Daily Archives: April 29, 2013

Lila Rose Undercover: abortionist Cesare Santangelo would “not help” child struggling for life after failed abortion

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Live Action Lila Rose

When I was in college, people started talking about this incoming freshman that was going to change the pro-life club on campus.  Little did I know that semester that Lila Rose would go on that year to be threatened by Planned Parenthood with a lawsuit (I don’t think it happened) and rise to be an important figure in the pro-life movement by challenging Planned Parenthood.

Today her organization, Live Action, has released another undercover video.

May the Lord wake up our national conscience to this terrible wickedness.

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Kentucky Woman Ordained as Roman Catholic Priest

In December 2012, a poorly done parody of the pop song, “Call Me Maybe” circulated throughout the blogosphere. “Ordain a Lady” was a production created by the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC), which describes itself as “the world’s oldest and largest organization working solely for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.” Some of the lyrics for the parody tune read as follows:

I had a dream as a girl,
Like Therese of Lisieux,
I need to give this whirl
So I can lead the way.

Woman priest is my call;
Women preaching for all.
Don’t listen to St. Paul,
‘Cuz I can lead the way.

My ministry is growing.
Excommunication? I’m still glowing.
M.Div, chasuble flowing;
Where you think the Church is going?

Hey, I was baptized, and this is crazy,
But God just called me, so ordain a lady!
Justice doesn’t look right, with only male priests,
But God just called me, so ordain a lady!

Source

Four months later, Reuters tells the story of Rosemarie Smead, “a 70-year-old Kentucky woman [who] was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority.” Though it has not been reported that Smead is affiliated with the aforementioned WOC, it nevertheless seems obvious that she and the group share similar goals. Read more of this post

How Wonderful is Grace!

How Wonderful is Grace! (via http://preachingchristcrucified.com)

“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.” —Hebrews 6:18 How wonderful is the system of grace! Here it is: that as in Adam we die through Adam’s sin, so if we…

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Obama Spent Twice as Much Time on Vacation/Golf as Economy

According to a new report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI), President Barack Obama has spent over twice as many hours on vacation and golf (976 hours) as he has in economic meetings of any kind (474.4 hours)….[view article]

Americans fear government more than terror

According to a pair of recent polls, for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist hijackings, Americans are more fearful their government will abuse constitutional liberties than fail to keep its citizens safe. Even in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing…the polls suggest Americans are hesitant to give up any further freedoms in exchange for increased “security.”

http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/americans-fear-government-more-than-terror/

Obama’s Orwellian World Persecutes Christians

The Obama Regime must be reading its Orwell. Anyone remember 1984? War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. The Obama Regime is adding a few more to that list such as bigotry is tolerance and weakness is strength.
What is the Orwellian Obama Regime doing now and why should we be all worried about it?

http://m.christianpost.com/news/obamas-orwellian-world-persecutes-christians–94900/

A Survey: 40+ and the Church

Michelle van Loon did a 10-question survey; she’s not a social scientist. Here’s her survey. Here are two summaries: one and two. These are her conclusions, and I ask:

What do you think?

