For the last several years, there has been an increasing cry for a fresh move of God in our country, for a new spiritual awakening. Is it coming? Are the days of revival near? Could we see America shaken by the Word and the Spirit? Continue reading
Atheism is the slavish and simple-minded embrace of ignorance. When people call themselves “atheists” today, what they really mean is Christophobes, people with an irrational hatred and fear of Christianity. The arguments they make against Christianity are both bizarre Continue reading
A discussion on the collapse of secualrism and the rise of paganism with noted theologian Dr. Peter Jones.
The culture war has been misrepresented as a struggle between reason and belief, but the truth is, the battle that lies before us is a spiritual one with deep historical and existential roots. As in the days of ancient Rome, our civil foundation will continue to be defined by either a return to paganism or toward the transcendent God of Christianity.
Just watch the latest awards show, talk show, or halftime show and see how pagan ritualism and sensuality is promoted and how Continue reading
Responding to the Raw Hatred of the Gay ‘Nativity
Jennifer Hartline’s reaction here at The Stream to the gay “nativity scene” in California was spot on. She condemned it in literally the strongest possible words: “demonic;” “perverse;” a “lie … from the pit of hell.” If stronger words had been available — barring foul language, which is merely more shocking, not actually stronger — I’d have supported her using them, too.
She focused on the way the display rewrites Continue reading
What should Christians do with the Bible’s God-ordained violence?
A NOTE FROM THE BISHOP: Just this last week, while reading comments on a secular news article, I encountered an attack on the Christian Old Testament; the commenter tried to make the case that passages in the Old Testament–such as the battle of Jericho–were just as violent as similar passages in the Muslim holy book, the Koran. From an academic standpoint an apologist for the Christian belief can successfully argue that the differences between the Koran and the Christian Bible are like the difference between night and day, in fact there are so many we will not attempt to address those arguments here. The reasoning behind sharing this article by Joseph Hartropp, is not to further the case of the differences between Islam and Christianity but to educate those Christians who have not had the benefit of being instructed in proper exegesis or an explanation or critical interpretation of the Holy Bible. A casual reading–without the benefit of classical exegesis–can leave one with the false impression that the Old Testament is rife with text that claims God is vengeful and excessively violent often encouraging genocide against innocent civilian populations. Mr Hartropp addresses one of these often troubling passages, the case of the battle of Jericho, explaining some of the peripheral conditions surrounding this story and how there maybe another interpretation other than just the casual reading.
Let’s be clear, this isn’t the case for taking scissors to Scripture and cutting out the bits we don’t like – nor am I Continue reading
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Is Prayer Useless If It Can’t Protect Christians at Church?
Greg Laurie, Ronnie Floyd Respond
Is prayer useless if it can’t protect Christians at church?
Prominent pastors are responding to that claim which was spurred by a debate on social media after the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.
“Granted, it’s hard to understand why God would allow a tragedy like this to Continue reading
Antifa is planning a new round of nationwide riots on November 4 as part of Continue reading
The fear of cosmic evil—of evil that is more than just bad neural wiring in the brain of a murderer—is innate within us all. It is a healthy and sane emotion.
By Samuel Buntz
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 Excerpted from The Federalist
William Friedkin, director of “The Exorcist,” is releasing a new documentary, “The Devil and Father Amorth,” detailing a real-life exorcism. Last year for Vanity Fair he wrote about filming it, in an article as frightening as it is intriguing.
Friedkin received special permission from the Vatican’s chief Continue reading
In the weeks following 9/11, American flags flew on every corner. Athletes and fans couldn’t manage to hold back tears as they stood proudly for the national anthem before game time. Volunteers nationwide gave a helping hand to our courageous first responders, still searching for survivors, and clearing the still smoking rubble from the blood-soaked streets. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone wearing a FDNY or NYPD hat out of respect for our heroes.
We were fearful and we were sorrowful, but mostly, we were Continue reading
Young Catholics feel they have been denied their inheritance. Where do they go from here?
Last week, in a speech to Italian liturgists, Pope Francis appeared to set in stone the liturgical changes that came at the time of Vatican II. “After this magisterium, after this long journey,” he said, “we can affirm with certainty and with magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.” Liberal commentators celebrated his comments as a blow to the “the re-emergence of a certain neo-clericalism with its formalism” and rejoiced that the “restorationist movement in liturgy is being reversed”.
Liberals have reason to be glad: Francis has shown that he is sympathetic to their desire for a liturgy that feels more like a communal meal than an ancient sacrifice. But does Francis’s declaration mean that after millennia of development liturgical evolution has arrived at a final state and now must stop?
In a word, no. One might as well magisterially declare that spilt milk can’t be put back in the carton, or dogmatically define that Humpty Dumpty can’t be reassembled, Continue reading