Monday, April 24, 2017

Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election






In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, photo, Bishop Karen Oliveto poses for a photo in the sanctuary of a United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo. The top court in the United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 25, will consider ... more >


By RACHEL ZOLL - Associated Press - Monday, April 24, 2017


NEW YORK (AP) - 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 greatly that we are two different churches and that the real difference is whether or not we’re going to live by the covenant that we each have agreed to,” said the Rev. Rob Renfroe, who leads Good News, a caucus of evangelical Methodists that has lobbied to uphold current teaching. Said Oliveto, “I’m in deep prayer, reminding myself of what God has called me to do.”


Oliveto, who is based in the Denver area, will attend the hearing in Newark, New Jersey, accompanied by fellow bishops from the church’s Western Jurisdiction, her wife, mother and childhood pastor. LGBT clergy and their supporters plan to pray outside and wear T-shirts listing the first names only of gay clergy who would risk losing their ministerial credentials by coming out.

The goal is to underscore the human cost of church policy, said the Rev. Lea Matthews of the LGBT advocacy group Methodists in New Directions. Prayer vigils are planned in the Methodist Mountain Sky Area region, which Oliveto leads, while others will join a prayer vigil online.

The court, or Judicial Council, is expected to issue a ruling a few days later.

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What is the Gotham Shield? Nuclear bomb drill in NJ this week





by Dan Alexander 

April 24, 2017 6:59 AM




MetLife Stadium(Jeff Zelevansky, Getty Images)

NEW YORK — An emergency response drill that has caught the attention of conspiracy theorists begins in New Jersey on Monday night.

“Gotham Shield” is the name given to a multi-agency, real-time drill that starts Monday night and runs all week, involving a number of law enforcement and rescue agencies from New Jersey and the Northeast, according to NJ.com.

The “notional” drill will be based on the explosion of a nuclear device in West New York. A response center will be set up at MetLife Stadium on Tuesday, according to the report, in which rescue teams and equipment will be set up to respond to respond to casualties, but will not involve actual “actors” playing victims.

FEMA spokeswoman Lauren Lefebvre told NJ.com on Sunday the purpose of the exercise is “to expand the ability at local and national levels to coordinate in effect a large-scale response and recovery to an event like this.”

According to the website snopes.com, which researches internet rumors, the drill first became known to the public last week with on a number of websites which believed the plan was in response to heightened tensions with North Korea, and could actually lead to a real disaster.

Many of those sites directed people to a post on the Health Care Association of New Jersey Facebook page that has since been removed because of “inappropriate comments.”

“(Wednesday) we posted information for our members regarding an emergency exercise. Unfortunately, since that time, individuals not associated with our membership or profession have posted comments that are inappropriate for this Facebook page and could have the ability to impact the success of this exercise,” a new Facebook post read. “Our apologies to our membership, other care providers, and those individuals and agencies who look to us to keep them informed about information affecting the long-term care profession.”


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Canon lawyer: Evidence likely sufficient for Vatican to decide on Apuron by late July


Canon lawyer: Evidence likely sufficient for Vatican to decide on Apuron



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Minnesota-based canon lawyer and former priest Patrick J. Wall said there appears to be more than sufficient evidence for a Vatican tribunal to come to a decision on Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron’s canonical penal trial, after two accusers provided testimony in March.

“In short, the Roman Pontiff can step in and make a decision since he is the supervisor of Apuron,” said Wall, who since 2002 has advocated for hundreds of clergy abuse survivors.

Pope Francis suspended Apuron in June 2016, weeks after former altar boys came forward and publicly accused the archbishop of raping and sexually abusing them as children in Agat in the 1970s.

“If Rome is going to act, they generally do so prior to July 31, when most Romans go on summer vacanza, until mid-September,” said Wall, co-author of “Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes,” a leading book on the 2,000-year history of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.



Pope says some refugee centres 'concentration camps'




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Pope Francis blesses the crowd as he leaves the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island after the Liturgy of the Word with the Community of Sant’Egidio in memory of the "New Martyrs" of the 20th and 21th century, on April 22, 2017 in Rome (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)More


Rome (AFP) - Pope Francis on Saturday described some of Europe's refugee centres as "concentration camps" as he paid tribute to an unknown Christian woman slain for her faith in front of her Muslim husband.

"These refugee camps -- so many are concentration camps, crowded with people... because international accords seem more important than human rights," Francis said in impromptu remarks at a ceremony in memory of modern day Christian martyrs.

Departing from his prepared script and appearing unusually emotional as he spoke, the 80-year-old pontiff said he wanted the woman to be remembered along with all the other martyrs commemorated in Rome's Basilica of St Bartholomew.


How the Coming Church-State Showdown Could be Avoided



The Supreme Court has ample reason to avoid deciding a case that could erode the Establishment Clause.


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APR 22, 2017



During argument in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer last week before the Supreme Court, Justice Elena Kagan mused that the case poses “a hard issue. It's an issue in which states have their own very longstanding law. It's an issue on which I guess I'm going to say nobody is completely sure that they have it right.”

The court did not pay much attention to a question that logically flows from Kagan’s concern: Is this trip really necessary?


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Why Is Jeff Sessions Attacking the Police?

Does the court really need to jump into this dispute between a church and a state government—or is it a case where the two parties basically have already kissed and made up?

