I wonder if the cathedrals in Europe also charge for admission; sounds logical to me since they are mostly museums anyway, as is the Washington Cathedral.
Confusing 'the church' with a building is a common error; worse yet are all the songs that try to make your local assembly place equivalent to the Temple in the Old Testament (eg. "We are standing on holy ground..."). Imagine singing them if your Christian worship service is held in a high school cafeteria or auditorium because it was just destroyed by a tornado/fire/lightning strike. For all budget keepers and job seekers, I would recommend Dave Ramsey's website, radio show and podcast, as well as Dan Miller's 48 Days website and podcast. They have many good ideas on saving money and improving your ability to make more money. Dan just cited an example of his Mexican landscaper who saved a bit of money to send to his father to buy 3 freezers to start a popsicle business. It has expanded and they have had to hire more people.
i wonder why they didn't turn off the microphone she was using. interesting comments about freemasonry; few people even know what it stands for, and it is dying out like other 'fraternal' organizations. maybe they need to get on facebook to recruit the youth but why would they bother to join? to go to weekly meetings to talk about doing good things, rather than just go out and do the thing. a look at the strange symbols on the dollar bill makes you wonder about the founding of the country on freemasonry roots. i saw in the basement of the US Capitol a drawing of what happened when George Washington presided over a Freemason ritual to lay the cornerstone of the building; yet David Barton of Wallbuilders group says that GW and others were not practicing freemasons. ask any freemason about GW and they will say he was the greatest! and Jose Marti of Cuba and Benito Juarez of Mexico were Freemasons.
Are SBC baptisms related to the general birth rate in the US population? Isn't there a new growth of babies going on, and with the influx of illegal immigrants, there are more people to pick from. SBC has long had branches in Latin America, so many of these will head to their local SBC branch (check in your area for SBC services in Spanish to see if this is also true for your area). Or, perhaps this is a 'leading indicator' for churches in general--they are dying, at least in America. Phillip Jenkins wrote a book about this--that there are more Christians in the 3rd world than in the developed world (e.g. more Episcopalians in Africa than in England).
I know a large SBC group here that years ago bought a large vacant property to move to, won lawsuits over neighbors' complaints, and years later have not even had a ground breaking ceremony. What happened? They didn't 'count the cost' as Jesus advised, so they didn't have the money to pay for the new bldg.
At the same time, I know of a small (less than 60 attending)SBC-sponsored group holding Sunday services (in Spanish) in the rec center of a public park, when less than a mile away, there are 2 established SBC branches (with services in Spanish)!
"church is relying on a consumer business model"---well, what do you think? the church is a business for many today. just walk into a 'christian book store' or search a website for christian books. listen to many christian radio programs or podcasts and many 'guests' will be authors discussing their latest book. see how many christian websites are promoting something for sale. it is a business!
Now, there is nothing wrong with business--it provides many people a way to live, feed their families, and even pay taxes to keep other people from having to work!
The "profe" is right on this one and it follows what the Russian writer Dostoyevsky said, that when people stop believing in God, they will believe in anything. Ecology is a religion for those who deny God's existence. Their theology is based on evolution, but they don't accept the concept of "survival of the fittest" that led to thinking like the National Socialist Party in Germany.
I don't have cable TV, but I watched one show online. Result: nearly got kicked out of lunchroom at work after discussing squirrel-eating on the show. I didn't notice any Christian content in it. I am more offended by what they make Southerners look like--so Yankees have one more reason to discount anyone/anything from the South--which is why the show exists! And, as to long haired Christians--isn't there a long-haired singer in the singing group that sings a lot of old-time Christian songs and hymns? No one questions his theology, do they?
you can blame it all on (former)Miami-Dade County Schools Police Chief Hurley, who had a chance to arrest Mr. Martin when he was found with jewelry and burglar's tools (in his school backpack) shortly after a home was burglarized near his high school. the jewelry items matched those reported stolen, but Hurley did not arrest Mr. Martin. Hurley was demoted after this came to light (he was using the state law to declare them mentally ill, needing evaluation, rather than the state law that said they should be arrested, all so that his statistics would show less crime in schools), and has been fired after sexual harrassment charges were made against him.
Excellent news, and a reminder to all to read the short (200-page) but excellent book by Hobby Lobby's president David Green, "More than a Hobby." And of course, if you have a store in your area, check it out!
Obama's administration considers homosexuality a human right, so they are going to have problems with African countries. Also, Muslim countries in AFrica consider homosexuality a sin, punishable by death (as per the Koran). A long time ago someone compared the descendants of Jonathan Edwards with descendants of an ordinary criminal of the time. Edwards line had lots of judges, ministers, and the other guy had a bunch of ne-erdowells. It would be interesting to see the same thing done with an African who didn't get sent to the Caribbean or Brazil or USA as a slave with those who did. I would bet the slaves did better than the natives. Also, missing from all this apology tour is the fact that Muslims helped promote the slave trade and still do today in Africa. A recent book, "White Gold" tells of how they raided even England to steal whites for their own slavery.
Gee, I always thought left-handedness was the mark of Cain from Genesis. I think Quran ranks it on the level of homosexuality---with the same penalty: death. Good thing we don't submit comments at SermonAudio in cursive writing!
NFL is rough on the mental apparatus, so I am not surprised that Matt Birk is taking such a position that contradicts his own church's support of Obama's reelection. Pastor Ralph Ovadal has an excellent pdf file on this coooperation at SermonAudio--see "Heart of the Matter" page. I knew some RCC people gave out flyers after mass before Election Day when Bush ran, pointing out his pro-life position. But they said in 2012 that they couldn't be focused on a single issue (abortion, for example). Pastor Ralph says it has more to do with the Catholic Relief organization receipt of govt funds. Obama said to them, don't oppose me and you won't get cut (but on the health care issue, that's different).
Al Mohler has a good series on the psychologist changing what their definition of mental illness. In France less than 1 percent of the school children have the famous "Attention Deficit Disorder" while in the US, it is nearly ten percent. What's the difference? Insurance plans in France don't pay for the medications! And many of the guys who write the psychological manual have investments in drug companies, so it is a big "medical-pharmaceutical industry" we are talking about. And that's not to mention all the scams being done with Medicare.
A good first step, that is sure. Next step is to ban women from wearing pants, and from men getting dressed up as women! Then we will know that the good governor is on the right track of biblical morality.
Here's more details on the Harvard phD study, sorry I didn't have the author's name when I mentioned it earlier.
Jason Richwine, who received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard in 2009 and joined the conservative Heritage Foundation in 2012, wrote in his dissertation titled 'IQ and Immigration Policy' that immigrants in the U.S. have lower IQs than native Americans, and that that difference 'is likely to persist over several generations.'
'The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market,' Richwine wrote, in a story first reported by The Washington Post. 'Selecting high-IQ immigrants would ameliorate these problems in the U.S., while at the same time benefiting smart potential immigrants who lack educational access in their home countries.'"