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Uhde Abandoned

What an inspiring tribute this family wrote after the loss of their precious 3-year-old son:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4337578/Cootamundra-boy-3-killed-run-car.html

Piously Abandoning the Culture to Hell

Jim Mogel:

Water going down a drainThe same people who champion “just preach the Gospel” (by which they mean exclusively the gospel of personal salvation…), and lament that evangelistic efforts fall on deaf ears, are often those who discourage efforts to apply God’s Word to the culture at large…They cannot see that a century of abandonment of cultural institutions by their unbiblical “just preach the gospel” philosophy has left God’s enemies in charge of education, the news and entertainment media, etc.  As a result several entire generations have grown up with very little sin-consciousness.  How do they expect to take the gospel to a society that they have abandoned through the effect of their pietistic worldview, and have people to respond to concepts that are entirely foreign to them?

Read more: http://www.thinkandreform.org/journal/2014/8/29/pietism-and-the-downfall-of-modern-christianity.html

Photo Credit: Photography by User: MrX

Around the Web, November 2014

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Here are some headlines that caught my eye this past month:

Religion

Christian booted from National Cathedral speaks out

Duggars targeted by pro-gay petition

Koran should be read at Prince Charles’ coronation says top bishop: Critics attack proposal and accuse Church of England of ‘losing confidence’ in its own traditions 

Mainstream Islam – What Normal Muslims Think

More than half of British people believe religion does more harm than good, survey finds

Mormon church finally admits founder had 40 wives – as young as 14 – some of whom were already married to his friends

Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral

Pakistani Christians Burned Alive Were Attacked by 1,200 People: Kin

Women officially allowed to become bishops for first time after historic Church of England vote

Social, Economic, Political

Are stay-at-home mothers being forced back to work? 3,500 women start jobs every week… but many are menial or part-time

Caliphate In Europe: Sweden Cedes Control Of Muslim Areas

Europe is drifting and divided. This feels more like 1914 than 2014

Leaving Leftism

The Bible voted more valuable to humanity than Darwin’s Origin of Species in Folio Society poll

The Exit Sign

The teenage girl with a bi-gender boyfriend who decides every morning what sex he wants to be: 18-year-old says she loves whoever she wakes up with, whether it’s Ryan or Ria

Was this luxury block of flats the scene of sordid child sex parties? Dolphin Square home to 70 MPs is mansion at heart of police probe 

Winnie the Pooh is banned from being playground logo after councillors declare him a ‘hermaphrodite’ of ‘dubious sexuality’ in Poland

Legal

Appeals court: States can define marriage as 1 man, 1 woman

Couple fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding on their farm

Former Scotland Yard detectives say young boys were murdered by Westminster paedophile ring

Family

‘Being a mother is my career’: Woman with 34 CHILDREN reveals she wants to keep expanding her family

Girls want to graduate in marriage: Majority want to wed and start a family within ten years of leaving university

Teenagers can’t help being unreasonable! Emotional areas of a young person’s brain ‘shut down’ when they are criticised

The Coming Demographic Winter

Two single mums (one pregnant), their children – and not a dad in sight. Birmingham’s £100k vision of the modern British family!

Health

13 Reasons To Stop Drinking Soda

70 percent of Americans with HIV don’t have virus under control

Gardasil Changed Our Definition of Normal

Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-Fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine

Medical Journal Designates Fluoride as Neurotoxin

‘Perfectly healthy’ Florida girl, 10, is paralyzed with rare brain infection and can no longer speak – four days after receiving flu shot

Should midwives opposed to abortion have the right to refuse any involvement in cases? Landmark decision ‘could have severe impact on women’s care’, experts warn

Study: Hepatitis B Vaccination in France Sparked Wave of MS

This new technology may put an end to drilling at the dentist’s office

Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

Why a Physics Revolution Might Be on Its Way

Science

Are Earth’s tectonic plates BENDY? Scientists say they’re more flexible than first thought – and this could explain why some earthquakes occur

The Entire Premise Of ‘Jurassic Park’ Is Wrong

History

Berlin was a liberal hotbed of homosexuality and a mecca for cross dressers and transsexuals where the first male-to-female surgery was performed – until the Nazis came to power, new book reveals

Media

20-Year CBS News Veteran Details Massive Censorship And Propaganda In Mainstream Media

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too

Around the Web, October 2014

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Here are some of the headlines that caught my eye this past month:

Religion

13-Year-Old Ethan Hallmark Died on September 26th. You’re Going to Want to See the Powerful Message He Left Behind.