Missouri’s Constitution, as written in 1875 and readopted in 1945, contains a provision that “no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion.” The Missouri courts over the years have interpreted this provision quite literally. As a result, a church named Trinity Lutheran in Columbia, Missouri, was denied a state grant to resurface their daycare playground with recycled rubber tires. (The daycare would have been eligible if it had been run by a separate church-affiliated non-profit; but because in this case the money would have gone directly to the church, the provision applied.) The church sued, and the case has wended its way to the Supreme Court.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pope to make Fatima child shepherds saints



Latest update : 20/04/2017


© AFP/File / by Angus MacKinnon with Brigitte Hagemann in Lisbon | The canonisation of Jacinta and Francisco Marto will take place during Pope Francis' visit to Fatima Catholic shrine visited by millions of pilgrims every year



VATICAN CITY (AFP) -

Two of the three child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal a century ago will be declared saints on May 13, Pope Francis announced Thursday.

The canonisation of Jacinta and Francisco Marto will take place during the Argentine pontiff's visit to a Catholic shrine visited by millions of pilgrims every year.

The trip has been timed to mark the 100th anniversary of the first reported appearances of the Virgin who, according to a much-debated tradition, shared three major prophesies with the impoverished, barely-literate children.

Jacinta was seven at the time, her brother Francisco was nine and their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, was 10.

Francisco died in 1919 and Jacinta the following year in the Spanish Influenza epidemic that swept through Europe at the end of World War I.

Fatima is the solution to the mayhem in the Vatican today








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April 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Mayhem. That’s the only word to describe what is taking place in the Church today. Remember the archbishop who released a scandalous Vatican sex-ed program at World Youth Day in Krakow? He was appointed as the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Rome’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. Both institutions have now been stripped bare – the Academy of all its members and the Institute of its most conservative faculty.


Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia recently gushed praise for one of Italy's leading proponents of abortion, same-sex “marriage” and restriction on religious freedom. More than that, prior to his Vatican post he commissioned a homoerotic mural in his cathedral church in which he had included an image of himself.


Another Vatican bishop in charge of two Pontifical Academies is responsible for bringing into the Vatican, to speak at his conferences, some of the most anti-life, anti-family people in the world. Those supporting forced abortion and forced sterilization are finding themselves at home in a new Vatican where the lovers of life and family are increasingly alienated and ostracized. A Vatican where fear among the orthodox rules and in the words of retiring Archbishop Luigi Negri – the only Italian bishop to go to the Rome March for Life – those who are normally papal critics, “for a time have become hyper papists for their own ends.”

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Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.[*] Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s offer to relinquish his chemical arsenal in a deal brokered by Russia. Why did Obama delay and then relent on Syria when he was not shy about rushing into Libya? The answer lies in a clash between those in the administration who were committed to enforcing the red line, and military leaders who thought that going to war was both unjustified and potentially disastrous.

Obama’s change of mind had its origins at Porton Down, the defence laboratory in Wiltshire. British intelligence had obtained a sample of the sarin used in the 21 August attack and analysis demonstrated that the gas used didn’t match the batches known to exist in the Syrian army’s chemical weapons arsenal. The message that the case against Syria wouldn’t hold up was quickly relayed to the US joint chiefs of staff. The British report heightened doubts inside the Pentagon; the joint chiefs were already preparing to warn Obama that his plans for a far-reaching bomb and missile attack on Syria’s infrastructure could lead to a wider war in the Middle East. As a consequence the American officers delivered a last-minute caution to the president, which, in their view, eventually led to his cancelling the attack.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Bill O'Reilly greeted by pope hours before Fox News announces ouster


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Josephine McKenna | Religion News ServiceUpdated 6 hours ago



VATICAN CITY — Hours before Fox News announced Bill O’Reilly’s ouster, the cable TV personality was greeted by Pope Francis on Wednesday during the pontiff’s weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.


O’Reilly, a Catholic, who last year challenged the pope’s views on immigration and promised to convince Francis of the need for reform, shook hands briefly with the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics at the Vatican.



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But it’s unclear if Francis knew who O’Reilly was, and they appeared to exchange no conversation as O’Reilly joined VIPs in a suit and tie to greet the 80-year-old pontiff in the spring sunshine.

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that Fox and O’Reilly paid five women, including former staffers and guests on his program, a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims.

O’Reilly’s picture was taken in the VIP line by a photographer from the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. The TV personality has been on vacation in Italy.

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Beware of Man-Made Tests



May 19

Beware ... of evil workers.... For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:2, 3


There are those who need in their hearts the touch of the divine Spirit. Then the message for this time will be their burden. They will not search for human tests, for something new and strange. The Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the test for this time. 

The commandment of God that has been almost universally made void, is the testing truth for this time.... The time is coming when all those who worship God will be distinguished by this sign. They will be known as the servants of God, by this mark of their allegiance to Heaven. But all man-made tests will divert the mind from the great and important doctrines that constitute the present truth.

It is the desire and plan of Satan to bring in among us those who will go to great extremes—people of narrow minds, who are critical and sharp, and very tenacious in holding their own conceptions of what the truth means. They will be exacting, and will seek to enforce rigorous duties, and go to great lengths in matters of minor importance, while they neglect the weightier matters of the law—judgment and mercy and the love of God. Through the work of a few of this class of persons, the whole body of Sabbathkeepers will be designated as bigoted ... and fanatical....

God has a special work for the men of experience to do. They are to guard the cause of God. They are to see that the work of God is not committed to men who feel it their privilege to move out on their own independent judgment, to preach whatever they please, and to be responsible to no one for their instructions or work. Let this spirit of self-sufficiency once rule in our midst, and there will be no harmony of action, no unity of spirit, no safety for the work, and no healthful growth in the cause....Christ prayed that His followers might be one as He and the Father were one. Those who desire to see this prayer answered, should seek to discourage the slightest tendency to division, and try to keep the spirit of unity and love among brethren. 

