Bush statement. (White House)
And the reports in the mainstream press................. Shhhh I think I heard something.
Kevin Harley, a spokesman for the attorney general, said he could not comment on the search but confirmed that the office is actively investigating the Democratic research department.
"I can tell you that we do have an active and ongoing investigation into allegations that bonuses paid to staff members of the office -- into whether they were legal bonuses or bonuses paid for campaign work," he said.
This is a good first step. I would hope that the Attorney General’s Office also looks into bonuses paid to Republican staffers, especially in the Senate.
“Child pornography victimizes children and fuels the minds of potential child molesters, it still boggles the mind that three judges here in Pennsylvania could rule that simply because someone did not know the images were being automatically stored on a computer he would be free of any wrongdoing even while intentionally seeking and viewing child porn,” commented Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.
While the review released Wednesday found no evidence that astronauts were drunk or had been drinking heavily before any space launch — as suggested by an independent panel last month — it cited booze-buying runs made for space shuttle crews awaiting launch.
Imagine having a sobriety check point at the launch pad.
"There's always legal ramifications," Aurora, Ill., Alderman Richard Irvin told the Chicago Tribune while standing with some of the estimated 1,200 pro-life protesters who assembled over the weekend to protest the existence of the structure that had been depicted by owners as an office building.
He was not on the board when the project, proposed by a company identifying itself as "Gemini Office Development," was approved. But he said he has concerns the building was brought into his city under false pretenses, and said the city could sue Planned Parenthood for being deceptive.
In an editorial in Cuba's communist party newspaper, Granma, the ailing dictator called the pairing of the two White House hopefuls "invincible," according to an English translation on the paper's Web site.
Imagine the campaign ads….
"The statement that Michael Vick has found Jesus is laughable. Like other celebrities before him, Vick is evoking Jesus' name to stop the criticism and gain public sympathy. True believers recognize the hypocrisy in what he's doing.
"'Jesus' is the most abused name in black America and Vick is following a long line of abusers. We can no longer allow celebrities and politicians to break laws and then use 'Jesus' as a get-out-of-jail free card. Most of these people go right back into their bad behavior and criminal activities as soon as the storm passes.
"Jesse Jackson evoked Jesus' name after he was discovered to have fathered a child in an extramarital affair. Thug rappers can't keep Jesus' name out of their mouths at award shows or when they get into trouble. Even Bill Clinton started carrying the Bible after he was caught having an affair with Monica Lewinsky and perjuring himself. Michael Vick is using the same playbook to manipulate the media and public.
"If Vick is truly contrite and has found God, he wouldn't have minimized his crime by describing it as a 'mistake' or as 'immature'. He would have confessed; assumed total responsibility, and then asked God to give him the strength to endure his punishment. That would have been a great example for the youth."
Almost every major city has it's "mega-churches". They are on TV and Radio. They are on Billboards and posters. They host concerts and car cruises and strive to put thousands under the roof for services. On the surface this seems great. There are places much worse one could choose to spend time. Still at the end of the day what's the point? How many of them really (I mean really) preach and teach the Word of God?
The church growth movement has steered us off track. In order to attract big crowds and increase membership numbers, the true Gospel message has been reduced to entertainment. There's no room for the Holy Spirit and there is no room for prayer in our user-friendly church services. What the people really need to know is the truth found in the Word of God and not a feel-good message that tickles their ears.
I spent a good 15 mins. on Saturday listening to a secular radio station discuss a car cruise at a local mega church. Normally the programming on this station consists of sex talk and locker room humor. It was the word "pastor" that caught my ear as I scanned the dial.
I love a good car cruise and I'm all for reaching out to the un-churched, but it seems to me that the mission had long been forgotten.
In the Bible, the book of Revelation warns churches against a watered-down approach to worship and ministry. Our generation is a generation like the apostate church spoken of in Revelation 3:15-16. Lukewarm pretty much describes the Christian culture in America today and therein lies the problem. While church numbers are growing, real Christians are as numerous as a T-Rex.
I'm really quite tired of hearing about evangelical "mission trips". You don't need to jet off to some third world country. The largest mission field is sitting in our churches every Sunday. Teachers must first learn the subject. So many people go to church but wander blindly through life content with a latte' and the latest Christian music CD. The numbers prove a whole lot of nothing.
From the story: Mr. Rooney vented his ire on Thursday about baseball, which he said he had never liked. Amid complaints about the game’s rules, types of statistics and the dominance of the New York Yankees, he seized upon the prevalence of Latin American players in the United States. “I know all about Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but today’s baseball stars are all guys named Rodriguez to me,” Mr. Rooney wrote in the second paragraph of the column.
In Brown's document, filed on Aug. 17, the attorney general stated that "the words 'marry' and 'marriage' have no essential constitutional significance under the California Constitution. Thus, the legislature could change the name of the legal relationship now known as 'marriage' to some other name without any constitutional impediment."
Schwarzenegger filed a brief of his own that day, which said "the administration submits that use of the words 'marry' and 'marriage' is not required by the California Constitution. Thus, the name of the legal relationship now known as 'marriage' could be changed." Read more…
Those of us who support DOMA were told that this would never happen.
The Synod of the Pacific’s Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC) ruled 6-2 last week that while the “lesbian evangelist” and longtime Presbyterian minister “acted with conscience and conviction,” her actions were still at odds with the church’s constitution.
The PC(USA)’s Book of Order defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and church courts have ruled that Presbyterian ministers may not utilize the marriage liturgy in same-sex ceremonies. Read more…
Look for more cases like this one to keep pressing the issue.
"Getting ready to talk to you today, I recall what Jesus said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount," Obama said at New Orleans' First Emmanuel Baptist Church. "He said, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock."
