— #Christian #hate-#preacher #GregLocke has a massive bill coming his way.
— Even the #Mormon #Church wants nothing to do with #TimBallard.
— A new lawsuit says #Louisiana #students were tricked into going to church instead of a #college fair.
— Letter suggests #PopePiusXII knew about #Nazi atrocities but remained on the sidelines.
— After a #teen's petition, a #Minnesota #schooldistrict will stop holding graduation in a #megachurch.
🏙 Town: Munich, Germany
🏛️ Attraction: Alte Pfarrkirche St. Margaret
❓ Have you ever taken a sightseeing tour at night?
➡ Don't miss out on these interesting free sightseeing tours in Munich: https://visitsights.com/sightseeing-tours/Germany/Munich?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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🏙 Region: Brescia, Italy
🏛️ Point of interest: Chiesa di San Giorgio
❓ What is the most relaxing sightseeing tour you have ever taken?
➡ Discover hidden gems in Brescia: https://visitsights.com/sights/Italy/Brescia?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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Why the Catholic Church is Still Relevant Today: Nurturing Faith, Promoting Community, and Inspiring Social Change https://the247catholic.blogspot.com/2023/08/why-catholic-church-is-still-relevant.html
- * * * * #Catholic #Christ #Jesus #JesusChrist #Church #Catholics #God #Christian #TheCatholicChurch #Catholichurch
🏙 Region: Heilbronn, Germany
🏛️ Attraction: Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Cornelius und Cyprian
❓ Have you ever taken a sightseeing tour at night?
➡ Be inspired by these free sightseeing tours in Heilbronn: https://visitsights.com/sightseeing-tours/Germany/Heilbronn?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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I never cease to be amazed at how ignorant I am regarding the history of those who's history has been hidden.
Welcome to my NEW Vella!
* Salassa's Epiphany *
Episode 24: "Aloe Vera"
< 1st 3 episodes Free! >
It's 1904 and sixteen-year-old Salassa has been abandoned by her parents and her grandmother. She makes progress, yet she makes mistakes. She learns from both.
#bosquecounty #abandonment #faith #healing #christian #historicalfiction #historicalromance #homeforwaywardgirls #BerachahIndustrialhome #arlingtontx #fortworth #morgantexas #readersofinstagram #forgiveness
This Is What a Faith-Based, Pro-Family Agenda Really Looks Like https://sojo.net/articles/what-faith-based-pro-family-agenda-really-looks?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #christian #progressive #activism
Rich Mullins Played Evangelical Court Jester https://sojo.net/articles/rich-mullins-played-evangelical-court-jester?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #christian #progressive #activism
"Evangelist & Wife Indicted on Child Rape & Abuse Charges After Publicly Begging for Money So They Could Preach All Across America" - Evangelical preacher (his dad was too) & his wife both charged (she's released, he's in jail still) w/ multiple counts of rape, sexual exploitation & abuse. Wife filed restraining order against him this August.
#sex #crimes #preacher #evangelist #child #molester #abuse #rape #christian #abuser #preach #USA #tennessee #new #van #gofundme https://lawandcrime.com/crime/evangelist-and-wife-indicted-on-child-rape-and-abuse-charges-after-publicly-begging-for-money-so-they-could-preach-all-across-america/
"Keep the #Christian away from our kids" - current and past history
What did y’all think of my version of the “#ThatGirl” trend?
This was a parody of #Christian influencer #AshleyHetherington’s video titled “How to become “THAT #Christiangirl” in 2023 || #Biblical tips to become the best version of yourself!”
Also, in the 1930s Germany, the Nazis began holding book burning events. It seems to me the so-called god fearing folks in the #USA are heading down the same path as Adolf #Hitler and that isn't something I am willing to accept.
The big question is, "Are you willing to accept fascism because of some silly #Christian religious fatwa or (un)holy war?"