Maranatha, p.147.


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UNITE, UNITE EUROPE! A PROTEST IN FAVOR OF THE EUROPEAN UNION



By Sally McGrane 12:05 A.M.




The grassroots group Pulse of Europe aims to show politicians and right-wing Europeans that the silent majority favors the E.U.PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDREAS ARNOLD / PICTURE-ALLIANCE / DPA / AP

On the Sunday before Easter, the sun was shining on Berlin’s charming Gendarmenmarkt. At 1:30 p.m., the first blue-and-yellow flags—symbols of the European Union—appeared on the square, held aloft or worn like capes. The P.A. system was up and running. A pop-y German New Wave classic came on: “Visit Europe, while it’s still standing.” From the broad, shady steps of the concert house, Alexander Knigge’s aviator sunglasses reflected the light. “This song’s about nuclear war,” he said. “But, actually, it fits today’s situation pretty well.”

Knigge is a German real-estate lawyer and one of the organizers of the Berlin chapter of Pulse of Europe, a grassroots movement dreamed up by a Frankfurt-based lawyer in response to the feelings of intense dismay brought on by watching Donald Trump’s victory on television. Pulse of Europe events feature an hour-long program that includes live music and an open mike, and have been taking place on city squares across Europe almost every Sunday afternoon since the beginning of the year. Their mission is simple: to show support for the European Union.

Today, the theme was France—a country where four of the five major Presidential candidates in the upcoming elections have taken “Euroskeptic” positions. Knigge, who had never been involved in a protest movement before getting involved with Pulse of Europe, fielded organizational questions from other volunteers and reflected on his reasons for helping out. “It’s a matter of freedom, and peace,” he said, as the playlist bounced to “Frankreich, Frankreich,” another eighties hit, in which the singer wakes up to a shock: overnight, he has lost his baguette, his cigarette, Jeanette and Claudette. “If France decides to leave the E.U., the E.U. is gone,” said Knigge. “My grandparents fought in World War II, and we all know that the European Union is the best guarantee against war. I don’t really trust Germany—I’m happy it’s completely bound up in a bigger union.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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US F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Alaska coast



By Zachary Cohen and Ryan Browne


Updated 3:22 PM ET, Tue April 18, 2017






Story highlights
Two TU-95 Bear bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska
The interaction was "nothing out of the ordinary," the US military said


Washington (CNN)Two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska by two US F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Monday, the Pentagon confirmed to CNN.

The intercept, which was described by a US military official as safe and professional, took place about 100 miles from Kodiak Island after the Russian aircraft flew into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone.
There was no cockpit-to-cockpit radio communication between the US and Russian pilots, the US official told CNN.


Fox News first reported the intercept.


US military officials downplayed the mid-air interaction as "nothing out of the ordinary" and "not dissimilar from what we've seen in the past with respect to Russian long-range aviation."
But Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Russians were "trying to show their teeth" by flying so close to the US coastline amid tensions between the two nations.

"This was a show of force by the Russians to show us that they are still here," Kinzinger said. It was "an attempt to come up as close as they could to our international borders to see what our reaction would be."

President Donald Trump has recently adopted a more skeptical view on the possibility of improving relations with the Kremlin, a position he once advanced as a candidate.

"Right now we are not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia," Trump said at a White House news conference last week.




The U.S. Air Force's high-speed stealth fighter 01:09

The US NORAD jets that conducted the intercept were stealthy F-22s -- a fighter that became operational in 2005 but only saw its first combat in attacks on ISIS positions in Syria in late 2014.
"The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft," said the Air Force's fact sheet for the Raptor, each of which costs about $143 million.

US jets also intercepted of Russian aircraft off the coast of California in July 2015.

That episode involved Russian long-range bombers and included cockpit-to-cockpit communication in which the Russian pilots relayed a message to the Americans: "Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day."

Monday's intercept is the latest of several recent encounters involving the Russian military. The Viktor Leonov, a Russian spy ship, has been spotted near the US coastline twice in recent months.
In February, the USS Porter was sailing in the Black Sea when it had three encounters with Russian aircraft.




Sunday, April 16, 2017

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US Vice President Pence arrives in Seoul




Published: 2017-04-16 16:47
Updated: 2017-04-16 16:47


US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on Sunday for a high-stakes three-day visit to reaffirm the robust security alliance and warn against North Korea's possible provocations, Seoul officials said.

After touching down at a US air base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, Pence headed to a Seoul national cemetery in a symbolic gesture to highlight the alliance forged during the 1950-53 Korean War.

His visit to South Korea, his first Asian trip since his inauguration in Jaunary, came amid rising tensions here. Pyongyang has been seen preparing for another nuclear test while Washington has sent an aircraft carrier strike group to waters off the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against the wayward regime.




(Yonhap)


Before his arrival, the communist state further ramped up its saber-rattling by displaying three intercontinental ballistic missiles during a military parade Saturday and launching a missile early Sunday, which ended in failure.
On Monday, Pence, the highest-ranking official of the Donald Trump administration to visit Seoul, was scheduled to meet South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun.

During his meeting with Hwang, the two sides are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation in pressuring Pyongyang into changing tack toward denuclearization through sanctions and diplomacy, observers said.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

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GC of SDA Present at Ecumenical Meeting With the Pope



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The annual conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions took place in Rome on October 11–13, 2016. This unformal ecumenical forum that goes back to 1957 sees itself as “communions of Churches belonging to the same tradition and held together by this common heritage, conscious of living in the same universal fellowship and giving to this consciousness at least some structured visible expression” (Study Encounter, IV, 1, 1968, p. 46).