"The rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. But it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock," he continued.
That rock, he said, was a principal of brotherhood exemplified by the church during Hurricane Katrina — but not the federal government.
"Something was wrong in America. Our foundation wasn't built on the rock," he said.
Obama blasted local, state and federal response to the storm, and touched upon ingredients necessary for the city's rebuilding, namely more employment opportunities for residents to rebuild, community-based law enforcement to tackle the city's crime epidemic, and improved health care.
REPORT: Chertoff likely replacement...
Reid: 'Never the right man for this job'...
Schumer: He's 'done the right thing and stepped down'...
Kennedy: 'I strongly urge President Bush to nominate a new attorney general who will respect our laws'...
Blunt: 'I appreciate his hard work in defense of our country'...Obama: 'Gonzales subverted justice to promote a political agenda'...
In particular, [Erik Whittington, American Life League's youth outreach director and director of Rock for Life] accused Amnesty of deceiving singers Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne, who have both made statements against abortion, according to the London Sunday Times.
With the NEA's push to embrace the social issues mentioned above, the fruits of these efforts are starting to show.
Mother Teresa, 1988
"I'm sure this will have potent theology, but it will all be carried out in the simplicity of stories," said Jim Towey, president of the Benedictine college in Latrobe, and Mother Teresa's legal counsel from 1985 until her death on Sept. 5, 1997. She was beatified Oct. 20, 2003.
The Allegheny County Law Department filed an appeal of the Common Pleas Court decision which declared the current assessment system unconstitutional.
The appeal, filed this afternoon, details five areas in which the county believes Common Please Judge R. Stanton Wettick was wrong in his legal opinion.
Since the Judge Wettick's decision declared a state law unconstitutional, the appeal automatically goes to the Supreme Court which has to decide the case, County Solicitor Michael H. Wojcik said.
Only God can forgive your sins. Why do you confess sins to a priest?
In John 20:21-23, we find Jesus saying the following to his apostles: "'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.' And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'"
These verses refer to what Catholics call Confession or the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Those who object to the Catholic view of this passage usually contend that Jesus was simply speaking about believers forgiving those who have wronged them. Such a view is impossible for two reasons. The first reason is that Jesus qualifies His statement. He starts off by saying, "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." This raises the question, in what manner was Jesus sent to forgive? Mark 2:5-12 gives us the answer:
And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the Scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Jesus, knowing what they were thinking, said in part, "But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins," -- He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all.
Jesus didn't need to perform a miracle to show that He could forgive someone of a personal offense. The forgiveness spoken of is the forgiveness that makes salvation possible.
The second reason that John 20:21-23 does not refer to believers forgiving others who have wronged them, is that we are not given the option of retaining anyone's sins. In fact, our own forgiveness is dependent on our forgiving others. Jesus tells us this very thing in Matthew 6:14-15: "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
The only time sins would be retained, is when there is an obvious lack of repentance. The fact that they could forgive or retain means that they would have to know what the sins were, and the disposition of the person in question. That could only happen if the person were to tell or confess his sins to the apostle. Furthermore, if this function were necessary in the first century it would be equally important today.
Can only those confessing to a priest be forgiven? Certainly not. Confession is the normal means but not the only means. If someone were to die suddenly without confessing to a priest, all would not necessarily be lost. If the person died truly sorry for his or her sins and desired God's forgiveness, forgiveness would be granted. So why bother with Confession? Well for one because Jesus says so. But also because of the graces that we receive when we are absolved, - graces that help us avoid sin in the future.
It is easy to understand why someone might not want to go to Confession. While we don't mind admitting that we are not perfect, we often have a problem admitting to specific faults. Admitting them to our pastor is even less desirable. But we need not fear, for he is also a sinner. Let us remember also, that God is there to help us. As the scripture says, He gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).
We have clearly seen from scripture that The Key to Greatness in the Kingdom of God" is wholeheated willingness to live for the will and kingdom of God. "Not my will, but Thine be done." Are you willing to say that...no, NO! Scratch that! Are you willing to LIVE! that? Are you willing to live like David did? Like Caleb did? Like Noah did?
If so, you'll touch the very heart of God as David did. If so, you'll experience the fulfillment of God's promises in your life as Caleb did? If so, you will be honored among the fewest of the few who travel the narrow road. The narrow road to greatness in the kingdom of God.
David was the only man in the entire Bible to be called, "A man after God's heart." Caleb was one of only two men out of an entire generation to inherit the promised land after more than forty years of waiting. and Noah, along with his family, was the ONLY MAN from among his generation, to be saved from the flood and introduce an entirely new beginning upon the earth.
And what about you? What will your response be to this "Key to Greatness?"
Editors Note: I don't really care for Mr. Luce's approach. I think teens are more into attending the rock concert atmosphere then really learning about Christ. While I don't want to toss the baby out with the bathwater, we have to be careful about false spirituality.
They already do Judge!
And what's not to like if you're on the receiving end of the six-figure bonuses that the state's student financial aide agency tossed around like candy Wednesday.
CEO Dick Willey received a $180,857 bonus on top of his $289,118 salary that already exceeded Gov. Ed Rendell's salary, The Patriot-News' Jan Murphy reports.
Executive VPs -- Timothy Guenther, Brian Lecher and James Preston - each received $113,515 bonuses in addition to their regular base salary of $217,257.Kelly Logan, another EVP who started only in January, quickly found out what a great place PHEAA is to work. She took home a $52,436 bonus that represents 26 percent of her $201,178 base pay.