#Republican #JohnRaymond is running for a seat in #Louisiana’s state legislature on a platform of protecting children from LGBTQ people. However, there’s an issue with his campaign message. #Raymond has been charged with four counts of #childcruelty following multiple allegations of physical #abuse during his tenure as the headmaster of a #christian academy.
John the Baptist said if you have 2 tunics (underwear) give 1 to someone who has none. How far should this logic should extend in our lives?
Should the person with 2 houses give 1 away?
What about cars?
It seems unlikely that John was only talking about clothing. Yet the American Christian often looks to make a profit on everything they have too much of. Craigslist & FB Marketplace are easy ways to profit off those that don’t have what they do.
@cleopas I've found quite a few. Not hundreds, but definitely a few dozen dedicated posters that keep my feed full of the Lord. You can check my Follows to see if there's any you'd like to follow. I'm on my phone (and vacation) or I'd cross reference some of my favourites. Scanning the #Christian #Christianity and #Theology hashtags helps find new posters too.
🏙 Town: Rostock, Germany
🏛️ Point of interest: Klosterkirche zum Heiligen Kreuz (Universitätskirche)
❓ Which sightseeing spot is at the top of your bucket list and why?
➡ Discover hidden gems in Rostock: https://visitsights.com/sights/Germany/Rostock?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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What Would the Astroturf group #OneMillionMoms Think of Boebert, Greene, and Noem?
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #Conservatives #Extremism #Fascism #Hategroups #Hypocricy #RepublicanParty #Religion #Hate #Bigotry #Violence #Genocide #Discrimination #Homophobia #Transphobia #EmptyThePews #ThePartyOfHate
🏙 Area: Valladolid, Spain
🏛️ Attraction: Iglesia de Cristo Redentor
❓ Which local dish in this area offers the best culinary experience?
➡ Don't miss out on these interesting free sightseeing tours in Valladolid: https://visitsights.com/sightseeing-tours/Spain/Valladolid?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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THE BOOK OF JUDGES: NIV: This month we launched this new title. Order your graphic novel or digital version at:
#Bible #biblestudy #biblecomic #biblecomics #biblecomicbook #biblecomicbooks #comics #bibleillustrations #biblicalart #christianart #christian #niv #nivbible #graphicnovel #graphicnovels #christiancomics #bibleillustrations #bgbg2 #biblegateway
🏙 City: Toronto, Canada
🏛️ POI: St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church
❓ What is the most spiritual sightseeing tour you have ever taken?
➡ These free walking tours are waiting for you in Toronto: https://visitsights.com/sightseeing-tours/Canada/Toronto?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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🏙 Area: Prague, Czechia
🏛️ Tourist attraction: Saint Ludmila
❓ Do you prefer guided or self-guided sightseeing tours?
➡ Don't miss out on these interesting free sightseeing tours in Prague: https://visitsights.com/sightseeing-tours/Czechia/Prague?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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Faith Activists Urge Congress to Resurrect the Child Tax Credit https://sojo.net/articles/faith-activists-urge-congress-resurrect-child-tax-credit?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #christian #progressive #activism
New article in the local paper by my pastor: Objective reality confirmed as God's creation.
"In the first line of the book, we find out that God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. It’s a pretty big book, and a lot of stuff follows that. None of it could happen, though, if that first bit didn’t. The Bible unfolds in actual time and history. The reality it describes is the objective one we live in."
Why four different prayer guides in one book?
Read the full article: Introducing The Three Ps Prayer Book
Trump, DeSantis Vie for Evangelical Vote in D.C. Face-off https://sojo.net/articles/trump-desantis-vie-evangelical-vote-dc-face?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #christian #progressive #activism
🏙 Area: Ferrara, Italy
🏛️ POI: Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi
❓ What is your favorite sightseeing destination and why?
➡ See beautiful sights in Ferrara: https://visitsights.com/sights/Italy/Ferrara?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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🏙 Region: Mainz, Germany
🏛️ POI: St. Stephan
❓ Do you know a lesser-known sightseeing spot in this region?
