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Angie Chui, Christian Today • Sun 2015 Mar 1, 7:43pm

"The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has decried as unconstitutional the distribution of Bibles in several public schools in Oklahoma. Freedom from religion is a non-profit organisation that advocates the Constitutional provision on the separation of Church and State as well as educating the public on nontheism. … Andrew Seidel, staff attorney of the organisation… said that under the Constitution, Bibles can only be given to students after they leave campus." (He must have a different copy of the Constitution than mine.)

Okla Flag
Jerusalem Post / Reuters • Sat 2015 Feb 28, 6:40pm

While an American Muslim girl sang the "Star Spangled Banner" inside the statehouse in Oklahoma City, about two dozen anti-Islamic protesters outside hurled insults at the group, mostly students, as they visited the Capitol to speak with lawmakers. There were no reports of violence.

"If they had a sword, they'd cut your head off," protesters shouted. Some carried signs saying "Islam equals Death." …

The "Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol" was organized by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and supported by the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, whose members helped escort attendees into the Capitol and past the protesters. …

A few lawmakers in the socially conservative state have previously made statements against Muslims, including Republican Representative John Bennett, who has said Islam is "a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out."

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, Patheos • Thu 2015 Feb 26, 7:52am

"The young man responded, 'Oh, I am Catholic, can I have some ashes?'"

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Franklin Graham, Facebook • Wed 2015 Feb 25, 3:58pm

"…the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriages and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don't agree. Our nation is ridiculed abroad and morally crumbling within. We are in trouble. We have turned our back on God." -Franklin Graham

Kennie Bass, Kaylin E. Searles, WCHS-TV • Mon 2015 Feb 23, 1:14pm

The video has gone viral of the pharmacist shooting down a would-be armed robber. The experience was hailed for quick and accurate self-defense, but the pharmacist has the emotional consequence.

Radcliff said he was standing just a few feet away. He drew his own weapon, firing three times, hitting the suspect twice and one shot actually hit the man’s gun as he was aiming to fire back.

On Thursday, he is back on the job, shaken, but trying to move forward.

Radcliff said he has received tremendous support from his family and friends, but also from his faith. Radcliff shared Thursday’s devotion from his daily devotional.

“Thursday, February 19th, John 10, 7 to 18, ‘A thief comes only to steal and to kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.’ That’s verse 10,” Radcliff said. “Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury; it’s his provision for me to help others live.”

Radcliff said it is exactly what he needed to hear. …

Larry, Last Refuge of a Scoundrel • Sun 2015 Feb 22, 5:26pm

A very private, very personal message to a lost love. Moving. (If Larry didn't want it to be linked, he shouldn't've put it online.)

"…You knew the worst of me, and you were the best of me. Who else, then, would have found someone so perfect for me? …"

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Dennis Wagner, Arizona Republic • Fri 2015 Feb 20, 9:33pm

A generally thorough article on the "Gabriel of Urantia" cult. Headline suggests they're preparing for "apocalypse," but nothing in the article suggests anything of the sort, except that they "seem like" other cults that have had apocalyptic episodes.

To join, members must renounce their given names and many of their possessions, steps they say are worth the serenity and security they find with the insular group.

But critics say the alliance is hardly serene. They describe a controlling, narcissistic leader who requires obedience and runs a cultlike community, and they draw parallels between the group and others that have garnered headlines following ritual-related deaths and mass suicides.

Humans of New York • Wed 2014 Jul 9, 6:21pm

"I’ve been a deep believer my whole life. 18 years as a Southern Baptist. More than 40 years as a mainline Protestant. I’m an ordained pastor. But it’s just stopped making sense to me. You see people doing terrible things in the name of religion, and you think: ‘Those people believe just as strongly as I do. They’re just as convinced as I am.’ And it just doesn’t make sense anymore. It doesn’t make sense to believe in a God that dabbles in people’s lives." [This sad case is more proof that belief is not faith. Whatever he believed, and quit believing, was an idea. Apparently not a very strong one, at that.]

David A. Kluft / Foley Hoag LLP • Mon 2014 Jun 23, 4:54pm

…God was the author so "who exactly would I get the approval from?" [Concerns cases regarding Bible, Urantia Book, Course in Miracles, Christian Science, more]

PR Web • Mon 2014 Jun 23, 4:49pm

Member of The Urantia Book Fellowship and seasoned author Nicholas P. Snoek just released his fourth book on this topic in the hopes to explain this second work of scripture in a more user-friendly way. “Another View” tells of a young Dutch boy as he becomes aware of an invisible friend who helps him explore religion and its background.