PHEAA board chairman and state Rep. William Adolph, R-Delaware County, defended the bonuses as actually not being as big as they could. He said they fall into the 28th percentile of that paid to executives at peer organizations, which include banks, private universities, and hospitals.
The proposed curriculum has drawn fire from people who believe it promotes the use of contraceptives over abstinence and contains "graphic and sexually explicit material." They have particularly objected to in-class demonstrations of condoms and an exercise in which students purchase condoms at the drug store, an activity they dubbed the "condom field trip." The school district has received about 2,800 petitions from people opposed to it, and many people have spoken against it at school board meetings. Read more...
Marguerite Reed noted on July 31, 2007, in her personal blog that she would not be returning to work. "I am perfectly content. Thank you, God," she wrote. Reed had worked for Tiller for 12 years. Tiller is currently facing 19 charges of committing illegal late- term abortions. His clinic has been closed since July 31.
Operation Rescue staff members had observed Reed leaving the abortion clinic that same day looking upset.
Reed was working on January 13, 2005, when Christin Gilbert was brought to WHCS suffering from fatal complications to a botched third-trimester abortion. After Gilbert had been at the clinic for nearly an hour, Reed placed a call to 911 asking for an ambulance, adding, "Please! Please! Please! No lights and no sirens!" She then placed the emergency dispatcher on hold for 45 critical seconds as Gilbert's life slipped away. The dispatcher noted on a written transcript that Reed was "evasive" and uncooperative.
Reed had often commented on her blog about her dissatisfaction with her stressful job and desire to be a stay-at-home mom where she could also pursue her love of writing. A web site, "George Tiller Revealed", quotes her as saying, "The less I write, the longer it will take me to reach my goal, which is to be able to Quit the Job. I ache to be an at-home mother. I feel as if I'm missing out on so much." She also talked about the stresses of having to deal with "all these crying people."
Prosecutors could not pursue the case against Jack McClellan, 45, after they determined the order was invalid because the judge failed to schedule and give McClellan proper notice of a hearing required to argue the merits of imposing such a long-lasting order before it is issued. McClellan was released from jail Tuesday.
He was arrested Aug. 13 for investigation of violating the order when he was found near a child care center at the University of California, Los Angeles. He had a camera with him at the time, but he told a local TV station that there wasn't any film in it.
McClellan was arrested again - several hours later - this time for trespassing after he did an interview with the TV station on university grounds. He had been told not to return to the campus after his first arrest. Prosecutors did not pursue the trespassing charges.
Superior Court Judge Melvin Sandvig issued the order Aug. 3 requiring McClellan to stay at least 30 feet away from every person under age 18 in California for a three-year period, said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
A three-year order amounts to what is termed a preliminary injunction, and cannot be issued without the statutory hearing and notice requirements, according to the city attorney's office. Superior Court spokeswoman Pat Kelly said Sandvig could not comment because the case is pending.
McClellan is unemployed and has been living out of his car. He stirred controversy in Southern California when he arrived this summer from Washington state, where he had lived with his parents.
I was reading a post in which you said "No one is assured of Salvation". I was brought up believing once a person is saved that can not be lost. Can you explain more about why you believe the way you do?
Thanks for you question. With all due resepect what you have been taught is a false doctrine. "Once Saved, Always Saved" seems to have blossomed with Fundamentalist Christians.
You asked why I believe what I do. The perfect example of how this doctrine is false is Judas Iscariot. He believed in Jesus Christ, walked with Him, was one of the Twelve and was given the same powers from Him as the others. Yet what Christian believes that Judas Iscariot went to Heaven? According to this doctrine, I would say Fundamentalist Christians would have to believe Judas is in Heaven as he more than met the requirements of salvation according to this doctrine.
Another good example is Lucifer (Satan) - abided in Heaven, knew God Himself, lived with God Himself yet he was not "saved" when given the opportunity for he now resides in Hell as punishment for the sin of pride. This sin occurred after having known and accepted God.
In my opinion, this doctrine helps Satan greatly by instilling a false sense of security and self-confidence among Christians concerning their salvation. They think they can't sin anymore and even if they do, no punishment will be due them as Christ paid for all our sins. This makes it much easier for Satan to tempt us with the sin of presumption.
How can we be assured of our own salvation if St. Paul wasn't (1 Corinthians 9:27)?
Salvation is not a "one time" event, but an ongoing process until "the end" (Matthew 10:22; 24:13; Mark 13:13).
LA Daily Times: Housing experts painted a grim picture of Los Angeles' real-estate market Tuesday as City Councilman Richard Alarcon called for city, state and federal funds to help bail out city homeowners who can't pay their mortgages.
Warning that the region is embroiled in a foreclosure upheaval, Alarcon said he's also considering asking lawmakers to declare a state of emergency to direct state and federal money to counseling and loans for people about to lose their homes.
Does this also mean federal bailouts for people who lose everything at state casinos?
Voter anger over the pay raise was re-stoked by accusations against Superior Court Justice Mike Joyce that he defrauded insurance companies out of $440,000. Despite the accusation of these federal charges, Joyce seemed ready to run for retention anyway.
Things suddenly changed this week, when Joyce had a change of heart, probably with some “help” from his fellow judicial candidates and decided not to seek retention. (Joyce’s announcement not to seek retention is detailed in the blog entry below.)
John Baer in the Philadelphia Inquirer writes:
IF YOU SENSE in the air a sigh of relief, it's from Pennsylvania's judiciary.
(I mean the pay-raise judiciary, the slots judiciary, the Legislature-can-do-what-it-wants judiciary, the please-Lord-let-nobody-look-at-us judiciary.)
If you also note an acrid smell, it's lingering fear - from the same source.