On Wednesday, before the general audience Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions, which sadly included representation from the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The international ecumenical association meets annually in October, each year in a different country, to improve mutual awareness.

The picture below taken from the Adventist News Network on the church’s official website proves that the gentlemen furthest to the right pictured above with Pope Francis is Ganoune Diop, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.



Listed below are three separate articles covering the event, of which one is from the official Vatican website.

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Ecumenical Patriarchate Permanent Delegation to the World Council of Churches

The Holy See Press Office

Although, it is sad that leading men from inside of our denomination are helping to heal the deadly wound of the papacy, it is not surprising because we have a more sure word of prophecy. Pope Francis just recently signed a document in Sweden declaring that the protestant reformation is over. This is largely in part because our church has stopped its protest in official capacity.

A brother in the faith recently shared with me that is high time to “Study your bibles and the spirit of prophecy, put your trust in Christ! The abominations are getting greater and greater.” I am in agreeance with my brother and if I might add, it is imperative that we cut out the “middle man”. We mustn’t allow fallible man to interpret the scriptures and spirit of prophecy for us in sermons and in books like the sabbath school lesson, church manual, sop compilations, bible “per”versions, policy books, devotionals, textbooks, and etc. Our only safety is in going straight to the source of the Water of Life and be like the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11





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In Syria, Franciscan superior sees devastation, but also signs of hope




Father Michael Perry, minister general of the Franciscans, walks past the rubble of a bombarded building in Aleppo, Syria, during an early April visit to Franciscan friars there.CNS photo/courtesy of the Franciscan Generalate


In Syria, Franciscan superior sees devastation, but also signs of hope

BY CINDY WOODEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

April 12, 2017



ROME – Fifteen Franciscan friars continue to live and work in Syria; two of the friars minister in towns controlled by Islamic State forces.

Father Michael Perry, minister general of the Franciscans, visited most of the friars the first week of April, but he could not enter areas controlled by Islamic State or by forces opposed to the government of President Bashar Assad.

He drove to Homs April 7, just hours after U.S. bombers attacked the nearby Shayrat air base in retaliation for the Syrian government's suspected use of chemical weapons.

"We didn't see anything, but we certainly sensed the tension," he told Catholic News Service in Rome April 12.


Chicago Archdiocese pays $3.15 million to settle abuse suits



Daniel McCormack arrives at court in 2007 to plead guilty to the sexual abuse of five boys. (Michael Tercha / Chicago Tribune)


Chicago Tribune



The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $3.15 million to settle lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused by a notorious former pastor of a West Side Catholic church more than a decade ago, the plaintiffs' attorney said Wednesday.

The accusers, all identified in court papers as John Doe, said former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused them more than once during their participation in an after-school program called S.A.F.E. at Our Lady of the Westside Catholic School.


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Pence aims to reassure allies amid North Korea threat | WTOP



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has labeled North Korea a “problem” country and says it will be dealt with through a broad — and vague — set of options. It may be up to his vice president, Mike Pence, to fill in the details when he arrives in Asia.


Pence aims to reassure allies amid North Korea threat | WTOP


How many American atheists are there really?

 

There’s a lot of atheists in the closet” — why most polls on religious belief are probably wrong.

 Apr 13, 2017, 2:00pm EDT


A study suggests many non-believers may uncomfortable telling a pollster they don’t believe in God. elenabsl / Shutterstock


Here’s a simple question: How many Americans don’t believe in God?

Pew and Gallup — two of the most reputable polling firms in America — both come to a similar figure. About 10 percent of Americans say they do not believe in God, and this figure has been slowly creeping up over the decades.

But maybe this isn’t the whole story. University of Kentucky psychologists Will Gervais and Maxine Najle have long suspected that a lot of atheists aren’t showing up in these polls. The reason: Even in our increasingly secular society, there’s still a lot of stigma around not believing in God. So when a stranger conducting a poll calls and asks the question, it may be uncomfortable for many to answer truthfully.

Gervais and Najle recently conducted a new analysis on the prevalence of atheists in America. And they conclude the number of people who do not believe in God may be even double that counted by these polling firms.

“There’s a lot of atheists in the closet,” Gervais says. “And ... if they knew there are lots of people just like them out there, that could potentially promote more tolerance.”

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Why April 15th is the speculated date of North Korea’s next nuclear test



By VERONICA STRACQUALURSI

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Franck Robichon/EPAWomen wearing traditional costumes arrive pay respect to former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 15, 2016. North Korea is marking the 'Day of the Sun', celebrating the day of birth of the country's founder, Kim Il-sung. more


So far this year, North Korea has conducted four missile launches, including as recently as last Tuesday when North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.

The missile launches have led to heightened tension on the Korean peninsula and strained relations between the U.S. and North Korea.

Now, U.S. officials are speculating that North Korea will conduct its sixth nuclear test on the country’s most important holiday - April 15th or “Day of the Sun” as it’s known in North Korea. The country has previously used holidays and anniversaries as a showcase for its arsenal of weapons.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cardinal Dolan's Praise for Trump Interrupts USCCB Pattern of Criticism





Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, watches as Air Force ROTC members march on 5th Avenue during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, March 17, 2017, in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)





By Deal Hudson
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued a statement that "welcomed the State Department's April 4 announcement that it will withhold federal funding from the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) because UNFPA monies go to Chinese agencies that perform forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations." Cardinal Dolan goes on to praise the Trump administration, but without a specific mention of President Trump who is primarily responsible for the defunding.

