Obama's Dangerous Game in the Middle East
Obama was humiliated by Netanyahu's victory, as tens of millions in the U.S. and Israel view the results of Tuesday's contest as a referendum on Obama's failed Middle East policies. The Saudi Daily Al-Jazirah published an article by Dr. Ahmad Al-Faraj who was in favor of Netanyahu's speech before Congress. Dr. Al-Faraj called Obama "one of the worst American presidents", claiming that he is "the godfather of prefabricated revolutions in the Arab world, and since he is the ally of political Islam [which is] the caring mother of [all] the terrorist organizations, and since he is working to sign an agreement with Iran that will come at the expense of the U.S.'s longtime allies in the Gulf, I am very glad of Netanyahu's firm stance ...".
Mar 22, 2015 - 12:18:30 AM
MARTYRDOM --Anything More Than a Pain in the Neck?
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. The promise of seventy-two virgins has become so engrained in the minds of many deceived Palestinian mothers that when their sons die as martyrs, they celebrate their dishonorable deaths as though they were weddings! Imagine throwing a party in honor of a son who not only has committed suicide, but has taken innocent lives as well? In Christianity, such reprehensible acts by a family member would heap immense shame upon the family.
Mar 14, 2015 - 12:19:50 AM
Have A Zest for Noble Deeds?
The apostle Paul was clearly an observer of the games, an avid sports enthusiast who frequently used sports metaphors, such as boxing, running, self-control, and physical training, to illustrate the disciplined Christian life. I imagine he was familiar with first century sayings that were comparable to Clayton's quip about the need for offense. Visualize an animated Paul, striding back in forth in a crowded synagogue or amphitheater, proclaiming that fighters who only block punches will never wear the victor's crown!
Mar 8, 2015 - 2:45:55 AM
Has America Lost Its Status as the "City Upon a Hill"?
Earth's inhabitants are reeling from a wave of atrocities that are increasing in frequency and intensity and which collectively, are a harbinger of evil on a biblical scale. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn't actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it.
Mar 3, 2015 - 7:47:40 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (17)
In our final Christian Book Basket I have listed links to the last 7 Christian Book reviews as well as links to the last 5 Christian Book Baskets. This basket also contains the publicity material for Seven Christian Books published this year. They include: "Dynamic Studies in Hebrews: Bringing God's Word to Life" by Fred A. Scheeren; "God, I Cheated on You" by Montrayal Carnell James; "To God Be The Glory" by Theresa Annie Malone; "Lessons I Learned From God" by Allison Piper; "God's Mystery That Is Christ" By Seok Lyun Chang Soppe; "Traditional Christian Ethics, Volume Four: The Negative Commandments -- Prohibitions" by Dr. David Brattston and "Through the Trials Just Believe" By Nitza Hollinger
Dec 31, 2014 - 7:10:32 PM
USCCB Chairmen Respond to New Department of Labor Regulations
WASHINGTON--On December 3, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule to implement President Obama's July 21 Executive Order prohibiting federal government contractors from what the Administration deems "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" discrimination. In response, four chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement.
Dec 7, 2014 - 5:15:15 AM
Living and Teaching Authentic Christianity
I was born on a mission station in what was then the Belgian Congo, and gained an early insight into African culture. At age five my parents moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, but three years later relocated to what was then Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. At the time the country was less than 50 years old, but had rapidly developed a solid manufacturing, mining and agricultural base. I began my professional career with a major international accounting firm and then entered the corporate world as a senior executive. My career, however, was interrupted with military service; I was a commissioned army officer at a time when the face of Africa was rapidly changing due to communist expansion and the cry for freedom from colonial rule.
Nov 30, 2014 - 12:15:30 AM
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults now available online
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis has released an online version of the "United States Catholic Catechism for Adults" (USCCA). The free, online resource is available in English and Spanish.
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:10:05 PM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (16)
"A Year of Feasting" By Sonya A. Mozingo; "If Only I Knew: Walking Toward Christian Maturity" by Peter Clay; "Reliant" by Kellyann Bowman; "He IS Real" By Janis Bolton Drinnon; "Tough Conversations with the Heart of Jesus" By Richard Tiller; "Jewels Found Along the Path of Life" By Michael Francis England; "Journey to My Soul: Following Divine Navigation" by Terri Lynn; "Where Moses Stood" by Robert Feather; "Extravagant Love" By Heather Smith and "Wisdom and Treasures of the Holy Spirit" by Eleanor Prins
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:12:13 AM
Reaching out to Latino communities
"The New Evangelization calls us to open up an inviting space where God's grace can take hold and bear fruit, to welcome the Spirit in ways that support conversion, touch the heart, and inspire," said Archbishop Lucas. He added that Catholic schools operate as communities rather than bureaucracies and that the results are higher levels of student engagement and achievement. He noted that 99 percent of students who attend Catholic high school graduate, that 87 percent of Catholic high school graduates go on to attend a four-year college and that, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Latino and African American students attending a Catholic school are more likely to graduate from high school and college.
