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Saturday, March 30. 2013
Bruce Walker: Can Christianity survive?
Steyn: The Death of the Family
Many women fear ending up as bag ladies
Why your kid can't find a job
How Should I Answer My Lady When She Asks If Another Woman Is Attractive?
Their 4th vacation trip of 2013: UNREAL! Obama Girls Take Second Vacation in One Week – From Bahamas to Sun Valley
Planned Parenthood Official Argues for Right to Post-Birth Abortion
The Meltdown Of Global Warmists Reveals Their True Priorities
And The Economist finally drops its warming frenzy
Social Policy - A Bumpkin's Eye View (Photo below from the piece)
Related: The Clock Ticks on Racial Preferences - The Supreme Court may soon rule that universities cannot anymore use race as a factor in admissions—some 15 years sooner than Justice O'Connor predicted in 2003.
British Gaza Convoy Activists Were Raped in Front of Their Father in Benghazi
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If the church is the living manifestation of Jesus on earth then it will survive. There's no promise that the living body of Christ, no matter how wounded, won't endure great pressure and suffering, but it will survive.
suffering is promised.
If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you --Jn 15:20
What is happening is that the churches that failed to preach the Gospel and instead have for generations preached and practiced falsehood about what God requires are being cut down and thrown into the fire, as Scripture said. The Holy Spirit departed them, along with Christians, long ago. Here, churches remaining true to the Word (whether charismatic or Reformed) are actually growing rapidly, while mainline churches are being closed down. They don't make the radar screen because many meet in school cafeterias, movie theaters, homes, or rented auditoriums, but that is what happening. I can think of at least 5 such churches that have started in my area in the last couple of years.
American Religion Survey
for the record, you are making axiomatic, false assertions about orthodoxy and I further observe that that Holy Saturday/Easter vigil is a poor choice of time to accuse any Christian of practicing falsehood.
What you linked to says exactly what I did. Happy Easter.
"The historic Mainline churches and denominations have experienced the steepest declines while the non- denominational Christian identity has been trending upward particularly since 2001."
I'm not going to argue theology on Pascha morning, which can have only uncharitable outcomes, but you need to actually read the study rather than cherrypick a line or two. its complex and nuanced and isn't a "hooray for our side" orthodox vs feel-good-praisercize study by any means. if you think it is, the church is in more trouble than I thought.
Not sure why you think you and I differ, or, I am not sure what your point is. My point is that those churches that depart from the Gospel are going to wither and die. That's what Scripture says, you can start with Revelation and go from there. We are fortunate to live in an age where the Lord is clearly separating the sheep from the goats. Our job is to remain fixed on following the Lord and not be distracted by this evil age. The real Church is growing, not shrinking, at least where I live; we are only seeing the dead branches being pruned away to make room for more growth.
Exactly. These are perilous times and the sheep are rapidly being separated from the goats.The division between Christianity and "religion" is becoming more evident as "religion" caters to the world's desires while true Christianity will not yield to man's desires.
"Planned Parenthood Official Argues for Right to Post-Birth Abortion"
quote: "...when a Planned Parenthood official endorsed a right to post-birth abortion."
Under the heading "How the Right Wing Lies To You Day After Day After Day", every right-wing site writing on this called her an "official".
"Alisa LaPolt Snow, the lobbyist representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, testified that her organization..."
"her organization" is NOT Planned Parenthood. She's not a Planned Parenthood "official", nor does she even work for them.
To recap: Planned Parenthood only spends 3% of its annual budget on abortions, none of it coming from the taxpayers. When sites like this one call them an "abortion mill", as it did a few months ago, that says a lot more about the site than it does Planned Parenthood.
"As freezing Britain faces a grave energy crisis, ministers unveil more green gimmicks and eco taxes."
For an even better read on the edge Britain's is going over, check this bad boy out:
It’s the cold, not global warming, that we should be worried about
I don't understand your (Dr. Mercury's) objection to the piece. It's horrific testimony. Alisa LaPolt Snow was representing Planned Parenthood's interests when she testified, so why does it matter whether she is an employee of planned parenthood or a lobbyist? (Lobbyists are frequently employed by the organizations that they represent).
