Friday, December 02, 2005

Anthony Walker, a Godly Son

So sad, but also so uplifting. If we can all forgive like this ...

Monday, November 28, 2005

Christian T-Shirts More Popular Than NBA or Abercrombie
Religion News Service

Christian t-shirts are a more popular choice among young adults than either NBA-themed or Abercrombie & Fitch logo tees, according to a new nationwide survey by Internet retailer DATOmana.
419 adults aged 18 - 34 from across the country were surveyed about their tastes in tees. When presented with a variety of t-shirts, including an Abercrombie & Fitch logo tee, a NBA-licensed tee and a Christian tee, 40 percent chose the religious tee, versus 16 percent for the NBA tee and 30 percent for the Abercrombie tee. When asked what would motivate them to wear a t-shirt with a religious message on it, most said simply that they would do so if they liked the message on the shirt. Only 6 percent said they would only wear one "as a joke."
"America's love of religious t-shirts shouldn't really come as a surprise," says Tom Biggs, president of DATOmana. "Research has shown that almost three-quarters of Americans consider their faith to be a very important part of their life, and younger Americans are more likely than any previous generation to feel comfortable wearing clothing that not only reflects their personal attitude, but their beliefs, as well."
Most Americans Feel Religion Is 'Under Attack,' Poll Shows
Melanie Hunter, CNSNews.com
A new survey shows the majority of Americans think religion is "under attack" and "losing its influence" in American life.
According to the poll, American Attitudes Toward Religion In the Public Square, 64 percent (out of 800 adults polled) agreed with the statement that "religion is under attack" in America, and 80 percent of those who identify themselves as evangelical Christians were in agreement.
"The findings suggest that American public opinion is starkly divided when it comes to the role of religion in the public square, and that our nation's proud tradition of church-state separation is threatened as never before," said Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham H. Foxman. "Unfortunately, too many people believe that religion is under attack in America, when in fact religion is stronger in the United States than in any other Western country."
The poll also found 53 percent of respondents believe that religion is "losing" influence in American life, while 35 percent said it is "increasing influence." Among those who think religion is "losing" influence, 60 percent are evangelical Christians, while 33 percent of that same group said religion is "increasing" in influence.
The poll also covered questions regarding public displays of the Ten Commandments, and the creation/evolution debate.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Believers flock to 'crying' virgin Mary in California.

I find this fascinating. No, I'm not Catholic. But I believe this is possible -- there are many things that happen in this world that aren't explanable by earthly means.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

OLDER BUT WILDER, I just finished this book by Effie Leland Wilder. CUTE! I read another of her books, ONE MORE TIME: JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT! I love this lady and her books. They were bought for my Mom but I like them better than she does, I think.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Adrian Rogers, former Southern Baptist president, dies at age 74
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dr. Adrian Rogers of Memphis, a three-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention and leader of a conservative takeover of the faith, died early Tuesday in Memphis. He was 74.
His death was announced at the Baptist Press News Web site and at Rogers’ own Web site. Officials with the Nashville based Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.
Rogers was hospitalized earlier this month with pneumonia and cancer, his Web site said.
Rogers as pastor of the 28,000-member Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis in March 2005, saying during his farewell sermon, “I am what I am by the grace of God.”
Rogers was elected president in 1979 as part of the conservative takeover of the SBC.
Rogers’ election turned out to a be a watershed moment for the denomination, and the 16 million member group shifted dramatically to the right politically and theologically.
In the years that followed, conservative leaders pushed hard against abortion rights, homosexuality and women pastors.
Rogers also was elected president of the SBC in 1986 and 1987.
He was pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church for 32 years.
“There’s no one in this country I respect more than Adrian Rogers,” said Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson on Rogers’ last day as pastor. “You draw me to Christ. When I’m with you, I feel closer to the Lord.”
Among those who attended his final sermon were Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn.; Dr. Richard Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; and Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and former SBC president.
During his career, Rogers preached crusades in Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Russia, Romania, and in Central and South America.
In 2003 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National Religious Broadcasters.

Monday, October 24, 2005

"In God We Trust" on "Dateline" Friday night:
Dateline

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 - 8:00 PM ET
It's a movement sweeping the nation 70-million strong: But for Evangelicals, it's also about the fight over abortion and gay marriage. And politics. Do Evangelicals have too much influence? Some fellow Christians think "yes." Who are today's Evangelicals? And what is their vision for America?Tom Brokaw reports.
Lucy Lawless tackles “Vampire Bats”

