21) — an area yet to be occupied by the Jewish nation that well includes the two presently disputed areas...
  • Israel: The Super-Sign of the End Times (Part 1) (Dispensational Caucus)

    02/01/2011 12:08:29 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 50 replies ^ | 2/1/2011 | Todd Baker
    Preachers and theologians are often fond of saying that History is “His story,” meaning that God plans and determines the details and events that make up human history ruling over the process from beginning to end to fulfill His great purpose for Mankind. Nothing could be truer of Israel. The history of the Jewish people is “His story” played out within human history, which has been revealed, foretold, and written in the Bible. Israel’s history is supernatural from beginning to end. It began with the Patriarch Abraham some 4,000 years ago when God called this nomadic wanderer from Ur of...
  • Could Extraterrestrial Intelligence Sway religious Beliefs?

    01/24/2011 8:55:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies ^ | January 24, 2011 | Charles Q. Choi
    [snip] Aliens vs. religion? One impact that extraterrestrials might have on society is in the sector of religion, said theologian Ted Peters at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif. For instance, aliens might lead religions to question whether a second genesis of life elsewhere belongs within the biblical understanding of creation. Might Jesus Christ have appeared more than once in the universe? [10 Alien Encounters Debunked] "It's been argued for a couple of centuries now whether one incarnation of God as Jesus Christ for the entirety of creation is sufficient, with some thinking that God would do so...
  • Theological Question

    01/19/2011 8:43:46 AM PST · by MNDude · 40 replies
    Is it a sin to be stupid?
  • Film and Audio Recordings of G. K. Chesterton

    01/05/2011 5:21:12 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 10 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | January 3, 2011 | Dave Armstrong
    Dave Armstrong said... There is very little video footage of Chesterton and apparently only about 25 minutes of audio. Previously I had put up a post with much of this same material: Hear the Voice of the Great G.K. Chesterton. The virtual movies (2nd and 4th links) are fun. This guy takes a photo of Chesterton and makes it look like a movie, in conjunction with actual audio recordings.
  • Holy Day Vs. Holiday: Making Christmas Less Commercial

    12/23/2010 8:41:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies · 2+ views
    American ^ | December 2010 | Dan Andriacco
    Each issue carries an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reprinting prohibited Holy Day Vs.Holiday Making ChristmasLess Commercial by Dan Andriacco Last Advent, a religion class in the Catholic grade school where my wife teaches took a poll of the students that asked only one question: "What do you think of when you hear the word Christmas?" The good news is that Jesus won because his name came up most often. Unfortunately, he took only 42 percent of the vote. "Presents" was first runner-up with 25 percent. It may not be happy news that one quarter of the students...
  • Shadowing an Exorcist

    12/16/2010 10:55:36 AM PST · by mgstarr · 12 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/16/10 | TRISH BAILEY DE ARCEO
    A movie starring Anthony Hopkins explores exorcism. The man who wrote the book behind the film talks about what chasing the devil really entails. Matt Baglio’s curiosity was piqued. An exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university in Rome? It was an unusual topic. As an American journalist living in the Eternal City, he thought it might make for an interesting article; as a non-practicing Catholic at the time, he approached it with some skepticism. Taught by exorcists and experts in theology, satanic cults, criminology and psychology, the course he took challenged many of his assumptions. But what really intrigued him...
  • Calvins Reign of Terror

    12/15/2010 7:22:45 PM PST · by narses · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Geneva was a church-city-state of 15,000 people, and the church constitution now recognized "pastors, doctors, elders and deacons," but the supreme power was given to the magistrate, John Calvin. In November 1552, the Council declared Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion to be a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Gruet's book...