The previous comment about John MacArthur's response to a question about taking the mark of the b. reminds me of something I saw on a car license plate--yes, that same number as the first 3 digits. What would you do if you your tag agency handed you a license plate for you car with those numbers in it? Also, have you checked your currency in your wallet to make sure none of those numbers appear in it? And what about your bank accounts?
Sanders' remark illustrates what I discovered only recently--that many Jews in the US do not support Israel. They are not interested in returning there. Charles Krauthammer, a Jewish American, recently wrote about Jewish identity and the Holocaust, and it really opened my eyes to the reality of Jews I know. He said it was sad that their identity is so tied into something negative, and not with something related to their customs, origins, etc. He didn't say what I learned elsewhere, that many Jews in the US do not believe in God. What this all means for Christians is that you can take all the trips to the "Holy Land" in Orlando or in the Middle East all you want, but it will not be any testimony to the Jews in the US. It would be better for churches to sponsor week-long seminars on the Holocaust, where many Jews will attend to see what you have to say. Just look at your local public TV station programs during the time they run all the Holocaust programs. Why can't some large Christian ministry or church pay for one of those? (Not that it would matter, I think, because the Jews in the US blame all Christians for the Holocaust, much the same as blacks blame every white person for slavery).
Here's a quote from the bishop, from the news item: ‚ÄúI want to challenge you as sisters and brothers today to look at the body of Christ as the body of Christ,‚ÄĚ he told dozens of NAE board members. ‚ÄúThe body does not have an East and a West. It‚Äôs one body, one body of Christ.‚ÄĚ I guess from reading the previous posters that they would not agree with him. I can imagine their 'gnashing their teeth' at him when he addressed them at the conference.
The appointment of a new Supreme Court justice by someone like Obama will make people think twice about voting for one of those 'mainline' mainstream candidates, who would appoint someone who would get along with both parties. The Senate still has the power to reject the President's appointment. I wonder if there is a time limit for it to happen, because Obama was thinking he wanted Hillary to appoint him as a Supreme Court justice (but on the other hand, that would require real work-time and thought---something he hasn't developed a taste for, preferring the golf course and long vacations instead).
Most profound comment from Shane about socks. That's why it's best to wear socks of the same color--black or dark blue--so that if you lose one, you can use another one and no one will notice. But if get all these fancy ones with patterns and different colors, then you will have a problem. But you might try wearing mismatched socks and see if they send you home from work to change them. I don't think they will, as long as you are not operating heavy machinery--then it might be too much a distraction and cause an accident. You can never be too careful when it comes to socks!
Interesting story, especially when you note the source--Fast Company--a secular, liberal business magazine. It is the last place I would think a story about homeschooling would appear. Most think homeschooling automatically is something religious people do. This magazine's interest is the business side, of course. It also shows you that this is not some minor occurrence--the editors would have shelved the story by saying--how many of our readers are going to be interested in what a few religious families are doing with their kids? Or maybe they are saying they can encourage families to do this business/homeschool thing and get them to subscribe to their magazine. It also makes you wonder why children are not allowed to work in their parents' businesses. I saw a PBS program on pies, and in Indiana a family can run a home-based pie-making business, as long as they sell the pie from a table in front of their house. In that case, the teen children, for example, could be learning about math and weights when they help make the pies.
I like the study's author is a professor of "evolutionary psychology." There goes the neighborhood! Just think--how many Americans are saving money to send their kids to college one day, so they can take courses on this subject. I think FAcebook is all about advertisers seeking to put their hooks into you. It doesn't allow you to be anonymous--even the homosexuals in San Francisco got upset with them when they weren't allowed to use their 'alter-ego' names. I forget how that turned out, but Facebook is resolute in not allowing anonymity. Facebook makes millions on advertising connections it makes because business knows they are getting real people connected to their products. I think more studies can be done to show how much community there is with all the texting going on. It seems like young people are so connected with their smartphones, texting constantly, even in the presence of live people around them, that it cheapens the value of human contact. Maybe they think--what you are saying is boring, so let me look at my phone to see who sent me a message--it might be more interesting. I hate to say what they are doing in church during any part of the service.
I think that for liberals, to say 'right-wing' is to say something negative. If you say, the Washington Times is a 'right-wing' newspaper, you might as well say it is a bad newspaper, slanted. But when you speak of your favorite newspapers, like the NY Times or the Washington Post, you do not qualify them as "left-wing" or even "liberal." This shows you that liberals believe like Stalinists do--there is only One Right Way--theirs. There is no need for debate. Why debate someone who you put down as stupid? For the longest time, the liberals controlled all the media, so all the programming was all them all the time. Even today, their favorite shows like most of the news programs on PBS, are just about their favorite issues, discussed by their favorite people, talking with other favorites. They do not invite any 'right-wing' journalists, talk show hosts, or authors to those shows. THey do not talk about books written by someone like Mark Levin, though they sell more than ones written by liberal authors. The Internet helped change their dominance, but even on websites like Yahoo's, you can see their spin--today's example is the poisoned water of Flint, Michigan. THis is a city run by liberals, yet Yahoo News is asking why REpublicans are not speaking out. THat is not the issue!
You can pair this story with the one that appeared here last month about a decline in church construction, and think that maybe the time for the church meeting in large buildings is over. I know of a few churches that rent park recreation buildings for their services, and even gather informally on Saturday mornings at a park picnic shelter for prayer.
Maybe Barton and Beck need to develop the slavery angle further; a book was written about this, "White Gold" that gives more info on how Muslims raided coastal English towns and European towns to get slaves to take back to Africa. Slavery is not a sin in the Muslim religion, though eating pork, or using a shaving brush made from a boar's bristles would be.
"Alan Gross Released" was 1 headline I saw. Should have been--"3 Cuban Spies Released for Alan Gross" which means we accept Cuba's claim that Alan Gross was a spy. Was he worth 3 other guys? Doesn't sound like a deal to me. I think Obama did this to throw mud in the face of his opponents, just like he did with the relaxation of immigration to allow millions of future Democratic voters to come in. Instead of seeing the 2014 elections as a rejection of his program, he is fighting back, and will do more next year.
RE: Ralph Ovadal's "Heart of the Matter" program, it is not a sermon but commentary on the news, of which there are many here at SA. I have learned much there that other conservative voices in the media will not say, due to them not wanting to offend Catholics.
But I will grant you that Ralph's picture should be next to the word 'sneer' in the dictionary, because it seems like he sneers at his enemies like the Catholic Church.
Michael Hranek wrote: Clark Kent How about letting some real people post back on how they read the "Great Harolot" of Revelation into prophecy and Bible history past before the Book of Revelation was written.
Michael Hranek, my friend Superman told me to tell you that because of his x-ray vision he thought your suggestion was an excellent one and should be adopted.
Bruce Wayne you are a phony Bruce Wayne. I know Bruce Wayne and your no Bruce Wayne. My friend Superman once told me that he used his x-ray vision to follow the trail of the Rustlers.
Following the trail of the Rustlers, Superman with his x-ray vision found out that there were two Durango Kids, a phony one and the real Durango Kid.
You are an imposter Bruce Wayne; the real Bruce Wayne often watches the Hal Lindsey Report and agrees with it, including the September 26, 2014 Hal Lindsey Report that he watched and totally agreed with.
The real Bruce Wayne also uses the Batmobile to visit Mr. Lindsey and they discuss together possible areas Batman can visit and be of use in fighting crime terrorists such as Isis members.