By BRIDGET BYRNE
For The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For someone used to confronting vengeful gods, vampire bats must seem like chicken feed.
In the CBS movie “Vampire Bats,” Lucy Lawless — forever famous as the scantily clad, weapon-wielding superwoman in the syndicated action series “Xena: Warrior Princess” — plays Dr. Maddy Rierdon, “an everywoman,” as Lawless calls her.
Lawless, 37, first appeared as Rierdon in April, taking on a plague of bioengineered insects in “Locusts.” That movie’s appeal to a younger demographic (so vital now that the CBS Sunday night movie is up against the ABC hit “Desperate Housewives”) has spawned this sequel, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m Eastern. Dylan Neal reprises his role as Rierdon’s husband, and Timothy Bottoms and Brett Butler co-star.
Lawless has no pretensions about “Vampire Bats” having a serious message, although the two-hour tale does indicate industrial pollution mutated the bats into little monsters.
“It’s really fun and the people who make it are fun. They don’t take themselves too seriously,” says Lawless, explaining why she again signed on to play a character, who is — bats aside — closer to her own reality as a working mother of three.
She’s usually more interested in roles that provide escapism from her daily norm.
Producer Frank von Zerneck says Lawless was an apt pick to play “a smart, headstrong woman, very well-trained, with connections in Washington, who really takes charge.”
“Lucy’s got two feet on the ground; she’s very, very strong and yet has a wonderful soft side that she reveals here. She’s a dream to work with — and talk about tricky circumstances,” he adds, referring to Hurricane Katrina, which forced the production to move out of New Orleans.
Lawless spent hours in a car with “dramatic weather rolling over us,” en route to Baton Rouge, where she stayed with other crew members for a few days.
Luckily, no real bats had to travel with them because the creatures are computer-generated. “Live bats are very hard to wrangle,” quips the New Zealand-born actress.
But one oversized animatronic bat was created. “Its mouth opens. Its tongue comes out. Its eyes bulge. Its head moves side to side. All those delicious things,” von Zerneck says, laughing.
Even before “Xena” ended production in 2001 after six seasons, Lawless started displaying her versatility. In 1997 she appeared on Broadway as Rizzo in the musical “Grease.” Earlier this year in Seattle, she performed in a production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
Those experiences reminded her that being a musical star was her dream back in Mount Albert, Auckland, where she grew up as Lucille Ryan — possibly a “throwback” to her great-grandmother, a vaudevillian.
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Friday, October 21, 2005