Both are justified. Read more…
According to Fred Barnes: Three things have to happen for Republicans to recover--in effect, a political hat trick. Events must work in their favor, notably in Iraq. Democrats must screw up badly. And Republicans must change their ways, in a compelling fashion. This last requirement may be the toughest. (WSJ)
Meanwhile, Jim Talent writes in support of Romney. (Townhall)
The new law pulls more clinics under the state's umbrella by requiring any facility that performs more than five first-trimester abortions a month, or any second- or third-trimester abortions, to meet the licensure requirements for an "ambulatory surgical center."
Among the new requirements noted in the lawsuit: outpatient surgery centers must have halls at least 6 feet wide and doors at least 44 inches wide; there must be separate male and female changing rooms for personnel; and a recovery room with space for at least four beds with 3 feet of clearance around each.
Welcome to the real world. The claim that these are “undue burdens” placed on abortion facilities is laughable. Try getting township approval for a backyard shed or house addition.
Civil union ceremonies are specifically prohibited by the doctrines of the United Methodist Church, even though the State of New Jersey granted legal status to civil unions last February.
A Methodist church retreat in Ocean Grove, N.J. -- called the Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) -- filed a federal lawsuit last week against the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, after government officials threatened to prosecute the OGMCA for turning down requests by three same-sex couples who wanted to conduct civil union ceremonies at a pavilion owned by the Ocean Grove facility. Read more...
BBC News reports that Bishop Michael Evans of East Anglia said he could not agree to the new Amnesty stance and therefore resigned after the organisation vote to support the right of women to have access to abortion where pregnancy is a grave risk to their life or health.
As part of a campaign on women's rights the group is highlighting the issue of rape in society and war zones.Bishop Evans, who wrote a special prayer for the organisation, told the BBC's Sunday programme, a move away from neutrality on abortion had caused him a problem.
Few would deny that the Anglican Communion is in crisis. The nature of that crisis, however, remains a question. Is it about sexuality? Is it a crisis of authority—who has it and who doesn’t? Have Anglicans lost their commitment to the via media, epitomized by the Elizabethan Settlement, which somehow declared a truce between Puritan and Catholic sentiments in the Church of England? Is it a crisis of globalization? A crisis of identity?
I have the privilege of serving as archbishop of the Church of Uganda, providing spiritual leadership and oversight to more than nine million Anglicans. Uganda is second only to Nigeria as the largest Anglican province in the world, and most of our members are fiercely loyal to their global communion. But however we come to understand the current crisis in Anglicanism, this much is apparent: The younger churches of Anglican Christianity will shape what it means to be Anglican. The long season of British hegemony is over.
Tiny Muskens, a Dutch Roman Catholic Bishop in Amsterdam, released a nifty idea. Muskens, well-known for stupidity aplenty, came up with a fresh game plan of which he said would aid the Dutch, yea, the entire world in getting along with Muslims Gone Wild. Tiny proposed "that people of all faiths refer to God as Allah to foster understanding."
Let's ponder that a moment......
According to The Associated Press, Bishop Tiny Muskens, from the southern diocese of Breda, told Dutch television on Monday that "God did not mind what He was named and that in Indonesia [where Muskens spent eight years] priests used the word ‘Allah’ while celebrating Mass . . . The first Mass I hear "Allah" mentioned, you will hear my tires screeching out of the parking lot about 2 seconds later!
Muskins says Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on? We will name God ‘Allah’ . . . What does God care what we call Him? It is our problem."
I’ve got two problems with that sir:
The Catholic Church in Indonesia is not the pace car for Christian conduct. Hello. . . . Of course Catholics in Indonesia are going to call God ‘Allah’-there are two of them and 234,693,997 Muslims. I’m guessin’ that the Catholics over there are worried about staying alive! If a group of men wearing red and all baring rather large tatoos the say "Bloods" ask me if I'm cheering for the the Bloods or the Crips guess what, I'm a huge Bloods fan! Unless of course they wear blue and have Crips tattos, then Crips is my answer. Catholics in Indonesia do it? Please.
God doesn’t mind what we call Him, eh? What god are you talking about? Are you talking about the god of fearful and capitulating chunky Dutch priests? If so, I’m sure that such a squishy, imaginary, nutless diety that one’s made up in his fetid and feckless fermented mind is completely cool with such a craven course of action.
Listen, Tiny, God’s name/names are significant. Remember the "hallowed be Thy name" stuff the real Jesus taught in the Bible? I assume you had to at least scan the scripture at one time before you got that collar and started going around saying such stupid things in public.
Listen, Father Feelgood, do a little word search regarding God’s name and see if He cares what you call Him before you queue up with your craziness.You will quickly find in this little exercise that God’s name[s] denote His nature, His character, His person and His work. Much like yours, Señor Muskens.
Why stop with just a simple name change, Tiny? Let’s remodel everything we do to suit radical Muslims. I mean, we don’t want to upset them now, do we? To foster peace and Rodney Kingishness [can’t we all get along?] we could do things such as . . .
Start calling our churches mosques.
We could called Jesus Bob. No one can be offended by the name Bob.
Yank the steeples off the roofs of our churches and replace them with gold domes.
Start circumcising our young girls.
Start killing homosexuals, adulterers and thieves.
Start oppressing women.
Fling open our borders.
Disband the TSA, NSA, FBI and CIA.
Start hating Israel.
Start hating America.
Grow long beards.
Scrap Christmas for a Mohammed’s Birthday Blow Out Bonanza.
Replace Easter with Ramadan.
Bring on the burkhas.
All of a sudden those that are stll alive are Muslim and they all can't wait to die and get their 72 virgins.
