Today we commemorate St. Nicholas of Myra, whose resume boasts enough miracles for him to be called the “Wonderworker” in some parts of Christendom. Even before he became the Coca-Cola chugging world-traveler and reindeer master, he was known for his compassion for children and his sacrificial generosity. According to one story, he saved three daughters […]
Last evening Evangelicals for Social Action hosted Palestinian Bishop Elias Chacour at their “Impact Holy Land” conference. Chacour is a popular speaker at U.S. church events that are critical of Israel and supportive of Palestinian nationalism. A Jewish leader and friend who closely follows church stances towards Israel offers this commentary about Chacour: Elias Chacour […]
The “more strongly you are committed to your faith,” emerging church leader Brian McLaren stated at Georgetown University on November 21, 2013, the “more tolerant and compassionate you are.” McLaren’s equivalency among all faiths fit perfectly into the conference “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities,” a day-long, one-sided presentation of Islam as a pacific faith unjustly maligned by Christians and others.
It’s estimated that 35 million people may descend from the Pilgrims, although there were only 102 Mayflower passengers, about half of whom died the first horrible Winter in the new world. Reportedly only 29 are known to have descendants. So over 10 percent of the United States population traces to those hearty 29 survivors. There […]
“You are a sushi,” Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Faith and Communities, recounted friends describing her mixed Sunni-Shia Pakistani-Muslim ancestry during a November 15, 2013, Washington, DC, address. Warsi’s delectable presentation of her Muslim heritage, however, was part of a junk food understanding of different belief systems having no irreconcilable differences hindering harmony, all past and present evidence notwithstanding.
“I have a real issue with the Old Testament” and the “mixing up” of ancient and modern Israel, the late Edward Said’s sister Grace stated during the November 8-9, 2013, Waging Peace in Palestine & Israel conference in Washington, DC. As previously analyzed, this event of self-professed Christians castigated modern Israel’s entire existence as unjust, yet, as Said indicated, Israel’s Biblical past did not go unscathed at the conference either. The conference’s revisionist history delegitimized Israel with a transformation of the Bible’s Jewish heritage into the inheritance of a Palestinian people who in turn appeared unified across centuries and cultural divides.
Why did the U.S. resist designating the group for so long, even though it fits every definition of a foreign terrorist org. and threatens the West?
The “racist concept” of a Jewish national state is an “impediment to peace,” Philip Farah of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Palestine (PCAP) judged during the panel “Myths about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Impediments to Peace.”
The global United Methodist Council is now meeting, in the face of rapidly deepening fractures in the denomination caused by a retired bishop and a few other radical clergy refusing to submit to biblical, United Methodist teaching or even keep their own word.