I’ve already noted that I’m not a social scientist or a statistician. But the number of the responses, and the fact that so many people took the time to add thoughtful comments (127 so far) has led me to a few conclusions:
The volume of response I’m receiving to this little survey tells me that people want to talk about these issues. Church leaders, are you listening?
A downshift in church attendance and program involvement by those who’ve moved second adulthood does not equal an abandonment of faith.Unfortunately, many churches only have two categories for attenders: “the committed” and “the not-so-committed”, and the sorting mechanism is based on affirming those who show up consistently and participate in church programming. That’s certainly understandable, but it doesn’t affirm the lifestyle realities that those in the second half face, such as caring for aging parents, grandchildren or a spouse; and increased travel or work responsibilities. Those at midlife and beyond long for community, and it will take creativity and energy to find new models to facilitate this.
Many who no longer attend church have been scarred by toxic church politics. In order to save their faith and sanity, they’ve left the institutional church. There is a need for gracious, healing ministry to these beloved brothers and sisters. It may not happen in the four walls of the church, but reaching out to some of the leavers with a goal of honor their battle scars (instead of shaming them for leaving!) is kingdom work 101.
Because about two-thirds of my respondents were female, I received a number of comments noting that some women did not feel welcomed or valued in their churches. While other women found a place of meaningful ministry in mentoring younger women, planning teas or giving younger women a break from nursery duty, these comments demonstrate that there are precious few other growth and serving options for gifted older women in many churches.
I was quite surprised by the number of respondents who told me that they do not believe their local church is their primary place of spiritual nurture. They’ve found other venues and groups where they can “get fed” and serve others. On one hand, this is a positive thing, as the church wasn’t meant to be a destination, but a launch pad. On the other hand, it is worth noting that the local church may not be doing such a hot job at cultivating community.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2013/04/29/a-survey-40-and-the-church/

Congress Calls Upon Army to Rescind Brief Classifying Christianity as ‘Religious Extremism’

(CN) — Over 40 United States Congressmen have signed a letter calling upon the secretary of the Army to rescind a briefing by an instructor who classified evangelical Christianity and other faiths as “religious extremism” next to Al Qaeda and Hamas.

As previously reported, the training session occurred a year ago in Pennsylvania, and involved an Army Reserve unit that was receiving training on worldwide religious extremism. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) obtained a copy of the Power Point presentation, which includes a slide that lists 18 religious groups that the instructor deemed to be extremist. While it is not known whether the groups were ordered in relation to their severity, evangelical Christianity appears first on the list, followed by the Muslim Brotherhood, Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, a group called “Christian Identity,” Al Qaeda and Hamas.

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Obama Bashes Pro-Life Americans, Praises Planned Parenthood During Speech: ‘God Bless You’

(CN) — Barack Obama came out swinging against pro-life Americans in a speech Friday morning to approximately 1,000 Planned Parenthood supporters, while defending the abortion giant with fervor.

“The fact is, after decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st Century,” Obama declared to those gathered, who greeted him with loud cheers. “And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.”

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The Socially Acceptable Sin – It’s everywhere in our society and churches, yet almost never talked about.

This is a well-written and thought-provoking article: “In practice, there are some sins that are socially acceptable, even in the Church. There’s one sin in particular that has pervaded our society and churches so silently we hardly give it a second thought, and that is the constant hunt for more over what is enough.”

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/socially-acceptable-sin

Of Food and Feeding – James Emery White

How many times have you heard the line, “I need to go where I’m fed.” Or it’s corollaries,

“I wasn’t being fed.”

“I just wasn’t growing there.”

“I just needed some meat.”

“I wanted something more in-depth.”

So what’s up?

Two things:

First, spiritual narcissism.

There is a consumer mentality within the Christian subculture that views the church as a feeding station that exists for no other reason than to keep them stimulated, titillated, and…yes, fed. This is, of course, a highly subjective assessment, and turns “teaching” into little more than a food bar as we search for what we like to eat in order to put it on our plate. Even worse is how this “feeding” often results in little more than weight–gain as opposed to fuel and challenge for missional exertion.

But second, it reveals a fundamental breakdown in how “feeding”, at its best, should be taking place.

While pastors are charged to teach and lead, that is not where discipleship and challenge is meant solely to reside. The nature of healthy, biblical community – as painted in the New Testament – comes through the “one-anothers.”

For example:

*love one another (John 13:34)

*bear with and forgive one another (Colossians 3:13)

*encourage and build up one another (I Thessalonians 5:11)

*spur one another…encourage one another (Hebrews 10:24-25)

*confess sin to one another…pray for one another (James 5:16)

That sounds to me like discipleship is a communal effort, with every participant having a clear sense of communal responsibility.