I'm not going for your peace plan Tiny.
Tom Burnett Sr. served on a jury that picked the winning design, originally named "Crescent of Embrace," and said the request was "something I'd rather not do, but I can't get anyone to listen."
Burnett's son, Thomas E. Burnett Jr., 38, died along with 39 other passengers and crew when Flight 93 was hijacked and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., while flying to San Francisco from Newark, N.J. An investigation concluded the hijackers crashed when passengers rushed the cockpit and tried to regain control of the aircraft.
Nearly two years ago, designer Paul Murdoch changed the memorial's planned shape to a nearly full circle in response to critics who said the original crescent shape honored the Muslim extremists who carried out the attacks. The crescent is a Muslim symbol.
Graham, 88, was in fair condition Monday morning, said Merrell Gregory, a spokeswoman for Mission Health & Hospitals in Asheville."He had an excellent night," Gregory said.
No date has been set for Graham's release, but family members said they hoped his hospital stay would be brief. On Sunday, he was able to watch a televised worship service form First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C., and visit with family and friends, hospital officials said.
The hospital has said the initial bleeding may have been caused by diverticuli, or small pouches that can form in the lower intestine. A diverticular bleed often begins suddenly and may stop on its own, the hospital said. Graham spokesman Larry Ross said the minister experienced similar intestinal bleed during in 1995 crusade in Toronto.
Graham, who suffers from a variety of ailments including Parkinson's disease and age-related macular degeneration, has been largely confined to his western North Carolina home in recent years.
His wife, Ruth Bell Graham, died in June following a following a lengthy illness.
Actually, the researchers concluded only that there was the same risk to women and child of future miscarriages if they had used RU-486 or had a surgical abortion. The new study is problematic because it did not examine other, short-term risks, and it did not compare RU-486 and surgical abortion patients to women with no abortion history. Thus, this study says nothing about future pregnancy outcomes for RU-486 patients versus women who never have abortions - a true measure of longer-term RU-486 safety.
The authors, including an NIH scientist, laid down the following unbelievable spin to explain the omission: "....women who have never had an abortion tend to have a different pattern of income, smoking rates and other health-related behaviors that would make a comparison difficult...." Riiiiiight. More likely--but not politically correct--is that women who have abortions have a higher risk of future negative pregnancy outcomes. HHS Secretary Leavitt needs to look into having this study re-done using proper methodology and unbiased scientists.
Out of 900 participants, 43% said they would vote for a Democrat that protects the unborn child. Many in this group felt "abortion is murder" and even a Democrat would be worthy of their vote. Others expressed discontentment with both party's candidates and think "Christian values are more important than party affiliations." While others stated, they were Democrats and always vote for their party's candidate. On the other hand, others selected "Yes" if the Republican candidate was Pro-Choice.
Thirty percent of respondents polled selected not to elect a Pro-Life Democrat. Most participants in this group stated they would base their decision on more than just this one issue and since the other Democratic Party issues tend to be against Christian values, they had to select "No."
The remaining twenty-seven percent chose "Unsure." The concerns of this group closely reflected those that voted "No". With comments such as "I must know his stance on the other issues" or "I'd be suspicious of election-time rhetoric from an otherwise liberal party."
"The Republican Party in Pennsylvania is still more the party of [the late Sen.] John Heinz than it is the party of the right wing,'' he said. "We've got a pretty long tradition of [former Gov.] Bill Scranton and [the late former Sen.] Hugh Scott, [former Gov. and Attorney Gen. Dick] Thornburgh and Heinz and [former Sen.] Dick Schweiker, myself and so on. I think our party has not pulled hard to the right. The difficulty of a primary is that so few people vote.''
Perhaps tellingly, however, with the exception of himself, none of the figures he cited as examples of the Republican mainstream has posted a victory since Mr. Heinz' last re-election in 1988.
Most people, even those who live there, wonder what Washington politics is really like behind the scenes. There is no one in political journalism better equipped to tell that story than Bob Novak. In The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington he tells it with an honesty and wit worthy of Balzac – he spares no one, including himself.
Bob Novak has been a political reporter in Washington since 1957. Along with Bill Buckley, Novak has written the longest running syndicated column in America. He has published the Evans-Novak Political Report since 1963 and pioneered television journalism culminating with CNN’s “Capital Gang” and “Crossfire.”
Novak’s sometimes hilarious, often startling experiences with Washington notables through thirteen administrations combine to create a veritable Bonfire of the Vanities of our nation’s political life.
His personal takes and insider stories on presidents, congressmen, and media celebrities will not be well-received in the halls of power.
Novak’s memoir, however, has another more edifying side. Catholics and other religious conservatives will be fascinated by the conversion to Christianity of a non-practicing (but bar-mitzvahed) Jew from Joliet, Illinois. The grandson of Jewish immigrants, Novak was never -- uncharacteristically -- a liberal, although he was sometimes perceived as such. His father Maurice, an engineering expert in gas production, was fervently anti-New Deal and FDR, a “rare Republican Novak.” There was so much political news floating around the house, through newspapers, magazines, and radio shows Novak became “addicted to politics” before he was nine!
When Geraldine began attending Mass at St. Patrick’s Church near the Capitol her husband began going with her. When he revealed their regular Mass attendance to a student from Syracuse University after a lecture she bluntly asked when they planned to join the Church. He replied that they had no such plans and she responded, “Mr. Novak, life is short, but eternity is forever.” When Novak returned to DC he “suggested to Geraldine that the time had come for both of us to enter the Church.” They were received on May 20, 1998
Joining religious liberal groups such as the World Council of Churches in this call for a “conversion code” is the World Evangelical Alliance which includes the National Association of Evangelicals in its list of “full members.”