Christians are here for 'such a time as this'
INTERNET FOR CHRISTIANSDigest from October 15, 2005 to October 21, 2005Internet for Christians reviews and recommends websites, email lists,news items, and other Internet points of interest to Christians. ThisIFC digest email collects the stories that we've posted on our websitein the past week. You can keep up with the stories as they're postedat: http://ifc.gospelcom.net/.IFC is published by Gospelcom.net http://www.gospelcom.net/ andsponsored by GospelDirect.com http://www.gospeldirect.com/. You canfind subscription information at the end of this email, or on the IFCwebsite.____________________________________________________** SECTIONS AND ARTICLES IN THIS DIGEST **SPIRITUAL GROWTH * Contemplating Katrina * Travel Back to the Bible and the ReformationNEW & NOTABLE * Announcing the First Annual Faith-Based Marketing Summit * Appreciating Your PastorMINISTRY * First Christian Church in Hundreds of Years to be Built in QatarENTERTAINMENT * Mourning, Tragedy, and Gospel Music * Third "Left Behind" Film to Show at Over 3,000 ChurchesFAMILY * Drugs, Suicide and Teen Sex: Crises in the Family * Eclectic Homeschool Online: Resources for Christian ParentsSOCIETY * Scripture Quotes, Coming to a Coffee Cup Near You * Christian Resources for the World Community * An Atheist Selling Jesus?JUST FOR FUN * A Pastor's Halloween Alternatives!?!___________________________________________________** SPIRITUAL GROWTH **CONTEMPLATING KATRINA - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- "Can I really expect God to protect me?" It's oneof those deep-thought questions and the subject of a recent article[1]at ChristianityToday.com. And the answer? Nancy Guthrie, author, talksabout "divine promises in the midst of suffering" and asks difficultquestions we too, in our distress and difficulties, want to ask. Sheconcludes, "So can I expect God to protect me, and anyone devastated bya tragedy as big as Katrina? Absolutely! I've come to see that his'protection plan' is more vast and far-reaching than my shallowexpectations once defined. I see now that God's promises for protectiongo much deeper than protecting my body or my agenda or my plan for mylife. I can rest easy. I'm protected." Note: For additional thought, read Katrina Aid Continues as StandardPublishing Releases 'Where’s God? Hanging on When You Can’tSee His Plan[2],' an ASSIST News Service story, and learn how to obtaina free copy.-- Links in this story --http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/010/26.56.html
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s05100086.htm
TRAVEL BACK TO THE BIBLE AND THE REFORMATION - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- Learn about the history of the modern Church andthe lives of the giants of the Christian faith[1] (Charles Wesley, JohnWycliffe, Martin Luther and more) from two Back to the Bible video andCD-ROM resources. In "After the Darkness...Light," Woodrow Kroll,senior Bible teacher and BTTB president, visits the ancient cities ofEurope to explain the people, places and events God used to reconstructthe Christian Church and to restore the light of His truth. "Giants ofthe Faith," a CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh, presents the inspiringtrue stories of 16 Reformation movers and shakers, including CharlesWesley, David Livingstone and John Wycliffe, while also touring theGreat Britain landscape. Purchase both resources together at anaffordable sale price.-- Links in this story --[1] http://www.backtothebible.org/resources/faith_giants.htm
___________________________________________________** NEW & NOTABLE **ANNOUNCING THE FIRST ANNUAL FAITH-BASED MARKETING SUMMIT - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- The First Annual Faith-Based Marketing Summit willbe held on November 4 in Dallas, Texas. Faith-Based Marketing[1]"explores the role the faith-based community can play in the success ofmarketing Christian products and events." The conference covers avariety of topics including "Creative uses of telemarketing - whatworks and what doesn't" and "Email vs. snail mail - current trends andcomparisons for the faith-based consumers/donors." Featured speakersinclude Larry Ross, Billy Graham's PR representative for the past 20years and other top Christian professionals in Christian marketing.Greg Stielstra, former senior marketing director for the book group atZondervan[2] will be a special guest speaker.-- Links in this story --[1] http://www.faithbasedmarketing.com/
[2] http://www.zondervan.com/
APPRECIATING YOUR PASTOR - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- "Caring for a pastor goes beyond baking himcookies," says Jane Rubietta, the wife of a pastor in Illinois (USA).In her book, "How to Keep the Pastor You Love," Rubietta sets out toeducate congregations and church leaders on issues pastors face, suchas frequent moves and expectations of the church, the pastor'sspiritual life, care for the pastor's spouse, a place for the pastor'schildren and financial compensation. Rubietta breaks down the largelyunexamined myth of the superhuman pastor. Read more about Rubietta'sbook at InterVarsity Press[1] and visit Abounding Ministries[2] tolearn more about Jane Rubietta and her unique perspective on pastorappreciation. In addition, read Pastors Serve Others Across theWorld[3], an ASSIST News Service story; then enjoy a Pastor'sAppreciation page[4] with devos and poetry honoring pastors.-- Links in this story --[1] http://www.gospelcom.net/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=2319
[2] http://www.abounding.org/
[3] http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s05090125.htm
[4] http://www.peggiesplace.com/pastorappreciation.htm
___________________________________________________** MINISTRY **FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS TO BE BUILT IN QATAR - posted by Andy RauOctober 21, 2005 -- The country of Qatar is getting a church--but notjust any old church. The planned Anglican church will be the firstChristian church built in the country since the arrival of Islam in the7th century! An AP article[1] at Beliefnet takes a thorough look atthe church plans, and at the controversy and resistance generated bythe church's construction amidst the nation's primarily Muslimpopulace. The church should provide an official place of worship forsome of the country's approximately 70,000 Christians, most of whomhave come to the country since the early 20th century. According tothe article, a handful of other Christian churches catering to otherChristian denominations may follow the Anglican church.-- Links in this story --[1] http://www.beliefnet.com/story/177/story_17746_1.html
___________________________________________________** ENTERTAINMENT **MOURNING, TRAGEDY, AND GOSPEL MUSIC - posted by Andy RauOctober 21, 2005 -- What place does mourning have in the modernChristian life? Do we glamorize the ideal Christian life as one thatisn't touched by sadness or tragedy? The always-interesting Gospel Galblog muses about the place of mourning and grief[1] in our lives, andwonders if Gospel music might have something to say in this regard:"Does gospel music, in its present contemporary form, provide music formourning? Prophetic music that serves as a much-needed jeremiad for theconditions in which we find ourselves, or as the timeless music thatreminds us that we have tribulation in the world?"-- Links in this story --[1] http://gospelgal.blogspot.com/2005/09/music-to-mourn-to.html
THIRD "LEFT BEHIND" FILM TO SHOW AT OVER 3,000 CHURCHES - posted by Andy RauOctober 21, 2005 -- The third installment in the "Left Behind" movieseries[1] arrives this weekend, although it won't be showing at yourlocal movie theater--try your local church! The franchise, which hasbeen well-received by Christians audiences but largely dismissed bymainstream film critics, has since its inception focused its marketingcampaign on churches, and "Left Behind: World at War" is noexception--it will be showing at over 3,000 churches (see the officialpress release[2] for details). A recent Christianity Today interviewwith the director Peter Lalonde[3] talks more about the strategy (andsee also their review[4] of the film). Opinions may vary within theChristian community about the "Left Behind" films, but "World at War's"church-focused release could point at new ways that Christian-interestor independent films might be distributed outside the traditional moviesystem.-- Links in this story --[1] http://imdb.com/title/tt0443567/
[2] http://www.cloudtenpictures.com/index.php?object=RecentNews
[3] http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/interviews/peterlalonde.html
[4] http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/reviews/leftbehind3.html
___________________________________________________** FAMILY **DRUGS, SUICIDE AND TEEN SEX: CRISES IN THE FAMILY - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- Facts and figures don't lie--drugs, suicide andteen sex are catastrophic even within the Christian family. What arethe warning signs of suicide? Visit Parenting & Family Life[1] (Baptist Memorial Health Care) that addresses issues such as drugs,sex, HIV, discipline, rules, single parenting and more. Then see TeenChallenge International for A Parent's Guide on Drug Abuse[2], warningsigns, drug-proofing your child, marijuana and alcohol use, preventiontips and more. The Christian Youth Ministry Association in New Zealandoffers youth ministry resources also applicable for the family. SeeYouth Suicide[3], as well as Difficult Behaviors[4] and Sexuality[5]. -- Links in this story --[1] http://www.baptistonline.org/health/library/parent.asp
[2] http://www.teenchallenge.com/socal/index.cfm?articleID=1&centerID=1024
[3] http://www.youthministry.org.nz/?sid=15
[4] http://www.youthministry.org.nz/?sid=7
[5] http://www.youthministry.org.nz/?sid=9
ECLECTIC HOMESCHOOL ONLINE: RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN PARENTS - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- Eclectic Homeschool Online[1], "a magazine forcreative homeschoolers...published from a Christian perspective,"offers multi-resources for homeschooling families. Find supportresources (legal, military, organizations), product reviews, family funand educational development (math, critical thinking, science, socialstudies, special needs, the arts, crafts, Bible and more). Readhomeschooling articles and enjoy community with other homeschoolingparents (forums, news, email lists and more). A shopping area forcurriculum, educational toys, software, DVDs and more is alsoavailable.-- Links in this story --[1] http://eclectichomeschool.org/
___________________________________________________** SOCIETY **SCRIPTURE QUOTES, COMING TO A COFFEE CUP NEAR YOU - posted by Andy RauOctober 21, 2005 -- Have you ever spotted a Bible verse stealthilyprinted on the bottom of a coffee cup, or on a shopping bag? You mightwant to keep an eye out for such quotes--according to a recent USAToday article[1], a surprising number of retailers and companies, fromStarbucks to a California burger chain to Hobby Lobby--have made use offaith-based messages, quotes, or music in their everyday business. Thereasons for doing so range from piety to wanting to simply do somethingunique and interesting. Whatever the reasons, it's interesting to seebits of Christianity cropping up not just at your weekly churchservice, but along with your burger and fries during your weekday lunchbreak!-- Links in this story --[1] http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2005-10-19-starbucks-quote_x.htm
CHRISTIAN RESOURCES FOR THE WORLD COMMUNITY - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- ChristianityToday.com, in cooperation with theGlobal Christian Internet Alliance[1] provides a resource channel[2]for the international Christian and non-Christian communities. Find anextensive collection of multi-language resources, be informed withupdated news and discover affiliates worldwide. Read World Reports fromChristianity Today[3] magazine; find international news for Africa,Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America. Multi-languageresources include Bible Gateway, Evangelism Toolbox and ChristianAnswers Web sites in 19 languages; a non-believer can also read Who isJesus?[4] in his native language. -- Links in this story --[1] http://www.christianitytoday.com/international/features/info.html
[2] http://www.christianitytoday.com/international/
[3] http://www.christianitytoday.com/ctmag/
[4] http://www.whoisjesus.org/
AN ATHEIST SELLING JESUS? - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- A coalition of evangelical churches led by theBible Society of Australia[1] has recently run a media campaign inAdelaide, spending about $AUS 250,000 on the most intense andbroad-based religious campaign in this country to try to reclaim lostground. The slogan is Jesus. All about life[2] and the plan is to rollit out across the country in the next couple of years, with Canberradue next April. And an atheist has been advising[3]! The strategy isfor 90 per cent of the population to see the television ads 10 times,with billboards across the city, radio spots, an Internet site[4] and amail-out of 250,000 postcards. (Courtesy of Web EvangelismBulletin[5].)-- Links in this story --[1] http://www.biblesociety.com.au/
[2] http://www.jesusallaboutlife.com.au/
[3] http://guide.gospelcom.net/rd?b05sept-australian
[4] http://allaboutlife.com.au/
[5] http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/bulletin.php
___________________________________________________** JUST FOR FUN **A PASTOR'S HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVES!?! - posted by Peggie BohanonOctober 19, 2005 -- Canadian Pastor Grant MacDonald humorouslyaddresses the Halloween dilemma in his Top Ten Suggestions forChristian Halloween Costumes[1] and his hilarious Top Ten Things to Dowith Your Youth Group on Halloween[2]. Pastor MacDonald also offerssome great ideas for serious Halloween Alternatives[3] such asBible-character costume parties and "Light the Night," a neighborhoodtract distribution. Readers will also enjoy a Halloween-relatedtestimony, Take Jesus Along[4].-- Links in this story --[1] http://graceland.gentle.org/topten/topoct98.html
[2] http://graceland.gentle.org/topten/0510top.html
[3] http://graceland.gentle.org/topten/ween.html
[4] http://graceland.gentle.org/whatcha/takejes.html
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

