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  • Should we Evangelize Protestants ?

    08/09/2020 7:46:24 AM PDT · by MurphsLaw · 170 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 9th, 2020 | Casey Chalk
    We should stop trying to evangelize Protestants, some Catholics say. “Let’s get our own house clean first, before we invite our fellow Christians in,” someone commented on a recent article of mine that presented a Catholic rejoinder to a prominent Baptist theologian. Another reader argued that, rather than trying to persuade Protestants to become Catholic, we should “help each other spread God’s love in this world that seems to be falling to pieces before our eyes.” As a convert from Protestantism, actively engaged in ecumenical dialogue, I’ve heard this kind of thinking quite frequently. And it’s dead wrong. One common...
  • Spiritual, Moral, Cultural, Political: Useful Guidelines for Pastors and Preachers

    08/10/2020 3:48:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 10, 2020 | Michael Brown
    One of our most popular videos encourages pastors to speak out more on moral and cultural issues. And a poll I recently conducted on Twitter confirmed that congregants want their leaders to be more vocal on cultural and even political issues. But what is a proper balance? What should our priorities be as preachers of the Word and shepherds of the flock? Most pastors would say, “My calling is to preach and teach the Scriptures, not to be a cultural commentator.” To a certain extent, that is true. But it is also overstated. After all, doesn’t the Bible itself comment...
  • US Christians increasingly departing from core truths of Christian worldview, Barna survey finds

    08/09/2020 11:39:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/09/2020 | Brandon Showalter
    A new survey shows that the majority of Americans no longer believe that Jesus is the path to salvation and instead believe that being a good person is sufficient. As part of the ongoing release of the Arizona Christian University-based Cultural Research Center's American Worldview Inventory, the latest findings — exploring perceptions of sin and salvation — from George Barna, the group's director, show that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that having some kind of faith is more important than the particular faith with which someone aligns. Sixty-eight percent who embrace that notion identify as Christians, including 56% of self-described...
  • A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 22 – ‘Hope’ Edition

    08/09/2020 4:57:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | August 9, 2020 | Myra Kahn Adams
    Today we study what the Bible says about “hope” because everyone needs an injection of it during these trying times.But before we read the verses, let’s review the secular meaning.Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of hope is “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true.”As an internalized mindset, hope has proven to be a life-saver under the harshest of circumstances. For example, one of the most popular psychology books ever written (over 15 million copies in print worldwide) is “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. He was an Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist who survived the Nazi...
  • Christianity enhances wellbeing!

    08/07/2020 6:38:44 AM PDT · by Teleios Research · 1 replies
    Teleios ^ | Teleios
    Teleios conducted a wellbeing survey and found personal wellbeing was better among evangelical Christians compared to social Christians, Christian seekers or non-Christians. Evangelicals were more content, at peace, and joyful than the other groups. This was the first survey, to our knowledge, evaluating wellbeing in young Christians versus non-Christians. These findings support our prior research showing Christians who adhere to their faith report better general wellbeing. In addition, peer-reviewed medical literature notes that those practicing the Christian faith report better wellbeing than those who do not, specifically in healthy individuals, patients with a variety of diseases and those with addiction...
  • Christophobic attacks grow in America

    08/06/2020 12:50:41 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 23 replies
    wnd ^ | 8/4/2020 | Jerry Newcombe
    With violence in the streets of many of our most prominent cities, there is an underlying sub-theme that is also troubling. Christophobia, which attacks anything Christian, is surely on the march. Perhaps the latest example is the burning of Bibles in recent Portland protests. On Aug. 2, the Washington Examiner noted, "Portland protesters were filmed burning Bibles and the American flag as protests continue in the city for more than two months. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz responded to a Friday video of people burning what was described as a 'stack of Bibles' on Twitter Saturday, saying, 'This is who...
  • A giant cross in Baltistan {Kashmir / northern Pakistan} sheds new light on Pakistan’s Christian past

    08/05/2020 3:42:10 AM PDT · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 9 July 2020 | Adrija Roychowdhury
    This June, a giant cross was discovered in the remote mountain areas of northern Pakistan, overlooking the river Indus, by a team of researchers from the University of Baltistan in Skardu. Carved out of marble stone, weighing three or four tonnes, and approximately seven feet in height, the cross is believed to be the largest one of its kind found in the Subcontinent. The discovery has generated global interest since it sheds new light on the religious history of the Subcontinent. While the precise era to which the cross belonged is yet to be ascertained through carbon dating, initial...
  • When This Runner Faced Unspeakable Tragedy, Faith Kept Her Going