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:07:12 AM
USCCB Chairman Praises Sixth Circuit Decision Upholding Marriage
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, praised the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the rights of states to legally recognize and protect the meaning of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman.
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:40:26 AM
$9 Million to U.S. Catholic Dioceses and Eparchies in Need
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions met in Duluth, Minnesota, October 13-16 to consider grant applications for 2015 funding. These grants will support "home mission" dioceses and eparchies in the U.S. and its territories, which face great challenges such as difficult geography, limited resources and impoverished populations. The grants are financed primarily through parishioner donations to an annual national collection known as the Catholic Home Missions Appeal.
Nov 5, 2014 - 5:53:17 AM
Bishop Pates Urges Envoy To Continue Relief, Push for Peace in South Sudan
WASHINGTON--The bishops of South Sudan appreciate the support of the international community and call for greater emergency assistance as well as pressure for dialogue to keep their country from descending into increased poverty and conflict, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace in an October 22 letter to Ambassador Donald Booth, special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.
Oct 24, 2014 - 6:30:28 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (15)
We have promotional material for four books in the Christian book basket this week. These are: "Playing Saint" by Zachary Bartels; "Proof God Exists" by Gene Peterson; "Sign of the Red Heifer and the Four Horsemen" by Melissa W. Lake and "Growing Future Leaders" by Dr. Tony Keys some of which has previously been serialized at both Magic City and Kingscalendar.com
Oct 22, 2014 - 6:40:39 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (14)
For a variety of reasons not all Christian books end up in the Christian Book Basket but this week there are Ten (10) books listed in the Christian Book Basket. These are: "Does It Really Say That in the Bible?" By Katie Hoyt McNabb; "All In God's Glory" by Curtis Cliff Kell ; "Why Did Jesus Have to Die?" By Chris Conrad; "From Darkness To Light" by Donna Thorpe; "House of Living Stones" by Katie Schuermann; "Perilous Times: Blow the Trumpet in Zion" By Jim D. Costello; "A Brief Outline of Religious History and the Growing Danger Ahead" By M.M.; "God's Romantic Getaway" by Jemma Regis; "The Healing Tree" by Ellen Jones and "The Adventures and Life Lessons of Wolfy" by Lane Franks.
Oct 10, 2014 - 10:10:15 PM
"Interview with Caiaphas" from 'In the Spirit of Elijah'
Caiaphas is very serious and shows his concern for the current situation. "Many zealots are rising up. The Romans are getting nervous. We do not want that; they have the power to destroy this Place. The preaching of John is having greater effect than turning the people's heart to God: they are getting prepared to take over, to cast out the Romans."..... My dear Father, All things appear to be as hoped for. The fool of a Pharisee has not determined our full purpose and has accepted our offer. Now there will be no one to stop us ensuring our position of authority. If there arises anything from John's arrest and 'end' we have but to place the blame farely on him and his party. We, the Sadduccees, will be free of taint.
Oct 5, 2014 - 12:07:26 AM
Bishops' Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land
We went to the Holy Land as men of faith on a Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace. Motivated by the love of Christ and deep concern for both Israelis and Palestinians, we went to pray for peace, and to work for a two-state solution and an open and shared Jerusalem. Arriving in the wake of the recent Gaza war, though, we encountered pain, intransigence and cynicism. Even the young people are discouraged. But we also saw signs of inspiration and hope.
Sep 24, 2014 - 7:55:27 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (13)
There are five books in the Christian Book Basket this week four of which have already be requested by reviewers. The five books in the basket are: "Authentic Christianity" by Gordon Haresign; "Read Matthew to Live Your Life, Read John to Save Your Soul" By Douglas Kindred; "What is this thing called Go(o)d?" By Rob Beasley; "Monastery to Matrimony" By Mary Ann Weakley and "I Hear You Smiling" by Jane Pierce.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:10:18 AM
Religious Minorities in Iraq Require Increased Support Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
I write with a heavy heart regarding a matter of utmost urgency: the desperate plight of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. Pope Francis recently wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. In his letter the Holy Father decried how "Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their homes and witness the destruction of their places of worship and religious patrimony." Pope Francis placed before the Secretary General "the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq." The Catholic bishops and people of the United States share these tears, sufferings and heartfelt cries.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:25:59 AM
Parishes to Offer Special Prayer on August 17 for Peace in Iraq
WASHINGTON--The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, made the request, August 6, sending the bishops the text of a prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.
