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Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow - West is making a mistake
Post Date: 2017-07-20 19:41:48 by A Pole
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Trump threatens to change the course of American Christianity
Post Date: 2017-07-19 10:25:48 by Willie Green
If you want to understand white evangelicalism in the age of Trump, you need to know Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. Jeffress is not a household name in the United States, known mainly in Southern Baptist circles. But he has recently gained national attention as a "court evangelical" - my term for a Christian who, like the attendants and advisers who frequented the courts of monarchs, seeks influence through regular visits to the White House. The court evangelicals are changing the religious landscape in the United States. The Trump presidency is only six months old, but it is already beginning to alter long-standing spiritual alignments. It seems as ...
Pope Francis Adds ‘Fourth Path’ to Official Sainthood
Post Date: 2017-07-12 13:39:34 by cranky
Pope Francis has established a new path to canonization as a saint, adding the free and voluntary offering of ones life to the three previously recognized ways to sainthood. In a new letter bearing the Latin title Maiorem hac Dilectionem, taken from Jesus words that no one has greater love than the one who lays down his life for his friends, the Pope has cleared the way to official sainthood for those lay down their lives for someone else out of Christian love in imitation of Jesus Christ. Until now, the two ordinary ways to being declared a saint were martyrdom for Christ and the practice of heroic virtue. A third, exceptional way also ...
Police launch hate crime investigation aftrer a painting of Jesus was left in an Islamic center
Post Date: 2017-07-10 07:56:33 by cranky
The painting showing Jesus Christ on the cross was left on the fence at the center in New York CityAn employee alerted the police, who arrived to see it hanging on the fence at the centerSpokesperson at the mosque says the incident is a 'teaching' moment because it underscores the love Muslims have for Jesus A Jesus painting left at an Islamic center is being investigated as a hate crime, police say.An employee at the Hillside Islamic Center in North Hyde Park, New York, saw the large turquoise painting of Jesus Christ on the cross, hanging on the fence at the center, on Friday, NBC 4 reported.He then alerted the police who arrived at the mosque at about 5:45 pm. The mosque released ...
Religious leaders get high on magic mushrooms ingredient – for science
Post Date: 2017-07-08 18:56:27 by cranky
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore enlists priests, rabbis and a Buddhist to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experienceThe experiment aims to assess whether a transcendental experience alters the participants religious thinking. A Catholic priest, a Rabbi and a Buddhist walk into a bar and order some magic mushrooms. It may sound like the first line of a bad joke, but this scenario is playing out in one of the first scientific investigations into the effects of psychedelic drugs on religious experience albeit in a laboratory rather than a bar. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have enlisted two dozen religious leaders from a wide range ...
Timeline suggests reasons for Pope’s dismissal of conservative from top Vatican doctrine post
Post Date: 2017-07-04 18:19:46 by Anthem
From his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in 2012, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller has spoken out for orthodoxy amid a chorus of opposing voices in the Vatican. This role became visible during the two Synods of the Family in 2014 and 2015 as he publicly opposed powerful clerics from his native Germany such as Cardinals Walter Kasper and Reinhard Marx. As the debate leading up to the Synods was taking place in late 2013 Cardinal Müller made a pre-emptive strike by stating unflinchingly that Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics is not possible. If the prior marriage of two divorced and remarried members of the ...
This is Your Brain on Patriotism
Post Date: 2017-07-03 14:24:10 by Anthem
Flags, songs, and symbols transform the way you see the world. f you want to understand how patriotism works in the United States, a good place to start is a swim meet in southern California, near the University of California, Irvine campus. Its hot, and kids are lined up by the pool in swim suits, ready to race.But before the meet can begin, the crowd hushes, then belts out the contorted notes of The Star Spangled Banner.David S. Meyer, a sociologist who studies political movements and dissent at UC Irvine, is at the meet cheering on his kids. In many other countries, he notes, the local national anthem rarely gets sung before professional sporting events, much less kids swim ...
My Brother, My Enemy
Post Date: 2017-06-30 21:44:37 by hondo68
Brothers are supposed to be allies; they are supposed to be friends. This is true for spiritual brothers as well as for biological brothers. Unfortunately, it doesnt always work out that way. Sometimes, brothers become enemies.Think about it: in our War for Independence, brother fought against brother. How many Christians sided with the British Crown and raised arm and bayonet against their brothers in Christ who stood for American liberty and independence? How many Christians were among the British troops who participated in the Boston Massacre? How many Christians were among the British troops who participated in the raid on Lexington and Concord? How many Christians were among the ...
The Communist Cardinals of Pope Francis [the Red Pope]
Post Date: 2017-06-28 12:54:24 by Tooconservative
In 1953, Manning Johnson, a former propaganda director for the Communist Party in America, testified to the U.S. Congress that Marxists had infiltrated Catholic seminaries. In the earliest stages it was determined that with only small forces available it would be necessary to concentrate Communist agents in the seminaries and divinity schools, he said. The practical conclusion, drawn by the Red leaders, was that these institutions would make it possible for a small Communist minority to influence the ideology of future clergymen in the paths most conducive to Communist purposes. At the time, many dismissed this testimony. But who doubts the long march of the ...
