This photo-essay offers a survey of unexpectedly beautiful destinations in Iran. With all this aesthetic temptation, who wants to go to Iran?
Thousands are willing and eager to go. Now let’s see if the governments (United States and Iranian) are ready to catch up to the good will of their people.
Jacksonville, Florida, 06/29/2013 The Ministry of Second Timothy, Inc. has updated their website to include proof of God: evidence of two prophecies that were fulfilled; “and more to come” says the Holy Spirit, through Apostle Deirdre, the messenger. “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:21 ESV
The prophecies most certainly did not come by the will of Apostle Deirdre. Deirdre is a servant, messenger and prophet of YHWH. Deirdre says the Holy Spirit has been speaking to her since she was a little girl in the 5th grade, as far back as she can remember. Many prophecies have been given to her by the Holy Spirit; these are just the first two that the ministry has chosen to publish: Racketeer charges again County Executive Jack B. Johnson, and Tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The Holy Spirit promises more prophecies to come. On November 10, 2010, at the direction of the Holy Spirit, Deirdre filed a lawsuit against County Executive Jack B. Johnson and many others in U.S. District Court of Maryland Greenbelt division. The lawsuit stated County Executive Jack B. Johnson and other individuals in positions of public trust were part of a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO). On November 12, 2010 County Executive Jack B. Johnson was arrested, charged and subsequently convicted for acts identified under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
I’ve been deleting comments from angry Mormons, angry ex-Mormons, angry evangelicals who hate Mormons, and angry random guys who blog from their parents’ basements while wearing only their underwear. And I am sick of the rage that’s out there.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis moved to act even before the new crisis at the Vatican Bank erupted — signaling his resolve to tackle a persistent source of scandal that his predecessors were unwilling or unable to put down.
(RNS) Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops, which has come under intense fire from conservatives and anti-abortion groups, is slowly recovering and even growing slightly after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission.
(RNS) Trustees from the Scouting Association are preparing to meet next week to approve a new scouting oath for atheists. The move comes only a week after Girl Guides announced that they would give up their promise to “love my God.”
(RNS) Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry announced last week that the Utah-based missionary force — more than 70,000 strong — will tap online tools to help them connect with and teach people interested in joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(RNS) Thailand’s National Office of Buddhism, which is mandated to maintain and promote Buddhist affairs, has publicly condemned the worldly indulgence of monks as “indecent,” but without following it up with action, as their conduct did not constitute “serious offenses.”
“If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.” — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, in an interview about religious liberty with National Catholic Register.
(RNS) Is it blasphemous to depict the Virgin of Guadalupe in a bikini sipping on a margarita? Brandeis gets an apology 35 years after “Happy Holocaust” shouts at a soccer match. And who’s happier on Twitter: atheists or believers?
Last week, the Archdiocese of St. Paul ran a news story on its website that began, “A young girl in high school dreamed of the day she would get married. Little did she know that when that day came, her groom would be none other than Christ himself.”
New Book Examines the Need for a
Spiritual Response to the Ecological Crisis
Pt. Reyes Station, CA, July 2013— In a new book, Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee edits a collection of essays from renowned public figures identifying the spiritual roots of our global ecological crisis and the response needed for a balanced sustainable future. The book’s title, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, refers to a developing field that supports spiritual awareness as a foundation for environmental healing and sustainable living. Contributors are distinguished leaders from different spiritual traditions. Readers will find diverse ways to recall the sacredness of creation, which all contributors agree is imperative for true ecological restoration: Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hahn frames the environmental crisis as a call to live our daily lives more mindfully; Vandana Shiva, Indian feminist and conservationist, recounts the traditional Hindu understanding of food growing as sacred; Franciscan Monk, Richard Rohr identifies Christian misperceptions about the divine as separate from life; Wendell Berry, poet, farmer, calls forth possibilities of a human culture in harmony with nature; and activist Winona LaDuke describes how America’s historical attitudes of land conquest undermine true relationship.
Laguna Beach, Ca. June 27, 2013 — Steve Arterburn, bestselling Christian author, television and radio host, said today: “I continue to be committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman.” However, “The decision by the United States Supreme Court today signals an overwhelming change in the direction of how marriage has been widely viewed and accepted in the past.”
Arterburn said on his radio program, “New Life Live,” in response to the ruling: “We as Christians will not honor God by holding up signs of hate to those that have made a decision to be in a same-sex marriage”. Arterburn stressed that many families of faith have members who are in same-sex relationships. He said, “We must deal compassionately, (judge from) a biblical base and establish a no-shame zone for those in same-sex relationships.”
Addressing the decline in how traditional marriages are viewed, Arterburn said: “We need as Christians to focus on our own marriages, many of which are in poor shape.
(RNS) The booming halal market is often accompanied by a lack of consensus about what constitutes halal. In addition, several well-publicized incidents of fraud have left halal consumers vulnerable to unscrupulous merchants and suspicious about the sources of the products they are buying.