'God Bloggers' Head to National Conference
By GILLIAN FLACCUS
The Associated Press
LA MIRADA, Calif. (AP) - What would Jesus blog? That and other pressing questions drew 135 Christians to Southern California this weekend for a national conference billed as the first-ever for "God bloggers," a growing community of online writers who exchange information and analyze current events from a Christian perspective.
The three-day conference at Biola University marked an important benchmark for Christian bloggers, who have worked behind the scenes for years to spread the Gospel and infuse politics with religion.
Topics included God bloggers' relationship with the traditional church, their growing influence on mainstream politics and how to manage outsiders' perceptions.
Some predicted bloggers could play a role in reforming the modern church by keeping televangelists and other high-profile Christian leaders honest.
Joe Carter, author of evangelicaloutpost.com., compared blogging to the 95 Theses posted by Martin Luther nearly 500 years ago that launched the Protestant Reformation.
"It's like putting 95 blogs out there," said Carter, who previously said God bloggers offer an "uncensored and unadulterated" view of contemporary Christian thought on politics and organized religion.
Many bloggers are now writing about religious oppression, poverty and world hunger, instead of hot-button issues such as abortion, homosexuality and assisted suicide, said the Rev. Andrew Jackson, a seminary professor and pastor at the Word of Grace Church in Mesa, Ariz.
"With blogging you tend to break out of those circles and you see other points of view," Carter said. "There's a bigger world out there than gay marriage and abortion."
At one well-attended workshop - "When Non-Christians Read Your Blog" - Biola University professor Timothy Muehlhoff gave instructions on writing about faith without alienating nonbelievers.
He stressed that God blogging has the potential to be a "train wreck" because done wrong it can reinforce stereotypes of evangelical Christians as angry and close-minded "pit bulls of the culture wars."
"As Christians today we are embroiled in the argument culture and we have forgotten this one thing: 'Blessed are the peacemakers.'," he said. "Wouldn't it be nice if we could say we brought a level of civility back to the conversation?"
Jackson, who blogs at smartchristian.com, said he wasn't as sure what long-term influence blogging would have on evangelical Christians - but he knew it would be important.
"We are just at the beginning of what is going on," he said. "We need to start thinking about how we can harness and focus the Christian blogosphere for greater impact."
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On the Net:
GodBlogCon 2005: http://www.godblogcon.com
Biola University: http://www.biola.edu