➡ Explore interesting sights in Mainz: https://visitsights.com/sights/Germany/Mainz?mtm_campaign=mastodon
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Life has had me very busy lately! Finally catching up on all of the gardening and weeding the heat wave kept us from. It's still hot...92 today, but it beats 99!
#flowerart #floralart #art #artwork #mastoart #fediart #artist #artists #AYearForArt #colorful #nature #garden #gardening #gardens #summer #botanical #botany #flower #flowers #flowerfriday #floral #cottage #tree #trees #treeoflife #Celtic #spirituality #spiritual #jewish #judaica #christian #christianity
The #Republican described himself as a “#Bible-believing #Christian” who believes in “the (Supremacy) of #religion”, asked her to “hear my heart on this” before launching into an #antitrans #response.
We live in a culture that tells us we should have a Christian car mechanic, barber, and all our friends should be Christian too. Otherwise we’ll get swindled and led astray.
But we worship a God who was the friend of sinners and we are called to be like Him and reflect His character to those around us.
Our religious culture is designed to control us whereas our relationship with Jesus is designed to free us.
The anti-abortion crusade (because that’s what it is: a pre-modern overtly violent #Christian campaign to conquer The Others™) is a vestigial throwback to ancient #Roman policy of “partus sequitur ventrem” which became English common law, and the #American colonies adapted it to weaponize sexual violence against people who were considered property (i.e. chattel slaves).
"it's called #Christian birth control, get over it" - the office of Congress Woman HandJob
Is Metallica Christian? - We Explore the Often Searched Question on Metallica + Faith
Two of the most searched-for questions about Metallica on Google might be a surprise to some fans: Is Metallica Christian? and Is Metallica anti-Christian?
Today is brought to you by Nusiance by John Rueben:
“I'm not trying to be a nuisance
I just think we can do better than this
That was simply my two cents
You can, you can take it or leave it
Let's think about this path that we're taking
Let's think about this future we're creating
Let's think about this life that is fading
Think about it, come on
Think about it, now”
(The Boy vs The Cynic is seriously one of the best #Christian albums I know)
Understanding God and atheism on YouTube | The Listening Post
Just saw a post claiming that if Christianity is progressive then it is heretical because God doesn't change.
While it's true God doesn't change, that doesn't mean his people have been good at following his commands. A Christian people who are not progressing the cause of the widow, orphan, immigrant, and unheard are not living a biblically defined Christianity. And as Christianity has failed to do that for millennia, it might look progressive to follow God's commands now (at least in some areas).
"Is there a #spiritual way to kill an animal?"
"Let me put it this way, how would #Jesus kill an animal?" 🌱✝️
A snippet from the trailer of #Christspiracy, a documentary movie I am really looking forward to watching!
It is no longer to be shown on #Netflix due to the filmmakers not wanting to soften the message apparently (an argument of #cencorship?). I can see this getting a lot of attention in the #Christian and wider #religious community. For good or for worse, this may perhaps involve conversations in those communities about how they treat their animals.
For those that are part of the #vegan community, I hope you will spread this trailer and movie to other #vegans to raise its awareness, as I am not sure how far it will spread without the marketing team of Netflix.
The orange former wig in chief can't help it when someone says his name, because he assumes it's a sycophant praising his achievements. Problem is, he swallowed the whole hook, line and sinker and he ended up sharing an article actually lambasting his very un-#Christian behavior. https://www.meidastouch.com/news/oops-trump-shared-article-of-pastors-blasting-his-un-christian-behavior
Relating a conversation had on Discord. The prompt from them was:
"How do you guys continue to believe even with the apparent contradictions in the Scriptures like 2 Samuel 8:4 vs. 1 Chronicles 18:4? Things like this are actually causing a lapse in my faith, as of late."
(Note: the two passages are identical in the KJV, except one of them says that there are seven hundred horsemen, and the other says there are seven thousand. In most translations, these two passages are not identical, and many of the translations just say 1700 horsemen.)