Experts did all the could to save it but to no avail.
I'm here on a borrowed computer as I morn the loss of my email and contact list. (Please don't give me the backup lecture)
I know my hard drive is in a better place and while it will be tough, I will move on. Just know my blog posts my be sporadic in my time of grieving.
Gigabytes are requested in lieu of flowers.
What happens when a criminal who seeks and receives sanctuary in a church in order to escape prosecution eventually leaves the church?
Good-bye, sanctuary. Hello real world.
The soap opera of a woman named Elvira who repeatedly snuck into our country in order to take a job and defy immigration laws is like an episode right out of “The Twilight Zone.” Somehow, she managed to find herself at the doorstep of some Methodist Church in Chicago. Read more...
Raids during the population count would make an already distrustful group even less likely to cooperate with government workers who are supposed to include them, the Census Bureau's second-ranking official said in an Associated Press interview. Read more...
Matthew 23:8-10 tells us not to call anyone “Father” or “Teacher,” or “Master.” That confuses me because when we talk to a priest, we call him “Father,” and even the word “pope,” translated literally means “father.” I attend a Baptist school and didn’t dare ask any of my teachers for an answer, because they would tell me that I’m Catholic and wrong. Please give me an answer. I feel uneasy calling a priest, “Father.”
Thanks for your question. “The word ‘dad’ means ‘father.’” So what do you call your dad? Jesus was called teacher yet no one seems to have an issue calling anyone a teacher.
St. Paul himself was obviously aware of this, unless we want to think he was blatantly disobeying Jesus’ command, when he wrote, “in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel” (1 Corinthians 4:15). The words of Scripture must be read in their context and according to the intentions of the writers. We need to look not just at Matthew 23:8-10, but 23:1-12. Is Jesus concerned here about the words we use? Or is He engaged in giving a lesson in humility?
The essence of His message here is, “Don’t go around looking for recognition and empty praise.” What an easy gospel it would be if all we had to learn from this passage was to avoid a few words. Instead, our Lord is teaching us that “the greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).
In his article, "Study Finds No Risk from Abortion Pills" AP reporter Mike Stobbe claims "previous research has shown surgical abortions don't increase the risk of problems in later pregnancies."
Yet research shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages. Even Planned Parenthood of Australia, one of the leading abortion businesses there, acknowledges the future risk of problem pregnancies caused by abortion.
Georgette Forney, the director of the Silent No More Awareness campaign, had an abortion at 16 and has spoken with thousands of women who have had abortions and regret their decisions. She knows of many who have had future pregnancy problems because of their abortions.
"Many people owe their jobs to GOP leadership," it said. "Professionals, consultants, contractors, and loyal GOP supporters have benefited handsomely."
Needless to say, the message, sent July 16 by Northampton Township Supervisor Vincent J. Deon, was unusually blunt, and could be read as menacing. Read more...
No campaigning should ever be done with or through the county court house.
A day after the nation's largest Lutheran denomination voted to encourage its bishops to practice "restraint" in disciplining gay ministers who are in “faithful” same-sex relationships, St. John's Lutheran Church – Atlanta's oldest Lutheran church – celebrated Sunday the continuing pastorship of the Rev. Bradley Schmeling.
Earlier this year, Schmeling, who announced that he found a lifelong gay companion, was ordered to be removed immediately from the clergy roster. The order by the Committee on Appeals overruled an earlier decision by a disciplinary committee which said Schmeling should be allowed to remain on the clergy roster until after ELCA's biennial churchwide assembly, Aug. 6-12. The committee also suggested that ELCA reinstate gay clergy who were removed or resigned because they were in a same-sex "lifelong partnership."
Despite the removal, Schmeling refused to leave St. John's and said he planned to continue to follow his call in ministry there.
There's that submit to authorty problem again.
Although a vote last Friday fell short of approving a change to the current clergy policy, the assembly voted 538 to 431 the next day to pray for, urge, and encourage bishops to refrain from disciplining people and congregations who call qualified leaders in "chaste and faithful" same-gender relationships to ELCA’s professional rosters. It also urged the same restraint on leaders who are already on the official rosters and in committed same-sex relationships.
Another one bites the dust.....
No other solemnity breathes, like this one, at once triumph and peace; none better answers to the enthusiasm of the many and the serenity of souls consummated in love. Assuredly that was as great a triumph when our Lord, rising by His own power from the tomb, cast hell into dismay; but to our souls, so abruptly drawn from the abyss of sorrows on Golgotha, the suddenness of the victory caused a sort of stupor to mingle with the joy of that greatest of days. In presence of the prostrate angels, the hesitating apostles, the women seized with fear and trembling, one felt that the divine isolation of the Conqueror of death was perceptible even to His most intimate friends, and kept them, like Magdalen, at a distance.
Mary's death, however, leaves no impression but peace; that death had no other cause than love. Being a mere creature, she could not deliver herself from that claim of the old enemy; but leaving her tomb filled with flowers, she mounts up to Heaven, flowing with delights, leaning upon her Beloved. Amid the acclamations of the daughters of Sion, who will henceforth never cease to call her blessed, she ascends surrounded by choirs of Heavenly spirits joyfully praising the Son of God. Never more will shadows veil, as they did on earth, the glory of the most beautiful daughter of Eve. Beyond the immovable Thrones, beyond the dazzling Cherubim, beyond the flaming Seraphim, onward she passes, delighting the Heavenly city with her sweet perfumes. She stays not till she reaches the very confines of the Divinity; close to the throne of honor where her Son, the King of ages, reigns in justice and in power; there she is proclaimed Queen, there she will reign for ever more in mercy and in goodness.