"This is a victory for women and children across the globe, as well as for U.S. taxpayers," Cardinal Dolan said. "We are so grateful to the Trump administration for taking this important action to end U.S. support for UNFPA so long as it remains committed to China's coercive abortion and sterilization programs."

Why mention the lack of President Trump’s name? In the month of January alone, during President Trump’s first 11 days in office, the USCCB issued five public statements critical of the president, by name, on the issue of immigration: January 25, January 26, January 27, January 30, January 31. However, Cardinal Dolan did praise President Trump for restoring the Mexico City Policy:

"We applaud President Trump's action today to restore the Mexico City Policy, which withholds taxpayer funds from foreign non-governmental organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas (often in violation of the host country's own laws)."

In the month of February, the USCCB issued two more statements critical of President Trump or his "administration" on immigration, February 17, February 23, while on February 10 praising the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for overthrowing President Trump’s Executive Order for a 90-day moratorium on issuing visas from seven nations on the Middle East.

On February 16, the USCCB issued a statement complaining, "The President has not yet signed the executive order on religious freedom." On February 16, the USCCB praised the "Message from Modesto," which specially called for the "disruption" of administration policies, and on February 17, the USCCB urged the "Trump administration" to "Care for Creation."


In March the basic pattern continues: On March 6, a statement from the USCCB says President Trump’s latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. A "pastoral reflection" on March 22, reiterates the bishop’s concern about immigration policy. And on March 29, the USCCB states, "President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on March 28, 2017 that rescinds and weakens numerous environmental protections, and effectively dismantles the Clean Power Plan (CPP)…"

Press statements are always carefully worded. The avoidance of addressing the president by name, or the substitution of "administration" or "Trump administration" signifies the unwillingness of the USCCB to treat the new president fairly. The attitude seems to be: use "President Donald J. Trump" when criticizing, but avoid the same when something positive has to be officially recognized. Among all the USCCB statements, only Cardinal Dolan has given the president the respect he deserves.

Dr. Deal W. Hudson took over Crisis Magazine in 1995, leaving in 2010 to become president of Catholic Advocate. While at Crisis, Hudson led the Catholic voter outreach for President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and later advised the campaigns of both John McCain and Donald Trump on Catholic outreach. In 2014, he began his weekly two-hour radio show, "Church and Culture," on the Ave Maria Radio Network, and launched www.thechristianreview.com in 2015. His books include "Happiness and the Limits of Satisfaction" and "Onward Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States." To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.





Russian Military Plane Flies Over U.S. For Spy Mission, Canada Is Next



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By Tom O'Connor On 4/13/17 at 4:47 PM





A Russian aircraft entered U.S. airspace Monday with the intent of surveilling the U.S. as part of a legal reconnaissance mission.

The Russian Tu-154M LK-1 passenger jet, which was equipped with special camera equipment, was headed to the U.S. and then to Canada for Russia's ninth and 10th such observation missions of the year. The flight, which would follow a previously agreed upon route, was covered under the Treaty on Open Skies signed in 1992 by the U.S., Russia and 32 other nations, including the majority of Europe. It was enacted in 2002. Despite heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow, the post-Cold War agreement permitted the two world powers to essentially spy on another with certain limitations.

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A file picture shows a Russian-made Tupolev Tu-154 airplane of Pulkovo Airlines takes off from Schoenefeld airport in Berlin May 16, 2004. A specially modified Tu-154 variant would conduct Russia's ninth and tenth observation flight of the year over the U.S. and Canada in April 2017. Thomas Noack/Reuters

"Within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies, a group of Russian inspectors is planning to carry out an observation flight on Tu-154M LK-1 aircraft over the United States and Canada," Sergei Ryzhkov, head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, told Russia's Sputnik News Monday.

Signatories to the Treaty on Open Skies were only allowed to fly aircraft that were unarmed and fitted with certain kinds of equipment. These tools were limited to "optical panoramic and framing cameras, video cameras with real-time display, infra-red line-scanning devices and sideways-looking synthetic aperture radar," according to the State Department. Devices capable of intercepting communications were prohibited and U.S. and Canadian officials would be on board this week's Russian flight to assure it was up to protocol, according to Ryzhkov.




Russian Air Force Colonel Yuri Grigoryan shows pictures of the United States and Canada taken from Russian military plane AN-30 to journalists at a military base in Kubinka near Moscow August 12. The pioneering Russian reconnaissance flight was part of the Treaty on Open Skies that would go into action in 2002. Stringer/Reuters

The Russian airplane was also required to enter the country through Virginia's Dulles International airport, a little over 27 miles from the nation's capital in Washington, where President Donald Trump stated Wednesday that U.S.-Russian relations "may be at an all-time low" over the governments' differing views on the war in Syria. If the plane had approached from the West coast, it would have to land at the Travis Air Force base in California. Russia's aircraft could then travel to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska and Lincoln Municipal Airport in Nebraska as well as refuel at air bases and airports in Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Tennesee and Wisconsin, according to Popular Mechanics.

The U.S. and France, which also had to abide by careful rules on such legal reconnaissance missions, conducted their own Open Skies flight over Russia earlier this year, according to Russia's Sputnik News. Between February 27 and March 4, U.S. and French inspectors reportedly boarded a Boeing OC-135B, specially modified to snoop on Russia.





U.S. drops "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan, marking weapon's first use



CBS News April 13, 2017, 12:58 PM





Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 7:23 PM EDT


The U.S. dropped a bomb with an explosive force equal to 11 tons of TNT on a cave complex used by the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday, the Pentagon said.

