Tag: Church; religion; Christianity

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On one of Jonah’s recent podcasts, his guest Vince Cannato made the following statement or something close to it. “You can’t be Catholic and entirely classically liberal.” I don’t expect non-catholics to insert themselves too forcefully into internal disagreements and so was only minorly irritated by the host’s nodding assent. The remark was made in […]

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Here’s Why You Should Care About the Gay Pride Shirt Case at the Kentucky Supreme Court

 

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments on behalf of Hands On Originals owner Blaine Adamson on Aug. 23.For Blaine Adamson, there’s no separating his beliefs from his work. His Christian faith is what guides and drives him. It’s what makes Blaine who he is at home, in his community, and in his business.

Blaines’ faith is why his promotional print shop, Hands On Originals, provides otherwise unemployed women in Uganda with a steady income by hiring them to create hand-woven baskets, which they then give away to customers to raise awareness for the struggles these women face on a daily basis.

But this same faith that motivates Blaine toward generosity is the reason why he has had to defend himself in court over the past seven years. The latest stop is today at the Kentucky Supreme Court. There, the justices will decide whether Blaine is allowed to decline to print messages that violate his faith.

Charles McElwee joins Seth Barron to discuss the decline of the Catholic Church in the Rust Belt and the impact of immigration on a working-class community in Pennsylvania.

The Catholic Church faces a crisis in an area that remains disproportionately Catholic. In 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed how clergy covered up the abuse of children by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years. Congregations continue to shrink, deepening the region’s fragmentation and leaving a hole in its community life.

It’s Nice to Be Nice But It Isn’t Enough

 

This is like, Article # 3,477,899 on the topic of “Point: Churches Need to Liberalize to Stop Losing Members/ Counterpoint: The Most Liberal Churches Are Losing Members Fastest.” This particular argument has been going back and forth since membership in mainline Protestant denominations started nosediving back in the 70’s; around about the time the leftists began skinning the mainline protestant churches – wearing their hides and demanding respect – come to think of it.

Buried deep in the article is an interesting data point: Not even gay people like gay-friendly churches.

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The recent Jewish holiday of Purim signified the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre the Jews in The Book of Esther. Christians are now observing a holy period called Lent, a remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, tempted by Satan and represents a time of prayer, self-examination and reflection. The Holy Season of […]

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Just want to call people’s attention to a new blog by Rev. Kate Braestrup and Mel Harkrader Pine called “TRULY OPEN MINDS AND HEARTS”, trulyopenmindsandhearts.blog  Rev. Kate and Mel discuss political, cultural and religious ideological issues from a Unitarian Universalists perspective.  So many commentators bemoan the fact that liberals won’t engage in the “discussion”, and Truly Open Minds […]

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Whether you are Catholic, Christian or not, an interesting free lecture will take place on Wed. March 22nd between 5:00-7:30 at The Catholic University of America, next to the National Shrine of the Basilica of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, DC. The speaker will be the Archbishop of Belarus, Thaddeus Kondrusiewicz, who […]

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  “In the midst of a society that wants to do away with Christianity, it’s easy to fall into the temptation of wanting to make our churches comfortable refuges. Being radically distinct and culturally relevant aren’t at odds. They are two sides of the same gospel coin. Jesus came and made his home among us […]

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In a society where a seventy year old man with a peener can be praised as a brave and stunning woman, and the Secretary of Homeland Security can actively oppose securing the nation’s borders, why not a “Christian” minister who doesn’t believe in God? There is not one mention of God during the 70-minute service at Toronto’s […]

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Why I Skipped Church This Morning

 

The Sunday before Christmas, I should be in church, shouldn’t I? I mean, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy,” right? OK, but … I’m not. And the reason for this comes down to two words: Christmas Program.

This is the Sunday they’re going to drag those poor helpless children to the front of the chapel and have them sing religious Christmas songs and read the account of the Nativity in Matthew. These things are mainly for the parents. For the kids, it’s an awkward and uncomfortable experience, you can see it in their defensive body language and hear it in their hesitant little voices. For everyone else, it’s just painful.

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Leftism has become a secular religion that is increasingly dominant and intolerant. Dennis Prager recently posed the question-“Which religion has been the most dynamic over the last century?” His answer was Leftism- i.e., left-wing politics treated as religion, because it now dominates our most powerful and influential institutions- the universities, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the media, […]

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Recently I have been blessed and challenged through a series of conversations with someone who is not herself a Christian, but who has patiently and attentively heard my testimony about Jesus, and why I follow Him. Our talks have ranged a number of issues: social, cultural, philosophical, theological, and personal. Perhaps more importantly, they have […]

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How the Church Can Still Save the Country

 

What the heck happened?

Once upon a not-so-distant time, a solid majority of American society still looked to organized Christianity as a strong and sure moral compass. The church may have been countercultural and nerdy, but it was still generally respected for its principled stands on a broad swath of important public issues: life, family, law, ethics, morality, etc.  Smart politicians were careful to stay in its good graces—or at least not needlessly provoke its wrath—and carefully consider its favored positions.