Here on earth Libanus and Amana, Sanir and Hermon dispute the honor of having seen her rise to Heaven from their summits; and truly the whole world is but the pedestal of her glory, as the moon is her footstool, the sun her vesture, the stars of Heaven her glittering crown. Daughter of Sion, thou art all fair and sweet, 'l cries the Church, as in her rapture she mingles her own tender accents with the songs of triumph: I saw the beautiful one as a dove rising up from the brooks of waters; in her garments was the most exquisite odor; and as in the days of spring, flowers of roses surrounded her and lilies of the valley.'
The same freshness breathes from the facts of Bible history wherein the interpreters of the sacred Books see the figure of Mary's triumph. As long as this world lasts a severe law protects the entrance to the eternal palace; no one, without having first laid aside the garb of flesh, is admitted to contemplate the King of Heaven. There is one, however, of our lowly race, whom the terrible decree does not touch; the true Esther, in her incredible beauty, advances without hindrance through all the doors. Full of grace, she is worthy of the love of the true Assuerus; but on the way which leads to the awful throne of the King of kings, she walks not alone: two handmaids, one supporting her steps, the other holding up the long folds of her royal robe, accompany her; they are the angelic nature and the human, both equally proud to hail her as their mistress and lady, and both sharing in her glory.
If we go back from the time of captivity, when Esther saved her people, to the days of Israel's greatness, we find our Lady's entrance into the city of endless peace represented by the Queen of Saba coming to the earthly Jerusalem. While she contemplates with rapture the magnificence of the mighty prince of Sion, the pomp of her own retinue, the incalculable riches of the treasure she brings, her precious stones and her spices, plunge the whole city into admiration. There was brought no more, says the Scripture, such abundance of spices as these which the Queen of Saba gave to King Solomon!
The reception given by David's son to Bethsabee, his mother, in the third Book of Kings, no less happily expresses the mystery of today, so replete with the filial love of the true Solomon. Then Bethsabee came to King Solomon . . . and the king arose to meet her, and bowed to her, and sat down upon his throne, and a throne was set the king's mother: and she sat on his right hand. O Lady, how exceedingly dost thou surpass all the servants and ministers and friends of God !
On the day when Gabriel came to my lowliness,' are the words St. Ephrem puts into thy mouth, 'from handmaid I became Queen; and I, the slave of Thy Divinity, found myself suddenly the mother of Thy humanity, my Lord and my Son! O Son of the King who hast made me His daughter, O Thou Heavenly One, who thus bringest into Heaven His daughter of earth, by what name shall I call Thee?' The Lord Christ Himself answered; the God made Man revealed to us the only name which fully expresses Him in His twofold nature; He is called THE SON, Son of Man as He is Son of God, on earth He has only a Mother, as in Heaven He has only a Father. In the august Trinity He proceeds from the Father, remaining consubstantial with Him; only distinguished from Him in that He is Son; producing together with Him, as one Principle, the Holy Ghost. In the external mission He fulfills by the Incarnation to the glory of the Blessed Trinity -- communicating to His humanity the manners, so to say, of His Divinity, as far as the diversity of the two natures permits -- He is in no way separated from His Mother, and would have her participate even in the giving of the Holy Ghost to every soul. This ineffable union is the foundation of all Mary's greatnesses, which are crowned by today's triumph. The days within the Octave will give us an opportunity of showing some of the consequences of this principle; today let it suffice to have laid it down.
As Christ is the Lord,' says Arnold of Bonneval, the friend of St. Bernard, Mary is Lady and sovereign. He who bends the knee before the Son kneels before the Mother. At the sound of her name the devils tremble, men rejoice, the angels glorify God. Mary and Christ are one flesh, one mind, and one love. From the day when it was said, The Lord is with thee, the grace was irrevocable, the unity inseparable; and in speaking of the glory of Son and Mother, we must call it not so much a common glory as the selfsame glory .' O Thou, the beauty and the honor of Thy Mother,' adds the great deacon of Edessa, thus hast Thou adorned her in every way; together with others she is Thy sister and Thy bride, but she alone conceived Thee."
Rupert in his turn cries out: Come then, O most beautiful one, thou shalt be crowned in Heaven Queen of saints, on earth Queen of every kingdom. Wherever it shall be said of the Beloved that He is crowned with glory and honor, and set over the works of His Father's hands, everywhere also shall they proclaim of thee, O well beloved, that thou art His Mother, and as such Queen over every domain where His power extends; and, therefore, emperors and kings shall crown thee with their crowns and consecrate their palaces to thee.'
Why don't Muslims call Allah God? Oh wait that would be too much to ask.
Tiny Muskens, the bishop of Breda, told the Dutch TV program "Network" Monday night he believes God doesn't mind what he is called, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported. He may not but God and Allah are two very different ideas.
"Someone like me has prayed to Allah yang maha kuasa (Almighty God) for eight years in Indonesia and other priests for 20 or 30 years," Muskens said. "In the heart of the Eucharist, God is called Allah over there, so why can't we start doing that together?"
Most people don't seem to have an issues with it so long as it does not become a stumbling block. Of course there are those that claim it's not biblical to touch even a drop. They would claim that the "wine" in the bible is really just grape juice.
Joseph sent this email:
Did you all know there was no product anywhere in the world known as grape juice before 1892? Wine meant the juice from the fruit of the vine: in all it's forms form pre-fermentation up to when it turns to vinegar(which originally meant rotten wine). So when Paul writes to Timothy he could just as well be talking about new wine as old wine. We cannot tell because the original Hebrew writing no longer exsists. So we do not know which Hebrew word was used for wine.