Muslim migrant rapists of 5-year-old Idaho girl, get no jail time, JUDGE issues gag order on ‘sentencing’
Post Date: 2017-06-08 05:56:46 by HomerBohn
Sharia law in Idaho. The three Muslim refugee boys who plead guilty in the heinous sexual attack of a five-year-old girl in Idaho were sentenced yesterday. No jail time. The judge barred everyone in the courtroom, including the victims own parents, from speaking about the case and threatened anyone with serious consequences if they violated his edict. Unheard of. The sexual assault occurred at Fawnbrook Apartments, in Twin Falls, when a 5-year-old was lured into a laundry room, stripped of her clothing, urinated on, and orally and anally raped while the oldest boy filmed the entire incident. Now, following a sentencing hearing Monday at the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center in ...
24th Christian nation to join NATO Wednesday
Post Date: 2017-06-06 08:34:32 by interpreter
BalkanInsight.com is reporting today that Montenegro will on Wednesday officially become the 24th Christian nation to join NATO, finally fulfilling my prediction # 7 in 2016 in Bible Prophecy (posted on the7lastplagues.com). It is important because there are some here on LF who have accused me of making a false prophecy. But of course it is not a false prophecy because I always precede my annual predictions with "They are based on the Bible and cannot fail to come true, though I am sometimes ahead of God's timetable by a year or two." In this case, I was ahead of God's timetable by about 5 1/2 months which is not bad. The next thing that must happen is: All of the NATO ...
Shia vs. Sunni: The Schism Western Politicians Don’t Understand and Won’t Discuss
Post Date: 2017-05-29 08:22:16 by cranky
Western politicians rarely acknowledge the schism between Shia and Sunni Islam. There is nothing remotely comparable to this schism in any other religion in the modern world. The Sunni-Shia conflict defines the political structure of the Middle East, from the international rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia to the internal politics of Muslim nations. And yet, Western politicians, eager to portray Islam as a religion of peace, speak of Muslims as homogenous. At the hard core of political correctness, Islam is treated more like a race than a religion, a monolithic ethnic bloc like Hispanics or Asians. Both of those groups are, in turn, diverse ...
Muslim Cleric Faces Backlash After Saying Muhammad Was Originally Christian
Post Date: 2017-05-18 08:25:29 by cranky
p>TEL AVIV Muslim preacher Mostafa Rashed, considered by many to be the highest authority on Islam in Australia, has sparked a storm of criticism by saying on television that the Islamic prophet Muhammad was a Christian until age 40. He further stated that Muhammad was the assistant to a Christian preacher named Waraqa Bin Nofal. On a show on the LTC television station, Rashed claimed that Khadija, Muhammads first wife, was also Christian. Rashed stated that Muhammad was married to Khadija before his divine revelations and his marriage to a Christian is further proof that he was a Christian himself. Another religious scholar from Al-Azhar University participated in the ...
Rebel Catholic group defies church, ordains woman priest in NC
Post Date: 2017-05-01 08:27:02 by cranky
Abigail Eltzroth was ordained Sunday in Asheville by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.An international group defiantly opposed to the Roman Catholic Churchs ban on women priests Sunday ordained its first woman Catholic priest in the 46 counties that make up the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. The ordination ceremony for Abigail Eltzroth happened in Asheville at Jubilee! a nondenominational faith community with Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan presiding. Eltzroth, 64, said she is the second woman in North Carolina ordained by the rebel group, called the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Its time for a change and were in the ...
Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election
Post Date: 2017-04-24 19:41:22 by cranky
Karen Oliveto clutched a friend's hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination's first openly gay bishop. Within minutes, a formal complaint was filed challenging her election as contrary to the church ban on clergy who are "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" - a petition that the highest Methodist judicial authorities agreed to consider. On Tuesday, the court will take up the closely watched case, the latest flashpoint over LGBT rights in a denomination splintering over the Bible and homosexuality. "It highlights very ...
Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the Dead
Post Date: 2017-04-13 10:07:25 by redleghunter
The bodily resurrection of Christ is the crowning proof that Jesus was who he claimed to be, God manifested in human flesh. Indeed, the resurrection of Christ in flesh is of such importance to the Christian faith that the New Testament insists that no one can be saved without it (Rom. 10:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-7).
Some have opted for a spiritual or immaterial resurrection body, but the New Testament is emphatic that Jesus rose in the same physical body of flesh and bones in which he died. The evidence for this consists in the New Testament testimony of numerous appearances of Christ to his disciples for a period of forty days, in the same physical, nail-scarred body in which ...
The Confession of St. Patrick
Post Date: 2017-03-16 13:09:37 by redleghunter
Patrick of Hibernia is one of the most celebrated evangelists in the Western church. His life and confession is history, even though there are some legends that linger today. What is not legend is this man, from his confession and deeds brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands of souls. An excerpt from his confession is below, which I hope you will all go to the full confession at the linked site. Excerpt: 1 My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many. My father was Calpornius. He was a deacon; his father was Potitus, a priest, who lived at Bannavem Taburniae[Nota]. His home was near there, and that is ...
