Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $84,030
Woo hoo!! And now less than $4k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!!

Religion & Culture (Religion)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 5 Christian-Owned Companies With Godly Values

    12/13/2018 9:15:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 12/13/2018 | Azalea Pena
    Christian-owned companies are diamonds in the ruff. It can be quite difficult to find a company or a store whose owner(s) shares the same ideals as you.As you may know, companies are made with different purposes. Some business owners simply want to make money, but for others, there's a deeper purpose for it.So if you're in the United States you probably know about In N' Out Burger and Chick-Fil-A, but there are still other Christian companies out there to support. Take a look at these 5 Christian companies with Godly values that you should know about:1. Forever 21Forever 21 is a...
  • 'Lead us not into temptation': Should the wording of the Lord's Prayer be changed?

    12/13/2018 9:06:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 12/13/2018 | Mark Woods
    Moves to change the wording of the Lord's Prayer used by Catholics around the world appear to be gathering pace as the Italian Bishops' Conference has submitted a new version to the Vatican for approval. At issue is the wording of the line usually rendered in English as 'and lead us not into temptation'. Pope Francis last year took issue with that, saying it was wrong to imagine God could tempt people to do wrong and that it was 'not a good translation'. 'A father does not lead into temptation, a father helps you to get up immediately,' he said...
  • Did John Allen Chau, the Missionary, Die from Arrogance or from Altruism?

    12/13/2018 8:19:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/12/2018 | Jerry Newcombe
    Since last month’s killing of 26-year-old missionary, John Allen Chau, a lot of ink has been spilled.On November 17, 2018, Chau of Washington state died at the hands of an isolated tribe in an island that is under India’s jurisdiction, although it is about 1000 miles southeast of India.North Sentinel Island is closed to any outside influence. Chau wanted them to learn about Jesus, the only hope for salvation, who died in the place of sinners---receiving in His own body the due penalty of our sins.The Boston Globe’s Renee Graham wrote that what killed him was hubris. She opined, “Chau...
  • Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations in Fundamental Baptist churches, investigation finds

    12/13/2018 8:07:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/13/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations have been found in Independent Fundamental Baptist churches spanning 40 states and Canada, according to a new report. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram released an extensive, eight-month investigative report Sunday recounting the stories of women who were victims of sexual misconduct, including molestation and rape when they were minors, in IFB churches. Yet their perpetrators, who were in positions of church leadership, were able to weave away from accountability, and never faced criminal charges. As has been similarly uncovered in the Roman Catholic church in recent years, the network of these churches often covered up their...
  • Preferred Gender Pronouns Required in Virginia's Public Schools. The Bible? Not Allowed.

    12/13/2018 7:53:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/13/2018 | John Ellis
    Last Tuesday, unbeknownst to me, my son stuffed his beloved Bible into his bookbag. He was planning on using his class's show-and-tell time to share with his classmates what he was reading in God's Word. Keep in mind, my son is a second-grader in the Arlington County, Va., public school system. One of the most progressively leftist communities in the country, Arlington County has little room for conservative Christianity. Our neighborhood is filled with multi-colored yard signs proclaiming, "Love trumps hate!" or "All Are Welcome Here!" followed by a scolding for those who don't accept that boys can be girls...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Urges U.S. to Change Approach Toward Assessing Religious Freedom

    12/12/2018 6:37:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/12/18
    Moscow, December 12, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate believes the U.S. Department of State's approach toward the assessment of religious freedoms in other countries requires revision, as it is inconsistent with what people, including people in the U.S., feel about the matter. "It's well known that the American administration has been assessing religious freedoms in particular countries for decades by judging how comfortable various cults and quasi-religious organizations feel there. For our part, we expect the Republican administration, which has often declared its support for such traditional values as the restriction and prohibition of abortions, to radically change this approach,"...
  • 100 Christians Snatched in Overnight Raids on Underground Chinese Church