The bomb is officially called a GBU-43 or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the origin of its nickname as the “mother of all bombs.” Weighing more than 21,000 lbs., the weapon is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat.




In this U.S. Air Force handout, a GBU-43/B bomb, or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb, explodes Nov. 21, 2003, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
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The bomb was aimed at the center of an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The bomb set off a massive pressure cave that would have crushed the life out of any fighters hiding in the cave, and it sent a mushroom-like cloud into the sky, Martin reports.



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Trump wants to let churches get political. But some really don't want to.






by Kellan Howell
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April 12, 2017


WATCH | Pastors can sometimes get political from the pulpit, but when they endorse candidates they may be crossing a line in the U.S. tax code. President Trump wants to change that, but not all religious groups are on board.



The Johnson Amendment

At the National Prayer Breakfast in February, Trump promised to "totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment. What is that? It's a provision of the U.S. tax code that Congresses passed in 1954 prohibiting religious leaders and groups from campaigning from the pulpit.

Religious groups and other charitable organizations are not allowed to maintain their tax exempt 501(c)(3) status if they endorse a candidate or contribute to political campaigns.



Violation of free speech?

Critics of the amendment say the restrictions on religious groups' political activity can have a chilling effect. They argue this could be considered a bridge on pastors' and other religious leaders' free speech rights.

"One of the things that has happened specifically to churches and specifically to pastors is often times they feel like the IRS is restrictive of their rights to be fully engaged in the political process," said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union.




"I can't tell you how many times I've talked to pastors at churches who are trying to just be very careful with the law and they feel very hamstrung about what they can say from the pulpit," Schlapp added.

He said conservative pastors and churches have been particularly chilled by the amendment in the years since the IRS targeted conservative Tea Party nonprofits.



Letter to Congress

Not all religious groups are on board. Last week over 100 faith organizations, including the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, sent a letter to Congress urging them not to change the Johnson Amendment.

"Current law serves as a valuable safeguard for the integrity of our charitable sector and campaign finance system," the groups wrote.




Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee, said repealing the amendment could create divisions in houses of worship.

"We might start seeing a First Baptist Republican Church and a first Baptist Democratic Church," she said.




Money in politics

Tyler and other faith leaders also argue that the fight over the Johnson Amendment isn't about free speech, it's about campaign finance.

"If a church as a group decides they want to get in to all of the political mess and start endorsing candidates and giving to candidates, they can do that now, they just have to give up their 501(c)(3) tax status," Tyler said.



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Egypt attacks will not prevent Pope's 'mission for peace', Vatican confirms


10 April 2017 | by Christopher Lamb


The Pope has travelled to dangerous places in the past including the Central African Republic, which was in the grip of a civil war



The Vatican has said Pope Francis will continue with his visit to Egypt later this month despite raised security fears following the deadly terrorist attacks on churches at the weekend.

Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, a top diplomat at the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, said the Pope is sticking with his plan to make the trip to Cairo on 28-29 April, where Francis will address a conference on peace at the famous Al-Azhar university.

“What happened causes confusion and great suffering but it cannot prevent the Pope’s mission for peace,” the archbishop explained in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. “Without hiding from reality the Pope invites us to look to the future with hope. And as always he wants to led by example.”

The Palm Sunday attacks on two Coptic churches killed at least 44 with fundamentalist group Daesh - Islamic State - claiming responsibility for the atrocities.

Archbishop Becciu stressed that dialogue with the Islamic world was a way of “isolating” extremists and that the Pope wanted distinguish between acts of terror and the Muslim faith, something which has gained him the respect of Arab leaders.

“The honesty of his positions have earned him the gratitude of Muslims,” he explained. “Many Islamic authorities have met the Pope to thank him, while many others have written to express admiration for his moral authority.”

COPTIC POPE SURVIVES UNHARMED AS AT LEAST 44 DIE IN PALM SUNDAY SUICIDE ATTACKS IN EGYPT

Archbishop Becciu is the Secretariat of State’s “sostituto” which includes diplomatic work with countries with embassies to the Holy See, acting as a senior adviser to the Pope and helping to run the Roman Curia internally.

He pointed out that the Pope has travelled to dangerous places in the past including the Central African Republic, a country that was in the grip of a civil war when Francis visited. When it came to Egypt Archbishop Becciu said the Vatican has been assured the trip will move ahead smoothly. Following the attacks on Sunday, President al-Sisi declared a three month state of emergency and ordered the army to patrol the streets and guard places of worship.

When he is in Egypt Francis’ meetings will take place in secure and tightly-controlled locations while the papal Mass will be celebrated amidst high security at a closed stadium of Cairo attended by around 30,000 faithful.

The security situation, however, remains precarious with a rise of violent jihadism in parts of Egypt following President al-Sisi’s coup overthrowing the Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

The Coptic Christian community, which make up about 10 per cent of the population, have long complained of feeling vulnerable and marginalised and the Pope is being urged to speak out about their plight during his visit.

Christopher Lamb is travelling on board the papal plane with Pope Francis during his 28-29 April visit to Egypt and will provide in-depth coverage of the trip across all of The Tablet’s media platforms.



PICTURE: Relatives attend the funeral of the church blast victims at St. Mina church in Alexandria, Egypt, April 10.



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April 10, 2017

Pope Francis caused a stir in a crowd in Rome on April 8 by suggesting that he might not survive to see the next international celebration of World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama in 2019.



“I don’t know whether I will be there, but the Pope will be in Panama!,” the Pontiff said. He also mentioned that “at my age, we are getting ready to leave the scene.”

The Pope, who is 80 years old, contrasted his situation with that of the young people who joined him for a prayer vigil in anticipation of World Youth Day. “You have the future in front of you,” he told them.

