On December 8, 2010, Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay concluded a two-year investigation into the validity of the apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, making the Wisconsin site the 13th Marian apparition site in the world to be formally recognized since the Vatican established a new approval process in 1978. Although the site has attracted a steady trickle of pilgrims since the 1860s, the Bishop’s announcement brings international recognition to an extremely obscure place. It is the only approved site of a Marian apparition in the U.S., and one of only two in North America—the other being the world-famous Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.
- read more here at Religion Dispatches
"I recognized the psalmist gift in her performance. Yet she sang out, 'I kissed a girl, and I liked it,' while thousands joined her," The New York Post's Page Six reported after obtaining Mary Perry Hudson’s full book proposal about raising the Pop Star.
“Women are built to be home with their kids… so that they don’t malign the Word of God.” – Mrs. Mark Driscoll
What exactly does scripture imply when it says a man that doesn’t provide for his family is worse than an unbeliever?
- Can a man provide by taking care of needs at home?
- Can a husband cook if his wife doesn’t want to?
- Can a father home school if he has a better skill set at it than his wife?
- Can a man work out of his home?
- What does the scripture imply “providing” really is?
- Is a man providing by being on unemployment between jobs?
- Is a woman not providing appropriate things for her family if she has a job? Is God really maligned by this?
- Can a woman have a job inside the home, or is that overstepping her biblically defined role?
- Is it okay if a woman has a job as long as she takes her kid with them?
- Does the Bible say the mother is always the best equipped parent to handle the various needs of her children?
- What does a woman do if all her kids are in school? Volunteer at the local Mar’s Hill satellite?
Pastor Mark says, “If you want to have a good marriage, a good family, that honors God, you need to establish your home according to biblical principles.” And what he infers by that is the Biblical principles that he has interpreted as being right and wrong.
He has, after all, read the whole book.
I must have missed some things.
According to the Daily Intel
Apple decided to remove an app from iTunes that purported to "cure" gay people. The developers, Exodus International, a group that defines itself as a “nonprofit, interdenominational ‘ex-gay’ Christian organization,” got the app past Apple's initial preapproval and even scored a 4+ rating in February. But after 150,000 people signed a petition calling it "hateful and bigoted," it was removed last night. Jeff Buchanan of Exodus International said, “There is a lot of misinformation and propaganda floating around about the Intent and the purpose of the app.” Of course, Buchanan neglected to mention that at least one researcher asked Apple to remove the app because Exodus grossly distorted his research.
Don’t worry, Exodus, there is always the Android platform.
Alternate title: Get off the pew, Fat A@%
According to research from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, young adults who frequently attend religious activities are 50 percent more likely to turn into obese middle-agers than those with no religious involvement.
The researchers acknowledge there are many potential explanations for the association between religious participation and obesity.
- One may simply be that religious gatherings often may center around eating traditional, high-calorie comfort foods, said Matthew Feinstein, the study's lead investigator.
- Or perhaps, young adults with a propensity toward weight problems find more acceptance and less judgment in church groups.
- Maybe religious faith gives some sort of physiological high similar to physical exercise, but without the burn off of calories.
- Or maybe, as Purdue University sociologist Ken Ferraro has suggested with his previous work, "churches are a feeding ground for gluttony and obesity."
Baptist women are at highest risk of obesity, followed by Fundamental Protestants, according to Ferraro's work.
Found at the Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Cucinotta, who loves to rant on the people and things she hates, is helping people vent their frustration by giving them a place to voice their ‘burns.’ Her website Burn and Rot in Hell lets people get all Lucifer on who they think deserves eternal punishment and why. Everyone from former Presidents, Fox News, and Glenn Beck are already procuring their burn votes.
It would be a good idea to see if your name has been listed on this website of wishful torment. If not, perhaps you will want to post your own burn in one of the following categories:
- Bad Friendships
- Bad Teachers
- Bad Students
- Rude People
- Other Stuff
p.s. Cucinotta, a teacher at a Catholic prep school in Queens, lost her job for creating this site. I think they listed her under the “Bad Teachers” section.
She thought she heard God
But the message was odd
When it sounds like Satan please duck it.
NANTUCKET — The woman accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter earlier this week believed God had instructed her to stick a rose in the young girl's throat to ward off the devil, according to documents filed in Nantucket District Court.
Story at Cape Cod Times.
Found on NBC Philadelphia
A 28-year-old Upper Darby man has been charged with murder after telling police that he stoned a 70-year-old man to death when the man made homosexual advances toward him, authorities say.
John Joe Thomas, 28, of Sunshine Road in Upper Darby, spent almost every day with 70-year-old Murray Seidman at Seidman’s Lansdowne home, police say. Days before Seidman’s body was found on Jan. 12, Thomas allegedly beat Seidman to death with a sock full of rocks.
Thomas told authorities that he read in the Old Testament that homosexuals should be stoned to death. When Seidman allegedly made homosexual advances toward him over a period of time, Thomas said he received a message in his prayers that he must end Seidman’s life, according to court documents.
Police say that Thomas struck Seidman in the head about 10 times with the sock of rocks. Thomas left Seidman dead in his apartment, and then threw his bloody clothing and the bloody sock in a dumpster, according to authorities.
Though the relationship is still unknown, Thomas was the sole executor of Seidman's will.
That wasn’t Jesus answering John Joe Thomas’ prayer.
A Muslim man shows up outside the White House to pray every couple of days. The local police officers are familiar with him.
This week, as he took advantage of his country’s religious freedom a group of Christians surrounded him, started mocking him for drinking coffee, told him to go back to his country, and threw tiny crosses at his feet so that he’d have to bow down on them when he knelt down. Their courses of “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” are sickening, as it seems they are no more Christ-like then the crowd who yelled for Jesus in front of Pilate.
This story was found at Christian Nightmares.