Yet according to a new LifeWay Research survey, almost three out of every four churchgoers say that while they have significant relationships with people at church, less than half are intentionally helping other believers grow in their faith.

Digging further into the study, existing churchgoers don’t make an effort to press into new relationships (only 1 in 6 strongly agreed that they try), and almost one out of every three say they do nothing to help others grow.

In other words, we are not very “one-anothering.”

So the next time you hear someone say, “I’m not being fed,” ask them what they’ve done to feed themselves, or even more pressing, whether they’ve put into play all that they’ve already been served.

Actually, that would be snarky. But I give you permission to think it.

But here’s one question you should ask – and not of them, but of yourself:

What have I done to help feed those younger believers who really need it?

James Emery White

Sources

Ross Rankin, “Survey: Many at church not helping others grow,” Baptist Press, April 25, 2013, read online.

Editor’s Note

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president. His newly released book is The Church in an Age of Crisis: 25 New Realities Facing Christianity (Baker Press). To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, log-on to http://www.churchandculture.org, where you can post your comments on this blog, view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on twitter @JamesEmeryWhite.

http://www.churchandculture.org/blog.asp?id=4297

Is There a Distinctively “Christian” Way to Be a Bus Driver?

In addressing this question, I decided to give the ubiquitous “Christian plumber” a break. He always shows up in this discussion for some reason. So we’ll let the Christian bus driver sit behind the wheel today. I wonder if the framing of this question in this way can at times reinforce ambiguity. My sense is that often a singular question …
April 26 Friday – http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/04/26/is-there-a-distinctively-christian-way-to-be-a-bus-driver/

Love Your Neighbors– Even the Muslim Ones, An Expanded Versions of My Column in Today’s USAToday

A condensed version of this post first appeared as an opinion column in USAToday. You can read it here. The longer version has some other information that I thought my blog readers would find helpful. For many Americans, their knowledge of Muslims is what they see on television news rather than what they know from experience. Yet, forming a view …

April 26 Friday
http://www.edstetzer.com/2013/04/the-availability-heuristic-why.html

Benny Hinn’s Request for $2.5 million Shows the Prosperity Gospel for What is Really Is

After all these years of preaching how if you financially support his ministry, Benny Hinn now says he is $2.5 million in debt and he wants his supporters to dig him out. So let me get this straight. After preaching things like, “Imagine not dreading going to the mailbox, no bills piling up on your counter, and no calls from …

April 27   Saturday –  http://mattdabbs.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/benny-hinns-request-for-2-5-million-shows-the-prosperity-gospel-for-what-is-really-is/

Mental Illness & Medication vs. Spiritual Struggles & Biblical Counseling

Christians have to break the stigma and the shame of mental illness. Tweet This! These past few weeks have been very trying. From deaths of people who inspired us to yet another reminder that we are not completely immune from the horrible acts of others, grief seems to be everywhere we turn. Earlier this month, we spent a lot of …

April 26   Friday –  http://pastors.com/meds-vs-spiritual/

Sunday Morning Sermon: A Renowned Scientist Tenderly Explains His Faith

Every Sunday we feature a brief “sermon” from an unlikely source. This week we feature Francis Collins, the geneticist who led the Human Genome Project. Collins came to faith later in life and in this interview with CNN, talks about why. I’ll chime in after the video. Just the other day my girlfriend and I were paddling across a lake …

April 28   Sunday –  http://storylineblog.com/2013/04/28/sunday-morning-sermon-a-renowned-scientist-tenderly-explains-his-faith/

9 Things You Should Know About Planned Parenthood

Today, President Obama will give a speech at Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 75th anniversary gala, making him the first sitting president to address the group. Here are nine things you should know about the nation’s largest abortion provider. 1. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has 95 affiliates and 865 health centers, according to its latest annual report, which covers …

April 26   Friday –  http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/04/26/9-things-you-should-know-about-planned-parenthood/