    12/12/2018 6:34:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/10/18 | Mimi Lau
    * Worshippers were taken from their homes and off the streets in coordinated crackdown across Chengdu in Sichuan province* A pastor was among those arrestedAbout 100 worshippers at an unofficial church in southwestern China were snatched from their homes or from the streets in coordinated raids which began on Sunday evening. Chinese authorities targeted members of the Early Rain Covenant Church across various districts of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, in what appeared to be an effort to close down one of the country’s most prominent Protestant house churches. Members’ personal accounts and cell group discussions on social media...
  • Late-Night Comedian Condemns Pope Francis for Homophobic Hate Speech

    12/12/2018 10:52:47 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 36 replies
    Friendly Atheist (Patheos) ^ | December 11, 2018 | Hemant Mehta
    Jenny Hagel, a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers who is both gay and Catholic, issued a strong denunciation of Pope Francis‘ homophobia last night. In response to the pope reiterating Catholic doctrine that says gay priests must be celibate (or be kicked out of the priesthood), an idea that suggests there’s something intrinsically wrong with gay people, Hagel called out anyone who still sees the pope as a good guy. "The press dubbed him “Cool Pope.” But here’s the thing: This guy’s not cool. This guy’s homophobic… We should all care about this because the pope is a...
  • Ark of the Covenant inside a church in Ethiopia?Historian’s claim of having seen the Ark disputed

    12/12/2018 10:06:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/12/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The search for the Ark of the Covenant has led to renewed speculation that the biblical artifact may be hidden inside a church in Ethiopia, but historians have pushed back against the theory. Archaeologists have searched for centuries for clues and hints of where the Ark, containing the stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God, could be. The BASE Institute has sent research teams to Ethiopia, Egypt, Israel and Rome and it believes the evidence points to Ethiopia. Although it has not found the actual Ark, it stated, "As unusual as this may sound, the BASE...
  • Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital to Get Name Change as ..'Lourdes’ May Offend Non Catholics [Ireland]

    12/11/2018 4:16:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    The Liberal (Ireland) ^ | 12/7/18 | James Brennan
    The political correct police really would sicken you these days. One of the country’s best known hospitals, Our Lady of LOURDES hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth is reportedly getting a new name after it emerged that the name ‘Lourdes’ may be offensive to non-Catholics. According to an article in Drogheda Life, the General Manager of the hospital, wrote to all staff members this week with their intention, “as part of the Senior Management Strategic Plan for Quarter 1, 2019”, to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to one of the following: 1. University Hospital Drogheda 2....
  • [British] Government Refuses to Say that Evangelism Isn't Hate Speech

    12/11/2018 4:07:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Lord Pearson initiated a discussion in the House of Lords this week with an oral question about religious hate speech. In the course of the debate, the government minister was questioned about whether someone proclaiming the uniqueness of Jesus or the divinity of Allah could be arrested for hate speech. The minister refused to deny that someone could be arrested for such proclamations. Tim Dieppe discusses the debate and the unwillingness of the government to state that no one should be arrested for preaching the gospel.The basis for hate speechLord Pearson asked an oral question in the House of Lords...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Conservative order of nuns on verge of destruction following Vatican interventions

    12/11/2018 10:07:29 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 4 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | November 27, AD 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Snippets at article's end: ...Institute of Franciscan friars destroyed in a similar way The destruction of the Little Sisters...follows a pattern similar to the Vatican-induced collapse of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), an order of Franciscans that followed a more traditional pattern of community life and that made free use of the traditional Latin Mass in accordance with the rites prevailing in 1962... Just as in the case of the Little Sisters, Braz de Aviz brought about the removal of the superiors of the FFI from their positions, and even the founder, Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli, was sent...
  • ‘Men Have Forgotten God’: Remembering Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1983 Templeton Address

    12/11/2018 8:55:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/11/2018
    Editor’s Note: This article, which originally ran in the July 22, 1983, issue of National Review, is adapted from the address Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn gave on the occasion of his acceptance, in London on May 10, 1983, of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. In announcing the 1983 award, the Templeton Foundation described Mr. Solzhenitsyn as “a pioneer in the renaissance of religion in atheist nations.” Mr. Solzhenitsyn ’s introductory remarks were made at the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, with Prince Philip presiding. The address proper was delivered later the same day at the London Guildhall. Today, December 11,...
  • 2018 - Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?

