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Pope Francis Reaches Out To America's "Born Again" Christians

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It began with a simple video message, recorded on a common smart phone.  It was given to Tony Palmer, who is a bishop within a Protestant church.  He carried it himself to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, where it was shown before an Evangelical/Pentecostal conference that was being held there. The short video message appears to be directed not just to this particular conference, but to all those whom the delegates represent.  Therefore, I think it's safe to say the message is intended for all American Christians who would identify themselves as "Born Again."  This would include America's Pentecostals, Charismatics, Evangelicals, Baptists as well as general "Bible Christians."

There is nothing in the message that is bargaining or propositional.  The pope simply makes a heartfelt plea for "Born Again" Christians to recognise Catholic Christians as spiritual "brethren" and thus embrace each other as…

Love and Marriage

I predict that on this day, the 12th of February, in the Year of Our Lord 2014, the final battle over gay "marriage" in the United States has begun.  I predict it will eventually end in the United States Supreme Court (perhaps within a few years) with a stunning defeat for proponents of traditional Christian marriage. I pray to God I am wrong about this....
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of eight gay couples that seeks to force Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states or countries that allow them... read more here Now this isn't the first time this has been tried, but in the past, federal judges did side in favour of recognising gay "marriage."  What makes my home state of Missouri different?  Simple.  We have a state constitutional amendment that specifically defines marriage as strictly between one man and one woman...
That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exi…

Church Reform - What Works and What Doesn't

There seems to be a lot of chatter on the Internet about the reforms of Vatican II, and the future direction of the Catholic Church. So I thought this would be a good time to chime in about what I think as a convert to the Catholic Church. You see, I came into the Catholic Church totally by free choice. I had no friends or neighbours drawing me in. Granted, I had an aunt and uncle in another state who were Catholic, but they were in another state, far away, and I rarely ever saw them. Granted, my grandmother, like my aunt, was also a convert, but she had been dead for over a decade at the time, and I really had no previous connection to her on a religious level. When I decided I might want to convert, even my wife was against the idea at first, and as for the rest of my family (parents, siblings, etc.), they thought I was crazy. So the point I'm trying to make here is I had nothing drawing me into the Catholic Church other than the Church itself. I had nothing "vested"…