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Hudson Leick, who portrayed Callisto on Xena: Warrior Princess, will appear in "CSI" at 9 p.m. EDT on CBS Thursday (Oct. 6)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

HELEN OF TROY: Classical historian Bettany Hughes travels across the eastern Mediterranean to find out the truth about the woman whose face “launched a thousand ships” more than 3,000 years ago. On the PBS special “Helen of Troy,” Hughes separates reality from centuries of romantic myths told about Helen. Hughes travels from the city where Helen is said to have been born — Sparta in the mountains of Greece — to the archaeological site in modern Turkey that forever will be linked with the war fought in her name: Troy. “The drama starts with a messy love affair and it ends up in a bloody and disastrous conflict,” says Hughes. The two-hour special airs 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 (check local listings).

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Evangelist Franklin Graham sees ’revival’ for New Orleans in Katrina’s aftermath

By STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Evangelist Franklin Graham said Tuesday that Hurricane Katrina could lead to a spiritual rebirth of a sinful New Orleans.
Graham, the son and designated successor of the Rev. Billy Graham, said he doesn’t believe the devastating storm was a punishment from God for what he sees as the city’s ties to satanic worship and sexual perversion.
“I’m not saying that God used this storm as a judgment,” Graham said.
But he said the city’s Mardi Gras revelry and ties to voodoo were adverse to Christian beliefs.
“New Orleans has been known for years as a party town,” Graham said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his office in Boone, N.C. “It is a city that has strong ties to the gay and lesbian movement, and these types of things.”
On Monday, Graham delivered a similar message in an appearance in Lynchburg: “There’s been satanic worship. There’s been sexual perversion. God is going to use that storm to bring revival. God has a plan. God has a purpose.”
Graham’s comments, reported by The News & Advance of Lynchburg, were made at Thomas Road Baptist Church’s Super Conference 2005 at Liberty University. Both the church and the university were founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
“The good news is that God loves sinners,” said Graham.
Graham said he has prayed with clergy in New Orleans for deliverance from “this dark spiritual cloud,” and he sees signs of promise as churches “black and white work hand in hand” to restore the city.
His Samaritan’s Purse organization is working in five communities in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana, including New Orleans. He said volunteers were distributing 200 trailer homes in Louisiana. The organization has been criticized for delivering gift bags to displaced children that include Christian tracts and a stuffed lamb that plays “Jesus Loves You.”
On Sunday, New Orleans’ historic St. Louis Cathedral held its first Sunday Mass since the hurricane, and Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes suggested the city would rebuild as a community with a stronger moral thread, free of racial tension and rampant self-indulgence. The Roman Catholic leader reassured the congregation that God did not cause the hurricane to punish evildoers.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

TOM BROKAW ON EVANGELICALS FRIDAY NIGHT ...

