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Theology (Religion)

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  • What Is Time?

    01/23/2019 10:56:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-22-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Time? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 22, 2019 • So often in funerals I hear proclaimed the familiar lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which speaks to the great mystery we call time; more on its text, in a moment. If I were to ask you to define time, could you do it in a way that really satisfies? For example, some have defined as “the measure of change.” Well, OK, but that doesn’t satisfy, does it? Ultimately time is deeply mysterious; our attempts to nail it down in words betray its depths more so than reveal it....
  • New Survey of College Students’ Religious Beliefs Published

    01/23/2019 9:47:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Creation Evolution Headlines ^ | 01/13/2019 | David F. Coppedge
    Theologians and ministers may want to think about results of a survey of 275 college students about their theological beliefs.In the open-access journal PLoS One, Andrew Shtulman and Max Rattner published their findings from a survey 275 students at Occidental College last spring. The participants, taken from an introductory psychology course, responded to questionnaires on a matter of theological subjects. Here is the abstract of their paper, “Theories of God: Explanatory coherence in religious cognition.” Representations of God in art, literature, and discourse range from the highly anthropomorphic to the highly abstract. The present study explored whether people who...
  • January 23 - Christ Sovereignly Masters Satan

    01/23/2019 5:32:04 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Jesus said to him, ‘Go, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only”’” (Matthew 4:10). The devil’s final proposal was so outlandish and beyond the boundaries of God’s will that Jesus dismissed him with the terse, firm command, “Go, Satan!” Satan can wield his present power only by God’s permission; therefore he had no choice but to leave Christ’s presence. This last interaction is a prime example of our Lord’s sovereign mastery over the enemy. If the Savior would not compromise on a mundane matter such as turning stones to bread, He...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Vincent of Zaragossa, 01-22-19

    01/22/2019 7:44:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 01-23-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Saint Vincent of Zaragossa Saint of the Day for January 22 (d. c. 304) Saint Vincent of Zaragossa’s Story Most of what we know about this saint comes from the poet Prudentius. His Acts have been rather freely colored by the imagination of their compiler. But Saint Augustine, in one of his sermons on Saint Vincent, speaks of having the Acts of his martyrdom before him. We are at least sure of his name, his being a deacon, the place of his death and burial. According to the story we have, the unusual devotion he inspired...
  • The Beauty of The Confession of Sin...walk in the light 2

    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (I John 1:8-10)We are looking at the Biblical teaching of the light of God. We see in scripture, “God is light and in him is no darkness at all” . The only precondition for sinful man to come into fellowship...
  • January 22 - Satan Revealed as a Liar

    01/22/2019 9:42:04 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “[The devil] said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me’” (Matthew 4:9). Satan’s promises for better things, obtained more quickly and in a “preferred” manner to God’s plan, are actually counterfeit offers. He always wraps them in claims that seem easier, less expensive, and far less burdensome. After all, that’s the savvy way to success, he reasons. Our adversary’s argument is essentially just a form of the old “end justifies the means” concept. But Satan has been a liar from the beginning of redemptive history. With his third temptation of Jesus...
  • The Word of God: Handle with Care

    01/22/2019 9:24:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Word of God: Handle with Care Msgr. Charles Pope • January 21, 2019 • The first reading from last Saturday’s daily Mass reminds us of the power that the Word of God can have in our lives if we listen to or read it with devotion. It also reminds us that God’s Word is like a scalpel with which to cut away evil. Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is...
  • Walk In The Light

    01/21/2019 5:06:27 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    01-21-19 | Bill Randles
    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.( I John 1:5-7)There is only one indispensable pre-condition for fellowship with God. We must be willing to come into the Light....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Agnes

    01/21/2019 5:00:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 01-21-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Mosaic of Saint Agnes of Rome | Haarlemmermeerplein, Amsterdam | flickr Image: Mosaic of Saint Agnes of Rome | Haarlemmermeerplein, Amsterdam | flickr Saint Agnes Saint of the Day for January 21 (d. c. 258) Saint Agnes’ Story Almost nothing is known of this saint except that she was very young—12 or 13—when she was martyred in the last half of the third century. Various modes of death have been suggested—beheading, burning, strangling. Legend has it that Agnes was a beautiful girl whom many young men wanted to marry. Among those she refused, one reported her...
  • Cath Cauc: Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament

    01/21/2019 4:45:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 21, 2019 | Fr. L. Demets, FSSP, 2006
    Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Procession to eternity On January 20, 1793, the National Convention condemned Louis XVI to death, his execution scheduled for the next day. Louis spent that evening saying goodbye to his wife and children. The following day, January 21, dawned cold and wet. Louis arose at five. At eight o'clock a guard of 1,200 horsemen arrived to escort the former king on a two-hour carriage ride to his place of...
  • Apocalyptic Language of Scripture