Pope Francis has mentioned on several occasions that he does not expect to have a long pontificate. However Vatican insiders say that there are no particular concerns about his health.


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    God's Special Message for Today


    April 9

    The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:12.

    In a time like this, we should have but one object in view—the employing of every means that God has provided by which the truth may be planted in the hearts of men.... It is the duty of every Christian to strive to the utmost of his ability to spread abroad the knowledge of the truth.

    God has waited long, and He is waiting still, to have the beings that are His by both creation and redemption, listen to His voice, and obey Him as loving, submissive children, whose desire is to be near His side, and to have the light of His countenance shining upon them. We are to bear the third angel's message to the world, warning men against the worship of the beast and his image, and directing them to take their places in the ranks of those who “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” God has not revealed to us the time when this message will close, or when probation will have an end.... It is our duty to watch and work and wait, to labor every moment for the souls of men that are ready to perish....

    Now, just now, is the time for us to be watching, working, and waiting.... The end of all things is at hand.... The Spirit of the Lord is working to take the truth of the inspired word and stamp it upon the soul so that the professed followers of Christ will have a holy, sacred joy that they will be able to impart to others....

    There is need of a deeper, stronger, more constraining testimony on the power of the truth as seen in the practical godliness of those who profess to believe it.

    We are to have the truth planted in the heart, and teach it to others as it is in Jesus. The world is in a very solemn period; for souls are deciding what will be their eternal destiny. Satan and his angels are continually plotting to make void the law of God, and thus to enslave the souls of men in the toils of sin. The darkness which is covering the earth is deepening, but those who walk humbly with God have nothing to fear.

    Maranatha, p.107.





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    The Promise of the Spirit




    The Promise of the Spirit

    Mrs. E. G. White

    Just before leaving the disciples, Christ gave them the promise, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not; neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

    Had men been consulted in regard to their choice of the blessing to be bestowed, they would have asked for some inferior good. But the Lord took the matter into his own hands, and promised his Spirit,—a blessing which, when received, satisfies every need.

    Christ had an infinite variety of subjects from which to choose in his teaching, but the one upon which he dwelt most largely was the endowment of his Holy Spirit. What great things he predicted for the church because of this endowment! Yet what subject is less dwelt upon today? what promise less fulfilled? Prophecies are dwelt upon, doctrines are expounded, but the promise of the Spirit, the fulfillment of which is necessary for the success of God's work, is incidentally touched upon, and that is all. Other blessings and privileges have been set before the church but the thought entertained regarding the promise of the Spirit is that it is not for the church now, that at some time in the future the church will receive this gift. But this promise belongs to us now as surely as it belonged to the disciples.

    God's people seem to be incapable of comprehending and appropriating this promise. They seem to think that only the scantiest showers of grace are to fall on the thirsty soul. They act as if they must rely on their own efforts for salvation, and as a result they have little strength for the work of overcoming. They have little light to give to the souls dying in the darkness of error. Church members have long been content with little of the blessing of God. They have not felt the need of reaching for the exalted privileges provided for them at infinite cost. Their spirituality is feeble, their experience dwarfed and crippled; and therefore they are disqualified for the work of the Lord. They are unable to present in the power of the Spirit the great and glorious truths of God's Word.

    It is not because of any restriction on God's part that the riches of his grace do not flow to men. His gift is godlike. He gave with a liberality that men do not appreciate because they do not love to receive. If all were willing to receive, all would be filled with the Spirit. By resting content with small blessings, we disqualify ourselves for receiving the Spirit in its unlimited fullness. We are too easily satisfied with a ripple on the surface, when it is our privilege to expect the deep moving of the Spirit of God. Expecting little, we receive little.


    How Do You Treat Christ's Representatives?

    The necessity of the Holy Spirit's working should be realized by all. Unless this Spirit is accepted and cherished as the representative of Christ, whose work it is to renew and sanctify the entire being, the momentous truths that have been intrusted to human beings will lose their power on the mind. It is not enough for us to have a knowledge of the truth. We are to walk and work in love, conforming our will to the will of God. Of those who do this the Lord declares, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts.” God is the mighty, all-powerful agency in this work of transformation. By his Holy Spirit he writes his law in the heart.

    Thus divine relationship is renewed between God and man. “‘I will be to them a God,’” he says, “‘and they shall be to me a people.’ There is no attribute of my nature that I will not freely give in order that man may reveal my image.” When we allow God to work his will in us, we shall harbor no sin. In the refining furnace all dross will be consumed.

    When the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost, it was like a rushing, mighty wind. It was given in no stinted measure; for it filled all the place where the disciples were sitting. So will it be given to us when our hearts are prepared to receive it.

    Let every church member kneel before God, and pray earnestly for the impartation of the Spirit. Cry, “Lord, increase my faith. Make me to understand thy word; for the entrance of thy word giveth light. Refresh me by thy presence. Fill my heart with thy Spirit that I may love my brethren as Christ loves me.”

    God will bless those who thus prepare themselves for his service. They will understand what it means to have the assurance of the Spirit, because they have received Christ by faith. The religion of Christ means more than the forgiveness of sin; it means that sin is taken away, and that the vacuum is filled with the Spirit. It means that the mind is divinely illumined, that the heart is emptied of self, and filled with the presence of Christ. When this work is done for church members, the church will be a living, working church.

    We are to seek most earnestly to be of one mind, of one purpose. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, and nothing less can bring us to this place. Let us by self-renunciation prepare our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit that a great work may be done for us, so that we can say, not, “See what I am doing,” but, “Behold the goodness and love of God!”