A sign of their be-leaf: Christians begin worshipping a tree in Russia after seeing the face of Jesus on its trunk

Are Christians “Intolerant Haters”? The Charges are Not New

Believe in aliens? Then you’re probably an atheist or Muslim: Study reveals how religion affects your likelihood of believing in ET

Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand

Christianity is a natural prop for liberal democracy, Chinese communists are continuing to learn

Christian outfitter ordered to undergo ‘diversity training’ for refusal to print ‘Gay Pride’ t-shirts (Video)

Commission says Christian business owners should leave religion at home

‘“God Bless” is very offensive to me’: ‘Viking with a Ph.D’ in rant after Christian’s job application

God Our Mother?

Houston demands oversight of sermons

Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: “Real Risk” Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

Idaho Ministers Must Perform Homosexual Weddings Or Go To Jail. In America (UPDATED 10/23/14)

‘Jesus NEVER existed’: Writer finds no mention of Christ in 126 historical texts and says he was a ‘mythical character’

Permission to obey God?

Praise be! 85-year-old defies death threats from Satanists to spend 22 years returning 1,000-year-old derelict church to its former glory

Ritual child abuse linked to witchcraft on the rise in the UK: Drownings and rape part of ‘hidden crimes to drive out the devil’

Same Sex Marriage: Protecting The Church In A Morally Depraved Culture

Politics, Economics, Social

Baby bust! Australia’s birth rates at lowest point in almost TEN years

British holidaymaker jailed for four months in Morocco for being gay

Canadian Prime Minister hid in a CUPBOARD for 15 minutes as MPs sharpened flagpoles to use as spears against the gunman

Chicagoland voting machine casts candidate’s vote for his Dem opponent

‘Christian-Right’ lumped with ISIS, Boko Haram

Denmark moves to ban bestiality: Controversial right to have sex with animals will be outlawed

Sex with animals banned in Denmark after outcry over legal loophole: Minister acts after country became magnet for sex tourists

Democrat-Appointed Federal Judge: No Right to Same-Sex Marriage

Furious Cameron warns Britain is closer to leaving the EU after Brussels ‘thumps’ UK with ‘appalling’ bill for an extra £1.7billion to prop up struggling European nations

Gun Control Is An Irresponsible Act Of A Barbaric Society

Houston demands oversight of sermons

Pastor who fought communists now fighting … Houston

Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: “Real Risk” Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

Hillary: ‘Don’t Let Anybody Tell You’ That ‘Businesses Create Jobs’

Idaho Ministers Must Perform Homosexual Weddings Or Go To Jail. In America (UPDATED 10/23/14)

Insane: This Classic Nursery Rhyme Was Just Deemed Racist And Sexist By Childcare Centers

IRS seizes life savings for deposits under $10,000

‘I’ve been raped 30 times and it’s not even lunchtime’: Desperate plight of Yazidi woman who begged West to bomb her brothel after ISIS militants sold her into sex slavery

No longer just a job for the boys: Norway extends compulsory military service to ALL medically fit women aged between 19 and 44

Dutch slaughter

What “cultural marxism” is and isn’t

Health

Aluminium could be poisoning our brains and causing Alzheimer’s, professor claims

Are energy drinks making you MORE tired? Products are blamed for soaring levels of iron deficiency – and exhaustion – in young women

Aussie doctors perform world-first transplant of DEAD hearts into patients in a medical breakthrough that will save thousands more lives

CDC: 110 Million Americans Have STDs At Any Given Time

Does Milk Actually Build Strong Bones? Sugar Content May Lead To Greater Fracture Risks

Ebola-killing ROBOT destroys the virus in minutes: ‘Little Moe’ uses flashes 25,000 times brighter than sunlight to kill diseases

Escape Obamacare In One Bold Move

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journal

Genetic research abuse?

