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Why Burkinis Should Matter To Christians Who Care About Religious Freedom
« Reply #288 on: September 03, 2016, 07:02:30 AM »

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Why Burkinis Should Matter To Christians Who Care About Religious Freedom

We must speak into religious liberty issues that protect the rights of those who believe differently than we do.


Yesterday I wrote an article for Religion News Service about women and burkinis. But, it was not really about women and burkinis. It was about secularism and its march.


Before you go much further, click here and see this picture at the New York Times. It’s of the French police making a woman take off more clothes to stay on a beach.


So, this is not really about burkinis, but it is about the right of religious people to live out the implications of their beliefs, even in the face of the secular march of the Western world.


I’ve written on that before, talking about religions freedom in an earlier RNS column.


In "3 reasons Christians should back religious freedom for all,” I explained:



     
  1. The First Amendment does not protect certain faiths, but all faiths, and people of no faith.

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  3. Minority faiths, like minority viewpoints, are the ones who need the most protection.

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  5. When those of us who identify as Christians allow the government to pick whose freedoms are recognized, we undermine our own religious liberties.


So, why do I, an evangelical Christian, who wants to see women (and men) liberated from the oppression that the burkini represents and set free in Christ, write the RNS article and now this post? As I state in the RNS article, because of religious liberty.


If we don’t speak out, Muslims in France will not be the only ones stripped of their religious liberty. We can’t stand idly by today because it is not “our” religious liberty that is being trampled upon. Next time, as secularism continues its march across the West, it very well might be us.


Religious liberty for some soon means religious liberty for none.


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Re: Why Burkinis Should Matter To Christians Who Care About Religious Freedom
« Reply #289 on: September 03, 2016, 12:42:54 PM »
Why Burkinis Should Matter To Christians Who Care About Religious Freedom

<p class="deck">We must speak into religious liberty issues that protect the rights of those who believe differently than we do.

Yet another silly christian writer with no comprehension even when the facts are getting right up their noses.

Islam is a predatory religion that intends to supplant christianity and defeat the host nation in every area.

Queen Elizabeth 1st had the same problem when she did everything to avoid persecuting the Catholics in her midst. ("I will not place windows into men's souls")
Unfortunately these same Catholics she wanted to protect, actually wanted her dead.
They, despite being English, had a prior sworn obedience to another foreign king, the Pope. He had issued a "fatwa" or Papal bull denouncing Elizabeth and exhonerating from sin any Catholic who killed her or helped those who killed her.
After repeated Catholic plots to assassinate her were exposed, she had no choice but to put restrictions on the Catholic church.

The "doctrine of equivalance", that treats every religion as equal, can never be applied to a religion whose entire purpose is to destroy you.
Islam also has the added weapon of "Taqiyya" which permits Islam to make treaties with anyone, despite having every intention on reneging on them at the first profitable opportunity.
Its like swearing an oath with your fingers crossed behind your back.

The written command of the Koran is to kill the infidel, which means us lot. The Koran also encourages rape of non Islamic women. It also encourages underage sex. It also encourages polygamy.

The whole mass immigration intention of the Illuminati world powers is to deliberately destabilise Judeo christian cultures by importing a culture and religion that is powerfully antichristian and anti Jewish.
None of what we see in the current news is just happenchance. It is deliberate and evil.

Ultimately, you cannot give religious freedom to a group whose every intention is to destroy and replace yours, and whose very history demonstrates that fact.

Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #290 on: September 03, 2016, 10:41:08 PM »
We are commanded to love those who persicue us and to repay evil with good.
I have no problem with muslim women covering their bodies in an attempt to be modest. Where we in the west should draw a line is the covering that hides the face.
That should be banned. But then I also think our government should be ethical in its dealings with islamic countries, pointing out they have signed un agreements proctecting the rights of muslims to change their religion. Cloud coo land I know loopy:

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Am I Called To Be A Church Planter?
« Reply #291 on: September 04, 2016, 07:09:07 AM »
Am I Called To Be A Church Planter?

Regardless of if we are called specifically to be church planters, all of us are called to be ABOUT church planting.


The question, “Am I called to be a church planter?” is not a straightforward one. It’s not like, “Should I breathe?” or “Should I love others as Jesus does?”


The question, “Am I called to be a church planter?” is kind of like asking, “Should I go into an Arts program, Science Program, or a Trade Program?” What’s implied behind this question is the importance of further education. So the question is more a matter of, “Which route will you take?”


Or it’s like the question, “Should I eat a pop-tart for breakfast?” Yes, obviously you need to eat food, but if you eat a pop-tart for breakfast, how is that going to affect what you eat for lunch? And how will you deal with the sugar crash and belly rumblings mid-morning?


When we look at the biblical commandment to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,” the natural outflow of that is the planting of new churches.


We see this through the Early Church and how the apostles preached the gospel, made disciples, and planted churches that then preached the gospel, made disciples, and planted churches.


I mean, just look through the book of Acts! And then look at how the New Testament was written to new churches in their respective life situations. Essentially, the New Testament can be seen as an anthology of church plants. The fact is, just like we all need to eat food or we will die, we need to all be about church planting, or the church will die.