    A Spirit-Filled Church

    After Christ's ascension, the disciples were gathered together in one place to make humble supplication to God. And after ten days of heart searching and self-examination, the way was prepared for the Holy Spirit to enter the cleansed, consecrated soul temples. Every heart was filled with the Spirit, as though God desired to show his people that it was his prerogative to bless them with the choicest of heaven's blessings. What was the result?—Thousands were converted in a day. The sword of the Spirit flashed right and left. Newly edged with power, it pierced even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow. The idolatry that had been mingled with the worship of the people was overthrown. New territory was added to the kingdom of God. Places that had been barren and desolate sounded forth his praises. Believers, reconverted, born again, were a living power for God. A new song was put in their mouths, even praise to the Most High. Controlled by the Spirit, they saw Christ in their brethren. One interest prevailed. One subject of emulation swallowed up all others,—to be like Christ, to do the works of Christ. The earnest zeal felt was expressed by loving helpfulness, by kindly words and unselfish deeds. All strove to see who could do the most for the enlargement of Christ's kingdom. “The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul.”

    In the twelve disciples the leaven of truth was hidden by the Great Teacher. These disciples were to be the instruments in God's hands for revealing truth to the world. Divine power was given them; for a risen Saviour breathed on them, saying, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” Imbued with this Spirit, they went forth to witness for the truth. And so God desires his servants to go forth today with the message he has given them. But till they receive the Holy Spirit, they cannot bear this message with power. Till they receive the Spirit, they cannot realize what God can do through them.

    The mighty power of the Holy Spirit works an entire transformation in the character of the human agent, making him a new creature in Christ Jesus. When a man is filled with the Spirit, the more severely he is tested and tried, the more clearly he proves that he is a representative of Christ. The peace that dwells in the soul is seen on the countenance. The words and actions express the love of the Saviour. There is no striving for the highest place. Self is renounced. The name of Jesus is written on all that is said and done.

    We may talk of the blessings of the Holy Spirit, but unless we prepare ourselves for its reception, of what avail are our works? Are we striving with all our power to attain to the stature of men and women in Christ? Are we seeking for his fullness, ever pressing toward the mark set before us,—the perfection of his character? When the Lord's people reach this mark, they will be sealed in their foreheads. Filled with the Spirit, they will be complete in Christ, and the recording angel will declare, “It is finished.”

    The Review and Herald, June 10, 1902.


    Top Vatican, U.S. church officials back gay-friendly book








    St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
    Giorgio Onorati, epa, ANSA
    David Gibson, Religion News Service

    20 hours ago

    The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. cardinal who is close to Pope Francis have both written blurbs for a new book by a Jesuit priest and popular author that calls on the Catholic Church to be more respectful and compassionate toward gay people.

    They called it “brave, prophetic, and inspiring” and a “much-needed book.”

    Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the church toward a more pastoral focus.

    Building Bridges: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, by Rev. James Martin of America magazine, does not advocate for any changes in doctrine nor does it touch third-rail topics like same-sex marriage; nor do the churchmen who praise the book, to be published by HarperOne on June 13.

    But simply using terms like LGBT to describe people is highly controversial for many in the church who insist that gay people be described as “homosexual” or “same-sex attracted” rather than by words that seem to affirm their orientation.


    Church Unity @ All Cost -Bill Hughes

    The End Times




    There are a couple of points that I would like to make, so that the reader understands where I am coming from. There are some who emphatically state that all those who warn about the end times are false prophets and false teachers, the very ones Jesus warned of regarding the (shall I say it?) “end times”.


    Whilst it is true that none of us (no, not one) knows the day or the hour (please wisely avoid any who set dates), Jesus (Yeshua) clearly answered the disciples’ questions about “when shall these things be?” and “what shall be the sign of Your coming”?


    None of us knows the day or the hour, but we can surely see the signs of the times. Jesus did not leave us helpless, to walk blindly and hopelessly. In Matthew 24, He clearly answered the questions of the disciples.


    Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh(near, close by): So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.



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    Friday, April 07, 2017

    Watchfulness and Prayer



    THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES

    January 7, 1886

    Watchfulness and Prayer

    By Mrs. E. G. White 

    ST January 7, 1886

    “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:34-36.

    In the solemn language of this scripture, a duty is pointed out which lies in the daily pathway of every one, whether old or young. This is the duty of watchfulness, and upon our faithfulness here our destiny for time and for eternity depends.

    We are living in an important time. When in 1844 the message was proclaimed, “Fear God and give glory to him; for the hour of his Judgment is come,” that announcement stirred every soul to its very depths. A deep solemnity rested upon all who heard it. How earnest we were to show our faith by our works, and to have our words and actions make a favorable impression on the world. More than forty years have passed since that time, and we are that much nearer the close of the Judgment and the coming of the Son of man—“nearer the great white throne, nearer the crystal sea.”

    Happy Sabbath


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    And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars




    And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?


    4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.


    5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.


    6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.


    7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.


    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.


    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.


    10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.


    11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.


    12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.


    13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


    14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


    15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)


    16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:


    17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:


    18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.


    19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!


    20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:


    21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.


    22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.


    23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.


    24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


    25 Behold, I have told you before.


    26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.


    27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


    28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.


    29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:


    30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.


    31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


    32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:


    33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.


    34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.


    35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.


    36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.


    37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


    38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,


    39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


    40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.


    41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.


    42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.


    43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.


    44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.


    45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?


    46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.


    47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.


    48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;


    49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;


    50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,


    51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


    Matthew 24