    08/04/2020 10:41:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Runner's World ^ | August 3, 2020 | Tracy Ross
    Distance running with an upper-body amputation is a war against instability. Muscles can strain so much to compensate for the missing limb that they contort your spine, misalign your shoulders, and worsen your imbalance. In 2017, Ashley Jones—then 15 years old—faced a punishing return to high school sports following the amputation of her right arm. On the soccer field, she had collisions so violent that the pain would bring her to the brink of blackout. Later, during cross-country runs, the jostling of the amputation site intensified her phantom pain—which she’d already rated 7 out of 10 on normal days—to as...
  • Americans Are Turning Away From Religion Toward Dangerous Secular Cults

    08/04/2020 8:20:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/04/2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    For years now, pollsters and demographers have been chronicling the decline of religion in America. And it’s not just religious affiliation that’s declining. Along with lower rates of church attendance, religious weddings and religious activities in the household are also waning. By every measure, America is becoming a less religious country, with huge implications for our political and cultural life.But the story of the decline of religion in America is incomplete. What has gone less noticed, and less studied, is the rise of ersatz religions in America—secular substitutes for traditional forms of faith. The fastest-growing of these pseudo-religions occupy...
  • Why Men Hate Going to Church

    08/03/2020 1:11:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 115 replies
    9 Marks ^ | Mar 2010 | Jamie Dunlop
    Why Men Hate Going to Church, by David Murrow, explores the elements of American church life that discourage attendance and engagement of men. His conclusion? Churches have shifted toward a style that is comfortable for the stereotypical woman—at the expense of the stereotypical man. And by men, Murrow is referring to masculine men: high achievers, alpha males, risk takers, visionaries... Murrow points to four categories of church elements that clash with the temperament of most unchurched men. 1. Church makes men feel uncomfortable because it emphasizes feminine values For example, sentimental songs that celebrate the intimacy of relationship with Jesus...
  • William Penn's Holy Experiment "The Seed of a Nation": A Real Example of Tolerance & Equality

    08/02/2020 4:16:40 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 30, 2020 | Bill Federer
    King Charles II and the British passed the Conventicle Act of 1664, making it illegal to hold church meetings of over five people. It prohibited "... more than five persons in addition to members of the family, for any religious purpose not according to the rules of the Church of England." The word "conventicle" is derived from the word "convenant" and referred to gatherings of church members according to Jesus' promise in Matthew 18:20, "Where two or three are met together in my name." The English Book of Canon Law, Article 11, stated: "All conventicles and secret meetings ... have...
  • Tocqueville: on Christianity in America, Islam in Algeria, & the "despotism" of an "all powerful government" when citizens "debase" their souls with "vulgar pleasures"

    08/02/2020 4:00:11 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 29, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Alexis de Tocqueville was born JULY 29, 1805. A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and wrote a two-part work, Democracy in America (1835; 1840), which has been described as: "the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written." In it, Tocqueville wrote: "Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things,...
  • A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 21 – 'I AM' Edition

    08/02/2020 6:04:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 2, 2020 | Myra Kahn Adams
    One of my favorite Bible Study topics involves two words – “I AM” that profoundly connects the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) with the New Testament.First, God speaks His name to Moses in the Hebrew Bible. Then, in the New Testament, Jesus reveals His divinity through that name.Together these passages represent a key Bible study concept that I am fond of repeating to my Jewish brothers and sisters – the New Testament fulfills the Old.Let’s begin with Chapter 3 of the Book of Exodus when Moses and God engage in what I consider to be one of the most fascinating conversations ever recorded. God first appears to...
  • C.S. Lewis on theosis {in Christianity} - General Discussion