Reuters • Thu 2014 May 29, 3:01pm

Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago.

"Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity.

"Aramaic," the pope interjected.

"He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back.

Bible Gateway • Wed 2014 May 21, 7:12pm

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11)

chrissythehyphenated at PoliNation • Sun 2014 May 4, 9:48am

...twice Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with His finger, then all her accusers “went away one by one, beginning with the elders.” ...

I got thinking about this again the other day when I figured out that this event occurred on Shemini Atzeret. That is a day that God commanded be a Sabbath-level holy day of rest...."

Tom Phillips, The Telegraph • Tue 2014 Apr 29, 1:19pm

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America

Rob Kerby, BeliefNet • Sun 2014 Apr 27, 9:34pm

The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it.

…the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out of the American church and align with conservative Anglican groups in Africa and South America. …

U.S. Catholics out-number the Episcopal Church 33-to-1. There are more Jews than Episcopalians. Twice as many Mormons as Episcopalians. Even the little African Methodist Episcopal denomination -- founded in in 1787 -- has passed the Episcopalians. …

A few years ago, the annual national Episcopal convention overwhelmingly refused even to consider a resolution affirming that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Upon returning home from that meeting, Bishop Peter H. Beckwith, leader of the Springfield, Illinois, diocese, wrote in a pastoral letter that the Episcopal church was “in meltdown.” &hellip

Eye of Sauron
Michael W. Chapman, CNS • Sat 2014 Apr 12, 10:00pm

The Devil does not want people to follow Christ, so he tempts them, and this is not old-fashioned rhetoric because “the Devil is here, even in the 21st century” and we must learn “how to fight against Satan,” said Pope Francis during his homily at Mass on Friday in Rome….

“The Devil tempted Jesus many times and Jesus experienced temptation and persecution throughout his lifetime… Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here, even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”

Julie Kent, Cleveland Leader • Tue 2013 Feb 12, 3:15pm

St. Malachy prophesied that the final pope would be "Peter the Roman", which is interesting because no pope to date has chosen the name of Peter out of respect for Peter the Apostle. There has also been speculation that the final pope would be black. Even more curiously, there is a black cardinal in Ghana, Peter Turkson, who is believed to be a frontrunner and whose name has come up in previous discussions of papal appointment.

Cardinal Turkson has said in the past that "if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God." Catholic Church chronicler Rocco Palmo has called Turkson the lone Scripture scholar in the Pope's "Senate", and believes that his status as a potential "papabile" has been elevated due to his 2009 appointment as spokesman for the Second Synod for Africa.

Outside of the Church, there are also many who believe that Turkson is the favorite to take over as pontiff. Even the London bookmakers believe he's the top choice. Odds comparison site lists Turkson at best price odds of 4/1, and as short as 2/1 with some firms. Francis Arinze, the Nigerian Cardinal, is also a huge favorite with the bookies.

There are some who insist that Malachy did not say that the last pope he mentioned would be the 112th pope, insisting that he was merely the last, and theorizing that there could be more popes to come between Benedict and "Peter the Roman". However, this is not a belief that everyone subscribes to and many believe that "Peter the Roman" will be both the 112th and last pope of the Catholic Church.

Malachy's prophecies are taken very seriously as they've been uncannily accurate to date. Will the Catholic Church get its first black pope? Will "Peter the Roman" lead us into the End Times? These questions are set to be answered by Easter, which comes this year at the end of March, when the papal conclave announces their decision.

Wiki Answers • Tue 2012 Jul 10, 7:58pm"A quote from an 1899 book by Winston Churchill, "The River War", in which he describes Muslims he apparently observed during Kitchener's campaign in the Sudan" "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science - the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient" Rome.
Lady Dragon • Sun 2012 Jul 8, 12:21pm

A: You know it’s interesting you bring up the virus. That is actually a question I had for you. Are you familiar with Urantia?
C: Yes.
A: OK. It also talks about that there had come a virus on the outer seventh sphere of the Universe. It equated the virus with fear, war, and amnesia. Do you agree with that?
C: Yes I would actually describe the way the virus was created was like a virus spreading around the galaxy. A mutation, an anomaly, an error, something that was also described in very old Gnostic texts from the last 2000 years and even earlier. So that this anomaly, this error needs to be corrected now. That is what we are doing. And this correction mechanism has reached its (?) right now.
[Like many references to the revelation, nothing of this sounds much like what I think the Urantia Papers say, but then again, I've said something similar myself.]