Brokaw looks at power of religion

By Frazier Moore
Associated Press

September 6, 2005
 
"While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades," Tom Brokaw says, "the evangelical movement is growing, and it is changing the way America worships."
Consider New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., which marks the Easter holiday with a full-scale staging of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ -- with a cast and crew of 750 mostly coming from the church's membership of 11,000.
The phenomenon of such an evangelical "mega-church" is part of Brokaw's focus on "In God They Trust," a one-hour NBC News special airing at 8 p.m. Friday.
Brokaw notes that evangelical Christians have become a powerful force in American culture, politics and the economy, and that, propelled by their faith, they're determined to spread the word.
But he also explores why so many Americans are turning to this expression of faith, and whether some evangelicals are going too far: imposing on others their spiritual beliefs not only for personal reasons but also for political reasons.
Brokaw talks with families at New Life as well as cadets at the nearby U.S. Air Force Academy. And he interviews Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (which represents 45,000 churches) and New Life's pastor.
Haggard "believes that America is entering a new period of religious intensity that will alter both souls and society," reports Brokaw.
Attempting to explain the growth of the evangelical moment, Haggard says, "It's not political -- it's authentically spiritual renewal."
But Haggard, who speaks regularly with the White House, also declares that, although Americans live in a pluralistic society, "all of us have a responsibility to advance God's will through government."

Saturday, September 03, 2005

1 Cent Shipping and Give Free Donation to a Charities:Pardon the commercial, but I think these shops help people and the shipping is only 1 cent now. Won't last for long.

http://shop.thehungersite.com/store is the link and it's for:

The Hunger Site Store

The Animal Rescue Site Store

The Breast Cancer Site Store

The Literacy Site Store

and
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Monday, August 29, 2005

Lucy Lawless and crew safe from Katrina:

Message from Sharon (forwarded from the Flawless List)

Lucy, cast and crew safely away from New Orleans

Talked to Lucy just a couple hours ago and she wanted everyone to know
all the cast and crew of the movie are safely out of New Orleans.
They're staying with friends of the production company.  It was a
long, slow ride out of town, but they made it.  Their thoughts are
with those still in the city and the surrounding area and everyone is
praying that the storm weakens.  She's grateful for the offers of help
that were received as they were readying the troupe to move out.  I'll
be keeping in touch with her and passing along word when I get it.

Sharon
outback@creationent.com
Official Xena Fan Club

Message from flawless list via Mary D's list.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Vote for Xena:

Go to this site to vote for "Xena: The Warrior Princess," as the Best Show of All Time. You DDDO think it's the best show of all time, don't you?
A note from fellow Xenite, Mary D, if you are voting for Xena as the top show, you have to be accurate in how the show is written in the voting box. DO NOT vote as Xena: Warrior Princess or XWP or Xena. The correct way to vote is by writing Xena: The Warrior Princess.
MINISTRY SEES NARNIA MOVIE AS AN OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY - posted by Andy Rau -- Are you looking forward to "The Lion, the Witch, andthe Wardrobe," scheduled to arrive in movie theaters this winter? So are a lot of Christian ministries, who see in the film not just a promising movie, but an opportunity to share the Gospel story. The Mission America Coalition is looking to organize church leaders[1]throughout America to meet with others in their cities to preview the film and discuss the evangelism opportunities presented by the movie. Even if you don't join an official Narnia-based outreach effort likethis, it's a good reminder for Christians to keep their eyes open forchances to use the Narnia film's allegorical Gospel tale to share their faith with others.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

"Trekkies are prosperous and willing to spend" is an article that has some nice things to say about Renee O'Connor and Lucy Lawless of "Xena" fame.
Renee O'Connor and Bruce Campbell star in Alien Apocalypse, which is airing again on the SciFi channel for those that missed it the first time...
 