    07/29/2020 9:32:37 PM PDT · by Cronos · 44 replies
    orthocuban ^ | 31 May 2011 | Ernesto
    By now regular readers know that I am a fan of C.S. Lewis, and I was a fan of him before becoming Orthodox. In fact, I consider him one of the influences that led me to Orthodoxy, though I would not have thought of it that way before I became Orthodox. You see, it was not until I became Orthodox that I realized just how much of C.S. Lewis’ thinking reflected a more “Eastern” viewpoint, or perhaps, I had better say a more “universal” or catholic viewpoint.One of his statements has to do with the whole issue of theosis or...
  • Imaging technology reveals historical layers of Eyckian Lamb of God

    07/29/2020 12:55:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | July 29, 2020 | by University of Antwerp
    1 / 1 Left: Color image after the 1950s treatment. The ears of the Eyckian Lamb were revealed after removal of the 16th century overpaint obscuring the background. (© - Art in Flanders vzw). Right: Color image after the 2019 treatment that removed all of the 16th century overpaint, revealing the face of the Eyckian Lamb. The dotted lines indicate the outline of the head before removal of 16th century overpaint. (© - Art in Flanders vzw). Credit: © - Art in Flanders vzw ========================================================================== Two non-invasive chemical imaging modalities were employed to help understand the changes...
  • Morning Joe: John Lewis 'Christlike, Saint,' & 'Prayers and Thoughts for Herman Cain

    07/28/2020 6:54:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    [snip] As the election approaches, the left has apparently decided for its political purposes to embrace religion. Our Tim Graham has documented how the MSM is now portraying Joe Biden as deeply devout. And nary a week goes by that Nancy Pelosi doesn't flaunt her faith. Morning Joe got into the spirit today. First, Joe Scarborough compared him to Jesus: "John Lewis was considered the conscience of Congress. He also was a Christian, who was Christ-like. You look at the Beatitudes, and so many of them apply to the life, day in and day out." Jon Meacham upped the ante:...
  • Explaining the escalating conflict between US , China and its relevance for American Christians today

    07/26/2020 8:34:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2020 | Jim Denison
    The U.S. ordered the abrupt closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston. The Wall Street Journal reports that the State Department is accusing China of conducting massive illegal spying and influence operations throughout the US against our government officials and citizens. The State Department adds that such activities have increased in recent years. The closure order coincided with Washington’s unveiling on Tuesday of indictments against two hackers in China. They are accused of targeting American firms involved in coronavirus research and stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in sensitive information from companies around the globe. This was done, according to...
  • Were Christians Always So Left-Wing?

    07/26/2020 5:50:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    American ^ | July 26., 2020 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    Those observing the cultural landscape in America attempt to understand why Jews vote for leftwing policies that run counter to their own safety and existence. But many Catholic institutions are also active in disseminating radical left-wing ideology. It was not always thus. At this site, one can see the American Catholic pamphlet series on Communism that highlighted the dangers of this murderous ideology. The following were published in 1947: Communism and Fascism: two of a kind by Hermann BorchardtCommunism means slavery by Henry William ChamberlinEnemy in our schools by Eugene Lyons Regarding Eugene Lyons, Harry Stein has written: [I]n The...
  • A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 20 – ‘St. Michael the Archangel’ Edition

    07/26/2020 5:08:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 26, 2020 | Myra Kahn Adams
    During last week’s study, I wrote that our nightly prayers include reciting the "Magnificat," – also known as “Mary’s Song.” Encouraged by the response in comments and personal emails, I thought readers might be interested in exploring the prayer that my husband and I recite before the Magnificat. It is called the “prayer of protection,” but its formal name is “Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.” Furthermore, we say this prayer whenever we begin a journey or anytime we need a hedge of protection in this dangerous world. (Which means often.) Warning: This prayer is powerful, effective, comforting, and addictive – all...
  • SF Giants’ Pitcher Refuses To Kneel For MLB’s BLM Moment: ‘I’m A Christian Can’t Kneel Before Anything Besides God ‘ (Photos & Video)

    07/24/2020 8:35:25 AM PDT · by USA Conservative · 40 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 07.24.2020 | Alex Hall
    During a moment of “solidarity” during the season opener, players, managers, and coaches on the Giants and Dodgers kneeled together while holding a black cloth before the national anthem. All but one. San Francisco reliever Sam Coonrod was the only person on either club who did not kneel during the moment used to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Photos below: he reason why? His Christian faith. After the game, Coonrod said because of his Christian faith he “can’t kneel before anything besides God.” He also said he does not agree with everything he has heard about the Black Life...