Len Mckee at • Sun 2012 Jul 1, 9:36pm
A most interesting dicotamy could easily arise in this 2012 Presidential Election should the candidates be asked the following question in a televised debate.... 'Mr. Candidate, this nation was chiefly founded on Christianity ... the Urantia Book claims to be, in part, a correction of Christianity ... what then are your views regarding the Urantia Book?" Both Christianity and Mormonism are religions 'about' Jesus. The Urantia Book (UB) purports to contain not only the full life of Jesus but the re-stating of the religion 'of' Jesus.
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Daily Mail • Fri 2012 Jun 15, 5:47pm
The research appears to cast aside the widely-held 'inflationary' theory of the origins of the universe, that it began with the Big Bang, and will continue to expand until a point in the future, when it will end. … They say that this means that this means that the universe cycles through aeons dominated by big bangs and supermassive black hole collisions.

Compare Urantia Paper 12:
The entire seven superuniverses participate in the two-billion-year cycles of space respiration along with the outer regions of the master universe.

[Brought to Mindful's attention through Google news feed for "Urantia," which brought up this article thanks to a mention by commenter FizViz, Brighton UK.]

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Joshua ben Joseph Project • Mon 2012 May 14, 3:55pm
The Joshua ben Joseph Project is dedicated to the illumination of the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it. The project involves capturing high definition video and still photographs of regions in which Jesus lived and worked and using them to dramatize and illuminate the magnificent story in Part 4 of The Urantia Book.
Melanie Phillips • Thu 2012 Apr 26, 5:53pmAt the heart of this great argument lies the assumption on the part of the anti-religion camp that this is a battle between reason and obscurantism, between rationality on the one hand and knuckle-dragging ignorance and prejudice on the other. And of course, that anti-religion camp is on the side of reason, and thus of intelligence, science, progress and freedom; whereas religious believers would undo the Enlightenment and take us all back to the dark ages of credulity, superstition and the shackling of the mind. • Thu 2011 Sep 8, 12:32pmIn this post, I will argue that Paul was in fact a widower at the time of his writing. • Fri 2011 Aug 12, 8:27am

Pato Banton initially burst onto the international reggae scene in the same wave of British artists that included his friends and colleagues Ranking Roger and UB40. Over the years, Banton's music and lyrics have retained the lighter pop appeal of those performers, while incrementally adding depth and profundity. At this point in his career, Banton has become one of reggae music's most individual and powerful artists. ... Banton's motivation for making records clearly is not based on marketing strategies, however, as he has frequently worked on projects with a spiritual, rather than commercial, impetus. Banton has appeared on a series of religious albums titled "Words of Christ." Banton does not use his own lyrics on these works, but rather serves as a narrator, reading texts from the Urantia Book, also known as the Fifth Epochal Revelation, the central work of an esoteric Christian splinter group. "I've been very blessed to find the Urantia Book. After 21 years of studying it, I'm convinced that it is a revelation for the human race," Banton says. "It's a gift from the angels." Tenets of Rastafarianism also figure in Banton's lyrics, but he cherishes his role as a Urantian prophet. "It's become a tool not only that I give to people but also that I can use for my own edification," he says. Banton, who says he has the gift of revelation, explains that it becomes manifest in many ways. "In my travels, there have been times when I've seen miracles before my own eyes. I have to give thanks for those times," he says. "I don't talk much about them, because I don't want to freak people out or make people think that I'm anything special, but there have been times when God has used me to do certain things, and I just stand there in awe." • Tue 2011 Jul 26, 6:10pmBe near them, Lord Jesus, in the midst of this great horror. Gently touch their wounds and gather together the pieces of their shattered hearts, for they will need every fractured piece of it in the days, weeks and years to come. • Fri 2011 Jul 15, 9:02pmAn Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear". Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons. Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism. • Fri 2011 Jul 8, 6:25pmA treasure trove of gold and silver jewelry, coins and precious stones said to be worth billions of dollars has been found in a Hindu temple in southern India... estimated preliminary worth of over 500 billion rupees ($11.2 billion)… "We are yet to open one more secret chamber which has not been opened for nearly 140 years…."