SciFi channel Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 7 pm.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

OK, I sanitized the last line.
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LAWLESS FIGHTS FOR XENA FILM

Actress LUCY LAWLESS and her husband are fighting over the rights to cult show XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS because they want to make a movie based on the series.
New Zealander Lawless starred in the fantasy show, which was created by her husband ROB TAPERT, who also produced the long-running program.
Tapert is hoping to buy the rights for the show from bosses at Universal so he can make a new film.
Lawless tells internet site SciFiwire.com, "I think a movie would be great, and I'd love to do it. I've been wanting to do it for years.
"But nobody can agree who owns the rights, and it's a big fat pain in the a%%." 23/08/2005 02:17

http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/lawless%20fights%20for%20xena%20film

Monday, August 22, 2005

This story on the children in northern Uganda really moved me. It's difficult to think that this type of violence is taking place in the world. We all need to pray and do more, if we can, to help.
Newsweek has an interesting new story on religion and spirituality in this week's edition. The online version has links to lots of related stories. You can also take a poll. See how your beliefs stand up to those of your neighbor.
Check out the Everything You Want to Know About the Bible blog.
An excerpt "Bible for the first time? Mmmm. Good question. I was going to say Song of Solomon just because it’s hotsy-totsy (if comparing a woman’s beauty to a flock of goats or the Tower of Babylon does it for you) ..."

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Researcher Advocates 'Healing Connection' Between Faith, Health
Charisma News Service
A medical researcher is changing the heart of the medical community with a simple, yet profound message that faith is good for your health. Harold Koenig has found a clear relationship between faith and health, one that he has dubbed "the healing connection." Koenig, founder and director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health in Durham, N.C., and editor-in-chief of Science & Theology News, has published 25 books, including "The Healing Connection," and more than 200 professional journal articles detailing his findings. Koenig has extensively studied the healing connection in the mentally and physically ill, and in the elderly. "People who attend church regularly live longer," concluded Koenig, who studied 4,000 randomly selected people over the age of 65 in North Carolina. After following the subjects for six years, Koenig said he found that the likelihood of dying during that six-year period was 41 percent lower among those who regularly attended religious services. Bottom line, Koenig said, is "as long as you are here on this earth, God has a purpose for your life. That purpose is not sitting around just existing. That purpose involves ministry to others. It's when people do that, that people get healthier."
90-Day Prayer Period Underway
Baptist Press
A 90-day period of worldwide prayer for Saudi Arabs recently began and will continue through October. Here are some prayer requests you can use to lift them up: Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on Saudi Arabs and draw multitudes of people to Himself. Pray that God will give the people He draws to Himself the faith they need to believe that Jesus is God's Son and to accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Pray that whole families -- and whole tribes -- will come to know Christ as their Savior and Lord. Pray that King Abdullah, the royal family and Saudi government leaders will come to know Jesus as Lord. Pray for the effectiveness of radio, television, satellite, Internet and other media that bring the Gospel to Saudi Arabs. Pray for the persecuted believers in Saudi Arabia, that God will grow His church out of their persecution. Pray for the body of Christ to be strengthened and to grow in purpose and unity throughout the country. Pray that God will draw Saudi Arab children and youth to Himself and reveal the truth of His salvation and love to them. Pray for Saudi Arab women who live under oppression and control from their families and society in general. Pray that God will lift their yoke of oppression and replace it with freedom found only in Christ.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A new article on one of my favorite contemporary writers, Adriana Trigiani.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

I'd like to recommend a new blog. It's called thinkchristian.net.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

LUCY LAWLESS will star in "Locusts" airing Sunday night (April 23, 2005) on CBS-TV.
RECOMMEND: Friend Jeff's blog for April 21. Check it out, if you don't mind.
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READING: This book currently -- "My Heart's Cry" by Anne Graham Lotz. I recommend it. I'm reading it slowly but will probably return to it. Will write an excerpt or two later.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

DOVE AWARDS: These awards for the best in Christian music will be given tonight. Expect stories and/or photos in media but the show doesn't air on TV until April 20.
Eric Close, who starred with Renee and Kevin Sorbo in the movie, Hercules & The Lost Kingdom, is on a downloadable poster at http://www.verizonreads.net/posters/close_poster.pdf.

This is a literacy effort. The original link came off http://www.TheLiteracySite.com

Remember "The Greater Good."
PRAYER: Prayer: No. 1 Issue In Churches, Survey Of Evangelical Leaders Shows
Baptist Press

A LifeWay Christian Resources survey of more than 1,300 evangelical leaders from around the world revealed that the need for consistent and passionate prayer in church and personal life is the No. 1 issue in today's churches. The April 11 announcement of prayer as the No. 1 issue culminates a LifeWay e-business initiative to ask evangelical ministry leaders from a variety of backgrounds to rank the "Top 10 Issues Facing Today's Church. LifeWay's e-business department began the two-month online research project last November by distributing thousands of e-mails throughout the United States and world asking ministry leaders to cite top concerns in their churches. From the initial list of responses, the 20 most frequently submitted answers were sent back to all the ministry leaders who responded to the first round of e-mails. During December, these leaders used the same Internet survey tool to rank their top 10 from among those 20 issues. The resulting list of 10 issues includes such diverse topics as abortion (no. 10) and evangelism (no. 4). But it was prayer that ministry leaders cited as the most pressing concern in their churches. The LifeWay unit compiled information and multiple resources addressing each issue and has posted the materials online. For the complete survey results and reports addressing all the ranked issues, visit www.lifeway.com/top10