    01/21/2019 3:32:46 PM PST · by grumpa · 8 replies
    Prophecy Questions blog ^ | January 21, 2019 | Charles S. Meek
    There are, of course, many different views among Christians about eschatology. Jesus’ Parousia (“Second Coming”) of Matthew 24:29-34 is a primary text, but highly controversial. The futurist view places this event at the end of history. On the other hand, the preterist view is that Jesus’ Parousia described in Matthew 24 is about Christ’s coming “in judgment” against Old Covenant Israel in AD 70. The context is the prophecy of the destruction of the temple (verse 2) which was fulfilled in AD 70. The parallel passage of Luke 21 confirms that this is about the fall of Jerusalem at that...
  • A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Refuting Atheistic Materialism

    01/21/2019 7:56:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on a Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Refuting Atheistic Materialism Msgr. Charles Pope • January 20, 2019 • World Telegram & Sun photo by D. DeMarsico Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we commemorate on Monday, is best known as a civil rights leader who worked to end racial injustice, but he had other things to say as he preached each Sunday, first in his own assembly and later as he spoke around the country. Among his recorded sermons is one in which Dr. King addressed the problem of unbelief, of materialism and atheism. His...
  • January 21 - Satan’s Promises—Corrupt Strings Attached

    01/21/2019 6:29:34 AM PST · by metmom · 13 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory” (Matthew 4:8). Satan offered the world’s kingdoms to Jesus on his own corrupt terms. God allowed this test to prove that Christ was and is a worthy Son, fit to one day inherit the world and rule from His throne. The devil, on the other hand, wanted to prove the Son’s unworthiness by getting Him to prematurely grab the kingdoms God had already promised Him. The enemy approaches Christians also with corrupt bargaining chips. Whatever they might want in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] It's Apostasy, Not Schism – Cardinal Burke

    01/20/2019 6:46:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 20, 2019 | Gloria TV
    It's Apostasy, Not Schism – Cardinal Burke The present Church does find herself in apostasy from the Faith - not in schism, Cardinal Raymond Burke told (January 17). Bishops, priests and laypeople “have effectively abandoned the Catholic Faith by espousing teachings and practices that are contrary to the Deposit of Faith”, he added. Burke criticises “the silence of so many cardinals and bishops” who should defend the Faith “vocally” because in the Church's tremendous confusion and growing division it “can never be right” to remain silent. Picture: Raymond Burke, #newsSiirnocwtl
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Sebastian, 01-20-19

    01/20/2019 6:16:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 01-20-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: San Sebastiano | Pietro Perugino Saint Sebastian Saint of the Day for January 20 (c. 256 – January 20, 287) Saint Sebastian’s Story Almost nothing is historically certain about Sebastian except that he was a Roman martyr, was venerated in Milan even in the time of Saint Ambrose and was buried on the Appian Way, probably near the present Basilica of St. Sebastian. Devotion to him spread rapidly, and he is mentioned in several martyrologies as early as 350. The legend of Saint Sebastian is important in art, and there is a vast iconography. Scholars...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

    01/20/2019 7:28:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 19, 2019 • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes In this Sunday’s Gospel passage of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and prayer. Let’s look at the Gospel along five lines: I. The place that Mary has – The text says, There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. A fascinating thing about these opening...
  • January 20 - Satan Tests Jesus’ Ultimate Allegiance

    01/20/2019 4:13:57 AM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Grace To ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain” (Matthew 4:8). Satan’s final temptation was a last-ditch effort to corrupt and derail Christ and His saving mission. The greatest of all adversaries sought to complete a sinister bargain in which extremely attractive and enticing possessions were offered to Jesus in exchange for His subservience to Satan. The location (“a very high mountain”) where Satan took Jesus no doubt allowed them to have a comprehensive view of the earth for hundreds of miles in every direction. But their vantage point was clearly spiritual and supernatural as well. They would have...
  • Church Calendar: Overview of the Pre-Lenten Season

    01/20/2019 12:44:52 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Pre-Lenten Season Theme: Babylonian Captivity, Man’s Fallen State Color: Violet Mood: Penance Symbols: chains, tears, Jeremias Length: Septuagesima Sunday to Shrove Tuesday Septuagesima and Lent are both times of penance, Septuagesima being a time of voluntary fasting in preparation for the obligatory Great Fast of Lent. The theme is the Babylonian exile, the “mortal coil” we must endure as we await the Heavenly Jerusalem... The Sundays of Septugesima are named for their distance away from Easter: * The first Sunday of Septuagesima gives its name to the entire season as it is known as “Septuagesima.” “Septuagesima” means “seventy,” and Septuagesima...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Fabian, 01-19-19

    01/19/2019 7:03:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 01-19-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Detail from Saint John the Baptist, Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian | Miguel Ximénez Image: Detail from Saint John the Baptist, Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian | Miguel Ximénez Saint Fabian Saint of the Day for January 19 (c. 200 – January 20, 250) Saint Fabian’s Story Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. Eusebius, a Church historian, says a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian. This sign united the votes of clergy...
  • The Virtuous Woman - Bible Study

    01/19/2019 4:09:25 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 11 replies
    MBC ^ | 1/19/19
    For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her....