JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel displayed for the first time Wednesday a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago. About 70 coins were found in an excavation at the foot of a key Jerusalem holy site. They give a rare glimpse into the period of the Jewish revolt that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, said Hava Katz, curator of the exhibition.
Four hundred years after Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake for his belief in the "plurality of worlds" (aliens), scientists and religious leaders gathered this week at a seemingly more open-minded Vatican for a conference on astrobiology (aliens). The meeting focussed on current science, rather than the theological quandaries thrown up by the possibilty of other life forms beyond this planet. But that hasn't stopped debate spilling over outside the conference.
by Peggy Noonan
When I see those in government, both locally and in Washington, spend and tax and come up each day with new ways to spend and tax—health care, cap and trade, etc.—I think: Why aren't they worried about the impact of what they're doing? Why do they think America is so strong it can take endless abuse?
by Jared Coleman
In one of _The Four Horsemen_ videos linked to below (I think it's hour 1) Christopher Hitchens makes an observation about religious people that I think is quite true, at least I know it was of me. He says that most people keep two sets of books, meaning that there is one set of beliefs which they use to order their everyday lives and another set which they get from religion and use only occasionally. The first set we use when we eat breakfast, brush our teeth, commute to work (or stay home with the kids!), pick up the dry cleaning, etc. The second we use during holy times or when life starts to suck. I would add that religious people who do not do this, but rather keep only one set of books, we often label fanatical or radical - and most of us don't like fanatics.
A Baptist Church near Asheville, N.C., is hosting a "Halloween book burning" to purge the area of "Satan's" works, which include all non-King James versions of the Bible, popular books by many religious authors and even country music. The website for the Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C., says there are "scriptural bases" for the book burning. The site quotes Acts 19:18-20: "And many that believed, came and confessed and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed."
The book of Revelation is unlike any other book in scripture, filled with symbols and apocalyptic language. It has become a magnet for some, and confusion for others; while still others ignore it altogether. So it is vital that the people of God, all within the body of Christ are given the truth about prophetic scripture. No, we don't claim to know all the answers of God's Holy Word, but we study hard to see what the Holy Spirit revealed to the apostles, and we attempt to share it with our Christian brothers in Christ.
by Gary DeMar
“What do you say in response to all of the people saying that you are secretly a friend to hyperpreterists?” -- Question submitted by Aduro in The Christian Worldview Forum
I am a very visible friend to a number of hyperpreterists. There is nothing secret about it. I am also friends with dispensationalists. I count Tim LaHaye, Thomas Ice, and Mark Hitchcock as friends, although I can’t get them on my radio show. It’s important at this point to lay down some background information for those who may not be familiar with the prophetic debate that’s going on.
by Jeff Carter
Let’s build a wall to keep them out
all those folks we could just do without.Let’s build a wall to keep them out
all those folks we could just do without.The abortionist doctor with blood on his hands,
drug abusing guitarists and their hard rock bands,
inarticulate plumbers whose pants don’t fit,
and pit-bull hockey moms with their bright red lipstick.
by Duncan McKenzie
by Mickey Denen
The other day another physician made the comment:
Pediatricians get it; republicans are bankrupt, all they do is oppose things, they have no ideas of their own, they sit in their churches every Sunday and have no plan for healthcare…
1 Thessalonians 4:13f has nothing to do with the end of time and human history. 1 Thessalonians has nothing to do with a removal of the church from earth, whether first century or at the end of the Christian Age. Period!
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One of my letters this week stated that a 17 year old raised in an evangelical family was now an avid atheist, with many of the hijinks of evangelicalism as evidence of manipulation and control. He couldn’t mean take off your shoes and spin your socks over your head while singing “Jesus mess me up?” Why would that bother anyone?
Write this down: When the coming evangelical collapse happens, and especially when thousands of our young people bolt for non-believer status, a lot of it will be COMPLETELY DESERVED.
The top-selling Bible in North America will undergo its first revision in 25 years, promising to reopen a contentious debate about changing gender terms in the sacred text. The New International Version, the Bible of choice for conservative evangelicals, will be revised to reflect changes in English usage and advances in Biblical scholarship, it was announced Tuesday. The revision is scheduled to be completed late next year and published in 2011.
Jurgen Moltmann is emeritus professor of theology at Tubingen University in Tubingen, Germany. Widely considered to be one of the most important theologians of the last fifty years. He was born Germany, drafted into the army, and began his theological studies while still a POW in England. His landmark book "Theology of Hope," published in 1964, has been widely read and translated into many languages. Please watch this fascinating interview and post your thoughts - I'd love to hear what folks think.
by Fernando Gros
Quite a while back, Paul at One for the Road asked me to elaborate on “unlearning the habit of being right.” Every personality test and many life experiences have reminded me that this is a perpetual “growth opportunity” (as the dreary businessspeakers like to put it). It’s not something I have mastered, so I write with a degree of trepidation and diffidence. Wanting to be right, to win the argument, to be acknowledged as having the best ideas is, more than anything else, a curse. It’s like being hardwired for pain, both self-inflicted and imposed on others. For me, it is an imprecation with a complex origin.
MR. GRENOUGH (JERRY GRENOUGH) HAS INFORMED COUNSEL OF THE DEFAMATORY CONTENT POSTED USING HIS NAME AND REFERENCES TO HIM WITHIN THIS FORUM AND DEMANDS IMMEDIATE REMOVAL AND APOLOGY.
by James A. Haught
Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse.
Honest. This isn’t a joke. The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God.
How Does the Kingdom [of God] Come? Its creation is a co-operative task involving both God and man. The pattern of a redeemed society is the thought of God. Its achievement is through the spiritual energy imparted by His spirit in human hearts, but its final consummation comes slowly through the joint efforts of God and man, working side by side, in the struggle to create a new and divine order and to make His will be done on earth as it is in heaven...”
Preterism...A strange and almost scary sounding word for someone that has never heard it before. What is preterism? "Preterism is a variant of Christian eschatology which holds that some or all of the biblical prophecies concerning the Last Days or End Times as referring to events which already happened in the first century after Christ's birth...The term preterism comes from the Latin praeter, meaning "past". Adherents of Preterism are known as Preterists." Source: "Preterism" at http://www.en.wikipedia.com
by Jeff Carter
This morning we have come for a mystery; not a who-done-it, not a series of clues to be followed, not a puzzle to be solved, but a mystery. This is a mystery – a wonder, a marvelous revelation from God. Something to contemplate, something to meditate upon, something to celebrate; it is a mystery from God.
My love spoke and said to me