The real question is, how can you be faced with a child who miraculously survived a killing during its birth, and kill it again? It brings the act of abortion into the light. We tried to kill you, and you're here alive, so now we have to either kill you again or save your life? No wonder Alisa La Polt Snow had a hard time answering the questions. And, Dr. Mercury, it's not really about whether the taxpayer pays for it. The point in question is whether it's a horrific act. And it's not about the fact that they called the abortion provider site a "mill" because mills used to be where bread, the staff of life was made. Mill is a good word. If it's a derogatory word when you apply it to abortion, maybe the problem is the abortion.
It's no joke...
"Many women fear ending up as bag ladies"
It's why the "Julia" stuff conservatives made fun of actually worked. Probably also has alot to do with why so many relatively minor issues have been elevated to alleged deal-killers when successful women are asked why they refuse to vote conservative even though leftism works against their interests. Subsidized $9 birth control pills - yeah, that's a real biggie. Seamus the Dog, mmmhmm, big one. And gay marriage is all the rage - the civil right issue of ourtimes - now that Obama and Hillary have decided to stop lying about their position on it quite recently.
It's all a cover for fear voting. The illusion of security from the state has become more important than having freedom or opportunity. But not many will admit to it, so we have to put up with the flood of BS issues.
And it goes double for women in their 20s early 30s who are afraid they never will get a decent career going, but certainly do not want their parents of a man taking care of them. So the government security blanket it is, but we can't admit that. Enter the gay marriage and birth control excuses.
And remember back in '70 when marriage was a stupid joke only entered into by squares? "We don't need no piece of paper from the city hall / Keeping us tied and true..."
Now getting married is the most important issue ever. right.
Activist women raped in a “developing country.” I read these stories a few times a year. If I sought them, I assume I could read them at least monthly.
Jesus promised the Apostles that He would be with us until the end of the ages.
Orthodox Christians will still be here to pick up the pieces of a shattered humanity and restore Truth to an anguished and repentant people after civilization collapses.
Count on it.
Oh, Terry; YES!! Beautifully said!
He is risen!!
Doc, she may not be a PP official, but she represents them as a lobbyist. I call "close enough". 3%: I keep hearing that, but I've never seen (or looked) for numbers to back that up. Could it be they pay themselves so much to outweigh abortion expenses that much? Or for advertizing? Or fund-raising? Why should I trust them?
"Many women": Article I read talked about well-paid women. Can't they save for their future? Invest? Do they live for today, like the grasshopper story?
Activist women: Evidence/proof that other Arabs hate the Palis, too.
Re: Why your kid can't find a job
The best way to combat a thin resume is with photos, video, endorsements. Be unusual and memorable: if, for example, you reached Level 60 on World of Warcraft, tell your future boss why that means you have monster leadership skills.
holy crap ... the best way to combat a thin resume is not to explain to me that you reached level 60 on an internet game and have "monster" leadership skills.
if that happened, I'd fire the employee who set up the interview for wasting my time.
the best thing is to tell me you'll work to the job not the clock, and have a personal appearance that won't embarrass me or the business in the real world of working adults.
... a really futile and stupid gesture ... let's do it!
Wirraway - you made me almost become a fountain of red wine.
Forrest - totally 100% agree with post #3. I think both 2008 and 2012 elections were fear based for more than just women. We are currently fundamentally divided by what makes us feel most secure. Core beliefs are very hard to bridge with compromise.
RE: bag ladies - I remember hearing this fear among the divorce generation over 20 years ago and I can understand a housewife that is newly divorced fearing this. I believe a large part of the current rabid career oriented feminism was gifted to daughters who felt their mother's deepest fears in waves of TMI imparted to the children of divorce. I don't fear this. I have done all the right things. Even if a black swan takes it all, I know I can do better. Besides living a modest life of a rambler in a trailer doesn't scare me. Interesting that I never heard any woman of my Grandparent's generation (long term marriages and lived through the depression and WWII) express this concern.
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Whatever happened to the pioneer women who helped settle and tame the great frontiers of this country? Today's scaredy-cat feminists can't hold a candle to the strong women who helped build this nation. When proud independence is replaced by helpless dependency, we have regressed, not progressed.
Speaking of feminists, I just returned from sitting in with a local blues band at the B Street Blues and Boobie Bar.
Which is kind of a goof on the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar located in Nashville, TN>
The blues were great and we (as in the band) were cooking. However, said boobies were totally covered and very demur.