So the better question that we need to answer is, “Am I called to be about church planting?” And let me make this easy for you. If you’re a follower of Christ, the answer is a default yes.


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The Light Between Oceans
« Reply #292 on: September 05, 2016, 07:01:04 AM »
The Light Between Oceans

A picturesque romance with a backbone.


Every year or so, Hollywood turns out a romance shot in a picturesque location—usually written by Nicholas Sparks—that might as well be sponsored by Kleenex, for two reasons. One, because you'll go through reams of its most popular product (lotion or not, your pick) in the theater. Two, the movie's a lot like Kleenex: soft and comforting and even necessary sometimes, but easy to tear apart or melt, and meant to be tossed once you're done with it.


The Light Between Oceans, I'm happy to report, is not that movie. Instead of flattering romantic fantasies, it digs into the difficult truth about the world, and comes out with a hopeful realism that seems, after all, quite beautiful.


Directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines), The Light Between Oceans is the old-fashioned story of a lonely lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander), who are deliriously happy in their wild, lovely island home until it becomes clear that their dream of having a child can only end in heartbreak—that is, until their prayers are answered in the most unexpected way.


Typically the film would end here, but there's more to this story, which is adapted from the bestselling 2012 novel by M.L. Stegman. The answers to their prayers depend on the heartbreak of someone else (Rachel Weisz), and so the film gains a backbone and a conflict that can't be easily resolved.


The Light Between Oceans is thematically rich, a clear morality tale about guilt, desire, and redemption that sustains an undertone of sadness. Here is the thing: we wreck one another's lives, and sometimes there's no clear fix—no fix at all. Sometimes there's no way to hit the reset button. Redemption ...

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #293 on: September 05, 2016, 10:59:03 AM »
We are commanded to love those who persicue us and to repay evil with good.
Loving those who persecute us does not mean acquiescing to their demands that we change our society into the oppressive nation they came from.
As mentioned above, Queen Elizabeth 1st tried to protect the Catholics, but that just gave them freedom to murder her.
Granting Islam equal status in the west is suicide for western society.
That fact is being proven again and again every day.
Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

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Interview: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Loves Amy Grant, Rich Mullins, and the Book of Jonah

The indie rocker discusses his spiritual hunger with CT.


When John Darnielle sat down at the Yamaha keyboard on stage at Calvin College’s auditorium last spring, his fingers began to play, “O Bless the Lord, God of Our Salvation.” The lead singer of the indie rock band The Mountain Goats told the audience at the Festival of Faith and Writing, “I’m a religious obsessive, so whenever I’m in a place like this, I want to play hymns.”


When Darnielle heads out on tour this month, theater and bar crowds will also get a taste of the religious themes and biblical references that pulse through his literary and often semi-autobiographical lyrics.


He reminded me twice that his 2009 release The Life of the World to Come appeared on CT’s list of best albums that year. Back then, the singer referred to himself as a “Catholic atheist.” These days, a 49-year-old father of two, he describes himself as a theist who prays to Jesus.


Regardless of the labels, Darnielle can quote Scripture as well as his songs would suggest (each of the dozen tracks on The Life of the World to Come had Bible citations as titles, and more than 100 songs in The Mountain Goats canon reference specific passages, creeds, hymns, and teachings), and he has an un-ironic appreciation for Christian contemporary music veteran Amy Grant and the late Rich Mullins. He said Grant’s collection, available on iTunes, saved his life during a dark period several years ago.


But what makes so many Christians drawn to The Mountain Goats’ music? According to reviewer Joel Heng Hartse, Darnielle brings an “unflinching gaze at truth” and a “large-hearted openness to the beauty of the world, the goodness of life and humanity” that resonate with believers ...

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Hell or High Water
« Reply #295 on: September 07, 2016, 07:13:46 AM »
Hell or High Water

Looking for peace in all the wrong places.


Near the end of Hell or High Water, David Mackenzie’s tragic and powerful Western/crime fusion, one of its principal characters speaks of being haunted by the events that have transpired over the course of the film.


His adversary suggests the troubled man should confront him again, in a more isolated venue. “Maybe I’ll give you peace,” he says, euphemistically. “Maybe,” the troubled character shoots back quickly, “I’ll give it to you.”


It would be hard for anyone who has ever attended a liturgical church service not to hear in such an exchange a bitter, cruel inversion of the ritualistic “passing of the peace”: the greeting of “peace be with you” and the reply, “and also with you.” It is both strange and yet somehow fitting that in a film filled with violence perpetrated on human bodies that this violence against language could have the capacity to pain the audience in equal measure.


But it does.


Hell or High Water begins in medias res. Two masked men terrorize a middle-aged woman opening a Texas Midlands bank. When she doesn’t have the combination for the safe, they lay in wait for the manager to arrive, punching him in the nose despite his cooperation. Gradually their motivation is revealed. Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) is a convict who agrees to help his brother, Toby (Chris Pine), to rob enough banks to pay off a reverse mortgage and the back taxes on their family home. The brothers have less than a week before the bank forecloses on the property, and the stakes are raised by the fact that a contract for drilling oil on the land means the property will soon skyrocket in value.


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