‘I was terrified they’d turn off my life support’: Horror of mother whose medics thought was brain dead…but heard every word they said as she lay paralysed and robbed of speech for two weeks

Is this proof that vegetative patients ARE aware of their surroundings? Brainwaves reveal ‘fingerprint’ of consciousness in people thought to be ‘beyond hope’

Mums-to-be are warned they must stop eating for two: Overweight pregnant women should be sent to slimming classes, say MPs

Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity:

“Since 2006, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants—manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers.”

Number of children lacking Vitamin D soars by more than 200% in five years: Parents told to give youngsters supplements

History proves vaccines are quite safe—really?

The terrible truth about cannabis: Expert’s devastating 20-year study finally demolishes claims that smoking pot is harmless

Third Reich science and today’s smoking bans

UCSF Study Links Soda To Premature Aging, Disease, Early Death

Vegetarians have much lower sperm counts

History

Diver Finds Evidence Showing Giants Lived In Arkansas

Weather

Climate change PROVED to be ‘nothing but a lie’, claims top meteorologist

14 California Communities Now on Verge of Waterless-Ness; Mass Migration out of California Seems Imminent

Amid drought, mayor directs L.A. to cut water use 20% by 2017

California drought is now so severe that fisherman finds federal agent’s gun that was dropped overboard on lake 22 years ago

With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate

“We Are All Galileos Now”

From Handle’s Haus:

Galileo-sustermans“This is a placeholder website for the chronicling of … an inchoate abstraction that will, eventually, adequately describe the agglomeration.  ‘Inquisition’ isn’t too far off.

It is a list of prominent (mostly) leftist/progressive intimidation incidents, or profiles in preemptive cowardice in anticipation thereof, or firings because of ludicrous and exaggerated PC claims of ‘offensiveness’ (usually concerning mere jokes) that I wish had been deterred or handled differently.  Also taboo-witch-hunts (is there a good word for a person who is a ‘taboo-truth-witch’ that is better than ‘heretic’, ‘apostate’, or ‘blasphemer’?)”

Read more: http://handleshaus.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/bullied-and-badgered-pressured-and-purged/

Religion is the Cause of All Wars?

Timothy Egan acknowledges that religion doesn’t cause all wars, even in the midst of an article discussing religious wars and what he terms “fanatics of faith:”

Mural painting celebrating Pol Pot in Sundsvall“It’s not true that all wars are fought in the name of religion, as some atheists assert. Of 1,723 armed conflicts documented in the three-volume “Encyclopedia of Wars,” only 123, or less than 7 percent, involved a religious cause. Hitler’s genocide, Stalin’s bloody purges and Pol Pot’s mass murders certainly make the case that state-sanctioned killings do not need the invocation of a higher power to succeed.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/19/opinion/timothy-egan-faith-based-fanatics.html?_r=0

Around the Web, August 2014

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Here are some of the headlines that interested me over the past month:

Religion

Busting the Media’s ISIS Myths

Kurdistan Declares “Safe Haven” for Christian Refugees

Please, let American jets bomb my prison… death is better than to be forced off with a strange man: 8 months pregnant, captured by Islamic thugs waging ‘Sexual Holy War’ – one woman issues a heartrending plea

Thousands of Christians flee Islamic militants pulling down church crosses in Iraq after their biggest town is overrun by ISIS

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Meriam heads for new life in America: Mother put on death row in Sudan for marrying a Christian leaves Rome for Philadelphia with the Pope’s blessing

Christian bakery criticised by new NI minister

‘Get ready for 100-year war with Islam’: Former Australian Army chief underlines homegrown jihad threat and warns ‘terrorists only have to be lucky once’

In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America

‘It was a hate crime because he was a Jew’: Daughter of New York rabbi shot dead on way to Miami temple refuses to believe it was a ‘botched robbery’ 

Peter Foster: Inside one of the U.S. Bible Belt’s growing number of atheist ‘churches’

Restaurant Offers 15% Off For Praying In Public

The Rise Of Europe’s Religious Right

The rising tide of Muslim converts to Christianity

Politics, Economics, Social

15 contradictions you have to believe to fit in with pop culture

After Homosexual “Marriage”, Are Pedophilia and Incest Acceptance Next?