Aug 8, 2014 - 9:12:35 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (12)
We have nine (9) books in the Christian Book Basket today. Some of them are study books and some of them are reading books. They are: "First Love Ephesians" by Tony Keys; "The Pastor at Prayer Revised Edition" by George Kraus; "Luther's Works Vol. 68" Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes, editor; "For Your Tomorrows" by F. Howard Shapiro; "Big Doors Swing on Small Hinges" By Roger D. Mardis; "It's All about Him: Intimacy with God" By Dr. Lois Brittell; "Christian Concepts for Care" by Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Mary R. Jacob; "Diary of an Unlikely Warrior" by Angela Flippen and "The Secret Hidden in Plain Sight" by Hoppy Bishop
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:15:28 AM
Religious Retirement Office Gives $24 Million
Washington--The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed more than $24 million in financial assistance to 424 religious communities in June and July. The funds were made possible by the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, which was held in the majority of U.S. Catholic parishes last December. The collection raised nearly $28.4 million and benefits some 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders.
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:05:22 AM
Awaiting the Light - Luke: excerpt from "In the Spirit of Elijah"
"Well, Lord, how shall I begin? What should I speak of, or on, that could aid my brother? How should I write of our beloved John, your cousin? I'm not the apostle that I have known him; and yet his life has had a marked effect on your Church. I have been with Paul many years and see incredible things you do through him; but John? How should I write? What should I write? Why should I write? What should I call this manuscript, that will speak of so great a servant?"
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:30:40 AM
Prayers and Action for Peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. bishops to join with him in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America. He also urged the bishops to express solidarity with Pope Francis in a July 22 letter, which follows.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:13:30 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (11)
Today in the Christian Book Basket Magic City we have six books listed. They are: "Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?" by Keith Ericson; "Unleash Your Potential" by Dr. Darlington Ndubuike; "Saved by Grace" by April Uphold; "Laughing Crying Naked" By Adrienne R.C. Carpenter; "Quenched: Christ's Living Water for a Thirsty Soul" by Donna Pyle; and "In the Spirit of Elijah" by Trevor Payne
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:14:11 AM
A fictional tale about John the Baptist
Drop in on the many conversations that occurred. Behold the terror and devastation of the Prison that becomes his greatest victory. The confusion when God is silent or chooses not to reveal His depth of meaning. The opposition of those who think they serve God but don't. And the darkness of God's love for His servant, as He outworks His perfect will for him.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:07:11 AM
Preface for "In the Spirit of Elijah"
I know that the first few times I sat down to write, my hair would stand on end or I would get goose-bumps. I felt I was NOT writing a story but history!? It was scary. I remember praying about what John's prison cell loooked like and being given a picture that was not what I thought it should be; so I drew it. Then later I discovered that that was precisely what the cells were at Herod's palace of Machaerus – pits with a heavy wooden grid over them.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:50:40 AM
Special offer for new LifeLight Bible Studies Customers
Saint Louis, MO--Concordia Publishing House is offering a special opportunity to new customers in celebration of the 25th anniversary of LifeLight In-Depth Bible Studies. Through the years, LifeLight has supported and promoted solid knowledge of different books of the Bible, as well as important topics. With more than five million studies conducted, this resource combines personal and group study, each broken into nine weekly segments.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:12:15 AM
Affirming Freedom of Speech for Pro-Life Americans
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech for pro-life Americans in a June 26 decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The Court unanimously declared unconstitutional a Massachusetts law barring pro-life advocates from public sidewalks near abortion facilities. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement.