    12/10/2018 6:08:03 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/10/18
    My friends, in this "new post-Obama age" of President Trump, Take America Back, Drudge Report, Breitbart and Fake News does anyone TRULY know what time it is? Does anyone TRULY even care today? Well... not really... for many are EXPONENTIALLY distracted by the Devil's 24/7 straw men of this hour. The REALITY is that America is OVER! It has been since 2006. It takes individuals with GREAT GRIT and hearts of faith to objectively look at America and the EXPONENTIAL supporting evidence to see what we have been saying since 2006. Fixing the lights in a few cabins aboard a...
  • [Barf alert] Vatican envoy urges media to end ‘cherry-picking’ migration news

    12/10/2018 3:46:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | December 10, 2018 | Claire Giangravč
    Vatican envoy urges media to end ‘cherry-picking’ migration news ROME - As the Vatican delegation prepares to arrive at a UN global summit on migration set to take place in Morocco this week, one of Rome’s major players on the UN scene told Crux the proposed agreement is basically good news for the Church’s concerns even if certain “tensions” remain.Slovenian Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, wrote in a Dec. 9 email that many of the points presented by the Holy See “have been positively reflected in the...
  • What are the biggest threats facing Christian seminaries Today?

    12/09/2018 6:45:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Presbyterian pastor Ligon Duncan has listed out some of the biggest threats facing Christians seminaries in America, from unbelief to a lack of Biblical understanding in students. Duncan, who is the chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary in Mississippi, said in a video published on YouTube on Tuesday that one of the main threats facing theological education today is the undergraduate debt crisis. The scholar warned that the debt is “causing a lot of students to stay away from graduate theological education who would really benefit from it both personally and in their public ministry. Next, he said that there is...
  • Satanist Statue Erected for the Holidays in Illinois Capitol

    12/09/2018 5:58:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Between a Christmas tree and a menorah display in the Illinois state capitol, a statue from the Satanic Temple is standing for the holiday season. The display shows an apple upheld by an arm which has been encircled by a snake. The words “Knowledge is the greatest gift” is written across the front of the black base. The satanic tribute was erected at the statehouse rotunda in Springfield. Near the display is an explanation from the local government. “The State of Illinois is required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow temporary, public displays in the...
  • Murmansk Airport to be Renamed in Honor of Tsar Nicholas II

    12/09/2018 5:52:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/6/18
    The Public Chamber of the Russian Federation held its final meeting of the expert council of the “Great Names of Russia” contest on Tuesday, summing up the national vote for renaming 42 airports throughout the country after great Russians. 5.5 million people participated in choosing 42 names out of a possible 142, and the final results were announced on the program 60 Minutes on the channel Russia-1, reports the Murmansk Gazette. Among the winners was Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II, in whose honor Murmansk Airport will be renamed, having received 49% of the votes (71,652). The great and beloved Russian...
  • How should Christian celebrities respond when asked 'the big question' about homosexuality?

    12/08/2018 8:15:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    More than any other matter, Christians who become famous or in any way visible public figures will one day be asked by media outlets what they think about homosexuality. The question becomes: What and how is the best way to respond? The touchy subject has resurfaced again in light of singer Lauren Daigle, whose popularity is surging, and her response when asked on "The Domenick Nati Show" if she thought homosexuality was a sin. She said she could not say because she isn't God. Several prominent voices asked her to retract, some more stern than others, while others urged people...
  • Rehoboth [Beach, DE] officials say no to nativity scene [at bandstand next to boardwalk]

    12/08/2018 2:33:08 PM PST · by foreverfree · 17 replies ^ | 12/7/18 | Chris Flood
    St. Edmond Catholic Church parishioners are calling out Rehoboth officials for allowing the installation of a well-known nativity scene at the Bandstand and then, less than 48 hours later, forcing them to take it down. “We have a Christmas tree there, why can’t we have a creche up?” said St. Edmond parishioner Patty Derrick during an interview Dec. 6.