What, the difference between "seven thousand" and "seven hundred"? I actually listened to an interesting podcast on that the other day. https://nakedbiblepodcast.com/podcast/naked-bible-024-the-bibles-literary-context-the-military-historical-annal-genre/
Short version to save a listen: Chronicles is written as a Military-Historical Annal, and as such there are some liberties taken with numbers in some places. This was a common trope of the time for stories about kings, and would have been no different for stories about King David. The example Dr. Heiser uses takes a different sample and breaks it down as similar to other Ancient Near-Eastern texts.
If seven thousand vs seven hundred has you beat up, you must have real difficulties with the inconsistencies in the Synoptic Gospels.
In general, I find my faith doesn't lie in the specifics, but rather in the spaces between. Reading the Word and studying it -- seeing how other people answer these same tough questions you're asking? That's what really renews and affirms my faith. For example, I find a lot of the Jewish histories a little hard to take literally. Especially pre-David. The Bible can be the inspired Word of God and still be a bunch of words written by human beings in certain rhetorical and poetic styles designed to evoke a response in their audience.
Everyone eventually hits a wall where they say "You know, this is just a little TOO far," but there are a great body of people across history that have read those same words, asked those same questions, and figured out an answer. I pray you find your answer, my friend.
Understanding dawns at last 🙄Inside the far right's roadmap to introduce #Christian #theocracy: Conservatives often frame their policy crusades as part of an effort to expand “religious freedom,” & gut #CivilRights protections. But now “Project 2025” is saying the quiet part out loud: #RightWing groups do not want to ensure all US have religious freedom, but want to impose conservative Christian views on the country.
Who Would Jesus Cut From Medicaid? https://sojo.net/articles/who-would-jesus-cut-medicaid?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #christian #progressive #activism
They developed a slavery economy.
Now, the USA still identifies as a Christian country (though perhaps that's not representative of a majority?)
I have read the New Testament of the #Christian Bible.
My question is, what part of the teachings of Jesus advocated slavery? 🤔
There's a Mental Health Crisis Among Youth. The Church Can Help https://sojo.net/articles/theres-mental-health-crisis-among-youth-church-can-help?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #christian #progressive #activism
Happy Labour Day!
Whether you spend today at a barbecue, or watching football, or just soaking up some daylight, please remember: the world has been made better by organized community action, by "stirring up one another to love and good works." (Heb 10:24) Good works like: 5-day work weeks, child labour laws, and minimum wages.
As St Peter reminds us: "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind." (1 Pet 3:8)
fresh beautiful curves
french kissed music to my ears
she's bold and brassy!
#art #artwork #fediart #mastoart #poetry #writing #haiku #AYearForArt #artist #colorful #colorfulart #writingcommunity #life #poet #poets #christian #christianity #buddhism #celtic #writinglife #writers #writerslife #french #frenchhorn #horns #brass #classical #classicalmusic #music #musica #musical #musician #musicians
life is an ever changing
beauty and a beast!
#art #artwork #fediart #mastoart #poetry #writing #haiku #AYearForArt #artist #colorful #colorfulart #writingcommunity #life #poet #poets #christian #christianity #buddhism #celtic #writinglife #writers #writerslife #tree #trees #treeoflife #spirituality #spiritual #healing #religion #religious #judaism #jewish
Here's my understanding of #Christian theodicies.
1. Free Will: Humans with free will do evil and/or cause suffering.
2. Justice: Evil humans deserve to suffer.
3. Broken World: As a result of free will(Adam & Eve), creation is broken and produces evil and suffering.
4. Utilitarian: Suffering has a purpose (to draw us near to God, to not do that thing, or Joseph taking one for the team).
5. Irenaean: Evil/Suffering exists as a contrast to reveal God to us.
6. Mystery: Some suffering we'll never know
#Theodicy #Evil #Suffering #Pain #Religion
The first Friday in September is recognized as National Food Bank Day.