The Trinity explained using Lutheran Satire
Post Date: 2017-03-07 01:42:20 by redleghunter
https://youtu.be/KQLfgaUoQCw Poster Comment:A good tool for Sunday school a friend posted on another site.
Pope cuts penalties for paedophile priests - including one let off with just a lifetime of prayer for abusing five young boys
Post Date: 2017-02-25 18:57:02 by cranky
Pope Francis said to be applying his vision of a 'merciful church' to sex offenders He reduced sentence for Rev Mauro Inzoli from defrocking to lifetime of prayer But Vatican spokesman said abusive priests are also removed from the ministryPope Francis has been slammed by church officials and sex abuse survivors for cutting penalties for paedophile priests. The Pope is said to be applying his vision of a 'merciful church' to sex offenders by reducing punishments to weaker sentences, such as a lifetime of prayer and penance. It has been revealed by church officials that Pope Francis overruled advice given to him by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ...
In powerful speech, San Diego bishop challenges organizers to disrupt, rebuild ("protagonistas")
Post Date: 2017-02-20 20:46:39 by hondo68
San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy addresses the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements Feb. 18, in Modesto, Calif. (NCR photo/Brian Roewe)A line from San Diego Bishop Robert McElroys speech -- We must all become disruptors is captured by artist Sonia Sawhney on a visual note card for the work and housing panel Feb. 18 at the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. (NCR photo/Brian Roewe)San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, right, speaks with community organizers and Cardinal Peter Turkson Feb. 18 at the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. (NCR photo/Brian Roewe)Modesto, Calif. -- It took all of ...
Why Samoa Wants to Make Clear, It's a Christian State
Post Date: 2017-02-09 20:10:53 by hondo68
The Samoan government wants to add a clause to the Constitution that officially defines Samoa as a Christian nation. The Samoan constitution already references Christianity in the cover and preamble, but Samoan leaders want to reference their faith in the body of the constitution. "Every time we say that Samoa is founded on God because it is in within our Constitution, God must've had a good laugh and thought that we have been fooling him," said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. "And it has been more than 50 years since we have been fooling God, because this is not in the body of our Constitution. Even more Tuilaepa said "The phrase "Samoa is ...
Conservative criticism intensifies against Pope Francis
Post Date: 2017-02-05 09:56:32 by cranky
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Conservative criticism of Pope Francis intensified Saturday after his intervention in the Knights of Malta order, with posters appearing around Rome citing his actions against conservative Catholics and asking: "Where's your mercy?" The posters appeared on the same day that Francis cemented his authority over the Knights by naming a top Vatican archbishop, Angelo Becciu, to be his special delegate to the ancient aristocratic order. Francis gave Becciu, the No. 2 in the Vatican secretariat of state, "all necessary powers" to help lay the groundwork for a new constitution for the order, lead the spiritual renewal of its professed knights and ...
Trump bucks breakfast tradition by calling for prayers for Schwarzenegger
Post Date: 2017-02-02 10:40:52 by Willie Green
Speaking at a National Prayer Breakfast unlike most before it, President Trump on Thursday said the nation has to be "tougher" in dealing with other countries, pledged to make it easier for religious groups to engage in politics and asked the crowd to pray for his successor as host of The Apprentice."The ratings are right down the tubes" since Arnold Schwarzenegger took over as host of his former program, Trump said. "It's been a total disaster ... I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can."Trump constantly referenced himself during his remarks, talking at one point about how people often greet him with five words that warm his heart: "I am ...
Queen’s Chaplain Who Questioned Quran Prayers in Cathedral Steps Down After Attempts to ‘Silence, Defenestrate’ Him
Post Date: 2017-01-23 08:49:02 by cranky
Less than a week after one of the Queens Chaplains spoke out against an Islamic Prayer denying the divinity of Jesus Christ being read out in a Scottish Cathedral, the senior churchman has tendered his resignation from that office. Former Chaplain to Her Majesty the Reverend Gavin Ashenden announced his resignation on his personal blog on Saturday night, anticipating that a BBC Radio 4 segment on him and the controversy surrounding the Quranic readings in a Scottish Cathedral to be broadcast on Sunday morning would reveal his resignation despite his requests to the contrary. Remarking that the decision to step down was the most honourable course of action and had come ...
Married lesbian couple to lead prominent D.C. Baptist church
Post Date: 2017-01-11 14:17:15 by hondo68
Same-sex married couple to lead historic Baptist church A historic Baptist church in the nations capital has called a legally married lesbian couple as co-pastors. Maria Swearingen and Sally Sarratt were elected co-pastors at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Calvary Baptist Church in Washington announced Jan. 9 the hiring of Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen as the congregations new senior ministers. The couple, married the weekend after same-sex marriage became legal in South Carolina in November 2014, were ordained to the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., on Nov. 15, 2015. Calvary isnt the first Baptist church to hire an openly gay ...
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