Here in the information on when the word grape juice came into usage:Thomas B. Welch, M.D., the founder of Welch Grape Juice Company, was born in England in 1825. A devout Christian and staunch prohibitionist, Dr. Thomas B. Welch did not like wine being used in his church's communion service. In 1869 he decided to try developing a non-alcoholic substitution. Dr. Welch had an ample supply of grapes on hand, because he lived in the town of Vineland, New Jersey (named for its many vineyards), and it was common for him to receive bushels of the fruit as payment for dental services. Experimenting at night, Welch tried to create a grape beverage that would not ferment and become alcoholic.
Thanks for the lesson Joe!
There is a really deeper issue here we lovers of the Lord are so quick to point out what we believe to be sin in our fellow Christians...ahhhhhh, how about we concentrate on ourselves and leave the judgments to the one who made us! How about loving the sinner be he saved or unsaved and moving from the LEGALISM....... ooh my sins not as bad as yours cause you have a beer but then again didn't I just polish off that ice cream in the freezer!
I'll drink to that!
The church secured another location, and catered lunch, at the church's expense, that would meet the needs of the family and not subject their sanctuary to being used to celebrate homosexuality.
The church should have been commended for bending over backwards to meet the deceased man’s family needs while preserving the sanctity of the sanctuary.
[The school district's interim chief executive officer, Tom] Brady, said he's not sure how much the initiative will cost, but noted that the district is still struggling with an $80 million deficit. Read more...
Not to mention that Philadelphia already spends an incredible $11,500 per student. Does anyone know if these types of programs actually work?
I've seen commentaries from Roman Catholic clergy who decry a giant leap backwards made by the pope and the Vatican. The problem is almost all of the reactions were based on emotion and not theology. It pains me to see that Catholic clergy in many cases don't understand this. No one familiar with the statements of the Roman Catholic Magisterium should be surprised by this development. This is not news in any genuine sense. It is news only in the current context of Vatican statements and ecumenical relations.
The Vatican document is very brief. Its official title is "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church," and it was released by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on June 29. Though many media sources have identified the document as a papal statement from Pope Benedict XVI, it is actually a statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that was later approved for release by the Pope (who, as Cardinal Ratzinger, headed this Congregation prior to assuming the papacy).
The document claims a unique legitimacy for the Roman Catholic Church as the church established by Christ and stakes this identity on apostolic succession, centered in the papacy itself. As the document states, "This Church, constituted and organised in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him."
The document then goes on to acknowledge that the churches of Eastern Orthodoxy also stake a claim to apostolic succession, and thus they are referred to as "Churches" by the Vatican. As for the churches born in out of the Reformation -- they are not true churches at all, only "ecclesial communities."
"According to Catholic doctrine, these Communities do not enjoy apostolic succession in the sacrament of Orders, and are, therefore, deprived of a constitutive element of the Church. These ecclesial Communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood, have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called "Churches" in the proper sense."
Pope Benedict was already in hot water over his recent decision related to the reinstitution of the Latin mass, complete with a call for the conversion of the Jews. This latest controversy just adds to the media impression of big changes at the Vatican under the current papacy. To me it's laughable. These are anything but changes. In fact it's anti-change.
Personally I stand up and cheer for PB16! Benedict is truly a doctrinal theologian, whereas Pope John Paul II, was more a philosopher by academic training. Those familiar with the current pope know of his frustration with the tendency of liberal Catholic theologians and laypersons to insist that the Second Vatican Council represented a massive shift (to the left) in Catholic doctrine. Not so, insisted Cardinal Ratzinger as head of the Congregation for the Defense of the Faith. Now, as Pope, Benedict is in a position to shape his argument into a universal policy for his church. Vatican II, he insists, represented only a deepening and reapplication of unchanging Catholic doctrine. Those that refuse to believe it are in for a miserable set of disappointments.
Evangelicals should appreciate the candor reflected in this document. There is no effort here to confuse the issues. To the contrary, the document is an obvious attempt to set the record straight. The Roman Catholic Church does not deny that Christ is working redemptively through Protestant and evangelical churches, but it does deny that these churches which deny the authority of the papacy are true churches in the most important sense. The true church, in other words, is that church identified through the recognition of the papacy. Those churches that deny or fail to recognize the papacy are "ecclesial Communities," not churches "in the proper sense."
It all comes down to this -- the claim of the Roman Catholic Church to the primacy of the Bishop of Rome and the Pope as the universal monarch of the church is the defining issue. Roman Catholics and Evangelicals should together recognize the importance of that claim. This is not a theological game of I'm better then you. It's the basis of the basis and belief of the Church.
In this era of confusion and theological laxity we often forget that this was one of the defining issues of the Reformation itself. Both the Reformers and the Roman Catholic Church staked their claim to be the true church -- and both revealed their most essential convictions in making their argument. Those claims have not changed.
The modern game of ecumenical confusion has obscured issues. Pope Benedict and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are not only concerned for Catholics but also evangelicals their congregations. He, along with the Magisterium of the church, believe that Protestant churches are gravely defective and that those souls are in danger. His sacramental theology plays a large role in this concern, for he believes and teaches that a church without submission to the papacy has no guaranteed efficacy for its sacraments.
The Roman Catholic Church believes many are in spiritual danger for obstinately and disobediently excluding themselves from submission to the universal claims and the papacy. Evangelicals are concerned that Catholics are in spiritual danger for their submission to these very claims. We both understand what is at stake.
I appreciate the Roman Catholic Church's willingness to speak what they believe, and I believe that Evangelical Christians, with equal respect and clarity, should respond in kind. This is a time to be respectfully candid.