Canada, EU agree on ‘historic’ free-trade pact — but there’s still more work ahead

Canadians pay 42% of income in tax — more than they spend on food, shelter, clothing combined

Child rapists, paedophiles and a care worker who sexually abused a mental patient all let off by police – because they said SORRY

Community cohesion and its foes

How to Deal With the Brainwashed (contains profanity)

I’m wanted for ‘hate crimes’ in Canada

It’s not a fallacy when it’s real

Justin Trudeau’s mosque visit draws fire from Steven Blaney

Montana U.S. Sen. Candidate Mocks Gun Owners, Christianity, the Bible, and the Family

Paedophile at centre of historical abuse inquiry ‘visited children’s homes around Britain and took boys out’ before advising Home Office on child care system

Revealed: How fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers saving up to 1,400 children from sexual exploitation at the hands of Asian men in just ONE TOWN

Family

Atheist author Richard Dawkins says unborn babies with Down’s syndrome should be aborted and parents should ‘try again’

Australian couple abandon six-month-old Down syndrome baby in poverty with Thai surrogate mother … but take his healthy twin sister

Iran bans permanent contraception to boost population growth

Mother arrested after baby is found on a lawn two days after she gave birth to it during her lunch break then returned to her office and pretended nothing had happened

My children have turned into monsters: And, says SHONA SIBARY, it’s all her fault for trying to be a nice liberal parent

One law student has a radical proposal for fixing marriage: Cut it off after four years

Polygamy effectively decriminalized in Utah as judge strikes down ban in victory for husband and his FOUR wives who appear in TV show ‘Sister Wives’

The mother who’s proud to parade naked in front of her 13-year-old son

The surprising benefit of a stay-at-home mother

‘This is a miracle’: Four-year-old girl swept from her parents in Boxing Day tsunami is ‘reunited with her family’ 10 years later

‘We have the parts so we use them’: Transgender couple who BOTH changed sex prepare to explain to their two children how their father gave birth while their mom provided the sperm

We wanted a refund for our Down’s baby and we WOULD have aborted him: Sex offender behind Thai surrogate scandal breaks cover

Woman tracks down the mother who abandoned her as a baby… only to realise she has unwittingly married her BROTHER

Education

White students no longer to be majority in school

History

Australian study finds Egyptian mummies may date back to 4,500BC

Fisherman Pulls Up Beastly Evidence of Early Americans

Science

Earth has been getting hotter for the past 10,000 YEARS, contradicting studies that humans started global warming

Exploding Orthodoxy

Sea plankton in earth orbit? and here

Why Do Half Of Britons Not Believe In Evolution?

Technology

How to Make Your Entire Internet Life More Secure in One Day

Health

Debunking the Myths of the DTaP Vaccine

‘Eczema was ruining our lives – we never slept’: Mother at her wit’s end with son’s skin condition discovers cure that worked in just DAYS

Gardasil: First Criminal Case in Spain Begins

Her Family Stopped Eating Sugar for A Year, and This is What Happened

Is YOUR tap water lowering your IQ? Fears over high fluoride levels found in water in Maine

Most Ontarians support doctors’ right to refuse abortions

Pregnant women warned not to use antibacterial soaps over fears chemicals affect babies’ development

She Used to Be In A Wheelchair – The TED Talk That Comes With a Warning

Taking the Pill ‘raises the risk of breast cancer by 50 per cent’

‘Why is the NHS paying for Josie Cunningham’s boob job but not surgery to help my disabled son WALK?’ Mother’s fury as son, 5, is denied op for ‘funding reasons’

Weather

10 Cities Running Out of Water

Migrate them to Honduras

Logic

Is thinking now obsolete?