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Click here: Zap2it - DVD

or URL: http://www.zap2it.com/index/dvd/reviews/1,1146,24786,FF.html

Text below:


Xena Warrior Princess, Season Six
By Mike Szymanski
Tue, Feb 22, 2005, 07:02 PM PT
STUDIO: Anchor BayRELEASE DATE: March 8, 2005PRICE: $79.98DVD EXTRAS: Deleted scenes, interviews of cast and crew, 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound and featurettes
INTERNET SITE: For more info go to http://www.xenacatalog.com/
ZAP2IT RATING:
All good things must come to an end and "Xena: Warrior Princess" ends after six seasons and a big fan following. The 10-disc final season is among the best, according to fans and Anchor Bay and Davis-Anderson Merchandising brings the final 22 episodes together in a nicely packaged collection.
This season finds Xena, played by Lucy Lawless, in her continuing quest to find out about her dark past and fight evil.
Like the other five seasons, this has a good share of featurettes and interviews, but it also has a lot of deleted scenes and surprising fun facts in a nice box set."Heart of Darkness" when Xena battles Lucifer himself
"The Abyss" where she battles bloodthirsty cannibals
"When Fates Collide" where she rules Rome with Caesar
"A Friend in Need" when she makes the ultimate sacrifice to save countless innocent souls.
The TV series mixed mythic gods and colorful beasts with incredibly imaginative storylines and some insights into the final series include interviews with Lawless as well as costume designers, producers, editors, writers and actors such as Liz Friedman, Eric Gruendemann, Jane Holland, Michael Hurst, William Gregory Lee, Joel Metzger, Renee O'Connor, RJ Stewart, Rob Tapert, Adrienne Wilkinson and many more.
Five featurettes include To Helicon and Back dailies; Bringing Monsters to Life at K.N.B. EFX Group  Part Three; Xena Live  Fan Convention; In The Beginning; and from the set of the final episode, A Fond Farewell. There's also an alternate director's cut to " A Friend In Need Parts 1 & 2."
The DVD also includes promos of the first season, a library of deleted scenes and bloopers, production drawings, a photo gallery and series trivia.
What began as a spin-off of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and premiering in 1995 ended up being a cultural icon and nominated for six Emmys.
As a testament to the Xena fan base, there are conventions every year where fans can recite whole episodes and dress up as the characters.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Zondervan rolls out Bible aimed at younger readers

http://www.democratherald.com/articles/2005/02/06/news/religion/religion01.txt

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Ten Commandments Mini-Series In The WorksErin Curry, Baptist Press
ABC is working on the production of a four-hour miniseries called "The Ten Commandments," which, according to the Hollywood Reporter Jan. 13, will rely on extensive biblical and historical research for a realistic, truthful presentation of Moses and the exodus. Robert Halmi Sr., a veteran TV movie producer who is working on the project, said it will not be a remake of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 movie starring Charlton Heston. "I felt that [the Ten Commandments] is the first written document of law, morality and order for the human race, and we completely ignore it," Halmi said. "I think it's time for the younger generation to revisit this biblical tale as they must realize the importance and consequences of the Ten Commandments." The mini-series will include elaborate special effects and has a budget estimated at more than $20 million, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

I've just watched this movie, "The Devil's Arithmatic," and HIGHLY recommend it. If you ever get the chance to watch it, please do.

http://www1.bottomdollar.com/p__Showtime_Entertainment_Devil_s_Arithmetic_1999_DVD,__109518502
Friend Jeff Calloway has a daily blog that you may enjoy. Here's the link: http://jeffcalloway.blogs.com/jeff_calloway/

Sunday, January 23, 2005

BABYLON 5, SCIENCE FICTION, AND CHRISTIANITY - posted by Andy RauJanuary 20, 2005 -- Religion and science fiction are topics thatintersect with surprising regularity, and we've noted in the past anumber of essays dealing with Christianity and religion in the StarWars and Star Trek mythologies. The science fiction show "Babylon 5"often incorporated religious ideas into its characters and plot, buthasn't received nearly as much analysis by Christian critics. Fortunately, Tim Enloe's extensive essay on Christianity, mythology,and Bablyon 5[1] offers us a very thorough look at the subject. Enloehas a number of other interesting pieces[2] on the interaction betweenfaith and science fiction, including a good post on humanism andamorality in "Star Trek Enterprise."[3]-- Links in this story --[1]

http://www.societaschristiana.com/archives/cat_the_high_crusade.html#000042[2]
http://www.societaschristiana.com/archives/cat_the_high_crusade.html[3]
http://www.societaschristiana.com/archives/cat_the_high_crusade.html#000043

___ Courtesy of Internet for Christians
It's Xena's 10th anniversary!


Click here: Zeal for 'Xena' on Display at Burbank Gathering

or use this URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/state/la-me-xena23jan23,1,2685939.story?coll=la-news-state&ctrack=1&cset=true