Charlie Charlie game should challenge us to take the supernatural more seriously

May 31, 2015 by

  By Martin Saunders, Christian Today.   This week the Internet’s love of viral crazes stumbled into supernatural territory when the ‘Charlie Charlie’ Challenge became massively popular among young people. The game involves crossing two pens or pencils on top of a piece of paper, creating four quadrants with either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ written in them. Players then ask questions of a Mexican ‘spirit’ named Charlie, and wait for him to answer the questions by moving the pens. Exorcists are warning that teenagers are messing around with forces way beyond their understanding, with one telling the Catholic News Agency that players are ‘calling on spirits’ which ‘will stay around for a while’ after the game is played. They suggest it’s just a simplified version of the notorious Ouija, which has seen young people dabble in the occult for generations. For many, this is all harmless – if morbid – fun....

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From the Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Nov 8, 2013 by

  Earlier today we posted a You Tube clip of gay activist Dan Savage expounding his views on abortion.  We feel that the entire programme  – from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas – is well worth watching.  It comes from the Sydney Opera House with a large studio audience and panelists discussing the collapse of Western Civilisation, Internet Hook-ups, Feminism and Marriage among other topics.  Watch the fearless Peter Hitchens take on a liberal audience and sneering fellow-panelists with his staunchly Christian views.  We cannot but feel that he has been deliberately set up.  Note too that the constant interruptions by Dan Savage were allowed by the host, whereas Peter Hitchens' sole interruption was not.   Peter, we salute you! Watch...

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‘Social justice’ apart from evangelization drives youth away from Christianity, says new study

Jul 8, 2013 by

By Peter Baklinski, LifeSite News When a Christian apologetics ministry asked college atheists nationwide why they had abandoned religion, it was “startled” by the responses. “Most of our participants had not chosen their worldview from ideologically neutral positions at all, but in reaction to Christianity. Not Islam. Not Buddhism. Christianity,” wrote Larry Alex Taunton, founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation, in a piece that appeared in The Atlantic last month. Atheists revealed that while many of them grew up attending church where they heard “plenty of messages encouraging ‘social justice,’ community involvement, and ‘being good’…they seldom saw the relationship between that message, Jesus Christ, and the Bible.”   "The connection between Jesus and a person's life was not clear,” said one atheist named Stephanie. “This is an incisive critique,” said Taunton. Stephanie “seems to have intuitively understood that the church does not exist simply to address...

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Of First Importance: The Cross and Resurrection at the Center

Mar 29, 2013 by

By Albert Mohler The Christian faith is not a mere collection of doctrines — a bag of truths. Christianity is a comprehensive truth claim that encompasses every aspect of revealed doctrine, but is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as the apostolic preaching makes clear, the gospel is the priority. The Apostle Paul affirms this priority when he writes to the Christians in Corinth. In the opening verses of1 Corinthians 15, Paul sets out his case: Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that...

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Dan Cathy And The Silence Of Many Churches

Aug 9, 2012 by

From Bob Russell Ministries Chick-fil-A reported record sales last Wednesday as thousands showed support for owner Dan Cathy and his stance on Biblical marriage. However, while individual believers stood in long lines to publicly endorse God’s plan for the family and vent their frustration at the media’s criticism of Dan Cathy’s Biblical stance, a number of churches seemed to opt out of the conflict. While the mayors of three large cities and a few University administrators were publicly threatening to ban Chick-fil-A, and while the discussion was the hot news topic of the week, there were many ministers who said little or nothing at all. Church members from across the country are puzzled as to why. When a Christian brother is beaten up by the world and left wounded on the side of the road why would church leaders just pass by on the other side and not get...

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