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Through the years on my blog, which covers issues of concern to the Christian church (writ large), I have occasionally touched on the hot-button issue of sexual orientation. Today I admit to finding myself increasingly reluctant to do so, because the topic has become such a lightning rod, and because I know so many people who are touched by this […]

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Does Hell exist? This question arose in another thread this week, one which the O.P.’s author had really hoped would focus more closely on what is beautifully and uniquely Catholic when it comes to sex and birth control. She didn’t want her thread to get highjacked, especially by people determined to explore the unlovely matter of eternal damnation. {https://ricochet.com/the-beautiful-and-unique-teachings-of-the-catholic-church/#comments) More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Of Prophets and Ponzi Schemes

 

shutterstock_144458128David McQueen made a lot of money from his business ventures and decided to share some of that wealth with his local church. Over a few years, his companies — Accelerated Income Group and Multiple Return Transactions — had earned him more than $45 million. During that time he gave about $300,000 to Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Mich. which was spent on various ministries over a six-year period.

This inspiring story of hard work and Christian charity fell apart last year when McQueen was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme. He had promised investors a 10 percent return and paid interest to the early marks out of investments from the new marks. McQueen is now in a medium-security federal prison and has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution — money that he spent a long time ago.

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The Presbyterians have voted to recognize homosexual “marriage”. Their definition of marriage has been altered to read “commitment of two people, traditionally a man and a woman…”. This is a major Christian denomination explicitly defying the plain word of God as set down in the Bible (homosexual behavior being “an abomination unto the Lord”). How […]

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Pope Francis has apparently taken inspiration from William F Buckley, Jr. The first two hundred names in the Catholic phonebook are now eligible to become cardinals. It used to be that one rose through the clerical ranks and won a job that automatically came with a cardinal’s red hat, such as becoming the archbishop of […]

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I would like to move the debate into a new area, one where we compare the unintended consequences of each side. If we do this, we can consider which side’s unintended consequences are more harmful to the idea of “limited government.” Wouldn’t it be interesting to consider the debate in this new way? I think […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Why Don’t Men Go To Church?

 

4444852856_41d891db05_zIt’s been a controversy for a few years now, and it seems that at least one huckster is always selling a book on it: it looks like men are checking out of not only school and careers, but church too. I can personally attest that I felt better about Christianity as an apostate.

When my other half decided to go shopping for a church, the men I met at some of the prospective houses of worship made me want to threw up a little. My God, what a bunch of worthless weenies. Seriously, it was like looking at a pet that was mangled in some farm equipment and just won’t mercifully die. You want to love it, but you’re physically repulsed at the same time.

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A nightmare: Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today to stop the satanic black mass that organizers are planning to stage next month in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.  More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Worship or American Idol-atry? — Jon Gabriel

 

My wife and I have dragged our daughters to many churches over the past several years. We’ve enjoyed most of the sermons, congregations, programs and pastors, and my wife has liked most of the music. As for me, I’ve pretty much given up on finding any worship music that doesn’t drive me a bit batty.

For background, I’m a plain-old Christian, sans denomination, though I have enjoyed Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, Reformed and other congregations over the years. Most of the churches I’ve attended are evangelical, with several that would fit into the “megachurch” category. Most have offered inspiring teaching with solid, if not terribly deep, theology. But the music… oh heavens, the music.

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It was not long ago I mentioned in another post that one of the primary problems of the modern church in America was that it leaned far too much towards the emotive. I didn’t elaborate at that time as it was an entirely different topic and I didn’t want to derail a discussion any more […]

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