This strikes near and dear to my heart. If you have it within you to give, please help share with those who are struggling.
In today's socio-economic climate, there's this false belief that people who need help are not willing to work. That's simply not true. These reports from the last few years show food bank usage going up for those who are actively working:
I believe the only way ahead for the pope is an heartfelt deep “I am sorry.” and walking the straight and narrow from this time onward.
I'm well aware of not only the traditional #Christian scriptures and the traditional interpretations (plus orthodox doctrines & dogmas), I'm also quiet aware of the various challenges to all that. What I had not heard, however, is the speculative ideas of #Jesus' direct connection with #Buddhism. The video below, at 37:25, begins exploring that topic... and I found it truly fascinating. It's still hard for me to believe as of yet, but it's got me thinking for sure.
“Our goal is to take down the #education system as we know it today,” Bohlinger said"
Secret phone call reveals #christian Right plan to 'take down the #education system as we know it' - Raw Story https://www.rawstory.com/amp/parents-rights-anti-education-activist-2664601559
#MidnightMass on #Netflix depicts the corruption of a small town’s #faith, from lukewarm #Catholicism to #fanaticism. With the exception of its use of literal plagues and monsters, this series represents #Christian #radicalization frighteningly well. Writer and director Mike Flanagan’s commentary on the utility of #religious faith echoes what many former #believers, like myself, have learned in our experiences with religious radicalization.
‘I want to remind these people that backwardness is useless, & they must understand that there’s a correct evolution in the understanding of questions of #faith & morals,” that allows for doctrine to progress & consolidate over time.
Francis has previously acknowledged the criticism directed at him from some #usa conservatives, once quipping that it was an “honor” to be attacked by Americans.’
"ADF lawyers would file #lawsuits they hoped would lead to a #SupremeCourt ruling that declared a constitutional right to vouchers for private and home #schools. As a result, Ziklag’s education committee estimated in one document, the public education system could lose about $238 billion a year — a third of its total funding.
“Our goal is to take down the #education system as we know it today,” Bohlinger said"
"For decades, Farris — a conservative Christian lawyer who is the most influential leader of the modern home-schooling movement — had toiled at the margins of American #politics. His arguments about the harms of public education... had left many unconvinced.
Now, speaking on a confidential conference call to a secretive group of #Christian millionaires seeking, in the words of one member, to “take down the #education system as we know it today,”
— Kinda like they are the #Antichrist and all that.
interesting article on Abraham Lincoln and whether he was a #Christian: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2023/july-web-only/abraham-lincoln-evangelical-gordon-leidner-joshua-zeitz.html
"If anyone does not believe that Holy Mary is the Mother of God, he is severed from the Godhead. If anyone should assert that He passed through the Virgin as through a channel, and was not at once divinely and humanly formed in her (divinely, because without the intervention of a man; humanly, because in accordance with the laws of gestation), he is in like manner godless."
-Attributed to St. Gregory the Theologian #Christian #Christianity #Catholic #OrthodoxChristian
Also... What are they saying is or "ain't"?
And what about this bet business? I assume they are speaking of hellfire and damnation, but how would someone who isn't steeped in the #Christian hegemonic complex know what they are talking about?
Newsweek: Evangelicals Are Now Rejecting 'Liberal' Teachings of Jesus
Huttunen, N. (31 Mar. 2020). Early Christians Adapting to the Roman Empire. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004428249 #OpenAccess #OA #BiblicalStudies #Bible #Christian #Writings #AncientPhilosophy #Ancient #Philosophy #Theology #Christianity #RomanEmpire #Roman #Empire #Religion @philosophy @antiquidons @bookstodon (25)
I'm not a #Christian. But if I'm wrong and #Jesus really is coming back, I hope he does it soon, and gives a good talking to people preaching hate against #LGBT people in his name. As a queer #trans US-American, I'm really reaching the limits of my capacity to deal with this religious bigotry.
Christians, either fix your churches or leave them.