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:27:35 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (10)
In this week's Christian Book Basket No. 10 we have listed Ten recently released books for your consideration. They are: "Today's Light Devotional Bible" by Dr. Jane Fryar; "Lutheran Bible Companion" by Edward A. Engelbrecht General Editor; "The Inside Story: Biblical Personalities" by Joseph Friedman; "Diary of an Unlikely Warrior" By Angela Flippen; "God is in the Details" by Lynne E. Shivers; "A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential" by Daniel W. Evans; "Faith Steps for Military Families" by Lisa Nixon Phillips and "The Ministry of Women at the Altar" by Nederland M. Fulgencio
Jun 25, 2014 - 12:20:40 AM
Missouri Synod Lutherans commit $100K to Nebraska tornado relief
ST. LOUIS, June 17, 2014--Following dual tornadoes that pummeled a small town in Nebraska on June 16, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (http://www.lcms.org/ LCMS) has committed an initial $100,000 to the disaster relief and response effort.
Jun 18, 2014 - 12:15:33 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (9)
There are six (6) books in our Christian Book Basket today. They are: "Police State USA: How Orwell's Nightmare Is Becoming Our Reality" by Cheryl Chumley; "Quenched: Christ's Living Water for a Thirsty Soul" by Donna Pyle; "On Sin and Free Choice" by Johann Gerhard; "Many Are Called, but Few Are Chosen" by Terry Lane; "Seeing the Life" by Sophie Dawson and "Houses Divided" by Marilynn Knott
Jun 11, 2014 - 12:10:36 AM
Lifting Ban on Ordination of Married Priests in Eastern Catholic Churches
WASHINGTON--The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation voted in early June to encourage the "lifting of the restrictions regarding the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the Eastern Catholic Churches of North America."
Jun 8, 2014 - 12:12:20 AM
La Biblia de la Reforma Is Here!
Available now to the world's 400 million Spanish speakers, it is published in hardback and leather versions. It is the perfect resource to get in time for the Month of the Bible in September, and the upcoming 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:10:17 AM
Catechetical Sunday 2014 to Focus on 'God's Gift of Forgiveness'
WASHINGTON--Catholics are called to learn more about the practice of going to confession, as Catechetical Sunday 2014 focuses on the theme "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness." The U.S. bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis offers a range of resources on the Sacrament of Penance to be used in parishes in conjunction with Catechetical Sunday, which is September 21 this year.
May 28, 2014 - 8:00:13 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (8)
We have five (5) books listed in the Christian Book Basket this week. They are: "Those Challenging Cracks of Secularism: In and Beyond" By Rev. Oliver Nwachukwu; "From Woe to Go!" By Graham Barker and Clifford Powell; "The god-man: seed of Satan" by Bruce Biller; "Twenty Thirty-Three" by James A. Turner and "Blue Heart" by Cherie Metcalf
May 28, 2014 - 7:55:30 AM
Oregon and Pennsylvania Travesties of Justice
WASHINGTON--Responding to the ruling by the federal court in Oregon striking down the state's voter-approved marriage amendment and the ruling by the federal court in Pennsylvania striking down portions of that state's domestic relations code, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said, "We stand in solidarity with the Oregon and Pennsylvania Catholic Conferences and all the people of both states. These court decisions are travesties of justice."
May 23, 2014 - 7:25:30 AM
Movie "NICAEA" Rebuts Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" Claims about Christianity
Movie goers who believe the Council of Nicaea assertions set forth in the "The Da Vinci Code" are an historical representation might be surprised to learn just how far off the mark those claims actually are. That's what a new independently produced feature film called "NICAEA" endeavors to reveal to the general public. NICAEA joins together a world-class team of highly accomplished filmmakers from the United States and Europe to bring an important historical drama to life on the big screen. It tells the true story of Emperor Constantine's forever changing of Western Civilization through the establishment of the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.
May 22, 2014 - 12:15:18 AM
National Day of Prayer for Mariners May 22
WASHINGTON-- Bishop J. Kevin Boland, bishop emeritus of Savannah, Georgia, and Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) promoter will celebrate a Mass in observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea. The Mass will take place on Saturday, May 24, at 12:10 p.m., in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The Mass is open to the public and sponsored by the AOS national office and the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
May 21, 2014 - 1:00:32 AM
Rev. Johnson's Overview of Isaiah Chs 36-39 Historical Interlude
The Biblical Record as it stands - and as it appears in these chapters from the book of Isaiah, within the order of historical events as are known to us, appears to be a fusion of different events (Mr. BenDedek suggests Sargon's Ashdod Campaign 714BCE - 712 BCE and Sennacherib's invasion of Jerusalem 701 BCE). I make no statement on the accuracy or otherwise of Mr. BenDedek's chronological thesis, but do think that his work at this point in history is noteworthy, and I have his permission to quote from some of it.
May 18, 2014 - 1:22:31 AM